INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY PARTNERS WITH ACAST TO LAUNCH ORIGINAL SLATE OF TRUE CRIME PODCASTS





INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY PARTNERS WITH ACAST TO LAUNCH ORIGINAL SLATE OF TRUE CRIME PODCASTS

— ID Announces Weekly True Crime Talk Show, RED FLAGS to Launch Its Original Podcasts, Along with Television Companion Podcast THE CLOWN AND THE CANDYMAN

and Anthology Series UNRAVELED with Billy Jensen and Alexis Linkletter –

(Silver Spring, Md.) – This winter America’s leading true crime network, Investigation Discovery, will roll out a slate of original podcast programming in an exclusive distribution partnership with Acast. With the largest repertoire of true crime programming in the industry, ID brings its addictive storytelling to the auditory medium, aiming to feed the insatiable curiosity of listeners across the country. Each podcast will embody a unique format, ranging from traditional narrative true crime series to topical talk show content to companion podcasts designed to complement traditional television programming. Through this partnership with Acast, ID offers all-new explorations into famous mysteries and unknown murders, showcasing ID’s industry leading investigation teams, skillful reporting, and expert storytelling.

Launching next month, the first podcast in the slate is RED FLAGS, a weekly talk show designed to be a one-stop shop for all the latest buzz in the true crime world. Crime writer Tori Telfer and armchair detective turned Tik Toker Karina Michelle share their unique perspectives, passion for investigation, and insightful analysis as they lead listeners through the latest crime headlines and shocking stories. Red flags warn us of danger but they also show us where to look for solutions, and our hosts move beyond the headlines to explore the systemic issues beneath the warning signs. With 20 episodes, each week offers a thrilling deep dive into a notable case with the help of expert guests. RED FLAGS will begin rolling out every Thursday beginning on November 12 and will be available wherever listeners get their podcasts.

Then on December 15, ID will launch a narrative podcast titled THE CLOWN AND THE CANDYMAN. Bringing one of America’s sordid secrets to light, this podcast reveals the network of pedophiles that connected two deranged serial killers, Dean Corll and John Wayne Gacy. Sharing gripping new evidence, personal interviews and explosive new details and insights, THE CLOWN AND THE CANDYMAN will serve as a prequel podcast to a companion miniseries airing on ID under the same title in January.

In early 2021, ID will release the anthology series UNRAVELED, hosted by investigative journalists Billy Jensen (Murder Squad) and Alexis Linkletter (The First Degree). With a series of episodes dedicated to one captivating true crime topic, UNRAVELED will begin with a seven-episode arc surrounding the Long Island Serial Killer. Since 2010, this unsolved mystery has become one of the most infamous cold cases in U.S. history, and the podcast takes a deep dive into new evidence and uncovers new revelations, rocking everything true crime aficionados thought they knew. Additional cases covered in UNRAVELED will be announced at a later date.

“At ID, we have staked our claim as the greatest storytellers in true crime television, and it’s due time that we give our viewers another platform to engage with our content,” said Henry Schleiff, Group President of Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, American Heroes Channel and Destination America. “We have the most robust pipeline of true crime and mystery programming in the business, and simply put, no one does it better than ID. We are excited to offer another outlet for our fans to explore cases beyond the screen, and we know our viewers will also turn into devout listeners as we transform our storytelling from eyes to ears.”

Acast, the podcast powerhouse with more than 20,000 shows from major publishers and independent creators, will distribute ID’s podcasts to make them available to listeners across all major podcast players. Acast will also manage sponsorship and advertising opportunities across ID’s podcast programming, with additional podcasts in development.

“Trailblazers like ID are central to the evolution of the true crime genre,” said Tim Ruggeri, Senior Content Manager at Acast. “We’re excited to work with them to bring their leadership, expertise, and compelling programming to fans through podcasting.”

RED FLAGS is produced by Audiation with Sandy Smallens as executive producer, with Marissa Lucy and Jessica Lowther as executive producers for ID. THE CLOWN AND THE CANDYMAN is produced by Cineflix with Jacqueline Bynum as executive producer, with Tim Baney as executive producer for ID. UNRAVELED is produced by Joke Productions with Joke Fincioen, Biagio Messina, and Jeff Kuntz as executive producers, with Thomas Cutler and Tim Baney as executive producers for ID.

About Acast

Podcast giant Acast is the engine powering creators, advertisers and listeners everywhere. Acast hosts more than 20,000 shows worldwide, monetizing and growing global smash hits including My Dad Wrote a Porno, The Earios Network, and Forever35, as well as podcasts from publishers such as the BBC, PBS NewsHour, Vice, Complex, HuffPost, CBC, and Financial Times.

Founded in Sweden in 2014 by Johan Billgren, Acast’s team of more than 200 audio lovers are creating a sustainable and open podcast ecosystem — ensuring the whole industry continues to grow and flourish. Over the past six years Acast has generated nearly $100 million in revenue for podcasters around the world, running hugely successful ad and sponsorship campaigns for more than 3,000 brands.

The company has on-the-ground operations in 10 countries around the world, including Canada, the UK, US, Mexico, Australia, France, Germany, Ireland, Norway, and Sweden.

About Investigation Discovery

Investigation Discovery (ID) is the leading crime and justice network on television. Delivering the highest-quality programming to approximately 80 million U.S. households, ID is also available via the network’s TV Everywhere offering, IDGo. For exclusive web content and bonus material, fans can follow ID on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook or check out the network’s true crime blog, CrimeFeed.

Investigation Discovery is part of Discovery, Inc. (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), a global leader in real life entertainment, serving a passionate audience of superfans around the world with content that inspires, informs and entertains. For more information, please visit corporate.discovery.com and follow @DiscoveryIncTV across social platforms.



