04/29/15: New CBS reality series puts generosity – and greed – to the test; Showtime docs get big-screen premieres; The Weather Company regroups



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04.29.15

Good morning. It’s Wednesday April 29, 2015, and this is your first early morning briefing.

Tonight’s Premieres:
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Cooking: Tia Mowry at Home at 9p
HBO: The Casual Vacancy at 8p
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Science: Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman at 10p
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Food: Mystery Diners at 9:30p


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To be generous, or not to be generous? That’s the question on upcoming CBS reality show The Briefcase, which asks families in need to decide whether or not to share a $101,000 windfall with another family in challenging circumstances. The show from 25/7 Productions is “an emotional roller coaster ride with a shocking ending each week,” promises creator and exec producer Dave Broome (The Biggest Loser). Premiere date: Wednesday, May 27 at 8p.

IN THE NEWS

Primetime C3 ratings for 1Q15 were down about 10 percent versus last year, according to a report from Sanford C. Bernstein. And analyst Todd Juenger warned that stuffing more advertising into programming to produce near-term ad revenue “risks further pushing away viewers and reducing advertiser ROI.” But the report notes that while some networks’ ad loads increased by over 5 percent, Fox, Time Warner, Discovery and Scripps Networks Interactive actually had decreased ad loads versus year-ago.

For the first time in its history, Showtime is bringing two films to theaters, under the new Showtime Documentary Films banner. Listen to Me Marlon, charting the life and career of Marlon Brando, and Prophet’s Prey, a look inside the world of cult leader Warren Jeffs and the FLDS, will roll out in theaters nationally before their TV premieres.

The Weather Company formed a new, integrated television division, The Weather Channel Television Group, covering programming, distribution, broadcast operations, video technology and addressable TV advertising platforms. Dave Shull, most recently chief commercial officer and EVP at DISH Network, will lead the division as Group President, reporting to CEO David Kenny. “The landscape is changing and we are evolving with it,” said Kenny. “This new structure is what we need to win.”

Bounce TV announced a 17-city comedy tour, Off the Chain Live!, based on its stand-up comedy show. Series host Rodney Perry will headline all performances, starting April 29 in Charlotte, NC.

Eighty percent of Millennials are likely to watch a TV show if they’ve watched a promo shared with them online, according to a new study from video ad tech company Unruly, versus 66 percent of average TV viewers. But the demo is 10 percent less likely to share TV promo content than the average viewer, possibly because TV marketers aren’t creating content that resonates with Millennials. “We may be in a Golden Age of television content, but the way TV networks are currently promoting their shows to new viewers is missing the mark on digital and social media,” asserts Scott Button, CEO of Unruly. “Audience fragmentation, ad avoidance and social discovery are all powerful forces for disruption.” Access the full report here.


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PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT

Viola Davis (How to Get Away With Murder) is onboard an untitled project for HBO from Amblin TV based on biography Bound for the Promised Land, about Harriet Tubman. Davis will play the abolitionist, as well as serve as an exec producer. Kirk Ellis (John Adams) writes.

USA picked up a pilot for Paradise Pictures, set in 1940s Hollywood. Period drama is written and exec produced by Suits writer Rick Muirragui and exec produced by Suits creator/exec producer Aaron Korsh.

Scout Comics & Entertainment announced its summer 2015 formation as a multi-media entertainment company, touting itself as “the leading film and television content company for the comic book industry.” Debut title: Solarman, a reboot of the 1989 Marvel comic book written by Stan Lee, for all platforms.

UPFRONTS UPDATE

IFC is heading into client meetings this Upfront season with a good story to tell: the channel is enjoying its fourth consecutive year of double-digit growth, up 18 percent in 2014, according to Sales SVP Vanessa Benfield. “This year’s presentation has unlocked a lot of early RFP’s,” says Benfield. "We try harder.”

In addition to brand integrations, IFC is also offering clients custom interstitial stunts and pod-busting adjacencies to fit a range of messages and budgets.Yesterday, IFC announced its newest original, Gigi’s Bucket List, starring David Krumholtz (Numb3rs) as a 76-year-old widow who gains a new lease on life thanks to an unknown bank account in her husband’s will. “This character has been living inside me since birth,” said Krumholtz. “Friends have often accused me of acting like a grandma.” The comedy, produced by Grandma’s House of Entertainment with Krumholtz among the exec producers, starts shooting in June in LA for a 2015 premiere.

