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London-based production company Hillbilly Television acquired the TV drama rights to The Rapture, journalist and author Claire McGlasson’s debut novel about a real-life cult, set in 1920s Bedford. 

Wendy Mericle, until recently EP/co-showrunner of the CW’s Arrow, inked an overall deal with ABC Studios. Mericle will develop new projects for broadcast, cable and streamers.
Top 10 Weekend Domestic Box Office Estimates: April 20-22, 2018
A Quiet Place (Paramount) $22.0 million (week 3), cume revenue $132.4 million
Rampage (Warner Bros.) $21.0 million (week 2), cume revenue $66.6 million
I Feel Pretty (STX) $16.2 million, opening weekend
Super Troopers 2 (Fox) $14.7 million, opening weekend
Truth or Dare (Universal) $7.9 million (week 2), cume revenue $30.4 million
Ready Player One (Warner Bros.) $7.5 (week 4) cume revenue $126.2 million
Blockers (Universal) $7.0 (week 3), cume revenue $48.3 million
Black Panther (Buena Vista) $4.6 million (week 10), cume revenue $681.1 million
Traffik (Lionsgate) $3.9 million, opening weekend
Isle of Dogs (Fox Searchlight) $3.4 million (week 5), cume revenue $24.5 million
Source: comScore

Season three of WE tv’s David Tutera’s CELEBrations includes partiers Zendaya, Heidi and Spencer Pratt and Cake Boss Buddy Valastro, starting Friday, April 27 at 10p.
MTV and content studio Gunpowder & Sky announced that next generation stunt series Too Stupid To Diedeveloped in conjunction with YouTube banned daredevil Zach Holmes, will premiere in June. The eight-parter tells the story of a backyard stunt family “making a name for themselves with nothing but blood, sweat and fearlessness.”
Comedy Central’s Detroiters returns for season two with back-to-back episodes on Thursday, June 21 at 10p. Show will air each Thursday at 10:30 through the ten-episode season.
ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! will dedicate this week’s shows to Avengers: Infinity War. Guest lineup includes the film’s stars, Robert Downey Jr., Tom Holland, Zoe Saldana, Pom Klementieff, Paul Bettany, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Hiddleston, Dave Bautista, Mark Ruffalo, Danai Gurira, Chris Hemsworth, Josh Brolin, Sebastian Stan, Chadwick Boseman, Karen Gillan, Benedict Cumberbatch, Don Cheadle, Elizabeth Olsen and Winston Duke.
With an assist from Havas New York, TD Ameritrade embed an advertisement in the blockchain, an industry first. The goal of the campaign, Greetings from the Blockchain, is to shine a light on blockchain innovators and investors, and the  new technologies changing consumer behavior.

