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NCIS: NEW ORLEANS
All Day Tuesdays, PREMIERING TODAY at 11/10c AM
All Day Fridays & Sundays, PREMIERING JAN. 8 at 9/8c AM
Bravo: “The Real Housewives of Dallas” at 9p
Food Network: “Chopped: Grudge Match” at 9p
History: “The Proof Is Out There” at 10p
NBC: “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” at 8p
Netflix: “History of Swear Words,” “Gabby’s Dollhouse”
PBS: “PBS American Portrait” at 10p
HGTV: “Fixer to Fabulous: Life on Marrs” at 8p
TLC: “Welcome to Plathville” at 10p
IN THE NEWS
The NCAA announced it will host its entire 67-game March Madness basketball championship in four venues in Indiana, a move that cuts back significantly on travel amid the Covid-19 health crisis. The organization said it is working with local officials to determine the feasability of having fans attend games. “The 2021 version of March Madness will be one to remember, if for no other reason than the uniqueness of the event,” said NCAA SVP Basketball Dan Gavitt. “We are making the most of the circumstances the global pandemic has presented.” CBS Sports and Turner Sports will continue to distribute games across TBS, CBS, TNT, truTV and their digital platforms. Last year’s tournament was canceled due to Covid-19; until then the championship had taken place every year since its inception in 1939.
Martin Sorrell’s marketing group S4 Capital announced the acquisitions of creative agency Decoded Advertising and performance marketing firm Metric Theory. Decoded Advertising will combine with MediaMonks, while Metric Theory will merge with S4’s MightyHive. S4 said it is accelerating its growth strategy now that uncertainty about Brexit has abated, and expects to announce further acquisitions in the months ahead.
Disney+’s “The Mandalorian” has taken the crown from HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” which ended in 2019, as the world’s most-pirated show, according to TorrentFreak. Also in the top ten: Amazon Prime Video’s “The Boys,” HBO’s “Westworld,” Amazon’s “Vikings,” CBS All Access’ “Star Trek: Picard,” Cartoon Network’s “Rick & Morty,” AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” HBO’s “The Outsider,” and the CW’s “Arrow” and “The Flash.”
Google employees announced plans to unionize with the Communications Workers of America Local 1400. The stated goal of the Alphabet Workers Union, open to temporary and full time workers, is to protect members from issues including pay disparity and retaliation.
Tegna and Nextstar renewed NBC station affiliation agreements. The deals cover 33 Nextstar markets and Tegna-owned stations in 20 markets.
CBS News’ Mark Strassmann has been named “Face the Nation” senior national correspondent. Strassmann is also senior national correspondent for CBS News and will continue contributing reporting across all CBS News broadcasts and platforms, in addition to regularly reporting for “CBS News Sunday.”
MSNBC anchor Jonathan Capehart joins PBS NewsHour as a regular contributor. He will provide political analysis and commentary alongside New York Times columnist David Brooks for Friday discussion segment “Brooks & Capehart.” Capehart succeeds Mark Shields, a PBS NewsHour regular for over 33 years before stepping down last month.
We know the anticipation is killing you…but the finalists for Cynopsis’ Best of the Best Awards and Rising Star honorees will be released later next week. Until then, save the date for our (virtual) awards event on Thursday, February 25.
A new version of a 2018 Chris Rock stand-up special drops on Netflix on Tuesday, January 12. “Chris Rock: Total Blackout, The Tamborine Extended Cut” will include additional set content, as well as behind-the-scenes footage. “It’s a Netflix special. Not a normal, not a routine. It’s a special,” said Rock in a trailer for the show.
Maple vodka grilled peaches, anyone? Guests offering recipes on discovery+ cooking series “Mary McCartney Serves It Up,” launching Thursday, February 4, include Cameron Diaz, Dave Grohl, Kate Hudson, Gayle King, Nicole Riche, Mark Ronson and Liv Tyler. “With the help of a few friends, I want to show that meat free eating can be varied, delicious and accessible to everyone,” said McCartney.
