|A CYNOPSIS MESSAGE
Wednesday, March 6th | The SVA Theatre, NYC
“ Strategy is essential for short-form content since we’re in a time of transition regarding business models. Whether you’re looking to attract brands, to incubate new ideas or drive audience to longer content you should know your strategy and endgame.“
– David Tochterman, CEO of Canvas Media and SFVF moderator of the panel Finding the Right Platforms for Premium Short Form Video.
HBO is developing a half-hour series based on the Adam Silvera book They Both Die At the End, with JJ Abrams and Chris Kelly, creator of The Other Two. Series is set in the near-future where everyone receives a bureaucratic phone call notifying them it is the start of their last day on earth.
USA Network gave a straight-to-series order to Brave New World, based on the 1932 Aldous Huxley novel about a dystopian society that prohibits such elements as monogamy, privacy, money and family. The series adaptation for the project, which hails from Universal Content Productions and Amblin Television, was written by David Wiener (Homecoming), Grant Morrison (Happy!) and Brian Taylor (Happy!). Brave New World previously had been in development at sister net Syfy.
Kapital Entertainment sunk its teeth into a production partnership with The Vampire Diaries alum Paul Wesley and his Citizen Media production house. First two series the new team will debut are a drama based on Jason Smith’s article Confessions of a Drug-Addicted High School Teacher – Wesley is attached to star and David Slade (Black Mirror) will direct – and crime drama Possessed, based on a Korean format.
A TV adaptation of the quartet of fantasy novels by Michael Moorcock is in development at BBC Studios, which secured rights to all four books in the series: The Jewel in the Skull, The Mad God’s Amulet, Sword of the Dawn and The Runestaff. The books detail a resistance force trying to bring down a tyrannical ruler.
NEW & RETURNING SERIES
Desus Nice and The Kid Mero welcome fellow Bronx native Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) as the first guest on the new Showtime late-night talk show Desus & Mero. Series premieres Thursday, February 21 at 11p.
Which politician would you like to see host Saturday Night Live? Let us know in the Cynopsis poll: www.cynopsis.com/poll/.
With more than 25 years of experience as a Nashville homicide detective, Det. Pat Postiglione has seen hundreds of crimes scenes, and he remembers each as if it happened yesterday. He recounts his most daunting cases in Deadly Recall, which premieres Tuesday, March 5 at 10p on ID. “There are very few men like Det. Pat Postiglione, and that’s not just due to his exceptional memory,” said Henry Schleiff, group president of ID, Travel Channel, American Heroes Channel, and Destination America. “He incapsulates what it means to be dedicated to justice, using every ounce of his energy, determination – and, his unique gift – to bring closure, finally, to the families of the victims of these tragic, yet enigmatic cases.”
Queer Eye will return to Netflix on Friday, March 15. The Fab Five revealed the premiere date in an Instagram video set to a preview of Carly Rae Jepsen’s new song “Now That I Found You.” Third season will see Antoni Porowski, Bobby Berk, Jonathan Van Ness, Karamo Brown and Tan France heading to Kansas City, MO, after two seasons in Georgia.
Unbanned: The Legend of AJ1, the inspiring true story of how Air Jordan 1 (AJ1) transcended sport to become a global phenomenon, will stream exclusively on Hulu beginning today (February 14).
A three-part reunion of Real Housewives of New Jersey is headed to Bravo beginning Wednesday, February 20 at 9p. Host Andy Cohen will sit down with Teresa Giudice, Melissa Gorga, Margaret Josephs, Dolores Catania, Jennifer Aydin, and Jackie Goldschneider as they reflect on a season of new friendships, new frenemies and old family wounds. Parts 2 and 3 are slated for Wednesday, February 27 at 9p and Wednesday, March 6 at 8p, respectively.
The Handmaid’s Tale author Margaret Atwood and #MeToo founder and activist Tarana Burke will be feted as vanguards at the VH1 Trailblazers Honors, which will air on VH1 and Logo at 9p Friday, March 8, which happens to be International Women’s Day and kickoff of Women’s History Month.
Lifetime lined up seven thrillers for February and March, beginning with Who’s Stalking Me, which premieres Saturday, February 23 at 8p. March debuts include The Killer Downstairs, Suburban Swingers Club, Mommy Group Murder, Mommy’s Little Princess, A Daughter’s Deception and The Killer Next Door.
