03/13/18: Nancy Dubuc exiting A+E Networks

The Results Are In
The Cynopsis Sports Media Awards Finalists Have Been Announced!


Our finalists are a talented group of professionals crossing the spectrum of television, radio, and online platforms; encompassing all the corners of the industry, and we are pleased to recognize their achievements over the past year at the 7th annual 
Sports Media Awards Breakfast.



Travel Channel gave a green light to Finding Beasts, starring wildlife expert Casey Anderson (Expedition Unknown: Hunt for the Yeti). Anderson’s mission: track down evidence of animals thought to exist only in folklore or to be extinct. Series, slated for an August premiere, starts production this month.
FremantleMedia struck a deal with Australian author Richard Flanagan to adapt his bestselling 2013 novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North. Series will be produced by FremantleMedia Australia.
Fuller House has 2 new showrunners: Co-exec producers Steve Baldikiski and Bryan Behar will replace series creator Jeff Franklin for season 4. Franklin was cut loose in the wake of allegations of abusive behavior.
A competition series that has bladesmiths attempting to recreate iconic swords might not have seemed like the (ahem) sharpest idea, but it’s a History hit. With season 5 of Forged in Fire premiering tonight, Jodi Flynn, President, Outpost Entertainment and executive producer of the series, explains why “under the radar” concepts can resonate with TV audiences in the new Cynsiders.
CNBC special Back in the Game, starring former MLB star Alex Rodriguez helping former NBA star Joe Smith get back on his feet, airs tonight at 10p. “Nowadays, it’s not unusual to hear about former athletes who earned millions of dollars, then lost it all just a few years after they retire. Not Alex Rodriquez. He began making smart investments way before he signed his first multi-million dollar contract when he bought a condo with the earnings from his first bonus check,” Jim Ackerman, EVP, primetime alternative programming for CNBC, tells Cynopsis. “Now he’s a superstar in the world of business. But he also wants to make a difference; by educating young athletes (and everyone for that matter) about financial literacy. And in the case of Back in the Game, by getting to know Joe Smith, a guy who burned through 60 million dollars, and help him get back on his feet.  This is a show about changing your life and making smart decisions from a guy who knows something about reinvention.”
Confirmed speakers for Series Mania’s European Project and Talent Forum in Lille, France, May 2-4, include Hagai Levi (In Treatment),  Tony Grisoni (The City and the City), Bryan Elsley (Kiss Me First), and Fanny Herrero (Call My Agent).
Epix stunt “Throwback Thursdays” has throwback films running every Thursday in April. First up: Spaceballs (8p) and Flawless (9:45p) on April 5.
Velocity and new digital partner Motor Trend OnDemand air 21 hours of live coverage from the expanded 16th annual Barrett-Jackson auction in Palm Beach, FL. Velocity’s Barrett-Jackson Live revs up Thursday, April 12 at 1p and on Friday and Saturday beginning at noon. Motor Trend OnDemand will livestream the added fourth day on Sunday, April 15 from noon-4p.
There’s a reason CW’s Black Lightning battles real-world issues like gang violence. “I didn’t want to be too fantastical because so many people out there are suffering and I feel like they needed a hero,” said showrunner Salim Akil at SXSW’s Deadline Studio.
CBS’s Code Black returns for season 3 one week earlier than originally announced, on Wednesday, April 25 at 10p. The season finale of the net’s Criminal Minds also moves up a week, with a 2-hour episode Wednesday, April 18 at 9p.
NBC is bringing back The Wall for a third season. The game show is averaging a 1.2 rating among A18-49 and 6 million viewers in Live+7 Nielsens.
Cartoon Network added its popular short Infinity Train to its lineup of greenlit series. Since debuting on CN’s YouTube channel in 2016, the short has garnered over 3.2 million views
HGTV renewed Flip or Flop Nashville for a second season, set to launch in early 2019. The show’s freshman run helped HGTV achieve a top 5 cable ranking among upscale W25-54 in its Thursday timeslot.
Cinelatino has launched on Cox Communications’ cable system in New Orleans and other southeast markets, completing the net’s distribution throughout the Cox footprint. Cinelatino can be found in the “Latino Pak.”
Five years after the merger between Digitas and LBI, DigitasLBi is changing its name it Digitas. Along with the name, Digitas is introducing a new brand proposition: “Creating better ways to connect with people through Truth. Connection. Wonder.” One thing that won’t change: The unicorn mascot.
The Church of Scientology has launched standalone OTT streaming video channel, The Scientology Network. In addition to films like Scientology Principles, programming will include series along the lines of Meet a Scientologist and L. Ron Hubbard: In His Own Voice.
Digital out-of-home organization DPAA announced that Accretive Media, a programmatic digital out-of-home advertising platform, has joined the association. Based in LA, Accretive made its debut in February.
Sling TV has launched a new marketing campaign, “We Are Slingers,” spanning TV, digital, mobile, social and OOH. The campaign positions Sling TV as the most flexible live streaming service.
Docu-series Dream the Future premieres on CuriosityStream on Thursday, March 15. Sigourney Weaver narrates segments that include visionary experts on topics like Cities, Homes, Waste, Food, Medicine and more.
Apple elbowed out Netflix and Amazon to grab animated musical comedy Central Park, from Bob’s BurgersLoren Bouchard and Nora Smith and Josh Gad (Frozen), with a straight-to-series order. Bouchard and Gad will exec produce alongside Brillstein Entertainment Partners.
