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Independent production and distribution company About Premium Content is rebranding as APC Studios, reflecting the company’s new position as a producer, financier and distributor of global projects across scripted, factual and children’s programming. It will be the umbrella for APC, APC Kids, animation production company  Zephyr and any future fiction production labels.
Hulu has renewed Marvel’s Runaways for a 10-episode third season. “We are so excited to tell more Runaways stories and are so grateful to Marvel, Hulu, our amazing cast and crew and of course our passionate audience,” said co-showrunners and Executive Producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage. “Season three will be a magical time on Runaways, as we deepen our connection to the Marvel universe.”
HBO has put in development Asunda, co-written and executive produced by Sebastian A. Jones, creator of the fantasy comics.
VH1’s Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party will return Wednesday, April 3 at 10p with a twist: as ten battle-themed specials, Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Party Challenge. Celebs like Matthew McConnaughey, Tiffany Haddish and Jimmy Kimmel will compete in and judge friendly culinary challenges.
Season two of HGTV’s Bargain Mansions kicks off Monday, April 15 at 9p, with a decrepit 1905 Colonial getting a major overhaul.
getTV will air two back-to-back episodes of The Unit starting Monday morning, April 1. Action drama originally aired on CBS from 2006-2009.
Vida is back for season two on Starz beginning Sunday, May 26 at 8p, with an early May 23 launch on the Starz app and Starz On-Demand.
Stevie Wonder will perform at SeriesFest in Denver on Monday, June 24. The festival, including screenings, workshops and panels, runs June 21-26.
MTV’s European Music Awards will make a move from Bilbao, Spain to Seville, for an event airing in nearly 180 countries on Sunday, November 3.
Lifetime shared premiere dates for three movies. Sequel Harry & Meghan: Becoming Royal bows Monday, May 27 at 8p; Pride & Prejudice: Atlanta, a modern take on the Jane Austin novel, makes its debut Saturday, June 1 at 8p; and Adriana Trigiani’s Very Valentine, based on a best-seller set in a wedding show company, drops Saturday, June 8 at 8p.
Women’s History Month ends this week but Cynopsis will keep celebrating women throughout the year. We’ve already announced the Top Women in Sports honorees. To join these inspiring women, entries are open for the Cynopsis Top Women in Media Awards. Nominate your colleague by April 16. All honorees will be celebrated August 1 in NYC. 
Adventure network ROAM launched ROAM TV, part of the company’s newly designed website. Videos include serial episodes from 3 to 5 minutes long, and will eventually include feature films.
Digital video distribution platform SendtoNews inked a multi-year agreement with Major League Soccer that gives STN exclusive distribution of MLS video content to local digital publishers across North America. As part of the agreement, SendtoNews receives digital rights to distribute MLS highlights, interviews and more to STN’s more than 1,600 local publishing partners.  
The Media Rating Council issued a draft version of its Cross-Media Audience Measurement Standards, opening a 60-day public comment period on the standards.  The draft standards address measurement of video advertising and content delivered through television, OTT and digital, including both desktop and mobile. “The positive outcomes of the industry’s 3MS development program are now being realized, and we’re delighted to have proposed standards that have the potential to provide effective cross-media audience measurement,” said Bob Liodice, CEO of the ANA. “The original objective for 3MS was to develop clear standards-based metrics for interactive advertising that were comparable to traditional media. With this draft, that goal is on the verge of being met.”
Missing and overlapping data as well as competing third-party syndicated services are forcing media pros to find creative solutions for data collection and reporting. Join executives from A+EOmnicomFox, and Kantar as they discuss the Data Jigsaw Puzzle at the third annual Cynopsis Measurement & Data Conference June 11 in NYC. See the full agenda and register your team today.
