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IN THE NEWS
 
The Walt Disney Company is taking full control of Hulu effective immediately, in return for Disney and Comcast entering into a “put/call” agreement for NBCUniversal’s 33% stake in the service. Disney has the right to buy out NBCU’s share of Hulu as early as January 2024. NBCU can end its licensing agreements with Hulu in three years, and in one year will be able to take back some of the content it licenses to Hulu for its upcoming streaming platform. “We are now able to completely integrate Hulu into our direct-to-consumer business and leverage the full power of The Walt Disney Company’s brands and creative engines to make the service even more compelling and a greater value for consumers,” said Disney CEO Bob Iger.
 
Shortly after the Disney/Hulu deal was announced, FX head John Landgraf told journalists at a press event that he doesn’t think edgy FX belongs on Disney streaming platform Disney+ “at all.” Instead, FX “belongs on Hulu.”
 
Fox NFL Sunday host Terry Bradshaw apologized for a comment he made about Ken Jeong (Dr. Ken) during Fox’s upfront presentation. As part of onstage banter, Bradshaw joked about being eliminated from Fox competition The Masked Singer, on which Jeong was a judge, by “Alan Thicke and the little short guy from Japan.” Said Bradshaw, “I made an insensitive remark today about Ken, who I’ve known for some time. I’ve spoken to him about the importance of cultural respect and apologized for my offensive comments. I would like to also apologize to the Asian-American community for my insensitivity.” (Bradshaw also confused Alan Thicke with his son, Robin Thicke, who was the other Masked Singer judge.)
 
How did ABC feel about its host-less Oscars this year? “We’re very proud of the way it turned out creatively,” said ABC Entertainment head Karey Burke at a press event Tuesday. Not that a `Jimmy Kimmel return to the podium is out of the question. “I’m not saying no to anything,” hedged Burke.
 
A study from Verizon Media and Publicis Media on digital video captioning found that captions with video can drive greater recall and brand favorability. Sixty-nine percent of U.S. consumers polled said they view video with sound off in public places, and 25% watch with sound off in private places. Eighty percent said they are more likely to watch an entire video when captions are available. Upshot: as more consumers watch video on-the-go and in public, video audio is becoming secondary
 
 
UPFRONT UPDATES
 
Today, President of Ad Sales Donna Speciale will take the stage for her company’s big Upfront event – but now the name of that company is WarnerMedia, not Turner. Speciale spoke to Cynopsis about the message she has for advertisers.
 
Today’s a big day for your company with your first-ever WarnerMedia Upfront. What does the new WarnerMedia mean? Today is two years in the making. It’s not just a change in name for us, it’s a change in what’s possible, and possible now. Today, we have a portfolio of iconic brands that connect with every member of the family. We are investing big in content  – content that spans our existing multiplatform ad-supported experiences, with an eye toward a future AVOD product. Take that and couple it with AT&T data and Xandr insights culled from 170 million, I repeat a 170 million, direct-to-consumer relationships. That is what sets the new WarnerMedia apart.
 
You mention Xandr. How are you continuing to collaborate with them since your news at CES?
We announced a lot at CES, and that was just six short months in. Now, at both of our events this week, we get to share even more. Today I’ll highlight two key case studies featuring smart, iconic brands seeing results, thanks to our collaboration. We’ve never had results faster for our advertising partners. These are first quarter partnerships. We can now turn around attribution faster than ever and help brands understand how to best optimize their media buys.
 
What does this all mean for advertisers?
Each year, we continue to build on our commitment to making advertising more relevant. We were one of the first to break ground with audience-based buying. But, that isn’t the only solve. To make advertising completely relevant, it needs to hit the mark across the board – right audience, engaging content and optimal environment, ultimately leading to the right business outcome for our partner. Insights are key, trusted brands and environments are important and so are our brand studios which can produce together with our partners.
 
