02/11/15: Jon Stewart leaving the Daily Show; Brian Williams suspended from NBC; truTV makes Billy on the Street’s Eichner an offer he can’t refuse


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Good morning. It’s Wednesday, February 11, 2015, and this is your first early morning briefing.

Tonight’s Premieres:
Nat Geo: Alaska State Troopers at 9p
POP: Schitt’s Creek at 10p
TV One: Unsung Hollywood at 8p, R&B Divas LA at 10p

Tonight’s Finales:
A&E: Duck Dynasty at 9:30p
Bravo: Top Chef at 9p

The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart is leaving Comedy Central when his contract expires this year, a move confirmed by the network. “For the better part of the last two decades, I have had the incredible honor and privilege of working with Jon Stewart,” said Comedy president Michele Ganeless. “His comedic brilliance is second to none…. Jon will remain at the helm of The Daily Show until later this year. He is a comic genius, generous with his time and talent, and will always be a part of the Comedy Central family.”


NBC News is suspending Brian Williams from NBC Nightly News, where he is Chief Anchor and Managing Editor, for six months without pay as a result of misleading statements Williams made about covering the Iraq War in 2003. Lester Holt will continue as substitute anchor. “We believe this suspension is the appropriate and proportionate action,” said NBC News President Deborah Turness in a memo.

Funny Or Die’s Billy on the Street got a season four renewal, but will hop from Fuse to truTV for its next 10 eps. TruTV also acquired rights to the first three seasons of the show, in a deal that gives Billy Eichner pilot commitments at truTV and Turner sib Adult Swim and specials on truTV and TBS. “Billy is a singular talent who exemplifies the qualities we are looking for in truTV’s new programming, including a unique voice and vision,” said Chris Linn, president, head of programming for truTV. 

A new Harris Poll asking U.S. viewers about their favorite shows, using methodology “independent and distinct” from owner Nielsen’s, confirms the measurement company’s ratings results – pretty much. CBS’s highly-rated NCIS handily landed in the top spot on the list of favorite current shows, followed by the net’s The Big Bang Theory and AMC ratings juggernaut The Walking Dead, then ABC hit Scandal. But HBO’s Game of Thrones, available in one third of the country, was surprise number five.

It appears new Discovery Channel president Rich Ross, who at TCA last month said his ideal show is one that “makes people care and do something about it,” is a man of his word. The net acquired the domestic and international distribution rights to broadcast documentary Racing to Extinction to a global audience after its world premiere at The 2015 Sundance Film Festival. “We hope that by harnessing the power of Discovery with its worldwide television premiere we can ignite global awareness and provoke a movement to save so many endangered species from extinction,” said Ross.

IFC renewed Portlandia for seasons six and seven. “Portland may be a place where young people go to retire, but IFC is not retiring Portlandia,” said Jennifer Caserta, IFC president. “And if you order a book from Toni and Candace at the Feminist Bookstore right now, it might even arrive by the time season seven rolls around.” Round five of the quirky comedy is airs Thursdays at 10p.

E! has combined its news and digital divisions, with EVP John Najarian overseeing both operations. "Creating an integrated organization is an important step as we evolve the network’s linear news strategy and multi-screen approach,” said Najarian. “We are positioning the network to better serve entertainment and pop culture fans with an authentic, relevant, consistent voice throughout our news platforms.”

While execs at NBCUniversal discuss the fate of NBC News anchor Brian Williams, social media and media pundits are having their fun. But some, like Fox News host Bill O’Reilly – who called the Internet “a sewer” – are just as harsh on Williams’ critics. Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart said Monday night, “Never again will Brian Williams mislead a nation about being shot in a war we probably wouldn’t have ended up in if we had applied this level of scrutiny to the actual [expletive] war.” Have Williams’ critics gone too far? Weigh in a new Cynopsis poll.

HBO renewed Getting On for a six-ep third and final season. Hospital comedy has averaged a gross audience of 1.6 million viewers.

Nickelodeon launched a campaign Tuesday for Black History Month that includes 30-second PSAs featuring kids portraying distinguished African-Americans. Produced by Because of Them We Can, which aims to build self-esteem in children, the spots will air throughout February, and be showcased on a dedicated web site (http://www.nick.com/thanks).


