Bob Iger Backs Peter Rice & Dana Walden After Fox Execs Slammed In ‘Bones’ Arbitration Award

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Bob Iger Stands by New Disney-ABC Execs Peter Rice, Dana Walden After ‘Bones’ vs Fox Judgment

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Disney CEO Bob Iger is standing by Peter Rice and Dana Walden after the future Disney TV executives were called out in the $179 million-profit participation judgment that Fox was hit with over profits from the 2005-17 series “Bones.”

“Peter Rice and Dana Walden are highly respected leaders in this industry, and we have complete confidence in their character and integrity,” Iger said in a statement after the $179 million judgment was disclosed on Wednesday. “Disney had no involvement in the arbitration, and we understand the decision is being challenged and will leave it to the courts to decide the matter.”

Earlier this month, an arbitrator hit 21st Century Fox with a $179 million judgment — one of the largest rulings of its kind in television history — in a long-running legal battle over profits from the series “Bones.”

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In a 66-page summary of his ruling issued earlier this month by made public on Wednesday, arbitrator Peter Lichtman found that Fox had committed “breach of contract, fraud, and tortious interference with contract” in offering profit participation on the mystery procedural, which ran on the Fox broadcast network from 2005 and 2017 and was also produced by the company’s in-house TV studio.

Lichtman further called out 21st Century Fox president Peter Rice, current Fox TV CEO and soon-to-be ABC exec Dana Walden, and Fox TV chairman Gary Newman (who will be leaving the network soon himself), whom Lichtman said “appear to have given false testimony in an attempt to conceal their wrongful acts.”

Rice and Walden are set to lead Disney-ABC’s TV networks and studio after Disney closes its acquisition of 21st Century Fox’s film and TV assets in the coming months.

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In addition to a finding of actual damages, the arbitrator awarded $128 million in punitive damages, which he wrote “is reasonable and necessary to punish Fox for its reprehensible conduct and deter it from future wrongful conduct.”

Fox is seeking to have those punitive damages voided, arguing the arbitration agreement did not allow for the arbitrator to award punitive damages. 21st Century Fox has hired top defense attorney Daniel Petrocelli and filed a motion today in Los Angeles to dispute that point of Lichtman’s ruling.

For more about the ruling against Fox, click here.

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Slimmed-Down Fox, Karey Burke’s ABC Debut and 6 More Burning Questions for Winter Press Tour

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It’s the end of January, which normally means we’re gearing up for Super Bowl Sunday. We still are, but we’re also getting ready for yet another Television Critics Association (TCA) winter press tour, which kicks off a few weeks later than usual this year.

The twice-annual TCA event begins Tuesday morning, with NBCUniversal joining other broadcast, cable and a small sampling of streaming networks (smaller than usual since Netflix is sitting this one out) as they present their upcoming series to TV critics, serve up their casts, showrunners and a few executives for Q&As.

Here’s what TheWrap is hoping to learn from the weeks-long festivities at the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena, California.

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1. So, ah, Whatcha Wanna Talk About?
You know, since a lot of your new midseason shows have already premiered.

Winter TCA 2019 was pushed back from its usual early-to-mid-January slot to run from late January through early-mid February… for some reason. The shift moved the biannual press event away from the Golden Globes, but dropped it smack on top of the CBS’ Super Bowl LIII. Another consequence of the calendar shift is that a number of new series slated for midseason starts have already premiered, whereas the networks would’ve typically used the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour to debut the frosh, hoping to drum up some buzz just before launch.

Well, we can’t really do that now for some of these, so, ah, whatcha wanna talk about?

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2. Will Disney-Fox Deal Close While We’re in Pasadena?
Though Disney’s $71 billion acquisition of most of 21st Century Fox’s film and TV assets was first announced back at the end of 2017, the companies are finally clearing every last regulatory hurdle and ready to make this thing official.

You know the important parts by now: Disney is getting everything but Fox’s broadcast network, Fox News and Fox Sports. The Walt Disney Company’s earnings call is set for Feb. 5, which is the same as its TCA day, and a day before Fox takes the stage.

