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PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT
It’s time to check into paradise again. FOX green-lit a revival of Paradise Hotel to air during the 2019-2020 season. Executive-produced by Jersey Shore and Floribama Shore’s SallyAnn Salsano of 495 Productions, Becca Walker (Love Island) and Celia Taylor (An Idiot Abroad) of Mentorn Media, the unscripted competition premiered in 2003.
James Badge Dale (13 Hours) will star opposite Monica Raymund in Hightown, a Starz crime drama from Rebecca Cutte, Gary Lennon and Jerry Bruckheimer TV, reports Deadline. Written and executive-produced by Cutter, the project is set amid the drug trade on Cape Cod.
Cynopsis Sports Media Awards are divided into the categories of content, campaigns and people and span the spectrum of TV, radio/podcasts and online platforms – enter and get recognized! Winners and honorable mentions will be recognized at the awards event on April 25 in NYC.
Showtime Documentary Films partnered with Alex Gibney and Lawrence Wright to produce House of Saud (wt), a documentary examining the relationship between the current White House and Saudi Arabia. Gibney is set to produce the project under his Jigsaw Productions in collaboration with Wright.
NBC’s longest-running series, Days of Our Lives, was renewed for a record 55th season. “With writing that manages to weave together Salem’s iconic characters with current realities, Ken Corday and his team have ushered the show’s legacy into a new era that resonates with both longtime and new viewers,” said Bruce Evans, Executive Vice President, Current Programming, NBC Entertainment.
From research insights to fresh talent, Jessica Rodriguez, President and COO of Univision Networks and CMO of Univision Communications, explains Univision’s successful strategy shift in the new Cynsiders.
NEW & RETURNING SERIES
Conan returns to TBS on Tuesday, January 22, at 11p with a new 30-minute format. Meanwhile, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee makes its season debut on Wednesday, January 23, at 10:30p.
E! unscripted comedy Dating #NoFilter premieres Monday, January 21, at 10:30p. In each half-hour episode, three pairs of comedians serve up play-by-plays as they follow real singles on their first dates.
Following the money? The Cynopsis Salary Survey of media employees found that annual average salaries are highest for Legal/Finance ($137,700), Sales Distribution ($127,100) and Production/Writing/Business Development ($121,400). On the lower end were Programming ($116,400), Operations/HR ($113,100), Research ($111,700), Marketing/PR ($109,300) and Buying/Planning ($90,900). Download the full report here.
Host LL Cool J and commentator Chrissy Teigen perform “It Takes Two” on the new season of Lip Sync Battle bowing Thursday, January 17, at 9p on Paramount Network.
Holly Hobbie debuts on Family Channel on Saturday, January 12, and Sunday, January 13, at 11:30a. The tween drama, inspired by the American Greetings character introduced in 1967 and starring Ruby Jay, tells the story of an aspiring singer-songwriter.
ABC’s Bless This Mess premieres Tuesday, April 16, at 9:30p. Comedy follows newlyweds Rio and Mike, played by Lake Bell and Dax Shepard, who move from big-city New York to rural Nebraska.
I Am the Night bows Monday, January 28, at 9p on TNT. Series follows a naive young woman growing up outside Reno, NV, who embarks on a quest to discover who she is.
Reelz presents “Love to Love the ’70s Week,” focused on the celebrities, music and movies that defined the generation, starting with Donna Summer: Disco Queen on Monday, January 14, at 9p. Saturday Night Fever: The Ultimate Disco Movie bows Saturday, January 19, at 9p, followed by Slender Man Stabbing: The Untold Story, a documentary about a slumber party that ended with one friend stabbed and left to die in the woods, on Saturday, January 26, at 8p.
Robert Durst: An ID Murder Mystery delves into the twisted truth behind one of New York’s most infamous real-estate heirs, from the suspicious disappearance of his wife, Kathleen, to the execution style murder of his confidante, Susan Berman, and brutal killing of his neighbor, Morris Black. Two-part special premieres Monday, January 21, at 9p on ID.
Great Performances: The Cleveland Orchestra Centennial Celebration premieres Friday, January 11, at 9p on PBS (check local listings). Conducted by music director Franz Welser-Möst, the gala concert features works touching on more than a century of Viennese musical traditions and a guest appearance by pianist Lang Lang.
