02/22/19: Mindy Kaling bids adieu to Universal TV

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It’s so long to Universal TV for Mindy Kaling, who signed an exclusive, long-term overall deal with Warner Bros. Television Group. Kaling had been at Universal TV for 15 years. Under her new pact, she’ll develop, write and produce TV projects at Warner Bros. TV, including comedy and drama series, longform/event series, unscripted programming and digital content. Her Kaling International production company will produce her new series in association with Warner Bros. TV, Warner Horizon Scripted TV or the TV Group’s digital studio, Blue Ribbon Content.

Starz announced series development of Kin, a multi-generational family drama from writer Davita Scarlett (Queen Sugar, Constantine) and Hello Sunshine. Reese Witherspoon (Big Little Lies, Gone Girl) and Lauren Neustadter (Are You Sleeping) will serve as exec producers for Hello Sunshine alongside Scarlett, who developed the project with Chester Jones III (Hey Diddle Diddle).
BBC Two commissioned six-part comedy Afternoons (working title) from Tom Werner, exec producer of Roseanne and The Connors, and Iain Morris and Damon Beesley and Caroline Leddy, who worked on The Inbetweeners.  Series focuses on the friendship and misadventures among three young soccer players on the fictional English Premier Club team. Werner is the chairman of real-life British soccer team Liverpool; he’ll exec produce the new series.
Andie MacDowell and Kathleen Turner will topline the untitled Fox dramedy pilot, formerly known as Let’s Spend the Night Together, inspired by the French series Quadras. Entire first season of the project, from Californication creator Tom Kapinos, Empire director and exec producer Sanaa Hamri, Endemol Shine North America and 20th Century Fox TV, takes place over the course of a single night at a wedding.
Otto Bathurst (Black Mirror, Robin Hood) will direct upcoming Showtime series Halo, based on the Xbox franchise. Kyle Killen (Awake) is in as exec producer, writer and showrunner. The series has an initial nine-ep order and will begin production later this year. It’s produced by Showtime in partnership with 343 Industries, along with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television.
Netflix renewed horror series The Haunting of Hill House for another season, just four months after it debuted on the streamer and became a breakout hit. In a twist, it’s going to be an anthology series with a new name – The Haunting of Bly Manor – new story and new characters. Creator, exec producer and director Mike Flanagan and exec producer Trevor Macy will continue at the helm under a multiyear overall television deal with Netflix.
Pablo and Juan de Dios Larraín’s Fabula signed a first-look deal with Fremantle to develop original English- and Spanish-language dramas that Fremantle will distribute. Fabula, the production house behind Oscar winner A Fantastic Woman, already was collaborating with Fremantle on an eight-part Spanish-language psychological thriller.
Moonshiners spinoff Moonshiners: Whiskey Business will premiere Wednesday, March 13 on Discovery Channel. Starring Tim Smith, who built an illegal moonshine empire in the backwoods of Virginia and then gave up his outlaw ways to bring his family recipes out of the mountains and into liquor stores, series focuses on Smith and a team of whiskey experts helping pull struggling distilleries back from the brink.
Mama June, Honey Boo Boo and the gang return for a new season of Mama June: From Not to Hot on Friday, March 15 at 9p on WE tv. Season begins with June locked in a slimdown showdown with arch-nemesis Jennifer, facing unexpected pregnancy news, and dealing with boyfriend Geno, who’s in trouble with the law.
Telemundo announced wall-to-wall coverage of Venezuela Aid Live, an international benefit concert to raise funds and bring attention to the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela. The network’s coverage will kick off today (February 22) beginning at 7a on Un Nuevo Dia and continue throughout the day. In addition, the net will broadcast Musica por Venezuela (Music for Venezuela,) a special hosted by Telemundo’s Rodner Figueroa live from Colombia at 1p.
Ryan Seacrest and Giuliana Rancic will headline E!’s multiplatform Oscars coverage beginning at 1p on Sunday, February 24, with Countdown to the Red Carpet: Oscars 2019. Included in the day and evening of live coverage, nonprofit “We Have Stories” founder Frederick Joseph will appear promote the “#CaptainMarvelChallenge” fundraiser aimed at helping young girls to see Marvel Studios’ first female-led film Captain Marvel. E!’s red carpet coverage will play out on Twitter and EOnline.com beginning at 6p.
Punk, a four-part docuseries exec-produced by John Varvatos and Iggy Pop that chronicles the quintessential story of the punk movement, premieres on Epix on Monday, March 11 at 10p.
Marshall From Detroit, the VR experience that premiered at Sundance, is out for public consumption. The 3D 360-degree film starring Marshall Mathers (Eminem) and Sway Calloway was directed by Caleb Slain and created with Felix Lajeunesse & Paul Raphael in conjunction with Facebook’s Oculus.
Ad-supported VOD service Tubi is launching new content in March. On the roster are the BET Q85: A Musical Celebration for Quincy Jones music special, launching March 1, and Powerless, Roadies, Rock Dog and Wolves at the Door, among other titles, March 15.

