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Top 10 Weekend Domestic Box Office Estimates: October 13-15, 2017
Happy Death Day (Universal) $26.5 million, opening weekend
Blade Runner 2049 (Warner Bros.) $15.1 million (week 2), cume revenue $60.6 million
The Foreigner (STX) $12. 8 million, opening weekend
It (Warner Bros.) $6.1 million (week 6), cume revenue $314.9 million
The Mountain Between Us (Fox) $5.7 million (week 2), cume revenue $20.5 million
American Made (Fox) $5.4 million (week 3), cume revenue $40.2 million
Kingsman: The Golden Circle (Fox) $5.3 million (week 4), cume revenue $89.7 million
The LEGO Ninjago Movie (Warner Bros.) $4.3 million (week 4), cume revenue $51.6 million
My Little Pony: The Movie (Lionsgate) $4.3 million (week 2), cume revenue $15.5 million
Victoria and Abdul (Focus) $3.1 million (week 4), cume revenue $11.3 million
Source: comScore

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Finding Escobar’s Millions debuts on Discovery Friday, November 3 at 10p. Series follows 2 former intelligence officers on the hunt for alleged treasure hidden by the Columbian drug lord.
Another new series, Bushcraft Build-Off, launches on Discovery Wednesday, November 8 at 10p. Competition series tests primitive building skills that have allowed survivalists to thrive in the wilderness.
Debbe Dunning, former “Tool Time Girl” on Home Improvement, is exec producing and hosting Debbe Dunning’s Dude Ranch Roundup, launching on RFD-TV Wednesday, November 1 at 9p. Dunning talks to Cynopsis about the show in Cynsiders.
Fusion TV’s Car vs. America debuts Wednesday, October 18 at 8p. Docu-travel series centered on 2 car-obsessed Jalopnik editors is the first TV series produced in conjunction with an editorial team from the Gizmodo Media Group.
Arts net Ovation acquired linear and digital premiere rights to season 11 of The Artful Detective from ITV Studios Global Entertainment. The long-running series will return in January on Ovation TV and Ovation NOW.
Short form video is booming, but there’s still an untapped area producers should be exploring, says Jason Harris, director of customer success at Wochit. “What’s the one thing that everyone, everywhere, likely talks about, thinks about, and even ‘researches’ at least once per day? THE WEATHER,” says Harris, a juror for the Cynopsis Short Form Video Festival. “Yes, we see mobile journalism during disasters like hurricanes, but otherwise, we don’t see a lot of everyday, weather-related, short-form videos. But it interests everyone, constantly.”
Content creators can really capitalize on this built-in interest, adds Harris, and short can mean really short. “As in, you don’t need a five-minute YouTube episode – more in the vein of an Instagram story,” he explains. “If you infuse personality and angle into your video and make it about how your audience should prepare for the day, you’ve got something unique and engaging for which you know there’s a demand. And if you add a touch of extra color and fun using an element like an animated GIF, you can further set your series apart as unique, inspirational, and healthfully habit-forming.” For details, or to submit a video to the Cynopsis Short Form Video Festival (submissions close this week!) go here.
Viacom International Media Networks greenlit 5 original short form series that include Sharkdog and Moosebox, the first international short form animated series to come out of Nickelodeon’s annual Global Animated Shorts Program. Also ordered were second seasons of Comedy Central International’s Absolutely Fine, Share This and Bad Snappers.
Kym Whitley (Young & Hungry) will host the 12th Annual NBCUniversal Short Film Festival on Wednesday, October 18 in Hollywood. Awards in 8 categories will be presented. The festival is partnering with advocacy organization Harness, founded by America Ferrera, Ryan Piers Williams and Wilmer Valerrama, for the Harness Social Impact Award.
ABC sets the mood for Halloween on Thursday, October 19 at 8p with classic animated special It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, followed by Toy Story of Terror at 8:30p. Halloween’s the theme again on Tuesday, October 24, with holiday episodes of The Middle at 8p, Fresh Off the Boat at 8:30p and The Mayor at 9:30p
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association will be hosting a panel discussion with TV game changers at the Paley Center for Media on October 26. Panelists include J.J. Abrams, David E. Kelley, Norman LearRyan MurphyShonda Rhimes, and Jill Soloway
Three-part ID special The Murder Castle centers on H.H. Holmes, America’s first serial killer. The story of the evil entrepreneur who rigged a building with death traps launches Saturday, October 28 at 8p.
