10/17/22: Peacock unveils interactive video at BravoCon

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Monday October 17, 2022

Today’s Premieres
HBO: The Vow at 9p
ID: No One Can Hear You Scream at 9p
Netflix: Waffles + Mochi’s Restaurant
Univision: La Madrasta at 10p

Today’s Finales
TLC: sMothered at 9p
VH1: Love & Hip Hop Miami at 9p


Rupert Murdoch is considering reuniting News Corp. and Fox Corp. The companies, which were split in 2013, have formed a special committee to review proposals of a potential combination. “At News Corp., we are constantly pursuing ways to enhance our performance and expand our businesses, and the upheaval in media presents both challenges and opportunities,” wrote News Corp. CEO Robert Thomson in a memo. “However, I would like to stress that the Special Committee has not made any determination at this time, and there can be no certainty that any transaction will result from its evaluation.” News Corp. owns publishing titles including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Post and London-based tabloid The Sun, while Fox Corp. encompasses Fox News and Fox Sports.

“Sheer joy, that’s what we’ve been seeing all weekend long.” That’s how Jamie Cutburth, SVP of One Platform Creative and Development at NBCUniversal, described the atmosphere at BravoCon, which returned to NYC’s Javits Center for the first time since 2019. “Bravoholics” flocked to the three-day event for what Ann Scheiner, NBCU EVP of Agency Partnerships, called the “ultimate connection” for advertisers, noting, “Not all viewers are fans, but all fans are viewers.”

Peacock took advantage of BravoCon to unveil an interactive video feature that allows users to immerse themselves directly into the storytelling. Built with customizable capabilities that enhance new content discovery and choice, the streaming feature was on display to select attendees. “Combining culture-defining content with cutting-edge innovation, this experience is about giving fans the choice to dive deeper into the most dramatic Housewives moments on their own terms,” said John Jelley, SVP, Product & UX, Peacock and Direct-to-Consumer, NBCUniversal. “It transforms viewing into an interactive journey of discovery and personalization through multiple vantage points.”

Speaking of Bravo’s Housewives, news broke over the weekend that a spinoff series of “The Real Housewives of New York” is on the way. The original show’s Sonja Morgan and Luann de Lesseps team for “Luann and Sonja: Welcome to Crapple Lake,” following the socialites as they work to spiff up the small town of Benton, Illinois.

Heavy is “The Crown” for Netflix right now. Season five of the drama series, which includes the ugly chapter of the divorce of the Prince and Princess of Wales, is slated to premiere November 5. But the recent death of Queen Elizabeth has provoked commentary in the UK that the timing would be inappropriate; Jemima Khan, who was attached as a consultant to the show, requested that her name be removed, once she learned of the subject matter. Netflix had also expected to debut a documentary about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in December, but Harry and Meghan have reportedly asked for a possible postponement until next year.

The Ad Council is launching a 5-week career accelerator program today, providing 15 students and graduates from HBCUs with education and hands on experience in adtech, analytics, communications, creative development, influencers, media, research, social, strategy and more. dentsu, LiquidSoul, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, and Makers are among the companies involved with the initiative.

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Jason Kim (“Barry”) inked an overall deal with 20th Television and Onyx Collective to develop TV projects. “Jason is equally adept at delivering sophisticated comedy and dramatic stories, and is one of the most dynamic and savviest young voices in our industry,” said Karey Burke, President of 20th Television. “We have wanted to be in business with him for an incredibly long time and can’t wait to get started with him at the studio.”

Sara Hess (“House of the Dragon”) has extended her overall deal with HBO for two years. “We’re thrilled to have Sara in an exclusive partnership with HBO. She’s an exceptional talent who writes with great depth and complexity while never failing to bring humor and wit to her work,” said Francesca Orsi, EVP, HBO Programming and Head of HBO Drama Series and Films.

Adrienne Bailon-Houghton has signed a talent and development deal with NBCUniversal Television and Streaming. Bailon-Houghton, who was a co-host of NBC’s “The Real” from 2013 until it was canceled in April, was the first Latina host of a daytime talk show in the US, and hosts design show “House to Home” on CleoTV.

Joel McHale (“Community”) will star in as well as executive produce Fox’s “Animal Control,” Fox Entertainment’s first wholly-owned live-action comedy series. The show created by Bob Fisher, Rob Greenburg and Dan Sterling received a straight-to-series order in July.

Casting notes: Timothy Dalton (“License to Kill”) has joined Paramount+’s “Yellowstone” prequel, “1923. set to debut in December….Hannah New (“Black Sails”) has been cast in season three of Netflix’s “Bridgerton.” New will play a young widow at the helm of her late husband’s estate.


