BBC Select: “The Romantic Revolution,” “The $50 Million Art Swindle”
Food Network: “Cakealikes” at 10p
Fox News: “Gutfeld!” at 11p
Netflix: “Family Reunion”
PBS: “Hemingway” at 8p
Smithsonian Channel: “Inside the Tower of London” at 8p
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|IN THE NEWS
Fox has canceled “Bless the Harts.” The second and final season of the Sunday night adult animated comedy, which is averaging 1.3 million Live+SD total viewers and an A18-49 demo rating of 0.46, ends next month.
“The Right Stuff” was not renewed for a second season on Disney+. Studio Warner Bros. Television is reportedly looking for another home for the period space drama, Nat Geo’s first scripted original series for its streaming sib.
HBO Max’s “Friends” reunion special is set to start shooting this week. The unscripted show had originally been intended as a launch special for HBO Max last May, but was delayed due to the pandemic.
General Motors said it plans to quadruple its ad spend on Black-owned media, to 4% by 2022, and 8% by 2025. “Black-owned media are a vital component of our marketing mix, and we evaluate our spend for media partners through several core metrics, including transparency, innovation, ad quality, audience delivery and brand safety,” said GM. The company is also holding an upfront process in May with diverse media owners. The announcement came after a group of Black media leaders took out ads in the Wall Street Journal and the Detroit Free Press last week calling for the automaker to increase its ad spend on Black owned media.
Breakout star Regé-Jean Page will not return as the Duke of Hastings in season two of Netflix hit “Bridgerton.” The show’s narrator broke the news on Twitter. “Dear Readers, while all eyes turn to Lord Anthony Bridgerton’s quest to find a Viscountess, we bid adieu to Regé-Jean Page, who so triumphantly played the Duke of Hastings,” said Lady Whistledown. “We’ll miss Simon’s presence onscreen, but he will always be a part of the ‘Bridgerton’ family.” Phoebe Dynevor remains onboard as Daphne, “helping her brother navigate the upcoming social season and what it has to offer – more intrigue and romance than my readers may be able to bear,” added Lady W.
Meredith Corp. is working with a financial advisor on possibly divesting its TV stations, sources tell Bloomberg. Meredith has 17 stations, including affiliates of Fox and CBS, which contributed 27% of its revenue in its most recent fiscal year.
Retail is now the number one advertiser on Facebook, and food and pharma are up 2X year-over-year from 2020 to 2021, according to MediaRadar’s analysis of Facebook advertising trends. Entertainment is down, and professional services are mostly consistent. The top four Facebook advertisers by category after Retail are Other (Beauty, Travel, Auto, Alcohol), Entertainment, Services, and Tech. Within the retail category, top advertisers include Amazon, supermarkets, quick food restaurants, and big box stores.
CBS Studios responded to a lawsuit over its “MacGyver” remake, which claims Hanzer Holdings and Arlita, Inc. are entitled to payments based on a 1984 “package commission” deal for the original series. Repsonded CBS Studios: “Paramount/CBS never had any contractual relationship with Hanzer Holdings, and never even heard of plaintiff Arlita, Inc. until it filed this lawsuit. Second, even assuming arguendo that such a contractual relationship existed (it never did), they premise their entire case on an allegation that the 2016 ‘MacGyver’ remake is somehow a ‘spinoff’ under a written contract which does not even apply to remakes….Finally, even assuming a contractual relationship which would apply to the Remake, Plaintiffs admittedly were and are unable to perform, making it impossible for them to meet an essential element of their claim performance. Plaintiffs have resisted discovery at every turn for a very simple reason – their allegations are belied by the evidence.” A trial date is set for June 7.
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|Measurement & Data Virtual Conference
SESSION SPOTLIGHT: Automating the Ad Buy
The key to automating ad buy/sell processes & workflows is connecting all the necessary and vital data throughout the advertising ecosystem. On Tuesday, June 15, Mark Gorman (CEO at Matrix) will look at how the industry is evolving to make tangible the reality of self-serve inventory ad buys, i.e. adopting a standard unit of measurement across platforms, eliminating makegoods, and the tech & integration points needed to make it happen.
