Thursday January 21, 2021
CW: “Walker” at 8p, “Legacies” at 9p
Discovery+: “Toddlers & Tiaras: Where Are They Now?”
HBO Max: “Perfect Life,” “Gomorrah,” “Looney Tunes Cartoons,” “Selena + Chef”
Netflix: “Call My Agent!”
USA: “The Rev” at 10:30p
IN THE NEWS
“I thought this was the best inaugural address I’ve ever heard,” said Fox News’ Chris Walllace of President Joe Biden’s speech yesterday, noting he’s heard every one since 1961. “It was a call to our better angels.” Breakout star of the day: 22-year-old poet laureate Amanda Gorman. “Perfectly written, perfectly delivered…Brava!” tweeted Lin-Manuel Miranda, whose “Hamilton” was referenced in Gorman’s poem. Elsewhere, some QAnon followers expressed frustration online that the prophecy that President Trump would seize another term in office was not fulfilled. “We’ve been had,” posted one follower when the new president was sworn in.
The CW will in devote Tuesday night, February 23 to the series premiere of “Superman & Lois.” Following a 90-minute debut episode will be half-hour special “Superman & Lois: Legacy of Hope” at 9:30p, with sneak peeks and cast interviews. The season seven premiere of “The Flash,” previously slated to begin February 23, will move to March 2 at 9p.
Disney said that despite the admirable performance of its top executives amid pandemic challenges, “in light of the company’s circumstances this year,” the executive officers will forgo bonuses. Bob Iger, who retired his CEO title in February and is executive chairman, will receive $21.03 million in total compensation, versus $47.52 last year.
CNBC Digital reports it had its best year ever in 2020. According to Comscore, CNBC reached a record 84.9 million average monthly unique visitors in 2020, up 56% year-over-year, with eleven straight months of double-digit, year-over-year growth.
Late-night talk show ratings – hobbled by pandemic restrictions – have dropped year-over-year on broadcast networks, with average viewers down 14% season to date. CBS’ “Late Night With Stephen Colbert” is down 11% from the same time last year, to 3.16 million viewers; ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” dipped 7%, to 1.8 million, and NBC’s “Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon” has slipped 25%, to 1.5 million.
Entries for the 9th annual Cynopsis Sports Media Awards are rolling in, and as the deadlines loom, we are looking for industry experts to help judge. Do you have the credentials it takes to evaluate the winners of the most prestigious listing in sports media? Let’s talk!
Group Nine Acquisition Corp. announced the closing of its initial public offering of 23,000,000 units, at a price of $10.00 per unit, resulting in aggregate gross proceeds of $230,000,000. GNAC is a newly organized, blank check company formed by Group Nine Media, Inc. for the purpose of carrying out a merger, capital stock exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, reorganization or similar business combination.
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Netflix has greenlit YA drama series “Heartstopper,” based on Alice Oseman’s graphic novel series about two boys coming out. See-Saw Films is producing, with Lyn (“Doctor Who”) attached to direct.
Casting notes: Added to the cast of HBO Max’s upcoming reboot of “Head of the Class” are Jorge Diaz (“Jane the Virgin”), Dior Goodjohn (“Glee”), Brandon Severs (“Walk the Prank”), and Christa Miller (“Scrubs”)…Farrah Mackenzie (“Utopia”) landed a series regular role in CBS comedy “United States of Al.”
Finalists have been announced, and our judging team is closing in on the winners for Cynopsis’ Best of the Best Awards and Rising Stars. See who’s going to take the spotlight and save the date for our (virtual) awards event on Thursday, February 25.
NEW & RETURNING SERIES
Electric Entertainment crime series “Almost Paradise” will premiere on IMDb TV on Monday, February 1. It’s the first digital platform outside of Electric’s own channel and app that has carried the action adventure series in its entirety for free.
Set to launch next month on Acorn TV: Season three of French mystery drama “Balthazar,” on Monday, February 8, and seasons one and two of Australian drama “The Circuit” on Monday, February 15.
The day after Netflix reported it had topped estimates and added 8.5 million new subscribers during 4Q20, for a total of 203.65 million, the streamer’s stock rose to a new high of $577.77 in the first hour of trading on Wednesday. And it kept on rising, reaching $586.34 by the end of trading.
In more Netflix news, the company is planning to roll out a new shuffle play feature for users who want titles picked out for them. Netflix has been testing shuffle play, and “It’s really working for us where our members can basically indicate to us that they just want to skip browsing entirely, click one button and we’ll pick a title for them just to instantly play,” said COO Greg Peters in a 4Q20 earnings call.
The Bob Ross Channel app has officially launched on VIZIO SmartCast, available as a free, ad-supported VIZIO SmartCast video-on-demand app powered by Cinedigm’s Matchpoint Blueprint platform. The channel features 380 episodes of the series, “The Joy of Painting.”
