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2018 Cable Hall of Fame Celebration
Presented by The Cable Center
April 4, 2017 at the Ziegfeld Ballroom, NYC
2018 Honorees
“Breaking Bad,” Vince Gilligan creator, AMC
Nomi Bergman , Senior Executive, Advance/Newhouse
John Bickham , President and COO Charter Communications
Balan Nair , CEO, Liberty Latin America
Richard Plepler , Chairman & CEO, HBO
Neil Smit , Vice Chairman, Comcast Corporation
HGTV has started production on season 6 of renovation competition Brother vs. Brother: Jonathan vs. Drew, starring Property Brothers Jonathan and Drew Scott. Big brother JD Scott referees the action in the suburbs outside San Francisco, with help from celeb judges.
Fox and STX Entertainment are talking about an unscripted series based on the Bad Moms film franchise. Jason Goldberg, STX’s chief creative officer, unscripted and alternative programming, and Brant Pinvidic (Bar Rescue) are exec producing. Like the films, the focus would be on imperfect parents. But real.
Four weeks into its first season, WE tv renewed Love After Lockup for an expanded second season. Lockup has grown in audience every week since its January launch among W25-54, A25-54 and A18-9, including an 86% boost among W25-54 in Live+3 Nielsens.
Returning to the Oscars production team are Glenn Weiss as director, Rob Paine as supervising producer, Derek McLane as production designer and Jon Macks at head writer. The 90th Academy Awards air Sunday, March 4 on ABC.
ABC ordered a pilot for a workplace comedy from Justin Noble (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), Kapital Entertainment, TrillTV, CBS Television Studios and ABC Studios. Project is based on the book and blog, How May We Hate You?.
Top 10 Weekend Domestic Box Office Estimates: February 9-11, 2018
Fifty Shades Freed (Universal) $38.8 million, opening weekend
Peter Rabbit (Sony) $25.0 million, opening weekend
The 15:17 to Paris (Warner Bros.) $12.6 million, opening weekend
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (Sony) $9.8 million (week 8), cume revenue $365.7 million
The Greatest Showman (Fox) $6.4 million (week 8), cume revenue $146.5 million
Maze Runner: The Death Cure (Fox) $6.0 million (week 3), cume revenue $49.0 milllion
Winchester (Liosgate) $5.1 million (week 2), cume revenue $17.2 million
The Post (Fox) $3.5 million (week 8), cume revenue $72.8 million
The Shape of Water (Fox Searchlight) $3.0 million (week 11), cume reveue $49.8 million
Den of Thieves (STX) $2.9 million (week 4), cume revenue $40.9 million
Source: comScore
Details on ABC’s Scandal/How to Get Away With Murder crossover episodes, airing Thursday, March 1: In “Allow Me to Introduce Myself” at 9p, Scandal’s Olivia Pope gets a visit from Annalise Keating, who seeks her help with a judicial reform class action. The case continues in HTGAWT’s “Lahey v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania” at 10p. Grey’s Anatomy at 8p isn’t left out of the crossover action – the docs meet Andy Herrera from upcoming Grey’s first responder spin-off Station 19.
Documentary Word is Bond, exploring the transformative power of hip hop lyrics, premieres on Showtime Friday, February 16 at 10p on-air, on demand and over the internet.
Four-part docu-series The Men Who Built America: Frontiersmen, telling the stories of trailblazers from Davy Crockett to Lewis and Clark, debuts on History Wednesday, March 7 at 9p.
Telenovela net Pasiones is airing its first Indian production, Saras and Kumud, starting tonight at 5p. Romantic drama tells the story of star-crossed soulmates kept apart by tradition.
Season 8 of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic premieres Saturday, March 24 at 11:30a. Leading up to the premiere, Discovery Family is running a “Pony Palooza” marathon of past episodes airing all day from Saturday, March 17 until the launch.
Food Network’s Spring Baking Championship returns Monday, March 12 at 9p, with “flowers, vibrant colors, bountiful fruit, and outdoor elements for inspiration,” says Courtney White, SVP programming, Scripps Networks Interactive.
