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Good morning. It’s Wednesday May 6, 2015, and this is your first early morning briefing.

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TLC: I Still Didn’t Know I Was Pregnant at 9p, Labor Games at 10p
truTV: Fake Off at 10p
TV One: Keasha’s Perfect Dress at 10p

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CBS: Criminal Minds at 9p
Pop: Schitt’s Creek at 10p


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Syfy and Amblin Entertainment are reteaming to develop Aldous Huxley classic Brave New World as a scripted series for Syfy. Previously, Syfy and Amblin collaborated on Steven Spielberg Presents: Taken, which won a 2003 Emmy for Best Miniseries. Net president Dave Howe said the project promises to be “a monumental television event…precisely the groundbreaking programming that is becoming the hallmark of Syfy.” Universal Cable Productions will serve as the studio.


Former NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw’s fight against cancer will be the focus of a Dateline special tomorrow, May 7 at 10p. Brokaw opens up about his challenges since being diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a treatable but incurable blood cancer that he announced in December is in remission. Brokaw’s new book, “A Lucky Life, Interrupted: A Memoir of Hope” has a May 12 release date.

USA launched on Apple TV, the first of the NBCUniversal sibs to take a bite after the launch of NBC Sports Live Extra. It’s “part of our ongoing strategy to reach consumers on all platforms,” said USA SVP of digital, Jeffrey Kaufman. The move comes ahead of the launch of the net’s summer slate, including thriller Complications, bowing Thursday, June 18 at 9p and hacker drama Mr. Robot, launching Wednesday, June 24 at 10p.

Discovery Communications reported revenue was up nine percent in 1Q15 versus year ago, with 10 percent growth internationally and 6 percent in the U.S. Said president and CEO David Zaslav, “2015 is off to a great start, as our strategy of investing in and owning world-class content… continues to drive operating momentum.” Zaslav also let slip that the company is taking a fresh approach in Turkey. “It doesn’t have enough pay-TV, so that’s a market where we’re going free-to-air as well as pay,” said Zaslav. “We think we’ll get pretty meaningful, incremental value from that.”

A day after Al Jazeera America issued press release in which CEO Ehab Al Shihabi called reports about intolerance and gender bias “absurd,” senior vice president of outreach Marcy McGinnis resigned. Saying in an email that Shihabi reminded senior staff that if they could not support the decisions of the network they would be “welcome to leave,” McGinnis explained, “I find myself at that crossroads now and so have decided to resign.”

TLC brings its “Say Yes to the Prom” tour to LA today. Monte Durham, star of the net’s Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta will host the day’s events, designed to build courage and self-confidence in young women, at the BCBG corporate headquarters. Joyce Azria, Creative Director for BCBGeneration, and Edwina Findley Dickerson, star of OWN’s If Loving You Is Wrong, will also be on hand.


Addressing head-on what could have been an elephant in the room, Comcast chairman/CEO Brian Roberts said during the opening session his company is totally over the failed merger with Time Warner Cable. “We are really moving on,” he said, accentuating his point by showing a video of an explosion scene from Furious 7 as part of a demo of new voice controls for the X1 operating system.
Quote of the day goes to Julie Piepenkotter, EVP, research, at FX Networks, who said today’s lagging measurement data leads to what she calls “datagasm.” Noting overnight ratings no longer tell the story, she said, “We start seeing the viewership pouring in through DVR” and other time-shifted viewing and say, “Oh, there it is… it just took a while to get there.” 


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Shonda Rimes and Betsy Beers (Scandal) are partnering with Dee Rees (Pariah) to develop a limited series for FX, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Based on The Warmth of Other Suns, a nonfiction study by Isabel Wilkerson, the series would track the 1915-1970 exodus of six million black citizens from the South. Rimes and Beers are exec producing through Shondaland; the project is a co-production between FX Productions and ABC Signature.

Universal Cable Productions and Gale Anne Hurd’s Valhalla Entertainment (The Walking Dead) renewed their exclusive pod deal.“Universal Cable Productions is proud to renew its partnership with Valhalla Entertainment,” said Jeff Wachtel, president & chief content officer, NBCU Cable. “Gale is a powerhouse with a passion for making great content. Her taste is impeccable, and the scope of her projects matches up beautifully with where television is heading.”

