06/01/21: RIP Gavin MacLeod

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Cynopsis Medias First Morning Read
Tuesday June 1, 2021

Today’s Premieres
Britbox: “The Syndicate: Double or Nothing”
Fox: “LEGO Masters” at 8p
In the Know: “Behind the Drag”
NBC: “America’s Got Talent” at 8p
OWN: “The Haves and the Have Nots” at 8p
TLC: “Doubling Down With the Derricos” at 10p

Today’s Finales
ABC: “Mike Tyson: The Knockout” at 8p
PBS: “Extra Life: A Short History of Living Longer” at 8p, “Philly D.A.” at 9p

IN THE NEWS

Gray Television is asking the FCC for actions that include classifying OTT video providers as MVPDs for retransmission consent purposes. In a presentation to the FCC commissioner, Gray counsel and former FCC commissioner Robert McDowell said that “quirks” in copyright law and FCC regulations enable OTT services to avoid negotiating retransmission consent with individual stations. Gray is also pushing to exclude local news from the FCC rule that requires a station that provides more than 15% of programming to another, to be treated as co-owned and subject to limits on duopolies. “Excluding local news from this limitation would incentivize stronger stations to supply local news programming to weaker stations and increase the amount of local news content aired in the market,” said McDowell.

HBO Max’s long-awaited “Friends: The Reunion” was watched by an estimated 29% of US streaming households the day it was released, May 27. According to TVision, the audience for the special, delayed by a year due to the pandemic, was 55.4% female and 50% among A35-54.

Actor Gavin MacLeod died May 29 at age 90. Best known for playing Murray Slaughter on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and Captain Stubing on “The Love Boat,” MacLeod more recently guested on shows including “Jag,” “Touched by an Angel” and “Oz,” and hosted Trinity Broadcasting Network’s “Back on Course” with his wife. “My heart is broken,” posted MacLeod’s friend and “MTM Show” co-star Ed Asner. “Gavin was my brother, my partner in crime (and food) and my comic conspirator.”

Simon Cowell, creator of the original version of “The X Factor” in Britain, has canceled his appearances as a judge on the local version in Israel. While producer Reshet did not give a reason for the decision, it comes amid renewed violence in the region.

Former Democratic Party chairwoman Donna Brazile has jumped from Fox News to ABC News as a contributor. Brazile joined FNC in 2019.

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PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT

Apple gave a straight-to-series order to “The Big Door Prize,” a comedy based on the novel by M.O. Walsh from David West Read (“Schitt’s Creek”), Skydance Television and CJ ENM/Studio Dragon. The series is set in a small town that has a machine that can predict the future.

Kapital Entertainment scored rights to adapt “I Don’t Forgive You,” the upcoming tale from former police reporter Aggie Blum Thompson, into a series. Aaron Kaplan is exec producing with Mandalay’s Peter Guber.

Adam Mllch (“The Morning Show”) has been set as showrunner for Fox anthology project “Icon,” profiling music legends. Season one will center on Naomi and Wynonna Judd.

UK producer Charlie Hanson has been booted from Netflix’s “After Life” after accusations of sexual misconduct surfaced from 11 women. “Whilst the allegations are unrelated to his time on the show, we immediately removed him from the production and referred the matter to the police,” said a spokesperson for the Ricky Gervais comedy. Hanson labeled the accusations “demonstrably false.”

Casting notes: Rupert Evans (“Charmed”) has joined season two of Netflix drama “Bridgerton,” as the clan’s late patriarch… Gabrielle Dennis (“A Black Lady Sketch Show”) landed a lead in NBC pilot “Someone Out There,” based on a Spanish format…Lyne Renee (“Motherland: Fort Salem”) will recur in HBO Max’s “Gossip Girl” reboot…Miles Teller (“Too Old to Die Young”) is taking over for Armie Hammer in Paramount+ series “The Offer.” Hammer exited the project amid allegations of sexual assault…Freddie Stroma (“Bridgerton”) is replacing Chris Conrad in HBO Max movie “Suicide Squad.” Conrad left the role due to creative differences.

