07/08/19: Live event crash changes History’s plans


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Tonight’s Premieres:
Discovery: Fast N’ Loud at 9p
Snap: BTW
Univision: Amor Eterno at p
VH1: Scream at 9p
There was a change of plans for History’s Evel Live 2 on Sunday, due to freestyle motocross athlete Axell Hodges crashing during a practice jump and severely injured both ankles prior to the live show. “Having a crash ahead of something you’ve been working so hard toward just plain sucks,” said Hodges. “The team and I were making a lot of progress during testing and the distances we were approaching looked good for Sunday’s event. Unfortunately, I made a mistake in air and wasn’t able to adjust in time for landing. I’m shocked I’m not in worse shape.” Footage of the crash, as well as a different daredevil’s motorcycle firewall stunt, was planned in place of Hodges’ live attempt.
Univision Communications Inc. confirmed its Board of Directors is “reviewing strategic options for the company.” Said the board in a statement, “After a  successful year under the leadership of our new management team, including a complete refocus on our core Spanish-language media business, it is abundantly clear that Univision’s strategic value has never been greater…. As the last major independent broadcast media company in the U.S., a market where scale and strength matter, Univision has the fundamentals for continued growth on its own or with a partner.” Univision’s statement came after the Wall Street Journal reported the company was exploring options, including a possible sale.
Over 120 Nexstar-owned stations in 97 markets went dark just before midnight on Thursday after Nexstar and AT&T were unable to come to terms on a new distribution agreement. “Nexstar has removed its channels from your lineup even though we offered Nextstar more money to keep they available to you,” AT&T told customers, while Nextstar said AT&T “unilaterally dropped the network” and refused to extend its existing agreement until August 2.
WarnerMedia reported double digit increases in digital spend for its now-completed upfront deals, while maintaining its linear spend, according to MediaPost. The marketplace responded favorably to the company’s portfolio of brands and advertising capabilities, said WarnerMedia, with a tip of the hat to AT&T sib, advance TV advertising business Xandr.
Facebook is cracking down on false claims about medical treatments. “Misleading health content is particularly bad for our community,” Travis Yeh, a Facebook product manager, wrote in a blog post. Two ranking updates were made to reduce posts with exaggerated or sensational health claims, and posts attempting to sell products or services based on health-related claims.
AmazonNetflix and several Hollywood studios are asking for millions of dollars in damages from SET TV, according to TorrentFreak. When an anti-piracy alliance sued the IPTV service last year, the company denied copyright infringement allegations and said it had stopped offering the service, but failed to respond to a request for a deposition. Hence, a filing for an entry of default. “Set Broadcast has willfully infringed Plaintiffs’ Copyrighted Works and, in doing so, caused Plaintiffs and their entire business model immense damage,” reads the motion. “The $7,650,000 statutory damages sought here therefore represents only a fraction of the actual damages inflicted by Set Broadcast on Plaintiffs.”
The Competitive Carriers AssociationCharter Communications and ACA Connects – America’s Communications Association have filed a proposal with the FCC that it calls a “win-win” for incumbent users of the C-Band spectrum for 5G and prospective providers of 5G wireless. In the proposal, at least 30 megahertz of the C-Band spectrum would be repurposed for 5G, “the first time that incumbents and prospective new licensees have come together on an industry-designed plan for repurposing the C-Band, which is critically important to winning the global race to 5G,” said the group in a statement. “Today’s joint filing is significant progress and demonstrates industry’s willingness to work together to ensure the repurposing of the C-Band spectrum is done right,” said CCA President and CEO Steve Berry, adding that mid-band spectrum provides real opportunities for competitive carriers to enhance and expand their networks, especially in rural areas.
Top 10 Weekend Domestic Box Office Estimates: July 5-7
Spiderman: Far From Home (Sony) $185.1 million, opening weekend
Toy Story 4 (
Buena Vista) $34.3 million (week 3), cume revenue $306.1 million
Yesterday (Universal) $10.8 million (week 2), cume revenue $36.9 million
Annabelle Comes Home (Warner Bros.) $9.8 million (week 2), cume revenue $50.2 million
Aladdin (Buena Vista) $7.6 million (week 7), cume revenue $320.8 million
Midsommar (A24) $6.6 million, opening weekend
The Secret Life of Pets 2 (Universal) $4.8 million (week 5), cume revenue $140.7 million 
Men In Black International (Sony) $3.6 million (week 4), cume revenue $72.0 million
Avengers: End Game (Buena Vista) $3.1 million (week 11), cume revenue $847.9 million
Rocketman (Paramount) $2.8 million (week 6), cume revenue $89.2 million
Source: Comscore
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ABC announced fall season premiere dates, starting with the season 28 debut of Dancing With the Stars on Monday, September 16 at 8p, and the season three launch of The Good Doctor a week later at 10p. Mark your calendar:
Tuesday, September 24
8p The Conners (Season 2 premiere)
8:30p Bless This Mess (Season 2 premiere; new time)
9p mixed-ish (Series premiere)
9:30p black-ish (Season 6 premiere; new time)
10p Emergence  (Series premiere)
Wednesday, September 25
8p The Goldbergs (Season 7 premiere)
8:30p Schooled (Season 2 premiere)
9p Modern Family (Season 11 premiere)
9:30p Single Parents (Season 2 premiere)
10p Stumptown (Series premiere)
Thursday, September 26
8p Grey’s Anatomy (Season 16 premiere)
9p A Million Little Things (Season 2 premiere)
10p How to Get Away with Murder (Season 6 premiere)
Friday, September 27
8p American Housewife (Season 4 premiere; new day and time)
8:30p Fresh Off the Boat (Season 6 premiere; new time)
9p 20/20
Sunday, September 29
7p America’s Funniest Home Videos (Season 30 premiere)
9p Shark Tank (Season 11 premiere)
10p The Rookie (Season 2 premiere, new day and time)
Sunday, October 6
8p Kids Say the Darndest Things (Series premiere)
With just $100 in his pocket, billionaire Glenn Stearns heads to Erie, PA to try and create a million-dollar company in 90 days. New Discovery series, Undercover Billionaire, premieres Tuesday, August 6 at 10p.
Season 14 of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Orange County launches Tuesday, August 6 at 9p. What to expect? Among other things, having lost 40 pounds, Shannon “is back on the fun bus.”
The third installment of streaming service CollegeHumor: Dropout’s original series, Dimension 20, arrives tomorrow, July 9. A new episode of role-playing game series Dimension 20: The Unsleeping City will be released each Tuesday through November 5.
Travel Channel’s Code of the Wild, following extreme adventurers navigating uncharted territory in search of answers to unsolved mysteries, premieres Tuesday, August 6 at 10p.
New ID series Impact of Murder utilizes the victim’s impact statement delivered in court as the driving storytelling technique. Six-parter premieres on Sunday, July 14 at 10p, with a digital companion series, Impact of Murder: After the Statement  premiering on IDGO following the linear launch on Sundays at 11p.
The price of Sony’s PlayStation Vue tiers is on the rise. New customers will take the hit now, while existing customers can keep their current price for at least 30 days. “With costs rising each year for content, we constantly evaluate each deal to ensure we continue to deliver the content you want while considering the overall value of each package,” the company told its customers. “After reviewing this, we have made the decision to raise the price of all of our multi-channel plans by $5.”
French startup Karamel aims to help keep kids busy with a mobile app that lets users find and book nearby child-friendly activities. The company just raised $560,000 and is currently live in Paris.
Focusing on digital is paying off for Univision, says Sameer Dean, Chief Digital Officer, in Cynsiders.
Where there’s smoke, there’s ire: After a report from anti-smoking group Truth Initiative blasted season two of Netflix’s Stranger Things for having the most depictions of smoking (100% of episodes included tobacco use), the streamer said all new shows it commissions with ratings of TV-14 or below will exclude smoking and e-cigarette use, except for reasons of historical or factual accuracy. Netflix also said starting later this year, its ratings will include smoking information.
What would happen if Netflix offered an ad-based subscription plan, in addition to its current ad-free plan? According to Hub’s new “Monetization of Video” study, viewers would be open to the idea – if it included a significant discount. Almost a quarter of subscribers said they’d drop Netflix if it included ads for the same price they pay now, but at $3/month less than they currently pay, only 12% would likely drop the streamer. “The success of any Netflix ad-supported plan – whether to replace or add to its current offering – will naturally depend on whether consumers feel they’re getting a sufficient price-break return on their ad-viewing investment,” said Peter Fondulas, principal at Hub and co-author of the study. “But one thing is clear from these results: after one increase already in 2019, any attempt by Netflix to use an ad-supported plan as a reason to hike its ad-free price again could seriously backfire.”
Woodcut Media announced a fourth season of true crime series Britain’s Most Evil Killers and its international counterpart World’s Most Evil Killers. Season Four is scheduled to air in the UK and Ireland on Sky.

