10/12/18: Starz pays millions for 50 Cent; CBS’s FBI gets full season order; HBO’s True Detective returns, finally

Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, who stars in and executive produces Power on Starz, has inked a four-year overall deal estimated at $150 million with the cabler. Starz CEO Chris Albrecht said the pact is “among the most significant deals to date for an executive producer in premium television.” Jackson will continue to develop new scripted and unscripted projects exclusively for Starz through his G-Unit Film & Television, Inc. banner. The pact also includes a three-series commitment, as well as the addition of a dedicated development executive accompanied by a discretionary fund to help develop G-Unit projects.
CBS gave a full-season order for new drama FBI, its most-watched new series, with over 13.6 million viewers.
Veteran magazine editor and former CCO of Hearst Magazines, Joanna Coles  is joining CBS This Morning as a creative adviser. CBS News President David Rhodes revealed the news to staffers on Thursday, noting that Cole’s role will be part time. “Initially, Joanna will be engaged with the CBS This Morning team and will weigh in on other strategic opportunities. We love the journalism that CTM is doing, we believe in the people doing it – and we want Joanna’s perspective and experience to help us engage new audiences everywhere around that work,” said Rhodes.
Cat Cora and Graham Elliot will judge ABC’s cooking competition Family Food Fight. Based on the Australian hit format and hosted by Ayesha Curry, the series features eight families from across the country sharing a common kitchen.
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah has a new correspondent. Comedian Jaboukie Young-White was added to “The World’s Fakest News Team,” which included Ronny Chieng, Michael Kosta, Desi Lydic, Dulce Sloan and Roy Wood Jr. Young-White was tapped by EP, writer and host Trevor Noah and made his debut on the Comedy Central show on Thursday night.
Telemundo announced the latest additions to the line-up of performers for the 2018 Latin American Music Awards. Slated to appear are Brazilian superstar Anitta, Latin trap legend, Farruko, iconic pop Mexican diva Goria Trevi, singer/songwriter Joss Favela, Mexican regional group La Arrolladora Banda El Limon de Rene Camacho, social media’s Lele Pons, Venezuelan pop singer Nacho and Latin urban duo Zion & Lennox. The Latin AMs air Thursday October 25 at 8p from Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.


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The 2018 Cynopsis TV Awards

“Networks are diving deep into so many genres – real estate, cooking, true crime and so much more. And Cynopsis aims to give each one its due.”

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Following in the footsteps of Milo Ventimiglia and Mandy MooreThis Is Us star Sterling K. Brown inked a pod deal with 20thCentury Fox TV, the studio behind the hit NBC drama.  
Kevin Hart inked a first look deal with Nickelodeon to develop and produce live-action scripted kids’ content for the network through HartBeat. “For me, Nick has always represented everything fun about being a kid, and it’s still at the forefront today of kids’ and family entertainment,” said Hart. “I’ve been slimed at Kids’ Choice, won a lot of Orange Blimps, and my kids are my very own built-in focus group, so I’m ready to dive in.”
FOX issued a script commitment plus penalty to police drama Saturday Night Special. Project hails from Robert Specland, producer Marc Platt (La La LandFOX’sGrease Live!) and 20thCentury FOX TV, where Platt’s Marc Platt Productions has a deal. 
Hulu gave a straight-to-series order to Wu-Tang: An American Saga. The 10-episode drama from Wu-Tang Clan front man The RZA, writer Alex Tse (Superfly) and Imagine Television was created and written by The RZA and Tse.  

