07/13/23: “Succession” leads in Emmy nods

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Thursday July 13, 2023

Today’s Premieres
BritBox: In the Footsteps of Killers
Crunchyroll: The Devil Is a Part-Timer!
Fox Weather: Cruisin’ Across America
FX: What We Do in the Shadows at 10p
LMN: A Podcast to Die For at 8p
Max: Project Greenlight; Full Circle
Netflix: Survival of the Thickest; Burn the House Down; Devil’s Advocate; Sonic Prime
SundanceTV: Dating Death at 10p
Travel: Eli Roth Presents: A Ghost Ruined My Life at 9p; Help! My House Is Haunted at 10p

Today’s Finale
NBC: The Blacklist at 9p


Nominations for the 75th Annual Primetime Emmys were announced on Wednesday, and HBO’s “Succession” led the pack with 27 nods, including Outstanding Drama and a record-breaking three best drama actor nominations (Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong and Kieran Culkin). “Succession” will compete against company sibs “House of the Dragon,” “The Last of Us” and “The White Lotus,” along with Disney+’s “Andor,” AMC’s “Better Call Saul,” Netflix’s “The Crown,” and Showtime’s “Yellowjackets.” Competing for Outstanding Comedy are ABC’s “Abbott Elementary,” HBO’s “Barry,” FX’s “The Bear,” Amazon Freevee’s “Jury Duty,” Prime Video’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” Hulu’s “Only Murders in the Building,” Apple TV+’s “Ted Lasso” and Netflix’s “Wednesday.”

Eighty-seven percent of streaming viewers report they see too many of the same ads, according to new research by MAGNA’s Media Trials unit in partnership with Nexxen. The study, It’s All in the Delivery: How Repeating Ads Affect CTV Viewers, Brands & Platforms, found that while participants who saw the same ad six times peaked in awareness at 92% recall, negative associations spiked, too. Viewers who saw the same ad six times said the ad was “annoying” by 48% over average, and “disruptive to their overall experience” by 33%. Overexposure also eroded purchase intent, with a 16% decline among those who viewed an ad six times. “Running a spot repeatedly during the same show might improve recall but at what cost? Study participants were clear on how frustrating it was to see the same ad again and again and this cast a shadow over the brand and the streaming network,” said Kara Manatt, EVP, Intelligence Solutions, MAGNA.

Chicken Soup for the Soul companies Redbox and ad platform Crackle Connex are teaming with TikTok, which will provide content to be featured on video screens on top of Redbox kiosks, “This partnership allows us to bring together the power of our exceptional content with the high-visibility of Redbox kiosk locations, creating an effective and fresh approach to advertising,” said Dan Page, Head of Global Distribution, New Screens at TikTok.

IAB has released its Retail Media Buyers Guide, to educate brands, agencies, and retailers on best practices amid the surge in retail media. The guide aims to help buyers understand the complexity and ease buying of retail media and develop definitions to ensure consistency across retailers. “Retail media is considered the third wave of digital advertising because it combines the targeting and measurement capabilities of digital advertising with the scale and reach of traditional advertising,” notes the report. “The first wave of digital advertising was search advertising, which involved placing ads on search engines like Google. The second wave was social advertising, which involved placing ads on social media platforms like Facebook. The opportunity for retail media is vast and encompasses various areas, including onsite, offsite display, social commerce, CTV, and in-store digital advertising.”

“We’re Here” isn’t going anywhere – but its original hosts are. HBO renewed the reality show for a fourth season, with “RuPaul’s Drag Race” alums Jaida Essence Hall, Priyanka and Sasha Velour onboard replacing Bob the Drag Queen, Eureka O’Hara and Shangela Laquifa Wadley. “We are extremely grateful for the opportunity we had the past three seasons to travel across the country, share our experiences and connect with all of the courageous individuals who entrusted us with their stories,” said the departing hosts in a joint statement.

Bravo renewed “Summer House: Martha’s Vineyard” for a second season. The spin-off reality series premiered May 7.

Roku’s FAST service is now available on Google TV and other Android TV OS devices, downloadable through the Google Play Store. Previously, The Roku Channel could only be accessed on Roku devices, Fire TV, Samsung TVs, the Roku mobile app and online.

