11/30/17: Matt Lauer accuser says sexual harassment started in Sochi

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Today co-anchor Matt Lauer was fired from NBC News following a detailed complaint from a colleague, received Monday night, alleging inappropriate sexual behavior during the 2014 Sochi Olympics. The accuser said the behavior continued after the Games, in the workplace. A shaken Savannah Guthrie shared news of the termination on the morning show on Tuesday, saying she was “heartbroken” for Lauer as well as the “brave colleague who came forward to tell her story.” Lauer started at Today in 1992 filling in as news reader, taking over for Bryant Gumble as Katie Couric’s co-anchor in 1997.
Civil rights attorney Ari Wilkenfeld said he is representing Lauer’s alleged victim, and offered a statement describing a meeting that he and his client had with representatives from NBC’s Human Resources and Legal Departments on Monday night that lasted several hours. “Our impression at this point is that NBC acted quickly, as all companies should, when confronted with credible allegations of sexual misconduct in the workplace,” said Wilkenfeld. “While I am encouraged by NBC’s response to date, I am in awe of the courage my client showed to be the first to raise a complaint and to do so without making any demands other than the company do the right thing.” Wilkenfeld’s client was not the only female subjected to misconduct by Lauer, according to a 2-month investigation conducted by Variety that alleges a pattern of lewd comments, behavior and texts.
Former Today co-anchor Ann Curry, in a previously scheduled interview with People, said she was “still processing” Lauer’s speedy fall from grace, but noted, “The battle lines are now clear. We need to move this revolution forward and make our workplaces safe.” Curry’s brief stint as Lauer’s co-anchor ended in 2012. Fox News transplant Megyn Kelly, new host of the 9a hour on Today, said Lauer has been “a friend and kind and supportive to me in my transition to NBC News, and I see the anguish on my colleagues’ faces. But when this happens, what we don’t see is the pain on the faces of those who found the courage to come forward.”
At least two more women stepped forward with complaints about Lauer on Wednesday, according to the New York Times, including one woman who told the paper Lauer called her to his office locked the door and assaulted her.
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Andrew Kreisberg, exec producer the CW/Warner Bros. Television’s Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, Arrow and The Flash, has been cut loose less than 3 weeks after being suspended over allegations of sexual harassment. “After a thorough investigation, Warner Bros. Television Group has terminated Andrew Kreisberg’s employment, effective immediately,” said WB. Greg Berlanti will assume additional responsibilities on The Flash and Supergirl. Nineteen men and women leveled accusations of misconduct over a period of several years.
AT&T “has gotten to the very heart of the DOJ’s case” to block the AT&T/ Time Warner merger with its promise of no blackouts for 7 years, and offer of arbitration to distributors when Turner carriage deals expire. “It becomes much harder to reject the deal when AT&T is committing to exactly the same behavioral remedy to which Comcast committed,” said analysts Craig Moffett and Michael Nathanson in a research note. The Justice Department has sued to block the deal on antitrust grounds, and will see AT&T in court for a pre-trial hearing on December 7.
Speaking in NYC Wednesday, AT&T president and CEO Randall Stephenson said that while his company is indeed “prepared to make concessions” to get the Time Warner deal done, “we’re going to do nothing that would lend credence to the idea that we’re actually making concessions to address somebody’s concerns with CNN.” Regulators had earlier suggested AT&T could win approval if CNN wasn’t part of the picture.
Showtime picked up comedy SMILF for a second season. SMILF debuted with the biggest premiere week audience for a new Showtime comedy since 2012. Freshman finale airs Sunday, December 31 at 10p.
HC2 Network has acquired Spanish-language network Azteca America. The deal “marks an exciting and transformative milestone in Azteca America’s history,” said Manuel Abud, president and CEO, Azteca America. “We believe HC2 Network’s long-term investment and resources better position us, on a greater scale, to be an industry leader delivering best-in-class programming, production value and marketing solutions to our audiences and partners alike.”
