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Streaming viewers of Superman & Lois will get additional footage when episodes become available on The CW app and CWTV.com following their broadcast bow. And after the finale, the entire first season of extended episodes will be available on the app and website for free, no login required, until 30 days prior to the start of the next season. The premiere of “Superman & Lois” was its most-streamed debut ever, said The CW; by Thursday, the episode had been watched by 3.25 million viewers in Nielsen Live+7 numbers, up 86% from premiere day.
Not that everything is smooth sailing for “Superman & Lois.” Due to pandemic-related production delays, the show will pause after episode five, and return May 18. “Supergirl,” starting its sixth and final season, will take the timeslot starting March 30.
Andrew Giuliani, son of Rudy and a former advisor to President Trump, has joined NewsMax TV as a regular contributor. Giuliani, who guested on the conservative news net during his time working for the White House, announced the new job on his father’s radio show.
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“Dear…” was renewed for season two at Apple TV
+. Jane Fonda, Ava DuVernay, Billy Porter, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Viola Davis are among those being profiled in the new batch of ten episodes.
An untitled comedy from Jack Dolgen (“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”), Doug Mand (“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”) and Kourtney Kang (“Doogie Kamealoha, MD”) nabbed a 10-episode order from Netflix. The series stars Emily Osment (“Hannah Montana”) and Gregg Sulkin (“Runaways”).
Casting notes: Edie Falco (“Nurse Jackie”) will play Hillary Clinton in FX’s upcoming limited series “Impeachment: American Crime Story,” opposite Clive Owen (“Closer”) as Bill Clinton and Beanie Feldstein (“Booksmart”) as Monica Lewinsky…Jeanne Tripplehorn (“Mrs. America”) and Riley Keough (“Earthquake Bird”) have joined the cast of Amazon conspiracy series “The Terminal List.”
Ray Liotta (“Goodfellas”) has joined the cast of Apple limited series “In With the Devil,” focused on the relationship between two prisoners….Season five of Paramount+ drama “The Good Fight” will include Mandy Patinkin (“Homeland”) as a series regular…Jennifer Tilly is reprising her role from the “Chucky” movies for the USA and Syfy TV adaptation.
NEW & RETURNING SERIES
The third and final season of FX’s “Pose” launches Sunday, May 2 at 10p. The series finale will air June 6. “Words cannot truly express my gratitude and appreciation for those who have given FX and the world the gift that is ‘Pose’,” said John Landgraf, Chairman, FX. “Ryan Murphy, Steven Canals, our incomparable cast and their collaborators created a masterpiece and, in doing so, have left an indelible legacy that will open doors, new doors, for the trans community.”
Four-part series “Age of Rush” drops Wednesday, March 10 on SVOD FOX Nation. The special examines the life and legacy of the late conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh. Former Vice President Mike Pence (a former radio host) narrates.
Struggling chefs are put through their paces in Food Network’s “Chef Boot Camp,” premiering Thursday, April 8 at 10p.
“Moment of Truth” tells the story of the 1993 murder of James Jordan, father of NBA superstar Michael Jordan, including law enforcement corruption in Robeson County, NC. The true-crime docu-series premieres Friday, April 2 on IMDb TV.
A&E’s “Nightwatch” returns for a new season on Thursday, March 25 at 10p. Leading up to the premiere is special “Return to the Big Easy,” looking back at past seasons, on Thursday, March 18 at 10p.
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“Jimmy Kimmel Live!” will mark the one-year anniversary of the ABC late-night show’s last episode before the full impact of the COVID-19 pandemic hit (or, as Kimmel dubs it, “our national incarceration”). “Jimmy Kimmel Live: Coronaversary Show” will air Thursday, March 11 at 11:35.
Five new movies debut on Lifetime next month, kicking off with the biopic event, “Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia,” on Saturday, April 3, showcasing the life of gospel legend and civil rights activist Mahalia Jackson. “Color of Love” (wt), inspired by a true foster care and adoption story, premieres on Easter Sunday, April 4, and the first two cautionary “Seven Deadly Sins Stories” from executive producer T.D. Jakes—“Lust” and “Envy”—will premiere on consecutive Saturdays, April 10 and April 17. The month-long movie fest closes out with “Beware of the Midwife,” about a mother’s desperate search to save her newborn baby, on Saturday, April 24. All movies will debut at 8p.