Worldwide sales of smart TVs totaled 157 million in 2018, according to Strategy Analytics, or  67% of all TVs sold during the year. About 20% of TVs sold run on the Tizen platform. Only 4% of global TV sales were Roku TVs, but almost a quarter of TVs sold in North America ran on the Roku TV OS.
Verizon and the NFL announced a two-year innovation partnership to jointly develop new products and services that utilize 5G and other future technologies to enhance NFL games and the overall fan experience. Three initial pillars include:  In-Stadium Experience, 5G Mobile Gaming Challenge, and Emerging Video Streaming Technology. “The Innovation Partnership will use Verizon’s 5G technology to unlock new and exciting ways for NFL fans to view, share and engage with their favorite teams no matter where they are,” said Hans Vestberg, Verizon CEO. “From the living room to the stadium, 5G will transform the sports experience.”
Alibaba acquired Infinity Augmented Reality, three years after the companies began collaborating on AR and AI. “Alibaba’s expertise in turning technologies into next generation products will be a great platform for the future technologies of computer vision, AR and AI,” said Motti Kushnir, CEO and co-founder of Infinity Augmented Reality.
More from Apple’s big day: Gaming service Apple Arcade will offer over 100 games available at launch, all playable offline, and new credit card will come out this summer, available on all iOS devices in the Wallet app. Purchases need fingerprint or face-identification confirmation, and 2% of any Apple Pay purchase will go back to the Apple Wallet as cash.
Montreal-based Media Ranch announced a partnership to represent Danish broadcaster DR’s TV formats catalogue.  
Ireland’s ShinAwiL­ is launching an international drama division with a slate of projects in development, marking its first scripted development slate. ShinAwiL is also currently overseeing local production on British crime drama Miss Scarlet and The Duke for A+E Networks International and Element 8.
Endemol Shine Group, DoveTale Media and film director Shekhar Kapur are bringing best-selling novels The Ibis Trilogy to worldwide market. Historical saga will be produced by Artists Studio, part of Endemol Shine Group, in partnership with Endemol Shine India and new TV packaging company DoveTale Media
Alfred Haber Television has secured the exclusive international distribution television rights to bublé!, the one-hour special starring singer/songwriter Michael Bublé that premiered in the U.S. on March 20 on NBC.
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Sunday’s season four premiere of Univision’s Pequenos Gigantes reached 4 million Total Viewers 2+ who tuned in to all or part of the two-hour broadcast. The children’s talent show averaged 1.6 million Total Viewers 2+, 576,000 A18-49, and 240,000 A18-34, placing Univision among the top five broadcast networks across all key demos during the premiere. 
Fox News Channel drew the most viewers from 5-6p on Friday, after news broke that Special Counsel Robert Mueller had delivered his report. FNC had 2.315 million viewers and 364,000 A25-54 tuned in, versus 1.718 million/248,000 for MSNBC and 1.036 million/291,000 for CNN.
Freeform’s Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists opened as the strongest drama debut on cable among W18-34 (212,000/0.61 rating), P12-34 (353,000/0.38 rating) and F12-34 (287,000/0.61 rating) since September 2018 (since FX’s Mayans M.C.). PLL: The Perfectionists also marked the top cable drama debut of the year-to-date among A18-34 (266,000/0.38 rating).
SHAREABLEE SOCIAL TV RATINGS: Top US Shows Overall by Engagement for the week of March 24
Program, Total Actions (millions), Total Content, Actions per Content (000), Fans/Followers (000)
Ellen DeGeneres (Warner Bros/synd.) 11473, 148, 78, 177440
E! News (E!) 10485, 621, 17, 35065
Riverdale (CW) 6694, 64, 105, 13570
Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists (Freeform) 3862, 250, 15, 26854
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 2792, 61, 46, 22262
The Daily Show (Comedy Central) 2668, 136, 19619, 18958
Today Show (NBC) 1749, 738, 2, 13033
The Walking Dead (AMC) 1735, 82, 21, 48773
Shadowhunters (Freeform) 1669, 98, 17, 5083
American Idol (ABC) 1596, 336, 5, `6701
