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Bridge 17 Presents
2nd Annual Content Creators of Atlanta Awards Gala
August 19, 2018 / The Hammond House, Atlanta
The non-profit raises funds for scriptwriters to attend festival, conferences, and any other form of continuing education. Last year, the Gala welcomed 150 guests, 10 press outlets, and awarded some of the finest content creators in Atlanta. A few of the winners were signed by agents; others have gone on to produce their scripts.
Visit  www.contentcreatorsofatlanta.com  for more info.

Tom Fontana (Homicide: Life on the Street) has been named showrunner, exec producer and one of the writers on upcoming Showtime drama City on a Hill, starring Kevin Bacon (The Following) and Aldis Hodge (Underground). Boston-set series, based on an idea by Ben Affleck, premieres in 2019.
Amblin TV optioned the TV rights to Elaine Weiss’ The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote, with Hillary Clinton attached to exec produce alongside Darryl Frank, Justin Falvey and Weiss, reports the Hollywood Reporter. Book was published in March.
Hulu gave a straight-to-series order to Shrill, co-written by and starring SNL’s Aidy Bryant. Comedy hails from Lorne MichaelsBroadway Video, Brownstone Productions and Warner Bros. Television.
Acorn TV announced its third series commission this year with British drama series Queens of Mystery. Acorn Media Enterprises, the UK-based development division for the Acorn brand of RLJ Entertainment, has partnered with Sly Fox Productions in association with Ferncroft Media to produce the new series along with Acorn Media International distributing in all English-speaking territories, and international distributor ZDF Enterprises distributing in the rest of the world. 
Cut! Animal Kingdom star Shawn Hatosy makes his directing debut on the episode airing Tuesday, August 7 at 9p on TNT.
A reboot of extraterrestrial sitcom ALF is in the early stages at Warner Bros. TV. Original aired from 1986-1990 on NBC.
Chris Hardwick will serve as a judge on the August 7 episode of NBC’s America’s Got Talent, as scheduled, and return as host for the third season of the net’s The Wall. Hardwick’s TV career was in question after he was accused of sexual assault by an ex-girlfriend, and put on leave at AMC’s Talking Dead; he was reinstated at AMC after an investigation cleared him of the allegation.
Antenna TV gets set for fall with a Head of the Class marathon from 5a-11:30p on Sunday, August 19. Sitcom regularly airs weeknights at 3a and weekends at 2p.
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Raycom Media’s InvestigateTV has released Licensed to Pill, a documentary focused on victims of the opioid crisis that will air in every Raycom Media market this month. “Our national investigative unit worked tirelessly to expose abuses in the system and we want to do our part to inform our local consumers,” said Pat LaPlatney, president and CEO, Raycom Media.
NOVA also looks at the drug epidemic in Addiction, examining the science of addiction through interviews with victims, their families and researchers on the front lines of the crisis on Wednesday, October 17 at 9p on PBS (check local listings).
Cate Blanchett will guest on IFC’s Documentary Now! as a world-renowned performance artist preparing for a major career retrospective; Fred Armisen plays her ex-lover in an episode shot in Budapest earlier this summer. Season launches Wednesday, February 20 at 10p.
LiveRamp and Adobe struck a deal that integrates LiveRamp’s IdentityLink across Adobe’s Adveritising Manager, allowing for addressable advertising using first or third party data. “The TV landscape is at a watershed moment, created by the convergence of digital and the cord-cutter or cord-never generation. To stay relevant as the industry evolves, digital and TV must work together to create seamlessly-executed omnichannel marketing,” said Todd Gordon, director, programmatic TV at Adobe.  
TV data company Alphonso is introducing a new suite of digital-like TV advertising measurement metrics and tools to its self-serve Alphonso Insights Dashboard, a dashboard for real-time TV ad analytics and closed-loop attribution. The service now includes several new features and data sets that will help marketers better understand TV ad efficacy.    
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Stand-up comedian Tom Papa breaks bread (and pastries) on a mission to find the country’s best baked goods in Food Network series Baked, launching Monday, September 3 at 10p. First stop: New York City.
Five-part Unspeakable Crime: The Killing of Jessica Chambers premieres Saturday, September 15 at 7p on Oxygen. Docu-series tells the story of the horrific December 2014 murder of a Mississippi teen.
Brent Spiner (Star Trek) will recur on season four of CW’s Supergirl, as Vice President Baker….Ryan Hurst (Sons of Anarchy) is onboard season five of Amazon drama Bosch.
