TMS (entertainment data)

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TMS
Private
Industry Media, entertainment, information technology and services
Founded Queensbury, New York (1965)
Headquarters Queensbury, New York
Key people

Daniel Kazan, CEO

John B. Kelleher, President and COO
Products TV and movie data, photos, movie trailers, research products, EPG scrolling guide
Owner Tribune Company
Number of employees
500 - 2013
Website TMS Official Homepage

TMS is an international provider of data for TV and movies. As part of its On Entertainment product line, the company supplies data to companies such as TiVo, Roku, Virgin Media, DIRECTV and Time Warner Cable to enable entertainment guides and applications. In addition, the metadata is used for media measurement and analysis. TMS also produces Zap2it, a social TV hub that connects entertainment fans to popular TV shows, movies, celebrities, and other fans. TMS is a data provider for over 4,000 companies. The company is headquartered in upstate New York.

History[edit]

1965 - TV listings business TV Data is founded in upstate New York with service to newspapers nationwide

1980 - Rival TV listings business 'Torrington Data' is founded in upstate New York

1982 - Torrington Data is sold in part to the Chicago-based Tribune Company. The venture is known as 'Torrington/Tribune Data LP'

1984 - Tribune Media Services (TMS) is formed as a merger of three groups: the Tribune Company Syndicate, the Electronic Services division of the Orlando Sentinel and an experienced group exploring applications of electronic technology within the Tribune Company

1985 - Tribune Company acquires National TV Log of Pasadena, CA, which sells bold-faced ads in TV program listings on behalf of newspapers. They also acquire controlling interest in Torrington/Tribune Data (TTD). The National TV Log and Torrington/Tribune Data (TTD) groups are reorganized as Tribune TV Log and eventually moved under the Tribune Company’s new Tribune Media Services (TMS) subsidiary with four offices in New York, NY; Queensbury, NY; Chicago, IL; and Pasadena, CA

1999 - TMS makes two acquisitions: JDTV, a distributor of programming information to cable and satellite system operators via print guides and owner of UltimateTV website; and Premier DataVision, a distributor of movie showtime data and advertisements. TMS launches Zap2it in the form of an Electronic Program Guide (EPG) and also markets Zap2it as a multiplatform product line

2000 - Tribune Company announces its $6.5 billion purchase of the Times-Mirror Corporation, whose assets include The Los Angeles Times, Newsday and other newspaper, publishing, TV and online investments. Upon the acquisition, the Los Angeles Times Syndicate is merged into TMS

2001 - TMS announces it has purchased a majority interest in TV Data[1]

2004 - TMS begins operating an office in Amsterdam, Netherlands[2]

2007 - TMS launches the ‘On’ product line, an evolution of the ‘Big Build’ suite of products – this data is produced in XML formats

2010 - TMS announces its purchase of CastTV

2011 - Tribune Company announces TMS will be splitting into two separate businesses: TMS restructures the Entertainment Products Division to operate as a standalone business and part of the Tribune Investments portfolio while the News & Features Division merges with the larger Tribune Publishing group[3]

Organization[4][edit]

  • CEO: Daniel Kazan
  • President/COO: John B. Kelleher
  • VP/GM, Zap2it.com Rebecca Baldwin
  • Director, Business Development: Sheela Chandrasekharar
  • VP, Finance: Lanna Langlois
  • SVP, Product Development & International GM: Greg Loose
  • VP, Marketing: Shannon Oborne
  • EVP, Technology: Edwin Ong
  • SVP: Kathy Tolstrup
  • Executive Director, Content: Jodie Russo
  • Executive Director, Customer Care: Mike Roberts
  • Executive Director, Human Resources: Mike Kosinski

Services[edit]

TMS provides entertainment data and guidance technology for customers including consumer electronics manufacturers, cable operators, entertainment platforms, application developers, studios and research companies.

Its products include APIs for movies, TV shows, celebrities and televised sports; an electronic programming guide; and a research tool for tracking data for TV programming.

Past names[edit]

TMS was known in the marketplace as Tribune Media Services until its rebranding in 2013.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "[1]." TMS Buys Majority Interest in TVData. Retrieved on May 11, 2001.
  2. ^ "[2]." Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency. Retrieved on February 2013.
  3. ^ "[3]." Tribune Co. shuffles Media Services unit; veteran David Williams departs. Retrieved on June 20, 2011.
  4. ^ Leadership - About Us - TMS

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