PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT
Showtime ordered a pilot for How to Make Love to a Black Woman (Who May Be Working Through Some Sh*t). Lena Waithe will exec produce the project from The Chi writer Casallina “Cathy” Kisakye.
Social change catalyst Emerson Collective has invested in Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine (Big Little Lies), and WarnerMedia’s Otter Media increased its minority stake in the company. “We very intentionally chose strategic investors who passionately and unequivocally support our mission of changing the landscape for women by putting them at the center of every narrative we create, elevate and champion,” said Hello Sunshine CEO Sarah Harden. Hello Sunshine launched two years go.
The Cyanide & Happiness Show is coming back for season four on fandom-focused video platform VRV. Ten new episodes of the animated comedy, produced by Explosm Entertainment and Studio71, will premiere later this
NEW & RETURNING SERIES
HGTV’s One of a Kind, premiering on Tuesday, March 19, at 10p, stars home renovator and interior designer Grace Mitchell creating eclectic spaces in Fort Worth, Texas. “Anyone can have a house that’s catalog pretty, but a home should tell the story of the family that lives there,” said Mitchell. “My team and I take boring, outdated homes and give them personality and style.”
Engaged couples live under the same roof as their disapproving families in OWN social experiment Family or Fiance, premiering Saturday, March 9 at 10p. The net turns to drama of the scripted variety with the two-night season four premiere of If Loving You Is Wrong, on Tuesday, March 19 at 10p and Wednesday, March 20 at 10p.
MotorTrend’s Auto/Biography (ha!) explores vehicular mysteries (buried Ferraris, haunted Porsches) starting Saturday, February 23 at 9p. Automotive historian Tim Donahue and automotive filmmaker Michael May host.
Lifetime will premiere Facebook Watch’s two-part special of Red Table Talk, with R.Kelly survivor Lisa Van Allen, on Monday, February 25 at 10p, following a mini-marathon of the documentary Surviving R. Kelly, beginning at 7p that evening. Since the doc’s premiere earlier this year, Surviving R. Kelly has reached over 26.1 million total viewers in its airings on Lifetime and LMN.
A&E Network debuts two-hour Biography documentary John and Yoko: Above Us Only Sky on Monday, March 11 at 9p. Special traces the untold story of the making of John Lennon’s 1971 album “Imagine.”
Univision News morning show Despierta América welcomes meteorologist Albert Martinez to its team of hosts and reporters on Monday, March 4. Martinez has been working the weather at local Univision stations for the last five years.
UPtv launched its first original home design show on February 14 with the premiere of Design Twins. In the episode tonight, February 21 at 8p, twin sisters Heather and Heidi navigate bringing their families – and seven kids under six years old – under one roof to launch their interior design business.
ABC is airing promotional special American Idol: A New Journey Begins at 4p on Oscar Sunday, February 24. Host Ryan Seacrest joins judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Ritchie to preview the season and answer fan questions.
Idris Elba (Luther) makes his Saturday Night Live hosting debut on March 9, accompanied by first-time musical guest Khalid.
Combate Americas signed Lucha Underground champ Dulce Maria Garcia Rivas to an exclusive MMA promotional agreement. Garcia will make her debut at the Combate Estrellas live TV event on Friday, April 12.
HDNet Movies’ March programming includes a marathon of all three Expendables films starring Sylvester Stallone starting Saturday, March 16 at 7:15p.
Jessie Pinnick (Princess Cyd) and Elliot Knight (Life Sentence) have joined the cast of ABC comedy pilot Happy Accident…Rainn Wilson (The Office) will co-star in Amazon drama Utopia…newcomer Gigi Zumbado, Jessika Van (Seoul Searching) and Davi Santos (Tell Me a Story) landed roles in Freeform’s upcoming comedy series, Besties (wt)…Zach Woods (Silicon Valley) landed a lead in HBO space comedy pilot Avenue 5.
Viacom and fuboTV announced a carriage agreement that will extend Viacom’s entertainment brands to fuboTV’s live TV streaming service. BET, CMT, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Paramount Network, TV Land and VH1 will be included in fuboTV’s base package, while an expanded suite of Viacom channels will also be available in the premier package, “fubo Extra,” including BET Her, BET Jams, BET Soul, Logo, MTV2, MTV Classic, MTV Live, mtvU, Nick Music, Nicktoons, and TeenNick.
