The Morning Update for Friday, June 17, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Friday, June 17, 2016. Have a great weekend!


‘Making a Murderer’ Creators Team With George Clooney for Scripted Drama Series
‘America’s Most Admired Lawbreaker’ is based on Steven Brill’s article and is the first project to come under Clooney and Grant Heslov’s new overall deal with Sonar Entertainment. Lawbreaker is the true story of a venerable pharmaceutical company that created a powerful drug and marketed it aggressively to children and the elderly while allegedly manipulating and hiding data about its side effects.

‘Orphan Black’ Renewed for Fifth and Final Season
The final 10 episodes will air in 2017.

‘Empire’ Co-Creator Danny Strong Signs Overall Deal With 20th TV
The Emmy winner will write, direct, supervise and develop new projects for the studio.

Randall Einhorn Inks Deal With 20th TV, Joins ‘The Mick’ As Executive Producer
The Mick producer 20th TV jumped in to lock in Randall Einhorn with a deal that will keep him on the show as director/executive producer, helming several more episodes of the comedy’s initial 13-episode order. Additionally, he will likely direct another pilot for the studio next season.

James Wan to Direct CBS’ Rebooted ‘MacGyver’ Pilot
He was originally set to helm the pilot and was replaced by David Von Ancken.

(sched) FOX fall TV 2016 premiere dates: ‘Pitch,’ ‘Empire’ and everything launches the week of Sept. 19
FOX has set its fall premiere schedule, and it should be a pretty easy one to remember. All of the network’s fall series will premiere the week of Sept. 19, the start of the Nielsen-measured season.

(sched) Louis C.K.-Pamela Adlon FX Comedy Series ‘Better Things’ Sets Fall Premiere Date
Better Things, the new FX comedy series he co-created with Louie scribe and star Pamela Adlon, will premiere September 8. Better Things is a semi-autobiographical take on Adlon’s life. The series follows a single mother and middle-class actress “who pursues work all day and raises three kids,” said C.K.

(review) THR: ‘Greenleaf’
An intriguing church drama that’s more ‘Empire’ than ‘7th Heaven.’ Oprah Winfrey is the big name, but Keith David, Lynn Whitfield and an unfamiliar setting make this drama promising.


John Stamos Boards Fox’s ‘Scream Queens’
He’ll reunite with Ryan Murphy following previous collaborations including ‘The New Normal’ and ‘Glee.’

‘NCIS’ Enlists Wilmer Valderrama as Season 14 Regular
He’ll help fill the void created by the departure of former star Michael Weatherly.

Supergirl Casts Superman: Teen Wolf’s Tyler Hoechlin to Play Man of Steel
Supergirl has found its Superman in Teen Wolf alum Tyler Hoechlin. Hoechlin will guest-star in the first two episodes of Supergirl Season 2.

Arrow Casts Series Regular Role of DC Vigilante Adrian Chase in Season 5
Arrow has tapped Josh Segarra — who recurred on the NBC drama as Justin Voight before meeting his demise in last month’s finale — to play the series-regular role of Star City’s new district attorney, Adrian Chase.

‘The Deuce’ HBO Series Adds Chris Coy As Regular
Chris Coyis staying in the HBO fold with a series regular role on The Deuce, HBO‘s upcoming drama series starring James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal.


Universal’s ‘Wicked’ Movie Adaptation Gets December 2019 Release
Stephen Daldry will direct the musical for Universal and producer Marc Platt.


Netflix Readies Animated ‘Spy Kids,’ ‘Llama Llama’ Series
A new passel of kids’ favorites culled from the world of children’s books and popular movies are set to be served up on Netflix. The subscription-video-on-demand service unveiled a new slate of kids’ properties set to debut this fall, and in 2017 and 2018, part of an ongoing effort to draw younger viewers to the venue.

Hulu Snags ‘K.C. Undercover,’ ‘Gravity Falls,’ More in Disney Content Pact
Hulu has snared more than 500 episodes of Disney fare from cable networks Disney Junior, Disney Channel and Disney XD, the latest maneuver in an ongoing battle among subscription-video-on-demand players to corner the market on younger viewers. A new licensing agreement struck with Disney-ABC Television Group will give Hulu right to stream more than 20 original movies from Disney-ABC Television along with seven series.