Based on Total Actions (reactions, comments, shares and retweets)
TV Time’s Shows on the Rise for the Week of March 18
Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists (Freeform) – 99.9%
The Act (Hulu) – 99.9%
The OA (Netflix) – 94.8%
9-1-1 (FOX) – 79.9%
The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair (Sky Witness) 76.7%
Billions (Showtime) – 75.5%
SEAL Team (CBS) – 73.0%
The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann (Netflix) – 61.6%
Bull (CBS) – 55.7% 
Love, Death & Robots (Netflix) – 54.9%
Star vs. the Forces of Evil (Disney Channel) – 52.40%
Methodology: Every week, millions of viewers around the world use TV Time to track their favorite series. “Shows on the Rise” is calculated by determining the week-over-week growth in episodes watched for a given program.
Tunity Analytics Top Weekly National Out-of-Home Viewer Rankings for Entertainment Programs for the week of March 18
Program, OOH Viewers (000)
God Friended Me (CBS) 473
NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) 335
The Voice (NBC) 311
American Idol (ABC) 210
Love It or List It (HGTV) 194
Buying and Selling It with the Property Brothers (HGTV) 184
Buying and Selling It with the Property Brothers  (HGTV) 181
The Enemy Within (NBC) 175
This Is Us (NBC) 171
The Voice (NBC) 147
The Rookie (ABC) 139
Saturday Night Live (NBC) 134
Source: Tunity Analytics. Viewing estimates are derived from the Tunity mobile app usage. OOH Impressions are calculated using Tunity Analytics proprietary estimation model. 
Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions) Friday, March 22 time period averages
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated Live+SD
CBS: 4.79 million
NCAA Basketball 6.22, NCAA Basketball 3.36
FOX: 3.78 million
Last Man Standing 5.09, The Cool Kids 3.93, Proven Innocent 2.33
NBC: 3.57 million
Blindspot 2.96, The Blacklist 4.18, Dateline 3.57
ABC: 3.39 million
Fresh Off the Boat 2.92, Speechless 2.40, 20/20 4.86
TELEMUNDO: 0.80 million
Exatlon Estados 0.77, Betty en NY 0.82, Reina del Sur 0.80
UNIVISION: 0.57 million
Rosa de Guadelupe 0.55, Rosa de Guadelupe 0.59, Teleton USA 0.56
CW: 0.48 million
Dynasty 0.55, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend 0.40
Friday A18-49: CBS 1.4/6, FOX 0.7/3, ABC 0.6/3, NBC 0.5/3, TELE 0.4/2, UNI 0.2/1, CW 0.1/1
Smithsonian Channel announced the promotion of Cathy Perifimos to Vice President and head of Legal and Business Affairs, Smithsonian Networks. Previously, Perifimos held the position of Counsel and Director of Legal and Business Affairs.
LBI Media appointed Laura Fisher as SVP of sales for its EstrellaTV Network. Fisher was a 21-year veteran of Univision Communications.
BRON Studios appointed Pippa Lambert as EVP, Domestic Television, and David Davoli has been promoted to WVP, International Television. Lambert was previously Senior Associate at Endeavor Content.
Parsec Media hired Adam Heimlich as President. At Horizon Media, Heimlich founded HX, the first tech and fee-transparent trading desk within a major TV agency.
Kristina Edwards landed the role of VP of Unscripted Series for TBS and TNT. Edwards joins from Facebook Watch.
Lauren Whitney has joined Spyglass Media Group as President of Television. Whitney was most recently President of Television at Miramax.
Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: Which TV cops had the call sign “Zebra Three”?  Starsky & Hutch’s (1975-1979) David Starsky and Kenneth Hutchinson. Kudos to: Dale Warshaw-KMSB/Tucson, Steve Iha-LBI Media/Dallas, Tom Boyd-WGN-TV/Chicago, Janet Leung Brosky-Big Fish Entertainment/NYC, Ann Raziel-Game Show Network/Santa Monica, CA, David Chill-Chill Research/LA, Pat Brady-CESD/LA, Susan Burchfield-KDNL/St. Louis, MO, Gary Moglovkin-CBS TV Studios/Studio City, CA, Mark Whitfield-9th Wonder/Houston, Marc Mondry-MSG Networks/NYC, John Kukla-KDFW/Dallas, John Carlo-UPtv/NYC, Arthur Reinstein-Corus Entertainment/Toronto, Rob Casalaina-ITN/NYC.
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Resp for newsgathering for all E! platforms, should be a multi-tasker, have proven editorial judgment, be a forward thinker with a strong work ethic. Passion for pop culture is a must. Self-starter who can work independently and quickly in a fast-pace news environment. Must have newsroom exp and able to handle breaking news while working under tight deadlines.

