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PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT
 
Matador Content (Lip Sync Battle) signed a development deal with Little Creatures to develop fiction and non-fiction projects for broadcast, cable and streaming platforms.
 
Nnedi Okorafor, author of “Who Fears Death,” announced via Twitter that the novel has been optioned by HBO and is in early development as a series, with George R.R. Martin (Game of Thrones) as executive producer.
 
 
NEW & RETURNING SERIES
 
Season 9 of HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm launches Sunday, October 1 at 10p. Season 8 of the Larry David comedy wrapped back in 2011.
 
Oxygen offers new evidence and never-before-seen footage in The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway, premiering Saturday, August 19 at 9p. The case of the 18-year-old who disappeared in Aruba in 2005 is the first installment of a true crime franchise.
 
ID’s Murder By Numbers offers a twist – and extra dead bodies – on true crime investigations, starting tomorrow, July 12 at 10p. Suspicious deaths are also the focus of The Coroner: I Speak for the Dead, launching season 2 on Monday, July 17 at 10p.
 
I’m Sorry debuts on truTV Wednesday, July 12 with back-to-back episodes. New scripted comedy centers on a comedy writer and mother who exposes her neuroses in life situations.
 
Season 9 of TLC’s The Little Couple debuts Tuesday, September 19 at 9p.
 
Get Shorty debuts on Epix Sunday, August 13 at 10p, focused on a shady character who decides to give Hollywood a shot. Ahead of the launch, Epix is hosting a free preview weekend August 10-13.
 
 
COMING UP
 
Former First Lady Michelle Obama will posthumously honor Eunice Kennedy Shriver with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 25th annual ESPY Awards, airing tomorrow, July 12 at 8p on ABC.
 
 
ADVERTISING
 
Kantar has launched a new service, Kantar Activate, integrating consumer insights and behavior with behavioral shopper and media data. “Advertisers and agencies will be able to leverage what consumers believe, what they value, and the underpinnings of why they buy what they buy, to build audiences that can power highly targeted and accurate advanced advertising,” said Katie Casavant, who will serve as CEO of Kantar Activate while retaining her role as CEO of Shopcom.
 
Viagra, which spent over $30 million on pro football ads last season, will likely be sitting on the sidelines this year, reports AdAge. With Pfizer is losing its patent exclusivity and generic versions of the little blue pill on the way, it doesn’t make business sense to invest so heavily in advertising. Fellow ED product Cialis will lose its exclusive status during the season.
 
Citing a “difficult time for the agency holding companies” amid media fragmentation, Pivotal Research Group’s Brian Wieser informed analysts PRG had revised valuations of the sector. “With reduced price targets, we continue to rate each of them ‘Hold,’” said Wieser. “While we continue to expect growth for agencies, challenges that became much more visible by the middle of last year are likely to compress expansion in years ahead vs. prior expectations.”
 
Georgetown Cupcake is taking a bite out of Shark Week, airing on Discovery the week of July 23, with the “2017 Shark Week Dozen,” available in locations nationwide. Meanwhile Cold Stone Creamery is offering creations like “Great Bite” and “Deep Sea Delight.” Other partners include conservation group Oceana, Southwest Airlines, Marriott, and Live Love Polish, purveyors of “Shark Skin” nail polish, among others.
 
 
SOCIAL GOOD
 
P&G is donating $10 to the March of Dimes for every Amazon Prime Day Pampers diaper subscription. Social influencers, including singer Ne-Yo, will boost the effort in a Facebook Live session this morning. “We want to connect with shoppers in a meaningful way this Prime Day, so we chose a platform that would allow us to interact in real time,” Andrea Zahumensky, North America Baby Care Brand Director for P&G, told Adweek.
 
 
VIDEOS IN SHORT
 
Spanish-language education/entertainment net HITN inked a deal with HispanoPost Media Group to produce 2-minute capsules under the title Voces (Voices) highlighting achievements by Hispanics in the U.S. The videos are designed to complement the network’s programming.
 
 
DIGITAL DEVELOPMENTS
 
Amazon Prime’s membership has grown from 66 million to 79 million since the end of 2016, according to MorningStar. That’s inching closer to the 90.3 million subscribers for pay TV, notes Recode, which projected Amazon Prime could surpass pay TV numbers as early as next year.
 
