10/08/14: TNT grabs off-net rights to NBC’s Grimm; Move over, Matthew: Scarlett Johansson to hit the small screen; UP TV snatches 7th Heaven from sked in wake of Stephen Collins scandal



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10.08.14

Good morning. It’s Wednesday, October 8, 2014, and this is your first early morning briefing.

Tonight’s Premieres:
CNBC: The Filthy Rich Guide at 10p
CNN: Somebody’s Gotta Do It at 9p
CW: Arrow at 8p
DirecTV: Kingdom at 9p
Food: Cutthroat Kitchen: Superstar Sabotage at 8p
FX: American Horror Story: Freak Show at 10p
MTV2: Nitro Circus at 11p
Syfy: Ghosthunters at 9p
TNT: Legends at 10p
Travel: Inside Paradise at 9p
TV One: Hollywood Divas at 10p

Tonight’s Finales:
A&E: Wahlburgers at 10p
Bravo: Top Chef Duels at 10p
PBS: Penguins: Spy in the Huddle at 8p
TNT: Legends at 9p

Things are looking Grimm at TNT. But in a good way: the NBC fantasy drama launches an off-network run on the cable net in early 2015. “Grimm will be a great addition to TNT’s lineup as the network continues to expand its reach with high-quality genre programming,” said Deborah K. Bradley, Turner SVP and head of program acquisitions, content strategy and licensing. Upcoming season four, debuting on NBC Friday, October 24 at 9p, will be added to TNT’s collection next fall.

IN THE NEWS

Scarlett Johansson is making the jump to TV, in a limited series based on 1913 Edith Wharton novel The Custom of the Country. Deadline reports the Lucy actress will exec produce and star in the eight-episode project from Pink Sands, written by Christopher Hampton (Atonement).

Family friendly UP TV yanked 7th Heaven from its schedule on Tuesday after audio was posted on TMZ which has 7th star Stephen Collins allegedly confessing to exposing himself to three underage girls. “We are deeply concerned for the families that are potentially affected by these disturbing allegations,” said net president and CEO Charley Humbard. Collins was fired from the movie Ted 2 Tuesday and resigned from the SAG-AFTRA board; the NYPD is investigating. 

USA announced a March 5 premiere date for Middle East-set action thriller Dig, and upped its order from six to ten episodes. “Dig promises to be a must-watch event series,” said USA president Chris McCumber. Originally scheduled to debut this fall, the show’s premiere date was postponed when conflict in Jerusalem forced the relocation of production to Croatia. 

BET announced time’s up for The Game – but not until it tacked on another season. “All good things must come to an end,” said the net, adding that production is underway for seasons eight and nine. “We’re excited to end on a high note by giving Sabers fans a chance to bid farewell to their favorite players on and off the field.” BET picked up the series in 2009, after it was canceled by the CW.

Buzz boast: History topped the 3Q14 YouGov BrandIndex list in the Brand Index, Buzz and Quality categories among all cable TV nets in total respondents, A25-54 and A18-49. It’s the net’s 12 consecutive win for Buzz, and eighth for Highest Quality. Among all 1290 consumer brands measured, History ranked 14th, the only net to place in the top 20.

A&E will air the next Critics’ Choice Movie Awards and Critics’ Choice Television Awards. First up: In partnership with the Broadcast Film Critics Association, the 20th annual movie presentation will air live on Thursday, January 15, by Bain Productions and Berlin Entertainment. TV honors arrive in 2016.

Interested in a Robot Chicken coffee mug? Cartoon Network Enterprises is partnering with Brandberry to expand the licensing program for the Adult Swim series. Look for products in categories including apparel, home goods and costumes.


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PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT

FX gave a straight-to-series, 10-ep order for anthology series American Crime Story from Ryan Murphy (American Horror Story). Each season will focus on a different sensational true crime story. First installment: The People v. O.J. Simpson, based on the book by Jeffrey Toobin. Murphy joins Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson (The Hunger Games) and Brad Falchuk, who co-created Horror Story with Murphy, as exec producers. Alexander & Karaszewski and Dante Di Loreto also serve as an exec producers, with Murphy set to direct.FX Productions and Fox 21 will produce. “Nothing is more exciting than starting a juicy, new franchise [with Murphy],” said Fox Television Group chairmen and CEOs Dana Walden and Gary Newman.

