The Morning Update for Friday, March 31, 2017.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Friday, March 31, 2017. Have a great weekend!


‘NCIS: New Orleans’ EP Chris Silber Inks Overall Deal With CBS TV StudiosNCIS: New Orleans executive producer Chris Silber has signed a two-year overall deal with CBS TV Studios, the studio behind the CBS crime drama that recently was renewed for a fourth season. Under the pact — Silber’s first overall agreement — he will continue on NOLA next season, working with executive producer/showrunner Brad Kern, while also developing new projects for the studio.

Adult Swim Greenlights New Animated Series From ‘Robot Chicken’ Producers & MondoAdult Swim has ordered two new animated series, Apollo Gauntlet and Hot Streets, for premiere later this year.

(upfronts) Kevin Kay Outlines Paramount Network Launch Plans, Sets First Slate"Our mission is to establish Paramount Network as a prime destination for premium storytelling," says Kevin Kay. "From Alicia Silverstone as a trailblazing independent working mother in the 1970s to Michael Shannon as an FBI negotiator during the Branch Davidians dramatic standoff and siege, Paramount Network will be the home to compelling stories, unforgettable characters, and high quality production with a distinctive global appeal."

(upfronts) (animated) Cartoon Network Greenlights Two New Series as Part of "Holistic" Multiplatform Slate"The strategy of our entire business is really about being multiscreen and multiplatform by design," said Christina Miller. "It’s about building immersive experiences, end to end, for our audiences. We don’t just create shows; we create worlds. From the beginning, we look at: What is the mobile experience, what is the long-form experience, is there short-form [content] or a game, and if we can do a game, is it for mobile, is it console? We no longer think about single platforms, and we never just cut up the same episode and push it onto multiple platforms. We’ve moved beyond that."


Tyler Labine To Co-Star In ‘Hannah Royce’s Questionable Choices’ CBS PilotMad Love star Tyler Labine is reuniting with the series’ creator, Matt Tarses, network, CBS, and studios, Sony TV and CBS TV Studios.

‘Still The King’: Ben Savage Set To Recur On Season 2 Of CMT Comedy SeriesBoy Meets World and Girl Meets World alum Ben Savage is set for a key recurring role on the second season of CMT’s hit comedy series Still The King.

‘Lost In Space’: Raza Jaffrey Set To Recur In Netflix Series Remake
Raza Jaffrey
has booked a major recurring role on Lost in Space, Netflix’s remake of sci-fi master Irwin Allen’s 1965 cult TV classic, from Legendary TV.

Britt Lower Joins Hulu’s Seth Rogen Comedy ‘Future Man’The ‘Casual’ grad will appear in a multi-episode arc on the Josh Hutcherson-led sci-fi comedy.


Joss Whedon in Talks to Write, Direct ‘Batgirl’ Movie for Warner Bros.‘The Avengers’ helmer is in negotiations to write, direct and produce.

Amazon Studios Execs: “We Believe In The Theatrical Window Fully For Our Releases” – CinemaCon

Jason Ropell, VP Worldwide Motion Pictures at Amazon Studios, told CinemaCon attendees during the streaming service’s afternoon luncheon that the company believes “in the theatrical window fully for our releases.”


ABC Orders ‘Boy Band’ Singing Competition to Series
has given a 10-episode series order to Boy Band, a reality competition where hopeful singers compete with one another to join a musical group. In the show, viewers will have the control to vote for their favorite five band members live. No judges or host(s) are yet attached to the unscripted project, which is set to premiere this summer. Matador Content (Lip Sync Battle) will produce the series, with Todd Lubin, Jay Peterson, Jane Munn and Joel Relampagos on board to exec produce.

Princess Diana Subject of Second Primetime Special on ABCAiring May 7, the new special will focus on the last 100 days of her life.


HBO Teams With RAI for Drama Series ‘My Brilliant Friend’
is teaming with Italian broadcaster RAI and director Saverio Costanzo for a series adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s best-selling book My Brilliant Friend. The eight-part drama centers on Elena Greco, a now-elderly woman who begins writing a story about her friendship with her closest friend when that friend seems to disappear without a trace. Ferrante will write the series with Francesco Piccolo, Laura Paolucci and Costanzo, who will direct all eight episodes. Jennifer Schuur will exec produce.

