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ITV America’s recently launched true-crime label, Good Caper Content, entered into an exclusive development deal with the women who lead the criminal justice system in South Fulton, GA. Good Caper will develop and produce an unscripted docu-series that centers on the women and their families as well as the citizens going through the South Fulton Municipal Court. Kathryn Vaughan will executive-produce the series, tentatively titled Women in Black.
Another trip to the Shore: MTV dating series Double Shot at Love with DJ Pauly D & Vinny has two Jersey Shore Vacation stars looking for love, starting later this year. The reality show “like no other” comes from MTV, SallyAnn Salsano and 495 Productions.
Rachael Ray and Food Network inked a multi-platform deal that includes new episodes of a reimagined 30 Minute Meals series along with plans for a new and exclusive digital companion series. 30 Minute Meals is slated to begin production later this month and will premiere on Food Network Monday, April 1, at 12p with a simulcast across linear, TVE and Facebook. 
A church choir comedy from Lesley Wake Webster (Speechless), Jason Winer (Single Parents) and 20th Century Fox Television landed a pilot order from NBC. Bradley Whitford (The West Wing) stars in the project.
CBS ordered two pilots: medical drama Under the Bridge, from Rina Mimoun (Mistresses) and Jerry Bruckheimer TV, and police procedural Nancy, from Paul Attanasio (Bull) and Amblin TV.
India’s Essel Group, which is behind 41 global networks producing more than 60 hours of programming daily, has formed new LA-based production company Z Productions. Essel’s first mainstream production company to be based in the U.S. will be helmed by veteran entertainment executive and producer Tim Krubsack, who has been named EVP and Head of Programming.
Freeform is developing The Girlfriend, centered on a woman who falls for the prime suspect in the disappearance of a man’s wife, reports Deadline. Subversive comedy comes from Jamie Lee (Teachers), James Griffiths (A Million Little Things) and ABC Signature Studios.
Top 10 Weekend Domestic Box Office Estimates: January 25-27
Glass (Universal) $19.0 million (week 2), cume revenue $73.6 million
The Upside (STX) $12.2 million (week 3), cume revenue $63.1 million
Aquaman (Warner Bros.) $7.4 million (week 6), cume revenue $316.6 million
The Kid Who Would Be King (Fox) $7.3 million, opening weekend
Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse (Sony) $6.2 million (week 7), cume revenue $169.0 million
Green Book (Universal) $5.4 million (week 11), cume revenue $49.0 million
A Dog’s Way Home (Sony) $5.2 million (week 3), cume revenue $30.8 million
Serenity (Aviron) $4.8 million, opening weekend
Escape Room (Sony) $4.3 million (week 4), cume revenue $47.9 million
Dragon Ball Super: Broly (FUN) $3.6 million (week 2), cume revenue $30.0 million
Source: comScore
New true-crime series Heart of Darkness debuts Saturday, February 9, at 9p on ID. Six-parter “shows the transfixing power of emotion and how it can beckon the most reasonable people into criminal madness.”
Disney Channel picked up a second season of live-action comedy series Coop & Cami Ask the World. Series debuted in October. In more Disney news, the net’s first IGTV series, Ruby’s Gems, will air Saturdays beginning February 23.
Nickelodeon has two season premieres set for next month. Crashletes returns Sunday, February 3, at 12:45p, followed Friday, February 8, at 7:30p by The Dude Perfect Show.
Flack, delving into the cut-throat world of celebrity PR, arrives on Pop TV Thursday, February 21, at 10p. Anna Paquin (True Blood) stars.
For the 18th edition of Super Bowl Greatest Commercials, “We decided to showcase the funny,” Robert Horowitz, executive producer and show creator, tells Cynopsis. “We’ll again use a Top 10 Countdown to arrive at our top two funniest commercials. From there, viewers will vote live Tuesday night to determine the funniest all-time Super Bowl commercial.” Boomer Esiason and Daniella Ruah (NCIS) return as hosts for Super Bowl Greatest Commercials: All-Time Funniest, airing January 29 at 8p on CBS.
FilmRise has acquired the exclusive U.S. rights to coming-of-age drama Sprinter, “a testament to the powerful, personal and universal stories that can be told when underrepresented voices are given access, inclusion and opportunity,” said executive producer Jada Pinkett Smith. Film will be released nationwide in spring 2019. 
Halsey will host as well as be the musical guest on NBC’s Saturday Night Live on February 9. The last person to do double duty was Donald Glover/Childish Gambino, last May.
YouTube is continuing to clean up its act. In a blog post, the company said it is taking a closer look at how it can reduce the spread of content that “comes close to – but doesn’t quite cross the line” – of violating its Community Guidelines. Using a combination of machine learning and user reviews, YouTube will reduce recommendations of borderline content and content that could misinform users in harmful ways. Such as? “Videos promoting a phony miracle cure for a serious illness, claiming the earth is flat or making blatantly false claims about historic events like 9/11.” About 1% of videos will be affected by the move.
The top five media properties in social engagement in 2018 were Worldstar Hiphop, Turner Digital, ESPN, TBS and National Geographic, according to the ListenFirst Social Year in Review. Also of note: Between Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, Instagram accounted for 75% of responses (likes, comments) on brand content in 2018, a jump from 65% in 2017; overall, social engagement grew 13% in 2018 compared to 2017.
Discovery and World Wildlife Fund US are partnering on a matching donation campaign to help preserve Russia’s Bikin National Park. It’s the second fundraising phase of Project C.A.T., a campaign launched in 2016. “With the globe in our logo, protecting the planet is part of our DNA at Discovery,” said Discovery CEO David Zaslav. “With our partners at WWF, we have already made progress in our goal to double the world’s wild tiger population by 2022.”
All in the family: Marika Dominczyk (Grey’s Anatomy) will appear in a story arc, and Christa Miller (Cougar Town) will guest-star on ABC dramedy Whiskey Cavalier. Dominczyk is the wife of series star Scott Foley, and Miller is married to exec producer Bill LawrenceSherri Saum (The Fosters) landed a role in Netflix’s Locke & Key adaptation, reports TVLineMare Winningham (George Wallace), Julianne Nicholson (Law & Order), Jeremy Bobb (The Knick) and Marc Menchaca (Ozark) have joined the cast of HBO drama The Outsider as series regulars.
Ad-verification company CHEQ and RiskIQ, specializing in attack-surface management, struck a partnership providing both companies’ clients access to an end-to-end suite of digital advertising-security solutions combining CHEQ’s autonomous brand safety, viewability, and ad-fraud prevention, and RiskIQ’s ad-scanning for malware, hijacking and ad injection. “Together, we’re providing a 360-degree proposition to keep brands, publishers and other online entities safe against unacceptable environments and malicious actors,” said Guy Tytunovich, Founder and CEO of CHEQ.
Bristow Global Media’s Haunted Hospitals and Paranormal have been acquired by Travel Channel in the U.S. and the Crime + Investigation channel in Australia. In addition, Haunted Hospitals has been picked up by TLC Channel in Germany, Planète+ France and Pan Asia subscription service Celestial Tiger Entertainment
The Cynopsis Short Form Video Festival
MAR 6, 2019 | 3:30PM -7:15PM | The SVA Theatre, NYC
Register today  for thought-provoking panels led by short form experts from  ATTN: CNE Kovert Creative Viacom  and Whistle;  an awards program spotlighting our impressive  2019 finalists ; and networking, networking, networking! Panelists will address crucial industry topics, such as: Finding The Right Platforms For Premium Short Form Video and What Advertisers Want From Short Form Video .

