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Cynopsis Long Story Short
Friday April 3, 2020

Tonight’s Premieres
Showtime: Outcry at 9p
PBS: Dishing With Julia Child at 10p
Hulu: Future Man
Apple TV+: Home Before Dark

Tonight’s Finale
CBS: Hawaii Five-0 at 9p

Saturday’s Premieres
Ovation: Frankie Drake Mysteries
HGTV: Nate and Jeremiah: Save My House at 10p
Outdoor Channel: The Hunt for Monster Bass at 4:30p

Sunday’s Premieres
HBO: Atlanta’s Missing and Murdered: The Lost Children at 9p
ID: 48 Hours on ID at 8p and The West Memphis Three: An ID Murder Mystery at 9p
PBS: World of Fire on Masterpiece at 9p

Sunday’s Finale
AMC: The Walking Dead at 9p

IN THE NEWS

Finding the funny: The current environment of many employees around the globe working remotely is inspiration for a new comedy from Ben Silverman and Paul Lieberstein, former exec producers of The Office. Big Breakfast, a remote workplace comedy series, is in the works from Silverman and Howard Owens’ Propagate Content banner.

We’re just a few days from the launch of Quibi on Monday, April 6, and T-Mobile is detailing plans to give customers a full year of the short-form streaming service for free. As part of the companies’ distribution partnership, between now and July 7 T-Mobile customers with two or more voice lines at standard rates on Magenta and ONE plans or small business customers with up to 12 lines can get a Quibi subscription, regularly $4.99/month, for no added cost. Customers also can get Netflix free for a year; after the time frame is up they can opt to continue with one or the other streaming service.

COVID-19 may have put the kibosh on a live SXSW in Austin this year, but the films that were to screen at the fest are getting an online red carpet. Amazon Prime Video and SXSW are syncing up to launch Prime Video Presents the SXSW 2020 Film Festival Collection, which will play exclusively on Prime Video in the US for 10 days. One-time event will be free to all audiences around the country, with or without an Amazon Prime membership; all that’s needed is a free Amazon account. SXSW and Prime Video are targeting a late April launch date; participating filmmakers will receive a screening fee for streaming their film.

House Democrats Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Rep. Mike Doyle (D-PA) asked the FCC to give stations assurances their licenses are not in jeopardy, after Donald Trump’s presidential campaign suggested they would be in a legal threat sent to outlets airing a pro-Joe Biden Super PAC ad critical of the president’s response to the coronavirus crisis.

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OOH usage continued its week-to-week decline as statewide stay-at-home orders went into effect. There was a 48% drop in total day OOH usage between the last week in February when sports were still available, programming was more typical, and stay-at-home orders were still to come for the majority of the country, and the week immediately following President Trump’s first prime time address on the coronavirus. Last week saw further declines, taking the total drop since the week of Feb 22 to 28, hitting 65%, according to Tunity Analytics. For details, go here.

HBO and Netflix have two programs each being lauded by the 13th annual Television Academy Honors. The prize recognizes six television programs that are impacting society through thoughtful, powerful and innovative storytelling, according to the Academy. Receiving honors are docs At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal (HBO) and 16 Shots (Showtime), limited series Watchmen (HBO) and Unbelievable (Netflix), drama series Queen Sugar (OWN) and comedy commentary program Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj (Netflix).

Ali Wentworth,writer/comedian and wife of ABC News/GMA anchor George Stephanopoulos, tested positive for COVID-19. Stephanopoulos, who is now working from home, shared with co-anchors that “it’s been a rough couple of days… She had the fever. She had the symptoms, but she was feeling a little bit better yesterday afternoon.”

Eddy Cue, SVP, internet software & services, Apple; Alex Rodriguez, founder/CEO, A-Rod Corp.; and Andrew Wilson, CEO, Electronic Arts, joined the Paley Center for Media’s Board of Trustees. In addition, current trustee Shari Redstone, chair, ViacomCBS, joins the Board of Trustees Executive Committee. Joining the Center’s LA Board of Governors are Charles D. King, founder/CEO, MACRO; Keith Le Goy, president, worldwide networks & distribution, Sony Pictures Television; and Michelle Sneed, president of production and development, Tyler Perry Studios.

Canceled: The Monte-Carlo Television Festival, which was slated for June 18-22, is sitting out this year amid the COVID-19 outbreak. The 60th edition of the fest now will take place on the same dates in 2021… The 2020 Songwriters Hall of Fame, slated for June 11 in NY, will skip this year’s event and return on June 11, 2021 for its 51st incarnation. Mariah Carey and Annie Lennox are among those to be honored.