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DIR, SALES MARKETING/ION MEDIA/NY: Ideal candidate will develop strategic sales positioning for ION Television’s unique value proposition. This position will help the sales organization drive revenue growth on existing accounts in new business categories. Min of 5yrs exp at a media co, expert in MS Office Suite and PPT. Full info HERE (4/5)

ACCT EXEC, SALES DEVELOPMENT (Consumer Tech)/ION MEDIA/NY: Seeking sales professional to generate new advrtg accts and revenue for ION’s linear television platform.  Dedicated category focus on companies which specialize in consumer technology, social media, e-commerce and OTT. Self-starter with 8-10yrs of TV selling or related adv sales exp. Full info HERE (4/5)

Ideal Candidate will work closely with sales managing client relationships and processing requests, inputting order and traffic.  Be able to create mktg sales decks and promotional materials. Manage internal process for credit applications, monthly billing and weekly budget reports. Full info HERE Send resume and salary requirements to [email protected] (4/5)

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Responsible for analyzing data and trends across media and developing key audience analysis across Discovery’s linear and non-linear platforms. Must have 5+ yrs exp in media research and knowledge of Nielsen data and systems. Ability to work in a fast-paced high-pressure environment without sacrificing accuracy to detail. Full info HERE (4/4)

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Serve as ad sales partnerships resource and thought leader in the sales department, managing ideation and response to RFPs, creating product knowledge one sheets based on assigned network and disciplines, knowledgeable in digital/social marketing products & tools, effectively demonstrating how they can be leveraged in strategic 360 campaigns. Full Info/Apply:  http://www.aenetworks.com/careers (4/4)

SR. NEWS DESK ASSOC/E! Entertainment/NYC: Resp for newsgathering for all E! platforms, should be a multi-tasker, have proven editorial judgment, be a forward thinker with a strong work ethic. Passion for pop culture is a must. Self-starter who can work independently and quickly in a fast-pace news environment. Must have newsroom exp and able to handle breaking news while working under tight deadlines. Full Info/Apply HERE (4/4)

Endemol Shine North America/North Hollywood:
Ideal candidate must have a strong interest in TV ratings & research and comfortable working with numbers/large data sets with a strong focus on accuracy & attention to detail. Must have 1+ yrs as an assist, coord or analytical role at TV studio, broadcast or cable network. Excel and PowerPoint required. Job training provided. Full Info/Apply HERE (4/4)

ACCT EXECUTIVE/CNN Airport Network/NY: Resp include identifying prospects, generating leads and penetrating client companies/agencies at all levels. Primary function is to drive new business for the network. Req include 5+ yrs in media sales, ability to exceed targets and building sr level client/agency relationships. Team player who works well in a large multi-platform sales organization. Full Info/Apply HERE (3/31)

ACCT DIRECTOR, PARTNERSHIP SALES/GSTV/NY: Ideal candidate must be able to drive aggressive rev targets across multiple GSTV rev opps within WPP Holding Co. by creating solutions for customers. An understanding of nat advtg, digital video and data-driven aud targeting and attribution marketplace. Min of 3+ yrs media exp, including 1+ yrs in sales. Ability to manage multiple high-priority projects simultaneously. Full Info/Apply HERE (3/31)

AD SALES ASSISTANT/Crown Media Family Networks/NY: Provide support to Ad Sales by working W/ Acct Execs to service clients. Including sales orders, move requests and media schedules. Detail oriented w/orgnzt’l skills to keep manage fast paced, time sensitive environment. BA/BS req. Full info/apply HERE (3/29)