The series debut of Comedy Central’s The Other Two attracted 2.25 million total viewers, counting streaming and replays. Scripted comedy drew a gross average of 849,000 total viewers across three telecasts on Thursday along with 1.4 million views of the pilot on YouTube.
ABC’s A Million Little Things, moved to Thursday, hit a series high 5.44 million viewers and held on to its prior week A18-49 demo number, 1.1/5.
Discovery nets captured four of the top five Primetime cable spots for W25-54 for the week of January 14, with ID #1, TLC #2, HGTV #3 and Food Network #5. Ratings were led by In Pursuit with John Walsh on ID, Sister Wives on TLC, Home Town on HGTV, and Kids Baking Championship on Food. In Total Day viewing, Discovery took the top three cable spots for W25-54 with ID #1, HGTV #2 and Food Network #3.
Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions) Thursday, January 24, time period averages 
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated Live+SD
CBS: 5.71 million
The Big Bang Theory 8.23, Fam 6.38, The Big Bang Theory 6.19, Fam 5.07, S.W.A.T. 4.20
ABC: 5.04 million
Grey’s Anatomy 8.23, A Million Little Things 5.44, How to Get Away With Murder 2.74
NBC: 3.60 million
The Titan Games 4.86, Brooklyn Nine-Nine 3.03, The Good Place 2.66, Law & Order: SVU 4.20
FOX: 2.79 million
Gotham 2.43, The Orville 3.14
CW: 1.23 million
Supernatural 1.41, Legacies 1.05
Thursday A18-49: ABC 1.1/5, CBS 0.9/4, NBC 0.9/4, FOX 0.7/3, CW 0.4/2
Thinkfactory Media elevated Adam Freeman to President of Creative; Brian Dale to SVP, Unscripted Development; Justin Nichols to Head of Casting; and Ashley Kolpack to VP, Unscripted Development.
Distribution 360 appointed Jordan Cavallo as Senior Manager of Acquisitions & Operations; promoted Smiljka Baljozovic to the role of Director of Sales; and added Ali Spizarsky as Sales Manager.
51 Minds Entertainment elevated Chris Kinsella to Executive Vice President, Development; Jessica Bofshever to Senior Vice President, Development; and Hanan Abdelaal to Vice President, Development. 
Fatima Ali, named “Fan Favorite” in season 15 of Bravo’s Top Chef, died after battling cancer. She was 29. Sending love to Ali’s family, Ellen DeGeneres tweeted, “I hope they find comfort in knowing how much light she brought into the world.”