With Disney telling investors they expect this deal to finally become official in the early part of 2019, it’s a safe bet this happens while everyone is in Pasadena. Speaking of which…

3. The Floor Is Yours, Karey Burke and Charlie Collier
On Feb. 6, Charlie Collier will get his first chance to tell us his vision for the new, slimmed-down version of Fox. Collier built AMC’s scripted business from scratch with “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad,” and Fox needs to prove it’s going to be more than just football and wrestling after the Disney sell-off. Good luck to you, Chuck.

Karey Burke, Channing Dungey’s replacement as ABC’s entertainment president, will also make her TCA debut, and she will soon fall under the purview of former Fox execs Dana Walden and Peter Rice. This will be the first time both Fox and ABC will get to show off their new post-merger looks.

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4. Will HBO Show New “Game of Thrones” Footage?
The Super Bowl is a good bet for HBO to finally release that long-awaited trailer for the upcoming “Game of Thrones” final season. HBO’s day in Pasadena will come a few days after the big game, and if we don’t have a trailer by then, critics will surely be asking just when we might see, well, anything from Westeros.

Save a little something just for us, Casey Bloys.

5. Are We Gonna Get DC Universe Subscriber Stats?
DC Universe, the nascent streaming service launched by Warner Bros. last fall, will make its TCA debut to pitch “Doom Patrol,” its second live-action series. Will we also get any idea of just how many people are subscribing to the service, launched with “Titans”?

I mean, c’mon guys, Netflix is even giving out ratings these days. Sort of.

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6. What Are You, BYUtv?
BYUtv’s time is scheduled for the final day of a grueling 16-day tour. Drilling down deeper into Feb. 13, only Amazon claims the ballroom after BYU — there’s a pretty big difference in awareness levels between those two platforms.

But what in heaven’s name (we didn’t go with “the hell” there out of respect) is BYUtv? As the name implies and you’ve probably guessed, BYUtv is owned by Brigham Young University. The Provo, Utah, school is a private, nonprofit research university owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and run under the auspices of the Mormon Church’s educational system.

What’s on their network? Something called “Dwight in Shining Armor,” for starters. Here is the logline:

While exploring the woods outside his suburban town, Dwight, a twenty-first-century teen, falls into an ancient underground chamber and accidentally awakens a warrior princess and her hordes of enemies. What happens when the worlds of modern chivalry and medieval mayhem come crashing together?

So there ya go.

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7. What the Hell is ‘Big Little Lies’ Season 2 Gonna Be?
Liane Moriarty wrote only one book “Big Little Lies,” but that didn’t stop HBO from ordering a second season of its hit limited series (but not that limited, we suppose). We’ve seen some photos and a very brief teaser video during the Golden Globes, and we definitely know Meryl Streep is in it — as has been repeatedly plugged by the promotion — but that’s about all.

Here’s hoping the ladies of Monterey and showrunner David E. Kelley give reporters a clue or two about how they plan to continue the story in Season 2, since the primary mystery at the center of Moriarty’s 2014 novel was already solved in the show’s Season 1 finale. RIP Perry.

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Inside Disney’s Campaign to Keep Channing Dungey as ABC’s Head of Entertainment and Why It Failed

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Channing Dungey decided to leave ABC Entertainment despite direct appeals from incoming leaders Dana Walden and Peter Rice and a close relationship with Disney CEO Bob Iger, multiple insiders told TheWrap.

Dungey, the president of ABC Entertainment, informed her Disney bosses last week that she did not intend to renew her contract when it came up in early 2019. That led them to announce Friday that Karey Burke, head of original programming for Disney’s Freeform, would replace her.

“She was not pushed. She chose not to renew her deal which expires in February,” one knowledgeable insider told TheWrap. “As soon as she informed them that she wasn’t renewing, they made an immediate change to Karey.”

