03/16/16: FNC’s Megyn Kelly lands primetime slot; Aguilera teams with Spike TV; former child stars go Pop



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03.16.16

Good morning. It’s Wednesday March 16, 2016, and this is your first early morning briefing.

Tonight’s Premieres:
A&E: Wahlburgers: Extra Helping at 8p, Donnie Loves Jenny at 10p
CBS: Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders at 10p
FX: The Americans at 10p
Pop: Schitt’s Creek at 8p
Science: Impossible Engineering at 9p
VH1: Family Therapy with Dr. Jenn at 9p
                                                        
Tonight’s Finales:
Lifetime:
Little Women: Atlanta at 10p
TV Land: Teachers at 10:30p


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IN THE NEWS

Fox NewsMegyn Kelly (The Kelly File) will host a one-hour special on Fox, interviewing celebrities and discussing her time covering the 2016 presidential campaign. Bill Geddie (The View) will produce the show, slated for Monday, May 23 at 8p. Kelly’s star was already on the rise at FNC when presidential candidate Donald Trump’s attacks after the first GOP debate raised her profile; Fox News’ next debate is Monday, March 21.

In a carriage dispute that threatens NBCUniversal channels if a deal isn’t reached by Sunday, DISH Network filed a lawsuit that could keep networks including NBC, Telemundo, USA, Syfy, Bravo, CNBC and MSNBC on the air. Saying its goal is to reach a mutually beneficial deal, DISH added it expects to file for arbitration, which would prevent NBC from blacking out DISH customers. “Under the conditions imposed by the FCC and Department of Justice in approving the Comcast-NBCUniversal merger, NBC is forbidden from blacking out its networks if a pay-TV provider chooses, in its sole discretion, to exercise its right for binding arbitration,” said DISH. NBCUni, insisting it is just “asking Dish to pay fair market value,” had warned viewers on Monday that channels could go dark absent a new agreement.

The Hispanic Information and Telecommunications Network announced a strategic partnership with Natcom, which produces health and well-being content, to include health and lifestyle segments as part of its regular programming. Natcom will supply HITN-TV with 24 monthly segments in Spanish designed to promote healthful living habits among Hispanic viewers.

Let the games begin: Businesses will lose $1.3 billion due to lost productivity during the NCAA College Basketball Tournament, according to a new study from Office Pulse. 52 percent of those surveyed said they planned to watch games while at work (that number jumps to 62 percent for male professionals), with 21 percent admitting they’ll secretly watch and hide it from their boss. Day games for March Madness started tomorrow, March 17.



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POP LAUNCHES 2 SCRIPTED COMEDIES

Schitt’s Creek
"The best new comedy of the year!" – NY POST
Season 2 Premieres TONIGHT 8P/7C

Nightcap
From Lionsgate Television
Eccentric producer. Dysfunctional staff. Surprise celeb guests.
Producing late-night TV is not easy.  But it is funny.
Coming soon to Pop


PRODUCTION AND DEVELOPMENT

The Voice judge Christina Aguilera is partnering with Spike TV for Tracks, a music-based game show, produced by Mission Control Media and MX Productions in association with Lionsgate. “Having finely tuned my ear for music over the years, I thought it would be fun to test other folks and see if they can identify a track - with a twist - since contestants will have to focus on a single component of a song,” said Aguilera. “I’m excited to have Tracks debuting on Spike TV, and proud to have this as the first project springing from our first-look deal with Lionsgate.” Tracks will debut as a half-hour special later this year.

E! mixes business with pleasure in Mariah’s World, a docu-series following pop diva Mariah Carey during her European tour, as she plans her wedding to business mogul James Packer. Bunim/Murray is producing in association with Magic Carpet Productions.

“Thank you to Cynopsis for including me among this esteemed group of women. There are many capable women in digital, and our industry should strive to ensure they have equal opportunities to contribute to its growth and innovation.” – Nicolle Panis -Global Chief Operating Officer at Xaxis. Join us to celebrate our talented Top Women in Digital on March 24th in New York City. Register here: http://www.cynopsis.com/event/2016-twd-event/.