This Day in History: 1956 – Elvis Presley made his first appearance on national television on the Dorsey Brothers Stage Show.

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: Which series broke a major network TV taboo by showing the uncensored breasts of a teenage girl, after her character had reconstructive surgery? Chicago Hope (1994-2000). Kudos to: Paul Blutter-Walk and Talk Production Rentals/Burbank, Ken DuBow-Bob’s Your Uncle/Miami, David Garber-Loyola Marymount University/Playa Vista, CA, Carl Mayer-Active International/Pearl River, NY, Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg-M and S Entertainment/LA, Eric Litt-Tribune Media/Chicago, Cynthia New-Spectrum Reach/Cape Girardeau, MO, David Westberg-SAG-AFTRA Federal Credit Union/Burbank, Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA, Lorrie Shilling/El Segundo, CA
Today’s Trivia Question: On which sitcom did two future Golden Girls have roles in1983-1984? 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.)
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Book, Write and Produce segments for daytime court show under tight deadlines. Min 1 -2 years professional TV exp with a talk show, news or court program or other relevant entertainment exp.

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DIR, RESEARCH & INSIGHTS/Discovery Inc/NYC: Strong background in ad-sales rsrch/insights to join newly formed Shared Services team. Create cohesive reporting narrative across ad-sales bundles to optimize monetization efforts, uncover consumer insights & marketplace trends & mentor pool of analysts. 8+ yrs media rsrch exp. Full info HERE (2/11)

MANAGER, ACCESSORIES/Nickelodeon/NYC: Manage the day to day business for the Accessories team. Build/maintain relationships with all key licensees by holding ongoing business updates 4-5 yrs exp  in licensing and/or marketing. Full info HERE (2/11)

VP MARKETING/Washington Nationals/DC: Seeks a dynamic, strategic & innovative marketing & branding executive to create and implement a targeted and thorough marketing & brand strategy that drives revenue growth. Min 10 yrs relevant mktg exp in a complex, consumer-facing orgnzton, focused on blue-chip brand dvlpmnt. Full info HERE (2/11)

PRODUCER/JUDGE JERRY/STAMFORD CT: Book, Write and Produce segments for daytime court show under tight deadlines. Min 1 -2 years professional TV exp with a talk show, news or court program or other relevant entertainment exp. Full info HERE (2/8)
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER/JUDGE JERRY/STAMFORD CT: Books guests to appear on the show on a weekly basis. Asst show producer & delegate to prod assistants as needed. Min 1 yr profession TV exp with a talk show, news or court program or other relevant ent  exp, pref’d  Full info HERE (2/8)

MANAGER, PR TALENT RELATIONS/CNBC/Englewood Cliffs NJ: Act as a liaison between CNBC and primetime talent and their reps, publicists, etc. Min 5 yrs of professional PR expe in a leadership role with a media and ent company. 3 yrs exp working w/talent. Full info HERE (2/8)

/Univision/Miami: Direct/ coordinate dvlpmnt/execution of comprehensive, measurable, strategic comm plans to meet Univision’s bus objectives. Generally, 10+yrs exp corp comm public affairs, employee comm or related areas, incl exp mngmnt/supervisory capacity. Full info HERE (2/7)