UPCOMING STORYLINES FOR “ONE MAGNIFICENT MORNING” ON THE CW FOR SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2020





UPCOMING STORYLINES FOR “ONE MAGNIFICENT MORNING” ON THE CW FOR SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2020

JACK HANNA'S INTO THE WILD
712 – DeWildt’s Cheetahs
Jack goes to work behind-the-scenes at the world-renowned Ann van Dyk Cheetah Center in
South Africa where over 800 Cheetah cubs have been bred in the last 40 years. Jack also comes
face-to-face with rare African Wild Dogs.
JACK HANNA’S INTO THE WILD
601 – Elephant Camp
Pack your trunks — Jungle Jack is heading to Zimbabwe!  Just around the corner from majestic
Victoria Falls, the folks at Elephant Camp are working to provide a home to orphaned Elephants
in need.  Jack assists the team in radio collaring a soon to be released female.  And, Jack takes a
walk with the fastest land mammal on the planet… an orphaned cheetah getting a second chance
at life.
JACK HANNA'S INTO THE WILD
706 – Braving Bocas
Panama’s Bocas del Toro archipelago is home to beautiful beaches and pristine waters, and it’s
also home to high concentration of Bats!  Jack hikes into a remote cave for an up-close look at
the beneficial species. 
THIS OLD HOUSE: TRADE SCHOOL
105A – Vines Come Down, Walls Go Up
The first order of business is reclaiming a good percentage of the back yard from invasive vines
and brambles that have been encroaching on the lawn for years. Landscape contractor Roger
Cook and his crew make quick work of it using a skid steer loader with a brush hog attachment.
General contractor Tom Silva and master carpenter Norm Abram assemble and raise the gable
wall for the new family room addition. Then, on the front of the house, Tom and Kevin repair a
historic windowsill that has collapsed, while adding new insulation, flashing, and side casings to
the opening. At the end of the day, Norm and Kevin demo the old, low ceiling in the ell to see if
any head height can be reclaimed for the new kitchen. 
JEWELS OF THE NATURAL WORLD
105 – Run Like The Wind
Two mother cheetahs, able to reach top speeds nearly 70 miles per hour, are in a race to protect
and feed their new litters of cubs. With predators closing in on the families, who will prevail on
the Serengeti plains of Africa?

TAILS OF VALOR
7405 – The Mane of the House
A miniature horse is the perfect service animal for one dog trainer with diabetes. Then, a yellow
lab gives his handler new hope the moment he walks into her life.

8:00-8:30 AM ET JACK HANNA'S INTO THE WILD (E/I)
8:30-9:00 AM ET JACK HANNA'S INTO THE WILD (E/I)
9:00-9:30 AM ET JACK HANNA'S INTO THE WILD (E/I)
9:30-10:00 AM ET THIS OLD HOUSE: TRADE SCHOOL (E/I)
10:00-10:30 AM ET JEWELS OF THE NATURAL WORLD (E/I)
10:30-11:00 AM ET TAILS OF VALOR

RATING – TVG, 13-16



HGTV to Sleigh the Holidays with Full Slate of Original Holiday Programming





HGTV to Sleigh the Holidays with Full Slate of Original Holiday Programming
Highlights include the quirky new four-part series “Biggest Little Christmas Showdown.
[via press release from HGTV]
HGTV TO SLEIGH THE HOLIDAYS WITH FULL SLATE OF ORIGINAL HOLIDAY PROGRAMMING

NEW YORK [October 28, 2020] HGTV’s all-new holiday programming lineup will celebrate the most wonderful time of year with a whimsical new competition series and four festive specials. The network’s seasonal offerings will kick-off on Friday, November 20, at 9 p.m. ET/PT with a two-hour special, Holiday Crafters Gone Wild. Hosted by author and TV personality Jay Manuel, the competition will showcase craft aficionados as they compete to create dazzling, over-the-top Christmas décor for a cash prize. On Friday, November 27, at 9 p.m. ET/PT, the fun competition continues in the quirky new four-part series, Biggest Little Christmas Showdown. Hosted by Tony Award(R)-winning actor James Monroe Iglehart, the series spotlights the country’s top miniaturists as they vie to build beautiful tiny homes. The winning miniature will be replicated into a full-size vacation retreat!

Next up on HGTV’s holiday roster are three specials, including My Lottery Dream Home: Holiday Extravaganza, where host David Bromstad will deck the halls like a lottery winner on a modest budget. You’ll be Home for Christmas will follow real estate agent, world-renowned strongman and Santa impersonator, Albie Mushaney, as he helps first-time homebuyers find their forever home in time for the holidays. And, to make spirits bright on Christmas Day, HGTV will renovate and decorate America’s holiday hometown: Santa Claus, Indiana, in Surprising Santa Claus. During the special, Lara Spencer, known to television fans as a regular contributor on Good Morning America and host of the hit series, Flea Market Flip, will work with a team of designers, contractors and volunteers to complete two surprise home renovations and decorate the town square for the holidays.

“We had a blast creating these new holiday shows because they are filled with entertaining, unexpected personalities, humorous situations and showstopping Christmas miracles that will put everyone in a happy holiday spirit,” said Jane Latman, president, HGTV. “At this time of the year, we want to enjoy the magic, be entertained and have some fun.”

HGTV Holiday Series:

Biggest Little Christmas Showdown

Premieres Friday, November 27, at 9 p.m. ET/PT

Tony Award(R)-winning actor James Monroe Iglehart will host HGTV’s Biggest Little Christmas Showdown – a four-part “mini-sized” holiday house tournament-style series. James, best known for his larger-than-life characters in Broadway’s Aladdin and Hamilton, will lead the nation’s best miniaturists as they face-off to create the merriest mini holiday houses, complete with all the festive, tiny trimmings. Each week, only one team will wow the spirited panel of judges, including designer Genevieve Gorder and miniatures experts June Clinkscales and Dave Asling, to advance to the next round of this cheerful competition. In the final round, the top contenders will craft their most extravagant mini holiday houses ever for a chance at the ultimate victory: a grand prize worth $50,000 and the surprise of a lifetime when their winning miniature is super-sized into a magical vacation home decked out for the season.