From January 1-April 18 of this year, Hulu spent $60 million on 8,441 airings on national TV programs, according to iSPot.tv, with big spends on BET, MTV2, Fox News, ID and FX. Netflix spent $45.7 during that time for 1384 airings, while YouTube ponied up $17.2 million for 632 airings.
CNN reported that ads for over 300 companies and government agencies – including Adidas, Hershey, and the New York Times Co. – ran on YouTube channels promoting white nationalists, Nazis, pedophilia, conspiracy theories and North Korean propaganda. A year after a boycott over ads being placed in unsavory videos, YouTube said of the latest scandal, “We have partnered with our advertisers to make significant changes to how we approach monetization on YouTube with stricter policies, better controls and greater transparency.” P&G, which just resumed spending on select “whitelisted” YouTube channels after a year off, said it has “the right measures in place” for P&G brands to have the option of spending on YouTube.
Facebook updated its data policy, clarifying how data is collected, how the social media giant uses it, and how it might be shared or removed. “Consider who you choose to share with,” warns the 4200-word update, which also confirms Facebook tracks people even if they don’t have a Facebook account, and uses location data to “personalize and improve” its products.
Comcast and Charter are teaming to develop a common operating platform to support Comcast’s Xfinity Mobile and Charter’s Spectrum Mobile Service. The scalable software platform would power each company’s mobile sales and support platforms, device logistics, warehousing and billing. “By collaborating with Charter, we will help drive operational and cost efficiencies for both companies,” said Sam Schwartz, chief business development officer for Comcast.
Buzz from the AT&T/Department of Justice trial has AT&T planning to launch a $15/month, no-sports streaming service, AT&T Watch. According to the Washington Post, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson talked about the service during his testimony last week.
The April 14 installment of E! Snapchat show Face Forward set a record as NBCUniversal’s most-watched Snapchat Discover episode with over 12 million unique viewers. In its second season, the makeover show is averaging over 6 million US unique viewers.
Every season of Friday Night Lights is now available to stream on Hulu, via a new agreement with NBCUniversal. Cult fave high school football drama ran from 2006-2011.
Go90 is dropping a full third season of Top Grier today, Monday, April 23. Unscripted comedy from INE Entertainment follows social media star Hayes Grier.
CBS All Access grabbed development rights for limited event series 8 Fights – The Life of Muhamad Ali, from Morgan Freeman and Lori McCreary’s Revelations Entertainment and CBS Television Studios.
Geena Davis is returns to Grey’s Anatomy as Dr. Nicole Herman for the May 10 episode. The Thelma & Louise star had a story arc on Grey’s during the 2014-15 season.
Noah Emmerich (The Americans) will star opposite Sacha Baron Cohen in Netflix drama The Spy.
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ABC’s Scandal went out on a high note, topping the hour among A18-49 with 1.3/5, up +44% week to week.
Animal Planet’s Tanked did just the opposite, scoring a season high rating among A25-54 on April 13, and was up +14% week over week in the demo in L+3. The episode helped pushed Animal Planet into ad-supported cable’s Top 10 among M25-54 at 9p (#9).
Also on April 13, Disney Junior‘s Muppet Babies grew for the third consecutive week in Total Viewers (+8%, to 1.25 million) to deliver its most-watched telecast yet, while also generating new series highs among Kids 2-5 (546,000/3.5 rating), Girls 2-5 (234,000/3.1), Boys 2-5 (312,000/3.9) and A18-49 (342,000/0.3).
The second episode of BBC America spy drama Killing Eve delivered 692,000 viewers, growing from its series premiere last week in total viewers and both the A25-54 and 18-49 demos, in Nielsen live+3 ratings. A 25-54 grew 9% from premiere.
Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions) Thursday, April 19, 2018 time period averages
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated Live+SD
CBS: 8.30 million
Big Bang Theory 12.60, Young Sheldon 11.40, Mom 8.81, Life in Pieces 6.30, SWAT 5.35
ABC: 5.92 million
Grey’s Anatomy 6.89, Station 19 5.45, Scandal 5.43
NBC: 3.12 million
Superstore 2.85, AP Bio 1.94, Will & Grace 1.80, Champions 1.66, Chicago Fire 5.24
FOX: 2.34 million
Gotham 2.19 Showtime at the Apollo 2.48
CW: 1.57 million
Supernatural 1.81, Arrow 1.33
UNIVISION: 1.14 million
El Rico y Lazaro 1.25, Papa a Toda Madre1.05, Por Amar Sin Ley 1.13
TELEMUNDO: .88 million
Mi Familia Perfecta .72, Al Otro Lado Del Muro .88, Emenigo Intimo 1.05
Friday A18-49: CBS 1.4/6, ABC 1.3/5, NBC .7/3, FOX .6/3, CW .5/2, UNI .5/2, TELE .5/2,
New to CNBC Digital: Alana Kakoyiannis has joined Make It as Supervising Producer and Jimmy Im as Senior Lifestyle Writer, and Katie Brigham joined the San Francisco video team as an associate producer.

