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Facebook Watch ordered docu-series Mormon Love, focused on teen life in a Mormon community, from Leopard USA. Show launches Sunday, January 13.
Top 10 Weekend Domestic Box Office Estimates: January 4-6
Aquaman (Warner Bros.) $30.7 million (week 3), cume revenue $259.7 million
Escape Room (Sony) $18.0 million, opening weekend
Mary Poppins Returns (Buena Vista) $15.8 million (week 3), cume revenue $138.7 million
Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse (Sony) $13.0 million (week 4), cume revenue $133.9 million
Bumblebee (Paramount) $12.8 million (week 3), cume revenue $97.1 million
The Mule (Warner Bros.) $9.0 million (week 4), cume revenue $81.1 million
Vice (Annapurna) $5.8 million (week 2), cume revenue $29.8 million
Second Act (STX) $4.9 million (week 3), cume revenue $32.9 million
Ralph Breaks the Internet (Buena Vista) $4.7 million (week 7), cume revenue $187.1 million
Holmes & Watson (Sony) $3.4 million (week 2), cume revenue $28.4 million
Source: comScore
Ellen DeGeneres and Kevin Hart drew criticism for an interview that aired Friday during which DeGeneres asked Hart to reconsider his decision to back out of hosting the 2019 Oscars. DeGeneres told Hart that she had called The Academy and been told they would be “thrilled” if he took back the job. Of online critics who attacked Hart for years-earlier derogatory jokes about gay people, DeGeneres said, “Don’t pay attention to them. They are a small group of people who are very, very loud. We are a huge group of people who love you and want you to host the Oscars.” While Hart told DeGeneres he would “assess” the suggestion, Deadline reports he is unlikely to change his mind, concerned about being a distraction and the lack of preparation time.
Should Kevin Hart return as host of the Oscars? Let us know in the Cynopsis poll: www.cynopsis.com/poll/.  
Hosts for the Casting Society of America’s Artios Awards, held January 31 in LA, will be husband and wife hosts of podcast Why Did This Get Made?, June Diane Raphael (Grace and Frankie) and Paul Scheer (Veep).
The Producers Guild announced the nominees for the 30th Annual PGA Awards. TV noms went to The Americans, Better Call Saul, The Handmaid’s Tale, Ozark and This Is Us for drama, and Atlanta, Barry, GLOW, The Good Place and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel for comedy. Nominated in the miniseries category were The Assassination of Gianni Versace, Escape at Dannemora, Maniac, The Romanoffs and Sharp Objects. Up for TV movie are Farenheit 451, King Lear, My Dinner with Hervé, Paterno and Sense8: Together Until the End. Ceremony takes place January 19.
The Circus is back on Showtime for season four starting Sunday, January 27, at 8p. Once again, John Heilemann, Mark McKinnon and Alex Wagner will have plenty to mine, including the shifting power dynamics on Capitol Hill and the White House’s mounting legal entanglements heading into 2020.
Season five of ID’s Your Worst Nightmare premieres Friday, January 11, at 9p. True crime series uses classic film techniques to bring bad dreams to life.
Cartel Crew, following the descendants of Cartel leaders, debuts tonight, January 7, at 9p on VH1. Big Fish Chief Creative Officer and series’ Executive Producer, Lucilla DAgostino, tells Cynopsis that exploring the Cartel through the eyes of some of its most key players’ children provides “rarefied perspective and access to this world, and its aftermath. We think viewers will find the cast’s journeys to forge their own paths and come out of their infamous parents’ shadows both brutally honest and, at times, surprisingly relatable.”
In an open letter to its “future neighbors” in Long Island City, where it is housing its second corporate headquarters, Amazon offered details on an investment that has drawn fire from activists concerned about strain on the infrastructure and benefits to low-income residents. In addition to tens of thousands of diverse jobs, Amazon promised $27 billion in tax revenue and real estate donated to build a new public school.
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The destination will serve as a comprehensive job listing for anyone looking for new opportunities in the television, digital, sports, esports and kids’ media.