20th Century Fox Television scrapped plans for a TV series based on the 1989 Cameron Crowe film Say Anything after Crowe took to Twitter to trash the idea. “I have no involvement…except trying to stop it,” posted Crowe. NBC had issued a script commitment plus penalty for the project the day before.

A 1989 movie that is moving to TV is Uncle Buck, put in development by ABC. The project from Universal Television is based on the John Hughes comedy starring John Candy.

Will Arnett’s Electric Avenue sold a comedy to CBS, based on the book “How Not to Calm a Child on a Plane,” about parents trying to raise a child by their own rules. Adam Barr (Growing Up Fisher) will write and exec produce with Arnett and Peter Principato.

Production is underway in Sudbury, Ontario for Up original movie The Music In Me, starring singer/actresses Debbie Gibson (3 Billion and Counting) and Gloria Reuben (E.R.). Film about a failing church choir premieres in early 2015.

Want to find out what shows are online and when? Then you’re going to love Watcheroo, Cynopsis’ new Digital Programming Guide. Organized by show name, date, and platform, here is everything you’ll need to be caught up on digital premieres, ongoing programs, live-streamed events and integrated series.

COMING UP

Travel Channel had big announcements at a press breakfast at NYC’s Lambs Club Tuesday morning. “Travel is more than just a vacation,” said Shannon O’Neill, president of the net, debuting new series that “connect viewers to each other and the world.” Bizarre Foods: Delicious Destinations, premiering Monday, January 26 at 9p, expands the Bizarre Foods franchise; Breaking Borders brings people from conflicting cultures together over a meal; Guiding Alaska takes viewers to a remote wilderness resort; Time Traveling with Brian Unger uses CGI graphics to tell stories from the past, and Watt’s World shows journalist Nick Watt exploring Earth and its sub-cultures.  Upcoming specials include The Trip: 2015 on Monday, January 26 at 8p, and Travel Channel Star, the finale to the net’s digital competition series.

Pop, rebranding from TVGN in early 2015, announced an original programming slate “filled with fun, fan-driven content,” said net president, entertainment and media Brad Schwartz. Included: competition Sing it On; docu-series Queens of Drama, featuring soap stars attempting to produce a new serial to star in, and Street Magic, focused on the world of underground street musicians. Unusually Thicke, a reality sitcom starring Alan Thicke (Growing Pains), was renewed for season two.  A curated line-up of fan faves incudes Jericho, 90210, Beverly Hills 90210, Melrose Place, Survivor, The Amazing Race and Big Brother. Pop is a joint venture of CBS Corp. and Lionsgate.

JFK: The Smoking Gun returns to Reelz Tuesday, October 14 at 9p. The two-hour documentary, presenting evidence pointing to a Secret Service cover-up of an accidental shooting of President John F. Kennedy, first aired last year in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of JFK’s death. Two related specials air after the doc: JFK: Inside the Evidence, at 11p and Killing JFK: 50 Questions Answered at 12a.

America’s “first reality television show”? PBS’s American Experience presents Cold War Roadshow on Tuesday, November 18 at 9p, focused on the televised barnstorming across the U.S. of Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev during the fall of 1959, as fascinated TV viewers followed.

BBC America is marking the centenary of Dylan Thomas’ birth with A Poet in New York, from screenwriter Andrew Davies (House of Cards), on Wednesday, October 29 at 8p. Tom Hollander (Rev) stars.

A Univision special engaging Hispanic Americans in the conversation about how to increase college completion rates will recognize students and organizations making significant strides in academic achievement, and honor Edward James Olmos (Stand and Deliver) with its inaugural 2014 Univision Contigo Education Week STAR Award. Education Is Within Your Reach airs Saturday, October 11 at 5p.