Starz announced plans to grow its app/OTT/on-demand content offerings by about 40% by the end of the year, to 7700 selections, including 60 kids series, as well as hundreds of selections for both kids and Spanish-language audiences.
 
SpongeBob SquarePants: You Bring the Color gives fans a chance to help digitally color new episodes of the show online, and possibly have their versions featured on Nickelodeon in the fall during a special themed week of new episodes. The digital destination has over 50 scenes to color.
 
 
CASTING
 
Erinn Hayes landed on her feet. The actress, who left Kevin Can Wait after one season, will play the female lead in Amazon comedy The Dangerous Book for Boys, along with Chris Diamantopoulos (Good Girls Revolt).
 
Richard Dreyfuss will guest star on AT&T Audience Network’s upcoming comedy Hit the Road, about a family of would-be rock stars traveling the country in search of fame. Dreyfuss will play the father of series co-creator Jason Alexander. Series is slated for a fall premiere.
 
Bill Skarsgard (It) landed a series regular role in Hulu’s Castle Rock, a psychological-horror series set in the Stephen King universe….J.J. Soria (Animal Kingdom) has joined the cast of Crackle cop drama The Oath…. Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight) and Hugo Weaving (The Matrix) are onboard Showtime limited series Patrick Melrose, based on the semi-autographical novels by Edward St. Aubyn….Juliette Lewis (Secrets & Lies) will recur on season 2 of EpixGraves.
 
Marvel Television and ABC Signature Studios set the cast for live-action series Marvel’s New Warriors, slated to debut on Freeform in 2018: Milana Vayntrub (This Is Us), Derek Theler (Baby Daddy), Jeremy Tardy (Dear White People), Calum Worthy (Austin & Ally), Matthew Moy (2 Broke Girls) and Kate Comer (The Comeback).
 
 
 GOING GLOBAL
 
India’s Asianet ordered an adaptation of Armoza Formats The People’s Choice. Big Synergy is producing.
 
Genius Brands International signed a broadcast licensing agreement with Nat Geo Kids that will bring animated children’s series Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab to Latin America. Genius Brands also appointed Latin American independent licensing agency Tycoon Enterprises as the pan-Latin American licensing agent for the Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab brand.
 
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RATINGS
 
Fox News led news nets in 2Q17 with an average 472,000 primetime viewers A25-54, versus 389,000 for MSNBC and 370,000 for CNN. And while Bill O’Reilly replacement Tucker Carlson makes significantly less than his predecessor, points out the Wall Street Journal, Carlson has boosted the net’s share of the news demo, grabbing 21% more in ad dollars per 30-second spot.
 
The premiere of FX’s Snowfall delivered 1.3 million viewers A18-49 in Live+3 numbers, and 2.24 million total viewers. Counting two encore telecasts for the night and digital viewership, the number jumps to 3.23 million total viewers.
 
Bravo was the #6 ad-supported cable net among P18-49 and P25-54 in 2Q17, and year-to-date is the #1 cable network for video on demand, with 57.1 million viewers on set-top box, up +22% versus the prior year. Sister net Oxygen boasts it’s the fastest-growing cable entertainment net among total viewers in total day in 2017 YTD, up +51% year over year.
 
CBS game show Candy Crush premiered to a 1.1 rating among A18-49 and 4.1 million viewers on Sunday, according to Nielsen overnights.
 
SHAREABLEE SOCIAL TV RATINGS: Top U.S. Shows Overall by Engagement for the week of July 3, 2017
Program, Total Actions (000), Total Content, Actions per Content (000), Fans/Followers (000)
E! News (E!) 3363, 629, 5, 2995
Today Show (NBC) 1614, 532, 3, 11829
Good Morning America (ABC) 1174, 433, 3, 11847
TMZ (Warner Bros. synd.) 1030, 761, 1, 1315
Fox & Friends (Fox News) 821, 428, 2, 3443
Entertainment Tonight (CBS synd.) 524, 505, 1, 6855
The 700 Club (Freeform synd.) 488, 137, 4, 2308
NBC Nightly News (NBC) 413, 551, ,75, 4176
Love & Hip Hop Atlanta (VH1) 349, 132, 3, 7995
ABC World News Tonight (ABC) 284, 557, 511, 4326
Based on Total Actions (reactions, comments, shares and retweets)
 
