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AT&T to End Audience Network, Originals Like Mr. Mercedes in Limbo

The Audience Network has left the building: AT&T is shuttering its network of original programming after a two-decade run, according to our sister site Variety.

The channel will cease operations this spring and transition into becoming a preview channel for HBO Max, the streaming service also owned by AT&T that’s set to launch in May. “We will begin to transition Audience Network from its current approach to support AT&T’s broader original content and marketing focus on the upcoming HBO Max service,” chief content officer Daniel York said in a statement.

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AT&T Audience Network to Shut Down, Become Promo Channel for HBO Max

  • The Wrap
AT&T’s Audience Network will no longer be a home for original programming. Instead, AT&T is turning the premium network into a promo channel for HBO Max.

The transition will happen sometime in the spring, ahead of HBO Max’s May launch. The upcoming streaming service from WarnerMedia will cost $14.99, the same price as a monthly subscription for HBO.

“We will begin to transition Audience Network from its current approach to support AT&T’s broader original content and marketing focus on the upcoming HBO Max service,” said Daniel York, chief content officer of AT&T Consumer. “I am proud and grateful to the team at Audience for their many successes over the years, creating unique, fresh and provocative content along with our great studio partners. 20 years ago we were the first pay TV provider to differentiate our content offering with the best exclusive original content, and the team
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AT&T Audience Network To End; Will Transition To HBO Max Preview Channel

  • Deadline
AT&T’s Audience Network will soon cease to exist. AT&T said Wednesday that it will transition Audience Network’s linear and streaming broadcasts in the spring to become an HBO Max Preview Channel.

“We will begin to transition Audience Network from its current approach to support AT&T’s broader original content and marketing focus on the upcoming HBO Max service,” said Daniel York, chief content officer, AT&T Consumer. “I am proud and grateful to the team at Audience for their many successes over the years, creating unique, fresh and provocative content along with our great studio partners. 20 years ago we were the first pay TV provider to differentiate our content offering with the best exclusive original content, and the team truly brought to life the network vision: Always Original, Never Ordinary.”

Audience launched as FreeView in November 1999 and primarily focused on music and concerts. It grew its
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AT&T to Shutter Audience Network

  • Variety
Audience Network as it currently exists is coming to an end.

Variety has learned that the network, which has been owned by AT&T since the company acquired DirecTV, will cease operations this spring and transition into a preview channel for HBO Max, the upcoming streaming service from WarnerMedia, which is also owned by AT&T.

“We will begin to transition Audience Network from its current approach to support AT&T’s broader original content and marketing focus on the upcoming HBO Max service,” said Daniel York, chief content officer of AT&T Consumer. “I am proud and grateful to the team at Audience for their many successes over the years, creating unique, fresh and provocative content along with our great studio partners. 20 years ago we were the first pay TV provider to differentiate our content offering with the best exclusive original content, and the team truly brought to life the network vision: Always Original,
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AT&T And Lionsgate’s Starz Strike New Multi-Year Carriage Deal

AT&T and Lionsgate-owned Starz have reached a new multi-year carriage deal, avoiding a disruption of the premium network’s offerings on AT&T’s DirecTV, AT&T TV and U-verse cable platforms.

The agreement encompasses Starz and Starz Encore linear and HD channels, on-demand and online services. It comes on the heels of the Season 6 premiere of Power, a marquee series for Starz, which saw steady linear ratings but a double-digit rise in digital viewing numbers.

Securing carriage is more complicated than it used to be, given the multiplying factors coming to bear in the changing TV distribution landscape. This summer has seen several high-profile carriage disputes lead to channel blackouts across the dial. Premium networks like Starz have clashed with distributors, especially satellite companies DirecTV and Dish, because they have made their networks available as stand-alone streaming services that don’t require a pay-tv subscription. HBO has been
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‘Loudermilk’ Renewed For Season 3 By At&T Audience Network

  • Deadline
‘Loudermilk’ Renewed For Season 3 By At&T Audience Network
Just a couple weeks ahead of the Season 2 finale, At&T Audience Network has renewed hit comedy series Loudermilk for a third season. The network has ordered 10 episodes of the half-hour comedy. Seasons 1 and 2 also consisted of ten episodes each. Production is scheduled this spring in Vancouver with premiere set for later in the year.