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Media Rights Capital (House of Cards) is developing a dramedy based on Gary Shteyngart bestseller Super Sad True Love Story with Ben Stiller and Karl Gajdusek (Dead Like Me). Shteyngart and Gajdusek will co-write the script and exec produce; Stiller will direct.

Disney XD ordered Becoming, an athlete profile series from ESPN Films exec produced by NBA star LeBron James and his Springhill Production Company. Calling the show “something every kid can relate to,” James said, “it shows them that everyone faces adversity and challenges while growing up  even their heroes. I’m so proud that Springhill Production Company is a part of this project that reaches kids in such a positive way.”

Don Ferguson Productions optioned the television and digital rights to Hardly Men, created by Canadian comedy sketch duo Peter n’ Chris (Peter Carlone and Chris Wilson). DFP will collaborate with Vancouver-based production company Whiskaye Films.

Connecting with emerging demo Generation Edge (aka Gen Z) is no easy task, but a new Cynopsis webinar will have experts on hand to show you how.  Register your team for the Thursday, February 26 event, Generation Edge: Catching the New Wave of Viewers, here.


Initial panelists for the 32nd Annual Paleyfest LA include Claire Danes (Homeland), Judd Apatow (Girls), Kerry Washington (Scandal), Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife), late night host Jimmy Kimmel, Lea Michelle (Glee), Nick Kroll (Kroll Show), Sofia Vergara (Modern Family), Sam Heughan (Outlander), Sarah Paulson, Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin), Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf) and Grant Gustin (The Flash), among many others. Festival takes place at the Dolby Theatre March 6-15.

Lust, recklessness, two families locked in conflict – time for a new Univision novela. La Sombra del Pasado (The Shadow of the Past) premieres Monday, February 16 at 7p.

You’re never too young to enjoy Valentine’s Day, right? Nickelodeon steps in to spread the love with premieres of Little Charmers at 12p, Dora and Friends: Into the City at 12:30p and PAW Patrol at 1p on Friday, February 13. After dark, TeenNick sets the mood with a special “Schooled in Love” edition of TeenNick Top 10 at 10p.

The Year in Movies presented by Finish reviews the hottest Hollywood stories of 2014, including insights from Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything) and Selma director Ava Duvernay. CelebTV’s Rachelle McCray hosts, Sunday, February 15 at 5p on ABC.

It’s a date! Cynopsis is publishing special evening editions during Upfront season. To share news on network programming and sales, contact [email protected].


Samsung Galaxy is presenting sponsor for NBA All-Star All-Style, airing on TNT Saturday, February 14 at 6:30p. One-hour show from LeBron JamesSpringhill Production Company in association with Turner Sports and IMG will feature NBA stars and supermodels in a runway competition. In addition to Samsung Galaxy, Kia Motors and Ciroc Ultra Premium Vodka will be integrated into the show. What’s the appeal to brands? “The social media engagement generated by an event like this,before, during and after the telecast on TNT is massive,” Will Funk, SVP of sponsorship integration and business development for Turner Sports ad sales, tells Cynopsis. “The value for the sponsors begins with the organic integration within a high-profile event during sports’ (NBA All-Star) and fashion’s (Fashion Week) biggest weekend, and the ability to amplify these integrations across social media is invaluable. This is the beginning of a larger initiative across Turner Sports to capitalize on our unique position with premiere championship sports which are consumed live and allow for our advertising partner messages to be heard in real time across our TV, online, mobile and social channels.”


Yaya DaCosta (Whitney) landed a role on NBC’s proposed Chicago Fire spinoff Chicago Med, as a nurse.

Jennifer Esposito (Blue Bloods) will fill the hole left by Alyssa Milano’s exit in season three of ABC summer series Mistresses. LA-based Milano quit when production of the series moved to Canada.

Jessica Sula (Skins) has been cast as the lead in ABC Family’s upcoming Recovery Road. Sula replaces Samantha Logan, who had the role in the drama’s pilot.

Meghan Rath (Being Human) has joined Fox comedy pilot Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life. Rath will play a physical therapist in the project about 20somethings’ post-college misadventures.

Adhir Kalyan (Rules of Engagement) will play an Internet billionaire in Fox drama pilot Frankenstein.

