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Aug 25, 2016
3:57 pm
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Cable News Channel Pulls Plug on Prime-Time Show (LA Times)

One of the cable news networks has quietly dropped a program from its prime-time lineup. The Los Angeles Times reports that HLN is dropping “Dr. Drew.”

The show, starring addiction expert Dr. Drew Pinsky, will air its final installment Sept. 22. Pinsky, whose contract with HLN is up, will continue to contribute to CNN.

“The program, which has aired on HLN since 2011, is the latest casualty of an overall revamp at the channel aimed at returning it to its news roots,” the Times notes. “HLN, formerly known as CNN Headline News, canceled Nancy Grace’s legal show earlier this year.”

CNN Executive Vice President Ken Jautz announced the move in a memo to staffers, saying the program was being ended by mutual agreement. The news comes just days after the announcement that CNN’s Ashleigh Banfield is moving to HLN this fall.

Pinsky commented on the end of his show’s run in a statement, saying: “It has been a privilege working at HLN. My executive producer Burt Dubrow and our outstanding staff and contributors were consistently exceptional. I am very excited to stay within the CNN Worldwide family as a contributor.”

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TVBIZWIRE
Aug 25, 2016
3:01 pm
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New Study Gives the Lowdown on Cord Cutters, Cord Nevers, Cord Stackers and Cord Shavers — Notably, Who’s the Happiest (Also What All Those Terms Mean); the Study Also Compares Satisfaction Levels Among Netflix, Hulu, Amazon and Other Streamers (TVWeek)

A new study of streaming video satisfaction reveals that the group with the lowest satisfaction level is the cord cutters — those customers who have recently canceled TV service. The J.D. Power 2016 Streaming Video Satisfaction Study finds the highest satisfaction level among cord stackers, which J.D. Power defines as customers who subscribe to a traditional cable or satellite service in addition to streaming service.

The second-highest level of satisfaction is found among cord shavers — those who still subscribe to TV but have downgraded their service package. Cord nevers — customers who have never subscribed to pay TV and only subscribe to streaming video service — come in third in satisfaction, well below cord shavers and just ahead of cord cutters.

Comparing the various streaming services, J.D. Power found that Netflix had the highest satisfaction level with an overall score of 829 on a 1,000-point scale, followed by Hulu at 821, one point above the industry average. Amazon Video had a score of 806.

Here are the key findings spotlighted by J.D. Power:

  • Cord Cutters Have Lowest Satisfaction Among Streaming Video Customers: Cord cutters had the lowest overall satisfaction scores (802) of any customer segment in the study, followed closely by cord nevers (807). Cord stackers (826) and cord shavers (822) had the highest overall satisfaction levels. Customers who do not have cable/satellite TV have lower satisfaction in all factors than those who do, with an especially large gap in the content dimension (-40 points).
  • Binge-Watching High: Nearly two-thirds (62%) of customers use a streaming service to binge-watch shows, the act of watching multiple episodes in succession. Overall satisfaction is 35 points higher among those who binge watch vs. those who do not (834 vs. 799, respectively). As binge-watching sessions increase in duration, so does overall satisfaction: 823 among those whose most recent session lasted less than 4 hours; 841 among those whose session lasted 4 to 8 hours; and 858 among those whose session lasted 8 hours or more.
  • Television Remains Primary Viewing Device: Nearly two-thirds (65%) of customers view streaming content through their TV; 55% of customers primarily view content on a laptop/desktop computer; and 48% of customers primarily view content on a mobile device. It’s notable, too that 56% of viewers use multiple devices to watching streaming video.
  • Original Content Viewership Higher Among Streaming Only Subscribers: More than half (54%) of cord nevers and 49% of cord cutters view original content vs. 43% among cord shavers and 41% among cord stackers.
  • Netflix Ranks Highest: Netflix ranks highest among the largest streaming video brands with an overall score of 829. Netflix leads or ties with the highest score in five of the six factors, performing especially well in performance and reliability and in customer service dimensions. Hulu follows close behind at 821, one point above the industry average. Cost of service and communication are strong areas of performance for the brand.

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TVBIZWIRE
Aug 25, 2016
2:44 pm
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Ryan Lochte Is Back in the Endorsement Game (E! News, TVWeek, YouTube)

Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte has found a new sponsor with a plan to use his recent blunders to its advantage. E! News reports that throat lozenge maker Pine Bros. has picked up the beleaguered athlete.

The news is part of an apparent rebound for Lochte’s public life, with word surfacing that he has also just locked down a deal to be a part of “Dancing with the Stars.” Earlier in the week the news was that Lochte had been dumped by all of his sponsors, including Speedo and Ralph Lauren.

