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Writers rooms under AMC’s scripts-to-series development model have opened for potential rehab workplace drama Rainy Day People, from Chris Cantwell and Christopher C. Rogers and exec producers Melissa Bernstein and Mark Johnson via Gran Via, and Kevin Can F*** Himself (wt), from creator Valerie Armstrong and executive producers Rashida Jones and Will McCormack through Le Train Train. “We like writers’ rooms,” said David Madden, president of programming for AMC, Sundance TV and AMC Studios. We like the opportunity to write multiple scripts, to explore the dynamics of how a season will work, to really figure out who the characters are and how their behavior guides story,”
CBS is developing Be Here Now, about a young widower who moves with his kids to LA to be near his late wife’s family, reports Deadline. Comedy comes from Tommy Johnagin, Fulwell 73 and CBS TV Studios.
Hulu gave a ten-episode order for comedy Dollface, from ABC Signature StudiosKat Dennings (2 Broke Girls) will star, and exec produce alongside creator and writer Jordan Weiss (Harley Quinn) and showrunner Ira Ungerleider. Additional executive producers include Margot Robbie, Brett Hedblom and Tom Ackerley for LuckyChap EntertainmentBryan Unkeless and Scott Morgan for Clubhouse Pictures; and Nicole King and Stephanie Laing(Vice Principals).
Top 10 Weekend Domestic Box Office Estimates: November 2-4, 2018
Bohemian Rhapsody (Fox) $50.0 million, opening weekend
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (Buena Vista) $20.0 million, opening weekend
Nobody’s Fool (Paramount) $14.0 million, opening weekend
A Star Is Born (Warner Bros.) $11.1 million (week 5), cume revenue $165.6 million
Halloween (Universal) $11.0 million (week 3), cume revenue $150.4 million
Venom (Sony) $7.9 million (week 5), cume revenue $198.7 million
Smallfoot (Warner Bros.) $3.8 million (week 6), cume revenue $77.5 million
Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (Sony) $3.7 million (week 4), cume revenue $48.8 million
Hunter Killer (Lionsgate) $3.5 million (week 2), cume revenue$13.0 million
The Hate U Give (Fox) $3.4 million (week 5), cume revenue $23.5 million
Source: comScore
New episodes of TLC’s Who Do You Think You Are? premiere starting Monday, December 3 at 10p. This round of celebs tracing their family history includes Mandy Moore (This Is Us), Josh Duhamel (Transformers), Matthew Morrison (Glee) and Regina King (American Crime).
Do you think “fake news” will affect the results of the midterm elections? Let us know in the Cynopsis poll: www.cynopsis.com/poll/. (In our last poll, 50% of respondents said they were glad to see Megyn Kelly leave NBC News because she wasn’t a good fit. Among the remaining voters, half said they were glad to see her go because of her “blackface” comments, while the other said outrage over her remarks was overblown.)
Smithsonian Channel is airing holiday stunt “Santa’s Flight Around the World” from Christmas Eve through Christmas Day, beginning with North Pole Conspiracy at 12a on December 24.
Something special: Disney/ABC Television’s The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration returns Thursday, November 29 at 9p on ABC, while Disney Parks Presents a 25 Days of Christmas Holiday Party debuts on the DisneyNOW app ahead of its Saturday, December 1 premiere on Disney Channel. Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Parade airs Tuesday, December, 25 at 10a.
Marc Anthony, Bad Bunny, Will Smith will perform their new song “Esta Rico” live for the first time at the 19th Annual Latin Grammy Awards, airing on Univision November 15 at 8p. 
Facebook’s new political ad tool designed to fight foreign interference in elections allows users to intentionally misidentify who placed the ads, charge Senate Democrats Amy Klobucher and Mark Warner in a letter to CEO Mark Zuckerberg. “It is clear that there are significant loopholes with regard to how Facebook sells ads and the process by which disclaimers are applied to political ads,” said the letter, after Vice reported it was easily able to buy fake ads in the names of all 100 U.S. Senators.
