GSN Ups Mark Feldman To President-CEO

GSN, the company comprising GSN TV and GSN Games, has promoted Mark Feldman to president and CEO. The former EVP and general counsel replaces David Goodhill, who announced in April that he was exiting after a decade as CEO.

NBC To Hire More Women Directors

NBC is pledging to hire more female directors. The broadcast network is upping its inclusion efforts with an annual initiative called Female Forward, which will help work toward gender parity among scripted series directors across the network.

OVERNIGHTS

‘Big Brother’ Drives CBS To Wednesday Win

A new Big Brother, slightly lifted from the previous Wednesday, propelled CBS to a winning night. The reality show, paired with back-to-back episodes of drama Salvation, led primetime with an average 1.9 rating among adults 18-49 and 6.5 million viewers. As for Salvation, its two-hour block averaged a steady-ish 0.5 rating among adults 18-49 and 3.6 million viewers.

BRAND CONNECTIONS

NBC Execs Talk About ‘Carmichael’ Cancellation

Discovery Forms Auto Media Joint Venture

The agreement with TEN: The Enthusiast Network will combine: linear network Velocity, MotorTrend.com, the Motor Trend YouTube channel, Motor Trend’s OnDemand OTT service and TEN’s complete portfolio of automotive digital, social, live events and original content.

 

Bounce Unveils New Show In Fall Lineup

The African American-targeted multicast network’s 2017-18 programming will feature the new Grown Folks in addition to the exclusive telecast of The Trumpet Awards 2018, quarterly Ed Gordon newsmagazine specials and a new season of Premiere Boxing Champions on Bounce.

HBO Assesses Damage From Cyberattack

The network said in an internal memo that it did not believe its email system was compromised. The scope of the stolen materials, which include show episodes, is unknown.

‘Black-ish’ Spinoff Gets New Title: ‘Grown-ish’

Hasbro Ends Talks To Buy Lionsgate

Hasbro Inc, the maker of games ranging from Monopoly to foam Nerf balls, has ended talks to acquire U.S. movie studio and entertainment company Lionsgate Entertainment, people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. The deal would have given Hasbro a direct pipeline into Hollywood with more movies and TV shows tied to its toy brands.

‘Miami Vice’ Reboot In Works At NBC

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WTCI To Launch Monthly Screening At Theater

League Execs Ponder Morphing Media Future

What happens if the cable TV universe keeps shrinking and digital TV companies decide that they don’t need to invest in sports content? That’s a realistic scenario that threatens the huge amount of media rights fees that has made all sports much richer over the past decade. That’s not to suggest that there’s a media rights bubble that’s about to burst. But it could mean that the huge annual increases that the bigger leagues have enjoyed will flatten.

CW Announces Fall Dates For DC Crossovers

OVERNIGHTS

‘America’s Got Talent’ Matches Season High

Two months in, the NBC show continues to perform just as strong as it did during its premiere. Since its season premiere in May, America’s Got Talent‘s live showing has never fluctuated more than 4% in either direction, clinging to the high bar it set at the top of its 12th season to easily rank as the top reality player of the last year — outperforming even the regular season’s top players, The Bachelor (ABC) and The Voice (NBC).

Insiders Fear HBO Hack Includes Emails

The company is reeling from a sophisticated cyberattack that potentially compromised seven times the amount of data stolen in the Sony hack as the FBI investigates potential culprits.

‘The Middle’ To End With Season 9 On ABC

Renée Bargh Replacing Tracey Edmonds On ‘Extra’

NETWORK RATINGS ROUNDUP, JULY 24-30

Reality (And ‘Thrones’) Reigned In Ratings

Overall in primetime for the week, NBC averaged 4.7 million viewers in prime time. CBS was second with 4.3 million, ABC had 3.1 million, Fox had 1.7 million, Univision had 1.44 million, Telemundo had 1.39 million, Ion Television had 1.2 million, and the CW had 910,000.

Audra McDonald Joins ‘Good Fight’ For Season 2

CBS All Access Orders Shows From Ferrell, Scott

FremantleMedia Adds Katrina Neylon In Global Role

Chuck Lorre: End In Sight For ‘Big Bang’

The end of the road for CBS’s The Big Bang Theory is coming into closer focus. The nerdy series ranks as TV’s most watched comedy among the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demographic and was renewed in March for its 11th and 12th seasons (48 episodes in total). “We never really figured to be at year 11, let alone what’s going to happen after 12. One could easily presume that would be the end of the series, but I’m just amazed we’re here,” co-creator Chuck Lorre said Tuesday.

CBS’s New Execs Hammered At TCA

CBS Entertainment chief Kelly Kahl and his new programming EVP, Thom Sherman, were peppered with questions about their slate’s comparative lack of female-fronted shows and series featuring people of color yesterday at the summer meeting of the Television Critics Association. “We are absolutely moving in the right direction,” said Kahl, citing a 60% lift in non-white series regulars and ongoing efforts to include more people of color behind the scenes. “We are making progress.”

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Estrella TV Adds KCTU Wichita As Newest Affiliate

Spanish-language broadcaster LBI Media said today that its Estrella TV Network has added a new affiliate in Wichita, Kan. Estrella TV has signed an affiliate agreement with KCTU-LD owned by River City Broadcasters, which will air the network on ch. 43 as early as this week. KCTU becomes Estrella’s its 48th affiliate. “Adding KCTU as a […]

WEEKLY SYNDICATION RATINGS ROUNDUP

Weekly Gainers Few And Far Between

Only seven first-run syndicated shows reported weekly ratings gains in the frame ending July 23: Judge Judy, Family Feud, Wheel of Fortune, Celebrity Name Game, Entertainment Tonight, TMZ and Dish Nation.

OVERNIGHTS

‘Bachelorette: Men Tell All’ Tops Monday

Monday’s Bachelorette special The Men Tell All topped a narrow reality race, earning a 1.5 rating among adults 18-49 and 5.7 million viewers. With a new episode of To Tell The Truth (0.8 adults) at 10 p.m., ABC tied NBC for the night’s demo bragging rights.

Scripps Buys Katz Diginets For $302 Million

Scripps was already a 5% owner in a portion of the business, so its net purchase price is $292 million for Bounce, Grit, Escape and Laff. Founder Jonathan Katz will continue to lead the Katz networks business. The company, with about 130 employees, will remain based in the Atlanta area.

CBS, Imagine Team Up On First-Look TV Deal

CBS Corp. and Imagine TV Studios have partnered on a new, four-year first-look and co-financing deal for scripted and unscripted television and long-form digital programming. Under the terms of the deal, Imagine will partner with CBS to produce programming for CBS TV, CBS All Access and Showtime. CBS’s platforms will get a first look at new Imagine series, with CBS’s studio arm, CBS Television Studios, serving as production partner and worldwide distributor for any shows produced under the deal. Imagine will retain distribution rights in certain Asian territories

Latenight Comedians Say ‘Goodbye Mooch’

Seth Meyers, commenting on Anthony Scaramucci’s 10-day stint as the White House communications director, noted that his “last name is longer than his tenure.”

Marlee Matlin Joins ‘Quantico’ For Season 3