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CTV Adds ‘The Conners’ To Its Tuesday Night Lineup


CTV has acquired the new Roseanne spinoff comedy The Connors, which will anchor its Tuesday night lineup. The Conners will air on CTV at 8 PM ET/9 PM MT. "Were excited to deliver this exceptional spin-off to Canadians who made an appointment with the Conners family in record numbers earlier this year," said Mike Cosentino, President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. "We're confident this timely addition to the Tuesday night lineup will once again anchor a big comedy… Read


Ion Television Will Air ‘Chicago P.D.’ In New Long-Term NBCU Deal

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Under a new long-term deal between Ion Media and NBCUniversal Television Distribution, the first five seasons of Dick Wolf drama Chicago P.D. will air on Ion Television starting in early 2019. The deal also will bring all three Law & Order franchises to the Ion airwaves. Season 17 of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit will be added to Ion’s lineup in the fall. Earlier seasons have averaged 1.24 million viewers on Saturday nights. Ion will also have the option for future… Read


FX Makes Its Ad-Free FX+ Platform Available To All Of Its Subscribers – TCA

FX is expanding the scope of its ad-free programming hub, FX+, making it available to all of its 90 million U.S. subscribers. Previously, it had been an add-on option only for Comcast and Cox cable customers. The announcement came as the Fox-owned (for now) network kicked off its day of presentations at TCA summer press tour. Opting in to the platform will still cost $5.99 a month for all subscribers, who will get all new seasons of FX originals as well as nearly every… Read


Comcast To Integrate Amazon Prime Video Into Xfinity X1 Cable Service

Comcast and Amazon have set a deal to launch Prime Video on Comcast's Xfinity X1 platform in the first such integration of the streaming service into an MVPD’s offering. The plan follows similar integrations of Netflix and YouTube on X1, giving the No. 1 U.S. cable distributor more digital options than its rivals. That is a noteworthy strategic stance as traditional TV bundle players try to diversify their offerings and respond to subscriber erosion, cord-shaving and the… Read


Sesame Workshop And Shout Factory Reach Multi-Year Distribution Deal

Sesame Workshop’s formidable home entertainment library will be handled by Shout! Factory, giving the indie distributor certain exclusive Sesame Street rights in North America. Under a multi-year deal, Shout! will control DVD and Blu-ray and VOD, plus select digital rights to more than 150 active titles and programs based on the Sesame Street TV shows. The indie company will also have access to at least four new Sesame Street-themed titles per year for cross-platform… Read


Refinery29 Partners With Neon For Feature Film Expansion; ‘Assassination Nation’, ‘Little Woods’ First Titles

Digital media company Refinery29 will expand into feature films through a new partnership deal with Neon, the studio behind the releases of such recent hits as I,Tonya, Ingrid Goes West, and Three Identical Strangers. The announcement was made by the companies today. Under the deal, Neon and Refinery29 will identify, purchase and co-distribute films “that align with both companies' missions to work with rule-defying storytellers that continue to challenge the… Read


‘Cajun Navy’ To Be Spotlighted By Discovery/Lightbox Feature Documentary

The brave civilians who took matters into their own hands during the Hurricane Katrina disaster and remain on call for other natural calamities are the subject of a planned Discovery/Lightbox feature-length documentary. Cajun Navy follows a group of men and women formed in 2005 in response to Hurricane Katrina. Fishermen, lawyers, pastors, and housewives were in this group of boat enthusiasts who realized that their government wasn't going to act in time, and mobilized… Read


Legendary’s ‘Detective Pikachu’ Exits Universal For Warner Bros

Detective Pikachu

Looks like Warners Bros has become the Pokémon master. Deadline has confirmed that Legendary’s Detective Pikachu will now be released by Warner Bros, which is taking over the distribution rights originally set up at Universal Pictures where Legendary has a deal. Despite the move, the Rob Letterman-directed pic will keep its original release date of May 10, 2019, Warner Bros says. Starring Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith and Kathryn Newton, the first live-action Pokémon will… Read


SingularDTV Exec “Optimistic” Blockchain Firm Will Get SEC Blessing To Add Crowdfunding To Its Platform

A top executive at the blockchain specialist SingularDTV said the company is “very optimistic” it will gain regulatory approval to enable crowdfunding through its platform. Letting members of the company’s online community directly invest in film, TV and music projects would close a key loop, said Kim Jackson, co-founder and head of entertainment for the company. During a keynote session at a New York conference sponsored by the Media & Entertainment Services Alliance… Read


‘The Last Movie’ Trailer: First Up From New Distributor Arbelos Is 4K Restoration Of Cult Classic

The Last Movie

EXCLUSIVE: Arbelos Films has constructed a trailer for The Last Movie, the now cult Dennis Hopper experimental indie that has divided film aficionados since its 1971 release. Arbelos has completed its 4K film restoration of the pic that now becomes a notable distribution kickoff for the company, which acquired Cinelicious after it dissolved more than a year ago. The Last Movie opens August 3 at the Metrograph in New York, the city that marked the site of the original’s… Read


Netflix India Petitioned To Delete Content From ‘Sacred Games’ Series


Netflix is being taken to court in India and asked to delete certain “offensive scenes” and remarks about former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in its original series, Sacred Games. The Delhi High court is studying a petition filed by Nikhil Bhalla against Netflix, which is producing Sacred Games as its first Indian original series. Bhalla is a member of the opposition Congress party, which Gandhi led until his assassination in 1991. Sacred Games is set in Mumbai and… Read


U.S. Film Industry Topped $43 Billion In Revenue Last Year, Study Finds, But It’s Not All Good News

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The American film industry generated $43.4 billion in revenue last year, increasing in each of the past five years at an annualized rate of just 2.2%, according to a report by the research firm IBISWorld obtained by Deadline. The rather gloomy study, filled with terms such as "stagnating," "sluggish," "modest" and "slow growth," projected that revenue growth will slow to only 2% in each of the next five years. Even so, the report found that the film industry is "growing… Read