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ON TELEVISION (WEDNESDAY 7/13/22)
FREEFORM: Everything’s Trash (Premiere) at 10pm
HULU: Solar Opposites (Premiere)
ID: The Murder Tapes (Premiere) at 9pm
LIFETIME: Five Guys a Week (Premiere) at 10pm
NETFLIX: D.B. Cooper: Where Are You? (Premiere)
NETFLIX: Hurts Like Hell (Premiere)
NETFLIX: Big Timber (Premiere)
TLC: Dr. Pimple Popper (Premiere) at 9pm

HBO and HBO Max topped the Emmy nomination scoreboard yesterday morning, with a combined 140. That’s up from 130 last year, and enough to handily beat Netflix’s 105. Hulu landed a best-ever 58 nominations, more than doubling its previous record of 27. The series with the most nods was HBO’s “Succession” (25); HBO’s “White Lotus” and Apple TV+’s “Ted Lasso” each brought home 20. “Squid Game” made history as the first non-English language show to make the cut in the Outstanding Drama Series Category, while 25-year-old Zendaya is the youngest producer to be nominated, for “Euphoria.” For a complete list of nominees, go here.
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Netflix has begun talks with studios about amending its programming deals to allow for an AVOD tier, reports The Wall Street Journal. The streamer will need to negotiate agreements for both its own shows and acquired content. “We are still in the early days of deciding how to launch a lower-priced, ad-supported option, and no decisions have been made,” a Netflix spokesperson told the WSJ.
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Apple TV+ handed a season two order for “Loot,” starring Maya Rudolph. The renewal comes on the heels of the announcement of a new multi-year, first-look deal with Animal Pictures, the production company run by “Loot” executive producers Rudolph, Natasha Lyonne and Danielle Renfrew Behrens.
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Spotify has acquired Heardle, the music version of addictive word game Wordle. As The New York Times did when it bought Wordle in January, Spotify is keeping the game free to play. “We are always looking for innovative and playful ways to enhance music discovery and help artists reach new fans,” said Jeremy Erlich, Global Head of Music, Spotify. “Heardle has proven to be a really fun way to connect millions of fans with songs they know and love and with new songs…. Since its debut, the game has quickly built a loyal following, and it aligns with our plans to deepen interactivity across the Spotify ecosystem.”
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YouTube TV has surpassed five million subscribers (including free trials). “Five years ago we launched YouTube TV to rethink how we watch live TV, give users more choice, and unlock a new revenue stream for our partners,” said Neal Mohan, Chief Product Officer at YouTube. “This milestone is a testament to the amazing work the team has done.” According to a blog post, the top five most DVR’d shows are “Yellowstone,” “SNL,” “This Is Us,” “60 Minutes,” and “Grey’s Anatomy.”
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Marketers need step up their game when it comes to integrating the tools necessary to manage the new speed and velocity of data marketing, particularly AI, according to a new study by the CMO Council and GfK. Many marketers “need to get better at extracting relevant data signals across channels, generating actionable insights, making insights available in real-time, and going deeper and more granular with customer insights,” said the council’s Executive Director Donovan Neale-May says in a statement released with the report, “The High-Velocity Data Marketer.” The number one area respondents said they are seeking to improve over the next year is “real-time availability of insights.”
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Local motion: KCAL 9, the CBS-owned independent station in LA, is launching a local morning news franchise that will air from 4:00–11:00a on weekdays, beginning this fall. Sister station CBS 2, the West Coast Flagship of the CBS Television Network, will air live broadcasts of “CBS Mornings” from 4:00–6:00a, while also continuing to carry the West Coast editions of the CBS News’ morning program in its 7a time period. “By launching morning news on KCAL 9 and adding a second daily broadcast of ‘CBS Mornings’ on CBS 2, our local-to-global news organization is perfectly positioned to showcase its premium content on our broadcast and streaming channels in the Los Angeles market,” said Wendy McMahon, President and Co-Head, CBS News and Stations.
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A seventh degree? Studio 1’s Adrian Woolfe and Claudia Rosencrantz have partnered with Kevin Bacon to create new format “Lucky 13,” a 60-minute general knowledge rolling quiz format designed for broadcast in primetime or access primetime. Created by Woolfe, the show’s executive Producers are Woolfe, Rosencrantz, Bacon and David Schiff. Bacon is slated to host the show in some international English-speaking markets.