HGTV Holiday Specials:

Holiday Crafters Gone Wild

Premieres Friday, November 20, at 9 p.m. ET/PT

Jay Manuel, author and TV personality, will host a competition of epic decorative proportions. During the two-hour special, four teams of talented holiday craft aficionados will battle it out to win a $10,000 cash prize and the title of ultimate holiday craft champion. With challenges ranging from over-the-top tablescapes to one-of-a-kind tree toppers, Emmy(R) award-winning designer Kim Myles and celebrity party planner and lifestyle expert Michael Russo will grade on creativity, complexity and craftsmanship.

My Lottery Dream Home: Holiday Extravaganza

Premieres Friday, December 11, at 8 p.m. ET/PT

David Bromstad will show fans how to deck the halls like a lottery winner – but on a realistic budget – in My Lottery Dream Home: Holiday Extravaganza. The popular HGTV designer will transform a living room into a lush Christmas tree forest, set a spectacular tablescape for a festive dinner party and adorn a home’s exterior with so much holiday razzle dazzle that the whole neighborhood will cheer.

You’ll Be Home for Christmas

Premieres Wednesday, December 18, at 10 p.m. ET/PT

As the countdown to Christmas ticks on, Albie Mushaney, world-famous strongman and Salem, Oregon-based real estate agent who moonlights as a Santa impersonator, will help first-time homebuyers find their forever home in time for the holidays. Alongside his festive family, Albie will make the houses extra “ho-ho-home-y” by adding special seasonal touches like a fully decorated tree with gifts underneath, stockings hung on the chimney and freshly baked cookies and hot cocoa welcoming them at the door.

Surprising Santa Claus

Premieres Friday, December 25, at 9 p.m. ET/PT

Lara Spencer, known to television fans as a regular contributor on Good Morning America and host of the hit series, Flea Market Flip, will work with a team of designers, contractors and volunteers, to give the town of Santa Claus, Indiana, the biggest Christmas present it has ever received. It will be a race against the clock as the team tackles two surprise home renovations and a special bonus for the town square that will spread holiday cheer to the whole community.

“We know how much our fans need escapist programming this year,” said Latman. “So, we pulled out all the stops to deliver something very special this holiday season.”

Fans are invited to stay connected with HGTV’s holiday programming and access special show extras, behind-the-scenes photos and exclusive videos on HGTV.com and by following @HGTV on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

ABOUT HGTV

HGTV delivers families with relatable stories, superstar real estate and renovation experts and amazing home transformations that inspire a passionate audience. For anyone seeking entertaining and aspirational home and lifestyle content, HGTV is the place to be. HGTV offers: a top 10 cable network that is distributed to more than 86 million U.S. households; a website, HGTV.com, that attracts an average of 10.2 million people each month; a social footprint of 21.2 million; HGTV Magazine, a monthly publication that reaches more than one million readers and exclusive collections of home-oriented products through the HGTV HOME(TM) consumer products line. Viewers can become fans of HGTV and interact with other home improvement enthusiasts through Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. HGTV is owned by Discovery, Inc., a global leader in real life entertainment spanning 220 countries and territories, whose portfolio also includes Discovery Channel, Food Network, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, MotorTrend, Animal Planet, Science Channel, and the forthcoming multi-platform JV with Chip and Joanna Gaines, Magnolia, as well as OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.



Apple’s Global Hit Comedy “Ted Lasso” Lands Early Season Three Renewal





Apple’s Global Hit Comedy “Ted Lasso” Lands Early Season Three Renewal
The pickup comes ahead of its second season start of production in London early January.
[via press release from Apple]
Apple’s global hit comedy “Ted Lasso” lands early season three renewal

Following its breakout first season and early second season renewal, Apple TV+ has renewed “Ted Lasso” for a third season, ahead of its second season start of production in London early January. Since its premiere on August 14, 2020, critics and fans globally have hailed the series as “terrific,” “hilarious,” “heart-swelling” and “infectious.”

The Rotten Tomatoes Certified Fresh first season of “Ted Lasso” is now available for viewers to binge on Apple TV+.

“Ted Lasso” stars Jason Sudeikis as Ted Lasso, a small-time college football coach from Kansas who is hired to coach a professional soccer team in England despite having no experience coaching soccer. The series also stars Hannah Waddingham, Brendan Hunt, Jeremy Swift, Juno Temple, Brett Goldstein, Phil Dunster and Nick Mohammed.

In addition to starring, Sudeikis serves as executive producer, alongside Bill Lawrence (“Scrubs”) via his Doozer Productions, in association with Warner Bros. Television and Universal Television, a division of NBCUniversal Content. Doozer’s Jeff Ingold also serves as an executive producer with Liza Katzer as co-executive producer. The series was developed by Sudeikis, Lawrence, Joe Kelly and Brendan Hunt, and is based on the pre-existing format and characters from NBC Sports.

After its launch on November 1, 2019, Apple TV+ became the first all-original streaming service to launch around the world, and has premiered more original hits and received more award recognitions faster than any other streaming service. Apple Originals have been honored with 118 awards nominations and 39 wins and accolades in just under one year, including a Primetime Emmy Award, Daytime Emmy Awards, SAG Award, NAACP Image Award, Critics Choice Award, Peabody Award and more.

