The Morning Update for Friday, July 7, 2017.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Friday, July 7, 2017:


Ava DuVernay Tackling "Central Park Five" in Netflix Mini
Ava DuVernay
is adapting the story of the "Central Park Five" for Netflix. The multihyphenate, currently one of the most in-demand talents in film and television, has signed on to write and direct a five-part miniseries about the notorious case of five young black men wrongly convicted of a brutal rape that took place in Manhattan’s famous park during the spring of 1989. On board as executive producers are Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King from Participant Media, Oprah Winfrey and her Harpo Films, Jane Rosenthal and Berry Welsh from Tribeca Productions and DuVernay.

FX To Turn Mark Bowden Tet Offensive Chronicle ‘Hue 1968’ Into Limited Series; Michael Mann & Michael De Luca ProducingIn a competitive situation, FX has landed the rights to turn the Mark Bowden bestsellerHue 1968into a limited event series that will span eight-10 hours. Michael Mannand Michael De Lucawill creatively quarterback the adaptation of Bowden‘s kaleidoscopic account of the bloody siege that became the turning point of American involvement in the Vietnam War.

John Carpenter, Syfy Developing ‘Tales for a Halloween Night’ TV Series
John Carpenter
has signed an overall deal with Universal Cable Productions and is teaming with Syfy to develop scripted anthology Tales for a Halloween Night. Carpenter and UCP are also developing a take on Simon R. Green’s Nightside. Under the overall deal, Carpenter and his Storm King Productions partner, Sandy King, will exec produce scripted programming for NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment’s cable-focused studio, outside networks and streaming services.

Tales is based on Carpenter’s award-winning graphic novel anthology of stories in which he unites storytellers from movies, novels and comics for a collection of horror stories featuring graveyards, sunken ships and ghosts, among others. Nightside, meanwhile, is based on New York Times best-selling author Green’s literary series. Jill Blotevogel is attached to pen the script and exec produce with Carpenter and UCP. A network is not yet attached.

Rebel Maverick To Adapt ‘Nightmare In Detroit’ Book About Detroit Riots For TVMatt NicholasRebel Maverick has acquired rights to Nightmare in Detroit: A Rebellion and Its Victims, to develop as a TV mini or event series. The book by Burleigh Hines and former CBS News President Van Gordon Sauter documents the July 1967 Detroit riots and its victims. Rebel Maverick is out to writers and then will shop the project to networks and streaming services.

‘Empire’ Showrunner Ilene Chaiken Renews Overall Deal With FoxUnder the new multiyear pact, she will also develop new projects for 20th Century Fox Television.

Fox Eyes Empire, Star Crossover for Fall
is mulling a crossover between Lee Daniels’ musical-themed dramas Empire and Star. A Fox spokesperson declined to comment, but sources confirm that the network — is in talks to temporarily merge the universes of both series as part of a one-night premiere event on Sept. 27.

THR: Take Me to the Pilots ’17: NBC’s ‘The Brave’
entry in the fall military drama sweepstakes, ‘The Brave,’ relies on character archetypes and manipulation, but at least it’s professionally made.


‘Once Upon A Time’: Dania Ramirez, Gabrielle Anwar Cast As New Season 7 Regulars; Mekia Cox, Rose Reynolds & Adelaide Kane To RecurABC’s Once Upon A Time is building out its cast for the upcoming seventh season. Devious Maids alum Dania Ramirez and Gabrielle Anwar are set as series regulars, and Mekia Cox, Rose Reynolds and Adelaide Kane have signed on for recurring roles in the fantasy drama.

‘Heathers’ Reboot Enlists Selma BlairThe hourlong dark dramedy will air on Paramount Network in 2018.

Tom Bateman Joins Olivia Cooke in ITV, Amazon’s ‘Vanity Fair’ Adaptation
Tom Bateman
will star opposite Olivia Cooke in ITV and Amazon’s upcoming adaptation of “Vanity Fair.”


Female Sketch Comedy Series ‘Sorry Not Sorry’ From Astronauts Wanted, DIGA & Complex Networks Set At Go90Astronauts Wanted, a joint venture of former MTV Networks CEO Judy McGrath, Sony Music Entertainment and DIGA Studios have teamed with Complex Networks on Sorry Not Sorry, an eight-episode female comedy sketch show, for premiere July 25 on Verizon’s go90. Featuring rising comics Manon Mathews, Esther Ku, Traci Stumpf and Hannah Pilkes, Sorry Not Sorry takes inspiration from viral shortform content and is an extension of the casts’ existing work on Vine, Snapchat, YouTube and Facebook.