Screenvision Media got a hand at its Upfront event at the Ziegfeld Ballroom from actor Vince Vaughn, as it announced new products, tools and campaigns to define, measure and maximize cinema advertising’s reach. Vaughn spoke to the emotional connection people have for movies and the theatre experience, and Screenvision said it plans to make emotional aspects end engagement rating of movies more measurable and quantifiable. Geena Davis, founder of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, is partnering with Screenvision to work with studios to ensure gender equality and onscreen representation. “We can make a dramatic cultural change and show women and girls that their aspirations and options are limitless,” said Davis. “Our motto is: If She Can See It, She Can Be It.” In conjunction with SeeHer, Screenvision Media will be creating a #SeeHer Film Trailer Package, allowing brands’ ads to target films aligned with their products. The new offering allows advertisers to bring GEM positive advertisements to film, and give marketers expanded opportunities to showcase their support for increased authentic gender representation in entertainment and advertising.
 
Walt Disney Television’s Upfront presentation at Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall had lots of ground to cover, post Fox assets acquisition, with new corporate cousins FX Networks and Nat Geo channels joining the party. Among the highlights: ABC noted it is introducing just three new scripted series in the fall, thanks to its “most stable schedule in over a decade.” Newcomers are dramas Emergence and Stumptown, and comedy Mix-ish…. The net extended its contract with Jimmy Kimmel through his show’s 20th season; Jimmy Kimmel Live! Is currently in season 17. Speaking of, Upfront host Kimmel observed, “The Obamas are making TV shows and Trump is running the country. If this isn’t some Freaky Friday situation.”… Tiffany Haddish (The Last O.G.) will host and exec produce a new iteration of Kids Say the Darndest Things, to air Sundays at 8p (“I intend on getting paid like a white man,” said Haddish).
 
Freeform picked up mermaid drama Siren for a third season, The Bold Type for a fourth, and offered peeks at new series Motherland: Fort Salem, a Party of Five reboot, and comedy Everything’s Gonna Be Okay; starting in September, Freeform will share off-net rights to The Simpsons with new corporate sib FXX; and holiday classics Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman will make their first cable appearances during this year’s “25 Days of Christmas.” “Freeform is built on one very powerful belief: that embracing the disruptive voices and diverse identities of our viewers is key to our ongoing success,” said net president Tom Ascheim.
 
Highlights of Nat Geo’s announcements included the return of Brain Games, hosted by Keegan-Michael Key (Friends From College); new series Race to the Center of the Earth, from the producers of Amazing Race, pitting extreme adventurers on a one-of-a-kind journey to win $1 million; and two new unscripted series, Trafficked with Mariana Van Zeller and Lost Cities with Albert Lin, as well as new live event series, Alaska Live. Nat Geo WILD will see the return of veterinary series The Incredible Dr. Pol, Dr. Oakley: Yukon Vet and Dr. K’s Exotic Animal ER, and new shows Critter Fixers, Homestead Vets and Animal SOS.
 
At FX’s pre-Upfront event on Tuesday, FX Chairman John Landgraf told journalists American Crime Story will return when Ryan Murphy “decides what he wants to do next.” Four true crime stories, which FX has rights to, are under consideration.
 
AT&T’s advanced advertising analytics unit, Xandr, announced it has formed Community, a marketplace including content from AT&T’s WarnerMedia, Vice, Hearst Magazines, Newsy, Philo, Tubi and Xumo. After only eight short months since the launch of Xandr, Community delivers on our promise of a brand-safe, insight-driven, premium video marketplace,” said Brian Lesser, CEO of Xandr. “Building on one of the largest technology platforms in the industry and integrating Xandr’s unique audience insights from AT&T, we created the foundation of Community.” Community will be layered with Xandr’s data stack and audience segments, and be addressable…. Xandr also announced it has enhanced its addressable TV solutions to include new reach and frequency capabilities, expanded cross-screen addressability, and enabled broader access to video on-demand inventory
 
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PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT
 
ABC is passing on drama pilots NYPD Blue, Heart of Life and Nana for the fall season, but they might see life on the network yet. At ABC’s Upfront press event, ABC Entertainment President Karey Burke said, “In concert with the producers, we decided to slow down and get it right, particularly NYPD Blue, which was a groundbreaking drama on this network.”    
 
Daddy Yankee is set to exec produce Univision reality show Reina De La Cancion. “As I step into this role, I look forward to finding the next big female star, the next Reina,” said the Puerto Rican singer, actor and record producer. The series will feature Latina contestants representing all musical genres.
 