All six season two episodes of “Archibald’s Next Big Thing Is Here!” drop Thursday, April 22 on Peacock. The animated series from Tony Hale (“Veep”) focuses on an adventurous chicken.
Discovery+ has acquired “Citizen Penn,” following the humanitarian efforts of actor Sean Penn and a team of volunteers to bring aid to Haitians after the 2010 earthquake. The doc premieres Thursday, May 6.
Season seven of ID’s “Fear Thy Neighbor” launches Thursday, April 15 at 10p, with the tale of a man who returns from a work stint out of state to find his neighbor has taken over his property. Then on Friday, April 22 at 10p comes special “The Grim Sleeper: Mind of a Monster,” following a cold case reopened by the LAPD.
Sports Media’s MVPs are here! View the full list of finalists here and don’t forget to secure your complimentary pass to see the winners claim their victory.
YouTube TV introduced a new feature that allows subscribers to access and watch all movie purchases through the YouTube app, as well as search, view, buy or rent new titles. Subscribers can search for new titles and find their existing buys in the “Purchased” section at the bottom left of their YouTube TV libraries.
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For 1Q21, the Discovery portfolio reached nearly 150 million people and was the #1 pay-TV portfolio on average time spent, according to Nielsen Liv+3 data; 84 titles averaged over 1.0 million P2+ viewers.
The fourth episode of Food Network’s “Tournament of Champions” was up +31% versus the prior 6 weeks and up +37% versus YAGO, and posted its highest rating among W25-54 with (1.0 Live+3).
Broadcast Nielsen Ratings for Thursday, April 1
Show, P2+ millions, (A18-49)
ABC: “Station 19” 4.78 (0.8), “Grey’s Anatomy” 4.55 (0.9), “A Million LittleThings” 2.62 (0.4)
CBS: “Young Sheldon” 6.64 (0.7), “United States of Al” 5.31 (0.6), “Mom” 5.00 (0.6), “B Positive” 3.85 (0.4), “Clarice” 2.37 (0.2)
CW: “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” 0.7 (0.1), “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” 0.62 (0.1)
FOX: “Hell’s Kitchen” 2.62 (0.7), “The Moodys” 1.04 (0.3)
ION: “Chicago PD” 1.24 (0.4), “Chicago PD” 110 (0.3), “Chicago PD” 1.01 (0.2)
NBC: “Manifest” 3.99 (0.7), “Law & Order: SVU” 8.03 (1.7), “Law & Order: Organized Crime” 7.86 (1.6)
Telemundo: Exatlon Estados Unidos 0.97 (0.3), “La Suerte de Loli” 1.04 (0.3), “Buscando Frida” 1.10 (0.3)
Source: Nielsen live + same day time period averages
Spectrum Networks announced Alexander Quince as Senior Director, News, for Spectrum News in Upstate New York. Quince most recently served four years as an executive producer for WABC-TV in New York City.
Elizabeth Boykewich has left her role as SVP, Casting and Talent at Freeform. Boykewich joined the network (then ABC Family) in 2005.
Don Farmer, one of CNN’s original anchors, died March 31 of a rare neurological disease. He was 82. “My admiration for Don’s journalistic skills and integrity increased every day,” wrote producer David Guibault, who worked with Farmer on ABC News and went on to be senior producer of CNN’s “Take Two.” “Don was a wonderful writer and a masterful interviewer. I am very proud of the work we did together under very challenging circumstances with very meager resources.”
Linda Torres, who appeared on VH1’s “Big Ang,” died April 1, nine weeks after being diagnosed with COVID-19. She was 67. Torres also made appearances on “Mob Wives.”
|This Day in History
1971 – Fran Phipps was the first woman to reach the North Pole.
Answer to Our Last Trivia Question
The theme song of which 2002-2006 sitcom had the same name as the show? “What I Like About You.” Kudos to: Benjamin Zander-MSNBC/Great Neck,NY, Errol Da-Re-Venture X Richmond Hill/Ontario, Gerry Bixenspan-TV Marketing Inc./NYC, Paul Blutter-Walk and Talk Production Rentals/Burbank, Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg-M and S Entertainment/LA, Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA, David Westberg-SAG-AFTRA Credit Union/Burbank, Isabel Gaspard-Future Now Media Foundation/Brooklyn, NY
Today’s Trivia Question
In 1952, what was the first toy to be promoted in an ad? (Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and time zone. Unofficial rules: a limit of four answers per time zone.)
