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A CYNOPSIS MESSAGE
Here’s to Top Women in Media.
May we know them.
May we be them.
May we NOMINATE them.
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You don’t have to be a woman to recognize the
extraordinary women moving the industry forward.
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Nominations are due April 16. Honorees will be celebrated at the
Cynopsis Top Women in Media Awards August 7 in NYC.
 

PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT
 
Amazon Studios inked an overall deal with Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, Westworld creators, exec producers and showrunners, and their company Kilter Films. The reported nine-figure, five-year deal will see the husband-and-wife team working creating and producing original series to premiere exclusively on Amazon Prime Video worldwide.
 
3311 Productions is making a foray into scripted television, and has tapped veteran TV exec Gerard Bocaccio to lead its TV efforts as head of 3311 Television. The inaugural TV slate includes projects from Jason Biggs, Chris Case and Todd Field, with projects focusing on “non-cynical” stories told from original perspectives.
 
Picture Perfect Federation is acquiring two Allison Pataki novels – The Accidental Empress and Sisi: Empress on Her Own – which it will develop as a series on the life of Empress Elisabeth of Austria. Michael Shamberg’s MAS Production will exec-produce along with the author.
 
Intaglio Films and ndF International Production tapped Emmy-winning director Alan Taylor for upcoming series The Swarm (Der Schwarm), an adaption of Frank Schatzing’s environmental thriller novel that has been translated into 25 languages.
 
 
NEW & RETURNING SERIES
 
Pasiones, home to telenovelas and drama series in Spanish, will air the exclusive US premiere of Turkish hit drama, Mujer (“Woman”) today (April 8) at 6p. Series, which depicts a woman’s fight to navigate an often-difficult world and make a place for herself and her children, averaged a 14.83 Total Audience share during its run in Turkey.
 
Family Channel weekend series Just Add Magic debuts Saturday, April 20 at 11a. Series focuses on young Kelly and her two best friends, who stumble upon a mysterious cookbook and discover its recipes are magical.
 
New Science Channel series Skyscrapers: Engineering the Future, bows Wednesday, April 24 at 10p, spotlighting how some of the world’s most ambitious cities are transforming their skylines with designs that seem to defy gravity, from the 2,722-feet Burj Khalifa in Dubai to the Marina Bay Sands hotel in Singapore.
 
Whether threatened by hurricane or nuclear fallout, most modern devices won’t work in a catastrophe. Six-ep Masters of Disaster, premiering Friday, May 3 at 10p on Discovery and then on Science Channel following the Discovery premiere, follows mechanic Beau Boruff, who as owner of Survival Research in Tennessee leads a crew of craftsmen who source, restore and sell vintage objects that may be useful in any calamity.
 
Arts network Ovation acquired the US broadcast rights for A Tale of Two Sisters, a doc series about remarkable women, from 3DD Entertainment. The deal is for two seasons of the show – which examines the lives of sisters including Amelia and Muriel Earhart; Diana and Jessica Mitford; Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret – will air on Ovation’s linear channel and on-demand service Ovation NOW beginning Monday, May 6.
 
 
COMING UP
 
For NBC’s Red Nose Day primetime programming lineup, Hollywood talent will unite for a cause, testing their pop culture prowess and raising money for children in need on a special ep of Hollywood Game Night, hosted by Jane Lynch and airing Thursday, May 23 at 10p. Set to partake are Kelly Clarkson, Kenan Thompson, Kristen Bell, Jennifer Garner, Sean Hayes, Jeff Goldblum, Leslie Mann and Thandie Newton.
 
On-demand documentary streaming service CuriosityStream, a project from Discovery Channel founder John Hendricks, is expanding its kids content with four series from Litton Entertainment. CEO Clint Stinchcomb discusses why children’s programming is so important to the company in the latest Cynsiders. Check it out here.
 
 
DISTRIBUTION DEALS
 
Entertainment One secured international rights to CNN’s four-part Richard Nixon documentary series Tricky Dick, another move for eOne into factual sales.
 
Discovery picked up rights to doc series Lost Worlds: Deeper into the Black Sea, about an expedition to what’s believed to be the oldest shipwreck ever found. Channel 4 landed UK rights.
 