COMING UP

A&E is airing back to back episodes of Wahlburgers this season, “which is new for us,” 44 Blue Productions president Rasha Drachkovitch tells Cynopsis. Tonight kicks off with “Family & Faith,” in which Mark meets the Pope. “Simply put, this episode was an amazing experience,” says Drachkovitch. “Mark was asked to emcee the Festival of the Families, so we traveled to Philadelphia to capture this one-in-a-lifetime event. Over 750,000 people were in attendance – right where Rocky Balboa ran the steps in the Rocky films. Aretha Franklin and Andrea Bocelli performed – it was larger-than-life. This episode took the series to a new level because it meant so much to Mark and the entire Wahlberg family, and we were proud to be there to capture it all and share it with fans of the show.”

Up’s annual “Easter Lives Here” slate of inspirational movies, from Palm Sunday, March 20 through Easter Sunday, includes the TV premiere of musical drama Grace Unplugged. Film about a Christian teen whose faith is put to the test airs March 27 at 7p.

One-hour special Mrs. & Mr. Smith, featuring NFL legend Emmitt Smith and his former beauty queen wife, Pat, premieres on OWN Saturday, March 26 at 10p.

All-star tribute The Musical Mojo of Dr. John: A Celebration of Mac & His Music premieres Sunday, March 20 at 8p on AXS TV. Two-hour event kicks off with Bruce Springsteen, followed by guests including John Fogerty, Aaron Neville, Charles Neville and many more.

SundanceTV acquired “Italy’s answer to Breaking Bad,” Gomorrah, from The Weinstein Comany. Italy’s most popular series, the crime drama premieres Stateside this summer.

Lifestyle Network, a channel aimed at Filipinos around the globe, added four shows to its slate: real estate show Guiding You Home, Gardening 101, restaurant guide Spice to Life and dessert-centered Sweet Talk. Lifestyle is available via satellite, cable and VOD platforms.

Which late night show is doing the best job covering/skewering the presidential election? Let us know in the new Cynopsis poll: http://cynopsis.com/poll/

NEW SERIES

Child stars of the 90s are featured in Pop’s upcoming Hollywood Darlings. Docu-series follows lifelong pals Jodie Sweetin (Full House), Christine Lakin (Step By Step) and Beverley Mitchell (7th Heaven). Produced by Objective Productions USA and All3Media, the show is based on a concept by Jimmy Fox (Mob Wives).

Playboy TV reality show Cougar Club LA launches Saturday, March 19 at 10p. Series focuses on “five sensual, mature and single women who are always looking to devour young men.”
Playboy TV is available in 66 million homes nationwide.

Three-part psychological drama Doctor Foster: A Woman Scorned bows on Lifetime Sunday, April 10 at 9p. The series premiered as UK’s highest-rated new drama last year, with an average 8.2 million viewers.

RETURNING SERIES

AMC‘s Better Call Saul has been renewed for season three, helmed by showrunners Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould. Live+3 ratings averages for season two are 4.4 million viewers per episode, including 2.7 million A25-54 and 2.5 million A18-49.

After its time-slot premiere averaged a 2.8 rating among A18-49 and 14.8 million total viewers, making it NBC’s most-watched Sunday regularly-scheduled entertainment program (excluding post-Super Bowl shows) since March 2005, the network renewed Little Big Shots for a sophomore run. “I am so excited there’s going to be a second season of Little Big Shots,” said exec producer (with host Steve Harvey) Ellen DeGeneres. “It’s such a great family show,and when it’s over you won’t have to explain what happens in the ‘fantasy suite.’”

Jo Jo Fletcher may have been heartbroken in Jamaica when she failed to secure the final rose on The Bachelor, but the runner-up is bouncing back to star in season 12 of The Bachelorette. ABC dating show launches Monday, May 23.  

