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The 4th Annual Cynopsis Top Women in Digital Awards
Awards Breakfast: Wednesday, March 14th in NYC
It is more important than ever to come together to celebrate the incredible accomplishments of women changing the digital space from all sides of the spectrum. Past honorees have been digital-savvy innovators from a wide range of companies (view past honorees here). Honorees will be announced in early February so stay tuned and save the date!
Paramount Television teamed with ATTN: to bring webseries America Versus to television. The show will be hosted by Nev Schulman, host of MTV’s Catfish, and follow his travels around the world to discuss topics like lunches in Japan and the drinking culture in Italy.
Apple issued a straight-to-series order to an hourlong drama from La La Land director Damien Chazelle, who will write and direct all episodes of the series. Details of it are being kept under wraps.
UPtv introduces Morgan Family Strong on Thursday, March 1 at 9:30p. Docuseries follows country singer Craig Morgan and his close-knit clan at home and on tour, as they come together following the loss of Morgan’s son, Jerry.
BBC America launches 16 weeks of coverage across Europe with Thursday Night Darts: Premier League 2018, bowing Thursday, February 1 at 10p. The competition also streams live on BBCAmerica.com at 2p.
Do you get enough feedback from your manager about your performance? Let us know in the Cynopsis Workplace poll: http://www.cynopsis.com/poll/.
TCM’s “31 Days of Oscar” returns for its 23rd year with Ben Mankiewicz and Dave Karger hosting a month’s worth of films that have been nominated for or won Academy Awards. The movie marathon begins Thursday, February 1 at 6a with Gold Diggers of 1935. Other highlights include1928’s The Crowd and the network’s premieres of Braveheart and Inconvenient Truth.
Sportsman Channel honors Chipper Jones, host of Major League Bowhunter, with marathon programming block, Hall of Fame Hunts, on Saturday, January 27 at 5p. Jones was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.
INSP features love-themed episodes of iconic shows in the Head Over Heels Valentine’s event on Wednesday, February 14. Programming begins with The High Chaparral at 7a.
Cartoon Network airs a Teen Titans Go! marathon on Monday, February 19 beginning at 6p.
This may be the era of “peak TV,” with sumptuously-produced dramas grabbing the spotlight, but high profile scripted series often aren’t what’s driving network performance. “When we factor in the price point/economic model for these scripted series… the value of reality is borne out,” says INE Entertainment Managing Partner Eric Day in the new Cynsiders. For more from Day on the value of TV genres, as well as emerging platforms and integrations between telecoms and content providers, go here.
Cinelatino will run a movie marathon dedicated to the biggest box office hits from Honduras starting Sunday, January 28 at 3:20p. Event culminates with the premiere of Honduran comedy La Limpia, La Chancha y La Santa Maria at 9:15p.
A technical issue caused a Facebook and Instagram outage for many users around the world yesterday around 1:16p ET, including parts of the U.S., central Mexico, South America and Europe, among other areas. Facebook said it had resolved the issue yesterday…but not until many took to Twitter to complain.
An update to Snapchat removes the white border around snaps from a user’s camera roll that identified them as older, and adds a new option for saving inside chats – long press on a text chat and users will see an option to copy and save the text. The update is live on lOS.
If broadband companies want to be in business with state agencies in New York, they will not be able to block, throttle or prioritize content, or charge consumers different rates to access specific types of content or applications. The net neutrality rules were ordered by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, effective March 1. “The FCC’s dangerous ruling goes against the core values of our democracy, and New York will do everything in our power to protect net neutrality and the free exchange of ideas,” Cuomo said Wednesday.
Hulu and IFC Films inked a multi-year output deal that will bring current and future non-documentary, narrative films released by IFC Films and sister labels IFC Midnight and Sundance Selects to the streamer, exclusively after their in-theater runs. The agreement includes 2018 releases and takes effect this summer.
Comcast Xfinity’s new voice remote is ready to play ball. In time for the Super Bowl, the remote can now accept voice commands from Philly fans (“Xfinity Home, make lights green”) and Patriots fans (“Xfinity Home, make lights blue”). The remote is integrated with the TV, and works with other smart home devices.
Grammys Live from the Red Carpet offers exclusive pre-show coverage of awards night on the Recording Academy Facebook page, CBS Facebook page and Grammy.com. Streaming begins Sunday, January 28 at 3p.
Season 2 of Amazon Prime’s Sneaky Pete premieres Friday, March 9 on Prime Video.
Ad agencies are using their own space as sites for clients’ pop-up experiences, reports Digiday. The arrangement saves on real estate costs, and lets the agency show off their experiential marketing prowess. Digital agency Grow and Hawke Media are 2 examples cited of agencies offering space where brands can experiment. “Our intent is not to make money off this,” Drew Ungvarsky, CEO and creative director at Grow, told Digiday. “We’re thinking of it as a space where our partners can innovate.”
In a new survey, 38% of industry pros chose experiential marketing as the most successful marketing tactic. Over 80% reported gaining valuable data from events, according to AgencyEA research. “In our always-on digital world, consumer attention is fractured, ever-shrinking and in high demand. Which means it’s increasingly challenging for brands to break through in any meaningful way,” says Scott Lachut, President Research & Strategy, PSFK. “Even with their connected lifestyles (and perhaps because of them) people place greater value on real-world experiences due to their ability to engage the senses and emotions, build community and create both shared and shareable moments.”
Adds Lachut, a panelist in the January 30 webinar, Getting Maximum Impact from Experiential Marketing, “By bringing their story to life offline, brands can not only generate quality engagement, but also capture valuable data and insights that can amplify online impact with related content.” For insights and strategies on how to execute experiences that supercharge your story, go here.
Adtaxi announced its digital advertising predictions for 2018. Among them: with the increasing popularity of Amazon Alexa-enabled devices and Google Home, advertisers will begin tapping into new territory with voice advertising. Also, given the controversies surrounding content on YouTube and their commitment to ensuring consumer and brand safety, safety ratings for videos will exist by the end of 2018.
Michael Shannon (The Shape of Warner) was tapped to star in BBC/AMC mini-series, The Little Drummer GirlKenneth Branagh and Lily Cole (St. Trinian) joined the third season cast of BBC comedy Upstart CrowJoanne Whalley (Wolf Hall) was added to the Season 2 cast of Marvel’s Daredevil on Netflix.
Federation Kids & Family, Cottonwood Media and Planeta Junior partnered to develop, distribute and license premium kids and family programs worldwide. “To succeed in the industry, today, it is essential not only to create high-quality programs, but ensure their strategic placement in a constantly evolving tv and licensing market. Our partnership with Planeta Junior will make way for this success,” said David Michel, Managing Director, Federation Kids & Family, and President, Cottonwood Media.
British broadcaster ITV renewed Dancing on Ice for another season and is eying a deal in the U.S. The rebooted reality series, which features celebrities competing in skating challenges, garnered some 8 million viewers over its first three episodes.
Sean Bean (Game of Thrones) and Malachi Kirby (Roots) are attached to eight-part Sky drama, Curfew. The British broadcasters’s latest programming announcement tells the story of ordinary people competing in the world’s fastest, illegal nighttime street race.
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.
Lifetime reached 10.5 million total viewers with original movie, Cocaine Godmother, and documentary special, Griselda: The Godmother, across all weekend telecasts. On its Saturday, January 20 premiere date, Cocaine Godmother delivered 2.2 million Total Viewers in Live+3, according to Nielsen Media Research. It also drove Lifetime to be the #1 cable network in its time period among W18-49 (506,000) and #2 with A25-54 (927,000), W25-54 (604,000) and A18-49 (762,000). Saturday’s one-hour special, Griselda: The Godmother averaged 1.4 million Total Viewers in Live+3.
HGTV was the #1 cable network among all W25-54 viewers on Tuesday night, thanks to Fixer Upper and Restored by the Fords. Fixer Upper ranked as a top 5 program during the 9 to10p slot among all broadcast and cable programs for all W25-54 viewers. Restored by the Fords placed as the #2 cable show during the 10-10:30p period among upscale W25-54 viewers. Since its January 2 premiere, the show is rating 26% higher than the HGTV prime average among P25-54 and has attracted 6 million total viewers.
Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions) Wednesday, January 24, 2018 time period averages
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated Live+SD
CBS: 5.69 million
The Amazing Race 6.14, Criminal Minds 5.23
FOX: 5.15 million
The X-Files 3.86, 9-1-1 6.43
NBC: 4.79 million
Law & Order: SVU (r) 4.80, Law & Order: SVU (r) 4.51, Chicago PD (r) 5.05
ABC: 4.59 million
The Goldbergs 6.06, American Housewife 5.32, Modern Family (r) 4.16, American Housewife 4.16, Match Game 3.24
UNI: 1.11 million
El Rico y Lazaro 1.23, Papa a Toda Madre 1.14, Caer en Tentacion 0.96
CW: 0.97 million
Riverdale 1.38, Dynasty 0.56
TELE: 0.89 million
Jose, Jose, el principe de la cancion 0.84, Sangre de mi Tierra 0.87, Senora Acero 3: La Coyote 0.96
Wednesday A19-49 Analysis: FOX 1.3/5, CBS 1.1/4, ABC 1.1/4, NBC 0.9/3, UNI 0.5/2, TELE 0.4/2, CW 0.3/1
Brent Montgomery is exiting his post as Chief Executive of ITV America to launch his own production company. David George, currently President of the production group, is being upped to CEO.
Jennifer Rogers Doyle was upped to the newly created role of Senior Vice President, Brand Development and Integrated Planning, Disney Channels Worldwide. Doyle has served as Vice President, Franchise Management, since 2005.
Patrick Menton was named Vice President of Talent and Production at Dick Clark Productions. He previously freelanced in talent management.
Univision Communications Inc. appointed Lisa Valentino as Executive Vice President, Revenue Innovation. She last served as Chief Revenue Officer for Industry and Agency at Conde Nast.
FreemantleMedia North America added three industry vets to its team. Reid Shane, previously Senior Vice President of Television Production at Media Rights Capital, was named Executive Vice President of Production, Jennifer Sherwood, a former partner and producer at Silk Road Productions, was hired as Senior Vice President of Scripted Development, and Oliver Jones, who last served as Manager of Development at The Weinstein Company, was appointed Director of Scripted Development.
Wrigley Media Group tapped veteran producers Ross Babbit and Danny Tepper to head original content division, Wrigley Media Originals. Babbit had been Senior Vice President of Programming & Development at Travel Channel, while Tepper previously managed content at HGTV, DIY Network and GAC.
Endemol Shine North America subsidiary Authentic Entertainment hired Kirk Anderson as Senior Vice President and Operations. He joins from Endemol, where he served as Vice President, Unscripted Productions.
NHNZ appointed Liz Brachy as Vice President of Production and Development in the US. She previously served as Senior Director of Programming and Development at Discovery Channel International and Vice President of Production and Development at Discovery US.