Litton Entertainment and Beyond Distribution are launching Rescue: USA, which showcases stories of men and women braving natural disasters to rescue victims and help restore their lives. Series is hosted by ABC News chief meteorologist Ginger Zee.
 
 
DIGITAL DATA
 
The Weather Channel’s streaming service, Local Now, expanded its collaboration with Cheddar News network. Local Now will now supply daily meteorologist forecasts to Cheddar News, while Cheddar is continuing to provide daily business updates to Local Now. Additionally, Cheddar Business will now air morning weather updates from The Weather Group’s Pattern brand, a budding platform that delivers mobile-first content directly to Twitter users any day, any time.
 
How do you account for overlapping or missing data? Do you feel too reliant on third party syndicated services or changing algorithms? Join Kathy Grey, Managing Director, Strategic Research Solutions at OmnicomDavid Ernst, Vice President, Advanced Television & Digital Analytics at A+E; Manish Bhatia, CEO of Kantar Media; and Audrey Steele, EVP Sales and Research Insights Strategy at FOX Networks on our panel: Solving the Data Jigsaw Puzzle at the Cynopsis Measurement & Data Conference June 11 in NYC. Early bird rates end Friday. Register Now.
 
 
TECH TALK
 
The Netflix iOS app no longer works with Apple TV or other AirPlay-compatible devices. The streaming company says the scenario is due to “technical limitations” and not a business disagreement between the two companies.
 
Two college students in Oregon stand accused of a counterfeiting operation that cost Apple almost $900,000. Federal prosecutors allege Yangyang Zhou and Quan Jiang imported knock-off iPhones from China, then filed warranty complaints that almost half the time resulted in their receiving real iPhones as replacements.  
 
At Snap’s Partner Summit last week, the company that invented Stories announced App Stories, enabling users to share photos and videos from the Snapchat in-app camera to a Stories feature in other companies’ apps. Snap also unveiled augmented reality features beyond the face – developers can now create AR features for a full body, as well as filters for pets, and announced Snap Audience Network, calling for Snap to sell ads that will appear inside other companies’ apps.
 
 
CASTING
 
The CW is putting a little nostalgia in its new Nancy Drew pilot. Pamela Sue Martin, who portrayed played the teen sleuth in The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries, which ran from 1977-79 on ABC, will guest alongside newcomer Kennedy McMann, who plays the title role in the new series.
 
Pallavi Sharda (Pulse) has been tapped as the female lead opposite Mike Vogel in ABC drama pilot Triangle Apple rounded out the cast for Defending Jacob. Cherry Jones (The Handmaid’s Tale, 24), Pablo Schreiber (American Gods, First Man), Betty Gabriel (Get Out, Counterpart) and Sakina Jaffrey (Timeless, House of Cards) have been cast opposite Chris Evans, Michelle Dockery and Jaeden Martell in the limited drama series… David Alan Grier (Native Son, In Living Color) will guest during season 4 of Ava DuVernay’s Queen Sugar on OWN.
 
Timothy Simons (Veep) and Ron Cephas Jones (This is Us) have been cast as series regulars in Hulu’s upcoming 8-ep limited series Looking For Alaska… The main cast for Latinx dramedy series Gentefied is set, with Karrie Martin (Pretty Little Liars), JJ Soria (The Oath), Carlos Santos (2 Broke Girls) and Joaquin Cosio (The Strain) leading the project… Jack O’Connell (Godless) landed the star role in BBC’s adaptation of The North Water Katie Finneran (Bloodline) is set for a recurring role opposite Lucy Liu in CBS All Access‘ dark comedy Why Women Kill.
 
 
GOING GLOBAL
 
In the first large-scale move to combine assets, Sky Vision, the international distribution division of Sky, will be folded into NBC Universal‘s global distribution unit following Comcast’s $39 billion purchase of the UK pay TV giant.
 
The story of US Marine Sergeant John Peck, who lost both his arms and legs while serving in Afghanistan, will be the subject of a doc to air on Viacom’s Channel 5. The network commissioned Britain’s Barcroft Studios to create a one-hour film about Peck, who underwent bilateral arm transplant after losing his limbs in 2010.
 
Having established itself in Spain, Telefonica unveiled its first premium original series projects in Latin America, to be deliverd via its Movistar + unit.
 