Insp is running a family-friendly movie marathon Sunday, October 12, following a JAG marathon 1p-8p. Films include Beautiful Dreamer at 8p, The Last Brickmaker in America at 10p and Daddy Day Camp at 12a.

RETURNING SERIES

AMC smash Walking Dead, back for season five Sunday, October 12 at 9p, has been renewed for season six. “There’s plenty more Dead ahead,” said AMC president Charlie Collier. No surprise there: The zombie drama was the number one show on television among A18-49 for the last two years and the most highly-rated show in cable television history.

After a three-year hiatus, The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret returns to IFC for a third season in 2015, with six half-hour eps that pick up after Todd detonated a nuclear bomb that decimated the planet. “As thrilled as I am to not have to answer the question, ‘Hey man, will there be a third series of Todd Margaret or what?’ anymore,” said series creator and star David Cross (Arrested Development), “the true thrill comes in figuring out how to extend a serialized episodic in which the world blows up at the end of series two.”

GSN’s The Chase is back for the second half of season three with a special celebrity edition Tuesday, November 11 at 8p. Dean Cain (Hit the Floor), Seamus Deaver (Castle) and Boris Kodjoe (Real Husbands of Hollywood) will compete in a trivia challenge for the charities of their choice. Through its season three run,the series has posted ratings growth among P18-49 (up 52 percent), P25-54 (up 56 percent), W25-54 (up 36 percent), W18-49 (up 30 percent), and up 37 percent in total viewership, versus GSN’s year-to-date time period average.

History’s number one new series of 2014 is back (of course!) for another go. Season two of game show Pawnography launches Thursday, November 6 at 10p, with the Pawn Stars defending their treasures against brainy contestants.

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HAPPY NEWS

Joshua Asen, VP of development at 11th Street Productions, got engaged to his girlfriend, Nicole Vogel, senior director of development, Optomen Productions. How’d he do it?  “I made her a proposal sizzle reel and she greenlit it on the spot! Straight to series!” reports Asen.

DISTRIBUTION AND CARRIAGE

Starz picked up Every Secret Thing at the Toronto International Film Festival. The deal for the psychological thriller starring Diane Lane and Dakota Fanning includes all distribution rights for the U.S as well as a theatrical release and a pay TV premiere on Starz. 

Bristow Global Media and Fresh One Productions struck a deal to have BBC Worldwide handle the international distribution of both the format and Canadian version of Pressure Cooker. North American distribution rights remain with BGM.The Canadian version of the cooking competition is currently in production for Canada’s Corus Entertainment, for a launch this fall on W Network.

CBS Studios International and TV 2 Norway renewed their multi-year deal to broadcast current and future network series. The new agreement expands TV 2’s licensing for programming for its SVOD service, Sumo.

BRANDS AND ADVERTISING

In a new structure, the A+E Networks ad sales teams will align along the selling demos Men/Adults and Women. “Structuring the sales team by these genres will allow A+E Networks to maximize our position in the marketplace and leverage more opportunities for cross-platform selling, marketing partnerships and efficiencies,” said Nancy Dubuc, President and CEO, A+E Networks.

While Zenith Media is using Rentrak as “local TV currency,” as it announced Friday, it is a test that will take place in three markets. “We haven’t done it across the board,” Zenith Optimedia chief data officer Rob Jayson told MediaPost. “If we see success and increased reliability and increased performance and increased cost savings, we will roll it out to additional markets.”

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RATINGS

The week of September 29, ABC World News Tonight was first in total viewers, A25-54 and A18-49 for the first time since 2008, and was the only program to show a total viewer increase versus last year (up 10 percent). 

Destination America’s Ghost Asylum scored the net its best Sunday night ever among W18-49 delivery and made the top ten telecasts among W25-54. Season finale is Sunday, October 12 at 10p.

Food Network ranked fourth Sunday night among cable nets, with an average .9 rating and 830,000 impressions among A25-54 from 8p-11p. Guy’s Grocery Games posted .7 at 8p, the season four premiere of Halloween Wars earned a .9 rating at 9p and Cutthroat Kitchen carved out a .9 rating in its 10p slot.