Gigi’s Bucket List joins signature IFC comedies Portlandia, Maron and Comedy Bang! Bang! on a net where humor is clearly its sweet spot. “Comedy is like rock music used to be,” comments EVP Marketing Blake Callaway. “You hear people talk about the comics they follow on Twitter in the way they used to talk about who they listen to.”

COMING UP

Bravo hits the North Shore of Long Island for Secrets and Wives, premiering Tuesday, June 2 at 10p.  New reality series from Haymaker follows a tight-knit group of women navigating new marriages, second (and third) divorces and empty nests.

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Atlanta-set hair salon reality show Cutting It: In the ATL premieres Thursday, May 21 at 10p. WE tv promises “a wild season of dos, disses and divas.”

Headline speakers for the RTS Cambridge Convention 2015, UK’s biennial gathering of broadcast execs, include David Abraham, CEO, Channel 4; Philippe Dauman, President and CEO of Viacom; Tony Hall, Director-General of the BBC; Michael Lombardo, HBO’s President of Programming; Josh Sapan, President and CEO of AMC Networks; Sharon White, CEO of Ofcom and David Zaslav, President and CEO of Discovery Communications. Event takes place September 16-18.

Animated comedy Golan the Insatiable landed a Sunday summer slot on Fox. The series, which  originally ran in 15-minute segments on the net’s Animated Domination HD late night Saturday block, premieres May 31 at 9:30p. Rob Riggle (Modern Family) and Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation) lead a new voice cast.

WGN America is bingeing on How I Met Your Mother, starting with a “Cinco de Madre” marathon Friday, May 1 at 8p, followed by a “Why I Love My Mother” marathon over Mother’s Day Weekend, “Week of Stars” marathon Wednesday, May 13 through Friday, May 15 and “Mother Loving Trivia Week,” offering prizes including a trip to NYC, Wednesday, May 27 through Friday, May 29.

Oxygen is partnering with NBCUniversal’s FLUENCY Productions for the TV debut of bilingual romantic comedy Ana Maria in Novela Land, about a young woman who wakes up inside the telenovela she’s obsessed with. “Oxygen and FLUENCY share the same passion for telling optimistic and compelling stories that reflect a diverse, vibrant-minded audience,” said Rod Aissa, Oxygen EVP, programming and development. “We are constantly looking for new and unique content that resonates with our viewers.”

RETURNING SHOWS

 
History’s American Pickers are back Wednesday, May 6 at 9p. In the opener, Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys eyes a vintage Chet Atkin’s Gretsch guitar.

Season six of Spike TV’s Ink Master launches Tuesday, June 23 at 10p, with eighteen tattoo artists competing for $100,000 and an editorial feature in Inked.

VH1 renewed Barely Famous for season two. The reality TV spoof starring sisters Erin and Sara Foster is slated to start its second run in 2016.

Disney Junior ordered season two of Miles From Tomorrowland. The animated series is the year’s top show among preschool nets in total viewers, kids 2-5 and boys 2-5. Look for more shelves of Tomorrowland toys and items to hit mass retailers this summer.

Lucky Dog, part of CBS’s Dream Team…It’s Epic! weekend lineup, will be back for the 2015-2016 season – more good news for the show. When Brandon McMillan was announced Outstanding Lifestyle/Travel/Children’s Series Host at the Daytime Emmys, he tells Cynopsis, “I swear I thought I was dreaming. All of us who work on Lucky Dog make sure we pour our blood, sweat and tears in this show day after day.”

BRANDS AND ADVERTISING

State Farm will be title sponsor for the eighth consecutive year for Telemundo’s 2015 Billboard Latin Music Awards, airing Thursday, April 30 at 7p. Sponsorship will include in-show integrations on the red carpet and main show, with the Latin Pop Song of the Year award presented in a “unique format that truly highlights the brand’s neighborly spirit.” Pepsi returns as beverage sponsor and Target as retail sponsor. Other sponsors include Garnier Fructis, Mars Chocolate North America, Sprint and Toyota.

How to best align cross-platform metrics? Joe Abruzzo, EVP and Chief Exploration Officer at Havas Media, has some solutions in the new Cynsiders.