DIGITAL DOINGS

Fans have the chance to have their photos featured during Tim McGraw’s live performance of his new single at the 51st Academy of Country Music Awards, by submitting images of themselves holding a sign featuring a single word that is meaningful to them and inspired by McGraw’s song, “Humble and Kind.” Submissions will only be accepted via Instagram or Facebook and must include the official hashtag, #HumbleandKindACMs. Show airs on CBS Sunday, April 3 at 8p.

Sony Pictures Television is offering a free app supporting “Picture This,” the company’s campaign to preserve and protect the environment, that helps users post images of a more sustainable community and cleaner environment. App was developed by REDspace, and is available for iOS and Android smartphones and tablets.

SYNDICATION

It’s not OK anymore: Meredith Corp. is replacing American Media as publishing company partner for OK!TV, which had been a co-production of Unconventional Studios and AMI, owner of OK! Magazine. The daily strip, to be renamed Celebrity Pages, will continue to be distributed by Trifecta Entertainment. “Millennial women are our fastest growing audience segment, and we want to ensure that we continue to produce content that resonates with them,” said Marc Rothschild, SVP,Meredith Digital. “This partnership will provide our editors with daily access to compelling lifestyle and entertainment content, and provide our brand partners with additional opportunities to reach our desired audiences through digital video, experiential and branded content experiences.” The daily strip airs on 150 stations, two of them Meredith’s.

AT THE UPFRONTS

The theme of National Geographic Channels’ Upfront breakfast on Tuesday was Mars, and the programming message was the power of storytelling to change the world. “While many networks are seemingly out in the marketplace trying to find and distinguish their brands, our strength is that we already have one  a global brand with a legacy in science, exploration, and adventure that is synonymous with quality,” said Global Networks CEO Courteney Monroe at midtown Manhattan’s Park Hyatt. “By harnessing an unparalleled portfolio of media assets through National Geographic Partners, we’re going to offer true 360 degree experiences, extending our storytelling for both viewers and advertisers across an unrivaled number of platforms.” Monroe said Nat Geo is also luring more millennials with social and environmental programming, “because millennials care about social issues.”

New programming includes six-part global event series Mars, from Imagine Entertainment and Radical Media (exec producer Ron Howard was on hand to sketch out the doc/scripted combo); Origins (Asylum Entertainment and melodysheep), hosted by passionate-about-the topic Jason Silva (Brain Games), exploring how humankind took shape; Chain of Command (National Geographic Studios), offering inside access to the U.S. military’s mission in Afghanistan; Lawless Oceans (Wall to Wall Media), following the mystery of murder at sea, and Deep Freeze (National Geographic Studios), set on a base in Antarctica. Also on the way: Earth Live! (Bunim Murray Productions), capturing live footage of nature from Australia to Brazil. Coming back is an expanded Explorer as a weekly “docu-talk” series, debuting this fall on Nat Geo’s 171 channels globally.

And of course there were puppies, both real (not to worry – already adopted), and on-screen. Coming on Nat Geo WILD – marking its most-watched year ever  is Project Puppy (Blast Films), a reality show about six families raising pooches; Animal ER (Propagate Content), set in a veterinary hospital, and Pet Talk (Leepson Bounds Entertainment), a talk show for animal lovers. Event Savage Kingdom (Icon Films) shows the real-life rivalries of predators and prey in the wild.
Upshot? The networks are offering “a cornucopia of amazingness,” Monroe told Cynopsis.

CASTING NEWS

Matthew Perry (Friends) will play Ted Kennedy in four-hour miniseries The Kennedys: After Camelot, premiering on Reelz in 2017. Perry will also serve as exec producer.

D’Arcy Carden landed a series regular role of NBC’s straight-to-series comedy Good Place. Kristen Bell and Ted Danson star. 

Lindsey Gort (Carrie Diaries) and Betsy Beutler (You’re the Worst) join the cast of CBS comedy project Real Good People, about a conservative small-town family who discover their children’s lives are less than perfect.

J.B. Smoove will star in CBS comedy pilot The Kicker. The actor/comedian joins Geoff Stults and David Spade.