Peter Farrelly and Bobby Mort, the Emmy-winning scribe from The Colbert Report, will return for Season 3 as writer-creators and executive producers. Farrelly, Mort, At&T Audience Network’s Shane Elrod and Kate Regan and Big Branch ProductionsBart Peters will also serve as executive producers.

After a relapse in New Orleans and a falling out with his best friend and sponsor, Ben (Will Sasso), Loudermilk (Ron Livingston) is back in Seattle for season 2 trying to piece his world back together. With his “Sober Friends” meeting hijacked,
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Stephen King's Mr. Mercedes Series Has Been Renewed for Season 3

I’m happy to report that the series adaptation of Stephen King’s Mr. Mercedes has been renewed for a third season by At&T Audience Network.

This is such a great show, and the first two season are so well done. If you haven’t watched this show yet, you should check it out! It’s pretty dark and disturbing, though, so if you aren’t into crazy twisted shit, you might want to pass.

The series starts out brutally and if you can’t get past the very first episode, then this series isn’t for you. Daniel York, senior executive vice president and chief content officer for At&T, had this to say in a statement:

“’Mr. Mercedes’ has resonated with such a wide audience, so we’re thrilled to bring it back for a third season for our customers. David E. Kelley, Jack Bender and Sonar have
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Mr. Mercedes Renewed for Season 3 by At&T Audience Network

  • DailyDead
Based on Stephen King's Bill Hodges trilogy, At&T Audience Network's Mr. Mercedes series has been renewed for a third season of 10 one-hour episodes, with production set to start early next year in Charleston, South Carolina:

From the Press Release: El Segundo, Calif., Nov. 19, 2018 -- Following the dramatic finale of season 2 of "Mr. Mercedes," At&T Audience Network has picked up this critically acclaimed drama for a 3rd season. Production for the 10 1-hour episodes is scheduled to begin in early 2019 in Charleston, South Carolina with the premiere launching later in the year.

The series is produced by Sonar Entertainment.

Returning for the 3rd season will be David E. Kelley to oversee the writer's room and Jack Bender to direct. In addition to King, Kelley and Bender, Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey of Temple Hill Entertainment, Tom Lesinski and Jenna Santoianni of Sonar Entertainment, and Shane Elrod and Kate Regan of
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Stephen King series Mr. Mercedes renewed for third season

At&T’s Audience Network has announced that it has renewed the Stephen King adaptation Mr. Mercedes for a third season, which will begin filming early in the New Year ahead of a premiere in late 2019.

“Mr. Mercedes has resonated with such a wide audience, so we’re thrilled to bring it back for a third season for our customers,” said Daniel York, Senior Exec VP and Chief Content Officer at At&T. “David E. Kelley, Jack Bender and Sonar have crafted a series that honours the original work by Stephen King and we can’t wait to see where they take the show in a ‘post-Mr. Mercedes world.”

Mr. Mercedes is based upon King’s book trilogy Mr. Mercedes, Finders Keepers and End of Watch and revolves around retired police detective Bill Hodges (Brendan Gleeson), who becomes engaged in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with Brady Hartsfield (Harry Treadaway), a young psychopath dubbed ‘Mr.
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‘Mr. Mercedes’ Renewed For Season 3 By At&T Audience Network

  • Deadline
On the heels of the Season 2 finale, At&T Audience Network has ordered a 10-episode third season of its critically praised drama series Mr. Mercedes, from Sonar Entertainment. Production is scheduled to begin in early 2019 in Charleston, South Carolina, on the Stephen King adaptation, with the premiere launching later in the year.

David E. Kelley will return for Season 3 to oversee the writer’s room and Jack Bender to direct. In addition to King, Kelley and Bender, Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey of Temple Hill Entertainment, Tom Lesinski and Jenna Santoianni of Sonar Entertainment, and Shane Elrod and Kate Regan of At&T Audience Network will continue to serve as executive producers.