Pine Bros. markets Softish Throat Drops, with the “forgiving” nature of the product framed as part of its appeal. They’ve been endorsed recently by rapper Waka Flocka.

“Pine Bros. CEO Rider McDowell reached out to Lochte following last week’s incident and, according to a company press release, ‘asked the public to be a little more understanding — even forgiving — of the young American swimmer,'” E! News reports.

In a statement, McDowell said: “We all make mistakes, but they’re rarely given front-page scrutiny. He’s a great guy who has done incredible work with charities. I’m confident that Pine Bros. fans will support our decision to give Ryan a second chance.”

Pine Bros. has a history with “second chance” celebrities, including Martha Stewart, who cut this low-key plug a while back …

TVBIZWIRE
Aug 25, 2016
2:09 pm
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VH1 Names Creative Director (TVWeek)

VH1 today announced the hiring of a creative director. The Viacom-owned cable channel is bringing aboard Kevin Jordan, who will oversee “the brand voice and visual identity of the channel,” VH1 said in its announcement.

“A 20-year veteran of the ad industry, Jordan is well-known for his work on iconic campaigns including: Dos Equis: The Most Interesting Man In The World, Beats by Dre, Samsung, Adobe, Jeep, Ray Ban and many, many others,” the announcement notes.

The release adds: “At VH1, he will be overseeing and expanding the network’s creative team as it prepares to launch several high-profile projects including the much anticipated ‘America’s Next Top Model,’ ‘Martha and Snoop’s Dinner Party,’ ‘Hip Hop Squares,’ ‘The Breaks’ and ‘Daytime Divas.’”

Jordan, a multiple Cannes Lion and Clio Award winner, comes from the San Francisco Bay Area. He will be based at Viacom’s New York City headquarters.

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TVBIZWIRE
Aug 25, 2016
10:59 am
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‘Live with Kelly’ Unveils Fall Launch Plans (TVWeek)

While it stopped short of revealing who will be Kelly Ripa’s new co-host, the daytime show “Live with Kelly” revealed what will be happening on the show during its fall launch, including the guest host lineup for the first two weeks of the season.

The show, which enters its 29th season in national syndication Sept. 5, “will feature a lineup of fall’s hottest celebrity guests, plus the latest talent stopping by the Host Chat desk to act as guest co-hosts with Kelly Ripa,” the program announced.

“As the exciting search for Kelly’s new on-air partner continues, a diverse group of personalities will join her on the show,” the announcement notes. “The new season will kick off with ‘Mr. Robot’ actor Christian Slater (Sept. 5) and ‘Rosewood’ star Morris Chestnut (Sept. 6-7), followed by journalist Anderson Cooper (Sept. 8-9).

“Host extraordinaire from ‘The Bachelor’ and ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire’ Chris Harrison will kick off the following week on Sept. 12, followed by ‘Bull’ star Michael Weatherly (Sept. 13) and the multi-talented Neil Patrick Harris (Sept. 14-16).”

Guests during the month of September will include Meg Ryan, Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth, Kevin James, Denzel Washington, Sophia Loren, Aaron Eckhart, Jessica Alba, Kiefer Sutherland, Samuel L. Jackson and Morgan Freeman.

“Live” will also feature performances by Martina McBride, Kristin Chenoweth, Jacob Whitesides and Ingrid Michaelson.

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Aug 25, 2016
10:44 am
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Here Are 10 Locations Where Macy’s Will Likely Be Closing Stores (Ad Age)

Macy’s announced plans this month to close 100 stores — about 14% of its total of 728 outlets — and a new reports lists the 10 most likely store closures.

Ad Age reports that the company is keeping quiet thus far about which stores are on the chopping block. The closures are expected in 2017.

“In the age of omnichannel shopping, almost all retailers are rethinking their brick-and-mortar strategy by trimming stores and allocating more assets to e-commerce,” the report notes.

Ad Age cites a study by data analytics firm 1010data, which came up with the top 10.

“The Midwest-heavy list includes Milwaukee, Wisc., where 1010data found Macy’s has lost 14% of its market share between 2014 and 2015 to retail rivals; Pittsburgh, Penn., where Macy’s has lost 12% of share; Hartford, Conn., where the brand lost 9.4% share; Philadelphia, Penn., where it lost 9.1%; and Detroit, Mich., where it lost 8.2%,” Ad Age reports. “Stores in Cincinnati, Ohio; Daytona Beach, Fla.; St. Louis, Mo.; and Columbus and Cleveland, Ohio round out the list.”

