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Good morning. It's Monday, June 18, 2012, and this is your first early morning briefing.
JLTV: JLTV World News at 7p
Bounce TV: Family Time at 9p; Uptown Comic at 930p
VH1: Love & Hip-Hop: Atlanta at 8p
Logo: RuPaul's Drag U at 9p
Nick at Nite: Hollywood Heights at 9p
SCIENCE: Danger by Design at 9p
ABC: The Glass House at 10p
Bravo: Miss Advised at 10p
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Their Sweeps Numbers? Down, Down, Down
Our Sweeps Numbers? Up, Up, Up
Our broadcast networks Univision and Telefutura were the only ones to see year-over-year audience increases in this May's sweeps.
It's time to balance your plan.
UNIVISION. The New American Reality.
Source: The Nielsen Company. May 2012 Sweep vs. May 2011 Sweep. Broadcast Prime defined as Mon-Sat 8pm-11pm & Sun 7pm-11pm, Live+SD.
In another week, Discovery Channel premieres a new six-episode series, Mobster Confessions that chronicles stories of Mafia members who offered firsthand testimonies of their experiences working with America's most notorious underground families. Mobster Confessions debuts June 25 at 9p.
Last Thursday's season finale of Don't Be Tardy for the Wedding on Bravo chalked up series highs with 2.35 million total viewers and 1.31 million among A18-49, based on Nielsen data. True Entertainment produces the series for Bravo.
Comedian and actress, Yvette Wilson died last Thursday at the age of 48. Los Angeles-born Ms. Wilson was best known for her roles on the television comedies Moesha and its spinoff program The Parkers. Ms. Wilson began her entertainment career as a stand-up comedian and went on to land her first acting roles in the 1993 ABC sitcom Thea and in the feature films House Party 3, Friday and Poetic Justice. On the popular sitcom UPN sitcom Moesha, that launched in 1996 and starred the R&B singer Brandy, Ms. Wilson played the role of Andell Wilkerson, owner of the hangout The Den. Ms. Wilson was on Moesha for five seasons and then joined The Parkers for five more seasons.
Cynopsis Media attended the CTHRA Talent Everywhere HR Symposium (Cable and Telecommunications Human Resources Association) in Atlanta this past week. Held at the CNN Center, the event was put together well with some great content providers in attendance including representatives from Comcast, Scripps Networks, Turner Broadcasting and A+E Networks to name a few. Being amidst the fast-paced downtown area of Atlanta, with its wonderful Southern hospitality, the breakout sessions were fun and enlightening. Communication involving the five generations in the workforce today or the challenges of managing a globally disbursed team were a couple of issues HR professionals are challenged with and discussed at the symposium. A common and all too familiar theme throughout the event reminds us technology is forever changing and shaping our industry - TV Everywhere! This was aptly evident among the attendees who were constantly tied to their iPhones, iPads, Droids, etc. These same people and the millennials of today are changing not only how and where we view content but also how we do our jobs on a daily basis. That being said, the good news is more positions are being created to attract candidates to keep pace with this digital explosion in the workforce. This strategic shift and focus in the digital space was the catalyst behind Turner Broadcasting's goal to fill 100 technology jobs in 100 days (subject of one of the breakout sessions). Through strategic planning and some good ol' elbow grease Turner did it. However, fulfilling this niche of talent can be difficult even for a company such as Turner. Convincing talented technologists that a company like Turner can be as thrilling a place to work as Hulu or Amazon takes lots of tactical planning. "You have to create the hook to get these talented technologists in the door," said Scott Boyarsky, VP/Sports Media at Turner Broadcasting. For more information on CTHRA and their event, please visit: http://www.cthra.com/symposium.
Top 10 Weekend Box Office Estimates: June 15-17, 2012
Madagascar 3 (Paramount) $35.5 million 2 wk total $120.5m
Prometheus (20th Century Fox) $20.2 million 2 wk total $88.9m
Rock of Ages (Warner Bros.) $15.1 million opening weekend
Snow White and the Huntsman (Universal) $13.8 million 3 wk total $122.6m
That's My Boy (Sony) $13.0 million opening weekend
Men in Black 3 (Sony) $10.0 million 4 wk total $152.7m
Marvel's The Avengers (Disney) $8.8 million 7 wk total $586.7m
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Fox Searchlight) $2.2 million 7 wk total $35.1m
Moonrise Kingdom (Focus Features) $2.2 million 4 wk total $6.8m
What to Expect When You're Expecting (Lionsgate) $1.3 million 5 wk total $38.8m
Daytime talk show franchises Maury, The Jerry Springer Show and The Steve Wilkos Show have all been sold through September 2016 to such station groups as Tribune, Sinclair, Hearst and Sunbeam, reports NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution. The three talk shows have been extended for two more seasons beyond their existing deal which will keep them in national syndication for at least four more seasons through 2016. The shows have been sold for the additional two seasons (2014-2016) to top stations in the country representing more than 60% clearance including WPIX/New York; KTLA/Los Angeles; WGN/Chicago; WPHL/Philadelphia; WLVI/Boston; KDAF/Dallas; WPGH/Pittsburgh; WTTE/Columbus; and WKCF/Orlando. Maury, The Jerry Springer Show and The Steve Wilkos Show as well as upcoming new talk show Trisha Goddard are taped in front of live audiences at the Stamford Media Center located in Stamford, CT. All four talk shows are produced by Stamford Media Center and Production LLC and distributed in the US by NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution.