HBO grabbed North American TV and streaming rights to six-part Scandinavian drama series “The Investigation,” exploring the complex real-life investigation surrounding the 2017 murder of Swedish journalist Kim Wall. The limited series debuts Monday, February 1 at 10p. Meanwhile, HBO Max will be the exclusive US home to WarnerMedia Germany’s “Arthur’s Law,” set to premiere Thursday, January 7. In the German-language dark comedy, an unemployed man plots his obnoxious wife’s death.
Season two of “Crossing Lines” makes its US premiere Monday, January 11 at 7p on Ovation TV. The crime drama starring Donald Sutherland and William Fichtner returns for season three in February.
AccuWeather is celebrating National Weatherperson’s Day from Monday, February 1, through Friday, February 5 (the official date) by highlighting historical heroes from meteorology, as well sharing how AccuWeather broadcast and behind-the-scenes meteorologists were inspired to pursue their career.
Outdoor Channel’s “The Fishmonger,” exploring how fish make to it dinner plates despite government regulations, economic downturns and the pandemic, premieres Monday, March 1 at 7:30p.
ESPN’s first “MegaCast” of Sunday’s NFL Wild Card playoff game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Tennessee Titans will stream on ESPN, ABC and NFL digital properties, as well as air on Disney networks ESPN, ABC, ESPN2, Freeform and ESPN Deportes. The event will include a halftime performance by DJ Khaled airing on Freeform, during a network watch party aimed at luring younger viewers.
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This awards program is dedicated to celebrating the work of talented producers, hosts, sponsors and executives alike, and saluting the initiatives that drove audiences and turned sports viewers into fans over the past year.
Slack suffered a global outage as employees returned to work on Monday. The problem was reported around 10a, and service began to resume for some users around 12:20p. The office chat app, used by over 750,000 companies, is being acquired by Salesforce in a $27.7 billion deal.
Subscriptions to on-demand video services will hit 1.9 billion globally by the end of 2025, projects Juniper Research, up 65% from year-end 2020. Hybrid services that include ad-supported tiers are expected to account for $1.4 billion in ad spend.
Discovery Inc. streamer discovery+ is now live on Amazon Fire TV, Apple, Google, Microsoft, Roku and Samsung Smart TVs, and Prime Video is on the way. “We are thrilled to be working with best-in-class partners to make it available everywhere our fans are,” said David Zaslav, President and CEO, Discovery Inc. “Our ambition is simple: bring consumers the definitive and most complete destination for real life entertainment at a price point that makes this the perfect companion for every household’s streaming and TV portfolio.” Newly announced launch sponsors include La-Z-Boy, Aflac, Campbell’s, Subaru of America, Inc. and Ace Hardware, joining inaugural advertisers Boston Beer Company, Kraft Heinz, Lowe’s and Toyota.
Discovery, Inc. also signed a new long-term, multi-platform deal with Vodafone that includes giving Vodafone customers in 12 European markets access to discovery+. The partnership covers Vodafone’s TV and mobile customers in the UK, Germany, Turkey, Italy, Spain, Romania, Portugal, Greece, Czech Republic, Hungary, Ireland and Iceland.
ViacomCBS inked a new distribution agreement with Hulu that adds more content from its portfolio of networks to Hulu’s live TV subscription streaming service, Hulu + Live TV. The deal includes continued carriage of CBS broadcast stations, CBS Sports Network, Pop TV, Smithsonian Channel, and The CW, as well as continued distribution of ViacomCBS’ premium subscription service, Showtime. Added to the offering are BET, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount Network, VH1, CMT, Nick Jr., TV Land, BET Her, MTV2, NickToons, TeenNick and MTV Classic.
AMC Networks is making it easy (and free) for viewers to catch up on “A Discovery of Witches,” which has its season two launch on AMC+, Shudder and Sundance Now on Saturday, January 9. Season one of the series – which drove record usage and subscriptions for Sundance Now and Shudder – is available on all three AMC streaming services through January 18, and will air on linear as a full-season marathon on AMC on January 24.
