A Cynopsis Message From A+E NETWORKS
|A+E NETWORKS | PERFORMANCE
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ABC: The Bachelor at 8p
Cartoon Network: Infinity Train at 7:30p
Food Network: Kids Baking Championship at 9p
GSN: Get a Clue at 4p
NBC: America’s Got Talent: The Champions at 8p, Manifest at 10p
PBS: Antiques Roadshow at 8p
VH1: Love & Hip Hop: Miami at 9p
IN THE NEWS
Ricky Gervais landed both laughs and groans as host of Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards, where the A-listers in the room were, as usual, his prime targets. Encouraging winners to just thank their agents and God, Gervais noted, “You’re in no position to lecture the public about anything…most of you spent less time in school than Greta Thunberg.” That didn’t keep presenter Jennifer Aniston from reading a speech from Best Actor/Miniseries winner Russell Crowe (The Loudest Voice), who was in his home country, Australia, as wildfires raged, that urged climate change action based on science. For a complete list of winners, go here.
A newly unsealed PBS investigative report related to lawsuits over the dismissal of Tavis Smiley accuses the former talk show host of engaging in sexual relationships with subordinates and guests, verbal abuse and unwanted sexual comments. Smiley, who hosted Tavis Smiley for 14 years, denies the allegations. Smiley sued PBS for breach of contract when his show was canceled amid misconduct allegations; in a countersuit, PBS is asking for the return of $1.9 million in production advances. A trial is scheduled for February 10.
The Directors Guild of America sent an email to members informing them that the submission for Jill Soloway for Transparent Musical Finale was “inadvertently omitted” from the ballot. Anyone who wished to recast their vote was offered the opportunity to do so online; nominations are slated to be announced today.
A&E’s Live PD was the #1 program in 2019 in DVR and VOD viewing, according to Vizio TV data unit Inscape. The Voice and This Is Us placed second and third in the DVR category, while Teen Mom 2 and Grey’s Anatomy followed in VOD viewing. The top three programs for OTT were Grey’s Anatomy, Live PD and This Is Us. The top eight programs in live viewing were sports and news shows – #9 was Friends. In 2018, Live PD was tops in DVR, VOD and OTT viewing.
Comscore announced a renewal and expansion of its deal with Gray Television that has Gray using the measurement company’s local TV currency exclusively in 83 of their 93 markets, representing about 19% of all US television households.
Cynopsis has released the 2019-2020 Salary Survey report, and the addition of new soft benefits was a key takeaway. “When it comes to non-financial rewards, the key is customization because that’s how you make these rewards especially valuable,” says Bruce Tulgan, author, workplace expert & founder of RainmakerThinking. Read the full report here to check out what companies are offering right now.
A former member of Discovery’s Deadliest Catch crew was one of two survivors of a boating accident in rough, icy waters off the coast of Alaska. Dean Gribble Jr. was found along with another passenger suffering from hypothermia after the crabbing vessel capsized; five other people were missing.
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|PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT
BBC America handed Killing Eve an early season four renewal, months ahead of its season three premiere. “How could we not have massive confidence in Killing Eve? It has won big in every major award show and is the highest growing show on US television for six years,” said Sarah Barnett, President, AMC Networks Entertainment Group and AMC Studios. Season two of the drama had the highest rate of growth of any returning TV drama since the final season of AMC’s Breaking Bad in 2013, doubling its season one audience in Live+SD Nielsens.
Former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson is teaming with Blumhouse Television to develop an interview series featuring topical, provocative subject matter. Blumhouse is also producer of Showtime’s The Loudest Voice, which tells the story of FNC founder Roger Ailes and Carlson’s part in his downfall. “We see a kindred spirit in Gretchen who is unafraid to shine a light where others may not dare to look and we’re happy that she has made Blumhouse a home,” said Blumhouse TV co-presidents Jeremy Gold and Marci Wiseman.
