The Morning Update for Thursday, December 29, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Thursday, December 29, 2016:

SCRIPTED NEWS:

Author Melissa De La Cruz Inks Three-Film Deal With Brad Krevoy TV, Including ‘Angel Falls’ Starring Rachel Boston For Hallmark
Bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz has signed a three-picture development and production deal with Brad Krevoy Television, the TV and SVOD production arm of Motion Picture Corporation of America. The three TV projects will be written, produced and broadcast for Christmas 2017 The first movie, Angel Falls for Hallmark Channel, is about a fallen angel who falls in love and wins back her halo during the Christmas season. http://deadline.com/2016/12/melissa-de-la-cruz-three-picture-deal-brad-krevoy-television-1201876490/

(review) Variety: ‘Beyond’ on FreeformIn a nod to the way its target audience consumes TV these days, all 10 episodes of Freeform’s sci-fi-flavored drama “Beyond” will be available on the Disney cabler’s app and on Hulu on the day of the show’s premiere. If only the show itself were a binge-worthy addiction. http://variety.com/2016/tv/reviews/beyond-freeform-review-1201949175/

NEW MEDIA NEWS:

Why 2017 Will Be Crunch Year for the Global Ambitions of Netflix and Amazon
The new year will see the two SVOD giants battle for subscribers and revenue using very different tactics. But both Amazon and Netflix should expect strong double-digit growth in the coming years. IHS expects Amazon Prime to hit 64 million subscribers worldwide by 2020, more than double the 30.5 million it has today. Netflix, which reported 86 million subscribers as of the third quarter of this year, should see that figure top 130 million globally by 2020, predicts IHS. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/2017-will-be-crunch-year-global-ambitions-netflix-amazon-958783

NON-SCRIPTED / ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

Jimmy Kimmel to Host Primetime ABC Special on ‘The Bachelor’
Kimmel will host a primetime special dedicated to “The Bachelor” on Jan. 2 at 10 p.m., immediately after the Season 21 premiere of the dating show on ABC. The special is titled “Jimmy Kimmel Live: Here for the Right Reasons.” http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/jimmy-kimmel-the-bachelor-primetime-special-1201949277/

(ratings) NBC’s ‘Today’ Show Posts First Monthly Ratings Win Since 2012
NBC’s “Today” show was the most-watched morning show in total viewers and the key demo for the month of December, marking its first non-Olympic monthly win in both categories since June 2012. “Today” averaged 4.8 million viewers to edge ABC’s “Good Morning America,” which averaged 4.6 million. Among the key news demo of adults age 25-54, “Today” averaged 1.7 million viewers compared to 1.5 million for “GMA.” http://www.thewrap.com/nbcs-today-show-posts-most-watched-month-since-2012/

TWDC NEWS:

(from Tues) Hulu strikes major deal with Disney for more than 50 movies
Hulu announced it had acquired the licensing exclusive rights to more than 50 Disney theatrical films. The deal with Walt Disney Studios is Hulu’s largest catalog deal for films with a studio to date. http://mashable.com/2016/12/27/hulu-disney-movies-deal

EXECUTIVE / TALENT NEWS:

(from Tues) Miramax CEO Steven Schoch Exiting CompanyMiramax Chief Executive Officer Steven Schoch will leave the company this month after four years as CEO and six as chief financial officer. http://variety.com/2016/film/news/miramax-ceo-steven-schott-exits-1201948881/

(from Tues) Sam Champion Says So Long To Weather Channel
Sam Champion will say so-long to The Weather Channel, ending his three-year run with the network. Champion’s departure is no surprise; his contract with the Atlanta-based network was expiring and he was not expected to re-up. http://deadline.com/2016/12/sam-champion-leaves-weather-channel-1201876085/

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

AdAge: 2017 Global Consumer Trends Marketers Need to Know
A projected 55% of the planet’s people are forecast to live in cities next year. Single people are also on the rise. The people on the planet are also getting older and are more interested in health and wellness. And if you are paying for stuff with cash — not a card — you are now in the minority. These are some of the findings revealed this week by experts at market researcher Euromonitor International, which provided a look-ahead at some global consumer trends to watch in 2017. http://adage.com/article/cmo-strategy/2017-global-consumer-trends-numbers/307311/

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