There are only two weeks until Cynopsis’ Measurement and Data virtual conference on June 15-16! This two-day event features sessions like Reaching the Diverse Consumer, where Clorox and Native Tongue Communications will share how they have partnered to reach the brand’s existing and growing diverse consumer base. Grab your pass now!

NEW & RETURNING SERIES

Why can’t you climb all the way up to the torch of the Statue of Liberty? That’s the kind of question that gets answered in “Searching for Secrets,” premiering on Smithsonian Channel Sunday, June 6 at 9p.

Season three of “Murder in the Heartland” will be available to stream beginning Wednesday, June 9, on discovery+, with “A Time to Kill” dropping Friday, June 11.

“Bear Grylls Adventures” debuts Wednesday, June 5 at 9p on Whistle TV, Team Whistle’s free ad-supported sports and entertainment digital network. The series offers survival tips as well as behind-the-scenes looks the adventurer’s private life from The Bear Grylls Digital Network.

COMING UP

Disney is livestreaming the opening ceremonies for the Avengers Campus at its California Adventure park tomorrow, June 2 at 11:15p on the Disney Parks Blog. The Anaheim attraction opens to the public on June 4.

STREAMING

For Pride month, In The Know – Verizon’s Gen Z and Mlllennial video network – will spotlight Gen Z changemakers and launch an LGBTQ-owned brand business directory, in addition to today’s season three launch of “Behind the Drag.”

Documentary streaming platform MagellanTV is launching a curated Pride Month playlist, with films and series celebrating the LGBTQ+ community, today, June 1.

Some viewers of HBO Max’s “Mare of Easttown” finale on Sunday experienced streaming issues (the episode aired on time on the HBO cable channel). The problem follows scattered technical issues for over an hour on May 25.

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RATINGS

A one-hour interview with former President Trump last Tuesday delivered an average 295,000 viewers on Newsmax, according to Nielsen. Among A25-54, the “Cortes and Pellegrino” segment drew 62,000 viewers.

The week of May 16, the Discovery portfolio had the top 3 cable networks in Total Day among W25-54 (HGTV #1, ID #2, Food #3) in Live+3 Nielsens. Among P2+ total viewers, HGTV was the #1 non-news/sports cable network in Total Day (#4 overall), led by “Home Town Takeover” (2.6 million, the week’s #2 non-news/sports cable program).

Broadcast Nielsen Ratings for Thursday, May 27
Show, P2+ 000s, (A18-49)
ABC: “Station 19” 4.4 (0.6), “Grey’s Anatomy” 4.1 (0.6), “Rebel” 2.8 (0.4)
CBS: “Young Sheldon” 4.09 (0.4), “United States of Al” 3.9 (0.4), “Mom” 3.18 (0.4), “B Positive” 2.59 (0.3), “Clarice” 1.36 (0.3)
CW: “Walker” 0.53 (1.0), “Legacies” 0.31 (0.1)
ION: “Chicago PD” 1.06 (0.2), “Chicago PD” 1.08 (0.2), “Chicago PD” 0.98 (0.2)
FOX: “iHeartRadio Music Awards” 1.7 (0.4)
NBC: “The Wall” 2.8 (0.4), “Law & Order: SVU” 4.2 (0.6), “Law & Order: Organized Crime” 3.9 (0.6)
Telemundo: “Exatlon Estados Unidos” 1.06 (0.3), “Suerte de Loli” 0.94 (0.3), “Café Aroma de Mujer” 0.96 (0.3)
Source: Nielsen live + same day time period averages

This Day in History
1968 – Simon & Garfunkle’s “Mrs. Robinson” hit #1 on the charts.