YouTube is tops when it comes to global mobile internet traffic, according to Sandvine’s Mobile Phenomena report, accounting for 35% of traffic. Netflix accounts for 15%. “Netflix’s long-form video is not something people do on mobile, as they use their peak hour binging on large screens,” said the report, while noting, “Fixed mobile substitution service plan offerings, as we are likely to see with early 5G deployments, will have far more Netflix usage.”
Mobile technology research and development company InterDigital announced that LG Electronics has extended its license to use Hillcrest Labs’ Freespace MotionEngine software in its Smart TV’s for an additional three years. The software enables the point-and-click and motion control features of the LG Magic Remote, which comes with LG’s OLED, Super UHD and UHD 4K Smart TV product lines. LG began licensing Hillcrest’s technology in 2010. “LG’s continued use of Hillcrest’s Freespace software underscores the value of the technology, and its ability to enhance and expand the user experience with Smart TVs,” said Chad Lucien, President, Hillcrest Labs.
Digital advertising technology company Amobee struck an agreement with Nielsen to provide Amobee with access to television viewing and online media consumption data. “With consumers moving seamlessly between screens and devices, the technology needs to follow them, from linear TV to digital to social media,” Aleck Schleider, SVP, Client and Data Strategy, Amobee, tells Cynopsis. “Through Amobee’s integration of Nielsen data, advertisers now have the ability to leverage rich data to create and activate strategic audiences across connected TV, digital video and other programmatic media. This allows them to solve for the challenges of fragmentation by marrying the precision associated with digital with the power and scale of linear TV. Data-enabled television buying is the future for advertisers and the improvement in performance that is possible when compared to the typical age and gender-based buys is phenomenal.”
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DoubleVerify, independent provider of marketing measurement software and analytics, has acquired Zentrick, a digital video technology company that provides middleware solutions to drive the execution and performance of online video advertising for brands, platforms and publishers. The Zentrick engineering teams will continue to operate from offices in Ghent, Belgium. The transaction was completed as an all cash, all stock offer on February 15.
Stitcher unveiled additions to its Stitcher Originals and Earwolf networks. Team Coco will partner with Earwolf to launch a behind-the-scenes show, Inside Conan: An Important Hollywood Podcast, on March 1; Bill Nye takes listener calls on Science Rules!, launching on the Stitcher Originals network in May; Aasif Mandvi goes behind the scenes of the Smithsonian Museum of American History in Lost at the Smithsonian, starting in June; and true crime show Jensen and Holes: Murder Squad joins the Exactly Right network April 1.
Spending on digital channels like desktop, mobile, search and social media is expected to pass traditional media formats in the U.S. this year, according to eMarketer, while spending on non-digital TV, radio, print and billboards is projected to drop to 46% in 2019, from 51% last year. For the first time, the combined share of Google and Facebook ads will drop, despite record revenues, as Amazon’s share grows.
Google announced it will now serve advertisements built for AMP HTML (using the Accelerated Mobile Pages framework) and on regular web pages. Testing showed that moving from a standard HTML page to an AMP page with the same HTML5 ad improved the click-through rate by 26%; move the ad to an AMP page with AMPHTML ads and CTR increased by 48%.
WPP and Google’s social navigation app Waze are teaming to help retailers direct consumers behind the wheel to shopping destinations via en route messaging. It’s Waze’s first collaboration with an agency partner to explore a shopper marketing-specific solution.
Univision Communications Inc. announced the lineup of partners for its 31st celebration of the best in Latin music, Premio Lo Nuestro, airing live tonight at 7p. T-Mobile returns for the seventh time as presenting sponsor, as well as sponsors Audible, State Farm and Subway.
MIPTV announced the MIP Buyers Exchange, an online service offering exhibitors pre-scheduled one-on-one buyer meetings. “This accelerates the process of making new contacts from different countries and genres in a fast-changing industry,” said Laurine Garaude, Director of TV at Reed MIDEM, which organizes MIPTV. Garaude points to the success of pre-arranged agendas at Reed MIDEM’s regional content events, MIP Cancun for Latam and MIP China in Hangzhou. The international market for content development and distribution takes place in Cannes, France from April 8-11.
