Amazon Renews ‘Mozart in the Jungle’

Amazon Renews ‘Mozart in the Jungle’Amazon’s “Mozart in the Jungle” will get a third season, with the story moving to Europe.

Amazon has renewed Mozart in the Jungle for a third season.

The show was a big winner at the Golden Globes last month, named best comedy, as star Gael Garcia Bernal took home best actor in a comedy.

Season 3 production begins later this year and will continue the story of classical musicians who perform under the baton of a spirited conductor, played by Bernal. Executive produced by Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman and Paul Weitz, the season will see conductor Rodrigo and many musicians take their talents to Europe.

“Mozart in the Jungle bursts with creativity and passion, and offers audiences something truly unique,” said Joe Lewis, head of half hour series, Amazon Studios.


YouTube Increases Originals for Red Subs

YouTube Increases Originals for Red Subs

YouTube is expanding the content in its Red subscription service with a pair of new offerings.

The feature length documentary, working title Untitled Gigi Gorgeous Project, comes from video maker Gigi Gorgeous and Academy Award winner Barbara Kopple, and will debut later this year. The film “explores the intimate journey of a transgender woman from her childhood to life as a successful media personality.”

The original series Foursome, from AwesomenessTV, stars Jenn McAllister (JennxPenn) as “an undateable sophomore” whose older brother makes sure no guy comes near her. Andie must rely on the unbreakable bond she has with her three best friends.

Read more at B&C.

Time Warner Shares Hit Hard Over Q4 Results

Time Warner Shares Hit Hard Over Q4 ResultsTime Warner Inc. chairman and CEO Jeff Bewkes

Time Warner, under pressure as activist investors reportedly circle the media giant looking for ways to break it up, didn’t help its case to remain independent as fourth quarter results across all of its divisions came in below expectations.

Time Warner shares fell hard in early trading on the New York Stock Exchange, opening at $56.26 per share, down 12% (6.95 each). The company is scheduled to hold a conference call with analysts to discuss results at 10:39 a.m. By around 11 a.m., during the call with analysts, TWI was up to $60.71, down about 4% from the opening.

(UPDATE FROM THE CALL: TWI, HBO execs call out progress on HBO Now, which has hit 800,000 paying subscribers.)

Overall revenue fell 6% in the fourth quarter to $7.1 billion and adjusted operating income fell 12% to $1.4 billion due to declines at all of the media giant’s operating division. Time Warner did beat consensus estimates on earnings per share– $1.06 per share versus analysts’ expectations of $1.01 per share – but that was mainly because it paid fewer taxes than expected.

At its Turner networks unit, revenue increased 2% and advertising revenue climbed 5%, but adjusted operating income declined 15% to $781 million, mainly due to a 22% increase in programming expenses. At Home Box Office, revenue increased 6% to $1.4 billion in the quater, but adjusted operating income was flat at $393 million due to programming costs increases and higher marketing and technology expenses associated with its standalone product HBO Now.

In a statement, Time Warner chairman and CEO Jeff Bewkes concentrated on full year results, which were better, with a 3% rise in revenue and a 19% gain in AOI.

“All three of our operating divisions increased revenue and profits while also investing to capitalize on the shift to on-demand viewing and growing worldwide demand for the very best video content,” Bewkes said in the statement. ?

In a research note, Sanford Bernstein media analyst Todd Juenger wrote that while Time Warner’s results were no surprise – they had basically pre-announced results in January. But how they got there – missing operating income estimates in every segment and beating earnings per share expectations because of a lower tax rate (25% vs. 35% iln the prior year) — was.

“This is not a forgiving market environment in general, or for media stocks specifically. We don’t think [Time Warner] shares will get a “pass” on a tax beat …,” Juenger wrote

Hallmark Hall of Fame Moves to Hallmark Channel

Hallmark Hall of Fame Moves to Hallmark Channel

Hallmark Cards said it has reached an agreement with Crown Media Holdings for the Hallmark Channel to become the producer and new home for the Hallmark Hall of Fame television series. Crown Media Holdings operates and distributes Hallmark Channel to more than 90 million subscribers in the United States.

As part of this agreement, Crown Media Productions, the in-house production unit of Crown Media, will develop and produce future Hallmark Hall of Fame movies. Hallmark Cards will continue to sponsor the series and will remain involved in the creative process, including approving scripts.

“The Hallmark Hall of Fame has been one of our brand’s most valuable assets and will celebrate its 65th anniversary this year,” said Hallmark CEO Donald J. Hall, Jr. in a statement. “Hallmark Channel has become a leading destination for quality, family-friendly programming and is where Hallmark Hall of Fame viewers expect to find our programs. Hallmark Channel’s experience creating engaging, original content and their outstanding production capabilities make Hallmark Channel the perfect new home.”

The Hallmark Hall of Fame debuted on Christmas Eve 1951 and has had more than 255 broadcasts to date. The series has earned 81 Emmys and nine Golden Globes and 64 Academy Award-winning actors have appeared in Hallmark Hall of Fame presentations.

