09/20/19: Reorg hits NBCUni lifestyle group


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Amazon: The Family Man
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Netflix: Criminal, Fastest Car, Inside Bill’s Brain: Decoding Bill Gates
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PBS: VOCES on PBS at 10p
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Showtime: The Circus at 8p
Smithsonian Channel: Hunt for Eagle 56 at 9p
Univision: Reina de la Cancion at 8p
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ABC: The $100,000 Pyramid at 9p, To Tell the Truth at 10p
Food Network: Worst Cooks in America at 9p, Good Eats at 10:30p
NBCUniversal’s Lifestyle Group is undergoing a significant restructureKey operations of E! are being combined with Bravo, Oxygen and Universal Kids, with about 5% of the group’s workforce trimmed. The reorg includes the integration of E! and Bravo’s development teams under Rachel Smith, who’s currently SVP, Bravo Development. Jen Neal, previously EVP E! Marketing & Live Events, has been promoted to GM, E! News, Live Events and Lifestyle Digital. E!’s EVP of Development and Production, Amy Introcaso-Davis, is exiting, while Betsy Slenzak, VP of Development, will be heading to NBCU’s upcoming streaming platform Peacock as VP of Development for Unscripted. “I’m confident that this new structure, which creates multi-brand roles, will allow us to continue to grow the business and optimize our internal talent,” wrote Frances Berwick, President of NBCUni’s lifestyle nets, in a memo to staff. I believe this leadership team and new structure, along with the talented employees working across all these brands, will drive our continued success.”
Sheldon and Amy are reuniting. The Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons and Mayim Bialik have joined forces on Carla, a new comedy from Warner Bros. TV, based on Miranda Hart’s BBC series Miranda. While all broadcast networks were reportedly bidding on the project, starring and executive produced by Bialik and executive produced by Parsons, Fox emerged the winner and issued a series order for fall 2020.
Nielsen is now tracking celebrities’ social media shout-outs of TV shows across Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. The measurement company’s Social Content Ratings measures a talent’s social TV promotion at scale – according to Nielsen, talent now drives close to 60% of all social engagement for TV programs, more than network and program accounts combined.
HBO failed to get the multi-million-dollar Leaving Neverland lawsuit from the estate of Michael Jackson dropped, at least for now. In a tentative ruling in federal court on Thursday, Judge George Wu said he was leaning toward rejecting HBO’s wish to have the suit dismissed. The judge will issue his final ruling later this month.
The Wall Street Journal reports that AT&T is considering selling DirecTV. Although the telecommunications company declined to comment, the WSJ said AT&T is looking into “various options” for DirecTV, including a spinoff unit. AT&T is also reportedly exploring the option of combining DirecTV’s assets with rival Dish Network. After the story was published, a source downplayed the idea of a DirecTV-Dish merger, telling CNN Business that no talks were underway between AT&T and Dish, since such a deal is not realistic in the current regulatory environment.
All Elite Wrestling and TNT revealed the name of their upcoming weekly show. All Elite Wrestling: Dynamite begins Wednesday, October 2 at 8p on TNT; the two-hour matches will take place in different cities across the nation each week, starting in Washington, D.C.
GroupM announced the formation of New Majority Ready Coalition. Led by GroupM and comprised of Disney, Google, iHeartMedia, Meredith, NBCUniversal, Twitter, Univision and Viacom, the coalition aims to help brands better adapt to the changing U.S. demographics and assist in developing their audience planning and media strategies accordingly. New Majority Ready, LLC, a minority-owned marketing and content consultancy founded by Oswald Mendez and Jacqueline Hernandez, has been retained to assist with the creation and development of the coalition’s tools and solutions.
The E.W. Scripps Company closed it acquisition of eight television stations in seven markets divested form the Nexstar Media Group, Inc. transaction with Tribune Media. It grows the Scripps local television footprint to 60 stations in 42 markets, making it the nation’s fourth-largest independent broadcaster with a reach of 31% of U.S. TV households.
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Daniel Levy, showrunner, co-creator and star of Schitt’s Creek, inked a three-year overall deal with ABC Studios. As per the agreement, Levy will develop and produce scripted projects for the studio.
Showtime issued a pilot production commitment to Spoonbenders, a one-hour drama based on Daryl Gregory’s 2017 novel. Project hails from You’re the Worst creator Stephen Falk, Greg Berlanti’s Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. TV.
