The Halle Berry sci-fi drama is moving up an hour to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays, CBS announced Thursday. The sophomore series will switch timeslots with repeats of Criminal Minds and now air immediately following Big Brother, which has been pulling in solid ratings.
Former Veronica Mars star Jason Dohring has landed a recurring role on the CW drama’s third season.
Walden Media and Jim Henson Co. have joined together to develop and produce a new family-friendly film project called Happy Krampus! This will be a fully live-action project and is based on an original idea by Kealan O’Rourke. The story follows Santa’s forgotten helper and giver of coal to naughty children (Krampus) – who has lost his job at the North Pole due to modern parents spoiling their children.
ABC is opening up another night of NBA action, adding Saturday games for next season. The eight-game slate will tip off Jan. 23, 2016 and run twice a month through the rest of the season, with games starting at 8:30 p.m. Under its current rights deal with the NBA—which expires after next season—ABC was scheduled for 16 games. Instead of airing doubleheaders on Sundays, ABC will now air one on Saturday nights and one on Sunday afternoons.
Indeed, despite ESPN’s status as the biggest revenue producer in television, with by far the highest subscriber fees, the cost of doing business is rising exponentially. The network pays nearly $2 billion annually for NFL Monday Night Football. In October, ESPN extended its TV deal with the NBA through the 2024-25 season, paying $1.4 billion annually, a threefold increase over what it currently pays. Ironically, in an a-la-carte world, ESPN’s rich subscriber fees — more than $6 per sub, the envy of the cable TV business — could become its Achilles’ heel.
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In an effort to compete with rival streaming service Netflix, the web content provider could allow Hulu users the option of paying $12 to $14 a month for the ad-free service, doubling the current $7.99 premium subscription.
“This is definitely dipping your toe in a new era,” said Jennifer Danielson, Above Average’s general manager, particularly as more consumers become conversant with video-on-demand and streaming-video apps. After helping to start the unit in 2012, Danielson has moved Above Average from helping others create shortform video series for various multichannel networks to staffing up so the company can make its own stuff – and do more work for advertisers as well.
Keshet International is launching a U.S.-based studio and has tapped prolific producer Peter Traugott as head of domestic scripted operations. Traugott will serve as president of scripted, while Rachel Kaplan will be executive vp. Both will report to Keshet International CEO Alon Shtruzman.
Q: Do you now feel a sense of satisfaction toward people who might have told you to stick with movies and not get into network TV?
A: But to build a show that is competitive with some of the best television that has ever been produced, and to do that in the broadcast space where the mandate is different, the metrics are different, that means a lot. And certainly HBO is lapping the field, but for ABC to have the second most nominations of any platform really speaks to what they’re trying to do.
When compared with a wide variety of traditional linear TV networks, Netflix is the runaway favorite programming outlet among viewers ages 13-49, according to a survey conducted in June by research firm Ipsos Media CT. Many more of these viewers are watching the ad-free network for at least five hours each week than spending that amount of time with any other platform — broadcast, cable or digital.
But an analysis of a comprehensive panel of 22,000 adults fielded this past year by Frank N. Magid Associates yields a surprising finding: OTT is growing the overall pie, not slicing it up. According to Magid’s latest research, instead of fighting over crumbs, OTT is akin to having a second helping.