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PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT

A big week for Mayim Bialik. The former The Big Bang Theory star signed a deal with Warner Bros. TV Group, the studio behind her hit show, that includes an exclusive two-year pod deal for Bialik’s new production company Sad Clown Productions… Additionally, she and Big Bang co- star Jim Parsons are behind upcoming Fox comedy Call Me Kat (formerly called Carla) from Warner Bros. TV and based on Miranda Hart’s BBC series Miranda. Project, about a 39-year-old woman who struggles against society and her mother to prove that you can’t have everything you want and still be happy, stars and is exec-produced by Bialik, and exec-produced by Parsons. It has a series order for fall 2020.

In related news, Bialik will host TV Land’s Candid Camera reboot alongside Peter Funt, son of the show’s creator and first host, Allen Funt. Series will premiere Monday, August 11 at 8p with original episodes airing Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays.

Nicole Kidman will star and produce an adaptation of Janelle Brown’s upcoming novel, Pretty Things, for Amazon. Reed Morano is attached to direct and exec produce the title, to be produced by Kidman’s Blossom Films banner, which struck a first look deal with Amazon in 2018. Story follows two brilliant but damaged women try to survive a game of deceit initiated by a grifter.

Hip-hop artist Rick Ross is partnering with Red Arrow Studios’ production house Half Yard Productions for a new docuseries. Half Yard’s development chief Dirk Hoogstra is developing the untitled project, centered on the Fronzaglia family in New Jersey. Ross, who recently launched film and television company Lucky Bastard Media, will be a cast member.

The Sister, starring Russell Tovey (Years & Years) and adapted from Neil Cross book thriller Burial, is headed to Hulu. Originally commissioned by ITV and produced by Fremantle’s Euston Films, four-part series is about a well-meaning but generally directionless man trying to escape his past. Cast also includes Bertie Carvel (Doctor Foster), Amrita Acharia (Game of Thrones), Nina Toussaint-White (GameFace) and Paul Bazely (Benidorm).

Egyptologists, archaeologists and forensic experts decipher stories of renowned and enigmatic mummies in a six-part series from Blink Films commissioned for Travel Channel and the UK’s Channel 5. Mummy Mysteries/Mummies Unwrapped follows a team that uses science and historical breakthroughs to determine what caused the deaths of six of Ancient Egypt’s most important royals.

NEW & RETURNING SERIES

CBC launches one-hour weekly primetime show What’re You At? With Tom Power this Sunday, April 5 at 8p. Each Sunday, Power will connect virtually with Canadians from all walks of life, including artists, storytellers and musicians offering intimate performances from their homes, and everyday heroes helping their families and communities.

TBS dropped the trailer for the third season of The Last O.G., which returns Tuesday, April 7. After serving his time at the halfway house and having his food truck go up in flames, new action finds Tray (Tracy Morgan) searching for a new place to live and new forms of income. Meanwhile, ex-girlfriend Shay (Tiffany Haddish) is presented with the business opportunity of a lifetime, which could mean big changes for the whole family.

A new season of VH1’s T.I. & Tiny: Friends & Family Hustle returns Monday, April 13 at p. This season, the cast is faced with public scrutiny and forced to defend themselves in new ways.

Netflix dropped a trailer for limited doc series The Innocence Files, debuting Wednesday, April 15. Series shines a light on the untold personal stories behind eight cases of wrongful conviction that the nonprofit organization the Innocence Project and organizations within the Innocence Network have uncovered. Nine episodes are divided into three parts—the Evidence, the Witness and the Prosecution.

Couples featured across the 90 Day Fiance franchise have been tested by distance, cultural differences, skeptical families, language barriers and more. Now, like the rest of the world, they’re facing the coronavirus pandemic in new 90 Day Fiance: Self-Quarantined eps on TLC that will reveal how alums are being affected by COVID-19 via a self-shot footage and remote video interviews with producers. The action begins Monday, April 20 at 9p.

TV One’s newest night of true-crime programming, True Crime Thursdays, launches April 23 at 9p with a new season of For My Man. The Thursday night expansion joins the network’s signature True-Crime Mondays programming slate currently airing new eps of Fatal Attraction at 9p.

In an effort to provide new original content at a faster pace, TNT is moving up the debut of post-apocalyptic sci-fi thriller Snowpiercer to Sunday, May 17 at 9p.