Comics legend Stan Lee, veteran of cameos in Marvel movies, stars in a spot for Audi in which he teaches Kevin Smith, Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Tara Reid (Sharknado) about the art of cameo acting. “I didn’t get to be the world’s greatest cameo actor overnight,” says Lee. “It took years of hard work.” Smith also directs. Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters May 1.

Home & Family’s second annual home improvement sweepstakes, “Renew-it-All,” will highlight key sponsors Lumber Liquidators and Mattress Firm with custom “how-to” vignettes and integrations. Six-week contest on Hallmark Channel launches May 1.


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RATINGS

Dr. Phil had the top talk spot to itself, holding steady at 3.1 while Live With Kelly & Michael dipped 10 percent to take a solid second place 2.8.

As its host faced critics who questioned his medical advice, Dr. Oz dropped 30 percent from last year to 1.4 the week of April 13, the largest annual decline of any syndicated talker.

E! delivered year on year primetime growth in April 2015, including finishing up 29 percent among A18-49. The growth marks E!’s most-watched delivery in primetime in the demo since August 2014.

A total of 5.3 million viewers P2+, including 3.3 million live viewers, watched Velocity’s telecasts of the 13th Annual Barrett-Jackson from Friday, April 17 through Sunday, April 19. On Sunday, real-time coverage from noon-5p made Velocity the number one net among M25-54 and M18-49 in networks with less than 80 million subscribers.

The launch of new TBS comedy Your Family Or Mine delivered a combined audience of 2.7 million viewers in Live+7 delivery for its April 7 premiere and encores, with 1.3 million A18-49 and 581,000 A18-34. Across TBS’s television, digital and mobile platforms, the show has reached 5.2 million viewers for its series premiere.

TNT‘s spring launch of Cold Justice drew a combined audience of 2.4 million viewers in Live+7 delivery for its April 10 premiere and encore. That includes 1.0 million A25-54 and 829,000 A18-49.

The season finale of Discovery’s Dual Survival delivered a series high among key demos that included total viewers P2+ (2.3 million), P18-49 (1.12 rating), W25-54 (.95) and W18-49 (.85) in L+3. The series also grew both its women and men ratings by double digits since the season premiere. 

Childrens Hospital ranked as basic cable’s number one program in its midnight Friday time slot among A18-24,18-34 and A18-49 and M18-34 and M18-49, charting double-digit delivery gains versus the prior week’s premiere among all key adults and men.

Part one of TV One’s R&B Divas LA Reunion special premieres and encores had a combined reach of 1.3 Million total viewers P2+ on April 22. The episode delivered .74 HH (422,000), 1.05 W25-54 (315,000) and .59 P25-54 (345,000). Part two airs tonight at 10p.

ABC’s World News Tonight ranked first for the week of April 20 in total viewers for the fourth consecutive week, and topped the A18-49 demo for the fifth week. Versus last week, the newscast is up 4 percent in viewers, 15 percent in A25-54 and 12 percent among A18-49.

Broadcast Evening News Shows-Weekly Average Ratings (week of April 20, 2015)
ABC:
World News Tonight 8.219 million total viewers; 1.7/7 and 2.053 million A25-54
NBC: Nightly News 8.097 million total viewers; 1.6/7 and 1.873 million A25-54
CBS: Evening News 6.819 million total viewers; 1.3/5 and 1.528 million A25-54
Source: Nielsen, NTI Total Viewers and A25-54 Live+SD

Top 12 Broadcast Programs among A18-49 rating/share for the week of April 20, 2015
CBS:
Big Bang Theory 3.6/13
ABC: Modern Family 3.0/9
ABC: Grey’s Anatomy 2.8/10
NBC: The Voice (Tues.) 2.6/9
NBC: The Voice (Mon.) 2.6/8
CBS: Survivor 2.4/7
ABC: Scandal 2.3/7
CBS: Scorpion 2.2/6
ABC: Dancing With the Stars 2.1/6
CBS: 2 Broke Girls 2.1/7
ABC: The Goldbergs 2.1/7
ABC: black-ish 2.1/6
Source: Nielsen Media Research, Galaxy Explorer, Live + SD Data