Top 10 Weekend Domestic Box Office Estimates: January 3-5
Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker (Walt Disney) $33.7 million (week 2), cume revenue $450.8 million
Jumanji: The Next Level (Sony Pictures) $26.5 million (week 4), cume revenue $236.2 million
Little Women (Sony) $13.6 million (week 2), cume revenue $60.0 million
The Grudge (Sony) $11.3 million, opening weekend
Frozen II (Walt Disney) $11.3 million (week 7), cume revenue $449.9 million
Spies in Disguise (Twentieth Century Fox) $10.1 million (week 2), cume revenue $46.7 million
Knives Out (Lionsgate) $9.0 million (week 6), cume revenue $130.3 million
Uncut Gems (A24) $7.5 million (week 4), cume revenue $36.5 million
Bombshell (Lionsgate) $4.1 million (week 4), cume revenue $24.6 million
Cats (Universal) $2.6 million (week 3), cume revenue $24.7 million
NEW & RETURNING SERIES
Daily morning shows E! News and Pop of the Morning debut today on E! at 7a and 11a, respectively. In E! News, hosts Lilliana Vazquez and Scott Tweede cover pop culture, lifestyle and entertainment stories, while Pop offers an unfiltered, more in-depth and irreverent look at news stories.
Amazon Prime Video’s Hunters makes its debut Friday, February 21. Conspiracy thriller series starring Al Pacino follows a band of Nazi hunters in 1977 NYC who discover a plot to create a Fourth Reich in the US.
Last April, in front of a sold-out room of industry leaders and innovators, The Cynopsis Sports Media Awards honored exceptional initiatives on behalf of networks, leagues and brands. This year, we’re once again saluting the best of the best, from stand-out series to savvy marketing tactics to superior digital content on Thursday, April 23 in NYC. Entering is simple and done entirely online. Click here to find the right category for you and be sure to enter before January 28!
The AT&T TV app is no longer available on Roku devices, with the lapse of the contract between the companies. “We’re actively working on a new agreement with Roku and hope to resolve this soon,” AT&T’s support page told customers. Currently in beta, AT&T TV is scheduled to roll out nationally next month.
TechFreedom is siding with Facebook on a ruling that allows Illinois residents to bring a class-action suit against the social media giant over its facial recognition technology. The court’s decision could “discourage innovative newcomers and dampen the relentless cycle by which past internet giants have seen their dominance disrupted,” said libertarian group TechFreedom in a friend-of-the-court brief filed Friday, supporting Facebook’s request that the Supreme Court intervene. The Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act requires companies to obtain a written release before collecting face mapping data; Facebook says charges should be dismissed since Illinois residents suffered no injury from the alleged violation.
As Australia’s devastating wildfires continue, the AccuWeather Network will feature programming all week focused on the impact of the blazes. Segments explore mass evacuations, animal destruction, the cause of the fires, and the damaging effects of smoke.
Pepsi introduced its first new tagline in 20 years on Sunday. The new line, “That’s What I Like,” is “derived from and inspired by loyal Pepsi drinkers who proudly like what they like without worrying about what others will think,” said the brand.
National linear TV advertising dipped 5% over the 2018-19 season versus the year prior, to $44.2 billion, according to Standard Media Index. In 4Q18, all entertainment programming on broadcast and cable grabbed 58% of advertising dollars, with 30% for sports, 9% for news and 3% for kids content.
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USA Network wrapped 2019 as the #1 cable net in the A18-49 demo for the third consecutive year, and among A25-54 for the second consecutive year, according to Nielsen. USA also boasted the #1 new series (Temptation Island), the #1 new drama (Treadstone) and the #1 returning drama (Queen of the South) among A18-49.
NFL regular season football averaged 16.5 million viewers for the league’s national TV games, according to Nielsen, up 5% year-over-year. Digital viewership was up 51%, to 487,000.
Univision’s Feliz 2020 averaged 2 million Total Viewers, 830,000 A18-49 and 371,000 A18-34 on Tuesday, up +37%, +41% and +40%, respectively, versus 2018.
The season premiere of Fox’s Last Man Standing topped Thursday night among A18-49, with a 1.0 rating. ABC special What Is Jeopardy? was #1 in viewers, with 7.81 million.
The Masked Singer debuted in the UK on Saturday, averaging a night-topping 5.5 million viewers for ITV, ahead of the season two premiere of Simon Cowell’s The Greatest Dancer (3.2 million). It was ITV’s best new entertainment premiere since 2013’s Splash!.
Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions) Friday, January 3 time period averages
Source: Nielsen Live+SD
CBS: 7.83 million
Hawaii Five-0 7.99, Magnum P.I. 7.81, Blue Bloods 7.69
ABC: 3.43 million
American Housewife 2.62, Fresh Off the Boat 1.90, 20/20 4.02
NBC: 3.33 million
Ellen’s Game of Games 3.46, Dateline 3.27
FOX: 2.42 million
WWE Friday Night Smackdown 2.42
CW: 0.84 million
Penn & Teller: Fool Us 0.98, Whose Line Is It Anyway? 0.74, Whose Line Is It Anyway? 0.66
Friday A18-49 Ratings
CBS 0.8/4, FOX 0.7/4, ABC 0.6/3, NBC 0.6/3, CW 0.2/1
Innocean named Tim Murphy as Chief Operating Officer. Previously, Murphy was a partner and President of Siltanen & Partners Advertising.
Economist Adam Smith died December 27 after battling cancer. He was 58. Smith, who was Futures Director at GroupM, was known in the ad industry for his “This Year Next Year” forecast.
|This Day in History
1975 – Wheel of Fortune premiered on NBC.
Answer to Our Last Trivia Question
What was the surname of the Malcolm in the Middle (2000-20006) clan revealed in the show’s pilot, before it was dropped and decided they didn’t have one? Wilkerson. Kudos to: Rory Rosergarten-The Conversation Company/Roslyn, NY, Paul Blutter-Walk and Talk Production Rentals/Burbank, Gerry Bixenspan-TV Marketing Inc./NYC, Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA, Dennis Wilkerson-Dennis Wilkerson Productions/Phoenix, Anderson Angad-Publicis Media/NYC, David Westberg-SAG-AFTRA Credit Union/Burbank, Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg-M and S Entertainment/LA, Synda Kollman-Charter Marketing Group/Boca Raton, FL
Today’s Trivia Question
Why did Ricky, Lucy, Fred and Ethel mistakenly wind up in the Swiss town of Locarno instead of Lucerne on an episode of I Love Lucy (1951-57)? (Email [email protected] 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, ON AIR PROMOTION MARKETING >>
Marquee Sports Network/Chicago: Ideate/execute yr-long campaigns, write, produce & edit all topical on-air promotions, branded content, sizzle videos and more. Collaborate w/marketing, Prod, Digital & Social teams; also w/Sales requests & ad partnerships. 5+ yrs of on-air promotions exp. Full info HERE (1/21)
SR. BUS ANALYST, AD SALES SOLUTIONS >>
A+E/NY: Lead analysis & documentation of user reporting req’s, provide support & project mgmt efforts to offer new solutions or enhancements related to Digital reporting. YOU NEED: BA/BS, 6+ yrs IT Business Analysis exp, exp w/Digital Ad Sales Order Mgmt Systems (Fivia), exp w/SQL, strong analytical & communication skills. APPLY HERE (1/17)
MGR, MARKETING SOLUTIONS (NATIONAL) >>
National CineMedia (NCM)
Responsible for strategic development of media mktg solutions within national sales organization. 3-5 yrs exp at an agency, media co. or sales organization working in branded content, mktg partnership or other relevant client solutions roles. Full info HERE (1/16)
ACCOUNT DIRECTOR, REGIONAL SALES >>
National CineMedia (NCM)/NYC: Exp’d sales pro to sell advertising in our movie theaters and through our digital platforms, specifically to the National Spot ad community. Min 3 yrs media sales exp necessary with demonstrated closing ability; digital sales experience a plus. Full info HERE (1/16)
SR MGR, AD SALES MKTG, PRODUCT KNOWLEDGE >>
A + E Networks/NY: Create compelling go-to-market materials (sales collateral materials, direct mail campaigns, trade advertising, upfront presentation tool kit, etc.) across A+E Networks’ portfolio. Full Info/Apply:
ASSISTANT TEACHING PROFESSOR >>
Drexel University/PHL: (non-tenured, contract faculty position) Accomplished TV/Media industry professional to share his/her passion for the field w/highly motivated faculty & students for our Grad program. BA deg req’d. Sr Level Mngmnt/leadership exp at least 5 yrs TV/Media industry. Full info/apply HERE (1/16)
DIRECTOR, DIGITAL SALES >>
TSM/NYC: Oversee all aspects of TSM & Blitz digital sales in NE region 8+ yrs exp digital media sales. Solutions-oriented team player w/ability to work seamlessly across deps. Ability to articulate TSM & Blitz value proposition to agencies and senior-level executives. Full info HERE (1/16)
