02/14/18: YouTube sets premiere date for Kevin Hart original series

The 2018 Cynopsis Top Women in Digital
Wednesday, March 14 th | Espace, NYC
Join us next month as we celebrate these incredible women in digital whose accomplishments have elevated the industry and inspired others to follow in their footsteps. Recognizing women whose roles span from Rising Stars to Game-Changers to Mentors to Directors who do it all to Industry Leaders and Corporate Visionaries, this event is not to be missed. Register your team today and check out 2018’s Top 100 Women in Digital!

Apple is developing Swagger, a basketball-themed drama series from NBA star Kevin Durant’s Thirty Five Media and Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s Imagine Television. Inspired by Durant’s youth basketball experiences, series explores the world of AAU basketball in DC, and the players, their families and coaches who walk the line between dreams and ambition, and opportunism and corruption.  
Production house Raw has been commissioned by ITV to produce a fourth season of doc-series Heathrow: Britain’s Busiest Airport. Season 4 will feature a new half-hour format.
The new season of FX’s Atlanta – Atlanta Robbin’ Season – bows Thursday, March 1 at 10p. And, yes, if you guessed there will be a robbery based on the show’s new title this season, you would be correct.
Early ratings success of HGTV freshman series Restored by the Fords and Home Town scored mid-season pickups for both series. Restored by the Fords delivered a 26 percent ratings increase above the HGTV prime average among A25-54 in January, and has been picked up for 14 eps. Home Town has been picked up for 13 episodes.
Food explorer and Travel Channel host Andrew Zimmern stars in new series The Zimmern List, premiering with back-to-back eps on Tuesday, March 13 at 9p. Zimmern will share his personal recommendations on the food and places where he most loves to eat.
Reelz changed the premiere date for the return of new episodes of documentary series Gangsters: America’s Most Evil. New eps will now premiere Tuesday, March 27 at 9p.
Gold Rush: Parker’s Trail returns for a second season on Discovery on Friday, March 30. This season, Parker Schnabel and his friends will go deep into the jungles of Guyana, South America, to chase a 21st century gold rush at the site of the legendary El Dorado.
Love is in the air at Cinelatino, which is celebrating Valentine’s Day by showcasing a variety of romantic comedies today (February 14) beginning at 8a.
Ovation will US-premiere Hamilton: One Shot To Broadway, an unauthorized one-hour doc about how the group of inspired mavericks made an unlikely marriage of hip-hop and history one of the biggest musicals, on Wednesday, March 7 ay 7p.
Amazon renewed its longest-running drama series, Bosch, for a fifth season. News comes ahead of the series’ season 4 premiere, set for April 13. Exec producer Eric Overmyer, who developed Bosch for TV and was showrunner for the first three seasons before leaving to showrun sister Amazon drama The Man In the High Castle, will be back as co-showrunner alongside exec producer Daniel Pyne.
YouTube Red gave a straight to series order to half-hour comedy Psychopath, from Undateable alums Chris D’Elia, also set to star, and Craig Doyle; Richie Keen (It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia), 3 Arts Entertainment and Funny Or Die. Series centers on a guy who discovers he’s a bona fide psychopath.
CBS All Access ordered a second season of its first original comedy series, Funny Or Die’s No Activity, from exec producers Will Ferrell and Adam McKay. The eight-ep first season is currently available to stream on CBS All Access.
It’s a date: Netflix is wasting no time in premiering Chris Rock: Tamborine, the first stand-up special from Rock in a decade. The service picked today (February 14) for the debut of the first of two Rock comedy specials that came to roost at Netflix.
Kevin Hart’s YouTube original series Kevin Hart: What the Fit will premiere March 8, with guests including Conan O’Brien, James Corden, Tiffany Haddish and Leslie Jones as Hart teams up with celeb friends to laugh their way through a different trending, grueling and sometimes ridiculous workouts.
45th & Dean, an in-house content hub within the A+E Networks family, will premiere a season 2 of its Snapchat show Second Chance today (February 14) at 6a. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Second Chance follows emotional exes as they meet face-to-face to explore the breaking point in their relationship for the first time.
Avalon and Vertical Networks are shopping their unscripted comedy format Ghost Hunt to US television nets for development into a long-form series following the show’s successful launch on Snapchat. Ghost Hunt, produced exclusively for Snapchat’s Discover page, premiered November 2017 and secured 5.35 million unique viewers.
Nerdist is partnering with comedy organization Upright Citizens Brigade to develop a new original comedy series that will debut exclusively with a 10-ep run on Legendary Digital Networks’ interactive streaming platform Alpha.The untitled project will showcase undiscovered comedic talent.
KSL-TV and Major League Soccer Team Real Salt Lake announced a first of its kind deal to bring 90-plus live games and VOD content to KSL’s OTT apps. RSL owner Dell Loy Hansen and KSL VP/GM Tanya Vea created the strategy to help bring live local sports content to a new “app generation” on OTT. Coverage begins with Real Salt Lake’s 2018 MLS opener on Saturday, March 3.
USA Today Network is amping up its video team, with plans to fatten its current 40-person team with another 20 new editors and producers.
Cynopsis Kids honoree Pocket.watch announced two licensing partnerships – a master apparel agreement with the Bentex Group and a toy licensing agreement with Bonkers Toys – aimed at helping build real-world franchises for its creator partner YouTube brands, including Ryan ToysReview, EvanTubeHD, JillianTubeHD, HobbyKidsTV, and Captain Sparklez. “The creators are intimately involved in the creation of their lines,” Stone Newman, pocket.watch chief revenue officer, tells Cynopsis. “The first segments out of the gate in toys, we’ll see the launch of Ryan’s World. But quickly behind that from Bonkers, we’ll also see HobbyKids and EvanTube.” Newman says product launches are planned for Q4 2018. More details on pocket.watch’s plans to bridge digital and real-world fandom when CynKids returns on March 6.

