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Tegna Invests In Skype-Based Talk TV Platform Video Call Center

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This is an interesting deal for the TV company that was known as Gannett until last week. (That name moved to newly spun off newspaper and digital company that includes USA Today.)  Tegna just became an investor in Video Call Center (VCC), a technology platform from inventor and former analyst Tom Wolzien that makes it possible for broadcasters to juggle Skype video calls as easily and inexpensively as radio stations handle phone calls. The announcement comes one year to… Read

Miss USA Pageant Soldiers On Despite Loss Of Broadcasters, On-Air Talent – Update

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Updated with details: NBC’s announcement yesterday it was pulling the plug on its Miss USA Pageant broadcast exploded the entire pageant on-air talent arrangement, given how much NBCU talent had been lined up for the competition/broadcast. Before Donald Trump laid out his thoughts on the Mexican border in announcing his White House bid, Thomas Roberts, host of NBCU's MSNBC Live with Thomas Roberts, was announced as returning to host the Miss USA Pageant. He was to have… Read

NBC Names Miss USA Timeslot Understudy; Mexico Bails On Miss Universe

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Donald Trump’s campaign comments about Mexican immigrants continues to cause beauty-pageant chaos. NBC just announced it will air its “USA Vs. The World” episode of American Ninja Warrior on July 12 in the timeslot where it was to have aired the Miss USA Pageant. Fitting, somehow. NBC announced yesterday it would not air either the upcoming Miss USA pageant, scheduled for July 12, or the Miss Universe pageants, both of which it co-owns with Trump, and was ending its… Read

Cynthia Cidre Inks Overall Deal With ABC Studios

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On the heels of Cynthia Cidre coming on board ABC/ABC Studio’s new drama series Blood And Oil as executive producer/co-showrunner, she has signed a two-year overall deal with ABC Studios. In addition to her duties on Blood And Oil, starring Don Johnson and Chace Crawford, Cidre also will develop new projects for network, cable, and streaming services. Cidre is segueing to Blood And Oil — set in booming North Dakota after the biggest oil discovery in American… Read

CAA’s David “Doc” O’Connor Formally Named Madison Square Garden CEO

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CAA partner David "Doc" O'Connor's new bosses as The Madison Square Garden Company have confirmed his hiring as president/CEO and set a July 15 start date. That brings to a close a 30-year run at CAA as one of the Young Turks — Richard Lovett, Bryan Lourd, Kevin Huvane and Jay Moloney were the other core dealmakers — who took the reins after the exits of Michael Ovitz and Ron Meyer, and grew the agency into a dominant force in Hollywood and the sports business. According… Read

Vivendi Finalizes Deal To Acquire Video Site Dailymotion; Is This Another Step Towards Pan-Euro Netflix Rival?

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Vivendi has closed a deal to acquire the French video sharing site Dailymotion, the media giant announced today. Exclusive negotiations first began in April this year. Vivendi has purchased an 80% stake from French teleco Orange for $241.85 million. The site, which offers a higher end, more B2B focus than the likes of YouTube, offers natural synergies with Vivendi’s other media assets Canal Plus and, particularly, Universal Music Group. The site also offers a potentially… Read

‘Humans’ Starts Solid For AMC With 1.7M Viewers

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There were some very real people tuning in for a look at a robotic parallel present on Sunday night. The 9 PM debut of Humans drew 1.726 million viewers with a 0.5 adults 18-49 rating for AMC. That's up 44% in total viewers from the 1.2 million who plugged in on June 1 last year to the series premiere of Halt And Catch Fire. Humans' demo result was a 47% improvement over what the 10 PM AMC 1980s-set high tech show pulled in back in 2014. It has to be noted that on that… Read

Lester Holt Wins Week 1 As ‘NBC Nightly News’ Anchor; ‘ABC World News’ Takes 2Q

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Lester Holt celebrated his first week as permanent anchor of NBC Nightly News with a weekly ratings win. During an exceptionally busy news week that included SCOTUS’s historic ruling on same-sex marriages and a ruling on Obamacare, Holt’s newscast clocked 8.048 million viewers. He wound up 326,000 ahead of David Muir’s ABC World News (7.722 million), and 1.44 million ahead of Scott Pelley’s CBS Evening News (6.608M). Holt’s weekly average for the week of June 22 was Nightl… Read

‘The Island With Bear Grylls’ Ratings Rise, ‘The Whispers’ Falls, ‘SYTYCD’ Even

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As America prepares to slip into a hopefully relaxing Independence Day holiday weekend, American Ninja Warrior (1.9/7) pumped it up a bit last night to the tune of a 6% rise among adults 18-49. While no big shakes unto itself, that bop upwards does come after a sluggish return for the competition series last week. The flex matched ANW in the top spot for the highest-rated show of the night among the demo with slot rival The Bachelorette (1.9/7), which dipped 5% from its… Read

‘Star Wars’, ‘Avengers’ And ‘James Bond’ Boost Pinewood To Record Revenues

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Pinewood Group, the holding company for the international network of studios and production facilities, announced record revenues today. The group, which has studios in Canada, Malaysia, the Dominican Republic, and Atlanta as well as the UK, has hosted Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens, Avengers: Age of Ultron and the latest James Bond film Spectre in recent months. Revenue for the financial year ending March 31 was $118 million compared with $101 million the… Read

Chelsey Crisp Upped To Regular On ‘Fresh Off The Boat'; Frances De La Tour Joins ‘Outlander’

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After recurring in Season 1, Chelsey Crisp (Reconcilation, The Harvesting) has been promoted to series regular for the second season of ABC comedy Fresh Off The Boat. She plays the Huangs’ neighbor Honey. Based on Eddie Huang’s memoir, the 1990s-set series revolves around a Chinese family that moves to suburban Orlando. It centers on hip-hop-loving Eddie Huang, raised by an immigrant father (Randall Park) who is obsessed with all things American and an immigrant mother… Read

Netflix Adds Three New Animated Series For Preschoolers

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Netflix is adding to its growing slate of original preschool content with three new animated series for premiere in 2016 and 2017. Word Party, Kazoops! and True & The Rainbow Kingdom join preschool original series Cirque du Soleil – Luna Petunia and Puffin Rock announced earlier this month. The new series feature elements of language acquisition, problem solving and critical thinking throughout each episode, according to Netflix. Here are descriptions of the new series: Wo… Read