Top 11 M-F Syndicate Strip Series for the week of April 13 ranked in order of HH Rtg
Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.6AA
Jeopardy (CTD) 6.6AA
Judge Judy (CTD) 6.4AA
Family Feud (2/T) 6.1AA
Big Bang Theory (WB) 5.2AA
Modern Family (2/T) 3.5 AA
Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 3.3AA
Dr. Phil (CTD) 3.1AA
Inside Edition (CTD) 3.0AA
Live With Kelly & Michael (DAD) 2.8AA
Two and a Half Men (WB) 2.8AA
Source: Nielsen Media Research

Top 13 M-F Syndicate Strip Series for the week of April 13 ranked in order of A18-49 Rtg
Big Bang Theory (WB) 2.3AA
Modern Family (2/T) 1.9AA
Family Feud (2/T) 1.8AA
Family Guy (2/T) 1.6AA
Judge Judy (CTD) 1.4AA
How I Met Your Mother (2/T) 1.4AA
Jeopardy (CTD) 1.3AA
Two and a Half Men (WB) 1.2AA
Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 1.2AA
Cleveland Show (2/T) 1.0AA
TMZ (WB) 1.0AA
Seinfeld (SPT) 1.0AA
Mike & Molly (WB) 1.0AA
Source: Nielsen Media Research

Top Ten Basic Cable Networks Live + 7 Performance among A18-49 for the week of: 4/6/15
Primetime (000)/Total Prog. Day (000)
USA 738
/ADSM* 731
ADSM 710/USA 412
TBSC 666/NICK 406
DISC 584/NAN* 389
MTV 570/TOON 351
HIST 562/ESPN 335
FX 556/TBSC 317
BRAV 542/TNT 297
A&E 541/DSNY 290
AAMC 539/HGTV 288
Source: Turner Research from The Nielsen Company data. All ratings based on Total US Television Universe of 116,400,000 homes. * + Network broadcasts less than 51% of minutes in a 24 hour day. Notes: Data based on most currently available Nielsen Data stream; Final: Live+7. Primetime is Mon-Sat 8p-11p and Sun 7p-11p. Total day is Mon-Sun 6a-6a for household and demographic performances.

Top Ten Basic Cable Networks Live + 7 Performance among Total Viewers for the week of: 4/6/15
Primetime (000)/Total Prog. Day (000)
USA 1724/
NICK 1365
HIST 1644/ADSM* 1263
DSNY 1581/DSNY 1209
FOXN 1494/TOON 1155
TBSC 1387/USA 988
TNT 1374/FOXN 949
HGTV 1359/NAN* 822
ADSM 1351/TNT 815
ESPN 1318/HGTV 812
DISC 1310/HIST 734
Source: Turner Research from The Nielsen Company data. All ratings based on Total US Television Universe
116,400,000 homes. * + Network broadcasts less than 51% of minutes in a 24 hour day. Notes: Data based on most currently available Nielsen Data stream; Final: Live+7. Primetime is Mon-Sat 8p-11p and Sun 7p-11p. Total day is Mon-Sun 6a-6a for household and demographic performance.

Top Ten Basic Cable Programs Live + 7 Performance among A18-49 for the week of: 4/6/15
Better Call Saul (AMC) 3536
WWE Entertainment (USA) 2148
Love & Hip Hop (VH1) 2100
Vikings (HIST) 2092
Teen Mom (MTV) 2067
The Real Housewives of Atlanta (BRAV) 2044
Keeping Up withthe Kardashians (E) 2042
Lip Sync Battle (SPK) 1944
WWE Entertainment (USA) 1937
Bates Motel (A&E) 1828
Source: Turner Research from The Nielsen Company data. All ratings based on Total US Television Universe 116,400,000 homes. Notes: Data based on most currently available Nielsen Data stream; Final: Live+7.

Monday A18-49 Analysis: NBC won the most A18-49 viewers Monday with 2.1/7, according to final primetime ratings from Nielsen. NBC’s The Voice led at 8p with 2.5/8, followed by 1.9/6 for ABC’s Dancing With the Stars. NBC’s Voice kept the lead at 9p with 2.7/8, versus 2.1/6 for ABC’s Dancing. CBS’s NCIS: Los Angeles and Telemundo’s Senor de los Cielos tied for first at 10p with 1.4/4 each.

