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Cheers to the Tempest Finalists & “The Watch List” Honorees!
Winners to be announced at the Tempest Esports Business Awards Gala:
OCT 2 | 7PM – 9:45PM | The Luxor Esports Arena, Las Vegas
In addition to our talented category finalists, the event will spotlight “The Watch List” honorees. These are the esports executives whose creativity and innovation have put them at the forefront of the industry. Don’t take your eyes off these esports game-changers (click here
to view “The Watch List”).
PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT
CBS All Access gave a straight-to-series order for Why Women Kill, from Marc Cherry (Desperate Housewives). Dark comedy exploring the lives of three women living in different eras who are dealing with betrayal will be produced by Imagine Television Studios and CBS Television Studios.
Producer and writer Roger Ross Williams and Pilgrim Media Group are partnering on a new documentary series, High on the Hog, chronicling African-American history through the lens of food. Project is based on the book High on the Hog: A Culinary Journey from Africa to America by food historian and prolific author Dr. Jessica B. Harris.
TV One announced that production is underway in Atlanta for original movie Deadly Dispatch, starring Tamala Jones (Castle), Dominique Perry (Insecure) and Rapper Killer Mike (Baby Driver). Film is slated to premiere in 2019.
Comedy Central and All Things Comedy, the production banner led by Bill Burr and Al Madrigal, have entered into a production deal under which ATC will produce an original stand-up series hosted by Burr, along with three one-hour stand-up specials. First one-hour special under the deal, Bill Burr Presents Paul Virzi: I’ll Say This, premieres Friday, November 2.
Glass Entertainment Group signed an overall development deal with reality TV/casting company Crybaby Media. Crybaby’s Danny Passman will open a joint development office for the companies in LA. “The thought of opening an LA office was never about if but about who,” said Nancy Glass, CEO & exec producer, and J.C. Mills, president & GM, for Glass Entertainment Group. “When Danny said he wanted to move to LA, we knew he was the right person to partner with on this next phase of growth for GEG.”
Halle Berry and Lena Waithe will exec produce BET’s 10-episode adaptation of Boomerang, based on the 1992 film that featured Berry. “We wanted to create something fresh that speaks to a new generation,” said Waithe.
Now that Zoe Kravtiz (Big Little Lies) is set to star in and exec produce High Fidelity, inspired by the 1995 novel, the project has landed a a 10-episode order from Disney’s upcoming streaming service.
CBS gave a pilot production commitment The Secret to a Good Marriage, from Warner Bros. Television, Berlanti Productions and Quinn House, about elite CIA spies with a broken marriage.
Hulu renewed Harlots for a third season of eight episodes. Drama is set in 18thcentury London.
Lifeboat Clique, based on the book The Lifeboat Clique by Kathy Parks about teens swept out to sea in a tsunami, is in development at the CW. Dark comedy comes from writer Katie Welch (Star), Jerry Bruckheimer Television and CBS Television Studios.
NEW & RETURNING SERIES
Pop TV’s Schitt’s Creek returns for season five with back-to-back episodes Wednesday, January 16 at 10p, following a special holiday episode premiering Wednesday, December 19 at 10p. Pop TV released seasons 1-4 on Pop Now for iOS, Android and Roku devices.
Music docu-series ReMastered, investigating events in the lives of artists like Bob Marley, Johnny Cash and Sam Cook, premieres on Netflix Friday, October 12. New episodes will debut monthly.
Mighty Ships returns to Smithsonian Channel on Sunday, September 30 at 9p, with more tales of colossal maritime wonders.
Lifetime’s “It’s a Wonderful Lifetime” holiday lineup kicks off November 21, with more hours of holiday programming, and original movies starring familiar faces like Toni Braxton, Melissa Joan Hart, Megan Hilty, Tia Mowry-Hardict, Sarah Drew and Vanessa Lachey, among others. “By stacking our originals with beloved stars from some of the most iconic television shows we grew up with, we are tapping into the nostalgic feelings of familiarity and comfort that everyone wants for the holidays,” said TanyaLopez, EVP, movies, limited series and original movie acquisitions, Lifetime and LMN. The net will premiere 14 new originals as well as nine acquired movies.
Superheroes collide on Cartoon Network’s OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes on Monday, October 8 at 6:30p. In the special, K.O. runs into Ben 10’s Ben, Steven Universe’s Garnet and Teen Titans Go!’s Raven, among others.
The Real Housewives Awards will return for a fifth year, with viewers voting now through October 28 on categories like Most Memorable Wig, Best Shade and Most Iconic Moment. Winners will be revealed on Monday October 29 at 11p on a special episode of Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen.