Hulu picked up the U.S. rights to World War II drama series Das Boot. The project, which is co-produced by Bavaria Fiction, Sky Deutschland and Sonar Entertainment, has been sold to over 100 territories worldwide.
Ovation acquired broadcast rights to two seasons of Frankie Drake Mysteries in the U.S., joining a host of international broadcasters that signed the second season. Set in 1920s Toronto, series follows the city’s only female private detectives as they take on cases the police won’t touch. Set to premiere in the U.S. in June 2019.
Bruna Papandrea’s Made Up Stories nabbed the rights to The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart, the debut novel from Australian writer Holly Ringland, with plans to develop it into a drama series for TV. The book explores the story of a young girl whose violent childhood casts a dark shadow on her adult life.
BBC is producing Blue Planet Live, a spin-off the Sir David Attenborough-fronted wildlife series, set to launch as a four-part event revisiting the wildlife and stories explored in Blue Planet II.
Nearly three-and-a-half years after its sophomore finale, HBO’s True Detective returns for a third season on Sunday, January 13 at 9p. Comprised of eight episodes, this go-round will explore a macabre crime in the heart of the Ozarks.
Via aerial photography and on-the-ground human stories, China From Above showcases the country starting Monday, November 12 at 8p on Smithsonian Channel.
Big Cat Tales debuts as a five-day event on Animal Planet on Monday, October 29 at 8p. Docu-series present families of lions, leopards and cheetahs of the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya.
IFC’s Baroness von Sketch Show, the all-female comedy, returns on Thursday, November 8 at 9p.
National Geographic introduces United States of Secret Service: On The Front Line on Sunday, October 14 at 9p. Series offers a look at some of the most confidential and covert operations of any US law enforcement agency.
Candace Cameron Bure hosts Hallmark Movies & Mysteries “2018 Miracles of Christmas Preview Special” on Sunday, November 14 at 11p. Special gives viewers a sneak peek at the network’s holiday programming event.
TBS will be the exclusive home of the 2018 American League Championship Series presented by the Google Assistant, featuring the Houston Astros vs. the Boston Red Sox. Coverage begins with game one on Saturday, October 13 a 8p.
FilmRise acquired North American distribution rights to Wildland. The film takes viewers inside the lives and experiences of a group of men who battle wildfire over the course of a single fire season, airing nationally on PBS’s Independent Lens on Monday, October 29 (check local listings for time).
Marcia Gay Harden was tapped to star in Lifetime movie Love You to Death, a true story about a controlling mother and her seemingly sick daughter that ends in murder… Grimm alum Sasha Roiz landed a recurring role on USA’s SuitsMerle Dandridge (Greenleaf) nabbed a recurring role on CBSMurphy Brown revival… Blue Bloods alum Amy Carlson will guest star on NBC’s midseason drama The Village….Emma Roberts (America Horror Story) is set to star in Netflix‘s newly ordered drama Spinning Out, focused on an up-and-coming skater who has to give up her dream after a disastrous fall.
Shorter television ads are capturing higher levels of attention, according to an iSpot.tv analysis that found that from the end of 2017 to early 2018, 10-second commercials earn an “attention” score of 91.0 to 91.5, while 30-second spots earned a 90.0 score. The difference is greater when 10-second commercials are compared to 60-second spots, which tallied 88.0 to 88.5. Research also showed that shorter 10-second to 15-second ads grabbed the best “attention” numbers when short-length commercials were placed in the second or second to last position in a pod of ads.
PBS KIDS announced its first ever live action theatrical experience, PBS KIDS Live! Really BIG tiny Adventure, presented by Zappos Adaptive! Slated to travel to more than 100 cities coast-to-coast beginning in January, the interactive production features activities that highlight science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) learning concepts with an augmented reality experience.
Rainbow secured a deal with France TV to launch new pre-school animation 44 Cats. Series follows the daily adventures of four musician kittens, who are part of the band The Buffycats.
Google has signed its second big sponsorship deal with Major League Baseball; a multiplatform brand content partnership that includes its Google Assistant service becoming the presenting sponsor of the American League and National League Championship Series. Google’s YouTube TV service is already the presenting sponsor for the MLB World Series. That deal, which runs through 2019, was signed in 2017.
Go To Team announced an expanded strategic partnership with LiveU to provide live video streaming throughout the U.S. for clients and verticals using LiveU’s LU500 portable transmission unit. “This is an unprecedented deal for our 19 elite video crews across the U.S. that increased our ability to broadcast live content for our diverse array of broadcast, cable and Fortune 500 clients,” said Go To Team’s Managing Partner, Shawn Moffatt.
Persado added Narrative Intelligence, the ability to tell stories and humanize marketing interactions, to its AI-based platform. According to Alex Protopapas, Vice President of Innovation at Persado, the objective is to “make storytelling not just one element of an algorithm, but to make it the entire driving force.” The company says it can create personalized messaging in email subject lines and body copy, as well as for web, mobile and social media by analyzing a brand’s tone, style, voice and audience characteristics, then building a custom language mode.
Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman’s shortform video serviceNewTVwill have a new name, Quibi, when it launches in 2019. Whitman announced the name at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit, noting that it’s a combination of the words “quick” and “bite,” the type of content she and Katzenberg plan to produce.
Endemol Shine Group announced that Global hit MasterChef has now sold to 60 markets. Endemol Shine Latino has been commissioned by Mall TV in Panama to produce a first series for the channel.

