The Morning Update for Tuesday, April 11, 2017.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Tuesday, April 11, 2017:


‘Haunting of Hill House’ TV Series Set at Netflix
is diving into the horror genre. A TV series adaptation of The Haunting of Hill House is set at the streaming giant. Ordered straight to series, the untitled project is described as a reimagining of Shirley Jackson’s 1959 novel. The story centers on four people living in an 80-year-old mansion. Mike Flanagan will write, direct and executive produce along with his producing partner, Trevor Macy, as well as Amblin TV’s Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank. Amblin TV will exec produce with Paramount Television. Ten episodes have been ordered.

Acorn TV Acquires BBC One Comedy ‘Decline And Fall’ Starring Eva LongoriaAcorn TV has acquired BBC One comedy Decline and Fall, starring Jack Whitehall, David Suchet (Poirot) and Desperate Housewives alumna Eva Longoria in the first TV adaptation of Evelyn Waugh’s classic novel. The three-part miniseries will make its U.S. premiere Monday, May 15, on Acorn TV.

‘Nashville’ Renewed for Season 6 at CMT
handed out a 16-episode season six to the country music drama. Additionally, ‘Big Little Lies’ grad Jeffrey Nordling will recur in the second half of season five, which launches June 1. Lionsgate, ABC Studios and Opry Entertainment produce the series.

(opinion) Cancel Bear vs. NBC, week 28: ‘The Blacklist: Redemption’ and ‘Emerald City’ will be one and doneSorry, “The Blacklist: Redemption” and “Emerald City” — you’re downgraded to likely cancellations. NBC waited at least a year too long to try a “Blacklist” spinoff. “Emerald City” didn’t do too badly in its Friday spot, but it’s also a show NBC spent two years dickering with — including scrapping it entirely at one point before reversing course — before finally scheduling it this fall.

(review) Variety: John Ridley’s ‘Guerrilla,’ Starring Freida Pinto
excels because of its interest in how individuals digest revolution — its tools cut against the assumptions made on every side of the fight that pits “us” vs. “them.” The series assembles a lot of different approaches in its one story, with a touch of the didactic tone of “American Crime.” But “Guerrilla’s” remove makes its concerns more accessible.


Don Cheadle Tackling Story of Wall Street’s First Black Millionaire
Don Cheadle
has acquired the film and TV rights to Prince of Darkness by Shane White, with plans to adapt the 2015 book as a starring vehicle. Steven Baigelman is reteaming with the actor and will pen the script for the drama. Cheadle will produce and star. Prince of Darkness: The Untold Story of Jeremiah G. Hamilton, Wall Street’s First Black Millionaire sheds light on the obscure story of Hamilton, who was mentioned in an obituary for Cornelius Vanderbilt as the tycoon’s true rival. White’s book details the rise of Hamilton as he is chased out of Haiti and becomes a broker and land agent in 19th century New York, his success prickling both white and black society.


NBCU Said To Be Planning Direct-To-Consumer Streaming Service – ReportIs Comcast’s NBCUniversal gearing up to introduce a nationwide direct-to-consumer streaming service similar to CBS All Access but with shows from NBCUniversal networks including NBC, Bravo, USA and Syfy? Bloomberg says today that it is, citing “people familiar with the matter.” Comcast and NBCU declined comment. But one highly placed source says it’s “just speculation” and that there’s nothing in the works. …Disney plans to launch an ESPN-branded service for niche sports later this year.

Dailymotion Plans Major Relaunch, Focused on Premium Content and Sidelining User Videos
isn’t exactly abandoning its roots in user-generated content. But the video site, now majority owned by French media conglom Vivendi, plans a significant relaunch of the service in June that will be geared toward serving up a curated feed of professionally produced content.

(analyst) Netflix vs. Amazon Spending on Video ContentAccording to analysts at JPMorgan, the Seattle-based e-commerce giant is set to spend $4.5 billion on video content this year. While that is still $1.5 billion shy of the $6 billion that market leader Netflix is planning to shell out this year, it is still a pretty clear statement of intent on Amazon’s part.

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg says company has 5M monthly advertisers, up from 3M in March 2016
is locked in a battle with Alphabet Inc’s Google (GOOGL.O) for dominance in digital advertising. The two Silicon Valley giants are expected to soak up some 46 percent of online ad spending in 2018, according to research firm eMarketer.


Kylie Jenner Spinoff Series ‘Life With Kylie’ a Go at E!This marks the latest collaboration between the NBCUniversal cabler and the Kardashian-Jenner clan.

