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PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT
 
As ABC prepares to revive one-time Fox hit American Idol, Fox is developing a new singing competition, reports Variety. In the Armoza Formats project, the show’s four finalists are chosen in the first episode, with new contestants popping up to try and steal one of the 4 slots each week.
 
Top 10 Weekend Domestic Box Office Estimates: June 30- July 2, 2017
Despicable Me 3 (Universal) $75.4 million, opening weekend
Baby Driver (Sony) $21.0 million, opening weekend
Transformers: The Last Knight (Paramount) $17.0 million (week 2), cume revenue $102.1 million
Wonder Woman (Warner Bros.) $16.1 million (week 5), cume revenue $346.6 million
Cars 3 (Buena Vista) $9.5 million (week 3), cume revenue $120.7 million
The House (Warner Bros.) $9.0 million, opening weekend
47 Meters Down (Entertainment Studios) $4.7 million (week 3), cume revenue $32.6 million
The Beguiled (Focus) $3.3 million (week 2), cume revenue $3,8 million
The Mummy (Universal) $2.8 million (week 4), cume revenue $74.5 million
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell Tales (Buena Vista) $2.4 million (week 6), cume revenue $165.5 million
Source: comScore
 
 
NEW & RETURNING SERIES
 

Abandoned vehicles turn big profits in new Discovery series Carspotting, launching Monday, August 7 at 10p.
 
Season 3 of Bounce’s In the Cut premieres Tuesday, July 11 at 9p, with 2 episodes airing back to back.
 
Viceland’s first fully scripted comedy series, What Would Diplo Do?, premieres Thursday, August 3 at 9p. James Van Der Beek ( Dawson’s Creek) plays a fictional version of DJ superstar Diplo, “who can bring 60,000 people to their feet…but kind of sucks one-on-one.”
 
Science Channel licensed off-network cable rights to 2015 and 2016 episodes of ABC’s robot-fighting series BattleBots, hosted by ESPN’s Samantha Polder. Shrapnel starts flying Wednesday, July 11 at 9p.

 
 
COMING UP
 
National Geographic’s  Earth Live airs Sunday, July 9 at 9p – a groundbreaking event Tim Pastore, president, original programming and production, calls “the Olympics of live natural history event specials.” With over 50 cameras, 15 countries, over 25 locations over 12 times zones, Pastore tells Cynopsis, “We’re going to take you to six continents over the span of two hours with the world’s best wildlife cinematographers and explorers taking viewers on the trip of a lifetime all in one night.” For more on Earth Live and the challenges such a monumental undertaking presents, check out the latest Cynsiders.
 
Syfy celebrates its 25 th anniversary and its brand reboot at Comic-Con in San Diego, with three nights of live events that will air on TV as Syfy Live from Comic-Con. Action, hosted by Zachary Levi, starts Thursday, July 20, with ‘Con coverage and interviews with stars and creators.
 
America in Color tackles the 1930s on an episode premiering on Smithsonian Channel Sunday, July 9 at 8p. Colorized content includes n ever-before-broadcast footage of the interior of the Oval Office after the White House fire of 1930, home movies filmed by President Herbert Hoover’s wife, images of FDR walking into a baseball game and footage of pilot Amelia Earhart preparing for takeoff.
 
Speaking of Earhart, 2-hour History special Amelia Earhart: The Lost Evidence premieres Sunday, July 9 at 9p. Newly uncovered evidence about the disappearance of the aviator “may finally bring this case to a close,” says the net, with photographic evidence that Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan could have survived the crash and been captured by the Japanese military.
 
Among the eclectic array of guests on WoodSongs, premiering tomorrow, July 7 at 6p on RFD-TV, are Jewel, Bela Fleck and The Mavericks.
 
Kenny Rogers will appear on RFD-TV’s Rural America Live tonight at 10p, to discuss his life, legacy and final world tour.
 
  
DIGITAL DOINGS
 
Looks like the cable companies aren’t about to cede the OTT TV space to new media companies like Google and Hulu. Charter Communications and CenturyLink have both thrown their hats into the ring, launching “skinny bundle” services for cord-cutters. (As previously reported, Comcast is gearing up to launch its own digital TV service in Q3 of this year.) Charter’s service – called Spectrum Stream – comes equipped with local broadcast channels and 25 cable channels, and costs $20 per month. CenturyLink Stream, meanwhile, comes with over 45 channels, and costs $45 per month.
 