Season 2 of AMC’s supernatural horror series NOS4A2 will premiere Monday, June 1 at 10p. The full season also will simulcast on sister net BBC America. Series, which stars Zachary Quinto and Ashleigh Cummings, is based on Joe Hill’s best-selling novel of the same name. Second season picks up eight years after the events of season 1.

COMING UP

The Los Angeles Football Club and Estrella Media announced that every Saturday, 5-7p PT, beginning April 4, Estrella will air LAFC Flashback featuring popular Black & Gold matches. Earlier this year, LAFC announced Estrella Media as the official Spanish television partner for the 2020 season in the greater LA market.

Food Network’s weekend lineup is brimming with comfort food-focused episodes aimed at viewers looking for family entertainment and menu ideas. On the roster is a pantry-friendly quarantine edition of The Kitchen on Saturday, April 4 at 11a, preceded by a live Q&A with Geoffrey Zakarian from his home at 10:30a on Food Network’s Instagram.

CMT will air a special celebrating the life and music of Kenny Rogers, who died in late March, on Wednesday, April 8 at 8p. Special will encore on MTV Live on April 10 at 8p, and again on CMT at noon April 11. Tribute features performances and interviews from Rogers’ friends and collaborators including Dolly Parton, Gavin DeGraw, Lady Antebellum and Lionel Richie, plus archival photos, interviews and performances. Special will include an opportunity for fans to donate directly to MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund.

The cast of Wynonna Earp will host a #TBT marathon from their homes of the series’ first season on Thursday, April 9 on Syfy. In on the party are creator Emily Andras and cast members Melanie Scrofano, Tim Rozon, Dominique Provost-Chalkley, Katherine Barrell and Varun Saranga.

The Best Of Farm Aid 2019 will debut on Easter Sunday, April 12, at 8p on AXS TV. The network originally broadcast Willie Nelson’s Farm Aid 2019 fest live from the Alpine Valley Music Theatre in Wisconsin in September, and the new two-hour-plus special compiles exclusive footage from the original presentation. Highlights include appearances from Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews.

Immigrant drama Windows on the World, starring Edward James Olmos, will exclusively premiere April 23 on free Latino-focused streaming service Vix.

PBS will premiere two-hour doc Inside the Vatican on Tuesday, April 28 at 9p. Filmed over the course of the fifth year of Pope Francis’s pontificate, special offers rare behind-the-scenes access to one of the most important places in the Christian world.

May is “The Month of Mayberry” on classic TV network MeTV, which will present a monthlong celebration of television series featuring Mayberry and the characters made famous in each one. Selected eps of The Andy Griffith Show, spinoff Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., and spinoff continuation series Mayberry R.F.D. are on the slate, along with the TV reunion movie Return to Mayberry and other TV series featuring Mayberry favorites.

CONNECTING IN A COVID-19 WORLD

HITN will air a live special, Date un Respiro con la Dra. Aliza (Take a Breather with Dr. Aliza) today (April 3) at 4p. Program, which also will air on Facebook Live, will virtually gather medical experts from Mexico, Spain, LA, SF and NY, to offer advice and tips for families who are quarantining. The special will be moderated by Gabriela Quiroga, host of the series Vida y Salud.

A broadcast of benefit event Comedy Gives Back Laugh Aid will air Saturday, April 4 at 7p on AXS TV. The four-hour telethon will raise money and awareness for an emergency relief fund benefiting working comedians who have been financially impacted due to the spread of COVID-19. Lineup includes Dave Attell, Dane Cook, Jessica Kirson, Howie Mandel, Marc Maron, Patton Oswalt, Ray Romano, Iliza Shlesinger, Bob Saget, Amanda Seales and David Spade.

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Fox News Channel will present weekend special America Together on Sunday, April 5 at 9p. Hosted by FNC’s Pete Hegseth, program will showcase the resilient American spirit and spotlight stories of communities joining together to persevere in times of crisis.

A new YouTube channel devoted to the works of Andrew Lloyd Webber is offering a new ALW filmed musical ever Friday at 11a—all for free. Channel, called the Show Must Go On, begins this week with 2000 adaptation of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat starring Donny Osmond, Maria Friedman, Richard Attenborough and Joan Collins. Next up on Good Friday, April 10, will be the 2012 version of Jesus Christ Superstar.

PBS and its recently launched crowd-sourced storytelling project PBS American Portrait, the signature content initiative of PBS’s 50th anniversary, will present the special In This Together: A PBS American Spirit Story, on Friday, May 8 at 9p. Participants from across the country will use self-shot video, photos and text to share how the COVID-19 outbreak is impacting their lives, their communities and their understanding of what it means to live in our country at this unique moment in time.

