01/18/17: Sinclair and MGM launching action adventure network; Jessica Biel drama picked up by USA; freshman hit series highs


State of the Broadcast Industry 2017

What will be the biggest trend of 2017? The ever-expanding power of OTT? Live streaming for everyone? 4K TV? Mid-rolls vs. ad-blocking?

Join us for our upcoming webinar, we’ll look at different topics, from the boom in original programs to the growing snowball of cord-cutting.

January 24, 2017, 10AM PST


Good morning. It’s Wednesday January 18, 2017 and this is your first early morning briefing.

Tonight’s Premieres:
A&E, History, LMN: SIX at 10p
Tonight’s Finale:
A&E: Going Si-ral at 9:30p


Sinclair Broadcast Group and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer announced a spring 2017 launch for action-based network Charge!. With more than 2,300 hours of TV series content and over 2,000 movie titles, the network will leverage the infrastructure of Sinclair and MGM’s first network partnership, science fiction multi-channel network Comet. Charge! is slated to reach over 50 percent of the country by the end of 2Q17 via distribution deals outside Sinclair’s footprint.

Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly landed the traditional Super Bowl pregame presidential interview this year. Part of the chat, pre-taped at the White House earlier in the day, will air around 4p during Fox’s pregame show, with more on the Fox News website and during FNC’s The O’Reilly Factor. O’Reilly interviewed President Obama on Super Bowl day in 2011 and 2014.

Done deal: Nexstar completed its $4.6 billion acquisition of Media General, first announced one year ago, after a Justice Department-mandated shedding of 13 TV stations. The new company, Nexstar Media Group, is the second-largest independent station owner. Said CEO Perry Sook, “The focus of our corporate, station-level and digital teams on local leadership, local vision and local targeting is the foundation of our positive near- and long-term financial outlook.”

What, me worry? AT&T will not need to spin off CNN to get approval for its $85 billion merger deal with Time Warner, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said on CNBC: “It doesn’t seem relevant to approving a deal like this. What would be the competitive issues that you’re remedying with spinning off CNN? There are not competitive issues.” As for his recent meeting with president-elect Donald Trump, it wasn’t merger-related, said Stephenson. Instead, “We talked about what the implications of what streamlining regulations would be.”

Speaking at NATPE on Tuesday, A+E Networks CEO Nancy Dubuc pointed to the importance of brand. “We’re coming into an era where that network brand is really going to be important,” said the exec. “Networks aren’t really networks anymore, they are really programming services. For example, History needs to be its own brand in the digital, education, editorial, television, international spaces with those businesses all attached to that brand.” As for A&E’s Escaping the KKK, canceled before launch following the disclosure that third-party producers had paid for access, “We’re going to take a close look and make sure we’re more surgical in following our unscripted guidelines but we’ll do that after our investigation is complete,” said Dubuc.

There’s a reason the room at the January 25 Cynopsis Ratings Master Class is filling up. “The application of Big Data to media analytics is changing the way we see audiences,” says Brent McGoldrick, CEO of Deep Root Analytics, and one of the event’s speakers. “Today, there is an opportunity to buy audiences based upon much more granular and unique insights than the traditional age, income and geography metrics.The use of DMPs for highly sophisticated audience segmentation is revolutionizing media buy efficiency and effectiveness by helping to identify high value targets that previously would not have been seen or known.” For more info and insights, register for next week’s training sessions, go here.

E!’s The Arrangement, about an actress who has a Cinderella-like date with a famous movie star, then is offered a $10 million marriage contract tying her to a secretive self-help organization, “really isn’t” based on Tom Cruise/Katie Holmes/Scientology, insisted EP Jonathan Abrahams at the TCA winter press tour on Tuesday. Instead, the 10-parter is based on the “whole self-help” world. Series debuts Sunday, March 5 at 10p. Another E! newcomer, So Cosmo, makes its debut Wednesday, February 8 at 8p.