Oprah Winfrey To Make First Visit To ‘The Talk’Oprah Winfrey is making her way to CBSThe Talk to sit down and chat with hosts Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Aisha Tyler and Sheryl Underwood for the first time. Winfrey be the featured guest throughout the entire hour-long show on Monday, April 17.

Netflix Picks Up Baby-Focused Docuseries From Jane Root’s NutopiaNetflix has picked up a 12-part documentary series from Jane Root’s Nutopia that’s described as an exploration of the science and experience of babies.


Australian Drama ‘Harrow,’ From ABC Studios International, Ordered Straight to Series
ABC Studios International
has its first series. A year and a half after promoting Keli Lee to managing director of international content and talent, the banner has landed a straight-to-series order for Australian drama Harrow. The 10-episode project about a forensic pathologist will be filmed in Brisbane and air on the Australian Broadcasting Co. The drama is being produced in partnership with ABC Studios International, Hoodlum Entertainment, the Australian Broadcasting Co. and Screen Queensland. It’s unclear if Harrow will air on ABC stateside. Stephen M. Irwin and Leigh McGrath created the drama. Irwin will pen the script and executive produce alongside Hoodlum Entertainment CEOs Tracey Robertson and Nathan Mayfield.


Showtime Names Don Buckley Chief Marketing OfficerThe Warner Bros. vet most recently served as the pay cabler’s vp program marketing and digital services.

Fox News Taps Scripps Networks Interactive Vet as CFO
Amy Listerman
replaces Mark Kranz, who retired in August 2016.

Comcast Chief Technology Officer Sree Kotay Quits After 10 Years With Cable Operator
Sree Kotay
has left Comcast Cable, where he had worked for 10 years and most recently served as chief technology officer. His departure was first reported by Multichannel News, which said Kotay left for “personal reasons.”

Netflix Plans to Move Productions to California, ‘Invest in Infrastructure,’ Ted Sarandos Says
is bringing its $6 billion dollar production budget back to Hollywood. Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said that he intends to bring as much production as possible to California, having concluded that chasing tax incentives in other states produces diminishing returns on screen. …“I’m happy to participate in the incentives if they work, but there is a cost on the creative of the show. ‘Veep’ is a great example, when they moved from Baltimore to L.A., it got way better,” Sarandos said of the HBO Emmy magnet.

Hasan Minhaj to Perform at White House Correspondents’ Association DinnerThe senior correspondent at “The Daily Show,” an Indian-American and a Muslim, will not get to perform before President Trump, who is skipping the dinner.


THR: Writers Guild Talks Resume But Demands Are Triple the Studios’ Likely OfferCan five more days of talks avert a strike when the union wants a $535 million contract and the studios are at around $180 million?

Deadline: Upfronts 2017 In Face Of Potential WGA Strike: Parties Could Be Scaled Back, Ad Buying Delayed, Presentations Tweaked…With a threat of a writers strike that could start as early as May 2 if the current WGA-AMPTP negotiations do not result in a deal, the upfronts are not going to be quite business as usual this year, with presentations likely looking and feeling a little different, a possible later start of ad buying and potentially fewer agency parties with few or no writer clients attending.

THR: New York’s Film Incentives Program Extended Three YearsThe state’s legislature approved Governor Andrew Cuomo’s budget proposal, which keeps the program funded through 2022.

HBR: A New, More Rigorous Study Confirms: The More You Use Facebook, the Worse You FeelOverall, our results showed that, while real-world social networks were positively associated with overall well-being, the use of Facebook was negatively associated with overall well-being. These results were particularly strong for mental health; most measures of Facebook use in one year predicted a decrease in mental health in a later year. We found consistently that both liking others’ content and clicking links significantly predicted a subsequent reduction in self-reported physical health, mental health, and life satisfaction.

New Yorker: The Despair of Learning That Experience No Longer MattersThe “return to experience” is a way to describe what you get in return for aging. It describes the increase in wages that workers normally see throughout their careers. …Unions, in arguing for pay that rises with seniority, invoke a belief in the return to experience. It comes close to measuring what we might otherwise call wisdom.

The return to experience is not the best-known economic concept, but it is alive in most of our contemporary economic spook stories, in which the callow private-equity analyst has the final power over an industry in which people have long labored, in which the mechanical robot replaces the assembly-line worker, in which the doctor finds his diagnosis corrected by artificial intelligence. It seemed to match at least one emotional vein that ran through the Trump phenomenon, and the more general alienation of the heartland: people are aging, and they are not getting what they think they have earned.