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State Of The Broadcast Industry 2018
Ooyala’s State of the Broadcast Industry report shows why the age of OTT 2.0 has arrived, and that means:
*Viewers who expect to watch anytime, anywhere and ‘anyscreen’
*Original content spend across all platforms is skyrocketing
*Artificial intelligence will take personalization to incredible levels
See the present and the future.
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[Event: April 12 at the New York Athletic Club]
We’re ready to celebrate 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, we’ve expanded our categories and are looking forward to spotlighting this incredible industry.
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USA Network ordered an eighth season of Suits, and officially confirmed the exits of original cast members Patrick J. Adams and future-wife-of-Prince-Harry Meghan Markle after season 7.
Gotham EPs John Stephens and Danny Cannon explore the world of Metropolis in an all-new live-action drama to air exclusively on the upcoming DC-branded direct-to-consumer digital service, operated by Warner Bros. Digital Networks. The project, set in the City of Tomorrow before the arrival of Superman, follows Lois Lane and Lex Luthor as they investigate the world of fringe science. The show received a direct-to-series order for a 13-episode first season.
Bravo Media issued a two season, straight-to-series order for scripted anthology Dirty John from Universal Cable Productions. Based on the articles and breakout true crime podcast Dirty John, from Los Angeles Times reporter Christopher Goffard, series tells the story of how a romance caused horrific consequences for an entire family. Season 2 will tell a different self-contained story; details are TK.
Podcast 2 Dope Queens, with Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams, is heading to HBO as four themed, hour-long comedy specials. Guests will include Sarah Jessica Parker, Jon Stewart and Uzo Aduba as well as a diverse lineup of stand-ups.
History greenlit In Search Of, hosted and executive produced by Zachary Quinto (Star Trek, Snowden). Inspired by the 1970s franchise, the ten-episode unscripted series examines unexplained phenomena from around the world.
Atari teamed with producer Scott Sternberg to develop Million Dollar Pong, a game show based on the classic video game Pong, according to Variety. No network has been attached to the project.
Poker Central: NBC Sports Group is expanding their programming slate to include additional Poker Central programs, while extending their partnership deal through 2020. The additional programming spans both linear and digital platforms, including the return of last year’s Super High Roller Bowl tournament, the U.S. Poker Open and Poker Masters.
Cheap Eats returns to Cooking Channel on Wednesday, March 21 at 10p, as Ali Kahn continues his mission of finding the best breakfast, lunch, snack and dinners for under $35.
MTV debuts Winter Break: Hunter Mountain on Tuesday, February 27 at 10:30p. The docu-series, executive produced by SallyAnn Salsano, follows the lives of 8 young people who connect over their need to get away.
Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir returns to Family Channel for a second season on Friday, February 16 at 11a with back-to-back episodes. Series centers on masked crusaders working together to save Paris from evil forces.
AXS TV salutes the men and women of America’s Armed Forces with special Guitar Legends For Heroes on Sunday, February 11 at 10p. The concert event is emceed by Trace Adkins and Eddie Trunk and features performances by Richie Sambora, Dave Navarro, Billy Gibbons, Nancy Wilson, Orianthi, Sam Moore, Lindsey Eli, Joe Don Rooney and Robert Randolph.
Ahead of the theatrical release of Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 on November 21, ABC is presenting Wreck-It Ralph on Friday, February 16 at 8p. Special takes viewers on an arcade-game-hopping journey.
Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey, Paddington) travels to Jerusalem to examine the events leading up to the death of Jesus of Nazareth in Jesus: Countdown to Calvary. Special will be available for syndication to public television stations beginning Thursday, March 1 in time for the Easter holiday (check local listings).
Beth Lacke (Work It) nabbed the female lead and Adrian Martinez (The Blacklist: Redemption) was cast as a series regular in NBC comedy, Guess Who Died….Jeff Pierre (Beyond) will recur in Season 7 of ABC’s Once Upon A Time.
Nickelodeon and the National Football League have teamed to get kids and families ready for Super Bowl LII. Superstar Slime Showdown Super Bowl, a one-hour special hosted by Nick Cannon, current NFL stars, NFL legends and a halftime performance by NFL Juniors’ Brand Ambassador JoJo Siwa (Lip Sync Battles Shorties), bows Sunday, February 4 at 12p.
Endemol Shine Group finalized a deal to license short-form series Aliens Love Underpants AND… to Disney Junior US for its linear channels and the DisneyNOW app.
In its push for greater authenticity, Facebook is banning all cryptocurrency ads. “We’ve created a new policy that prohibits ads that promote financial products and services that are frequently associated with misleading or deceptive promotional practices, such as binary options, initial coin offerings and cryptocurrency,” Rob Leathern, product management director at Facebook, said in a blog post. The policy will be revisited if and when tools are found to detect deceptive ads.
Netflix spent $1.1 billion on advertising in 2017, versus $842 million in 2016, according to the company’s 10-K filing. As for 2018? “We expect marketing spending growth to outpace revenue growth,” said the company.
Apple is holding off changing the iPhone’s home screen design until 2019, according to Axios. Instead of introducing major iOS updates to apps like Mail and photo features this year, the company will work on performance and reliability, said the report.
Prime Video is airing its first ever Super Bowl ad for the August 30 premiere of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan during the Super Bowl LII telecast on Sunday, February 4. The 60-second spot, immediately following the halftime show, centers on hero Tom Clancy and is set to audio from historic political figures, with Bob Dylan song “All Along the Watchtower” performed by Devlin featuring Ed Sheeran.
Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime Video will shift an increasing percentage of their content budgets from licensing third party films and shows to originals. By 2022, the amount invested in originals will triple to $10 billion annually, says a report published by The Diffusion Group. “The Big-3 SVOD players own 60% of TV streaming time,” notes Brad Schlachter, TDG senior advisor and author of the report. “They are looking to grow this share by creating compelling originals that serve both to attract new users and retain existing subscribers even as subscription rates increase.”
LightWorkers Media teamed with producer Will Packer (Girls Trip) to executive produce The Baxters. The 12-episode digital series will launch on LightWorkers platform, announced president Roma Downey. Project is based on the Karen Kingsbury bestselling literary series.
A.P. Bio bows on Hulu on Friday, February 2. Series follows a former philosophy professor who takes a job teaching AP biology and uses his student to get back at the people who have wronged him.
Motor Racing Network is launching a redesigned MRN.com on February 12 to kick off its 49th year of racing coverage. The new site features a new, fully optimized mobile site, which will deliver all of MRN’s daily video shows and live race coverage.
Lis Wiehl is joining 24/7 and OTT live streaming trial and law network, LawandCrime.com as an anchor and analyst. Wiehl is a former legal analyst and reporter for Fox News Channel and Professor of Law at New York Law School.
Amdocs, provider of solutions to communications and media companies, is acquiring Vubiquity, provider of premium content services and technology solutions, for approximately $224 million. The transaction is expected to completed, subject to the satisfaction of the conditions to closing, before the end of 2Q18.
Shed Media has acquired the rights to Back to Life, created for Israel’s Channel 10 in partnership with Armoza Formats. Docu-series follows patients and their families as they wait for life-saving organ donations.
Keshet International is developing Diamonds with Belgian producer, De Mensen. Show centers on an ultra-orthodox Jewish family who work in the diamond industry.
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!

