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Ron Meyer resigned as Vice Chairman of NBCUniversal amid extortion attempts. “It is with a heavy heart that I announce my departure from NBCUniversal,” Meyer said in a statement. “I recently disclosed to my family and the company that I made a settlement, under threat, with a woman outside the company who had made false accusations against me. Admittedly, this is a woman I had a very brief and consensual affair with many years ago. I made this disclosure because other parties learned of the settlement and have continuously attempted to extort me into paying them money or else they intended to falsely implicate NBCUniversal, which had nothing to do with this matter, and to publish false allegations about me.” NBCU CEO Jeff Shell said Meyer had behaved “in a manner we believe is not consistent with our company policies or values.” The woman Meyer had an affair with is reportedly actress Charlotte Kirk, whose affair with Kevin Tsujihara led to his exit as Warner Bros. CEO last year.
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Ad campaigns that include core messages tied to diversity and inclusiveness lead to positive business outcomes, according to a new VAB study, “Do the Right Thing: How Diversity & Inclusion Drives Brand Outcomes.” The analysis of hundreds of advertising campaigns and more than 3,300 TV spots from over 50 brands across multiple categories spans the last five years. “Today’s business environment and economic climate present a multitude of challenges for marketers,” said Sean Cunningham, President & CEO at VAB. “Do The Right Thing provides statistical evidence that embracing diversity and inclusion as a core brand component leads to positive business outcomes, such as increased engagement across each stage of a customer’s path to purchase, as well as growth in sales.”
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Software company Oracle is working with a group of US venture capital firms that have a stake in TikTok to acquire the social media company’s US, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand assets from Chinese company ByteDance. That would pose a challenge to Microsoft, which has been working with the US government to acquire the TikTok assets. President Trump has threatened to ban the app, citing data and privacy concerns about the Chinese government.
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Meanwhile, a survey from Horizon Media found three quarters of Americans support a TikTok ban, and 62% of users don’t trust TikTok with their data. Twenty-three percent of Americans support the ban no matter who owns TikTok, even if it’s an American company.
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Three producers are out at The Ellen DeGeneres Show, following allegations of misconduct in the workplace. Executives Ed Glavin and Kevin Leman and co-executive producer Jonathan Norman have “parted ways” with the series, said Warner Bros. A BuzzFeed News report in July set off an internal company investigation over employee complaints.
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ViacomCBS is in talks to sell CNET to Red Venture. The tech website could fetch $500 million, according to the Wall Street Journal.
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Patriot Act With Hasan Minhaj has been canceled after six seasons on Netflix. “What a run. @patriotact has come to an end,” wrote Minhaj on Twitter. “I got to work with the best writers, producers, researchers, and animators in the game….TY to @Netflix and everyone who watched. Now it’s time to return these screens to Best Buy.”
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Byron Allen’s Allen Media Group division, Allen Media Broadcasting,signed a purchase agreement for its acquisition of broadcast television station KITV from SJL Broadcasting for $30 million. KITV-ABC 4 also operates multiple satellite stations and translators to rebroadcast the station’s programming outside of metropolitan Honolulu, to cover all of the Hawaiian islands.
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Maryland-based website CertifiKID has acquired Macaroni Kid, a digital media company that delivers hyperlocal content on kids’ activities and family-friendly events, destinations, products and services to parents nationwide.
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Meredith Corp. and its MNI Targeted Media division launched a television ad campaign, “I Believe,” about helping local businesses thrive through advertising. Each ad has a local tag/call to action; the campaign has just begun airing in Atlanta and Las Vegas. Additional ads tailored for other Meredith Local Media Group TV markets will follow.
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Fuse Media and Voto Latino Foundation are once again teaming to encourage Latinx participation in November’s general election. Fuse Media and Voto Latino Foundation previously partnered to engage Latinx youth during the 2008 and 2016 election cycles. The current campaign will be part of Be Change, Fuse’s call-to-action social responsibility initiative.
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Seth McFarlane, She’s Gotta Have It writer Elise Davis and Chadwick Boseman are developing a drama about Carlotta Walls, the youngest member of the Little Rock Nine, Black students who attended all-white Central High in Little Rock, Arkansas after the Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education decision. The show is based on Carlotta Walls LaNier’s novel, A Mighty Long Way: My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High.
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Netflix placed an order for competition series American Barbecue Showdown, from Maverick TV USA and All3Media America. Judges are Kevin Bludso, founder of LA’s Bludso’s BBQ, and Melissa Cookston, the seven time world barbeque champion and owner of Memphis BBQ Company.
