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Global Showbiz Briefs: New Vision For BBC Worldwide’s Future; UK Culture Secretary Meets With U.S. Execs; More

By | Friday October 18, 2013 @ 10:00pm PDT

CEO Tim Davie Reveals Vision For Future Of BBC Worldwide
In an address to employees, BBC Worldwide CEO Tim Davie today unveiled a new vision to build the BBC’s brands, audiences and commercial returns around the globe. It includes a £200M investment in premium content, the launch of three new core consumer brands propositions – spanning the genres of premium factual, factual entertainment and drama — and a greater focus on digital innovation to extend the company’s reach and routes to market. “BBC Worldwide has a good track record of taking British content to the world, benefiting international audiences, license fee payers and the wider industry alike,” he said. “But the time has come for a step-change, reflecting the rapid development in our markets.”

UK Culture Secretary Spends The Week Meeting With U.S. Showbiz Execs
During a visit to the U.S. this week, UK Culture Secretary Maria Miller met with senior executives at Disney, Warner Bros and other showbiz companies to discuss collaboration and hear suggestions on how UK filming conditions could be made more attractive to American productions. She also sought reaction to the UK’s recent extension of tax credits and talked with HBO about its Game of Thrones production model and with Lucasfilm about its plan to shoot the new Star Wars film in the UK and whether there could be other ways to help support the local film industry.  Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Fox Encores Win Night, ‘Celebrity Wife Swap’ & Whodunnit?’ Up, ‘Crossing Lines Hits New Low

By | Monday July 15, 2013 @ 9:35am PDT

Starting off with a “Viewer discretion” advisory, last night’s Big Brother (1.7/5) was full of milk-related challenges and the usual intrigue. It also had some changes unrelated to its content. Running from 8:30 to 9:30 PM last night, the veteran reality show was out of its regular slot due to overruns earlier in the night pushing CBS’s Sunday schedule off by around half an hour. Leaving the ratings a mess, the start of the network’s primetime line-up was pushed back about 20 minutes in the Central and East Coast time zones late night because the John Deere Classic Final golf tournament cut into the 60 Minutes encore that was supposed to start at 7 PM. As they stand, the melded fast nationals have BB as the highest rated show of the night and the most watched with 5.39 million viewers. Everything else on CBS except BB was encores on Sunday

Related: CBS Adds ‘Big Brother’ Disclaimer In Wake of George Zimmerman Verdict Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Big Brother’ & ‘Whodunnit’ Down, ‘Crossing Lines’ Even, ‘Celebrity Wife Swap’ Hits Low

By | Monday July 1, 2013 @ 8:50am PDT

The Sunday debut of this season’s Big Brother (1.7/6) saw the veteran reality show fall double digits from both last year’s Sunday debut and from the show’s Season 15 premiere on June 26. Last night’s one-hour BB was down 26% from its Season 14 Sunday debut on July 15, 2012 and down 23% from Wednesday’s debut. The highest-rated show of the night, Big Brother was the second most watched show on Sunday after 60 Minutes with 5.78 million viewers. A 9 PM encore of the June 24 premiere of Under The Dome (1.1/4) pulled in 5.12 million viewers making it the third most watched show of the night. Big Brother was preceded by a 60 Minutes (0.9/3) encore at 7 PM. CBS won the night in both viewers and among Adults 18-49.

Over on ABC, an America’s Funniest Home Videos encore (0.9/3) was followed by at new Celebrity Wife Swap (1.0/3) at 8 PM. The spousal reality show was down 23% from its return to the schedule last week to a series low. The second week of Whodunnit? (1.0/3) saw the new unscripted mystery series also head south by 23% among Adults 18-49 from its June 23 soft debut.

Crossing Lines (0.7/2) was the only original on NBC on Sunday. The 10 PM airing of the Euro-based crime drama held on to the results of its Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Whodunnit’ Debuts So-So, ‘Crossing Lines’ Opens Low

By | Monday June 24, 2013 @ 9:13am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Last night featured three premieres, but to put things in perspective, let’s start off by saying that a repeat of Family Guy on Fox (1.5/4) was the No. 1 program of the night among adults 18-49. An American Dad rerun (1.4/4) was No. 2. Now to the newcomers, none of whom made an impact as the broadcast networks’ summer is still looking for a breakout. ABC’s Celebrity Wife Swap (1.3/4) returned to the schedule down 19% from its last original on Tuesday this past spring. It was followed by the debut of Whodunnit (1.3/4), the new unscripted mystery series from CSI creator Anthony Zuiker. That was a soft number but, given the lackluster performances this summer, it actually tied Fox’s Does Someone Have To Go? as the highest-rated reality debut. NBC’s drama acquisition Crossing Lines managed a 0.7/2 for its two-hour premiere. It was down from the recent openers of ABC’s Motive and Mistresses (1.2) and tied another NBC import, last summer’s Saving Hope, as the lowest drama debut on a Big 4 network ever. Tonight is CBS’ turn to try and beat the summer doldrums with Under The Dome.

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NBC Sets More Summer Premiere Dates

By | Thursday April 25, 2013 @ 2:12pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

NBC has set a few more pieces in its summer schedule puzzle, slotting new unscripted series The Winner Is … and Hollywood Game Night and acquired drama Crossing Lines. The Nick Lachey-hosted The Winner Is …, where each episode features six acts that go head to head and sing for a shot at a $1 million grand prize, will premiere July 11 and air in the Thursday 9-10 PM slot. It will be followed at 10 PM by the Jane Lynch-hosted Hollywood Game Night, which features A-list celebrities partaking in a cocktail party atmosphere that is based on the real-life game nights of creator Sean Hayes. Ed Bernero’s Crossing Lines will launch June 23 with a two-hour premiere from 9-11 PM and will air in the Sunday 10 PM slot starting June 30. NBC previously scheduled Get Out Alive With Bear Grylls and American Ninja Warrior on Monday, America’s Got Talent on Tuesday and Wednesday, new dramedy Camp on Wednesday, and burn-off comedy Save Me from 8-9 PM on Thursdays beginning May 23.

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NBC Acquires Drama Series ‘Crossing Lines’ For Summer

By | Wednesday March 20, 2013 @ 10:50am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

NBC has picked up U.S. TV rights to the one-hour action-crime series Crossing Lines, from German producer Tandem Communications (The Pillars Of The Earth) and Ed Bernero’s Bernero Prods. The 10-episode series will air this summer. Created, developed and executive produced by former Criminal Minds showrunner Bernero and Tandem president Rola Bauer, Crossing Lines taps into the charter of the International Criminal Court to investigate serialized cross-border crimes and to hunt down global criminals. It stars William Fichtner, Donald Sutherland, Marc Lavoine, Gabriella Pession, Tom Wlaschiha, Moon Dailly and Richard Flood. “We’re making scripted projects a priority for our summer lineup, and this is a great fit,” NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt. The series is a co-production with TF1 Production/TF1 Network and commissioned by Sony Pictures TV Networks. It also has been acquired by Germany’s SAT.1 and Italian public broadcaster RAI. Read More »

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