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State Of The Broadcast Industry 2018
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Comedy False Profits has been given an order by ABC. Project is from Code Black writer/producer Kayla Alpert, Jason Reed, and ABC Studios and follows a team of down-and-out women in Arizona who battle it out in the cutthroat world of a multi-level marketing cosmetics business.
T Group Productions entered an overall co-production deal with EveryWhere Studios and its founders Tom Mazza and David Calvert-Jones. T Group will serve as the production home for EveryWhere’s five-picture commitment with People Magazine at Freeform under the banner People Presents. EveryWhere also will create, develop and produce scripted programming to be co-produced with T Group in the US and UK.
Travel Channel is expanding its adventure programming slate with the pick-up of Hunting Evidence, featuring explorer and biologist Pat Spain. Spain will use his science background to probe some of the world’s great enigmas including the existence of vampires in New England and new evidence about London’s infamous Jack the Ripper. Six one-hour eps are slated to debut in June 2018.
Acorn TV will premiere the six-ep Girlfriends on Monday, January 29. The British drama from Kay Mellor (Love, Lies & Records) stars Miranda Richardson (Stronger, The Crying Game), Phyllis Logan (Downton Abbey), and Zoe Wanamaker (Agatha Christie’s Poirot) as three friends struggling with the responsibilities that come with being a modern woman of a certain age.
Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G., the 10-ep scripted true crime limited series, premieres on USA Network on Tuesday, February 27 at 10p.
Father-son duo Doug and Brad DeBerti bring their custom car building lifestyle to Discovery Channel in new series Twin Turbos, set to bow Wednesday, February 28 at 10p.
Lifetime is teasing the second season of Mary Kills People, its euthanasia-themed drama series slated to return Monday, March 12 at 9p. Season 2 picks up eight months after Mary and Des framed Grady for the deaths of their patients.
ABC News will provide special coverage of Donald Trump’s first State of the Union Address and the Democratic response on Tuesday, January 30. Chief anchor George Stephanopoulos will lead broadcast coverage from 9-11p, with David Muir, Martha Raddatz, Byron Pitts, Jonathan Karl, Cecilia Vega and Tom Llamas. Additionally, pre- and post-livestream coverage will begin at 8:15p on ABCNews.com.
In new PBS documentary film American Creed, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David M. Kennedy come together from different backgrounds and points of view to investigate the idea of a unifying American creed. Film premieres Tuesday, February 27 at 9p.
Antenna TV will celebrate classic comedy 227 on, when else, February 27 when the Tribune Broadcasting multicast entertainment network airs an 18-hour/36-ep marathon.
Netflix ordered a new special from British illusionist Derren Brown, and acquired two of his previous specials. Brown’s US stage debut, Secret, had a successful run off-Broadway last year.
Season 2 of The Fiona Show debuts today at 9:30a on Facebook Watch with the hippo-cum-social-media star’s first birthday celebration at the Cincinnati Zoo.
Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam told investors yesterday the company is not involved in a major media deal. During the company’s Q4 conference call with Wall Street analysts, McAdam said Verizon if focusing on “being a great partner, monetizing through advertising and being independent… Until further notice, that’s what our investors should assume that we’re doing.” The wireless carrier came up just short of industry estimates for the quarter.
Amazon opened its checkout-free grocery store Amazon Go in Seattle on Monday. Shoppers use the Amazon Go app to automatically add products they want to purchase and pick them up without waiting in a checkout line.
Facebook is buying a software company that specializes in authenticating government-issued ID cards. The move may help FB learn more about who buys advertising on its social network.
The first in-screen fingerprint-scanning phone, the Vivo X20 Plus UD, hits the market today in China. While this will be the first phone with an embedded sensor scanning system, according to CNET, more phones with the feature will likely be released in 2018.
Kobe Bryant and Glen Keane’s Dear Basketball, exec-produced by Believe Entertainment Group and distributed by Verizon’s go90, scored an Oscar nom in the Animated Short Film category. Dear Basketball is a five-minute animated version of Bryant’s poetic ode to the game, which generated 50 million views worldwide when first published on The Players Tribune in 2015.