Filmmaker Albert Hughes (Alpha, Menace II Society) is joining as executive producer and will make his television directorial debut helming multiple episodes of Showtime’s The Good Lord Bird from Blumhouse Television. Limited series is based on the National Book Award-winning novel The Good Lord Bird by James McBride. 
 
 
NEW & RETURNING SERIES
 
Kate Gosselin (Jon & Kate Plus 8) is looking for love on TLC’s Kate Plus Date, launching on TLC Monday, June 10 at 10p. In the 6-parter, matchmakers try to help the mom-of-many find the perfect partner.
 
Season two of David Letterman talker My Next Guest Needs No Introduction premieres on Netflix Friday, May 31.
 
HLN original series Hell in the Heartland: What Happened to Ashley and Laura? premieres Sunday, June 2 at 9p. Four-part docu-series explores a harrowing missing persons case that is currently evolving into a much larger story of unsolved murder, and allegations of cover-up and corruption in Oklahoma.
 
A new version of Nickelodeon’s All That premieres Saturday, June 15 at 8:30p, featuring a performance by the Jonas Brothers. One week later comes the debut of new animated comedy, LEGO City, on Saturday, June 22 at 11:30a.
 
 
COMING UP
 
Showtime Documentary Films will premiere documentary 16 Shots  on Friday, June 14 at 9p. Feature examines the 2014 shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald by a Chicago police officer and the ensuing cover-up.
 
Antenna TV will celebrate the work of the late Tim Conway this week with a McHale’s Navy marathon on Sunday, May 19 from 9-10p, followed by a 1979 appearance on Johnny Carson, and a guest role on Coach at 11:30p.
 
As part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, animated STEM series Ready Jet Go! special,  Ready Jet Go!: One Small Step will premiere Monday, June 17 on PBS KIDS (check local listings).
 
 
DIGITAL DATA
 
Facebook is suing a South Korean developer for violating its terms by using data about users for advertising. Facebook alleges Rankwave has used data associated with its apps “for its own business purposes.” The lawsuit is intended to send a message to developers that Facebook is serious about enforcing its policies, said Jessica Romero, Facebook’s director of platform enforcement and litigation.
 
Apple released its updated Apple TV app across iOS and tvoS, offering a single platform for subscription services from HBO, Showtime, Starz, Tastemade and more. Up to six family members can share subscriptions to Apple TV channels, and movies and TV series can be  downloaded for offline viewing. The update includes personalized recommendations and an Up Next section.  
 
In less happy Apple news, The Supreme Court ruled that a huge antitrust class action lawsuit against the company can proceed. The lawsuit hinges on that fact that Apple charges up to a 30% commission to developers who sell products in the App Store, but prevents them from selling their apps elsewhere, and has a hand in establishing pricing. Apple said it is confident it will prevail, and that “the App Store is not a monopoly by any metric.”
 
Streaming service Philo reached an agreement with WOW!, a provider of internet, voice and video services, serving residential, business and wholesale customers in the Midwest and Southeast. WOW! will market and sell Philo’s service, priced at $20 per month, to  WOW!’s broadband customers.
 
 
ADVERTISING
 
Comcast’s FreeWheel has launched new OTT buying capabilities for advertisers, in partnership with Simpli.fi. FreeWheel Advertisers’ network of agencies using the Strata platform can now programmatically access the full OTT marketplace through exchanges and direct premium publisher integrations. “We’ve made it easy and accessible for TV and digital buyers to access premium OTT inventory across channels and formats without having to go to multiple vendors, and without leaving the Strata platform,” Judd Rubin, SVP, Revenue and Marketing, FreeWheel Advertisers, tells Cynopsis. “After months of working with buyers on this solution, we are excited to bring a buyer centric industry offering to our agencies.”
 
FYI: “Ads that run during Olympics perform 38 percent better than that same ad outside the Olympics,” NBCU President of Ad Sales & Partnership Mark Marshall tells Cynopsis . “There is a supercharge effect that comes with the Olympics.” That‘s good news for the company, which has rights to air the Games through 2032. 
 
