The Morning Update for Wednesday, May 4, 2016.

Hi all, May the 4th be with you! Here’s your Morning Update for Wednesday, May 4, 2016:

SCRIPTED NEWS:

El Chapo Drama Series in the Works at History
‘#Cartel,’ from ‘Narcos’ alum Chris Brancato, will follow the rise of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman and how drug cartels use social media to stay on top. The project is a co-production of ABC Signature — the cable-focused arm of ABC Studios — and A+E Studios. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/el-chapo-drama-series-works-890237

Tom Harper To Direct ‘The Son’ On AMCBritish director Tom Harper(War & Peace) is set to direct the opening episode of AMC‘s straight-to-series dramaThe Son, from Sonar Entertainment and AMC Studios. Based on the book by Philipp Meyer, The Son is a multi-generational epic tale of the story of America’s birth as a superpower through the bloody rise and fall of one Texas family. http://deadline.com/2016/05/tom-harper-director-the-son-amc-1201748379/

‘The Path’ Renewed for Season 2 at Hulu
The drama series about a family wrapped up in a cult-like religious movement has been renewed for a second season. The Universal Television series created by Jessica Goldberg (“Parenthood”) wraps its 10-episode first season on May 25. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/the-path-aaron-paul-michelle-monaghan-hulu-renewed-season-2-1201766014/

Hulu Renews ‘Mindy Project’ For Season 5, Orders New Triumph the Insult Comic Dog Election Special & More – Upfront
A year after Hulupicked up The Mindy Project when it was not renewed by Fox, the streaming service has ordered another season — the single-camera comedy’s fifth overall and second exclusively on Hulu. At its upfront presentation in New York today, Hulu also is announcing a second election special from Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog to debut later this year. http://deadline.com/2016/05/the-mindy-project-renewed-season-5-triumph-the-insult-comic-dog-election-special-upfront-1201748810/

(sched) ‘Peaky Blinders’ Season 3 Gets Netflix U.S. Debut DateCillian Murphy‘s Tommy Shelby and the rest of the gang are back for more later this month for their U.S. fans, and there’ll be some Tom Hardytoo. All of Season 3 of Peaky Blinderswill launch May 31 on Netflix. http://deadline.com/2016/05/peaky-blinders-season-3-debut-netflix-cillian-murphy-tom-hardy-1201748691/

(animated) Blues Brothers get animated
An animated comedy series based on classic movie The Blues Brothers is in the works with Dan Aykroyd, Judy Belushi and the prodco behind Bob’s Burgers onboard. Bento Box Entertainment will develop and produce the series and will begin shopping it to television platforms this month. The series chronicles the music, mayhem and comedy adventures of Jake and Elwood Blues, along with the members of their blues band. http://www.c21media.net/blues-brothers-get-animated/

CASTING NEWS:

Gilmore Girls Revival Casts Scandal’s Dan Bucatinsky
Former Scandal star Dan Bucatinskyhas joined Netflix’s Gilmore Girlsrevival.http://www.tvguide.com/news/gilmore-girls-revival-dan-bucatinsky/

Rosie Perez, Ron Livingston Among Five Cast In TBS’ Search Party’
TBS is building out the cast of its comedy series Search Party. Rosie Perez, Ron Livingston, Parker Posey and Christine Taylor have joined as recurring and Brandon Micheal Hall has signed on as a series regular. Slated to premiere in late 2016, Search Party is a dark comedy about four self-absorbed 20-somethings who become entangled in an ominous mystery when a former college acquaintance named Chantal suddenly disappears. http://deadline.com/2016/05/rosie-perez-ron-livington-christine-taylor-parker-posey-brandon-micheal-hall-cast-search-party-1201748384/

NEW MEDIA NEWS:

Maker Studios Announces 4 New ‘Forward-Thinking’ Shows at Intimate NewFronts Event
Spin For Ink: Romeo Lacoste gives fans a new tattoo of their dreams, but only if they earn it through a series of extreme challenges.
Worthy: Beauty guru Charisma Star handpicks inspirational stories and aspirations—submitted by her fans—to feature and discuss, in an effort to help them reach their goals.
The Remember Hour: Creator Chad Quandt brings audiences a dystopian puppet show where characters Rash and Skid share their knowledge of the past with fans.
Can I Crush It?—Kali Muscle puts his muscles to the test and gets out some aggression—taking suggestions from fans on what he can and cannot crush. http://www.adweek.com/news/technology/maker-studios-announces-4-new-forward-thinking-shows-intimate-newfronts-event-171196