Cinedigm announced two of its streaming channels, CONtv Anime and MyTime Movie Network, have launched on VIZIO SmartCast. “The future of video is streaming and VIZIO helps us effectively reach a growing audience of consumers who are seeking high-quality entertainment,” said Tony Huidor, GM of Digital Networks at Cinedigm.
Quibi is in advanced talks to sell its content catalogue to Roku, according to the Wall Street Journal. The short-lived short-form service, launched in April, announced in October it was shutting down.
News streaming service Haystack is launching channels this month dedicated to local, national and global coverage of the two Georgia Senate runoff elections and the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. The channels draw upon content from a portfolio of local, national and global news on FAST, in addition to ABC News, the AP, Bloomberg, CBS News, Cheddar, Euronews and Newsy.
Toonz Media Group is partnering with digital content distribution platform OTTera to provide the technology support for the Group’s new OTT platform. OTTera will host and provide the technology support for Toonz Media Group’s OTT channel, as well as distribute the Toonz library across VOD platforms. “Our shared experience in the children’s entertainment space, paired with their popular IP’s, will certainly make the Toonz channel launch a global success,” said Stephen L. Hodge, co-CEO of OTTera, Inc. The new platform will include over 1500 half hours of movie and episodic content.
Format deals for Australian series “Pooch Perfect” have been struck with Tresor TV Productions in Germany and Fabiola for the Benelux territories, while the original Australian series, commissioned by Seven Network and hosted by Rebel Wilson, has been licensed to TV2 in Denmark, YLE in Finland, SIC in Portugal, Blue Ant Media in Canada and Quebecor in French-speaking Canada.
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NBCUniversal wrapped 2020 with two networks among the top 5 ad-supported cable nets in A18-49 ratings: Bravo and USA. Bravo boasted the most series (6) in the top 20 reality programs across linear, and USA’s “WWE Monday Night Raw” was the #1 most social primetime series in all of television, excluding kids.
The January 1 season 13 premiere of “Rupaul’s Drag Race” drew a record 1.3 million total viewers across VH1, the CW, MTV, MTV2, PopTV and Logo. VH1 claimed 525,000 of the total haul, followed by the CW with 478,000.
Fox’s “Call Me Kat” debuted in a special post-“The OT” Sunday slot to 5.4 million viewers and 1.3 rating among A18-49, in early Nielsens. The final season premiere of the net’s “Last Man Standing” delivered a series low 2.4 million viewers and 0.5 in the demo on Sunday; both shows move the their regular Thursday berths on January 7.
Shareablee Top 10 Shows for the week of December 28
Program, Network, Total Actions, Total Content, Actions per Content, Fans & Followers
Today Show (NBC), 1.5M, 743, 2,042, 13.8M
Hannity (Fox News) 1.2M,143, 8,437, 10.4M
RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1), 1.1M, 58, 18,516, 6.7M
Good Morning America (ABC), 1M, 767, 1,342, 14.2M
Entertainment Tonight (WB/syndicated) 869K, 274, 3,172, 9.2M
Dick Clark’s New Years Rockin Eve (ABC), 760K, 398, 1,908, 490K
Justice with Judge Jeanine (Fox News), 725K, 36, 20,142, 6M
Ellen DeGeneres (WB/Syndicated), 672K, 16, 42,024, 205M
World News Tonight with David Muir (ABC), 452K, 527, 857, 6M
The 700 Club (CBN/Syndicated), 424K, 116, 3,653, 2.8M
Fox & Friends (Fox News), 375K, 24, 15,626, 4.7M
The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC), 347K, 28, 12,386, 13.2M
Shareablee Top 10 TV Streaming Shows for the week of December 28
Program, Platform, Total Actions, Total Content, Actions per Content, Fans & Followers
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Netflix), 4.2M, 67, 62,998, 2.6M
Cobra Kai (Netflix), 1.8M, 89, 20,056, 1.8M
Julie and the Phantoms (Netflix), 543K, 3, 180,890, 814K
Lucifer (Netflix), 510K, 9, 56,612, 7M
Gossip Girl (Netflix), 441K, 27, 16,321, 16.2M
The Mandalorian (Disney+), 405,851, 3, 135,284, 2.3M
Black Clover (Funimation), 399K, 19, 20,984, 809K
One Piece (Hulu), 393K, 10, 39,300, 3.3M
Boruto (Crunchyroll), 367K, 15, 24,492, 1.7M
The Boys (Amazon Prime), 286K, 10, 28,558, 1.3M
TV Time’s Shows on the Rise for the Week of December 28
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Netflix) – 97%
Cobra Kai (Netflix) – 94%
Salvation (CBS) – 68.2%
Doctor Who (BBC One) – 60.5%
RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1) – 59.8%
Bridgerton (Netflix) – 53.7%
Vikings (History) – 53.6%
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (The CW) – 50.6%
iZombie (The CW) – 39.8%
Queen of the South (USA) – 37.5%
Methodology: Every week, millions of viewers around the world use TV Time to track their favorite series. “Shows on the Rise” is calculated by determining the week-over-week growth in episodes watched for a given program.
