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ON TELEVISION (TUESDAY 7/14/20)
UNIVISION: Medicos, Linea de Vida (Premiere) at 9p
USA: Dirty John (Finale) at 10p

CBS is stepping up its efforts for diversity, committing 25% of its script development dollars to projects from creators, writers and producers who are Black, Indigenous and people of color beginning with the 2021-22 development season. Writers’ rooms must be staffed with a minium of 40% BIPOC, a number that ratchets up to 50% the following season. “While steady progress has been made in recent years both in front of and behind the camera, change needs to happen faster, especially with creators and leadership roles on the shows,” said George Cheeks, President and CEO for the CBS Entertainment Group. “As a network with ambitions to be a unifier and an agent of change at this important time, these new initiatives will help accelerate efforts to broaden our storytelling and make CBS programming even more diverse and inclusive.”
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The mandate for faster change comes from the top, with CBS parent ViacomCBS merging the diversity and inclusion teams from Viacom and CBS. “Diversity and inclusion efforts have been a priority on both sides, creatively and corporately, and together we’re building on those accomplishments, doubling down in our work toward making inclusion, equity and belonging cornerstones of our culture and business,” said Marva Smalls, ViacomCBS Global Head of Inclusion.
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CNN is expanding is expanding its coverage of race, with Delano Massey leading the news beat, along with new positions for editors and writers. “This team will build on what so many do already on CNN and will provide the needed structure to cover this beat with more focus and force,” said Jeff Zucker, Chairman, WarnerMedia News and Sports, in a memo to employees. The network is also increasing its commitment to reporting on policing in American, with Pervaiz Shallwani overseeing the effort.
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Mediaocean is acquiring 4C Insights, a marketing tech firm specializing in audience data and planning on streaming video and social media. “The COVID crisis will be remembered as a tipping point in the digital disruption of many industries including advertising,” said Mediaocean CEO Bill Wise. “Mediaocean and 4C together will lead the evolution of modern omnichannel advertising by addressing the needs of global marketers and agencies – transparency, neutrality, intelligence and accountability.” Mediaocean is paying over $150 million in cash and equity in the deal, which will make Lance Neuhauser President of Mediaocean; 4C founder Alok Choudhary will become Chief Scientist at Mediaocean, a role he currently holds at 4C.
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After Wells Fargo instructed employees to refrain from using TikTok, and the Democratic and Republican national committees warned staffs about using the social media aop, TikTok issued a statement. “We are fully committed to protecting our users’ privacy and security,” said the company, facing scrutiny over privacy issues. “We welcome a dialogue with anyone who has questions about TikTok so that we can ease concerns they may have.” Chinese company ByteDance owns the app, which has been downloaded 165 million times in the US.
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TEGNA’s Justice Network will relaunch on July 27 as True Crime Network. “True Crime Network capitalizes on the rapid growth of several distinct segments of media and entertainment: over-the-air television viewing, on-demand and binge streaming, podcasting and the true crime genre,” said Brian Weiss, President and GM, TEGNA’s entertainment multicast networks. “Our audience has spoken passionately about their desire to binge true crime mystery content.”
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The E.W. Scripps Company inked a deal with SiriusXM to sell podcast platform Stitcher for $325 million. Scripps acquired podcast marketing company Midroll in 2015 for $55 million, then combined it with Stitcher, which it purchased in 2016 for $4.5 million.
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In more E.W. Scripps news, Nexstar Media Group has transferred its option to purchase Scripps’ New York CW affiliate WPIX to Mission Broadcasting, and Mission has exercised its option to purchase the station. The option price is $75 million plus accrued interest. Scripps purchased WPIX as part of its acquisition of eight television stations in seven markets from Nexstar; the stations were being divested in connection with Nexstar’s acquisition of Tribune Media in September 2019.
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Brad Schwartz, former President of Pop TV, has left his job as Chief Content Officer at Amazon’s Audible after just one month. According to Bloomberg, the move comes after Audible employees learned of a 2018 sexual harassment lawsuit filed against Pop Media Group. Schwartz was not named as a defendant, but was described as having been aware of inappropriate behavior and not acting on it.
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Idris Elba (Luther) inked a first-look deal with Apple TV+ to produce global series and features via his Green Door Pictures. Elba founded Green Door in 2013 to champion inclusion, representation and diversity.
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Amazon Studios ordered season three of Hanna, centered on a woman on the run from a sinister government agency. Season two launched July 3.
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CBS soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful will start airing new episodes on Monday, July 20. The daytimer was the first US broadcast series to return to production on stage after the pandemic hit.
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Dick Wolf is teaming with Tom Thayer and The Pacific’s Robert Schenkkan and Bruce C. McKenna on period drama American Babylon, about the creation of Las Vegas, reports Deadline. The pitch for the show, from Wolf Entertaiment and Universal Television, will be lobbed to premium cable networks and streaming services.
