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Independent factual production company Barcroft Studios is making some changes. The reorg sees parent company Barcroft Holdings renamed Barcroft Studios and Barcroft Media (editorial content and distribution), Barcroft Productions (linear and digital TV production) and Barcroft Plus (branded content) gradually phased out. The company’s team will now all work under the Barcroft Studios corporate brand, organized under production, development, commercial and operations divisions.
Freeform signed a script-to-series deal for half-hour dramedy Party Girls, inspired by the true story of the daughter of the first female leader of the Black Panther Party. Series comes from Platform One Media and will be executive-produced by Elisa Ellis (Narcos), Fishburne and Helen Sugland of Cinema Gypsy Productions (grown-ish) and Lance Krall and Peter Siaggas of Picture It Productions, with Dayna Lynne North (Insecure) set to write the pilot script and serve as executive producer/showrunner, should it go to series.
Isa Dick Hackett and her Electric Shepherd Productions (Man in the High Castle) inked a first-look deal with Amazon. “I am truly inspired by Jennifer Salke’s bold vision for Amazon Studios and I’m thrilled to be partnering with her stellar creative team,” said Hackett.
President Trump will give his State of the Union speech on February 5. Do you think it will be conciliatory or combative? Let us know in the Cynopsis poll: www.cynopsis.com/poll/. (In our last poll, we asked which former White House staffer should be on reality TV. Sean Spicer was the big winner, with 41% of the vote, followed by Hope Hicks with 24%, Steve Bannon and Nikki Haley with 15%, and Jeff Sessions with just 6%.)
Dorsey Pictures takes a deeper dive into true-crime series by signing true-crime producer Kelly McLear and true-crime author Randy Williams to first-look deals. “As we bring our unique view into the world of crime, we want to align with longtime experts in the field that have a pulse on the most compelling stories and characters,” says Chris Dorsey, founding partner of Dorsey Pictures. “Kelly and Randy have unique skillsets and decades of experience, along with tremendous trust in their field.”
A Black Lady Sketch Show landed a series order from HBO. Half-hour comedy created by, starring and exec-produced by Robin Thede (The Rundown with Robin Thede) and exec-produced by Issa Rae (Insecure) will feature narrative sketches performed by black women and celebrity guests.
ABC ordered two pilots based on Israeli formats. Until the Wedding tells the story of how a couple’s decision to get married affects everyone in their lives, while The Baker and the Beauty follows the unlikely romance between a blue-collar baker and an international superstar.
Drama pilot Dare Me was picked up to series by USA Network with Netflix onboard in a co-producing deal that gives the streamer first-run rights outside the U.S. Series from Universal Cable Productions in association with Film 44 is based on the novel by Megan Abbott about teen angst, jealousy and loyalty in a small Midwestern town.
Travel Channel’s not giving up the ghost. Paranormal Caught on Camera, featuring scary paranormal videos from around the world, debuts Wednesday, February 13, at 10p.
Trading Spaces comes back to TLC on Saturday, March 16, at 10p. Designer Genevieve Gorder will not be back for this season of the home makeover series, which landed at TLC last year after a 10-year hiatus.
Season two of Oxygen’s In Cold Blood premieres Monday, February 25, at 8p. Ice-T returns as host and executive producer.
Double Dare at Super Bowl premieres Super Bowl Sunday, February 3, at 12p. Competition special will be simulcast across Nickelodeon, Nicktoons and TeenNick.
Auto network MAVTV Motorsports Network chose independent data analytics company 605 to deliver comprehensive ratings and a portfolio of advanced measurement and analytics solutions. What drove the deal? “605’s advanced analytics solutions and TV viewership data from more than 12 million household set-top boxes provides MAVTV with much more accurate data to share with our advertisers and is deeper and more useful than any other data company could provide,” Brock Thompson, SVP of Media Sales, MAVTV, tells Cynopsis.
Broadband-only households are set to grow from 23.3 million in 2018 to 40.8 million by 2023, according to estimates from Kagan. The steep upward trend of cord-cutting is not surprising given the abundance of online video services on the market, said Tony Lenoir, Senior Kagan Research Analyst at S&P Global Market Intelligence, “although this could be a circular argument, with more companies jumping on the streaming video bandwagon in response to the growing broadband-only market.” Kagan, a media research group within S&P, expects the segment of broadband homes without a traditional multichannel subscription to account for nearly one-third of U.S. households in the next five years. 
Ultrahaptics, creator of tactile sensations in mid-air, is the latest company to join digital out-of-home org DPAA. “The haptics market is going to be enormous, projected to be a $19 billion business by 2025,” said Barry Frey, DPAA President and CEO. (The term “haptics” refers to the use of technology that stimulates the sense of touch and sensation of motion, especially to reproduce in remote operation or computer simulation the sensations that would be felt by a user interacting directly with physical objects.)
Facebook released a draft charter to establish an oversight board that would determine whether content on Facebook meets community standards and reflects the company’s values. Board members would be experts on content, privacy, journalism, safety and other relevant areas.
Streaming news net Cheddar is launching “Cheddar Nights” on Monday, February 4, a programing block of acquired entertainment shows anchored by Comedy Central’s Nathan for You, plus mobile game show Out of Tune. The block will be monetized through dynamic ad insertion.
Roku added access to Showtime, Starz and Epix via the Roku Channel on iOS, with Android devices slated for access in mid-February.
Gusto TV will launch on STIRR, Sinclair Broadcast Group’s ad-supported streaming service. It will be the service’s first food channel.
Volvo is offering Super Bowl viewers a chance to win a new car by taking a digital test drive instead of watching commercials. Three people who keep their eyes on the car the longest in its mobile app will win in an activation that comes courtesy of Grey New York.
A tidbit courtesy of advertising technology company Viant on the brand preferences of Super Bowl watchers versus non-watchers: Super Bowl watchers are six times more likely to watch the Academy Awards, while non-watchers are 4.58 times more likely to watch the Emmys.
Quintus Media signed a raft of deals for its high-end factual documentaries produced by Maximus Film and WeltN24 GmbH. In one of the deals, Swiss broadcaster SRF picked up such titles as The Rise of DronesThe Digital Globe and Wales in Danger.
Entertainment One aims to reach a global audience with Chinese New Year “Year of the Pig” celebrations with two new episodes of Peppa Pig. The specials begin airing on Tuesday, February 5, in the UK. Select markets will air the specials in Mandarin.
Richard Armitage (Berlin Station) will star in Netflix thriller The StrangerTaissa Farmiga (The Mule), Rhea Seehorn (Better Call Saul), Luke Kirby (The Deuce) and Ike Barinholtz (The Oath) landed roles in an upcoming episode of CBS All AccessThe Twilight Zone.
Spotlighting Short Form’s Finest
Wednesday, March 6th, 2019 | The SVA Theatre, NYC
Join your peers as we celebrate our talented finalists , screen the winning videos, feature thought-provoking panels on the state of the industry, and share insights with colleagues over drinks and appetizers. Passionate about short form? This one is for you.