ITV Studios Global Entertainment unveiled its new spring drama slate to international buyers at its second annual Drama Festival. Among the new titles from ITV Studios’ production labels and independent producers was Mammoth’s Screen’s World on Fire, the drama for BBC One which tells the story of World War Two through the lives of ordinary people from all sides of the conflict.
New Regency is launching New Regency Television International, a division charged with producing TV content for the international marketplace based out of London. The new division will be led by producer Ed Rubin, who will focus on developing high-end, authored scripted content.
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With three episodes left in the first half of its second season, WE tv’s Love After Lockup scored series highs in total viewers and all key demos. In Live+3 ratings, episode 211 delivered 1.4 million viewers, up +21% from the previous week, and 890,000 A25-54, up +24% from the previous week. Over its first 11 episodes of the half-season, the series has grown total viewers by +120% and by +119% in the demo.
Up against the NBA All-Star game on Sunday, AMC’s The Walking Dead slipped to a series low (but still high) 1.7 rating among A18-49 and 4.5 million viewers, down 15% versus the prior week in the demo and 12% in viewers.
Preemptions for the 2019 State of the Union address did many of the top syndicated shows in access no favors, particularly in West Coast markets during the session ending February 10. Only four magazines in the top seven avoided a dip: first place Entertainment Tonight (season high 3.3 Live+SD national Nielsen rating, up 3% from the week before); TMZ (1.4, unchanged); Daily Mail TV (series best 1.1, steady) and Page Six TV (season high 0.7, steady). Family Feud (season high 6.7, unchanged) was the only game show in the top four not to decline.
Basic Cable Top 5 for the week of February 4
Total Day (P2+)
Top 11 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of February 4 ranked in order by HH Rtg
Judge Judy (CTD) 7.9 AA
Family Feud (2/T) 6.7 AA
Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.6 AA
Jeopardy (CTD) 6.6 AA
The Big Bang Theory (WB) 4.9 AA
Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 3.3 AA
Inside Edition (CTD) 3.2AA
Dr. Phil (CTD) 3.2 AA
Hot Bench (CTD) 2.6 AA
Ellen DeGeneres Show (WB) 2.4 AA
Last Man Standing (2T) 2.4 AA
Top 11 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of February 4 ranked in order by A18-49 Rtg
Family Feud (2/T) 1.8 AA
The Big Bang Theory (WB) 1.8 AA
Judge Judy (CTD) 1.7 AA
Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 1.3 AA
Jeopardy (CTD) 1.3 AA
Modern Family (2/T) 1.0 AA
Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 0.8 AA
Last Man Standing (2T) 0.8 AA
Family Guy 0.8AA
Inside Edition (CTD) 0.7 AA
Dr. Phil (CTD) 0.7 AA
Top 15 Broadcast Programs Among A18-49 ratings/share for the week of February 11
Fox Daytona 500 (Fox) 1.2/6
Young Sheldon (CBS) 1.1/5
Mom (CBS) 1.1/5
Chicago P.D. (NBC) 1.1/5
Manifest (NBC) 1.1.5
Last Man Standing (Fox) 1.1/6
The Goldbergs (ABC) 1.1/5
Titan Games (NBC) 1.1/5
FBI (CBS) 1.0/4
New Amsterdam (NBC) 1.0/5
Last Man Standing (Fox) 1.0/5
Man With a Plan (CBS) 1.0/4
The Resident (Fox) 1.0/4
A Million Little Things (ABC) 1.0/5
24 Hours To Hell and Back (Fox) 1.0/5
Broadcast Evening News Shows Weekly Average Ratings week of February 11
ABC World News Tonight 9.35 million total viewers; 1.6/8 and 2.004 million A25-54
NBC Nightly News 8.75 million total viewers; 1.7/7 and 2.034 million A25-54
CBS Evening News 6.67 million total viewers; 1.1/5 and 1.374 million A25-54
Broadcast Morning News Shows Weekly Average Ratings week of February 11
ABC: Good Morning America 4.134 million total viewers; 1.0/10 and 1.267 million A25-54
NBC: Today 4.179 million total viewers; 1.2/12 and 1.472 million A25-54
CBS: This Morning 3.322 million total viewers; 0.7/7 and 897,000 A25-54
Late Night Shows Weekly Average Ratings week of February 11
CBS: The Late Show 3.28 million total viewers; 0.43/3 among A18-49