 Programming and Acquisitions Director Erika Vogt, a veteran in the Hispanic media world, discusses the challenges Hispanic families face in the children’s entertainment market, and shares what HITN TV is doing about it, in Cynsiders.
YouTube’s new publisher certification program, SuperAwesome’s SafeFam initiative went live, and more than 30 YouTubers and five agencies announced participation. SafeFam allows YouTubers to showcase that they are sharing safe content and protecting their under-13 audiences.
Cleo&Cuquin, a new series from Spanish production company Anima, launched on Nick Jr. Anima partnered with Mattel as global master toy licensee.
All 78 eps of Geronimo Stilton are now available on Netflix with different seasons set to stream on several Netflix platforms internationally. The second season of Geronimo Stilton is available for streaming in the US now. 
Comcast NBCUniversal and the Association of National Advertisers are teaming in support of the ANA’s #SeeHer movement, dedicated to global, national and regional brands working together to eliminate gender bias in advertising and media. Kicking off with the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, the partnership begins with a #SeeHer Presents “takeover” celebrating America’s female athletes on NBC Sports’ morning and primetime coverage and other NBCU properties and platforms in the coming days and weeks. Supporters of the initiative include #SeeHer members AT&T, Procter & Gamble, USAA and Verizon. #SeeHer launched in June 2016.
Fox Television Stations partnered with ITN Holdings to license its ProVantageX platform. The deal offers an end-to-end advertising technology platform for both traditional and programmatic business solutions. 
Melissa Roxburgh (Valor) and alum Josh Dallas (Once Upon a Time) have been cast as the female and male lead, respectively, of NBC mystery pilot Manifest….Damon Dayoub (Stitchers) will feature in a multi-epi arc on season 6 of NBC’s Chicago Fire….Michael Cudlitz (The Walking Dead) will star in ABC’s untitled ’70s-era comedy pilot from former Last Man Standing showrunner Tim Doyle and ABC Studios.
Bella Heathcote (The Man in the High Castle) scored the female lead opposite Jack Reynor in CBS All Access’ drama Strange Angel….Judy Greer (Married) is in as a series regular in upcoming Showtime half-hour comedy Kidding, which also features Jim Carrey in a series regular role….They’re back: Sullivan Stapleton and Philip Winchester, who starred in the original run of series Strike Back, will reprise their roles as Sgt. Damien Scott and Sgt. Michael Stonebridge, respectively, in season 5 of the series, which debuted this month on Cinemax.
The match for UK rights to Premier League soccer coverage was ongoing at press time, with Sky and BT retaining several packages, and telecom company BT scoring one package of games, while several others were yet to be determined.
March 7, 2018 | SVA Theatre – NYC
Incredible screenings, interesting panels & networking all in one afternoon…
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)