Actress and recording artist Hailee Steinfeld is set to host and perform at the 2018 MTV Europe Music Awards (MTV EMAs). Ceremony airs globally from Bilbao Exhibition Centre in Spain on Sunday, November 4 at 7p.
Breakthrough Entertainment acquired worldwide distribution rights to Fight Mom. The doc follows Michelle “The Karate Hottie” Watterson as she balances life a mother and professional Mixed Martial Arts fighter.
Karga Seven Pictures Turkey, part of LA-based Karga Seven Pictures, a Red Arrow Studios company, picked up scripted remake rights to long-running USA drama Suits.
Gusto Worldwide Media is expanding into European territories with Pluto TV. The deal will see Gusto’s food programming available to viewers in the UK and other European territories.
Tobias Lindholm is set to write and star in The Investigation, a crime series based on the probe into the murder of Swedish journalist Kim Wall. Drama is being developed by Miso Film, Denmark’s TV2 and TV4 and Sweden’s C More.
An English-language adaptation of hit international series a Cop’s Best Friend is in development at Canada’s Citytv. Production has begun on Rex (wt) about a police detective and his hardworking dog.
Studiocanal concluded a deal regarding production of a Russian remake of crime thriller La Porta Rossa. The series will be produced in house by TV-3’s new production arm, 1-2-3 Production and distributed internationally by Studiocanal.
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Last week’s Below Deck premiere on Bravo was the series’ highest rated season opener among P25-54, delivering 1.1 million A18-49 (up +2% versus the prior season premiere), 1.3 million A25-54 (up +1%), and 2.1 million Total Viewers (up +8%).
Exclusive: Cubeyou released its inaugural Affinity Rankings for TV dramas that premiered during the first half of 2018 for two audience segments: women 18-49 and men 18-49, measuring the level of interest for a specific show within a target audience relative to the average American adult. These weren’t the shows with the highest viewership, but the data indicates they were successful at creating engaged female and male viewers.
Top 10 Drama Shows by Affinity for Women 18-49
The Bold Ones (Freeform) 2.78x
The Fosters (Freeform) 2.65x
Stranger Things (Netflix) 2.63x
The Originals (CW) 2.53x
Shadow Hunters (Freeform) 2.52x
Star (Fox) 2.35x
The Arrangement (E!) 2.34x
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 2.33x
Riverdale (CW) 2.32x
The 100 (CW) 2.30x
Top 10 Drama Shows by Affinity for Men 18-49
Into the Badlands (AMC) 2.32x
The Flash (CW) 1.94x
The Expanse (Amazon) 1.80x
Legion (FX) 1.75x
Luke Cage (Netflix) 1.74x
The Magicians (Syfy) 1.69x
Gotham (Fox) 1.68x
Jessica Jones (Netflix) 1.60x
Ash vs. Evil Dead (Starz) 1.60x
Arrow (CW) 1.54x
Cubeyou observes real-time social media interactions of millions of consumers, and applies machine-learning algorithms to calculate consumer interests and affinities, and overlasy the survey data from MRI and Simmons Research to provide a deeper understanding about the American consumer’s consumption habits, opinions and attitudes.
Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions) Wednesday, October 10, 2018 time period averages
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated Live+SD
NBC: 7.76 million
Chicago Fire 7.98, Chicago Med 8.22, Chicago P.D. 7.09
CBS: 5.91 million
Survivor 7.56, SEAL Team 5.56, Criminal Minds 4.61
ABC: 4.36 million
The Goldbergs 5.05, American Housewife 4.32, Modern Family 5.08, Single Parents 3.66, A Million Little Things 3.68
FOX: 4.76 million
Empire 5.06, Star 4.25
CW: 1.12 million
Riverdale 1.52, All American 0.71
TELE: 1.00 million
Exation Estados Unidos 0.90, Falsa Identidad 0.95, El Recluso 0.89
UNI: 0.90 million
El Rico y Lazaro 1.25, Mi Marido Tiene Mas Familia 0.94, La Piloto 0.81
Wednesday A19-49 Analysis: FOX 1.4/6, NBC 1.2/5, ABC 1.1/5, CBS 1.1/5, TELE 0.5/2, UNI 0.5/2, CW 0.4/2
Dana McClintock, former Executive Vice President, Communications, was upped to Executive Vice President and Chief Communications Officer of CBS Corp. He replaces Gil Schwartz, who is retiring on November 1.
Laurie Rosenfield, previously a human resources executive at CBS, has been named Chief People Officer. The role is considered key as the company works to shape its post-Les Moonves culture.
Nickelodeon named Susan Varga as Vice President, Global Live Entertainment. She most recently served as Executive Producer of Broadway’s The SpongeBob SquarePants Musical.
Essential Media Group appointed Brendan Dahill as General Manager and Executive Producer. Dahill joins from Gordian Media, the production company he launched in 2017 that became a joint venture with NBC Universal and Matchbox Pictures.
Magid appointed Kerri Cavanaugh as Senior Consultant, Media Strategy Group. She last served as Vice President of News for Tribune Broadcasting’s local stations in Indianapolis, WXIN-TV Channel 59 and WTTV-TV Channel 4.
Serial Box named Jeff Li as Chief Operating Officer. He had been Head of Ventures at NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Networks.
Friday Fun Fact: The small pocket on the top right side of jeans was originally created to hold pocket watches.
This Day in History: 1984 – Actor Jon-Erik Hexum accidentally shot himself with a prop gun.
Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: When the lead characters in Laverne & Shirley  (1976-1983) went into the Army, who played drill sergeant PloutVicki Lawrence. Kudos to: Emily Camalita-CinCal Productions/NYC; Phyllis McQuillan-MSG Networks/NYC; Perry Casciato-CBS 3 & The CW Philly/Philadelphia, PA; Andrew Goldman-Ozone Entertainment Technologies/NYC; Lisa Richards-Twin Cities PBS/Saint Paul, MN; Matt-Fera McGarry Bowen/Chicago, IL; Steve Iha-LBI Media/Dallas, TX; Eric Merrill-The Davis Group/Austin, TX; Len Klatt-The Winning Run/Los Angeles, CA; Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/Los Angeles, CA; Susan Nessanbaum -Goldberg-M and S Entertainment/Los Angeles, CA; David Westberg-SAG-AFTRA Federal Credit Union/Burbank, CA.