BBC News anchor Huw Edwards has been identified as the “well-known presenter” who was taken off the air as the BBC investigated allegations that he had paid a teenager for explicit photos. Edwards’ wife issued a statement saying he is suffering from “serious mental health issues” that have “greatly worsened” since the story broke. Two days after UK tabloid The Sun published the allegations, a lawyer for the teen said nothing inappropriate or illegal had taken place.

Fox News is being sued for defamation by Ray Epps, who claims then-Fox News host Tucker Carlson identified him as an undercover FBI agent responsible for the January 6, 2020 attack on the Capitol. Epps, a Trump supporter who believed the presidential election was stolen, was at the Capitol on January 6, but tried to deescalate the violence, according to the lawsuit.

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The Ink Factory (“The Night Manager”) and German production company Amusement Park (“All Quiet on the Western Front”) are partnering to produce a TV series adaptation of international bestseller The Eighth Life by Nino Haratischvili. Writer/producer Sarah Lambert (“The Lost Flowers of Sarah Hart”) is attached as showrunner.

Casting notes: “Grantchester” star Tom Brittney is leaving the crime drama after its upcoming ninth season. Rishi Nair (“Hollyoaks”) has been added to the cast as a charismatic new vicar. Season eight premiered July 9 on Masterpiece….Park Eun-bin (“Extraordinary Attorney Woo”) has joined the cast of Netflix drama “Castaway Diva” as an aspiring signer stranded on a desert island.


The CW has set premiere dates for its fall slate, starting Tuesday, September 5 with the premiere of “Inside the NFL” at 8p, followed by global hit “The Swarm.” Wednesday, October 4 brings the series premieres of Canadian drama “Sullivan’s Crossing” at 8p and “The Spencer Sisters” at 9p. Season three of “FBoy Island” debuts Thursday, October 12 at 8p, and coming-of-age comedy “Everything Else Burns” premieres Monday, October 16 at 9:30p. Season ten of Penn & Teller: Fool Us” launches Saturday, October 28 at 8p, with the season four premiere of “World’s Funniest Animals” at 9p. “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” is back for season 12 on Tuesday, November 14 at 9p.

A new season of HGTV’s “My Lottery Dream Home” kicks off Friday, August 11 at 9p. David Bromstad criss-crosses the country to find properties that check off every box on lottery winners’ wish lists.


What has A-list actor and conservationist Jason Momoa gotten himself into as host of the 35th year of Discovery Channel’s Shark Week? Beginning Sunday, July 23 at 8p, the “Aquaman” star will guide fans through hours of new shows, including “Belly of the Beast: Feeding Frenzy,” and “Cocaine Sharks.”

Fox News’ “Hannity” will air a town hall with Donald Trump on Tuesday, July 18 at 9p from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The event, pre-taped earlier that day, will include questions from the audience. FNC is also hosting the first Republican primary presidential debate on August 23, which is “unlikely” to include Trump, said his advisor, Jason Miller, on NewsNation.

Documentary “761st Tank Battalion: The Original Black Panthers” premieres Sunday, August 20 at 8p on The History Channel. The film tells the true story of the first Black tank unit to serve in combat during WWII.


Roku has partnered with Shopify to provide viewers the ability to purchase products from Shopify merchants directly from their TV through Roku Action Ads. “Bringing a Shopify purchase experience to television for merchants is an industry first,” said Peter Hamilton, Senior Director of Ad Innovation at Roku. “Roku democratizes access to TV advertising, and now, we’re collapsing the funnel for Shopify’s merchants. This is a great example of Roku’s unique platform position to make advertisers unmissable across the streamer’s journey, from power on to purchase complete.”


The PGA Tour had no choice but to reach a merger deal with the Saudi-funded LIV Tour, said PGA officials during a Senate hearing on Tuesday. Responding to Connecticut Democrat’s Richard Blumenthal’s comment that the hearing “is about much more than the game of golf. It’s about how a brutal, repressive regime can buy influence, and indeed even take over a cherished American institution to cleanse its public image,” PGA Tour board member Jimmy Dunne said, “I really understand Sen. Blumenthal’s concern about having them take over….I’m concerned with what the senator is worried about. But I’m concerned if we do nothing we’re going to end up there, they’re going to end up owning golf. They can do it.” Republican Ron Johnson of Wisconsin defended the PGA Tour, saying, “It would be grossly unfair to expect the PGA Tour to bear the full burden of holding Saudi Arabia accountable. After all, anyone who drives a car or uses oil-based products has helped fill the coffers of the Saudi Public Investment fund.”