Oprah Winfrey committed $1 million to support the America’s Food Fund launch to support those facing food insecurity due to the virus pandemic. Leonardo DiCaprio, Laurene Powell Jobs, Apple and the Ford Foundation helped launch the Fund with $12 million. The initiative is hosted by the GoFundMe platform and will benefit World Central Kitchen and Feeding America.

Gary Lineker, the BBC’s highest-paid TV personality, will donate two months’ salary to The British Red Cross to help boost the battle against coronavirus.
The Match Of The Day host and former soccer star revealed the gesture during an interview on BBC Radio 4 and on Twitter.

In response to the COVID-19 emergency, the SAG-AFTRA Health Plan is slashing premiums in half for the next three months for tens of thousands of participants. The move, effective yesterday, brings a savings during the three months of $450-$855 participants except those receiving “Senior Performers” coverage. Those on COBRA will save between $460-$1,168 per month. “Relief is on the way,” SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris and national executive director David White told members. “The SAG-AFTRA Health Plan has announced it is temporarily reducing premiums by 50% during the second quarter.”

BBC World News, CNN International and NBC-backed Euronews are partnering to donate $50 million of advertising space to public health organizations fighting the coronavirus pandemic. In a joint statement the companies, with a combined reach of more than 800 million viewers, will open up advertising slots across TV and online, with various orgs being able to target people in specific territories. First to jump in on the free ads is the World Health Organization.

The Grand Ole Opry is launching the #Unbroken charitable campaign to benefit the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund beginning this Saturday, April 4. The fund benefits artists and musicians struggling through the pandemic.

STREAMING SNIPPETS

HBO will stream 500 hours of free programming, including The Sopranos, Veep, Six Feet Under and The Wire, to offer some entertainment relief during in this time of social distancing. For a limited time beginning today (April 3) on HBO Now and HBO Go, viewers without a subscription can take in a roster that also includes Warner Bros. films Pokemon Detective Pikachu, The Lego Movie 2, Crazy, Stupid, Love, plus 10 HBO documentaries and docu-series.

FuboTV and celebrity- and sports-focused virtual entertainment company FaceBank Group closed their previously announced merger agreement. The combined company will do business as fuboTV and with David Gandler will serve as CEO, based in NY.

Country music lifestyle net Circle Network will host a free livestream to kick off the new season premiere of The Dailey & Vincent Show. Hosted by Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent, premiere and livestream will launch Tuesday, April 7 at 8:30p on Circle’s Facebook page, YouTube, Circleplus.com and Dailey & Vincent’s Facebook page.

MTV commissioned live and interactive digital game show series MTV Game Night with Charlotte Crosby. To be streamed live on Facebook and YouTube, six 30-minute eps will feature MTV reality TV star Charlotte Crosby live from her home entertaining fans during the COVID-19 pandemic. Series is remotely produced by ViacomCBS Digital Studios International using cloud-based Grabyo and Zoom.

IN CONVERSATION WITH… DISCOVERY’S KATHLEEN FINCH

When the COVID-19 pandemic turned life upside down for so many, Discovery Inc.’s stable of lifestyle networks was uniquely positioned to deliver the kind of “comfort food” content a suddenly-homebound audience craved. Kathleen Finch, chief lifestyle brands officer, explains how the company responded to the crisis.

Cynopsis: How did the lifestyle networks pivot as the COVID-19 crisis became apparent?

Kathleen Finch: For all of us across the Discovery Lifestyle portfolio, we were instantly motivated by our fans. We looked at social and saw our viewers relying on us as a source of comfort. It energized the teams to get to work creating marathons, stunts, social posts and videos, anything we could do to connect our shows and talent more closely to viewers during this unprecedented time.

From Say Yes to the Dress marathons on TLC and afternoons on the couch with the Property Brothers on HGTV, to pantry dinner ideas from Ina Garten at Food Network and Insta videos with ID’s Lt. Joe Kenda, we got to work quickly to superserve fans. That was week one. In week two and three, we asked our talent to self-film even more. We just announced a “90 Day Fiancé: Self-Quarantined” limited series featuring fan-favorite couples across the franchise documenting their own lives in this crisis. Food Network’s Guy Fieri set up a studio in his house and his teenage son is filming him for a new series set in his home. We created on-air promos featuring our talent sending well wishes and inspirational messages to viewers across HGTV, TLC and Food Network, and messages thanking our first responders.

Cynopsis: Do you think viewers’ relationships with the networks will change because of the way they are being served now?