Freshman court show Hot Bench is getting hotter, at 1.4 the week ending September 28, up 8 percent versus the week prior. Fellow newcomer Meredith Vieira held at 1.2 but was up 20 percent among W25-54.

LIVE with Kelly and Michael was the number two syndicated talk show for the second week in a row in HH, total viewers and W25-54, for its strongest start in seven years.

The series premiere of Bravo’s Manzo’d with Children earned over 1.7 million total viewers and 991,000 P18-49 at 9p, according to Nielsen. The second ep, immediately following, scored 1.6 million total viewers and 881,000 P18-49. For the hour, the series averaged over 1.6 million total viewers and 937,000 P18-49, up 71 percent and 84 percent, respectively, compared to the prior four week time period average.

TNT‘s new On the Menu drew a combined audience of 1.8 million viewers in Live + Same Day delivery for Friday night’s premiere and two weekend encores, with 851,000 A25-54 and 788,000 A8-49. Maybe it was the pancakes?

The 2014 MLB Postseason on TBS averaged 3.9 million viewers through the completion of the American League Division Series, up 15 percent over the net’s comparable A.L. telecasts last year.The corresponding 2.4 U.S. HH rating is up by 9 percent over last year’s 2.2HH. 

Broadcast Evening News Shows  Weekly Average Ratings (week of September 29, 2014)
ABC: World NewsTonight8.42 million total viewers; 1.8/7 and 2.20 million A25-54
NBC: Nightly News 8.25 million total viewers; 1.6/7 and 1.94 million A25-54
CBS: Evening News 6.61 million total viewers; 1.3/6 and 1.60 million A25-54
Source: Nielsen, NTI Total Viewers and A25-54 Live+SD

Top Ten Broadcast Programs among A18-49 rating/share for the week of 9/29/14
NBC:
NBC Sunday Night Football 7.4/21
CBS + NFL: CBS Thursday Night Football 5.9/19
CBS: Big Bang Theory 4.8/15
NBC: The Voice (Tues) 4.1/13
NBC: The Voice (Mon) 4.0/11
NBC: Football Nt America Pt. 3 3.9/12
ABC: Modern Family 3.7/12
ABC: Scandal 3.4/10
ABC: How to Get Away with Murder 3.3/10
ABC: Once Upon a Time 3.3/9
Source: Nielsen Media Research, Galaxy Explorer, Live + SD Data

Top Ten Basic Cable Network Performance among Total Viewers for the week of: 9/29/2014
Primetime(000)/Total Prog. Day (000)
ESPN
3746/ESPN 1401
TBSC 3121/DSNY 1273
DSNY1882/NICK 1219
USA 1789/ADSM* 1176
FOXN 1689/TBSC 1130
ADSM 1384/FOXN 1089
HIST 1199/USA 1077
HGTV 1130/TOON 956
FX 1119/ TNT 776
FS1 1098/NAN* 741
Source: Turner Research from The Nielsen Company data. All ratings based on Total US Television Universe of 115,800 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+SD. Primetime is Mon-Sat 8p-11p and Sun 7p-11p. Total day is Mon-Sun 6a-6a for household and demographic performances.

Top Ten Basic Cable Network Performance among A18-49 for the week of: 9/29/2014
Primetime (000), Total Prog. Day (000)
ESPN
1652/ESPN 687
TBSC 1213/DSM* 681
ADSM 724/TBSC 480
USA 702/USA 396
FX 628/NICK 350
CMDY 490/NAN* 341
LIF 421/TOON 304
FOOD 410/FX 303
HIST 405/CMDY 292
DISC 402/DSNY 289
Source: Turner Research from The Nielsen Company data. All ratings based on Total US Television Universe of 115,800 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+SD. Primetime is Mon-Sat 8p-11p and Sun 7p-11p. Total day is Mon-Sun 6a-6a for household and demographic performance.