TCM is bringing back The TCM Classic Cruise, which last set sail in 2016, as part of its 25thanniversary celebration. Travelers on the October 2019 voyage will have access to a variety of TCM-themed events and activities, including appearances by stars and film experts, Q&A sessions, trivia games and more.
Apple’s acquisition of Shazam is complete, and the music recognition service will soon be available to consumers ad-free.“Shazam was one of the first apps available when we launched the App Store and has become a favorite app for music fans everywhere,” said Apple music VP Oliver Schusser. “With a shared love of music and innovation, we are thrilled to bring our teams together.”
Snapchat is slowly rolling out a shopping feature that lets users identify products by capturing them with their phone’s camera. A display card will offer info on the product, then users can tap on the card to open the Amazon app and place their order. “Snapchat has always been the fastest way to communicate, and now it’s the fastest way to shop!” said the company in a blog post.
Roku introduced devices on Monday that offer better audio and video quality. Among them: the Roku Premiere, a $40 4K streaming adapter, which incorporates a 4-core processor to allow for 4K and HDR streaming, and $200 Roku TV Wireless Speakers, custom made for Roku TVs.
Adobe introduced a machine-learning tool built on Adobe products like Anomaly Detection and Contribution Analysis that integrates into its AI and machine learning framework, Adobe Sensei. The platform collects data for brands and applies machine learning to determine preferences of people who log into Adobe Analytics, combines it with insights that the system recommends and analyzes trending data.
Westwood One and broadcaster Michael Savage are collaborating on the 2019 launch of a one-hour version of The Savage Nation radio show, and a new original podcast. The Savage Nation podcast will also be available for radio broadcast, a move aimed at bridging the demos and consumption patterns on linear and on demand audiences.
SiriusXM announced that – pending antitrust review – it is buying struggling music streaming service Pandora in a deal valued at $3.5 billion, after acquiring a stake in it last summer. The acquisition allows the radio company to expand its service into homes and other areas.
The E.W. Scripps Company expects 2018 political advertising revenue to beat its $75 million from 2014 and $101 million from 2016, as a result of spending for hotly contested races in Scripps’ portfolio of stations in key battleground states. “Scripps is seizing the advantage of our footprint with this year’s competitive midterm elections,” said Brian Lawlor, president of Local Media for Scripps. Not surprisingly, Scripps stations have boosted their political news coverage, including airing 100 minutes each week of news and analysis focused on local, regional and federal races and running the Scripps-produced weekly political news show The Race.
Hearst Television has launched Hearst Anyscreen, an OTT advertising platform that assembles Connected TV advertising inventory and audience aggregation in one package: the local content of the Hearst Television stations, spanning 39 states; the national content of Hearst partners, including ESPN and the various program brands of A+E Networks; and inventory from premium content sources including AMC, The CW, Discovery, Food Network, HGTV, and Travel Channel, as well as OTT-first content from networks such as FilmRise, Fubo TV, Pluto TV and Tubi TV. “Advertisers are seeking high quality inventory, plus scale to target effectively at the local level,” said Jonathan Sumber, Hearst Television’s VP of digital sales. Hearst Television has partnered with dataxu to deliver measurement, audience insights and targeting capabilities.
The Ad Council, the non-profit organization dedicated to driving social change, announced a major rebrand on Monday that includes an evolution in how it works with corporate brands to address social issues, an expansion of its content creation model, leveraging technological innovations that advance communications for social causes, as well as a new brand platform and visual identity (including a new logo) created by WPP branding agency Superunion.
The Ad Council’s new direction includes an evolution in its work with corporate brands to address social issues, building on its traditional client model (with non-profits and federal government agencies serving as campaign sponsors), by convening corporate coalitions to fund and support individual campaigns. The new model of support enables the organization to bring many more campaigns addressing critical issues to market. “Our entire industry has embraced purpose-driven marketing like never before, knowing that together we can accomplish much more than we ever could alone,” said Lisa Sherman, president and CEO of the Ad Council.
Matt Borlenghi was upped to recurring onYouTube’s Cobra Kai, as pawn shop owner Lyle.
UK’s Sky ordered comedy Hitmen, starring Bake Off hosts Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc as misfit contract killers. Tiger aspect is producing.
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The football-fueled season two debut of Fox’s 9-1-1 drew a series high 2.2 among A18-49 and 8.47 million viewers on Sunday, up 22% in the demo and 25% in viewers versus the season one premiere.
The season one finale of UK hit Bodyguard delivered an average 10.4 million viewers and 47.9% share to BBC One. U.S. viewers can see what all the fuss is about when the series launches on Netflix October 4.
The move to Sundays paid off for INSP’s The Cowboy Way, which set a record on September 16 with a best-yet average .374 Live+3 Nielsen rating.