Finch: We’re so humbled and pleased to be an escape and source of comfort right now. When we all get through this, and after people are able to reconnect in person with loved ones and friends and gather together, we hope they have an even greater closeness to our brands and talent. We actually saw this on Food Network after 9/11…people wanted comfort food and comfort TV and we were there for them. I’m glad our whole portfolio can provide that when people need it most. It’s something that scripted can’t do; we’re uniquely poised to support viewers in this way.

Cynopsis: People are appreciating television content more than they have in a long time. Are there insights you’ve gained about how to engage viewers that happened because of the current situation?

Finch: We are seeing viewership rise pretty dramatically – in prime, daytime, mornings, especially on Food Network, which is up double digits. TLC continues to be #1 for women in prime. We’ve also seen a rise in live content and engagement on social. Both of these trends have led us to dig deep on how to best serve our audiences. Ina Garten has gone online to ask fans to tell her what’s in their pantry. We’re asking HGTV devotees to tell us the marathons they’d like to see. For self-described “ID Addicts,” we’re having them tell us what crime stories they want to see now. We’re doubling down on our programming strategies across the networks with reloads, marathons and new, timely content, and encouraging our talent to engage on social through live tweeting during premieres, and to go live on Instagram and post as much as possible.

To find out five ways Discovery Lifestyle Brands are nourishing fans, go here: https://www.cynopsis.com/cyncity/five-ways-the-discovery-lifestyle-brands-are-nourishing-fans-during-covid-19/.

TECH TALK

See you on Twitter: Brooklynn Prince, Jon M. Chu, Dara Resnik, Dana Fox, Joy Gorman Wettels, Abby Miller and Jibrail Nantambu will host a live Twitter watch party of their new Apple TV+ series Home Before Dark tonight (April 3) at 8p.

Mayim Bialik joined ProSiebenSat.1 Group’s multichannel network Studio71 to expand her social media presence.

Suddenly ubiquitous Internet videoconferencing platform Zoom is suspending videoconferencing development for 90 days to address privacy and safety concerns that have emerged in at least one lawsuit. “We want to do what it takes to maintain your trust,” founder/CEO Eric Yuan wrote in a blog post.

KIDS NEWS

PBS Kids is marking Earth Day and the start of spring with new episodes of series focused on exploring natural wonders and creatures of the world. Among shows getting into the Earth Day spirit are Wild Kratts, Nature Cat, Molly of Denali; new eps will debut April 20-May 29.

Disney Channel debuted a song and dance montage set to its We’re All in This Together anthem on its YouTube channel. Video encourages kids of all ages to get up and move, and to embrace self-expression and connection. Featured dance numbers include excerpts from The Cheetah Girls, Camp Rock, Descendants Austin & Ally, Girl Meets World, Phineas and Ferb and a Disney Junior segment led by Mickey Mouse.

CASTING

Cheyenne Jackson scored the male lead opposite Mayim Bialik in Fox comedy Call Me Kat, and Leslie Jordan (The Cool Kids) is in as a series regular on the show. Swoosie Kurtz and Kyla Pratt are also in for the series.

PODCAST POSTS

With help from epidemiology experts and reporters, Bill Nye launched a series of eps of his Stitcher podcast Science Rules! with Bill Nye dedicated to explaining information on the novel coronavirus and COVID-19. Three-month series, published on Tuesdays and Fridays, will feature analysis from doctors, reporters and experts on the development of a vaccine.

GOING GLOBAL

Streaming service Acorn TV, a hub for British and international programming, will launch in the UK on Wednesday, April 29. The exclusive UK premiere of Emmy-nominated British series Queens of Mystery is among the content available at debut, as well as recent and classic series including Foyle’s War, Keeping Faith and Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None.

Disney’s new deal with Middle East pay TV and streaming operator OSN results in Disney+ originals being distributed through a third-party for the first time. Beginning Thursday, April 9, Disney+ original content will be available in OSN’s 17 markets, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Lebanon and Egypt.

Distributor Fred Media, owned by Australia’s WTFN, acquired more than 300 new hours of content from The Africa Channel and Tastemade.

British distribution company TCB Media Rights has been acquired by Australian producer and distributor Beyond International, ending its run with collapsed Canadian TV empire Kew Media Group. Beyond announced the deal in a statement to investors issued on the Australian Stock Exchange.

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RATINGS

Netflix is seeing big numbers for indie western movie Badland, which got an abbreviated theater run due to the virus outbreak. Hitting the streamer Friday, March 27, the film is No. 3 on Netflix’s movie chart and No. 7 overall among Netflix’s library of offerings appealing to its167 million subscribers.

