With an eye toward beefing up TV numbers, the NCAA announced that the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee is relocating its selection, seeding and bracketing meeting in March to New York City instead of Indianapolis. Joseph R. Castiglione, chair of the committee and director of athletics at the University of Oklahoma noted that moving the meeting to New York would result in additional opportunities to discuss the selections process with media. “Our motivation behind this change is simple. We want even more focus on selection week, which will give March Madness considerable momentum heading into the best three weeks of the year,” said Castiglione. “New York provides us with countless platforms to provide insight and share updates on where the committee is with the process of building the bracket. It’s also an opportunity to have candid conversations with media outlets after the bracket has been unveiled. We think this is an exciting, yet practical, initiative to do something different without jeopardizing the intent of the meeting.”
TNT ordered a late night-themed pilot for Naked with Niecy Nash. It’s an expansion of the net’s relationship with Nash, who stars in Claws, renewed for season three, and a co-production between Turner’s Studio T and Telepictures, and Nash’s production company, Chocolate Chick.
The Good Doctor star Freddie Highmore signed an overall production deal with Doctor studio Sony Pictures Television to develop scripted series via his Alfresco Pictures. Claire Londy jumped aboard Alfresco as head of development.
Camila Cabello picked up trophies for Artist of the Year and Video of the Year at MTV’s Video Music Awards, Cardi B was named Best New Artist and Donald Glover’s (Atlanta) music video for “This Is America” won Best Video With a Message, Best Direction and Best Choreography. Also of note at the VMAs: Ariana […]
NBC Sports named Mike Tirico as the new studio host for Football Night in America, where he will work alongside analysts Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison, and NFL Insider Mike Florio, from Studio 1 at NBC Sports’ International Broadcast Center in Stamford. The role had been held by Dan Patrick from 2008-2017. Tirico previously co-hosted […]
Dr Pepper unveiled its new marketing campaign for the 2018-2019 season, titled Fansville. The promotion is a parody TV show drama that” captures the emotional rollercoaster of college football fandom.” The episodic-like campaign, created by Deutsch showcases characters such as Brian Bosworth, Eddie George and Les Miles with the first of its six 30-second campaign […]