DIRECTOR, LEGAL & BUSINESS AFFAIRS/TV One/NYC: As secondary mgr, you are responsible for providing business and legal support to all departments of TV On. Structure, negotiate and draft a variety of content acquisition agreements minimum of 7 years of television industry experience pref’d. Full info HERE (3/29)

PRODUCER, DIGITAL & SOCIAL MEDIA/TV One/Silver Spring MD: Build promotional & original digital content to build the TV One digital brand.Dvlp/prod promotional content (incl articles, videos & any other media) to support our orig. 3+ yrs exp in building, managing, and growing a website for a medium/​large size org. Full info HERE (3/29)

ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE, MEDIA BUYING & PLANNING/Spero Media/NYC: Organized, detail-oriented team player w/min 1yr of media buying/plan’g exp, interested in actively participating in media buying & plan’g/promotion for variety of sports/ent clients incl: US Open Tennis, NY Jets, Blue Man Group, NY Mets + Full info HERE (3/29)

/NBC/TELEMUNDO/PHILADELPHIA: Self-motivated well organized team player to identify, target, develop and secure new business for NBC10 and Telemundo62 through a variety of platforms including on-air, on-line, mobile and out-of-home. Min of 3 yrs exp in media sales. Full info HERE (3/28)

DIRECTOR of MEDIA, SOCIAL & EMERGING/Ad Council/San Francisco: Manage daily responsibilities with existing social & digital media partners. 5+ yrs digital & traditional media/cross-platform sales experience with a track record of developing and executing successful strategic partnerships. Full info HERE (3/28)

DIR, LEGAL AFF/GSN/Santa Monica: 5+ yrs. w/law firm or TV exp. Member of CA bar or eligible for registration. Structuring, negotiating & closing a heavy volume of production deals. Day-to-day legal support. Drafting & negotiating documents & agreements. Reviewing & approving advertising/marketing materials. Full info HERE (3/28)

DIGITAL ACCOUNT SPECIALIST /Discovery/NYC: Resp for all aspects of digital media plan’g & acts as key point of contact with ad agency and internal constituents Min 1+ yr professional exp/or equivalent internship exp preferably within the digital media, advertising sales/agency fields. Full info HERE (3/28)
DIGITAL PRODUCER /Spectrum News/NYC: Produce new & innovative content series for non-linear platforms. Proficiency at multi-tasking and must have the ability to prioritize, work independently and meet strict deadlines. 3+ yr TV new exp. Full info HERE (3/26)

/starpower LLC/NYC: Provide support to the SVP, incl drafting/managing correspondence/communications, project mngmnt & coordinating special events. Strong passion for pop-culture/ent. Exp interacting w/brands & agencies. Strong orgnz’l skills. Dig & SM savvy. Full info HERE (3/27)

DIRECTOR, TALENT PARTNERSHIPS & INFLUENCER STRATEGY/starpower LLC/NYC: Acct Management Attend (and lead) regularly scheduled client conference calls, in person meetings. Mng relationships, timelines, budgets. 7-10 yrs in digital space w/proven exp delivering successful programs across channels. Full info HERE (3/27)

ANALYST, INFLUENCER MKTG GROUP/starpower LLC/LA: Identify potential social influencers (incl global) for a campaign based on client brief incl rsrch, leveraging tools & ntwrk. 1-2 yrs of social influencer & digital exp. Exp interacting w/brands, social influencer representation agencies, Full info HERE (3/27)

ABC: American Housewife, The Kids Are Alright, black-ish, Splitting Up Together, The Rookie
CBS: NCIS, FBI, NCIS: New Orleans
CW: The Flash, Roswell, New Mexico
FOX: MasterChef, Mental Samurai [p]
NBC: Ellen’s Game of Games, This Is Us, The Village
PBS: Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Women, War & Peace, Women, War & Peace [f]
Telemundo: Exatlon Estados Unidos, Betty en NY, La Reina del Sur
Univision: Jesus, Mi Marido Tiene Mas Familia, Por Amar Sin Ley  

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