Defy Media Unveils Series Slate at Newfront Presentation
Defy Media
shone the spotlight on some of the 30 new series to join its roster of original programming at its Newfronts presentation Tuesday in Manhattan. http://variety.com/2016/digital/news/defy-media-unveils-series-slate-at-newfront-presentation-1201765258/

Conde Nast Backs 3 Filmmaker Incubator Programs, Renews 98 Digital Series
Conde Nast Entertainment is throwing its weight behind three incubator programs aimed at finding next-generation filmmakers, as the publishing firm’s video production arm continues to pump fuel into its content pipeline. CNE also said it’s bringing back 98 original short-form online series for the 2016-17 season — 62% of its current slate. http://variety.com/2016/digital/news/conde-nast-entertainment-talent-incubator-1201765187/

Hulu confirms plan to stream live TV next year
Hulu announced this morning that it’s going to begin offering subscribers the ability to stream "live programming from broadcast and cable brands" in 2017. That’ll include "live sports, news, and events," Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins said. Hulu’s subscribers won’t be required to have a traditional cable TV subscription in order to watch. http://www.theverge.com/2016/5/4/11590306/hulu-confirms-live-tv-2017-plans

(review) THR: ‘Flowers’
Olivia Colman
and Julian Barratt star in a twisted British comedy from NBCUniversal’s new subscription streaming comedy channel Seeso. Distinctive, but not necessarily unique, Flowers feels like a mixture of Franny and Zooey and Harold and Maude by way of Roald Dahl. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/flowers-tv-review-889082

Hulu Is Slowing, Hits 12 Million Subscribers Versus Netflix’s 81 Million
Streaming site Hulu touted a 30 percent climb in subscribers in the last year, bringing its total membership to more than 12 million people. The downside: Memberships were climbing at a 50 percent rate a year earlier. (And, by comparison, streaming giant Netflix just surpassed 81 million.) http://www.thewrap.com/hulu-is-slowing-hits-12-million-subscribers-versus-netflixs-81-million/

NewFronts Mystery: How Many Shows Actually Get Made?
As digital media companies look to steal ad dollars from TV, THR looks at the 2015 track records of AOL, Yahoo, Refinery29 and more. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/lists/newfronts-mystery-how-shows-actually-890256/item/yahoo-newfronts-mystery-890277

AOL to open 360-degree content studio
AOL has announced plans to build a state-of-the-art, 360-degree content studio in downtown New York. The ground-floor, public-facing studio is due open this autumn on Broadway and will expand AOL’s “commitment to provide an immersive live and virtual reality experience”, according to the firm. http://tbivision.com/news/2016/05/aol-open-360-degree-content-studio/587622/

Big Netflix knows what you like, how to make you watch more of it
In a recent blog post, Netflix Global Manager of Creative Services Nick Nelson provides a peek at just how closely the team monitors the way viewers select content based on its associated image. Users apparently spend an average of 1.8 seconds considering each title presented to them while on Netflix. In general, if a selection isn’t made within 90 seconds spent on the platform, they’ll move onto something else. The post’s key takeaways with respect to images are that complex emotions, bad guys, and less people consistently lead to higher engagement. http://www.avclub.com/article/big-netflix-knows-what-you-how-make-you-watch-more-236221

NON-SCRIPTED / ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

Jimmy Kimmel Will Be Live’s First Post-Michael Strahan Guest Host
ABC’s late-night host will be Kelly Ripa‘s first guest co-host on the daytime talk show Live with Kelly and TBDafter Michael Strahanleaves the show on Friday, May 13. http://www.tvguide.com/news/jimmy-kimmel-live-kelly-ripa-guest-host/

ESPN Is Forging a Partnership With Vice to Reach a New Generation of Sports Fans
As younger consumers continue to eschew traditional TV, ESPN, like most other networks, has had to seek out a strong digital-native partner. Today it has, in Vice. The wide-ranging partnership encompasses both digital and television. Vice Sports will produce new original series that will air across ESPN. Select 30 for 30 documentaries from ESPN Films will air on Vice’s new TV network Viceland. http://www.adweek.com/news/television/vice-will-produce-original-series-espn-171201