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Dungey’s decision to leave despite not having another position elsewhere is a personal disappointment to Iger, who was her mentor in Disney’s prestigious mentoring program earlier in her career, according to the insider. An individual with knowledge of Iger’s thinking confirmed that Iger personally mentored Dungey, saying, “Bob was and still is a big fan.”

Dungey declined to comment for this story.

Dungey, well-liked and highly regarded, was the first black executive to be named head of a major broadcast network.

Her time running ABC had a smattering of successes — “Roseanne,” “The Good Doctor” and a solid, but expensive “American Idol” reboot — but has recently been tarnished some having lost Shonda Rhimes and Kenya Barris to Netflix, who lured the creators with more freedom and fatter checks, and a PR debacle that saw the network cancel its top-rated series in years in “Roseanne,” after star Roseanne Barr came under fire for a racist tweet.

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Dungey is the most recent in a string of top black executives at the network to depart. Head of drama Nne Ebong left in August and Jamila Hunter, who was head of comedy, left in October to join Kenya Barris’s Khalabo Ink Society production company.

The losses are a disappointment to Disney given the emphasis it has placed on diversity, especially in recent years with ABC hits like “Black-ish” and “Fresh Off the Boat” and the blockbuster success of “Black Panther” this year.

No one TheWrap spoke to for this story thought Disney had an internal problem with race.

Dungey told top management who tried to convince her to stay that she “loves” Iger, but was not willing to remain. “She wants to be a free agent, she wants to test the market,” said the first insider.

While Dungey does not currently have a job lined up, the prevailing thought is that her options post-Disney would be wide open.

Before Disney announced plans in 2017 to buy the entertainment assets of Fox, Dungey, who had been at the helm of ABC Entertainment since February 2016, had been told she was in line for a broader role at Disney/ABC, the person familiar with Iger’s thinking told TheWrap.

After Disney changed course, however, opting to merge its divisions with Fox, plans for what would have been a promotion for Dungey were put on hold. When Dungey was offered a new contract but for her same position, she opted out.

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Walden, who will head Disney’s non-sports TV operations, and Rice, who will serve as chairman, both made pitched efforts to get Dungey to stay, according to three knowledgeable individuals. They took her to dinner and outlined a future in which she had key responsibilities in programming decisions across all of Disney’s growing platforms.

But since neither executive is in place as yet, they were not in a position to make concrete offers, one executive told TheWrap. That executive said that Walden and Rice still hold out hope of luring Dungey back in the future.

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Dungey had been at ABC since 2004 and plans to remain at the network to see through the transition period as her successor Burke takes over.

“I’m incredibly proud of what the team and I have accomplished over the years, and all the meaningful and impactful programming we’ve developed. This job has been the highlight of my career. While I’ve loved every moment, and knew I could call ABC home for many years to come, I’m excited to tackle new challenges,” Dungey said in a statement on Friday.

Group president Ben Sherwood, it was announced in September, would leave once Rice and Walden come on board.

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AMC’s Charlie Collier to Become Entertainment CEO of ‘New Fox’

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AMC’s Charlie Collier will run entertainment for “New Fox” following the close of 21st Century Fox’s sale of film and TV assets to Disney.

Collier’s title will be CEO of entertainment. He had previously served as President and General Manager for AMC Networks.

“Charlie is a singular talent, combining creative success with operational expertise to lead the AMC Network with some of television’s most memorable programming,” said “New Fox” CEO Lachlan Murdoch.  “Charlie’s skills and experience will help Fox continue to transform the broadcast television business.”

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Following the close of the deal, which is expected sometime early next year, Gary Newman will leave the company. Newman, along with Dana Walden, had served as chairmen and CEOs of the Fox Television Group. Walden is moving over to Disney to lead Disney-ABC’s TV networks and studio. Walden and Newman will remain in their current roles with Fox until the close of the deal. Collier will begin to transition into his new role Nov. 1.

“I am incredibly gratified by the accomplishments, relationships and legacy we created during my time with the Fox family,” said Newman in a statement. “Charlie is a longtime friend and colleague and he will be inheriting a team of passionate and incredibly talented executives.  This accelerated transition allows me to pursue new opportunities on my own timeline with the comfort I am leaving the network in capable hands.”