The premiere of Lifetime docu-series Surviving R. Kelly delivered 1.9 million total viewers, marking Lifetime’s best performance in more than two years in all key demos including A25-54 (1.2 million), A18-49 (1.1 million), W25-54 (837,000), and W18-49 (767,000). 
The season five premiere of A&Es 60 Days In was the highest-rated season premiere in series history, delivering 1.2 million total viewers, 708,000 A25-54 and 603,000 A18-49.
Spanish-language movie network Cinelatino was the highest-rated Hispanic cable network all day among both P2+ and 18-49 on December 24 and 25, 2018, according to Nielsen. The network averaged 56,000 and 96,000 viewers among Persons 2+, respectively, on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
The sixth episode of Bravos Dirty John was the highest-rated episode of the series across all key demos and Bravo’s highest-rated scripted series telecast ever. The episode garnered 1.2 million P18-49, 1.5 million P25-54 and 2.9 million total viewers in Nielsen L+3 viewing.
The latest episode of WE tvs Love After Lockup surpassed 1 million total viewers in Nielsen L+3 ratings, up 35%  from the previous week and 60% from the season two premiere. 
Travel Channel had its best year in network history for P2+ and HH, averaging 503,000 P2+ and 384,000 HH in prime. With delivery up 13% for W25-54, +8% for P25-54, +4% for M25-54, 4% for P2+, and 6% for HHs in prime, Travel Channel is now a top 25 rated network for P25-54, moving up 7 slots to rank #25 in 2018.
Top 11 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of 12/17/18 ranked in order by HH Rtg
Judge Judy (CTD) 7.0AA
Family Feud (2/T) 6.4AA
Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.2AA
Jeopardy! (CTD) 6.2AA
The Big Bang Theory (WB) 4.6AA
Inside Edition (CTD) 3.0AA
Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 2.9AA
Dr. Phil (CTD) 2.9AA
Hot Bench (CTD) 2.3AA
Live with Kelly and Ryan (DAD) 2.2AA
Last Man Standing (2T) 2.2AA
Top 12 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of 12/17/18 ranked in order by A18-49 Rtg
The Big Bang Theory (WB) 1.7AA
Family Feud (2/T) 1.7AA
Judge Judy (CTD) 1.5AA
Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 1.1AA
Jeopardy! (CTD) 1.1AA
Modern Family (2/T) 0.9AA
Family Guy (2/T) 0.8AA
Last Man Standing (2T) 0.7AA
Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 0.6AA
Inside Edition (CTD) 0.6AA
The Goldbergs (SPT) 0.6AA
Dr. Phil (CTD) 0.6AA
Source: Nielsen
Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions) Thursday, January 3, time period averages 
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated Live+SD
FOX: 12.31 million
NFL Football 12.31
CBS: 6.17 million
The Big Bang Theory 8.08, Young Sheldon 7.72, Mom 7.67, Murphy Brown 5.51, S.W.A.T. 4.02
ABC: 2.98 million
Disney’s Prep & Landing 3.19, Prep & Landing: Naughty or Nice 2.55, The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition 3.04
NBC: 2.22 million
Superstore 3.00, I Feel Bad 1.85, Saturday Night Live Christmas 2.12
CW: 1.25 million
Supernatural 1.43, Legacies 1.08
UNIVISION: 1.10 million
Jesus 0.82, Futbol Central 0.97, LIGA MX 1.3
TELEMUNDO: 0.87 million
La Sultana 0.92, Falsa Identidad 0.91, Senora Acero 0.74
Thursday A18-49: FOX 3.4/14, CBS 0.8/3, UNI 0.7/3, ABC 0.6/3, NBC 0.5/2, CW 0.4/2, TELE 0.4/2
Qnary founder and digital media trend-spotter Bant Breem has been appointed CEO of database marketing firm Harte Hanks. Breem will remain chairman of Qnary.
March 6 | SVA Theatre – NYC
Incredible screenings, interesting panels & networking all in one afternoon
3:45 – 4:10PM             Panel: Finding the Right Platform for Premium Short Form Video
4:10 – 4:20PM             Networking Break
4:20 – 4:45PM             Panel: What Advertisers Want from Short Form Video
4:45 – 6:15PM             Awards Show + Video Screenings
6:15 – 7:15PM             Closing Reception

This Day in History: 1999 – President Clinton’s impeachment trial began in the Senate.

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: Chase (1973-1974) was the first show created by which prolific producer? Stephen J. Cannell. Kudos to: Gerry Bixenspan-TV Marketing Inc./NYC, Paul Blutter-Walk and Talk Production Rentals/Burbank, Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA, Carl Mayer-Active International/Pearl River, NY, Synda Kollman-Charter Marketing Group/Boca Raton, FL
Today’s Trivia Question: An encore of the pilot movie for which drama aired in Saturday Night Live’s late-night slot one week in September 1986? (Email [email protected] with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and time zone. Unofficial rules: a limit of four correct answers from each time zone will be selected.)
Monday Series Anagram: Els Confirmed Golfer (Email [email protected] with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and time zone. First three correct answers will be selected.)

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CLIENT SOLUTIONS COORDINATOR/Telepictures Productions Inc. – WB/CA: Seeking a Client Solutions Coordinator for the TPX Ad Sales department. Responsible for assisting in the dev of cross platform mktg campaigns that generate advertising revenue for TMZ, TMZ Sports and toofab.com. 3+ years in account/project management, marketing or ad sales. Full info/apply HERE (1/10)
SENIOR DIRECTOR CONSUMER ENGAGEMENT/NBC Sports/Golf Channel/Orlando: Develop marketing strategies to drive viewership, consumption & revenue goals across various Golf Channel platforms. 10+ yrs mrkting exp in Media, TV or Sports. Full info/apply HERE  (1/10)
MANAGER, INVENTORY/Crown Media Family Networks/NY: Monitor and track all inventory through WideOrbit and Dealmaker. Build ADU packages and analyze and strategize pre and post upfront reporting. Min 2 years exp. in pricing and planning or ad sales req. Apply  HERE (1/9)
SR BROADCAST DESIGNER/NESN/Boston: Pa ssionate/motivated self-starter, creative thinker w/ability to multi-task effectively & prioritize accordingly. Demonstrates proficiency in Cinema 4D, After Effects, Photoshop, Illustrator, Mac Computers & Broadcast prod. Min 5 yrs exp brdcst design. Full info/apply HERE (1/9)
Sr. DIRECTOR GLOBAL ACQUISITIONS/A+E/Stamford, CT: Plan, implement, monitor & optimization of content delivery; technical, file-based procurement of Domestic and International content; 10+ yrs exp technical procurement of content cable or broadcast network. Full info/apply  HERE (1/9)

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PRODUCER/Spectrum/Albany: Produce assigned newscasts & news inserts making decisions on story lineup, video/audio elements, graphics and timing to construct show. 3+ yrs TV news exp. Writes news stories for an assigned newscasts. Full info: HERE (1/8)
ABC: The Bachelor [p]
CBS: Big Bang Theory [r], Happy Together, Young Sheldon [r], The Neighborhood [r], Bull [r]
CW: The Flash [r], Arrow [r
FOX: The Resident [r], 9-1-1 [r]
NBC: America’s Got Talent, Manifest
PBS: Antiques Roadshow [p], Antiques Roadshow [r], Independent Lens
TELEMUNDO: La Sultana, Falsa Identidad, Senora Acero
UNIVISION: Jesus, Mi Marido Tiene Mas Familia, Amar a Muerte

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