E! picked up two unscripted shows, docu-series Just Jillian, following fitness hound Jillian Michaels (The Biggest Loser), and pop culture comedy series The Comment Section, hosted by comedian Michael Kosta. Just Jillian comes from All3Media America and Empowered Media and is slated for an early 2016 premiere; Comment Section is exec produced by Joel McHale (The Soup) under his deal with E!.

Alex Cary (Homeland) is moving from 20th Century Fox Television to Universal Television with a two-year overall deal. Cary, a former Special Forces operative, “has a muscular tone and energy to his writing and has experience in both broadcast and cable,” said Universal TV EVP Bela Bajaria. “He has a unique point of view.”

Production began Tuesday in Pittsburgh on WGN America’s Outsiders. New drama from Sony Pictures Television and Tribune Studios Productions is slated for a 2016 debut.

Asylum Entertainment and Pilgrim Studios have teamed to produce sports documentary series Planet Sport (wt). Each episode will focus on a universal sporting theme (fear, rivalry, endurance). “This series will do for sports what series like Planet Earth did for nature,” predicted Pilgrim’s Craig Piligian.


Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries continue the Crown Media Family Networks tradition of Christmas in July with 24/7 holiday-themed programming from Friday, July3 through Sunday, July 12. Stunt includes original holiday movies, classics and fan faves.

Comedy We Bare Bears premieres on Cartoon Network in July. Produced by Cartoon Network Studios, series about three bear siblings was created by Daniel Chong (Toy Story of Terror).

Boy band One Direction visit one of their “best mates,” host James Corden, on CBS’s Late Late Show Thursday, May 14. Teases Liam Payne, “We are currently working on a few surprises.”

NBCU horror net Chiller unveiled new 2015-2016 programming, including its first original series, Slasher, developed and produced by Shaftsbury in association with Chiller and Super Channel. Slasher is the first installment in a horror/murder mystery anthology. Also on the way: original movies Lifeforce (Diversion3), following astronauts who encounter a derelict alien spacecraft, and Siren (Collective Digital Studios), about a bachelor party-turned-fight for survival.

Conan O’Brien will host original episodes of his TBS late nighter Wednesday, July 8 through Saturday, July 11 from San Diego during Comic Con.

Four female preachers ready to “pass on their gift of talking to God” are the subject of Lifetime docu-series Preach, bowing on Lifetime Friday, June 5 at 10p. CORE Media Group produces.

Environmental investigative series Earth Focus uncovers the devastating effects of the illegal ivory trade in special installment “Illicit Ivory,” premiering on KCET in SoCal on Wednesday, May 27 at 8:30p, and nationwide on May 28 at 9p on Link TV. The broadcast is the result of a partnership between KCETLink Media Group, the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Los Angeles Zoo.

TV One and the NAACP set a date for the 47th NAACP Image Awards (pre-show and red carpet included): Friday, February 5, 2016. Submissions open Monday, August 24.

Bridal fashion series Keasha’s Perfect Dress, from Peace Point Entertainment, launches with back-to-back eps tonight at 10p on TV One. Bridal expert Keasha Rigsby has cred, as a longtime consultant for the famed Kleinfeld Bridal Salon in NYC, setting for TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress.


Street Outlaws takes its “Motor Mondays” position May 18 at 9p on Discovery. The racing reality show’s season four finale delivered over 3 million viewers P2+.

Season two of Oxygen’s Sisterhood of Hip Hop debuts Tuesday, June 9 at 9p. Exec producer and Grammy winner T.I. appears alongside mentors and friends including T-Pain, Tank, Da Brat and Funkmaster Flex, among others, as the female MCs hit LA.

Hallmark Channel’s Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove is back for season three Saturday, July 18 at 8p. Summer drama, promising “hidden secrets, new surprises and big changes,” kicks off with a two-hour premiere.

