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ACA’s #Summit25 will be the Biggest & Best Ever!
Speakers include FCC Chairman Pai, Rep. Marsha Blackburn, Comcast’s David Cohen, FCC Commissioners Clyburn and O’Rielly, Rep. Greg Walden, and several industry trailblazers. Registration includes admission to ACA’s 25th Anniversary Dinner at the US Institute of Peace, a moonlit monument tour, the exhibit hall, all general sessions, meals and networking events. The event will take place on March 20-22 in Washington, D.C. Details and online registration at www.ACASummit.org .
 

PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT
 
The Impractical Jokers franchise is expanding. truTV committed to an eighth season of the series and is starting production on the brand’s first feature-length film, which will be directed by Chris Henchy and produced by Funny Or Die.
 
Sonar Entertainment and The Jim Henson Company are developing Rift, a live action sci fi series for teens, created and written by Simon Racioppa and Richard Elliott (The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, Fangbone!, Teen Titans).  You think you had it tough in high school? The show follows Sydney Jensen, caught between the struggles of school life and another world where she’s a rebel a parallel world, determined to stop a dark organization.
 
The CW acquired 10-hour fantasy adventure series The Outpost from Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment and Arrowstorm Entertainment. It’s the first hourlong summer scripted series for the net.
 
Martin Freeman (Sherlock, Fargo) has created and is starring in Breeders. The comedy about parenting is being piloted by BBC and FX.
 
Defy Media and GRB Entertainment have joined forces on a programming partnership, reports Deadline. The goal: bring each company closer toward a desired audience. For GRB it is the Millennial and Gen-Z viewers, while Defy is aiming for viewers A 25-54.
 
 
NEW & RETURNING SERIES
 
National Geographic prepares to Drain the Oceans in a series from UK’s Mallinson Sadler Productions and Australia’s Electric Pictures. Using the latest scientific data with state of the art digital recreations, the 10-parter reveals the full scope of shipwrecks, treasure, sunken cities, geology and technology at play on the floors of lakes, seas and oceans around the world. Look for a global premiere in 2018.
 
Nobodies debuts on Paramount Network on Thursday, March 29 at 10p, following Groundlings alums Hugh Davidson, Larry Dorf and Rachel Ramras as they navigate life on the outskirts of fame.
 
Discovery’s Bering Sea Gold returns for a new season on Friday, March 30 at 10p.
 
Season 6 of HBO’s Vice bows Friday, April 6 at 11p. The new season of the weekly news magazine will include 35 episodes, up from 30 last year.
 
 
COMING UP
 
Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman of Saudi Arabia appears in his first television interview, with Norah O’Donnell, on CBS60 Minutes Sunday, March 18, two days before the heir to the throne arrives in the U.S.
 
48 Hours explores the murder of Los Angeles hairstylist and beauty company executive Fabio Sementilli and the hunt for his killer in Who Killed Fabio? Episode airs Saturday, March 10 at 10p on CBS.
 
Paramount Network and filmmaker Derik Murray joined forces on a new doc on the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I am MLK Jr. bows Wednesday, April 4 at 9p on the 50th anniversary of King’s assassination.
 
Roads to Memphis, a film tracing the fateful journeys of Martin Luther King Jr. and James Earl Ray to their deadly collision, airs Tuesday, April 3 at 8p on American Experience on PBS (check local listings).
 
 
DISTRIBUTION
 
More laughs are headed to Laff. The broadcast net struck a multi-year licensing agreement with Disney/ABC Television Group for Home Improvement, acquiring the rights to all eight seasons of the sitcom. Series will make its debut in September.
 
 
SOCIAL GOOD
 
NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises launched Telemundo Academy, a multimedia education institution aimed at empowering and training the next generation of media leaders. The academy’s first partners will include Armando Christian Perez’s (Pitbull) SLAM Miami and the Doral Academy. Supported by the company’s “El Poder En Ti” (The Power in You) corporate social responsibility initiative, the 16-week program will immerse students in the media world.
 
 
CASTING
 
Raven Goodwin was upped to series regular in the upcoming second season of Showtime’s SMILF.
 
Denyse Tontz (The Fosters) landed a lead role in ABC drama pilot Grand HotelKimrie Lewis (Scandal) and Jake Choi (Hawaii Five-0) were set as series regulars in ABC comedy pilot Single ParentsNelson Franklin (Veep), Jessica Chaffin (Search Party) and Leonard Ouzts (Master of None) nabbed leads in NBC comedy pilot Abby’s.
 