CASTING CALL: HOME RENOVATION SHOW/GREATER CHICAGO area. We’re looking for HOME OWNERS who want to remodel 1+ rooms in their home. They should have a budget set aside for it or are close to getting to that point. Interested in working w/2 home improvement experts? Apply w/contact info, photos of their family & photos of the interior/exterior of their home ASAP to NowCastingChicago@gmail.com (3/25)

ADVERTISING & MARKETING

Discovery Communications has launched international ad sales division “One Discovery World,” combining its networks and platforms (including Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, ID, Science and Turbo) and Eurosport’s live events and recently acquired rights to the Olympic Games for 2018-2024, to provide a suite of assets and services to clients. “Advertisers and brands have evolved well beyond the ad break to embed effectively at the center of popular culture,” said Jonathan Davies, SVP and managing director, advertiser partnerships. “We are uniquely positioned to provide bespoke creative and strategic content solutions to the world’s top sponsors and advertisers.” Discovery Communications assumed full ownership of Eurosport in 2015, and was granted the TV and multimedia rights across Europe to the 2018-2024 Olympic Games.

Fox Networks Group is the latest to unveil new data-based advertising products in time for Upfront season. Fox Advanced Ad Products announced the release of its Audience Insights Manager, buying tools aimed at refining Fox’s ability to deliver precision targeting, and offering guarantees on specific audience segments. “Fox has never been afraid to be different and this is a bold step towards changing the conversation from efficiency to effectiveness,” said Fox Networks Group president of ad sales Toby Byrne. “AIM enables brands to transcend traditional industry metrics.”

GLOBAL GOINGS ON

Zodiak Rights signed local adaptations of entertainment game show format Wild Things (co-owned by IWC Media, Mad Monk and GroupM Entertainment) to Telefe TV Channel in Argentina,TV3 in Denmark and China’s Shenzen TV.

BTI Studios and Medi-Lan will jointly operate as BTI Studios beginning in April. BTI was acquired by the Asian media house last year.


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RATINGS

In syndication’s February sweep, Judge Judy (7.9) was up 8 percent versus 2015, for its second best February in eight years. Dr. Phil (3.5, down 3 percent) equaled its second highest February since 2008, and Entertainment Tonight (3.5, down 10 percent) was the top magazine for the 101st consecutive sweep.

The week ending March 11, CBS Evening News was up 7 percent year-to-year in A25-54 (to 1.5/6, and tying ABC with 1.6/6 on Monday and Thursday), and up 8 percent in viewers (to 7.43 million).

The week of March 7, Univision ranked as the number five broadcast network among A18-34 and A18-49. Among the younger demo, the net saw week-to-week growth of 5 percent, and out-delivered ABC, CBS, NBC or Fox on six nights. UniMas was the number two Spanish-language net for the week in A18-34.

FOX Business Network’s Varney & Company beat CNBC for the week with 33,000 viewers in the A25-54 demo, squeaking past CNBC’s 32,000. It’s the first time the 9a-12p program topped rival Squawk on the Street and Squawk Alley for a week. In addition, Risk & Reward at 5p scored its first weekly win over CNBC’s Fast Money in the demo, averaging 24,000 viewers to Money’s 21,000.

Top 10 Broadcast Programs among A18-49 rating/share for the week of March 7, 2016
CBS:
The Big Bang Theory (3/10) 3.5/13
NBC: The Voice (3/7) 3.2/10
NBC: The Voice (3/8) 3.1/10
NBC: Little Big Shots (3/13) 2.8/9
ABC: The Bachelor (3/7) 2.2/7
CBS: Survivor (3/9) 2.1/8
ABC: Grey’s Anatomy (3/10) 2.1/7
NBC: The Voice (3/9) 3.0/7
CBS: Live in Pieces (3/10) 2.0/7
Source: Nielsen Media Research, Galaxy Explorer, Live + SD Data

