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FremantleMedia inked a new exclusive overall deal with novelist and screenwriter Neil Cross (Luther). The agreement calls for Cross to work with Kate Harwood, MD of Euston Films, and Dante Di Loreto, president of scripted entertainment for FremantleMedia North America, to develop high-end drama projects. Series created through the deal will be distributed globally by FremantleMedia International.
HBO Films is developing Think Aaron, based on the story of late hacktivist Aaron Swartz, reports Deadline. Project comes from Tribeca Productions, Eric Roth and Debra Greenfield, writer Andy Bellin and Elliott Lester.
AMC announced the start of production on season 2 of The Son. Added to the cast as recurring series regulars are Lois Smith (Lady Bird), Glenn Stanton (Simi Valley), David Sullivan (Sharp Objects), Duke Davis Roberts (Justified), Alex Hernandez (UnREAL)) and Jeremy Bobb (The Knick). Series returns in 2018.
USA renewed Shooter for season 3. Season 2 was cut to 8 episodes from 10 when star Ryan Phillippe broke his leg; the finale aired September 5. Season 3 will be loosely based on the second book in Stephen Hunter’s Bob Lee Swagger series.
OUTtv and Boulet Brothers Productions greenlit of season 3 of The Boulet Brothers DRAGULA. Since launching on OUTtv on October 31, season 2 has posted a 57% increase on its timeslot compared to a year ago and has been the most-streamed content on OUTtvGo.  Season two has also been licensed to SBS Viceland in Australia. 
Something old, something new: The 90th Oscars ceremony will begin at 8p, a half-hour earlier than previous telecasts, on Sunday, March 4 on ABC. Pre-show starts at 6:30p.
Kirsten Bell will host the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday, January 21. It will be the first time the ceremony has had an emcee. “This has been a year in which assumptions have been challenged, stereotypes have been shattered, and precedents have been broken,” said exec producer Kathy Connell. “We decided to capture the cultural mood by casting aside one of our own traditions.” As for Bell, she’s “a little nervous,” admitted the Good Place star. Awards show will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS at 8p.
The Nanny is coming to Cozi TV next year, starting with a 9a-8p marathon of the Fran Drescher sitcom on January 1. The show’s regular weekday slots will be 10a, 7p and 12a (check local listings).
The 40th Annual Kennedy Centers Honors will air on CBS Tuesday, December 26 at 9p, celebrating the achievements of Gloria Estefan, Norman Lear, LL Cool J, Carmen de Lavallade and Lionel Richie. The ceremony took place Sunday, December 3. President Trump was a no-show; the White House announced in August it was canceling the traditional reception and Trump would pass on the awards after Lear and Lavallade said they planned to boycott the presidential meeting. “I’m thankful he chose not to come,” said Estefan on the red carpet. “All it does is overshadow the accomplishments of people who spent a lifetime trying to do something.” Richie was just excited about the company he found himself in, saying, “I’m graduating in a class with Norman Lear, excuse me!”
The practical applications of Artificial Intelligence in precision targeting and dynamic ad creation are “just the tip of the iceberg,” Jean-Luc Chatelain, chief technology officer at Accenture Analytics, tells Adweek. Which means we still have a lot to learn about this powerful new tool. With 58% of U.S. marketing and advertising execs expected to use automated personalized content in 2018 (per GumGum), is your team up to speed? They can be after tomorrow’s Cynopsis webinar, Using Artificial Intelligence to Capture & Captivate Audiences, where experts from IBM Watson Marketing, Mindshare NA, Scripps Networks Interactive and Zone TV offer insights and intel. You can register here.
Spanish-language cable net Universo is airing one-hour special Remembering Jenni, Our Mom, focused on the life of late superstar singer Jenni Rivera. The cast of The Riveras share memorable moments and stories about their mother on Saturday, December 9 at 7p. A 4-hour marathon of I Love Jenni will precede the special.
Kristen Wiig will go Inside the Actors Studio on Thursday, December 21 at 8p on Bravo. The SNL alum recounts how she created characters like “Aunt Linda” and “Sue the Surprise Lady.”
Docu-series The Trade will have its world premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, and launch on Showtime Friday, February 2 at 9p. The 5-part follow-up to Cartel Land, directed and exec produced by Matthew Heineman and exec produced by Morgan Spurlock, focuses on the growers, addicts, cartel bosses and law enforcement officers caught in the opioid epidemic.
