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Barry & Joe: The Animated Series, following the adventures of Barack Obama and Joe Biden as time travelers out to save the world, is in development, with Titmouse and Conan O’Brien as exec producers. The “bromantic comedy” project from creator Adam Reid got a leg up with over $100,000 scored on Kickstarter. “My nerdy heart is exploding,” said Reid. “This has been a grassroots effort, so to now be working with Conan and Titmouse is a creative dream come true. I’m hopeful we’ll find a home for the series together.”
Pilgrim Media set a development deal with Josh Greenberg, showrunner and co-exec producer of Lip Sync Battle. Working with Pilgrim’s chief creative officer, Johnny Gould, and VP and head of development, Nicole Silveira, Greenberg will develop and EP formats in the music competition space, as well as other unscripted content.
All in the family, again: CBS is developing Class Action, based on Jay McGraw’s experiences at Texas University. Law school comedy comes from McGraw and dad Dr. Phil McGraw’s Stage 29 Productions, Dan O’Shannon (Modern Family), John Cochran (The Millers) and CBS Television Studios. CBS’s Bull, of course, is based on the elder McGraw’s real life experiences.
Studio 100 is expanding internationally by taking over New York-based company Little Airplane Productions (Wonder Pets, Small Potatoes), the animation studio founded by Josh Selig in 1999. “There is a great synergy between our businesses and our teams, and we look forward to creating and producing new content together that will resonate with children around the world,” said Selig.
Procedural Bad Medicine has been put in development by NBC. The project from Mark KrugerDavid Janollari,T.G.I.M. Films and Universal Television teams a recently disgraced doctor and a former NYPD detective.
Top 10 Weekend Domestic Box Office Estimates: December 1-3, 2017
Coco (Buena Vista) $26.1 million (week 2), cume revenue $108.7 million
Justice League (Warner Bros.) $16.6 million (week 3), cume revenue $197.3 million
Wonder (Lionsgate) $12.5 million (week 3), cume revenue $88.0 million
Thor: Ragnarok (Buena Vista) $9.7 million (week 5), cume revenue $291.4 million
Daddy’s Home 2 (Paramount) $7.5 million (week 4), cume revenue $82.8 million
Murder on the Orient Express (Fox) $6.7 million (week 4), cume revenue $84.8 million
Lady Bird (A24) $4.5 million (week 5), cume revenue $17.1 million
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Fox Searchlight) $4.5 million (week 4), cume revenue $13.7 million
The Star (Sony) $6.9 million (week 3), $4.0 million, cume revenue $27.3 million
A Bad Moms Christmas (STX) $3.5 million (week 5), cume revenue $64.8 million
Source: comScore

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Wait, listen…yep, that’s definitely Oscars buzz.
With Call Me By Your Name, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Lady Bird, and The Disaster Artist already basking in the glow of critical acclaim, and The Shape of Water, I, Tonya, The Post, Molly’s Game, and more gearing up for premieres this month, it’s the most wonderful time of the year for movie fans.
Just this weekend, NCM delivered a 6.7 A18-34 rating, which means it’s also the most wonderful time of the year for your brand. With America’s Movie Network, you get unbeatable original content, Millennial reach, and movie audience data that will have you taking home the award for Most Successful Campaign.
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Univision News is sending Maria Elena Salinas out with a bang, with a weeklong tribute that started Sunday. Special reports on the achievements of the journalist who has co-anchored evening newscast Noticiero Univision for 30 years will air daily through December 7 at 6:30p.
Are you making the most of Artificial Intelligence to get content discovered and keep viewers engaged? While we’re still “at the nascent state of AI in media and advertising,” says Mindshare North America’s Rachel Lowenstein, a featured speaker at Wednesday’s webinar, Using Artificial Intelligence to Capture & Captivate Audiences, “delivering on the 1:1 personalization that AI can afford a brand to have with consumers will not just be a differentiator in the intelligent not-so-distant future, but a crucial requirement.” To find out what you need to know to get ahead of the game in employing this critical new tool, register for the March 6 event here.
TV One original film Behind the Movement, telling the story of the history-making Montgomery Bus Boycott, will premiere in February, Black History Month. 
CBS special MVP: Most Valuable Performer airs live on Thursday, January 25 at 9p. The interactive talent show will look for the pro football player with the best off-the-field talent (think archery, rapping and Irish step dancing). As for a certain big game, “For any finalist whose day job might take them to the Super Bowl and prohibit them from appearing live on the show, we still plan to honor and call attention to their talent,” said Robert HorowitzJuma Entertainment prez.
Another CBS special, Christmas Eve with Fairfield University, will broadcast December 24 (of course) at 11:35p.  
CBS announced its winter 2018 schedule, including the launch of the first celebrity edition of Big Brother on Wednesday, February 7 at 8p, competing with the Winter Olympics on NBC. Also on the way: season 30 of The Amazing Race, starting Wednesday, January 3 at 8p; new comedy Living Biblically on Monday, February 26 at 9:30p; Fiji-set Survivor debuting Wednesday, February 28 at 8p; and new drama Instinct on Sunday, March 11 at 8p.
Travel Channel’s Mysteries at the Museum returns with 13 new, single-topic episodes on Thursday, December 28 at 9p. First up: “Race to the Atlantic,” telling the story of polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton.
Netflix picked up Chinese drama Day and Night, about a detective trying to clear his twin brother from a murder charge, to air in over 190 markets. The series, which debuted in August, is off to a strong start – it’s had over 4 billion views in China.
Stranger Things was renewed for season 3 by Netflix. Season 2 launched last month, with a premiere episode that drew 15.8 million U.S. viewers in Live+3, according to Nielsen. Not making it to season 3 is Haters Back Off, a comedy based on a popular YouTube character created by and starring Colleen Ballinger.
Turner and Refinery29 hosted a 2-day comedy-writing workshop aimed at fostering new female talent in comedy. The Riot Comedy Lab took place from December 2-3, with 8 emerging female comedy writers partnered with established TV comedy writers, who provided feedback and advice on their ideas for TV series. At the workshop’s conclusion, Turner and Refinery29 chose one web series idea from the bunch, greenlighting a pilot to be distributed across TBS’s digital platforms.  
Ad spending on the 2018 midterm elections will hit $8.5 billion, predicts Borrell Associates, up 2.5% over 2014. Broadcast TV will rake in $3.4 billion in ads, digital media will take $1.9 billion and cable TV $994 million, says Borrell, adding they expect nearly half of all digital political advertising to be placed programmatically.
Catherine Keener (Being John Malkovich) is set recur opposite Fred Armisen and Maya Rudolph in Amazon’s untitled comedy from Master of None co-creator Alan Yang and Matt Hubbard.
Newsmax TV has expanded its cable/satellite TV reach with a new carriage distribution agreement with Dish. The news channel is available on channel 216 to DISH customers who subscribe to America’s Top 120 and above programming packages. The deal expands Newsmax’s national cable and satellite footprint to 50 million U.S. households.
Dish and Lilly Broadcasting inked a multi-year deal for TV stations in Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Pennsylvania, New York and Hawaii. Lilly stations were blacked out September 30 in a retrans dispute, though signals were restored in Puerto Rica and the Virgin Islands in response to weather crises.
CBS Studios International licensed first-window broadcast rights to Sky U.K. to freshman drama SEAL Team and new midseason series Instinct. SEAL Team will be broadcast on Sky One, and Instinct on Sky Living.
Awards Event: March 14 th in NYC
At a time when it is more important than ever to shine a light on the incredible accomplishments of women in every field, we are proud to honor these digital trailblazers. They may be just out of college. Or they may be inventors, tech wizards, or senior-level execs who have helped clear a path in what is still a relatively young industry. Past honorees have been digital-savvy innovators from a wide range of companies ( view past honorees here).


