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ON TELEVISION (WEDNESDAY 2/7/18)
AXS TV: Classic Albums (Premiere) at 9pm
CBS: Big Brother: Celebrity Edition (Premiere) at 8pm
PBS: Impossible Builds (Premiere) at 10pm
SYFY: Channel Zero: Butcher’s Block (Premiere) at 10pm
TRAVEL CHANNEL: Expedition Unknown: After The Hunt (Premiere) at 10pm
E!: WAGS Atlanta (Finale) at 10pm
HISTORY: Knightfall (Finale) at 10pm
SMITHSONIAN CHANNEL: David Attenborough’s Great Barrier Reef (Finale) at 8pm and 9pm
TNT: The Librarians (Finale) at 8pm

NBCUniversal and strategic partner BuzzFeed have teamed for Playfull, a millennial parenting channel (target audience: 20-34). Buzzfeed will create videos for Playfull, launched yesterday on Facebook, while NBCUni oversees ad sales and business partnerships; marketing support will include ads during NBC’s Winter Olympics. NBCUniversal has a $400 million investment in Buzzfeed.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The European Commission cleared Discovery Communications’ proposed acquisition of Scripps Networks Interactive, conditional on Discovery’s commitment to offer third party distributors the right to distribute TVN24 and/or TVN24 BiS in Poland. “We are pleased with the positive decision,” said David Zaslav, Discovery president and CEO. The transaction, announced in July 2017, is expected to close later this quarter.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Layoffs of under 100 employees are taking place at Viacom, a cost-cutting effort focused mostly on support staff. The move isn’t a surprise – CEO Bob Backish suggested cutbacks during an earnings call in November. “While these changes didn’t’ impact a large percentage of our workforce, I know they were difficult nonetheless,” said Bakish in a memo to staff. “We are saying goodbye to some great team members…. We’re so grateful for their contributions, and want to assure you we’re taking many steps to make their transitions easier.” The company reports third quarter earnings tomorrow.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Big moves as Sony Pictures Entertainment Group streamlines operations under chairman and CEO Tony Vinciquerra. Leaving the company are President of Worldwide Networks Andy Kaplan; Sony Pictures Television President and Chief Marketing Officer Sheraton Kalouria; and Sony Pictures Entertainment President of Home Entertainment Man Jit Singh. Keith Le Goy, President of Distribution for SPT, now oversees Home Entertainment, and all SPT networks report to new SPT head (and former Hulu CEO) Mike Hopkins; marketing teams will report to the business unit they support. The changes are an effort to “strengthen SPE overall and make it more agile and competitive in today’s fast-moving environment,” wrote Vinciquerra in a memo to staff.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC’s Once Upon a Time, which underwent a casting refresh and time slot change after season 6, will end with season 7. “Once Upon a Time has been an amazing journey for all of us at ABC Studios and for fans around the world,” said ABC Studios president Patrick Moran. “We’re so proud and appreciative of the hard work and creative talent that Eddy Kitsis, Adam Horowitz and their cast and crew brought to this show for seven magical seasons.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Amazon is developing 2 Conan-related drama series, reports Deadline. One is Outrider, an event series set in late 1800s Oklahoma Indian territory, with Conan the Barbarian star Arnold Schwarzenegger attached to star and exec produce. The other is based on the Conan books by Robert E. Howard, from Ryan Condal (Colony), Miguel Sapochnik (Game of Thrones), Warren Littlefield (The Handmaid’s Tale), Pathfinder Media and Endeavor Content.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Yesterday’s announcement that Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will write and produce a new series of Star Wars films for Disney raised questions about Confederate, the alternate timeline, modern-day slavery series for HBO that was to be the team’s post-GOT project. Especially when Benioff and Weiss said of the Star Wars deal, “We are honored by the opportunity, a little terrified by the responsibility, and so excited to get started as soon as the final season of Game of Thrones is complete.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fox ordered a pilot for comedy Bless This Mess, from Liz Meriwether (New Girl), about an NYC couple who move to Nebraska to live a simpler life. Lake Bell (Boston Legal) is attached to star, co-write and direct. Studio is 20th Century Fox.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season 2 of FX’s Legion launches Tuesday, April 3 at 10p. Drama is based on the Marvel comics about a man who believed himself to be schizophrenic, only to discover he might be the most powerful mutant the world has ever seen.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Let them eat….Food Network ordered 10 episodes of Vegas Cakes spin-off Dallas Cakes, and renewed Ridiculous Cakes for a 13-episode season 2. Production on both shows, part of Food Network’s Monday night baking-themed lineup, begins this month.
(Source: Cynopsis)