Top 10 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of February 2016 sweep ranked in order by HH Rtg
Judge Judy (CTD) 7.9AA
Family Feud (2/T) 7.1AA
Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 7.1AA
Jeopardy (CTD) 6.7AA
The Big Bang Theory (WB) 6.1AA
Dr. Phil (CTD) 3.5AA
Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 3.5AA
Modern Family (2/T) 3.4AA
Inside Edition (CTD) 3.1AA
Live with Kelly & Michael (DAD) 3.1AA
Source: Nielsen Media Research

Top 10 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of February 2016 sweep ranked in order by A18-49 Rtg
The Big Bang Theory (WB) 2.8AA
Family Feud (2/T) 2.4AA
Judge Judy (CTD) 2.0AA
Modern Family (2/T) 1.9AA
Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 1.6AA
Family Guy (2/T) 1.5AA
Jeopardy (CTD) 1.4AA
Two and a Half Men (WB) 1.2AA
2 Broke Girls (WB) 1.2AA
The Cleveland Show (2/T) 1.1AA
Source: Nielsen Media Research

Broadcast Evening News Shows Weekly Average Ratings (week of March 7, 2016)
NBC:
Nightly News 8.74 million total viewers; 1.8/7 2.11 million A25-54
ABC: World News Tonight 8.67 million total viewers; 1.7/7 1.96 million A25-54
CBS: Evening News 7.43 million total viewers; 1.5/6 and 1.77 million A25-54
Source: Nielsen, NTI Total Viewers and A25-54 Live+SD

NIELSEN TWITTER TV TOP TEN for the week of February 19, 2016
Program, Date, Unique Audience (000), Tweets (000)
Republican Presidential Primary Debate (Fox News)
3/3, 8674, 2311
CNN Flint, MI Democratic Debate (CNN, CNN Espanol) 3/6,
5909, 923
The Bachelor (ABC) 2/29,
3824, 202
The Walking Dead (AMC) 3/6,
3093, 282
Combine Primetime (NFL Network) 2/29,
2091, 16
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 3/3, 1734, 69
Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey (PBS) 3/6, 1531, 66
A Year in Space (PBS) 3/2,
1511, 29
The Voice (NBC) 2/29, 1487, 78
Saturday Night Live (NBC) 3
/5, 1437, 46
Source: Nielsen. Nielsen Social captures relevant Tweets from three hours before through three hours after broadcast, local time. Unique Audience measures the audience of relevant Tweets ascribed to a program from when the Tweets are sent until the end of the broadcast day at 5am. The data includes new/live primetime and late fringe programming only and excludes sports events. For multicast events, networks are listed alphabetically and metrics reflect the highest Unique Audience across all airing networks.

Monday A18-49 Analysis: ABC had the most A18-49 viewers Monday with 2.8/9, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. NBC’s The Voice topped the 8p hour with 3.0/10, followed by the finale of ABC’s The Bachelor with 2.7/10. NBC’s singing competition stayed in first at 9p with 3.1/10, versus 3.0/10 for ABC’s dating show. ABC’s The Bachelor: After the Final Rose easily won 10p with 2.6/9; NBC’s Blindspot took second with 1.6/5.

A18-49: ABC 2.8/9, NBC 2.6/8, CBS 1.4/5, FOX 1.3/4, UNI .8/2, TELE .5/1, ION .4/1, CW .2/1

Live + Same Day Household Ratings:  Monday, March 14, 2016 time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
NBC: 6.3/11
The Voice 8.1/13, Blindspot 4.2/8
ABC: 6.1/10
The Bachelor 6.2/10,  Bachelor: After the Final Rose 6.0/11
CBS: 5.1/9
Supergirl 4.1/7, Scorpion 5.6/9, NCIS: Los Angeles 5.6/10
FOX: 2.5/4Gotham 2.5/4, Lucifer 2.4/4
UNIVISION: 1.1/2
Sueno de Amor 1.0/2, Pasion y Poder 1.1/2, Hotel de los Secretos 1.1/2
ION: .9/2
Criminal Minds 1.0/2, Criminal Minds .9/1, Criminal Minds .9/2
TELE: .7/1
Quien es Quien .6/1, Eva, La Trailera .7/1, Querida Centauro.9/2
CW: .4/1
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend .4/1, Jane the Virgin .4/1