Entertainment One Inks First-Look Deal with ‘Chopped’ Creators
Entertainment One has inked a first-look deal with “Chopped” creators Cleve Keller and Dave Noll. Under the new pact, the duo will develop and produce original unscripted programming via their Keller/Noll banner with eOne. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/entertainment-one-cleve-keller-dave-noll-deal-1201765484/

INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

ABC makes appointment with Doctor Blake
Australian pubcaster the ABC has confirmed a fifth season of The Doctor Blake Mysteries, which will be filmed later this year ahead of airing in 2017. The series is the ABC’s top-rating locally produced drama. Produced by December Media, The Doctor Blake Mysteries is set in the 1960s and stars Craig McLachlan as police surgeon Dr Lucien Blake and Nadine Garner as his devoted housekeeper Jean. http://www.c21media.net/abc-makes-appointment-with-doctor-blake/

TWDC NEWS:

Disney Signs on as Women in Animation’s First Official Corporate Sponsor
Walt Disney Animation Studios has come on board as the first corporate sponsor for Women in Animation. The sponsorship will help the organization host monthly events, expand its mentorship program and help with the development of its legacy and archive program. http://variety.com/2016/biz/news/disney-sponsors-women-in-animation-1201765549/

EXECUTIVE / TALENT NEWS:

Marketing Veteran Jamie Stevens Joins Sony Pictures
Veteran marketing executive Jamie Stevens is joining Sony Pictures as executive VP of worldwide consumer products. http://variety.com/2016/film/news/jamie-stevens-sony-pictures-1201765950/

El Rey Names Daniel Tibbets As GM, A New Role
El Rey Networkfounder Robert Rodriguez is still in charge of the English-language network that targets young Latinos. But he has created a new role there for a GM and given it to Daniel Tibbets, a familiar name in traditional and new media circles. http://deadline.com/2016/05/el-rey-names-daniel-tibbets-gm-1201748304/

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

AdWeek: Why Nielsen’s Ambitious Total Audience Measurement Won’t Be Used During the Upfronts
Since first announcing its Total Audience Measurement in October, Nielsen has maintained that the new tool, which will include viewers across all linear and digital platforms in a single metric, would be ready in time for networks and buyers to use during this year’s upfronts. But today, Nielsen officially put an end to those ambitious plans. Total Audience Measurement, client education is taking longer than initially anticipated, as some are still working to "fully enable" their digital distribution paths and VOD assets. http://www.adweek.com/news/television/why-nielsens-ambitious-total-audience-measurement-won-t-be-used-during-upfronts-171203

Variety: Inside Comcast’s Bold Attempt to Take on Disney With DreamWorks Animation Buy
Flush with cable cash and unbridled ambition, Comcast Corp. leaders Brian Roberts and Steve Burke pushed to acquire Disney in 2004 with a bold, and unsolicited, bid of $54 million. Twelve years to the day after Comcast was forced to pull that offer in a humbling defeat, the cable giant’s NBCUniversal arm unveiled a $3.8 billion deal last week to buy DreamWorks Animation. The pact to bring the popular characters of “Shrek,” “Kung Fu Panda” and other franchises into the Peacock’s plume has set the Hollywood studio off on an aggressive mission: to build a better mousetrap than Disney, the current unrivaled champion of family entertainment. http://variety.com/2016/biz/features/comcast-takes-on-disney-dreamworks-animation-acquisition-buy-1201764760/

Variety: CBS Predicts Strong TV Upfront
CBS executives predicted the company would fare well in the coming “upfront” market. Les Moonves cited new scrutiny being placed on digital media by advertisers, who are frustrated by measurement as well as fraudulent reports of traffic activity. “There is a shift of dollars coming back into television.” Moonves suggested the broadcast networks could see more than a 9% increase in volume of ad commitments placed in advance. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/cbs-advertising-tv-upfront-1201765703/

(gaming) Variety: Skydance Acquires Game Developer The Workshop, Launches Interactive Division
Skydance has acquired leading game developer The Workshop Entertainment and launched Skydance Interactive, a dedicated subsidiary that will create and own original video games and virtual reality experiences. http://variety.com/2016/film/news/skydance-game-developer-workshop-skydance-interactive-1201765401/

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