Falk is writing the pilot, which centers on The Amazing Telemachus Family, a travelling family magic act, and the tragedy that finds them 25 years later, forced to reunite due to old debts and the mob and CIA on their tail.
Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson extended their partnership with FX Productions. The pair, who executive produce FX’s American Crime Story, Pose and the upcoming Y, signed a new four-year overall deal through their Color Force to continue to develop content for FX.
HBO Sports picked up Any One Of Us. Produced by Red Bull Films, the SXSW documentary explores pro mountain biker Paul Basagoita’s journey to recovery after a devastating spinal cord injury.
Quibi is moving forward with Empires of Luxury, a docu-series from Crazy Rich Asians author Kevin Kwan and documentarian Eddie Schmidt. Produced by Universal Television Alternative Studio, Eddie Schmidt Productions and Kwan’s Tyserall Park, the project takes viewers inside the family dynasties behind the world’s most desired goods.
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Smithsonian Channel introduces The Hunt for Eagle 56 on Sunday, September 22 at 9p. “Smithsonian Channel is always looking for news-breaking stories,” said Tim Evans, Executive Producer, Smithsonian Channel. “We didn’t know when we started that we’d actually find the missing Eagle 56 warship – much less that we’d help the Navy award a long-overdue Purple Heart. The Hunt for Eagle 56 is not only an amazing tale of discovery, but a project that literally changes history.”
Cash Cabs debuts on Bravo on Monday, October 7 at 11:30p, but will then air Sunday through Thursday. Series is being hosted by comedian Ben Bailey.
The best street racers in the country head back to the track for a new season of Street Outlaws: No Prep Kings on Monday, October 7 at 9p on Discovery Channel.
Oxygen’s The DNA of Murder with Paul Holes debuts Saturday, October 12 at 7p, with a special 90-minute series premiere. Series follows cold case investigator Holes as he dives into unsolved homicides by analyzing the physical and emotional “DNA” left behind during the violent interaction.
PBS’s Life From Above debuts Wednesday, October 23 at 10p (check local listings).
The date for the 74th Annual Tony Awards has been set. Broadway’s biggest night returns to New York’s Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 7, 2020. The show will be televised live at 8p/delayed PT on CBS and CBS All Access.
Brad Paisley is set to host and executive produce an hour-long primetime special set to air on ABC later this year. Brad Paisley Thinks He’s Special, from Sony Pictures Television, will feature guests Carrie Underwood, Jonas Brothers, Hootie & The Blowfish, Kelsea Ballerini and more.
Add Tom Welling to the list actors reprising their roles as the Man of Steel in The CW’s upcoming DC Arrowverse crossover. Welling, who played Clark Kent in Smallville, joins Tyler Hoechlin and Brandon Routh, already set to portray the character…Alaina Huffman (Supernatural, Smallville) will recur on the seventh and final season of The 100 on The CW Phillippine Geroy Beaulieu, Lucas Bravo, Samuel Arnold, Camille Razat and Bruno Gouery were cast in Darren Star’s Paramount series Emily in Paris.
Michael Stahl-David (Chambers, The Deuce) nabbed a major recurring role in Fox’s upcoming drama series Almost FamilyTuc Watkins (Desperate Housewives) landed a season-long guest star arc on the sophomore season of Showtime’s Black Monday… and Cara Buono (Stranger Things) and Mitch Pileggi (The X-Files) will recut on Season 5 of The CW’s Supergirl, according to Deadline.
Spiritualgasm, from BFF’s Arielle Kebbell and Sterling Jones, premiered, yesterday. The podcast dives into the many realms of spirituality and the infinite levels of human sexuality via personal stories, conversations with experts, and the occasional celebrity guest.
The ensemble cast for National Lampoon Radio Hour’s revival, set to launch in late 2019, was released. The podcast will feature Rachel Pegram (The Week Of, Don’t Think Twice), Brett Davis (Our Cartoon President, The Special Without Brett Davis), Maeve Higgins (Extra Ordinary, Maeve in America Podcast), Alex English (The Rundown with Robin Thede), Lorelei Ramirez (Los Espookys’, Broad City), Megan Stalter (The Megan Stalter Show), Aaron Jackson (The Opposition with Jordan Klepper) and Martin Urbano (Jimmy Kimmel Live!), who join the show’s previously announced head writer and performer Cole Escola and senor writer and performer Jo Firestone.
Snapchat’s parent company is considering adding a dedicated news tab to its Discover channel, as a place for partners to create and distribute daily content optimized for mobile. The Information first reported the news, noting that Snapchat wants the feature to go live in 2020. Currently, users can scroll through Discover and find hard news next to celebrity gossip.