Top 10 Basic Cable Programs among A18-49 (000) for the week of: 9/29/20014
New England/Kansas City
(ESPN) 6748
Sons of Anarchy (FX) 2718
Oakland/Kansas City (TBSC) 2176
Sportscenter (ESPN) 2167
Texas A&M/Mississippi St. (ESPN) 2023
San Francisco/Pittsburgh (ESPN) 1965
WWE Entertainment (USA) 1859
WWE Entertainment (USA) 1820
WWE Entertainment (USA) 1783
Love & Hip Hop Hollywood (VH1) 1678
Source: Turner Research from Nielsen Media Research Data.?All ratings based on Total US Television Universe of 115,800,000 home; Ranked by Delivery (000); Preliminary: Live+SD

Top 10 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week ending 9/28/14 ranked in order by HH Rtg
Judge Judy (CTD) 6.7AA
Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.3AA
Jeopardy (CTD) 6.1AA
Big Bang Theory (WB) 5.4AA
Family Feud (2/T) 5.1AA
Modern Family (2/T) 3.7AA
Dr. Phil Show (CTD) 3.2AA
Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 3.2AA
Inside Edition (CTD) 2.9AA
Live with Kelly and Michael (DAD) 2.8AA
Source: Nielsen Media Research

Top 10 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week ending 9/28/14 ranked in order by A18-49 Rtg
Big Bang Theory (WB) 2.5AA
Modern Family (2/T) 2.1AA
Judge Judy (CTD) 1.8AA
Family Feud (2/T) 1.7AA
Family Guy (2/T) 1.6AA
How I Met Your Mother (2/T) 1.4AA
Two and a Half Men (WB) 1.3AA
Jeopardy (CTD) 1.2 AA
Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 1.2AA
Cleveland Show (2/T) 1.1AA
Source: Nielsen Media Research

Monday A18-49 Analysis: NBC won the most A18-49 viewers Monday with 3.3/10, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. A pair of Big Bang Theory eps won 8p with 3.7/11, versus 3.5/10 for NBC’s The Voice. The second hour of The Voice topped 9p with 4.0/11, followed by 2.5/7 for CBS’s Scorpion. NBC was still in the lead at 10p with 2.6/8 for The Blacklist; ABC’s Castle was second with 2.0/6.

A18-49:NBC 3.3/10, CBS 2.6/8, FOX 2.1/6, ABC 2.0/6, UNI 1.2/3, CW .6/2, TELE .6/1, ION .3/1

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Monday, October 6, 2014  time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
ABC: 7.8/12
Dancing with the Stars 8.4/13, Castle 6.6/11
NBC: 7.2/11
The Voice 7.7/12, The Blacklist 6.2/10
CBS: 7.1/11
Big Bang Theory 9.6/16, Big Bang Theory [r] 7.3/11, Scorpion 7.3/11, NCIS: Los Angeles 5.6/9
FOX 3.3/6
Gotham 3.8/6, Sleepy Hollow 2.8/4
Univision: 1.7/3
Mi Corazon es Tuyo 2.1/3, Hasta Fin del Mundo 1.8/3, Malquerida 1.3/2
Telemundo: .8/1
Reina Corazones .6/1, Los Miserables .7/1, Senora Acaro 1.1/2
ION: .7/1
Criminal Minds .7/1, Criminal Minds .7/1, Criminal Minds .6/1
CW: .7/1
Originals .9/1, Supernatural Retrospect .6/1

Sunday A18-49 Analysis: NBC won the most A18-49 viewers Sunday with 6.4/19, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. CBS’s 60 Minutes was first at 7p with 2.8/9, followed by NBC’s Football Night America Pt. 2 with 2.7/9. NBC topped 8p with a 5.6/17 average for Football Night America Pt. 3 and Sunday Night Football, versus 3.3/9 for ABC’s Once Upon a Time. NBC’s game scored 8.1/22 to win 9p, followed by 2.0/5 for ABC’s Resurrection. NBC football still led at 10p with 7.3/21; ABC’s Revenge was next with 1.4/4.