Velocity sped to its most watched month ever in November primetime with ratings rising +19% in M25-54, +25% in M18-34, +36% in M18+, +29% P25-54, +17% in P18-34 and +42% in P2+ versus November 2016. The month also marked Velocity’s highest-delivering November ever among P/M25-54, P/M18-49, P/M18-34 and P/M2.
Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions) Tuesday, November 28 2017 time period averages
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated Live+SD
NBC: 10.93 million
Football Night in Dallas 7.80, NFL Football 11.56
CBS: 9.04 million
The Big Bang Theory 13.61, Young Sheldon 12.05, Mom 8.69, Life in Pieces 6.59, S.W.A.T. 6.63
ABC: 5.49 million
A Charlie Brown Christmas 6.47, The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration 5.00
FOX: 3.13 million
Gotham 2.63, The Orville 3.63
CW: 1.44 million
Supernatural 1.73, Penn & Teller: Fool Us 1.16
UNIVISION 1.15 million
Rosa de Guadalupe 1.06, Mi Marido Tiene Familia 1.16, LIGA MC 1.21
Thursday A18-49:  NBC 3.1/11, CBS 1.5/6, ABC 1.3/5, FOX .9/3, UNI .7/3, CW .4/2
Peter Mears was appointed CEO of Havas Group Media. Mears joined Havas in April as Global Chief Operations Officer. “In just six months at Havas, Peter has implemented even higher operational standards, boosting collaboration and building the most agile teams in the media industry,” said Havas Group Chairman-CEO Yannick Bollore.
First Look Media tapped Stacey Politi to serve as Senior Vice President of Marketing. Politi was most recently VP of Marketing at Crackle.

This Day in History: 1954 – The first Burger King (called Insta-Burger King) opened in Miami.
Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: Which classic TV game show featured Don Johnson and Burt Reynolds as contestants? The Dating Game. Kudos to: Rick Dascher-Turner Studios/Atlanta, Andrew Knopf-Brite Media Group/NYC, Phyllis McQuillan-MSG Networks/NYC, Marc Mondry-MSG Networks/NYC, Andy Pittman-TAMU/College Station, TX, John Kukla-KDFW/Dallas, Pat Brady-CESD/LA, Jeff Mirkin-Atari Media Productions/Santa Monica, CA, Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA, Greg Stewart/LA
Today’s Trivia Question: Which short-lived comedy’s last episode had one of the leads marry a Korean blackjack dealer? (Email [email protected] with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and time zone. Unofficial rules: a limit of four correct answers from each time zone will be selected.)
Answer to Our Last Anagram: Nah, Yarn Mart Yam Harm Tram = Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman. Kudos to: Jim Bono-Crown Media Family Networks/NYC, Paul Blutter- Walk and Talk Production Rentals/Burbank, Synda Kollman-Charter Marketing Group/Deerfield Beach, FL
Cooking Competition Anagram: Manic Oak Strawberries (Email [email protected] with your answer; first three respondents with the correct answer who aren’t in trivia will be posted in tomorrow’s newsletter.)
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ABC: The Great Christmas Light Fight [p], The Good Doctor   
CBS: The Big Bang Theory [r], Man With a Plan, Superior Donuts, 9JKLS.W.A.T. [r]  
CW: Supergirl, Valor
FOX: Lucifer, The Gifted
NBC: The Voice, The Wall 
PBS: Antiques Roadshow [r], Antiques Roadshow [r], Independent Lens [r]
TELEMUNDO: Milagros de Navidad, Sangria de mi Tierro, Senora Acero 4: La Coyote  
UNIVISION: La Rosa de Guadelupe, Mi Marido Tiene Familia, Caer en Tantacion   

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