Future Today announced an expansion of its partnership with Moonbug Entertainment that includes the launch of five new omni-platform streaming channels.
Twitter handed control of White House accounts to the new administration shortly after Joe Biden was sworn in as president. Biden didn’t inherit Donald Trump’s followers; instead, users following @PresElectBiden were transitioned to the @POTUS account. Biden’s first tweet as president: “There is no time to waste when it comes to tackling the crises we face. That’s why today, I am heading to the Oval Office to get right to work delivering bold action and immediate relief for American families.”
Storytelling platform Wattpad is being acquired by South Korean conglomerate Naver for $600 million. Among Naver’s varied portfolio is publishing platform Webtoon, featuring user-created comic strips. “Wattpad’s vision to entertain and connect the world through stories fits perfectly with our vision for Webtoon and Naver’s content brand,” said Naver CEO Seong-Sook Han.
AI-powered search intelligence company Adthena has acquired Kantar’s Paid Search offer (formerly known as AdGooroo). “As search continues to become the barometer by which all advertising efforts are measured, the importance of having access to the best intelligence possible cannot be understated,” said Ian O’Rourke, CEO and Founder of Adthena. “And this acquisition of Kantar’s paid search assets, in combination with our Kantar partnership, will enable us to break new ground for brands and agencies while also helping us to continue upon our growth trajectory.” The acquisition builds on the recently announced integration partnership between Adthena and Kantar, which established Adthena as the central search partner for Kantar’s comprehensive ad intelligence tools, including Advertising Insights.
ITV Studios is calling for submissions for its Factual Pitch program. Producers are invited to pitch new ideas across the genres of true crime, lifestyle and hidden worlds and armchair travel, which ITV Studios together with its international partners, including ITV, Channel 4, A+E Networks UK, Seven Network Australia, PBS, Discovery and Tencent Video in China, will help to finance, produce and distribute.
Boat Rocker Studios announced global sales for animated preschool series “Dino Ranch.” In Germany, the show has been acquired by SUPER RTL, and it will also air on their time-shift kids’ channel TOGGO Plus. Gulli has acquired the series in France, where it will also be available on their Pay TV channels TiJi and Gulli Africa, while in Scandinavia it has been acquired by national public service broadcasters NRK (Norway) and YLE (Finland), and DR (Denmark).
Viasat World has signed a new carriage deal with Ukraine’s Volia. Subscribers to Volia’s TV services can now access the suite of channels and SVOD services which includes factual channels Viasat Nature, Viasat History and Viasat Explore; period drama channel Epic Drama; and sport channel Viasat Sport; plus movie channels TV1000, TV1000 World Kino, TV1000 Action and VIP Comedy.
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Part two of HBO documentary “Tiger,” covering the downfall and comeback of Tiger Woods, drew 874,00 viewers on Sunday, up 37% from part one last week.
In syndication, “Jeopardy!” hit a season high 6.6 Live+SD national Nielsen rating the week of January 4, up 29% from the week before. It was the final week with iconic host Alex Trebek, who had taped his final programs just 10 days before he died of pancreatic cancer on November 8. “Wheel of Fortune,” companion show to “Jeopardy!” in most large markets, also hit a new season high, 6.0, up 18%.
Among the major entertainment magazines, “Entertainment Tonight” (2.3) grew 10%, and “Access Hollywood” (1.0), “TMZ” (0.8) and “Extra” (season high 0.7) all held their ground despite massive blackouts for coverage of the January 6 US. Capitol riot.
WE tv’s “Life After Lockup” delivered season-high viewership among key demos on January 15. Currently in the second half of its third season, the episode delivered season-high viewership with 469,000 W18-49, 560,000 W25-54, and 747,000 A25-54, and more than 1.2 million total viewers in Nielsen Live+3 ratings.
Univision’s live coverage of Liga MX on Saturday night delivered an average audience of 753,000 total viewers 2+, 352,000 A18-49 and 145,000 A18-34.
Basic Cable Top 5 for the week of January 17
Fox News (2,489,000)
Total Day (P2+)
Fox News (1,330,000)
Top 10 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of January 4 ranked in order by HH Rtg
“Jeopardy!” (CMV) 6.6 AA
“Wheel of Fortune” (CMV) 6.0 AA
“Judge Judy” (CMV) 5.6 AA
“Family Feud” (CMV) 5.1 AA
“The Big Bang Theory” (WB) 2.7 AA
“Inside Edition” (CMV) 2.5 AA
“Entertainment Tonight” (CMV) 2.3 AA
“Live With Kelly and Ryan” (DAD) 2.0 AA
“Dr. Phil” (CMV) 1.8 AA
“Last Man Standing” (DAD) 1.7 AA
TV Time’s Shows on the Rise for the Week of January 11
WandaVision (Disney+) – 100%
Disenchantment (Netflix) – 97.7%
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK (BBC Three) – 94.6%
Carmen Sandiego (Netflix) – 93.8%
Servant (Apple TV+) – 81.8%
Prodigal Son (FOX) – 81.6%
That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime (Tokyo MX) – 78.1%
Kemono Jihen (Tokyo MX) – 78%
Log Horizon (NHK) – 75.9%The Resident (FOX) – 75.3%
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.