Showtime is offering documentary short film The Family Business: Trump and Taxes for free online and across multiple platforms. The film follows a team of NYTImes reporters as they uncover the information that led to an expose based on documents pertaining to President Trump’s finances.
Streaming TV saw a 63% rise in viewing hours year over year, according to the 3Q18 “State of Streaming TV Industry” report from Conviva. Among Conviva’s customer base, Roku maintained a lead in market share with 34% of all plays and 40% of all viewing hours measured in the quarter. Amazon Fire TV gained significant share of the market since Q3 2017 among Conviva’s customer base, increasing its share of plays from 4% to 19% and its share of viewing hours from 3% to 18% over a 12-month period.
Hetal Patel, head of sales research and insights at Vox Media – and a panelist at the free Cynopsis December 6 webinar, The Latest Strategies for Maximizing and Monetizing Mobile – offers her take on the mobile challenge.
What is the biggest challenge when it comes to monetizing mobile content?  
I think the challenge is two-fold and inter-connected. 
The first aspect is technology fragmentation – while it brings a lot of consumer options in the form of device types, operating systems and platforms, it also generates complexity and technical challenges for publishers who constantly have to adapt their entire eco-systems to support these rapidly changing platforms and their versions. Publishers spend a lot of time and energy remaining relevant and current taking away their focus from building amazing content and acquiring and retaining their user base. This has a direct impact on monetization.
And the second aspect is given this fragmentation, measurement is extremely challenging, and we all know how important it is to prove the ROI/ROAS in the advertising world. As an industry we are making strides and creating innovation solutions to measure the effectiveness of mobile content.
What advice do you have for companies confused about how to maximize mobile engagement?  
This might seem obvious, but with attention spans becoming so short within this digitally native world, I think it is critical top keep your content very high quality and very concise and to the point. Being able to engage immediately with the audience and grab their attention in the first few seconds is extremely important.
Simulmedia is launching a direct-to-consumer marketplace, D2Cx.com, it says will match buyers to sellers of over 200 billion weekly national ad impressions, offering marketers a single point of access, with transparency on outcomes and costs. “For years, we’ve talked to digitally-born, D2C marketers who were frustrated with the archaic ways that national TV is bought, the huge minimum spends, little control over spots, and slow reporting,” said Dave Morgan, Simulmedia founder and CEO. “D2Cx.com is purpose-built to solve those problems and bring a true marketplace with bidding to national TV advertising.”
What’s the upshot of GroupM’s State of Video 2018 research? “The big takeaway for advertisers and agencies is what we have said for years: platform-specific creativity informed by data and delivered to meaningful consumer cohorts should govern every decision,” said Rob Norman, former chief digital officer/senior advisor, GroupM. Shorter ads could help alleviate the problem of ad-block time, which GroupM believes could be reaching a breaking point. In the U.S., 61% of ads were 30 seconds in 2014, but that numberndipped to 49% by the first half of 2017.
Democrats outspent Republican candidates in local broadcast TV, $133 million versus $123.1 million, overall in ten key states through October 25, reports Matrix Solutions. In eight of the ten states Democratic candidates spent more, with Republicans ponying up more in two states. Republican governor Rick Scott spent more than any other candidate, at $21.7 million, while Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill led Democratic dollars with $20.3 million.
