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Here’s to Top Women in Media.
May we know them.
May we be them.
May we CELEBRATE them.
Cynopsis Top Women in Media Awards Gala
September 9 | 5:45PM – 8PM | Tribeca Rooftop, NYC
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PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT
Viceland ordered new seasons of F*ck, That’s Delicious and Traveling The Stars: Action Bronson and Friends Watch Ancient Aliens. Production is underway on Aliens in LA ahead of a planned July 17 premiere; the fourth season of Delicious will begin production later in the year.
The legal fight between Deirdre and Scott Gurney and ITV has ended with ITV taking the remaining 38.5% stake in Gurney Productions, for full ownership, and the Gurneys free to pursue other interests. ITV had sued the Gurneys for fraud, resulting in a countersuit alleging extortion. But now? “We wish Scott and Deirdre success with their next venture,” said an ITV spokesperson.
Screenvision Media is stepping up to help raise awareness of gender bias in Hollywood, partnering with the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. “Screenvision Media has always been an advocate for gender equality in the workplace and in society, and with our connection to Hollywood and the movie industry, the partnership seemed like an ideal extension of the work we were already doing,” says Christine Martino, EVP Ad Sales. Films will be evaluated to determine if they earn the GDIQ-Check, a metric that analyzes films based on the screen time, speaking time, diversity and whether or not there are stereotypical representations of its female characters, in accordance with our 19-point scoring system. For more, go to MeasureUp.
NEW & RETURNING SERIES
Alone returns to History tonight, June 7. What sets the survival series – and this season – apart from the pack? “The amount of pride, skill, and determination shown by every Alone participant year after year is unprecedented in survival programming,” Shawn Witt, EP and co-president of Leftfield Pictures, tells Cynopsis. “The 10 experts we selected for our coldest location ever are no exception and some raised that bar astronomically. Between close encounters with big predators and temperatures below -40ºF, the Canadian Arctic gives new meaning to being utterly and terrifyingly alone in the wild.”
Oxygen’s A Lie to Die For premieres Sunday, June 24 at 8p. True crime series follows the stories of lies so significant, people were willing to kill rather than be found out.
BBC America’s Top Gear returns Sunday, July 14 at 8p, with new hosts Freddie Flintoff and Paddy McGuinness and returning host Chris Harris.
Canada’s Sinking Ship Entertainment signed a deal with Universal Kids for Amazon Prime’s Just Add Magic. Universal Kids has taken second window in the US for seasons 1 and 2, with the option to take seasons 3 and 4 starting February 2020. The show’s first season will launch on Universal Kids on June 9 at 7:30 p.
Ahead of its June 15 series premiere, Ovation announced that the second season of Frankie Drake Mysteries will be coming to the arts net. Mystery series set in 1920s Toronto launches its second run on Saturday, July 27 at 7p.
In conjunction with the 30th anniversary of the Tianamen Square uprising, PBS will air Tianamen: The People Versus the Party, a day-by-day account of the seven weeks during which students and Chinese citizens protested for more freedom, on Tuesday, June 25 at 9p (check local listings).
Food Network fans needn’t to wait until December for snowman desserts. Special Holiday Baking Championship: Christmas in July has bakers going at it on Monday, July 15 at 10p.
Telemundo’s MasterChef Latino welcome a group of 30 kids as guests of honor on Sunday, June 9 at 7p. In the episode, contestants will not only face the Mystery Box and an unknown ingredient, but pint-sized judges.
UPtv has entered a licensing agreement with Twentieth Television that brings all six seasons of family comedy Reba to the net. Series aired on The WB and The CW from 2001-2007.
SeriesFest has added to the previously announced lineup for its annual International Spotlight in partnership with Liberty Global. Additions include the world premiere of NBC’s Bluff City Law, including cast members Jimmy Smits (Dexter), Caitlin McGee (I’m Dying Up Here), Barry Sloane (Revenge), Michael Luwoye (The Gifted), MaameYaa Boafo (Chicago Med), Stony Blyden (Edge of Seventeen) and Jayne Atkinson (House of Cards); as well as a collection virtual reality events. The fifth annual festival takes place June 21-26 in Denver.
Cleo TV and Spectrum are teaming up to take series Cleo Speaks on a five city tour, kicking off Monday, June 10 in NYC. The “Cleo Speaks: She Speaks. We Listen!” tour will highlight prominent local women of color and include moderated panel discussions, and meet and greets with celebrity guests.