In related news, Lifetime announced the launch of the “I Love A Lifetime Movie” podcast, with comedians Naomi Ekperigin and Megan Gailey recapping Lifetime movies and breaking down outrageous plot twists in conversations with special guests. “‘I Love A Lifetime Movie’ podcast is the perfect complement to on-air movies, but stands alone as a unique audio experience for this loyal audience that can’t get enough Lifetime content,” said Mark Garner, EVP of Global Content Sales & Business Development. “This is the first podcast under the Lifetime umbrella which joins the A&E and The History Channel branded podcasts to further expand our portfolio’s investment in premium audio content.”
Animated special “The Runaway Bunny” premieres on HBO Max Thursday, March 25. Tracee Ellis Ross (“black-ish”) narrates the classic story by Margaret Wise Brown. The special includes songs by Mariah Carey, Kelly Rowland, Roseanne Cash and Ziggy Marley, among others.
Today, March 8, Cheddar is airing a special hour-long episode of “ChedHer” to celebrate International Women’s Day. Featuring roundtable interviews and special guests including Time’s Up CEO Tina Tchen and Pinterest’s head of Content & Creative Partnerships, Aya Kanai, the special will deliver an hour of content dedicated to female game-changers.
Yahoo Finance also has a special offering for International Women’s Day – eight hours of live programming, featuring female guests across various sectors to discuss the most pressing issues they’re currently facing. Programming will also feature a 2-hour midday International Women’s Day special from 1-3p. Guests throughout the day include Senator Kirsten Gillibrand; Val Ackerman, Commissioner of the Big East; Dr. Sonja Santelises CEO of Baltimore City Public Schools; Jenny Fleiss, Co-founder of Rent the Runway, and more.
On Pi Day, Sunday, March 14 and March 15, AccuWeather TV Network and AccuWeather.com will be “going purple” to draw attention to a national initiative encouraging women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math fields. Logos across network, digital and social properties will be purple, women and men meteorologists and broadcasters will be wearing purple, and special content devoted to girls and women in STEM will be featured throughout both days.
VH1’s “Black Ink Crew” franchise is being expanded with five new specials, leading up to a new season of “Black Ink Crew: New York” in April. Two-part “Black Ink Crew: Secrets Unlocked” launches Monday, March 15 at 9p, followed by three-part “Black Ink Crew: Confessions” bowing Monday, March 29 at 9p.
Roku Channel has launched Demand Africa on its premium subscription channel. Content from distributors and producers on the continent and throughout the African global diaspora, including Black and African films from Nollywood, are now be available to US audiences. “Demand Africa is a wonderful addition to our Premium Subscription lineup as it offers our customers access to diverse Black content and a representation of contemporary high-quality global Black and African content,” said Randy Ahn, Director, The Roku Channel.
Law&Crime has launched on Peacock, in advance of the network’s coverage of the trial of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in the George Floyd murder case.
In an industry first, passengers in Jeep’s upcoming Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer will be able to stream TV shows and movies, thanks to an integration with Amazon Fire TV for Auto. The vehicles will be unveiled on March 11.
DoubleVerify uncovered the first server-side ad insertion scheme known to hijack real CTV device sessions. At its peak, the scheme spoofed over 2 million devices each day and could have cost unprotected advertisers more than $5 million per month, based on an average $20 CPM across CTV. SneakyTerra operates by purchasing a real impression and then inserting impression trackers from multiple ads, obtained through spoofed SSAI calls, into one creative response. When an actual CTV device receives this response, pixels fire for all the impression trackers, so while only one ad is seen, impressions for multiple ads are generated.
Marketing and media technology company Sightly announced the launch of its Brand Mentality platform, combining emotional and cultural intelligence to empower brands and agencies to anticipate threats and opportunities and respond at speed and scale across multiple publishers and contexts. “We’ve been dealing with brand suitability and safety for years now,” said Sightly Chief Revenue Officer and General Manager, Adam Katz. “And with everything going on in the world today, we realized that you have to establish a mentality before you can truly deal with suitability and safety. There are too many gray areas. You have to know how you want to act in market before you can determine what is suitable and safe. Then you can move with speed to drive outcomes and respond to events that are happening in real time.”