Per an insider with knowledge of the situation, it was always the plan for Newman to remain with Fox through the duration of the current broadcast TV season. The company had been looking for a permanent entertainment CEO, and once they found Collier they decided to make the announcement now.

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The hire also signals that Fox, despite losing its sister studio 20th Century Fox in the deal to Disney, will remain a major player in the scripted business. The company has made live sports a major part of its programming strategy, with “Thursday Night Football” deal and its upcoming WWE deal for “Smackdown Live.” Under Collier, AMC launched its scripted business, with “The Walking Dead,” as well as the Emmy-winning “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad.” Collier has previously held roles with Oxygen and A&E Networks.

“I can’t imagine a more exciting next step than this new role at Fox, which combines the power and reach of a broadcast division, some of the best live assets on the planet from which to build entertainment audiences and fan engagement, and a proven leadership team with a ‘make new rules’ start-up mentality,” said Collier. “I’m proud of my last decade-plus at AMC Networks as the combination of a remarkable team and world-class talent led a transformation of AMCN into both a thriving global entertainment company and a premier original programmer.”

AMC Networks, meanwhile, will continue to be led by CEO Josh Sapan and COO Ed Carroll. David Madden also joined last year as president of programming for AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios. The company is looking for a permanent replacement for Collier.

“Charlie Collier is a stellar executive and leader. This is a great opportunity for him and we know he will make an enormous contribution to this new venture.,” said Carroll. “We will miss him and are so thankful for his many achievements here over the past decade, helping to build AMC into a powerful brand and force in original programming, and to build AMC Studios into a robust entity producing outstanding content across our portfolio of national networks. We wish him great success.”

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Peter Rice, Dana Walden to Lead Disney-ABC’s TV Networks and Studio After Fox Deal Closes

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Peter Rice and Dana Walden will lead Disney-ABC’s TV networks and studio after the Fox acquisition closes, the Walt Disney Company said on Monday. Under them, John Landgraf and Gary E. Knell will serve as chairmen of FX and Nat Geo Partners.

Ben Sherwood, the co-chair of Disney Media Networks and the president of the Disney-ABC Television Group, will remain in his role until the Fox deal is finished. We learned last month that he would be leaving.

The 21st Century Fox executives selected to move over to the high-level Disney roles are not unexpected — but they are very noteworthy and important promotions.

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Rice is currently president of 21st Century Fox and chairman and CEO of Fox Networks Group. Walden currently oversees Fox’s broadcast network and its studio with partner Gary Newman, who is expected to stay put. Knell is currently president and CEO of the National Geographic Society; Landgraf is CEO for the FX networks and its studio.

Soon, Walden, Landgraf and Knell will report to Rice — as will Gary Marsh, president and chief creative officer of Disney Channels Worldwide. James Goldston, the president of ABC News, will also report in to Rice, who himself reports directly to Bob Iger.

Here is the list of Walden’s direct reports:
– Channing Dungey, president, ABC Entertainment
– Patrick Moran, president, ABC Studios
– Jonathan Davis and Howard Kurtzman, presidents of Twentieth Century Fox Television
– Bert Salke, president, Fox 21 Television Studios
– Tom Ascheim, president, Freeform
– Wendy McMahon, president, ABC Owned Television Stations Group

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“The strength of 21st Century Fox’s first-class management talent has always been a compelling part of this opportunity for us,” said Iger, the chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company. “Upon completion of the acquisition, this new structure positions these proven leaders to help drive maximum value from a greatly enhanced portfolio of incredible brands and businesses.”

“I want to personally thank Ben Sherwood for his years of service at ABC and Disney,” he added. “Ben has been a valued colleague, and I deeply appreciate his many contributions and insights, as well as his professionalism and cooperation in this transition.”

