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Double-digit Growth from Planet Earth II
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Global Road Entertainment inked a co-development agreement with Reginald Hudlin (The Boondocks) and Byron Phillips (Showtime at the Apollo), under their New Nation Networks banner, to develop original content and produce for all platforms.
Apple gave a straight-to-series order for a drama series from La La Land’s Damien Chazalle, reports Variety. Chazelle will write and direct, as well as exec produce with Jordan Horowitz and Fred Berger. Studio is Media Rights Capital.
UK-based platform Live Tree Adept ordered the first TV drama funded by Bitcoin, Children of Satoshi, set in the world of cryptography. LiveTree teamed with production company The 21 Million Project for the 6-part series.
Drama American Rust, picked up straight-to-series in November, is not going straight to series at USA after all. Deadline reports the order for the show, co-produced by Platform One Media and Universal Cable Productions, was contingent on landing a big star for the lead, which did not happen.
The CW picked up pilots for Charmed, a “fierce, funny, feminist reboot” of the 1998-2006 series from Jennie Urman (Jane the Virgin), and police drama Dead Inside, following an underachieving beat cop exec produced by Bill Lawrence.
In more reboot news, ABC picked up The Greatest American Hero to pilot. The comedy produced by 20th Century Fox Television and ABC Studios is based on the 1981-83 series starring William Katt, but with a woman from a traditional Indian-American family in the lead role. ABC also ordered a drama pilot, The Fix, co-written and exec produced by former O.J. Simpson prosecutor Marcia Clark, focused on a female prosecutor who leaves LA for rural Oregon after losing the biggest case of her career.
Also in reboot mode is CBS, picking up pilots for Cagney and Lacey (1982-1988), produced by CBS Television Studios and MGM Television, and Magnum, P.I. (1980-1988), from CBS Television Studios and Universal Television. In addition, the net ordered pilots for cop drama Chiefs, and comedies Here Comes the Neighborhood, about a nice guy who moves his family into a tough neighborhood; Fam, about a women whose train-wreck half-sister comes to live with her; and Pandas in New York, centered on a family of Indian doctors who try to arrange the youngest son’s life.
Entertainment One struck multi-year overall television first-look deal with producers Joseph Freed and AllisonBerkley’s Marwar Junction Productions (I Am Elizabeth Smart) to develop and co-produce unscripted content. Freed and Berkley launched Marwar in 2012.
CBS Television Studios is developing 8 Fights, a limited series about Muhammad Ali from producer Morgan Freeman and based on Jonathan Eig’s biography, Ali: A Life.
Creative agency Anchor Worldwide announced the launch of its LA-based entertainment division, Anchor Entertainment, with partner Ethan Goldman at the helm and BBC Worldwide Productions as its exclusive production partner. Goldman will serve as President of Entertainment for the company. 
Top 10 Weekend Domestic Box Office Estimates: January 26-28, 2018
Maze Runner: The Death Cure (Fox) $23.5 million, opening weekend
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (Sony) $16.4 million (week 6), cume revenue $338.1 million
Hostiles (Entertainment Studios) $10.2 million (week 6), cume revenue $12.1 million
The Greatest Showman (Fox) $9.5 million (week 6), cume revenue $126.5 million
The Post (Fox) $8.9 million (week 6), cume revenue $58.5 million
12 Strong (Warner Bros.) $8.6 million (week 2), cume revenue $29.8 million
Den of Thieves (STX) $8.4 million (week 2), cume revenue $28.5 million
The Shape of Water (Fox Searchlight) $5.7 million (week 9), cume reveue $37.7 million
Paddington 2 (Warner Bros.) $5.6 million (week 3), cume revenue $32.0 million
Paadmavat (Viva) $4.3 million, opening weekend
Source: comScore
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Maze Runner: The Death Cure escaped competition as fans of the franchise raced to movie theaters this weekend, delivering NCM a 8.8 A18-34 rating.
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Jimmy Kimmel booked a special guest for ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Tuesday, the night of President Trump’s State of the Union address. Former porn star Stormy Daniels (aka Stephanie Clifford), who the Wall Street Journal reported was paid $130,000 right before the presidential election to keep quiet about an alleged 2006 sexual encounter with the then-candidate, will sit down with Kimmel. While Daniels has so far in appearances not admitted to an inappropriate relationship with Trump, Kimmel tweeted, “I have MANY QUESTIONS! #MAGA”.
Smithsonian Channel special Escape to the Great Dismal Swamp, premiering Monday, February 19 at 8p as part of Black History Month programming, sheds light on the resistance and resilience of enslaved people who found refuge in a treacherous maze of waterways in Virginia and North Carolina.
Do you know where your tuna came from? Oceans of Crime, focused on the multi-billion industry of illegal fishing, premieres on CNBC Saturday, February 17 at 8p.
Comedy You Me Her kicks off season 3 Tuesday, March 20 at 10p on Audience Network. Greg Poehler, Rachel Blanchard, Priscilla Faia and Melanie Papalia reprise their roles.
ID’s Vanity Fair Confidential returns for season 4 on Monday, February 5 at 9p, with another look shocking stories in the VF vault.
Actress/activist Alyssa Milano (Charmed) is hosting “resist and persist” digital counter-programming to tomorrow’s State of the Union address by President Trump. “Our digital #StateOfTheDream address will support our dreamers and immigrants, call for a DREAM Act, lean into the Senate, fundraiser for United We Dream, and express our vision for a more inclusive, progressive America,” tweeted Milano, a founder of the #MeToo movement. State of the Dream will present videos from Americans describing their dreams for the country.
A Twitter movement started by Crazy Ex-Girlfriend co-creator/exec producer Aline Brosh McKenna gained traction Friday, as female directors, including Homeland’s Lesli Linka Glatter, and Queen Sugar’s Ava DuVernay (currently filming Wrinkle in Time), posted images of themselves on the set with the hashtag #FemaleFilmmakerFriday. “We are a small but mighty tribe,” said DuVernay.
The premiere episode of Starz espionage drama Counterpart is available for free online at IGN.com, IGN’s Facebook and YouTube pages, Starz.com, the Counterpart Facebook page and Starz YouTube channel, as well as participating cable, satellite and Telco affiliates. The episode drew 1.8 million multiplatform viewers on January 21 and throughout its sneak peek.
China’s Tencent Holdings Limited has made a strategic investment in Skydance Media that include collaboration in film, TV, interactive and VR projects and allows Skydance to access Tencent’s expertise in Asia and gaming to further build out its presence. 
Amazon’s single sign-on functionality rolled out Friday for pay TV providers that support SSO authentication in Adobe Experience Cloud. That includes Dish, AT&T Uverse, DirecTV, Verizon Fios, Cox and Cablevision, but not Comcast …yet. “We continue to work closely with other app developers and cable providers to implement this technology, and we expect more partners,” said Amazon.
Univision Deportes is offering weeklong digital coverage of Super Bowl LII beginning on Monday, January 29 through Monday, February 5, following fan action at US Bank Stadium and player profiles of the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots, as well as pre-game analysis and commentary. 
In Lexus’ “Long Live the King” Super Bowl spot, Chadwick Boseman plays his role from the upcoming film, Black Panther, in which Boseman will make history as the first Black lead in a Marvel Studios film. The gender and cultural diversity of the creative team behind Lexus’ Super Bowl work, Walton Isaacson, was a key factor in the spot’s development. “Diversity drives innovation so, from concept to execution, our team benefitted from the power of multiple perspectives,” Aaron Walton, co-founder of Walton Isaacson, tells Cynopsis. “We were able to illuminate the rich connections that exist between the film, the vehicle, and the consumer – the way they all relate to power and prestige. There’s a pacing, a swagger, a rhythm, and an attitude that comes from an authentic relationship with the idea of excellence in its many forms – Black Excellence, cultural excellence, innovative and technological excellence.”
Reba McEntire is the first female to play Colonel Sanders for KFC. In a spot that aired during Sunday’s Grammys, the country singer/actress wore the colonel’s white suit, mustache and goatee to pitch Smoky Mountain BBQ Chicken.
During a Bloomberg TV interview from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Publicis chairman Maurice Levy said tax reform has changed CEOs’ states of mind “quite dramatically” and that 2018 will be a “great year.” And America’s success may spread, said Levy, since “What is good for the U.S. is often good for the rest of the world.”
Mary Louise Parker (Weeds) and Courtney B. Vance (The People vs O.J. Simpson) will star in comedy pilot Compliance for FX…. Evan Gamble (Hap & Leonard) is set for a recurring role on season 4 of AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead.