Sunday A18-49 Analysis: NBC had the most A18-49 viewers Sunday with 1.5.5, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. CBS’ 60 Minutes and NBC’s Little Big Shots encore tied at 7p with 1.2/4, followed by ABC’s America’s Funniest Home Videos with 1.1/4. NBC’s Little Big Shots jumped ahead at 8p with 2.8/9, versus 1.3/4 for ABC’s Once Upon a Time. A pair of Carmichael Shows on NBC tied Fox’s Family Guy and Last Man on Earth, each scoring 1.4/4 and 1.1/3 in the half hours. ABC topped 10p with 1.1/3 for Quantico; CBS’s CSI: Cyber was a close second with 1.0/3.

A18-49: NBC 1.5/5, ABC 1.1/4, FOX 1.1/4, CBS .9/3, UNI .6/2, ION .3/1, TELE .2/1

Live + Same Day Household Ratings:  Sunday, March 13, 2016 time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
NBC: 4.6/8
Little Big Shots [r] 4.6/8, Little Big Shots 8.5/14, Carmichael Show 3.9/6, Carmichael Show 2.7/4, Hollywood Game Night 1.9/3
CBS: 4.0/7
60 Minutes 5.4/10, Scorpion [r] 3.0/5, CSI: Cyber 4.1/7
ABC: 2.7/5
America’s Funniest Home Videos 3.3/6, Once Upon A Time 2.6/4, The Family 2.3/4, Quantico 2.5/5
FOX: 1.5/3
Bordertown 1.3/2, Bob’s Burgers 1.4/2, The Simpsons 1.8/3, Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life 1.2/2, Family Guy 1.8/3, Last Man on Earth 1.5/2
UNIVISION: 1.0/2
Aqui y Ahora 1.1/2, Nuestra Belleza 1.0/2, Sal y Pimienta 1.0/2
ION: .7/1
Leverage .7/1, Leverage .6/1, Leverage .7/1, Leverage .6/1
TELE: .3/1
Gran Hermano .4/1, Ya Era Hora .2/0

Saturday A18-49 Analysis: NBC and ABC tied for the most A18-49 viewers Saturday with .8/3, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. NBC’s Dateline topped 8p with .7/3, followed by .6/3 for ABC’s NBA Countdown and game. NBC’s Dateline kept the lead at 9p with 1.0/4, while ABC’s NBA game scored .8/3. ABC rose to the top with 1.0/4 for basketball, versus .8/3 for CBS’s 48 Hours and NBC’s SNL Prime.

A18-49: ABC .8/3, NBC .8/3, CBS .6/2, ION .4/2, FOX .3/1, UNI .3/1, TELE .2/1

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Saturday, March 12, 2016 time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
NBC: 2.8/5
Dateline Mystery 3.3/6, SNL Prime [r] 2.0/4
CBS: 2.5/5
Crimetime Saturday 2.0/4, Crimetime Saturday [r] 2.2/4, 48 Hours 3.3/7
ABC: 1.6/3
NBA Countdown 1.2/2, NBA Saturday Night Primetime on ABC 1.7/3
ION: 1.1/2
Law & Order: SVU 1.0/2, Law & Order: SVU 1.0/2, Law & Order: SVU 1.1/2
FOX .6/1
Rosewood [r] .5/1, Lucifer [r]  .7/1
UNIVISION: .6/1
Cronicas de Sabado .5/1, Sal y Pimienta .6/1
TELE: .4/1
Que Noche .4/1, America’s Funniest .3/1

EXECUTIVE MOVES

Brian Morewitz has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Drama at ABC. Morewitz replaces Channing Dungey, recently upped to President, ABC Entertainment.

Dawn Olmstead has been appointed Executive Vice President of Development at Universal Cable Productions and Wilshire Studios. In this expanded role, Olmsteadwill oversee development for Wilshire Studios while continuing to oversee scripted development for UCP.

Troika tapped Kasumi Mihori for the role of Creative Director. Kasumi has worked with broadcasters including Disney/ABC, CBS, NBCUniversal, Fox and CNN.

