The Morning Update for Monday, December 7, 2015.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Monday, December 7, 2015:

SCRIPTED NEWS:

ITV Studios America Inks Pod Deal With Christina Wayne For Scripted Series

In one of his first major moves as ITV Studios America president, Philippe Maigret has inked an exclusive producer overall deal with Christina Wayneand her Assembly Entertainment. Wayne and her team will relocate to ITV Studios America’s offices in New York and Los Angeles. http://deadline.com/2015/12/itv-studios-america-pod-deal-christina-wayne-philippe-maigret-1201656597/

(from Fri) NBC Adapting Israeli Soccer Family Comedy ‘Imported’

NBC is teaming with Keshet to adapt Israeli comedy Imported. The comedy, which has received a script commitment from the network, is a fish out of water story about an American family who moves to London when one of their sons is drafted by a top English soccer club. Robert Borden will pen the script and exec produce the Universal Television and Keshet comedy. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/nbc-adapting-israeli-soccer-family-846015

(from Fri) Female Revenge Drama From Jennifer Johnson & Sue Chung Set At The CW

Jennifer Johnsonhas re-teamed with rising young writer Sue Chungfor an untitled drama project (akaFurious), which has been set up at the CW. Written by Chung, the drama centers on a trio of women who work outside the law to deliver justice against those who evade punishment in the legal system. At the same time, they seek personal revenge against the people responsible for destroying their own lives. http://deadline.com/2015/12/female-revenge-drama-jennifer-johnson-the-cw-1201653164/

(from Fri) HBO Developing Baptist Comedy From ‘Hand to God’ Playwright

HBO is developing half-hour comedy Brotherhood from playwright Robert Askins. The comedy takes place at the largest Baptist university in the world where a young man joins a secret organization that has two goals: party harder than anyone else and write the funniest, most incisive campus humor magazine in history. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/hbo-developing-baptist-comedy-hand-845984

(from Fri) Discovery Developing Anthology Series About Infamous Criminal Masterminds, Starting With Unabomber Manhunt

Discovery Channel has put in development Manifesto, an anthology drama series from Black List writer Andrew Sodroskiand Kevin Spaceyand Dana Brunetti’s Trigger Street. The show would explore how the FBI caught infamous criminal masterminds, with each closed-ended season following a different case. The first season will focus on the FBI agent who using unconventional means brought Ted Kaczynski, aka the “Unabomber,” to justice after nearly a 20-year manhunt. http://deadline.com/2015/12/discovery-criminal-mastermind-unabomber-manhunt-series-kevin-spacey-1201653466/

‘Gigi Does It’ Canceled By IFC After One Season

There will not be a second season of David Krumholtz’s comedy series Gigi Does Iton IFC. The actor made the announcement on Twitter. Gigi Does It, starring Krumholtz as an old woman living in Florida who faces the modern world, finished its eight-episode Season 1 run on Nov. 16. http://deadline.com/2015/12/gigi-does-it-canceled-ifc-one-season-1201653785/

(sched) NBC’s ‘The Wiz Live’ Encore Scheduled
The telecast will air one more time on NBC after delivering an impressive 3.4 demo rating Thursday. The network will air an encore of The Wiz Live! on Saturday, Dec. 19 at 8 p.m. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/nbcs-wiz-live-encore-scheduled-845869

CASTING NEWS:

‘Supergirl’ Taps ‘Chasing Life’s’ Italia Ricci to Recur as DC Comics Villain

The actress will make her debut in episode 14. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/supergirl-taps-chasing-lifes-italia-845926

FEATURE NEWS:

‘Creed’s’ Ryan Coogler in Talks to Direct ‘Black Panther’
“Creed” helmer Ryan Coogler is in talks to direct Marvel’s “Black Panther.” Kevin Feige is producing the film which stars Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa, the prince of the African nation of Wakanda, who must take over the mantel after his father’s murder. Joe Robert Cole is penning the script. http://variety.com/2015/film/news/black-panther-ryan-coogler-directing-creed-1201654620/

NEW MEDIA NEWS:

NYT: Digital Ad Spending Expected to Soon Surpass TV

Television ad sales are expected to fall slightly this year, decreasing globally for the first time ever aside from a recession year, according to the Interpublic Group’s Magna Global. TV will account for 38.4 percent of the $503 billion global ad market this year and will drop to 38 percent of the market in 2016. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/07/business/media/digital-ad-spending-expected-to-soon-surpass-tv.html

