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History greenlit season two of Knights Templar drama series Knightfall, with Mark Hamill (Star Wars) joining the cast and Aaron Helbing (The Flash) onboard as showrunner and executive producer. Eli Lehrer, EVP of programming, promised a “grittier, darker” show this time around.
Amazon and YouTube are among the parties interested in buying the 22 regional sports networks Disney needs to part with as part of its $71.3 billion deal for Fox assets, according to Bloomberg. Sinclair, Blackstone, CVC Capital Partners and Apollo are also in the mix.
With Matthew Crawley having been killed in a car accident on Downton Abbey, actor Dan Stevens couldn’t be in the upcoming Downton movie…or could he? Stevens had fans wondering when he posted a picture of himself on Instagram with Downton co-stars Michelle Dockery and Allen Leech, asking people to vote on whether his character should have a mustache in the film. Dockery also posted the photo – but just captioned it, “Dorks.”
During the publicity rounds for her book, “Unhinged: An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House,” Omarosa Manigault Newman played an audio recording for Today’s Savannah Guthrie that she says is from 2017, during which President Trump claims he hadn’t know she was fired. “Nobody even told me about it,” Trump says on the tape. Manigault Newman, who on Sunday produced for Meet the Press an audio recording of what appears to be White House chief of staff John Kelly firing her, said Trump is “being puppeted, and that’s very dangerous for this nation.” Trump batted back on Twitter, calling his “wacky” former The Apprentice contestant “Vicious, but not smart.”
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Ian Ziering, Hyperdrive Entertainment, Happy Trails Productions and Synergy Management are developing, and shopping, unscripted travel adventure series Festival Crusader with Ian Ziering. Show would follow the Sharknado star at gatherings like the UFO event in Roswell, “redneck games” in Pennsylvania and a pyro celebration in Mexico.
Netflix will offer its first Arabic-language original series, teen drama Jinn, in 2019. Six-parter from Kabreet Productions just began production in Jordan.
Animal Planet’s My Cat From Hell kicks off season ten on Saturday, September 1 at 8p with back-to-back episodes of felines with behavior issues.
Expedition BBQ debuts tonight at 10p on Travel Channel, exploring open fire cooking in Bali – but it wasn’t an easy journey. “With the emergence of new beautifully produced food formats like Chef’s Table, we wanted an exotic backdrop to explore ancient cultures and their barbecue cooking traditions,” Robert Horowitz, Juma president, tells Cynopsis. “A year in the making, and after an aborted trip due to the eruption of Bali’s Mount Agung volcano, we got our episode in the can.”
DIY goes Hawaiian for new series Aloha Builds, premiering Monday, September 10 at 10p. Show follows local renovation experts as they source materials like lava rock tiles and upcycle salvage items to offer families on a budget a taste of paradise.
Coming to Hulu: New horror series Light As a Feather arrives Friday, October 12. Season two of Marvel’s Runaways launches Friday, December 21.
NBCUniversal is reportedly considering launching a free streaming service and app later this year called Watch Back, which would include content from the company’s portfolio of channels. Information.com reports the project would be largely a marketing effort, to introduce new audiences to NBCUni’s shows.
The number of SVOD services will increase by 37% by 2023, according to The Digital TV Research, which projects total subs will rise to 208 million, from 132 million at the end of 2017. Netflix will top the streamers with 67.3 million subscribers by 2023, says the research company, followed by Amazon Prime with 60.6.
CNBC released a beta version of the new CNBC.com homepage and article pages, part of CNBC’s full technology stack rebuild – new CMS, new API and new publishing system for rendering websites – and supports CNBC’s multiple websites including CNBC.com, Warren Buffett Archive and Make It, launching launch later this year. Homepage changes include ad new global header, search with AI-powered recommendations with auto-complete suggestions, “For You” content based on user’s engagement with articles, and more.
3 Roads Communications announced it has opened up distribution of content, including television and web series, to Amazon Prime. “We are thrilled that we are able to offer these same services that we enjoy to all content owners,” said Russ Hodge, president of 3 Roads. “It allows producers to receive a steady stream of income on a monthly basis for products that are just sitting on a shelf. There is only an upside for content owners.” Creators can monetize their content on Amazon Prime through 3 Roads in an arrangement that is non-exclusive.
According to calculations by the LA Times, Netflix has released 88% more original programming in 2018 than it did at the same point in 2017. The growth in original content comes as access to licensed content is threatened by companies like Disney plotting their own platforms.
Netflix has another comic book franchise from Mark Millar. Prodigy will follow the adventures of the word’s smartest man, a wildly successful businessperson also addicted to the mysteries of the world. “Edison Crane is by far the best character I’ve created in my career,” said Millar, president and chief creative officer of Millarworld, a subsidiary of Netflix. Netflix has ordered two series based on Millar’s stories: Jupiter’s Legacy and American Jesus.