Source: Nielsen live + same day time period averages
Actor Barbara Shelley died after contracting Covid-19. She was 88. In addition to British horror films, Shelley was featured in series including “Doctor Who,” “EastEnders,” and “The Avengers.”
Character actor/singer-songwriter George Gerdes died January 1 of a brain aneurysm. He was 72. Gerdes’ TV credits include “Bosch,” “Seinfeld” and “Grey’s Anatomy,” among others.
|This Day in History
Happy 75th birthday, Diane Keaton!
Answer to Our Last Trivia Question
What television character owned a boat called A Slice of Life? Dexter Morgan on “Dexter” (2006-2013). Kudos to: Pete Hazell-Discovery Communications Europe/London, John Ferlazzo/London, Sara Willard-Facebook/NYC, Garrett Mock-Mock Yeah! Productions/Atlanta, Traci Liner-MediaCom/NYC, Christine Allen-McGee Media/NYC, Andy Pittman-TAMU/College Station, TX, Paul Blutter-Walk and Talk Production Rentals/Burbank, Peter Steckelman-Tennis Channel/Santa Monica, CA, Dan Haberer-Creo Entertainment/Playa del Rey, CA, Richard Quan-Heat/San Francisco
Today’s Trivia Question
Which US sitcom was the first to feature teenagers as the lead characters? 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 answers per time zone.)
MANAGER, DIGITAL MARKETING
Dynamic digital marketer to drive growth in A+E’s Digital business by acquiring OTT, mobile, and website video streamers for A&E, HISTORY and Lifetime brands. Leverage owned, earned, and paid marketing tactics. 5 years’ experience with direct response digital marketing. Full info HERE (1/20)
DIRECTOR, VENDOR & SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT >>
A+E NETWORKS/NYC: Critical role in media acquisition team as tech liaison for suppliers/production teams to intake content and shepherd through to air. Project leadership + Media Supply Chain tech exp (camera technology/NLE workflows/content acquisition/QC). Act as technical consultant on prod/post prod. workflows across all A+E formats-scripted/non-scripted/live/movies/episodic series. 4+ yrs hands-on technical exp.(Post-Prod Sup./Online/Finishing Prod. Full info HERE (1/17)
SR PRODUCER/WRITER, ORIGINAL CONTENT MARKETING >>
NBCUNIVERSAL/NYC: Concept, write, produce and execute best-in-class creative launch campaigns for Peacock Originals for use on all platforms. Minimum 7 years of experience in writing, producing and video editing, experience leading 360° Originals creative campaigns in television or entertainment and Expert in digital video file formats. Full info HERE (1/14)
SR DATA ENGINEER >>
NBCUNIVERSAL/NYC: Looking for a Data Engineer who will be directly responsible for developing efficient data ingestion processes and automated management; develop and operationalize of machine learning models; and building robust data platforms to enable scaling of our products. 4+ years’ experience processing large amounts of structured and unstructured data in a cluster-computing environment required or similar experience in academia. Full Info HERE (1/14)
CONTRACTS ADMINISTRATOR >>
THE JIM HENSON COMPANY/LA: Collect and track pertinent data and information from production, talent, and license contracts, assist with negotiating terms and conditions of contracts and draft initial contracts and revise as needed. Minimum of two years’ experience in a law firm, network, or studio. Experience with guild agreements and/or Paralegal training and certification a plus. Full info HERE (1/14)
DIRECTOR, DATA SCIENCE >>
NBCUNIVERSAL/NYC: Seeking a Director of Data Science who will lead a team of Data Scientists that focus on the design and execution of advanced data exploration, data mining, inference and prediction of multiple traditional and non-traditional media measurement data sets. Expert knowledge of R and Python required, additional languages (i.e., Julia, Java, Scala) a plus. Full Info HERE (1/14)