TV advertising helps buyers break through the binge, according to a study, “Entertainment Discovery & Tune-In Research,” released by Xandr in time for Upfronts. Xandr’s research found that although viewers discover shows through many different sources, TV advertising is the most effective medium for viewers to discover new shows and influence content choices. TV ads are the most common way viewers first hear about new shows, according to the survey results. Overall, 56% of viewers learn about new shows from TV advertisements, followed by 43% who hear about shows through word of mouth from friends and family, and 22% who hear about them on social media. “Despite today’s increasingly complex, expanding media landscape, linear TV advertising remains a core mode of show discovery that can cut through the clutter to drive engagement,” said Jason Brown, SVP and head of advertising sales partnerships at Xandr. “TV advertising remains a critical part of a strong cross-platform campaign strategy and a key component in their marketing mix.” 
 
Identity and media solutions company 4INFO struck a strategic relationship with Inscape, provider of smart TV viewing data, to help marketers match online and offline data to smart TV viewing data. Combining 4INFO’s Advanced TV solutions, powered by its Custom Connected Identity Map, with the opt-in smart TV viewing data from Inscape is designed to help marketers more accurately target, optimize and segment specific interactions with consumers.
 
Video presents brands with a unique opportunity to engage consumers in an interactive dialogue. But traditional advertisers are still struggling to understand the value and how to capture attention.  Cindy Brown, CRO, ViralGains advises traditional advertisers on how to unlock the potential of video, in Cynsiders.
 
 
GOING GLOBAL
 
Record TV announced the second season commission of Armoza Formats’ series The Four in Brazil, slated to air early next year. 
 
Red Arrow Studios International closed international sales for true crime doc Slender Man: The Untold Story with Nine Network in Australia, SVT in Sweden, TV2 in Norway, VTM in Belgium and RTS for French-speaking Switzerland.
 
MTV UK ordered dating show Love Squadadding to its slate of new UK-produced programming. Workerbee, an Endemol Shine UK company, will produce; filming begins this month.
 
Food content producer, distributor and broadcaster Gusto Worldwide Media announced that over 40 hours of its original food programming has been acquired by OSN, the MENA region entertainment network. Titles include Gusto’s newest series DNA Dinners and Flour Power Holiday Specials.
 
Music brand KIDZ BOP is expanding globally with media and content platform partnerships in the UK with British broadcaster Sky Kids, and in Germany with Super RTL
 
 
CASTING
 
Joining Oscar winner Cate Blanchett in FX limited series Mrs. America, which tells the story of the movement to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, are Uzo Aduba, Rose Byrne, Kayli Carter, Ari Graynor, Melanie Lynskey, James Marsden, Margo Martindale, Sarah Paulson, John Slattery, Jeanne Tripplehorn and Tracey Ullman.
 
Added to the cast of AT&T Audience’s Condor are Constance Zimmer (UnREAL), Toby Leonard Moore (Billions), Eric Johnson (Vikings), Rose Rollins (The Catch), Alexei Bondar (The Americans), Isidora Goreshter (Shameless) and Jonathan Kells Phillips (Madam Secretary).
 
Tricia Helfer (Battlestar Galactica), Richard Harmon (The 100), Nicole Munoz (Defiance), Keeya King (Jigsaw) and pro-wrestler Big Show  have joined the cast of SYFY’s action-horror series Van Helsing.
 
 
PODCAST POSTS
 
A companion podcast for NBC competition Songland, launching Tuesday, May 28, debuted Monday on the IHeartPodcast network. Regular episodes will go live every Tuesday night after the show.
 
C13Originals, a division of podcast company Cadence13, announced the launch of Gangster Capitalism, the inaugural docuseries from Cadence13’s new venture focused on original storytelling and developing a slate of IP through a new premium level in-house production studio.
 
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RATINGS
 
The penultimate episode of HBO’s Game of Thrones hit an all-time series and network high linear audience of 12.5 million viewers, up 6% from last week. Among A18-49, the episode delivered a 5.4 rating.
 
