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PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT
 
Common is expanding his relationship with Lionsgate. The multi-hyphenate artist and exec signed an overall TV deal to develop and produce new TV series under his Freedom Road Productions banner. Common starred in installments of Lionsgate’s John Wick and Now You See Me films; additional film credits include roles in Wanted and Selma. He’s currently starring in and executive producing television series The Chi on Showtime.
 
R&B artist Ginuwine inked a deal with Bungalow Media + Entertainment to develop unscripted projects. He’s recently appeared in Bravo docuseries Your Husband Is Cheating on Us and Celebrity Big Brother UK.
 
There’ll be a second season of host Jasmine Roth’s Hidden Potential, thanks to a thumbs up from HGTV. Roth updates generic homes in the Huntington Beach, CA area.
 
Producer Danielle Claman Gelber renewed her first-look deal with Universal TV. Under the pact, she’ll develop scripted and nonscripted series via her Acoustic Productions banner.
 
Hulu is finalizing a pilot order to limited series The Great, starring and exec-produced by Elle Fanning and co-starring Nicholas Hoult. Project hails from MRC, and is written/exec-produced by Tony McNamara.
 
Top 10 Weekend Domestic Box Office Estimates: August 24-26, 2018
Crazy Rich Asians (Warner Bros.) $25.0 million (week 2), cume $76.8 million
The Meg (Warner Bros.) $13.0 million (week 3), cume $105.3 million
The HappyTime Murders (STX) $10.0, opening weekend
Mission: Impossible – Fallout  (Paramount) $8.0 million (week 5), cume revenue $193.9 million
Disney’s Christopher Robin (Buena Vista) $6.3 million (week 2), cume revenue $77.6 million
Mile 22 (STX) $6.0 million (week 2), cume $25.2 million
Alpha (Studio 8) $5.6 million (week 2), cume $20.2 million
Blackkklansman (Focus Features) $5.35 million (week 3), cume $32.03
A.X.L. (Global Road) $2.94 opening weekend
Slender Man (Sony/Screen Gems) $2.79 (week 3), cume $25.4
Source: comScore
 
 
COMING UP
 
Reba McEntire will return for a second year to host the ninth iteration of CMA Country Christmas, the two-hour music celebration that tapes September 27 and is slated to air on ABC during the holiday season. Tony Bennett, Dan + Shay, Brett Eldredge, Amy Grant, Diana Krall, Dustin Lynch, Martina McBride, Old Dominion and Brad Paisley are among those onboard for the special.
 
CNBC will premiere original doc Bitcoin: Boom or Bust tonight (August 27) at 6p. Treatment presents the good, the bad and the ugly sides of the cryptocurrency.
 
HBO set Saturday, October 20 as the premiere date for My Dinner With Herve, starring Peter Dinklage and Jamie Dornan.
 
 
DIGITAL DATA
 
Snapchat is continuing to step up its e-commerce game. Adidas is premiering a new version of its Falcon W sneaker on Fashion 5 Ways, a show that premiered this weekend on Snapchat’s Discover page. Other notable names that have launched products/merch on the platform include SeatGeek, Ariana Grande, Niki Minaj and Kylie Jenner.
 
Execs from Facebook, Google, Twitter, Microsoft and Snapchat reportedly met Friday to mindshare about how to prevent meddling in the midterm elections. Allegedly on the agenda according to a report from Buzzfeed, which obtained a memo about the meeting: progress reports on preventing misinformation, current problems, and discussion of whether such meetings should be held more regularly.
 