Yusuf Gatewood (The Originals) landed one of the male leads in NBC drama pilot In Between LivesKether Donohue (You’re the Worst) nabbed the female lead in NBC comedy pilot Like FamilyMichael Beach (Pitch, The 100) will be a series regular in ABC’s Untitled Holmes drama pilot… Justin Johnson Cortez (Turbulence) booked a series regular role on ABC drama pilot StatiesBen Lawson (Designated Survivor) and Mark L. Young (The Comeback) landed series regular roles in ABC’s False Profits pilot.
 
Casting Notice: Sean De Simone Casting & QVC are casting F/T Host. Relocation to PA required. Should have experience in hosting TV, digital, radio or live events. Intelligent, enthusiastic, commanding & love for products a must. Candidates should be quick on their feet with ability to improv & engage. Hosts should be friendly, credible, entertaining, sincere & sophisticated with an elevated sense of style & fashion. Contact QVChostcasting@ghmail.com.
 
 
DIGITAL DOINGS

Netflix
’s red-hot stock, which has gained 65% in 2018 and more than doubled in the past year, pulled back 1% on Wednesday, after Stifel analyst Scott Devitt lowered his rating on the streaming giant from buy to hold. Netflix’s shares declined 1.25%, finishing the session at $321.17, down about $4 from its 52-week high.       
 
HG Trivia, the live-streaming games show app that has users playing for real money, closed a $15 million round of investment from Founder’s Fund, with participation from previous investor Lightspeed Venture Partners, reports Axios. Launched in August, HQ Trivia boasts players in the millions.     
 
Snapchat is snipping about 100 people, or 10% of its engineering team, according to Cheddar. It’s the biggest layoff to date for the company, which numbers about 3000 employees.
 
Facebook’s Messenger Lite is getting video chat. The pared-down app is designed for people with older Android devices or slower internet connections.
 
Comcast and National Public Radio launched the NPR One app on Xfinity X1, enabling X1 customers to access its library of NPR news, talk and music programs that can be personalized to their specific tastes, locale and routines directly on the TV.
 
CuriousityStream debuts Dream the Future on Thursday, March 15. Narrated by Sigourney Weaver, the documentary series takes viewers to 2050 and explores how vastly different life will look.
 
Emma Watson partnered with National Geographic to become the first guest editor of the National Geographic Instagram account, @NatGeo, to mark International Women’s Day 2018 on Thursday, March 8. Watson will curate the account, highlighting the work of eight National Geographic female photographers from around the world, who cover a wide range of important topics including male guardianship and the longstanding ban of women driving in Saudi Arabia, the effects of displacement on women and girls running from Boko Haram in Nigeria, unequal pay in India for women day laborers in the brick industry and more.
 
 
GOING GLOBAL
 
Firsthand Films inked a deal with Epoche Media for documentary series The Hitler Chronicles – Blueprint for Dictators. Series was pre-sold to The History Channel on Foxtel in Australia and SRC in Quebec.
 
The Royal Television Society announced nominations for the RTS Programme Awards 2018, which honor excellence in all genres of television. Leading the way with three noms is BBC One’s drama Three Girls. Ceremony takes play on Tuesday, March 20 in London.
 
Eutelsat Communications and Globecast have teamed on a new media platform, which will allow broadcasters across the Americas to gain access to Globecast’s advanced media management solution designed for both linear television distribution and new media technologies, including streaming, local ad insertion, IoT services, HEVC encoding and regionalization services.
 
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RATINGS
 
Animal Planet delivered double digit growth (+20%) among A25-54 in February 2018, the largest A25-54 year-over-year gains in more than five years in L+3D. Programming highlights included Puppy Bowl XIV, the highest rated Puppy Bowl ever among A25-54 (1.49) with an average of 3.1 million Total Viewers, up +24% vs. last year.  
 
History struck rating gold with the premiere of The Curse of Civil War Gold on Tuesday, March 6 as the top series launch across cable this TV season, delivering 2.3 million Total Viewers. In addition, the premiere attracted 938,000 A25-54 and 688,00 A18-49. It was the net’s best series launch since 2014 among A25-54, A18-49 and Total Viewers. Meanwhile, The Curse of Oak Island’s season finale drew 2.9 million Total Viewers and 1.2 million A35-54.
 
The premiere of Atlanta Robbin’ Season on FX nabbed the best ratings of any recent basic cable comedy. In Live+3 the telecast garnered 1.3 million A18-49, the most of any basic cable primetime scripted comedy telecast since week three of FXX’s It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia’s 12th season on January 18, 2017.
 
Sunday night’s finale of the sixth season of Universo’s Larrymania ranked as the #1 program on Hispanic cable prime, excluding sports, among A18-49 and A18-34, according to Nielsen. The show averaged 162,000 Total Viewers, 125,000 A18-49 and 66,000 A18-34.
 