A18-49:NBC 6.4/19, ABC 1.9/5, CBS 1.8/5, FOX 1.4/4, UNI .8/2, ION .4/1, TELE .3/1

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Sunday, October 5  time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
NBC: 10.2/17
Football Night America Pt 4.6/8, Football Nt America Pt 6.5/11, NBC Sunday Night Football 11.1/17
CBS: 7.4/12
60 Minutes 9.1/15, Madam Secretary 7.9/12, The Good Wife 7.0/11, CSI 5.3/10
ABC: 3.7/6
Once Upon a Time [r] 2.3/4, Once Upon a Time 5.0/8, Resurrection 4.2/6, Revenge 3.5/6
FOX: 1.8/3
Simpsons 1.1/2, Bob’s Burgers 1.8/3, Simpsons 2.4/4, Brooklyn Nine-Nine 2.0/3, Family Guy 2.2/3, Mulaney 1.5/2
Univision: 1.2/2
Aqui Ahora Sun .9/2, Va Por Ti Sun 1.4/2, Sal y Pimienta 1.2/2
ION: 1.0/2
Criminal Minds .9/2, Criminal Minds 1.1/2, Criminal Minds .9/1, Criminal Minds 1.0/2
TELE: .3/1
Yo Soy El Artista .3/1, Suelta la Sopa Extra .2/0

Saturday A18-49 Analysis: ABC had the most A18-49 viewers Saturday with 1.4/5, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. ABC Saturday Night Football scored 1.4/6 to win at 8p, versus .7/3 for Fox College Football. ABC’s game won the 9p hour with 1.7/6, followed by .9/3 for NBC’s The Voice. ABC football topped 10p with 1.3/4; CBS’s 48 Hours and NBC’s SNL Prime shared second with .8/3

A18-49:ABC 1.4/5, FOX .7/3, NBC .7/2, CBS .6/2, UNI .6/2, ION .2/1, TELE .1/0

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Saturday, October 4, 2014  time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
CBS: 2.8/5
Crimetime Satruday [r] 2.3/4 Crimetime Saturday [r] 2.4/4, 48 Hours 3.7/7
ABC: 2.8/5
Saturday Night College Football 2.8/5
NBC: 1.8/3
The Voice [r] 1.8/3, SNL Prime 1.9/3
FOX 1.4/3
Fox College Football 1.4/3
UNIVISION: 1.2/2
Sabado Gigante 1.2 /2
ION: .7/1
Law & Order: CI .7/1, Law & Order: CI .7/1, Law & Order: CI .7/1
TELE: .2/1
To Soy el Artista .3/1, Futbol Estelar Pachuca .1/0

EXECUTIVE MOVES

Mel Berning was promoted to President, Chief Revenue Officer, A+E Networks. In other moves, Peter Olsen has been upped to Executive Vice President, Ad Sales, A+E Networks; Amy Baker takes on the role of Executive Vice President, Ad Sales, Lifetime, LMN and FYI and Brian Joyce becomes Senior Vice President, Ad Sales, A&E, History and H2. Michael Peretz continues as Executive Vice President of Ad Sales Revenue Management and Operations, taking on the additional responsibilities of heading up Sales Administration and Direct Response.

Chris Moseley was named Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of GSN. Most recently, Moseley oversaw the brand strategy and product development for the Rockettes at the Madison Square Garden Company.

Alexis Madrigal has been tapped to serve as Fusion’s Silicon Valley Bureau Chief, overseeing technology coverage across the company’s digital and television platforms. Madrigal was previously Senior Editor of The Atlantic and Deputy Editor of TheAtlantic.com.

IN MEMORIAM

Stage legend Marian Seldes died October 6. She was 88. In addition to roles in numerous theater productions, including Equus and Deathtrap, the Tony Award winner appeared in TV roles on shows including Murphy Brown and Sex and the City.