Public perception research firm YouGov BrandIndex just rolled out a new survey, ranking the brands that grew their customer bases the most over the past year. Digital media companies were all over the list. Instagram came in second; the Facebook-owned app grew its customer base by 6 percent over the past year, according to the survey. Snapchat came in at fourth, Twitter at sixth, and Spotify at ninth. Topping the list was Uber, which grew its customers by 8.2 percent.
 
Snapchat just added some significant new features. The messaging app will now let users upgrade video snaps with voice-changing effects without having to use an animated lens. And Snapchat will also let users add illustrated backdrops to photos. But most importantly, Snapchat is adding a new tool – called Paperclip – that will allow users to add outbound links to their photos and videos. It’s a feature that’s been widely requested, especially by influencers. In the past, Snapchat has erred toward cutting users off from other apps; Paperclip pokes a big hole in that isolation.
 
Digital alternatives may be putting a dent in Disney’s cable brands. As noted in new report from The Wall Street Journal, the Disney Channel and Freeform have each lost about four million subscribers over the past three years, leaving them with about 90 million each. (The numbers come from consulting firm SNL Kagan.) As the Journal notes, younger viewers have flocked to platforms like YouTube and Netflix over that same time period.
 
The Fashion Hero, hosted by Brooke Hogan, will premiere on Amazon Prime in the US, UK and Germany in fall 2017. Series comes from Canadian production company Beauty World Search.
 
Facebook ordered 2 new original series: Returning the Favor, featuring Mike Rowe (Somebody‘s Gotta Do It) shining a light on people who give back to their community, and an untitled docu-series about basketball phenom family Lonzo, Liangelo and LaMelo Ball.
 
Adult Swim Games is making updates to Pocket Mortys, launched in January, with weekly themed content launches coinciding with new episodes of the animated series Rick and Morty, returning Sunday, July 30 at 11:30p on Adult Swim. Real time content updates start Sunday, July 23 with the weekly release of all-new avatars.
 
Urban Movie Channel will premiere soap-within-a-soap comedy The Rich and the Ruthless on Friday, July 28. Series creator Victoria Rowell ( The Young and the Restless) also stars in the 6-parter.
 
 
SPORTS
 
It’s the end of the line for Fox SportsJamie Horowitz, who is out at the company after two years as head of sports programming, reportedly amid an internal investigation of sexual harassment claims. “I regret to inform you that Jamie Horowitz, President of National Networks for Fox Sports, will be leaving Fox Sports effective immediately. We realize this news may come as a surprise for many of you, but we are confident in this decision,” Eric Shanks, President & COO at FOX Sports announced in an internal memo. THR writes that the executive hired litigator Patty Glaser to represent him.
 
ESPN’s live telecast on of the Battle of Brisbane on Saturday – featuring Jeff Horn’s upset over Manny Pacquiao – generated an average total live audience (television and streaming) of 3.1 million viewers across the ESPN and ESPN Deportes networks, according to Fast National ratings from Nielsen, to rank as the highest-rated and most-watched boxing telecast on cable television since 2006 and ESPN’s highest-rated boxing telecast since 1995. On ESPN, the telecast averaged a 1.6 household rating and 2,812,000 viewers.
 
Telemundo Deportes’ Spanish-language coverage of the FIFA Confederations Cup wrapped up coverage with over 16 million viewers on television and delivered 46 million streaming minutes across digital platforms across the tournament. The tournament averaged 1.2 million total viewers and 605K adults 18-49, according to Nielsen. Meanwhile, its broadcast of the title match between Chile and Germany averaged 2.2 million total viewers and 1.2 million adults 18-49.
 
Speaking of soccer, CONCACAF locked in Toyota has as an official partner with their sponsorship of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. The sponsorship deal makes Toyota an official sponsor and the official motor vehicle of the CONCACAF Gold Cup, and includes broadcast, in-stadium signage and messaging on stadium video boards. The deal marks Toyota’s first time as sponsor of the tournament.
 
