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Discovery Shows Q3 Softness But Stays Bullish On Skinny Bundle Presence And Ability To Play “Above The Globe”

Discovery Communications reported mixed third-quarter results, but executives during a conference call with Wall Street analysts pointed to expanding skinny-bundle distribution and growth overseas. Six months after closing its $14 billion acquisition of Scripps Networks Interactive, the company reported adjusted earnings per share of 52 cents, which fell short of Wall Street’s consensus estimate of 59 cents. Total revenue reached $2.59 billion, which met expectations. On… Read

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Robert Durst Murder Trial Seeks Ryan Gosling Movie Screening To Convict Heir

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Ryan Gosling is attracting a lot of awards-season attention right now for his role as Neil Armstrong in First Man, but for the Los Angeles County District Attorney, today the moonshot is all about his thinly veiled portrayal of Robert Durst in 2010’s All Good Things. Seriously. “All Good Things, although a ‘fictional’ movie, was specifically based and marketed as the story of the disappearance and death of defendant Robert Durst’s (‘Defendant’) wife, the subsequent murder… Read

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GRB Studios Promotes Scot Cru To President After Rebrand And Reorg

GRB Entertainment is now calling itself GRB Studios, a shift that suits its new push toward content and distribution, with the rebranded company promoting Scot Cru to president. Cru joined the unscripted programming specialist in July as president of international sales and distribution after a 15-year run working for Mark Burnett’s production company. The announcement was made by Gary R. Benz, founder and CEO of GRB, which is best known for its long-running A&E reality… Read

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‘Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown’ Bids Farewell At Tribeca TV Festival In An Emotional Sendoff

Forget This is Us. The emotional roller-coaster of the TV season may have been tonight’s world premiere of the Season 12 premiere of Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown at the Tribeca TV Festival. The crowd at Spring Studios laughed, cried, oohed and ahhed as the episode set in Kenya unfolded. CNN has announced five episodes and two specials will comprise the farewell season, which kicks off Sunday night. As Bourdain shared the screen with fellow CNN host and comedian W. Kama… Read

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Hulu And Discovery Expand Distribution Ties Across Live, On-Demand

Hulu and Discovery have set an expanded distribution deal across Hulu’s live TV service as well as its subscription streaming platform. The deal will bring thousands of hours of Discovery unscripted programming to Hulu, which has previously carried certain Discovery titles. It also brings to eight the total number of Discovery networks available on Hulu’s skinny bundle TV package. Beginning in December, Discovery Channel, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Motor Trend and… Read

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‘Beat Shazam’ Renewed For Season 3 By Fox With Jamie Foxx To Return As Host

Fox has renewed interactive music game show Beat Shazam for a third season. Jamie Foxx will return as host and executive producer for Season Three, along with executive producers Mark Burnett, Jeff Apploff and Barry Poznick. Corinne Foxx, daughter of Jamie Foxx, also will return as deejay. Beat Shazam has done well ratings-wise. It’s averaging three million multi-platform viewers and ranks among the summer's Top 20 broadcast programs among Adults 18-49. It also is this… Read

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UPtv Renews ‘Expecting’, ‘Our Wedding Story’ & ‘Crazy Beautiful Weddings’ For Season 2

Family-focused UPtv has picked up second seasons of its popular unscripted series Expecting, Our Wedding Story and Crazy Beautiful Weddings, all for premiere in 2019. In Expecting, couples turn the lens on themselves, giving viewers the chance to witness the highs and lows of one of life’s biggest moments — welcoming a child. Crazy Beautiful Weddings follows wedding planner Lynzie Kent as she takes inspiration from a couple's love story and creates unique celebrations. In… Read

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‘Bobby Brown Story’ Promotion Literally Lets Fans Inside Star’s Mind Through BET’s New York Art Installation

A few weeks after an appearance by Bobby Brown at TCA summer press tour raised questions about what was going through the singer’s mind, a new art installation will let fans find out for themselves. The immersive, interactive project from BET Networks and brand studio WP Narrative went on display Sunday at New York’s Harlem Week. It features a 30-foot replica of Brown’s head, complete with “iconic fade haircut.” A press release touting the promotion says it invites… Read

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Producer-Director Eddie Schmidt Inks Overall Deal With Universal TV

Producer, director and documentarian Eddie Schmidt (In Search Of) has signed an overall deal with Universal Television Alternative Studio and Universal Television for both unscripted and scripted fare, respectively. The Oscar and Emmy-nominated filmmaker has produced six projects that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, including Netflix’s Chelsea Does, which he also directed, HBO's Emmy-nominated Valentine Road, IFC's This Film Is Not Yet Rated (which he co-wrote)… Read

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Netflix Renews ‘Fastest Car’ For Season 2; Greenlights Charlize Theron-Produced ‘Hyperdrive’ & ‘Car Masters: Rust to Riches’

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Netflix is revving up its unscripted motor programming, picking up a second season of its hit competition show Fastest Car, and ordering two new original series – Car Masters: Rust To Riches for premiere September 14 and Hyperdrive, executive produced by Charlize Theron, for premiere in 2019. Eight-episode series Car Masters: Rust To Riches asks “What does it take to turn $1,000 into $100,000?” Mark Towle and his team at Gotham Garage have perfected the upgrade and trade… Read

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Mark Wahlberg To Produce True Crime Docuseries ‘McMillions’ On McDonald’s Monopoly Game Scam

EXCLUSIVE: Mark Wahlberg’s Unrealistic Ideas has signed on to produce McMillions, a true crime original documentary series that chronicles the extraordinary story of the rigged McDonald’s monopoly game. The limited docuseries, which producers plan to shop to broadcast and cable networks and is in development, reveals the entire outrageous account of the McDonald's Monopoly game scam as told by the participants in the case, including the prizewinners and the FBI agents who… Read

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Julius Jones To Get New Hearing After ABC And JuVee Prods.’ ‘The Last Defense’ Shines Light On Racism In Death Row Case

Julius Jones was a 19 year-old star athlete who ran around with the wrong crowd and then was fingered for murdering an upper class white man Paul Howell in a carjacking gone wrong, but ABC’s new docu-series The Last Defense has over the past three weeks been re-examining the case, tearing holes in the prosecution’s case with one valid question after another including how racism played out in the case. Now, the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals is going to take another… Read