Hi all! Here’s your first news update for Tuesday, October 28, 2014:
CW Adapting Spanish Apocalyptic Drama ‘El Barco’
The CW has put into development The Magellan, a drama based on hot Spanish format El Barco. The network has handed out a script commitment to the drama — from The Following alum Jennifer Johnson — that revolves around what happens when a mysterious global cataclysm strands a group of students, teachers and crew on a Semester at Sea sailboat. With the entire planet seemingly covered in water, they begin to wonder if they are the only survivors left. As they explore their strange — yet strangely beautiful — new world, this group of strangers must join forces to survive, all while facing the equally daunting challenges of friendship, family and even love.
NBC’s ‘Mysteries of Laura’ Gets Full-Season Order
NBC has picked up the freshman drama for a full season, ordering the traditional back-nine episodes and bringing its sum to 22.
Wrap: Fall TV Show Renewals and Cancellations: TheWrap’s Early Predictions
To renew or cancel, that is the question. TheWrap is ready to stick its neck out with its predictions of which series will survive to see another year and which will go down in the hunger games we call the fall season.
(ratings) Cable Top 25: ‘The Walking Dead’ Tops Cable Viewership for the Week Ending October 26, 2014
The week’s most-watched cable shows.
Pitbull Developing Two Reality Shows with Weinstein Co.
Rap star Pitbull has teamed with the Weinstein Co. to develop two reality shows. “Pitbull: The Lyfe” is billed as a behind-the-scenes look at his life on the road and in the recording studio. “The Real Change Project” is envisioned as a showcase for pop stars and other celebs to share stories of how they made it big and the mentors who inspired them.
LogoTV Unites Gays and Straights for New Comedy Satire ‘The Straight Out Report’
LogoTV is set to debut “The Straight Out Report,” a new satirical comedy show hosted by one gay man and one straight man who will offer differing (or agreeing) opinions on topical pop culture issues.
NEW MEDIA NEWS:
‘The Originals’ is launching a Kol-centric web series
The CW is launching a four-part digital series titled The Originals: Awakening, which will focus on Kol’s story. The story will take viewers back to 1914, when Kol was attempting to form an alliance with the witches of the French Quarter. The Originals: Awakening will premiere on Monday, Nov. 10 on cwtv.com during the East Coast airing of The Originals, with new episodes each Monday until the mid-season finale of the show on Dec. 8.
Amazon buys comedy entertainment service Rooftop Media, content and team to join Audible
Amazon.com is buying online comedy service Rooftop Media, a small deal that underscores the Internet retailer’s broader ambition of becoming a media and entertainment powerhouse. Rooftop records comedians at clubs across the country and licenses the digital rights to thousands of hours of comedy, which is broadcast either live or later on demand. The company’s media partners include Apple Inc and Yahoo, and it also works with streaming services such as Sirius XM, Spotify and Pandora.
YouTube CEO hints at ad-free subs service
YouTube is reportedly looking to new subscription offerings, including ad-free version of the service, according to the Google-owned video site’s CEO Susan Wojcicki. Speaking at tech site Re/code’s Code/Mobile conference, Wojcicki said that while YouTube’s ad-supported approach has allowed it to build massive scale, “there’s going to be a point where people don’t want to see the ads”. Wojcicki said that YouTube was “thinking about how to give users options” and said that giving users the choice to either watch ads or pay a fee was “an interesting model”.
Amazon Releasing Its First Live-Action Children’s Show
Amazon has set a November launch date for its first original live-action children’s series, Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street, to premiere on Prime Instant Video. The title is a coming-of-age tale of friendship set on Normal Street, in an ordinary suburban neighborhood that has a hint of something unexpected just beneath the surface.
Hulu Renews Viacom Deal, Expanding Selection of Nickelodeon Shows
Hulu has renewed its distribution deal with Viacom, under which the Internet TV service will expand its kids’ lineup with additional shows from Nickelodeon. Under the pact, Hulu will continue to stream Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and the final season of “The Colbert Report.”