“I love making television and have been fortunate to work with incredibly talented executives and storytellers,” Rice said. “Disney is the world’s preeminent creative company, and I look forward to working for Bob, and with his exceptional leadership team, to build on that amazing legacy. I also want to thank Rupert, Lachlan and James Murdoch for the privilege of working on such a wide array of movies and television, both entertainment and sports. It has been a wonderful thirty years.”

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Disney Unveils Top TV Executive Structure Post Fox Acquisition: Peter Rice, Dana Walden, John Landgraf, Gary Knell Joining

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Dana Walden Says ‘I Guess the Man Is Going to Take the Money Question’ at Fox Press Conference

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Fox co-chief Dana Walden took exception to a reporter’s question about “The Simpsons” financials during she and Gary Newman’s executive session at the Television Critics Association press tour.

We transcribed exactly how it transpired to be fair to both parties:

Reporter: “For either Gary or Dana, when you guys only ran 20th Century Fox and you were negotiating a deal with Fox [broadcast], you always made sure that you sold it at top dollar. Even though it was the same company, Fox had to justify it on their ledger sheet… So that leaves shows like ‘The Simpsons,’ which I would imagine the deal at the Fox Broadcasting Company is a not-expensive deal for a show that’s been on longer than some people in this room have been alive. I’m wondering, does it make financial sense once New Fox is separated Old Fox or Dead Fox that the show continues to be on the Fox Broadcasting Company, once that deal expires? Does it make sense financially, if you’re still at this company in two years, which you most likely won’t, would you say let’s keep it on given the ratings of ‘The Simpsons’ or does it go somewhere else?”

Walden: “Thanks for that thoughtful idea of how we can rebrand Fox. You know what, ‘The Simpsons’ is so much a part of the brand and there is such an incredible halo effect of that show and the other animated series that are on our Sunday night, there are no plans for them to go anywhere other than Fox. We have a couple of years of episodes already in progress on ‘The Simpsons.’ So, down the line what kind of decisions are made I can’t really speak to, but for the foreseeable future there’s so much upside and benefit to having a great, Emmy Award-winning, smart, provocative, quality show that there’s no consideration of not ordering more ‘Simpsons.’”

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That’s when the journalist asked Newman to weigh in as well.

Reporter: “Gary, do you want to speak in as someone who also used to work in business affairs? You also know the money just as well. Do you think financially though it will– it’s not a cheap show, right? Does that make sense? I mean, it’s a great thing to have but at what cost?”

Walden: “I guess the man is going to take the money question…”

Some critics in the ballroom laughed, others cheered and still others had an “Ooooooo” response.

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Reporter: “No, no. I said both of you, Dana. I said both of you know the money — I just said Gary also…”

Newman: “You’re just trying to get a different answer.”

Reporter: “Yes.”

(He didn’t get a much different one.)

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TCA 2018: What a ‘Broader’ HBO May Look Like and 12 More Burning Questions for Summer Press Tour

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It’s the dog days of summer, which in the TV world can only mean one thing: Time for another Television Critics Association (TCA) Summer Press Tour.

The twice-annual TCA event officially begins Wednesday morning, with HBO kicking off the weeks-long festivities at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. But before it wraps on Aug. 8, broadcast, cable and a small (but growing) sampling of streaming networks will present their fall series to TV critics, serving up their casts, showrunners and a few executives for a little Q&A.

TheWrap‘s got some burning questions before we even start, however — see what we’re pondering below.

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How will Amazon gain back lost ground to Hulu?
Summer 2018 will mark the first TCA executive session for Jen Salke since coming aboard to steer Amazon’s content ambitions. Although it had some brief Emmys success with “Transparent,” Amazon is still looking for its big, zeitgeisty/breakout TV show to do what “Handmaid’s Tale” has done for Hulu. “The Marvelous Ms. Maisel” did manage to score 14 Emmys nods, but the Prime Video platform could still use a big, buzzy drama.

Julia Roberts to the rescue?

Will we hear anything about “Lord of The Rings”?
Speaking of both Amazon and big, buzzy dramas: We’ve heard very little about the billion-dollar play at a TV version of J.R.R. Tolkien’s famed novels. With that other fantasy TV series on hiatus until sometime next year, Amazon could try to make some news before “Game of Thrones” sucks up all the oxygen when it returns for its last ride.