Nielsen announced it has incorporated advanced audience segments from its Nielsen Scarborough unit into the Nielsen Impact product. “Media buyers and sellers are trying to be as efficient and creative as possible when it comes to planning and optimizing marketing campaigns,” said Jay Nielsen, SVP, Product Leadership. “The addition of Scarborough’s advanced audience segments into our national version of Nielsen Media Impact enables greater levels of precision to buyers and sellers looking to plan and execute more efficient media transactions against the consumer they care most about.”
A revolution is brewing in measurement. Join Jo Kinsella (TVSquared), Sue Hogan (IAB), Bob Ivins (NCC Media), Kristyn Clement (NBCU), Vikram Somaya (Nielsen), Artie Bulgrin and other industry experts discussing best practices for 2020 and beyond. Cynopsis Measurement & Data Conference takes place June 11 from 11:30am – 5pm at CNVS in NYC. Register now.
Sunday’s network outage on Google, which affected Snapchat as well as Google’s own services, was the result of a configuration change gone awry. While intended for a small number of servers, “the configuration was incorrectly applied to a larger number of servers across several neighboring regions, and it caused those regions to stop using more than half of their available network capacity,” said Benjamin Treynor Sloss, VP of engineering, in a blog post. “The network traffic to/from those regions then tried to fit into the remaining network capacity, but it did not. The network became congested, and our networking systems correctly triaged the traffic overload and dropped larger, less latency-sensitive traffic in order to preserve smaller latency-sensitive traffic flows, much as urgent packages may be couriered by bicycle through even the worst traffic jam.”
YouTube said it is doubling down on eliminating hate speech, banning language “alleging that a group is superior in order to justify discrimination, segregation or exclusion based on qualities like age, gender, race, caste, religion, sexual orientation or veteran status.” The ban, announced in a blog post, will also include videos related to promoting Nazi ideology and content that denies that “well-documented violent events” like the Holocaust occurred.
Streaming offers “by far the biggest opportunity” for CBS Corp., said acting CEO Joe Ianiello at the Credit Suisse communications conference on Wednesday. While CBS has forecast 25 million streaming subscribers by 2022 for Showtime and CBS All Access in the US, that’s just the beginning. “There’s a whole lot more people in the rest of the world,” Ianiello said.
On a related note, revenue from OTT platforms will rise over the next four years at a 10.3% compounded annual rate, to $23.7 billion in 2023, while global OTT will rise 15%, according to PwC. The biggest growth for OTT will come from subscription video-on-demand, expected to see 12.3% annual growth, to $17.8 billion in 2023, estimates PwC.
Netflix is testing a new feed in its mobile app called Extras, with trailers and photos for upcoming shows. “We are testing a feed of video extras in our mobile app to help fans connect more deeply with the titles they love and discover new ones to watch,” a spokesperson told Variety. “These tests typically vary in length of time and by region, and may not become permanent.”
Amazon is planning to make Alexa easier to talk to. At its re:Mars conference, the company said it has a new dialogue system that can predict next actions for more fluid conversations (and not so much saying “Alexa”). “We have advanced our machine learning capabilities such that Alexa can predict customer’s true goal from the direction of the dialogue, and proactively enable the conversation flow across skills,” said Amazon.
National Geographic is launching a new podcast series, Overheard at National Geographic, hosted by Nat Geo photo editor and Twitter presence Vaughn Wallace. The the short-form, fact-based podcast will give listeners an inside look into the inner-workings of Nat Geo, while tapping into the experiences of their explorers, scientists, and reporters.
Cineflix Rights inked a first-look development deal with UK indie Finestripe Productions. The partnership gives Cineflix Rights the exclusive option to acquire international distribution rights to Finestripe’s projects for the next two years.
Sky Vision acquired the fourth season of the robot fighting series BattleBots. Sky Vision will represent the title in all territories excluding the US, where it is set to premiere on Discovery Channel and Science Channel.
China-based streamer iQiyi has renewed a content syndication deal with First Media’s Baby First for new episodes from over 10 original series. Slate of programming will include three new series, My Animal Friends with Robi, Googoo & Gaagaa and Shapes School.
