The Morning Update for Wednesday, July 5, 2017.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Wednesday, July 5, 2017:

SCRIPTED NEWS:

BBC Studios Preps Ken Follett, Frederick Forsyth Adaptations
BBC Studios
is lining up TV adaptations of author Ken Follett’s World War II novel “Jackdaws” and Frederick Forsyth’s terrorist thriller “The Kill List.” Follett’s 2001 novel follows a team of female insurgents in Occupied France in World War II. BBC Studios subsequently redeveloped “Jackdaws” as a bigger-budget series of eight episodes. It will be pitched to partners as a returning series rather than as a one-off, with the action moved back several years from the book to provide room for the story to develop over multiple seasons.

The adaptation of Forsyth’s “The Kill List” is less developed, with writer Ed Whitmore attached and starting work on the script. The book follows Tracker, a former elite soldier, on his mission to find and kill a prolific terrorist called the Preacher. The adaptation will cover the events in the book, likely across six or eight episodes, and BBC Studios would then like the Tracker character to return for subsequent series. http://variety.com/2017/tv/global/bbc-studios-ken-follett-frederick-forsyth-jackdaws-kill-list-1202486356/

TVLine: Fall TV First Impression: CBS’ 9JKLThanks to Feuerstein’s innate geniality, this pilot was a bit more charming than expected it to be — in the scarce moments it was going for that. But some of the crass, Older People Say the Darnedest Things! jokes coming from Gould and Lavin’s characters threaten to undercut that warmth. Recently upped to series regular, watch for Tsai to steal scenes as a Hollywood-savvy neighbor kid all too happy to keep Josh’s ego in check. http://tvline.com/2017/07/03/9jkl-preview-pilot-cbs-fall-lineup/

NEW MEDIA / SVOD NEWS:

Facebook Greenlights Two New Original Series As Part Of Expanded Push Into VideoFacebook is moving forward with its push into video content, greenlighting two new original series. Returning the Favor features Mike Rowe as he travels the country searching for people who put their community over themselves and shines a spotlight on their contributions. The second project is a yet-to-be-titled docuseries about the Ball family, whose sons Lonzo, Liangelo and LaMelo have taken the basketball world by storm. Freshman UCLA star Lonzo Ball was chosen by the Los Angeles Lakers as their No. 2 pick in the NBA Draft last month. Liangelo and LaMelo are stand-outs at Chino Hills High School. http://deadline.com/2017/07/facebook-new-original-series-expanded-push-video-1202123475/

NON-SCRIPTED / ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

Fox Developing New Singing Competition
Fox
is developing a new singing competition from Israeli producer and distributor Armoza Formats. The Armoza project is a variation on classic shiny-floor singing competitions, one in which the show’s four finalists are selected in the premiere episode. New contestants then challenge the finalists each week to steal one of the four slots. The winner is named in the season finale. http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/fox-singing-competition-1202485297/

INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

Fox Networks Group Aims High With Asian Series ‘Trading Floor’
Fox Networks Group
is aiming to reach 1 billion views around the world with “Trading Floor,” its first high-end original miniseries in Asia, set against the backdrop of the financial wheeling and dealing in the region. The show is produced by Andy Lau and directed by KK Wong. http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/fox-networks-group-aims-high-asian-series-trading-floor-1202486291/

BBC Boosts Kids’ Programming to Fend Off Streaming Services, Social MediaThe BBC is sinking an extra £34 million ($44 million) into its children’s services to fight off competition from Amazon, Netflix, YouTube, and U.S.-owned social media platforms such as Facebook. http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/bbc-kids-funding-netflix-amazon-youtube-1202487198/

EXECUTIVE / TALENT NEWS:

Jamie Horowitz Fired as Fox Sports Investigates Sexual Harassment Claims
Jamie Horowitz
has been ousted from Fox Sports, where he was president of national networks. http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/jamie-horowitz-departs-fox-sports-1202486615/

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

THR: SAG-AFTRA and Studios Reach TV/Theatrical Deal at SunriseHollywood can breathe a sigh of relief: There won’t be an actors strike. A new deal was reached at sunrise Tuesday. It’s valued at a record $256 million. The union’s 2014 deal was valued at $200 million. The studios’ “last, best and final” offer came at around 4:30 a.m., and agreement was reached at about 5:45 a.m. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/sag-aftra-studios-reach-tv-theatrical-deal-at-sunrise-1016584

AdWeek: Fox Completes Its First Upfront Under New Ad Sales Chief With 6% to 8% CPM Increases
Fox Networks Group
—which includes Fox, Fox Sports, FX, FXX, National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo Wild and Nat Geo Mundo (but not Fox News Channel)—has secured CPM (cost per thousand viewers reached) increases of 6 percent to 8 percent across its portfolio. Volume was flat compared to last year. This was the third upfront in which Fox Networks Group sold inventory across its entire portfolio. Fox’s prime-time lineup and its cable networks each recorded CPM increases of 6 percent to 8 percent. http://www.adweek.com/tv-video/fox-completes-its-first-upfront-under-new-ad-sales-chief-with-6-to-8-cpm-increases/

Atlantic: What Does ‘Community’ Mean?For much of the 20th century, if you asked someone to define “community,” they’d very likely give you an answer that involved a physical location. For Bill Bishop, the author of The Big Sort: Why the Clustering of Like-Minded America Is Tearing Us Apart, that semantic shift speaks to a much broader transformation in American life. It speaks to the rise of the individual as a guiding force in culture; it speaks as well to the declining power of institutions to offer that guidance. As Bishop told a group at the Aspen Ideas Festival: “It used to be that people were born as part of a community, and had to find their place as individuals. Now people are born as individuals, and have to find their community.” https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2017/07/what-does-community-mean/532518/

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