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March 7, 2018 | SVA Theatre – NYC
Incredible screenings, interesting panels & networking all in one afternoon…
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1:45 – 2pm (Registration)
2 –  3:40pm (Panels)
3:40 –  4pm (Networking)
4pm – 5:45 pm (Awards Program/Video Screening)
4:45 – 7pm (Networking Reception)
 
 

PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT
 
CBS gave a series pickup to The World’s Best, placing the network in the ring of talent competitions. Series is from Mark Burnett and Mike Darnell, the duo s behind The Voice and American Idol.
 
Kat Coiro will direct Daddy Issues, the Fox comedy pilot from 20th Century Fox TV, and actress/writer Erin Foster and New Girl creator Liz Meriwether.
 
Bryan Fuller is out over creative differences as showrunner of Apple’s upcoming reboot of Steven Spielberg’s Amazing Stories. Fuller had been onboard with the project since it initially was at NBC two years ago.
 
 
NEW & RETURNING SERIES
 
On February 18, TV One will premiere new series, Uncensored, which gives viewers a behind the scenes look at the lives of influential comedians, musicians, actors and moguls. Series will premiere with Tiffany Haddish, with future eps covering Snoop Dogg, Ne Ne Leakes, Rick Ross and others.
 
It’s truck vs. terrain, as 50 truck owners from across the U.S. compete in challenges that test their ingenuity and driving ability in History’s new 10-ep competition series Truck Night in America, premiering Thursday, March 8 at 10p.
 
Home renovators Bristol and Aubrey Marunde return to tackle more house flips, dilapidated properties and major design overhauls in season 2 of HGTV’s Flip or Flop Vegas, which debuts Thursday, March 15, at 9p.
 
Teyana & Iman, an eight-episode series that provides a peak into newlyweds Teyana Taylor, a singer, model and actress, and Iman Shumpert, a pro athlete and musician, debuts Monday, March 26 at 9p.
 
In a first for the brand, MTV will debut Jersey Shore Family Vacation day and date across MTV channels in nearly 180 countries across the globe. Series features original housemates Deena Nicole Cortese, Paul “Pauly D” Delvecchio, Jenni “JWOWW” Farley, Vinny Guadagnino, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, who reunite in Miami for the vacation of a lifetime.  In the US, it will premiere Thursday, April 5 at 8p.
 
Imposters returns to Bravo for a second season on Thursday, April 5 at 10p. The net is preceding the season 2 premiere with a marathon of season 1 on Monday, February 19 from 8a-6p. Uma Thurman will be back for round two.
 
Robot-fighting series BattleBots will return with new eps set to premiere this spring on Discovery Channel and Science Channel. BattleBots features next-generation robots from around the world as they duke it out for supremacy in the rapidly exploding world of Robot Combat Sports.
 
 
COMING UP
 
Cozi TV will air a 13-hour tribute to late actor John Mahoney on Saturday, February 10 beginning at 9a, with a “Frasier-Best of Martin” marathon.
 
A&E has two specials on tap this month: Warren Jeffs: Prophet of Evil, about the self-proclaimed religious prophet now imprisoned for child sexual assault, bows February 19. Jonestown: The Women Behind the Massacre premieres February 26.
 
This Valentine’s Day, Syfy will help superfans celebrate their love with the return of the Geek Love Chapel, which will stream in real time starting at 2p via Facebook Live on the Syfy page as genre-obsessed couples cosplay down the aisle to tie the knot or renew their vows. The event is hosted by actor Orlando Jones (American Gods), who officiated the event live last year at CCSD. “Officiating at Syfy’s Geek Love Chapel at San Diego Comic-Con last summer was an incredible experience, so I jumped at the opportunity to re-open the chapel for Valentine’s Day,” Jones tells Cynopsis. “I’m a fangirl at heart. I love all the squees and all the feels. The opportunity to be a part of this very special moment in a couple’s life is not lost on me. I’m a fan first and fans love without borders or boundaries. Let love rule.”
 

Crackle’s new film In the Cloud starts streaming today. The sci-fi thriller takes place in the near future, following 2 estranged tech geniuses who, brought together by the mysterious death of their mentor, inadvertently create an AI so powerful it may change the very meaning of life and death for the future of humanity.

 
Beginning Sunday, February 11, INSP will celebrate famous guest stars of Gunsmoke with a star-studded marathon.
 
 
OLYMPIC FEVER
 
With the 2018 Pyeongchang Games happening a mere 50 miles from the Demilitarized Zone, Nat Geo is headed to the Olympics to delve into North Korea’s saga of global tensions and politicking, viewed through its controversial Olympic legacy. A special Bob Woodruff-hosted Inside North Korea: Live from the Games airs Sunday, February 11 at 9p, combining live, pre-taped and archival footage with insights from leading dignitaries and experts.
 
fuboTV, in agreement with NBCUniversal, announced a multiplatform content offering for NBCU’s coverage of the XXIII Olympic Winter Games. Coverage will begin today (February 8) and run through Sunday, February 25. Subscribers to the fuboTV live streaming TV service will have access to NBCU’s 2,400 hours of Olympic programming, including coverage of all competition sessions, on-demand. fuboTV also launched a new feature, updating its Sports navigation bar to include a break-down of Olympic programming, sorted by sport, in order to help viewers find specific live events more easily.
 
