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Seth MacFarlane Inks Mega TV Overall Deal With NBCUniversal Content Studios, Leaving 20th TV

Under the deal with NBCU Content Studios, MacFarlane and his Fuzzy Door production company will develop and produce TV projects for both NBCU and outside outlets, including NBCUniversal’s upcoming streaming service, Peacock. – Nellie Andreeva, Deadline Hollywood » https://ift.tt/2uCPl7w [photo: Fox]

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Disney’s Bob Iger Resigns From Apple’s Board as Companies Launch Competing Streaming Services

Walt Disney Company chairman and CEO Bob Iger has stepped down from Apple’s board of directors, the iPhone maker announced in a SEC filing Friday afternoon. Iger left the board on September 10, according to the filing — the same day that Apple announced the launch date and pricing of its upcoming subscription streaming service Apple TV Plus. – Janko Roettgers, Variety » https://trib.al/u8r4fhj

Netflix Loses Title as No. 1 Bandwidth-Eating Application

In the Americas, Netflix’s share of downstream traffic for the first six months of 2019 was 12.9% — dropping from last year’s 19.1% share — putting it in third place behind HTTP media streaming and operator-delivered video. That reflects the growing consumption of other streaming options, both paid and free, with the biggest growth coming from operators’ own internet-delivered TV and video services (which accounted for 15% of downstream traffic in the region), per Sandvine. – Todd Spangler, Variety » https://trib.al/Cp8bMqq

Roku Shares Tumble Amid Apple TV+ Pricing News

In midday trading, Roku was off 9 percent while Netflix and Disney were down about 3 percent each. Apple TV+ is set to launch Nov. 1, while Disney+, at $7 monthly, has a Nov. 12 target date, and each are gearing up for competition with Netflix, the worldwide leader in premium subscription streaming that costs about twice what Disney will charge. – Paul Bond, The Hollywood Reporter » http://thr.cm/jcS7ap

Viacom And CBS Create Integration Office, Announce Overseers Of Merger Process

In addition, the companies are forming an Integration Management Office (IMO). News of the IMO, the executive appointments and the hiring of Bain & Company as a merger consultant came via an internal memo to employees from Bob Bakish. Currently Viacom CEO, Bakish will soon be head of ViacomCBS. The $30 billion, all-stock transaction is expected to close by the end of 2019. – Dade Hayes, Deadline Hollywood » http://dlvr.it/RCNsdy [photo: Viacom/CBS]

US broadcasters drop the pilot

Ampere believes that there are several reasons for the migration away from pilots including a rise of the ‘reboot culture’, where previous shows with established audiences negate the need for networks to order pilots and the escalating cost of content. As regards the latter, the analyst pointed out that as some series cost up to $20 million per episode, broadcasters could mitigate costs by ordering fewer pilot episodes. – Joseph O’Halloran, Rapid TV News » https://www.rapidtvnews.com/2019082957137/us-broadcasters-drop-the-pilot.html#ixzz5y4bHSVAP [photo: Ampere Analysis]

CBS Stock Jumps At Opening Bell, Viacom Sinks As Merger Deal Nears Close

The boards of both companies worked through the weekend to hammer out terms of their long-expected reunion, with the amount of stock being exchanged between the companies remaining the main sticking point. The companies earlier had reached significant clarity about the management structure, agreeing that current Viacom CEO Bob Bakish would run the combined company, with acting CBS chief Joe Ianniello in a top role. – Dade Hayes, Deadline Hollywood » http://dlvr.it/RB5jLV
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