03/18/19: Neil deGrasse Tyson returns to Nat Geo and Fox

A CYNOPSIS MESSAGE FROM THE CABLE CENTER
2019 Cable Hall of Fame Celebration
Presented by The Cable Center
May 2, 2019 at the Ziegfeld Ballroom, NYC
2019 Honorees
  • Leslie Ellis, president, Ellis Edits, Inc.
  • Phil Kent, former chairman and CEO, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.
  • Kyle McSlarrow, SVP, customer experience, Comcast
  • Steve Miron, CEO, Advance/Newhouse
  • MTV, Founding Creators
  • Susan Swain and Rob Kennedy, president and co-CEOs, C-SPAN
 

NEW & RETURNING SERIES
 
American Gods has been renewed at Starz for a third season. Charles “Chic” Eglee has been hired to take over that season as showrunner and executive producer. He will be the third showrunner to oversee the series.
 
Top 10 Weekend Domestic Box Office Estimates: March 15-17, 2019
Captain Marvel (Buena Vista) $69 million (week 2), cume revenue $266.2 million
Wonder Park (Paramount) $16 million (opening weekend)
Five Feet Apart (Lionsgate) $13.2 million (opening weekend)
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (Universal) $9.3 million (week 4), cume revenue $135.6 million
Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral (Lionsgate) $8.5 million (week 3), cume revenue $59 million
No Manches Frida 2 (Pantelion) $3.9 million (opening weekend)
Captive State (Focus Features) $3.3 million (opening weekend)
The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (Warner Bros.) $2.1 million (week 6), cume revenue $101.3 million
Alita: Battle Angel (Fox) $1.9 million (week 5), cume revenue $81.8 million
Green Book (Universal) $1.3 million (week 18), cume revenue $82.6 million
Source: comScore
 
COMING UP
 
Arrow showrunner Beth Schwartz has signed a multi-year overall deal with Warner Bros. TV as her series heads into its final season.
 
The 2020 Golden Globe Awards will be held on January 6 on NBC, the second show covered as part of a new eight-year deal with the Hollywood Foreign Press, Dick Clark Productions, and the network.
 
 
DIGITAL DATA
 
Yahoo Finance is launching a new video series celebrating women, Global Change Agents with Lianna Brinded, head of Yahoo Finance UK. It will be executive produced by journalist Lara O’Reilly, and include interviews from women in power around different industries. The 18-episode series is set to premiere on April 3 and run twice a month.
 
Facebook reported it blocked 1.5 million videos at the point of upload after a New Zealand shooter livestreamed his killing spree on Friday, and the site also removed any videos that appeared to support the shooting. 300,000 videos were not caught at upload.
 
 
TECH TALK
 
Cinedigm entered into a agreement to acquire OTT platform Future Today, one of the largest AVOD channel networks in the world, for $45 million in cash and $15 million in Cinedigm common stock. The acquisition increases Cinedigm’s OTT footprint to over 7.6 million Monthly Active Users and 67 million total apps. Future Today brands include Fawesome.tv and HappyKids.tv, and its cloud-based technology and ad-based monetization platform manages OTT services for more than 350 content owners, producers, distributors and major media companies.
 
 
CASTING
 
Freddie Prinze Jr. (24) will star opposite Kennedy McMann in the CW‘s untitled Nancy Drew pilot, inspired by the mysteries about the young detective. Prinze will play Nancy’s father Carson Drew, an attorney estranged from his wife after the death of his wife…Joseph Lyle Taylor (Sneaky Pete) and David Fierro (The Knick) will star as regulars on CBS‘ new series Tommy opposite Edie Falco, who’ll star as a former NYPD officer who becomes the first female Chief of Police in LA…Weeds actor Hunter Parris will co-star opposite Jacqueline Grace Lopez in Jane the Virgin anthology series spinoff Jane the Novela on the CWJoe Tippett (Rise) and Alex Neusaedter (Colony) have been cast as series regulars in NBC‘s legal drama pilot Prism, which is inspired by the 1950s Japanese film RashomonABC‘s pilot Nana underwent a major casting change following a table read, replacing Josh Cooke as the male lead opposite Katey Sagal with Ben Lawson (Designated Survivor)…Michael Mosley (Seven Seconds, Ozark) will star as a series regular on Fox‘s neXT AI thriller pilot.
 