4K Media named Michelle Zamor Dean as Senior Manager, Licensing and Marketing. Most recently, Zamora Dean served as Licensing Manager at COPCorp/Knockout Licensing.

IN MEMORIAM

Extreme Weight Loss contestant Rod Durham was found dead at 52, reportedly of diabetic shock. The high school teacher lost more than 180 pounds during Season 4 of the ABC reality show. Said his TV trainer Chris Powell on Twitter and Facebook, “Your positive energy and contagious laugh brightened this world and everyone lucky enough to meet you. You had an ability to make everyone feel special and loved.”


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TIME FOR A POP QUIZ:
Who are some of Pop’s most powerful partners in front of and behind the camera?

A) Lionsgate Television
B) John Legend
C) Eugene Levy & Catherine O’Hara
D) Nigel Lythgoe
E) Donnie Wahlberg

Answer: All of the above



This Day in History:
1985 – AP correspondent Terry Anderson was abducted in Beirut.

Answer to Our Last Trivia: On Taxi (1978-1983), what was Louie’s favorite TV show? The Phil Donahue Show. Kudos to: Michael Ritz-BucStar Consulting/NYC, Staci Gonzalez-441 Productions/NYC, Gabe Alfaya-XL Worldwide/NYC, David Westberg-SAG-AFTRA Federal Credit Union/Burbank, Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA, Lisa K. Foster-MGA Entertainment/Van Nuys, CA

Today’s Trivia Question sponsored by POP: Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara star in the second season of Pop’s first original scripted comedy, Schitt’s Creek. What Canadian-based sketch show were they part of in the late ’70s/early ’80s? (Email trivia@cynopsis.com with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and time zone.).


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JOB OPENING: TALENT AGENCY ASST/Top Tier Talent agency/NY: Quickly growing digital media division seeking self-starter w/passion for dig/social media; solid knwlg of emerging ‘influencer’-based talent community a must. Outgoing personality w/strong desire to grow into agent. Entry level Resumes HERE (3/23)

JOB OPENING: DIR EUROSPORT AD SALES & SOLUTIONS/Discovery/NYC: Strong relationship builder to develop and sell innovative creative solutions for Eurosport/Discovery Europe’s offerings w/specific emphasis on the Olympics to clients in the US. 8+ yrs exp, strong Olympic or sports exp req’d. Full info/apply HERE (3/22)

JOB OPENING: INTEGRATION PRODUCER/HGTV&DIY Network/Knoxville: Create innovative content solutions for Ad Sales Marketing & Ad Sales. 5 years TV Production exp. Knowledge of product integration & program sponsorship.Cable network exp a plus. Full info/apply HERE (3/22)

JOB OPENING: FINANCIAL CONTROLLER/ECLIPSE TELEVISION & GO GO LUCKEY seek LA-based controller experienced in non-scripted production at high volume. CPA desired and PSA/MovieMagic/QuickBooks skills a must. Please email brian@demarestfilms.com (3/22)

JOB OPENING: MANAGER AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT/FOX Sports.com/Los Angeles: Drive partner engagement and content optimization with emphasis on video in the sports news cycle. 3 yrs exp audience bldg/channel growth strategies, Acct Mgt, Sports knowledge a must. Full info/apply HERE (3/22)

JOB OPENING: VP PROD MANAGEMENT/Discovery/LA: Outgoing solutions creator w/top notch negotiation skills to ensure content is delivered to Discovery nets on time, on budget and on brand. Strong relationship builder w/internal and external clients. 8-10 yrs exp. Full info/apply HERE (3/19)

JOB OPENING: RECEPTIONIST/GSN TV/NY: Project support to Affiliate/Ad Sales, general office administration/coordinating; 3-5 years receptionist exp. Extensive knowledge of Excel, Microsoft Office incl. Powerpoint. Degree preferred. Send res/CL HERE (3/19)