A survey sponsored by the Nonfiction Producers Association ranked 23 cable networks in six areas that affect reality TV producers including preferences for pitching,executive creativity,development process,business affairs process,production editorial oversight, andproduction management. History was tops in four categories and placed second in the two others, while A&E was first in two categories and runner-up in the other 4. Producers also showed love for ID, which finished in the top 5 in all 6 categories, while Lifetime, Travel Channel, Animal Planet and HGTV all made the top 10 list in each area. “The NPA has been meeting with individual networks to further the producer-network dialog andsuggest ways to improve processes,” said John Ford, GM of the NPA. “This survey, which is part of that effort, is meant to be a snapshot, from a producer’s point of view, of their current business climate, and we intentionally kept it contained to the six basic areas they say most influence the production experience.”

Former The Apprentice contestant Summer Zervos, who in October accused Donald Trump of sexual assault during the NBC reality show’s fifth season 10 years ago, filed a defamation lawsuit against him on Tuesday. Trump had called Zervos’ allegations “totally made up nonsense.” During a news conference yesterday, Zervos said she would drop the suit if Trump retracted his statements calling her a liar.

Do you think those who don’t support Donald Trump are right to boycott his inauguration on TV? Let us know where you stand in the new Cynopsis poll: http://cynopsis.com/poll.


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Jessica Biel will star in and exec produce anthology series The Sinner, based on the book of the same name, for USA. Biel plays a mother who commits shocking acts of violence; Bill Pullman portrays an investigator drawn into her journey of self-discovery.

ABC gave a pilot order to an untitled legal drama from Shondaland and ABC Studios. The show follows the professional and personal lives of new lawyers.

Tandem Productions is developing Deep City, a music-driven ensemble drama series from Callie Khouri (Nashville), T Bone Burnett (True Detective) and Tandem’s Tim Halkin, set in Miami.

CNBC has three new projects in development (all working titles): The Fame Economy with Hank Azaria, Ms. Fortune and I Got a Guy. “We’ve always said business is a great backdrop for storytelling,” said Jim Ackerman, EVP, Primetime Alternative, CNBC. “We continue to build on our momentum and deliver more originals that stay true to our DNA.”

Bosch executive producer Daniel Pyne (Alcatraz) now also has showrunner duties, taking the reins at the Amazon drama from Eric Overmyer, now showrunner on Amazon’s The Man in the High Castle. Overmyer, who developed Bosch for television, retains his EP credit.

ABC is developing a comedy centered on a beautiful Muslim model about to turn 30, taking a fresh look at choices she’s made. Project comes from actress-comedian Zainab Johnson, Tom Straw, and Wanda Sykes with Push It Productions.

Univision Holdings and Grupo Televisa are combining their content development and production operations, with Isaac Lee, now Chief News, Entertainment & Digital Officer for Univision and CEO of Fusion, becoming Chief Content Officer for Univision and Televisa. News and other operations will remain independent.

Former A&E exec David McKillip inked an in-house deal with Jupiter and Sky Vision to develop and produce new series, reports Deadline. Europa, McKillop’s independent prodco, will live in Jupiter’s NYC offices.


ABC’s Dancing With the Stars is back for season 24 on Monday, March 20 at 8p. The reality show is produced by BBC Worldwide Productions.

CNBC’s The Filthy Rich Guide and Jay Leno’s Garage will both be back for third seasons. Filthy Rich returns this spring, followed by Garage in the summer. The network issued a pilot order for Back in the Game (wt), about former athletes in financial distress, exec produced by Michael Strahan with baseball’s Alex Rodriguez as host.

Ovation grabbed U.S. premiere rights to season 2 of Versailles. Season one’s bow in October was the most-watched telecast for the arts net to date.


The Africa Channel announced a Black History Month initiative that includes the premieres of originals from its recently launched production arm, TAC Studios. Premiering on Sundays and repeating on Thursdays will be Africa Everywhwere, In Focus: Black Women in Media, Shades of You and Fighting for King and Empire: Britain’s Caribbean Heroes, among others.

