10/31/17: In wake of Spacey allegation, news breaks of House of Cards’ conclusion

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JUST IN…
 
House of Cards is tumbling down. Netflix will pull the plug on the series after its upcoming 6th season, which is slated to debut in 2018. The season started shooting about two weeks ago. The revelation comes in the wake of recent allegations, made by Star Trek Discovery actor Anthony Rapp, that series star Kevin Spacey made unwanted advances toward him in the 1980s, when Rapp was only fourteen years old. Spacey, while claiming no memory of the event, nonetheless apologized for it in a tweeted statement. The actor also announced that he “choose[s] now to live as a gay a man.” House of Cards creator Beau Willimon called Rapp’s story “deeply troubling.” Though interestingly enough, a number of sources told TVLine that the decision to conclude the series was made months ago, and had nothing to do with Rapp’s allegations. (The timing of when the news leaked? That’s almost certainly another matter.) The conclusion of House of Cards marks the end of an era for Netflix: The show was Netflx’s first original drama series.
 
Sprint and T-Mobile may not be merging after all. The Japanese publication Nikkei reported that Softbank, Sprint’s owner, is withdrawing from merger talks with T-Mobile parent Deutsche Telekom. The Wall Street Journal later reported the same thing – though CNBC contradicted both publications in a later story, reporting that talks remain ongoing. But CNBC also reports that both companies are struggling to agree over important issues, such as which company will be put in charge of the combined entity. Merger talks between T-Mobile and Sprint were first reported in September. At the time, Reuters reported that the two companies were close to settling on tentative terms.
 
 
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WhoHaHa, the digital media company launched by actress Elizabeth Banks, is teaming up with YouTube to help spearhead more video projects from female creators. A new production program will be held in nine different YouTube Spaces around the world, in cities ranging from New York to Mumbai. The program, which will be held over the course of twelve weeks, will give female YouTube comedians access to production crews and sets, specialized events and workshops, and mentorship from Banks. WhoHaHa will also invite a select number of creators to produce digital pilots. YouTube and WhoHaHa will choose a total of 100 creators to take part in the program. 
 
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Virtual MVPD services like DirecTV Now and YouTube TV added about 900,000 subscribers in Q3 of 2017, according to a new projection from Deutsche Bank analyst Matthew Niknam. Niknam noted that, with five of the top seven publicly-traded pay-TV companies now having reported their Q3 numbers, cord-cutting for the quarter sits at about 632,000.
 
 
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ADVERTISING
 
The push to bring-digital style ads to linear programming continues to ramp up. Fox Sports will air nine 6-second spots – a format popularized by YouTube – during its Thanksgiving broadcast of an NFL game between the Detroit Lions and Minnesota Vikings. Fox Networks Group first started testing the 6-second format this during this summer’s Teen Choice Awards. Fox isn’t the only one; AMC recently started attaching 6-second ads to new episodes of The Walking Dead.
 
 
APPS + PLATFORMS
 
Google’s YouTube is bringing its live TV service to TV screens. The company announced that YouTube TV apps will soon be available for the Xbox One and Xbox One S, the Nvidia Shield streaming device, and smart TV’s that come equipped the Android TV platform. The new apps will roll out in the coming days. In addition, Google says that it ultimately aims to bring YouTube TV to smart TV’s from Samsung, Sony, and LG, as well as the Apple TV streaming box.
 
YouTube TV may be debuting on a number of new platforms, but it won’t be coming to Amazon devices anytime soon: The e-commerce giant’s platforms were notably absent from YouTube’s announcement. As Recode points out, Google and Amazon aren’t on the best of terms. The companies’ relationship reached a new level of frostiness about two years ago, when Amazon decided to stop selling Google’s Chromecast streaming device.
 
Amazon is moving a number of its entertainment-related divisions to Culver Studios, the famed Hollywood production space that’s been used by the likes of Cecil B. DeMille and David O. Selznick. Amazon Studios, Amazon Video, IMDB, and Amazon’s global advertising group are all making the move. The divisions will occupy over 280,000 square feet worth of space.
 
 
VIRTUAL + AUGMENTED REALITY
 
Universal Music Group announced a new partnership with the VR entertainment company Within. Under the deal, Within will help to develop virtual reality experiences featuring UMG artists. The companies say they will collaborate on a number of immersive experiences, which will be distributed through the Within app. According to a release, UMG and Within will also work together to promote and market new songs.
 
 
RESEARCH
 
According to a new study from Digital TV Research, video piracy is getting more costly. The research firm projects that, by 2022, the U.S. will suffer $11.6 billion in lost revenue due to video piracy. That’s up from $9 billion in 2016. And the U.S. isn’t alone. For instance, Digital TV Research estimates that China will lose $9.8 billion due to piracy by 2022 – up from $5.5 billion last year.
 
 
MEASURING UP…
 
The ListenFirst Television Interest (TVI) Rating (TM) is a standardized measurement of the most buzzed-about TV programs on linear TV and streaming services. A complement to ListenFirst’s other syndicated data products (such as the ListenFirst Digital Audience Rating – TV), the metrics included in the rating capture organic actions that are largely unaffected by paid media. Programs that surface on the TVI leaderboards are the most hashtagged on FacebookTwitterGoogle+, and Tumblr, as well as most searched for on Wikipedia (used as a proxy for organic search volume).
 
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Source: ListenFirst. The TVI Rating aggregates metrics that measure organically generated activity by fans of the TV show. The metric includes total volume of official hashtag mentions on FacebookTwitterGoogle+, and Tumblr, along with Wikipedia page views (as a proxy for organic search volume) for a show as a percentage of the total volume of the same activities for all shows.
 
OpenSlate Engagement Data for the People & Blogs vertical, based on the engagement metric for the week ending October 29
 

 
 EXECUTIVE MOVES
 
Eric Vespe is headed to Rooster Teeth, the digital media company owned by Fullscreen Media. The longtime entertainment journalist, who previously served as a reporter for Ain’t It Cool News, will serve as Senior Entertainment News Writer for The Know, a Rooster Teeth YouTube property focused on gaming news and geek culture. At Ain’t It Cool News, Vespe was known as Quint. He left the site in September.
 
 
TRIVIA
 
Before appearing in Netflix’s Stranger Things, the young actor Caleb McLaughlin held a role in which Broadway musical? (Email trivia@cynopsis.com with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and state.)
 
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