SUPERVISOR, CUSTOMER SERVICE >>
SPECTRUM/VANCOUVER, WA: Actively and consistently support all efforts to simplify and enhance the customer and employee experience. Effectively lead a team of representatives utilizing supervisory skills including and monitor individual and team performance. 5-7 Customer service/call center experience required. Full info HERE (4/16)
PR ASST/COOR >>
BABYGRANDE PR/VENICE CA: Support president at boutique PR firm. Work daily with TV/entertainment/corp. clients and media. Looking for detail-oriented, motivated multi-tasker for high-paced, fun environment. Full info HERE (4/15)
VP, CONTENT ACQUISITIONS >>
INSP LLC/CHARLOTTE, NC: Leads on high level negotiations with studios and independent content providers. Initiates and establishes strategic relationships and heads a research team to track and evaluate potential content opportunities. Minimum 5-7 years of cable TV network experience in acquisitions required. Full info HERE (4/14)
MANAGER, INTREGRATED MEDIA >>
FOX SPORTS/Los Angeles: Manage multiple aspects of paid campaigns, assist in monitoring and reporting on paid Digital, Programmatic, Search, and Social performance and provide an active voice communicating optimization opportunities and challenges. 5+ years of work experience in integrated and/or digital media planning/buying required. Full info HERE (4/14)
SOCIAL MEDIA EDITOR >>
COINDESK INC/NYC/NY: Develop a unique, authoritative voice for CoinDesk products; write and edit quickly, cleanly and succinctly, and they must be a master of shaping copy and social-native content to match the voice of different social networks. 3-5 years of experience managing social media for a media company or comparable organization. Full info HERE (4/13)
EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT >>
FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT TELEVISION/NYC/NY: Act as liaison between Executives and a wide array of internal and external contacts, screen and direct phone calls, draft and distribute correspondence as needed, and schedule meetings. Arrange travel schedule and organize travel arrangements and manage office supply closet and kitchen. 2-4 years of experience as an Executive Assistant, required. Full info HERE (4/12)
FREELANCE MANAGER, MULTI-PLATFOMR ANALYTICS >>
ViacomCBS – MTV ENTERTAINMENT GROUP/NYC, NY: Apply linear and digital Analytics across the MTV Entertainment Group portfolio to optimize content strategy across platforms and brands. Synthesize insights from every available data source in order to provide expert guidance on where content will best find its intended target. 3-5 years of related experience with Nielsen competence required. Full info HERE (4/12)
ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE >>
FUTURE TODAY INC/NYC/CHICAGO: Build, maintain and expand a pipeline of sales targets, contacts, and sales opportunities leveraging your relationships. Well-versed in CTV; direct & programmatic. Kids space knowledge preferred. The company is growing and looking for motivated people with experience selling across one or more of these categories: CTV, OTT, OLV, Linear TV. Full info HERE (4/12)
SR DEVELOPMENT PRODUCER >>
AMERICAN PUBLIC MEDIA GROUP/ST PAUL, NYC, LA, REMOTE: Manage production and development of new podcasts, creating and commissioning sustainable, high quality shows. Pitch new show ideas, angles on stories, and create plans for how a new show or season will sound and be structured. 5-7 years of media production and/or content development, ideally in audio required. Full info HERE (4/11)
COORDINATOR, BRAND MARKETING >>
CROWN MEDIA FAMILY NETWORKS/LA, CA: Responsible for supporting the implementation of advertising campaigns, marketing partnerships, promotions, sweepstakes, experiential events, creative development & email marketing initiatives. Min 1yr of marketing exp within the entertainment industry. Full info HERE (4/11)
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER APM STUDIOS >>
AMERICAN PUBLIC MEDIA GROUP/ ST PAUL, NYC, LA, REMOTE: Lead production of APM Studios’ existing tentpole franchises, create and manage budgets and lead recruitment and development of senior staff, including hosts when applicable. 10 years’ relevant experience in content development and audio production, including 3-5 years at management/supervisory level required. Full info HERE (4/11)