TVision’s Monthly Attention Index for Primetime Broadcast, Cable and OTT Shows in February
Cable:
Child Support (ABC) 123.9
The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 122.6
Shark Tank (ABC) 120.3
The Wall (NBC) 117.6
Young Sheldon (CBS) 115.8
Broadcast:
E! News (E!) 131.4
Love & Hop Hop (VH1) 130.8
Hunter Street (Nick) 130.0
House Hunters International (HGTV) 117.5
Fixer Upper (HGTV) 109.0
TVision measures actual eyes onscreen attention from an opt-in panel of 7500 people at 2000 U.S. households, second by second with privacy safe facial recognition technology.
 
Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions) Tuesday, March 6, 2018 time period averages
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated Live+SD
CBS: 10.39
NCIS 12.83, Bull 10.02, NCIS: New Orleans 8.31
NBC: 8.61
The Voice 9.93, This Is Us 8.81, Chicago Med 7.10
ABC: 5.15
The Bachelor: After the Final Rose 7.70, Kevin (Probably) Saves the World 2.59
FOX: 2.60
Lethal Weapon 3.98, LA to Vegas 2.08, The Mick 1.74
CW: 1.74
The Flash 2.01 Black Lightning 1.47
UNIVISION: 1.12
El Rico y Lazaro 1.23, Papa a toda madre 1.07, Caer en Tentacion 1.06
TELE: 0.84
Jose, Jose Principe de la cancion 0.70, Al otro lado del muro 0.88, Enemigo Intimo 0.95
 
Tuesday A19-49 Analysis: NBC 1.9/7, ABC 1.8/6, CBS 1.2/5, FOX 0.8/3, CW 0.6/2, TELE 0.5/2, UNI 0.5/2
 
 
EXECUTIVE MOVES
 
EPIX named Rachel Brill Senior Vice President, Head of Unscripted Programming. Most Recently, Brill co-created and Executive Produced do series Ritual in partnership with ACE Media/NFLPA.
 
NBC 4 New York/WNBC appointed Amy Morris as Vice President of News, effective March 27. She most recently served as Assistant News Director for 6 ABC/WPVI in Philadelphia.
 
Endemol Shine North America made several appointments as part of a new global programming strategy. DJ Nurre was named Executive Vice President, Unscripted Original Series; Dan Cazzola was appointed Vice President, International Development, Unscripted; and Lisa Fahrenholt was hired as Vice President, International Development, Scripted.
 
Ginny Deitchler joined Grandesign as Director of Client Management. She had been Vice President of Sales at Outdoor Promotions.
 


This Day in History: 1974 – The Brady Bunch aired its final episode.
 
Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: Which comedic actor donned a broad German accent and played Herman Munster’s psychiatrist on The Munsters (1964-1966)? Harvey Korman. Kudos to: Randy Ingram-WISH-TV & MyINDY-TV/Indianapolis, IN; Matt Meachem-Gracenote Inc./NYC; Eric Litt-Tribune Broadcasting/Chicago, IL; Dennis Aimino-ABC/ Los Angeles, CA; Jim Katz-The Carney Awards/Los Angeles, CA; Kevin Moran-Blarney Productions/Pasadena, CA; Miriam Aardahl-OMD/Los Angeles, CA.
 
Today’s Trivia Question: What was the name of Hank’s best friend’s pest control business on King of the Hill (1997-2010)? (Email trivia@cynopsis.com with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and time zone. Unofficial rules: a limit of four correct answers from each time zone will be selected.)
 
Answer to Our Last Switcheroo: Neil Gold = Richard Lewis played Neil Diller on Hiller and Diller and Marty Gold on Anything But Love. No winners today!
 
Sitcom Anagram: See Mainly Arm (Email trivia@cynopsis.com with your answer; first three respondents with the correct answer who aren’t in trivia will be posted in tomorrow’s newsletter.)
 
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WHAT’S ON TONIGHT – THURSDAY MARCH 8
ABC: Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder
CBS: The Big Bang Theory, Young Sheldon, Mom, Life in Pieces, S.W.A.T.
CW: Supernatural, Arrow
FOX: Gotham, Showtime at the Apollo
NBC: Superstore, A.P. Bio, Will & Grace, Champions [p], Chicago Fire
PBS: This Old House Hour, In Their Own Words, Antiques Roadshow
Telemundo: Jose, Jose Principe de la cancion, Al otro lado del muro, Enemigo Intimo Univision: El rico y Lazaro, Papa a toda madre, Caer en Tentacion

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