FOX Sports announced production elements for its coverage of the 2017 Major League Baseball All-Star Game on July 11 at 7:30p on the broadcast network. This year’s coverage from Miami will see 13 on-field microphones installed beneath the Marlins Park playing surface, with two located in front of the pitcher’s mound while the remaining spots include one behind the pitcher’s mound, two on either side of the infield, where the dirt meets the outfield grass, and six in the outfield between the infield and the wall. In addition to the on-field microphones, FOX Sports also has two parabolic mics positioned out of play on either side of the field, and a total of more than 100 All-Star microphones.
 
Get ready for Jon Stewart on SportsCenter. ESPN announced that the former host of The Daily Show will join Hannah Storm to co-anchor SportsCenter’s special coverage from the Warrior Games in Chicago on Friday at 7p. In addition, Storm and Stewart will anchor live segments in the 6p edition of the show, with Stewart conducting a live interview from the site in the 11p. 
 
USA Track & Field, NBC Sports Group and Atlanta Track Club launched a three-year partnership to air a same-day national broadcast of the AJC Peachtree Road Race. The event was added to the direct-to-consumer NBC Sports Gold “Track and Field Pass, with content will be presented as part of the Olympic Channel.
 
 
ADVERTISING
 
Fox Networks Group saw CPM increases of 6%-8% for the upcoming fall season, reports Deadline, a stronger than expected result. Volume was flat. Among the company’s cable nets, FX, home of the American Crime Story franchise, saw the strongest demand. Category leaders included packaged goods, quick service restaurants and pharma.
 
Comcast was the biggest U.S. ad spender last year (to the tune of $5.6 billion), according to Ad Age, and also topped the list for measured broadcast spot TV spend ($341.8 million). P&G came in second.
 
Vivendi’s acquisition of the 60% stake in Havas held by Bollore Groupe is complete. The $2.5 billion deal, announced in May, will be followed by a tender offer by Vivendi for the remaining Havas shares.
 
Weeding out offensive content is only one aspect of maintaining brand safety, notes Tim Mahlman president of ad platforms at Oath. “Advertisers need to work with trusted, premium inventory sources that can combine their supply with cutting-edge quality control tools and technology,” said Mahlman, sharing takeways from this year’s Cannes Festival. “This is the most effective way to deliver true peace of mind for advertisers and boost brand safety.” You’ll find more from Mahlman on trust, technology and immersive experiences, in Cynsiders.
 
 
CASTING
 
CBBC’s upcoming Dennis and Gnasher: Unleashed added Kathryn Drysdale (New Blood), Rasmus Hardiker (Lead Balloon), Ryan Sampson (Doctor Who), Joanna Ruiz (Horrid Henry) and Kelly-Marie Stewart (Hollyoaks) to the voice cast. Series launches in late 2017.
 
Bill Nighy ( Love Actually), Catherine Keener ( Get Out) and Matthew Goode ( Burning Man) are onboard Agatha Christie adaptation Ordeal By Innocence. BBC One’s 3-part mini-series starts production in Scotland this month.
 
There will be new celebrity faces on season 5 of Estrella TV “housewives” reality series Rica Famosa Latina, slated to launch in September. Adding to the drama: two Venezuelan actresses, Mimi Lazo and Scarlet Ortiz, as well as Guatemalan-born TV personality Ninette Rios and Panamanian model, beauty pageant titleholder, TV host, and actress Patricia de Leon.
 
 
VIDEOS IN SHORT
 
INK Global is collaborating with upcoming NBCUniversal kids show ZAFARI and the World Wildlife Fund to create a series of videos complementing each episode, educating viewers about wildlife. Videos will showcase footage of animals in their natural habitats, with a child voiceover offering a fun fact.
 
Bungalow Media + Entertainment is expanding into the children’s space by developing Googles.com as a destination for original, short-form “edu-tainment.” Content across platforms will be aimed at kids 8-12.
 
 
GOING GLOBAL
 
Discovery and Swisscom have extended their long-term partnership, making the entire Discovery portfolio, including newly acquired Eurosport, accessible to Swisscom viewers. In an expansion of the relationship, Swisscom and Teleclub subscribers will have access to the Eurosport Player, the internet-based television, streaming and catch up-service for sports content.
 