The sixth season of ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars bows Tuesday, June 2 at 8p, following an all-day marathon starting at 12p. New series Stitchers, the net’s first procedural, kicks off at 9p.

The 13th and final season of Aqua Teen Hunger Force Forever launches Sunday, June 21 at midnight, with Adult Swim promising “a thick pipeline of entertainment that your Mom will hate.” (Thanks!) In the latest installment, divorce has been made illegal and the Force must shape shift to mend broken marriages… as well as prepare an unfamiliar dish as a cast of celebrity judges watch.

Coming in July on Adult Swim: sophomore runs of Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hell and Rick and Morty.

IFC renewed Comedy Bang! Bang! for a 20-episode fifth season. New eps roll out in 2016, with comedian Scott Aukerman hosting pop culture biggies in bizarre settings. “We have no idea how he does it,” said net president Jennifer Caserta, “but we’re not about to start asking questions now.”


Esquire is partnering with Buick for season three of Knife Fight, premiering Tuesday, May 26 at 10p. As a presenting sponsor, the car company will have organic in-show integration through all fifteen episodes on-air, with non-linear support digitally and socially. Short-form series Eat Like a Man will feature chefs touring Brooklyn hotspots in the Buick Encore, while exploring the car’s features. And Buick’s ready to roll. “More than forty percent of new Buick buyers today have never purchased a Buick,” says Molly Peck, Buick marketing director. “It’s because of partnerships like Esquire Network’s that we are able to reach new audiences and introduce them to the modern Buick sedans and crossovers.”


Australian crime journalist Matt Doran was named host of Crime Watch Daily. First-run syndicated series from Telepictures Productions and Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution launches in fall 2015.


TV One announced a multi-year distribution agreement with Verizon that will continue to deliver content from TV One and introduce the launch of the network’s HD Channel.

Castalia Communications signed an agreement with the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, launched in Canada in 1999, to assist in the development and distribution of a new channel aimed at the 5.2 million Native Americans throughout the US.


Josh Charles (The Good Wife) will have a major guest-starring role in season three of Masters of Sex, as a charismatic businessman in the scent industry. Period drama premieres on Showtime Sunday, July 12 at 10p.

Marton Csokas (Covert Affairs) landed a regular role on upcoming AMC martial arts drama Into the Badlands. Six-episode series is slated for a fall debut.

C. Thomas Howell (Criminal Minds) and Henry Rollins (Sons of Anarchy) are set to guest on ABC Family’s aforementioned new drama, Stitchers.


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Hallmark Movie & MysteriesMurder, She Baked: A Chocolate Chip Cookie Mystery was the most-watched movie debut in network history, with a 1.6 HH rating and 1.1 million total viewers.

NBC Nightly News was back on top among total viewers the week of April 27, for the first time in a month. ABC World News Tonight retained the A25-54 crown. Lester Holt, sitting in the NBC anchor chair as Brian Williams’ fate is being determined, reported from Baltimore during the week.

Bruce Jenner’s headline-making interview with Diane Sawyer was a boon for syndicated entertainment magazines the week ending April 26. Entertainment Tonight and Access Hollywood both rose 6 percent in Live+SD versus the week prior, to 3.4 and 1.7, respectively; Extra was up 7 percent to 1.5, and The Insider enjoyed an 8 percent boost.

Among talk shows, number one Dr. Phil was up 10 percent versus the previous week to hit 3.4, and was also the top talker among W25-54, with 1.7 (up 13 percent).

New TBS comedy Your Family Or Mine delivered a combined audience of 2.6 million viewers in Live+7 delivery for its April 14 episode and encores, including 1.3 million among A18-49 and 535,000 among A18-34. Across TBS’s multiple platforms, Your Family Or Mine is reaching an average of 5.2 million viewers per episode.

A+E Networks set anew monthly record in April with 85.6million video views, breaking the previous mark set in March. Top shows for the month were Dance Moms (Lifetime); Vikings (History); Bates Motel (A&E) and Married at First Sight (A&E/FYI).

