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Veteran TV executive Jane Latman is on the rise at Discovery. She’s been promoted to EVP, development and research, for ID, Destination America and American Heroes Channel. Simultaneously, Latman continues as GM for Destination America, and will continue to report to group president Henry Schleiff.

CBS is introducing a whole lot of drama with the announcement of its midseason lineup that includes the series premieres of Ransom, Training Day and Doubt. The network will roll out its new scripted programming on Sunday, January 1, with the launch of Ransom, a crime drama about a world-renowned crisis and hostage negotiator. The show will then move to its regular Saturday 9p time period.

Crime thriller Training Day, starring Bill Paxton and Justin Cornwell, debuts Thursday, February 2 at 10p; Katherine Heigl-starring Doubt, about a brilliant attorney at a boutique firm who starts to fall for her charismatic client, debuts Wednesday, February 15 at 10p following the season finale of Code Black. Rounding out the schedule, competition series Hunted premieres Sunday, January 22, then moves to Wednesdays. The eighth season of Undercover Boss drops Wednesday, December 21 at 8p, the new Survivor season debuts Wednesday, March 8 at 8p, and The Amazing Race returns Friday, April 21 at 8p. The premieres of Superior Donuts and Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders are yet to be announced.

Two weeks after the season 4 finale, comes news that Showtime will not air a fifth season of period drama Masters of Sex. The series, which stars Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan, has garnered critical acclaim but only modest ratings for the network, which did not provide details about its decision.

Retiring Dallas Police Chief David Brown is joining ABC News as a contributor starting January 1. Brown is a 33-year veteran of the Dallas Police Department;

in July, five officers in his department were killed by a lone gunman during a peaceful protest against law enforcement and he became a voice to help his community heal.

Among the startling statistics offered in Tuesday's Cynopsis webinar about podcasting came this, from Edison Research: a full 27 percent of people surveyed watched a TV show based on sponsorship or advertising they heard on a podcast. Experts from Edison, Midroll, Westwood One and advertiser Mack Weldon explained why podcasts have such a powerful influence on consumer behavior, and how networks and marketers can use this tool, in a webinar is available for download here.

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production and development

London-based NBCUniversal International Studios, Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland (Germany) and TF1 (France) greenlit Gone, a procedural drama series based on Chelsea Cain’s novel One Kick. Chris Noth will star in the 12 one-hour episodes, created by Matt Lopez (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice) to be launched in late 2017-early 2018. Gone tells the fictional story of Kit “Kick” Lannigan, survivor of a famous child abduction case and Frank Booth (Noth), the F.B.I. agent who rescued her. All episodes will be written, cast and produced in the US.

Producer Tom Jennings promises "a documentary like other" with Smithsonian Channel's The Lost Tapes: Pearl Harbor, premiering this Sunday at 9p. Hear more from Jennings on the technology that's bringing history to life - plus a surprising piece of information about First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt - in the latest  Cynsiders.

HBO is moving production of Ballers from Florida to California for season 3. The Dwayne Johnson-starring football comedy is set to reap $8.3 million from the latest round of California’s TV tax incentive program.

The Producers Guild of America is expanding its partnership with the Branded Entertainment Network. The continued strategic alliance provides BEN clients with integration opportunities across film, television and new media from PGA members.

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