The 25th Annual Trumpet Awards, airing Sunday, January 29 at 9p on Bounce TV, will honor civil rights icon and founder of the Trumpet Awards Xernona Clayton with the “Golden Trumpet Award” in recognition of her leadership, affecting change, and work in building the legacy of the awards.

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts celebrates the 50th anniversary of its Mostly Mozart Festival with Live From Lincoln Center: 50 Years of Mostly Mozart on PBS Friday February 3, 2017 (check local listings). The special honors the season with a concert spanning Mozart’s symphonic output, along with highlights from the more than 50 events presented over five weeks this past summer.

John Lewis  Get in the Way premieres Friday, February 10 at 10:30p on PBS (check local listings). It’s the first documentary biography of the civil rights leader, who is among the interviewees who tell about his role in history-making events.

Healthcare in the Round,co-hosted by Columbia professors Meg FitzGerald and Michael Sparer, is the result of a collaboration between The WorkShop, producer of Amazon’s Novak, and the Department of Health Policy & Management at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. The discussion series will feature live interviews with healthcare CEOs, policy makers and other leaders in the industry.

The Howard Stern Show executive producer Gary Dell’Abate takes a stab at stand-up comedy Thursday, January 26 at 10p on AXS TV’s Gotham Comedy Live.

Also on AXS TV, the Rolling Stones reflect on the first 20 years of their career in rock doc Crossfire Hurricane, premiering on the network Tuesday, February 14 at 9p. The film, commemorating the group’s 50th anniversary, combines archive footage with off-camera interviews.

Nova: Holocaust Escape Tunnel tells the story of the discovery of a hidden tunnel dug by Jewish prisoners in Lithuania during World War II. The film, including interviews with descendants of the group of survivors of the Vilnius horrors, premieres on PBS Wednesday, April 19 at 9p (check local listings).


Jane Fonda and Dolly Parton will present their 9 to 5 co-star Lily Tomlin with the SAG Life Achievement Award at the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. Ceremony will be simulcast on TNT and TBS on Sunday, January 29 at 8p. In addition to working together on the 1980 film, Fonda and Tomlin star in and exec produce Netflix’s Grace and Frankie, returning for season 3 in May.

Tyler Perry will receive the award for Favorite Humanitarian at the People’s Choice Awards, airing tonight at 9 on CBS. Perry will be recognized for the Tyler Perry Foundation’s donations of millions of dollars to organizations including Feeding America, the NAACP and Charity Water, among others.

The Academy of Country Music Awards will air Sunday, April 2 at 8p, live from Vegas, on CBS. It’s the first time the event will be broadcast from the T-Mobile Arena.

The Cynopsis TV Awards, Buyers & Planners Awards and 20th Anniversary reception are coming up. Don’t miss your chance to join the celebration! Festivities take place February 7 in NYC – you’ll find details and ticket info here.

Tamela Mann and Travis Greene lead the field of nominees for the 32nd Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards with 9 nods each, followed by 7 for Hezekiah Walker and 6 for Kirk Franklin. The salute to gospel music premieres on TV One Sunday, April 9 at 7p.

Winners of the NATPE Reality Breakthrough Awards, announced Tuesday during a show hosted by Bob Saget, included O.J.: Made in America (Best Documentary), Chrisley Knows Best (Best Docusoap), Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (Best Factual Entertainment), Hollywood Game Night (Best Game Show), The Voice (Best Reality Competition), Steve Harvey (Best Reality Host), Shark Tank (Best Structured Reality) and Hard Knocks Hard Knocks (Best Unstructured Reality).

HDNet Movies gets in on Academy Awards action with “And The Oscar Goes To” Presented By Richard Roeper, a 40-film event hosted by film critic Roeper featuring at least one different Oscar-winning film every evening at 8p, starting on Sunday, January 29, culminating in an Oscar Weekend Marathon from Friday, February 24-Sunday, February 26.


Cynopsis will be honoring today’s top advertising talent at the aforementioned Buyers & Planners Awards celebration in NYC on February 7. Nominees include Yovantonette Daniels, on-air media planning, sr. manager, MundoMax.