Broadcast Evening News Shows Weekly Average Ratings (week of April 27, 2015)
Nightly News 7.726 million total viewers; 1.4/7 and 1.726 million A25-54
ABC: World News Tonight 7.687 million total viewers; 1.6/7 and 1.856 million A25-54
CBS: Evening News 6.576 million total viewers; 1.2/6 and 1.430 million A25-54
Source: Nielsen, NTI Total Viewers and A25-54 Live+SD

Top 14 Broadcast Programs among A18-49 rating/share for the week of April 27, 2015
Big Bang Theory 3.4/13
ABC: Modern Family 2.6/10
NBC: The Voice (Mon.) 2.6/8
ABC: Grey’s Anatomy 2.6/9
NBC: The Voice (Tues.) 2.2/8
CBS: Survivor 2.2/8
NBC: Law & Order: SVU 2.1/7
ABC: The Goldbergs 2.1/8
CBS: NCIS 2.0/7
ABC: Dancing With the Stars 2.0/6
CBS: The Odd Couple 2.0/7
CBS: Mom 2.0/6
ABC: The Middle 2.0/8
ABC: black-ish 2.0/6
Source: Nielsen Media Research, Galaxy Explorer, Live + SD Data

Top 10 M-F Syndicate Strip Series for the week of April 20 ranked in order of HH Rtg
Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.8AA
Jeopardy (CTD) 6.7AA
Judge Judy (CTD) 6.7AA
Family Feud (2/T) 6.2AA
Big Bang Theory (WB) 5.4AA
Modern Family (2/T) 3.4 AA
Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 3.4AA
Dr. Phil (CTD) 3.4AA
Inside Edition (CTD) 3.1AA
Live With Kelly & Michael (DAD) 3.0AA
Source: Nielsen Media Research

Top 10 M-F Syndicate Strip Series for the week of April 20 ranked in order of A18-49 Rtg
Big Bang Theory (WB) 2.5AA
Family Feud (2/T) 2.0AA
Modern Family (2/T) 1.9AA
Judge Judy (CTD) 1.6AA
Family Guy (2/T) 1.5AA
Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 1.4AA
Two and a Half Men (WB) 1.3AA
How I Met Your Mother (2/T) 1.2AA
Jeopardy (CTD) 1.2AA
Cleveland Show (2/T) 1.1AA
Source: Nielsen Media Research

Top Ten Basic Cable Networks Live + 7 Performance among A18-49 for the week of: 4/13/15
Primetime (000)/Total Prog. Day (000)
DISC 853
/ADSM* 711
TBSC 776/USA 381
USA 695/TNT 366
TNT 688/NAN* 362
ADSM 684/NICK 361
ESPN 601/TBSC 353
FX 597/ESPN 343
BRAV 582/TOON 328
A&E 527/DISC 326
HIST 473/DSNY 282
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: 4/13/15
Primetime (000)/Total Prog. Day (000)
USA 1786/
NICK 1264
DISC 1764/ADSM* 1200
FOXN 1706/DSNY 1153
DSNY 1699/USA 1012
TBSC 1671/FOXN 1011
TNT 1554/TOON 994
HIST 1434/TNT 881
HGTV 1397/NAN* 785
ADSM 1294/HGTV 778
FX 1161/DISC 707
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: 4/13/15
Teen Mom (MTV) 2275
Deadliest Catch (DISC) 2259
The Real Housewives of Atlanta (BRAV) 2220
Keeping Up With the Kardashians (E!) 2165
San Antonio/LA Clippers (TNT) 2112
Lip Sync Battle (SPK) 2059
Naked and Afraid (DISC) 2033
Bates Motel (A&E) 1964
WWE Entertainment (USA) 1959
Love & Hip Hop (VH1) 1928
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 2.0/6, according to final primetime ratings from Nielsen. NBC’s The Voice led at 8p with 2.3/8, followed by 2.0/7 for ABC’s Dancing With the Stars. NBC’s Voice kept the lead at 9p with 2.4/7, versus 1.9/6 for ABC’s Dancing. CBS special Letterman: A Life on TV won 10p with 1.5/5, followed by 1.4/4 for ABC’s Castle. 