WarnerMedia’s Turner and AT&T’s advertising business Xandr are collaborating to improve the relevancy of advertising, fueled by data and content connections. Turner and Xandr’s ad sales teams have been working on four initiatives: more relevant advertising across Turner’s TV brands, with AT&T first-party set-top-box data; using Xandr’s data capabilities to fuel more relevant advertising on Turner’s digital properties; expanding the reach of branded storytelling to addressable TV; and proving the impact of advertising through attribution. “Turner has been actively preparing for this moment, building a foundation of actionable ad capabilities,” Donna Speciale, president of Turner Ad Sales, tells Cynopsis. “We are proud to come together with Xandr to build on that effort. This is a win for marketers and for our viewers as the experience becomes more relevant to them.” Mike Welch, SVP, corporate strategy and development, Xandr, added, “Six short months after the WarnerMedia merger, Turner and Xandr have come together to offer advertisers four tangible, enhanced advertising solutions that create better consumer experience.”
Verizon Media, formerly Oath, inked a new multiyear global native advertising deal with Microsoft. The agreement, which doesn’t include search advertising, gives marketers working with Verizon access to 20% more native inventory through Oath Ad Platforms. Ad formats will serve on MSN and Microsoft News. The agreement extends the companies’ existing relationship with video, display and content marketing across Microsoft properties, including MS, Outlook and Xbox.
Luke Wilson is boarding DC Universe series Stargirl as a mechanic-turned-superhero… Kim Delaney and Bill Brochtrup will reprise their original roles as Det. Diane Russell and PPA John Irvin in ABC‘s NYPD Blue pilot, a reboot of the iconic cop drama… Phylicia Rashad (The Cosby Show) will guest-star as Beth’s (Susan Kelechi Watson) mother on NBC’s This Is Us… The Good Doctor executive producer Daniel Dae Kim (Hawaii Five-0) is moving in front of the camera in a recurring role on the ABC drama… Kathrine Narducci (The Sopranos) landed a recurring role opposite Vincent D’Onfrio in Godfather of Harlem, Epix’s straight-to-series crime drama… Brian Bosworth (What Men Want), Deena Dill (Conrad & Michelle, Vice Principals), Gino Anthony Pesi (Shades of Blue, 42) and Kayla Smith (Star, Black Lightning) were tapped to recur in OWN’s Ambitions.
Jessica Harper launched original podcast Winnetka, a weekly ten-episode memoir. Narrated and with original music by Harper, it tells the story of six siblings coming of age in Eisenhower’s postwar America in a Chicago suburb.
Ex-ESPN SportsCenter anchor Jemele Hill is heading to Spotify for Unbothered, a twice-a-week podcast slated to begin in March.
Netflix is ramping up global productions, specifically in Europe and Asia, according to a report from Ampere Analysis. The streamer has seen notable growth in these markets, adding eight and nine million subscribers, respectively, between 2017 and 2018, and hopes to replicate the success of hits like Dark from Germany and Sacred Games from India. Netflix announced 24 new titles for Europe in Q4 2018, which was equivalent to the total for the region in 2017 and represents 22% of the upcoming catalogue, and plans to increase the number of European titles it produces by another third during 2019. Netflix also secured a major rights deal with the Roald Dahl Company, with plans to produce a “Dahl Universe” of children’s titles.
Amazon Prime Video released a trailer for new four-part docuseries Lorena, slated to bow on Friday, February 15, after making its world premiere at Sundance on Tuesday, January 29. Show examines the notorious case of John Wayne Bobbitt and Lorena Bobbitt.
Care Bears: Unlock the Magic begins streaming exclusively on Boomerang on Friday, February 1. The animated series comes from Cloudco Entertainment.
Insight TV is launching a linear channel in the U.S. on the Samsung TV Plus linear live streaming service. Following Samsung’s recent channel update, Insight TV’s channel will reach 10 million American connected smart TVs. Samsung TV Plus offers free live streaming of content to viewers who own a 2017 or 2018 Samsung connect TV.
