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Jul 26, 2016
3:31 pm
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Apple Acquires Popular Late-Night Broadcast Segment (THR, CBS)

A segment that has become a breakout hit on late-night TV was acquired by Apple, which plans to leverage the acquisition of “Carpool Karaoke” to pump up subscriptions to Apple Music.

The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that the segment, which has been a viral hit since breaking out on CBS’s “Late Late Show with James Corden,” will become its own series, with subscribers to the Apple music streaming app having exclusive access when it first airs.

“‘Carpool Karaoke,’ which will be produced by CBS Television Studios and Fulwell 73, the production company of ‘Late Late Show’ executive producer Ben Winston, will expand on the segment’s format with celebrity guests who sing along to their favorite songs and surprise fans during their ride,” THR reports. “The host of the series is expected to be announced at a later date; Corden is not expected to take the wheel.”

The arrangement is for 16 episodes, which will stream weekly, with the premiere date not yet announced but expected to be soon. Apple launched its $10-per-month Apple Music streaming service last year.

The “Carpool Karaoke” episode with Adele from earlier this year has had almost 120 million views on YouTube. Here it is …

TVBIZWIRE
Jul 26, 2016
3:09 pm
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Big Night for CNN as Democratic Convention Opens (AP)

CNN was the most-watched network covering the Democratic National Convention Monday night, as the cable channel averaged 6.29 million viewers from 10-11:30 p.m. ET, when the main speeches were delivered and all the networks were competing.

“It was the first time the network has beaten everyone — cable and broadcast networks alike — during a night of convention coverage, according to the Nielsen company,” the AP reports.

“Democrats can claim the first night of their convention was more popular among viewers than the first night of the Republicans last week, by a significant margin,” the report adds. “Between the three commercial broadcasters, PBS and cable news outlets CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC, a total of 28.55 million people watched. Last Monday for the same seven networks covering the GOP, it was 24.28 million.”

The report also notes that MSNBC’s coverage, anchored by Brian Williams, topped the NBC News broadcast, anchored by Williams’ replacement on the broadcast network, Lester Holt.

“The 4.64 million who watched MSNBC on Monday was more than double the audience it had received last Monday with the Republicans,” the AP notes. “Similarly, CNN was up from the 3.94 million who watched the Republicans last Monday.”

Fox News, with its primarily Republican audience, averaged 3.33 million viewers for the first night of the DNC. The other numbers show NBC with 4.29 million viewers on Monday; ABC with 4.11 million; CBS with 3.21 million; and PBS with 2.68 million, according to Nielsen data.

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TVBIZWIRE
Jul 26, 2016
3:01 pm
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AMC Wrapping Up Drama Series (TVWeek)

AMC today took the wraps off plans to wind down a drama series that recently wrapped its third season on the cable net. The network revealed plans for a fourth and final season of “TURN: Washington’s Spies.”

AMC also announced that the show’s creator, executive producer and showrunner, Craig Silverstein, renewed his overall development deal with the network.

The Revolutionary War-era show, which stars Jamie Bell and Seth Numrich, averaged 1.2 million viewers per episode during season three.

Please click here for all the details.

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TVBIZWIRE
Jul 26, 2016
2:44 pm
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MGM Hires Veteran Digital Exec (TVWeek)

MGM made the announcement today that it has filled the newly created position of president of Digital and New Platforms. The company hired Kevin Conroy for the post.

“Conroy will report to Mark Burnett, MGM’s president of Television and Digital Group, and will oversee all initiatives for new and emerging platforms,” MGM said in its announcement. “He will lead the charge to broaden the studio’s new short form digital content utilizing MGM’s vast catalogue as well as original content creation; develop and expand partnerships with major content brands for virtual and augmented reality experiences; and will be a strategic member of the team working on the company’s faith-based and OTT efforts.”

Conroy has been working in the digital space for more than 20 years, most recently as Univision’s chief strategy and data officer.

In the announcement, Burnett commented: “I’ve known Kevin for more than a decade and we have created some great innovative content together. I am thrilled that he is joining our team at MGM. Kevin is the perfect seasoned executive who will use his innovative instincts, knowledge and experience, to optimize our MGM content and propel our digital brand.”

Conroy added: “I couldn’t be more excited to join Mark and the team at MGM, clear leaders in content creation. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to bring my background in digital and emerging platforms together with the company’s vast catalogue and new productions in ways that will most effectively take advantage of the fast-moving intersection between technology, relevant, compelling content creation, and the many new ways to access, experience and enjoy this content.”

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TVBIZWIRE
Jul 26, 2016
11:21 am
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Two Fox News Execs Get the Boot (AP)

Just days after Fox News chief Roger Ailes resigned from the network, two more Fox News execs are gone. The AP reports that the ouster of Michael Clemente and Peter Boyer is unrelated to the sexual harassment lawsuit that forced Ailes to step down.