MIPCOM Moves: Canadian production company Beauty World Search drew a raft of broadcast and streaming partners for Brooke Hogan-fronted The Fashion Hero…. French independent TV prodco Pernel Media announced an acquisition by UKTV’s Really and a distribution deal with BBC Worldwide for new English language true crime series 20 Years on Death Row….Canada’s MediaRanch struck format deals for shows including Verdict on Demand and Tipsy Recipes…. Zig Zag Productions and Chinese TV production and distribution business 3C Media inked a co-development agreement for Zig Zag’s physical game show format Ancient Games…. Drive announced its appointment by the Black Sea Marine Archaeology Project to pre-sell and distribute documentary film Lost World; Deeper Into the Black Sea.
While viewership in Netflix’s Kids and Family section has grown 13% in the U.S. recently, it’s surged 61% internationally, said Andy Yeatman, director of kids and family content, at Mip Jr. on Sunday. Yeatman shared news of a series order for Mighty Little Bheem, based on an Indian character, that is “non-dialogue,” helping it travel well. The streaming service also ordered its first series for South Korea, Yoohoo and Friends.
FremantleMedia is set to clean up with Supermarket Sweep, acquiring global format rights to the shopping game show created in 1965.  And FremantleMedia is partnering with production company Kapow for FremantleMedia’s catalogue of entertainment formats in Argentina. The global producer and distributor will represent all entertainment formats created by Kapow outside of Argentina, with an initial focus on their hit cooking show format Cocineros. And FremantleMedia International announced a 3 year extension of its multi-year output deal for a range of lifestyle shows with Fox Turkey’s food channel, 24 Kitchen.   
Quintus Media sold factual series Mega Transports to commercial network TVN and documentary series Ultimate Vehicles to public broadcaster Polsat in Poland.
Gamingzone Entertainment entered into a distribution partnership with Bomanbridge Media and Passion Distribution to represent the world’s first live Esports reality format GAMERZ. Bomanbridge Media will handle Asia Pacific, while Passion Distribution will cover the rest of the world.
Endemol Shine Group nabbed exclusive international distribution rights to bring Fox’s Beat Shazam, bringing the format across all platforms outside of the U.S. and producing local versions of interactive music game show. Endemol Shine International will also distribute the series outside the U.S.
Bristow Global Media and Canadian production company Attraction Images have entered into a strategic partnership to develop a slate of scripted series. Toronto-based BGM will collaborate on developing talent and English-language content for the global marketplace.
Blue Ant International struck a distribution deal with lifestyle producer Architect Films to represent two new original series created by Architect and over 135 hours from their current library, including Sugar Showdown, Decked Out and Birthday Cake Battle.
9 Story Media Group’s Toronto animation studio is being rebranded Brown Bag Films; 9 Story Media Group remains the parent company. Also housed under the 9 Story Media Group umbrella is the company’s distribution arm, 9 Story Distribution International. 9 Story Media Group acquired Dublin- and Manchester-based Brown Bag Films in 2015 and since then, has been undergoing the process of integrating its three animation studios. 
Advanced advertising will be one of the hot topics at NAB NY this week. Bill Wise, CEO and co-founder of Mediaocean and Jay Prasad, chief strategy officer at VideoAmp, will be participating in Wednesday’s panel, “How Advanced Advertising Will Grow and Unite It with Digital.” What’s on the agenda? “Media convergence isn’t a buying problem – it’s a planning and measurement problem,” Wise tells Cynopsis. “The unification of data across linear TV and digital is incredibly difficult and the industry is crowded with ideas that are more art than science. That is why Mediaocean is happy to partner with VideoAmp to help bring a viable solution to market that will create a unified marketplace design for TV and online video.” Says Prasad, “NAB NY is a great place to further the conversation and actually make some headway on converging the market place. Our panel aims to do just that.”
Sundance Now acquired Dutch-Flemish disaster drama The Swell, with rights in North America and UK/Ireland. Episodes will be released weekly starting Thursday, October 19. And 6-part dark comedy Back, created and written by Simon Blackwell (Veep), has a new premiere date: Thursday, November 16.