The second season of Mr. Mercedes took place a year after Brady Hartsfield’s (Harry Treadaway) thwarted attempt to perpetrate a second mass murder in the community of Bridgton, Ohio.
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‘Mr. Mercedes’ Renewed for Season 3 at Audience Network

  • Variety
At&T Audience Network has renewed “Mr. Mercedes” for Season 3.

David E. Kelley will return to oversee the writer’s room with Jack Bender directing. Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey of Temple Hill Entertainment will return as executive producers along with Tom Lesinski and Jenna Santoianni of Sonar Entertainment, and Shane Elrod and Kate Regan of Audience Network. The series is produced by Sonar Entertainment.

The show is based on Stephen King’s book trilogy consisting of the titles “Mr. Mercedes,” “Finders Keepers,” and “End of Watch.”

Production on the new batch of 10 one-hour episodes is scheduled to begin in early 2019 in Charleston, South Carolina with the premiere slated for later in the year.

“’Mr. Mercedes’ has resonated with such a wide audience, so we’re thrilled to bring it back for a third season for our customers,” said Daniel York, senior executive vice president and chief content officer for At&T.
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At&T Sets Broad Carriage Renewal Pact With Fox Networks Group

  • Variety
At&T and Fox Networks Group have quietly concluded a broad renewal agreement for most of Fox Networks Group’s channels on the DirecTV and U-verse platforms.

The deal came together days before the end of DirecTV’s previous pact with Fox. It also was handled with no saber-rattling or public bickering over terms, a notable achievement at a time of heightened competition and business headwinds between large programmers and distributors. DirecTV is facing a number of big renegotiations with major content providers in the coming year, including Viacom. It’s understood that the At&T-Fox talks were long, arduous and tense at times but were never in danger of boiling over in public.

Fox is awaiting its takeover by Disney early next year. The multi-year deal covers a mix of 21st Century Fox assets that will be sold to Disney — including FX Networks and National Geographic — and those that will
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Fox Networks Group And At&T Renew Cross-Platform Distribution Deal

  • Deadline
At&T and Fox Networks Group have renewed a multi-year deal to continue distribution of Fox programming across At&T’s video platforms DirecTV, DirecTV Now and At&T U-verse.

The renewal includes Fox-owned local broadcast stations in 17 cities and the 22 Fox-owned regional sports networks. It also includes FS1, FS2, FX, Fxx, Fxm, National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo Wild, BabyTV, and Spanish-language services Fox Deportes, Nat Geo Mundo and Fox Life, as well as the Fox Soccer Plus pay-per-view service.

“We are pleased to have closed a multi-year deal with Fox for their entire array of content. Our customers will continue to enjoy their programming live and on-demand on all their devices, both at home and on-the-go,” said Daniel York, chief content officer and senior executive vice president for At&T Communications. “Fox has worked with us in this deal to deliver more choice for consumers and better value to At&T customers.
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At&T Audience Network Renews ‘Condor,’ ‘You Me Her’

  • Variety
At&T Audience Network has renewed both “Condor” and “You Me Her.”

Based on the novel “Six Days of the Condor” by James Grady and screenplay “Three Days of the Condor” by Lorenzo Semple Jr. and David Rayfiel, Season 1 of “Condor” follows a young CIA analyst (Max Irons) who stumbles onto a terrible but brilliant plan that threatens the lives of millions. The show has now been renewed for a second season.

The series stars Irons, William Hurt, Leem Lubany, Angel Bonanni, Kristen Hager, with Mira Sorvino and Bob Balaban. Brendan Fraser guest stars. The teleplay is created by Jason Smilovic and Todd Katzberg. Smilovic serves as showrunner and executive producer for the series. The series is produced by MGM Television and Skydance Television. MGM distributes the series internationally.

You Me Her” meanwhile has been renewed for a fourth and fifth season.

The series, created by executive producer and showrunner John Scott Shepherd,
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At&T Audience Network Renews ‘Condor’ for Season 2, ‘You Me Her’ for Seasons 4 and 5

At&T Audience Network has renewed thriller “Condor” for a second season and rom-com “You Me Her” for Seasons 4 and 5, the cable and streaming channel said Friday at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour.