Brooke Williams (Spartacus: Blood and Sand), Daniel MacPherson (Neighbors) and Marcus Vanco (Unbroken) are onboard MTV’s straight-to-series drama The Shannara Chronicles, based on Terry Brooks’ fantasy books.

Ryan Hurst jumps from recurring on Bates Motel to a series regular role in upcoming WGN America drama Outsiders.


Boomer-targeting Newsmax TV is now available on FiOS on Channel 115. “This deal with Verizon FiOS brings our distribution above 40 million subscribers, and coupled with our distribution on more than 100 million iOS, Android and OTT devices, we’re already reaching a significant portion of the U.S. audience,” Newsmax Media CEO Christopher Ruddy tells Cynopsis. “And we’re by no means stopping there; soon we’ll be unveiling additional significant yet unexpected distribution alliances. We’re a wholly new news and information service, and so it’s fitting that we’ll be reaching our audience in unconventional ways.”

Pasiones, the pan-regional net dedicated to soap operas and dramatic series, struck a deal with Televisa to acquire Latin American rights to a package of hit telenovelas, including Corazon Salvaje (Wild Heart), Sortilegio (Spell) and Triunfo del Amor (Love’s Triumph).

PGS Entertainment secured free carriage throughout Europe for Method Animation and DQ Entertainment-produced Robin Hood: Mischief in Sherwood. Most recent partners are CSC Pop in the UK and Ireland and MTVA in Hungary.


2015 Cable Hall of Fame Celebration
Presented by The Cable Center
May 5, 2015 at the Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
2015 Honorees
Chris Berman, Sportscaster, ESPN
William H. Roedy, Global Health Ambassador & former Chairman/CEO of MTV Networks
Steve Simmons, Chairman, Patriot Media and Communications
JC Sparkman, Retired COO, TCI
Tony Werner, EVP and CTO, Comcast Cable
Eleanor Winter, SVP, NCTA
www.cablehalloffame.com, 720-502-7500


The week Brian Williams apologized on-air for misremembering, ABC’s World News Tonight was up over the prior week in A25-54 and A18-49 (a one percent lift) to hit 4-week highs, the only evening newscast to grow week to week in the news demo compared to CBS Evening News (down 9 percent) and NBC Nightly News (flat). But NBC was the clear ratings winner, beating ABC by 717,00 viewers and CBS by 2.3 million, and boasting its third best A25-54 delivery this season.

ABC’s The Bachelor hit a season high rating among A18-49 on Monday, up two tenths to 2.7/8, while Fox’s Sleepy Hollow took a two tenths dip to hit a series low 1.2/3 in the demo. NBC’s Apprentice dove seven tenths at 9p for a season low 1.4/4.

CW freshman dramedy Jane the Virgin beat its lead-in, The Originals, in the ratings on Monday. Score: Jane 1.4 million viewers and .6/2 among A18-49; The Originals, 1.2 million and .5/2. It’s the first time Jane was tops in the demo.

Syndicated talkers that saw the biggest upticks from the week prior included number one Dr. Phil (up 6 percent to 3.6), Ellen DeGeneres (up 7 percent to 3.0), Dr. Oz (up 7 percent to 1.6), Rachael Ray (up 7 percent to 1.5), Meredith Vieira and The Real, both up 9 percent to 1.2, and The Doctors, which scored a 10 percent boost, to reach 1.1.

Game show Family Feud hit a new series high for the third time in the past four weeks, up 6 percent to 7.2.

After a Sunday, The Walking Dead-led series premiere that drew 6.9 million total viewers and a 3.4 rating among A18-49, AMC’s Better Call Saul settled into its Monday slot with 3.4 million viewers and 2.1 million in the demo – a steep drop, but improving the net’s five-week average in the time period by a whopping 494 percent in viewers and 629 percent in young adults.

TBS competition series King of the Nerds launched season three on January 23 with 1.5 million viewers in Live+7 delivery for the premiere and encore telecast, including 340,000 A8-34 and 829,000 A18-49. Across all of TBS’s television, digital, and mobile platforms, the series is averaging a reach of 2.8 million viewers per episode.

The week of January 19, truTV’s had its youngest-ever weekly primetime median age: 34. The net also garnered double-digit growth in primetime compared to the prior week, with increases of 27 percent among A18-49, 31 percent among M18-49 and 13 percent among total viewers. In A18-34 and M18-34, the lift was 54 percent.