Spotify introduced a tool, Line-In, that lets community members offer input into music on file, aimed at expanding the service’s data to improve the experience of users and artists. Users can suggest edits on categories like genre, explicitness and mood, as well as take quizzes to share their knowledge while contributing data.
Later this month, Snap will put AR lenses built by third-party creators in the Snapchat app. Late last year, Snap launched Lens Studio, giving creators the chance to play with AR.
Watch out, ID and Oxygen. Snapchat is tackling true crime content with an order for True Crime, a series of 4-minute docs focused on different misdeeds. The 6-episode series was produced by Conde Nast Entertainment.
Time’s up in the advertising world. Women ad agency leaders announced the launch of Time’s Up/Advertising, aimed at driving new policies and practices that result in more balanced, diverse, and accountable leadership; address workplace discrimination, harassment, and abuse; and create equitable and safe cultures within the advertising industry. The group’s first community meeting will be held May 14 in New York, Chicago, San Francisco and LA.
Ad spend on TV news programming rose 8.7% to $4.074 billion, according to data from Standard Media Index. MSNBC rose 17.8%, CNN grew 13.6% and Fox News had an 11.2% boost.
Endemol Shine Group landed the first international deal for entertainment format All Together Now. Endemol Shine Australia has been commissioned by Seven Network to produce a prime time run of the singing competition series.
Romania’s Antena 1 licensed prime time singing competition The Four. The local 12-part adaptation is slated to premiere this month.
Israel’s Keshet International has agreed to acquire a majority stake in Greenbird Media, the UK production company incubator, investor and business accelerator. As part of the deal, KI becomes the distribution partner for the independent production companies that are supported by Greenbird Media.
One Life Studios licensed historical drama series Porus to The Capital Maharaja Organisation in Sri Lanka. Porus premiered on Sony Entertainment Television in India on November 2017.
Nina Dobrev (The Vampire Diaries) will star in CBS comedy pilot Fam, about a woman whose younger sister comes to live with her and her fiance to escape their train wreck of father….Vincent Kartheiser (Mad Man) landed a lead role in the untitled Fox drama pilot from Empire creator Danny Strong and David Elliot.
Gabrielle Dennis (Rosewood) landed the role of Whitney Houston in BET miniseries The Bobby Brown Story.
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ABC’s American Idol reboot opened as Sunday’s #1 show in Total Viewers (10.3 million) and A18-49 (2.3/8), helping the net to its most-watched Sunday since September 2012.
Top 12 Live+7 Playback Rankers by actual gain for the week of February 19, 2018
Live+SD/Live+7/+7 Actual Gain
Bachelor: Women Tell All (ABC) 1.1/1.7/+.6
The Bachelor (ABC) 1.7/2.3/+.6
Amazing Race (CBS) .9/1.5/+.6
Big Brother Friday (CBS) 1.1/1.7/+.6
Big Brother Saturday (CBS) .9/1.4/+.5
Big Brother Monday (CBS) 1.3/1.8/+.5
Big Brother Wednesday (CBS) 1.4/1.9/+.5
Bachelor Winter Games (ABC) .6/1.0/+.4
Shark Tank (ABC) .8/1.2/+.4
Big Brother Sunday (CBS) 1.4/1.8/+.4
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (CW) .4/.8/+.4
A.P. Bio (NBC) 1.4/1.8/+.4
Based on the difference between Nielsen’s first-reported Live + Same Day and the final Live + 7 Day ratings (for regular, original programs only).
Portent.IO’s TV Appetite Score: Top 10 for the week of March 4
Jessica Jones (Netflix) 98.9 +12.8
B: The Beginning (Netflix) 98.7 +8.3
Star Wars: Rebels (Disney XD) 98 +5.2
Riverdale (The CW) 97.9 +0.4
Altered Carbon (Netflix) 97.9 +0.3
The Walking Dead (AMC) 97.2 -2.2
Black Mirror (Netflix) 96.6 +1.5
Game of Thrones (HBO) 95.1 -1.7
The Good Doctor (ABC) 95 +0.4
1This is Us (NBC) 94.6 -2.3
Portent.IO tracks search and Wikipedia volume, social media, torrent peers/downloads to see the digital buzz for every major TV show across 13 territories. This culmination of data is then aggregated into a score between 0 and 100 to compare all streaming and aired shows against each other week over week. 
Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions) Friday, March 9, 2018 time period averages
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated Live+SD
CBS: 8.06 million
MacGyver 6.89, Hawaii Five-0 7.98, Blue Bloods 9.30
ABC: 2.70 million
Once Upon a Time 2.36, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 2.15, 20/20 3.60
FOX: 2.65 million
MasterChef Junior 3.36, 9-1-1 1.94
NBC: 2.6 million
Blindspot 3.22, Taken 2.58, Confronting Putin 2.27
UNIVISION: 1.05 million
Rico y Lazaro 1.12, Papa a Toda Madre 1.04, Por Amor Sin Ley 1.00
Jose Jose, el Príncipe de la Cancion .61, Al Otro Lado del Muro .74, Enemigo Intimo .85
CW: .63 million
Dynasty .66, Jane the Virgin .60
Friday A18-49: CBS .9/4, FOX .7/3, ABC .6/3, NBC .5/2, UNI .5/2, TELE .4/2, CW .2/1
James Holcomb has been tapped for the new position of Vice President, Physical Production at Crown Media Family Networks. Holcomb joins the company from The Documentary Channel, where he was COO. In addition, Angela Polk has been promoted from Director of Development to Vice President, Original Development, Specials. Heather Overton and Jennifer Phillips, formerly managers, have been upped to Directors of Development, Scripted Programming, while Jennifer Kramer has transitioned from manager to Director of Development, Unscripted Programming. “Over the past several years, we have exponentially increased and diversified our original production slate, making it imperative that we restructure and expand our department,” said Michelle Vicary, EVP, Programming and Network Publicity.
Entertainment marketing company 3AM hired Shawn Shahani as Director of Strategy. Shahani was previously Strategy Director at R/GA’s Hustle.
Director Robert Scheerer died March 3. He was 89. In addition to shows like Matlock, The Love Boat and Knots Landing, Scheerer was known for directing musicals for live television including Shirley Maclaine in If They Could See Me Now.