Netflix and Other Streaming Services Hog 70 Percent of the Internet

Streaming media sites now devour more than 70 percent of internet traffic in North America, with No. 1 Netflix accounting for 37.1 percent of all data sent to people logging into non-mobile connections. YouTube and Amazon Video rounded out the top three sources of traffic. http://www.thewrap.com/netflix-youtube-amazon-hulu-streaming-services-70-percent-internet-data-usage/

NON-SCRIPTED / ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

MSNBC to Add Bloomberg TV Political Show

“With All Due Respect,” Bloomberg Media’s flagship political television show, will also be shown on MSNBC, weeknights at 6 p.m., after a deal between the two. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/07/business/media/msnbc-to-add-bloomberg-tv-political-show.html

(from Fri) TLC Renews Transgender Teen Docuseries ‘I Am Jazz’ for Season 2

Eight new hourlong episodes will debut in 2016. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/tlcs-i-am-jazz-renewed-846018

(from Fri) Nickelodeon Greenlights Rob Dyrdek Viral Sports Series ‘Crashletes’ for Nicktoons
Nickelodeon has ordered 20 episodes of “Crashletes” (working title) from executive producers Rob Dyrdek and Shane Nickerson of Superjacket Productions for its Nicktoons channel. Each episode will feature guest personalities from the worlds of sports and entertainment along with viral sports clips. http://www.thewrap.com/nickelodeon-greenlights-rob-dyrdek-viral-sports-series-crashletes-for-nicktoons-exclusive/

TWDC NEWS:

Atlantic: Star Wars: The Merch Awakens
The toys and the clothes and the home goods and the Chewie-branded Coffeemate—these are not just products. They have also become an integral part of how audiences experience Star Wars. They suggest the extent to which today’s monomyths include not just stories, but stuff. Commercial goods—monomythic merch—are now integral to the legends we tell ourselves about who we are and where we’re going. http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2015/12/star-wars-when-the-merch-is-the-monomyth/418953/

EXECUTIVE / TALENT NEWS:

ABC News’ Lincoln Square Productions Names Head Of Scripted Programming

ABC News’ Lincoln Square Prods. has made another step toward establishing itself as a scripted-series player with the appointment of Linda Bermanas Director, Scripted Content. This is the first time ABC News’ in-house production company has had a dedicated scripted executive, and she is believed the first such exec for a network news division. http://deadline.com/2015/12/abc-news-lincoln-square-productions-head-of-scripted-programming-linda-berman-1201653336/

Courtney White Named SVP Programming At Travel Channel

Courtney White, a senior programming executive for HGTV, DIY Network and Great American Country, has been promoted to SVP programming for Travel Channel. http://deadline.com/2015/12/courtney-white-named-svp-programming-at-travel-channel-1201657033/

AWARDS / END OF THE YEAR NEWS:

Vulture: The 10 Best TV Shows of 2015
1. Hannibal (NBC)

2. The Americans (FX)

3. Mad Men (AMC)

4. BoJack Horseman (Netflix)

5. Show Me a Hero (HBO)

6. Rectify (Sundance TV)

7. Jessica Jones (Netflix)

8. Black-ish (ABC)

9. The Leftovers (HBO)

10. Fargo (FX)

http://www.vulture.com/2015/12/10-best-tv-shows-of-2015.html

TVLine’s 10 Best Comedy Series of 2015

10. Catastrophe

9. The Last Man On Earth

8. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

7. Transparent

6. Playing House

5. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

4. Getting On

3. VEEP

2. Black-ish

1. Master Of None

https://tvline.com/gallery/top-10-tv-shows-of-2015-comedy-series/

Grammy Nominations: Full List For 58th Annual Awards

Here is the complete list of nominees unveiled for the 58th annual Grammy Awards. http://variety.com/2015/music/news/grammy-nominations-full-list-58th-annual-taylor-swift-1201655347/

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

CBS Research Chief Sees 9.5 Percent Broadcast Networks Ad Growth in 2016

David Poltrack says that will mean 5 percent when adjusting for the expected boost from the Rio Summer Olympics. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/broadcast-networks-ad-growth-2016-846296

AdWeek: Taking Millennials at Face Value Will Derail Your Marketing Efforts to Reach Them
Let’s take a look at millennials in the first of the two life stages. Often referred to as the "me’s," they’re on the cusp of adulthood and often still financially dependent. But in contrast, let’s consider the me’s older siblings, the "we’s." We’s are starting to prioritize family needs, following patterns that aren’t so different from those their baby boomer parents followed, as they think about a place to live and bringing up kids. Truth is most millennials are more like their baby boomer parents than you might imagine. http://www.adweek.com/news/advertising-branding/taking-millennials-face-value-will-derail-your-marketing-efforts-reach-them-168430

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