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Azteca America Orders Four New Series, Launches Telenovela Channel – Upfront

Spanish-language broadcaster Azteca America unveiled its 2018-2019 programming line-up at its upfront presentation Wednesday in New York City. Its slate includes new reality series Lights, Phone Action, and horror show Mas Alla del Miedo (Beyond Fear), four specials, including the return of the Miss Universe pageant for the fourth consecutive year, new game show Mi Pareja Puede, based on the international format My Man Can, and boxing competition series Al Ritmo del Boxeo… Read

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Nat Geo Orders Two New Docuseries, Acquires ‘Science Fair’ Documentary, More – Upfront

Nat Geo today announced the greenlight of new docuseries Chain of Command about the Secret Service and In Their Own Words, from Tom Jennings. In addition, Nat Geo announced the acquisition of Sundance and SXSW-winning feature documentary Science Fair, new live events Brain Games Live and Yellowstone Live, and two new specials, Mission To The Sun, which will document NASA’s first mission to the sun, and Apollo 50th Anniversary, leading into the 50th anniversary of the… Read

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Nat Geo Wild Slate Features 3 New Series, Return Of ‘Dr. Pol’ & ‘Dr. K’, More; Nat Geo Mundo Slate Also Set – Upfront

Nat Geo Wild is out with its animal-focused 2018-19 slate, which includes three new unscripted series, new seasons of some channel favorites, specials and stunt programming on sharks, dogs and big cats. Two of the new Nat Geo Wild series — Prairie Dog Home Companion and Babies Diary — are set to premiere in January, with the new six-episode Savage Kingdom III: After the Fall targeted for spring 2019. Among the returning shows are Season 14 of Nat Geo Wild’s No. 1 series, T… Read

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Nat Geo Greenlights Ebola Drama Series From Ridley Scott, Sets 3 Development Projects

Nat Geo has picked up The Hot Zone, a scripted series based on Richard Preston’s bestseller about the Ebola virus and its impact on the human race, from executive producer Ridley Scott, Lynda Obst Productions and Fox 21 Television Studios. The Hot Zone recounts the terrifying true story of the origins of Ebola, a deadly and highly infectious virus from the central African rainforest, and its first arrival on U.S. soil. In 1989, when this killer suddenly appeared in… Read

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Bravo Will Expand To Seven Nights A Week Of Primetime Originals – Upfront

NBCUniversal’s cable powerhouse Bravo Media will expand this fall to seven nights a week of original, primetime programming. The move was announced today along with a slate of 11 new and 20 returning series. While most remain in the unscripted sweet spot, newer offerings include Dirty John, a scripted anthology series starring Connie Britton and Eric Bana. New unscripted titles include a home design-meets-fashion series featuring Queer Eye alum Carson Kressley and Thom… Read

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Discovery Touts Scale In Post-Scripps Upfront “Coming-Out Party”

Discovery Communications touted the strength of its bulked-up cable portfolio in the company’s first upfront event since closing its $14.6 billion acquisition of Scripps Networks Interactive. CEO David Zaslav called the presentation at New York’s Alice Tully Hall “our coming-out party.” After a short video greeting by Oprah Winfrey, who hailed Zaslav for investing in OWN, he began with a nod to the origins of Discovery, which was founded in 1986. One of its architects… Read

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NBCUniversal Rolls Out CFlight, Its New Cross-Platform Viewing Metric

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Citing its successful measurement of total viewing at the PyeongChang Olympics in February — spanning live, time-shifted and on-demand, on any platform — NBCUniversal is rolling out what it calls “the industry’s first unified advertising metric.” CFlight, as the new measurement is known, aims to deliver advertisers a comprehensive sense of how their marketing campaigns are being seen, regardless of where or when. NBCUniversal plans to use this metric to create a new… Read

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IFC Renews ‘Brockmire’ For Two Seasons, Touts 2019 Return Of ‘Documentary Now’

IFC has renewed Brockmire, its baseball-announcer spoof starring Hank Azaria, for two more seasons and also plans a third season of Documentary Now! in 2019 The news came during the network’s upfront presentation, which was held in a downstairs room at Manhattan restaurant Upland. Although quarters were tight, the turnout was good. Among the 50 or so attendees were AMC Networks CEO Josh Sapan and COO Ed Carroll, IFC president Jennifer Caserta, Azaria, Seth Meyers and the… Read

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GSN Renews ‘Snap Decision’, Greenlights Two New Strip Series, More — Upfront

GSN has renewed freshman hit Snap Decision for a second season and greenlit two new strip series, America Says (working title) and Caroline & Friends, hosted by Sabrina the Teenage Witch alum Caroline Rhea, the network announced Monday at its 2018 Upfront in New York City. In addition, GSN has picked up Cover Story, an hourlong documentary series of specials, which launched in January, and has set three projects in development, Catch My Bluff, Movin’ Money and Mall Madness… Read

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Hallmark Channel Upfront Presentation Canceled Due To Storm; Net Makes Announcements, Including ‘When Calls the Heart’ Renewal, At Central Park Event

Crown Media Family Networks got creative when its upfront was canceled Wednesday due to the arrival of Winter Storm Toby in New York City. Big snowstorms in March certainly aren’t unheard of — Toby is the fourth nor’easter this month alone — but this might be the first time a storm forced the cancellation of an upfront event. Undeterred, president/CEO Bill Abbott and EVP ad sales Ed Georger, along with Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries' fan favorites… Read

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A+E Breezes Past Corporate Drama With Female-Focused Upfront Touting Brands

After a dramatic few days leading up to A+E’s splashy upfront presentation tonight, the cable programmer largely breezed past all of the corporate drama and put on a focused, 50-minute show emphasizing its networks’ strong bond with women. Abbe Raven, a 34-year A+E veteran who retired from the company in 2015 after rising from secretary to CEO, has just returned as acting chairman to oversee a search for outgoing CEO Nancy Dubuc’s replacement. (Dubuc announced Monday she w… Read

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A+E Networks Upfront Pitch Features All-Woman Lineup Of Presenters

A+E Networks plans an all-woman slate of presenters at its annual upfront presentation to ad buyers tonight at the New York Public Library. Toni Braxton will appear on behalf of Lifetime, as will Mallory Pugh and Queen Latifah. Marcia Clark and Leah Remini will represent A&E. Other presenters include Kristin Davis for Biography, Meg Gill for Viceland and Olivia Munn for History. "Over the last three years we have made a concerted effort to work with the best female… Read