To promote its new real estate show, Buying it BlindBravo is is working with ad agency 360i to completely cover a series of existing houses in mysterious packaging posing the question, “Would you buy this house sight unseen?” The hidden homes aim to generate buzz for a show following coupls who can’t agree on what kind of home to buy, so they hand over the decision to a team of experts to buy and renovate their dream home sight unseen. To target home buyers currently browsing the market, the wrapped homes are also being featured as “listings” in native advertising on Zillow.com & Trulia.com.
Sky ordered seasons two and three of freshman hit A Discovery of Witches. Supernatural drama is produced by Bad Wolf.
Freeform has rounded up the cast for upcoming pilot Breckman Rodeo (wt), an ensemble drama centered on young rodeo riders. Onboard are Jess Gabor (Shameless), Noah Le Gros (The Get Down), Diego Josef (Goliath), Kayla Wallace (The Good Doctor), Vinnie Bennett (Human Traces) and James Tarpey (After Hours)….Lamorne Morris (New Girl) landed the lead in Hulu pilot Woke, inspired by the life of cartoonist Keith Knight….Luis Guzman (Narcos) will be a series regular and Kurtwood Smith (Patriots) will recur in Epix’s noir drama, Our Lady, LTD.
The pressure is on for marketers to prove ROI, but with so much “noisy” data, how does a seller optimize a campaign’s results? And how can buyers gauge that campaign for their client? Mindshare’s Ikechi Okoronkwo and IRi’s Harvey Goldhersz talk through how a campaign’s goals will determine which metrics matter most, how to meaningfully compare click-through rates, social shares, impressions, and completed views, and how to weigh sound-on, sound-off, and viewability when it comes to evaluating ROI, in one session of this week’s Measurement & Data Boot Camp.
In another session, “The Digital Vs. Linear War Is Over: Convergence Is Here,” Beth Rockwood, SVP of ad sales research at Turner, who oversees marketplace intelligence for Turner’s portfolio of linear and digital brands, and Britta Cleveland, SVP of Meredith’s Research Solutions Group, offer a deep dive into how total audience reports and digital ad ratings are working together, best practices around guarantees, and how to analyze unmeasured platforms. To register for the hands-on training event, go here.
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After three airings, Univision’s Amar a Muerta is averaging 1.5 million total viewers, 285,000 A18-34 and 650,000 A18-49, ranking Uni as the number three broadcast net in the time period among A18-34.
Food Network’s Halloween Wars wrapped up its highest-rated season ever, delivering an average 1.2 rating for P25-54 (Live+3) and consistently ranking as a top 5 cable program within its Sunday 9p timeslot. The series was seen by more than 5 million viewers.
Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions) Thursday, November 1, 2018 time period averages
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated Live+SD
FOX: 8.95 million
NFL Football 8.95
CBS: 8.62 million
The Big Bang Theory 12.71, Young Sheldon 10.89, Mom 8.05, Murphy Brown 6.09, S.W.A.T. 5.34
ABC: 5.27 million
Grey’s Anatomy 6.51, Station 19 5.02, How to Get Away With Murder 3.05
NBC: 3.06 million
Superstore 3.06, The Good Place 2.69, Will & Grace 3.25, Law & Order: SVU 4.16
TELEMUNDO: 1.44 million
Latin AMA 1.44
CW: 1.28 million
Supernatural 1.36, Legacies 1.20
UNIVISION: 0.81 million
Rosa de Guadelupe 0.93, Mi Marido Tiene Mas Familia 0.84, Latin Grammy Aqui 0.65
Thursday A18-49: FOX 2.6/11, CBS 1.2/5, ABC 1.1/5, TELE 0.9/4, NBC 0.8/3, UNI 0.4/2, CW 0.3/1
Courteney Monroe has re-upped as president, National Geographic Global Networks ahead of the expected Disney merger. Geoff Daniels was elevated to EVP, Global Unscripted Entertainment for National Geographic Channels, and
Carolyn Bernstein will become EVP, Global Scripted Content & Documentary Films.
Plimsoll Productions appointed Academy Award winning documentarian Richard Klein to Head of Documentaries for UK and International.  Additionally, Tom Hugh-Jones was promoted to Creative Director of Natural History and Jonathan Jackson to Finance and Commercial Director. Chris Williams was appointed Series Producer. 