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A new seven-minute documentary-style film from Foo Fighters front man Dave Grohl debuted yesterday at Sundance and is part of a branded content series of five short films called Dear Seattle created in partnership with Visit Seattle and Sundance TV and launched by Seattle-based PB&.
Glen “Big Baby” Davis has joined the BIG3 league and will be added to Power’s roster alongside Captain Corey Maggette and Co-Captain Cuttino Mobley. The BIG3’s 10-week season will tip off June 22 and air live on Friday nights on Fox and FS1.
In its first global venture, Starz is headed to Canada under a long-term alliance between parent Lionsgate and Bell Media. The collaboration marks the first international launch of Starz since Lionsgate acquired the network in December 2016 as well as the first time it will be available in Canada.
Banijay Group acquired French digital company Shauna Events, part of Banijay’s plans to expand its digital capabilities during the next year.
Cynopsis Sports is celebrating the work of the most talented producers, hosts, sponsors and executives in the sports industry, saluting the initiatives that drove audiences and turned sports viewers into fans. Crossing the spectrum of television, radio, and online platforms, our list covers all the corners of the industry including best series and savvy marketing tactics as well as top digital content. Click here to view last year’s finalists .
The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story premiered on FX to 5.5 million Total Viewers, making it one of cable’s highest-rated series premieres of the past two years. On a Live+3 basis, the premiere telecast Wednesday, January 17 totaled 3.6 million Total Viewers, ranking it No. 3 among the 71 cable series premieres since January 2017, and No. 8 among the 158 cable series that have premiered since 2016.
As the Dow hit the momentous 26,000 mark during the week of January 15, Fox Business Network finished with 277,000 total viewers. Additionally, FBN scored the five top rated programs of the week, with Lou Dobbs Tonight as the most watched business program with 391,000 total viewers.
For the week ending January 19, CBS’ The Young and the Restless delivered 4.84 million viewers, its largest weekly audience in a year – since the week of January 6, 2017, according to Nielsen, Live + Same Day Ratings.
Univision’s new series Papa a Toda Madre averaged 1.8 million Total Viewers 2+, 835,000 A18-49 and 395,000 A18-34.


