07/11/22: HBO cancels “Gentleman Jack”

Cynopsis Medias First Morning Read
Monday July 11, 2022

Today’s Premieres
ABC: The Bachelorette at 8p; Claim to Fame at 10p
Bravo: Below Deck Mediterranean at 8p
Discovery: Street Outlaws: Endgame at 8p
Food Network: BBQ USA at 9p
History: Modern Marvels at 8p
PBS: POV at 10p
Peacock: Days of Our Lives: Beyond Salem
Univision: La Herencia at 9p

IN THE NEWS

Elon Musk is trying to back out of his $44 billion deal to buy Twitter. In a regulatory filing on Friday, Musk’s lawyers claimed Twitter was in “material breach of multiple provisions” of the deal, and “appears to have made false and misleading representations.” As for speculation that Musk is looking lower the price he’ll pay for the company, which is currently worth significantly less than Musk’s offer back in April, Twitter chairman Bret Taylor tweeted, “The Twitter Board is committed to closing the transaction on the price and terms agreed upon with Mr. Musk and plans to pursue legal action to enforce the merger agreement.” Musk signed a legally binding agreement to buy the company that includes a $1 billion breakup fee.

As media companies expand Spanish-language content, the TV landscape is undergoing a major shift. Latinx households, who have been among the most loyal to MVPD services, are now as likely to have similar penetrations of MVPD services compared to the total market (at 52% and 51% respectively) according to a new Horowitz Research report, “FOCUS Latinx: State of Pay TV, OTT & SVOD 2022.” The share of Latinx TV content viewers who rely only on streaming has continued its upward trajectory, with 38% of Latinx only subscribe to streaming services and not to an MVPD.

“We have always been bullish about the Spanish-language and Latinx-themed content space, but until recently, this was an audience that was underserved and an opportunity that was not being fully realized,” noted Adriana Waterston, Chief Revenue Officer and Insights & Strategy Lead for Horowitz. “The fact that Spanish and English mainstream and Latinx-themed content were offered in silos, rather than within the same channel or platform, was a major barrier to its growth and evolution. The introduction of Spanish-language content within ‘mainstream’ platforms, starting with shows like ‘Narcos,’ ‘La Casa De Papel’, and others on Netflix, has made media companies rethink their Latinx strategies.”

San Diego-based InnoVision Marketing Group has launched InnoVision Español, to serve businesses and brands wanting to reach the Hispanic community and Hispanic-oriented clients and companies. “Marketing to any specific ethnic group is very different from marketing to the English-speaking population,” said Ric Militi, CEO and Executive Creative Director. “Considerations must include accurate colloquial translation of the message, slang usage, improper insinuations, values and much more. Our Hispanic team at InnoVision are part of the Hispanic community, so the messaging is much more authentic.”

HBO has canceled period drama “Gentleman Jack,” a co-production with BBC, after two seasons. “When we began this journey more than five years ago, we knew the series’ creator Sally Wainwright had a uniquely compelling vision, and it’s been tremendously gratifying to see how Anne Lister’s journey has resonated with viewers,” said HBO in a statement. “We are incredibly grateful to Sally, to the impeccable Suranne Jones and Sophie Rundle, and to the entire cast and crew for bringing Anne and Ann’s story to life.”

SAG-AFTRA members have voted to ratify a new Network Television Code for members working on morning news shows, talk shows, soap operas, variety, reality, game shows, and sports. “This agreement is a step toward elevating our consciousness and sensitivity regarding safe spaces for performers on set,” said SAG-AFTRA President Fran Drescher. “That is a big, transformative win. I also am pleased that our negotiators made meaningful gains with new compensation and improved protections for our members.”

Hallmark Channel Wines popped the cork on two new holiday-themed offerings, Holly (rich, fruity red) and Jolly (crisp, clean white). The limited release varietals are intended to complement Hallmark Channel’s Christmas in July programming stunt.