Snapchat is the preferred app for social media among teens, according to a report from Piper Jaffray, which said 47% of teens named it #1 – up from 35% a year ago. Instagram was tops with 24% of those surveyed, followed by 9% for Facebook, 7% for Twitter and 1% for Pinterest.
TNT added to the cast of 6-episode drama One Day She’ll Darken. Joining Chris Pine (Wonder Woman), who executive produces and stars, are India Eisley (Look Away) Jefferson Mays (The Americans), Yul Vazquez (Captain Phillips), Justin Cornwell (Training Day), Dylan Smith (Lemonade), Jay Paulson (Mad Men) and Golden Brooks (Girlfriends). Production begins next month in LA.
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Thursday Night Football drew an audience of 15.1 million viewers across CBS, NFL Network, Amazon Prime, NFL Digital and CBS digital platforms. The Philadelphia-Carolina game was seen by an average 14.6 million viewers, up from 14.5 million for the comparable game last year.
While CBS’s football dominated the field in viewers and the A18-49 demo on Thursday, ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy was the top entertainment show with a 2.1/8 rating among young adults and 8.1 million total viewers, versus 1.8/7 and 6.7 million viewers for NBC’s Will & Grace.
Saturday Night Live had its highest metered-market ratings all season with an average 4.6 Live+SD rating and 2.2 among A18-49. Viewers who watched to see if the show would address the Harvey Weinstein scandal, which it had did not done the week before, were not disappointed.
Season 2 of Hallmark Channel’s Chesapeake Shores averaged a 2.2 Live+3 HH rating and 2.3 million Total Viewers, making Hallmark Channel the #1 rated cable net Sunday, October 8 at 9p.
Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions) Thursday, October 12, 2017 time period averages
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated Live+SD
CBS: 13.61 million
NFL Thursday Night Kickoff 7.8, Thursday Night Football 15.43
ABC: 5.65 million
Grey’s Anatomy 8.08, Scandal 5.00, How to Get Away with Murder 3.88
NBC: 5.27 million
Superstore 4.33, The Good Place 4.05, Will & Grace 6.72, Great News 4.23, Chicago Fire 6.16
FOX: 3.28 million
Gotham 2.75, The Orville 3.37
CW: 1.81 million
Supernatural .72, Arrow .57
TELEMUNDO 1.19 million
Jenni Rivera: Mariposa de Barrio 1.08, Sin Senos Si Hay Paraiso 1.18, El Senor de los Cielos 1.34
UNIVISION: 1.01 million
Enamorandome de Ramon .86, Mi Marido tie Familia 1.08, Hoy Voy a Cambiar 1.08
Thursday A18-49: CBS 4.2/16, ABC 1.4/5, NBC 1.2/5, FOX .9/3, CW .7/3, TELE .7/3, UNI .5/2,
Alexander “Sandy” Brown has been appointed Chief Operating Officer at Rural Media Group. Brown is former President and CEO of ONE World Sports.
Michael Edelstein is leaving his job as President of NBCUniversal International Studios. “As anyone who has worked in international knows, 1.5 million miles, hundreds of nights in hotel rooms and constantly changing time zones begins to lose its charm,” said Edelstein in a note to staff. “With a great senior management team in place, it is now time for me to take a break and create some space to ponder the future.” He will stay until the end of the year.
FremantleMedia International named Karen Finnegan Vice President Distribution, Scandinavia, Benelux and Eire. Finnegan joins from Miramax, where she had been Director of Sales.
AMC Networks International – Central and Northern Europe promoted Balazs Hajos to Vice President of Affiliate Sales. In his new and expanded role, Hajos will oversee the management of AMCNI – Central and Northern Europe’s affiliate sales in more than 30 territories.
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ABC: Dancing With the Stars, The Good Doctor   
CBS: The Big Bang Theory, 9JKL, Kevin Can Wait, Me, Myself &I, Scorpion  
CW: Supergirl, Valor
FOX: Lucifer The Gifted  
NBC: The Voice, The Brave
PBS: Antiques Roadshow [r], Antiques Roadshow [r], POV  
TELEMUNDO: Jenni Rivera: Mariposa de Barrio, Sin Senos Si Hay Paraiso, El Senor de los Cielos
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