EmptyGood starts for TruTV, Oxygen
TruTV struck ratings gold with its premiere of the unscripted series "Black Gold," which became the network's most-watched series premiere among adults 18-49 (861,000) in its 17-year history (truTV was formerly Court TV). Overall, the episode, which aired at 10 p.m. Wednesday, averaged 1.6 million total viewers, according to Nielsen. Meanwhile, the season premiere of "Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood" at 10 p.m. Tuesday was most-watched season debut of an Oxygen original series ever among total viewers (667,000) and the 18-49 demo (450,000).
'Britz' to BBC America
BBC America has acquired the U.S. bow of the drama "Britz," from director Peter Kosminsky. Set to air in November, it is about a pair of British-born Muslim siblings who are pulled in different directions by conflicting personal experiences in post-9/11 Britain. "Britz" is produced by Daybreak Pictures and distributed by Channel 4 International.
Telecinco vs. YouTube
Spanish broadcaster Telecinco has sued YouTube for intellectual property rights infringement, CEO Paolo Vasile said. The suit claims that the site "commercially exploits for its own use videos supplied by its users, making it a content provider."
Comedy for Adobe
Adobe said Thursday that it is adding clips from Comedy Central's "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" and "The Colbert Report" to its Media Player platform. Clips and full episodes of CBS' "Million Dollar Password," "Greatest American Dog" and "Flashpoint" also will join that network's "CSI: NY," "CSI: Miami" and "Big Brother" on the service. The Media Player officially launched in April and also features content from MTV, Scripps Networks, PBS and Universal Music Group.
Jon Avnet and educator Robert Rosen will receive special achievement awards from the Caucus for Television Producers, Writers and Directors on Aug. 2 during the third annual Caucus Foundation fundraiser for student filmmakers at a gala at the Hollywood Renaissance Hotel.
Trio make History
Julian Hobbs, Russ McCarroll and Paul Cabana have joined cable network History's team as executive producers.