Turner Asia Pacific is partnering with Qualson, the Korean mobile product developer, to launch a new app that  enables users of different ages to improve fluency in English through Cartoon Network’s shows and characters. Targeted for launch in October in South Korea, the subscription model app will later roll out in Asian markets including Japan, Taiwan and Southeast Asia.
 
Comedy Central UK has ordered seasons 3 and 4 of Russell Howard & Mum: Road Tripproduced by Avalon, ahead of the launch of season 2 this fall. The comedy, which grabbed the channel’s highest-ever A16-34 audience for a UK commission, will increase from 30 minutes to 60 minutes in length.
 
Lagardere Studios  and Maagalot Productions acquired the local rights to Armoza Formats new factual format OVO in France and Israel. The series features passersby in cities sharing intimate thoughts in egg-shaped “confession booths.”
 
Endemol Shine UK announced the addition of a new label, Sharp Jack TV, which will focus on entertainment and factual entertainment programming and be run by ex ITV Studios creative heads, Elliot Johnson and Amanda Wilson, under the Endemol Shine UK umbrella.
 
The BBC is investing an extra $44 million in “new forms of content and interactivity” for kid-centric CBeebies and CBBC. “Our audience is rapidly changing, and now more than ever we need to keep up,” said Alice Webb, director of BBC Children’s.
 
UK’s Channel 4 commissioned 6-part crime thriller Baghdad Central, from writer Stephen Butchard (House of Saddam). FremantleMedia International will handle international distribution.
 
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RATINGS
 
Tweet revenge? The day after President Donald Trump posted ugly tweets about Morning Joe hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough, their show averaged 1.66 million viewers (versus a 2Q17 average of 997,000) and 408,000 among A25-54, topping cable morning news shows.
 
The season 4 premiere of TV Land’s Younger was the comedy’s highest-rated and most-watched telecast ever, according to Live+3 data. Younger scored a .8 rating among A25-54, a 1.2 W25-54 and 1.3 million total viewers.
 
Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular earned a 1.3/7 rating among A18-49 for NBC, and 6.4 million viewers. That was a 13% dip versus 2016 in the demo, but enough to win the night.
 
Scripps Network Interactive’s June ratings report cart: HGTV  closed Q2 as the No. 2 primetime cable network among W25-54 and No. 6 among P25-54. It also notched its highest rated primetime second quarter in network history for M25-54.  Food Network  ranked No. 10 among W18-49 and finished No. 8 among W18-49 in June. Compared with last year,  Travel Channel  inched up three spots in cable rankings for Q2, and up two spots for the month of June. Second quarter tied  DIY Network ’s most upscale quarter ever, while June saw a 3 percent increase among M25-54, tied as the net’s highest June ever for that demo.  Cooking Channel  enjoyed its second highest rated quarter ever, posting 6 percent gains year-over-year, marking the twelfth straight quarter that either grew or matched year-ago delivery among P25-54, and Great American Country  recorded its highest rated second quarter among M25-54 in ten years. 
 
ABC‘s Battle of the Network Stars debuted to 4.0 million total viewers and 1.0/4 among A18-49. The Gong Show followed at 10p, retaining 100% of is week-earlier debut, with .9/4 in the demo, and 3.5 million viewers.
 
Investigation Discovery boasted double-digit growth for the quarter and year-to-date among key demos. Earning its best 2Q in network history, ID ranked #1 in total day delivery of W25-54 and #2 among P25-54 (behind only TNT) in the second quarter. Record-setting 2Q prime delivery included: P2+ (1.05 million), HH (865,000), P25-54 (441,000), W25-54 (297,000), P18-49 (350,000) and W18-49 (231,000) on Live+3 Day viewing. 
 
Premier Boxing Champions on Bounce, airing Friday at 9p live from Toledo, OH with a premiere play for the west coast immediately following, reached more than 1.3 million viewers 2+ and over one million Households. Versus the previous PBC on Bounce telecast in March, the event was up 17% in Households, 106% in P18-49 and 62% among P25-54.
 