Jeopardy! (8.3 Live+SD Nielsens, up 11% from the week before) clocked its best numbers since the week ending March 6, 2005. Although big winner James Holzhauer has been put on hiatus from May 6-17 while the show airs a tournament, he’ll be back in action on May 20. Holzhauer-powered Jeopardy! gave a nice boost to the show that follows or leads in to it in numerous cities, Wheel of Fortune (6.4, up 10%).
 
When Calls the Heart  returned to Hallmark Channel (Lori Loughlin-less)h last week to rank as the highest-rated and most-watched scripted series on ad-supported cable. The show’s two-night event, featuring new back-to-back episodes on Sunday, May 5 and Monday, May 6, averaged a 2.7 HH rating, 2.7 million Total Viewers, and 340,000 W25-54 on a Live +3 basis. Both episodes registered as the highest-rated and most-watched programs of the day on their respective air dates and boosted Hallmark Channel to rank as the #2 network on cable from Sunday through Monday during Prime Time, excluding news and sports.
 
NBC’s The Voice grabbed the most viewers with 7.6 million on Monday, but the season 15 premiere of ABC’s The Bachelorette was tops in the demo, with a 1.3 rating among A18-49, versus The Voice’s 1.1.
 
Its live coverage of the Liga MX matchup between Tigres UANL and Pachuca, handed Univision the #2 broadcast network ranking, after NBC, on Saturday night among A18-34 (176,000). 
 
Basic Cable Top 5 – Primetime (P2+) week of May 6
TNT (3,270,000)
Fox News (2,352,000)
ESPN (1,802,000)
MSNBC (1,712,000)
HGTV (1,169,000)
 
Basic Cable Top 5 – Total Day (P2+) week of May 6
Fox News (1,365,000)
TNT (1,073,000)
MSNBC (920,000)
ESPN (699,000)
HGTV (660,000)
Source: Nielsen
 
Top 10 Broadcast Programs Among A18-49 ratings/share for the week of May 6
CBS: Big Bang Theory 2.0/10
CBS: Young Sheldon 1.5/7
CBS: Survivor 1.5/7
ABC: Grey’s Anatomy 1.4/7
ABC: American Idol 1.2/5
FOX: Empire 1.2/6
CBS: Mom 1.1/5
NBC: The Voice 1.1/5
FOX: 9-1-1 1.1/5
ABC: The Goldbergs 1.1/5
 
Top 10 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of April 29  ranked in order by HH Rtg
Jeopardy (CTD) 8.3 AA
Judge Judy (CTD) 7.2 AA
Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.4 AA
Family Feud (2/T) 6.1AA
The Big Bang Theory (WB) 4.3 AA
Dr. Phil (CTD) 2.9 AA
Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 2.8 AA
Inside Edition (CTD) 2.7AA
Hot Bench (CTD) 2.2 AA
Live With Kelly and Ryan (DAD) 2.1 AA
 
Top 16 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of April 29 ranked in order by A18-49 Rtg
The Big Bang Theory (WB) 1.6 AA
Jeopardy (CTD) 1.6 AA
Judge Judy (CTD) 1.5 AA
Family Feud (2/T) 1.5 AA 
Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 1.2 AA
Modern Family (2/T) 0.8 AA
Family Guy (2/T) 0.8 AA
Last Man Standing (2/T) 0.6 AA
Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 0.6 AA
Dr. Phil (CTD) 0.6 AA
Inside Edition (CTD) 0.5 AA
Live With Kelly and Ryan (DAD) 0.5 AA
The Goldbergs (SPT) 0.5 AA
Two and a Half Men (WB) 0.5AA
Black-ish (DAD) 0.5 AA
TMZ (WB) 0.5 AA
 
TV Time’s Binge Report for the Week of May 6
Lucifer (Netflix) – 13.37%
Game of Thrones (HBO) – 5.77%
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) – 1.87%
Friends (NBC) – 1.87%
Dead to Me (Netflix) – 1.86%
Riverdale (The CW) – 1.79%
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (NBC) – 1.47%
Shadowhunters (Freeform) – 1.47%
The Big Bang Theory (CBS) – 1.20%
How I Met Your Mother (CBS) – 1.09%
*Methodology – The weekly Binge Report ranks shows with the most binge sessions. A binge session is when four or more episodes of a show are watched and tracked in our TV Time app within a given day.
 