FREELANCE ANALYST, CONTENT & BRAND INSIGHTS >>
MTV ENTERTAINMENT GROUP/NYC/NY: Implementation and analysis of owned & syndicated research strategy for Scripted, Comedic & Original Movie content. Monitor, interpret and compile findings from various research sources and disseminate it to key partners. Experience with qualitative and quantitative research techniques required. Full info HERE (4/10)
FREELANCE MANAGER, CONSUMER INSIGHTS ANALYTICS >>
MTV ENTERTAINMENT GROUP/NYC/NY: Analyze marketing efforts, determining promotional planning effectiveness, and providing insights to inform future marketing campaigns. Set up, track, pull and analyze data on multi-platform marketing and promotional planning campaigns and initiatives. 3-5 years of related experience (TV ratings and Nielsen measurement currency) required. Full info HERE (4/10)
DIRECTOR, CONTENT INSIGHTS >>
MTV ENTERTAINMENT GROUP/NYC/NY: Conceptualize and conduct proprietary quantitative and qualitative studies focused on targeted audience needs as well as more general cultural trends. Improve multi-platform performance of key franchises; 7+ years of related research experience, including Marketing, Creative and Content Research required. Full info HERE (4/10)
THE PALEY CENTER FOR MEDIA/NYC/NY: Develop events, series, festivals, exhibits that are topical, culturally relevant, impactful and inclusive. In depth knowledge of history and current trends to conduct research and generate weekly reports. 8+ years managerial experience of a content collection in a research library, archive, museum, or related setting. Full info HERE (4/9)
DIGITAL MEDIA PLANNER >>
BLUE PLATE MEDIA SERVICES/ SUMMIT NJ: Day-to-day planning, executing and management of Digital and Social Media campaigns. Evaluate digital media, social platforms and advertising products and manage the RFP process. Strong ability to use and interpret analytical data and arrive at sound conclusions. 5+ years Digital and Social Media marketing experience required. Full info HERE (4/9)
VICE PRESIDENT, MARKETING & PARTNER INSIGHTS >>
ViacomCBS/NY, NY: Partner and liaise with senior sales management on brand strategy and positioning. Measure the efficiency of traditional and non-traditional advertising campaigns and author and present consumer-focused research on brands, generations, trend and categories. 10+ years’ experience in media or consumer research required. Full info HERE (4/9)
DIRECTOR, DIGITAL SCHEDULING >>
PBS DISTRIBUTION/ARLINGTON VA: Lead PBSd’s digital scheduling function to support our growing distribution business across VOD, streaming and educational platforms by ensuring accurate, on-time content launches. Direct day-to-day activities of the scheduling team and execute on content release plans. 7-10 years’ experience in Content Scheduling/Programming required. Full info HERE (4/8)
SENIOR PROJECT MANAGER, MEDIA & LABOR ECONOMICS >>
SAG-AFTRA/NY or LA: Conduct financial statement and operating analyses of publicly-held companies. Research, analyze and identify the implications for internal clients. Comprehensive understanding of micro- and macro-economics principles and have an understanding and awareness of worker rights impacting SAG-AFTRA members. Full info HERE (4/8)
PROJECT MANAGER, CREATIVE MARKETING CAMPAIGNS >>
ViacomCBS/NY/CA/REMOTE: Lead and track multiple creative projects and timelines simultaneously, work with agencies and marketing teams to assess initial requests for information, project parameters and priority scheduling. Significant experience working in production management/digital marketing/creative agency and/or professional services/consulting required. Full in HERE (4/8)
|MONDAY APRIL 5
ABC: “American Idol,” “The Good Doctor”
CBS: “The Neighborhood,” NCAA Basketball Tournament
CW: “Superman & Lois,” “Superman & Lois”
FOX: “9-11,” “America’s Most Wanted”
NBC: “The Voice,” “Debris”
PBS: “Hemingway” [p], “Hemingway”
Telemundo: “Exatlon Estados Unidos,” “La Suerte de Loli,” “Busdandoa Frida”
Univision: “La Rosa de Guadalupe,” “Te Acuerdas de Mi,” “La Hija del Embajador”