The Morning Update for Thursday, April 27, 2017.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Thursday, April 27, 2017:


Anika Noni Rose Options ‘Shadowshaper’ YA Fantasy Series For Film & TVAnika Noni Rose and her production company Roaring Virgin Productions have optioned TV and film rights to Shadowshaper, Daniel José Older’s bestselling YA fantasy series. Shadowshaper introduced Sierra Santiago, who lives in Brooklyn and discovers shadowshaping, a magic that infuses ancestral spirits into paintings, music, and stories. But someone is killing the shadowshapers one by one — and the killer believes Sierra is hiding their greatest secret.

‘Scream’: Queen Latifah and New Showrunner Set for Season 3 Overhaul
is trying its hand again at a Scream reboot. The previously announced six-episode third season will feature a brand-new cast, new location and a largely new creative team as the story is poised to become less white. Behind the scenes, Brett Matthews has been tapped as Scream’s latest showrunner. Additionally, Queen Latifah, Shakim Compere and Yaneley Arty will join the series as executive producers via Latifah’s Flavor Unit Entertainment banner.

’13 Reasons Why’ Near Season 2 Renewal at Netflix
is near a deal for a second season of the controversial drama about teen suicide. A writers’ room for the sophomore run has been up and running for a few weeks.


‘Singularity’: Amanda Lund To Star In FX Comedy PilotAmanda Lund is set as a female lead opposite Damon Wayans Jr. in Singularity, FX‘s futuristic comedy pilot from Sonny Lee (Silicon Valley) and producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. Conceived by Lee, the comedy is set in a future when artificial intelligence greatly surpasses human intelligence, resulting in profound changes to our society.

Hilary Swank Boards FX’s Danny Boyle Anthology ‘Trust’The actress will play Gail Getty in the upcoming drama.

‘Strike Back’: Cinemax Rounds Out Cast As Season 5 Production Begins
Nina Sosanya
, Katherine Kelly and Trevor Eve round out the Season 5 cast of Cinemax and Sky’s reboot of Strike Back. They join previously announced new series stars Warren Brown as “Mac” McAllister, Daniel MacPherson as Samuel Wyatt, Roxanne McKee as Natalie Reynolds and Alin Sumarwata as Gracie Novin.


K-Pop Superstars BigBang Go Camping In YouTube Red’s First Korean ShowKorean pop phenoms BigBang are starring in their own reality-comedy show on Google’s YouTube Red subscription service — the first Korean-language original series from the video giant. The six-episode series, “Run, BigBang Scout!”, is a lighthearted reality show in the vein of popular Korean variety shows that place celebrities in unfamiliar surroundings.

David Alpert, Skybound Working on ‘The Walking Dead’ VR Experience
“The Walking Dead”
is getting a VR experience: The show’s executive producer David Alpert said that Skybound has started to work on the project, but declined to share further details.

Apple Music Goes Hollywood: Inside Jimmy Iovine’s Video Plans
Apple Music
could release as many as 10 original series by the end of the year, including’s Planet of the Apps and several documentaries. Iovine won’t say what they are, but people familiar with the matter say two are about the legendary hip-hop labels Bad Boy Records and Cash Money Records while another is about music impresario Clive Davis. “For a music streaming service,” Iovine says, “we’re building a very decent slate.”

Variety: Facebook’s Instagram Surpasses 700 Million Monthly Active Users
-owned photo sharing service Instagram announced another milestone Wednesday morning: Instagram is now being used by more than 700 million people every month. The news comes just a little over four months after Instagram announced surpassing 600 million monthly active users.


Robin Thede to Host Chris Rock-Produced BET Late-Night Talk Show
has ordered weekly late-night show The Rundown With Robin Thede. Picked up with a 24-episode order and set to launch in the fall, the 30-minute news satire series will be hosted by former Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore head writer and contributor Thede. She will executive produce alongside Chris Rock and Jax Media’s Tony Hernandez, Lilly Burns, John Skidmore and Genevieve Aniello. Each episode will see the comedian take on the week’s headlines in politics and pop culture with a fast-paced, no-holds-barred show that will feature social commentary, sketch comedy and pop culture parodies.