A18-49: NBC 2.0/6, ABC 1.8/6, CBS 1.5/5, FOX 1.4/5, UNI 1.0/3, TELE .7/2, CW .5/2, ION .4/1

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Monday, May 4, 2015 time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated.
ABC: 7.2/12
Dancing With the Stars 8.1/13, Castle 5.4/9
NBC: 5.4/9
The Voice 6.3/10, Night Shift 3.7/6
CBS: 4.9/8
2 Broke Girls 4.1/7, Mike & Molly 4.4/7, Letterman: A Life on TV 5.3/9
FOX: 2.6/4
Gotham 3.1/5, The Following 2.1/3
Amores con Trampa 1.3/2, Hasta Fin del Mundo 1.7/3, Que te Perdone Dios…Yo No 1.3/2
ION: 1.0/2
Criminal Minds 0.9/2, Criminal Minds 1.0/2, Criminal Minds 1.0/2
Avenida Brasil .6/1, Tierra de Reyes 0.7/1, Senor de los Cielos 1.3/2
CW: 0.7/1
The Originals .8/1, 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 1.4/6, versus .9/4 for CBS’s 60 Minutes. ABC maintained the lead at 8p with 1.7/6 for Once Upon a Time, followed by 1.2/4 for Fox’s The Simpsons and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. ABC’s Secrets and Lies earned 1.8/5 to top 9p,  versus an average 1.6/5 for Fox’s Family Guy and Last Man on Earth. ABC’s Revenge kept the momentum going at 10p with 1.2/4; Univision’s Sal y Pimienta and CBS’s Battle Creek tied for second with .7/2.

A18-49: ABC 1.5/5, FOX 1.2/4, CBS .9/3, NBC .8/3, UNI .6/2, TELE .6/2, ION .2/1

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Sunday, May 3, 2015 time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated.
CBS: 5.3/9
60 Minutes 5.6/11, Madam Secretary 6.1/11, The Good Wife 5.4/9, Battle Creek 3.3/6
ABC: 3.5/6
America’s Funniest Home Videos 3.3/6, Once Upon a Time 3.1/5, Secrets and Lies 4.1/7, Revenge 3.3/6
NBC: 3.0/5
Dateline 3.3/6, A.D.: The Bible Continues 3.4/5, American Odyssey 2.0/4
FOX: 1.7/3
The Simpsons [r] 1.2/2, Bob’s Burgers 1.4/3, The Simpsons 1.8/3, Brooklyn Nine-Nine 1.5/3, Family Guy 2.2/4, Last Man On Earth 2.1/3
Aqui y Ahora .7/1, Me Pongo de Pie .9/2, Sal y Pimienta 1.0/2
Voz Kids 1.0/2, Suelta la Sopa Extra .5/1
ION: 0.5/1
The Bone Collector .6/1, Constantine .4/1

Saturday A18-49 Analysis: ABC and CBS tied for the most A18-49 viewers Saturday with .6/2, according to final primetime ratings from Nielsen. ABC was first at 8p with .6/2 for Shrek the Third, followed by .5/2 for CBS’s Crimetime Saturday. Shrek was still tops at 9p with .7/3, versus .5/2 for CBS’s Crimetime Saturday and Univision’s Sabado Gigante. CBS’s 48 Hours led at 10p with .8/3; ABC’s Shark Tank was second with .6/2.

A18-49: ABC .6/2, CBS .6/2, UNI .5/2, NBC .4/2, FOX .3/1, ION .3/1, TELE .2/1

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Saturday, May 2, 2015 time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated.
CBS: 3.1/6
Crimetime Saturday [r] 2.9/6, Crimetime Saturday [r] 3.1/6, 48 Hours 3.4/6
NBC: 1.7/3
WGC Match Play Golf
ABC: 1.5/3
Shrek the Third 1.4/3, Shark Tank [r] 1.6/3
FOX: .8/2
Hell’s Kitchen [r] .7/2, Bones [r] .9/2
Sabado Gigante .9/2
ION: 0.8/2
Criminal Minds .9/2, Criminal Minds 0.8/2, Criminal Minds 0.8/2
Cine Exclusivo .3/1, Futbol Estelar Pachuca .1/0



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*    "Serena from Gossip Girl. She always found herself trying to get out of a mess but did it with killer style." Bella Thorne, Actress, MTV’s Scream

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Actress Ellen Albertini Dow died May 4. She was 101. Albertini Dow, who didn’t start acting on-screen until she was in her 70s, appeared on TV series including Murphy Brown, The Golden Girls, ER, Seinfeld and New Girl, as well as memorably performing “Rapper’s Delight” in the 1998 film, The Wedding Singer.