PBS will debut American Masters – Holly Near: Singing for Our Lives on Friday, March 1. The special centers on the pioneering singer, songwriter and political activist.
ESPN will deal out 40 hours of love coverage of the 50th annual World Series of Poker and 90 hours of originally produced episodes as part of its partnership with Poker Central. The tournament runs July 3-16.
ATTN: and Zillow are launching original series Finding Home in America. Each ep of the docuseries explores a relevant housing issue facing Americans today -including homelessness among veterans and housing challenges facing domestic abuse survivors. Series is hosted by former Obama White House alum Carri Twigg.
ATTN: president Brad Haugen is among featured speakers at the Cynopsis Short Form Video Fest, March 6 in NY. “To reach audiences in an authentic manner on social you need to learn who your audience is on each platforms and how they consume content there, and then program with that in mind,” he told Cynopsis in our new special report: This’ll Only Take A Minute: The Rapid Evolution of Short Form. Find out what else Haugen and fellow panelists have to say about the format and grab your tickets here: http://www.cynopsis.com/events/2019-short-form-video-festival/
HEARD AT TCA
D.L. Hughley, at TCA to tout his new TV One late-night talk show that launches in March, told attendees he wants Terry Crews to be first guest. Crews is among a scant number of men to share a personal #MeToo story, alleging he was assaulted by former William Morris Endeavor agent Adam Venit in 2016.
Netflix’s VP, international originals Europe/Turkey/Africa Kelly Luegenbiehl predicted steady international growth for the streamer in coming years at the European Film Market in Berlin. “We plan to scale our investment in global series to match that growth. It’s still early days but there is a lot of momentum internally for building out our international series,” she said. Netflix’s global subscribership is close to 140 million.
Digital sports video platform SendtoNews (STN) entered a multiyear digital partnership with NASCAR Digital Media under which STN receives rights to distribute NASCAR race highlights and other event content to its more than 1,600 digital publishing partners across North America. The partnership will provide highlights for all NASCAR national series races and qualifying events, including the upcoming 61st running of the Daytona 500 on February 17.
Now available on CW Seed are Alcatraz and Time After Time, including seven never-before-seen eps.
AI platform Qloo, whose investors include Elton John, Leonardo DiCaprio and Cedric the Entertainer, acquired TasteDive, a cultural recommendation engine and social community.
Amazon opened to the public its Alexa Skills Blueprints program, enabling anyone – from podcasters to publishers of recorded music – to create and publish content using a number of different templates.
Entrepreneur Media and M3 Creative are in a new partnership that establishes M3 Creative as Entrepreneur Media’s content creation production studio for production of customized narrative, reality and branded content.
Nelvana, Chinese animation distribution specialist and brand manager WeKids, and Toon Boom Animation launched talent initiative China Tales Incubator. The new entity will seek talent and discover story ideas to develop, produce, and distribute for audiences in China and around the world.
Sesame Workshop and MetLife Foundation announced a new phase of their “Dream, Save, Do: Financial Empowerment for Families” initiative. The expansion will reach both children and adults in Brazil, Mexico, and Japan with new broadcast and digital channel content.
Josh Wakely’s Emmy-winning series Beat Bugs is coming to the stage in 2020 as a live musical. The show will hit more than 80 US and Canadian cities.
Roxy Sternberg (Mars, Emerald City) will topline CBS’ Dick Wolf spinoff FBI: Most Wanted opposite Julian McMahon, Alana de la Garza and Keisha Castle-Hughes… Amy Acker (The Gifted) will be joining ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy in a guest role as the fourth sister in the Shepherd family… Esther Povitsky (Alone Together star and co-creator) will topline Hulu’s 10-ep Dollface alongside Kat Dennings… Adam Busch (Altered Carbon) scored a recurring role in Fox’s new legal drama series Proven Innocent… Ginnifer Goodwin will star in CBS All Access’s upcoming dark comedy Why Women Kill.
ADVERTISING & BRANDS
Screen Engine/ASI, an entertainment market research and analytics firm, is launching new division Turbine with the goal of combining comprehensive data research and marketing execution strategies. Former NGR CEO Catherine Paura and her sister Angela Paura will run the new division. The siblings previously worked at Alcon Entertainment, where they oversaw global campaigns for the company’s film slate.