Syndicated talker Dr. Phil was up 15% (to 3.0) versus the week before, despite being in reruns the week ending June 25, and up 20% versus last year. Live with Kelly & Ryan dipped 5% to 2.0, but held onto second place among talkers with taped and repackaged shows. Each with a .9HH rating, Crime Watch Daily was up 13% from last year, and freshman Harry was up 13% week over week.
 
On Corus Entertainment’s W Network in Canada, Date My Dad is the #1 scripted premiere of the summer to date with key female audiences, as well as the #1 and #2 program for the network in key female and adult demos, respectively, according to Numeris PPM Data.
 
MTV‘s Wild ‘N Out premiere on Thursday, June 29, was the network’s highest rated unscripted episode with P12-17 (1.0 rating) in more than two years, up 143%, with an 86% boost among P18-34 (to .7).
 
TVision‘s ranking of TV shows for attention, measuring eyes-on viewing, noted a shift in top shows for the month of June. “As many scripted TV series wrapped up in May, we see a new list of top attention-grabbing shows for June. Instead of scripted sitcoms and dramas, game and competition shows Superhuman, Hollywood Game Night, The Amazing Race, and World of Dance all made the top 5,” Mark Green, chief strategy officer, TVision Insights, tells Cynopsis.  As for drama Gotham, the exception to the rule, “Its season finale in June likely helped propel it to a spot in the Top 5.”
 
TVision’s Monthly Attention Index  for  Primetime Broadcast, Cable and OTT Shows in  June
Cable:
Conan (TBS) 192.2
Southern Charm (Bravo) 188.2
Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars (WE tv) 162.8
Dragon Ball Super (Adult Swim) 160.9
Broadcast:
Superhuman (Fox) 323.4
Hollywood Game Night (NBC) 16.0
The Amazing Race (CBS) 147.3
Gotham (Fox) 142l.1
World of Dance (NBC 138.3
OTT:  
Narcos (Netflix) 264.4
Danger Mouse (Netflix) 147.1
Marvel’s Iron Fist (Netflix) 135.9
Bajillion Dollar Properties (Amazon) 134.7
Catastrophe (Amazon) 120.1
TVision measures actual eyes on screen attention from an opt-in panel of 7500 people at 2000 U.S. households, second by second with privacy safe facial recognition technology.
 
Top 10 U.S. Primetime Shows Video Power Index: Week of June 26, 2017
Pretty Little Liars (Freeform) 1615, 7.3M, 22.8M, 14.1M
The Originals (CW) 759, 337K, 1.4M, 344K
America’s Got Talent (NBC) 640, 1.6M, 49.6M, 1.8M
Shadowhunters (Freeform) 561, 1.2M, 1.4M, 2.5M
Power (Starz) 293, 170K, 5.1M, 295K
The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC) 263, 63K, 816K, 514K
MasterChef (Fox) 250, 85K, 2.9M, 102K
So You Think You Can Dance (Fox) 26, 139K, 5.1M, 186K
Tucker Carlson Tonight (Fox News) 223, 84K, 2M, 86K
Teen Mom (MTV) 189, 84K, 8.9M, 171K
Based on Shareablee’s Video Power Index, which combines viewing, consumer interactions and audience scale across all active platforms and includes the video performance of primetime TV shows.
 
Top 10 Basic Cable Network Live+7 Performance among Total Viewers  for the week of June 12, 2017
Primetime (000)/Total Prog. Day (000)
FOXN 2333/FOXN 1525
MSNBC 1933/NICK 1320
HGTV 1610/MSNBC 1022
TBSC 1587/DSNY 888
USA 1462/ADSM* 885
HIST 1382/HGTV 866
DISC 1143/CNN 840
FX 1078/TOON 823
A&E 1044/NAN* 803
ESPN 1038/ID 738
Source: Turner Research from The Nielsen Company data. All ratings based on Total US Television Universe of 116,400,000 homes. *  + Network broadcasts less than 51% of minutes in a 24-hour day. Notes: Data based on most currently available Nielsen Data stream: Preliminary: Live+7. Primetimes is Mon-Sat 8p-11p and Sun 7p-11p. Total day is Mon-Sun 6a-6a for household and demographic performances.
 