CBS Television Stations and CBS Interactive have plans to launch CBSN Local, a portfolio of 24/7 direct-to-consumer services that will stream anchored news coverage and live breaking news events from major markets served by CBS stations owned by CBS Corp. CBSN Local services will be available on CBSNews.com and the CBS News apps for mobile and connected TV devices, and through CBS Television Stations’ websites and mobile apps.
Apple slipped to third among smartphone companies with a 12% market share, (down 1% year-over-year) with China’s Huawei taking its place as number two (up 41% to a 16% share). Samsung remains the leader, with a 21% market share (down 10%).
But more eyes were on Apple’s stock price than smartphone ranking on Wednesday, with shares jumping almost 6% to close at $201.50; $203.45 would have made Apple the first publicly traded company to be worth $1 trillion.
Vizio and Pluto TV are teaming for WatchFree, offering free streaming channels on a channel grid guide that will be available on Vizio smart TVs. Over 100 live and linear channels will be available. “WatchFree is a next-generation streaming service with an easy-to-naviate, cable-like interface that delivers creative and thoughtful content selections,” said Bill Baxter, Vizio chief technology officer.
In the wake of Facebook’s revelation that it had uncovered a new influence campaign targeting the midterm elections, the Senate Intelligence Committee set a hearing date for September 5 to question executives from Facebook, Twitter and Google. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg have confirmed their attendance.
Technology company Scandit has raised $30 million in Series B funding led by Alphabet’s GV. Scandit, which develops mobile computer vision, barcode scanning and AR, will use the investment to “propel [its] long-term vision of bringing the Internet of Things to everyday objects.”
Despite a tweet from controversial Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan telling followers to watch a documentary about him on Netflix yesterday, the streaming service said “the film will not be released…Due to an internal miscommunication, it appeared to be scheduled for release on Netflix, but it is not.”
Showtime has an introductory offer for new subscribers who sign up for its streaming service through September 3: $4.99/month for the first three months.
Viasat World announced that CEE provider of digital and communications solutions A1 has added Epic Drama to its IPTV and cable (DVB-C) platforms in Bulgaria. 
China International Television Corporation secured a license deal with Netflix for Chinese romantic drama Here To Heart for worldwide distribution. 
Synergy88 Entertainment Media’s new Filipino anime TV series, Barangay 143, will launch in October on Philippines net GMA 7.
Kids app Hopster and Scotland’s STV are partnering for a deal that will see Hopster’s content made available of streaming platform STV Player.
Sixty percent of content being produced by brands to engage consumers “is not meaningful” to them, according to Maria Garrido, global chief insights & analytics officer of Havas, in MediaPost. Havas asked consumers how much content from brands is relevant to them as part of its “Meaningful Brands” study.
Refinery29 struck a new partnership deal with studio NEON (Ingrid Goes West) to identify, purchase and co-distribute films that align with both companies’ missions to work with rule-defying storytellers. “Since its inception, NEON has established itself as a major player in the industry, disrupting the way the next generation consumes and views films, which aligns with how we speak to and challenge our audience and the media industry as a whole,” said Amy Emmerich, chief content officer, Refinery29.  
Pilgrim Media Group landed film, TV and other rights to The Kiss Quotient, the breakout debut novel from Helen Hoang featuring a heroine with Asperberger’s Syndrome. Development is underway first for a feature film.
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Comedy Central wrapped July with A18-49 ratings increases in both Total Day and Primetime versus the year-ago period, and the net’s .21 Total Day A18-49 rating represents its seventh consecutive month of sustained or improved levels versus the year-ago period, its best single-month mark since December 2016, and its largest year-over-year gain in that demo (+16%) since 2013. July also notched a .31 A18-49 Primetime rating, Comedy Central’s best Prime performance since September of last year and its biggest single-month year-over-year improvement since August 2010 in the demo. 
NBC’s premiere of Making It, hosted by Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman, delivered a 1.1/5 rating among A18-49, making the crafting competition series the top-rated and most-watched (5.33 million viewers) premiere of summer 2018.