McDonald’s USA is in as the official sponsor of the 2019 Trumpet Awards, airing on Bounce on Sunday, February 17 at 9p. Toyota, Procter & Gamble and L’Oreal are participating sponsors for the event.
Goodway Group spun off a performance agency focused on delivering measurable outcomes to global marketers. Control vs. Exposed services include full-service digital media, programmatic in-housing, consulting and implementation and audit and analytics.
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We Connect: ACA’s Summit26!
On March 19-21, The American Cable Association’s #Summit26 provides a forum for independent cable operators to gather in Washington, D.C., to advocate on behalf of the nearly 7 million consumers they serve in communities across the U.S. ACA’s Summit attracts more than 350 attendees and features dynamic general sessions, a sold-out exhibit hall, numerous networking opportunities and a day of lobbying on Capitol Hill. Register to attend & review sponsorship opportunities at www.ACASummit.org .
Hallmark Channel’s “Countdown to Valentine’s Day” original movie premieres, Valentine in the Vineyard (Saturday, February 2) and The Story of Us (Saturday, February 9), averaged a 2.7 HH rating, 2.7 million Total Viewers, and 396,000 W25-54. During the two-week promo, Hallmark Channel was the highest-rated and most-watched cable network during Weekend Prime among HH and Total Viewers, according to Nielsen.
Top 10 U.S. Primetime Shows Video Power Index: Week of February 4
Riverdale (CW) 1597, 3M, 603K, 7.4M
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 918, 894K, 6.6M, 3M
Supernatural (CW) 529, 592K, 1.8M, 2M
America’s Got Talent (NBC) 494, 1.4M, 42.5M, 2M
The Walking Dead (AMC) 465, 1.2M,2.9M, 1.5M
The Flash (CW) 354, 448K, 907K, 853K
Legacies (CW) 322, 517K, 220K, 1.1M
The Simpsons (Fox) 274,120K, 2.1M, 190K
E! News (E!) 263, 1.1M, 1.1M, 15.3M
Broad City (Comedy Central) 244, 178K, 940K, 309K
Based on Shareablee’s Video Power Index, which combines viewing, consumer interactions and audience scale across all active platforms and includes the video performance of primetime TV shows.
Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions): Tuesday, February 12, 2019 time period averages
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated Live+SD
NBC: 6.37 million
Ellen’s Game of Games 6.01, This Is Us 7.33, New Amsterdam 5.76
ABC: 3.40 million
American Housewife 4.26, The Kids Are Alright 3.20, Black-ish 3.12, Splitting Up Together 2.62, The Rookie 3.59
CBS: 9.94 million
NCIS 13.24, FBI 9.43, NCIS: New Orleans 7.15
FOX: 2.38 million
Lethal Weapon 3.17, The Gifted 1.59
Exatlon 818,000, Betty En NY 895,000 Chapo Culpable 710,000
Univision: 1.1 million
Jesus 1.09, Mi Marido 1.09, Amar a Muerte 1.03
CW: 1.43 million
The Flash 1.71, Roswell, New Mexico 1.15
Monday A18-49 Rating: ABC .7/3, FOX .6/3, NBC 1.4/6, CBS 1.0/4, UNI .5/2, TELE .4/2, CW .5/2
Michael Page has been named VP of digital sales at Fox Television Stations. Most recently, Page served as VP of digital sales for Tribune Media.
A+E Networks promoted Christian Murphy to head of enthusiast brands, a new role in which he will oversee programming and strategy that focuses on creating branded destination dayparts and building audiences in the enthusiast genres.
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2018-2019 Cynopsis Salary Survey
When it comes to jobs, it’s not just about the money. The Cynopsis Salary Survey also looked at benefits, and found that versus last year, family leave benefits are more prevalent, predominantly due to an increase in paternity leave. Fifty-nine percent of respondents said their company provides maternity leave; 42% also permit paternity leave. Additional family care is noted by less than one in ten respondents – 7% of employees report childcare and 5% note elder- care benefits.