Russian animation production company SMF Studio has secured a deal with Vietnam’s FPT Telecom for its new 5 animated TV series: “The Secrets of Honey Hills,” “The Adventures of Peter and Wolf,” “Mr Theo, Cat & Dog,” “Captain Kraken and his Crew,” and “Pirates’ School.”
NENT Studios UK has it secured the rights to the new series “Manhunt II: The Night Stalker,” negotiating co-production funding from Acorn TV for North and South America, as well as from the Seven Network in Australia. In addition, pre-sales have been made to DR TV in Denmark, VRT in Belgium, SVT in Sweden, Filmin in Spain, NRK in Norway and NOS in the Netherlands.
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During the February sweep, Univision averaged 1.4 million Total Viewers 2+, 505,000 A18-49 and 196,000 A18-34 in primetime, making it the # 5 network on all of television with A18-49, and tied at #4 with NBC among A18-34.
The Discovery Inc. portfolio boasted 51 shows during February that averaged at least 1.0 million P2+ viewers (premieres only), with TLC’s “90 Day Fiancé” ranking as the #1 non-news program on cable in 2021 among W25-54 and W18-49 (#2 non-news cable program among P25-54 and W18-34).
Broadcast Nielsen Ratings for Thursday, March 4
Show, P2+ millions, (A18-49)
ABC: “Celebrity Wheel of Fortune” 5.71 (0.7), “The Chase” 4.30 (0.6), “The Chase” 3.41 (0.5)
CBS: “Young Sheldon” 7.71 (0.9), “B Positive” 5.06 (0.7), “Mom” 5.28 (0.7), “The Unicorn” 3.81 (0.6), “Clarice” 3.48 (0.4)
CW: “Walker” 0.77 (0.1), “Legacies” 0.29 (0.03)
FOX: “Hell’s Kitchen” 2.58 (0.7), “Call Me Kat” 2.0 (0.5), “Last Man Standing” 2.50 (0.5)
ION: “Chicago PD” 1.20 (0.2), “Chicago PD” 1.28 (0.2), “Chicago PD” 1.22 (0.2)
NBC: “Superstore” 2.30 (0.4), “Young Rock” 1.38 (0.2), “Law & Order: SVU” 2.13 (0.3), “Dateline” 2.65 (0.4)
Telemundo: “Exatlon Estados Unidos” 1.00 (0.3), “La Suerte de Loli” 1.03 (0.3), “Hija del Embajador” 1.100 (0.4)
Univision: “Vencer el Desamor” 1.65 (0.4), “Te Acuerdas de Mi” 1.45 (0.4), “Dulce Ambicion” 1.39 (0.3)
Source: Nielsen live + same day time period averages
Big Bad Boo has appointed Nikki Whaites as VP in Toronto. Whaites was most recently Head of International Development at War Child Canada.