Additionally, At&T Audience has set premiere dates for Season 2 of comedy “Loudermilk” and new documentary “Give Us This Day.” The Will Sasso and Ron Livingston sitcom are set to return Oct. 16 at 10/9c. The East St. Louis-based doc will debut Nov. 8 at 10/9c.

What’s At&T Audience Network anyway, you ask? For DirecTV customers, check Channel 239. U-verse folks can watch it on Channel 114. Finally, Audience is available to live stream on the DirecTV and U-verse apps and DirecTV Now.

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Below are descriptions of each of the projects, all in At&T’s own words:

“Loudermilk”

At&T Audience Network
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At&T-Time Warner Trial: Doj Closes Argument by Citing Past Comments of Randall Stephenson

  • Variety
Washington — The Justice Department’s lead attorney Craig Conrath said that they had proved that the proposed merger between At&T and Time Warner would lessen competition and harm consumers, and in his closing arguments on Monday, he also referenced statements made by At&T’s CEO, Randall Stephenson.

Stephenson was present in the courtroom for the proceedings, along with Time Warner CEO Jeffrey Bewkes. Each had testified in the trial.

Conrath tried to show that At&T recognized the potential harm from a vertical merger transaction around the time it was exploring one with Time Warner.

He cited a conversation that Stephenson had with Time Warner CEO Jeffrey Bewkes in the summer of 2016, over Time Warner’s decision to buy a 10% stake in Hulu.

Conrath said, Bewkes wanted to give Stephenson a “heads up” about a “little vertical integration,” as Hulu was launching its own multichannel service and ostensibly would need Time Warner content.
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What We’ve Learned So Far from the At&T-Time Warner Antitrust Trial

  • Variety
Washington — The At&T-Time Warner antitrust trial, which entered its fourth week on Monday, so far has been a proceeding that has unfolded drip by drip, as the government has sought to prove its case with evidence of e-mails, PowerPoint presentations and other documents and the the defense has tried to dismiss their relevance.

There have been few bombshell revelations, with the caveat that a chunk of the trial has been conducted outside of public view.

For much of the afternoon on Monday, for instance, attorneys for the Justice Department and the two companies gathered in a closed courtroom session with U.S. District Judge Richard Leon, apparently to go over some confidential information that will have an impact on the witness list to come.

The government claims that the combined company will have the leverage to demand onerous rates for content from At&T’s rivals, ultimately driving up the costs for consumers.
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At&T-Time Warner Trial: Judge Asks If ‘Mutually Fair’ Arbitration Would Satisfy Rival

  • Variety
Washington — The federal judge overseeing the At&T-Time Warner antitrust trial asked whether a “mutually beneficial and mutually fair” arbitration would help alleviate concerns that the merger would leave the combined company with too much power and leverage.

U.S. District Judge Richard Leon posed the question to Tom Montemagno, a senior executive with Charter Communications and a major rival to At&T.

Leon did not indicate whether he was asking the question as a way to find a potential merger remedy — or if it was to glean more insight about industry practices.

Montemagno, who as executive vice president of programming acquisition is tasked with negotiating for carriage rights for channels, had been critical of an offer by Time Warner’s Turner networks to go into “baseball”-style arbitration should the merger go through. The offer was made shortly after the Justice Department sued to block the merger, but
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Far From Ordinary: A Danny Boyle Profile (Part 1)

Trevor Hogg profiles the career of Academy Award-winning British director Danny Boyle in the first of a two-part feature...

“I come from a very ordinary, working class family in Manchester,” explained British filmmaker Danny Boyle. “It was a very strict Catholic family. I was an altar boy for eight years. I am supposed to be a priest; it was my mother’s fondest wish that I would become one.” The religious aspirations of the teenager were called into question by a man of the cloth. “I was going to transfer to a seminary near Wigan, but this priest, Father Conway, took me aside and said, ‘I don’t think you should go.’ Whether he was saving me from the priesthood or the priesthood from me, I don’t know. But quite soon after, I started to do drama. And there’s a real connection. All these directors – Martin Scorsese [The Departed], John Woo
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