The latest season of HGTV series My Lottery Dream Home delivered a 0.71 Live + 3-Day rating among A25-54, a 29 percent increase in the demo for the Friday 9-9:30p timeslot over the prior six weeks. The season, which attracted more than 56.5 million Total Viewers, also delivered a 0.90 Live + 3-Day rating among W25-54, a 27 percent lift over the previous six weeks.

Last week’s episode of Vanderpump Rules on Bravo was the most-watched ep of the season with more than 2 million Total Viewers.

The March 21 episode of Oxygen’s Cold Justice was the show’s highest-rated ep on the network across all key demos, delivering nearly 1 million total viewers.

Last Thursday’s Season 18 premiere of Keeping Up with the Kardashians on E! was the most-watched episode since the Season 16 finale among Total Viewers, garnering 1.94 million.

Wednesday night’s Tournament of Champions finale was Food Network’s highest-rated telecast of the year, posting a.92 rating for A25-54 (Live +Same Day), up 104 percent from prior six weeks and ranked No. 2 in its timeslot.

Broadcast Nielsen Ratings for Wednesday, April 1
Show, P2+ 0000s, (A18-49)
ABC: The Goldbergs 4.44 (0.9), Schooled 3.25 (0.6), Modern Family 4.29 (0.9), American Housewife 3.14 (0.7), David Blaine: The Magic 3.67 (0.7),
CBS: Survivor 8.15 (1.6), Garth & Trisha Live! 5.65 (0.8), S.W.A.T. 3.18 (0.4)
CW: Penn & Teller: Fool Us 0.91 (0.2), Penn & Teller: April Fools 0.84 (0.2)
FOX: The Masked Singer 8.31 (2.3), The Masked Singer 9.19 (2.5)
NBC: Chicago Med 5.35 (0.7), Chicago Fire 4.53 (0.6), Chicago P.D. 4.27 (0.6)
UNIVISION: Rosa de Guadalupe 1.7 (0.5), Amor Eterno 2.01 (0.6), Sin Miedo a la Verdad 1.25 (0.4)
TELEMUNDO: Exation Estas Unidos 1.38 (04), La Dona 1.02 (0.4), Operacion Pacifico 0.84 (0.3)
Source: Nielsen live + same day time period averages

EXECUTIVE MOVES

Anime shingle Crunchyroll appointed Alden Budill as head of global partnerships and content strategy, and elevated Terry Li to head of 360 and GM of games. Budill most recently was SVP/head of distribution and partner marketing at Pac-12 Networks; Li previously served as VP of international markets for Crunchyroll.

IN MEMORIAM

Adam Schlesinger, Grammy-winning and Oscar-nominated singer/songwriter, died Wednesday, April 1 after suffering complications from coronavirus. Aside from serving as the frontman for the band Fountains of Wayne, Ivy and others, the effusive pop music collaborator for four years served as executive music producer for the CW’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, writing or co-writing 157 songs for the show.

Veteran voice actor Julie Bennett died Tuesday from complications related to coronavirus. She was 88. Best known as the voice of Cindy Bear in Hanna-Barbera cartoon series The Yogi Bear Show, Bennett’s live-action TV credits include Dragnet, Leave It to Beaver, Get Smart, Love, American Style and Superman.

British comedian Eddie Large, who was one half of the Little and Large comic team, died after contracting COVID-19. He was 78. His son, Ryan McGinnis, confirmed the news on Facebook, noting in part: “It is with great sadness that Mum and I need to announce that my dad passed away… He had been suffering with heart failure and unfortunately, whilst in hospital, contracted the coronavirus, which his heart was sadly not strong enough to fight.”

New Orleans jazz patriarch Ellis Marsalis, a music educator and father of Wynton and Brandon Marsalis, died while being treated at a local hospital with suspected coronavirus infection. The test results had not yet been returned at press time. New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell praised Marsalis in a statement: “Ellis Marsalis was a legend. He was the prototype of what we mean when we talk about New Orleans jazz. The love and the prayers of all of our people go out to his family, and to all of those whose lives he touched.”

Jazz guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, a member of the New Jersey Hall of Fame, died at age 94. He had been diagnosed with cornonavirus, but his daughter said the exact cause of death has not been determined. Pizzarelli appeared with Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show band, and worked with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Les Paul, Benny Goodman, Miles Davis, Sarah Vaughan, Tony Bennett and more.

This Day in History
1986 – The US national debt hit $2 trillion.