View the full report here
Answer to our last Trivia question: Who were the first hosts of Good Morning America? David Hartman and Nancy Dussault. Kudos to: Jon Krongard-Wonderama/NY; Anthony Salerno-Horizon Media/NY; Dan Haberer-Creo Entertainment/Playa del Rey, CA; Tom Moore-Kalt Produtctions/LA; Lorrie Shilling/El Segundo, CA; Greg Stewart/LA; David Westberg-SAG-AFTRA Federal Credit Union/Burbank; Annie Wettig-Fox Cable/LA
Today’s Trivia Question: Who voiced a teenage Pebbles in the series The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show (1971-72)? (Email email@example.com with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and time zone. Unofficial rules: A limit of four correct answers from each time zone will be selected.).
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JOB OF THE DAY
DIRECTOR, DIGITAL SALES RESEARCH
The CW Network
The CW Network seeks a Director, Digital Sales Research for their Media Sales & Planning team. Must have 6+ years digital research experience.
Full info/apply HERE
MGR. AD SALES PARTNERSHIPS/A+E Networks/NY:
Establish the strategy & manage the departmental activities for monetizing network content & assets to drive national ad sales revenue for A+E Networks. Full Info/Apply: HERE (2/28)
ACCOUNT DIRECTOR/TV one/New York: Responsible for selling the brand strength of the TV One and Cleo TV to advertisers and agencies. Knowledge of cable industry (particular as it relates to AA demo). Strong verbal, written comm, negotiation and presentation skills. Knowledge of project mgmt methods and techniques. 20-30% domestic travel. FULL info HERE (2/28)
VP, Original Scripted/ION Media/New York: Candidates must be able to solicit orig scripted programming and evaluate new submissions. Manage orig dev including review series bible, outlines and scripts. Oversee all stages of production. Candidate must have a min 7 yrs experience in television scripted series dev with either a prod co/network in dev and producing scripted shows for networks, particularly dramas. FULL info HERE (2/28)
DIR, SALES DEVELOPMENT, DIGITAL INDUSTRY/ION Media/New York: Seeking sales prof with a focus on adv sales on ION’s broadcast TV platform to the Digital Tech industry. Responsible for generating new adv accts and rev for ION Television. Must have 10yrs TV selling or related advertising sales experience, with knwl of consumer-oriented tech companies and strong client contacts. FULL info HERE (2/28)
Sr WEB MGR /Vin Di Bona Productions/LA: Manage and grow VDBP portfolio of web properties. Develop and manage VDBP digital products (email newsletters, merch store, apps). 5+ yrs of work exp specifically doing digital creative project/prod management. Full info HERE (2/27)
SALES ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE/WSNS Telemundo TV/Chicago: Exp’d & dynamic sales person to negotiate/sell multi-platform solutions incl TV, digital & experiential opps. Min 3 yrs exp work in TV sales or other area of Media Sales incl prospecting new clients & negotiating business proposals/closing deals. FULL info HERE (2/27)
DIRECTOR, DIGITAL SALES RESEARCH/The CW Network/NYC: The CW Network seeks a Director, Digital Sales Research for their Media Sales & Planning team. Must have 6+ years digital research experience. Full info/apply HERE (2/27)
VP, L&BA/A+E/LA: Draft & negotiate agreements relating to the development, licensing, and/or prod of scripted programming for A+E Networks portfolio including A+E Studios. 7+ yrs legal exp with a minimum of 3 yrs at a studio or network. Must have scripted exp and be a member of CA or NY Bar(s). Apply HERE (2/26)
VP, BUSINESS & LEGAL AFFAIRS/Discovery/LA: Handle deal negotiations, provide legal advice/guidance & draft/review agreements for Discovery Studios prog/prod transactions. 8+ yrs exp working in-house at entertainment company. Full info HERE (2/26)
LEGAL ADMIN ASST/Reavis Page Jump LLP/NYC: Exp’d admin asst to work w/our attorneys (incl head of entertainment group) fast-paced high-quality collaborative setting. Fast-thinking take ownership type of person for this role to support 2 partners & 1 assoc. 3-5 yrs solid legal support exp a must. Full info HERE (2/26)
LEGAL ASSOCIATE/Reavis Page Jump LLP/NYC: Exp’d associate to work w/head of Media&ent group. Resp for structuring /reviewing/drafting/negotiating transactions primarily in film, TV & new media. 4-6 yrs legal exp and excellent academic history. Full info HERE (2/23)
