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Former Today show host Matt Lauer is denying allegations that he raped NBC coworker Brooke Nevils in 2014, calling the accusation “categorically false.” The accusation is detailed in Ronan Farrow’s new book Catch and Kill. In an open letter, Lauer said the book is “filled with false details,” but admitted that he’d had an extramarital affair with Nevils that was “mutual and completely consensual.”
Fox News Channel dropped former Rep. Trey Gowdy as a contributor. The move came following reports that Gowdy is joining President Donald Trump’s legal team as outside counsel for the impeachment inquiry. Gowdy joined Fox News in January, after leaving Congress.
The Television Academy addressed Mindy Kaling’s claim in a recent interview with Elle magazine that she had to fight to be included among the producers listed by the Television Academy for The Office. “They made me, not any of the other producers, fill out a whole form and write an essay about all my contributions as a writer and a producer,” Kaling told Elle. “I had to get letters from all the other male, white producers saying that I had contributed, when my actual record stood for itself.” The Television Academy responded that the rule in place at that time required every producer to submit a form explaining their producer bona fides, due to concerns that too many ineligible producers, like those not involved in day-to-day production of series, were being included among the crowd accepting awards on stage.
Lionsgate is reportedly considering plans to turn premium channels Starz and Encore into a separate company in an effort to address some of the studio’s debt loan. According to the Wall Street Journal, Lionsgate is looking at a sale or a spinoff, or a special-purpose acquisition vehicle that would entail a new company buying Starz and then starting a new public offering. As per the report, a “significant portion” of Lionsgate’s $2.9 billion in debt would be transferred to the new company.
Jenna Dewan is set to host Fox’s new dating series Flirty Dancing, a U.S. adaptation of the hit British reality format. Part performance and part blind date, the show is all about romantic chemistry as complete strangers are each taught half of a dance routine, then meet to dance together without saying a word. The series is expected to premiere this winter.
Add Norman Lear to the list of high-profile creative talent being honored at the BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards. Lear is set to receive the Britannia Award for Excellence in Television at the event taking place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Friday, October 25. Previously announced honorees include Jackie Chan, Steve Coogan, Jane Fonda, Jordan Peele and Phoebe Waller-Bridge.
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Fox issued a put pilot commitment to Diversity Hire, a workplace comedy from Empire’s Cameron Johnson and Felicia D. Henderson, producer Darryl Taja (The Perfect Guy) and 20th Century Fox TV, where Henderson is under an overall deal. Johnson is writing the project that explores beliefs about race, class and gender.
National Geographic is adapting Tom Wolfe’s bestselling nonfiction book, The Right Stuff, from Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way. Scripted series, slated to begin production this fall, examines the early days of the U.S. space program.
Netflix greenlit Ghee Happy from director-animator-illustrator Sanjay Patel.  Animated series is a playful reimagining of the Hindu deities as little kids discovering their powers in a deity daycare.  
Meanwhile, Everest director Baltasar Kormakur has co-created Katla with Trapped showrunner Sigurjon Kjartansson for Netflix. Set in Iceland, the eight-part supernatural drama begins one year after the violent eruption of subglacial volcano Katlan.
Upcoming WarnerMedia streaming platform HBO Max is expanding its children’s content, ordering eight episodes of two unscripted kids competition series. Kharma, an hour-long series, will be hosted by Michelle Khare, an extreme lifestyle enthusiast with almost 2 million YouTube followers. Half-hour Craftopia will be hosted by Lauren Riihimaki, aka LaurDIY, one of YouTube’s top creators with over 21 million followers across her social platforms.
Home renovators Dave and Jenny Marrs bring worn-out houses back to life in HGTV’s Fixer to Fabulous. New series premieres Tuesday, October 22 at 9p.
The Zeus Network renewed its top show, The Real Blac Chyna, for a second season.
The 7th Annual Cynopsis Digital Awards, taking place on Friday, November 8th from 8:30AM – 10:30AM at ThreeSixty in NYC, will bring together the most innovative professionals in the digital sector. This is your chance to network with industry peers, hear insights from honorees and celebrate a groundbreaking year for digital. Register by 10/28!
GetTV honors Diahann Carroll on Sunday, October 13 at 10p by airing The Flip Wilson Special featuring the late entertainer-activist.
Television Dominicana begins airing coverage of the 2019-2020 winter season of the Dominican Republic Professional Baseball League on Saturday, October 12 at 7:30p. The net has exclusive U.S. television rights to the home games of Las Estrellas Orientales, Los Gigantes del Cibao, Los Leones del Escogido and Los Toros del Este.
AccuWeather is set to run a full marathon of Chicago race content on Sunday, October 13. The network’s meteorologist and runner Laura Velasquez will not only run Sunday’s Chicago marathon, but also lead coverage from both the studio and the field throughout the weekend.
TLC’s three-night true crime special Taken at Birth launched Wednesday, October 9, telling the story of over 200 newborns illegally given away by a doctor running a rural Georgia clinic during the 1950s and ‘60s. Kathryn Vaughan, President, Good Caper Content (launched last year by ITV America), offers insights on producing a show, as well as the true crime genre, in Cynsiders.
Michael Raymond-James (Once Upon a Time, Tell Me a Story) booked a recurring role on Fox drama Prodigal Son… Michiel Huisman (Game of Thrones, The Haunting of Hill House) was cast opposite Kaley Cuoco in HBO Max’s The Flight Attendant… Kaley Ronayne (Gotham) landed a recurring role in upcoming National Geographic series The Right Stuff, reports Deadline.