The February 7 premiere of So You Said averaged a 2.1 HH rating and 2.3 million total viewers, making Hallmark the highest-rated and second most-watched net among HHs and total viewers in the original movie’s 8-10p time period.

Azteca America boasts it was the number two Spanish-language network in primetime on Friday among M21-34 with an average 104,555 viewers in the demo, and the number three Spanish-language network in primetime among A18-49, with 326,062 viewers. The night’s Viernes Futbolero is delivering double-digit year-to-year growth season-to-date, up 34 percent among A18-49 and 44 percent among M18-49.

Disney XD delivered its number one rated week of all time in Primetime in Boys 6-14 (194,000/1.1 rating) and its number two week in among Boys 6-11 (149,000/1.2 rating) the week of February 2.

SHAREABLEE SOCIAL TV RATINGS: Top U.S. Shows Overall by Engagement for the week of February 2, 2015
Program, Date, Total Actions (000), Total Content, Actions per Post (000), Fans/Followers (000)
The Ellen DeGeneres Show
(Warner Bros./synd.) 8146, 88, 386, 65995
The Walking Dead (AMC)
6660, 136, 237, 37255
Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family)
3798, 236, 123, 1885
Today Show (NBC)
3006, 416, 27, 7629
America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC)
2487, 97, 64, 68444
The Tonight Show (NBC),
3006, 416, 27, 7629
The Grammys (CBS)
11813, 350, 14, 5362
Good Morning America (ABC)
1557, 488, 17, 7037
Empire (FOX)
1425, 145, 40, 1224
Entertainment Tonight (CBS/synd.))
1291, 438, 8.8, 3901
Source: Shareablee Inc. The total actions metric includes post-level likes, shares, favorites, retweets and comments. Total fans/followers includes fans/followers for all properties under each brand as of January 31, 2015.

Broadcast Evening News Shows Weekly Average Ratings (week of February 2, 2015)
NBC: Nightly News 10.2 million total viewers; 2.1/8 and 2.53 million A25-54
ABC: World News 9.6 million total viewers; 2.0/7 and 2.35 million A25-54
CBS: Evening News 7.85 million total viewers; 1.5/6 and 1.82 million A25-54
Source: Nielsen, NTI Total Viewers and A25-54 Live+SD

Top 10 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of 1/26/15 ranked in order by HH Rtg
Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 7.6AA
Jeopardy (CTD) 7.3AA
Family Feud (2/T) 7.2AA
Judge Judy (CTD) 7.1AA
Big Bang Theory (WB) 6.8AA
Modern Family (2/T) 4.1AA
Dr. Phil Show (CTD) 3.6AA
Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 3.5AA
Inside Edition (CTD) 3.3AA
Two and a Half Men (WB) 3.2AA
Source: Nielsen Media Research

Top 10 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of 1/26/15 ranked in order by A18-49 Rtg
Big Bang Theory (WB) 3.4AA
Modern Family (2/T) 2.4AA
Family Feud (2/T) 2.5 AA
Family Guy (2/T) 1.8AA
Judge Judy (CTD) 1.6AA
Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 1.5AA
Jeopardy (CTD) 1.5AA
How I Met Your Mother (2/T) 1.7AA
Two and a Half Men (WB) 1.4AA
Seinfeld (SPT) 1.2AA
Source: Nielsen Media Research

Top 10 Broadcast Programs among A18-49 rating/share for the week of February 2, 2015
Grammy Awards 8.3/23
CBS: Big Bang Theory 4.6/16
FOX: Empire 4.6/14
ABC: Modern Family 3.4/10
ABC: Scandal 3.2/10
FOX: American Idol (Wed.) 3.1/10
CBS: Mom 2.8/9
ABC: How to Get Away With Murder 2.7/9
CBS: NCIS 2.6/8
Source: Nielsen Media Research, Galaxy Explorer, Live + SD Data