Yesterday, approximately 150 people were informed their jobs were being eliminated at ESPN. Staffers were warned the boom was about to lower in a morning email from network president John Skipper, who said the majority of the job cuts were in studio production, digital content and technology, “and they generally reflect decisions to do less in certain instances and redirect resources.”  
To the surprise of no one, USA and Universal Cable Productions announced Meghan Markle will be leaving Suits at the end of season 7. “We want to send our most heartfelt congratulations to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry on their engagement,” said the companies in a statement. “Meghan has been a member of our family for seven years and it has been a joy to work with her.” Season 8 has not yet been ordered.
CNN announced it would not be attending the annual White House Christmas Party for the Press. “In light of the President’s continued attacks on freedom of the press and CNN, we do not feel it is appropriate to celebrate with him as his invited guests,” said the news net. Can’t blame CNN for not feeling welcome – two days earlier, Trump had tweeted, “We should have a contest as to which of the networks, plus CNN and not including Fox, is the most corrupt and/or distorted in its political coverage of your favorite President (me). They are all bad.”
Alton Brown inked a new multi-year deal to remain with Food Network and Cooking Channel that will have him developing new TV series and digital content, as well as his existing shows.
CBS is adding 8 episodes to season 6 of Elementary, for a total of 21. The drama, renewed in May, did not make it onto the fall schedule, but could replace freshman Wisdom of the Crowd, which did not get an order for more episodes.
Fox upped its order for freshman comedy Ghosted by 6, for a total of 16. Paul Lieberstein (The Office) will serve as exec producer and showrunner for the last batch, replacing Kevin Etten.
NBC is developing a family comedy from Alex Brightman (School of Rock: The Musical), Jeffrey Seller (Hamilton) and Universal Television, centered on a twentysomething who moves back home with his parents in NYC.
WWE Studios, the WWE’s motion picture production arm, is expanding to include scripted, non-scripted, family and animated TV and digital content. “Our new expanded focus on television and digital continues to push WWE Studios as a multi-platform production company, with the ability to create original content for global distribution,” said Michael Luisi, president WWE Studios.  
Valerie Bertinelli and Duff Goldman are back for a new season of Kids Baking Championship, starting Monday, January 1 at 9p on Food Network.
Next Wednesday, Dec 6th, we’ll be diving into the world of Artificial Intelligence during our last webinar of the year. With special presenters from IBM Watson MarketingMindshare NAScripps Networks Interactive and Zone TV, learn how to best employ this new solution to getting your content discovered and keeping viewers engaged. Register here.
Season 2 of Bravo’s Summer House opens Monday, January 22 at 10p, with the original crew – and then some – partying it up in the Hamptons.
Telemundo Deportes’ first original documentary-style sports production, Que Momento (What a Moment) debuts Saturday, December 2 at 7p. The special, which will present new episodes every quarter, launches with the story behind #NoEraPenal, when the Mexican National Team was eliminated from the 2014 World Cup.
The Family I Had, following a family after the teenage son kills his sister, premieres Thursday, December 21 at 8p on ID. Documentary film debuted at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival.
Today weather anchor Al Roker and Today co-host Hoda Kotb will co-host the 129th Rose Parade on January 1, NBC’s 91st year covering the event. Don’t hold your breath for rookie errors – it’s Roker’s 21st year as host and Kotb’s 5th. Grand marshal of the parade is actor and humanitarian Gary Sinise.
INSP’s nostalgic holiday programming includes specials from Andy Williams (first airing Sunday, December 3at 7p), Bing Crosby (Sunday, December 10 at 7p), Perry Como (Sunday, December 17 at 7p) and Danny Kaye (Sunday, December 24 at 11p).
Two-night special Manson Speaks: Inside the Mind of a Madman premieres Sunday, December 3 and Monday, December 4 at 9p on History. The special includes 6 hours of never-before-broadcast phone conversations with the cult leader.