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QVC and HSN, the world’s leading global shopping communities and largest multimedia retailers, are in search of Full-time Program Hosts to add to its already existing on-air team. Candidates should have exp in hosting TV, web broadcasts, news, radio or trade shows and live events or as a brand Spokesperson. Host should be passionate about product and sales and must be comfortable conveying information in a live broadcast setting. Headshot, video, resume to: Sean De Simone at: [email protected]
Google introduced technology, built on artificial intelligence, that estimates how likely its visitors will land on publisher sites that serve the same ad through Google Ad Manager, without revealing any data through third-party cookies. It’s a way for advertisers to manage ad frequency in Display & Video 360, a programmatic ad campaign management platform. It’s also intended to reduce the number of times the ad is served to a specific consumer without collecting data and compromising their privacy. The tool, expected to be added into Google Ads for display in the near future, will generate predictive models based on traffic patterns where a third-party cookie is available and analyze them at an aggregated level across Google Ad Manager.
Twitter admitted it erred, “inadvertently” using the email addresses and phone numbers of select users to serve them targeted ads. Those email addresses and phone numbers were supposed to help protect users’ accounts using two-factor authentication and other security measures. However, the sensitive information was mistakenly fed into Twitter Tailored Audiences and Partner Audiences ad systems. Tailored Audiences lets marketers target ads to customers based on their own marketing lists, including email addresses and phone numbers. With Partner Audiences, marketers can use Tailored Audiences to target ads to audiences provided by third-party partners.
While Roku plots the next steps of its international expansion plans, analysts are expecting growth for the company over the next few years. Macquarie analyst Tim Nollen predicts Roku will have 72 million active users by 2022, up from the 30.5 million users the company reported in August. That most recent total was up 39% from the 22 million active accounts Roku reported for the same quarter in 2018. Nollen noted that 72 million active accounts for Roku could drive the company’s platform revenue to $2.3 billion and an overall revenue of $2.7 billion.
True Royalty TV has begun a new funding round in an effort to raise $12 to expand its royal-themed streaming service, reports Variety. The SVOD player brought in Laurence Hollingworth, J.P. Morgan’s former vice chairman, EMEA, as chairman of its board as it plots its next moves. True Royalty TV initially raised $7 million, and its subscriber numbers run in the tens of thousands. Since launching, it secured a distribution deal with Comcast for its Xinity X1 platform. Additional third-party distribution deals are slated to be announced shortly.
Sky’s biggest original comedy launch in seven years, Brassic, was sold to five new territories by ITV Studios Global Entertainment: CBC in Canada, ABC in Australia, Rialto in New Zealand, Canal+ in France and Comunidad Film in Spain.
Fremantle completed deals with BBC in the UK and Mediengruppe RTL in Germany to pre-sell The Investigation. Six-part crime series follows Jens Moller, Head of Homicide for the Copenhagen Police, as he delves into the murder of Swedish journalist Kim Wall.
Redseven Entertainment was commissioned by DMAX Germany to produce Deutschland 24/7. Docu-series, premiering Monday, November 18, follows everyday heroes whose work remains hidden from sight.
Barcroft Studios and TCB Media Rights announced new series Ultimate Rides. A co-production between Barcroft, TCB and FYl, it takes viewers up close and personal with some of the world’s most incredible vehicles. It will air as part of the Drive enthusiast block on FYI.
Endemol Shine Brazil partnered with Ambev’s SKOL brand and Facebook Brazil to launch Tour das Tours, the nation’s first digital soap opera. Drama is set to debut Friday, October 11 on Facebook Brazil.
Banijay Group’s Zodiak Kids acquired Super Agent Jon LeBon!, Babyatrice, Cry Babies Magic Tears and Percy’s Tiger Tales.
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Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions) Tuesday, October 8  
Time period averages
Source: NTI Galaxy as dated Live+SD
CBS: 8.78
NCIS 10.98, FBI 8.63, NCIS: New Orleans 6.74
NBC: 6.99
The Voice 8.42, This Is Us 7.24, New Amsterdam 5.32
ABC: 3.82
The Conners 5.65, Bless This Mess 3.87, mixed-ish 3.44, black-ish 3.04, Emergence 3.09
FOX: 3.24
The Resident 3.61, Empire 2.87
La Rosa de Guadalupe 1.49, La Usurpadora 1.74, El Dragon 1.35
CW: 1.37
The Flash 1.63, Batwoman 1.11
TELE: 1.12
Exatlon Estados Unidos 1.34, El Final del Paraiso 1.16, No Te Puedes Esconder 0.85
Tuesday A18-49 Analysis
NBC 1.3/6, CBS 0.9/4, FOX 0.8/4, ABC 0.7/4, UNI 0.5/3, CW 0.5/2, TELE 0.4/2
Doretha (DeDe) Lea has been named Executive Vice President, Global Public Policy and Government Relations of ViacomCBS, effective upon closing of the proposed merger between Viacom and CBS. She has served as Executive Vice President, Global Government Affairs of Viacom since 2013.
Korman Tam was promoted to Vice President, Pricing and Strategy for NBCUniversal Content Distribution. Tam had been Senior Director of Pricing and Strategy since 2014.
Brian Katz was hired as Vice President of Sales for 605. He previously held leadership roles at TiVo Research, Magid and NBCUniversal.

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ABC: Grey’s Anatomy, A Million Little Things, How to Get Away with Murder
CBS: Young Sheldon, The Unicorn, Mom, Carol’s Second Act, Evil
CW: Supernatural [p], Legacies [p]
FOX: NFL Football
NBC: Superstore, Perfect Harmony, The Good Place, Sunnyside, Law & Order: SVU
PBS: This Old House Hour, Soundbreaking, Antiques Road Show
Telemundo: Exatlon Estados Unidos, El Final del Paraiso, No Te Puedes Esconder
Univision: La Rosa de Guadalupe, La Usurpadora, El Dragon

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