Competitive pressure from SVOD ends cable's 'Jersey Shore' salad days

For the last decade, channels like Bravo, A&E and TLC built powerful presences in the earnings reports of their corporate parents through inexpensively produced reality shows. Finding a bunch of unpolished New Jersey kids just being their obnoxious selves could render a ratings gold mine. But viewer tastes change. And thanks to a flurry of well-backed original scripted dramas on SVOD services like Netflix and Amazon Prime, audiences now want to see well-paid professional actors again. In her latest FierceOnlineVideo column, Samantha Bookman examines this specific impact SVOD is having on the traditional TV programming business. You can read it here.

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