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Rachel Weisz (The Favourite) will star in and exec produce Dead Ringers, a reimagining of the 1988 film. Amazon gave the project, from Weisz, Alice Birch (Normal People), Annapurna Television and Morgan Creek Entertainment, a straight-to-series order.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Sonay Hoffman, writer/producer for For Life, inked a multi-year overall deal with Sony Pictures Television. Hoffman will develop dramas across platforms, in addition to being promoted to executive producer on For Life.
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All 10 episodes of the original docu-series Becoming will premiere exclusively on Disney+ on Friday, September 18. The series tells the origin stories of 10 athletes, entertainers, and musicians including Adam Devine, Anthony Davis, Ashley Tisdale, Caleb McLaughlin, Candace Parker, Colbie Caillat, Julianne Hough, Nick Cannon, Nick Kroll, and Rob Gronkowski.
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The first of five new, 90-minute episodes of HGTV’s Windy City Rehab premieres Tuesday, September 15 at 9p. Renovation expert Alison Victoria deals with unexpected challenges like a strained business relationship, permit delays and stop work orders. “Running a design and renovation business in Chicago is not for the faint of heart,” said Victoria.
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Secret State launches on Ovation TV on Saturday, September 12 at 7p. The four-part 2012 British political thriller stars Gabriel Byrne (In Treatment) and Ruth Negga (Preacher).
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Amazon’s Utopia drops Friday, September 25. The eight-episode conspiracy thriller features “shocking twists and radical evolutions for its dynamic characters,” promises Amazon.
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Every Sunday morning in September, Insp will feature an Insp original film. First up: The Warrant, on September 6 at 9a.
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The Latin Recording Academy announced that the 21st Annual Latin Grammy Awards will air on Univision on Thursday, Nov. 19 at 8p, preceded by the one-hour pre-show, Noche de Estrellas at 7p.
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Tyler Perry and The Perry Foundation will receive the Television Academy’s 2020 Governor’s Award during ABC’s Emmys telecast on September 20. The award is traditionally presented during the Creative Arts Emmys, but has been bumped up to the main event. “Tyler Perry has changed the face of television and inspired a new generation of content creators. He pioneered a new brand of storytelling that engages people of color both in front of and behind the camera, and his shows have resonated with a global audience,” said Governors Award selection committee Chair Eva Basler.
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Lilly Singh is ready for prime time. The host of NBC late night series A Little Late With Lilly Singh will star in Sketchy Times with Lilly Singh, a two-part NBC special shot at Singh’s home that will satirize how the country is adjusting to the new normal under COVID-19.
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News brand NowThis has officially launched its first-ever kids news brand, NowThis Kids, sponsored exclusively by Cheerios. NowThis Kids is hosted by 13-year-old activist Naomi Wadler and will target Millennial parents and their Gen Z children with a weekly video series, dedicated YouTube channel, podcast and newsletter.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Peacock landed exclusive US rights to docu-series The Defiant Ones, telling the story of Beats co-founders Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine. The four-parter debuted on HBO in 2017.
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NBC and ABC delivered 0.4 among A18-49 for Monday’s Democratic convention coverage, followed by 0.2 in the demo for CBS. ABC drew 2.44 million viewers, NBC grabbed 2.28 million and CBS counted 1.99 million.
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On cable, MSNBC won during Monday’s 10p convention hour with an average of over 5 million viewers, and 1.01 million A25-54. CNN was second in total viewers (4.7 million), but topped the demo with 1.496 million. Fox News delivered just over 2 million viewers and 438,000 among A25-54.
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In syndication, Dr. Phil (four-week high 1.9 Live+SD national Nielsen rating, up 6% from the week before) reclaimed first place in the talk show race in the session ending August 9, despite being in reruns on all five days. Live with Kelly and Ryan (1.6, down 16%), which had shot to the top in the prior week with tributes to late co-host Regis Philbin, was second. Ellen DeGeneres (1.0, unchanged) remained at the lowest ratings in its 17-year history for a third straight week, tied with Maury (1.0, down 9%), which matched its all-time low.
(Source: Cynopsis)

UniMás’ weeknight 10p newscast, Noticiero Univision, increased its audience week-over-week by double-digit margins among Total Viewers 2+ (+26% to 313,000), A18-49 (+13% to 131,000) and A18-34 (+34% to 47,000) the week of August 10. The newscast also delivered double-digit audience growth to the network’s Monday to Friday 10:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. time period year-over-year among Adults 18-34 (+34%).
(Source: Cynopsis)

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