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Apple TV+: “Lisey’s Story”
Freeform: “Love, Victor” at 8p
HGTV: “Frozen in Time” at 9p and 9:30p
Lifetime: “Cellmate Secrets” at 10p
Netflix: “Feel Good,” “Sweet Tooth”
Animal Planet: “Crikey! It’s the Irwins” at 8p
Aspire TV: “The Making of a Woman” at 8p
AwesomenessTV: “AwesomenessTV’s Next Influencer” at 10a
BBC America: “Meerkat Manor: Rise of the Dynasty” at 8p
discovery+: “Pushing the Line”
DIY: “The Courage to Run with Chip Gaines and Gable Grunewald” at 8p
HGTV: “Vacation House Rules” at 8p
Snapchat: “Life’s a Tripp”
Whistle TV: “Bear Grylls Adventures”
ABC: “Celebrity Family Feud” at 8p, “The Chase” at 9p, “To Tell the Truth” at 10p
AwesomenessTV: “AwesomenessTV’s Vibe Room” at 10a
discovery+: “90 Day Journey: Pride Month”
DIY: “Barnwood Builders” at 9p
Epix: “War of the Worlds” at 9p, “Domina” at 10p
Food Network: “The Great Food Truck Race” at 9p
Showtime: “The Kings” at 8p
Smithsonian Channel: “Searching for Secrets” at 9p
Starz: “Little Birds” at 9p
CNN: “The Story of Late Night” at 9p
FX: “Pose” at 10p
HGTV: “Home Town Takeover” at 8p
HLN: “Very Scary People” at 10p
IN THE NEWS
Meredith Corp. and Gray Television are back in business. After a definitive merger agreement with Gray was announced on May 3, Meredith received an unsolicited proposal to acquire its Local Media Group division from another party. Gray sweetened its deal, increasing the total consideration payable by Gray from $2.7 to $2.825 billion, among other revisions. Meredith’s board approved the new proposal. “Gray continues to expect that the Meredith transaction, even as amended, will be significantly accretive to free cash flow per share,” said Gray. To date, Gray has identified an estimated $55 million in synergies annualized for the first full calendar year following the closing. The transaction is subject to approval by Meredith’s shareholders and regulatory approvals.
It appears Chris Harrison won’t be returning to hosting duties for “The Bachelor” franchise anytime soon. According to Variety, in addition to skipping the new season of “The Bachelorette,” premiering June 7, Harrison won’t be onboard for this summer’s season of “Bachelor in Paradise”; comedians, including David Spade, will guest host. Harrison stepped aside amid backlash over comments he made in February, defending a contestant who had been photographed at an antebellum-themed fraternity party in 2018. Harrison has said he is working to educate himself on race issues, and hopes to return to the franchise he has hosted since 2002.
The United States Football League is making a comeback, with plans for a spring 2022 kick-off and a broadcast partner in Fox Sports. The league debuted in 1983 but shut down after three seasons, due in part to a move to fall to compete with the NFL, and unsustainable payrolls. Fox is a minority owner in the company that owns the USFL.
Blame the bad guys – Netflix has canceled “Jupiter’s Legacy” after one season, reportedly to focus on a new “Supercrooks” series centered on the villains in the same universe. “We’ve made the tough call of letting our incredible cast out of their show commitment as we continue to thoughtfully develop all realms of the ‘Jupiter’s Legacy’ saga,” said creator Mark Millar on Twitter. “We’re confident we’ll return to it later.”
Eighty-two percent of US broadband households have at least one subscription streaming service, according to data from Parks Associates. Among those who don’t, the stats make sense: 77% are age 55+; 74% have household incomes of less than $75,000; and 93% don’t have children under 18 at home.
The Multicultural News Network signed a nationwide linear distribution agreement with Charter Communications to make MNN available to Spectrum customers upon the network’s commercial launch. “Charter has been an unconditional supporter of me and my companies since my first interactions with my broadcast TV station group in 2015,” said DuJuan A. McCoy, founder and chairman of MNN. “Working with their programming distribution department and multicultural team has been refreshing.”
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|Measurement & Data Virtual Conference
SESSION SPOTLIGHT: Read the Room: Doing Better with Contextual Targeting
Contextual targeting seems to have been pushed aside in favor of more granular and seemingly accurate audience messaging, but the impending “Adpocalypse” is bringing it back to the forefront. Is this truly a resurgence, and how is the renewed focus on Contextual providing the industry an opportunity to do better?
Get answers to these questions & more during a4 Advertising’s session
on Tuesday, June 15 at 2:45pm.
|PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT
Amazon Studios ordered a pilot for “The Horror of Dolores Roach,” based on the Gimlet podcast. Justine Machado (“One Day at a Time”) will star. The project comes from Blumhouse Television.