Armenia buys Globo’s Trail of Lies
Fresh from launching Trail of Liesat MIPCOM, Brazil’s Globo has sold the telenovela to Public Television of Armenia. The drama has performed sparklingly in Brazil, where according to ratings monitor Ibope it averaged a 61% share and took a huge 75% share for its final episode. Trail of Lies is a story of love and ambition centered on Paloma, who lives in conflict with her family. Secretly adopted, she learns the truth from her conniving brother Félix, who wishes to eliminate her at any cost in order to become sole heir to the fortune of their parents, doctors who own a hospital.
Jack Ma Claims Alibaba Group Is ‘The Biggest Entertainment Company in the World’
The richest man in China, Jack Ma, claimed that China is on its way toward becoming the most significant market for the film industry during his keynote speech at the inaugural WSJ.D Live Conference on Monday night. With the world’s largest population and a booming middle class, China’s influence as a market is already starting to be felt in Hollywood. Ma, who founded Alibaba Group, touted his company as “the biggest entertainment company in the world,” thanks to the changing demands of its consumers. What started as an online retail outlet has become more known as a destination for people seeking entertainment.
The Disneyland TV Show Debuted 60 Years Ago
Sixty years ago, on October 27, 1954, the Disneyland TV show debuted on ABC. The show actually existed before the theme park opened in Anaheim, California on July 17, 1955 and was in effect an advertisement for the park. But oh, what a glorious advertisement it was. Kids got a peek at the developments at Disneyland and, of course, were not so subtly sold on the idea that Disneyland was the place where all your dreams could come true.
Shine America’s Rich Ross to Depart
Ross’ exit comes amid restructuring tied to the merger with Apollo’s Endemol and Core.
Julie Pastor Returns To Sam Mendes’ Neal Street Prods As Head Of Development
Sam Mendes’ Neal Street Productions has brought Julie Pastor back into the fold as its Head of Development. Pastor was previously VP of Development at Ben Stiller’s Red Hour Films and prior to that was Director of Development at Neal Street, working closely with Mendes on his 2012 Bond film Skyfall and on 2009’s Away We Go. She will now be responsible for Neal Street’s film and television development.
Variety Honors FX Networks’ John Landgraf with Creative Leadership Award
John Landgraf, CEO of FX Networks and FX Prods., is respected across the TV biz for championing distinctive shows and for his candor in addressing everything from FX’s shortcomings to industry-wide problems such as violence on screen.
Variety: Hollywood’s New Leaders: TV
Danielle Carrig, 36 – Senior VP of publicity and public affairs, Lifetime Networks
Melissa Chambless, 39 – VP of marketing, TNT & TBS Unscripted Series, Turner Classic Movies
Sean Cohan, 40 – Exec VP, Intl., A&E Networks
Jonathan Frank, 37 – Senior VP of current programming, FX Networks
Dalia Ganz, 30 – Director, digital and partnerships marketing, ABC Family
Andie Green, 34 – VP, scripted programming, Fox Intl. Channels
Damien Marin, 40 – Senior VP worldwide digital media and domestic pay tV, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios
Ania O’Hare, 36 – Lead casting executive, DreamWorks Animation
Kent Rees, 39 – Exec VP, marketing, scheduling and operations, Pivot
Variety: Hollywood’s New Leaders: Creative
Ike Barinholtz, Kenya Barris, Josh Boone, Benedict Cumberbatch, Calvin Harris, Colin Jost, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, Scott Neustadter, and Michael H. Weber, Peter Nowalk, Nicole Richie, Zoe Saldana, Nicholas Stoller, Taylor Swift, James Wan.
HBO to Lay Off Over 150 Employees This Week
Weeks after the conglom went public with job cuts at its Warner Bros. and Turner Broadcasting divisions, the HBO unit is expected to trim its own staff as well, according to sources. Approximately 7% of its 2,400 employees face pink slips as early as this week. It’s unclear what areas of operation within HBO will be impacted by the layoff but the reductions will be contained entirely to the company’s domestic personnel.
HBR: Why Your Brain Loves Good Storytelling
We discovered that, in order to motivate a desire to help others, a story must first sustain attention – a scarce resource in the brain – by developing tension during the narrative. If the story is able to create that tension then it is likely that attentive viewers/listeners will come to share the emotions of the characters in it, and after it ends, likely to continue mimicking the feelings and behaviors of those characters. This explains the feeling of dominance you have after James Bond saves the world, and your motivation to work out after watching the Spartans fight in 300.