 
DIGITAL DATA
 
Revelations of Waco, a series of six mini documentaries produced by Emergent Order, is streaming on ParamountNetwork.com as a topical complement to Paramount’s current TV miniseries, Waco, starring Michael Shannon and Taylor Kitsch. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the siege of the Branch Davidians’ religious sect compound in Waco, TX.
 
Food Network going bite-sized, bringing cooking clips, recipe roundups and additional content to users’ fingertips with the launch of a “Stories” feature for its In the Kitchen app. The Stories, available for iPhone and iPad, are the latest evolution for the 70,000-recipe In the Kitchen, which during the past year has introduced more interactive video functions, augmented reality features and an iMessage extension.
 

SVOD service Brown Sugar, which is operated by TV net Bounce and houses movies aimed at African-American audiences, is adding exclusive original content beginning this month. The service’s first exclusive original will be documentary Am I Black Enough?, available for streaming Monday, February 12, timed to coincide with Black History Month.

First Look Media’s entertainment studio Topic Studios  acquired exclusive streaming rights for Oscar-nominated documentary short Edith+Eddie for its digital storytelling site Topic.com
 
Vibrant TV is expanding distribution with a new deal with FlixOn TV, an OTT service making its US debut this month. Vibrant TV is currently available via Sling TV, Roku TV, Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV, among other services.
 
The season 2 finale of Amazon Prime Video’s The Grand Tour drops February 16. The ep is titled “Feed the World” and features an attempt to end world hunger by the protagonists’ gleaning inspiration from a journey across Mozambique.
 
 
KIDS NEWS
 
Book it: The Jim Henson Co. optioned classic children’s book properties Harriet the Spy, from author Louise Fitzhugh, and The Kissing Hand, penned by Audrey Penn, for development as TV series in partnership with Rehab Entertainment and 2 Friends Entertainment. Both properties have been shepherded by Rehab Entertainment’s John Hyde and Terissa Kelton, and 2 Friends Entertainment’s Wendy Moss-Klein and Nancy Steingard, alongside Henson’s Lisa Henson and Halle Stanford.
 
Casting is under way for a live-action Kim Possible movie for the Disney Channel Original Movie franchise. The movie is ramping up 16 years after Kim—a typical high school girl who, in her spare time, saves the world from evil villains—debuted in an animated series hit for the network that spawned two animated movies. Original team Mark McCorkle and Robert Schooley (Kim Possible, Big Hero 6: The Series, The Penguins of Madagascar), and Josh Cagan (The Duff, Bandslam) are helming the new movie.
 
Nickelodeon is showing its SpongeBob SquarePants love with “I Love SpongeBob” Week, beginning Monday, February 12. The net will showcase fans’ love for SpongeBob with talent including Nick Cannon, JoJo Siwa, Fall Out Boy and real kids sharing their favorite series moments. Fan-fave episodes will marathon daily from 4p-6p, with new eps premiering each night at 6p through Friday, February 16.
 
Big Bad Boo is starting production on new series The Bravest Knight, based on the digital storybook The Bravest Knight That Ever Lived by author Daniel Errico. The first, 13-episode season will debut on Hulu later this year while the original storybook is a narrated short currently streaming exclusively on Hulu. Both the short, as well as the new series, are first-of-its-kind projects in children’s programming to feature a hero that is an LGBTQ character.
 
 
CASTING
 
Eric Winter (Rosewood, Secrets & Lies) and Afton Williamson (The Night Of, The Breaks) will co-star opposite Nathan Fillion in crime drama The Rookie, for ABC.
 
Allison Dunbar (Quick Draw) got a recurring role on the third season of Sony’s Crackle series StartUp.
 
 
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
 
The Great Canadian Baking Show will return for season 2 on CBC as the public broadcaster kicks off a countrywide search for Canada’s best amateur bakers. Based on the hit British format and produced by Proper Television, the second round begins production in Toronto this summer.
 
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The 2018 Cynopsis Top Women in Digital
Wednesday, March 14th | Espace, NYC
Join us as we celebrate these incredible women in digital whose accomplishments have elevated the industry and inspired others to follow in their footsteps. We’re honoring women whose roles span from Rising Stars to Game-Changers to Mentors to Directors who do it all to Industry Leaders and Corporate Visionaries. Register your team today and check out 2018’s Top 100 Women in Digital!
 
 

RATINGS

Bravo’s Vanderpump Rules this week hit a season high in the A18-49 and A25-54 demos, delivering 1.5 million A18-49 (up 3% vs. the prior week’s episode), 1.7 million A25-54 (up 3%), and netted 2.4 million total viewers. The net’s Summer House was up 32% in A18-49 vs. the prior week, and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills was up 12% in the demo.