JOB OPENING: DIR, CORP COMMUNICATIONS/NBCU/NYC: Responsible for managing internal and external communications strategies in support of NBC Universal’s corporate functions. 5+ yrs experience in communications or media relations Full info/apply HERE (3/18)

JOB OPENING: COMP AND BENEFIT ANALYST/Crown Media Family Networks/LA: Analyze comp data, evaluate jobs classification/salary. Administer employee insurance and savings plans. 5 yrs exp in comp and benefits. Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience. Apply HERE (3/18)

JOB OPENING: DIGITAL EDITORIAL DIRECTOR/The Franklin Institute/PHL: For leading US science ctr. Revolutionize online sci. comm & play lead role on digital team. Plan/dvlp/implement creative content across mult platforms. 6+ yrs dvlpg/mngng dig editorial exp. Full info/apply HERE (3/18) 

JOB OPENING: REGIONAL ACCOUNT DIRECTOR/NCM/Seattle: Maintain level of visibility in regional ad comm. Identify/source clients to advrts in NCM locations. 3 yrs of media sales exp’ pref’d. Ability to work efficiently/independent fast-paced environment. Full info/apply HERE (3/18)

JOB OPENING: ACCOUNT MGR/Digital Lion Marketing/Beverly Hills: Serve as day-to-day point of contact for assigned client accounts & provide support on other accts as needed 1-2 solid yrs exp, ideally in an agency environment. BA degree, detail oriented & orgnz’d a must. Resume HERE (3/18)

JOB OPENING: AD SALES DIR/MGR/Zliving Communications/NYC, LA, CHI, PHL: Work closely w/Ad Sales GM & SVP for brand activations assignments, qrtly projects as well as assigned clients. 5-7 yrs media-related exp w/sales mktg ideation & execution exp in TV ntwk sales & digital. Resume HERE (3/18)

JOB OPENING: CREATIVE DIR ON-AIR PROMOS/Crown Media Family Networks/LA: Manage the Creative Srvs team of Writer/Producers. Oversee execution and delivery of standout promo for Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. 10 yrs exp in cable/ent and 5 yrs supervisory exp. Apply HERE (3/17)

JOB OPENING: MGR DIGITAL ANALYTICS/HBO/NYC: Mng analytic workflow for HBO GO & HBO NOW. Effectively communicate findings to support data driven bus. decisions. Supervisory exp & 5+ yrs using Adobe Analytics req’d. Media & ent exp pref’d & advanced excel skills req’d. Apply HERE (3/17)

JOB OPENING: SR SPECIALIST, CONTENT PROD/STORYTELLER/CMMB/NYC: Translate a strategy brief into powerful copy & stories to drive desired action. 5+ yrs pro writing/editorial exp pref for int’l non profit. BA/S or equivalent in related field req’d  Eng, journalism, or comms. Contract position. Resume HERE (3/17)

JOB OPENING: NATIONAL MEDIA BUYER/ICON International/Stamford CT downtown (convenient to Metro North): 3+ years’ Negotiate National Broadcast schedules, oversee maintenance/stewardship of multiple accounts, proficient in MS Office. Resume to: Jobs@icon-intl.com (3/17)

JOB OPENING: SR LOCAL MEDIA BUYER/ICON International/Stamford CT downtown (convenient to Metro-North): 10+ years’ Local Buying experience, negotiate & steward schedules for several markets, proficient in MS Office. Resume to: Jobs@icon-intl.com (3/17)


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WHAT’S ON TONIGHT – WEDNESDAY MARCH 16, 2016


ABC: The Middle, The Goldbergs, Modern Family, blackish, Nashville
CBS: Survivor, Criminal Minds, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders [
p]
CW: Arrow [r], Supernatural [r]
Fox: Rosewood, Hell’s Kitchen
NBC: Law & Order: SVU [r], Law & Order: SVU [r], Chicago P.D. [r]
PBS: Nature [r], NOVA [r], Secrets of the Dead [r]
Telemundo: Quien es quien?, Eva la Trailera, La Querida del Centauro
Univision: Sueno de Amor, Pasion y Poder, El Hotel de los Secretos

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