06/27/17: Rural Media Group pulls the trigger on The Cowboy Channel; ABC thinks big with Marvel’s Inhumans; Vimeo cancels SVOD plans

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Ashton Kutcher will exec produce 2 unscripted series for Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, focusing on positive themes. Shows are slated for distribution on broadcast, cable and online. Kutcher inked a deal with Chicken Soup last fall.
MTV has picked up 8 episodes of SafeWord, based on a British format that has celebrity guests and comedians playing games in front of a live audience. The series, hosted by Terrence J, debuts July 13 at 11:30p, part of the “Throwdown Thursdays” comedy block.
Before the first 2 episodes of Marvel’s Inhumans premiere on ABC Friday, September 29 at 8p, the comic book series installments will be shown globally in IMAX theaters for 2 weeks, starting September 1. The network airings will include additional content.
Sports won’t be the only game in town on Thanksgiving this year – Spike Lee series She’s Gotta Have It premieres on Thursday, November 23. Lee directs all 10 episodes of the update of his 1986 film.
Season 6 of ID’s Deadly Sins launches Friday, July 7 at 10p, followed two nights later by the sophomore season premiere of American Monster at 9p.
Styx frontman Tommy Shaw performs on concert special Sing for the Day! Tommy Shaw and the Contemporary Youth Orchestra on AXS TV Sunday, July 9 at 10p.
Rising comedian Tiffany Haddish is center stage for Showtime stand-up special Tiffany Haddish: She’s Ready! From the Hood to Hollywood on Friday, August 18 at 9p.
Scratch that. Video-streaming service Vimeo, which had been planning to launch a subscription VOD service, is changing course. “Vimeo has confirmed that it has decided not to proceed in offering an subscription based original program service scheduled to begin in ’18,” said the company in a statement. On June 16, Apple muscled into the content space with the high profile hires of Sony Pictures Television execs Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg to lead video programming.
YouTube TV is set to launch in Atlanta, Charlotte, NC, Dallas-Fort Worth, Detroit, Houston, Miami-Fort Lauderdale, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne, FL, Phoenix and Washington, D.C. The MVPD service is already in New York, LA, Chicago, San Francisco and Philadelphia.
ION Media announced new programming acquisitions for its two special interest digital networks, Qubo and ION Life. Qubo, the 24/7 over-the-air network for children, is airing the series Giver and Pet Alien. Lifefstyle net ION Lifewill debut the series P. Allen Smith’s Garden to Table and Search & Restore on July 17.
ABC Talent and Casting’s ABC Discovers: Digital Competition is live now through Sunday, July 9. Actors 18 and over have a shot at a $25,000 talent deal; finalists’ videos will be featured on the ABC Discovers website. ABC is also launching the competition as a separate contest in the UK.
UMC, the premium subscription streaming service that caters to African American and urban audiences, announced the premiere of social media comedy #DigitalLivesMatter. The film teams social media stars DC Young Fly (Wild ‘N Out) and Emmanuel Hudson(Ride Along) on a quest to regain DC’s 3 million plus followers after a disgruntled fan hacks into his account and drops his follower count down to zero.
Penn Badgley (Gossip Girl) will head the cast in Lifetime’s straight-to-series thriller You, about a brilliant bookstore manager obsessed with an aspiring writer.
Discovery Communications and TIM are ringing in an Olympic Games partnership, offering exclusive content to mobile operators across Europe. The deal gives TIM brand affiliation throughout the 2018-2020 Olympic cycle.
Endemol Shine Group struck a deal with Quebecor Content for game show format The Wall in French Canada. Series airs Thursdays at 9p on NBC.
Alfred Haber, Inc. has lined up international sales for the 60th Annual Grammy Awards, airing January 28 on CBS, to Canada’s Rogers, Japan’s WOWOW, Turner in Latin America, France’s D17, India’s Viacom 18 and TVNZ in New Zealand.
Electus International has grabbed global distribution rights to Carlito’s Cooking Adventures, following chef and explorer Carlos Cham.
The potential in esports is enormous…
Esports & gaming is taking center stage as significant communities of Millennials convene to interact, engage and compete in global tournaments, which now offer paydays that can reach seven figures. Join us on June 27 for the webinar,  How Sports Brands Can Leverage the Sports Explosion   and hear from sports executives at the  NFL Big Ten Network , and more who have made the jump into this lucrative industry. 
ABC’s new Steve Harvey-hosted Funderdome on Sunday rose 8% among A18-49 week over week (to 1.1/5), followed by The $100,000 Pyramid, up 22% in the demo (to 1.1/5) in early numbers. NBC’s Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly was down 20% its fourth week out, to .4/2.
SHAREABLEE SOCIAL TV RATINGS: Top U.S. Shows Overall by Engagement for the week of June 19, 2017