Comedy Central extended its deal with Daniel Tosh for 3 additional seasons of Tosh.0. Season 10 launches Tuesday, March 27 at 10p. “Knowing when to move on in show business is highly overrated,” said Tosh.
The best chefs from Diners, Drive-ins and Dives who have also appeared on Guy’s Grocery Games compete in 4-part Guy’s Grocery Games: DDD All-Star Tournament, premiering on Food Network Sunday, March 18 at 9p.
With $2.5 billion spent ramping up its original content, and the launch of a virtual MVPD service, Hulu’s losses rose 73% in 2017, to $920 million, according to calculations by BTIG research analyst Richard Greenfield based on Comcast’s 10-K disclosures. Hulu owners Comcast, 21st Century Fox, Disney and Time Warner invested $1 billion in the service in 2017. Hulu reports over 17 million subscribers for its on-demand and live TV packages.
Almost 2/3 of brand-side digital marketers believe the industry will stop relying on probabilistic data within the next 12 months to 2 years, according to Viant’s “Power of the People” survey, and 32% believe the industry will not rely on cookies within the next 12 months (31% said it would take up to 2 years). The survey of over 250 marketers also found that audience reach is both the #1 reason for investing in digital marketing, and the #1 factor limiting the success of digital ad campaigns.
Snapchat’s redesign, merging friends’ snap messages with their Stories, is so unpopular with some users that there’s a workaround to bring back the old app. But it comes with a warning: if you force quit the app and re-open Snapchat, the new version appears.
Data management platform Lotame announced the global launch of its new “Precision Audiences.” The proprietary and validated on-target demographic audience segments are guaranteed to exceed industry benchmarks in over 20 major countries.
Facebook ordered a dramedy starring and exec produced by Elizabeth Olsen (Wind River) to run on Facebook Watch. The 10-episode untitled series from Big Beach TV and Brillstein Entertainment Partners was originally set up at Showtime.
The Interactive Adverting Bureau issued a white paper saying that while the market is still nascent for blockchain, the technology that records and verifies transactions, it “holds tremendous promise for digital video advertising.”
IAB Tech Lab announced steps to support ad industry adherence to the General Data Protection Regulation. The GDPR, which becomes enforceable on May 25, promotes more control for European internet users, requiring any company that processes data about a European user to be in compliance with GDPR. To support companies in complying with GDPR, IAB Tech Lab has published an OpenRTB GDPR Advisory and launched a GDPR Technical Working Group. 
Content marketing will take center stage in 2018, says John DeVine, chief revenue officer, Oath. “We’ve talked about brands as publishers for years, but the focus is now on high quality content that’s delivered in the latest formats including video and AR.” For DeVine’s list of 5 trends that will shake the industry this year, see the new Cynsiders.
Primetime 30-second spots for the Winter Olympics are going for between $538,499 and $650,241, down 1.8% from the Sochi Games, according to SQAD. But NBC is fetching $561,421-$676,533 for weekday primetime spots, up 2.2%,
NY: Real is a Diamond partnered with The NBCU Content Studio on custom video content launching during Winter Games. Three “The Making of a Gem” videos show the perspectives of a snowboarder, ice skating duo, and a women’s ice hockey team to demonstrate the natural forces and elements that forge both diamond and competitor. “Having a partner like Real is a Diamond enabled us to develop these unique stories, connect with an exciting cultural moment, and bring diamonds to audiences in contextually relevant environments both on and off the NBCU portfolio,” said Wendy Wildfeuer, SVP, The NBCU Content Studio.
Rosanna Arquette (Desperately Seeking Susan) and Chelsea Frei (Hostess) have joined YouTube comedy Swipe Right as series regulars….Tracee Chimo (Private Life) landed a recurring role on Nat Geo anthology series Genius: Picasso.
The 2018 Cynopsis Top Women in Digital
Wednesday, March 14 th | Espace, NYC
Join us next month as we celebrate these incredible women in digital whose accomplishments have elevated the industry and inspired others to follow in their footsteps. Recognizing women whose roles span from Rising Stars to Game-Changers to Mentors to Directors who do it all to Industry Leaders and Corporate Visionaries, this event is not to be missed. Register your team today and check out 2018’s Top 100 Women in Digital!