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question
Which “How I Met Your Mother” character was the only one to have an onscreen kiss scene with all four other lead characters? Lily. Kudo to Aaron Paquette-Screen Engine/ASI/Fort Worth, TX; Louis Lewow-FITE/Atlanta; Marni C. Gold/Hawthorne, NJ; Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg-M and S Entertainment/LA; Paul Blutter-Walk and Talk Production Rentals/Burbank; Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA; David Westberg-SAG-AFTRA Credit Union/Burbank; Gerry Bixenspan-TV Marketing Inc./NYC

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Who was the narrator during the final season of “Scrubs” (2001-2010)? (Email trivia@cynopsis.com 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.)

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REELZ/NYC, NY: Maintain agency accounts including upfront and scatter order entry, campaign changes, and product allocations. Assist Account Executives and work closely with the Director of Inventory Control. Bachelor’s Degree required. Proficient in Excel & PowerPoint. Full info HERE (6/14)

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REELZ/NYC, NY: Create/revise upfront/scatter media plans, account stewardship & serve as agency liaison. Should be comfortable presenting and cultivating agency relationships. A min. 5 yrs ad sales exp. Strong written and verbal communication skills, strong media math skills. Proficient in Wide Orbit, MS Suite. Full info HERE (6/14)

LOCAL ACCOUNT MANAGER >>
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DIGITAL CAMPAIGN MANAGER >>
AMPERSAND/NYC, NY: Review and validate online insertion orders (IO) and obtain all creative materials from Sales and/or Advertisers. Process and transmit all digital orders through Ampersand applications and streamline communication to publishers. Knowledge of ad-serving and verification vendors and Bachelor’s degree required. Full info HERE (6/11)

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PAID SOCIAL ANALYST >>
WARNERMEDIA/NYC or LA or ATLANTA or CHICAGO-currently REMOTE:
Implement, plan, and measure paid social media campaigns for sponsored content across the WarnerMedia portfolio. Develop audience insights and analyze campaign performance. 1+ years working experience in paid social, digital marketing or social insights required. Full info HERE (6/9)

SVP, COMMUNICATIONS
OWN
WEST HOLLYWOOD

Design, lead, and manage all internal and external communication for the OWN brand. Work directly with talent, creatives, and more. Must have 15 years exp in comms/PR preferably with media (tv/streaming) exp. Full info HERE (6/8)

SR. MANAGER, PUBLICITY >>
PBS/ARLINGTON, VA:
Develop and implement publicity campaigns for PBS primetime programs and digital initiatives. 6+ years exp in communications, publicity, and/or journalism. Broadcast/TV exp strongly preferred. Full info HERE (6/8)

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT & REGIONAL MANAGER >>
NEXSTAR/IRVING, TX:
Direct oversight of several markets and will report directly to the President of Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. Provide daily management and guidance of multiple General Managers and responsible for the achievement and growth of their assigned markets. Min. of 10 yrs in television management and sales required. Full info HERE (6/7)

QUALITY CONTROL TECHNICIAN – BROADCAST
A+E NETWORKS
STAMFORD

Bilingual Spanish Technician needed for the QC of AETN programs prior to Broadcast. Evaluate show and movie master files for technical quality, Standards & Practices, grammar, spelling and closed caption accuracy so AETN content meets network standards and air critical deadlines. Requires 2+ years of related experience and ability to read waveform/vector and audio scopes. Full info HERE (6/7)

CREATIVE DEVELOPMENT PRODUCER
MSG SPHERE
LOS ANGELES

Building, nurturing and managing creative talent partnerships for MSG Sphere, working under the direction of the VP Creative Development. Managing talent relationships for multiple simultaneous projects and overseeing relevant budget management. 10+ years’ creative digital experience required. Full info HERE (6/6)

PRODUCTION MANAGER & RESOURCE SCHEDULING
MSG SPHERE
LOS ANGELES

Manage the scheduling of all production and post-production staff and freelancers. Work with departmental leads to plan staffing needs and changes and maintain status of freelancer availability to meet short-term staffing needs. Min of 5 years of experience as a VFX, studio, network or post-production facility scheduler. Full info HERE (6/6)