A CYNOPSIS MESSAGE
Cynopsis Sports Media Awards
April 25 | 8:30AM – 10:30AM | NYC

Please join us on Thursday, April 25, for the Cynopsis Sports Media Awards breakfast. This awards program is dedicated to celebrating the work of talented producers, hosts, sponsors, executives and the initiatives that drove audiences and viewers over the past year. Register before April 11 th to save $100/ticket. You do not want to miss out on the most anticipated event in the industry!
 

RATINGS

On the strength of last Sunday’s season 16 premiere of Keeping Up with the Kardashians and a new episode of Very Cavallari, E! ranked as the No. 1 cable network among W18-34 for the night, according to Nielsen. The Kardashians premiere garnered 2.3 million Total Viewers, over 1.4 million A18-49 and 706,000 W18-34, up 4%, 6% and 10%, respectively, vs. the previous season’s premiere. This episode ranked as the No. 1 most social cable reality series/season premiere of the year to-date with nearly 500,000 total interactions. Very Cavallari scored 1 million Total Viewers, 691,000 A18-49 and 313,000 W18-34, making it the highest-rated ep of the series to-date among all key demos.

Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions): Friday, April 5 2019 time period averages
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated Live+SD
NBC: 3.60 million
Blindspot 3.28, The Blacklist 3.42, Dateline 3.56
ABC: 3.28 million
Fresh Off the Boat 3.07, Speechless 2.30, 
CBS: 7.53 million
MacGyver 6.4, Hawaii Five-0 6.72, Blue Bloods 7.85
FOX: 2.79 million
Last Man Standing 3.13, The Cool Kids 3.42, Proven Innocent 1.82
CW: .54 million
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend 0.61, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend 0.46 
Friday A18-49 Rating: ABC .6/4, FOX .6/3, NBC .6/3, CBS .7/4, CW .2/1
 
 
EXECUTIVE MOVES
 
Two more senior execs are out at HBO following the purchase of the premium cabler’s parent Time Warner by AT&T. Rebekka Rockafeller, SVP of digital products, and Gilman Wong, SVP of digital products and chief architect, have both left HBO amid the WarnerMedia restructuring.
 
Miguel Penella has been named to the new role of President, global direct-to-consumer, at AMC Networks. Penella also will continue to run RLJ Entertainment, the company in which AMC Nets acquired a majority interest late last year.
 
Music streaming service Deezer named Nigel Harding VP of artist marketing. He most recently was an exec at Sony Music’s Nothing Else Matters Records.
 
A CYNOPSIS MESSAGE FROM FUTURE NOW
Attention: STUDENTS 
Future Now Media & Entertainment Conference
May 29-31, 2019 / The Schimmel Center, NYC
 
If you’re thinking about your future in the Media and Entertainment industry, this is an awesome opportunity for you. Hear from top execs, network with industry professionals, meet with recruiters and connect to your next job. Apply and tell your friends, too! Learn more here.

APPLY NOW: http://www.futurenowconference.com
(Deadline = April 15)
 

This Day in History: 1911 – The first squash tournament was played at the Harvard Club in New York City.
 
Answer to our last trivia question: Who appeared as himself on The Odd Couple (1970-1975) and informed Oscar he’d won a car? Dick Clark. Kudos to: Christopher Claro-The Home Office/NY; Andrew Goldman-Fathom Events/NY; Ray Giacopelli-MI7 Media Intel/NY; Jerry Maffia-PMC/NY; David Polakoff-Eko/NY; Jim Ryan-A+E Networks/NY; Steve Iha-LBI Media/Irving, TX; Les Stipp-GSD&M/Chicago; Amy Kessler-Merola Opera Program/SF; Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA;
 
Today’s Trivia Question: Who are the only two characters to appear in every episode of the entire five-season run of Charlie’s Angels (1976-81)? (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.)

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ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE
Telemundo
San Diego

Identify/target/dvlp & secure new business for NBC 7 & Telemundo 20 through a variety of platforms including on-air, on-line, mobile & OOH. BA deg, strong written comm skills & min 2 yrs previous advertising exp.