TEAM MARKETING DIRECTOR/XFL/8 roles/8 Markets (NYC, Dallas, Houston, Saint Louis, DC, LA, Seattle, Tampa): Dvlp/implement a comm & media relations strategy on local & regional level. BS/BA req’d  5+ yrs exp corp comm, PR or mktg roles w/specific exp  in sports, media and/or ent  industries. Full info HERE (2/7)

SENIOR DIRECTOR, DISTRIBUTIONS OPERATIONS/Viacom/NYC: Lead role as mgr of ops for DBD incl oversight of (i) current & future new media product deployments such as addressable advertising w/dist partners (ii) Viacom’s linear signal dist (iii) business solutions & associated business processes. Apply HERE (2/6)

/E! Entertainment/Universal City CA: Candidate will leverage linear & digital performance metrics to dvlp strategies for optimizing viewership & monetization for E!’s ent content across platforms. Min 5 yrs of exp; knwldge of both TV digital analytics pref’d. Full info HERE (2/5)

MANAGER, PROGRAMMING/Stadium/Chicago: Want to bring your programming ideas & concepts to life & onto every media platform around? Create/develop show concepts, build presentations to highlight those great ideas & assist pitching them. Knwldg of sales/prod processes; exp w/project budgeting a must. Full info HERE (2/5)

RESEARCH ANALYST/Fox Broadcasting/NYC: Provide key metrics & analyses to all FBC. Focus is on primetime ent & responsibilities incl creating & distributing daily rating reports. Generate Fox programming estimates & preparing highlights for publicity. Some Nielsen (NPower & NNTV) knowlg req’d. Full info HERE

MANAGER, ON-AIR PLANNING/Crown Media Family Networks/LA: Develop and implement on-air inventory utilization strategies. Oversee and implement promotion optimization tools. Min 3 years exp. promotional scheduling. Apply HERE (2/1)

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CAMPAIGN ANALYST/AD Council/NYC: Monitor/analyze a breadth of data, incl traditional media data, website data, social media data. BA deg mktg analytics or data analysis pref’d  2-4 yrs mktg analysis. Apply HERE (1/31)
ASSISTANT MANAGER, PR & SOCIAL MEDIA/AD Council/NYC: Ensures that assigned studies have appropriately trained staff, necessary supplies, and necessary forms or electronic systems for data collection. Excellent writer w/Min 1-2 yrs exp conducting public relations & social media programs. Apply HERE (1/31)

Provide mktg support to Ad Sales team (all locations) & help dvlp/activate/execute strategies to monetize innovative multi-platform mktg solutions. Minimum 3-4 yrs exp @ ad agency, media co, sales organization focusing on client services req’d. Full info HERE (1/30) 

Help to develop and foster strong relationships with key existing networks and content platforms. 5+ yrs exp in a content distribution/sales or content strategy role. Understanding of various forms of media. Full info HERE (1/30)

TRAFFIC COPY COORDINATOR/OVATION TV/NYC: (FT freelance) Tech-savvy person w/willingness to learn, a cooperative attitude, att to detail & strong ability to meet changing deadlines in a fast paced- envir. creating house numbers for on air promo and added value elements. Full info HERE (1/30)

Work directly w/Sales & AdOps teams to ensure schedule runs as ordered & traffic issues are resolved. Mng nat’l sales proposals, prepare post analysis for clients & resolve contract discrepancies. 2-4 yrs exp in a multi-media sales co, or ad agency pref’d. Familiarity w/rsch products incl Nielsen & MRI. APPLY HERE (1/29)

NBC SALES ENABLEMENT DIRECTOR, SALES OPERATIONS/NBCU Tech Ops/NYC: Empower sales, traffic, research, finance and marketing users across our division to work at peak performance. Min 5 yrs in a similar lead customer support/training function, or a related vendor role. Full info/apply HERE

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ABC: The Bachelor, The Good Doctor
CBS: Big Brother: Celebrity Edition, Magnum P.I., Bull [r]
  CW: Arrow, Black Lightning
FOX: The Resident, The Passage  
NBC: America’s Got Talent, Manifest
PBS: Antiques Roadshow, Independent Lens
TELEMUNDO: Exatlón Estados Unidos, Jugar con Fuego, Senora Acero
UNIVISION: Jesus, Mi Marido Tiene Mas Familia, Amar a Muerte


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