The Morning Update for Monday, February 29, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Monday, February 29, 2016:


John Legend’s Get Lifted Joins A&E’s ‘The Infamous’ Pilot

Get Lifted will serve as the production company for the A&E Network hip-hop drama pilot with the Oscar winner plus partners Mike Jackson and Ty Stiklorius serving as EPs.

(from Fri) ‘House of Cards’ Promotes Pair as Showrunners For Season 5
“House of Cards”
has promoted Melissa James Gibson and Frank Pugliese to serve as co-showrunners on the next season of the Beltway drama, which is expected to bow in 2017.

Amazon’s ‘Mad Dogs’ Canceled After One Season, EP Shawn Ryan Says
broke the news early Sunday that the rookie drama would not be returning.

(from Fri) USA Cancels ‘Satisfaction’ After Two SeasonsThe escort drama starred Matt Passmore and hailed from ‘Suits’ EP Sean Jablonski.

‘Star Trek’: Nicholas Meyer Joins CBS Series as Writer-ProducerHe penned the screenplay for multiple features in the beloved franchise.

AdWeek: In Overhaul, National Geographic Channel Stresses Quality Programming Over Quantity
National Geographic
Global Networks CEO Courteney Monroe is also moving the network more heavily into scripted programming. She noted that its three movies based on books by Bill O’ReillyKilling Reagan, Killing Kennedy and Killing Jesus—were the network’s highest-rated and most-viewed telecasts ever. …"We’re just taking a more aggressive foray into it and really looking to do series and potentially even recurring series."


(from Fri) Mark Consuelos Nabs Key Role in Fox Baseball Drama ‘Pitch’He’ll play the team’s general manager in the Dan Fogelman pilot about the first female Major League Baseball player.

(from Fri) Bill Paxton to Star in CBS’ ‘Training Day’ SequelTaking on the role that earned Denzel Washington an Oscar.

(from Fri) David Spade To Co-Star In CBS Comedy Pilot ‘The Kicker’ Produced By Tina FeyRules of Engagement star David Spadeis returning to TV and CBS with a co-starring role opposite Geoff Stults in The Kicker, CBSmulti-camera comedy pilot from the 30 Rock and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt trio of Tina Fey, Jack Burditt and Robert Carlock.

(from Fri) Jimmy Smits to Star in ’24: Legacy’ for FoxThe ‘Sons of Anarchy’ grad is currently in production on Netflix’s Baz Luhrmann hip-hop drama ‘The Get Down.’

(from Fri) ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Alum T.R. Knight Sets ABC Drama ReturnHe’ll co-star in the network’s Reese Witherspoon divorce drama pilot.

(from Fri) ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Recruits ‘Happy Endings’ Star Casey Wilson, Rita Moreno

Both actresses will make their debut during the March 17 episode of the ABC Shondaland drama.


Disney Taps Writers for ‘It’s a Small World’ Movie
has hired writers Tim Rasmussen and Vince Di Meglio for “It’s a Small World,” its movie project based on the theme park ride. The “It’s a Small World” movie has been in development for the past two years with Jon Turteltaub directing. Jared Stern wrote a treatment.


ReCode: Mark Zuckerberg Is ‘Obsessed’ With Livestreaming, Making Live a Top Priority at Facebook
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has taken a heightened interest in livestreaming over the past few months, redirecting internal resources to help build out the company’s Live product that lets people broadcast video to friends on the service. …The key appears to be reach. Whichever company can ensure the most eyeballs will likely draw power users like celebrities, brands and content creators.

Amazon releases its first ad-supported original show, season three of reality series The Fashion Fund, available on without a Prime subscription
released the first episode of Season 3 of “The Fashion Fund,” a 10-episode reality show series produced by Conde Nast Entertainment that follows top fashion design contestants as they compete for a $400,000 grand prize. …It could signal that the company’s increasingly powerful media business is set to create a host of exclusive ad-supported shows that are available to everyone, Prime member or not, for free.


Disney Introduces Demand-Based Pricing at Theme ParksStarting on Sunday, Disney’s theme park resorts in California and Florida will charge different ticket prices based on the calendar.


Jeff Robinov’s Studio 8 Mints Four Creative Execs As Albert Hughes’ ‘Solutrean’ Starts Production
Studio 8
has elevated four executive assistants to become creative executives. Rishi Rajani, Greg Self, Kevin Shih and Liz Varner have all been promoted in Jeff Robinov’s expanding film and TV production company.


Oscars: The Complete Winners List
takes Best Picture; Brie Larson is Best Actress, Leonardo DiCaprio finally wins an Academy Award.


Variety: Cord-Cutting Continues: Don’t Believe the Early Q4 Hype
Early in this quarter’s earnings season, some industry watchers questioned the cord-cutting narrative. But despite signs of a turnaround due to better-than-expected numbers from Comcast and Time Warner Cable, it’s clear that the trend continues unabated now that the last of the big pay-TV providers reported their subscriber numbers this week.