The 2018 Bounce Trumpet Awards was sweet music for the network on Sunday, February 11, racking up double-digit increases in the delivery of all key demos vs. last year’s telecast. The awards event was up +43% over last year’s telecast, delivering 546,000 total viewers and posting gains of +38% in Households (398,000), +60% in A18-49 (215,000) and +27% in A25-54 (237,000).
Syndicated Dr. Phil rose 12% from the week prior to 3.8 the week ending February 4, its best ratings since last November. Also up 12% was Ellen DeGeneres, to 2.8, its best ratings since February 2016.  Live with Kelly and Ryan (2.3) rose 10% among W25-54.

Broadcast Morning News Shows Weekly Average Ratings week of February 5, 2018
NBC Today 4.65 million total viewers, 1.4/12 and 1.72 million A25-54
ABC Good Morning America 4.38 million total viewers, 1.2/10 and 1.42 million A25-54
CBS This Morning 3.63 million total viewers, 0.8/7 and 1.02 million A25-54
Broadcast Evening News Shows Weekly Average Ratings week of February 5, 2018
NBC Nightly News 9.68 million total viewers, 2.0/8 and 2.39 million A25-54
ABC World News Tonight 9.41 million total viewers, 1.7/7 and 1.99 million A25-54
CBS Evening News 7.09 million total viewers, 1.3/5 and 1.55 million A25-54

Broadcast Late Night Shows Weekly Average Ratings week of February 5, 2018
NBC The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon 3.23 million total viewers and .8/5 A18-49
ABC Jimmy Kimmel Live 2.15 million total viewers and .543 A18-49
CBS The Late Show With Stephen Colbert 3.16 million total viewers and .4/3 A18-49
Top 11 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of 1/29/18 ranked in order by HH Rtg
Judge Judy (CTD) 7.6 AA
Family Feud (2/T) 7.1 AA
Jeopardy (CTD) 6.8 AA
Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.8AA
The Big Bang Theory (WB) 5.3 AA
Dr. Phil (CTD) 3.8 AA
Inside Edition (CTD) 3.4 AA
Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 3.2 AA
The Ellen DeGeneres Show (WB) 2.8 AA
Hot Bench (CTD) 2.6 AA
Modern Family (2/T) 2.6 AA

Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions): Monday, February 12, 2018 time period averages
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated Live+SD
NBC: 20.30 million
Winter Olympics 20.30
ABC: 5.54 million
The Bachelor 5.94, The Good Doctor 4.74
CBS: 3.94 million
Big Brother: Celebrity Edition 5.16, The Big Bang Theory 4.07, Man With a Plan 3.25, SWAT 3.00
Fox: 1.80 million
Lucifer 1.84, The Resident 1.77
Telemundo: .88 million
Jose Jose 769,000, Sangre de mi Tierra 888,000, Senora Acero 4: La Coyote 959,000
Univision: 1 million
Rico y Lazaro 1.25, Papa y Toda Madre 1.11, Caer en Tentacion 1.03
CW: 1.17 million
Legends of Tommorow 1.51, Whose Line Is It Anyway? .83, Whose Line Is It Anyway? .82