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Anton (The Night House), in collaboration with producers Sherry Marsh (Vikings) and Julie Gardner of Bad Wolf America (A Discovery of Witches), has optioned the rights to The Red Lotus, the thriller from bestselling author Chris Bohjalian, to develop into a drama series. Kate Brooke (A Discovery of Witches) is attached as the showrunner.
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Darren Star comedy series Emily in Paris has been picked up by Netflix. The MTV Studios-produced series had gotten a green light from Paramount Network, and its first season was produced before the health crisis, but the series was up for grabs when Paramount tilted to more male-oriented programming with the success of Yellowstone. “MTV Studios and I couldn’t hope for a more perfect home for Emily In Paris than Netflix,” said Star. “With their international reach, we are excited to share Emily with audiences around the world.”
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NBCUniversal bought the script for Our House from Ian Deitchman and Kristin Robinson, co-executive producers of Suits. Universal TV and Anonymous Content will produce the series, focused on three families and one house.
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Disney+ ordered Star Wars: The Bad Batch from Lucasfilm. The animated spin-off, following clones first introduced in The Clone Wars, is slated to premiere in 2021.
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AMC Networks streaming service UMC renewed four original series: Craig Ross Jr.’s Monogamy and A House Divided for third seasons, and Double Cross and Stuck With You for sophomore runs.
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HBO Max acquired Ravi Patel’s Pursuit of Happiness from WarnerMedia sib CNN. The four-part buddy comedy docu-series, now an HBO Max Original, premieres on the streamer Thursday, August 27.
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Kidz Bop is launching a new Kidz Bop Workshop today, July 14, in partnership with fruit and yogurt brand GoGo squeeZ. The virtual interactive experience on the Kidz Bop YouTube channel teaches kids and families Kidz Bop dancing, singing and performance techniques.
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The joys and pains of childbirth are explored in one-hour special The Baby Factory: Alabama, premiering on Lifetime tomorrow, July 15 at 10p. Why delve into a topic so far afield from current crises? “At a difficult time, this special focuses on the most uplifting and optimistic of human experiences,” Truly Original Executive Producer Glenda Hersh tells Cynopsis. “We had fantastic subjects to document at Baptist East in Montgomery, including the super-hero team of labor and delivery doctors, nurses and staff, as well as incredible patients and their families. The show serves as a reminder that, even in the midst of overwhelming challenges, a new life can bring joy and hope.”
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Add the PRSA Icon 2020 conference to events going virtual. The forum for public relations pros will now take place October 26-29 onscreen, instead of in person in Nashville.
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Awesomeness Films announced a virtual concert event, To All The Music, marking the vinyl release of the To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You original soundtrack, premiering on Saturday, July 18, at 8p on AwesomenessTV’s YouTube channel. Lana Condor, star of Netflix film To All the Music, hosts.
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Comcast’s Xfinity is offering a free virtual camp, Camp Tonsafun,featuring activities Xfinity customers and families can enjoy at home. Jade Catta-Preta, the new host of E!’s The Soup, is the Director of Camp Tonsafun. The series of video lessons and activities launch weekly, with activities ranging from how to animate a Minion, to building a home obstacle course.
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NBC’s Today is launching a 24/7 service, Today All Day, on Peacock and Today.com starting tomorrow, July 15. The service will include original video and broadcast content, and feature the morning show’s personalities.
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Carl Jackson Media Broadcasting announced the launch CJC and TheGrid on DistroTV. CJC is a family friendly network, and TheGrid is a general entertainment network that focuses on black and brown cultural diversity.
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Future Today is expanding its offering on Happy Kids with the addition of the Super Simple Songs content library. As part of the deal, Future Today will also be launching a branded Super Simple Songs channel on a number of streaming devices including Roku and Amazon Fire TV.
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Food Network’s Guy’s Grocery Games kicked off its Summer Grillin’ Games tournament on July 8 with a 0.8 P25-54 and 0.9 W25-54 in Live+3 Nielsens, its highest-rated premiere since April 2018, growing the 9p timeslot 38% vs. both year-ago and prior six-weeks. For the night, the net ranked as the #2 non-news cable network among P25-54 and M25-54.
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HGTV’s Property Brothers: Forever Home delivered its highest-rated season ever in multiple demos, including P25-54, W25-54 and M25-54. Attracting more than 23 million total viewers, it garnered a 0.67 Live+3 rating among P25-54 in its Wednesday 9p timeslot and delivered a 0.85 Live+3 rating among W25-54.
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Actress Naya Rivera was pronounced dead on July 13, after her body was recovered from a lake in Ventura County, CA. She was 33. Rivera, best known for her role on Glee, was reported missing on July 9, when her 4-year-old son was found alone on a boat on Lake Piru.
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