Chicken Soup for the Soul acquired APlus.com, the digital media company co-founded and chaired by Ashton Kutcher for $15 million in cash and stock. “Our historic relationship with A Plus has greatly benefited our company as we used A Plus’s ability to generate video views to help attract major advertisers to sponsor our television series. As we ramp up series production, we expect to rely even more heavily on the A Plus distribution capability,” said William J. Rouhanan, Jr., chairman and chief executive officer. “By eliminating video view distribution costs, this acquisition is expected to result in $5 million of cost savings in 2019 and will enhance our ability to increase the commitments we make to advertisers and increase our number of original series.” Kutcher received shares for his portion of the company, increasing his stake in CSS Entertainment.
BBC Three commissioned Surgery of Show (wt) from Gobstopper Television. The debate format gives viewers the facts about Britain’s most-talked-about cosmetic procedures.
SpotX’s parent company, RTL Group, acquired UK-based company Yospace, the provider of server-side ad-insertion technology for OTT. Yospace solution provides targeted advertising insertion on streaming services, key technology that could boost RTL Group’s global ad-tech business. The transaction is expected to close on February 1.
Brain Power Studio inked a new agreement with Harlequin that will allow the studio to ramp up its output for the Harlequin Film Collection. To date, eight films have been produced under the existing partnership, but formalizing the new venture will enable Harlequin to raise its equity stay in the films and give Brain Power Studio further access to the collection and increase the number of films it produces each year.
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Lifetime documentary series Surviving R. Kelly reached 18.8 million Total Viewers across telecasts on Lifetime and LMN. The doc ranked as cable’s #1 non-fiction series in key demos and Lifetime’s strongest non-fiction series in seven years.
The season two debut of Freeform’s grownish improved over its first season finale with Total Viewers (+42%, 1.124 million vs. 794,000), A18-49 (+38%, 634,000 vs. 460,000) and W18-49 (+34%, 453,000 vs. 337,000).
Fox News Channel was the most-watched cable news network in Total Day and primetime in Total Viewers for the week of December 31, according to Nielsen Media Research. FNC garnered 1.1 million Total Viewers and 201,000 in A25-54. In primetime, the net had 1.6 million Total Viewers and 264,000 in A25-54.
In its Season 2 premiere on Sunday, December 30, Fox’s The Orville delivered a 2.3/10 Live+7 rating, ranking as the holiday week’s #1 entertainment program. Its return was +21% above its year-ago finale and +53% from Live+SD. Across all platforms, the show averaged 9.2 million viewers, up +61% from Live+SD, marking its most-watched episode since September 2017.
Bolstered by its All Premiere New Year programming lineup, HGTV averaged a 0.61 Live+3D rating among viewers P25-54 on Tuesday night, January 1, a 22% increase over the holiday in 2018. Windy City Rehab delivered a 0.82 Live+3D rating among viewers P25-54, making it the highest-rated series premiere on HGTV since 2017.
Top 10 Broadcast Programs Among A18-49 ratings/share for the week of December 31, 2018
FOX: FOX NFC Wild Card Game 8.9/35
NBC: Golden Globe Awards 5.2/20
ABC: Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve ’19 Part 2 3.5/16
FOX: FOX NFC Wild Card Game Pre-Show 3.4/16
FOX: The Masked Singer 3.0/12
CBS: The Big Bang Theory 2.2/10
ABC: Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve ’19 Part 1 2.2/11
NBC: Titan Games 1.8/8
CBS: Young Sheldon 1.7/7
NBC: NBC New Year’s Rockin’ Eve 1.3/6
Broadcast Evening News Shows Weekly Average Ratings week of December 31, 2018
ABC World News Tonight 9.38 million total viewers; 1.7/8 and 2.00 million A25-54
NBC Nightly News 8.87 million total viewers; 1.7/8 and 2.01 million A25-54
CBS Evening News 6.29 million total viewers; 1.0/5 and 1.26 million A25-54
Broadcast Morning News Shows Weekly Average Ratings week of December 31, 2018