Elizabeth Hurley (The Royals) landed a role in season three of Hulu’s Runaways, as Marvel villain Morgen le Fay…Denise Crosby (Star Trek: The Next Generation) will recur on the ninth and final season of USA’s Suits.
ADVERTISING & AGENCIES
With digital ad spend expected to reach $130 billion in the US this year, global creative platform Genero has expanded operations in this country, with headquarters in San Francisco and offices in LA and New York. Genero’s platform offers access to a global network of professional creatives for ideation and end-to-end video production services for social, TV, branded, promos, series, documentaries, music videos and content marketing. “Marketers today are faced with an impossible situation: produce a pipeline of engaging video for multiple platforms, in multiple formats, at scale and with less budget,” said Matt Perry, US Managing Director. “Genero solves that problem by putting a global creative network at their fingertips. They can generate fresh and diverse creative ideas, streamline their workflow, tap into local creatives for authentic content, all with huge time and cost savings.”
Cory Isaacson, Co-CEO of Walton Isaacson, is leaving the agency he co-founded with Aaron Walton and Earvin “Magic” Johnson, and will assume the title of founder emeritus. “WI has been an amazing journey and the honor of my career to help build with Aaron,” said Isaacson. “I could not be prouder of what we have accomplished over the last 14 years.” Isaacson said he intends to “dive deeper into the world of innovation and incubation within CPG, technology and other growth industries.”
Benefit Cosmetics is sponsoring the GIRLGAMER Sydney Festival, marking the LVMH brand’s first involvement with Esports. “When Benefit discovered the GIRLGAMER event was happening in Sydney we jumped at the chance to come on board as a partner,” said Kelly Neve, Marketing Director of Benefit Cosmetics. “At Benefit we stand for the spirit of sisterhood and have done since we were founded by two boss women in San Francisco in 1976.”
|A CYNOPSIS MESSAGE
CYNOPSIS 2019 TECHFRONTS
The News, Solutions & Deals Disrupting Marketing, Advertising,
and the 2019-2020 Upfront Season.
Nat Geo’s three-night limited series, The Hot Zone, was the net’s most-watched scripted series of all time, averaging a .82 in Live+3 ratings in the demo over three nights, just shy of besting The Story of God With Morgan Freeman as the network’s most-watched series of all time. The series premiere on May 27 lifted National Geographic to the No. 5 ad-supported cable network in the target demo for the night and No. 2 among total viewers.
May sweep ratings for Jeopardy! (7.0 average, up 19% from last May) got a major boost from phenom contestant James Holzhauer, but finished second to syndication’s number one show of the season, Judge Judy (7.1 Live+SD. Dr Phil (2.8, down 13%) coasted to victory in the talk show race, winning May for the eighth year in a row.
WE tv’s Mama June: From Not to Hot concluded season three with the two most highly rated episodes all season and a drug intervention finale that delivered season-highs in total viewers and all key demos. With 1.4 million viewers for the finale in Nielsen Live+3 ratings, total viewers grew 35 percent from premiere over the 11-episode half-season, 41 percent among W18-49, and 37 percent among W25-54.