NIELSEN SOCIAL CONTENT RATINGS: Top Series and Specials by Total Interactions for the week of July 3, 2017
Program, Total Interactions (000), Facebook (000), Twitter (000)
WWE Great Balls of Fire (PPV) 481, 249, 232
Premios Juventud (Univision) 340, 295, 45
Big Brother (CBS) 314, 176, 137
Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular (NBC) 292, 277, 15
Love & Hip Hop Atlanta (VH1) 267, 207, 61
WWE Monday Night RAW (USA) 255, 172, 84
Big Brother (CBS) 244, 181, 63
Power (Starz) 238, 196, 42
Big Brother (CBS) 231, 181, 50
WWE Smackdown! (USA) 201, 108, 93
Source: Nielsen. Uniques and Interactions are a measure of total relevant U.S. social media activity grossed across Facebook and Twitter from three hours before through three hours after broadcast, local time. Includes primetime and late fringe programming with metrics available across social platforms on Broadcast and National Cable and excludes sports events.
 
Live + Same Day Household Viewers (millions): Friday, June 9, 2017 time period averages.
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD
NBC: 4.9 million
America’s Got Talent 4.8 million, Dateline 5.1 million
CBS: 4.72 million
MacGyver 4.05, Hawaii Five-0 4.61, Blue Bloods 5.5
ABC: 3.54 million
Shark Tank 3.71, What Would You Do? 3.77 million, 20/20 3.16 million
UNIVISION 1.4 million
Jose de Egipto 1.74, Doble Vida e Carrillo 1.51, Rosario Tijeras 1.02
FOX: 1.3 million
MasterChef .1.38 million, Beat Shazam 1.22 million
TELE: 1.2 million
Jenni Rivera: Mariposa de Barrio 1.0, La Querida del Centauro .995, El Senor de los Cielos 1.69
CW: .67 million
Originals .7/1, Reign .5/1

Friday A19-49:
 NBC .8/4, ABC .7/3, CBS .5/2, TELE .5/2, UNI .5/2, FOX .4/2, CW .2/1
Source: Nielsen
 
 
EXECUTIVE MOVES
 
Adam Symson becomes President and CEO of The E.W. Scripps Company on Tuesday, August 8. The company’s board of directors set that date for the CEO transition from Rich Boehne, who will continue as Scripps chairman.
 
Brie Miranda Bryant has joined Lifetime as Senior Vice President, Unscripted Development and Programming. Bryant was most recently SVP, Development and Production for BET Networks.
 
Keith Turner is retiring as President of Ad Sales at Univision at the end of 2017. Turner has been in the position since 2012. “Keith is a uniquely talented individual who has been a friend and an inspiring leader to all who have had the opportunity to work with him,” said Randy Falco, President and CEO of Univision Communications. No successor has been named.
 
Ownzones Media Network appointed Nick Nelson as Head of Product Innovation. Nelson had served as Head of Product Creative at Netflix before founding Technically Creative in 2016.
 
Warner Bros. Digital Networks hired Eric Besner as Senior Vice President, Business Development; Greg Salter as Senior Vice President, Business and Strategic Planning; and Katie Soo as Senior Vice President, Marketing. All three will report to Jay Levine, Executive Vice President, Warner Bros. Digital Networks.
 
 
IN MEMORIAM
 
Actor Ji-Tu Cumbuka died July 4 after a long illness. He was 77. In addition to appearing in 1977’s Roots, Cumbuka’s television work included CIS, Knots Landing and Walker, Texas Ranger.
 


This Day in History: 1944 – Franklin Roosevelt announced he would seek a fourth term as President of the United States.
 
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WHAT’S ON TONIGHT – TUESDAY, JULY 11
ABC: The Middle [r], Fresh Off the Boat [r], black-ish [r], black-ish [r], American Housewife [r], The Middle [r]
CBS: NCIS [r], Bull [r], NCIS: New Orleans [r]
CW: The Flash [r], Whose Line Is It Anyway [r], Whose Line Is It Anyway [r]   
FOX: MLB All-Star Game
NBC: America’s Got Talent, World of Dance  
PBS: The Story of China [f], Frontline [r] 
Telemundo: Jenni Rivera: Mariposa de Barrio, La Querida del Centauro, El Senor de los Cielos
Univision: Jose de Egipto, La Doble Vida de Estala Carrilo, Rosario Tijeras

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