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TVBIZWIRE
Aug 25, 2016
10:11 am
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Forbes Reveals World’s Highest-Paid Actors — One Actor More Than Doubled His Earnings in the Past Year to Take Over No. 1 (Forbes)

There’s a new No. 1 at the top of the Forbes list of the world’s highest-paid actors, which was released today. Dwayne Johnson — aka The Rock — picked up $64.5 million to muscle out Robert Downey Jr., last year’s highest-paid actor.

“Johnson’s $64.5 million payday more than doubled his 2015 earnings, making him this year’s biggest dollar gainer,” Forbes reports. “The erstwhile wrestler’s millions and millions came from upfront fees for movies including ‘Central Intelligence’ and ‘Fast 8,’ as well as the forthcoming ‘Baywatch,’ in which he’s set to play Mitch Buchannon. A staple of the ‘Fast and Furious’ franchise, the stellar box office performance of his recent films (including 2015’s hit ‘San Andreas’) have seen his quotes skyrocket.”

The list was released on the heels of Forbes’ publication of the annual list of the highest-paid actresses, which was topped for the second consecutive year by Jennifer Lawrence.

On the actors’ list, Jackie Chan, who remains big box office in China, came in at No. 2 with $61 million, followed by Matt Damon at No. 3 with $55 million, fueled largely by the success of “The Martian.”

Tom Cruise came in at No. 4 with $53 million, ahead of Johnny Depp at No. 5 with $48 million.

Click on the link to Forbes near the top of this story to see the publication’s full list.

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TVBIZWIRE
Aug 25, 2016
10:01 am
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Hollywood Offers Outpouring of Support for ‘SNL’ Star Leslie Jones After Vicious Hack (Deadline, TVWeek, Twitter)

The entertainment industry is rallying behind Leslie Jones after the “SNL” and “Ghostbusters” star was the victim of a vicious hacking attack.

Nude photos of Jones were released along with her driver’s license and passport, and a video of a gorilla was posted on her website in what was apparently a racially motivated attack, as we reported previously.

Deadline.com reports that “friends and peers within the entertainment industry have expressed support for her and outrage about the attack.”

“Ghostbusters” director Paul Feig jumped on Twitter Wednesday morning, posting a message that read: “What’s happening to @Lesdoggg is an absolute outrage. Alt right, haters, trolls, ‘comedians,’ whoever the fuck you all are, you’re just sad.”

“Jones’ current and former ‘SNL’ castmates also came to her defense, among them Aidy Bryant, Taran Killam, and Jay Pharoah,” Deadline reports. “The Twitter hashtag #loveforlesliej also began trending throughout the day as fans joined in the near-universal condemnation of the attack.”

Deadline notes that the hack “was the second such attack on Jones, following a campaign of harassment in July that saw Breitbart columnist Milo Yiannopoulos banned permanently from Twitter due to his perceived role in encouraging the harassment.”

Among the many tweets that came out in the wake of the attack, Jay Pharoah wrote: “Yo real talk though..LEAVE LESLIE JONES ALONE!!! She has done nothing to deserve the treatment these BUTT holes are giving her! @Lesdoggg”

Pop singer Katy Perry tweeted: “Do not give your eyeballs to this racist, hate-filled, misogynoir crime. I #StandWithLeslie”

And actress Lena Dunham commented: “Let’s turn our anger at trolls into love for Leslie Jones and into strategies to protect all the heroines who don’t deserve this bullshit.”

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Aug 25, 2016
9:57 am
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FBI Investigating Leslie Jones Hack Attack (TMZ)

The FBI is investigating a hacking attack in which the website of “Saturday Night Live” and “Ghostbusters” star Leslie Jones was breached and sensitive personal material was exposed, TMZ.com reports.

“Sources familiar with the situation tell us, the FBI is developing a strategy for tracking down the person or people who hacked into her iCloud and cell phone and posted nude photos and personal information on her website,” the story reports. “It’s unclear whether agents from the West Coast or East Coast will launch the investigation … Leslie lives in both New York and L.A.”

The FBI is reportedly conducting the probe exclusively, with both the NYPD and the LAPD indicating they were not involved in the investigation.

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Aug 25, 2016
9:44 am
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Video: Showdown Between Trump Campaign Manager Kellyanne Conway and MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on the Muslim Ban (MSNBC)

Donald Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway ventured into the unfriendly confines of Rachel Maddow’s MSNBC show Wednesday and got into a discussion with the host about Trump’s apparent shift on his proposed ban on Muslims entering the U.S.

The showdown resembled an irresistible force meeting an immovable object, but it’s not clear which was which — and it probably depends on who’s watching.

Here’s a clip posted by MSNBC …

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