SVOD monthly subs have exceeded pay TV subs among US consumers. Are we abandoning the traditional ratings system in favor of the digital-first video landscape? Join industry experts to explore a path forward at the Cynopsis Measurement & Data Conference on June 11 in NYC.  See the full agenda and register today.
 
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Mobile Video: How to Create a User Experience that Drives Revenue
Tuesday, March 26 | 1:30-2:30PM ET
 
Well implemented video download can enhance the audience experience and in turn boost the bottom line — but only if it’s done correctly. Otherwise, it can cause more frustration for viewers. Reserve your team’s spot today!
 
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RATINGS
 
Fox’s Last Man Standing topped the A18-49 demo on Friday with 0.9/5. CBS’s Blue Blood scored a winning 8.19 million viewers.
 
 Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions) Friday March 15, 2019 time period averages
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated Live+SD
NBC: 3.19 million
Blindspot 2.83, The Blacklist 3.55, Dateline 3.20
CBS: 6.96  million
MacGyver 5.96, Hawaii Five-O 6.73, Blue Bloods 8.19
ABC: 3.61 million
Fresh Off the Boat 3.15, Speechless 2.42, 20/20 4.02
FOX: 3.25 million
Last Man Standing 5.02, The Cool Kids 3.81, Proven Innocent 2.09
CW: .46 million
Dynasty .55, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend .37,
 
Friday A18-49:  NBC .5/3, ABC .7/4, FOX .6/3, CBS .7/4, CW .1/1
 
 
IN MEMORIAM
 
Richard Erdman, a character actor who appeared in Stalag 17 and on Community, died on March 16 at 93. On the TV series, he played Leonard, an elderly “hipster” student who’d recently had his hip replaced.
 
Tom Hatten, former actor and KTLA host, died at 92 on March 16. He hosted the children’s show Popeye and Friends from 1976-88, and KTLA’s Family Film Festival from 1978-92.
 
A CYNOPSIS MESSAGE FROM NAB SHOW
 

This Day in History: Barnum & Bailey Greatest Show on Earth opened at Madison Square Garden in New York City in 1881.
  
Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: What was the name of the marina restaurant often frequented by the title character on Quincy (1976-83)? Danny’s.  Kudos to: Rev. Mark Wajda/Leesburg, FL; Andrew Goldman-Fathom Events/NY; Gerry Bixenspan-TV Marketing, Inc./NY; Dean Mandel-Syncbak/NY; David Garber-Loyola Marymount University/Playa Vista, CA; Mike May-PHIT America/Wellington, FL; Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA; Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg-M and S Entertainment/LA; David Westberg-SAG-AFTRA/Burbank, CA
 
Today’s Trivia Question: Family Guy actor Seth Green bases the voice of his character, Chris Griffin, off what 1990s horror film villain? (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.)
 
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JOB OF THE DAY


ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE, MEDIA BUYING & PLANNING
Spero Media
NYC

Organized, detail-oriented team player w/min 1yr of media buying/plan’g exp, interested in actively participating in media buying & plan’g/promotion for variety of sports/ent clients incl: US Open Tennis, NY Jets, Blue Man Group, NY Mets +

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AD SALES ASSISTANT/Crown Media Family Networks/NY: Provide support to Ad Sales by working W/ Acct Execs to service clients. Including sales orders, move requests and media schedules. Detail oriented w/orgnzt’l skills to keep manage fast paced, time sensitive environment. BA/BS req. Full info/apply HERE (3/29)

 
DIRECTOR, LEGAL & BUSINESS AFFAIRS/TV One/NYC: As secondary mgr, you are responsible for providing business and legal support to all departments of TV On. Structure, negotiate and draft a variety of content acquisition agreements minimum of 7 years of television industry experience pref’d. Full info HERE (3/29)

PRODUCER, DIGITAL & SOCIAL MEDIA/TV One/Silver Spring MD: Build promotional & original digital content to build the TV One digital brand.Dvlp/prod promotional content (incl articles, videos & any other media) to support our orig. 3+ yrs exp in building, managing, and growing a website for a medium/​large size org. Full info HERE (3/29)

ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE, MEDIA BUYING & PLANNING/Spero Media/NYC: Organized, detail-oriented team player w/min 1yr of media buying/plan’g exp, interested in actively participating in media buying & plan’g/promotion for variety of sports/ent clients incl: US Open Tennis, NY Jets, Blue Man Group, NY Mets + Full info HERE (3/29)


ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE
/NBC/TELEMUNDO/PHILADELPHIA: Self-motivated well organized team player to identify, target, develop and secure new business for NBC10 and Telemundo62 through a variety of platforms including on-air, on-line, mobile and out-of-home. Min of 3 yrs exp in media sales. Full info HERE (3/28)

MGR, AD SALES PARTNERSHIPS
/A+E Networks/NY: Serve as digital/social marketing resource and thought leader in the sales department, managing latest digital/social marketing products & tools, effectively demonstrating how they can be leveraged in strategic 360 campaigns. Full info HERE (3/27)

DIRECTOR of MEDIA, SOCIAL & EMERGING/Ad Council/San Francisco: Manage daily responsibilities with existing social & digital media partners. 5+ yrs digital & traditional media/cross-platform sales experience with a track record of developing and executing successful strategic partnerships. Full info HERE (3/27)

DIGITAL ACCOUNT SPECIALIST /Discovery/NYC: Resp for all aspects of digital media plan’g & acts as key point of contact with ad agency and internal constituents Min 1+ yr professional exp/or equivalent internship exp preferably within the digital media, advertising sales/agency fields. Full info HERE (3/26)
 
DIGITAL PRODUCER /Spectrum News/NYC: Produce new & innovative content series for non-linear platforms. Proficiency at multi-tasking and must have the ability to prioritize, work independently and meet strict deadlines. 3+ yr TV new exp. Full info HERE (3/26)

DIRECTOR, BUSINESS & LEGAL AFFAIRS/GSN/Santa Monica: 2-4 yrs. w/law firm or TV exp. Member of CA bar or eligible for registration. Structuring, negotiating & closing a heavy volume of acquisition deals. Day-to-day legal support. Drafting & negotiating documents & agreements. Reviewing & approving advertising/marketing materials. Full info HERE (3/23)

 
ACCOUNT EXEC/SR ACCOUNT EXEC/starpower LLC/NYC: Provide support to the SVP, incl drafting/managing correspondence/communications, project mngmnt & coordinating special events. Strong passion for pop-culture/ent. Exp interacting w/brands & agencies. Strong orgnz’l skills. Dig & SM savvy. Full info HERE (3/23)

DIRECTOR, TALENT PARTNERSHIPS & INFLUENCER STRATEGY/starpower LLC/NYC: Acct Management Attend (and lead) regularly scheduled client conference calls, in person meetings. Mng relationships, timelines, budgets. 7-10 yrs in digital space w/proven exp delivering successful programs across channels. Full info HERE (3/23)

ANALYST, INFLUENCER MKTG GROUP/starpower LLC/LA: Identify potential social influencers (incl global) for a campaign based on client brief incl rsrch, leveraging tools & ntwrk. 1-2 yrs of social influencer & digital exp. Exp interacting w/brands, social influencer representation agencies, Full info HERE (3/23)

DIRECTOR, ENTERTAINMENT MARKETING, LIFESTYLE GROUP/starpower LLC/NYC: Lead the talent procurement process for public relations, advertising, digital and influencer seeding campaigns. 5+ yrs. of talent procurement/buying exp. Full info HERE (3/23)  
 
SR DIRECTOR, INFLUENCER MARKETING/starpower LLC/NYC: Thought-leader for clients and agency; strategist and trusted adviser for clients. 7-10 years in the digital space with proven experience delivering successful programs across channels. Full info HERE (3/23)

CAMPAIGN MGR, INFLUENCER MKTG GROUP/starpower LLC/LA: Identify potential social influencers (including global) for a campaign based on client brief incl rsrch, leveraging tools & network. 3+ yrs in digital & influencer mktg space with proven exp delivering successful digital/social programs across channels. Full info HERE (3/23)