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CBS is dusting off the game show format Win, Lose or Draw, giving a pilot order to Ryan Seacrest's production company for a remake titled Draw Something. Produced by Sony Pictures Television, Ryan Seacrest Productions and Embassy Row, the game show pilot project is based on the popular mobile and tablet game from Zynga where celebrities and ordinary people play in front of a live audience to win cash prizes. The pilot will also include an interactive element allowing viewers to play along at home for prizes. Seacrest, Michael Davies and Ryan Seacret Productions' CEO Adam Sher will all serve as EPs on the pilot which ended up at CBS following a bidding war. A host for the pilot will be determined soon.
Executive producer/TV host Mike Richards (Beauty and the Geek) will become the host of GSN's pilot for the network's new original game show, The Pyramid. Production on the half-hour game show pilot begins filming later this month. The Pyramid is a modern-day redo of the classic word-guessing game show. GSN is bringing back the celebrity guests, the Pyramid game board and the Winner's Circle in a new version that is executive produced by Michael Davies (The Newlywed Game, The Price Is Right) and Maureen FitzPatrick (Donny & Marie, Whose Line Is It Anyway?). The Pyramid is produced by Embassy Row in association with Sony Pictures Television.
Broadway rising star Jeremy Jordan is joining NBC's Smash for its second season as a series regular. Jordan, who gained recognition for his role on Broadway's Newsies, will play an attractive Brooklyn-born singer with a self-destructive streak on NBC's musical drama series.
FX's American Horror Story has cast former MTV's Skins star Britne Oldford for the upcoming second season, reports TVLine. Oldford will play the recurring role of Alma though no description of the character was made available.
On Friday, Nicole Scherzinger related via Twitter that she will next appear as a judge for the new season of X Factor in the UK. Scherzinger, who was a judge during season one of The X Factor on FOX in the US, will be replacing former Destiny's Child singer Kelly Rowland on the original UK version of the competition series. Simon Cowell's production company Syco Entertainment produces the show.
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Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Thursday, June 14, 2012 time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
ABC: 8.3/15 Jimmy Kimmel Live Game Night 2.1/4, Kia NBA Countdown 3.6/7, NBA Finals on ABC Game #2: Miami at Oklahoma 10.4/18
NBC: 3.0/5 America's Got Talent [r] 3.7/7, Saving Hope 2.7/4, Rock Center with Brian Williams 2.7/5
UNIV: 2.0/4 Un Refugio Para Amor 2 1.8/3, Abismo de Pasion 2.1/4, La Que No Podia Amar 2.2/4
FOX: 2.0/3 Take Me Out 1.7/3, The Choice 2.3/4
ION: 0.9/2 Cold Case 0.8/2, Cold Case 0.8/1, Criminal Minds 1.0/2
TELE: 0.7/1 Una Maid en Manhattan 0.9/2, Corazon Valiente 0.7/1, Relaciones Peligrosas 0.5/1
CW: 0.4/1 Breaking Pointe 0.6/1, Vampire Diaries [r] 0.3/1
TF: 0.4/1 Cine en Familia THR [7p start r] 0.3/0, Fiesta de Pelicula THR 0.4/1
A18-49: ABC 5.6/18, CBS 1.6/5, UNIV 1.4/4, FOX 1.3/4, NBC 1.0/3, TELE 0.4/1, ION 0.3/1, TF 0.3/1, CW 0.2/1
Former Yahoo! executive, Alex Linde joined The Weather Channel Companies (TWCC) as VP/Mobile and Digital Apps. In his new position, Alex creates, manages and executes all facets of TWCC's mobile strategy. He reports to Cameron Clayton, EVP/Digital, TWCC.
National Geographic Channels (NGC) named Franklin Walker as VP/Legal and Business Affairs where he will work in tandem with Vin D'Ambra, SVP/Legal and Business Affairs for National Geographic Channel International (NGCI). Franklin reports to Howard T. Owens, President, NGC.
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This day in History: 1621 - The first duel in America took place in the Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts.
Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: Who was the first host of The Price is Right? Bill Cullen. Kudos to: R J Cavallaro-Mills James Productions/Columbus,OH; Phyllis McQuillan-MSG Media/NYC; Susan Levit-SRL Productions/NY; David Woolfson-Cabletelevision Advertising Bureau/NYC; Jim Gray-FrogLight Productions LLC/Missoula, MT; John Kukla-KDFW/Dallas; Roz Seibold-EDA/Tucson; Patti Rodriguez-KXRM Fox21 / KXTU CW57/Colorado; Richard Lawrence-Rebel Entertainment Partners, Inc./LA; Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA; Alan Perris-The Television Academy/North Hollywood; Darlene Lieblich Tipton-Fox Cable Networks/LA; Bobby Bittman-SCTV/Toronto.
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WHAT'S ON TONIGHT - MONDAY, JUNE 18, 2012
ABC: The Bachelorette, The Glass House [p]
AZTECA: Extra Normal, Al Extremo, Buenas Noches America
CBS: How I Met Your Mother [r], 2 Broke Girls [r], Two and a Half Men [r], Mike & Molly [r], The Big Bang Theory [r], Two and a Half Men [r]
CW: Breaking Pointe, 90210
FOX: Hell's Kitchen, Master Chef
ION: Cold Case, Cold Case, Criminal Minds
NBC: America's Got Talent, America's Ninja Warrior
PBS: Antiques Roadshow, Antiques Roadshow, Monarchy: The Royal Family at Work
TELE: Una Maid en Manhattan, Corazon Valiente, Relaciones Peligrosas
UNIV: Un Refugio para el Amor; Abismo de Pasion, La Que No Podia Amar
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