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COORDINATOR, INTEGRATED MARKETING/Tennis Channel/NYC: Provide marketing support to the Ad Sales team in NY, CHI & LA. Dvlp, activate & execute monetizable & innovative multi-platform mktg solutions for new & existing sponsors. Ideally 1-2 yrs exp in sports mktg, media, or advertising. Full info HERE (4/21)

ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE/
Telemundo/San Diego: Identify/target/dvlp & secure new business for NBC 7 & Telemundo 20 through a variety of platforms including on-air, on-line, mobile & OOH. BA deg, strong written comm skills & min 2 yrs previous advertising exp. Full info HERE (4/18)

ACCOUNT SERVICE REP/Crown Media Family Networks/NY: Train/mentor sales planners & sales assts. Present new prgrmng & mktg opps to clients & new bus. prospects. Negotiate scatter deals & build targeted sales pitches. Min 2 yrs sales plan’g or buying exp. Ability to create flowcharts & PP pres. BA/BS req. Full info/apply HERE (4/18)

SALES PLANNER/Crown Media Family Networks/ATL: Provide sales and support to the Ad Sales team for Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries & Hallmark Drama. Maintain media schedules, build sales plans, manage added value. BA/BS & min 1 yr exp. req. Apply HERE (4/18)  

DIGITAL RESEARCH ANALYST/Crown Media Family Networks/LA: Analyze subscriber behavior for SVOD, Hallmark Movies Now.  Create, maintain & present daily, wkly &monthly reports. Track/analyze Hallmark Channel Podcast data. BA/BS & min 1 yr exp. translating complex data into bus. insights req. Apply HERE (4/18)

MGR, AD SALES PARTNERSHIPS/A+E Networks/NY: Serve as ad sales partnerships resource & thought leader in the sales dept, managing ideation & response to RFPs, creating prod knwldg one sheets based on assigned network & disciplines, knowledgeable in digital/social mktg products & tools, effectively demonstrating how they can be leveraged in strategic 360 campaigns. Full info HERE (4/18)
 

SR ANALYST, SOCIAL MEDIA ANALYTICS/Viacom/NYC: Monitor/report/analyst performance of content across VIMN properties on digital media platforms, primarily social incl reporting and analysis across all key performance metrics. Exp providing digital/social research analytics and data to senior partners. Full info HERE (4/18)

EXECUTIVE/PERSONAL ASSISTANT/OFFICE MGR
/TWO CATS TV/NYC: Support Sr. Producer and overall office in small prodco. Phones, filing, supplies, calendars, inventory, bookkeeping, shipping, payroll. Some travel. Must be able to drive crew van in NYC. WORD/EXCEL a must. 2+ yrs. exp. Resume and cover letter [email protected] (4/17)

 
SOCIAL MEDIA PRODUCER/Fox News Channel/NYC: Help produce content for all of our social media platforms. Team player with a positive attitude a must & comfortable working under pressure in a fast-paced envir. Your passion for news is bar none! Exc writing skills & 3+ yrs of exp in news, TV or web. Full info HERE (4/17)


PROGRAM PLANNING COORDINATOR
/Discovery Inc/NYC: Responsibilities include gathering, entering and disseminating scheduling materials. Assist the Program Planning team in maintaining programming schedules and timeliness of program delivery.  2 yr exp in area of responsibility. Full info HERE (4/17)


ACCOUNT SERVICES REP
/Weigel NTWRKS/CHI – Responsible for maintaining all aspects of account management for the Chicago advertising sales team and providing timely and accurate info to the sales team and to the client. BA deg or previous media exp pref’d.  MS PP, Excel, word exp a must. Full info HERE (4/16)


VIDEO PRODUCER
/SYFY WIRE/NYC: Resp for the creative ideation & execution of longform & shortform video content across all platforms SYFY WIRE, SYFY’s genre news & lifestyle brand. Take projects from dvlpmnt thru post-prod. Support one-off creative needs as they arise. Own prod process, mng projects. 3+ yrs related exp. Full info HERE (4/16)


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 (4/13)

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 (4/13)

SALES-MARKETING COORD
/AMERICAN TARGET NETWORK/NY:
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] (4/13)

 
WHAT’S ON TONIGHT – MONDAY APRIL 8
ABC: American Idol, The Fix
CBS: The Big Bang Theory, Capital One Championship Central, 2019 NCAA Basketball Tournament
CW: DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Arrow
FOX: The Resident, 9-1-1  
NBC: The Voice, The Enemy Within
PBS: Antiques Roadshow, Antiques Roadshow, Independent Lens
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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