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Recognizing Short Form Video Awards Finalists…
Wednesday, March 7th | 4:45pm – 8pm | SVA Theatre, NYC
In addition to the awards program and winner screenings, hear from Attn:, CDW, Crowd Tangle, The Dodo, eshapTV, Facebook, Limbik, Lyft, NBCUniversal, State Farm, Time, Viacom Velocity and Volvo in these thought-provoking panels:
The Brands Speak
Building your Blueprint for Revenue Success
Short Form Behind the Scenes

Amazon Studios won out as the television home of Iain M. Banks’ sci-fi book series Culture. Amazon acquired global TV rights to the first novel in the series, Consider Phlebas; Utopia creator Dennis Kelly is onboard to write the adaptation, Plan B Entertainment will produce and the estate of Iain Banks will executive produce.
Showtime is developing Chemistry, a psycho-sexual marital drama based on the Paula Milne BBC miniseries The Politician’s Husband adapted by David Manson (House of Cards). Project comes from Anonymous Content, original series’ producer Daybreak Pictures/Passion Distribution and TriStar Television.
Pilot director David Semel, whose fingerprints are on such CBS pilots as Person of Interest, Madam Secretary, Code Black and Pure Genius, is onboard to direct the pilot for network drama Main Justice. Former Revenge showrunner Sunil Nayar will serve as exec producer/showrunner for the Timothy Hutton starrer. Project hails from CBS Television Studios and Jerry Bruckheimer Television.
Indie filmmakers Jay and Mark Duplass (The One I Love, The Overnight, Creep, Jeff Who Lives At Home) signed a new agreement for worldwide rights to four upcoming Netflix Films. First up is an untitled bittersweet bromance project starring Ray Romano and Mark Duplass, slated to be released later this year. The Duplass’ and Netflix have a longstanding relationship. Most recently, the duo exec-produced Netflix’s upcoming doc series Wild Wild Country.
TBS’ new animated series Final Space blasts off Monday, February 26 at 10:30p.
Fusion will bow Food Exposed With Nelufar Hedayat, its latest from the journalist, on Tuesday, March 27 at 8p. Eight-part docuseries explores the global food industry, how our appetites shape our world and the true cost of food to people, animals and the planet. Upcoming eps feature Nicole Richie, James Cromwell, Jordana Brewster and others.
Freeform drama Siren, premiering Thursday, March 29, takes place in the coastal town of Bristol Cove, known for its legend of once being home to mermaids, marine biologists now must work together to find out who and what may have driven this primal sea hunter to land. Season 3 of the net’s Shadowhunters returns March 20 at 8p, with new secrets abounding.
Nelvana’s live-action/CG-animated hybrid ReBoot: The Guardian Code will premiere as a Netflix original series worldwide excluding Canada on March 30 and exclusively on YTV in Canada in June. Created by Michael Hefferon, the reimagined version of 1994’s ReBoot is the first TV series to feature animation built in the Unreal game engine with 4K resolution.
The second season of Hulu original anthology series, titled National Treasure: Kiri, is slated to drop Wednesday, April 4.
Netflix set April 13 for the launch of its reboot of Lost In Space. In a modern twist, Netflix transmitted the pilot to the International Space Station for astronauts to view.
IFC dropped a new trailer for season 2 of Brockmire, where booze-soaked broadcaster Jim Brockmire (Hank Azaria) finds himself in New Orleans, seeking to reclaim his career while falling headfirst into all the temptations the Big Easy has to offer.  Season 2 premieres Wednesday, April 25 at 10p.
Discovery will air its first-ever Motor Mega Week Monday, February 26 at 8p through Monday, March 5 at 11p. The celebration of all things automotive features three new series premieres – Street Outlaws: No Prep Kings, Twin Turbos and Shifting Gears with Aaron Kaufman, plus a four-part, supersized Street Outlaws vs. Fast N’ Loud: Build To Mega Race series.
Because we don’t have enough political drama… WE tv will begin airing binge-a-thons of CBS drama series Madam Secretary on Wednesday, March 7 from 7p-4a. Beginning the following week, Wednesday, March 14, the series will air during all-day binge-a-thons on Wednesdays from 10a-4a. 
Flu season: Three years in the making, Discovery’s three-part series Invisible Killers takes viewers around the world to understand how viruses have shaped our health and history, the biological and social impact they have on our global society, and the work being done to combat them. The special premieres Thursday, March 29 at 8p on Discovery Channel and Science Channel. Second and third installments continue on Science Channel at 9p and 10p.
Andie MacDowell (Cedar Cove, Magic Mike XXL), Minka Kelly (Titans) and Chad Michael Murray (Agent Carter, Sun Records) star in The Beach House, a Hallmark Hall of Fame original film premiering Saturday, April 28 at 9p on Hallmark Channel.