This Day in History: 1900 was the first known occurrence of the word “hillbillie.”
Answer to Our Last Trivia QuestionWhat late night show’s announcer listed the year as 1900 during the first show of 2000 as a joke about the Y2K bug? The Daily Show. Kudos to:  Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA, Lorrie Shilling/El Segundo, CA
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Answer to Friday’s Anagram: My Lore Peg = Gomer Pyle. Kudos to: Kurt Howell-Sinclair Broadcasting/Columbus, OH, Mary Ledbetter-Discovery/NYC, Paul Blutter-Walk and Talk Production Rentals/Burbank
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JOB OPENING: CREATIVE DIRECTOR/Science/LA: Strong eye to oversee creative dev of promo cmpgns, branding & cross-promo mktg initiatives for Science Channel. Create viewer loyalty & build ratings thru brand character & personality. Inspire staff & freelancers to strengthen ntwrk voice. 10+ yrs promo/mktg exp req’d. Full info/apply HERE (4/28)

JOB OPENING: EXECUTIVE PRODUCER 2 needed/Studio Now/Palo Alto/Bay Area: 2 new EP roles onsite with a Fortune 100 client’s internal comms group. 1st EP = Modern Video Prod Strategy, 2nd EP = Corp Event Prod. Need talented, smart, creative client-focused leaders w/deep exp in video and event prod. Full info/apply HERE (4/28)

JOB OPENING: DISTRIBUTION & LICENSING SALES MANAGER/PAC-12/SF: Develop & maintain a pipeline of prospective distribution partners, focusing on licensing/digital syndication outlets and small MVPDs. Full posting/Apply HERE (4/28)

JOB OPENING: DIGITAL RESEARCH DIRECTOR/NBCU/NYC: NBCU Owned Stations looking for a dynamic, creative, Adobe Analytics leader to guide the reporting & analytics across divisions’ digital properties. Min 4 yrs of Research and/or Analytics experience using Adobe Analytics. Full info/apply HERE (4/28)

JOB OPENING: DIGITAL CUSTOMER ACQUISITION DIRECTOR/Momentous/San Fran or Boston: Build sports nutrition brand thru data-driven mktg ads; lead direct sales initiatives online. Passionate growth hacker/strategist to drive customer acquisition, loyalty & sales perf to max ROI & LTV. 5 yrs digital acquisition mktg exp. Full info/apply HERE (4/27)

DIGITAL AD OPS ASSOCIATE/A+E Networks/NY: Execute day-to-day testing, optimization & troubleshooting of all non-linear ad/promotional campaigns and contribute to large-scale digital projects that provide personal and professional growth. Full info/apply HERE (4/26)

JOB OPENING:  MGR, PROGRAM SCHEDULING/SYFY/NYC: Genre-passionate candidate with a wide-ranging and extensive background in Program Scheduling. Mng short-term plan’g, scheduling & stunting on the network w/the goal of driving ratings. Min 4 yrs working in programming or scheduling. Full info/apply HERE (4/26)

JOB OPENING: FREELANCE PROJECT MGR/PARAMOUNT NETWORK/NYC: Mng, plan & track all deliverables for project team incl. social, digital, mktg & creative assets. Work closely w/media plan’g, design, press, integrated mktg & talent. Exc client-facing & internal comm skills. Strong written & verbal comm skills. Resume PNcreative@viacom.com (4/25)

DIRECTOR, HUMAN RESOURCES/Telemundo KNTV/San Jose: Provide strategic HR leadership for NBC Bay Area TV Stations (NBC Bay Area and Telemundo 48). Min 7 yrs professional HR exp. Fluent in Spanish – verbal and written. Full info/apply HERE (4/25)

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ABC: American Idol, The Crossing  
CBS: Big Bang Theory [r], Young Sheldon [r], Mom [r]. Living Biblically [r], The Late Late Show Carpool Karaoke
CW: Supergirl, iZombie
FOX: Lucifer, The Resident 
NBC:  The Voice, Good Girls
PBS: Antiques Roadshow, Antiques Roadshow [r], Independent Lens
TELEMUNDO: Mi Familia Perfecta, Al Otro Lado Del Muro, Enemigo Intimo
UNIVISION: El Rico y Lazaro, Papa a Toda Madre, Por Amar Sin Ley

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