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JOB OPENING: DIRECTOR, DIGITAL & TV ENTERTAINMENT CONTENT TRADESHOWS/Reed MIDEM/NYC: Lead strategy to sell exhibition space to dig ent & digital tech co. across NA. 7-10 yr int’l tradeshow exp. TV/Film/Digital/Online ent exp pref’d. Full job/apply HERE (10/10)

JOB OPENING: INTEGRATED MKTG & SALES ACCT EXEC/PAC-12/SFO: New bus dvlpmt & mgmnt of local/regnal corp & agency relationships. 3-5 yrs sales exp w/in sports ind.Track record selling direct to corp decision-makers & media agencies. Full info/apply HERE (10/10)

JOB OPENING: PRODUCER/EDITOR in Creative Services Division/MD Public TV: AVID editing, produce & dir remote studio prod. BA deg 5 yrs exp, strong writing skills, exp w/non-linear edit systems, AVID pref’d, DEMO REEL req’d. Materials HERE KCook@mpt.org Apply HERE (10/10)

JOB OPENING: RESEARCH STRATEGIST/Discovery/MD: Energetic critical thinker to analyze/report Nielsen TV ratings & consumer findings for soon to be launched Discovery Family Channel. 3+ yrs marketing research exp req’d, TV/media exp a + APPLY HERE (10/10) 

JOB OPENING: FREELANCE PRODUCERS/Charm TV: background in producing news & information segments. exp W/biography and documentary style segments for digital and TV platforms. Send RES/credentials and salary reqs: feedback@charmtv.tv (10/10)

JOB OPENING: RESEARCH ANALYST/CROWN MEDIA FAMILY NETWORKS/NY: Track & analyze reports using various systems incl Neilsen. Mkt analysis & MRI reports. Cable and brdcst TV knowledge BS req & Min 2 yrs exp. Exc verbal/written comm skills. Apply HERE (10/10)

JOB OPENING: Hartford, CT/FREELANCE CABLE TV PROS: needed for a new cable channel in Hartford. Freelance. Line Producers with experience in the Control room, running live shows. Avid Editors. Creative Writers. Immediate openings. Please send resumes to: thammack@edgets.com (10/10)

JOB OPENING: DIR, PROGRAM RESEARCH/CNBC/Englewood Cliffs NJ: Oversee TV reporting and estimates. Expert on Nielsen suite of products, strong analytical background. 5+ years of relevant exp. Apply HERE (10/10)

JOB OPENING: RSRCH ANLYST/NFL/LA: Gather, analyzing & dissem, ratngs & meas data for NFL League & Media-provd insgts to promo NFLN base. 1-3 yrs Media rsrch exp. More info/apply HERE (10/10)

JOB OPENING: RESEARCH STRATEGIST/Discovery/NY: Turn findings into stories communicating Nielsen analyses to find audience growth opp areas and understanding. Devel ntwrk sales positioning presentations. 4+ yrs media rsrch exp req’d. APPLY HERE (10/10)

JOB OPENING: MANAGER, PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT & OPS DISTRIBUTION/A+E Networks/NY: Manage fulfillment & product enhancements for distribution of A+E contact thru affiliates new media platforms. FullInfo/Apply HERE (10/10)

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SITUATION WANTED: PRODUCER/CREATIVE WRTR: 10+ yrs exp Ent, Reality & Music TV shows for MTV, Mun2, Univ & others. Strong creat, mng, ppl skills & ethics. Eng/Spa, Photoshop, HD Cam, basic Avid, FCP. Qual & Quant rsrch exp. arefrank@yahoo.com 3102540131 (10/15)

SITUATION WANTED: Experienced Researcher. 3 in 1: Research (primary/syndicated,ROI), Promotion (presentations) and Sales (Strategy, Analysis). Contact: ResearchWorks2014@gmail.com (10/9)

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WHAT’S ON TONIGHT – WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 8, 2014


ABC: The Middle, The Goldbergs, Modern Family, black-ish, Nashville
CBS: Survivor, Criminal Minds, Stalker
CW: Arrow [
p], The Flash [r]
Fox: Hell’s Kitchen, Red Band Society
NBC: The Mysteries of Laura, Law & Order: SVU, Chicago PD
PBS: Penguins: Spy in the Huddle [
f], NOVA, NOVA
Telemundo: Reina de Corazones, Los Miserables, Senora de Acero
Univision: Mi Corazon Es Tuyo, Hasta el Fin del Mundo, La Malquerida

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