Saturday’s episode of A&E’s Live PD was the best performance of the series ever among Total Viewers (2.1 million) and A18-49 (981,000), according to Nielsen.
Hallmark Channel made a strong transition from “Countdown to Christmas” to the new year with its third annual “Winterfest” initiative, featuring four consecutive Saturday night original movie premieres in January. Collectively, the movie debuts averaged a 2.6 Household rating and 2.8 million Total Viewers.  “Winterfest” also elevated Hallmark Channel to the #1 network on cable in primetime every Saturday throughout the month.  
FOX Business Network delivered its highest rated month ever in Business Day viewers, according to Nielsen, as business news dominated headlines.
The Martin Luther King holiday session ending January 21 saw newcomer Daily Mail TV (1.2 Live+SD national Nielsen, up 9% from the week before) rise to its best rating yet. Page Six TV (0.8, steady) remained at its series record high.
Dr. Phil (3.5) was up 17% from last year, the most of any first-run strip.  Following Phil were Ellen DeGeneres (2.7, unchanged) and Live with Kelly and Ryan (2.6, up 8%), which matched its season high.
Highlighting a third straight week of strong performances for the top magazines were Inside Edition (new season high 3.6%, up 6%), Entertainment Tonight (new season high 3.5, up 3%) and Access (new season high 1.6, up 7%), which also hit a 69-week high in the key W25-54 demo.
NIELSEN SOCIAL CONTENT RATINGS: Top Series and Specials by Total Interactions for the week of January 22, 2018
Program, Total Interactions (000), Facebook (000), Twitter (000)
60th Annual Grammy Awards (CBS) 41518, 6359, 10831
WWE Monday Night RAW (USA) 4961, 1176, 1188
This Is US (NBC) 1388, 737, 289
The Four (FOX) 1149, 219, 193
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 1136, 250, 211
WWE SmackDown! (USA) 882, 204, 103
The Flash (The CW) 731, 23, 50
RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars (VH1) 687, 78, 158
Shameless (Showtime) 638, 18, 40
The Bachelor (ABC) 508, 112, 310
Top 12 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of 1/15/18 ranked in order by HH Rtg
Judge Judy (CTD) 7.6 AA
Family Feud (2/T) 7.4 AA
Jeopardy (CTD) 7.1 AA
Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 7.1AA
The Big Bang Theory (WB) 5.7 AA
Inside Edition (CTD) 3.6 AA
Dr. Phil (CTD) 3.5 AA
Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 3.5 AA
The Ellen DeGeneres Show (WB) 2.7 AA
Live With Kelly and Ryan 2.6 AA
Modern Family (2/T) 2.6 AA
Hot Bench 2.6 AA