Roku is heading into the holiday shopping season with new devices. On Thursday, the company unveiled a revamped $30 entry-level Roku Express streaming device, and the Roku Ultra, featuring fast channel launch and a remote with personal shortcut buttons. Also rolling out is Roku OS9.2, the latest version of its operating system.
BET+, a joint venture by BET Networks and Tyler Perry Studios, launched on Thursday. Subscribers can access over 1000 hours of ad-free premium content, including new original programming and African American-focused dramas, sitcoms, film and specials from BET and sister networks within the Viacom portfolio. BET+ is also available on the App Store for iPhone and iPad, Android devices, Android TV devices, Amazon Fire TV and Prime Video Channels
CuriosityStream launched seven episodes of Bright Now, a new take on traditional broadcast news offering short features for an audience on the go, exploring trending topics, high-tech breakthroughs, global issues and pivotal moments in history.
AMC Networks’ Acorn TV, the streaming service for British and international television, is now serving over one million subscribers in the U.S. and Canada. Since its launch in 2011, Acorn TV has specialized in original mysteries, dramas and comedies from across the globe.
Shudder will present the streaming debut of One Cut of the Dead, a Shudder Exclusive film, on Tuesday, September 24. Zombie comedy will be available to members in the U.S., Canada, UK and Ireland.  
CollegeHumor’s DROPOUT is set to bow Ultramechatron Team GO! on Thursday, October 3.  A new episode of the kaiju comedy will be released every Thursday through December 12.
Facebook Watch series Kiss, Date, Eliminate bows Thursday, September 26. Former Dance Moms star and influencer Kalani Hilliker hosts the dating series that has singles kiss their prospective partners first, and then decide if they if they want to move on to a date.
Nominations for the 2019 International Emmy Awards were announced by the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences on Thursday. AMC and BBC co-production McMafia is vying with Netflix’s Indian drama Sacred Games in the Drama Series category, and in Arts Programming John and Yoko: Above Us Only Sky from UK’s Eagle Rock Films received a nomination. Ceremony takes in NYC on Monday, November 25.
Hat Trick International sold Cristiano Ronaldo Meets Piers Morgan to broadcasters worldwide. The Plum Pictures production for ITV1 about the footballer who has over 180 million Instagram followers and plays for Italian champions Juventus is Ronaldo’s first major sit-down interview.
ODMedia Group premieres Normal Is Over 1.1 worldwide on Monday, September 23 on iTunes, Amazon and Google Play. From TV journalist Renee Scheltema, the environmental documentary examines humanity’s wisest response to climate change, species extinction, resource depletion and the widening gap between the rich and poor.
Red Arrows Studio International inked a double deal with M6 Group in France for dramas Bad Mothers and Departure.
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Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions) Wednesday, September 18, 2019 time period averages
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated Live+SD
NBC: 6.30 million
America’s Got Talent 10.08, A Little Late Night with Lilly Singh 2.52
CBS: 3.18 million
Big Brother 4.30, SEAL Team 2.38, S.W.A.T. 2.87
FOX: 3.13 million
MasterChef 3.13
ABC: 2.12 million
The Goldbergs 2.67, Schooled 2.10, Modern Family 1.99, Single Parents 1.57, Celebrity Family Feud 2.26
UNI: 1.45 million
Rosa de Guadalupe 1.34, Juntos, La Usurpadora 1.68, Sin Miedo a la Verdad 1.32
TELE: 1.16 million
Exatlon Estados Unidos 1.31, El Final del Paraiso 1.29, Preso No. 1 0.89
CW: 0.54 million
Mysteries Decoded 0.64, Hypnotize Me 0.43
Wednesday A19-49 Rating
NBC 1.16, FOX 0.8/4, CBS 0.63, ABC 0.4/.2, UNI 0.5/2, TELE 0.4/2, CW 0.1/1
Zoe Rogovin was named Vice President, Nonfiction Programming as Showtime Networks. She last served as Vice President of Development at Bravo.
Eleven hired Paul Golubovich and Kelly McCullough as Director of Production and Creative Director, respectively. Golubovich has over 30 years of experience in production, previously working with AT&T, Apple and more. McCullough last served as Creative Director at Sun Basket.
Reach3 Insights appointed Steven Spencer-Steigner as Senior Vice President, Qualitative Strategy. He had been Senior Vice President at Maru/Matchbox.
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