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FX Will Renew The Americans

April 9, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Fans of the FX Cold War spy drama The Americans can rest easy about the show’s prospects, as the network is very close to announcing a formal third-season renewal. Speaking at an upfront breakfast event in New York this morning, FX Networks CEO John Landgraf said he was encouraged by The Americans’ creative direction and ratings performance. “We look forward to it being on our schedule for quite some time,” Landgraf said, adding that time-shifted viewing now accounts for nearly half of the show’s deliveries. In a February interview with Adweek, Landgraf said FX was essentially rushed to get Season 1 of The Americans on the air last winter, so that it could run all 13 episodes without preemptions while also avoiding the GRP suck that is the NBA Playoffs. “In the 10 years we’ve worked together there have been a few occasions when we picked up a show and then we had a date we had to back into,” Landgraf said. “The Americans is an example, between the scheduling and the fact that they had fairly short prep time in the writing and then Hurricane Sandy just wiped out the [Brooklyn] production offices. It was a really brutal first season … and I think we were very fortunate to come out of it. “And you just look at Season 2 … just that extra few weeks in the writers’ room, going into production—that amount of time has made a huge difference in everything: In the writing, in the production design, everything.” Through the first six episodes of Season 2, The Americans is averaging 1.43 million viewers and a 0.5 in the adults 18-49 demo, and while the live-plus-same-day deliveries are hardly robust, the show does a brisk business in playback. Per Nielsen, the season premiere jumped 81 percent in the demo upon application of live-plus-three-day data, and because so many of those views were delivered via on-demand platforms, the commercial content went largely unskipped. As FX and its spinoff net, FXX, have so much new comedy in the pipeline—recently picked-up series include The Tracy Morgan Project, The Comedians, You’re the Worst and Married, and a handful of other pilots are under consideration—Landgraf said a final decision on the sophomore series Legit and the new animated show Chozen will be made in due time. This season’s development slate marks the most robust in FX’s history , and it will boost the network’s roster of originals from 11 to 20. Particularly noteworthy newcomers include the

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And That’s a Hat Trick for HBO Go Meltdowns

April 7, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Turns out if you just shrug when faced with rampant password sharing, your bandwidth takes a major hit during big-ticket episodes: HBO's wildly popular streaming service HBO Go coughed blood and keeled over (oh, come on, if that happened on the show it'd be the least violent thing on the screen) during the much-anticipated premiere of fantasy series Game of Thrones on Sunday night, leading to reactions like this: Noooooooo!! @HBOGO is down for #GOT #hbogo #gameofthrones pic.twitter.com/hpx9hWGepV — Hughie Stone Fish (@Hughiestonefish) April 7, 2014 Alas, Hughie Stone Fish was not alone. I think this sums up #GoT fans’ fears about @HBOGO tonight #GoTSeason4 pic.twitter.com/SP7ndhzEnu — Omar Kasrawi (@kasrawiNYC) April 7, 2014 The Internet, of course, is the first place anyone with an opinion goes to express his or her displeasure, but this is the third time the app has crashed under viewer strain in less than a year—most recently during the True Detective finale, and before that during the finale of last season's Game of Thrones.

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Advertisers Are Lining Up for a Piece of Mad Men’s Final Season

April 7, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

While viewers may be in for a little culture shock when Mad Men returns for its seventh and final season—the story picks up in January 1969, and in keeping with the blighted aesthetics of the era, Peggy now resembles a sentient macram

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‘Calvary,’ ‘Byzantium,’ ‘Philomena’ Lead the Field at Irish Film and TV Awards

April 6, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

CANNES – “Calvary,” “Byzantium” and “Philomena” were the biggest winners at the Irish Film and Television Awards in Dublin, with each film taking three awards. Guests at the event, which was hosted by the Irish Film and Television Academy, included Michael Fassbender, Colin Farrell, Jamie Dornan, Steve Coogan, Will Forte, Jeremy Irons, Fionnula Flanagan, Brendan... Read more

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Meet Watch Awards Talent Judge Amber J. Lawson

April 4, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Entrepreneur and producer Amber J. Lawson has made a career out of spotting innovative ways to create content online. Recently, she’s noticed that it’s not just the the average joe coming up with good ideas: Brands are cashing in on the action, too. Web shows like Chipotle's Farmed and Dangerous and films like The Lego Movie turn your traditional promotional material into a piece of branded entertainment . “The content space has finally come full circle where brands are reasserting themselves as content creators,” said Lawson, one of the talent judges for Adweek's Watch Awards . The online media player has always dabbled in comedy throughout her career. Several of her projects navigated the switch between the online sphere and the real world (and vice versa) back at a time when the trend was not that common. Her talent competition web show Pop Girl was turned into a television movie called Alyx.

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Game of Thrones Becomes a 1970s Sitcom in Newest of Many Mashups

April 4, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

In today's installment of making new things look old, Game of Thrones gets retrofitted into a 1970s sitcom, complete with overly long exposition and freeze-frame introductions for each actor. The idea isn't exactly revolutionary, as you can see from the previous mashups we've collected below, but there's still something entertainingly jarring about the contrast of murderous, Machiavellian schemers and an aw-shucks title treatment reminiscent of Little House on the Prairie.

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Discovery’s Multi-Network Slate Covers a Lot of Turf

April 3, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

In advance of this afternoon's upfront presentation, the Discovery networks, which include The Discovery Channel, TLC, OWN, Animal Planet, The Hub, Velocity, ID and several others, are all announcing programming deals. Keep checking this post throughout the day for updates. Okay, so (deep breath): Discovery Communications, the parent company, is creating a new production studio called New Form headed by Kathleen Grace. It will partner "with key distributors and brands;" if you want a clue to what that means, take a look at Grace's resume: her last port of call was YouTubeSpace LA, the Los Angeles production studio where YouTube's video creators produced, attended workshops and used YouTube-provided facilities. Expect to see close collaboration between New Form and Discovery's relatively recent acquisition, Revision3 . (Of course, in web time, it was eons ago. Remember when you could buy a web studio for a mere $30 million?) Brian Grazer and Ron Howard have financial stakes in the company

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Tribune Digital Ventures Acquires TV by the Numbers

April 3, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Tribune Digital Ventures bought ratings resource TV by the Numbers for an undisclosed sum and hopes to parlay its information into additional revenue streams.

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Television Academy President Lucy Hood Dies of Cancer

April 3, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Lucy Hood, president and chief operating officer of the Television Academy, has died after a battle with cancer. Hood, a former Fox and News Corp. exec, took the reins of the TV Academy from Alan Perris last year. “Lucy was an innovator and thought leader, always focused on how to best serve an industry she... Read more

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Death By Hiatus: Extended Down Time Is Killing Your Favorite TV Shows

April 2, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

While extended hiatuses may work for the likes of The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad, broadcast TV series that take lengthy breaks or are erratically scheduled increasingly run the risk of losing their audiences. Tuesday night provided ample evidence for the Death By Hiatus theory, as two shows returned, after weeks of down time, to record low ratings.

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