With his content banished by Facebook, Apple, Spotify and more, InfoWars far right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones uploaded dozens of videos onto Vimeo’s platform last week, only to have Vimeo remove the content. “See how slippery this slope has become?” tweeted Jones on Monday.
Nielsen and J.D. Power plan to target car-buyers by combining audience data from Nielsen with buyer insights from J.D. Power, with Nielsen Auto Cloud. Advertisers will have access to omnichannel campaign measurement tools, and in-flights analytics will help control what types of ads people see.
Speaking of Nielsen, the measurement company’s shares rose 12% Monday after hedge fund Elliott Management revealed it owns shares representing about 8.4% of Nielson Holdings, and plans to push for a sale. “Nielsen’s Board of Directors and management team are actively focused on executing the company’s strategy to achieve sustainable, profitable growth and drive long-term value creation for all shareholders,” said a company spokesperson. “The board and management regularly engage with shareholders and welcome the views and perspectives of its owners, including Elliott.”
Fewer advertisers are using age and gender for their OTT campaigns, according to new data from Tru Optik, with 79% of OTT advertisers favoring audience based targeting over demo data. Income is the most used CTV demo. For linear TV, just 5% of advertisers are using advanced targeting, reports Tru Optik.
Janet Jackson is set to debut her new single, “Made for Now,” in collaboration with Daddy Yankee, on NBC’s Tonight Show Friday, Aug. 17. It’s Jackson’s first performance on late night television in 14 years; she last served as musical guest on Saturday Night Live in 2004.  
IFC offered details on Documentary Now!’s musical-inspired episode, “Original Cast Album: Co-Op,” inspired by the 1970 doc following the overnight recording of Company. John Mulaney, Taran Killam, Richard Kind, Paula Pell, Alex Brightman, James Urbaniak and Renee Elise Goldsberry will guest star. Documentary Now! is set to return February 20 at 10p with seven new episodes.
1990s sitcom Living Single turns 25 this month and TV One is marking to occasion with a milestone marathon from Friday, August 24 at 7p through Sunday, August 26 at 5a, including all 118 episodes in sequential order.  
Add Panic! At the Disco to the roster of performers at MTV’s VMA Awards, airing Monday, August 20 at 9p.
Patrick Dempsy (Grey’s Anatomy) and Alessandro Borghi (Suburra) landed the lead roles in thriller series Devils for Sky Italia and Lux Vide, reports Deadline….Abraham Lim (The Glee Project) will recur on upcoming ABC legal drama The Fix.
Dentsu’s Cyber Communications Inc. and SpotX announced their partnership to bring SpotX’s video ad serving platform solutions to domestic broadcasting stations in Japan. The partnership is aimed at allowing broadcasters and media owners to maximize their advertising revenue.
Tandem Productions, a Studiocanal Company, and BRON Studios are producing eight-part dramatic thriller Shadow Play, created and written by Mans Marlind (Midnight Sun). Series will be coproduced by ZDF (Germany) and co-financed by a international networks, including Viaplay (Scandinavia), CCANAL+ (France), Canal + Poland and NPO (Holland).  
Network Ten commissioned Australian docu-series Ambulance Australia, produced by Endemol Shine Australia and created by Dragonfly. Ambulance is also headed to Israel.
Brand management company Genius Brands International announced that its Genius Brands Network has surpassed availability in over 80 million U.S. households. The +33% increase in reach from the company’s last publicly reported total in April is a result of recent multi-year distribution deals with Cox, Tubi and XUMO. “2018 is shaping up to be a momentous year for Genius Brands as we further cultivate our brands, like Llama Llama and Rainbow Rangers; bolster our animation catalogue; generate merchandising and advertising revenue; and drive distribution and viewership gains,” said Andy Heyward, chairman and CEO, Genius Brands.
Smithsonian Networks is ready to creep viewers out with Bug Bites, a six-part short-form series exploring the art of cooking and consuming insects (they’re nutritious!). Streaming begins on Smithsonian Earth and Smithsonianchannel.com on Monday, August 27.
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Tiger Woods’ second place finish at Sunday’s PGA Championship gave CBS a 6.1 rating among A18-49 in early numbers, up 69% versus last year and the best early rating for a final round since 2009.
Fox’s Teen Choice Awards telecast made lots of noise on social – its Twitter count was up 72% versus last year – but delivered a record low .3 rating among A18-49 and 1.01 million viewers, down from .5 and 1.7 million in 2017.
SHAREABLEE SOCIAL TV RATINGS: Top U.S. Shows Overall by Engagement for the week of August 6, 2018
Program, Total Actions (000), Total Content, Actions per Content (000), Fans/Followers (000)
E! News (E!) 11262, 627, 18, 33660
Today Show (NBC) 1240, 542, 2, 12719
TMZ (Warner Bros./synd.) 1059, 1020, 1, 14967
The 100 (CW) 878m 45, 20, 3847
World of Dance (NBC) 872, 141, 6, 2564
Fox & Friends (Fox News) 860, 358, 2, 4117
The Daily Show (Comedy Central) 859, 102, 8, 16862
Entertainment Tonight (CBS/synd.) 854, 653, 1, 7358
The Late Late Show (CBS) 804, 69, 12, 4972
America’s Got Talent (NBC) 706, 168, 4, 13330
Based on Total Actions (reactions, comments, shares and retweets)
TVision’s Monthly Attention Index for Primetime Broadcast, Cable and OTT Shows in July, Live+SD
Running Wild with Bear Grylls, NBC – 149.9
Marlon, NBC – 145.0
The Gong Show, ABC – 125.9
Penn & Teller: Fool Us, CW – 124.2
Big Brother, CBS – 122.5
Million Dollar Listing New York, BRAVO – 150.7
Street Outlaws, Discovery Channel – 142.7
Chopped, Food Network – 139.7
E! News, E! – 132.9
Claws, TNT – 131.7