On This Day: 1677 – Massachusetts obtained the title to Maine for $6000.
Answer to yesterday’s Trivia Question: The series finale of which drama included a pivotal scene atop a carnival tower? The Fugitive (1963-1967). Kudos to: Len Klatt-The Winning Run/LA, Andy Pittman-TAMU/College Station, TX, Michael Strauss-CoxReps/NYC, Jim Kelly-Lee Hecht Harrison/Melville, NY, Perry Casciato-CBS 3 & The CW Philly/Philadelphia, Dan Whitford-WTTW/Chicago, Brad Stern-Operr Technologies/Flushing, NY, John Kukla-KDFW/Dallas, David Garber-Loyola Marymount University/Playa Vista, CA, Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA, Kathy Kraft-Albelson Taylor/Chicago, Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg-M and S Entertainment/LA, Jim Snider-jVision/Toronto
Today’s Trivia Question: Which married couple starred in a 1990s sitcom and a miniseries in the same year? (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 Anagram: Big Violin Clang = Log Cabin Living.  
Crime Drama Anagram: Sonnet Profiteers (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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We are looking for a Segment Producer to write and produce segments with speed and accuracy for weekend news programming. 5+ years of experience in live television. 3 years in both tape and desktop editing.

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JOB OPENING: SR ANALYST, MULTI-PLATFORM ANALYTICS/NYC: responsible for analyzing and reporting of Universal Kids linear and digital performance. BA Degree. 2+ yrs exp in research at a media or advertising organization. Knwlg of Omniture/Adobe Analytics incl tagging conventions. Full info/apply HERE (3/20)

JOB OPENING: MGR, PROGRAM SCHEDULING/Nat Geo Mundo/DC: Create daily schedule. Enter it into the programming database on a quarterly basis. Determine availability of Spanish language versions, contributing to the long term strategy. Bi Lingual w/fluency in Spanish req’d. TV exp & US Hispanic mkt recommended. Full info/apply HERE (3/20)

PRODUCER/MORNING JOE/NYC: Join the Morning Joe team as a Segment Producer and contribute daily to pitching, writing and producing exceptional and impactful political discussion. 3 yrs of exp in live television. Full info/apply HERE (3/17)