Hulu Adds New Premium Options for HBO and Cinemax, Ahead of Game of Thrones Premiere
subscribers will now be able to add HBO and Cinemax memberships to their account. Although the HBO subscription won’t come with a discount–it will cost $14.99, Hulu users will be able to view HBO live–for both the East or West Coast of the U.S.–and on-demand programming from the premium channel within their Hulu experience.


Princess Diana TLC Special to Explore Death Conspiracy Theories
Richard Belzer, Tamron Hall
and biographer Andrew Morton are among the guests set for the three-hour telecast.

‘Jane the Virgin’ Star Justin Baldoni Developing Men’s Talk Show
Justin Baldoni
is developing a male talk show through his media company, Wayfarer Entertainment. The talk show, titled “The Men’s Room,” is described as a disruptive weekly panel series that explores what it means to be a man today.


(ratings) Disney Feels The Heat As Children Lead The Cord Cutting Revolution"For the first six months of this year, the commercial-free Disney Channel’s ratings among in its core 2-11 and 6-14 demographics fell 23% in prime time and 13% and 18%, respectively, during the full day, compared with the same period a year ago. Ratings are also down at the smaller Disney Jr. and Disney XD networks, which fall under Mr. Marsh’s Disney Channel umbrella.


Fuse Media Names Jennifer McGovern SVP Current & DevelopmentFuse Media has hired former VH1 exec Jennifer McGovern for the newly created position of SVP Current and Development. Based in the company’s Los Angeles office, McGovern begins her new job on July 10, reporting to Chief Content Officer J-T Ladt.

Amazon raids BBC for development
has appointed a drama executive from the BBC to work across original programming development for the US-based streamer. Beth Pattinson has joined Amazon as a UK-based development executive.

NBCUniversal Names Lee Raftery U.K. Channels Chief
Lee Raftery
has been promoted at NBCUniversal to run the studio’s channels in the U.K. and emerging markets, and has been named chief marketing and content officer across international.

TBS & TNT Set Gary Frenkel As Head Of Digital Products And OperationsGary Frenkel has joined Turner’s TBS & TNT as their head of digital products and operations, a newly created post. He will oversee for the cable networks’ product development strategies and the day-to-day management and publishing of TV Everywhere apps and websites.

Carla Hacken Exits As Sidney Kimmel Production Prez; Mark O’Connor To Replace HerCarla Hacken has exited as production president at indie production and finance company Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, a post she had held since March 2014 after stints at Fox and New Regency. EVP Mark O’Connor has been promoted to run the film development and production division at SKE.


AdAge: Ad Buyers Give TV A Pass When It Comes To Massaging Nielsen DataMedia buyers said it was routine for the networks to cook their ratings a little and that it didn’t impact advertising prices. And yet, there is a double edged sword when it comes to digital platforms misreporting their own metrics — apparently less intentionally than TV — which has recently resulted in media agency outrage. The Wall Street Journal identified NBC as over-using the tactic, which helped give "Nightly News" better numbers by excluding holiday weeks and other down times from the averages. This fuzzy math raised even more flags because to hide certain periods from the tabulations, networks misspell the names of the shows they don’t want to be included.

Cirque Du Soleil Buys Blue Man Group, With Eyes On ExpansionMontreal native Cirque acquired New-York-based Blue Man Productions, a global live entertainment company best known for the award-winning Blue Man Group show, performed in over 20 countries and seen by more than 35 million people worldwide since 1991.

TechCrunch: QVC’s parent company acquires HSN in $2.1B deal
Liberty Interactive
, the owner of home shopping company QVC, announced this morning that it’s acquiring HSN in an all-stock deal valued at $2.1 billion. Liberty already owned 38 percent of HSN — now it’s buying the remaining 62 percent.

LAT: U.S. economy generates 222,000 jobs in JuneThe labor market rebounded strongly in June as U.S. employers added 222,000 net new jobs for the best performance since February, the Labor Department said Friday. The figure was a significant improvement from May’s upwardly revised job growth of 152,000 net new jobs and well above analyst expectations. The Labor Department said Friday that the unemployment rate ticked up to 4.4%, from 4.3% in May.