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ABC Reveals Fall Schedule

July 16, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

ABC officially unveiled its fall schedule yesterday, including premiere dates for new and returning shows. The 19th season of Dancing With the Stars will kick off the new season with a two-hour premiere on Monday, Sept. 15. ABC will then air a preview of new series Forever on Sept. 22, with the show making its regular time slot debut the next day, following the return of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. ABC's Wednesday night lineup starts up on Sept

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Analysis: Fox TV Restructuring Underscores Content Production as Profit Driver

July 14, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The 21st Century Fox restructuring that elevated Gary Newman and Dana Walden to uber posts overseeing Fox Broadcasting as well as the TV studio operation, as chairman-CEOs of Fox Television Group, underscores how much the network biz has become the tail that wags the dog of content production. The longtime 20th Century Fox TV titans... Read more

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Kate Juergens Stepping Down as ABC Family’s Chief Creative

July 9, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Kate Juergens is leaving her post as ABC Family’s chief creative officer and evp of original content, Variety reported . Juergens’ exit, which was announced by ABC Family president Tom Ascheim, comes as the Disney-owned network seeks to consolidate its business strategy, planning and development and scheduling and acquisitions under one leader, according to Deadline . Lynn Stephanian, formerly the svp of acquisitions and scheduling, will also exit as part of the restructuring. Juergens was instrumental in the development of much of ABC Family’s original programming, including the shows Switched at Birth, Pretty Little Liars, and The Secret Life of the American Teenager. She joined the network in 2004, and was former network president Michael Riley’s second-in-command until he left the company in September of 2013 . When Riley departed, Juergens was considered a top choice for his replacement, but the position ultimately went to Ascheim, formerly a gm at Nickelodeon and CEO of Newsweek, who joined the company in December . Juergens, who released her own memo, says that she has been considering leaving the company for “several months,” but decided to stay on through the pilot season. According to Deadline, the search for a new leader of the now-combined departments is underway.

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Community Is Getting Its Six Seasons (No Movie Yet)

June 30, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Well, that was close. Sony's offbeat sitcom Community, canceled at the very last minute by NBC, has been renewed at the very last minute (a few hours before contracts with Sony were set to expire, in fact) by Yahoo Screen . Thirteen episodes of the sitcom will air on Yahoo starting in the fall. At the Digital Content NewFronts this year, companies like Yahoo, YouTube and Crackle were voluble about a commitment to premium content; now Yahoo, at least, will be able to say that, like Netflix, it has a sitcom with huge cult appeal (albeit some very low live viewership ) and, unlike Netflix, it's selling ad inventory against that show. Community essentially lived on goodwill and fandom for five years on NBC; after two consecutive half-season orders (during which time the network inexplicably pitted the geeky comedy against the Death Star of geeky comedies, CBS's unbeatable nerdfest The Big Bang Theory), NBC president Bob Greenblatt finally pulled the plug. Showrunner and creator Dan Harmon was initially blas

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NBCU’s TV Everywhere Taps Former HBO Exec Dina Juliano as SVP of Consumer Strategy

June 26, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

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Rob Dyrdek Gets Renewals, Pilot in MTV Deal

June 25, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Celebrations are in order for MTV producer Rob Dyrdek. The network today that closed a "multi-year production deal" with Dyrdek and his company Super Jacket that includes pilot order for an as-yet unnamed project (potentially Dyrdek's fourth with MTV, if it lands a pick-up) and multiple renewals. The Viacom-owned network is bringing back Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory for a seventh season and has landed a multi-season renewal for Ridiculousness , the fifth season of which premieres July 10th. There will be a sixth, seventh and "additional" season of the latter as well, according to the network, though what "additional" means wasn't specified. Snack-Off , which premieres the same day, looks to be something of a dressed-down version of the Food Network show Chopped , with amateur chefs competing to create the best meals using snack food aisle ingredients, such as jellybeans and potato chips. Restaurateur and culinary-world enfant terrible Eddie Huang will host, while chef Jason Quinn, supermodel Chrissy Teigen and comedian Yassir Lester will serve as judges.