Top 12 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of 1/15/18 ranked in order by A18-49 Rtg
The Big Bang Theory (WB) 2.3 AA
Family Feud (2/T) 2.1 AA
Judge Judy (CTD) 1.7 AA
Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 1.5 AA
Jeopardy (CTD) 1.5 AA
Modern Family (2/T) 1.2 AA
The Goldbergs (SPT) 1.1 AA
Family Guy (2/T) 1.1 AA
Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 0.9 AA
Dr. Phil (CTD) 0.8 AA
Inside Edition (CTD) 0.8 AA
Last Man Standing 0.8 AA
Top 11 Broadcast Programs Among A18-49 ratings/share for the week of January 22, 2018
CBS: 60th Annual Grammy Awards 5.9/21
NBC: This Is Us 2.6/9
ABC: Grey’s Anatomy 2.3/9
NBC: Ellen’s Game of Games 1.8/7
ABC: The Bachelor 1.8/6
ABC: The Good Doctor 1.7/7
ABC: The Goldbergs 1.7/7
FOX: 9-1-1 1.6/6
CBS: NCIS 1.5/6
CBS: Grammy Awards Red Carpet 1.5/6
ABC: NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC 1.5/6
Broadcast Evening News Shows Weekly Average Ratings week of January 22, 2018
ABC World News Tonight 9.57 million total viewers; 1.7/7 and 2.00 million A25-54
NBC Nightly News 9.29 million total viewers; 1.8/8 and 2.12 million A25-54
CBS Evening News 6.92 million total viewers; 1.2/5 and 1.41 million A25-54
Broadcast Morning News Shows Weekly Average Ratings week of January 22, 2018
NBC: Today 4.31 million total viewers; 1.3/12 and 1.62 million A25-54
ABC: Good Morning America 4.32 million total viewers; 1.2/11 and 1.44 million A25-54
CBS: This Morning 3.60 million total viewers; 0.8/7 and 1,012,000 A25-54

Broadcast Sunday Morning News Shows Ratings January 28, 2018
NBC Meet the Press 3.55 million total viewers; 0.8 and 999,000 A25-54
CBS Face the Nation 3.28 million total viewers; 0.6 and 679,000 A25-54
ABC This Week 3.27million total viewers; 0.8 and 925,000 A25-54
CBS Face the Nation-2 2.09 million total viewers; 0.4 and 453,000 A25-54
FOX News Sunday 1.45 million total viewers; 0.4 and 455,000 A25-54
Late Night Shows Weekly Average Ratings week of January 22, 2018
CBS: The Late Show 3.13 million total viewers; 044/3 among A18-49
NBC: The Tonight Show 2.42 million total viewers; 0.59/4 among A18-49
ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live 2.11 million total viewers; 0.45/3 A18-49
Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions) Monday, January 29, 2017 time period averages
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated Live+SD
CBS: 6.07 million
Kevin Can Wait 7.28, Man with a Plan 6.64, Superior Donuts 5.80, 9JKL 4.82, Scorpion 5.82
ABC: 5.68 million
The Bachelor 6.36, The Good Doctor 5.00
NBC: 4.70 million
The Wall 5.42, Better Late Than Never 4.78, The Brave 3.90
FOX: 4.21 million
Lucifer 3.67, The Resident 4.75
CW: 1.54 million
Supergirl 2.01, Valor 1.07
UNI: 1.06 million
El Rico y Lazaro 1.18, Papa a toda madre 1.10, Caer en Tentacion 0.90
TELE: 0.87 million
Jose, Jose Principe de la cancion 0.81, Sangre de mi Tierra 0.87, Senora Acero 4: La Cayote 0.94
Monday A18-49 Analysis: ABC 1.4/5, CBS 1.0/4, NBC 0.9/3, FOX 0.9/3, UNI 0.5/2, CW 0.4/2, TELE 0.3/2
Bruce Levinson was named Senior Vice President, Distribution at Katz Networks. Levinson was previously Vice President of Content Distribution for TheBlaze.
Eyeota appointed Jill Orr as Chief Operating Officer. Orr last served as Executive Vice President, International at Triad Retail Media.
Jeff Hunter, former Senior Vice President of the Motion Picture Talent at WME, died Saturday, January 27. He was 91.
The body of former Glee star, Mark Salling, was found hanging from a tree near his home in Sunland, CA. He was 35. The actor had pleaded guilty to child pornography charges last month and was scheduled to be sentenced on March 7.