Spanish language movie channel Cine Sony has seen an audience increase of 13% in the past year, according to comScore Q1-Q217 versus Q1-Q218, with 95% watching the channel live.

Discovery networks led all of primetime ad-supported cable on Sunday, July 29, taking the top 5 spots among W25-54, with TLC #1, Discovery Channel #2, ID #3, HGTV #4 and Food Network #5. For the week ending July 29, Discovery Channel ranked #1 in the demo, while ID and TLC tied for #2 and HGTV held at #4. Discovery Channel, buoyed by its Shark Week programming, also took the week’s top spot among A25-54 viewers.
Top 10 Shows based on Shareablee’s Video Power Index for the week of July 23, 2018
Show: VIP,Video Actions,Video Views,Total Actions
The Originals (CW) 794, 713K, 1.7M, 1.8M
The 100 (CW) 306, 179K, 498L, 242K
The Four (Fox) 225, 484K, 8.7M, 1.1M
Suits (USA) 178, 168K, 2.6M, 242K
America’s Got Talent (NBC) 177, 358K, 13.1M, 742K
The Jim Jefferies Show (Comedy Central) 101, 50K, 1M, 58K
The Bachelorette (ABC) 99, 98K, 506K, 278K
Younger (TV Land) 93, 109K, 274K, 220K
Nashville (CMA) 92, 141K, 2.4M, 302K
The Challenge (MTV) 91, 118K, 787K, 184K
Shareablee’s VPI combines viewing, consumer interactions and audience scale across all active platforms and includes video performance of primetime TV shows.
TV Time’s Binge Report for the week of July 23-29
Orange Is the New Black (Netflix) – 5.08%
The 100 (The CW) – 2.47%
Friends (NBC) – 1.91%
The Originals (The CW) – 1.52%
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX) – 1.46%
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) – 1.43%
Suits (USA) – 1.31%
Riverdale (The CW) – 1.27%
Jane the Virgin (The CW) – 1.05%
One Piece (FUJI) – 1.01%
TV Time’s Binge Report tracks and ranks shows based on the number of episodes consumed by the millions of fans across the globe in the TV Time app.
Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions) Tuesday, July 31, 2018 time period averages
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated Live+SD
NBC: 9.52 million
America’s Got Talent 11.62, Making It 5.33
CBS: 4.56 million
NCIS 5.01, Bull 4.29, NCIS: New Orleans 4.39
FOX: 1.97 million
Beat Shazam 2.33, Love Connection 1.60
ABC: 1.91 million
Splitting Up Together 2.54, Splitting Up Together 1.97, Splitting up Together 1.81, Splitting up Together 1.67, Splitting Up Together 1.76
TELE: 0.99 million
Exatlon 0.71, Sin Senos si Paraiso 1.04, El Senor de los Cielos 1.22
UNIVISION: 0.83 million
Rico y Lazaro .99, Bella las Bestias .83, La Piloto .68
CW: 0.77 million
The 100 0.90, The Outpost 0.64

Tuesday A18-49: CBS 1.7/8, TELE .7/3, FOX .6/3, CBS .4/2, ABC .4/2, UNI .4/2, CW .3/1

Meredith Roberts has been named to the newly created role of Senior Vice President, Animation Strategy, Disney Channels. For the last eleven years, Roberts had been General Manager, DisneyToon Studios.

