• In the U.S. competitive television business, Nielsen, more than any other research company, symbolizes and dominates audience measurement. But since the announced acquisition of Rentrak by comScore in September 2015, which still needs approval by government authorities, the Rentrak-comScore combination will seek to challenge Nielsen's supremacy. While Rentrak specializes in moviegoing and television viewing measurement, comScore focuses on online audiences.

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  • David Jordan, the director of editorial policy and standards at the BBC, met with students and faculty this week to discuss news and the media. Jordan’s visit to the University of Miami was made possible by the School of Communication’s London Summer study abroad program.

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  • David Jordan, one of the top officials of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in London, is speaking to more than half a dozen groups of University of Miami students and faculty on the Coral Gables campus next week on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday – Nov. 16, 17, and 18.

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  • As part of its Annual Conversation Series, the School of Communication welcomed President and CEO of PBS Paula Kerger on November 2. Kerger is responsible for bringing to public television viewers Downton Abbey, the highest rated drama in PBS history, new primetime science and arts series, and a number of children’s programs.

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  • Jason Berman, one of the producers of the independent film Little Accidents spoke to Robert “Trae” DeLellis’ Survey of Motion Pictures class on October 22. Little Accidents, starring Elizabeth Banks, Boyd Holbrook, and Jacob Lofland, focuses on a small mining town after a terrible coal mine accident. The film was shown at Sundance Film Festival in January 2014 and was released in theaters a year later.

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