EVP, GENERAL COUNSEL >>
CROWN MEDIA FAMILY NETWORKS/STUDIO CITY, CA
Provide strategic legal counsel to Crown Media executives, on matters of the highest profile, impact, complexity or sensitivity and leads the attorney and legal specialist team members. Substantive experience handling and advising on entertainment network legal issues within a broadcast/cable/digital in-house environment is sought. HERE (1/13)
SR. MANAGER, COMMERCIAL CLEARANCE >>
A+E NETWORKS/NYC: Ensure Ads are compliant with A+E’s policies and federal guidelines during content and advertising review. Liaise with internal Ad Sales executives and external Ad Agencies. 5+ years experience, preferably at a network working in Ad Standards & Practices/Commercial Clearance. Strong familiarity with rules including FDA, FTC and FCC regulations, indecency and trade libel. Full info HERE (1/8)
SENIOR ART DIRECTOR >>
A+E NETWORKS/NYC: Creative point in print, promotion, and marketing from concept to development across A&E, History & Lifetime projects. Must be well versed in managing design principles for both print and digital deliverables. Demonstrated hands-on ability to create key art and design projects from conception to completion. Expert in Adobe Creative Suite software and industry standard programs and software. 5 years experience working for network, film or other entertainment outlets. Full info HERE (1/8)
PLAYOUT OP >>
NEWSMAX MEDIA/NY, NY: Must be able to perform ingest and playback functions during live and pre-recorded programs. Traffics video clips according to shows’ rundowns. Edits content as necessary. Min 3 yrs exp in executing video playback in live control room environment. Plus 1yr exp with Ross Tria or EVS. Full info HERE (1/7)
TELEMUNDO/SACRAMENTO, CA: Responsible for partnering with local clients, both on the agency level and direct, to create innovative and unique mrktg and adv solutions that target a client’s demos and products/services. AE will also need to deliver quarterly results and meeting individual budget requirements. Min 2 yrs direct sales exp with 3 yrs of media sales exp. Full info HERE (1/7)
DIRECTOR, RETAIL DEVELOPMENT, AMERICAS >>
BBC STUDIOS/NY, NY: Resp for building relationships with key retail accounts at the buyer/mrktg levels. Partner with licensee’s sales teams to pre-sell BBCS franchises and meet the needs of key buyers across retail. Build retail strategies that drive brand strategies set by the franchise/licensing teams. 10yrs exp in licensing or entertainment focusing on retail development. Full info HERE (1/7)
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR >>
NEWSMAX MEDIA/NY, NY: Directs, co-develops/delivers locally prod programs and PSA for nat and inter’l audiences. Also oversees prod crew that produces regular, special and live shows related to various political, historical and other appropriate topics. Min 3 yrs exp in directing Live television news, studio-based programming or similarly related professional media productions. Full info HERE (1/7)
VIDEO ENGINEER & ROBOTIC CAMERA OPERATOR >>
NEWSMAX MEDIA/NY, NY: Exp in configuring and setting up all broadcast studio cameras both manned and robotic for daily use. Maintains network-level camera blocking and composition. Monitors/adjusts video signals including cameras, monitors, playback sources, color correction equip/incoming feeds. Min 4 yrs exp. Full info HERE (1/7)
FEEDS MANAGER >>
NEWSMAX MEDIA/NY, NY: Resp for managing tech/logistical traffic supporting live news shows. Full knwldge of video and tech workflow throughout all locations. Provide tech guidance to help create better video workflows. Ensure all broadcast feeds are meeting specific tech quality standards. Min 3 yrs tech managing, or equivalent knwldge. 5 yrs in live TV prod. Full info HERE (1/7)