“Clemente was executive vice president of news at Fox until April, when he was demoted and put in charge of a new division for specials and long-form programming,” the AP reports, adding: “Fox says it is re-evaluating that division as it concentrates on the election over the next few months.” Clemente was previously with ABC News.

Boyer was an editor-at-large at Fox News and Clemente’s top deputy. The story cites two unnamed Fox executives as its sources.

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TVBIZWIRE
Jul 26, 2016
10:29 am
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Iconic TV Psychic Dead at 53 (TMZ, YouTube, TVWeek)

A psychic who became a familiar presence on television pitching a pay-per-call service as part of the Psychic Readers Network has died. TMZ.com reports that Miss Cleo died today in Palm Beach County, Fla., after a battle with cancer. She was 53.

The report cites a rep for Miss Cleo, whose real name was Youree Dell Harris, saying she remained a “pillar of strength” as she battled her illness, and she died surrounded by family and friends.

“Cleo’s Jamaican character and her psychic commercials became a cult classic in the late ’90s … thanks to her catchphrase, ‘CALL ME NOW,'” TMZ reports. “Miss Cleo was actually born in L.A. — she just nailed the accent.”

Here’s a clip of Miss Cleo …

TVBIZWIRE
Jul 26, 2016
10:01 am
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TBS, Under Pressure From One of Its Stars, Apologizes for Controversial Video (THR)

TBS issued an apology this morning for a video that sparked a backlash — including a scolding from one of the cable channel’s own stars.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Samantha Bee, whose TBS show “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” is the only late-night talk show hosted by a woman, told TBS in a tweet to “delete your account” after the network posted a video likening Hillary Clinton’s laugh to that of wild hyenas.

Bee quickly deleted her tweet, indicating she had second thoughts about it. But TBS issued an apology this morning, saying in a statement: “This post was obviously a poor attempt at humor and has been taken down. Moving forward we’ll leave political satire to professionals like Samantha Bee.”

The 24-second video posted by TBS was reportedly titled “Hillary Clinton’s Call of the Wild,” and interspersed a laughing Clinton with footage of a pack of wild hyenas making cackling sounds, THR notes.

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TVBIZWIRE
Jul 26, 2016
9:57 am
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Biggest Hits and Misses From the TV Panels at Comic-Con (Variety, HBO)

As the smoke clears from San Diego Comic-Con 2016, Variety has compiled a list of the biggest hits from the television panels held at the gathering — along with the biggest misses.

Among the hits: “The Walking Dead,” “Marvel TV,” “The Flash,” “Mr. Robot” and “Sherlock.”

The misses include “Game of Thrones,” “Star Trek,” “Supergirl” and “Prison Break.”

The publication also includes some honorable mentions, along with details on why each entry was selected and a number of videos associated with the productions’ Comic-Con presentation. Click on the link to Variety near the top of this story to see the full report.

Even with “Game of Thrones” on the “miss” list, readers might appreciate this blooper reel from the show, which carries a language warning …

TVBIZWIRE
Jul 26, 2016
9:37 am
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First Drone Delivery to a Customer’s Home Has Been Made, and the Company That Made It Was NOT Amazon — Guess What Was Delivered? (Gizmag)

The first delivery to a customer’s home by a drone has taken place, with the dropoff of doughnuts, hot coffee, Slurpees, candy and a chicken sandwich to a home in the Reno, Nev., area. Gizmag reports that the delivery was made by a local 7-Eleven store with help from the drone startup Flirtey.

Flirtey is testing drone delivery out of the nearby University of Nevada, one of only six drone testing sites in the U.S. that have received federal approval.

“Guided by GPS, the drone hovered over the property once it arrived and slowly lowered the package into the backyard for retrieval, with the delivery taking place over just a few minutes,” Gizmag reports. But the story notes that full-fledged drone delivery service remains some distance in the future.

“While the autonomous delivery of everyday items is an impressive feat, some serious roadblocks still remain before we see a service like this rolled out on a wider scale,” the story reports. “Chief among them are laws announced last month prohibiting commercial drones to be flown where operators cannot see them, along with rules making it illegal to operate more than one drone at the same time.”

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TVBIZWIRE
Jul 26, 2016
9:17 am
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Production Company Guilty in Accident That Broke Harrison Ford’s Leg (EW)

A production company has pleaded guilty in an accident on the set of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” that left actor Harrison Ford with a broken leg. EW.com reports that Foodles Production Ltd., a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Co., “pleaded guilty to two breaches of health and safety legislation.”

“The actor, who reprised his role as Han Solo in the blockbuster film, was injured on the film’s set at Pinewood Studios near London in June 2014 when a hydraulic metal door on the Millennium Falcon fell and shattered his leg,” the report notes.

The report adds: “During a hearing at Milton Keynes Magistrates’ Court in Britain on Thursday, prosecutor Andrew Marshall said the door ‘could have killed somebody’ had an emergency stop button not been hit, The Guardian reports. A spokesman for Britain’s Health and Safety Executive said the power of the door’s drive system was ‘comparable to the weight of a small car.’”

Sentencing is set for next month.

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