Friday Fun Fact
Millennials donate to charity than any other generation, according to research by the firm Blackbaud. Researchers found 84 percent of millennials donate to charitable organizations, followed by 72 percent of baby boomers and 59 percent of Generation Xers.

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WGN America & Antenna TV: Partner with Ad Sales on both digital and linear Insights and industry materials, act as a liaison for Digital Ad Operations, Programming, Marketing, Promo Scheduling, and News division. Provide insightful reporting and data analysis. BA degree & 2+ years of Media rsch exp at a brdcst or cable network, agency or vendor. Full info HERE (4/10)

CHIEF CONTENT OFFICER >>
UNC TV/RTP NC:
Deliver rich media content that is enthusiastically viewed by diverse North Carolinians. At least 6yrs of related experience as a respected leader in content development, curation and delivery. Masters degree journalism/prod/comm. Full info HERE (4/10)

EMAIL MARKETING MGR >>
UNC TV/RTP NC: Lead production, management and reporting for UNC-TV’s email marketing campaigns which includes content development, design and deployment for regular content emails, engagement and fundraising campaigns and ongoing marketing automation. Strong knwlg email mktg practices. Full info HERE (4/10)

SOCIAL MEDIA MGR >>
UNC TV/ RTP NC:
leader on the Digital Marketing team, supervising one permanent position, and is responsible for UNC-TV’s social media strategy w/ the goal of building & sustaining an engaged audience and member base across social media platforms. BA deg in discipline related to area. Full info HERE (4/10)

VP MARKETING OPERATIONS >>
Nickelodeon/NYC: Responsible for the overall management and team’s operations, budgeting, facilitating end to end project mngmnt, short-form physical production/mktg shoots, resource coordination, tool management and team management. 10-15 yr exp in a creative operations role. Full info HERE (4/10)

SALES ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE
>>
FETV/NYC:
Seeking a linear TV sales professional to generate new advertising accounts and revenue. Dvlp sales strategies for new bus. development. Bachelor’s degree; 8+ years of television selling or related advertising sales experience. Full info HERE (4/9)

SENIOR ANALYST, RESEARCH & STRATEGIC INSIGHTS >>
Bravo, Oxygen and E!/NYC:
Partner with Finance, Consumer Marketing, Promo Scheduling, and Development to directly impact content strategy and audience targeting. BA degree & 2+ years of Media research experience at a broadcast or cable network, agency or vendor. Full info HERE (4/9)

ACCOUNT DIRECTOR (ADVANCED TV) >>
NBCU/LA: Play a critical role within our fast-paced advertising sales team. 8+ years of relevant direct selling experience in advertising sales (Advanced TV) Full info HERE (4/8)

MEDIA SALES PLANNER >>
Fuse Media/NYC:
Experienced candidate to join dynamic team developing customized plans and presentations for Ad Sales clients. 2-4 yrs exp media sales co., or advertising agency pref’d w/strong knwldg media math. Exc problem solving & analytical skills. Full info HERE (4/8)

Sr PUBLICITY & COMMUNICATIONS MGR
>>
BABYGRANDE PR/Santa Monica:
Motivated PR exec for Sr mgr or above position to dvlp strategies & implement publicity/comm campaigns for content-creators/producers. 5-7 years minimum of publicity and communications exp. Full info HERE (4/7)

MANAGER, DIGITAL SALES OPERATIONS >>
NBCU/NYC:
Lead a team of Campaign Specialists responsible for setup, trafficking and optimization of Ad sales campaigns across all NBCU News properties. Min 5 yrs ad ops exp. Knwldg industry tools incl DFP, Operative, Canoe and Freewheel. Full info HERE (4/7)

ANALYST SALES OPERATIONS >>
NBCU/NYC:
Help identify, evaluate & dvlp to strengthen the division, expand revenue streams that align with NBCU’s long term convergence strategy between linear & digital operations teams. Min 2 yrs of professional exp in digital advertising. Full info HERE (4/7)

MANAGING DIRECTOR, DIGITAL
>>
Spectrum Networks/NYC:
Lead talented team of journalist ensuring our trusted news networks engage our audience. Manage digital teams in mult locations. 10+ years relevant newsroom management experience in a fast-paced, constantly evolving digital publishing envir. Full info HERE (4/6)

MANAGING DIRECTOR, DIGITAL MID-WEST >>
Spectrum Networks/Columbus OH: Lead the pioneering approach on delivering impactful and relevant content to the communities we serve. Manage digital teams in mult locations. 10+ years relevant newsroom management experience in a fast-paced, constantly evolving digital publishing envir. Full info HERE (4/6)