Monday A19-49 Rating: ABC 1.3/5, FOX 0.4/2, NBC 5.2/19 CBS 0.9/3, UNI .6/2, TELE .5/2, CW 0.4/2
CBS named Mike Dean to the newly created position of SVP, advanced advertising and automation. Dean most recently served as VP, advanced & programmatic advertising at Disney ABC TV Group.
Chris Brearton has been named COO of MGM. Brearton comes to MGM from Latham & Watkins’ entertainment, sports & media practice where he served as the managing partner of the firm’s Century City office.
Digital media company LiveXLive appointed Jules Haimovitz to an adviser role to LiveXLive and its senior management. Haimovitz currently serves as president of Haimovitz Consulting and manages clients that include CVC Capital Partners, MidOcean Capital Funds and Broad Sky Partners.
TCB Media Rights appointed former Passion Distribution acquisitions chief Jimmy Humphrey to head its expanding acquisitions department.
Comedian Marty Allen, who was a TV staple during the ‘60s and ‘70s as one-half of the Allen & Rossi comedy team, has died in Las Vegas. He was 95.

This Day in History: 2005 Video-sharing platform YouTube was activated.

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: What was the name of Robert’s dog on Everybody Loves Raymond (1996-2005)? Shampski. Kudos to: Michael Donato-ABC National Television Sales/NY; Eric Emeric-Showtime Networks,/NY; Greg Greenwald-Jupiter Entertainment/NY; Erin Hogan-NBCUniversal/NY; Deborah Kapetanakis-Universal McCann/NY; Melissa Prince-INSP/Charlotte, NC; Kimberly Wiltshire-Fuse/NY; Ron Salcedo-Zimmerman/Nashville; Squirrel Rippley-Dark Horse Media/Tucson, AZ; Bruce Trotter-Cox/LA

Today’s Trivia Question: What was the name of the woman Northern Exposure’s (1990-1995) Joel was engaged to when he arrived in Cicely, Alaska? (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: I Am Mid Malice = Miami Medical Kudos to: Charlene White-A+E Networks/Stamford, CT; Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA

Classic Series Anagram: Crawl My Med Bus (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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JOB OPENING: COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR/PAC-12/SF: In this critical role, you will drive corporate communications, executive communications and internal/stakeholder communications efforts for the Pac-12 Networks. Min 10 yrs exp in strategic communications, including corp comm. Full posting/apply HERE (2/21)

JOB OPENING: MARKETING COORDINATOR/DAYTIME TALK SHOW/NY: 1-2+yrs mktg exp in entertainment or station relations. Address all affiliate promotional needs. Assist in creating on-air, web & social media content.  Write/distribute correspondence to stations. Strong writing skills a must. Resume/cover: Zocojobs@gmail.com (2/21)
JOB OPENING: NON-SCRIPTED DEVELOPMENT SALES EXEC/JUMA ENTERTAINMENT (Bucks County, PA). Lifestyle & Ent Specs Prodco expanding east coast operation. Position will lead creative process from concept development to sale. Multiple years experience necessary w/track record and sales results. Full info/apply HERE (2/21)

EXPERTISE SERVICES: NEED A BUDGET DONE?  EIC/Co-EP w/15+ yrs. experience- Budgets done for all formats TV/Feature/Digital. Accurate, reasonable, & quick turn around. I will deliver PDF and MMB files w/assumptions sheet.  Email: Budgetguru6@gmail.com (2/21)

JOB OPENING: DIR BRAND PARTNERSHIPS/Stage 13/California: Resp for driving sales efforts & reaching target accts & agencies for Stage 13, a fearless original digital content brand. 8+ yrs exp digital media sales w/in a Ent/media or ad agency. Mobile adv. a plus. Full info/apply HERE (2/20)

