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At&T Plans More DirecTV-Wireless Phone Bundles To Fight Churn

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The year is off to a tough start for At&T  — now with a recent acquisition agreement for a spectrum-rich company on the rocks — execs acknowledged in a quarterly call with analysts. The $1.25 billion stock deal for Straight Path Communications, announced this month, is up in the air because the company has received, “a superior proposal,” CFO John Stephens says. At&T has five business days to decide whether it wants to up its offer. Straight Path is rich in the kinds of… »

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Playground Options David Enrich’s Financial Exposé ‘The Spider Network’ For Series Development

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Colin Collender’s Playground has optioned the rights to David Enrich's new narrative nonfiction book The Spider Network: The Wild Story of a Math Genius, a Gang of Backstabbing Bankers, and One of the Greatest Scams in Financial History, for series development. Author and Wall Street Journal business editor Enrich won the 2016 Gerald Loeb Award for his series of WSJ articles "The Unraveling of Tom Hayes," about a brilliant but troubled British trader who was convicted and… »

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Fox Network Buys Erica Oyama Family Comedy From Kapital Entertainment

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Fox has put in development a half-hour single-camera comedy series written by Erica Oyama, creator, writer and executive producer of the Yahoo/E! comedy series Burning Love, and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment. The project is part of Fox’s initiative to buy and develop more series outside of the traditional pilot cycle. Based on Oyama's life, the family comedy centers on Olivia, a single mom, who returns to Alabama where her Japanese karate master father still lives… »

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Faith Hill & Scripps Partner On Lifestyle Talk Show Set For Fall Debut; Kellie Pickler Co-Hosts

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Scripps is teaming with Grammy-winning country singer Faith Hill on a new daytime lifestyle talk show slated to launch September 18 on Scripps-owned stations across the country. Fellow country singer and TV personality Kellie Pickler and Emmy-winning New York City journalist Ben Aaron will host the untitled show, which focuses on everyday living and activities, covering everything from cooking, gardening, entertaining and home design to beauty and fashion. The program is… »

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After 1-Day Strike, Iatse Wins Contract With NBC’s ‘Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge’

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After a one-day strike in Atlanta, the producers of NBC's Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge have come to terms with Iatse for a contract covering some 200 of the show's crew members. The non-union reality show had been shooting its second season in Atlanta earlier this month when several Iatse members working on the production contacted their union reps, who quickly organized a walkout. "A picket line went up before dawn, and a crew of more than 200 people did not report… »

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NBC’s Robert Greenblatt On The Importance Of Leaving A Digital Footprint – Nab Show

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"The most engaging social shows tend to be the higher-rated shows [for NBC]," NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt told Chris Hardwick today at an Nab Show session in Las Vegas. The pair used the panel to discuss the art of creating on-demand and mobile content, leaving a digital footprint, and how networks need to embrace digital and social media. Greenblatt has been chairman of NBC Entertainment since January 2011 and under his leadership, the Peacock… »

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‘Turn: Washington’s Spies’ Gets Season 4 Premiere Date; AMC Unveils Key Art

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AMC has slotted 9 Pm Saturday, June 17, for the two-hour premiere of the fourth and final season of its Revolutionary War drama Turn: Washington’s Spies. The network also unveiled the Season 4 key art, which features Jamie Bell as Abraham Woodhull and depicts his determination to "Finish the Fight": The 10-episode final season picks up with notorious traitor Benedict Arnold (Owain Yeoman) taking his revenge on George Washington (Ian Kahn) by rounding up suspected rebel… »

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TV Upfronts 2017 Schedule: Fewer Agency Parties Amid WGA Strike Fears; CBS Tackles Unexpected Vacancy

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Upfront week is a TV business tradition that has evolved over the decades with more networks joining the broadcasters and the number of parties going up. But the annual dog-and-pony show, which this year kicks off May 15, is heading for a potential jolt after WGA members overwhelmingly voted to authorize a strike. The walkout could begin as soon as next week if the current final round of talks between the union and the producers is unsuccessful. With a strike looming, the… »

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ABC Sets Season Finale Dates

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It’s that time of year again. ABC has set spring season finale dates for its scripted and unscripted series. American Crime is up first with its Season 3 finale airing Sunday, April 30 at 10 Pm. Comedy series black-ish follows on Wednesday, May 10 at 9:30 Pm. Dancing With The Stars is the last to wrap on Tuesday, May 23 at 8:30 Pm. Below is the complete schedule. All times listed are Pdt/Edt. Sunday, April 30 "American Crime" 10:00–11:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 10 "black-ish"… »

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Seth Meyers & Stephen Colbert Take On Donald Trump’s First 100 Days

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Seth Meyers and Stephen Colbert zeroed in on President Trump’s first 100 days in office last night in late-night. "The first 100 days are traditionally a time to reflect on accomplishments of a president, and Trump hasn't got a lot of those," Colbert said. "He still hasn't filled his cabinet; he didn't repeal Obamacare; there are still Muslims." On Late Night, Meyers’ take was, "If this were a movie, it would be called 100 Dayz and Confused." Let’s just say, in academic… »

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WGA Establishes Strike Fund In Preparation For Walkout