Discovery Inc. honors the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing with programming that includes Apollo: The Forgotten Films, premiering Saturday, July 20 at 8p on Discovery and Sunday, July 21 at 7p on Science Channel; ConfessionsConfessions from Space: Apollo, airing Saturday, July 20 at 10p on Discovery, and NASA’s Giant Leaps: Past and Future – Celebrating Apollo 50th As We Go Forward to the Moon, a live broadcast Friday, July 19 from 1-3p on Science. For more on Nat Geo’s Space Week, go here.

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Hallmark Channel’s annual June Weddings programming franchise claimed the #1 spot on cable during weekend prime for the entire month of June. The event’s five all-new Saturday night original movies averaged a 2.1 Household rating, 2.1 million Total Viewers, and 259,000 W25-54.
A&E was the #1 cable network during June among A25-54 and ranked #2 among A8-49. The latter represents the network’s highest monthly ranking in A18-49 ever. Also in June, A&E reached its largest quarterly audience in A25-54 since 3Q14.
The premiere night of BET’s Sunday Best Season 9 reached 2.6 million P2+ (Live+SD, across premieres and encores on BET & BETher). 
For the first time since 2014, Comedy Central grew ratings year-over-year in consecutive quarters.  Among M18-34, ratings jumped +12% to a .25 rating. For P18-34, Comedy Central ratings increased +6% (.21).
The US/UK Women’s World Cup on BBC One was the most-watched show of the year in the UK, with 50.8% of TV tuned in for a peak audience of 11.7 million.  
Barcroft Studios appointed Al Brown as Executive Producer. In the newly-created role, Brown will oversee the content output for 4Real, Channel 4’s youth programming content strand. He had been at Vice UK for over a decade.
DHX Media promoted Stephanie Betts to Executive Vice President, Content. In addition, Todd Brian has joined the Company in the newly created role of Director of Development, Animation.
Actor Cameron Boyce died of a seizure that was the result of an ongoing medial condition for which he was being treated, said his family. He was 20. Boyce starred in Disney’s Descendants and Jessie. “Cameron brought Love, Laughter and Compassion with him everyday I was in his presence,” shared director Kenny Ortega on Instagram.

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