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New Fox medical drama The Resident delivered 7.0 million 3-day total multi-platform viewers, up +49% from Live+SD to rank as Monday’s #2 drama, building on its Lucifer lead-in by +27%.
Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions) Thursday, January 25, 2018 time period averages
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated Live+SD
CBS: 5.12 million
Big Bang Theory 14.69, Young Sheldon 13.24, MVP: Most Valuable Performer 4.22
ABC: 5.78 million
Grey’s Anatomy 8.62, Scandal 5.19, How To Get Away With Murder 3.54
NBC: 4.12 million
Superstore 4.23, The Good Place 3.65, Will & Grace 2.56, Great News 2.16, Chicago Fire 6.06
FOX: 3.68 million
The Four 3.69
CW: 1.65 million
Supernatural 1.93, Arrow 1.38
Univision: 1.11 million
Rico Y Lazaro 1.18, Papa a Toda Madre 1.17, Caer en Tentatacion .98
Telemundo: .88 million
Jose Jose .81, Sangre di Mia Tierra .86, Senora Acero 4: La Coyote .97
Thursday A18-49: ABC 1.5/6, FOX 1.2/5, NBC .9/3, CBS .8/3, UNI .6/2, TELE .5/2, CW .5/2
Matt Seiler has been appointed President of Brand Solutions at Dentsu Aegis Network. Previously, Seiler was North American CEO of Omnicom’s PHD.
Entertainment and media company Rooster Teeth named Ezra Cooperstein as President. For the past 3 years, Cooperstein has helped lead the Rooster Teeth business in his role as President of Fullscreen.
Management and production company The Cartel hired Matthew Ellis as a Manager, bringing with him writers, directors, producers, and artists specializing in animation and children’s programming. For the past 13 years, Ellis was a talent agent at The Metropolis Agency.
Kary McHoul Gatens has been named Senior Vice President of Unscripted and Current Series Programming at Freeform. Previously, McHoul was SVP Programming and Development Unscripted.
Music director Robert Arthur died on January 21. He was 89. As music director for The Ed Sullivan Show, Arthur famously worked with Mick Jagger to change Rolling Stone lyrics “let’s spend the night together” to “let’s spend some time together” to appease CBS censors.