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Exclusive: In a clear sign the WGA is gearing up for a possible strike, the WGA West is moving to establish a strike fund to assist members who will be facing financial hardships in the event of a prolonged walkout. A Strike Fund Committee has been established, and rules governing the allotment of strike loans are now pending approval by the guild's board of directors. The move comes after members overwhelmingly voted to authorize a strike — and at a time when many guild… »

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Tucker Carlson Ratings Keep Pace With Bill O’Reilly On Night 1

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The first night of Fox News Channel’s new post-Bill O’Reilly primetime lineup did just fine without their marquee name. Debuting in the 8 Pm time slot anchored by The O’Reilly Factor , for more than 20 years, Tucker Carlson Tonight drew 2.9 million total viewers and 636,000 viewers in the key 25-54 news demo, both tops for the night on cable news, according to early Nielsen stats. At 9 Pm, Fox News’ newly shifted The Five was No. 2 for the night on cable news, drawing 2.8… »

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Scott Baio Further Clarifies Comments On Erin Moran’s Death – Update

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Updated with additional Scott Baio comments: After responding to tweets critical of comments he made on a Monday radio interview about Erin Moran following her death on Saturday, Scott Baio has given a lengthier explanation on his Facebook page. He said that when he first heard of his former Happy Days and Joanie Loves Chachi co-star’s death, he was "sad, in disbelief, sick to my stomach and in complete shock." Baio said he read headlines following Moran's death that… »

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‘The Bachelor’s Chris Soules Arrested For Leaving Scene Of Fatal Crash

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Chris Soules, who starred on ABC’s The Bachelor in 2015, has been jailed for leaving the scene of a fatal accident in Iowa’s Buchanan County after authorities say the pickup truck he was driving rear-ended a tractor and sent it into a ditch Monday night. The other driver was died at a local hospital, and court documents say alcoholic beverages or containers were at the scene of crash, local station Kwwl-tv reports. The Iowa State Patrol said Soules fled on foot after the… »

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‘Into The Badlands’ Renewed For Expanded Season 3 By AMC

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Midway through its second season, AMC has renewed its hit martial arts drama series Into the Badlands for an expanded 16-episode Season 3 for premiere in 2018. The series is currently averaging 3.6 million viewers per episode, including 2.1 million adults 25-54 in Live+3. "'Into the Badlands' looks like nothing else on television, a literal high-wire act attracting passionate and dedicated fans by the millions," said Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC… »

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FCC Chairman Will Introduce Review Of Media Regulations At May Meeting

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FCC Chairman Ajit Pai pleased broadcasters today by vowing to “get unnecessary rules out of the way” — including with a new “comprehensive review” of his agency’s media regulations  that he’ll propose at its May 18 meeting. Regulators will “explore whether certain rules should be modified to provide regulatory relief to small businesses,” he said today in an address at the National Association of Broadcasters’ annual confab in Las Vegas. Broadcast rules will be “a… »

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‘Gotham’ Ratings Off In Return From Hiatus, ‘Apb’ Ticks Up In Finale

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Fox’s Gotham returned last night for its first episode since January 30. Some fans must have not gotten the message, as the DC drama drew a preliminary 0.9 rating in adults 18-49 (Live+Same Day), down 0.2  from its last original. If the numbers hold, it would be a new L+Sd low for the series, which is on the bubble for renewal. Gotham‘s strength is in delayed/on-demand viewing, so it is possible to make up the ratings drop down the line. And Gotham‘s fast national demo… »

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Nickelodeon Renews ‘Hunter Street’ For Season 2

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Nickelodeon's adventure-comedy series Hunter Street has been officially renewed for a 20-episode Season 2. The show stars Stony Blyden, Mae Mae Renfrow, Kyra Smith, Thomas Jansen, and Daan Creyghton, as five foster children in Amsterdam who attempt to find out what happened to their disappearing foster parents, Erik (Ronald Top) and Kate Hunter (Tooske Ragas). In order to crack the case, the siblings set out on a quest for clues, leading them on an epic and suspenseful… »


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‘Undercover Boss’ Gets Celebrity Twist In Two Special Episodes

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Another biz-focused franchise is getting a celebrity twist. CBS will air two special episodes of Undercover Boss — Celebrity Undercover Boss featuring Grammy-winning musician Darius Rucker and chef and restaurateur Marcus Samuelsson. Celebrity Undercover Boss: Darius Rucker, airing Friday May 12 at 8 Pm, follows the former lead singer for Hootie & the Blowfish turned country music superstar as he travels to Austin, Texas on an undercover journey to discover the next great… »

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DC Digital Service To Launch With ‘Titans’ Series From Greg Berlanti & Akiva Goldsman And ‘Young Justice: Outsiders’

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Exclusive: Warner Bros is making a big move in digital with one of its flagship brands. Warner Bros and DC Entertainment are behind a new, DC-branded service that will debut in 2018 with two high-profile comic book-themed original TV series: the live-action Titans, from the king of the CW DC universe Greg Berlanti, Akiva Goldsman, Geoff Johns, Sarah Schechter and Warner Bros TV, and the anticipated revival of cult animated series Young Justice, from Warner Bros Animation… »

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