Broadcast Morning News Shows Weekly Average Ratings week of May 6
ABC: Good Morning America 4.10 million total viewers; 1.0/11 and 1.19 million A25-54
NBC: Today 4.08 million total viewers; 1.1/11 and 1.29 million A25-54
CBS: This Morning 3.13 million total viewers; 0.6/7 and 775,000 A25-54 
 
Broadcast Evening News Shows Weekly Average Ratings week of May 6
ABC: World News Tonight 8.19 million total viewers; 1.3/7 and 1.59 million A25-54
NBC: Nightly News 7.49 million total viewers; 1.3/7 and 1.61 million A25-54
CBS: Evening News 5.64 million total viewers; 1.0/5 and 1.15 million A25-54
 
Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions): Monday, May 6 time period averages
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated Live+SD
NBC: 6.32 million
The Voice 7.60, The Enemy Within 3.75
ABC: 3.95 million
The Bachelorette 4.67, The Fix 2.52
CBS: 6.05 million
The Big Bang Theory 5.42, Big Bang Theory 5.59, The Code 5.56, Bull 7.10
FOX: 3.88 million
9-1-1 6.35, Paradise Hotel 1.41
Telemundo: 1.0 million
Poquito Tuyo 0.89, Betty en NY .95, La Reina del Sur 1.20
Univision: .90 million
La Reina Soy Yo 0.91, Reina Soy Yo 0.91, Por Amar Sin Ley 0.87
CW: 0.98 million
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow 1.04, Arrow .93
 
Monday A18-49 Rating: NBC 1.0/5, ABC 1.0/5, FOX 0.9/4, CBS 0.7/3, UNI 0.4/2, TELE 0.4/2, CW 0.3/1
 
 
EXECUTIVE MOVES
 
NBCUniversal Content Distribution promoted Ray Meyer to Vice President, Content Distribution. Prior to joining NBCUniversal in 2014, Ray held sales and business development positions with 21st Century Fox, MSG Varsity, A+E Networks, Univision and Bloomberg LP. 
 
Dish Network tapped Michael Schwimmer to serve as EVP of International Business Development and Strategy. Schwimmer was most recently CEO of Fuse Media.
 
Rajiv Jindia was promoted to Vice President, Financial Planning & Analysis at UPtv. He was previously Sr. Director, Financial Planning.
 
Gary Saginario has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Advertising Sales & Partnerships for Katz Networks, overseeing all national ad sales efforts for the multi-platform networks, Bounce, Court TV, Escape, Grit and Laff.
 
 
IN MEMORIAM
 
Comedian Tim Conway died May 14. He was 85. The beloved actor was best known for his work on The Carol Burnett Show. “He was one in a million,” said Burnett, “not only as a brilliant comedian but as a loving human being.”
 
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VP, PARTNERSHIPS, DISTRIBUTION BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
/Viacom/NYC: Resp for driving revenue w/new & existing partners thru distribution of Viacom Media Networks content. 10+ yrs of work exp, incl sales or business development exp. Strong knowledge of the content distribution landscape both traditional/digital. Full info HERE (5/23)

HEAD OF BUSINESS OPERATIONS/Counter Logic Gaming/Culver City CA: Oversee all bus. Operations & resp for the team’s P&L, business strategy and operations, and coord with MSG Marketing and Sponsorship. 7+ yrs exp w/at least 3-5 yrs exp in a Sr leadership running bus. operations role in a corp environment. Full info HERE (5/23)

DIRECT RESPONSE MEDIA BUYER
/Icon International/Greenwich CT: Must have ability to negotiate with clients on media cost and possess the ability to work constructively with other buyers and assistants in the dept. DR exp. A must 5-7 yrs. Detail oriented w/solid communication skills. Full info HERE (5/22)

MGR, NATIONAL ACCOUNTS/Ad Council/NYC: Build/mng relationships w/ existing & potential media partners that help drive impact for Ad Council’s 40+ social impact campaigns. Asst VP, Media in prospecting new biz w/focus on growth areas. 3+ yrs digital & traditional media/cross-platform sales exp. Full info HERE (5/22)