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MARATHON VENTURE/NYC: Serve as the primary point of contact for our media partners, responsible for exceeding expectations by effectively anticipating and solving problems. Review client orders for accuracy and resolve discrepancies. 2-3 years related experience and strong organizational skills and attention to detail required. Full info HERE (3/19)
SENIOR MANAGER OF MARKETING OPERATIONS >>
ITVS/San Francisco: Optimize project management processes to create sustainable, scalable standards and best practices that improve cross-functional collaboration and long-range planning. Set, manage, and execute our audience development workflows. Identify, plan, and execute effective, “right-size” workflows. 5-7 years of professional experience in project management and communications required. Full info HERE (3/15)
MANAGER, DIGITAL CONTENT PROGRAMMING >>
FILMRISE/BROOKLYN NY: Manage clients for various emerging OTT verticals including but not limited to US Hispanic and Latin American/Brazilian platforms. Coordinate delivery of new content and looking for new ways to optimize revenue. Experience working in international digital content programming/ sales; familiarity with various platforms and Spanish language fluency required. Full info HERE (3/15)
INTEGRATED MARKETING MANAGER >>
REVOLT TV/LOS ANGELES: Managing branded content projects, ensuring the flawless execution of sold concepts through to delivery across media platforms. Tracks projects through all phases; from requests through approvals and distribution. 3+ years in creative/digital project manager role at a related production house/agency. Full info HERE (3/15)
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, SCRIPTED SALES & CO-PRODUCTIONS >>
BBC AMERICA/LOS ANGELES CA: Managing sales and co-production activity with designated clients across both television and digital. Keep in constant contact with all key US buyers pitching upcoming programmes –for both TV and SVOD sales. 7+ years of experience at executive level within programming and/or distribution. In-depth understanding of the UK television industry, in particular the BBC. Full info HERE (3/14)
SALES ASSISTANT – NATIONAL >>
UPtv/NYC, NY: Provide full support to all accounts for the Ad Sales team, assist Account Executives, Sales Planner and Pricing Inventory in managing day-to-day Ad sales responsibilities. Communicate daily with Traffic Department, and create and maintain quarterly flighting grid. B.A. in Communication or equivalent from a four-year college; prior experience a plus. Full info HERE (3/14)
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MLB NETWORK/SECAUSUS, NJ: Strong knowledge and understanding of legal and business issues related to media, strong negotiation and drafting skills and a solid understanding of business issues. Draft and/or negotiate a wide variety of agreements and contract summary/tracking/management. A minimum of two years of legal experience in a media and/or entertainment transactional environment either in-house or with a law firm is required. Full info HERE (3/13)
VICE PRESIDENT, GENERAL MANAGER >>
NEXSTAR INC., KRON4-MYNETWORK/SAN FRANCISCO: Leading broadcast operational teams with sales-driven organizations, developing locally originated content, and commitment to community service. Track record of high performance in developing revenue across multiple platforms. Minimum of five years of general management experience at a commercial broadcast television station with accompanying digital assets required. Full info HERE (3/13)
COMMUNITY MANAGER >>
JUKIN MEDIA/LOS ANGELES: Set overall community strategy as it relates to supporting brand initiatives, structure implementation of community-facing strategy across FailArmy, communicate on behalf of the brand across multiple channels. Min 3 yrs experience in brand communications, strong expertise in and a passion for current and emerging social and OTT platforms. Full info HERE (3/13)
DIRECTOR, CURRENT PROGRAMMING >>
JUKIN MEDIA/LOS ANGELES: Responsible for overseeing, guiding and elevating all programming for each of the Streaming TV channels, Works with VP Streaming to establish long-term creative programming strategy to achieve business unit KPIs. Plan and budget to help develop, help commission, and acquire programming for Jukin streaming channels. 7+ years in creative production for digital/streaming/television required. Full info HERE (3/13)
DIGITAL MANAGING DIRECTOR >>
SPECTRUM NETWORKS/NYC: Lead the talented and resourceful journalists, manage digital teams in multiple locations and editorial content; encourage innovation and unique story telling techniques. Impeccable integrity and ability to support our writers and editors in making tough journalistic calls in fast-moving news cycles. Full info HERE (3/13)
SENIOR MANAGER, NEWS & CONTENT >>