GFX Op >>
NEWSMAX MEDIA/NY, NY: Must be able to set up and play out all graphic elements which are included in pre-recorded or live programming. Mnge graphic content as it corresponds to live and pre-recorded programs. Satisfy all production req for live and pre-recorded programming under the supervision of the show’s director and technical operations mngmt. Min 3 yrs of exp in graphic and character generation, plus 1yr exp with Ross Xpression. Full info HERE (1/7)
AUDIO TECHNICIAN >>
NEWSMAX MEDIA/NY, NY: Operate/executes audio mixing/creation for live and taped broadcasts, in the context of orig produced programs and PSAs. Collaborate with News depart and prod crew that produce regular, special and live shows. Generate timely and pertinent broadcast material. Min 2 yrs exp in graphic and character gen in television news, creative services, studio-based prog or related profession. Full info HERE (1/7)
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER >>
Newsmax Media/NYC: Responsible for designing and building shows, managing show hosts and production team, identifying and integrating guests, overseeing and executing the production of key video & graphic elements. 3+ yrs EP exp or political news & talk programming. Full info HERE (1/7)
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER >>
Newsmax Media/NYC: Write for fast paced news and opinion show. You are an exceptional storyteller with a command of political news and cultural trends. At least 3 years of national or large market local news experience. Full info HERE (1/7)
SENIOR LINE PRODUCER >>
Newsmax Media/NYC: Responsible for the production and execution of live political news programming, and recorded video segments for television, and digital platforms. 3+ yrs experience line producing. Full info HERE (1/7)
Newsmax Media/NYC: Responsible for the production of live news & talk show, and recorded video segments for television, and digital platforms. 3+ yrs in TV news and/or talk production. Full info HERE (1/7)
COORDINATOR, CONSUMER MARKETING >>
CROWN MEDIA FAMILY NETWORKS/LA, CA: Resp for supporting the implementation of advtg campaigns (on/off-channel), mktg partnerships, promotions, sweepstakes, experiential events, creative adv development & email mktg initiatives. Min 1yr of professional mktg exp within the entertainment industry. Full info HERE (1/6)
MANAGER, TALENT & LEARNING DEVELOPMENT >>
A+E NETWORKS/NYC: Assess company-wide developmental needs and drive the design, development, delivery, evaluation and admin of various training and development programs (including leadership training, coaching, DE&I, etc.). 3-7 yrs of developing eLearning training with strong data analysis skill and excellent communication ability is required. Full info HERE (1/6)
VP, CREATIVE DEVELOPMENT >>
SESAME WORKSHOP/NY, NY: Idea generator in developing and vetting program ideas and genres for creating new programs for in-house development, and identifying the right distributor for each property. Min 8 yrs exp and must be able to share ideas and contribute to the strategic vision/direction of the Workshop. Full info HERE (1/6)
|TUESDAY JANUARY 5
ABC: “The Lion King,” “The Goldbergs”
CBS: “NCIS,” “FBI,” “FBI: Most Wanted”
CW: “World’s Funniest Animals,” “World’s Funniest Animals,” Masters of Illusion,” “Masters of Illusion”
FOX: “Gordon Ramsay’s American Road Trip”
NBC: “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” [p], “This Is Us,” “Nurses”
PBS: “Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr.,” “PBS American Portrait” [p], “Frontline”
Telemundo: “El Domo Del Dinero,” “Todo Por Mi Hija,” “Falsa Identidad”
Univision: “Vencer el Desamor,” “Imperio de Mentiras,” “Dulce Ambicion”