Program, Total Actions (000), Total Content, Actions per Content (000), Fans/Followers (000)
Pretty Little Liars (Freeform) 7651, 307, 25, 25986
E! News (E!) 3293, 763, 4, 29877
America’s Got Talent (NBC) 2672, 213, 13, 9414
Shadowhunters (Freeform) 2044, 215, 10, 3468
The Daily Show (Comedy Central) 1822, 109, 17, 14621
Today Show (NBC) 1505, 588, 3, 11776
RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1) 1419, 218, 7, 3897
TMZ (Warner Bros. synd.) 1125, 993, 1, 13251
Good Morning America (ABC) 1049, 503, 2, 11820
The Tonight Show (NBC) 810, 151, 5, 20139
Based on Total Actions (reactions, comments, shares and retweets)
NIELSEN SOCIAL CONTENT RATINGS: Top Series and Specials by Total Interactions for the week of June 19, 2017
Program, Total Interactions (000), Facebook (000), Twitter (000)
2017 BET Awards (BET) 10497, 7031, 3465
Power (Starz) 399, 358, 41
America’s Got Talent (NBC) 330, 304, 26
WWE Monday Night RAW (USA) 311, 189, 122
Queen Sugar (OWN) 298, 250, 48
Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta (VH1) 253, 194, 59
The Haves and the Have Nots (OWN) 253, 223, 30
Pretty Little Liars (Freeform) 238, 159, 79
RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1) 219, 140, 80
The Bachelorette (ABC) 162, 74, 88
Source: Nielsen. Uniques and Interactions are a measure of total relevant U.S. social media activity grossed across Facebook and Twitter from three hours before through three hours after broadcast, local time. Includes primetime and late fringe programming with metrics available across social platforms on Broadcast and National Cable and excludes sports events.
Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Friday, June 23, 2017 time period averages.
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD
CBS: 3.2/7
MacGyver 2.7/6, Hawaii Five-0 3.2/7, Blue Bloods 3.6/7
ABC: 2.7/6
Shark Tank 2.4/5, What Would You Do? 2.6/5, 20/20 3.1/6
NBC: 2.7/6
America’s Got Talent 2.7/6, Dateline 2.8/6
Jose de Egipto .9/2, Doble Vida e Carrillo .8/2, La Piloto .9/2
FOX: .9/2
MasterChef 1.0/2, Beat Shazam .8/2
TELE: .7/1
El Capo .5/1, Querida Centauro .6/1, Senor de los Cielos 1.0/2
CW: .4/1
Originals .5/1, Riverdale .3/1
Friday A19-49:  NBC .9/5, ABC .8/4, CBS .5/3, TELE .5/2, UNI .5/2, FOX .4/2, CW .2/1
Source: Nielsen
Turner promoted Richard Warren to President of Turner Content Distribution. Warren steps into the position previously held by Coleman Breland, who is taking on the newly created role of President, Content Experiences while continuing as President of TCM and FilmStruck
Jon Hookstratten has been tapped to serve as Executive Vice President Administration and Operations for Sony Pictures Entertainment, effective July 10. Hookstratten had been EVP Broadcast Distribution at Fox Networks Group.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer has hired Mina Patel as Senior Vice President, Worldwide Television Distribution and Todd Parkin as Senior Vice President/General Manager, MGM Domestic Networks. In addition, the company has promoted Annie Khostegyan to Senior Vice President, Domestic Television Distribution.
Blue Ant Media appointed Sam Sniderman to the newly created role of Global Head, Commercial Affairs, Production. The announcement follows the company’s acquisition of Racat Group. Sniderman was formerly the Global Chief Operating Officer and MD, Film and Entertainment at Pulse Films.
Val Campbell is joining World Media Rights as Head of Production. Previously, Campbell was Head of Production at Ronachan Films. Suzanne Clarke also joins World Media Rights as Finance Director. Clarke had been CFO of her own e-learning company, World Academy.
Crown Media Family Networks promoted Jane Gross to Vice President, On-Air Promotion. Gross most recently served as Creative Director of On-Air Promotion.
Superights named Nathalie Pinguet as Deputy General Manager. Pinguet had been Deputy Director of the Youth Programming Unit and Deputy Head of Programming at TF1.

This Day in History: 1967 – The world’s first ATM was installed, in London.
Answer to Our Last Trivia Question:  Which crime drama cop had once been arrested for vagrancy after running away from her prostitute mother? Julie on The Mod Squad (1968-1973). Rory Rosegarten-The Conversation Company/Roslyn, NY, Mark Wajda-St. Paul Catholic Community/Leesburg, FL, Bob Telford-SAG-AFTRA/Valley Village, CA, Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg-M and S Entertainment/LA, David Westberg-SAG-AFTRA Federal Credit Union/Burbank, David Garber-Loyola Marymount University/Playa Vista, CA
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ABC: The Bachelorette, Downward  Dog, Downward Dog
CBS: NCIS [r], Bull [r], 48 Hours: NCIS
CW: The Flash [r], iZombie   
FOX: Lethal Weapon [r], The Mick [r], Brooklyn Nine-Nine [r]
NBC: America’s Got Talent, World of Dance  
PBS: The Story of China, Frontline [r] 
Telemundo: Jenni Rivera: Mariposa de Barrio at 8p, La Querida del Centauro, El Senor de los Cielos
Univision: Jose de Egipto, La Doble Vida de Estala Carrilo, Rosario Tijeras

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