This Day in History: 1940 – Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected president for a third term.

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JOB OPENING: SOCIAL MEDIA MANGER/PAC-12/SF: Own Pac-12’s social media strategy; orchestrate social media production and curation across a wide spectrum of stakeholders. Min 4 yrs professional exp, w/at least 2 yrs as a social media guru Full Posting/Apply HERE (11/10)

PRODUCER/Spectrum News/Albany: Produces assigned newscasts and news inserts making decisions on story lineup, video/audio elements, graphics & timing to construct show. TV News exp, 3+ yrs. Strong broadcast news writing ability. Knowledge of current events and industry trends. Full info/apply HERE (11/9)

JOB OPENING: MGR, GRAPHICS/Spectrum News/El Segundo CA: Supervise/lead a team of graphic artists/designers through all the facets of prod managing mult requests through all the phases of production and delivery. 5+ yrs TV news or production exp; 2+ years management experience. Full info/apply HERE (11/9)

CREATIVE SERVICES PRODUCER/Telemundo 20/San Diego: Write/shoot/edit client commercials, news promotion, strategic messaging & community image spots furthering the station (Telemundo 20) & client’s brand & achieve goals. Min 3-4 yrs exp creating compelling commercials &/or news promos. Full info/apply HERE (11/9)

JOB OPENING: SR MGR,MKTG & PARTNER INSIGHTS/Viacom/NYC: Be a key member of the Mktg & Partner Insights team, w/expertise in digital rsrch. Strategic, analytical skills & be seasoned in digital, emerging platform & convergent rsrch a must. Min 5+ yrs digital media rsrch exp supporting ad sales. Full info/apply HERE (11/9)

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JOB OPENING: SR DIRECTOR, PROGRAMMING/Stadium/Chicago: Want to bring your programming ideas & concepts to life & onto every media platform around? Create/develop show concepts, build presentations to highlight those great ideas & assist pitching them. Knwldg of sales/prod processes; exp w/project budgeting a must. Full info HERE (11/8)

JOB OPENING: MANAGER, AD SALES RESEARCH/UPtv/NYC: Well-rounded & exp’d ad Sales rsrchr – adept at using ratings, mktg analytics & custom data to create a complete & accurate picture. 5+ yrs ad sales rsrch exp. Fast thinking, collaborative, data miner & strategic storyteller. Join an amazing Team & have an impact. Send resume HERE (11/8)

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JOB OPENING: MANAGER, MEDIA RESEARCH & STRATEGY/Spectrum/Stamford CT: Support Media Rsrch team by using data to dvlp insights to guide media strategy, media plan’g & execution. Exp w/data analysis, interpretation, presentation & delivery. 3+ yrs media rsrch exp, agency, publisher and/or client side. Full info/apply HERE (11/7)

MULTI-PLATFORMS FIELD ENG PHOTOGRAPHER/EDITOR- SNY/NY: Candidate will split duties between shooting in the field and editing in-house. Min 3 yrs relevant exp req’d. Candidates must be resp, have good communication/interpersonal skills & take direction well. Knwldg of Interplay/Media Mgr a +. Full info/apply HERE (11/7)

Mng over $100M in Sales expenses for all NBC/TLMD stations and HQ. Implement/mng end to end sales incentive compensation process for NBC and TLMD  OTS. Min 4 yrs exp FP&A &/or Finance related fields. Understanding of Traffic Systems, Wide Orbit & SAP financial systems. Full info/apply HERE (11/6)

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ABC: Dancing With the Stars, The Good Doctor
CBS: The Neighborhood, Happy Together, Magnum P.I., Bull
CW: Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow 
FOX: The Resident, 9-1-1
NBC: The Voice, Manifest
PBS: Antiques Roadshow[r], Antiques Roadshow [r], Frontline, Independent Lens
TELEMUNDO: La Sultana, Falsa Identidad, Senora Acero  
UNIVISION: Jesus [p], Mi Marido Tiene Mas Familia, Amar a Muerte 
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