Activision Blizzard Studios Animated Series ‘Skylanders Academy’ Lands At Netflix With 2-Season Order
Skylanders Academy, the first project from video game giant Activision Blizzard’s in-house production outfit Activision Blizzard Studios, has found a home on Netflix with a two-season order. It will debut on the streaming service in the fall.


Pinewood TV Boards ‘Eye in the Sky’ Writer’s United Nations Mini-Series Thriller
Guy Hibbert’s ’38th Floor,’ being developed for the BBC, marks one of the first projects for Pinewood’s newly launched TV banner. A global political thriller set in the United Nations, the 38th floor of the U.N.’s headquarters in New York is where the secretary general’s office is located.

HRT scoops The Paper
Croatian pubcaster HRT is to launch an original drama series set in a bustling newspaper office this autumn. The Paper is a 12-episode series that follows the highs and lows of a newspaper team.


(tech) Lucasfilm Developing ‘Star Wars’ Augmented-Reality Content Under Pact With Magic Leap
Disney’s Lucasfilm and its ILMxLAB R&D unit on Thursday announced a strategic alliance with Magic Leap, an augmented-reality startup that has raised nearly $1.4 billion in funding. Under the pact, the companies are forming a joint research lab at Lucasfilm’s San Francisco campus to work on storytelling within the Mixed Reality universe.


20th Century Fox Exec Lisa Katz Lands Top Drama Spot at NBC
Following Pearlena Igbokwe’s NBC departure and promotion to Universal Television’s president, Lisa Katz has been named executive vice president of drama development at NBC. Katz comes from 20th Century Fox TV where she has worked for 12 years, most recently serving as senior vice president of drama development.

Stacey Snider to Succeed Jim Gianopulos as Top 20th Century Fox Executive
Gianopulos will be elevated to "a new strategic role" with the company.

Mark Rylance, Marcia Gay Harden Take Top Acting Awards at Monte Carlo TV Fest
won the award for best actor in a long fiction program for his role on Wolf Hall, and Harden won the best actress in a TV series prize for Code Black.

River Studios Hires YouTube and Hollywood Insiders for L.A. Virtual Reality Studio
San Francisco-based virtual reality (VR) startup River Studios is expanding to Los Angeles with some key hires to run VR productions and work with both Hollywood and YouTube and social media talent. River Studios Los Angeles is being led by its new executive director Jonah Loop.

Sumner Redstone Moves To Replace Five Viacom Directors Including CEO Dauman
Sumner Redstone-controlled National Amusementsjust dropped the big one: It says it has replaced five of Viacom’s directors, including CEO Philippe Dauman — which would all but guarantee his ouster.

Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher are expecting a second baby
Mila Kunis is pregnant with a second child, a rep for the actress confirmed to The Times on Thursday.


THR: Sony Pictures Invests in Interactive Storytelling Platform Interlude
Sony Pictures Entertainment is making a seven-figure investment in interactive storytelling platform Interlude. As part of the deal, SPE will collaborate with Interlude on the development of content to be distributed on the Eko platform, which writer-director Will Gluck will create and oversee through his Los Angeles-based Olive Bridge Entertainment. Sony is betting that younger audiences want a more active relationship with entertainment than in the past. The Eko platform offers a departure from passive video storytelling by enabling creators to easily script and craft stories that can be shaped by the viewer based on his or her explicit or implicit preference.

(video) TED: The birth of virtual reality as an art form | Chris Milk
Chris Milk uses innovative technologies to make personal, interactive, human stories. VR is the last medium for storytelling, he says, because it closes the gap between audience and storyteller. To illustrate, he brought the TED audience together in the world’s largest collective VR experience.

Variety: TV Networks Bid to Quash Years-Old Ad Deals With Low Rates
For TV networks, some types of advertising are better than others. Executives at the nation’s big broadcast TV networks are pushing back on certain types of ad deals, according to four media-buying executives and others with knowledge of negotiations. These agreements guarantee sponsors low or moderate rate hikes over a multi-year period, and are in some cases grandfathered into negotiations between TV networks and individual advertisers over decades of doing business. The pacts favor the client and leave the TV networks with little ability to increase rates when bargaining conditions are in their favor.