This week marks the 10th anniversary of National Geographic’s Sharkfest, with programming airing this year across National Geographic, Disney+, Hulu, ABC, ESPN, Nat Geo WILD and Nat Geo MUNDO. Among the premieres today, July 11 are “Sharks vs. The World” at 7p and “Maui Shark Mystery” at 10p on Nat Geo; and “Game of Sharks” at 9p on ESPN.

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PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT

HGTV has ordered a new 12-episode season of “Holmes Family Rescue.” The series starring contractor Mike Holmes and his son and daughter attracted over 25.5 million total viewers and ranked as a top 3 non-news/sports cable program among key demos in its freshman run. The new season is slated to premiere in spring 2023.

A+E Networks UK, SKY and Nutopia have teamed for “The Royal Mob.” The drama-doc tells the saga of the extended royal family that once ruled all of Europe, and how their loves, marriages and feuds dragged the continent into the world’s first total war and violent revolution. The series will air on Sky HISTORY in November.

Michael Raymond-James (“Sweet Girl”) will star opposite Forrest Whitaker in season three of Epix drama “Godfather of Harlem.”

SPORTS

Major League Baseball and Distill Brands International toasted a new sponsorship agreement that extends that makes Distill Brands the Official Vodka of MLB in the United States and Canada. The multi-year deal sees DBI receive integrated branding across MLB’s broadcast and digital platforms including MLB Network and MLB.com. In addition, DBI will begin selling products at retail locations in California, Florida and New York that will include MLB promotional displays during the first quarter of 2023.

Major League Soccer tapped IMG ARENA to serve as its Official Data Distribution Partner in a long-term, global partnership. IMG ARENA will now deliver official data, innovative content solutions, next-generation fan analytics, and marketing tools to MLS’ betting and media partners. The agreement will also see the launch of three new MLS live data feeds.

The Las Vegas Raiders are turning to former Nevada Gaming Control Board chairwoman Sandra Douglass Morgan as the team’s new president. She becomes the first Black woman to assume the role in the NFL. The president role has been vacant since early May when then interim president Dan Ventrelle was fired by the team.

The ACC, the Pac-12 and ESPN are reportedly in talks for a new TV partnership, per SI. Following the move of USC and UCLA to the Big Ten, the potential deal would make Pac-12 games available to the ACC Network, operated by ESPN and broadcast to Pac-12 coverage areas. Reports state that the partnership could also include a ‘championship game’ between the two conferences, along with crossover games between the two leagues.

Anheuser-Busch inked a deal to become the exclusive domestic and craft beer sponsor of The University of Texas Athletics, The University of Texas’ alumni association, and the AT&T Red River Showdown in a five-year agreement. Bud Light will release limited-edition Longhorns co-branded packaging featuring the iconic ‘Hook `em Horns’ rally cry in the state of Texas starting September 1.

Global sports marketing agency SPORTFIVE and the Kansas City Chiefs have agreed on a comprehensive partnership to help the two-time Super Bowl champions grow their fan base and business opportunities in Germany. As part of the partnership, SPORTFIVE and the Chiefs will collaborate in the German market on international strategy as well as building and selling strategic business relationships.

Three-on-three professional ice hockey league 3ICE announced a partnership with Hyperice to become the official recovery technology for its inaugural season, which opens on June 18 at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.

NEW & RETURNING SERIES

Freeform comedy “Everything’s Trash,” following a 30-something podcast star living a messy life in Brooklyn, makes its debut Wednesday, July 13 at 10p with two episodes.

Season 6 of “Ready to Love” premieres Friday, July 29 at 8p on OWN. In 2021 and 2022, the dating series was Friday night’s #1 original cable series among African-American women (18+). This time around, host Tommy Miles heads to Miami with 20 hopeful singles.

All five episodes of “Showtrial” premiere on AMC+ and Sundance Now on Thursday, July 21. The new legal drama follows the case of the arrogant daughter of a wealthy businessman, who is arrested following the disappearance of a fellow student.

“Smothered” returns to TLC on Monday, August 8 at 9p. The season features four fan-favorite mother/daughter duos, as well as three new boundary-free pairings.

A crossover episode of PBS Kids animated series “Molly of Denali” and “Wild Kratts” airs Monday, July 18.