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The Walt Disney Company and Hybe have struck a content partnership to produce five projects for Disney’s streaming services, including three that feature K-Pop supergroup BTS or its members. “This collaboration represents our creative ambition – to work with iconic content creators and top stars in Asia Pacific so their talent can be enjoyed by mainstream audiences in multiple ways,” said Jessica Kam-Engle, APAC Head of Content for Disney.
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The Cool Down, a content and commerce company, announced a $5.7 million seed funding round led by Upfront Ventures. Founded Dave Finocchio, co-founder of Bleacher Report, and Anna Robertson, former ABC and Yahoo News executive, The Cool Down is creating content across web and social platforms to engage more people in climate topics.
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Black-owned animation studio Studio Smokescreen unveiled its first animated short, “Tent Sale,” produced with a team from underrepresented and marginalized communities. Studio Smokescreen is designed as “bridge studio,” which will train and develop talent on both in-house and commercial projects, giving them hands-on experience that helps them “bridge” their careers to larger companies and studios. “As we work on exciting animation projects we develop ourselves and animate for studio, network and streaming partners, we ultimately want to bring greater diversity to the animation industry as a whole,” said Smokescreen founder Kris Wimberly (“Elena of Avalor”).
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Newly branded TV & film company Sipur (previously Tadmor Entertainment) has renewed its multi-year first-look production and distribution deal with MGM. Sipur is currently developing and producing a range of projects, including the critically documentary film and series, “The Devil’s Confession: The Lost Eichmann Tapes,” coproduced with MGM.
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ESPN’s Steve Levy (play-by-play), Louis Riddick and Dan Orlovsky (analysts), along with Laura Rutledge (reporter), will broadcast multiple NFL games during the 2022 NFL season with ESPN’s NFL portfolio swelling to 21 regular season matchups this season. In advance of the season, ESPN has re-signed Levy, Riddick and Orlovsky, with each of them, along with Rutledge, playing an integral part in ESPN’s NFL coverage and beyond.
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NBC Sports and the Bayou Classic agreed to a three-year media rights extension through 2024. The deal kicks off on November 26 with NBC Sports’ presentation continuing to showcase the Battle of the Bands, the celebrated tradition between the Southern and Grambling State marching bands, during the Bayou Classic Halftime Show. As part of the extension, Southern and Grambling State will participate in professional development programming through NBCU Academy and students at Southern and Grambling State will also have access to NBC Sports’ Black Employee Network.
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Almost two thirds (62%) of TV homes report streaming using a smart TV, compared with 47% two years ago, according to Hub Entertainment Research’s fourth annual “Evolution of the TV Set” study. The increase is driven by increases in both smart TV homes and in the share of those homes using smart TVs to stream. In smart TV homes, 73% of respondents report using a smart TV for something other than TV programs or movies, up from 63% in 2020. The most popular non-TV activities on smart TVs are streaming music, mirroring or casting another screen to the set, checking news or weather apps, or using an on-set browser.
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CBS Sports delivered the most-watched final round of the Scottish Open on record this past weekend. Sunday’s coverage, which aired from 12-3p, averaged 2.169 million viewers, up 163% from 2019 (the last time the Scottish Open aired on a broadcast network). The final hour of coverage averaged more than 2.5 million viewers.
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Meanwhile, the Boston Red Sox victory over the New York Yankees on the July 10 edition of “Sunday Night Baseball” averaged 2.18 million viewers across ESPN and ESPN2, according to Nielsen. Viewership for the telecasts was up 11% from the same matchup last year and up 24% from last season’s Yankees vs. Red Sox three-game average.
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Hallmark Channel’s 2022 Christmas in July programming event propelled the network to be the #1 most-watched in entertainment cable for the week in Total Day and Primetime among Households, Women 18+ and Total Viewers for the week of July 4. The Saturday night original holiday movie premiere, “My Grown-up Christmas List,” averaged 2.1 million Total Viewers becoming the #1 most-watched entertainment cable program of the day and week among Households, Women 18+ and Total Viewers.
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