Cynopsis: What is the biggest challenge facing the advertising community today?
Yovantonette Daniels:
The biggest challenge facing the advertising community  story engagement translating into actual purchasing of product or service
Cynopsis: What kind of education or experience best helped prepare you for your job?
Having a college degree, completed internships and keeping myself abreast and up-to-date with all industry digital magazines, conventions and webinars.
Cynopsis: What gets you excited about getting up in the morning to go to work at MundoMax?
That I know that every day is different and there is a new challenge for every campaign.
Cynopsis: And of course, what are you wearing to the Cynopsis Awards?
Lol, what am I wearing? Most likely a black attire assemble
still debating a dress or jumpsuit.
For questions about the event, which will also include the inaugural TV Awards, please email [email protected].

In an industry first, Fox will insert local TV spots in its live Super Bowl streaming on Fox Sports Go. Over 170 partner affiliates will have access to local ad inventory for the big game February 5.

Total U.S. advertising on television will reach $72.72 billion in 2017, versus $12.55 billion for digital video, according to eMarketer, which estimates 1.7 million subscribers will cut cable/satellite/telco services. But TV homes will still loom larger, at 201.8 million adults, versus 175.4 million digital video viewers.


Jerry Seinfeld is headed to Netflix. The comedian’s Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee, launched on Sony’s Crackle in 2012, is part of the deal, as well as two standup specials and the development of scripted and non-scripted comedy programming.

Scripps Lifestyle Studios, the digital content arm of Scripps Networks Interactive, ranked in December’s top 4 across the food, home and travel categories of media companies.Food Network and HGTV both ranked 3rd in the food and home categories, while Travel Channel ranked 4th in the travel category, according to Tubular Labs. In all, Scripps Lifestyle Studios garnered more than 700 million video views across all its digital and social platforms during the month, a 710 percent increase over last December.

RLJ Entertainment Inc. announced that subscribers for its proprietary digital channels, Acorn TV and urban-focused subscription service UMC, more than doubled year over year in 2016. Acorn TV jumped to 430,000 from 195,000, while UMC subscribers quadrupled to over 20,000 subscribers from approximately 5,000 subscribers at the end of 2015. “We believe the rapid growth in subscribers confirms our strategy to bring high quality niche content to passionate audiences,” said Miguel Penella, Chief Executive Officer of RLJ Entertainment.

Zoomin.TV, part of digital entertainment group MTG, is launching Zoomin Studios, to create innovative longer-form content for a global audience. The new division, headed by TV and digital producer and director Richard Chambers, will draw on Zoomin.TV’s network of Generation Z creatives to develop and co-produce formats and factual programming for linear TV channels as well as mobile and online platforms.


Ooh la la! Paris-based Aerostar TV and Canada-based AeroCinema struck a longterm strategic alliance for content production and channel distribution, with the goal of creating a global aviation and spacethemed channel. The two channels will continue operating independently carrying each other’s branded content.

A+E Networks’ extreme adventure format Alone ranked as Danish Broadcasting Corporation’s third-highest series launch ever, with the first two episodes improving the time period versus 2016 by a whopping 277 percent.

9 Story Distribution International and Funwood Media have joined forces on live action tween series Monica Chef. Produced by Funwood Media (Spain and Italy), Isla Audiovisual (Spain), and 3zero2 (Italy), 9 Story has acquired worldwide distribution rights (excluding Italy and Spain). Funwood has licensed the series to Disney Channel Italy.

New territories picking up upcoming 8-part drama Taboo include Tv1000/ Viasat– Russia/CIS Region; HBO in Spain, Nordic & Eastern Europe; AMC in Portugal; Digiturk in Turkey; Cosmote in Greece; and FOX Networks Group Latin America, including the Caribbean. All are for premium pay, with Tv1000/Viasat and Fox also including basic pay.

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Back from a holiday break, CBS’s Kevin Can Wait was up 21 percent among A18-49 (1.7) and up 17 percent in total viewers (8.6 million) on Monday versus its last original, while fellow frosh Man With a Plan was up 25 percent in the demo (to 1.5) and hit a series high in Live+SD viewers with 7.7 million. Fox returnee Gotham had a 20 percent boost, to 1.2.