GAME DIRECTOR
MSG SPHERE
NYC

Defining and ensuring that the creative vision is realized and translated for each project. Establish the creative design direction for all Interactive projects in collaboration with Art and Engineer directors and relevant MSG Ventures executives. Min 10+ years of Game Design Lead or Game Director experience required. Full info HERE (6/6)

ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE, AGENCY & BRAND SALES >>
KERV INTERACTIVE/CHICAGO AND LA: Build and grow relationships with key decision makers at agencies and brands. Develop and implement a revenue strategy for growing your territory and account list. Drive demand among buyers at agencies and brands. 3-5+ years in digital advertising (or related) sales role required. Full info HERE (6/5)

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT, PUBLISHER PARTNERSHIPS >>
KERV INTERACTIVE/NYC AND LA: Develop key strategic partnerships with publishers, providers, and DSPs. Drive demand among partner sales teams and build and grow relationships with key decision makers, including sales and operations. 5+ years in digital advertising (or related) sales role required Full info HERE (6/5)

COORDINATOR, CREATIVE AFFAIRS
JIM HENSON COMPANY
LA

Manage substantial calendar and priority activity for the President of Television. Provide meaningful support to other television staff members. Code department invoices, maintain call sheet and process expense reports. Effective and tactful communication skills required. Full info HERE (6/5)

EXEC PRODUCER
TLC
NYC, LA or MD

Looking for a strong EP to create, produce and manage production across TLC programming. Must have 10+ years creative production experience in female-skewing long form unscripted content space. More info HERE (6/4)

SENIOR MANAGER, PROGRAMMING PAYMENTS
A+E NETWORKS
NYC

Review and process all executed media programming contracts for payment, including produced and acquired programming. Ensure that all payments are completed in a timely fashion per the agreements. Provide support to develop programming cash payment projections. Requires 6+ yrs experience working with contracts. Full info HERE (6/4)

AVID SYSTEM ENGINEER (Temporary)
A+E NETWORKS
NYC

Provide technical support for Production & Post-Production facility including installation, configuration and troubleshooting. Expert-level support experience for AVID Media Composer/Symphony workstations and expert-level support, installation, and configuration experience for the Adobe Creative Cloud Suite. Full info HERE (6/4)

COUNSEL (Temporary)
A+E NETWORKS
NYC

Provide legal and business affairs to unscripted content development, production, and sale for the domestic and/or global marketplace. Draft and negotiate various agreements relating primarily to nonfiction/real life/documentary projects and production. JD Degree with 4+ yrs legal experience in the entertainment field required. Full info HERE (6/3)

SENIOR PROGRAMMATIC DIGITAL BUYER
NY INTERCONNECT
NYC, NY

Responsible for the design, creation and execution of the NYI Trade Desk. Handle all hands-on programmatic media buying; design, launch and run trade platform and negotiate pricing for upcoming campaigns. 3-5 years’ experience in online Programmatic advertising min 1 year of hands-on programmatic buying experience required. Full info HERE (6/3)

PRODUCTION ATTORNEY (TEMPORARY)
A+E NETWORKS
NYC

Provide legal counsel to internal production groups on day-to-day production related matters. Pre-Broadcast and Production Counseling, Agreement Negotiation and Clearance Review, general Legal advice and Clearance review. 4-6+ years of legal practice required with preferred 2 years min of production firm legal experience. Full info HERE (6/3)

TUESDAY JUNE 1
ABC: “Mike Tyson: The Knockout” [f], “To Tell the Truth”
CBS: “NCIS,” “FBI,” “FBI: Most Wanted”
CW: “Superman & Lois,” “Superman & Lois”
FOX: “LEGO Masters” [p], “Mental Samurai”
NBC: “The Voice,” “This Is Us” [f]
PBS: “Extra Life: A Short History of Living Longer” [f], “Philly D.A.” [f], “Frontline”
Telemundo: “Exatlon Estados Unidos,” “La Suerte de Loli,” “Café con Aroma de Mujer”
Univision: “Disenando,” “Si Nos Dejan,” “La Hija Del Embajador”

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