JOB OPENING: CONTENT & PROD COUNSEL/A+E/NY: Provide legal counsel in the areas of pre-brdcst, IP, 1st Amendment, risk assessment & legal analysis. 5-7 yrs legal exp with a min of 2 yrs exp in a TV law environment. JD required. Apply HERE  (2/20)
JOB OPENING: SALES ASSISTANT/GSNTV/New York:  1-2 yrs. Ad Sales exp. in cble/TV and/or entertainment. BA Degree; Deal maintenance, traffic, mtg. prep, and admin duties. Please visit www.gsntv.com and click careers (2/20)
JOB OPENING: VP, CONSUMER MARKETING/The First Tee/FL: Oversee mgmt & dev of mktg plans & advertising from ground up.  Sprvs creation/delivery of: live events, co. initiatives & projects connected to its affiliate ntwk. mktg the brand to generate exposure & increase engagement. 10+ yrs exp. Full info/apply HERE (2/20)
JOB OPENING: VP, CONSUMER RESEARCH/The First Tee/FL: Lead team to support quantitative/qualitative rsrch to help org understand lifestyles & behaviors of our target aud to inform bus strat.  Resp for conducting rsrch & relevancy of our brand, its affiliates among kids & key insights about golf. Apply HERE (2/20)

ENGINEER IN CHARGE/ALLIED SPORTS/LAS VEGAS EIC for brand new sports arena, emphasis on live broadcasting, IP and IT technology, 5-7+ yrs exp in live broadcasting esports/gaming knowledge a plus. Apply lvjobs@esportsarena.com (2/17)

JOB OPENING: VP BUSINESS & LEGAL AFFAIRS/AWESOMENESS/SANTA MONICA,CA: Ensure legal compliance & optimize our business objectives & goals across the multiple Awesomeness networks. 8+ years Legal / Business & Legal Affairs exp. Member CA Bar. Apply: HERE (2/16)

JOB OPENING: ANALYST, PROGRAM RESEARCH/NBCU/NY: Resp for analyzing & reporting for the Program Research dept. Provide viewing trends & analysis to multiple depts. Create reports & presentations on Bravo & Oxygen audience dynamics. Apply: HERE (2/16)

JOB OPENING: MGR, PAID SOCIAL MEDIA/A+E Networks/NY: Develop & manage all paid social media strategy and analytics across our portfolio of brands. 3-5+ yrs. of paid social mktg exp w/emphasis on entertainment mktg. Apply: www.aenetworks.com/career.html(2/15)

JOB OPENING: AUDIENCE ENGAGEMENT SPECIALIST/NYC: Dvlp/optimize mktg campaigns to grow audience/viewer engagmt; create message/assets to support efforts. 4+ yrs dig. mktg/publicity/aud engmt exp. Strong writing & verbal skills; knwlg of bid mgmt., keyword targeting & qual score optimization. Full info/apply HERE (2/15)

JOB OPENING: SR. MGR, YOUTUBE STRATEGY/A+E Networks/NY: Evangelizing YouTube across the co to streamline content output & maximize revenue as well as manage our YouTube presence across our portfolio. 5+ yrs. of digital mktg exp w/emphasis on entertainment mktg. Apply: www.aenetworks.com/career.html. (2/15)

DIRECTOR, DISTRIBUTION/Nexstar/Dallas: Mng relationship & contract negotiations w/Nexstar Media’s MVPD partners. 8+yrs affil sales & negotiation exp in cable/TV industry,  incl acct mngmnt  exp with a track record of delivering results. Full info/apply HERE (2/15)

ABC: The Goldbergs, Speechless, Modern Family, American Housewife, Match Game
CBS: Big Brother: Celebrity Edition, The Amazing Race
CW: Relationships Just for Laughs, The Top 14 Valentine’s Day Movies
FOX: The Resident, 9-1-1
NBC: 2018 Winter Olympics
PBS: Animals With Cameras, A Nature Series, NOVA, Impossible Builds
Telemundo: Jose Jose el Principe de la Cancion, Sangre di mi Tierra, Senora Acero 4: La Coyote
Univision: El Rico y Lazaro, Papa a Toda Madre, Caer en Tentacion

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