Mark Strong Boards Fox Network’s Espionage Thriller ‘Deep State’
Mark Strong
will take the lead in espionage thriller Deep State, the first regional scripted commission from Fox Networks Group Europe and Africa. The eight-episode hourlong drama — which was announced under the working title The Nine — will see Strong play Max Easton, an ex-spy caught between the past and the present. Deep State was written by Matthew Parkhill (Rogue), Simon Maxwell (American Odyssey) and Steve Thompson (Sherlock, Doctor Who). Robert Connolly has signed up to direct episodes 1-4, while Parkhill, alongside his role as showrunner, will direct episodes 5-8.

Canal+ meets eOne’s Cardinal before CannesFrench pay TV broadcaster Canal+ has acquired Entertainment One Television’s drama thriller Cardinal.The Sierra Films and eOne-produced series was created in association with Canada’s CTV and is based on Giles Blunt’s novel series.The 6x60mins season one stars Billy Campbell as a detective investigating the murder of a teenage girl.Season two goes into production this summer in Ontario, with the third following in the autumn.

BBC Four enters Sweden’s Black LakeUK network BBC Four has acquired Swedish thriller series Black Lake.The 8x45mins mystery drama follows a group of young friends and a series on unsettling events that occur when they visit an abandoned ski resort. Ulf Kvensler, Moa Herngren, Peter Arrhenius and Jonathan Sjöberg wrote 2016 drama Black Lake, with Sjöberg and David Berron directing.

DramaFever’s Original Series ‘My Secret Romance’ to Simultaneously Premiere in U.S., South Korea
announced on Thursday that its original series My Secret Romance will premiere simultaneously in the U.S. and South Korea on April 17. This 12-episode series stars actor Sung Hoon opposite Song Ji Eun, a member of the popular K-pop girl band Secret, as a young couple who engage in a brief but passionate affair. They reunite three years later, embarking on a rollercoaster ride of a relationship.


MGM Studios Hires Sam Toles As SVP Digital & New PlatformsVimeo veteran Sam Toles has joined MGM Studios as SVP Digital & New Platforms, a newly created position. He will oversee efforts around digital native and shortform content development and distribution, reporting to unit president Kevin Conroy.

Endemol Shine North America Names Marisa Hammonds SVP Digital, Marketing & ResearchMarisa Hammonds, who most recently served as Vice President, Digital & Social Media, Endemol Shine North America, has been named Senior Vice President, Digital, Marketing & Research in an expanded role.


Academy Setting Producers Mike De Luca & Jennifer Todd For 90th Oscars EncoreThe ink might not be dry yet, but sources said that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will lock in Mike De Luca and Jennifer Todd to return and produce the 90th Academy Awards next year.


Wrap: AMPTP Asks Strike-Focused Writers Guild to ‘Return to the Bargaining Table’The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers responded to the decision by the Writers Guild of America, West and East to move toward a likely strike by asking the guild to reconsider its last offer and resume negotiations.

AdAge: Verizon Said to Plan Online TV Package for Summer Launch
Verizon Communications
has been securing streaming rights from TV network owners in preparation for the nationwide launch of a live online TV service, according to people familiar with the matter. The live, over-the-internet TV service would be a first for Verizon — separate from Go90, a YouTube-like streaming-video service aimed at teens — and also independent of its Fios home TV offer.

(music) Variety: Streaming Services Generated More Than 50% of All U.S. Music Industry Revenue in 2016Streaming music services were for the first time ever responsible for more than 50% of all U.S. music industry revenue in 2016, according to new numbers released by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

(tech) AdWeek: Twitter @Usernames Will No Longer Count Toward Its 140-Character Limit in RepliesProduct manager Sasank Reddy announced in a blog post that when users reply to other users or groups, their @usernames will no longer count against the 140-character limit. The update is rolling out Thursday for iOS, Android and the web.

TechCrunch: Facebook introduces personal fundraising tools, donate buttons in Facebook Live for Pages
Facebook today announced it’s expanding its set of online fundraising tools to include its own GoFundMe competitor, with the added support for personal online fundraisers, starting first in the U.S. The new tool will allow Facebook users to raise money for personal crises and other campaigns — like school or medical expenses, emergency situations, funerals and more. In addition, the company is adding the ability for Facebook Pages to add a “donate” button to their live broadcasts on the network.