This Day in History: 1886 – The first car to be successfully powered by gasoline was patented by Karl Benz in Germany.
Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: Which actor was the final guest star to face Matt Dillon in a gunfight on Gunsmoke (1955-1975)? Gerald McRaney. Kudos to: Rev. Mark Wajda/Leesburg, FL, Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA, Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg-M and S Entertainment/LA, Ken DuBow-Bob’s Your Uncle/LA
Today’s Trivia Question: Which female talk show host played a fictional talk show host on the soap opera Texas? (Email [email protected] with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and time zone. Unofficial rules: a limit of four correct answers from each time zone will be selected.)
Answer to Friday’s Switcheroo:  Kevin Osbourne = Justin Hartley, who plays Kevin Pearson on This Is Us and played Patrick Osbourne on Revenge. Kudos to: Synda Kollman-Charter Marketing Group/Boca Raton, FL
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JOB OPENING: DIRECTOR, DATA SCIENTIST/UPtv/Atlanta: Assist in the collection and analysis of data across all UP digital platforms. Manage digital campaign. Solid understanding of data science fundamentals and deep hands on understanding of digital mining and model creation. Full info/apply HERE (2/3)


JOB OPENING: DIGITAL MARKETING & DISTRIBUTION COORD/Giant Interactive/NYC: Help build a digital movies & TV dist business from ground up. Sprvs creation/delivery of: metadata, trailers, clips, artwork, copy. Build audience engagement via digital PR & all major SM platforms. Resume to: [email protected] (2/3)