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JOB OPENING: SR ANALYST, MARKETING, & PARTNER INSIGHTS/Viacom/NYC: Support the rsrch needs of all Viacom brands, w/specialty in Viacom kid’s brands (NICK, NICK JR., TEENNICK, NICKTOONS) for our sales/mktg teams. 3+ yrs  exp in media or consumer rsrch. Knwlg of media metrics/math & measurement methodologies. Full info/apply HERE (10/17)


JOB OPENING: INVESTIGATIVE PRODUCER/MSNBC/NYC: 5+ yrs as an investigative reporter, writer, producer &/or editor at a news org.  A strong news background incl covering breaking news in a competitive envir w/staff newsroom exp. Versed in a wide range of investigative reporting techniques & approaches. Full info/apply HERE (10/17)


JOB OPENING: SR RESEARCH ANALYST/Fuse Media/NYC: Support Content Strategy & Programming depts & Fuse Media’s leadership team. Extract/analyze linear ratings & programs on Fuse & FM. 3+ yrs exp in TV rsrch role @ network, linear content provider, or other media co. Exp using TV ratings apps i.e. NPower, Star Trak, Nielsen. Full info/apply HERE (10/17)


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ABC: Fresh Off the Boat, Speechless, Child Support, 20/20
CBS: MacGyver, Hawaii Five-0, Blue Bloods
CW: Dynasty [p], Crazy Ex-Girlfriend [p]
FOX: Last Man Standing, The Cool Kids, Hell’s Kitchen
NBC: Blindspot [p], Dateline NBC
PBS: Washington Week, Breaking Big, Shakespeare Uncovered [p], Shakespeare Uncovered
Telemundo: Exation Estados Unidos, Falsa Identidad
Univision: La Rosa de Guadalupe, Mi Marido Tiene Mas Familia, La Piloto
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