DIGITAL AD OPS ASSOCIATE >>
PBS/Arlington, VA: Part-time, contract position. Supports PBS Digital’s online sponsorship and related initiatives. 2+ yrs digital trafficking exp in media or agency setting. Exp supporting ad campaigns and using industry ad tech. Full info HERE (1/16)
INTERACTIVE ASSET MANAGER >>
9 Story Media/NY: Seeking interactive asset mgr for a 3D animated preschool series. Must have exceptional organization and comm skills, attention to detail, and ability to manage priorities. Min 3 yrs of animation/preschool interactive content production. Full info HERE (1/16)
SR MANAGER, MARKET RESEARCH >>
Country Music Assoc/Nashville, TN: Dev/manage qualitative primary research initiatives in support of the CMA strat plan and priorities. Types include segmentation, mkt sizing, music consump analytics and trends, aud measurement, and cons tracking studies. 7 yrs exp managing mkt research. Music, media or enter exp preferred. Full into HERE (1/16)
PROD/WRITER/EDITOR, ORIGINALS-PEACOCK, DIRECT-TO-CONSUMER >>
NBC Peacock/NY or LA: Seeking creative thinker and writer to execute a high volume of promo content for Peacock; focus on original series: Brave New World, Battlestar Galactica, Dr. Death, & more. Min 6 yrs experience executing omnichannel campaigns; Full info HERE (1/14)
SR DIRECTOR, DIGITAL STRATEGY >>
NBC Sports/San Francisco: Actively manage a team of managers, insiders, reporters, producer/editors and content miners who drive “digital-first” content creation specific to our various web and mobile platforms. Min 5 yrs of multiplatform newsroom exp. Full info HERE (1/13)
MULTI MEDIA PRODUCER >>
NBC Sports/Portland OR: responsible for producing, writing, editing and posting sports content for NBC Sports Northwest and other digital media assets. Min 7 yrs exp in news digital media (producer, editor, blogger), social media and managing web content. Full info HERE (1/13)
NBC Sports/Portland: Build & execute television show formats at a high level of production quality with an eye to innovate. Min 5 yrs exp in a linear producer role; sports television exp pref’d. Full info HERE (1/13)
SR RESEARCH ANALYST, MARKET RESEARCH >>
Sesame Workshop/NYC: experienced market research professional to support company-wide market research needs. 3-4 yrs exp in a media/market research environment. 2+ years using Nielsen N-Power. Full info HERE (1/11)
ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE, MEDIA PARTNERSHIPS >>
MALKA MEDIA/Jersey City NJ: Focus working w/brand & agency partners to demonstrate the value our shows have in reaching their audiences. 3-7 yrs successful sales/account mngmnt exp within the media industry w/strong focus on digital video. Full info HERE (1/11)
SALES PLANNER >>
KDEN/Denver: Provide support and coordination on a wide range of KDEN client accounts to include both traditional broadcast as well as digital needs. 1+ yr exp Previous exp w/custom show a +. Must be driven and exemplify strong leadership qualities. Full info HERE (1/7)
SVP, MARKETING & STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS >>
CMA/Nashville: Oversee the development and execution of CMA’s marketing, communications and strategic partnerships strategies. 15+ more yrs related exp in mktg within the media/music/ent ind; or equivalent comb of education & exp. Full info HERE (1/7)
MANAGER, AD SALES MARKETING >>
Crown Media Networks/NYC: Responsible for developing 360-degree advertiser-driven marketing programs while ensuring that our brand value proposition, network voice and programming priorities anchor every proposal. 3-5 yrs exp Ad Sales Marketing or related field. Full info HERE (1/7)
|MONDAY JANUARY 6
ABC: Spider-Man: Homecoming
CBS: The Neighborhood, Bob Hearts Abishola, All Rise, Bull
CW: iHeartRadio Music Festival Night 1
FOX: 9-1-1, Prodigal Son
NBC: Ellen’s Greatest Night of Giveaways, Manifest, Manifest
PBS: Antiques Roadshow, Antiques Roadshow, POV
Telemundo: Decisiones: Unos Ganan, Otros Pierden, La Dona, El Senor de los Cielos
Univision: Ringo, El Dragon