Top 10 Basic Cable Network Live+7 Performance among A18-49  for the week of June 12, 2017
Primetime (000)/Total Prog. Day (000)
TBSC 724/ADSM* 513
USA 586/NAN* 381
ADSM 530/NICK 374
ESPN 471/ID 277
AMC 457/TBSC 268
HGTV 438/USA 268
FX 426/TOON 261
HIST 419/HGTV 254
DISC 412/ESPN 248
TNT 411/TNT 220
Source: Turner Research from The Nielsen Company data. All ratings based on Total US Television Universe of 116,400,000 homes. *  + Network broadcasts less than 51% of minutes in a 24-hour day. Notes: Data based on most currently available Nielsen Data stream: Preliminary: Live+7. Primetimes is Mon-Sat 8p-11p and Sun 7p-11p. Total day is Mon-Sun 6a-6a for household and demographic performances.
 
Top-Rated Cable Shows among 18-48 for the week of  June 12, 2017  (000)
Love & Hip Hop Atlanta (VH1) 2541
Fear the Walking Dead (AMC) 2196
Better Call Saul (AMC) 2051
Teen Mom (MTV) 1646
Basketball Wives (VH1) 1534
WWE Entertainment (USA) 1405
WWE Entertainment (USA) 1328
The Real Housewives of New York City (Bravo) 1323
WWE Entertainment (USA) 1323
Pretty Little Liars (Freeform) 1209
 
NIELSEN SOCIAL CONTENT RATINGS: Top Series and Specials by Total Interactions for the week of June 26, 2017
Program, Total Interactions (000), Facebook (000), Twitter (000)
Pretty Little Liars (Freeform) 1256, 715, 541
NBA Awards (TNT) 966, 460, 505
Big Brother (CBS) 683, 548, 135
WWE Monday Night RAW (USA) 454, 255, 199
Power (Starz) 292, 242, 50
Big Brother (CBS) 276, 176, 100
America’s Got Talent (NBC) 201, 176, 24
Big Brother (CBS) 194, 139, 46
WWE Smackdown! (USA) 163, 82, 81
Source: Nielsen. Uniques and Interactions are a measure of total relevant U.S. social media activity grossed across Facebook and Twitter from three hours before through three hours after broadcast, local time. Includes primetime and late fringe programming with metrics available across social platforms on Broadcast and National Cable and excludes sports events.
 
Top 11 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of  6/19/17  ranked in order by  HH Rtg
Judge Judy (CTD) 6.5AA
Family Feud (2/T) 6.4 AA 
Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.5 AA
Jeopardy (CTD) 5.5 AA
The Big Bang Theory (WB) 4.7 AA
Dr. Phil (CTD) 3.0 AA
Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 2.8 AA
Modern Family (2/T) 2.6 AA
Inside Edition (CTD) 2.5 AA
Hot Bench (CTD) 2.2AA
Two And A Half Men (WB) 2.2 AA
 
Top 11 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of  6/19/17  ranked in order by  A18-49 Rtg
The Big Bang Theory (WB) 2.0 AA
Family Feud (2/T) 1.9 AA 
Judge Judy (CTD) 1.3 AA
Family Guy (2/T) 1.3 AA
Modern Family (2/T) 1.3 AA
Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 1.1 AA
Jeopardy (CTD) 1.1 AA
Two And A Half Men (WB) 0.9 AA
The Cleveland Show (2/T) 0.8 AA
Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 0.7 AA
2 Broke Girls (WB) 0.7AA
 
Live + Same Day Household AA (millions): Friday, June 30, 2017 time period averages.
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD
CBS: 4.77 million
MacGyver 4.07, Hawaii Five-0 4.95, Blue Bloods 5.29
NBC: 4.36 million
America’s Got Talent 4.15, Dateline 4.07
ABC: 3.67 million
Shark Tank 4.07, What Would You Do? 3.29, 20/20 4.15
UNIVISION: 1.54 million
Jose de Egipto 1.97, Doble Vida E Carrillo 1.53, Rosario Tijeras 1.13
FOX: 1.31 million
MasterChef 1.32, Beat Shazam 1.30
TELE: 1.26 million
Jenni Rivera: Mariposa de Barrio 1.08, La Querida del Centauro .99, El Senor de los Cielos 1.71
CW: .71 million
Masters of Illusion 1.0, Masters of Illusion .92, Riverdale .46
 