TVision measures actual eyes on screen attention from an opt-in panel of 7500 people at 2000 U.S. households, second by second with privacy safe facial recognition technology.

Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions) Friday, August 102018 time period averages

Source: Nielsen, Live+SD

CBS: 3.28 million

TKO: Total Knock Out 3.16, Whistleblower 2.76, Blue Bloods 3.92

NBC: 2.65 million

American Ninja Warrior 2.62, Dateline 2.70

ABC: 2.45 million

Fresh Off the Boat 2.30, Speechless 1.68, What Would You Do? 2.70, 20/20 3.12

CW: 1.38 million

Masters of Illusion 1.39, Penn & Teller: Fool Us 1.35

FOX: 1.81 million

The Resident 2.09, The Orville 1.52

TELEMUNDO: .90 million

Exatlon .66, Sin Senos SI Hay Paraiso .95, Senor de los Cielos 1.10

UNIVISION: .85 million

Rico y Lazaro .99, Bella y las Bestias .86, La Piloto .69


Friday A18-49: TELE .6/4, CBS .5/2, NBC .5/2, ABC .5/2, FOX .4/2, UNI .4/2, CW .3/1

Netflix’s Chief Financial Officer, David Wells, will step down after 14 years with the company, once he helps find his successor. “I intend my next chapter to focus more on philanthropy, and I like big challenges, but I’m not sure what that looks like,” said Wells.
Brendan Yam was named Vice President and General Manager, Viacom Digital Studios International, a new unit focused on creating, distributing and monetizing digital content for Viacom’s flagship brands outside of the U.S. Yam previously served as Vice President, Multiplatform for MTV and Comedy Central International, and Head of Business Development for Digital.
605 has appointed Doug MacDonald as Executive Vice President of Sales. Most recently, MacDonald was SVP of Digital Solutions at V12 Data.
Erik Gerson and David Yoon have been named to the newly-created positions of Senior Vice President, Engagement and Senior Vice President, Design, respectively, at fuboTV. Gerson was previously SVP, Customer Experience at TIDAL, while Yoon, was VP of Design at WB Digital Labs
Creative content company Alkemy X entered into a joint venture with studio Quietman, and brought on Director & Creative Director Megan Oepen.
The Quietman deal will see Founder & Creative Director Johnnie Semerad moving the operations of his company into Alkemy X, where both parties will share all creative talent, resources, and capabilities.
George Cabico has joined The LIppin Group as Senior Vice President. Cabico most recently led consumer publicity and trade communications at Amazon Studios.

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Answer to the Last Trivia Question:  Which show’s scriptwriter, following the series’ ending, filed a lawsuit against Screen Gems claiming that she had submitted a similar premise to them called Baker’s Half-Dozen? The Partridge Family’s (1970-1974) Roberta Tatum, who was awarded $150,000 in an out-of-court settlement. Kudos to: Marni C. Gold/Saddle Brook, NJ, Gerry Bixenspan-TV Marketing Inc./NYC, Claire Hambrick-A+E Networks/NYC, Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg-M and S Entertainment/LA, Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA, David Westberg-SAG-AFTRA Federal Credit Union/Burbank, Lorrie Shilling/El Segundo, CA, Jim Katz-The Carney Awards/LA
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ABC: Bachelor in Paradise, Castaways  
CBS:  NCIS [r], Bull [r], NCIS: New Orleans [r]
CW: The Flash, The Outpost  
FOX: Beat Shazam, Love Connection
NBC:  America’s Got Talent, Making It  
PBS: 10 Towns That Changed America, No Passport Required, Frontline
TELEMUNDO: Exatlon Estados Unidos, Sin Senos Si Hay Paraiso, El Senor de los Cielos  
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