Rogers & Cowan/FRUKT
 appointed Mandisa Diggs as Vice President of Inclusive Diversity in the U.S. Diggs will work across the Rogers & Cowan and FRUKT network that includes sports marketing and representation agency Octagon.
Audio network Westwood One promoted Julie Kim from Senior Traffic Director to Vice-President, Traffic. 
Producer and distributor Stanley Moger died July 24 after battling liver cancer. He was 81. Moger and two partners founded SFM Media Corporation in 1969; Moger ran Havas Media’s entertainment division after Havas bought the media buying service in 1998.
Call for Entries Opening in August
Deadline: October 17
Event: March 2019 (NYC)

This Day in History:
1790 – The first U.S. census was conducted. Population: 3,939,214, including 697,624 slaves.
Answer to Our Last Trivia Question:  Which TV family’s home was the exterior shot used for the Dragonfly Inn that Lorelei and Sookie bought and renovated on Gilmore Girls (2000-2007)? The Waltons. Kudos to: Andy Pittman-TAMU/College Station, TX, Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg-M and S Entertainment/St. Andrews Fife, Scotland, Cristy Miller-HBO/NYC, Sally Bialeck-Miramax/Century City, CA, Taylor Brunwald-OnMedia/Columbus, GA, Gail Tregea/Rochester, NY, Bill Shea-Netflix/Disney/Oak Park, CA, Dan Haberer-Creo Entertainment/Playa del Rey, CA, David Westberg-SAG-AFTRA Federal Credit Union/Burbank, Lorrie Shilling/El Segundo, CA, Anthony Salerno-Horizon Media/NYC, Kathryn Kieser-Haworth Marketing and Media/Minneapolis, Hannah Tatterssall-NBCUniversal/NYC
Today’s Trivia Question: Spinoff AfterMASH (1983-1985) continued the stories of which three M*A*S*H characters? (Email [email protected] with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and time zone. Unofficial rules: a limit of four.)
Answer to Our Last Anagram: Knitted for Serfs = Diff’rent Strokes. Kudos to: Charlene White-A+E Networks/Stamford, CT, Synda Kollman-Charter Marketing Group/Boca Raton, FL, Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA
Comedy Anagram: Weds Sick Dish (Email [email protected] with your answer; first three respondents with the correct answer who aren’t in trivia will be posted in tomorrow’s newsletter.)
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JOB OPENING: RESEARCH SUPERVISOR/TVB/NYC: With strong analytical skills to translate secondary research data into compelling stories that advocate for local TV. Interact with TVB stations, agencies and assess measurement changes in industry. Min 5-7 years agency or TV experience. Full info/apply HERE (8/7)

JOB OPENING: VP, CLIENT SERVICES/Direct Avenue Inc/San Diego: Own/manage client satisfaction & retention, billing & performance targets & dvlp/execute on strategies that will exceed targets. Min 15 yrs exp client services in agency envir, pref TV media. Proven exp in setting goals. Core Direct & Tableau exp. Full info/apply HERE (8/4)

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JOB OPENING: DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR/Discovery/LA: Coordinate overall development process and provide admin support for Discovery Channel and development team. Field calls, maintain database, schedule meetings + travel.  3+ yrs exp in general entertainment, nonfiction or doc TV needed. Apply. (8/3)
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CBS: Big Bang Theory [r], Young Sheldon [r], Big Brother, S.W.A.T. [r]
CW: Supernatural [r], Black Lightning [r]
FOX: The Four: Battle for Stardom [f]
NBC: NFL Football
PBS: This Old House Hour [r], The Tunnel: Vengeance [r], Antiques Roadshow [r]
Telemundo: Exatlon Estados Unidos, Sin Senos si Paraiso, El Senor de los Cielos
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