Fox News will fill the vacant 3 p.m. hour formerly occupied by anchor Shepard Smith with a rotating roster of "news stars" that will include Bret Baier, Chris Wallace and Brit Hume, the network announced. Fox will probably
launch a news-focused program in the slot next year with a permanent anchor, said Fox News Media President Jay Wallace.
The hosts of HGTV's "Property Brothers" series will be the centerpiece of a new untitled quarterly magazine from Meredith that is scheduled to debut in January for $10 an issue. The magazine will focus on the lifestyles of the twin brothers Drew and Jonathan Scott, who have hosted the fixer-upper series since 2011, as well as providing renovation tips.
Comcast's X1 platform has enabled the cable company to incorporate machine learning and artificial intelligence throughout its networks, executives said, adding that they have also been able to build a program that can analyze the rafts of data gleaned from the technology. The company established a separate team for each of eight customer experience areas, and supplemented those teams with AI.
Disney released a list of about 300 current and library films that it will offer when its Disney+ streaming service premieres in mid-November, saying it will increase that total to more than 500 titles in its first year. The roster includes films from 20th Century Fox as well as the library of Marvel and Star Wars movies.
National Geographic's newfound ability to place shows on the upcoming Disney+ streaming service will give the network greater exposure but not alter its purpose or programming strategy, network leader Courteney Monroe said, noting that Nat Geo will face the challenge of providing more content. The network will run original programs exclusive to Disney+ as well as library content on the service, Monroe added.
The new "High School Musical: The Series" will debut on three Disney-owned networks -- Disney Channel, Freeform and ABC -- on November 8 prior to its launch on streaming service Disney+ on November 12, the company said. The show will feature new characters at a high school in Utah.
Netflix is arming itself for the challenge from new streaming competitors by launching an aggressive campaign of hiring content creators who have been ramping up its library of family and children's programming, executives say. Disney will no longer sell its content to Netflix, and the service is also facing competition for family audiences from new over-the-top providers Apple TV+ and HBO Max.
Axios will produce a documentary news series for HBO instead of making original videos for its own site and social platforms. "TV is our editorial video strategy," says Axios co-founder and CEO Jim VandeHei, adding that, "that is opening the door to companies that have high-end content and high-end audience to be able to start to explore."
TikTok is attracting advertisers with its raw feel and young users, and companies are getting more adept on the platform. For example, in moving beyond hashtag challenges of Guess, Chipotle and Walmart, e.l.f. Cosmetics created an original song and used influencers to promote it in their own videos, with almost 18,000 TikTok videos using the "Eyes Lips Face" song.
Quibi isn't launching until April, but the mobile-only platform is lining up content deals from TMZ, Telemundo and ESPN. Quibi's Daily Essentials will be a curated list of entertainment and news, and more than $100 million in ad commitments have been secured so far.