DIR, LEGAL AFF/GSN/Santa Monica: 2-4 yrs. w/law firm or TV exp. Member of CA bar or eligible for registration. Structuring, negotiating & closing a heavy volume of acquisition deals. Day-to-day legal support. Drafting & negotiating documents & agreements. Reviewing & approving advertising/marketing materials. Full info HERE (3/23)

PRODUCERS (2)/
9 Story Media/NYC: Seeking 2 exp’d producers for iconic, high profile children’s series utilizing 2D, 3D and live action. Will be coordinating work of teams in mult int’l locations. Candidates must have a strong knwldg of animation prod w/min of 5 yrs prod exp. Full info HERE (3/21)

 
SALES PLANNER/TENNIS CHANNEL TV/NYC: Work closely with acct exec & pricing/planning team to maximize revenue. Handle daily acct maintenance for numerous advertisers. 2-4+ yrs brdcst cable exp. & ability to interact professionally w/all levels of personnel. Full info HERE (3/21)

DIGITAL MEDIA DIRECTOR/Discovery Inc/NYC: Lead dvlment/execution/analysis of Motor Trend, GOLFTV & TV Everywhere paid acquisition campaigns that primarily run across SEM, paid social & programmatic. 6+ yrs exp relevant field (dig media buying, performance media/mkt, DR). Digital media agency exp strongly pref’d. Full info HERE (3/21)

MEDIA STRATEGIST, PAID DIGITAL/Discovery Inc/NYC: Asst in dvlpmt of digital media plans that are strategic & data-driven, with the goal of efficiently acquiring subscribers/users to GOLFTV, Motor Trend, and Discovery’s TV Everywhere platforms. 2+ yrs of paid digital media exp; media agency exp strongly pref’d. Full info HERE (3/21)

ANALYST, PROGRAM RESEARCH/CNBC/Englewood Cliffs NJ: Resp for reg reporting of TV aud metrics to internal stakeholders including Prgrmng/Scheduling, Mktg, Public Relations & Finance. 2+ yrs exp (includes internships) in audience research for a media company or advertising agency. Full info HERE (3/21)


ANALYTICS MGR
/Spectrum Networks/NYC: Resp for the dvlpmnt of application &/or reporting solutions to address business needs. Knowledge of SQL Server, Python, Tableau, Qlikview, VBA, Business Objects. 4-6 yrs of Data analysis and reporting or related exp. Full info HERE (3/20)

 
MGR, MEDIA RESEARCH & STRATEGY/Spectrum Networks/NYC: Resp for providing support with Media Rsrch, Plan’g & Strategy functions within the Audience Insights Dept across traditional and digital media. 3-5 yrs of Media rsrch exp, agency, publisher and/or client side. Full info HERE (3/20)

AD SALES ACCOUNT EXEC
/Crown Media Family Networks/LA: Sell Nat’l advertising time to established and prospective clients. Strong negotiation skills and presentation skills. Strong knowledge of Los Angeles mktplace. Established relationships with automotive and tech clients. BA/BS req & Min 2 yrs exp. Apply HERE (3/19)
 
DIRECTOR, DEVELOPMENT/MY Entertainment/NYC: Create unscripted content for broadcast, cable and OTT. 8 years of development and/or production of factual series, specials formats and documentaries. Full info HERE (3/19)

VP SYNDICATED SALES, Northeastern Region
/Sony Pictures/NYC: Focus on selling programing to TV stations, building/maintaining strong customer relationships while also creating dvlpmnt strategy. Exc comm/interpersonal/negotiation skills are critical to achieving success in this role. 4+ yrs VP role or similar in ent; 5+ yrs of ent exp and knwldg in TV ind. Full info HERE (3/19)
 
 
WHAT’S ON TONIGHT – MONDAY, MARCH 18
ABC: American Idol, The Fix
CBS: The Big Bang Theory [r], Man With a Plan, The Big Bang Theory [r], The Neighborhood [r], Bull
CW: Arrow, Black Lightning
FOX: The Resident, 9-1-1  
NBC: The Voice, The Enemy Within
PBS:  Antiques Roadshow [r], POV
TELEMUNDO: Exatlón Estados Unidos, Betty en NY, La Reina Del Sur (Edición Especial) [r]
UNIVISION: La Rosa de Guadalupe [r], Jesús [r], Mi marido tiene más familia [r], Por amar sin ley [r]
 
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