The national TV advertising market crept up 1% in October, with cable up 3% and broadcast down 2%, according to Standard Media Index. While news spend was down overall, CBS bucked the trend with a 6% increase, mostly due to CBS This Morning and Face the Nation.
Hulu grabbed SVOD rights to Designated Survivor, Revenge, Shadowhunters, Marvel’s Agent Carter, The Catch and Bunheads from Disney/ABC Television Group. Disney is one of the owners of the service.
Comcast and iHeartMedia are partnering to make digital music, podcasting and live streaming radio service available on Xfinity X1, so customers can access over 1000 radio stations on their TV. “Music continues to be an important part of the X1 in-home entertainment experience, and we are providing X1 customers with even more choice in how, when and where they enjoy it,” said Nancy Spears, VP, digital media distribution and monetization, Comcast Cable. 
The Weather Channel’s streaming service, Local Now, has been added to XUMO, which delivers OTT, VOD and live digital channels direct to consumers, as its first hyper-local, dynamic channel. The Local Now channel will first be available on Channel Plus, XUMO, for LG Electronics as channel IP-126. The Local Now stream will dynamically update in the Channel Plus service based on the viewer’s location selection.
Fusion is continuing its expansion of The Root, a news and culture site for African-Americans, with new beauty vertical The Glow Up. “It’s a feel-good oasis where we can go to let our hair down, then learn how to style it when we want to put it back up again,” said The Root editor-in-chief Danielle C. Belton.
Maggie Grace (Lost) has joined the upcoming season 4 cast of AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead as a series regular. The zombie drama is shooting in Austin, TX.
Chris Evans (Captain America) will narrate Nat Geo docu-series Chain of Command, a portrait of war that is a collaboration with the Pentagon. “I’m proud to be a part of any project that shines a spotlight on the incredible work our armed forces do every day around the world,” said Evans, who has served as a spokesperson for Got Your Six. Eight-parter premieres Monday, January 15 at 9p.
Kendrick Sampson (White Famous) will play a villain in a story arc on CW’s The Flash.
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The BBC is merging BBC Worldwide with independent production unit BBC Studios. The new company will be headed by Chief Executive Tim Davie, with BBC Studios’ Mark Linsey as Chief Creative Officer.
China’s national broadcaster, China Central Television Children’s Channel, and Sesame Workshop will co-produce segments for CCTV’s annual Spring Festival special. For the first time, CCTV will be on the Sesame Street set in New York to shoot segments showcasing Chinese New Year traditions, customs, and stories. The segments build on a relationship that started 35 years ago with the televised Big Bird in China special.

Outdoor Channel has launched its HD channel on DirecTV, on channel 606.
CBS’s Late Show with Stephen Colbert had its first Nielsen November Sweep late night win, averaging 3.706 million viewers (+23% over last year). Among A18-49, Late Show averaged 763,000 viewers, up +5% from November 2016 and closing the gap with NBC’s Tonight Show (820,000).
Hallmark Channel’s third annual “Five-Night Thanksgiving Event” made it the highest-rated and most-watched network on cable for the week in Households, W25-54, W18-49 and total viewers, as well as the net’s most-watched week ever across all key demos. Collectively, the 5 new original movies averaged a 3.6HH rating, 812,000 W25-54, and 4.2 million total viewers.
The CW’s Legends of Tomorrow on Tuesday, which was the conclusion of a 4-part crossover event, earned a .9 rating among A18-49 and 2.8 million viewers, almost 90% higher in the demo and viewers than last week.
Fox Business Network’s Mornings with Maria averaged 107,000 business viewers in November, squeaking by CNBC’s Squawk Box (105,000) for its first monthly win.
UniMas weeknight drama La Tierra Prometida reported year-over-year audience gains in its 8p time period among Total Viewers 2+ (+37% to 1,127,000) and A18-49 (+4% to 399,000) the week of November 20.
CBS’s The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show slid 29% but still won its 10p time slot on Tuesday among A18-49 with 1.5/6, and slipped 25% from last year in viewers, with 4.98 million.