Friday A19-49: NBC .8/5, ABC .7/4, CBS .6/3, UNI .5/3, TELE .5/3, FOX .4/2, CW .3/1

Source: Nielsen  

 
 
EXECUTIVE MOVES
 
Nickelodeon promoted Jamie Edelstein to Vice President, Creative Operations, Advertising Project Management, Nickelodeon Group; and Cheryl Konieczko has been elevated to Vice President, Franchise Creative Project Management, Nickelodeon Group. Edelstein and Konieczko will continue to report to Eric Squires, Senior Vice President, Creative Operations and Project Management.
 
Anonymous Content tapped Bedonna Smith to serve as Executive Producer of Activism, looking for projects to drive social change. It’s a return to the company for Smith, who once was Director of Emerging Media.
 
 
IN MEMORIAM
 
YouTube and VH1 star Stevie Ryan has died. She was 33. The Los Angeles County coroner’s office ruled her death a suicide by hanging. Ryan was known for the Stevie TV sketch series, which ran for two seasons on VH1, and for her YouTube channel, which amassed millions of views. She recently co-hosted Mentally Ch(ill), a podcast focused on depression.
 


This Day in History: 1970 – California passed the first “no fault” divorce law.
 
Answer to Friday’s Trivia Question: What NBA team did Mark briefly play for on Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper (1992-1997)? The Golden State Warriors. Kudos to: Andy Pittman-TAMU/College Station, TX, Keith Marder-Halstead Property/NYC, Dan Quiterio-Understood/NYC, Paul Blutter-Walk and Talk Production Rentals/Burbank, Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg-M and S Entertainment/LA, Cynthia New-Spectrum Reach/Cape Girardeau, MO, Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA, David Westberg-SAG-AFTRA Federal Credit Union/Burbank, Synda Kollman-Charter Marketing Group/Deerfield Beach, FL, Charlie Conner-KOKI-KMYT/Tulsa, Cherie Wall-Sandbox Entertainment/Nashville
 
Today’s Trivia Question: What was the first family sitcom with the mother as the main character? (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.)

Answer to Friday’s Initial This: CF played NW on TDCS = Craig Ferguson played Nigel Wick on The Drew Carey Show. Kudos to: Jim Bono-Crown Media Family Networks/NYC, Beth Krinock-Discovery/NYC, Karen Yaldoo-Comcast Spotlight/Bingham Farms, MI

Kids Show Anagram: A Cuter Tan (Email trivia@cynopsis.com ; first three respondents with the correct answer who aren’t in trivia will be posted in Monday’s newsletter.)

 
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VP, CULTURE & CREATIVE INSIGHTS/VIACOM, VELOCITY/NYC: Lead cross-disciplinary working teams dedicated to dvlpng specific project deliverables.10+ yrs consulting, strategy, rsrch, mktg/advertising (acct mngmnt or brand plan’g w/5 yrs mngmnt exp.) Great interest for mentoring jr employees. Full info/apply HERE (7/14)
JOB OPENING: INTEGRATED MKTG MGR/ONE SOLUTION /NYC: Work on strategic/creative dvlpmnt/mngmnt of revenue-generating mktg solutions for clients. Respond to RFP, RFI and general Sales Requests. Min 5-7 yrs at agency media co or sales/mktg organization w/cross-platform exp. Radio exp a +. Full info/apply HERE  (7/14)
JOB OPENING: DIRECTOR AD SALES MARKETING/Discovery/LA: Lead Ad Sales Marketing team, managing concept through execution of Auto/Studio/Tech custom solutions, sponsorships, and value earned marketing opportunities across all platforms. Must have proven managerial experience. 8-10 yrs mktg exp. APPLY (7/14)

JOB OPENING:
AD SALES ASSISTANT/Crown Media Family Networks/NY: Provide support to Ad Sales by working W/Acct Execs to srvc clients. Including sales orders, move requests and media schedules. Detail oriented w/orgnzt’l skills to keep efficient work sched. BS or 2 yrs exp. req. Full info/apply HERE (7/13)

