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The Q4 2017 Global Video Index
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*110% : the growth in hours of OTT content produced in 2017
*159% : the growth in long-form OTT content alone
*60.3%: mobile’s share of all video starts around the world
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INSP greenlit a third season of State Plate, the culinary/travel series starring American Idol season 5 winner Taylor Hicks. “With season 3 we will achieve our original goal of featuring all 50 states,” said SVP programming Doug Butts.
Digital Circus Media is teaming with Canadian producer/distributor Stephen Ellis to develop state-of-the-art transmedia IP for global entertainment consumers. First out of the gate is Blur, an immersive sci-fi TV series and multi platform video game, in simultaneous production. 
Cartoon Network’s Steven Universe returns with a 6-episode event Monday, April 9 at 7:30p, with weekly premieres culminating with a half-hour special May 7. Fans can catch episodes early by logging onto the Cartoon app and VOD on Monday, March 26.
USA Network set its spring schedule, starting with the return of Suits for the second half of season 7 on Wednesday, March 28 at 9p. Season 3 of Colony arrives Wednesday, May 2, with third rounds of Queen of the South and Shooter premiering Thursday, June 21.
Season 3 of OWN’s Queen Sugar gets a royal launch with a 2-night event Tuesday, May 29 and Wednesday, May 30 at 10p. The series’ regular timeslot will be Wednesdays at 10p. Season 2 of the drama will be available to stream on Hulu starting March 30.
Mitt Romney, Trevor Noah, James Taylor and Jamie Foxx will be going for a spin on the new season of CNBC’s Jay Leno’s Garage, revving up Thursday, April 19 at 10p.
TV Land’s Younger is back for season 5 Tuesday, June 5 at 10p. The news was revealed via an interactive video, which included the date and a sneak peek video.
Close Proximity, a 10-part series looking at the world of fast cars through the eyes of Formula Drift driver Matt Field, premieres on Insight TV Tuesday, March 27.
Viceland is firing up its second annual “Weed Week,” airing Monday, April 16-Friday, April 20. Programming includes sneak previews of new seasons of F*ck That’s Delicious and Most Expensivest, as well as weed-themed extended episodes and marathons of other “herballly-minded” shows.
Paramount Network’s Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story, Netflix’s Bobby Kennedy for President and National Geographic’s Genius: Picasso will premiere at the Tribeca TV festival, taking place April 18-29. Among the other offerings are the season 5 midseason premiere of Comedy Central’s Drunk History, the North American premiere of PBS’s Little Women and the debut of StarzSweetbitter.
U.S. ad spend will grow 5.5% in 2018, to $197 billion, projects Interpublic. That’s up half a point from the firm’s December forecast. Also bullish was Publicis Media CEO Steve King, who at Tuesday’s Investor Day said that next week the company will be “increasing our forecast” for the ad economy.
Adult Swim is teaming with BMW for Adult Swim x Desert Gold. The April 12-13 fan event at the Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs, CA includes a screening of “Things You’ve Never Seen in a Pool,” featuring unaired episodes and never-before-seen pilots and specials.
Amanda Schull was upped from recurring to series regular on USA’s Suits, renewed for season 8 without series stars Meghan Markle and Patrick J, Adams.
Josh Dallas, Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison and Emilie de Ravin are all onboard for the series finale of ABC’s Once Upon a Time. “Seven years after we set off on this magical journey, we prepare to say goodbye to the cast, crew and writers that made the ‘happily ever after’ that is Once Upon a Time possible,” said series creators Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz. “We couldn’t think of a more fitting way to say farewell than by reuniting so many of the characters that our fiercely loyal fans spent years with on their adventures.” The end.

Five days after the news that 50 million Facebook users had their data accessed and improperly stored by Cambridge Analytica – and #DeleteFacebook was trending – Mark Zuckerberg posted a statement. “We have a responsibility to protect your data, and if we can’t then we don’t deserve to serve you,” said the social media giant’s CEO. “The good news is that the most important actions to prevent this from happening again today we have already taken years ago. But we also made mistakes, there’s more to do, and we need to step up to do it.”
NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises is partnering with video community musical.ly to develop digital entertainment programs targeting Hispanic members of Gen Z. Original shows include The Cheese, an entertainment and pop culture show, and On the Ball (wt) a sports show focused on the world’s top soccer players. The shows will be created and executive produced by Fluency+, Telemundo’s multi-platform production studio.
Amazon overtook Google parent Alphabet on Tuesday to become the second most valuable public company in the U.S., with a market capitalization of $768 billion. Apple topped the field with a market cap of $885 billion.
In a blog post yesterday, Netflix outlined changes it is making for season 2 of controversial series 13 Reasons Why, which tackles teen suicide, bullying and rape. While a study commissioned by the streamer found nearly three quarters of respondents said the show made them feel more comfortable processing tough topics, the majority of parents wanted more resources. Among the tools for upcoming season 2 will be a custom intro at the start of each season with the cast; additional resources at 13reasonswhy.info; and a new after-show featuring actors, experts and educators. “The hope is that the steps we’re taking now will help support more meaningful conversations as Season 2 rolls out later this year,” wrote Brian Wright, VP of original series.
Snap is making it easier to create AR effects with new Lenses and tools for the Lens Studio. For starters, a partnership with StudioMDHR, developer of video game Cuphead, led to a new lens that places animations of characters from the game Cuphead on the screen.  
The Dodo is bringing back Comeback Kids: Animal Edition for season 2. First episode goes live on Facebook Watch Saturday, March 24, and will air on YouTube and Twitter the following day.
Ginx Esports TV lined up a deal to launch on Hot Telecommunications in Israel. “With the growth of competitive gaming internationally, the appetite for an esports TV channel has never been greater. Hot’s cutting edge multi-media network will enable us to deliver the best esports content to a new audience, perfectly aligned with the millennial profile of esports fans,” said Michiel Bakker, CEO of Ginx Esports TV. For more on the fast-growing world of esports, subscribe to Cynopsis’ weekly esports edition: http://www.cynopsis.com/subscribe/
A gender pay audit revealed that men at BBC Worldwide earn 18.9% more than women, and there is a gender bonus gap of 33.9% on a mean basis and a 21.7% gap on a median basis. “We recognize that the main cause of this imbalance is structural and work is underway to improve this,” said Tim Davie, CEO, BBC Worldwide. Sky reported that men earn an average 11.5% more than women.
CBS Studios International struck a licensing agreement with SIC in Portugal for basic cable rights to The Late Late Show with James Corden. The show will premiere in April, with episodes airing a few days after the U.S. broadcast.
CITVC is premiering Chinese Spring Festival Gala for sale this year at MIPTV. In 20121 the Gala, featuring entertainers and performances, was named in the Guinness Book of World Records as the “most-watched National Network TV Broadcast of all time.”
Toronto-based digital distribution company Syndicado is packing a factual slate for MIPTV of over 250 hours of content available for acquisition by digital platforms, including Russian TV series Tank Biathlon and wedding and lifestyle TV series including Rich Bride, Poor Bride.
Recognizing Short Form Video Awards Finalists…
TOMORROW, March 22nd | 9:15am – 3:55pm | SVA Theatre, NYC
In addition to the awards program, winner screenings, and networking with others who are passionate about short form, hear from the experts in these thought-provoking panels:
The Brands Speak
Building your Blueprint for Revenue Success
Short Form Behind the Scenes

CBS’s Late Show delivered 3.78 million viewers the week of March 16 in Live+3 Nielsens, up +680,000 versus Live+SD numbers.
ABC’s new Shondaland drama, For the People, slipped 25% in the A18-49 demo versus its launch, to .6/3. The show delivered 2.7 million total viewers.