Top Ten Basic Cable Network Performance among Total Viewers for the week of: 1/19/15 (Live+7)
Primetime(000)/Total Prog. Day (000)
2316/DSNY 1318
HIST 2019/ADSM* 1226
TBSC 1957/NICK 1226
DISC 1945/TOON 1099
FOXN 1931/USA 1059
DSNY 1908/HGTV 932
USA 1859/TNT 910
HGTV 1724/HIST 902
TNT 1540/ ESPN 985
FX 1434/ID 793
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; Final 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 Performance among A18-49 for the week of: 1/19/15 (Live+7)?Primetime (000), Total Prog. Day (000)
1087/ADSM* 684
TBSC 946/ESPN 473
DISC 830/USA 461
USA 815/TBSC 375
ADSM 720/TNT 356
FX 715/NAN* 348
HIST 668/NICK 334
BRAV 665/FX 333
LIF 649/HGTV 328
TNT 644/DISC 320
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; Final 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 10 Basic Cable Programs among A18-49 (000) for the week of: 1/19/15 (Live+7)
American Horror Story
(FX) 4257
2015 Pro Bowl (ESPN) 4094
The Real Housewives of Atlanta (BRAV) 2744
Gold Rush (DISC) 2719
WWE Entertainment (USA) 2237
Duck Dynasty (A&E) 2136
Alaskan Bush People (DISC) 2115
Love and Hip Hop
(VH1) 2729
WWE Entertainment (USA) 2059
WWE Entertainment (USA) 2036
Source: Turner Research from Nielsen Media Research Data. All ratings based on Total US Television Universe
of 116,400,000 homes; Ranked by Delivery (000); Final Live+7

Monday A18-49 Analysis: ABC won the most A18-49 viewers Monday with 2.3/7, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. ABC grabbed the top spot at 8p with 2.6/8 for The Bachelor, followed by a 2.3/7 average for CBS’s 2 Broke Girls and Mike & Molly. The Bachelor maintained the lead at 9p with 2.8/8, versus 2.3/6 for CBS’s Scorpion. CBS grabbed first at 10p with 1.7/5 for NCIS: Los Angeles; ABC’s Castle was second with 1.6/5.

A18-49:ABC 2.3/7, CBS 2.1/6, FOX 1.5/4, NBC 1.2/4, UNI 1.1/3, CW .5/2, TELE .5/2, ION .4/1

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Monday, February 9, 2015  time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
CBS: 6.5/11
2 Broke Girls 5.6/9, Mike & Molly 5.8/9, Scorpion 7.2/11, NCIS: Los Angeles 6.5/11
ABC: 5.4/9
The Bachelor 5.7/9, Castle 4.9/9
NBC: 3.1/5
Apprentice [r] 3.2/7, Apprentice 3.3/5, State of Affairs 2.7/5
FOX 2.9/5
Gotham 3.4/5, Sleepy Hollow 2.4/4
Mi Corazon es Tuyo 1.6/3, Hasta Fin del Mundo 1.6/3, Que te Perdone Dios 1.5/3
ION: 1.0/1
Criminal Minds 1.1/2, Criminal Minds 1.0/2, Criminal Minds .8/1
Los Miserables .7/1, Tierra de Reyes .6/1, Duenos del Paraiso 1.0/2
CW: .8/1
Originals .8/1, Jane the Virgin .8/1

Sunday A18-49 Analysis: CBS won the most A18-49 viewers Sunday with 6.8/19 on Grammy night, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. CBS’s 60 Minutes delivered 1.5/5 to win 7p, followed closely by ABC’s American Home Videos with 1.4/4. CBS’s Grammy telecast was first at 8p with 8.7/24, versus 1.2/3 for Fox’s The Simpsons and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. The Grammys swept up the 9p hour with 9.0/23, followed by a 1.2/3 average for Fox’s Family Guy and Bob’s Burgers. CBS closed at 10p with 8.2/23 for the music awards, versus 1.2/3 for ABC’s Hunger Games.