VP STRATEGIC INSIGHTS & RESEARCH
/Discovery/NYC or LA: Thought leader & strategist to connect research methods w/new data analytics. Utilize primary research, Nielsen data & consumer databases to develop programming, scheduling & marketing strategy for Discovery & Science Channels & stay competitive in industry trends/changes. 10+ yrs media exp req. Apply HERE (5/17)

NETWORK OPERATIONS, VP/Ion Media/Clearwater FL: Provide strategic technical leadership in post-prod operations, network satellite dist, quality control, engineering, content management, TV traffic, & scheduling systems. 15+ yrs exp in media operations & 10 of those in ntwk ops mgnmnt. Full info HERE (5/17)

NETWORK OPERATIONS, DIRECTOR/Ion Media/Clearwater FL: Oversee network broadcast and studio technical support teams and systems (hardware, software, storage, and networking) & 24/7 Master control operations. 10+ yrs exp in media operations & 5 of those in ntwk ops mgnmnt. Full info HERE (5/17)

AD SALES ASSISTANT/Baby First TV/NY: Reports to EVP & AE Ad Sales. Detailed & organized. Ability to multi-task in fast past env. Prof in EXL & PPT. College grad welcome! Full info HERE (5/17)

SALES PLANNER/Fuse Media/NY: Provide sales and support to the Pricing and Planning and Ad Sales teams for Fuse and FM. Maintain media schedules, build sales plans, manage added value. BA/BS & min 1 yr exp. req. Full info HERE (5/17)

CAMPAIGN ANALYST, DIGITAL AD SALES
/Entertainment Studios/NYC: Manage digital campaigns for ES Digital advertiser activity, with a focus on theGrio. 2- 4 years digital/data optimization industry exp. Knwldg of digital tech systems. Full info HERE (5/17)
 
MGR, STRATEGIC DEVELOPMENT/NBCU/NYC: Help identify, develop, and implement business opps across & within the ELG network brands & studios portfolio. Creative strategic thinker w/3+ yrs media business dvlpment and/or investment banking exp.  Full info HERE (5/17)

VP, DIGITAL/NESN/Boston: Part of Sr leadership team candidate to oversee digital media activities of our 20 professionals involved in dvlpmnt/dist of content via digital platforms. 10yrs dig. or multi-platform exp req’d w/extensive exp progressive digital tech & content responsibilities in media ind, pref sports or ent. Full info HERE (5/17)

SR. PUBLICIST/Acorn TV/Washington DC area:
Love Television? Love Publicity? This is the job for you! Pitch, follow-up & secure reviews & features for Acorn TV, North America’s largest streaming service for high-quality British & international TV, and its series (Doc Martin, Line of Duty, Agatha Raisin). Full info HERE (5/17)

AD SALES ASSISTANT/KATZ NETWORKS/NYC: Support national Ad Sales team by working with AE’s & planners to service clients. Maintain sales orders, allocations, flighting & move req’s. Office admin duties. Must be detail oriented w/orgnzt’l skills, able to multitask in fast paced team envir. BA/BS req. prefer 1 yr exp in industry. Full info HERE (5/16)

 
ON AIR FASHION EXPERT: Represent fashion stylist apparel brand on QVC as a backup guest. Start in overnights and early morning shifts w/potential primetime. Must be located w/in 2 hrs of suburban Philadelphia. Res/recent photo and on air links to lghostcasting@gmail.com (5/16)

 
WHAT’S ON TONIGHT – WEDNESDAY MAY 15
ABC: Toy Story 2, Whiskey Cavalier
CBS: Survivor [f], Survivor
CW: Riverdale [f], Jane the Virgin
FOX: MasterChef Celebrity Showdown, Paradise Hotel  
NBC: Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D.
PBS: Nature, NOVA, Breakthrough: The Ideas That Changed the World
Telemundo: Un Poquito Tuye, Betty en NY, La Reina del Sur
Univision: La Reina Soy Yo, La Rosa de Guadelupe, Por Amar Sin Ley
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