Faith Hill, Kellie Pickler Talk Show to Premiere in Fall
Faith Hill
and Kellie Pickler’s daytime talk show will premiere this fall. Hill, 49, will executive produce the new Scripps series with Pickler, 30, and New York journalist Ben Aaron as hosts, according a press release on Hill’s website. The yet-to-be-titled lifestyle show will debut Sept. 18 on Scripps-owned stations, and include segments on cooking, gardening, entertaining, home design, beauty and fashion. Former Oprah Winfrey Show executive producer Lisa Erspamer and Sandbox Entertainment CEO Jason Owen will co-executive produce.


Tony Vinciquerra & Sony: No Offer To Anyone Yet On CEO PostDespite a report that indicates he has locked up the CEO job, there has been no offer made from Sony Pictures Entertainment to Tony Vinciquerra for the position. We heard the same information Friday and was told there are still two to three candidates in the mix. Although we understand Sony is currently conducting extensive background checks on the executive, nothing has moved the needle yet.

Miramax Hires Bill Block As New CEOThe veteran film executive is taking the reins of a company that is looking to expand significantly beyond its more recent incarnation as a lucrative library.

Lionsgate Names New Head of Tribeca Shortlist
has named Monica Bloom as senior vp and general manager of Tribeca Shortlist, the subscription video-on-demand service from the studio and Tribeca Enterprises.

GSN’s David Goldhill Steps Down as CEOHe will be moving on after 10 years at the Sony and AT&T-owned cable network.


Deadline: NBCU Chief Says He’s “Optimistic” Writers’ Strike Will Be Avoided
chief Steve Burke says he’s “optimistic and hopeful” that a writers’ strike can be avoided. “Strikes aren’t good for anybody,” he told analysts this morning in Comcast’s quarterly call with analysts. “I’m hopeful we’ll get it done.”

Deadline: Studios & WGA Can’t Even Agree On Lost Revenues From Last StrikeWith only six days to go before film and TV writers could launch their second strike in a decade, labor and management still strongly disagree over the impact of the last strike – a troubling sign that could indicate the two sides aren’t seeing eye-to-eye about the WGA‘s willingness to strike again this time.

Variety: TV Industry Braces for Disruption From Possible WGA StrikeIn an internal letter this week, WGA leaders told members who have volunteered to serve as strike captains to be prepared for immediate action should a work stoppage be triggered after the guild’s contract with producers expires at midnight PT out May 1.

THR: Writers Strike Preparations Begin: How a Work Stoppage Would Impact HollywoodThe reality of a strike grows more real as agents report that they haven’t seen any extensive contingency planning on the studios’ part: "They haven’t prepared like they did last time."

AdWeek: Here Are the Differences Between the Major Skinny Cable Streaming ServicesSince the field seems to be growing and more streaming service options keep popping up, we thought we’d share some stats on the five biggest competitors in the space and the differences between each service (DirecTV Now, Sling TV, YouTube TV, Playstation Vue, Hulu).

AdWeek: What Advertisers Need to Know About How TV Viewers Discover Videos and New ShowsThe study shows how viewers hear about new projects. For TV shows, commercials on television seem to do the trick for 56 percent of people, while word of mouth works for 47 percent. Once people hear about a new TV show, most use their TV’s guide or menu to find the actual show, while about a third of them use a subscription-service menu to find it. Once they’ve decided on a program, 54 percent of TV viewers watch it live, 38 percent stream it and 31 percent record it on their DVR. …For shows on subscription services, the breakdown is more diverse. Viewers mostly rely on word of mouth to pick new shows, but recommendations from the service, TV commercials and other browsing methods factor in as well.