Hey, the I.P. worked out for the movies, but Peter Jackson may or may not be involved in this one. We’re still not sure — will we find out?

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What exactly does a “broader” HBO look like anyway?
The press tour kicks off Wednesday morning with programming head Casey Bloys’ executive session — talk about a starter’s pistol with a bang. While Bloys is always a target for a ton of questions, there will be even more intrigue than usual this year. A few weeks ago, John Stankey, head of HBO’s new parent company, WarnerMedia, said the pay cable network needed to “broaden” its programming scope. This will be the first time any HBO exec will get a chance to tell us just what that could mean… or to set the record straight.

Good luck, Case.

What is HBO launching that could be the next “Game of Thrones”?
In case you’ve been living under a rock (which was on top of another, larger rock), “Game of Thrones” is ending next year. Bloys & Co. certainly hopes it already found its next tentpole series in “Westworld,” but the mind-bending drama just embarked on another year-plus long hiatus. HBO may already have a few contenders: The network has set its first “Game of Thrones” spinoff, which will go wayyyyy back into Westeros history, and the premium pay-TV cable channel has been quickly filling out the cast for its “Watchmen” project from Damon Lindelof.

As far as the new shows HBO is presenting panels for on Wednesday, here is the rundown: “My Brilliant Friend,” “Jane Fonda in 5 Acts,” “Sharp Objects,” “Camping and Pod Save America.” Yes, “Sharp Objects” did already debut and is pretty much already out of source material, but clearly that didn’t stop “Big Little Lies.”

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What exactly is the plan for Facebook Watch?
Facebook makes its TCA debut this summer, albeit with just a lone executive session to talk about Facebook Watch, its year-old video platform. The social media giant has had a lot of stops and starts when it comes to long-form video plans, but the company is relying heavily on non-fiction programming produced by media outlets like CNN and Bloomberg, as well as a potential docu-series from soccer (sorry, futbol) superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.

We know they’re not hurting for money over there, so what else you got?

Coming off “Cobra Kai’s” success, where does YouTube rank in the streaming wars?
Of all the online video streamers that are heading to TCA, the platform that started it all just might be one of the most interesting. YouTube had a surprise hit with “Karate Kid” sequel series “Cobra Kai” on its subscription service, YouTube Red, which has been rebranded as YouTube Premium. And the Google — err, Alphabet — arm is taking that “Premium” seriously, having set upcoming series from the likes of Kirsten Dunst, George Clooney and Jordan Peele.

Reference our above remark about Facebook’s savings account to see where the spending limit is. (Hint: It’s roughly just above the sky.)

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What the hell is Rooster Teeth?
Something called Rooster Teeth is presenting an executive session at the Summer 2018 TCA press tour. But, ah, what is it? They somehow got noted anime-fan Michael B. Jordan (who does some acting on the side, in case you haven’t heard) to lend his voice to “gen:Lock.” So, there’s that.

We’re in this learning experience together.

Will Tom Arnold have the Trump tapes?
Could Tom Arnold be the man that finally brings President Trump down? And wouldn’t that be ironic considering Arnold’s ex-wife Roseanne Barr believes she is unemployed due to her support of Trump?

In September, Arnold hosts Viceland’s “The Hunt for the Trump Tapes.” On Thursday, he and executive producer Jonathan Karsh will present the show for the first time to our merry band of TV critics. But do they have the goods on Trump, as a photo posted by Arnold in June seemed to suggest? Hopefully we’ll find out a little something in just a few short (just kidding, they’re really long) days.

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So where we at in “Peak TV,” John Landgraf?
This time in 2017, there were 342 scripted shows that had aired already, up from the 325 that had the year before. At the end up 12 months, the grand total was 455. Good lord — where are we going to be by the time Landgraf updates us in early August?

We’ll actually get much more detail from the FX chief and his team of researchers in January, but you know one of the critics in the audience is going to ask — and Landgraf will have an answer.