This Day in History: 1949 – The first daytime soap opera, These Are My Children, was broadcast by an NBC station in Chicago.
Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: Which PBS series was spoofed in an Albert Brooks movie? An American Family (1973). Kudos to: Thomas Veltre-The Real Interesting Picture Company/NYC; Gerry Bixenspan-TV Marketing, Inc./NYC; John Kukla-KDFW FOX4/Dallas, TX; David Chill-Chill Research/Los Angeles, CA; Thomas Moore-Kalt Productions/Los Angeles, CA; David Garber-Loyola Marymount University/Playa Vista, CA;
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Answer to Our Last Anagram: Its Favorite Belt = Love at First Bite. Kudos to: Synda Kollman-Charter Marketing Group/Boca Raton, FL; Paul Blutter-Walk and Talk Production Rentals/Burbank, CA
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JOB OPENING: ACCOUNT EXEC/SR ACCOUNT EXEC, BRAND PARTNERSHIPS/Whistle Sports/NYC: Sell portfolio of video prods & creative solutions ranging, straight media to brand integrations & custom content. 3-5 yrs successful digital ad exp. Solid track record of outstanding results in attaining rev goals. Full info HERE (2/7)


JOB OPENING: SEGMENT PRODUCER/MNBC/Hardball/DC: Work closed with Anchor Chris Mathews & Sr Staff  & Contribute daily by writing exceptional, compelling segments regarding political insight and newsworthy events of the day. Min 5 yrs TV production, including at least 2 years as a segment producer. Full info/apply HERE (2/7)

JOB OPENING: DIRECTOR, MEDIA RELATIONS/FX Networks /LA: Responsible for launching/sustaining new & returning shows, planning & executing PR campaigns, advancement of PR obj, & cultivating media support & awareness of FX Networks. Full info/apply HERE (2/6)

JOB OPENING: OTT SOLUTIONS ENGINEER/NeuLion/NY: Digital video expert with strong engineering/product/project/solutions architect background to join technical presales team for NeuLion’s OTT platform. Represent all technical aspects of platform to prospects. Resume  [email protected] (2/6)

DIRECTOR, DATA SCIENTIST/UPtv/Atlanta: Assist in the collection and analysis of data across all UP digital platforms. Manage digital campaign. Solid understanding of data science fundamentals and deep hands on understanding of digital mining and model creation. Full info/apply HERE (2/3)

JOB OPENING: DIGITAL MARKETING & DISTRIBUTION COORD/Giant Interactive/NYC: Help build a digital movies & TV dist business from ground up. Sprvs creation/delivery of: metadata, trailers, clips, artwork, copy. Build audience engagement via digital PR & all major SM platforms. Resume to: [email protected] (2/3)

AD SALES ASSISTANT/Weather/NYC: Provide support to Ad Sales Acct Execs to srvc clients, and all aspects of media schedules. Extremely detail oriented w/orgnzt’l skills to keep efficient work sched.  BS or 2 yrs exp. req. Full info/apply HERE  (2/2)

JOB OPENING: MANAGER, RESEARCH/20th TV/NYC: 20th TV seeks an individual to support quantitative and qualitative research for the syndicator’s off-network & orig prgrmng & competition. Exp w/Nielsen tools, particularly NPower. In-depth knwldg of TV/Media landscape & impact on TV viewing. Full info/apply HERE (2/2)

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)

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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)

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ABC: The Goldbergs [r], Speechless [r], Modern Family [r], American Housewife [r], Match Game
CBS: The Amazing Race, SEAL Team, Criminal Minds
CW: Riverdale, Dynasty
FOX: The X-Files, 9-1-1
NBC: The Blacklist, Law & Order: SVU, Chicago P.D.
PBS: Animals with Cameras, A Nature Miniseries [p], NOVA
Telemundo: Jose, Jose, el principe de la cancion, Sangre de Mi Tierra, Senora Acero 4: La Coyote
Univision: El rico y Lazaro, Papa a toda madre, Caer en Tentacion

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