JOB OPENING: SEGMENT PRODUCER/AM Joy/NYC: We are looking for a segment producer to write and produce segments with speed and accuracy for MSNBC’ AM Joy weekend team. 3+ yrs experience in live television as well as tape & desktop editing. Full info/apply HERE (3/17)
JOB OPENING: PRODUCER/MSNBC Weekends/NYC: We are looking for a Segment Producer to write and produce segments with speed and accuracy for weekend news programming. 5+ years of experience in live television. 3 years in both tape and desktop editing. Full info/apply HERE (3/17)
JOB OPENING: AD SALES PLANNER/Tennis Channel/Santa Monica: Provide support for all aspects of ad sales process. A team-player mentality & ability to work under pressure meeting deadlines to fulfill client requests. Familiarity w/media sales terminology. 1-2 yrs exp in media sales plann’g or agency buying is req’d. Full info/apply HERE (3/17)


JOB OPENING: VP, BUSINESS & LEGAL AFFAIRS/The First Tee/East Coast: Provide bus & legal counsel in the all bus areas, including tax, charitable solicitation, licensing, COPPA, media, risk mgt, trademarks.  Advise on new initiatives and strat. 10 yrs legal exp and JD required. Apply HERE  (3/17)

SR PARTNERSHIP SALES MANAGER/FC Bayern Munich/NYC: Leverage success/growth of FC Bayern in the Americas commercially. Resp for dvlpng/maximizing sponsorship, partnership & licensing revenues in the Americas through creative sales. 6-8 yrs sales exp in sport & media rights. Full info/apply HERE (3/16) 

JOB OPENING: RESEARCHER/NBC News and MSNBC/DC: Gather editorial content and provide targeted research on deadline to the news desk, producers, correspondents and shows using expert skills. Full info/apply HERE (3/16) 

DIGITAL SALES DIRECTOR/Tennis Channel/NYC: Focus on leading all aspects of ad revenue derived from website, other interactive, mobile and emerging digital media properties related to Tennis Channel. 6+yrs exp in a results-driven digital sales/mktg or promotion role. Full info/apply HERE (3/15)

DIRECTOR, MARKETING/GSTV/NYC: Responsible for helping to define/mng execution of GSTV’s industry mktg strategy, incl: optimizing reach/engagement. 4-yr deg in PR, comm, mktg or journalism from an accredited college/university. 5-7 yrs of progressively resp mktg comm/PR work exp. Resume/cvr: [email protected] (3/15)

VP SALES/Newsy/NYC: Resp for providing strategic leadership & direction for building the Newsy brand as a leader in cable & over-the-top news ecosystems. If you enjoy setting revenue targets & leading a team to meet (or exceed!) those goals apply. Full info/apply HERE (3/15)

JOB OPENING: DIRECTOR OF GROWTH/Mashable/NYC: Drive growth/monetization strategies across commerce, SEO, newsletters & FB. Oversee team of growth producers. Work closely w/our SR editorial leaders & video team to grow audience. 6-8 yrs exp leading a growth team. Strong familiarity w/Mashable. Full info/apply HERE (3/14)

VP, CONSUMER MARKETING/The First Tee/East Coast: Oversee mgmt & dev of mktg plans & advertising from ground up. Sprvs creation/delivery of: live events, co. initiatives & projects connected to its affiliate ntwk. mktg the brand to generate exposure & increase engagement. 10+ yrs exp. Full info/apply HERE (3/14)

JOB OPENING: VP, CONSUMER RESEARCH/The First Tee/East Coast: Lead team to support quantitative/qualitative rsrch to help org understand lifestyles & behaviors of our target aud to inform bus strat. Resp for conducting rsrch & relevancy of our brand, its affiliates among kids & key insights about golf. Apply HERE (3/14)


JOB OPENING: SALES PLANNER/MUSIC CHOICE TV/NYC: Resp for development/fulfillment of integrated media plans & proposals across all Music Choice television platforms for advertising clients. 1-2 yrs media or sales plan’g/assistant at an agency or ntwrk. Solid understanding of media math. Full info HERE (3/14)
ABC: The Middle, Fresh Off the Boat, black-ish, For the People [p]
CBS:  NICS, Bull, NCIS: New Orleans  
CW: The Flash, Black Lighting
FOX: Lethal Weapon, LA to Vegas, The Mick [r]
NBC:  The Voice, This Is Us [f], Rise [p]
PBS: Dead Reckoning: War & Justice [r], Dead Reckoning: War & Justice [r], Dead Reckoning: War & Justice [r]
TELEMUNDO: Jose Jose, el Príncipe de la Cancion, Al Otro Lado del Muro, Enemigo Intimo
UNIVISION: El Rico y Lazaro, Papa a Toda Madre, Por Amar Sin Ley

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