Who dominates TCA Awards: “Killing Eve” or “The Americans”?
In its very first crack at awards season, Sandra Oh drama “Killing Eve” leads the TCA Awards nominations with five nods. Interestingly enough, its closest competition is a show that’s ending, “The Americans,” which has four nominations.

Still, Landgraf’s FX isn’t feeling like a second-fiddle — with 10 nominations, his network leads ‘em all. Check out how the other finalists stack up here.

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Will Tim Allen have a better TCA than upfronts?
“Last Man Standing” star Tim Allen bombed in his debut for the Fox broadcast network, which took place in New York City during May’s upfronts. Will he do better when Fox presents his revived sitcom early next month? We sure hope so.

Either way, Allen and the former ABC gang will definitely be there, and so should a trailer. For now, we’ve got this teaser to tide us over.

How much of “The Conners” will we see?
We ordinarily get trailers for fall shows, but this whole last-minute “Conners” thing could make that a bit tricky on ABC. We’ll see what we’ll see soon enough. Either way, you better believe Channing Dungey is practicing her Roseanne Barr responses in the mirror every morning until it’s ABC executive session time.

Seeing as how Disney-ABC is the second-to-last day of tour, expect the word “Roseanne” to be uttered on or around the ballroom stage roughly 375 times by Dungey’s 1-on-100 interview.

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Which execs will answer fewer questions about Disney-Fox: Disney or Fox?
Both Disney and Fox’s TCA days will come after Disney and Fox shareholders officially vote on the deal. Considering last week’s news that Peter Rice and Dana Walden could be coming over to Disney in the acquisition, executives may have to navigate some potential minefields from pesky reporters.

It’ll either be awkward or informative — no middle ground. Perhaps that is the perfect summation for TCA.

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Disney/Fox Begins to Take Shape: Peter Rice, Dana Walden Expected to Lead Newly Merged TV Group

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The look of a Disney-fied Fox is beginning to come into focus.

21st Century Fox president Peter Rice and Fox Television Group chairman Dana Walden are expected to move to senior posts overseeing TV operations at Disney/ABC Television Group, amid Disney’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox assets, an individual with knowledge of internal talks tells TheWrap.

Meanwhile current DATG boss Ben Sherwood is expected to transition to a different very senior position at the company under Disney CEO Bob Iger, although the specifics of that role are still unclear.

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However, TheWrap has learned news of the leadership shakeup is largely speculative and based on rumors at this point.

On Thursday, rival bidder Comcast bowed out of the 21st Century Fox sweepstakes, choosing instead to focus on acquiring British pay-TV giant Sky Plc. Disney and Fox had initially agreed to a $54.2 billion deal in December before Comcast came in with an “unsolicited” offer of $65 billion in June. Disney then sweetened its prior bid to $71.3 billion, which Fox again accepted over Comcast.

Fox has set a July 27 shareholder meeting to vote on the Disney deal. If either Comcast’s or Fox’s acquisition of Sky is not completed by then, Disney would be forced to make a minimum bid of £14 a share for the 61 percent of Sky that Fox doesn’t own. That would be less than the £14.75 per share that Comcast offered last week.

Disney and Fox could not be reached for comment by TheWrap for this story.

Disney/ABC TV Group Shakeup: Fox’s Peter Rice and Dana Walden Poised to Lead, Ben Sherwood Eyes New Role

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As it moves closer to completing its acquisition of 21st Century Fox assets, Disney is preparing to overhaul the leadership of Disney/ABC Television Group. 21st Century Fox president Peter Rice and Fox Television Group chairman Dana Walden are slated t…

Disney-Fox: Post-Merger Executive Speculation Heats Up As Comcast Exits With Focus On Peter Rice & Dana Walden

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The big bidding war for Fox ended this morning when Comcast pulled out, handing the prized 21st Century Fox assets to Disney. With the Disney-Fox deal already assured of regulatory approval with the divesting of the Fox regional sports networks and jus…