In the reality show race, ABC’s The Bachelor rose to a season high of 2.3 among A18-49, and week 3 of NBC’s The Apprentice had a one tenth lift in the demo, to 1.2.

Nashville surpassed its CMT debut to become the network’s most-watched original series ever, drawing 2.1 million viewers on CMT (3 million counting a Nick at Nite airing). Among A18-49 the episode delivered a .9 rating, up 14 percent.

NBC freshman hit This Is Us earned a series high 4.6 in Live+3 ratings, up 54 percent from its January 10 Live+SD number, according to Nielsen. And that’s not counting VOD.

Fox’s The Mick, the season’s number one new comedy, earned the net its highest-rated Tuesday entertainment telecast for its January 3 episode, earning a 2.2/8 in Live+7 numbers.

TLC’s Outdaughtered and Too Close to Home hit series record ratings last week, earning both of them their most watched episodes ever. Tuesday’s premiere of Outdaughtered garnered a 1.4 W25-54 and was watched by 1.9 million P2+ viewers, and Wednesday’s premiere of Too Close to Home netted a 1.2 W25-54 rating and delivered 1.6 million P2+ viewers.

The simulcast premiere of Su Nombre Era Dolores: La Jenn Que Yo Conoci (Her Name Was Dolores: The Jenn I Knew), simulcast on Univision and UniMas, reached 8.3 million viewers during all or part of the 3-hour block, averaging 2.3 million total viewers and 1.1 million A18-49.

The second episode of new Food Network series, Ginormous Food posted a .6 rating P25-54 (565,000 impressions) and ranked 1st at 8p across ad-supported cable, with gains of 9 percent over last week and nearly doubling gains versus year-ago in the timeslot. Overall Food Network averaged a .6 rating P25-54 (530,000 impressions) and ranked 3rd for the night among cable, a gain of 45 percent versus same day lastyear.

NIELSEN SOCIAL CONTENT TOP TEN for the week of January 9, 2017
Program, Date, Total Interactions (000), Facebook Interactions (000) Twitter
Presidential Address (TV Event) 1/10, 17971, 15162, 2810
This Is Us (NBC) 1/10, 531, 497, 34
WWE Monday Night RAW (USA) 1/9, 462, 327, 135
The Bachelor (ABC) 1/9, 459, 270, 190
Saturday Night Live (NBC) 1/14, 318, 273, 44
Being Mary Jane (BET) 1/10, 163, 121, 42
WWE Smackdown! (USA) 1/10, 149, 91, 57
Black-ish (ABC) 1/11, 145, 109, 36
CNN Town Hall: Paul Ryan (CNN) 1/12, 127, 50, 77
Love & Hip Hop (VH1) 1/9, 118, 81, 37
Source: Nielsen. Uniques and interactions are a measure of total relevant U.S. social media activity grossed across Facebook and Twitter from three hours before through three hours after broadcast, local time. Includes primetime and late fringe programming with metrics available across social platforms on Broadcast and National Cable and excludes sports events. For multicast programs, networks are listed alphabetically and metrics reflect the highest volume of interactions across all airing networks, denoted with an asterisk

Top Ten Basic Cable Network Live+7 Performance among Total Viewers for the week of: 12/26/2016 Primetime (000)/Total Prog. Day (000)
ESPN 8429/ESPN 3045
FOXN 1891/NICK 1495
HALL 1855/FOXN 1388
USA 1773/DSNY 1017
DISC 1607/HALL 997
HIST 1596/USA 956
HGTV 1516/ADSM* 949
ID 1216/HGTV 944
FRFM 1186/NAN* 942
BRAV 1161/TOON 923
Source: Turner Research from The Nielsen Company data. All ratings based on Total US Television Universe of
116,400,000 homes. * + Network broadcasts less than 51% of minutes in a 24 hour day. Notes: Data based on most currently available Nielsen Data stream; Preliminary: Live+7. Primetime is Mon-Sat 8p-11p and Sun 7p-11p. Total day is Mon-Sun 6a-6a for household and demographic performances.