Top 10 Broadcast Programs Among A18-49 ratings/share for the week of November 20, 2017
NBC: Sunday Night Football 6.0/20
NBC: NFL Thursday Special 5.1/21
NBC: Football Nt. America Pt. 3 3.0/11
CBS: Big Bang Theory 2.9/13
NBC: NFL Pre-game 2.7/12
CBS: Young Sheldon 2.6/11
NBC: This Is Us 2.5/10
CBS: 60 Minutes 1.9/6
ABC: The Good Doctor 1.8/7
CBS: Mom 1.8/7
Broadcast Morning News Shows Weekly Average Ratings week of November 20, 2017
ABC: Good Morning America 4.36 million total viewers; 1.1/10 and 1.355 million A25-54
NBC: Today 4.31 million total viewers; 1.2/11 and 1.496 million A25-54
CBS: This Morning 3.86 million total viewers; 0.8/8 and 1.0 million A25-54
Late Night Shows Weekly Average Ratings week of November 20, 2017
CBS: The Late Show 3.37million total viewers; 0.52/3 among A18-49
NBC: The Tonight Show 3.00 million total viewers; 0.77/5 among A18-49
ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live 2.20 million total viewers; 0.45/3 among A18-49
Top 10 U.S. Primetime Shows Video Power Index: Week of November 20, 2017
VPI/Video Action/Video Views/Total Action
Riverdale (CW) 1247/942K/357K/1.4M
The Flash (CW) 642/1.1M/5.7M/1.4M
The Walking Dead (AMC) 563/546K/188K/1.4M
Supernatural (CW) 431/349K/1.4K/516K
Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO) 334/252K/1.1M/288K
American Horror Story (FX) 263/99K/402K/267K
Dancing With the Stars (ABC) 248/402K/4.6M/2.2M
Arrow (CW) 245/423K/3.5M/774K
The Voice (NBC) 239/721K/20.8M/1.5M
This Is Us (NBC) 238/154K/4.6M/452K
Based on Shareablee’s Video Power Index, which combines viewing, consumer interactions and audience scale across all active platforms and includes the video performance of primetime TV shows.
Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions): Tuesday, November 28, 2017 time period averages
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated Live+SD
NBC: 9.74 million
The Voice 10.51, This Is Us 10.84, Chicago Med 7.87
CBS: 6.92 million
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 8.02, NCIS 7.76, The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 4.98
FOX: 3.46 million
Lethal Weapon 4.95, The Mick 2.20, Brooklyn Nine-Nine 1.71
CW: 2.75 million
The Flash 2.74, Legends of Tomorrow 2.76
ABC: 2.54 million
The Middle 3.94, Fresh Off the Boat 2.71, Black-ish 2.61, The Mayor 1.95, Kevin (Probably) Saves the World 2.03
Univision:  1.12 million
La Rosa de Guadalupe 1.16, Mi Marido Tien e Familia 1.24, Cesar en Tentacion .96
Telemundo: 1.04 million
Milagros de Navidad .80, Sin Senos Sin Hay 1.26, Senor Acero 4: La Coyote 1.05
Tuesday A18-49 Rating NBC 1.9/7, CBS 1.5/6, FOX .9/3, CW .9/3, ABC .6/2, TELE .5/2, UNI .5/2
Viacom has appointed Jose Tolosa as Chief Transformation Officer, overseeing a team responsible for guiding the company’s transformation agenda. Previously, Tolosa served as Chief Operating Officer of Viacom International Media Networks.
A+E Networks promoted Sean Murtagh to Senior Vice President, Finance, overseeing financial planning for A&E, History, Lifetime, Lifetime Movies and FYI, as well as A+E Studios and marketing. Previously, Murtagh was VP, Finance for A+E Networks.
Grupo Televisa announced that Salvi Folch has been appointed interim Chief Executive Officer of Televisa’s cable division. He replaces Adolfo Lagos, who passed away unexpectedly. Folch joined the company in 2000 and is currently Vice President of Strategic Planning at Televisa.
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