MGR, DISTRIBUTION STRATEGY/Viacom/NYC: Lead dvlpmnt/implementation of new products & business models that Viacom &/or its distribution partners can pursue to generate value. 2-3 yrs Corp Strategy/Bus. Dvlpmnt, Investment Banking, or Strategy Consulting. Deep understanding/passion for media mkt trends. Full info HERE (2/23)
SR DIRECTOR, SEARCH & PROGRAMMATIC AUDIENCE BUYING/NBCU/Universal City CA: Resp for the planning and execution of all search and programmatic planning and buying. Min 10yrs exp in media/search/paid digital agency, advertising agency, direct marketing, cable/broadcasting or similar media envir. Full info/apply HERE (2/23)
MGR, SEARCH & PROGRAMMATIC AUDIENCE BUYING/NBCU/Universal City: Assist the Sr. Director, Search & Programmatic Audience Buying in the planning and execution of all search and programmatic efforts for NBC. Min 3yrs exp executing programmatic campaigns. HERE (2/22)
MANAGER, SOCIAL AUDIENCE BUYING/NBC Entertainment/Universal City CA: Assist the Director, Social Audience Buying with the planning and execution of all social planning and buying. Min 3 yrs of exp in media/social/paid digital agency, advertising agency, direct marketing, cable/broadcasting or similar media environment. Full info HERE (2/22)
SUPERVISOR ACCOUNT MANAGEMENT/REV/XP esports/CHI: Help maintain & grow existing business w/current clients; assist bringing new clients on board. Four-six years of agency experience, servicing client accounts on a day-to-day basis. Full info HERE (2/22)
DIRECTOR, PROGRAMMING RESEARCH/ION/NYC: Manage all audience data, reporting, presentations and highlights with an intuition for providing Executive Management with strategic and actionable insights. 5+ years of exp in TV programming rsrch with previous exp in Media or Advertising. Full info HERE (2/21)
ASSISTANT MANAGER, CONSUMER ENGAGEMENT/NBC SPORTS/Stamford: Responsible for developing and implementing end-to-end CRM segmentation strategies. Minimum 5 years relevant work experience, including internships. Full info HERE (2/21)
MANAGER, GRAPHICS TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING/NBC SPORTS/Stamford CT: Responsible for the design, documentation, maintenance, and workflow management of the Graphics & Visual Design facilities connected to systems. Min 4 yrs exp with Chyron: Mosaic, Lyric, LyricX. Full info HERE (2/21)
DIRECTOR, PROGRAM RESEARCH & MEDIA ANALYTICS/NBCU/Universal City CA: Support the VP of Prgrm Rsarch & Media Analytics on all program rsrch & media analytics needs. BA deg & Min 7 yrs of exp focusing on business intelligence & analytics for an entertainment, technology or marketing performance company. Full info HERE (2/20)
MANAGER, PROGRAM RESEARCH & MEDIA ANALYTICS/NBCU/Universal City CA: Supports the Director of Program Research and Media Analytics on all program research and media analytics needs. Min 3 yrs exp focusing on analytics for an entertainment, technology or mktg performance co. Full info HERE (2/20)
DIRECTOR, SOCIAL AUDIENCE BUYING/NBCU/Universal City CA: Responsible for the planning and execution of all social planning and buying. Minimum 8 years of experience in media/social/paid digital agency, advertising agency, direct marketing, cable/broadcasting or similar media environment. Full info HERE (2/20)
DIRECTOR, BRANDED CONTENT CREATIVE/FX NETWORK/LA: oversee creative for all branded content and brand partnership projects from development of concepts through scripting, production and delivery. Multi-platform projects may include live-action shoots, original animation, sponsored streams and more. Full info HERE (2/20)
WHAT’S ON TONIGHT – THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14
ABC: Grey’s Anatomy, A Million Little Things, How To Get Away With Murder
CBS: The Big Bang Theory, Young Sheldon, Mom, Fam, S.W.A.T.
CW: The Top 14 Greatest Valentine’s Day Movies, Legacies
FOX: Gotham, The Orville
NBC: The Titan Games, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Will & Grace, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
PBS: This Old House Hour, Victoria on Masterpiece, Antiques Roadshow
Telemundo: Exatlon Estados Unidos, Betty en NY, El Baron
Univision: Jesus, Mi Marido Tiene Mas Familia, Amar a Muerte