Broadcast Nielsen Ratings for Monday, January 18
Show, P2+ (millions), (A18-49)
ABC: “The Bachelor” 5.0 (1.39), “The Good Doctor” 3.97 (0.61)
CBS: “The Neighborhood” 6.09 (0.80), “Bob Hearts Abishola” 5.55 (0.66), “Let’s Make a a Deal” 3.36 (0.51), “Bull” 4.68 (0.47)
CW: “All American” 1.05 (0.39), “Batwoman” 0.52 (0.13)
FOX: “9-1-1” 7.19 (1.22), “9-1-1: Lone Star” 6.03 (0.96)
NBC: “Ellen’s Game of Games” 3.23 (0.66), “The Wall” 2.68 (0.49), “Weakest Link” 2.71 (0.55)
Telemundo: “Domo Del Dinero” 0.80 (0.2), “Todo Por Mi Hija” 1.57 (0.4), “Falsa Identidad” 0.89 (0.3)
Univision: “Vencer al Desamor” 1.85 (0.5), “Imperio de Mentiras” 1.38 (0.4), “Dulce Ambicion” 1.14 (0.3)
Source: Nielsen live + same day time period averages
WarnerMedia named Christina Sulebakk, previously General Manager HBO Europe, as General Manager HBO Max EMEA.
The WNET Group appointed Beryl Harold as Senior Director, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. Harold was formerly HR & Diversity Director for Westchester Community Opportunity Program.
Bill Sammon, Fox News SVP and Managing Editor at Fox’s Washington bureau announced his retirement. Simmons was involved in the network’s call projecting Joe Biden the winner in Arizona on election night, which angered supporters of President Trump – and Trump himself – but proved correct.
|This Day in History
1976 – The Supersonice Concorde had its first commercial flights.
Answer to Our Last Trivia Question
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KEY ART DESIGNER/SENIOR DESIGNER
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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 (1/27)
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 (1/27)
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 (1/27)
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 (1/27)
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 (1/27)
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 (1/27)
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 (1/27)
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 (1/27)
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 (1/27)
SENIOR DIRECTOR, DATA SCIENCE >>
NBCUNIVERSAL/NYC: Lead and manage a team of Data Scientists in the development of high-impact tools for ad hoc projects and on-going operational analytic platforms, partner with business leaders across NBCUniversal to identify, build, and implement capabilities to leverage advanced data science. Advanced Degree (PhD strongly preferred) with a specialization in Statistics, Computer Science, Data Science, Economics, Mathematics, Operations Research, or other equivalent quantitative fields. Full info HERE (1/26)
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, AD SALES RESEARCH, INSIGHTS AND INNOVATION >>
THE WEATHER GROUP/ATLANTA: Create effective sales positioning, develop a strategic plan to leverage research and insights. 8-10 years’ experience in TV, Digital and Social media ad sales research required. Full info HERE (1/26)
SALES PLANNER >>
UPTV/NYC: Work with advertising agency contacts and other advertising sales personnel to ensure that administration aspects of accounts are in order, build, revise and maintain all sales proposals for AEs. Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university; at least 1+ years related cable experience preferred. Full info HERE (1/26)
MANAGER, DIGITAL MARKETING >>
A+E NETWORKS/NYC: 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 (1/26)
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 (1/25)
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 (1/25)
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 (1/25)
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 (1/25)
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 (1/24)
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 (1/24)
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 (1/24)
|THURSDAY JANUARY 21
ABC: “Celebrity Wheel of Fortune,” “The Chase,” “The Hustler”
CBS: “Young Sheldon,” “B Positive,” “Mom,” “The Unicorn,” “Star Trek: Discovery”
CW: “Walker” [p], “Legacies” [p]
FOX: “Hell’s Kitchen,” “Call Me Cat,” “Last Man Standing”
NBC: “Mr. Mayor,” “Superstore,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Dateline NBC”
PBS: “This Old House,” “Ask This Old House, “ “Jazz”
Telemundo: “El Domo Del Dinero,” “Todo Por Mi Hija,” “Falsa Identidad”
Univision: “Vencer El Desamor,” “Imperio De Mentiras,” “Dulce Ambicion”