A18-49: CBS 6.8/19, ABC 1.1/3, FOX 1.0/3, UNI .9/2, NBC .7/2, ION .3/1, TELE .2/1

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Sunday, February 8  time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
CBS: 12.4/21
60 Minutes 6.3/113, Grammy Awards 14.1/23
ABC: 2.5/4
America’s Funniest Home Videos 3.8/6, The Hunger Games 2.1/3
NBC: 2.0/3
Dateline Classic 3.7/6, American Ninja Warrior [r] 1.4/2
Aqui y Ahora Sun .9/1, Nuestra Belleza 1.5/2, Sal y Pimienta 1.2/2
FOX: 1.3/2
Mulaney .7/1, The Simpsons [r] .9/2, The Simpsons 1.6/2, Brooklyn Nine-1.5/2, Family Guy 1.7/3, Bob’s Burgers 1.3/2
ION: .5/1
Transporter 2 .6/1, Transporter 2 .4/1
TELE: .3/0
Top Chef Estrella .3/0, Suelta la Sopa Extra .2/0

Saturday A18-49 Analysis: NBC had the most A18-49 viewers Saturday with 1.1/4, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. NBC was first at 8p with .9/4 for Dateline Mystery, followed by .6/3 for ABC’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. NBC’s Dateline scored 1.4/5 to top 9p, versus .9/3 for ABC’s movie. CBS’s 48 Hours took the lead at 10p with 1.1/4; NBC’s SNL Prime was next with 1.0/4.

A18-49:NBC 1.1/4, ABC .8/3, CBS .7/3, UNI .6/2, FOX .5/2, ION .3/1, TELE .2/1

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: February 7, 2015  time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
CBS: 3.6/7
Crimetime Saturday [r] 3.2/6, Crimetime Saturday [r] 3.2/6, 48 Hours 4.4/8
NBC: 3.4/5
Dateline Mystery 3.8/7, SNL Prime 2.6/5
ABC: 1.6/3
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone 1.6/3
Sabado Gigante 1.1/2
FOX 1.1/2
Red Band Society 1.1/2, Red Band Society 1.2/2
ION: .8/1
Criminal Minds .8/2, Criminal Minds .7/1, Criminal Minds .8/1
TELE: .2/0
Ranking Estrellas .3/0, Futbol Estalar .2/0


Stone Soup FilmsappointedKate Pearsonto the newly-created position of Deputy Director at their Washington, DC production office. Pearson was previously Senior Vice President, Programming & Acquisitions for The Documentary Channel.

James Deutch was named to the newly-created position of Creative Director, Branded Entertainment at AwesomenessTV. Deutch had been Vice President of Programming Partnerships at Hearst Entertainment.

Atlas Media expanded its LA-based development team with new hires Jeramiah Kraus as Director of Development, West Coast, and Mark Dalbis as Manager of Casting, West Coast, as well as the promotion of Andrew Jacobs to Vice President/Development, West Coast.

Mic Fox has joined Music Choice as Director, Programming & Strategy. Most recently, Fox served as Sr. Director, Global Digital Strategy at VEVO.

The National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications appointed Daija Arias as Vice President of Marketing and Development.


NFL Films founder Ed Sabol died February 9. He was 98. A member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Sabol “transformed how America watched football and all sports,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.


2015 Cynopsis’ Top Women in Digital
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Cynopsis Media’s Top Women in Digital Awards honors those who excel in digital content, marketing, advertising, social media, and online. These are women who may already be leaders in their fields, or they may be the pros who execute another’s vision. They may be just a few years out of college. Or they may be inventors, tech wizards, or senior-level execs who have helped clear a path in what is still a relatively young industry.

This Day in History: 1990 – Nelson Mandela was freed after 27 years in captivity.

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: Which actress, best known to TV audiences for her roles as sitcom moms, played a woman who continued to set a place for her husband at the dinner table long after he deserted the family? Doris Roberts, in Angie (1979-80). Kudos to: James Taguchi-WTVR/Richmond, Peter S. Alexander/LA, Susan Nessanbaum-Golberg-M and S Entertainment/LA.

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JOB OPENING: PRODUCER-EDITOR, CREATIVE SVCS/A+E Networks/NY: Edit & produce video deliverables and create broadcast graphics, to support marketing & promotional campaigns for Int’l division for both channels & program sales. Full Info/Apply: HERE (2/14)

JOB OPENING: EXEC ASST TO JOINT CEO’S/DC: Sched mtgs, travel & event planning, maintain key company records, wkly & mthly reports. 3 yrs EA exp in TV, Organized, quick thinker, positive attitude. Resume to [email protected] (2/14)

JOB OPENING: ASSOC WRITER PRODUCER/IFC/NYC: assist w/concepting, writing & producing IFC promos, stunts, show launches, digital/social content & integrated marketing campaigns. Must be plugged into comedy world & have strong copy writing. 2 yrs. exp. More info/Apply HERE (2/14)