Apple TV+ is available on the Apple TV app in over 100 countries and regions, on over 1 billion screens, including iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod touch, Mac, select Samsung, LG, Sony and VIZIO smart TVs, Amazon Fire TV and Roku devices, and at tv.apple.com, for $4.99 per month with a seven-day free trial. For a limited time, customers who purchase a new iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac or iPod touch can enjoy one year of Apple TV+ for free. This special offer is good for three months after the first activation of the eligible device.

1 One subscription per Family Sharing group. Plan automatically renews until cancelled. Restrictions and other terms apply. Visit apple.com/promo for more information.



“Tiny Toons Looniversity” Ordered to Series for HBO Max and Cartoon Network





“Tiny Toons Looniversity” Ordered to Series for HBO Max and Cartoon Network
Under the two-season straight-to-series order, Steven Spielberg will return as executive producer, with Sam Register, Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank also serving as executive producers.
[via press release from Amblin Television]
THEY’RE TINY, THEY’RE TOONY, THEY’RE BACK FOR A REBOOT-Y!

“Tiny Toons Looniversity” Ordered to Series for HBO Max and Cartoon Network

Series from Amblin Television and Warner Bros. Animation

BURBANK, Calif. (October 28, 2020) – Cartoon Network and HBO Max are returning to Acme Acres with a series order for Tiny Toons Looniversity, an all-new half hour animated comedy series featuring characters from the Emmy Award-winning Tiny Toon Adventures from Warner Bros. Animation (WBA) and Amblin Television. Under the two-season straight-to-series order, Steven Spielberg will return as executive producer, with Sam Register, President, Warner Bros. Animation and Cartoon Network Studios, and Amblin Television Co-Presidents Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank also serving as executive producers. Erin Gibson (Throwing Shade podcast) will serve as showrunner and co-executive producer. Nate Cash (Adventure Time) is also on board as co-executive producer.

Babs, Buster Bunny and the rest of the gang follow their comedic ambitions all the way to Acme Looniversity, the esteemed institution of higher hijinx learning, where young dreamers become professional toons. Here they form long-lasting friendships with one another and perfect their cartoony craft while studying under the greatest cartoon characters in history, the Looney Tunes.

“Tiny Toons Looniversity will capture all the clever, subversive and smart humor that made Tiny Toon Adventures such a standout series,” said Tom Ascheim, President, Warner Bros. Global Kids, Young Adults and Classics (GKYAC). “Fans old and new will love to laugh at and with these characters all over again.”

Sam Register, President, Warner Bros. Animation and Cartoon Network Studios said: “For many kids, Tiny Toons was their introduction to the world of Looney Tunes and, over time, Buster, Babs, Plucky and all the characters grew to be just as beloved by an entirely new generation. The continuation of our great creative partnership with Amblin Television will bring these characters back for fans of all ages to enjoy.”

Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey, Co-Presidents, Amblin Television said: “These smart, hilarious and cheeky characters have left an indelible impression on the childhoods of so many. We’re thrilled to be able to continue our relationship with Warner Bros. Animation, HBO Max, and Cartoon Network to reimagine the Tiny Toons for new audiences, and we know that fans of the original series will be just as excited to share the show with their children as they will be to revisit a childhood favorite.”

Tiny Toons Looniversity is produced by Amblin Television in association with Warner Bros. Animation. Clint LaVigne, VP of Television at Amblin Television and Audrey Diehl, Senior Vice President of Series at Warner Bros. Animation will oversee day-to-day creative affairs of the series.

About Warner Bros. Animation

Warner Bros. Animation (WBA) is one of the leading producers of animation in the entertainment industry, producing and developing projects for multiple platforms, both domestically and internationally. WBA’s current series include “Animaniacs” for Hulu, “Green Eggs and Ham” for Netflix, “Aquaman: King of Atlantis,” “Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai,” “Harley Quinn,” “Jellystone!,” “Little Ellen, Looney Tunes Cartoons” and “Young Justice” for HBO Max, “DC Super Hero Girls”, “Teen Titans Go!,” “ThunderCats Roar” for Cartoon Network, “Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz,” “Scooby-Doo! and Guess Who?,” “The Tom and Jerry Show” and “Yabba-Dabba Dinosaurs!” for Boomerang. WBA’s full-length theatrical film, “Teen Titans GO! to the Movies,” was released in summer 2018. As home to the iconic animated characters from the DC, Hanna-Barbera, MGM and Looney Tunes libraries, WBA also produces highly successful animated films – including the DC Universe Movies – for DVD, Blu-ray(R) and digital media. One of the most-honored animation studios in history, WBA has won six Academy Awards(R), 35 Emmy(R) Awards, the George Foster Peabody Award, a BAFTA Children’s Award, an Environmental Media Award, a Parents’ Choice Award, the HUMANITAS Prize, two Prism Awards and 20 Annie Awards (honoring excellence in animation).

About Amblin Television

Amblin Television, a long-time leader in quality programming, is a division of Amblin Partners, a content creation company led by Steven Spielberg. Amblin Television’s co-presidents, Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey, oversee all development, production and programming for the company. Amblin Television currently has eight projects in various stages of production and release, including The Haunting of Bly Manor – the follow-up chapter to acclaimed series The Haunting of Hill House – for Netflix, Animaniacs for Hulu, a third season of Roswell, New Mexico for The CW, Brave New World from Peacock, Halo for Showtime, Masters of the Air for Apple, Gremlins for HBO Max, and Resident Alien for SYFY.