A18-49: NBC 2.1/7, ABC 1.7/5, CBS 1.4/4, FOX 1.4/4, UNI .9/3, TELE .7/2, CW .5/1, ION .3/1

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Monday, April 27, 2015 time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated.
ABC: 7.6/12
Dancing With the Stars 8.5/14, Castle 5.7/10
NBC: 5.4/9
The Voice 6.5/10, Night Shift 3.3/6
CBS: 4.4/7
2 Broke Girls 4.2/7, Mike & Molly 4.5/7, Stalker 3.7/6, NCIS: Los Angeles 5.0/9
FOX: 2.5/4
Gotham 2.9/5, The Following 2.2/3
UNIVISION: 1.4/2
Amores con Trampa 1.3/2, Hasta Fin del Mundo 1.6/3, Que te Perdone Dios…Yo No 1.3/2
TELEMUNDO: 0.9/1
Avenida Brasil .7/1, Tierra de Reyes 0.7/1, Senor de los Cielos 1.4/2
ION: .7/1
Criminal Minds 0.7/1, Criminal Minds .8/1, Criminal Minds .7/1
CW: 0.7/1
The Originals .7/1, Jane the Virgin .7/1

Sunday A18-49 Analysis: ABC won the most A18-49 viewers Sunday with 1.5/5, according to final primetime ratings from Nielsen. ABC’s America’s Funniest Home Videos topped 7p with 1.5/5, versus 1.1/4 for CBS’s 60 Minutes. ABC maintained the lead at 8p with 1.7/5 for Once Upon a Time, followed by 1.5/4 for Fox’s The Simpsons and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Secrets and Lies held onto its ABC lead-in’s 1.7/5 to hold steady at the top, versus an average 1.5/4 for Fox’s Family Guy and Last Man on Earth. ABC’s Revenge made it a clean sweep at 10p with 1.0/3; Univision’s Premios TV was second with .9/3.

A18-49: ABC 1.5/5, FOX 1.3/4, UNI 1.1/4, CBS 1.0/3, NBC .9/3, TELE .7/2, ION .2/1

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Sunday, April 26, 2015 time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated.
CBS: 5.8/10
60 Minutes 6.7/12, Madam Secretary 6.7/11, The Good Wife 5.8/9, Battle Creek 3.9/7
ABC: 3.3/6
America’s Funniest Home Videos 3.4/6, Once Upon a Time 3.1/5, Secrets and Lies 3.7/6, Revenge 3.0/5
NBC: 3.3/6
Dateline 4.0/7, A.D.: The Bible Continues 3.5/6, American Odyssey 1.8/3
FOX: 1.6/3
The Simpsons [r] 1.0/2, Bob’s Burgers [r] 1.2/2, The Simpsons 2.0/3, Brooklyn Nine-Nine 1.7/3, Family Guy 1.8/3, Last Man On Earth 2.0/3
UNIVISION: 1.3/2
LIGA Mix Super Clasic 1.3/2, Premios TV 1.2/2
TELEMUNDO: 0.7/1
Voz Kids 1.1/2, Suelta la Sopa Extra .5/1
ION: 0.5/1
The Kingdon .5/1, A Man Apart .5/1

Saturday A18-49 Analysis: NBC won the most A18-49 viewers Saturday with .8/3, according to final primetime ratings from Nielsen. ABC was first at 8p with .7/3 for Toy Story 3, followed by .5/3 for NBC’s NHL Playoffs. Hockey topped 9p with .7/3 and .9/3 in the half hours, followed closely by ABC’s movie, earning .7/3 and .8/3. The NHL on NBC ruled at 10p with 1.1/4, versus .8/3 for ABC’s Shark Tank and CBS’s 48 Hours.

