TV’s Annual Upfronts Were Light on Stars, Heavy on Drama (and Not the Scripted Kind)

Onstage and off, the TV advertising community was talking about the writers’ strike and the departure of NBCUniversal’s Linda Yaccarino to Twitter

Ariana Madix from the Bravo reality show “Vanderpump Rules” appeared as part of NBCUniversal’s stage show at Radio City Music Hall. Photo: Ralph Bavaro/NBCUniversal

The television industry’s annual week of showy pitch events for advertisers had a different feel this year.

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