Some of Amblin Television’s previous credits include the Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning drama The Americans for FX, Emmy-nominated HBO movie All The Way starring Bryan Cranston, Smash for NBC, Under the Dome for CBS, Falling Skies for TNT, The Borgias and The United States of Tara for Showtime, and Las Vegas for NBC. http://www.amblin.com



Genndy Tartakovsky’s Supernatural Animated-Action Series “Unicorn: Warriors Eternal” Ordered for HBO Max





Genndy Tartakovsky’s Supernatural Animated-Action Series “Unicorn: Warriors Eternal” Ordered for HBO Max and Cartoon Network
Inspired by myths and lore from across the globe, the show will follow a team of ancient teen heroes as they work together to protect the world from an unforeseen omen.
[via press release from Cartoon Network]
Genndy Tartakovsky’s Supernatural Animated-Action Series Unicorn: Warriors Eternal Ordered for HBO Max and Cartoon Network

Unique Storytelling and Contrasting Genres Establish Inclusive Series for All Ages

HBO Max and Cartoon Network have greenlit Unicorn: Warriors Eternal, a unique, animated-action series helmed by Emmy(R) Award-winning creator Genndy Tartakovsky. Inspired by myths and lore from across the globe, the show will follow a team of ancient teen heroes as they work together to protect the world from an unforeseen omen. With themes of the supernatural weaved with adventure, the series captures fun yet mysterious character-based storytelling for kids, teens and parents alike. Produced by Cartoon Network Studios, Unicorn: Warriors Eternal is currently in production for HBO Max and Cartoon Network.

Unicorn: Warriors Eternal follows a team of ancient heroes protecting the world from an ominous force. Throughout history, unicorns have symbolized the virtuous, appearing to ensure that goodness reigns. When the reawakening of our heroes comes too early, they find themselves in the bodies of teenagers. Damaged as a result, their memories of who they are and the history of the unicorn over the centuries have been lost, with some of their magical abilities weakened and fragmented. Not only do they have to protect the world against the prevailing darkness, they have to do it while navigating the unexpected laughs and humor that come with teen angst and emotions.

“Welcoming Genndy back to Cartoon Network, and now HBO Max was the perfect opportunity to introduce a new generation of fans to his visionary work and this one-of-a-kind series that offers something for everyone in the family,” said Tom Ascheim, President, Warner Bros. Global Kids, Young Adults and Classics (GKYAC). “Genndy is a deeply respected creator whose visceral storytelling has inspired our audience and the artist community. We are honored to go on this next epic adventure with him.”

Added Tartakovsky: “Twenty-five years ago Dexter’s Laboratory was Cartoon Network’s first original series. It launched an incredible creative relationship that continued to prosper throughout the years. Today, I am so proud and honored to be able to create an animated series for HBO Max and Cartoon Network, and start a new relationship, fostering more bold and original storytelling. Unicorn: Warriors Eternal is going to be crazy cool and I can’t wait for people to see it!”

Critically acclaimed and multiple Emmy(R) Award-winning Tartakovsky has created other projects within the Warner Bros. Global Kids, Young Adults and Classics (GKYAC) portfolio, including Adult Swim’s Emmy(R) Award-winning Primal and Samurai Jack, and other notable Cartoon Network legacy series including Dexter’s Laboratory and Sym-Bionic Titan. Tartakovsky also directed the original Star Wars: Clone Wars series. In 2012, he made his feature directorial debut with Sony Pictures Animation’s Hotel Transylvania and continued to direct its next two sequels, Hotel Transylvania 2 and Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation.

ABOUT HBO MAX

HBO Max is WarnerMedia’s direct-to-consumer offering, which debuted May 27, 2020. With 10,000 hours of curated premium content, HBO Max offers powerhouse programming for everyone in the home, bringing together HBO, a robust slate of new original series, key third-party licensed programs and movies, and fan favorites from WarnerMedia’s rich library including Warner Bros., New Line, DC, CNN, TNT, TBS, truTV, Turner Classic Movies, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Crunchyroll, Rooster Teeth, Looney Tunes and more. Website: HBOMax.com

ABOUT CARTOON NETWORK

Cartoon Network is a division of WarnerMedia and the #1 global animated series network, offering the best in original content for kids and families with such hits as Ben 10, Craig of the Creek, DC Super Hero Girls, Steven Universe, The Amazing World of Gumball, Teen Titans Go!, Victor and Valentino, and more. Seen in more than 185 countries, over 450 million homes and in 33 languages, Cartoon Network inspires the next generation of creators and innovators by engaging its audience at the intersection of creativity and technology. Its award-winning pro-social initiatives, Stop Bullying: Speak Up and CN Buddy Network are acknowledged and often used resources for kids and adults looking for tools that can assist in dealing with the ongoing issue of bullying.

ABOUT CARTOON NETWORK STUDIOS

Established in 2000, Cartoon Network Studios (CNS) is a global animation and interactive studio recognized for its innovative approaches to IP development and world-building. Fostering a creator-driven environment, CNS is home to hundreds of visual artists who have been a part of the studio’s many critically acclaimed and groundbreaking animated series including Adventure Time, Craig of the Creek, Steven Universe, Summer Camp Island, The Powerpuff Girls, and We Bare Bears. CNS has also produced notable Adult Swim hits such as Primal, Samurai Jack, and Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law.

CNS has been honored with multiple awards and accolades including: Emmy(R), Peabody, GLAAD and Annie Awards. Internationally, the studio also garnered the BAFTA Children’s Award, Italy’s prestigious Pulcinella Award and Annecy Festival’s Cristal Award. Currently, CNS houses a VR lab, and produces an array of interactive formats and products for youth and young adult audiences around the world. As part of its ongoing efforts to discover unique and promising voices everywhere, the studio has a robust global Artist Program and has numerous partnerships, including Exceptional Minds, Black Women Animate and California Institute of the Arts.