A18-49: NBC .8/3, ABC .7/3, CBS .6/3, UNI .6/2, FOX .2/1, ION .2/1, TELE .2/1

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Saturday, April 25, 2015 time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated.
CBS: 2.7/5
Crimetime Saturday [r] 2.3/4, Crimetime Saturday [r] 2.4/4, 48 Hours 3.4/6
ABC: 1.6/3
Toy Story 1.5/3, Shark Tank [r] 1.8/3
NBC: 1.4/3
NHL Playoffs 1.4/3
FOX: .5/1
Backstrom [r] .6/1, Sleepy Hollow [r] .4/1
UNIVISION: 1.0/2
Sabado Gigante 1.0/2
ION: 0.9/1
Criminal Minds 1.0/2, Criminal Minds 0.8/1, Criminal Minds 0.8/1
TELEMUNDO: 0.3/1
Detras de la Fama .3/1, Futbol Estelar Pachuca .2/0


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Last week when we asked the question, "What’s the newest or most overused phrase you’ve heard in meetings lately?” We didn’t realize that this would turn into a two part question. So we ended up with double the responses for double the fun. Take a look…

Newest…

  • “Comers" because that’s what they call their audiencecomers.” Tom Ascheim, President, ABC Family
  • “Brand cuffs. When clients and their agencies give you too many constraints.” Jamie Weissenborn, CRO, Machinima
  • “Mosovid: Mobile social video. I just made that up and I hope it catches on.” Jesse Redniss, CEO, BRaVE Ventures.

Overused…

  • “We want meaningful integration rather than simple product placement.” Or “We want NBDB” or “We want to own the XXXX category” Freddy James, SVP, Strategic Planning and Programming Integration, HGTV
  • “Hyper” as an adjective, like “hyper-targeted.” A more appropriate term is “effectively.” Michael Eastwood, Senior Digital Planner at MEC
  • “Television is dying.” Shannon Driver, SVP Marketing & Creative Services, Scripps Networks Interactive
  • “A long, drawn-out "So…" at the beginning of a sentence.” Rob Friedman, SVP, Programming & Scheduling, SundanceTV.

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EXECUTIVE MOVES

Fuse Media promoted Sharoan R. Harris to Senior Vice President of Pricing and Planning. Most recently, Harris served as Vice President of Pricing and Planning.

KBS named Jennifer Hohman Global Chief Marketing Officer. Hohman joins KBS from IPG.

IN MEMORIAM

Actor and former Entertainment Tonight correspondent Paul Ryan died April 23 of leukemia. He was 69. In addition to conducting celebrity interviews for ET, Ryan had credits on numerous shows, including Night Court, Murder, She Wrote and Bewitched.

Partridge Family cast member Suzanne Crough died April 27. She was 52. Crough, who played youngest Partridge daughter Tracy, also had roles on 1970s shows including Wonder Woman and Mulligan’s Stew. In a 2010 Partridge Family reunion on the Today Show, Crough said she had left show business and was working as an office manager.



This Day in History: 1992 Rioting after four LA police officers were acquitted on almost all charges in the beating of Rodney King resulted in 54 deaths and $1 billion in damage.

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: Under what name did Hal run a pirate radio station on Malcolm in the Middle (2000-2006)? Kid Charlemagne. Kudos to: Rev. Mark Wajda/Leesburg, FL, Paul Blutter-Walk and Talk Production Rentals/Burbank, Lindsay Garber-Splash Entertainment/Woodland Hills, CA, Ken DuBow-Lightning Entertainment/Beverly Hills, David Westberg-SAG-AFTRA/LA.

Today’s Trivia Question: Which 1970s sitcom featured a bachelor who worked at the lost-and-found department of a bus company? (Email trivia@cynopsis.com with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and time zone. Unofficial rules: Only the second four correct answers from each time zone will be mentioned; and once you’ve been mentioned in any of the Cynopsis editions, you can’t be mentioned again that calendar week.).
 
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JOB OPENING: PUBLICIST/HGTV&DIY Network/NYC: Plan/execute PR campaigns forseries & talent. 2-4 years PR/Journalism exp required. Strong writing & verbal skills a must. Cable ntwk & lifestyle media exp a plus. Great opportunity! Full info/Apply HERE (5/4)

JOB OPENNG: MGR, DIST. AFFILIATE MKTG/GSN/Santa Monica: 5 yrs. exp. Cble or TV pref’d. Define, dvlp/implement mktg. activities & resources, project mgmt. for mktg. campaigns, budget, BA deg req. Photoshop/Creative for sales presentations pref’d. Send res/CL HERE (5/1)