Season two of “Mickey Mouse Funhouse” premieres Friday, November 4 at 11a on Disney Channel and Disney Jr. The episodes will stream on Disney+ early next year.

YA drama “Bocetos” launches on Canela.TV on October 27. The six-episode series focuses on a talented but insecure illustrator who draws every night about the things that happen with his friends.

Why are federal elections always held on Tuesdays? Who is Uncle Sam? New HITN-TV short form series “What the Fact?” offers answers to questions about the US to help the Hispanic community gain a better understanding of historic and civic traditions.

Inclusive marketing—not just to Hispanics—is no longer just nice to have,” says Donne Speciale, President, US Advertising Sales and Marketing for TelevisaUnivision. “Even so, there are hundreds of marketers, if not thousands, that still do not lean into marketing to Hispanics. This is particularly critical when seeking to engage with the 31 million Latina consumers in this country who deserve to be seen, heard and recognized for the massive growth they are contributing to the US economy.” Find out what Speciale is doing about that, in the latest Cynsiders.


The Critics Choice Association announced select honorees for the 2nd annual Celebration of Latino Cinema & Television, taking place November 13 in LA. TV winners include Gloria Calderon Kellett (“With Love”); Laz Alonso (“The Boys”); Cristo Fernandez (“Ted Lasso”); Jenna Ortega (“Wednesday”); Catalina Sandino Moreno (“FROM); Guillermo Rodriguez (“Jimmy Kimmel Live”); and Gina Torres (“9-1-1: Lone Star”). Desi Arnaz will be posthumously honored.

TCM will celebrate Angela Lansbury with a 24-hour programming tribute on Monday, November 21, starting with 1944 film “National Velvet” at 6:15a. Lansbury died October 11 at age 96.


MLB’s new post-season format reeled in audience upticks as ESPN’s exclusive coverage of the Wild Card games (9 games spanning Oct. 7-9), averaged 2.8 million viewers. That number marks a 64% uptick from the previous MLB Wild Card Series round in 2020 which included 18 games.

The NHL and its international media partners will bring live game broadcasts in prime time to hockey fans in Europe during the 2022-23 season. A record 41 NHL Saturday presented by SAP and NHL Sunday presented by SAP games will be broadcast to fans this season in more than 30 countries and territories, SAP returns as the presenting sponsor and will continue to provide statistical insights for use in game broadcasts and other custom content and promotions throughout the season.

Paramount+ will carry complete coverage of the 66th edition of the Ballon d’Or today. The ceremony, which will be hosted by Didier Drogba and Sandy Heribert live from Paris, begins at 2:30p on the platform. Red carpet coverage starts at 12:30p.

The BIG3 announced that the league has been officially certified as a Black-Owned and Operated business by ByBlack and the U.S Black Chambers Inc., marking the first and only professional sports league to be certified. “Myself and the entire league are honored to be officially certified by ByBlack and the U.S. Black Chambers,” said Ice Cube, BIG3 CEO and co-founder. “From day one, the league has been dedicated to providing opportunities for Black players, fans, investors, and partners, and we are proud to be a part of a nationwide network of Black business owners. Supporting Black enterprise is a lifelong passion of mine and the BIG3 will continue to build upon its successes and lift up other Black entrepreneurs.”

Next League revealed a multi-phase strategic partnership with the LPGA designed to provide “both strategic and technical counsel that will help reposition the LPGA as an innovative, technology-driven organization that keeps the best interests of its players – and fans – at the forefront.” The partnership will include the development of prioritized business requirements, product strategy and roadmap, and plans for assembling and operating a world class approach to technology that will assist the LPGA in achieving both short and long term growth goals.

The Grambling State University and Southern University men’s basketball programs were tapped to play in the NBA HBCU Classic 2023, the NBA today announced. The Southwestern Athletic Conference matchup will take place on Feb. 18 at the University of Utah’s Jon M. Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City as part of NBA All-Star 2023. The second NBA HBCU Classic will be simulcast on TNT, ESPN2 and NBA TV.


A+E Networks Global Content Sales will distribute seasons 2 and 3 of “Miss Scarlet and the Duke” in key markets worldwide (excluding the US, UK & Ireland, English-speaking Canada, Africa and Benelux). Season three of the detective drama set in 19th century London is set to premiere in the US on PBS on January 8.

Beyond Rights has extended its partnership with Crackit Productions, resulting in the acquisition of five new titles: “Key to a Fortune”; “When Luxury Holidays Go Horribly Wrong”; “When Luxury Cruises Go Horribly Wrong”; “When Day Trips Go Horribly Wrong”; and “When Hotel Holidays Go Horribly Wrong.”