In an evolving situation, YouTube terminated 400-plus channels and deleted tens of millions of comments after creators, users and advertisers on the service expressed concern over videos being used to exploit children. The move follows swift decisions by companies including Epic Games, Disney and Nestle to pull advertising. Other companies including Peloton have asked YouTube to investigate further.

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Video tech company Kaltura, known for helping media companies and operators transform their services to Cloud TV, is launching a new mobile SDK service to help customers like Beeline/Vimpelcon provide faster, smoother playback for mobile devices regardless of their level of internet connectivity. To combat typical issues like play failures and boost flexibility for service providers, it will also include HEVC support, real-time analytics, as well as multiple ad solutions support including Facebook Audience Network. “The enhanced Cloud TV Platform SDK improves Quality of Experience (QoE) issues caused by slow load times, which is considered a primary churn motivator,” Kantura CEO Ron Yekutiel tells Cynopsis. “The new capability monitors internet connectivity data at the network level in addition to device and player-level data and improves playback start time performance – increasing user satisfaction.” 
AT&T expanded its roaming agreement with Boingo Wireless. The deal now encompasses more than 80 venues including major airports, military bases and other locales that have Boingo’s Passpoint-certified networks.
Animated series Victor and Valentino will debut on Cartoon Network in the US and Latin America with four eps dropping on March 30 beginning at 9:30a. Created by Diego Molano (The Powerpuff Girls, Adult Swim’s Black Dynamite), series follows two half-brothers learning to appreciate each other’s quirks and differences while exploring Monte Macabre, a small and mysterious town, where the myths and legends of Mesoamerican folklore come to life.
Adrian Grenier (Entourage) is in the lead role and Sydney Morton is set as a series regular for Syfy pilot Cipher (working title)… Svetlana Efremova (The Americans) is in as a regular and Charlie Hewson (Upload) will recur in upcoming Netflix skating drama Spinning Out…  Skylar Astin (Pitch Perfect) and Alex Newell (Glee) will topline with Jane Levy in Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, NBC‘s musical dramedy pilot…. Cameron Gellman (Heathers) scored a gig as series regular in DC Universe’s upcoming Stargirl series.
Carmela Zumbado (Wall of Mexico) is in as a regular on upcoming second season of You on Netflix Tiffany Marie Smith (Supernatural) and Charlie Field (Genius) have been crowned with the titular roles in the Lifetime special Harry & Meghan: Becoming Royal, the sequel to the 2018 movie Harry & Meghan: A Royal RomanceBruce Dern (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, The Mustang) is joining the cast of season 3 of AT&T Audience Network’s Mercedes, as a guest star.
AMC’s Shudder launched a trio of original podcasts offering candid conversations with iconic figures in the horror and thriller genres: Eli Roth’s History of Horror: Uncut, an expansion of the TV series AMC Visionaries: Eli Roth’s History of Horror; She Kills, a podcast by and about women in the horror genre, hosted by Adrienne Barbeau; and Visitations with Elijah Wood & Daniel Noah, a series that invites listeners into the lives and homes of creative figures working in genre entertainment.
Tenderfoot TV is teaming with author and Rolling Stone contributing editor Neil Strauss for new true crime podcast To Live and Die in LA. Launching Thursday, February 28, it covers the tragic disappearance of 26-year-old aspiring actress Adea Shabani.
In a move with implications for marketers, programmers and OEMs, Nielsen launched a new technology, product and commercial initiative, Nielsen Advanced Video Advertising, that will focus on expanding and innovating addressable advertising for Smart TVs and beyond. To further accelerate the initiative, Nielsen for $11.25 million acquired Sorenson Media, an addressable TV tech provider that will help transform TV from a one-to-many to a one-to-one medium by powering addressable ad delivery and measurement. “It is clear that the future of TV is addressable,” said Kelly Abcarian, General Manager, Advanced Video Advertising Group, Nielsen. “With this end-game in mind, Nielsen has made several strategic acquisitions over recent years that, when combined, will serve as the foundation for a new end-to-end addressable advertising platform.  We recently launched an addressable pilot in five markets with CBS, A+E Networks and several other broadcasters to better understand the consumer experience and impact of addressability on broadcasters.  Adding Sorenson’s capabilities to Gracenote’s ACR technology and Qterics’ privacy management platform will enable us to create a powerful solution that will help us deliver on the promise of addressable TV advertising.”  
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The 2019 Bounce Trumpet Awards reached 1.8 million Total Viewers and 1.4 million Households across premiere and encore telecasts. The premiere telecast on Sunday, February 17 at 9p delivered 552,000 Total Viewers, with viewership peaking at 708,000, an increase of 12 percent over last year’s premiere telecast. The 9p premiere increased time-period averages significantly, including gains of 58 percent in Households, 64% in A18-49.
HGTV series My Lottery Dream Home continues as the highest-rated series in premieres among viewers A25-54 for 2019. The current season, which premiered Friday, January 4, is up 11 percent over the previous run and is on pace to be the highest-rated season in the show’s history among viewers A25-54. More than 23.2 million Total Viewers have tuned in this year.