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Rob Dyrdek Gets Renewals, Pilot in MTV Deal

June 25, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Celebrations are in order for MTV producer Rob Dyrdek. The network today that closed a "multi-year production deal" with Dyrdek and his company Super Jacket that includes pilot order for an as-yet unnamed project (potentially Dyrdek's fourth with MTV, if it lands a pick-up) and multiple renewals. The Viacom-owned network is bringing back Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory for a seventh season and has landed a multi-season renewal for Ridiculousness , the fifth season of which premieres July 10th. There will be a sixth, seventh and "additional" season of the latter as well, according to the network, though what "additional" means wasn't specified. Snack-Off , which premieres the same day, looks to be something of a dressed-down version of the Food Network show Chopped , with amateur chefs competing to create the best meals using snack food aisle ingredients, such as jellybeans and potato chips. Restaurateur and culinary-world enfant terrible Eddie Huang will host, while chef Jason Quinn, supermodel Chrissy Teigen and comedian Yassir Lester will serve as judges.

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FX Drama Tyrant Rules Respectable Kingdom of 775K Demo Viewers

June 25, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Tyrant is off to a reasonable start, if not an earth-shaking one: the drama pulled in a .75 rating, which came out to some 775,000 viewers in the key 18-49 demo. Not bad, with plenty of room to grow—and grow it ought to, because reviews are generally favorable for the new show.

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Diane Sawyer Leaves World News, David Muir Will Anchor

June 25, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Diane Sawyer is officially stepping down from the leadership of ABC's World News franchise, and David Muir is stepping up. starting Sept. 2, David Muir will become the anchor and managing editor of our flagship broadcast, World News. ABC News president and GMA maestro James Goldston was voluble on the subject of Muir's talents in a memo to staff earlier today. "He was the first American journalist to report from Mogadishu, Somalia on the worst famine of a generation and recently took our viewers into Iran, getting rare access to the streets of Tehran," Goldston wrote. "David has made his reputation reporting from the ground on every big story of recent times, and we know that when the big stories happen, wherever they happen, David will be there for us and our audience." He will continue to anchor 20/20 with Elizabeth Vargas. Sawyer, according to the network, continues to work at ABC News where she will "create innovative television specials and events, and, of course, continue to conduct the biggest interviews with the most important and extraordinary people in the world," Goldston wrote. "Starting this summer she will begin to develop these new stories ." Meanwhile, George Stephanopoulos is getting a bump up to chief anchor, driving live coverage. In the position, he'll continue to do a lot of the big stories he's been anchoring in the recent past, while continuing to anchor Good Morning America and This Week. "George is adept at balancing both complex global and public policy questions and deeply personal stories in interviews with numerous luminaries from Vladimir Putin to Angelina Jolie," wrote Goldston. Stephanopoulos will lead the news division into the next two election cycles, as well.

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CBS Finishes Upfront With CPM Increases Lower Than Last Year

June 13, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

This upfront season, it's all over but the shouting for CBS, according to a statement released by the organization itself today. “As we near the finish line, we are very confident that CBS has once again achieved the highest pricing and most total dollars in the upfront marketplace," said a spokesperson in a rare official statement by the network. "Agencies and clients continue to value the strength, stability and delivery that we provide as a pure-play broadcaster, and we are very pleased that in addition to C3, C7 is now playing a meaningful part in our negotiations.” It is unusual for CBS to come out and say that it's more or less done with upfront deals—but as it's the first network to cross the finish line, perhaps that's in order. It also serves to put the market on notice—things are probably going to move more quickly this year than last. The cable market just started to movie this week, as well, with budgets registered at several of the major players and momentum building at Turner, among others. Market activity at broadcast nets NBC, ABC and Fox continues apace, meanwhile, though the latter is having trouble with its slate given that the guy who chose it isn't at the company anymore. Overall, budgets are down, say sources on both sides. Network execs are convinced that brands are "hiding the money" and expect a strong scatter market, but buyers aren't so sure. There's far less confidence in the fall TV slate after a dismal hit-to-miss ratio for new product across the networks, and perennials like CBS' crime franchises and The Big Bang Theory (which has to be a significant factor in CPM maintenance this year) are few and far between. CBS' price increases are said to be in the 5 percent range. Sources familiar with NBC's deals said its increases are going as high as 8 percent. The Peacock is said to be seeking "a correctional year" in which the pricing gap between it and its competitors is closing.

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