Top 10 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the for May Sweeps ranked in order by HH Rtg
Judge Judy (CTD) 7.1 AA
Jeopardy (CTD) 7, .0 AA
Family Feud (2/T) 5.9 AA
Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.9 AA
The Big Bang Theory (WB) 4.3 AA
Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 2.8 AA
Inside Edition (CTD) 2.8 AA
Dr. Phil (CTD) 2.8 AA
Hot Bench (AT) 2.3 AA
Live With Kelly and Ryan (DAD) 2.2 AA
Top 5 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the May Sweeps ranked in order by A18-49 Rtg
The Big Bang Theory (WB) 1.5 AA
Judge Judy (CTD) 1.4 AA
Family Feud (2/T) 1.4 AA
Jeopardy (CTD) 1.3 AA
Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 1.1AA
SHAREABLEE TOP 10 Primetime Shows by VPI for the week of May 27
Program, Network, VPI, Video Actions, Video Views, Total Actions
America’s Got Talent (NBC) 893, 2.1M, 62.1M, 9M
Martha & Snoops Potluck Dinner Party (VH1) 363, 75K, 1.7M, 75K
The 100 (The CW) 341, 421K, 695K, 677K
The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC) 321, 13K, 174K, 610K
Tucker Carlson Tonight (Fox News) 320, 53K, 842K, 53K
RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1) 271, 681K, 2.8M, 2.6M
Keeping Up With The Kardashians (E!) 260, 193K, 1.8M, 421K
Jane The Virgin (The CW) 216, 169K, 301K, 408K
grown-ish (Freeform) 207, 119K, 55K, 433K
The Bachelorette (ABC) 166, 267K, 1.7M, 409K
Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions): June 4 time period averages
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated Live+SD
NBC: 7.17 million
America’s Got Talent 9.81, Songland 4.53
CBS: 5.17 million
NCIS 6.15, FBI 5.04, Blood & Treasure 4.30
ABC: 1.99 million
The Conners 2.92, American Housewife 1.93, Modern Family 1.92, The Goldbergs 1.63, Modern Family 1.85, black-ish 1.71
FOX: 3.12 million
MasterChef Junior 2.97, MasterChef Junior 3.27
TELEMUNDO: .0.99 million
Poquito Tuyo 0.63, Betty en NY 0.96, La Reina del Sur 1.38
UNIVISION 0.80 million
La Reina Soy Yo 0.79, Silvia Pinal Frente a Ti 0.81, Por Amar Sin Ley 0.81
The Flash .49, The 100 .35
Tuesday A18-49 Rating: NBC 1.3/7, FOX 0.8/4, CBS 0.5/3, TELE 0.5/3, ABC 0.4/2, UNI 0.3/2, CW 0.1/1
Chris Spadaccini was elevated from Chief Marketing Officer at HBO to CMO at WarnerMedia Entertainment, with oversight of all marketing for the new division, including HBO, TBS, TNT and truTV, as well as branding and content marketing for the upcoming WarnerMedia direct-to-consumer streaming offering. Michael Engleman, EVP and CMO of TNT and TBS, is leaving the company.
Richard Borjas has been named Vice President, Programming and Development, NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution. Borjas previously served as VP, Production for Telemundo.
Company Pictures tapped Richard Fell as Head of Drama; Lucy Rafferty as Director of Development, and Josephine Davies as Development Producer. Fell joins from Carnival Films, Rafferty from BBC drama Casualty and Davies from Pulse Films.
ITV Studios appointed Lars Finnland as Managing Director of its Nordic label, ITV Studios Norway. Finnland joins from events company 6.Sans Event, where he was CEO.
Fox Networks Group nabbed UK rights from Sony Pictures Television for drama L.A.’s Finest, airing in the US on Charter Communications’ Spectrum.
SpotX hired Dr. Neal Richter as its first Chief Scientist, refining AI and machine learning strategy. Richter holds 10 patents and has published more than 15 academic papers on machine learning and artificial intelligence, and was recently elected chairperson of the IAB Tech Lab.
This Day in History: 1882 – The electric iron was patented.
Answer to our last trivia question: Which actress scored one of her first roles playing young Angela Chase in a flashback scene in an ep of ABC’s My So Called Life (1994-95)? Kaley Cuoco. Kudos to: Phyllis McQuillan-MSG Networks/NYC, Rev. Mark Wajda/Leesburg, FL, Gerry Bixenspan-TV Marketing Inc./NYC, Traci Liner-Endeavor/NYC, Synda Kollman-Charter Marketing Group/Boca Raton, FL, David Westberg-SAG-AFTRA Federal Credit Union/Burbank, Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA, Marianthe Pulos-Fathom Events/Denver
Today’s Trivia Question: In which short-lived series did Ryan O’Neal play the dad of the divorce lawyer main character? (Email firstname.lastname@example.org 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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WHAT’S ON TONIGHT – THURSDAY JUNE 6
ABC: Celebrity Family Feud, The $100,000 Pyramid, To Tell the Truth
CBS: The Big Bang Theory, Young Sheldon, Mom, Life in Pieces, Elementary
CW: iZombie, In the Dark
FOX: Paradise Hotel [f]
NBC: Stanley Cup Final
PBS: This Old House Hour, Seize and Secure: The Battle for La Fiere, Antiques Roadshow
Telemundo: Un Poquito Tuyo, Betty en NY, La Reina del Sur
Univision: La Reina Soy Yo, Silvia Pinal Frente a Ti, Por Amar Sin Ley