Top Ten Basic Cable Network Live+7 Performance among A18-49 for the week of 12/26/2016
Primetime (000), Total Prog. Day (000)
ESPN 3160/ESPN 1189
USA 751/ADSM* 572
DISC 614/NAN* 463
BRAV 582/USA 375
FRFM 566/FRFM 339
FX 548/ID 322
HIST 529/HGTV 308
A&E 457/TOON 298
FOOD 453/FX 293
Source: Turner Research from The Nielsen Company data. All ratings based on Total US Television Universe
116,400,000 homes. * + Network broadcasts less than 51% of minutes in a 24 hour day. Notes: Data based on most currently available Nielsen Data stream; Preliminary: Live+7. Primetime is Mon-Sat 8p-11p and Sun 7p-11p. Total day is Mon-Sun 6a-6a for household and demographic performance.

Top-Rated Cable Shows among A18-49 for the week of 12/26/2016 (000)
Detroit/Dallas (ESPN) 7462
Washington/Alabama (ESPN) 7167
College Football Playoff Semifinal (ESPN) 7135
College Football Playoff Semifinal (ESPN) 6766
College Football Bowl Studio (ESPN) 6143
College Football Bowl Studio (ESPN) 6065
Michigan/Florida State (ESPN) 4350
College Football Bowl Studio (ESPN) 4050
College Football Bowl Studio (ESPN) 3395
College Football Bowl Studio (ESPN) 2652
Source: Turner Research from The Nielsen Company data. All ratings based on Total US Television Universe 116,400,000 homes. * + Network broadcasts less than 51% of minutes in a 24 hour day. Notes: Data based on most currently available Nielsen Data stream; Preliminary: Live+7. Primetime is Mon-Sat 8p-11p and Sun 7p-11p. Total day is Mon-Sun 6a-6a for household and demographic performance

Top 7 Live+7 Playback Rankers by percentage for the week of December 26, 2016
Live+SD/Live+7/+7 percent gain
Conviction (ABC)
The Mick (Fox) 2.8/3.7/32%
To Tell the Truth (ABC) .7/.9/29%
Ransom (CBS) .8/1.0/25%
20/20 (ABC) .8/.9/13%
America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC) 1.1/1.2/10%
Undercover Boss (CBS) 1.1/1.2/9%
Based on the difference between Nielsen’s first-reported Live + Same Day and the final Live + 7 Day ratings (for regular, original programs only).

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Friday, January 13, 2017 time period averages.
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD
CBS: 5.8/11
MacGyver 4.7/9, Hawaii Five-0 6.0/11, Blue Bloods 6.6/13
ABC: 3.8/7
Last Man Standing 4.4/8, Shark Tank 3.7/7, 20/20 3.9/8
NBC: 2.3/4
Grimm 2.6/5, Emerald City 2.0/4, Dateline 2.3/4
FOX: 1.6/3
Rosewood 1.9/4, Sleepy Hollow 1.3/2
Despertar Contigo .8/2, Vino el Amor 1.2/2, Color de la Pasion 1.2/2
Silvana Sin Lana .9/2, La Dona .8/2, El Chema 1.0/2
CW: .5/1
Vampire Diaries .6/1, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend .4/1
Friday A18-49: CBS 1.3/5, NBC 1.1/4, FOX 1.1/4, ABC 1.0/4, UNI .6/3, TELE .6/2, CW .3/1


Thomas Tull resigned from Legendary Entertainment and will assume the role of Founding Chairman of the company he established and led as Chairman and CEO since 2005. Wanda Cultural Industry Group, which acquired Legendary in January 2016, named Dr. Jack Gao, Group Senior VP & CEO, International Investments and Operations, Wanda Cultural Industry Group as Interim CEO.

Armoza Formats is expanding its sales division, with Sharon Levi appointed to the role of Head of Sales, where she will be managing the sales division, and Louise Melzack joining the team as Sales Executive for Asia.