Off The Fence scored a string of pre-sales for its new slate of history series, which ranges from OTF Studios to programming acquired from producers of historical documentary. Titles include “Queens of Ancient Egypt”; “Mongols: The Secret History”; “Military Masterminds”; and “History’s Ultimate Influencers.”

UK’s Channel 4 has commissioned a second season of “Come Dine With Me” spinoff, “Come Dine With Me: Professionals.”

FilmRise and Zig Zag Productions announced the co-production of “The Interrogation Room.” FilmRise is shopping the true crime title as an original and/or exclusive for broadcasters and streamers in the US.

Canada’s Epic Story Media has started production on animated series “Mia & Codie” and a second season of “Luna, Chip and Inkie: Adventure Rangers Go.”

Banijayb briefs: Banijay Rights has partnered with Banijay Benelux joint venture Scenery on “Lara vs. Escobar,” a feature documentary…. Banijay has acquired the global rights to Argentinian reality competition series “The Hotel,” and sold historical drama “Marie Antoinette” to PBS in the US.

Corus Studios has added paranormal investigation series Repossessed” to its catalogue of content for international distribution.

French animation, production and distribution company Dandelooo has secured a deal with free-to-air television channel, Tiny Pop, for “Billy the Cowboy Hamster.” The preschool series is set to premiere exclusively on UK Free TV in May 2023.

Electric Entertainment closed a deal with AMC Networks International – Latin America for two seasons of “Leverage: Redemption,” the first season of SYFY series, “The Ark,” and all four seasons of “The Librarians.”

Cineflix Rights has presold Helium’s ten-part Australian crime drama “Last King of The Cross to Sky” in advance of the show’s official launch at MIPCOM 2022. The series will air exclusively in all Sky territories, in Italy, UK, Ireland and Germany.

All3media also shared presale news, with period drama “The Confessions of Frannie Langton” set to air on Telekom/Magenta TV in Germany and Dutch public broadcaster NPO in the Netherlands.

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Broadcast Nielsen Ratings for Thursday, October 13
Show, P2+ 000s, (A18-49)
ABC: Station 19 3.74 (0.5), Grey’s Anatomy 3.32 (0.5), Alaska Daily 3.07 (0.3)
CBS: Young Sheldon 7.27 (0.7), Ghosts 6.57 (0.6), So Help Me Todd 4.49 (0.4), CSI: Vegas 3.25 (0.3)
CW: Walker 0.67 (0.1), Walker: Independence 0.60 (0.0)
FOX: Hell’s Kitchen 1.98 (0.4), Welcome To Flatch 0.89 (0.2), Call Me Kat 1.12 (0.2)
NBC: Law & Order 4.08 (0.5), Law & Order: SVU 4.46 (0.6), Law & Order: Organized Crime 3.12 (0.5)
Telemundo: Exatlon Estados Unidos 0.92 (0.2), Fuego del Destino 0.90 (0.2), Infiel: Historia de un Engano 0.96 (0.2)
Univision: Herencia Legado Amor Herencia 1.60 (0.5), Ricos Tambien Lloran 1.42 (0.4)
Source: Nielsen live + same day time period averages


TV distributor/producer/programmer Gary Lico has announced his retirement by June 2023. Lico is perhaps most well-known for CABLEready, a company he founded in 1992 and ran for over twenty years.

Beyond Rights has hired Steve Jones to fill the newly created role of SVP Development. Jones co-founded Big Little Fish Television in 2019.

This Day in History
1973 – OPEC declared an oil embargo.

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question
Which 1970s drama series was based on the life of a New Jersey police detective? “Toma” (1973-74). Kudos to: Kevin Moran-Blarney Productions/Pasadena, CA; Alan Dorfman-Super Impulse USA/Bristol, PA; Ted Linhart-NBCU/NYC; Robert Tombs-Effectv/Bloomfield, NJ; Andrew Goldman-Grooveee/NYC; John Kukla-KDFW/Dallas; Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg-M and S Entertainment/LA; David Westberg-SAG-AFTRA Credit Union/Burbank; David Garber-Loyola Marymount University/Playa Vista, CA

Today’s Trivia Question
For which series role was Annie Potts nominated for an Emmy? (Email [email protected] with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and time zone. Unofficial rules: a limit of four answers per time zone.)

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CW: All American, All American: Homecoming
FOX: 9-1-1, The Cleaning Lady
NBC: The Voice, Quantum Leap
PBS: Antiques Roadshow, Rising Against Asian Hate: One Day in March, POV
Telemundo Exatlon Estados Unidos, Infiel: Historia de un Engano
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