JOB OPENING:
SR AD SALES PLANNER/SBGTV/NYC: Provide support for all aspects of the ad sales process. A team-player mentality & ability to work under pressure meeting deadlines for clients a must. BA deg & min 2-3yrs Sales exp related field or industry req’d. Media math skills a must. Full info/apply HERE (7/13)
JOB OPENING: SR DIRECTOR MARKETING/NBCU/NYC: Lead strategic development & mgmt. of division wide initiatives & tent pole events. Full info/apply HERE (7/13)

JOB OPENING:
SUPERVISING PRODUCER/PRODUCERS/NYC: Exp producing live video in high-pressure environment, searching for trending topics in real time, scripting, booking, overseeing mult segments in hour-long show. News/current events focused role. Short-term in NYC kicking off early July. Email resumes HERE (7/13) 
JOB OPENING: VP PRODUCTION/Bounce/ATL: Sprvse all operational aspects of orig prod; draft prod plans & scheds; oversee MMB budgets throughout prod. Oversee all audit req’s; provide notes on prod concepts  Min 7 yrs TV prod req’d; advance knwlg of Movie Magic Budgeting & Scheduling. Email resume to careers@bouncetv.com (7/13) 
JOB OPENING: DEVELOPMENT REALITY TV EXEC: LA-based reality producer seeking dev exec. Must have 2-3 years reality development, casting or agency experience, strong written and verbal communication skills, and understanding of network brands. Send resume and references to dev.exec.hiring@gmail.com (7/13)

JOB OPENING: COOR., CONS MKTG & ADV/Showtime/NYC: Assist team in development and execution of mktg campaigns for SHO Series/Docs/Events. 1-2 yrs con mktg and/or ad agency exp req. Passion for TV & digital a must. Apply HERE (7/13)

JOB OPENING: MGR, PROGRAMMING RESEARCH/IFC TV/NY: 5+ yrs TV rsrch exp. Prod in-depth aud analyses to help IFC create the most compelling scheduling & promo strategy. Identify effective platforms/prgrms for promo placement (incl cross-ntwrk barter), leveraging ratings, demographic, etc. Full info/apply HERE (7/12) 

JOB OPENING: ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE/MARATHON VENTURES: Opportunity to join fast-growing, team-oriented leader in national direct response TV ad sales. Must combine complex data analysis with strong sales skills and attention to detail. Resumes: careers@mvmediasales.com (7/12)

JOB OPENING: RESEARCH ANALYST/MUSIC CHOICE/NYC: Resp for day-to-day ad sales research support, generate and distribute audience usage data via Nielsen/ComScore as well as custom ad-hoc audience reports and ad effectiveness studies. BA degree, minimum 3 yrs applicable experience. Direct Job Post: HERE (7/12)

JOB OPENING: DIRECT RESPONSE AD SALES ASSISTANT/Crown Media Family Networks/NY: Provide sales support to the Director, Direct Response and Direct Response Team. Process media buys/revisions, sending pre and post logs, and updating account info. BS req. Apply HERE (7/12)

SUMMER INTERNSHIP CREDITS ONLY: MARKETING INTERNSHIP/Long Is City: For established fine art shipping co. to work on mktg initiative; mng mktg lists/ database contacts. Knowledge of e-mail blasts, MS off, CRM programs. Stipend for commuting + lunch. Skills must inc: Photo Shop & PP. Cvr/res: HERE (7/12)
 
WHAT’S ON TONIGHT – THURSDAY, JULY 6
ABC: Boy Band, Battl of the Network Stars, The Gong Show
CBS: The Big Bang Theory [r], Life in Pieces [r], Big Brother, Zoo
CW: Howie Mandel All-Star Comedy Gala [r]
FOX: Beat Shazam [r], Love Connection [r] 
NBC: Hollywood Game Night, The Wall, The Night Shift  
PBS: This Old House Hour [r], The Tunnel: Sabotage, Antiques Roadshow [r]
Telemundo: Jenni Rivera: Mariposa de Barrio, La Querida del Centauro, El Senor de los Cielos
Univision: Premios Juventud 2017

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