Top 10 U.S. Primetime Shows Video Power Index: Week of March 12, 2018
American Idol (Fox) 2308, 8.9M, 244.8M, 9.2M
Riverdale (CW) 1066, 2.2M, 566K, 4.9M
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 1006, 999K, 9.4M, 1.7M
Teen Mom (MTV) 575, 269K, 8.6M, 309K
The Flash (CW) 456, 612K, 1.3M, 643K
Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO) 349, 204K, 1.9M, 331K
This Is Us (NBC) 291, 289K, 3.9M, 1.3M
Tucker Carlson Tonight (Fox News) 235, 219K, 4.1M, 237K
The Walking Dead (AMC) 229, 214K, 2M, 2.4M
Once Upon a Time (ABC) 193, 101K, 893K, 195K
Based on Shareablee’s Video Power Index, which combines viewing, consumer interactions and audience scale across all active platforms and includes the video performance of primetime TV shows.
Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions) Tuesday, March 13, 2018 time period averages
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated Live+SD
NBC: 7.75 million
The Voice 10.96, Rise 5.39, Chicago Med 6.89
CBS: 6.96 million
NCIS 8.05, NCIS 7.50, Bull 5.34
ABC: 3.62 million
The Middle 5.83, Fresh Off the Boat 3.61, Blackish 3.90, Modern Family 3.02, For the People 2.69
FOX: 2.18 million
Lethal Weapon 2.28, LA to Vegas 2.17, The Mick 1.98
CW: 1.25 million
The Flash .94, Black Lightning 1.55
UNIVISION: 1.11 million
El Rico y Lazaro 1.18, Papa a toda madre 1.07, Por Amar Sin Ley 1.01
TELE: 0.84 million
Jose, Jose Principe de la cancion 0.70, Al otro lado del muro 0.83, Enemigo Intimo .98
Tuesday A19-49 Analysis: NBC 1.5/6, ABC .9/3, CBS .7/3, FOX .6/2, UNI .5/2, TELE .4/3, CW .4/2
NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises named Krystyna Hall as Vice President of Corporate Communications. Most recently, Hall was SVP at Edelman.
Genius Brands International appointed Michael Jaffa as General Counsel & Senior Vice President of Business Affairs. Jaffa served as Head of Business Affairs at DreamWorks Animation Television.
Sean Connolly has been named Vice President Development at Bristow Global Media. Connolly joined Bristow Global as a development consultant in May 2017.
Cecile Frot-Coutaz is leaving her position as CEO of FremantleMedia to join YouTube. “Her leadership, guidance, strong network and deep industry understanding will be invaluable as we continue to strengthen our partnerships and grow our creator base throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa,” said YouTube Chief Business Officer Robert Kyncl.
Patty Hirsch joins Warner Bros. Digital Labs as Senior Vice President & General Manager. Previously, Hirsch had been SVP Digital for Time Inc. and GM of their Sports Group.

This Day in History:  1872 – Illinois became the first state to require sexual equality at work.
Answer to Our Last Trivia Question:  Who guest-starred as Roseanne’s cousin, Ronnie, and convinced Darlene to get her GED and apply to art school on Roseanne (1988-1997)?  Joan Collins. Kudos to: Eric Emeric-Showtime Networks/NYC, Dan Quiterio-Understood/NYC, Mark Wajda/Leesburg, FL, Synda Kollman-Charter Marketing Group/Boca Raton, FL, Andy Pittman-TAMU/College Station, TX, Eric Litt-Tribune Broadcasting/Chicago, Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA, Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg-M and S Entertainment/LA, David Garber-Loyola Marymount University/Playa Vista, CA, Jim Katz-The Carney Awards/LA
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ABC: Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder [f]
CBS: 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament, 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament
CW: Tough Mudder: Tougher Together, Arrow
FOX: Gotham, Showtime at the Apollo
NBC: Superstore, A.P. Bio, Will & Grace, Champions, Chicago Fire
PBS: This Old House Hour, Royal Wives at War, Antiques Roadshow
Telemundo: Jose, Jose Principe 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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