Friday Fun Fact: There’s a city named Unalaska in Alaska.
This Day in History: 1994 – Babylon 5 began airing on TNT.
Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: Which sitcom family originally came from Smokey Corners, West Virginia before moving to California? The Real McCoys (1957-1863), Kudos to: Gary Bixenspan-TV Marketing Inc./NYC; Margie Hernandez-East LA Rising/Los Angeles, CA; Robin Feinberg-Endemol Shine North America/Los Angeles, CA; Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/Los Angeles, CA; David Garber-Loyola Marymount University/Playa Vista, CA.
Today’s Trivia Question: Which actor was the final guest star to face Matt Dillon in a gunfight on Gunsmoke (1955-1975)? (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 Anagram: A Cuter Ant = Nature Cat. Kudos to: Synda Kollman-Charter Media Group/Deerfield Beach, FL; Paul Blutter-Walk and Talk Productions Rentals/Burbank, CA.
Switcheroo (two TV characters, one actor): Kevin Osbourne (Email [email protected] with your answer; first three respondents with the correct answer who aren’t in trivia will be posted in tomorrow’s newsletter.)
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JOB OPENING: SALES PLANNER/FUSETV/NY: Create proposals in Ad Sales sys, monitor/steward accounts, support Nat’l Account Exec w/mktg and rsrch projects. BA, 2+ yrs media/sales plan’g req’d. click on our career page @ www.fuse.tv (2/2)