MGR, CHILDRENS TV >>
The Jim Henson Co/LA:
Self-starter w/ability to work under tight deadlines in a fast-paced envir for Creative Affairs dept. Identify new projects & talent, oversee dvlpmnt of series to pitch & sell to the various ntwrks & studios. Min 2 yrs exp as a Coord in children’s TV w/exp in preschool arena. Full info HERE (4/6)

GRAPHIC OPERATIONS MANAGER
>>
PAC-12/SF:
Oversee the building, development and localization of studio-based Chyron package. Minimum of 7+ years in production and technical operations is necessary. Full info/apply HERE (4/6)

MGR, BRAND STRATEGY & COMMUNICATIONS >>
PEACOCK – NBCU/NYC:
world-class strategist who will bring every aspect of our brand to life—from go-to-market planning, to IP, to audience development. 6 yrs brand planning/marketing strategy exp (TV/DTC) from the entertainment, advertising, or consumer products industry. Full info HERE (4/5)

VP PROGRAMMING >>
TLC/New York or Silver Spring MD: Critical thinker to drive audience growth for TLC’s content. Responsible for inventory planning, scheduling, budgeting, and cross-departmental communication. 10+ yrs relevant exp required. Apply Full info HERE (4/5)

MANAGER, CONTENT ACQUISITIONS DILIGENCE
>>
ION TELEVISION/NYC:
Resp for quantitative diligence & analytical support for content acquisitions. Transform data-driven insights into quantitative analysis, financial modeling and presentations. Mng Content Mkt Pipeline, incl exhibition & sales history. Full info HERE (4/5)

SPECIALIST – DIGITAL & SOCIAL MEDIA >>
TLC/Silver Spring MD or NYC:
Create and publish the best digital & social content experiences for TLC and Discovery Life. Implement effective, innovative & influential social media strategies as the brand’s voice. 3+ yrs exp in social media marketing required. Full info/apply HERE (4/5)

SITUATION WANTED >>
Creative Techie, Communications pro
seeks role in assisting, dvlpmnt, prod, post, creative or technical. Humorous, personable, enthusiastic. Polymath with 20+ years exp, including QC, GFX design, photography, home management, editing & collaborating. Competent in MS, Google, Adobe. LA-818. ChristinaRStark@gmail.com (4/10)

SITUATION WANTED >>
Development/Business Affairs Consultant: Former ProdCo president with 35 years experience is available to help with development / business affairs for ProdCos. One-Sheet writing, pitch decks, strategic business plans for time-buys/sponsorship et al. All forms of contracts for development, talent, releases etc. approved at all cable networks. Solid relationships with cable biz affairs depts. Greater Los Angeles socalegg69@gmail.com (4/10)

SITUATION WANTED >> VP Development/Acquisitions: with over 15 years experience producing, developing and selling content. Los Angeles based. Highly versed in Spanish language and diverse markets. Can be reached at 310.850.2110 / LMSalinas@yahoo.com (4/10)

SITUATION WANTED >> DIGITAL/SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETER/LA: Digital/social media marketer with 5+ years experience marketing stories to kid, teen, and parent audiences across digital platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, etc.). Currently in L.A. (San Fernando Vall(ey). Contact Megan at mmbarlog@gmail.com (4/9)

SITUATION WANTED >>
LA:
Affiliate (Client) Relations specialist w/ a unique distinction seeks role in broadcast, cable or other. Worked in local broadcast AND at the network level for The WB, The CW and CBS. I know stuff. Over 15+ years PLUS Client Relations for a major Comic Con company. Los Angeles/818 area. jamiebarton20@gmail.com (4/5)

SITUATION WANTED >>
NYC or FL: Digital media sales leader, streaming video, audio, programmatic, pioneer seeks opportunity in NYC or FL. I grow revenue with cross platform executions. Strong relationships at agencies, broadcasters and programmatic platforms. Dean.Mandel@gmail.com http://www.linkedin.com/in/deanmandel (4/4)

FRIDAY APRIL 3
ABC: Shark Tank, 20/20
CBS: MacGyver, Hawaii Five-0, Blue Bloods
CW: Charmed, Dynasty
FOX: WWE Friday Night Smackdown
NBC: The Blacklist, Dateline NBC
PBS: Washington Week, Firing Line With Margaret Hoover, Somewhere South, Dishing With Julia, Dishing With Julia
Telemundo: Exation Estas Unidos, La Dona, Operacion Pacifico
Univision: La Rosa de Guadalupe, Amor Eterno, Sin Miedo a la Verdad

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