‘The Terror’: AMC To Launch Entire First Season For Premiere Customers
AMC is taking a page out of its successful launch strategy for McMafia for its new drama series The Terror. The network says it will make all ten episodes of The Terror available to its Premiere customers Monday night when it debuts on TV. The move continues the binge strategy AMC used for its most recent original series McMafia, which the network says helped propel AMC Premiere to its most successful week ever in terms of new customer additions and viewership.
The entire… Read
Rex Tillerson’s “Very Mean-Spirited Town” Exit Speech Goes Over Big In D.C.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson killed President Donald Trump with kindness on his way out the door Thursday afternoon.
In a brief, pointed, televised speech to his staff, Tillerson called on them to “undertake one act of kindness each day towards another person” noting, “This can be a very mean spirited town.”
He also used the spotlight to deliver the loaded message that personal integrity is a person’s most valuable asset.
“Only you can relinquish it or allow it to be… Read
Weinstein Co. TV Exec Megan Spanjian Moves To UTA
Megan Spanjian, the EVP and Head of Scripted TV at The Weinstein Company, has joined UTA as a senior packaging executive in the agency’s television department. She started this week, and in her new role she will work with UTA’s writers, directors, producers and talent to package IP and create content.
At TWC, Spanjian oversaw all aspects of scripted TV and acquisitions, spearheading development of projects including the limited series Waco and the upcoming drama series Yel… Read
AT&T And Government Trade Opening Salvos As Antitrust Showdown Begins
After a series of lower-stakes moments in court and a day-plus delay due to snow, attorneys for AT&T and the U.S. Department of Justice finally gave their opening arguments in the landmark trial to determine the fate of the $85 billion merger.
"Prices will go up. Competition will go down," summed up Craig Conrath, the lead attorney for the DOJ's antitrust team. "Consumers will pay hundreds of millions of dollars more for pay TV."
Conrath added, "There's no good substitute… Read
CNN’s Jeff Zucker Says Fox News Is State-Run Propaganda: “TASS Has Nothing On Them”
CNN President Jeff Zucker called Fox News “state run TV” and a “pure propaganda machine that does a disservice to this country.”
“TASS has nothing on them,” Zucker said during the keynote interview at today’s Financial Times “Future of News” conference in New York City.
Zucker, interviewed by FT‘s global media editor Matthew Garrahan, said that while Fox has always been a conservative voice, the network has changed significantly over the past 18 months, in the post-Roger… Read
‘Impulse’ Teaser: First Look At Doug Liman’s Action Drama Series On YouTube Red
We’re getting the first look at YouTube Red’s upcoming action drama series Impulse, directed and executive produced by Doug Liman (Bourne Identity).
The genre-bending hourlong action-thriller hails from Universal Cable Productions and studio-based Hypnotic (Suits) and marks the first UCP series for YouTube.
Based on the third novel in the Jumper series by Steven Gould, Impulse features a rebellious 16-year-old girl, Henry (Maddie Hasson) who has always felt different from… Read
Sean Penn On Acting: “I’m Not In Love With That Anymore”
Is Sean Penn thinking of going the Daniel Day-Lewis route? That three-time Oscar winner says he’s done with acting, and now the two-time Academy Awardee is on the record as saying the thrill is gone for him, too.
In an CBS Sunday Morning interview with Tracy Smith set to air this weekend, Penn says he really doesn’t dig the whole acting thing anymore. “You know, I think that this has been true for some time," he tells Smith. "It can be great when you're working with good… Read
‘Taken’ Helmer Pierre Morel To Direct ‘The New Mrs. Keller’ With Claes Bang Set As Lead
French director Pierre Morel, who directed Liam Neeson’s first Taken installment and most recently the Jennifer Garner-led thriller Peppermint, has been tapped to helm sci-fi thriller The New Mrs. Keller for Lakeshore Entertainment. Danish actor Claes Bang, star of the Oscar-nominated film The Square, is attached as the male lead in the film, which was written by newcomer Mark Hogan.
The logline: Set in the near future, smart, beautiful and sophisticated, Vera Keller is… Read
Emma Tennant Dies: Top British TV Executive Was 49
Sad news emerging from the British television industry: Emma Tennant, controller of UKTV, the joint venture between Discovery and BBC Worldwide, has died. She was 49. Tennant, also a former senior executive at ITV, died Tuesday after a long battle with cancer.
I knew Emma well, she was incredibly warm, a hardworking executive who loved winding up journalists with a wicked smile and a sense of fun and trouble. I remember spending a week at the LA Screenings as UKTV was… Read
‘Modern Family’s Abraham Higginbotham Inks New Overall Deal With 20th TV
Modern Family executive producer Abraham Higginbotham is staying in business with 20th Century Fox TV, signing a new overall deal with the studio behind the Emmy-winning comedy series.
Under the pact, Higginbotham will continue his work on Modern Family, which he’s been with since the series launch in 2010. Currently serving as executive producer, Higginbotham has written dozens of episodes and won the Humanitas Prize twice, for the episodes entitled "The Kiss" and "Aunt… Read
CMT Ups Morgan Selzer To SVP Development
CMT has promoted Morgan Selzer to SVP of Development for the network from her previous VP role.
Selzer will lead development for the Viacom network, continuing to report to Keith Cox, President of Development for Paramount Network, TV Land and CMT. She is based in Los Angeles, with frequent travel to Nashville.
CMT’s channel’s development was headed by EVP Jayson Dinsmore until he left last fall following the centralizing the development teams for the three Viacom… Read
‘9-1-1’ Season Ender Wins Wednesday; ‘Survivor: Ghost Island’ Tops Total Viewers
Fox's 9-1-1 season finale (1.7 demo rating, 6.581 million viewers) ticked up by 1/10th of a rating point, to tie CBS’s Survivor: Ghost Island (1.7, 8.52M) as the top show of the night in the demo for the first time in the four Wednesdays they've both been on the schedule.
Survivor: Ghost Island was Wednesday’s No. 1 program for a fourth consecutive week in total viewers, while tying for that top spot in the demo with Ryan Murphy’s procedural drama which bagged its best… Read