HBO Max and Cartoon Network Expand Partnership with Esteemed Children’s Book Author Mo Willems





HBO Max and Cartoon Network Expand Partnership with Esteemed Children’s Book Author Mo Willems and Stampede Ventures on Three New Projects for Kids (and Former Kids!)
“Mo’s creative vision and profound legacy is a remarkable force that has the power to shape the future of kids and family programming,” said Tom Ascheim.
[via press release from Cartoon Network]
HBO Max and Cartoon Network Expand Partnership with Esteemed Children’s Book Author Mo Willems and Stampede Ventures on Three New Projects for Kids (and Former Kids!)

Animated Series Unlimited Squirrels!; Animated Special Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Rock Special; Live-Action Immersive Series Cat the Cat’s Show the Show Show with YOU the YOU!

HBO Max and Cartoon Network announced three new projects today with New York Times best-selling children’s book author, illustrator, and playwright Mo Willems: greenlights for a hilarious animated series Unlimited Squirrels!; a CGI animated rock special Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Rock Special; and a pilot order for a live-action immersive series, Cat the Cat’s Show the Show Show with YOU the YOU! These projects are designed for unlimited fun and laughter, while encouraging kids (and former kids) to feel comfortable in their own skin. Joining the most recent live-action special, Mo Willems and The Storytime All-Stars Present: Don’t Let the Pigeon Do Storytime!, and a collection of Weston Woods Studios animated films adapted from his award-winning books, Mo Willems Storytime Shorts!, the new orders, which will be executive produced by Greg Silverman’s Stampede Ventures, will expand an innovative content slate that is part of the streamer’s multi-year deal with Mo Willems.

“Mo’s creative vision and profound legacy is a remarkable force that has the power to shape the future of kids and family programming,” said Tom Ascheim, President of Global Kids, Young Adults and Classics at Warner Bros. Entertainment. “This collaboration is integral to reaching children and adults simultaneously in different and unique ways that are also incredibly fun for everyone.”

“Thanks to my pals at Stampede Ventures and HBO Max I have been given an exciting opportunity to innovate with spectacular creative teams. It’s a joy collaborating and discovering how to bring these characters to the screen in fun, new ways,” said Mo Willems. “While each of the upcoming projects is different in scope and approach, they all focus on my guiding principle to always think of my audience, but never think for my audience.”

In collaboration with Stampede Ventures as his producing partner, Mo Willems signed on with HBO Max to create live-action Storytime Specials, and multiple animated and live-action series based on his wildly popular children’s books, which are adored by kids and adults alike. His beloved characters have garnered three Caldecott Honors, two Theodor Geisel Medals and five Geisel Honors between them. Mo Willems began his career as a writer and animator on Sesame Street, where he won six Emmy(R) Awards for Writing. He is the most producd children’s playwright in America and his art has been exhibited in major museums across the country. Mo Willems is also the education artist in residence at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, where he is developing multi-disciplinary performance projects with the National Symphony Orchestra, Washington National Opera, Dance, Jazz, Comedy, and Theatre for Young Audiences. Mo Willems and The Storytime All-Stars Present: Don’t Let The Pigeon Do Storytime! and Mo Willems Storytime Shorts! are available now on HBO Max.

“Mo is an unparalleled talent and his ability to connect with kids and parents alike has been our great pleasure to support. We are thrilled to deepen our relationship with HBO Max as we help Mo bring to life three exciting worlds brimming with character that will delight audiences of all ages,” said Greg Silverman, Founder/CEO of Stampede Ventures.

About the upcoming projects:

Unlimited Squirrels!

Based on Mo Willems’s New York Times best-selling books for early readers, Unlimited Squirrels! centers around Zoomy and an unlimited ensemble of Squirrel Friends who help Zoomy navigate new encounters and learn cool things along the way. Each episode will feature big stories, big facts, squirrely songs, and acorn-y jokes to keep young kids amused and stocked with an unlimited supply of fun, facts, and giggles.Unlimited Squirrels! best-selling books for early readers, New York TimesBased on Mo Willems’s

Tim McKeon who is attached as showrunner, will cowrite with Mo Willems. Mo Willems is also executive producer with Stampede Ventures’ Greg Silverman and Jay Judah.

Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Rock Special

Based on Mo Willems’ New York Times best-selling book and the sold-out theatrical rock experience, Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed is a CGI animated rock music special that wears its heart on its sleeve. Wilbur Mole Rat and all his Fellow Mole Rats in the Tunnel have always been, well…naked. But when Wilbur discovers clothing and a love for style, the Tunnel turns upside down! An animated hour of “underground” music and comedy about being comfortable in your own skin, this adaptation of the popular theatre experience will knock your socks on!

Mo Willems and Mr. Warburton co-wrote the script with original tunes by Mo Willems and composer Deborah Wicks La Puma. Mo Willems will executive produce alongside Stampede Ventures’ Greg Silverman and Jay Judah, with OddBot Animation Studios serving as animation house.

Cat the Cat’s Show the Show Show with YOU the YOU!

This live-action, immersive performance series is for the very young and the very, very curious. Based on Mo Willems’ New York Times best-selling CAT the CAT book series, this show introduces Cat the Cat and her friends as they create, rehearse, and perform with YOU the YOU! A show that is focused on the performers at home, as well as on the screen, Show the Show is a chance for YOU to show how special YOU are!

Kristen McGregor is showrunner, and also cowriter with Mo Willems. Mo Willems is executive producing alongside Stampede Ventures’ Greg Silverman and Jay Judah.