The Telemundo Station Group and ZGS Communications entered into agreements that, once they pass regulatory muster, will result in the Telemundo Station Group acquiring the 13 television stations, serving 10 markets, currently owned by ZGS. The Telemundo Station Group and ZGS will be jointly filing with the FCC. ZGS Communications currently owns and operates a full power Telemundo-affiliated station in the El Paso, TX market and Class A stations serving the Washington, DC, Hartford, CT, Orlando, FL, Tampa, FL, Ft. Myers, FL, Providence, RI, and Raleigh, NC markets, as well as low power stations serving the Springfield, MA, and Richmond, VA markets.
Boosted in part by the Olympics and midterm elections, North American ad expenditure will rise 3.4% in 2018, to almost $200 billion, projects WPP’s GroupM. This year’s gain was 2.2%.
comScore received Media Rating Council accreditation for its sophisticated invalidated traffic detection system for mobile app traffic. “Our clients can now be assured that their ad campaigns running across any digital media channel has met the highest standard of approval for detection and removal of SIVT,” said comScore.
Food network’s live, multi-platform Cookie Party has a new time: Friday, December 8 at 10:30a. The holiday stunt kicks off with Food Network live on Facebook with Food Network Kitchen Office Hours – Cookie Edition.
Sundance Now original This Close premieres on Valentine’s Day, Wednesday, February 14. The straight-to-series dramedy is based on a series of shorts featured at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival’s Short Form Episodic Showcase.
National Geographic is launching VOD service National Geographic+ in Denmark, Greece and South Africa next year, with a curated collection of doc programming aimed at millennial viewers.
Spanish-language net HITN TV just launched a multiplatform service, Avanza, offering free access to HITN’s content, as well as SVOD educational platform Avanza Kids. Michael D. Nieves, president and CEO of HITN, talks strategy in the new Cynsiders.
Netflix ordered an untitled French original romantic comedy series from UnRATED Studios, following a group of friends who hire a male escort to boost the confidence of their unlucky-in-love friend. Streaming will start in 2018. And Altered Carbon has a premiere date – the sci-fi drama starts streaming Friday, February 2.
Preschool learning and entertainment app Hopster is debuting a 6-minute holiday episode of Two Minute Tales. “The Little Toymaker” launches December 26, with a message of love and selflessness.
Gunpowder & Sky’s sci-fi brand, Dust, will digitally premiere George Lucas’ 1967 student short film, Electronic Labyrinth: THX 1138 4EB. The release is part of a partnership with the USC School of Cinematic Arts, with Dust showcasing one student’s sci-ci short every day until December 11, when the Lucas film debuts.
Wildlife and nature streaming video service Love Nature, a joint venture between Blue Ant Media and Smithsonian Networks, has launched a on Vodafone TV in 4K and HD in New Zealand.
Endemol Shine International struck a deal with HBO Europe for drama Gunpowder to air across the Nordics, Central and Eastern Europe and Spain. The thriller is produced by Kudos, part of Endemol Shine Group in association with Thriker Films and commissioned by BBC One.
9 Story Media Group secured deals across South East Asia, India, Taiwan and Australia for kids and family content, including Peg + Cat, Wild Kratts, Nerds and Monsters, Camp Lakebottom, Finding Stuff Out, Get Ace and 3 Amigonauts.
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Scripps Networks Interactive nets November highlights: HGTV ranked #4 with upscale W25-54 among cable nets in primetime, and #6 with W25-54; Food Network ranked #9 among ad supported cable nets for W25-54; Travel Channel held steady among A25-54, with median income up slightly; DIY saw its premiere A25-54 ratings grow 6% versus last year; Cooking Channel’s median viewer income rose 13% compared to last year, and Great American Country had its most upscale November ever, with media income up 29%.
Science Channel scored its highest rated November since 2010 in primetime, growing +12%/+14%/+17% among Adults/Men/Women 25-54 and +20% among total viewers P2+ versus 2016.
The Carol Burnett 50th Anniversary Special on Sunday delivered 15.2 million total viewers and 1.5 among A18-49 for CBS, according to Nielsen. It was the largest audience for an entertainment/non-sports special since the Oscars in February. NBC Sunday Night Football won the night with 16.2 million viewers and 5.2 in the demo.
The season 2 finale of Univision’s El Chapo delivered 1.3 million total viewers 2+ and 611,000 among A18-49, and reached 3.6 million viewers 2+ who tuned in to all or part of the 2-hour broadcast.