El Rey Network announced Saturday, March 10 at 4p for the linear TV debut of Explosion Jones. The 12-part animated short series following the adventures of Bruce “Explosion” Jones, an ex-special forces commando turned rogue detective, first debuted on Go90 in September 2017.
Dish Network yesterday reported a reported a net gain of 39,000 pay TV subscribers in Q4, and for the first time ever disclosed subscriber numbers for its Sling TV service – which Dish said gained 160,000 subs during the quarter. Dish also factored in 75,000 reconnections in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. In less sanguine news, Dish reported continued erosion of its core satellite TV business in the quarter, losing an estimated 197,000 more customers. For all of 2017, Dish lost just more than 1 million satellite TV subscribers, ending the year with 11.03 million satellite users, down nearly 21 percent in two years.
Boat Rocker Media is the lead investor in a seed investment round of $1.65 million for Serial Box, a startup that offers serialized stories in written and audio form, has announced a seed investment round of $1.65 million. Boat Rocker also recently has invested in CAA Creative Labs and The Outline and acquired Fremantle Kids & Family. Other Serial Box investors include Mattias Lundgren, CEO of Sweden’s Word Audio Publishing, and Richard Sarnoff, former co-chairman of Bertelsmann a director of Audible.
YouTube yesterday removed a viral conspiracy theory video that alleged a student who has been advocating for gun control in the wake of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., is a trained actor. YT made the move hours after tech site Motherboard reported the video was one of YT’s top-trending videos.
In what some smaller publishers see as a boon, Amazon for several months has been testing with a small group of publishers a scenario where versions of their commerce-focused articles are accessible directly inside Amazon’s website. These articles can be found through Google search or via searches for keywords inside Amazon and are shoppable just like they’d be on a publisher’s own site, reports Digiday.
People is expanding its lifestyle coverage with the launch of new vertical People Health, to include digitally distributed health-related celebrity, service and human interest stories available at People.com/Health.
GSN Games and Rovio Entertainment launched new game Angry Birds Champions! on GSN Games’ platform WorldWinner. Game offers for the first time the chance for Angry Birds players ages 18-plus the chance to win real money prizes.
The Nick Jr. Play app went global, launching in the UK and Denmark with more locales to come. International expansion follows the app’s success in the US with more than 16 million downloads to date.
Brandon Flynn (13 Reasons Why) and Michael Graziadei (Good Girls Revolt) will recur in the third season of HBO crime anthology series True Detective… Michael O’Neill is in to recur on the seventh and final season of ABC’s Scandal, which returns March 29. No deets on his character yet… Chris Johnson (47 Meters Down) scored a recurring role in the upcoming second season of The Orville on Fox.
Pilot season: Saturday Night Live alum Sasheer Zamata and Sean Kleier (Odd Mom Out) are in as leads of NBC comedy pilot So CloseTimothy Hutton has been tapped to star opposite Bokeem Woodbine in CBS legal drama pilot Main Justice Tyler Labine (Deadbeat) scored a role as a series regular in NBC’s untitled Bellevue hospital drama pilot… Rose Rollins (The L Word) booked a series regular role opposite Katie Holmes in Fox’s FBI drama pilot from former Empire showrunner Ilene Chaiken and Melissa Scrivner Love, 20th Century Fox TV and 3 ArtsRussell Hornsby (Grimm) is in as male lead in Fox’s untitled legal drama pilot from Empire co-creator Danny Strong and writer David Elliot.
Endemol Shine International signed deals for drama Gunpowder to spread its wings internationally. The series will air in new territories including the UK, Australia, Africa, South Africa, Israel, New Zealand, Italian-speaking Europe and Japan. The thriller previously aired on HBO in North America.
Britain’s Channel 4 ordered new episodes of The Crystal Maze from Fizz, part of RDF Television. The order will extend the games show’s run on the channel, and UK licensing agents Bulldog will retain representation of the property.
OUTtv, Canada’s LGBTQI+ network, is expanding into New Zealand, in partnership with TVNZ. Expansion follows 12 months of Canadian growth for OUTtv and OUTtvGo with year on year subscriptions up by 450-plus percent.
Family entertainment brand Air Bud Entertainment entered into an exclusive licensing agreement with China’s online destination iQiYi for all ABE-branded content, including those films created with Disney.
The Cynopsis Top Women in Digital Breakfast
Wednesday, March 14th | Espace, NYC
“I’m thrilled to have been selected a Cynopsis Top Women in Digital. What an honor it is to be among this company of women!” Jennifer H| CI&T
 “So excited to be part of this amazing group.” Laura H| NBCUniversal
“I’m really honored and excited. Looking forward to the event.”  Virginia J | Cobblecord
“I’m honored to be among such amazing women.”  Laura R | SONY