JOB OPENNG: DIR, RESEARCH/ESTRELLA TV/NYC: Lead design/execution/analysis/solutions for all sales, affiliate aud tracking & measurement, prgrmng, digital & mktg rsrch efforts; Work w/exec mngmnt to provide high quality & strategic recos & analysis. Send res HERE (5/1)

JOB OPENING: SR DIRECTOR, PRESS & COMMUNICATIONS/Nickelodeon/LA: Seeking Comm/PR Dir w/7+ Yrs of Kids TV exp. Develop Comm/Press strategies for Live-Action Nick Shows. Read More & apply HERE (4/30)

JOB OPENING: DIRECTOR, WEST COAST MEDIA SALES/BET/LA: Player/coach leader for WC Ad Sales team, TV, Digital, Mobile, 8+ yr media exp in TV, advertising or with a brand. Full info apply HERE (4/30)

JOB OPENING: DIRECTOR, ENTERPRISE METADATA/SNI/Knoxville: Lead centralized operations team resp for producing & mngng media metadata to enable the retrieval, reuse & discovery of digital assets. Strong kwldg of brdcst &/or cable, media mngmnt. Resume HERE (4/30)

JOB OPENING: DIRECTOR, ACCOUNT MANAGEMENT/RENTRAK/NYC: Lead/guide & structure the Acct Mngmnt Ntwk team. Exp working for TV ntwrk pref’d, or directly w/TV networks. Min 3 yrs acct mngmt exp w/2 yrs exp working w/direct reports. Full job info/apply HERE (4/30)

JOB OPENING: MNGNG EDITOR/NBCNEW.COM/NYC: Work closely with the digital EP to help supervise a team of news editors, setting daily coverage priorities and planning longer-term enterprise. Apply HERE (4/30)

JOB OPENING: RESOURCE SCHEDULER/FOX SPORTS/STAMFORD: work Prod Mgrs to insure crews & facilities are procured for each remote. Process payroll, approve invoices provide on-site supervision. Apply HERE (4/30)

JOB OPENING: SALES ASST, DIRECT RESPONSE/Crown Media Family Networks/NY: Provide sales support for Direct Response team for Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. BA deg req’d. Apply HERE (4/30)

JOB OPENING: RESEARCH ANALYST/CROWN MEDIA FAMILY NETWORKS/NY: Track & analyze reports using various systems incl Nielsen. Mkt analysis & MRI reports. Cable and brdcst TV knowledge. BS req & Min 2 yrs exp. Exc verbal/written comm skills. Apply HERE (4/30)

JOB OPENING: MANAGER, PRODUCT DEV & OPS/A+E Networks/NY: Manage fulfillment & product development efforts for distribution of A+E content through affiliate-operated TV Everywhere platforms including websites & mobile apps. Full Info/Apply HERE (4/30)

CASTING CALL: Companies can showcase their casting notices/casting calls here. For information on rates and specs for posting a casting notice, please email Trish at [email protected]

EXPERT SERVICES ADS: These ads are for companies or people who offer an expertise in the field of media by way of production, voice over artistry, writing, set development, etc. For information on rates and specs for posting an Expertise Service ad email Trish at [email protected]

INTERNSHIPS – These positions are for credit only – nobody gets paid here. These ads are always posted for free, and students work for school credit only. For more information on the specs for posting an Internship ad, email Trish at [email protected].

SITUATION WANTED ADS, POSTED BY THOSE LOOKING TO BE HIRED… There is no charge for placing your Situation Wanted ad… for more information contact Trish Pihonak at [email protected]

Are you looking for a job? Post your Situation Wanted Ad here — Email [email protected] for specs.

E-mail [email protected] or call Trish Pihonak at 203-899-8459 for rates and specs for Job Openings.


WHAT’S ON TONIGHT – WEDNESDAY APRIL 29, 2015


ABC: The Middle, The Goldbergs, Modern Family, black-ish, Nashville
CBS: Survivor, Criminal Minds, CSI: Cyber
CW: Arrow, Supernatural
FOX: American Idol
NBC: Chicago Fire [r], Chicago PD, Law & Order; SVU 
PBS: Nature, NOVA [r], Super Skyscrapers [r]
Telemundo: Avenida Brasil, Tierra de Reyes, El Senor de los Cielos 
Univision: Amores con Trampa, Hasta el Fin del Mundo, Que te perdones Dios…Yo No

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