This Day in History: 1910 Britain’s King Edward VII died.

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: Which pet wound up frozen on Everybody Loves Rayond (1996-2005)? Pumpernickel the hamster. Kudos to: Rick Rosenfelt-ESPN/NYC, Melissa Prince-INSP/Indian Land, SC, George Gerritsen-PHD/NYC, Altagracia Gari-Univision/Miami, Matt Fera-McGarry Brown/Chicago, Eric Litt-Tribune Broadcasting/Chicago, Paul Blutter-Walk and Talk Production Rentals/Burbank, Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg-M and S Entertainment/LA, Lindsay Garber-Splash Entertainment/Woodland Hills, CA, Sandra Mueller-KTLA/LA.

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JOB OPENING: SR ACCT EXEC, DIRECT RESPONSE/DIRECTavenue/Carlsbad CA: Build deep understanding of each client’s bus. & category needs. DR exp, pref Short Form. 10+ yrs exp mktg/Advrtsng DR TVpref’d. Job based out of San Diego office. Full info/apply HERE (5/9) 

JOB OPENING: SR DIR AD SALES (Automotive Mktplace)/Rentrak/NYC: Resp for selling Rentrak synd & custom svcs in Advrtser mkt w/specific focus on Automotive mktplc. Min 8yrs related exp & exp working w/TV ind leaders & execs from major advrtsrs. Full info/apply HERE (5/9) 

JOB OPENING: SOCIAL MEDIA STRATEGIST/ABC FAMILY/BURBANK: Pop culture enthusiast & passion for brand. Responsible for daily mgmt of communities/messaging/monitoring. 2-4 yrs community mgmt/social media mrkt exp. Apply at http://bit.ly/1yY7qIE EEO (5/9)

JOB OPENING: NAT’L DIGITAL AE/CBS LOCAL/NYC: Grow/maintain territory/agency list. Min 3-yrs exp digital ad sales. Established relationships/experience working w/advertisers direct & agencies required. Apply: http://goo.gl/eSHao3 (5/9)

JOB OPENING: NAT’L DIGITAL AE/CBS LOCAL/LA: Grow/maintain territory/agency list. Min 3-yrs exp digital ad sales. Established relationships/experience working w/advertisers direct & agencies required. Apply: http://goo.gl/tvwjXF (5/8)

JOB OPENING: SR PRODUCER/EDITOR/The National Geographic Society/DC: Work collaboratively w/creative team that produces video for web, large scale events & other outlets. BA deg in TV & Film Prod/Comm. 5 yrs of prod exp req’d. Full info/apply HERE (5/8) 

JOB OPENING: PUBLICIST/HGTV & DIY Network/NYC: Plan/execute PR campaigns for series & 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 (5/8) 

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 (5/8) 

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 (5/8) 

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 (5/8) 

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 (5/8) 

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 (5/8) 

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 (5/8)

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 (5/8) 

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 (5/8)

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]

SITUATION WANTED: Seasoned writer looking for opp to transition to TV program acquisitions and development or news editing. Atty with a policy background and int’l exp. Exc comm skills and a passion for quality TV programs and news. [email protected] (5/7)

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

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


ABC: The Middle, The Goldbergs, Modern Family, black-ish, Nashville
CBS: Survivor, Criminal Minds [
f], CSI: Cyber
CW: Arrow, Supernatural
FOX: American Idol
NBC: The Mysteries of Laura, Law & Order: SVU, Chicago PD
PBS: Nature [r], NOVA, 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 Perdone Dios…Yo No

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