Propagate is launching an international division, headed by Cyrus Farrokh as President. Farrokh joins the company from Electus International, where he served as Senior Vice President, Head of Sales. Supporting Farrokh on the international team are Jay Weisleder, who will be focusing on Latin America and Spanish-speaking territories and Jimmy McNider, who will focus on European territories. 

Carat has named Anathea Ruys Senior Vice President, Managing Director of its LA office. Most recently, Ruys was head of Fuse, the branded content, sponsorship and ideation division of Ominicom Media Group Asia Pacific.

Sandy Ashendorf joins Epix as Executive Vice President of Content Distribution. Ashendorf had been EVP of Distribution as BBC Worldwide America.

This Day in History:
1896 – An X-ray generating machine was exhibited for the first time.

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: Who was roommate to Chrissy and Janet before Jack came along on Three’s Company (1976-1984)? Eleanor. Kudos to: Marion Z Murphy-GroupM Direct/NYC, Andy Pittman-TAMU-College Station, TX, Robyn Rugged/LA, Bev Ellinger-WANDTV/Decatur, IL, Elizabeth Corda-Turner, NYC, Paul Blutter-Hollywood Depot Rentals/Burbank, Synda Kollman-Charter Marketing Group/Deerfield Beach, FL, David Garber-Loyola Marymount University School of Film & Television/Playa Vista, CA, Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA, Charles Mannino-TE Connectivity/Eatontown, NJ, Eric Litt-Tribute Media/Chicago 

Today’s Trivia Question: Who was Bobby’s second wife on Dallas (1978-1991)? (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.).

Initial This: VH played RM on TMTMS and VH on V (Email [email protected]; first three respondents with the correct answer who aren’t in trivia – will be posted along with the answer on www.Cynopsis.com.)
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JOB OPENING: RESEARCH ANALYST/Fuse Media NY: Extract and analyze linear ratings and programs. Provide insights/strategic direction in regards to scheduling. Cable and brdcst TV knowledge. BS req & Min 2 yrs exp. Exc verbal/written comm skills. Apply HERE www.fuse.tv (1/20)

JOB OPENING: MARKETING MGR/UPTV/ATL: 3+ creative media exp. at cable network. Exp. dev. mkting strategies & creative briefs. Exp. working w/creative agencies and executing campaigns. Must have budget mgt exp. Exp. managing media trafficking for off channel. Send res: [email protected] (1/20)

JOB OPENING: SALES SERVICE REP/Weather Channel/Chicago: Sales service rep looking to grow career and knowledge supporting Account Exec and Dir of Chicago Office. Must have 1+ yrs. current Cable TV media experience to be considered. Go to https://careers.weathergroup.com/ to apply (1/20)

JOB OPENING: DIGITAL MEDIA MANAGER/CSI Sports/NYC: Manage digital asset distribution. Be integrally involved with expansion of digital products and social media initiatives on global scale. Passion for sports. Strong writing skills. 7+ yrs exp req’d. APP and CMS skills required. cvr/res to Rose: [email protected] (1/20)
SUPERVISING PRODUCER & DIRECTOR with 15 yrs exp in build/process, talk, hosted, and docu-soap exp as well as branded and sponsored content for television as well as digital specific content. Available now. Located in Los Angeles, CA. Willing to travel. Phn. 310-465-7715 / [email protected] (1/21)

SITUATION WANTED: VIDEO CONTENT CREATOR: 10+ yrs exp. multimedia professional specializing in high production value entertainment-related visual projects ranging from custom branded content and commercials to music videos and broadcast series. – [email protected] (1/19)


ABC: Fresh Off the Boat, Speechless, Modern Family [r], black-ish, Match Game
CBS: Undercover Boss, People’s Choice Awards 2017
CW: Arrow [r], Frequency
FOX: Lethal Weapon, Star
NBC: Blindspot, Law & Order: SVU, Chicago P.D.
PBS: Nature [r], Frontline
Telemundo: La Fan, La Dona, El Chema
Univision: Despertar Contigo, Vino el Amor, El Color de la Pasion

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