Man v. Food continues to build a solid audience each week on Travel Channel, with the Monday, February 5 ep delivering a Live + Same Day rating of .37 among A25-54.  The episode also hit a ratings high for season 2, posting a 16% YoY gain and growing 76 % over the prior six week average.

HGTV series Home Town delivered a .71 A25-54 Live + Same Day rating on Monday, February 5, a 39% ratings increase over the six-week average in the 9-10p timeslot.

Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions): Tuesday, February 6, 2018 time period averages
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated Live+SD
NBC: 8.4
Ellen’s Game of Games 7.70, This Is Us 10.13, Chicago Med 7.36
FOX: 3.3 million
Lethal Weapon 4.35, The Mick 2.01
CBS: 11.1 million
NCIS 13.90, Bull 10.90, NCIS: New Orleans 8.38
ABC: 3.4 million
The Middle 5.63, Fresh Off the Boat 3.79, Black-ish 3.72, Modern Family 2.62, Kevin (Probably) Saves the World 2.29
Univision: 1.1 million
Rico Y Lazaro 1.23, Papa a Toda Madre 1.10, Cesar en Tentacion 998,000
Telemundo: 800,000
Jose Jose 753,000, Sangre de mi Tierra 792,000, Senora Acero 4: La Coyote 915,000
CW: 2.08 million
The Flash 2,.28, Black Lightening 1.88

Tuesday A19-49 Rating: ABC 0.8/3, FOX 0.9/3, NBC 2.0/8, CBS 1.2/5, UNI .5/2, TELE 0.4/2, CW .7/3
 
 
EXECUTIVE MOVES
 
Amanda Hill will exit her post as CMO at A+E Networks in May; she’s headed London, to take on a similar role at department store Harrods.
 
AMC Networks brought in BJ Arnold, former SVP of brand integration for the Fox Networks Group, as VP of Western sales, running the company’s LA ad sales office. Additionally, AMC promoted several execs: Tony Song, who joined in 2010 as VP, ad sales for WE tv and IFC, is shifting over to the same role for AMC and SundanceTV. Amy Goffin, who’s been an account exec, is being promoted to director of ad sales, supporting AMC and SundanceTV. And Heather Dowd-Priel has been promoted director of ad sales for IFC and WE tv.
 
Jeff Tobler was upped to the newly created position of SVP, television publicity and communications, at Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Marketing. Tobler served as VP, publicity, since November 2015.
 
CORE Media Group appointed Marisa Fermin to head its business affairs department and serve as general counsel. Fermin previously was EVP of business affairs and development and legal/S&P pperations at Twentieth Television
 
Greg Schaefer, president and CEO of NCC Media, the national ad sales, marketing and tech company, announced his retirement. He’s served in his current post since 2009, after first joining the company in 2002.
 
UTA hired Lyndsay Harding as CFO; she’s the first female in the top financial post at a major talent agency. She previously was CFO at DreamWorks.
 
The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) and its global arm, the International Society of Broadband Experts (ISBE), appointed four Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) as non-voting observers of the SCTE•ISBE Board of Directors and as chairs of select board committees for the current year: Dave Fellows, co-founder/CTO, Layer3 TV, a T-Mobile company; Jim Hughes, VP, North American MSO sales, CommScope; Andy Parrott, SVP, operations, Altice; and Martha Soehren, chief talent development officer/SVP, Comcast.
 


This Day in History: 1940 – The film Pinocchio world-premiered at the Center Theatre in NY.

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: At Roy’s wedding on The Office (2005-2013), Pam learned her now-successful former fiance ran what kind of company? A gravel company. Kudos to: Matty Fera-Mmcgarrybowen/Chicago; Dan Whitford-WTTW/Chicago Jordan Buster-Reelz/Albuquerque, NM; Elizabeth Wendorf-Blackwood Seven/LA
 
Today’s Trivia Question:) For which of Darrin’s clients did Esmerelda babysit and perform magic on his son? (Email trivia@cynopsis.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.).

Answer to Our Last Anagram:  Who Boys Chest = The Cosby Show Kudos to: Charlene White, A+E Networks/NY; Jamie Nolan-Blackwood Seven/LA; Karen Van Vleet-Horizon Media/LA; Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA
 
Miniseries anagram: Oh Brats Born Fed (Email trivia@cynopsis.com; first three respondents with the correct answer who aren’t in trivia will be posted in tomorrow’s newsletter.)
 
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WHAT’S ON TONIGHT – THURSDAY FEBRUARY 8
ABC: Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, How To Get Away With Murder
CBS: Big Brother: Celebrity Edition, The Big Bang Theory, Young Sheldon, S.W.A.T.
CW: Supernatural, Arrow
FOX: The Four: Battle For Stardom
NBC: 2018 Winter Olympics
PBS: This Old House Hour, Victoria on Masterpiece, Antiques Roadshow
Telemundo: Jose Jos3, el Príncipe de la Cancion, Sangre de mi tierra, Senora Acero 4: La Coyote
Univision: El Rico y Lazaro Papa a Toda Madre, Cesar en Tentacion

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