SPECTRUM NETWORKS/NYC: Actively and consistently support all efforts to simplify and enhance the customer experience, ability to oversee production of Live Newscasts. Drive integration and collaboration with other managers to achieve station goals. Work closely with other managers to determine daily scope of coverage. Full info HERE (3/13)
MANAGER, PROGRAM & CONTENT STRATEGY >>
CNN/NYC OR REMOTE: Creates schedules/rollout plans for series/films, live news, and special events on CNN & HLN. Manages inventory and evaluates performance to optimize usage. TV Programming exp, 5+ yrs. Can project manage/multi-task. Must know current events. Full info/apply HERE (3/13)
DIRECTOR OF PRIME TIME TELEVISION >>
THE JIM HENSON COMPANY/ HOLLYWOOD: Responsible for building out relationships with writers, directors, agents, managers, and talent in the prime-time arena, identifying new projects and talent in both comedy and drama for live-action and animation, and will oversee development of series to pitch A background in prime time television required and demonstrated knowledge of television development and production processes a must. Full info HERE (3/13)
VP of GAMING and ESPORTS >>
GRAVITY ROAD/NYC: Gravity Road is a creative company bringing together marketing, entertainment, and technology to create things people want to spend time with. We are looking for someone that is a commercially minded gamer, a strategic thinker and a proactive doer to join as our VP Gaming and Esports. Full info HERE (3/13)
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR >>
NEWSMAX MEDIA/NY, NY: Directs, co-develops/delivers locally prod programs and PSA for nat and inter’l audiences. Also oversees prod crew that produces regular, special and live shows related to various political, historical and other appropriate topics. Min 3 yrs exp in directing Live television news, studio-based programming or similarly related professional media productions. Full info HERE (3/11)
VIDEO ENGINEER & ROBOTIC CAMERA OPERATOR >>
NEWSMAX MEDIA/NY, NY: Exp in configuring and setting up all broadcast studio cameras both manned and robotic for daily use. Maintains network-level camera blocking and composition. Monitors/adjusts video signals including cameras, monitors, playback sources, color correction equip/incoming feeds. Min 4 yrs exp. Full info HERE (3/11)
FEEDS MANAGER >>
NEWSMAX MEDIA/NY, NY: Resp for managing tech/logistical traffic supporting live news shows. Full knwldge of video and tech workflow throughout all locations. Provide tech guidance to help create better video workflows. Ensure all broadcast feeds are meeting specific tech quality standards. Min 3 yrs tech managing, or equivalent knwldge. 5 yrs in live TV prod. Full info HERE (3/11)
GFX Op >>
NEWSMAX MEDIA/NY, NY: Must be able to set up and play out all graphic elements which are included in pre-recorded or live programming. Mnge graphic content as it corresponds to live and pre-recorded programs. Satisfy all production req for live and pre-recorded programming under the supervision of the show’s director and technical operations mngmt. Min 3 yrs of exp in graphic and character generation, plus 1yr exp with Ross Xpression. Full info HERE (3/11)
AUDIO TECHNICIAN >>
NEWSMAX MEDIA/NY, NY: Operate/executes audio mixing/creation for live and taped broadcasts, in the context of orig produced programs and PSAs. Collaborate with News depart and prod crew that produce regular, special and live shows. Generate timely and pertinent broadcast material. Min 2 yrs exp in graphic and character gen in television news, creative services, studio-based prog or related profession. Full info HERE (3/11)
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER >>
NEWSMAX MEDIA/NY, NY: Responsible for designing and building shows, managing show hosts and production team, identifying and integrating guests, overseeing and executing the production of key video & graphic elements. 3+ yrs EP exp or political news & talk programming. Full info HERE (3/11)
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER >>
NEWSMAX MEDIA/NY, NY: Write for fast paced news and opinion show. You are an exceptional storyteller with a command of political news and cultural trends. At least 3 years of national or large market local news experience. Full info HERE (3/11)
SENIOR LINE PRODUCER >>
NEWSMAX MEDIA/NY, NY: Responsible for the production and execution of live political news programming, and recorded video segments for television, and digital platforms. 3+ yrs experience line producing. Full info HERE (3/11)
NEWSMAX MEDIA/NY, NY: Responsible for the production of live news & talk show, and recorded video segments for television, and digital platforms. 3+ yrs in TV news and/or talk production. Full info HERE (3/11)
|MONDAY MARCH 8
ABC: “The Bachelor,” “The Good Doctor”
CBS: “The Neighborhood,” “Bob Hearts Abishola,” “The Equalizer,” “Bull”
CW: “All American,” “Black Lightning”
FOX: “9-11,” “9-11: Lone Star”
NBC: “The Voice,” “Debris”
PBS: “Antiques Roadshow,” “In Their Own Words,” “Independent Lens”
Telemundo: “Exatlon Estados Unidos,” “La Suerte de Loli,” “Busdandoa Frida”
Univision: “Vencer el Desamor,” “Te Acuerdas de Mi,” “La Hija del Embajador”