STREAMING

Future Today is making the company’s “Channel-as-a-Service” solution available to major brands. “Brands in every category are already investing billions in video content to better connect with and engage their target audience,” said Vikrant Mathur, Co-Founder, Future Today. “With our CaaS offering, we can help them activate that content in the CTV environment, where the audience is exploding, through dedicated, branded channels.”

For new streaming service Cineverse, Cinedigm is combining 15 FAST channels and over 15,000 on-demand shows that feature both Cinedigm and third-party content. An ad-free version of the AVOD platform debuting next month will roll out in the fall. Cineverse will be powered by an enhanced version of Cinedigm’s Matchpoint Blueprint platform, which leverages AI and machine learning to help streamline content preparation and delivery tasks.

VlogBox has partnered with Twin Sisters Digital Media to help distribute their content across top CTV platforms. Two CTV channels have been developed by VlogBox so far: Twin Sisters Music and Twin Sisters Storytime Anytime.

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RATINGS

Broadcast Nielsen Ratings for Wednesday, July 6
Show, P2+ 000s, (A18-49)
ABC: The Conners 2.14 (0.3), The Goldbergs 1.35 (0.2), Abbott Elementary 1.12 (0.2), Home Economics 0.96 (0.2), Press Your Luck 1.36 (0.2)
CBS: Big Brother 3.84 (0.8), Challenge: USA 2.33 (0.4)
CW: Mysteries Decoded 0.50 (0.0), Wellington Paranormal 0.26 (0.0), Wellington Paranormal 0.21 (0.0)
FOX: MasterChef 1.39 (0.3), So You Think You Can Dance 1.03 (0.2)
NBC: Chicago Med 3.12 (0.3), Chicago Fire 3.05 (0.3), Chicago PD 2.86 (0.3)
Telemundo: La Casa de los Famosos 1.21 (0.3), Amore Valiente 0.94 (0.2), Infiel: Historia de un Engano 0.95 (0.2)
Univision: La Mexicana y el Guero 1.24 (0.4), Mi Fortuna es Amarte 1.82 (0.6), Mujer de Nadie 1.29 (0.4)
Source: Nielsen live + same day time period averages

IN MEMORIAM

Actor Tony Sirico, best known for playing Paulie Walnuts on “The Sopranos,” died July 7. He was 79. Sirico’s other credits include “Goodfellas,” “Lilyhammer,” and “Family Guy,” among others.

Larry Storch, aka Cpl. Agarn on “F Troop,” died July 7. He was 99. The comic appeared on numerous other TV shows, including “Car 54, Where Are You?”, “The Love Boat” and “The Ghost Busters.”

This Day in History
1804 – Aaron Burr fatally wounded Alexander Hamilton in a pistol duel.

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question
On which sitcom did an actor play the son of an actor’s character, after previously playing the nephew of that actor’s character on a drama? On “Step by Step” (1991-98), Sasha Mitchell played Patrick Duffy’s son. He played Bobby Ewing’s nephew on “Dallas” (1978-1991). Kudos to: Neil Young-NewsNation/NYC; Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg-M and S Entertainment/LA

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Will support Account Executives to understand agency and client goals and objectives by building digital and linear sales proposals that leverage Crown Media platforms to drive maximum revenue. Experience with digital ad serving systems including FreeWheel, 3-4 yrs experience in advanced TV ad platforms for an agency, network or publisher req. Full info HERE (7/20)

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MONDAY JULY 11
ABC: The Bachelorette [p], Claim to Fame [p]
CBS: The Neighborhood, Bob Hearts Abishola, NCIS, NCIS: Hawai’i
CW: Roswell, New Mexico, In the Dark
FOX: Don’t Forget the Lyrics!, Beat Shazam
NBC: American Ninja Warrior, Weakest Link
PBS: Antiques Roadshow, Antiques Roadshow, POV [p]
Telemundo: La Casa de los Famosos, Amor Valiente, Infiel: Historia de un Engano
Univision:, La Mexicana y el Guero, La Herencia [p], Mujer de Nadie

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