Fox special Rent Live (mostly pre-taped due to a cast member’s injury) delivered a 1.4 rating among A18-49 and 3.42 million total viewers, according to Nielsen, a low for live musicals but enough to tie ABC for the night in the demo.
Sunday’s Three Identical Strangers was the most-watched CNN film premiere ever, with 1.98 million viewers at 9p and 497,000 among A25-54, topping cable news in both measures.
Tunity Analytics Weekly National Out-of-Home Viewer Rankings for Entertainment Programs for the week of January 21
Program, OOH Viewers (000)
Big Bang Theory (CBS) 1130
Saturday Night Live (NBC) 681
Shark Tank (ABC) 297
Big Brother: Celebrity Edition (CBS) 266
Americas Got Talent (NBC) 259
New Amsterdam (NBC) 229
Chicago Fire (NBC) 213
The Bachelor (ABC) 201
Fam (CBS) 199
Masked Singer (Fox) 184

Source: Tunity Analytics. Viewing estimates are derived from the Tunity mobile app usage. OOH impressions are calculated using Tunity Analytics proprietary estimation model.

TV Time’s Shows on the Rise for the week of January 21
Kingdom (Netflix), 99.9%
Celebrity Big Brother (CBS), 98.6%
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix), 87.3%
Charmed (The CW), 80.5%
Legacies (The CW), 72.0%
Siren (Freeform), 71.5%
Carmen Sandiego (Netflix), 69.5%
The Magicians (Syfy), 63.8%
Deadly Class (Syfy), 61.1%
Steven Universe (Cartoon Network), 60.9%
*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.

SHAREABLEE SOCIAL TV RATINGS: Top U.S. Shows Overall by Engagement for the week of January 21