ABOUT HBO MAX

HBO Max is WarnerMedia’s direct-to-consumer offering, which debuted May 27, 2020. With 10,000 hours of curated premium content, HBO Max offers powerhouse programming for everyone in the home, bringing together HBO, a robust slate of new original series, key third-party licensed programs and movies, and fan favorites from WarnerMedia’s rich library including Warner Bros., New Line, DC, CNN, TNT, TBS, truTV, Turner Classic Movies, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Crunchyroll, Rooster Teeth, Looney Tunes and more. Website: HBOMax.com

ABOUT CARTOON NETWORK

Cartoon Network is a division of WarnerMedia and the #1 global animated series network, offering the best in original content for kids and families with such hits as Ben 10, Craig of the Creek, DC Super Hero Girls, Steven Universe, The Amazing World of Gumball, Teen Titans Go!, Victor and Valentino, and more. Seen in more than 185 countries, over 450 million homes and in 33 languages, Cartoon Network inspires the next generation of creators and innovators by engaging its audience at the intersection of creativity and technology. Its award-winning pro-social initiatives, Stop Bullying: Speak Up and CN Buddy Network are acknowledged and often used resources for kids and adults looking for tools that can assist in dealing with the ongoing issue of bullying.

ABOUT MO WILLEMS WORKSHOP

Mo Willems Workshop is a media workshop where all Mo Willems’ characters get ready for their close ups! Author, illustrator, playwright Mo Willems is the Excecutive Producer.

ABOUT STAMPEDE VENTURES

Stampede Ventures is an independent entertainment media company founded by Greg Silverman, the former President of Warner Bros. Pictures. The company’s lead investor and co-chairman is Gideon Yu, former CFO of Facebook and YouTube, and co-owner of the San Francisco 49ers. Additional investors include leaders from Silicon Valley, Asia, and the U.S. media space. Stampede Ventures is on the forefront of content creation across the divisions of film, television, international and alternative programming.



OWN Spices Up the Fall with First Ever Food Programming Block Premiering Saturday, November 14





OWN Spices Up the Fall with First Ever Food Programming Block Premiering Saturday, November 14
Said lineup includes “Lovely Bites,” “Tregaye’s Way,” “Food Fantasies” and “Tanya’s Kitchen Table.”
[via press release from OWN]
OWN SPICES UP THE FALL WITH FIRST EVER FOOD PROGRAMMING BLOCK PREMIERING SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14

Four New Original Cooking Shows Featuring Celebrated African American Chefs Join the Network’s Daytime Lineup Including “Lovely Bites,” “Tregaye’s Way,” “Food Fantasies” and “Tanya’s Kitchen Table”


Los Angeles – OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced today its first ever food programming block with four all-new original cooking shows premiering on Saturday, November 14 featuring celebrated African American chefs. The programming starts at 12:00 p.m. ET/PT with “Lovely Bites” starring Chef Connie “Lovely” Jackson, followed by “Tregaye’s Way” at 12:30 p.m. ET/PT starring Chef Tregaye Fraser, “Food Fantasies” at 1:00 p.m. ET/PT featuring several celebrity chefs each episode, and “Tanya’s Kitchen Table” at 1:30 p.m. ET/PT starring Chef Tanya Holland.

“Our viewers love spending time in the kitchen and cooking for themselves and their families,” said Tina Perry, president, OWN. “We’re excited to introduce for the first time a programming block of fun-filled cooking shows and look forward to making Saturday afternoons on OWN a new destination for foodies.”

About the series:

“Lovely Bites” airs at 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. ET/PT

Chef Connie “Lovely” Jackson is a Chicago native who’s known for festive foods that are both tasty and gorgeous, using edible flowers, gold leaf and other touches of elegance on her signature dishes. A fierce fan favorite from “Hell’s Kitchen” and “Food Network Star,” Chef Lovely’s food is approachable, clean and beautiful – and her positive attitude is as inviting as her dishes. Her stand-and-stir show will focus on fun entertaining and celebrating festive occasions. Chef Lovely’s bubbly energy is infectious and delicious food is her way to create long lasting memories. “Lovely Bites” is produced for OWN by FishBowl Worldwide Media.

“Tregaye’s Way” airs at 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET/PT

Chef Tregaye Fraser is a fearless Atlanta chef who’s not afraid to push the boundaries of traditional cuisine, and not afraid to push her kids’ palates. The celebrated winner of “Food Network Star” is well-versed in cuisine from 24 different countries and is known for taking everyday foods from various regions and pairing them in unexpected ways that her family can enjoy. In this stand-and-stir series, her personal motivation is to help people create meals for their families and getting dinner on the table quickly and easily. “Tregaye’s Way” is produced for OWN by FRANK.

“Food Fantasies” airs at 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. ET/PT

Do you ever wonder what mouth-watering dishes our favorite culinary connoisseurs daydream about daily? “Food Fantasies” shows us exactly what chefs would make when each is presented the same hypothetical culinary fantasy such as: “What’s the one dish you would make if calories didn’t count?” And “what’s the meal you would make for your nine-year-old self?” Join chefs Eddie Jackson, Nyesha Arrington, Jernard Wells, Darnell Ferguson, Danni Rose and more as they create and indulge their fantasy dishes. “Food Fantasies” is produced for OWN by Lando Entertainment (part of Levity Live).

“Tanya’s Kitchen Table” airs at 1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET/PT

Oakland-based chef Tanya Holland is a well-known restaurateur, cookbook author and soul food innovator. In this new stand-and-stir series, Chef Holland will showcase the beauty of “cooking local while thinking global” when audiences are invited to experience a one-of-a-kind course in cooking and some professional tips and tricks along the way. “Tanya’s Kitchen Table” is produced for OWN by Triage Entertainment (part of Levity Live).

About OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network is the first and only network named for, and inspired by, a single iconic leader. Oprah Winfrey’s heart and creative instincts inform the brand and the magnetism of the channel. OWN is a leading destination for premium scripted and unscripted programming from today’s most innovative storytellers. Launched on January 1, 2011, OWN is a joint venture between Harpo, Inc. and Discovery, Inc. The venture also includes the award-winning digital platform Oprah.com. Access OWN anytime, anywhere on WatchOWN.tv or across mobile devices and connected TVs. For more information, please visit www.oprah.com/own andhttps://press.discovery.com/us/own/.