NBC: The Tonight Show 2.29 million total viewers; 0.46/3 among A18-49
ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live 1.92 million total viewers; 0.36/3 among A18-49
Top 10 U.S. Primetime Shows Video Power Index: Week of February 11
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 918, 1.1M, 8.1M, 3.6M
E! News (E!) 462, 2.1M, 3.4M, 19.7M
The Walking Dead (AMC) 433, 829K, 8.4M, 1.6M
The Flash (CW) 326, 343K, 739K, 839K
America’s Got Talent (NBC) 321, 982K, 18M, 1.3M
Entertainment Tonight (CBS/synd.) 225, 1.5M, 8.7M, 4.5M
The Simpsons (Fox) 196, 140K, 1.8M, 215K
America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC) 184, 335K, 21.1M, 336K
Ridiculousness (MTV) 178, 102K, 11.1M, 108K
This Is Us (NBC) 176, 135K, 1.9M, 420K
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, February 19 time period averages
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated Live+SD
NBC: 6.37 million
Ellen’s Game of Games 6.09, This Is Us 7.56, New Amsterdam 5.61
ABC: 3.40 million
American Housewife 4.37, The Kids Are Alright 3.41, Black-ish 2.89, Splitting Up Together 2.42, The Rookie 3.54
CBS: 9.94 million
NCIS 12.67, FBI 9.04, NCIS: New Orleans 6.99
FOX: 2.38 million
Lethal Weapon 3.28, The Gifted 1.62
The Flash 0.68, Roswell, New Mexico 0.63
Tuesday A18-49 Ratings: NBC 1.4/6, CBS 1.0/4, ABC 0.7/3, FOX 0.6/3, CW 0.2/1
Entertainment Studios appointed Tom O’Brien as President of The Weather Channel. O’Brien will also hold the title of Executive Vice President of Allen Media LLC, parent company of Entertainment Studios, Inc. Prior to joining The Weather Channel, O’Brien was a corporate officer of the Nexstar Media Group.
Telemundo named Claudia Franklin as Vice President of Entertainment Publicity. Most recently, Franklin was Senior Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs for Viacom International Media Networks Americas.
Turner Sports is promoting Howard Mittman to Chief Executive Officer of Bleacher Report. Mittman has held a dual role as Chief Revenue Officer and Chief Marketing Officer of B/R since August 2017.
Kaizar Campwala has joined ABC as VP, Business Operations and Insights. Most recently, Campwala was Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Al Jazeera.
Insurrection Media hired Kelly Todd as Vice President of Production. Todd has been Line Producer and Production Supervisor on Dumplin, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, One Mississippi and Gringo.
Investigative journalist Linda Sawyer (Mooney) passed suddenly in Santa Monica, California on February 10 from surgical complications. She was 57. The Emmy-award winning producer worked for networks including MTV during its founding, VH1 and HBO. Most recently, Sawyer created and hosted the podcast Sleuth: True Crime in Real Time.
This Day in History: 1792 – Congress passed the original Presidential Succession Act.
Answer to our last Trivia question: What was the first sitcom that featured the lead actors singing the show’s theme song? Green Acres (1965-1971), performed by Eddie Albert and Eva Gabor. Kudos to: John Ferlazzo, London, Phyllis McQuillan-MSG Networks/NYC, Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg-M and S Entertainment/LA, Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA, Karen Kelly-SPUH/New Brunswick, NJ, Bill Graff-beIN Sports/Miami
Today’s Trivia Question: 1960s drama Breaking Point was a spin-off of which series? (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.).
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WHAT’S ON TONIGHT – THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21
ABC: Grey’s Anatomy, A Million Little Things, How To Get Away With Murder
CBS: The Big Bang Theory, Young Sheldon, Mom, Fam, S.W.A.T.
CW: Charmed, Legacies
FOX: Gotham, The Orville
NBC: The Titan Games, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Will & Grace, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
PBS: This Old House Hour, Victoria on Masterpiece [r], Antiques Roadshow [r]
Telemundo: Exatlon Estados Unidos, Betty en NY, El Baron
Univision: Premio Lo Nuestros 2019