Program, Total Actions (000), Total Content, Actions per Content (000), Fans/Followers (000)
The Ellen DeGeneres Show (Warner Bros./synd.) 12662, 111,114, 173189
E! News (E!) 11121, 653, 17, 34582
Riverdale (CW) 9253, 63, 147, 12639
The Daily Show (Comedy Central) 1890, 109, 17, 18445
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 1847, 46, 40, 33031
Entertainment Tonight (CBS/synd.) 1500, 581, 3, 7822
Today Show (NBC) 1500, 725, 2, 12961
WWR NXT (WWE) 918, 180, 5, 7280
The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC) 906, 57, 16, 12200
America’s Got Talent (NBC) 906, 118, 8, 14111
Based on Total Actions (reactions, comments, shares and retweets)
Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions) Friday, January 25, time period averages 
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated Live+SD
CBS: 4.94 million
Big Brother: Celebrity Edition 4.57, Hawaii Five-0 4.61, Blue Bloods 5.64
ABC: 3.82 million
Fresh Off the Boat 3.37, Speechless 2.54, 20/20 4.67
FOX: 3.12 million
Last Man Standing 3.75,The Cool Kids 2.93, Hell’s Kitchen 2.68
NBC: 3.04 million
Figure Skating: U.S. Championship 3.04
CW: 0.52 million
Dynasty 0.65, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend 0.39
TELEMUNDO 0.67 million
Exatlón Estados Unidos 0.78, Transporter 3 0.61
Friday A18-49: CBS 0.7/4, ABC 0.7/4, FOX 0.6/3, NBC 0.4/2, TELE 0.3/1, 0.2/1
Ross Weintraub, co-CEO of  3 Ball Entertainment, will now serve as its sole CEO. Former co-CEO Todd A. Nelson will pivot back to his creative and producing roots via a first-look deal with 3 Ball while also pursuing new ventures in the tech and start-up space.
Craig Kurland was hired by Jeffrey Katzenbergs mobile video start-up Quibi as Head of Business Affairs. Kurland was previously EVP, Business Affairs for Fox Broadcasting Company.
Havas Canada COO Melody Adhami will replace Tom Olesinski as CEO of the company after a transition period. Adhami was co-founder of Plastic Mobile, which was acquired by Havas in 2015.
UK prodco Icon Films named Harry Marshall as Chairman; Laura Marshall, formerly MD, as CEO; and Stephen McQuillan, formerly Head of Factual, as Creative Director.
Premiere Networks promoted Elizabeth Fazio to VP of National Talent Engagement and Events. Fazio joined the company in 2013.
Production company Bodega tapped Mark Kovacs to oversee production in its New York office. Kovacs joins from Humble.

This Day in History: 1924 – The ice-cream-cone rolling machine was patented.

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: On which sitcom did two future Golden Girls appear in 1983-1984? Rue McLanahan and Betty White appeared in Mama’s Family. Kudos to: Fred Cerullo-Grand Central Partnership/NYC, Jim Kelly-Jim Kelly Consulting/Central Islip, NY, Matt Marini-NFL Films/NJ, Corey Lambert-Showtime Networks/NYC, Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg-M and S Entertainment/LA, David Westberg-SAG-AFTRA Federal Credit Union/Burbank, Eric Merrill-The Davis Group/Austin, David Prinz von Teck/Spokane, WA, Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA
Today’s Trivia Question: Who was the first actress to be nominated for an Emmy, Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild Award every year her show aired in the eligibility period? 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.)
Answers to Monday’s Anagram: Rarest Honeydew = The Wonder Years. Kudos to: Paul Blutter-Walk and Talk Production Rentals/Burbank, Doug George-Turner/Atlanta, Synda Kollman-Charter MarketingGroup/Boca Raton, FL
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PRODUCTION FINANCE MANAGER, FILM/Crown Media Family Networks/LA: Mng writer payment process, conduct forecasting, budgeting, tracking, accounting & reporting of TV movies & series. Min 3 years mgmt exp. 6 yrs prod accounting exp. Apply HERE (2/12)

MGR, SCHEDULING/IFC/WEtv/NYC: Work closely with the Director of Scheduling to plan monthly schedules of movies, specials, acquired series and original programming. Min 3yrs exp program scheduling or research background at a cable network. Full info HERE (2/12)

/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)

/Crown Media Family Networks/LA: Develop and manage consumer marketing initiatives. Day to day management of marketing campaign timelines and deliverables. Manage consumer sweepstakes, synergy initiatives, and SVOD mktg opportunities. Apply HERE (2/1)

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 (1/31)

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

MARKETING COORDINATOR/Cynopsis Media/Norwalk: Temp to hire. Play a critical role in mktg dept for Cynopsis (B2B publisher TV industry). Support mktg team incl event & email plan’g. BA deg mktg/comms. 1-4 mktg exp. Word Press/Excel skills/Event exp a +. Resume to [email protected] HERE (1/29)

ABC: American Housewife [r], The Kids Are Alright [r], black-ish [r], Splitting Up Together [r], The Rookie [r]
CBS: Super Bowl Greatest Commercials 2019, NCIS [r], FBI [r]
CW: The Flash, Roswell, New Mexico
FOX: Lethal Weapon [r], The Gifted [r]
NBC: Ellen’s Game of Games, Ellen’s Game of Games, Ellen’s Game of Games [r]
PBS: Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr., American Experience [r], Frontline [r]
TELEMUNDO: Exatlón Estados Unidos, Jugar con Fuego, Senora Acero 
UNIVISION: Jesus, Mi Marido Tiene Mas Familia, Amar a Muerte


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