ABC: Good Morning America 3.92 million total viewers; 1.0/11 and 1,181,000 A25-54
NBC: Today 3.77 million total viewers; 1.1/12 and 1,299,000 A25-54
CBS: This Morning 3.04 million total viewers; 0.6/7 and 758,000 A25-54
Late-Night Shows Weekly Average Ratings week of December 31, 2018
CBS: The Late Show 2.37 million total viewers; 0.53/4 among A18-49
NBC: The Tonight Show 2.24 million total viewers; 0.54/4 among A18-49
ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live 1.84 million total viewers; 0.40/3 among A18-49
TV Time Binge Report: Most-Binged TV Shows for the week of December 31, 2018
(Show/Share of Streams)
You (Netflix) 6.60%
A Series of Unfortunate Events (Netflix) 3.65%
Friends (NBC) 2.48%
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX) 1.72%
Gossip Girl (The CW) 1.57%
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 1.46%
Riverdale (The CW) 1.39%
Lucifer (FOX) 1.36%
Vikings (History) 1.29%
How I Met Your Mother (CBS) 1.10%
Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions) Monday, January 7, 2019, time period averages
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated Live+SD
NBC: 7.91 million
America’s Got Talent 9.94, Manifest 5.88
ABC: 5.10 million
The Bachelor 5.10
CBS: 4.38 million
The Big Bang Theory 6.29, Happy Together 4.24, Young Sheldon 3.87, The Neighborhood 3.34, Bull 4.14
FOX: 2.07 million
The Resident 2.04, 9-1-1 2.09
UNI: 0.93 million
Jesus 0.91, Mi Marido Tiene Mas Familia 0.99, Amar e Muerte 0.90
TELE: 0.81 million
La Sultana 0.88, Falsa Identidad 0.90, Senora Acero 0.66
CW: 0.69 million
The Flash 0.72, Arrow 0.66
Monday A18-49: NBC 1.6/6, ABC 1.5/6, CBS 0.7/3, FOX 0.4/2, UNI 0.4/2, TELE 0.4/1, CW 0.2/1
Rumpus Media appointed Avril Spary, formerly Development Executive at Tiger Aspect, as Head of Comedy Entertainment. The company also promoted Chantal Barnes to Head of Development.
Valorous TV added Brigadier General William C. “Bill” David to its Advisory Board.
William Morgan Sheppard, best known for his work in Star Trek: The Next Generation series and Star Trek films, died on January 6. He was 86.
Cynthia Perkins-Roberts, a 25-year veteran of the VAB, who rose to Vice President, Multicultural Marketing and Sales Development, died January 1.
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Cynopsis is thrilled to announce the finalists for our 2019 Short Form Video Festival! Winners will be announced at the second annual industry event, taking place on Wednesday, March 6 at the SVA Theatre in NYC. The festival will also feature panels offering best practices in business and advertising in the short form space as well as opportunities to network with creators, buyers, distributors, brands and more.
This Day in History: 1959 – Rawhide with Clint Eastwood premiered on CBS.
Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: How many times was Angela Lansbury nominated for a Golden Globe for Murder, She Wrote (1984-1996)? Ten. Kudos to: Charles Lore/NYC; Gerry Bixenspan-TV Marketing Inc./NYC; Rev. Mark Wajda/Leesburg, FL; Andy Pittman-TAMU/College Station, TX; Anne Wetig-Fox Cable/Los Angeles, CA; Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg-M and S Entertainment/Los Angeles, CA; Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/Los Angeles, CA; David Westberg-AFTRA-SAG Credit Union/Burbank, CA.
Today’s Trivia Question: What blonde bombshell guest-starred on Starsky and Hutch (1975-1979) as an exotic dancer whose co-workers were killed by a vampire? (Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and time zone. Unofficial rules: a limit of four.)
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WHAT’S ON TONIGHT – WEDNESDAY JANUARY 9
ABC: The Goldbergs, Schooled [p], Modern Family, Single Parents, Match Game [p]
CBS: The Big Bang Theory, Young Sheldon, SEAL Team, Criminal Minds
CW: All American, All American
FOX: Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back, The Masked Singer
NBC: Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D.
PBS: Nature, NOVA, The Dictator’s Playbook [p]
Telemundo: La Sultana, Falsa Identidad, Senora Acero
Univision: Jesus, Mi Marido Tiene Mas Familia, Amar e Muerte