The 61st annual Grammy Awards on CBS increased viewership from 19.96 million to 22 million viewers, a jump of 10 percent when Live Plus 7-day time-shifted and live plus same day out-of-home viewing was factored in, according to Nielsen.

Nielsen Social Content Weekly Top 10 Series & Specials
for the week of February 11, 2019
Total interactions (000), Facebook (000), Instragram (000), Twitter (000)
WWE Monday Night RAW (USA Network) 1496, 70, 1067, 359
America’s Got Talent (NBC) 1167, 242, 756, 169
The Late Late Show With James Corden (CBS) 855, 18, 827, 11
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 838, 49, 724, 65
WWE Smackdown! (USA Network) 811, 61, 526, 224
RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars (VH1) 583, 6, 269, 307
The Bachelor (ABC) 564, 3, 315, 246
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (NBC) 454, 17, 430, 7
This Is Us (NBC) 436, 20, 356, 60
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (NBC) 431, 8, 323, 100
Source: Nielsen. Interactions are a measure of total relevant US social media activity grossed across Facebook, Instagram and Twitter from three hours before through three hours after broadcast, local time. Owned activity for Facebook includes comments, shares, and likes. Owned activity for Instagram includes comments and likes. Twitter activity includes owned and organic program-related Tweets and the corresponding Retweets, quotes, replies, and likes.                                                                                                                                                                   
Reality television veteran Cat Rodriguez is in as VP of Unscripted Development and Programming at Lifetime. She has more than 20 years of experience in unscripted television.
Shelby Shaftel has been promoted to SVP, Alternative Programming and Development at NBC. Shaftel has been at the net for 13 years.
In other Peacock news, NBC Sports Group president Pete Bevacqua added Olympics, production, operations and other areas to his purview as part of a corporate restructuring that sees him in charge of the group’s entire portfolio.
Lionsgate hired Nicky Wood to head international TV sales from its London office. Wood previously spent 15 years at Warner Bros., most recently as SVP of sales for Russia, Central and Eastern Europe, and Sub Saharan Africa.
In a restructuring, Ridley Scott’s Scott Free promoted president of television David W. Zucker to head of worldwide TV, overseeing both US and UK TV divisions. Additionally, Marina Brackenbury has been brought in as head of film and TV in the UK, and Carina Sposato was upped to VP in the company’s LA office.
Peter Tork, bassist for The Monkees and a jester on the band’s popular ‘60s TV series, died at age 77. Tork’s death was announced on his Facebook page, including the post: “It is with beyond-heavy and broken hearts that we share the devastating news that our friend, mentor, teacher, and amazing soul, Peter Tork, has passed from this world… We want to thank each and every one of you for your love, dedication and support of our ‘boss.’ Having you in our world has meant so very much to all of us.”
Vinny Vella, known for portraying Jimmy Petrille in HBO’s The Sopranos and his role in 1995 film Casino, has died after a bout with liver cancer. He was 72. His family shared the news on Facebook in a statement reading in part: “We are saddened to report that Vinny Vella has passed and I’m sure that no one more saddened than himself. Vinny loved life from his family to his friends and fans he was easily one of the funniest, endearing actors to have ever graced the screen. Vinny also had integrity and pride rarely seen.”

Friday Fun Fact: Former USSR president Mikhail Gorbachev won a 2004 Grammy for best spoken word album for Children, for “Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf/Beintus: Wolf Tracks.” He shares the award with Sophia Loren and former US President Bill Clinton.
Answer to our last Trivia question: 1960s drama Breaking Point was a spin-off of which series? Ben Casey (1961-1966).Kudos to: Gerry Bixenspan-TV Marketing Inc./NY; Synda Kollman-Charter Marketing Group/Boca Raton, FL; Michael Lawless-Katz Television Group/NY; Annette Scherr-CoxReps/NY; Andy Pittman-TAMU/College Station, TX; Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA; Lorrie Shilling/El Segundo, CA; David Westberg-SAG*AFTRA Federal Credit Union/Burbank

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