New animated series Apple & Onion debuts on Cartoon Network Friday, February 23 at 7p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

There was some good news for investors yesterday: Snap’s revenue beat Wall Street expectations for the quarter, with $285.7 million versus the $252.95 million forecast. “We ended 2017 confident that we can grow our Snapchat community and monetize our products more efficiently than ever before,” said chief executive Evan Spiegel. Stock rose nearly 20% in after-hours trading, to $16.82, close to the IPO price of $17.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Movie expert Leonard Maltin + RottenTomatoesGrae Drake = Awards Season Winners & Losers, a special airing Saturday, February 17 at 7:30a on Reelz.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Among the highlights of the ATX Television Festival, set for June 7-20 in Austin, are screenings and events for OWN’s Queen Sugar and upcoming Love Is___, Paramount’s upcoming American Woman, Freeform’s The Bold Type and Comedy Central’s Drunk History, among others. Blown Deadline producing partners David Simon and Nina K. Noble (The Wire, The Deuce) will also be honored.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Telemundo is offering Spanish-language coverage of the XXIII Olympic Winter Games beginning today, with extensive news coverage, ongoing segments and special reports across a variety of shows and platforms. Telemundo Deportes’ digital platforms will present editorial pieces and social media coverage.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The National Electronic Media Association, dedicated to guiding students and entry-level professionals through the transition to electronic media, convenes for its 76th Annual Convention February 27 – March 4, 2018 in Bethesda, MD. Over 300 media students will have an opportunity to hear from speakers including keynote speaker Robert Scanlon, president of Velocity and TEN Video Content at Discovery Communications; Steve Cheskin, VP Programming, Reelz; and Dan Salerno, VP, Programming, Nat Geo WILD, among others.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future) is set to co-star in NBC comedy pilot Guess Who Died….Kim Delaney (Army Wives) has signed on for season 6 of NBC’s Chicago Fire, as the mother of Taylor Kinney’s character….Jenny Slate (Zootopia) will voice the role of Miss Nanny in Disney Junior’s Muppet Babies revival, premiering in March on Disney Channel.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Kade Wise (Lucifer) and Chet Banks (Maron) will recur on season 4 of Fox’s Empire…. Scott Speedman (Animal Kingdom) will drop in on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy….Caitlin McGee is onboard CBS comedy pilot History of Them….Moran Atias (The Resident) landed a series regular role of NBC ensemble drama The Village.
(Source: Cynopsis)

TV One is debuting a new short form video campaign featuring Common, running throughout February. In the videos, the artist/actor/activist discusses topics related to Black history and issues affecting the African American community. The videos are part of TV One’s “Represent the Dream” Black History Month slate.
(Source: Cynopsis)

McDonald’s will serve as Platinum Sponsor for the 2018 Bounce Trumpet Awards, airing Sunday, February 11 at 9p on Bounce. Sponsorship includes the creation of the Rising Star Award Presented by McDonald’s, which will go to actress/singer/dancer Rhyon Brown (Lincoln Heights). Additional sponsors include SheaMoisture and Denny’s.
(Source: Cynopsis)

NBC Olympics is partnering with Uber for an in-ride video experience for U.S. riders during the Winter Games. Riders will be able to access Olympic athlete interviews and highlights, curated each day of competition; exclusive “in-car” interviews for Uber riders will feature U.S. athletes and announcers as they’re in transit to and from competition venues. Primetime coverage of the Games begins tomorrow.
(Source: Cynopsis)

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