In the week’s syndicated news, Judge Judy (8.0 live plus same day national Nielsen, up 5% from the week before) was the syndication standout in the first full week of the sweep, racing to its highest rating in two years in the session ending February 11 and attracting an average of almost 12 million viewers each day.
Among talkers, Dr Phil (3.9, up 3%) was tops for the 75th week in a row, winning by its widest margin in three months. Rounding out the big five in talk were Ellen DeGeneres (2.7, down 4%), followed closely by Live with Kelly and Ryan (2.5, up 9%), which also improved 9% from last year.  On the magazine rack, Access (1.5, up 7%) and Extra (season high 1.4, up 17%) both spiked despite heavy Olympic preemptions. 
Top 10 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of 2/5/18 ranked in order by HH Rtg
Judge Judy (CTD) 8.0AA
Family Feud (2/T) 7.2AA
Jeopardy (CTD) 6.8AA
Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.7AA
The Big Bang Theory (WB) 5.4AA
Dr. Phil (CTD) 3.9 AA
Inside Edition (CTD) 3.4AA
Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 3.2AA
Modern Family (AT) 2.5AA
Ellen DeGeneres Show (WB) 2.7AA
Hot Bench (CTD) 2.6A
Live With Kelly & Ryan (DAD) 2.5AA
Source: Nielsen Media Research
Top 10 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of 2/5/18 ranked in order by A18-49 Rtg
Family Feud (2/T) 1.9A
Judge Judy (CTD) 1.8AA
Jeopardy (CTD) 1.4AA
Modern Family (2/T) 1.3AA
The Big Bang Theory (WB) 1.2AA
Family Guy (2/T) 1.0AA
Goldbergs (AT) 1.0AA
Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 0.9AA
Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 0.8AA
Dr. Phil (AT) 0.8AA
Ellen DeGeneres Show (WB) 0.7AA
Last Man Standing 0.7 AA
Access Hollywood 0.7AA
Source: Nielsen Media Research
Top 10 Broadcast Programs Among A18-49 ratings/share for the week of February 12, 2018
NBC: Winter Olympics Tues (2/13) 5.2/20
NBC: Winter Olympics Mon (2/12) 5.2/20
NBC: Winter Olympics Wed (2/14) 4.0/17
NBC: Winter Olympics Thurs (2/15) 3.9/16
NBC: Winter Olympics Fri (2/16) 3.8/17
NBC: Winter Olympics Sun (2/18) 3.8/14
NBC: Winter Olympics Sat (2/17) 3.5/14
ABC: The Bachelor (2/12) 1.5/6
CBS: Big Brother (2/14) 1.3/5
CBS: Big Brother (2/12) 1.3/5
Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions): Tuesday, February 20, 2018 time period averages
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated Live+SD
N BC: 16.84
Winter Olympics 16.84
FOX: 2.1 million
Lethal Weapon 2.55, LA to Vegas 1.71, The Mick 1.42
CBS: 5.9 million
NCIS 7.15, Bull 5.42, NCIS: New Orleans 5.24
ABC: 2.7 million
The Bachelor Winter Games 3.24, Kevin (Probably) Saves the World 1.55
Univision: 1 million
Rico Y Lazaro 1.23, Papa a Toda Madre 1.01, Cesar en Tentacion 968,000
Telemundo: 950,000
Jose Jose 783,000, Sangre de mi Tierra 942,000, Senora Acero 4: La Coyote 1.07 million
CW: .93
The Flash .89, Black Lightning .97

Tuesday A19-49 Rating: ABC 0.7/3, FOX 0.6/2, NBC 3.9/15, CBS 0.6/2, UNI .5/2, TELE 0.5/2, CW 0.2/1
NBCUniversal hired three execs to bolster its work in advanced advertising products and alternative measurement solutions. Ed Kozek, formerly of the Weather Company, joins as SVP, advertising technology; Pankaj Kumar, formerly of Comcast Cable, is in as SVP, measurement and innovation; and Brian Norris, formerly of Dish, joins as SVP, audience studio sales.
Dirk Hoogstra, the former History GM who last year launched digital venture Triton City Entertainment, brought in former Rockstar Games director of Illustration Anthony Macbain as director of illustration. Macbain will work closely with previously announced Art Director and GM, Paul Weil.
Billy Graham, who pioneered the use of television and mass communication in spreading evangelical Christian messaging, died yesterday. He was 99. Graham was an adviser to several presidents but is perhaps best known for understanding the evolution of mass media, and using it to reach hundreds of millions of TV viewers.

This Day in History: 1885 – The Washington Monument was officially dedicated in Washington, DC. It opened to the public in 1889.

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: Which TV president started his political career on the Houston City Council? The West Wing’s (1999-2006) President Matthew Santos. Kudos to: Lou Castellano-Turner Broadcasting/NY; Art Salisch-Hearst Television/NY; Matt Sautter-WideOrbit/Harrisburg, PA; Amy Henderson-STX Entertainment/Burbank
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ABC: The Bachelor Winter Games
CBS: The Big Bang Theory, Young Sheldon, The Big Bang Theory, Mom, S.W.A.T.
CW: Supernatural, Arrow
FOX: Gotham, 9-1-1
NBC: 2018 Winter Olympics
PBS: This Old House Hour, Victoria on Masterpiece, Antiques Roadshow
Telemundo: Jose Jose, el Príncipe de la Cancion, Al Otoro Lado del Muro, Enemigo Intimo
Univision: Premio lo Nuestro 2018

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