JOB OPENING: PR MANAGER/truTV (Turner)/NYC: Responsible for creating and implementing PR campaigns for network & its comedic programming. Must be creative, collaborative, motivated and strategic. Excellent writing & interpersonal skills plus 5-7 yrs related experience required. Full info/apply HERE (2/2)

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER/NBC NEWS/DC: We are looking for an Associate Producer for NBC News to assist with full scope of production including research, booking and interviewing. 3+ yrs editorial prod exp at the network or cable level. Full info/apply HERE (2/2)

JOB OPENING: PROJECT MGR/NBC SPORTS/Stamford: Operate as a logistical hub of the motion graphics projects as assigned. 5+ yrs at a network or broadcast design agency. Knowl of tech design in TV. Full info/apply HERE (2/2)

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 (2/1)


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 (2/1)


JOB OPENING: Esports LEAGUE OPERATIONS/Psyonix/San Diego: Organized League Ops pro to grow/support the hit game, Rocket League! Mng dvlpmnt, mngmnt, and maintenance of player relations for the Rocket League Championship Series (RLCS) and Rocket League Rival Series (RLRS). Full info/apply HERE (2/1)
JOB OPENING: DIRECTOR, LIVE SUPPORT/ Psyonix/San Diego: Set the vision/ tone for all Psyonix & Rocket League live support services, incl QA, Customer Care & Localization.  8+ yrs of mngmnt exp in related fields. Passion for gaming & knowledge of Rocket League & its community a +. Full info/apply HERE (1/31)


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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 (1/31)
ABC: Child Support, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., 20/20
CBS: Bruno Mars: 24K Magic Live at the Apollo, Hawaii Five-0, Blue Bloods
CW: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Jane the Virgin
FOX: Hell’s Kitchen, The Resident
NBC: Blindspot, Taken, Dateline NBC
PBS: Washington Week, Washington Week, Great Performances at the Met [p]
Telemundo: Jose, Jose, el principe de la cancion, Sangre de mi Tierra, Senora Acero 3: La Coyote
Univision: El Rico y Lazaro, Papa a Toda Madre, Caer en Tentacion

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