SHAREABLEE TOP 10 U.S. TV SHOWS for the week of September 17, 2018
Program, Total Actions(000), Total Content, Actions per Content (000), Fans & Followers (000)
E! News (E!) 15724, 762, 21, 33971
Ellen DeGeneres (Warner Bros./synd.) 8103, 123, 66, 163786
The Tonight Show (NBC) 2614, 154, 17, 22526
America’s Got Talent (NBC) 2254, 278, 8, 13709
Good Morning America (ABC) 1579, 754, 2, 12579
Today Show (NBC) 1393, 710, 2, 12773
TMZ (Warner Bros./synd.) 1087, 952, 1, 15227
American Horror Story (FX) 846, 71, 12, 14105
The Daily Show (Comedy Central) 803, 70, 11, 17217
Entertainment Tonight (CBS/synd.) 770, 659, 1, 7427
Based on Total Actions (reactions, comments, shares and retweets)
Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions) Friday, September 21, 2018 time period averages
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated Live+SD
NBC: 3.57 million
America’s Got Talent 2.94, Dateline 3.60
CBS: 3.28 million
MacGyver 3.74, TKO: Total Knockout 2.22, Blue Bloods 3.89
ABC: 1.91 million
Fresh Off the Boat 2.35, Speechless 1.76, Child Support 1.63, 20/20 2.39
FOX: 1.62 million
The Resident 1.84, The Orville 1.39
CW: 1.18 million
Masters of Illusion 1.21, Masters of Illusion 1.15, Penn & Teller: Fool Us 1.20
TELEMUNDO: 0.88 million
Exatlon 0.78, Falsa Identitad 0.81, Senor de los Cielos 1.04
UNIVISION: 0.84 million
Rico y Lazaro 1.05, Mi Marido Tiene Mas Familia 0.82, La Piloto 0.64
Friday A18-49: NBC 0.6/3, TELE .5/2, CBS 0.4/2, ABC 0.4/2, FOX 0.4/2, UNI .4/2, CW 0.2/1
Greg Lipstone will join LA-based global indie studio Propagate as President. The move reunites Lipstone, who was previously All3Media America CEO, with Propagate co-CEOs Ben Silverman and Howard T. Owens, with whom he worked years ago at William Morris.
Megan Ring has been appointed to the newly created role of Executive Vice President, Production, Viacom Media Networks. Ring most recently served as SVP, Production, Comedy Central, Paramount Network, TV Land and CMT.
Johan Boserup has joined Omnicom as CEO, Investment, replacing Barry Cupples. It’s a homecoming of sorts for Boserup, who left Omnicom six years ago to join GroupM.
Independent performance media agency Mercury announced a new team structure to lead its long form practice. The leadership team will be comprised of Eric Elliott, Vice President Media, Ramin Adnani, Vice President Operations, and Matt Hermes, who has been promoted into the newly-created role of VP Client Service.
NBCUniversal International Studios and Matchbox Pictures announced the appointment of Alastair McKinnon as Managing Director. The Executive Producer of Glitch and Harrow joins Matchbox from Australian broadcaster ABC, where he was most recently Head of Content Investment and Planning.
Maria Ines Rodriguez has been promoted to Senior Vice President, EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) at Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution. Rodriguez most recently served as Vice President, EMEA.
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Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: How did Jake, Becker’s blind best friend, lose his eyesight on Becker (1998-2004)? A car accident. Kudos to: Andy Pittman-TAMU/College Station, TX, Gerry Bixenspan-TV Marketing Inc./NYC, Andrew Goldman-Ownzones Entertainment Technologies/NYC, Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg-M and S Entertainment/LA, Michael Goodman-Radio One/Atlanta, David Westberg-SAG-AFTRA Federal Credit Union-Burbank
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Answer to our last Anagram: Enrage Sushi = Shear Genius. Kudos to: Paul Blutter-Walk and Talk Production Rentals/Burbank, Synda Kollman-Charter Marketing Group/Boca Raton, FL, Charles Lore/NYC, Tom Moore-Kalt Productions, LA
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WHAT’S ON TONIGHT – TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 25
ABC: Dancing With the Stars, 20/20
CBS: NCIS [p], FBI[p], NCIS: New Orleans [p]
CW: The Flash [r], The Outpost
FOX: The Gifted [p], Lethal Weapon [p]
NBC: The Voice, This Is Us [p], New Amsterdam [p]
PBS: The Great American Read, The Mayo Clinic: Faith – Hope – Science
TELEMUNDO: Exatlon, Falsa Identidad, El Recluso [p]
UNIVISION: El Rico y Lazaro, Mi Maido Tiene Mas Familia, La Piloto