Top 10 Broadcast Programs Among A18-49 ratings/share for the week of January 15, 2018
FOX: NFC Championship (1/21) 13.4/42
FOX: NFC Championship – Post Game (1/21) 6.3/20
CBS: The Big Bang Theory (1/18) 2.9/12
FOX: The Resident (1/21) 2.6/10
NBC: This Is Us (1/16) 2.5/9
CBS: Young Sheldon (1/18) 2.4/9
ABC: Grey’s Anatomy (1/18) 2.3/9
NBC: Ellen’s Game of GMS (1/16) 2.2/8
ABC: The Bachelor (1/15) 1.8/6
ABC: Modern Family (1/17) 1.8/6
Broadcast Morning News Shows Weekly Average Ratings week of January 15, 2018
ABC Good Morning America 4.51 million total viewers, 1.2/11 and 1.48 million A25-54
NBC Today 4.46 million total viewers, 1.4/12 and 1.65 million A25-54
CBS This Morning 3.86 million total viewers, 0.9/9 and 1.08 million A25-54
Broadcast Evening News Shows Weekly Average Ratings week of January 15, 2018
ABC World News Tonight 10.38 million total viewers, 1.9/7 and 2.27 million A25-54
NBC Nightly News 9.80 million total viewers, 2.0/8 and 2.36 million A25-54
CBS Evening News 7.43 million total viewers, 1.4/5 and 1.63 million A25-54
Broadcast Late Night Shows Weekly Average Ratings week of January 15, 2018
NBC The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon 2.62 million total viewers and .7/4 A18-49
ABC Jimmy Kimmel Live 2.15 million total viewers and .5/3 A18-49
CBS The Late Show With Stephen Colbert 3.31 million total viewers and .5/3 A18-49
NIELSEN SOCIAL CONTENT RATINGS: Top Series and Specials by Total Interactions for the week of January 15, 2018
Program, Total Interactions (000), Facebook (000), Twitter (000)
24th Screen Actors Guild Awards (TNT) 1099, 392, 707
WWE Monday Night Raw (USA) 230, 384, 274
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 458, 233, 225
The Bachelor (ABC) 448, 111, 336
 49th NAACP Image Awards (TV One) 430, 249, 181
Supernatural (The CW) 400, 96, 304
Scandal (ABC) 293, 107, 187
WWE Smackdown! (USA) 272, 163, 109
WWE Monday Night Raw (USA) 262, 182, 80
Riverdale (The CW) 252, 39, 212
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.
Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions): Monday, January 22, 2018 time period averages
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated Live+SD
NBC: 4.65 million
The Wall 5.72, Better Late Than Never 4.84, The Brave 3.39
ABC: 7.38 million
The Bachelor 6.32, The Good Doctor 9.49
CBS: 5.80 million
Kevin Can Wait 7.29, Man With a Plan 6.64, Superior Donuts 5.70, 9JKL 4.73, Scorpion 5.21
FOX: 4.22 million
Lucifer 3.78, The Resident 4.67
Telemundo: .85 million
Jose Jose 821,000, Sangre de mi Tierra 806,000, Senora Acero 4: La Coyote 958,000
Univision: 1 million
Rico y Lazaro 1.15, Papa y Toda Madre 1.11, Caer en Tentacion 872,000
CW: 1.54 million
Supergirl 2.03, Valor 1.05
Monday A19-49 Rating: ABC 1.8/6, FOX 1.0/4, NBC .9/3, CBS 1.0/4, UNI .6/2, TELE .5/2, CW .4/1
NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment hired Chika Chukudebelu as VP, programming & diversity. She most recently served as director of original scripted programming at BET.
In an exec shakeup at All3Media America, Greg Lipstone is stepping down as CEO and Dan Donahue is exiting as COO, effective immediately. The business decision to change the company’s leadership is understood to be amicable, according to Deadline.
Mosheh Oinounou will become executive producer of the CBS Evening News With Jeff Glor beginning February 5, replacing Steve Capus, who is stepping down from the role. Oinounou joined CBS News in 2011 and served on the management team that created CBSN, among other benchmarks.
Katie Newman, formerly director of development and production at Lord & Miller’s 20th Century Fox TV-based production company, joined 3 Arts Entertainment as a manager.
Jason Abbruzzese is joining the NBC News Digital team as senior tech editor. He previously was a business editor at Mashable.
Data analytics company 605 appointed Sal Romanello as general counsel at 605. Romanello most recently was a partner in the complex commercial litigation practice group at law firm Weil, Gotshal &  Manges.
Annette Page joined research insights consultancy Three as a strategist in the firm’s Raleigh, NC, office. Page, most recently was VP at System1 Research.
Actor Simon Shelton, best known for donning the purple suit and playing Tinky Winky on Teletubbies, died January 17. He was 52. Shelton also starred in the ‘90s kids game show Incredible Games. 

This Day in History: 1965 – Winston Churchill died at the age of 90.


Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: Which talk show was the inspiration for a British opera? The Jerry Springer Show inspired UK’s Jerry Springer: The Opera. Kudos to: Rachel Buchanan-NBCUniversal/NY; Eric Emeric-Showtime Networks, Inc./NY; Robert Fitzpatrick-(retired) NBCUniversal/NY; Jamie Euster-Endeavor/NY; Bill Graff-beIN Sports/Miami; Scott Jenkins- Gracenote/ Queensbury, NY; Dave Martinez-Electus/NY; Erik Neinstedt-The Walt Disney Co./OrlandoJames Ryan-A+E Networks/NY; Anthony Salerno-Horizon Media/NY; Emmett Walsh-A+E Networks/NY; Lisa Nordstrom-Compass Point Media/McCann/Minneapolis; Miriam Stocker-Black Entertainment Television/Detroit; Clare Taricska-Tribune Media/Cleveland; Ken DuBow-Bob’s Your Uncle/LA; Amy Kessler-Merola Opera Program/SF; Richard G. Murphy-Manor Productions/W. Toluca Lake, CA


Today’s Trivia Question: What was the name of the Camden family pet on Seventh Heaven? (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.).
Answer to Our Last Anagram: Be Beheld Vastly  = Saved by the Bell. Kudos to: Michael Strauss-CoxReps/NY, Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA


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CREATIVE DIRECTOR/ESP GAMING/Las Vegas: Own the front-to-end design process for ESP Gaming’s prod projects. Deep TV design exp, world class creative vision, passion for sports and competitive gaming, 7+ yrs in creating TV brdcst packages (sports or esports). Full description HERE Resume HERE (1/27)


JOB OPENING: Esports PROGRAM MGR/Psyonix/San Diego: Mng the Rocket League Championship Series (RLCS) w/a focus on our community & its players. Mng all Championship and Rival Series budgets, proposals, contracts. Intimate knwlg of RLCS a must as well as strong motivation & strong work ethic. Full info/apply HERE (1/27)


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JOB OPENING: CLIENT PARTNER EXECUTIVE/Urban One: the One Solution sales team in managing /maintaining all existing business. Resp for driving new business w/the primary goal of helping the OS team surpass annual rev goals (budget). BA Deg & 5+ yrs exp digital, radio or linear sales/ buying. Full info/apply HERE (1/27)


JOB OPENING: ASSOC. MGR INTEGRATED MKTG/iOne Digital/One Solution/NYC: Asst team in dvlpg mktble custom sales opps to satisfy client initiatives, RFPs & RFI. Create cross-platform prgrms. Provide team admin support. 2-3 yrs exp agency, media co or sales/mktg orgzn. Strong writing ability is key. Full info/apply HERE (1/27)

SR PRODUCER/CONSUMER REPORTS VIDEO/Yonkers NY: Oversee/execute a wide range of digital and broadcast visual work for Consumer Reports Video. Generate short/long-form ideas for digital videos and CRTV news reports; BA Deg & 5-7 yrs exp in digital video or broadcast TV production. Full info/apply HERE (1/26)

VP, ANIMATION DEVELOPMENT/NICK/Burbank: Dvlp/oversee new animated content w/show producing execs. 5 yrs exp animation related work. Strong knwlg of Kids audience & values. Strong knwlg of animation prod & financial mngmnt. Full info/apply HERE (1/26)


JOB OPENING: SR DESIGNER/iNDEMAND/NYC: Design company branding, marketing communication and sales materials. Must have creativity, initiative, and attention to detail. BFA – Graphic Design. Prof design exp req. Apply: HERE (1/26)

COORDINATOR TRAFFIC/Crown Media Family Networks/NY: Responsible for editing daily broadcast logs, executing agency traffic instructions and maintaining commercial inventory of the channels. BA/BS req & Min 2 yrs exp. Apply HERE (1/26)


JOB OPENING: SEGMENT PRODUCER/MSNBC LIVE/NYC: Write/produce segments w/speed & accuracy for daily news programming, in a breaking news environment. 5+ yrs exp live TV. Full info/apply HERE (1/26)
JOB OPENING: SENIOR PRODUCER/NewsHour Weekend/NYC: Nat’l PBS current affairs prgrm w/in-depth segmt needs Sr. Producer; Plan/coord from story dev to post-prod; 10+ yrs tv prod exp, incl exp dealing w/a wide range of issues. Strong writing/edit & comm skills nec; Full info/apply HERE (1/25)


JOB OPENING: RESEARCH SPECIALIST/WNET/NYC: IMMED; Strong Res Spec to support viewer analytics for all WNET stations. Min of 2+ years exp wrkg in TV w/synd survey data tools and working knowledge of Nielsen/Scarborough and/or MRI. Full info/apply HERE (1/25)


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JOB OPENING: DIRECTOR, MEDIA RELATIONS/FOX Sports/NYC: Resp for implementing & executing MR strategy while driving PR initiatives for key programming across FOX Sports & FS1 w/a strong focus on NFL & MLB coverage. 7+ yrs relevant exp in sports media. Excellent verbal & written communication skills. Apply HERE (1/25)


ABC: The Goldbergs, American Housewife, Modern Family, American Housewife, Match Game
CBS: The Amazing Race, SEAL Team, Criminal Minds
CW: Riverdale, Dynasty
FOX: The X-Files, 9-1-1
NBC: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Chicago P.D.
PBS: Nature, NOVA, Secrets of the Dead
Telemundo: Jose Jose el Principe de la Cancion, Sangre di mi Tierra, Senora Acero 4: La Coyote
Univision: El Rico y Lazaro, Papa a Toda Madre, Caer en Tentacion

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