JOB OPENING: SR DIRECTOR, PROJECT LEADERSHIP/Scratch/NYC: Lead projects for external/internal partners. 10+ yrs. in consulting, strategy, rsrch, mktg/advertising (account mngmnt or account plan’g), brand mngmnt, media and/or tech pref’d. Full info/apply HERE (2/14)

JOB OPENING: DIGITAL RESEARCH MGR/AZTECA AMERICA/NYC: Understand & present rsrch insights from ComScore, Google Analytics & other measures of dig. Traffic/consumption. 1+ yr exp in media co, brdcst station, rep. firm or advrtsng agency pref’d. Resume HERE (2/14)

JOB OPENING: COORD, AD SALES MARKETING/Pivot TV/NYC: Support Director and work across depts & with external clients to develop mktg programs & produce on-air content to promote advertisers on Pivot. BA & 1-2 yrs exp rq’d. Full info/apply HERE (2/14)

JOB OPENING: GSN/NY/AD SALES ASST: 1-2 yrs admin and/or advertising exp. Daily coord with GSN Traffic, admin duties, communicating changes in schedules. Strong written & oral comm skills/detail-orientation. Please send res and CL to [email protected] (2/14)

JOB OPENING: ON-AIR PROMOTIONS PLANNER/NBCU/Southeast/Southwest: Serve as promo liaison between on-air promotions and marketing, programming, traffic and sales. Manage on-air promotions inventory, assign and communicate traffic instructions Full info/apply HERE (2/14)

JOB OPENING: PRODUCER/SNI/KNOXVILLE: Produce content for top Lifestyle Networks. 7+ yrs brdcst producing a must. Strong field/writing skills. Lifestyle show exp, mgmt skills a plus. F/T w/benefits. Resume to: [email protected] (2/14)

JOB OPENING: INTEGRATED AD SALES MKTG MGR/Discovery/NYC: Client focused creative marketer to manage development & execution of ad sales on-air and online mktg opps. 5-7 yrs intgrtd mktg exp req’d. Full info apply HERE (2/14)

JOB OPENING: DIR MKTG/BBCA/NYC: Create/implement consumer promo strategies for BBCA channel. Dvlp/execute promos & off-channel mktg cmpgns w/focus on strategic media plan’g & brand strat. Lev cross-plat digital/social mktng initiatives. Full info/apply HERE (2/14)

CASTING CALL: Companies can showcase their casting notices/casting calls here. For information on rates and specs for posting a casting notice, please email Trish at [email protected]

EXPERT SERVICES ADS: These ads are for companies or people who offer an expertise in the field of media by way of production, voice over artistry, writing, set development, etc. For information on rates and specs for posting an Expertise Service ad email Trish at [email protected]

INTERNSHIPS – These positions are for credit only – nobody gets paid here. These ads are always posted for free, and students work for school credit only. For more information on the specs for posting an Internship ad, email Trish at [email protected].

SITUATION WANTED ADS, POSTED BY THOSE LOOKING TO BE HIRED… There is no charge for placing your Situation Wanted ad… for more information contact Trish Pihonak at [email protected]

SITUATION WANTED: TRANSACTIONAL IP ATTORNEY/Greater NYC Area: Seasoned transactional IP attorney with content and technology licensing experience seeks full-time or consulting position. Experience includes entertainment and corporate law. Email: [email protected] (2/12)

E-mail [email protected] or call Trish Pihonak at 203-899-8459 for rates and specs for Job Openings.

Are you looking for a job? Post your Situation Wanted Ad here — Email [email protected] for specs.


ABC: The Middle, Fresh Off the Boat, Modern Family, Fresh Off the Boat, Nashville
CBS: The Mentalist, Criminal Minds, Stalker
CW: Arrow, The 100
FOX: American Idol, Empire
NBC: The Mysteries of Laura, Law & Order: SVU, Chicago PD
PBS: Nature [r], Nova, Earth: A New Wild
Telemundo: Los Miserables, Tierra de Reyes, Duenos del Paraiso
Univision: Mi Corazon Es Tuyo, Hasta el Fin del Mundo, Que te Perdone Dios…Yo No

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