 
CASTING
 
Suzy Nakamura (Dr. Ken) scored a lead role opposite Hugh Laurie in HBO comedy pilot Avenue 5 (working title)… Ava Duvernay-directed Netflix limited series Central Park Five landed a bevvy of new talent, with Joshua Jackson, Christopher Jackson and Adepero Oduye (12 Years A Slave) onboard the project. Also new to the series are Devorah Herbert, Omar Dorsey (Queen Sugar), Blair Underwood, Famke Janssen, William Sadler (Power) and Aurora Perrineau (Into The Dark)… Cassady McClincy (Love, Simon) is joining season 9 of AMC’s The Walking Dead in a recurring role… Anthony Konechny (Almost Human) will recur on the upcoming fourth season of the CW’s SupergirlChristine Ko (Hawaii Five-0) will topline Netflix feature film Tigertail; Kunjue Li also joins the cast.
 
Michelle Beadle is moving from field to court on ESPN. The network shifted the host from its football-centric Get Up! morning show to new NBA post-game show NBA After The Buzzer, which will air after the regular Wednesday and Friday doubleheaders on ESPN.
 
 
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
 
New Chinese production house Pop Life Global is a joint venture among Stanley Cheung, former chairman of the Walt Disney Co. China; Guenther Hake, former CEO of Oriental DreamWorks China; and MD Young, co-founder of arts brand Pop Life Entertainment. The company will produce movies, music and merchandise. Films in the pipeline include thriller Painted Beauty and sports-adventure film Underdogs Rising.
 
Viacom UK broadcaster Channel 5 snapped up another Vice Studios doc series – the four-part series Drug Wars, which probes prolific drug use across the UK.
 
British broadcaster ITV ordered three-part workplace psychological drama The Man, to be directed by Julia Ford and star Ken Nwosu (Christopher Robin, Killing Eve).
 
A CYNOPSIS MESSAGE
ANNOUNCING FINALISTS
Awards Gala: Tuesday, October 2nd | Esports Arena at Luxor, Las Vegas
 
After a two-week judging period by a group of industry experts and editors from Cynopsis Sports, Chief Marketer, and Event Marketer… the most innovative companies, teams, leagues, brands and executives from the last year have been announced. Click here to see who made the cut.
 

RATINGS
 
Discovery’s Alaskan Bush People dominated ratings with its season premiere on Sunday, August 19. The season premiere was Sunday night’s No. 1 unscripted cable telecast across A25-54 and M25-54, and was the top cable telecast among M18-49. The series also saw double-digit growth over last year.
 
Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions) Thursday, August 23, 2018 time period averages
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated Live+SD
CBS: 4.82 million
The Big Bang Theory 5.84, Young Sheldon 4.90, Big Brother 5.55, SWAT 2.99
ABC: 3.79 million
The Gong Show 2.88
NBC: 2.32 million
Ellen’s Game of Games 3.38, Trial & Error 2.01, Trial & Error 1.67, Law & Order: SVU 2.24
FOX: 6.08 million
NFL Preseason 6.08
CW: 0.73 million
Supernatural 0.94, Black Lightening 0.51
Univision: 0.9 million
El Rico Y Lazaro 1.07, Bella y las Bestias 0.92, La Piloto 0.72
Telemundo: 1 million
Exatlon 0.7, Sin Senos Si Hay 1.0, Senor de los Cielos 1.1
 
Wednesday A18-49: CBS 1.0/5, FOX 1.7/9, NBC 0.5/2, ABC 0.5/2, CW 0.2/1, UNI .4/2, TELE .6/3
 
 
EXECUTIVE MOVES
 
Netflix nabbed lauded Disney production exec Tendo Nagenda to lead production for Scott Stuber and the company’s well-funded film division. Nagenda has been at Disney for the past eight years; he had prior stints at HBO, Warner Independent, Plan B and Good Universe.
 
 
IN MEMORIAM
 
Entertainment host and journalist Robin Leach died August 24 at age 76. He had been hospitalized since mid-November after suffering a stroke. Leach’s syndicated TV series Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous was a hit during the’ 80s and early ’90s. He most recently worked as a columnist at the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
 
Lisa Fleming, who was featured on TLC series My 600-lb Life in season 6 this year, died Thursday. She was 50. The cause of death was not known at press time.
 


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