AD SALES ASSISTANT/Weather/NYC: Provide support to Ad Sales Acct Execs to srvc clients, and all aspects of media schedules. Extremely detail oriented w/orgnzt’l skills to keep efficient work sched.  BS or 2 yrs exp. req. Full info/apply HERE  (2/2)

JOB OPENING: MANAGER, RESEARCH/20th TV/NYC: 20th TV seeks an individual to support quantitative and qualitative research for the syndicator’s off-network & orig prgrmng & competition. Exp w/Nielsen tools, particularly NPower. In-depth knwldg of TV/Media landscape & impact on TV viewing. Full info/apply HERE (2/2)


JOB OPENING: SALES PLANNER/FUSETV/NY: Create proposals in Ad Sales sys, monitor/steward accounts, support Nat’l Account Exec w/mktg and rsrch projects. BA, 2+ yrs media/sales plan’g req’d. click on our career page @ www.fuse.tv (2/2)

JOB OPENING: PR MANAGER/truTV (Turner)/NYC: Responsible for creating and implementing PR campaigns for network & its comedic programming. Must be creative, collaborative, motivated and strategic. Excellent writing & interpersonal skills plus 5-7 yrs related experience required. Full info/apply HERE (2/2)

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER/NBC NEWS/DC: We are looking for an Associate Producer for NBC News to assist with full scope of production including research, booking and interviewing. 3+ yrs editorial prod exp at the network or cable level. Full info/apply HERE (2/2)

JOB OPENING: PROJECT MGR/NBC SPORTS/Stamford: Operate as a logistical hub of the motion graphics projects as assigned. 5+ yrs at a network or broadcast design agency. Knowl of tech design in TV. Full info/apply HERE (2/2)

CREATIVE DIRECTOR/ESP GAMING/Las Vegas: Own the front-to-end design process for ESP Gaming’s prod projects. Deep TV design exp, world class creative vision, passion for sports and competitive gaming, 7+ yrs in creating TV brdcst packages (sports or esports). Full description HERE Resume HERE (2/1)


JOB OPENING: Esports PROGRAM MGR/Psyonix/San Diego: Mng the Rocket League Championship Series (RLCS) w/a focus on our community & its players. Mng all Championship and Rival Series budgets, proposals, contracts. Intimate knwlg of RLCS a must as well as strong motivation & strong work ethic. Full info/apply HERE (2/1)


JOB OPENING: Esports LEAGUE OPERATIONS/Psyonix/San Diego: Organized League Ops pro to grow/support the hit game, Rocket League! Mng dvlpmnt, mngmnt, and maintenance of player relations for the Rocket League Championship Series (RLCS) and Rocket League Rival Series (RLRS). Full info/apply HERE (2/1)
JOB OPENING: DIRECTOR, LIVE SUPPORT/ Psyonix/San Diego: Set the vision/ tone for all Psyonix & Rocket League live support services, incl QA, Customer Care & Localization.  8+ yrs of mngmnt exp in related fields. Passion for gaming & knowledge of Rocket League & its community a +. Full info/apply HERE (1/31)


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JOB OPENING: ASSOC. MGR INTEGRATED MKTG/iOne Digital/One Solution/NYC: Asst team in dvlpg mktble custom sales opps to satisfy client initiatives, RFPs & RFI. Create cross-platform prgrms. Provide team admin support. 2-3 yrs exp agency, media co or sales/mktg orgzn. Strong writing ability is key. Full info/apply HERE (1/31)
ABC: The Bachelor, The Good Doctor
CBS:  Kevin Can Wait, Man With a Plan, Superior Donuts, 9JKL, Scorpion
CW: Supergirl, Valor [f]
FOX: Lucifer, The Resident
NBC:  The Wall, Better Late Than Never, The Brave [f]
PBS: Antiques Roadshow [r], Antiques Roadshow [r], Independent Lens
TELEMUNDO: Jose Jose, el Príncipe de la Cancion, Sangre de mi Tierra, Senora Acero 4: La Coyote  
UNIVISION: El Rico y Lazaro, Papa a Toda Madre, Caer en Tentacion

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