With Nielsen’s out of home metric, NBC is adding over 12 million more viewers to its Super Bowl audience, a +12% lift to 115.6 million. “We know that the Super Bowl is watched in large groups by many at parties, on college campuses and elsewhere, so we are pleased to report a lift that is in the double digits,” said Mark Lazarus, chairman of NBC Broadcasting and Sports. Not surprisingly, NBC is using out of home reporting for the Winter Games as well.
The opening of the Winter Olympics brought NBC 27.8 million total viewers, dipping from 31.7 million for the winter Games in Sochi. With a 16.9 metered market rating, the ceremony was up 2% over the Rio Summer Olympics opener in 2016.
Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions) Thursday, February 8, 2018 time period averages
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated Live+SD
NBC: 14.53 million
Winter Olympics 14.53
CBS: 5.19 million
Big Brother: Celebrity Edition 5.60, Big Bang Theory 5.58, Young Sheldon 5.45, SWAT 4.45
ABC: 5.06 million
Grey’s Anatomy 7.30, Scandal 4.63, How To Get Away With Murder 3.26
FOX: 4.03 million
The Four 4.03
CW: 1.46 million
Supernatural 1.82, Arrow 1.30
UNIVISION: 1.19 million
Rico y Lazaro 1.33, Papa a Toda Madre 1.17, Caer en Tentatacion 1.06 TELEMUNDO: .83 million
Jose Jose .73, Sangre di Mia Tierra .84, Senora Acero 4: La Coyote .93
Thursday A18-49: NBC 3.4/13, ABC 1.3/5, FOX 1.3/5, CBS 1.0/4, CW .5/2, UNI .5/2, TELE .5/1,
Gary E. Knell, President and CEO of the National Geographic Society, has been tapped to serve as CEO of National Geographic Partners, effective March 1. He replaces the exiting Declan Moore.
Tim Ingram has been appointed Regional Group Vice President for Raycom Media, while maintaining his current position as VP/GM of WVUE in New Orleans. Ingram joined KAIT in 2007.
Beth Hoppe is joining ABC News as Senior Vice President for Long Form, in March. Hoppe was previously Chief Programming Executive and GM at PBS.
Michelle L. Rice has been named permanent General Manager for TV One. Rice, most recently EVP, Content Distribution and Marketing, has served in an interim capacity since July 2017.
Actor Reg Cathey died February 9 at age 59. Said Netflix of Cathey, who won an Emmy for playing the owner of Freddy’s BBQ Joint on House of Cards, “We are heartbroken by the passing of our friend and House of Cards colleague Reg Cathey. Reg was the kindest man, the most giving actor, a true gentleman.”
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On This Day:
1892 – President Lincoln’s birthday was declared a national holiday.
Answer to Friday’s Trivia Question: What was the name of the law firm Angel Investigations moved to in the final season of Angel (199-2004)? Wolfram & Hart. Kudos to: Jonathan Davis-Eddie Bauer HQ/Seattle, Andrea Fuller-Cal State University/LA, Andy Pittman-TAMU/College Station, TX, Gerry Bixenspan-TV Marketing Inc./NYC, Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg-M and S Entertainment/LA, Jill Allison-Initiative, Marta Davis-Smart Media/Coconut Creek, FL, Charlie Conner-KOKI/KMYT/Tulsa, OK, Elizabeth Wendorf/Blackwood Seven/LA
Today’s Trivia Question: Who played the school mascot who broke his arm on Freaks and Geeks (1999-2000)?(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 Friday’s Switcheroo: John Logan = Chris Noth (John James Preston in Sex and the City, Mike Logan in Law & Order). Kudos to: Synda Kollman-Charter Marketing Group/Boca Raton, FL, Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA
Revived Sitcom Anagram: Upheld to Code (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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CBS:  Big Brother: Celebrity Edition, Big Bang Theory [r]. Man With a Plan [r], S.W.A.T. [r]
CW: DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Whose Line Is It Anyway? [r], Whose Line Is It Anyway? [r]
FOX: Lucifer [r], The Resident [r]
NBC:  Winter Olympics
PBS: Antiques Roadshow, Antiques Roadshow [r], POV
TELEMUNDO: Jose Jose, el Príncipe 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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