Top 12 Live+7 Playback Rankers by actual gain for the week of November 19, 2017
Live+SD/Live+7/+7 Actual Gain
This Is Us (NBC) 2.8/5.2/+2.4
The Good Doctor (ABC) 2.0/4.1/+2.1
The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 3.0/4.8/+1.8
Will & Grace (NBC) 2.0/3.8/+1.8
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 2.0/3.5/+1.5
Modern Family (ABC) 1.8/3.1/+1.3
Young Sheldon (CBS) 2.6/3.9/+1.3
How to Get Away with Murder (ABC) 0.9/2.0/+1.1
Designated Survivor (ABC) 0.8/1.9/+1.1
The Gifted (FOX) 1.1/2.2/+1.1
The Orville (FOX) 1.0/2.1/+1.1
Chicago PD (NBC) 1.1/2.2/+1/1
Based on the difference between Nielsen’s first-reported Live + Same Day and the final Live + 7 Day ratings (for regular, original programs only)
SHAREABLEE SOCIAL TV RATINGS: Top US Shows Overall by Engagement for the week of November 27, 2017
Program, Total Actions (000), Total Content, Actions per Content (000), Fans/Followers (000)
Ellen DeGeneres (Warner Bros.) 10934, 126, 87, 154582
Riverdale (CW) 3113, 87, 46, 4817
The Flash (CW) 2225, 91, 24, 11326
The Late Show (CBS) 2221, 62, 36, 4293
Today Show (NBC) 1892, 581, 3, 12371
Good Morning America (ABC) 1870, 668, 3, 12279
The Walking Dead (AMC) 1607, 65, 25, 49904
America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC) 1153, 169, 7, 15474
The Voice (NBC) 1101, 286, 4, 23709
TMZ (Warner Bros./synd.) 1082, 1101, 1, 13898
Includes the total volume of post-level likes, shares, favorites, retweets and comments. Total content includes all posts, tweets and media posted by each TV property across all platforms. Actions per post metric notes the average number of actions garnered by each TV property. Total fans/followers include Facebook and Twitter and Instagram followers.
Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions) Friday, December 1, 2017 time period averages
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated Live+SD
CBS: 8.01 million
MacGyver 6.67, Hawaii Five-0 8.58, Blue Bloods 8.79
NBC: 4.40 million
Blindspot 3.34, Dateline 4.93
ABC: 2.71 million
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 2.55, 20/20 3.04
FOX: 2.03 million
Hell’s Kitchen 2.83, The Exorcist 1.23
CW: 1.23 million
Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer 1.35, Masters of Illusion: Christmas Magic 1.11
UNIVISION: 1.1 million
La Rosa de Guadalupe 1.1, Mi Marido Tiene Familia 1.2, Caer en Tentacion .9
TELEMUNDO: 0.69 million
Milagros de Navidad .61, Sangre de mi Tierra .59, 1.1, Senora Acero 4: La Coyote .87
Friday A18-49 Analysis: CBS .9/4, NBC .8/4, ABC .6/3, FOX .5/2, UNI .5/2, TELE .4/1, CW .2/1
TBS promoted Thom Hinkle to Executive Vice President of Original Programming, and Jeniffer Kim to Senior Vice President of Original Programming. They will continue to report to Brett Weitz, EVP of Programming for TBS, who said, “Thom’s passion and instincts are second-to-none, and Jeniffer’s creativity and dedication continue to drive us forward.”
New Dominion Pictures tapped Dan Russell to serve as Senior Vice President of Content Development. Most recently, Russell was SVP, Programming at Poker Central.
John Barry has joined National CineMedia as Senior Vice President, Sales Planning, Inventory and Analysis. Barry was previously SVP, Advertising Sales at Discovery Communications.
Theano Apostolou is stepping down from her position of Executive Vice President of Communications at Starz after seven years. “It’s been one of the most rewarding times in my career to work for Chris Albrecht and with the team at Starz,” said Apostolou.

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ABC: The Middle, Fresh Off the Boat, blackish, The Mayor, Kevin (Probably) Saves the World
NCIS [r], SEAL Team [r], Bull [r]
CW: The Flash, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow
FOX: Lethal Weapon, The Mick, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
NBC: The Voice, Will & Gracr, Superstore, Chicago Med
PBS: Finding Your Robots [r], Finding Your Roots [r], Frontline [r]
Telemundo: Milagros de Navidad, Sangre de mi Tierre, Senora Acero 4: La Coyote
Univision: La Rosa de Guadalupe, Mi Marido Tiene Familia, Caer en Tentacion

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