In more LIV Golf news, the league announced that Simplebet will serve its Official Sports Betting Innovation Partner. The multi-year collaboration will see the company distribute the league’s real-time competition data to betting operators and media platforms globally.

The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference has set the 2023 Football schedule and named Allen Media Group free-streaming digital platform HBCU GO as its exclusive broadcast partner. A total of five football matchups highlight the 2023 HBCU GO slate of conference games, with the Miles-Albany State rivalry set to wrap up the schedule on October 28. Beginning this fall, all 13 SIAC football programs will compete in a modified eight-game conference schedule with four primary rivals concluding with a SIAC Football Championship Game.

Prime Video and ONE Championship return for “ONE Fight Night 12: Superlek vs. Khalilov on Prime Video” tomorrow, July 14 at at 8p.


ITN Distribution has picked up distribution rights in North and Latin America for the live action fantasy epic, “Fight for Freedom.” ITN will manage distribution of the film in North and Latin America.

About Premium Content has secured the first international sales for music documentary “AC/DC: Forever Young.” Initial broadcasters on board include Sky for the UK, RTS for Switzerland, Telefonica for Spain, MTVA for Hungary, CANAL+ Polska for Poland and RTBF for French-speaking Belgium.

French animation production and distribution company Dandelooo has announced a deal for several of its preschool series including “Hungry Bear Tales,” “Our Piggy,” “Kiwi,” “Kosmix,” “Cubs,” and “Pompon Little Bear.”

All 107 episodes of the comedy franchise “Corner Gas” and “Corner Gas: The Movie” are available for the first time on FAST in the UK with Samsung TV Plus. The live-action brand can be found on the Comedy Hub channel.

BossaNova Media and UK’s Channel 4 are co-financing a deal for a history series produced by Spark Media, “Ottoman Empire By Train.” The first series in the strand, historical travelogue “Ancient Egypt by Train,” aired on the channel last month.

FOX Sports announced the addition of former United States Women’s National Team legend Leslie Osborne, United States Men’s National Team standout Jimmy Conrad and Colombia National Team star Melissa Ortiz to its roster of analysts for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023.

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The National Association of Broadcasters is looking for a new leader – Chris Brown, NAB’s EVP and Managing Director of Global Connections and Events, will transition out of the role after the 2024 NAB Show. “Chris’s guidance and leadership have been critical to the success of NAB’s world-class conventions,” said NAB President-CEO Curtis LeGeyt.

Locality has appointed Steven DeMain as EVP, Streaming Sales. DeMain was most recently VP, Branded Content & Sponsorship Sales at Vizio.

Marc Ducnuigeen has joined Goodway Group as Chief Client Officer. Ducnuigeen is former COO and President of The Integer Group.

Kiswe has appointed Chris Pantoya as Chief Operating Officer. Most recently, Pantoya served as Chief Commercial Officer and Head of Strategy at Fan Controlled Sports and Entertainment.

Sinclair Inc. has named Nickolas James as VP, Social Media. James was previously Director of Social at HBO Max.

Helder Marques has been promoted to Managing Director of Banijay Iberia. Marques will oversee Shine Iberia Portugal’s output.

Candice McDonough has been appointed to the newly-created role of EVP of Publicity and Communications for DC Studios. McDonough moves from sister company Warner Bros. Film Group, where she led communications.

This Day in History
1923 – The “Hollywoodland” sign in the hills above LA was dedicated. (The last four letters were dropped in 1949.)

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question
Which YouTube channel launched with the name checkgate? Cocomelon. Kudos to: Heather Allen-WWE Corporation/Stamford, CT; Rev. Mark Wajda/Clermont, FL; Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA; Gerry Bixenspan-TV Marketing Inc./NYC; Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg-M and S Entertainment/LA; David Westberg-SAG-AFTRA Credit Union/Burbank; Synda Kollman-Charter Marketing Group/Boca Raton, FL; David Garber-Loyola Marymount University/Playa Visa, CA

Today’s Trivia Question
Which 1980s late night series and 2000s sitcom had the same name? (Email [email protected] with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and time zone. Unofficial rules: a limit of four per time zone.)

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