HBO’s MURDER ON MIDDLE BEACH





HBO’s MURDER ON MIDDLE BEACH,
A Chilling And Deeply Personal Four-Part Documentary Series, Debuts November 15

HBO Documentary Film’s MURDER ON MIDDLE BEACH, a four-part documentary series directed by first-time filmmaker Madison Hamburg, presents Hamburg’s complicated journey as a young man determined to solve the unspeakable crime of his mother’s murder and absolve the people he loves, while looking for answers within his fractured family and community. MURDER ON MIDDLE BEACH debuts SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT), with new episodes airing subsequent Sundays at the same time.

MURDER ON MIDDLE BEACH will debut on HBO and be available to stream on HBO Max.

On March 3, 2010, divorced mother Barbara Hamburg was found violently murdered in the yard of her home in the upper middle-class town of Madison, Connecticut. Investigators speculated her murder from blunt force trauma was a crime of passion, but without enough evidence, the case grew cold.

Over the course of eight years, Barbara’s son, Madison Hamburg, interviewed his family members and many others, longing to learn more about his mother and gather evidence in hopes of solving her murder. He uncovered a deep web of buried familial secrets, connections to shadowy criminal figures, and years-old resentments in his deceptively serene hometown. While Madison wrestles with troubling revelations about his mother, the most unsettling conflict comes from Madison’s obligation to bring into question those inside his community and members of his own family.

Following the murder, attention first turned to Barbara’s ex-husband, Jeffrey Hamburg, who battled with her over financial issues including child support and was due in court with her that very day. With a strong alibi, and the Madison Police Department in disarray after a recent spate of corruption scandals, Hamburg was never charged. Rumors swirled about his potential involvement in foreign business deals and Barbara’s participation in an illegal pyramid scheme known as the “Gifting Tables” which may have created enemies for her. However, despite this and information about other potential suspects, the leads petered out and the case went cold.

Years later, Madison, who was just a teenager at the time of his mother’s murder, returns home determined to understand the life of the mother he had lost and to uncover the truth about her death. The family’s troubled history is explored and Madison questions whether learning the truth will provide closure or just more grief. As his investigation grows, he comes to reexamine his own memories of a childhood that was not as picture-perfect as the wealth of happy, home video footage would suggest.

MURDER ON MIDDLE BEACH explores the secrets that run beneath the facade of a seemingly ideal community. Through one young man’s near obsessive pursuit of answers, a light is shone on the universal need to make sense of profound loss and to face one’s own history. As Madison searches to know the mother who was taken from him, he comes to a deeper understanding of her legacy and the abiding power of familial love.

MURDER ON MIDDLE BEACH is produced by Emmy® and Oscar award winning producers, Jigsaw Productions, Armian Pictures and Blue Days Films.

Episodes include:

Episode 1: “Mom’s Dead”
Debut Date: SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT)
Following the brutal and unsolved murder of his mother Barbara back in 2010, Madison Hamburg returns to his hometown of Madison, Connecticut to piece together her life story. Through interviews with those who knew Barbara best, Madison dives into his parents’ divorce and the unsettling details of his mother’s life that were kept under wraps.

Episode 2: “Rooms and Tables”
Debut Date: SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT)
As he investigates the parts of his family that have been kept in the shadows, Madison explores the fallout of his mother and aunts’ involvement in the “Gifting Tables” – a multi-level marketing scheme that aimed to uplift women but, as it grew exponentially, evolved into something more insidious.

Episode 3: “Sisters”
Debut Date: SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 29 (10:10-11:10 p.m. ET/PT)
After Barbara’s sister Conway opens up about her history with substance abuse – which fueled deep-seated familial resentments – she makes a stunning accusation against someone inside Madison’s family that leaves Madison shaken. Conway and Madison’s sister, Ali, both offer their accounts of the morning they discovered Barbara’s body, Madison consults a private investigator to help find evidence to exonerate his loved ones.

Episode 4: “Reasonable Doubts” (Series Finale)
Debut Date: SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6 (10:00-11:30 p.m. ET/PT)
With the 10-year anniversary of his mother’s death approaching, Madison leaves no stone unturned in his quest for the truth – despite concerns that his documentary may be doing more harm than good. As Madison presses on, there are surprising roadblocks to his investigation.

MURDER ON MIDDLE BEACH is produced by Jigsaw Productions, Armian Pictures and Blue Days Films. Directed by Madison Hamburg; executive producers, Ron Nyswaner, Neda Armian, Toby Oppenheimer, Madison Hamburg, Stacey Offman, Richard Perello; co-executive producer, Evan Lerner; supervising producer, Whitney Johnson; producer, Solomon Petchenik. For HBO: executive producers, Lisa Heller and Nancy Abraham; senior producer, Sara Rodriguez.



Video: “The White Tiger” – Official Teaser Trailer – Netflix





Video: “The White Tiger” – Official Teaser Trailer – Netflix
From acclaimed writer-director Ramin Bahrani, the film is based on the New York Times bestseller and 2008 Man Booker Prize-winning novel.
[via press release from Netflix]
The White Tiger | Official Teaser Trailer | Netflix

From acclaimed writer-director Ramin Bahrani comes the epic journey of a poor Indian driver (Adarsh Gourav) who uses his wit and cunning to break free from servitude to his rich masters (Rajkummar Rao and Priyanka Chopra Jonas) and rise to the top of the heap. The White Tiger is based on the New York Times bestseller and 2008 Man Booker Prize-winning novel.