“We are thrilled to continue the successful legacy of the Hallmark Hall of Fame,” said Crown Media Family Networks CEO Bill Abbott in a statement. “For the past year, Hallmark Channel has premiered Hallmark Hall of Fame movies and now, with Crown Media Productions, we will have the opportunity to play a greater role in continuing the Hallmark Hall of Fame tradition.”

Fox News on Weekly Ratings Roll

Fox News on Weekly Ratings Roll

Fox News is steamrolling its cable network competition in primetime so far in 2016.

Still riding high on its coverage of the 2016 political season, Fox News claimed its third consecutive primetime weekly ratings win in a row among total viewers, averaging 2.2 million viewers for the week of Feb. 1 to Feb. 7, according to Nielsen. The network has now been the most watched network in primetime in all but one of the first five weeks of 2016.

HGTV, on the strength of freshman series Fixer Upper, finished second for the week with 1.6 million viewers, followed by USA Network with 1.5 million watchers. ESPN and Disney Channel tied for fourth with 1.4 million viewers, while FX – helped by a network record-setting premiere for its People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story – finished fifth with 1.3 million viewers.

CNN, TBS, Discovery Channel and MSNBC (all tied with 1.2 million viewers) along with History (1.1 million) finished among the top 10 most watched networks in primetime last week.

Fox News was also tops on a 24-hour basis, besting Nickelodeon, Disney Channel, Adult Swim and HGTV, according to Nielsen.

ESPN was the top choice among adults 18-49 in primetime during the period, while Adult Swim was tops on a 24-hour basis within the demo.

Most Watched Shows During The Week of Feb. 1 to Feb. 7

Date Show Network P2+

2/2 People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story Fx 5.1 million

2/1 America’s Election Headquarters Fox News 4.9 million

2/4 Democratic Debate MSNBC 4.4 million

2/1 America’s Election Headquarters Fox News 4.3 million

2/1 Iowa Caucuses CNN 4.3 million

2/1 America’s Election Headquarters Fox News 4.1 million

2/1 America’s Election Headquarters Fox News 4.0 million

2/5 Gold Rush Discovery 3.9 million

2/1 America’s Choice 2016 CNN 3.9 million

2/2 Fixer Upper HGTV 3.5 million

Source: Nielsen

Time Snaps Up Viant

Time Snaps Up Viant

Time Inc. has inked a deal to acquire and Viant, an ad-tech vendor that will bring in a data-driven programmatic platform.

Time, home to brands and media outlets such as Entertainment Weekly, Sports Illustrated, Fortune and People, said it will combine its own premium content, subscriber data, and advertising inventory with Viant’s cloud-delivered, first-party data and programmatic capabilities.

Founded in 1999, Viant owns and operates digital ad technology and media companies such as Specific Media, Vindico, Myspace and Xumo. Of that group, Xumo has built an OTT service (subscription required) that streams ad-supported “channels” focused to a range of connected TV platforms from content partners such as Time Inc., Conde Nast Entertainment, Bloomberg, Reuters, The Wall Street Journal, BuzzFeed, PopSugar, Mitu Network, Machinima, TYT Network and The Onion. Xumo’s ad-based OTT service launched last fall on Panasonic and Vizio TVs, and has been gearing up for debuts on TVs from LG Electronics and Funai Electric, which makes and distributes TVs under the Sanyo, Philips and Magnavox brands in North America.

“This acquisition is game changing for us,” Time Inc. chairman and CEO Joe Ripp, said in a statement. “Marketers are selecting media partners that have either data-driven capabilities or premium content; we will be able to deliver both in a single platform, and will stand apart from those that offer just one or the other. In other words, we will be able to deliver advertisers’ messages targeted to optimal audiences across all types of devices, along with the ability to measure ROI.”

“Over a year ago we launched a people-based platform with the Viant Advertising Cloud. With over 1 billion global registered users connected to their households and devices, we knew our data and technology story was solid,” added Tim Vanderhook, Viant’s CEO. “The combination of Time Inc. and Viant is all about the marriage of first party data and premium content.”

Anthony Anderson, Molly Ringwald Join ‘Doc McStuffins’

Anthony Anderson, Molly Ringwald Join ‘Doc McStuffins’

Actors Anthony Anderson (black-ish), Molly Ringwald (Sixteen Candles) and Vanessa Williams (The Good Wife) are among several celebrity guest stars appearing during the fourth season of Disney Junior’s animated series Doc McStuffins, the network said Tuesday (Feb. 9).

Ellen Pompeo (Grey’s Anatomy) and Gabourey Sidibe (Empire) will also guest star on Doc McStuffins, in which the lead character will serve as chief resident of her own Toy Hospital, according to the network. They join previously announced guest star Christopher “Ludacris” Bridges in season four, which is slated to debut this summer, according to network officials.