Hulu placed an order for cooking competition series “Baker’s Dozen,” hosted by Tamera Mowry-Housley (“Sister, Sister”) and former White House pastry chef Bill Yosses. Bright Spot Content (“Discovery’s Alaska: The Last Frontier”) is producing; exec producers include Sandy Varo Jarrell, Suzanne Rauscher, Justin Rae Barnes and Tara Seiner.
Casting notes: Dennis Quaid (“Goliath”) will play producer Rick Kirkham in Peacock’s “Joe Exotic” (wt)…LeToya Luckett (“Greenleaf”) landed a lead role in Fox drama “Our Kind of People.”…Tori Anderson (“No Tomorrow”) and Kian Talan (“Brainchild”) have been added to the cast of CBS spin-off “NCIS: Hawaii” as series regulars.
Jamie Lee Curtis’ Comet Pictures and Blumhouse Television landed rights to Patricia Cornwell’s Kay Scarpetta novels to adapt for television. Cornwell, Curtis, Jason Blum, Chris McCumber and Jeremy Gold will serve as executive producers.
NEW & RETURNING SERIES
FX set premiere dates for its summer slate. Coming up exclusively on FX on Hulu are new limited series “American Horror Stories” (Thursday, July 15), new comedy “Reservation Dogs” (Monday, August 9), new drama “Y: The Last Man” (Monday, September 13) and “Untitled B.J. Novak Anthology Series” (Thursday, September 16). Launching on FX are season ten of “American Horror Story: Double Feature” (Wednesday, August 25 at 10p), season three of “What We Do in the Shadows” (Thursday, September 2 at 10p) and season three of “Impeachment: American Crime Story” (Tuesday, September 7 at 10p). Season 12 of “Archer” bows Wednesday, August 25 at 10p on FXX.
Amazon Prime Day isn’t just about shopping. Billie Eilish, H.E.R., and Kid Cudi will star in Amazon’s “Prime Day Show,” a three-part immersive musical event presented by Amazon Music. All three episodes of the Prime Day Show will premiere globally starting June 17 on Prime Video (ahead of Amazon Prime Days, June 21 and 22) and will be available to all customers for 30 days, with or without a Prime membership.
Reality competition series “AwesomenessTV’s Next Influencer,” hosted by season one winner and TikTok star Owen Holt, returns for season two on the AwesomenessTV YouTube Channel Saturday, June 5 at 10a. Talk show “AwesomenessTV’s Vibe Room,” hosted by Holt and TikTok star Markell Washington, debuts Sunday, June 6 at 10a.
Martha Stewart puts on her gardening gloves for “Martha Gets Down and Dirty,” premiering Thursday, July 1 on discovery+. During the show’s eight episodes, the lifestyle icon will offer tips to celebrity friends like Kim Kardashian West, Seth Meyers and Tiffany Haddish as she prepares her farm for the season.
Another good thing: Floristry competition “Full Bloom” was picked up for season two by HBO Max. Sophomore run starts Thursday, June 10.
“Climate of Change: Ade on the Frontline,” hosted by Paralympic medalist and journalist Ade Adepitan, premieres Monday, June 7 on BBC Select. The docu-series explores natural and technical solutions to global problems.
New series “Landmarks: The Stages of Country Music,” celebrating famed country music venues, debuts on Circle Network Wednesday, June 9 at 8p.
“V for Valor” has launched on VET Tv, the steaming service that parodies the military experience. A satire of the broken awards system of the US military, “V for Valor” stars YouTube Influencer “Donut Operator.”
“Resonant Bodies,” showcasing performances from the final year of the international vocal festival of the same name, premieres Wednesdays, June 9-August 4 at 8p on the All Arts app.
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National Geographic’s ninth annual Sharkfest! stunt launches Monday, July 5 with the first episode of “When Sharks Attack” at 8p. Special “Shark Beach with Chris Hemsworth,” following the “Thor” star as he embarks on a personal mission to investigate how we can live more harmoniously with sharks, airs at 9p. The six-week event features over 21 hours of new premieres, and 60 hours of enhanced content. For the first time, not only will the premium content continue to be available on National Geographic, Nat Geo WILD and Nat Geo Mundo, but select series and specials will be available post-premiere on Disney XD and Disney+ the following Fridays after linear premiere beginning July 9.
Stand-up comedian and “The Daily Show” writer Josh Johnson will have his first stand-up special on Comedy Central – with an assist from the boss. “Trevor Noah Presents Josh Johnson: # (Hashtag)” debuts Friday, June 18 at 11p.
Movie series event Keeping Up with the Joneses will debut on LMN on Thursday, July 8, and air for three consecutive Thursdays at 8p. The three-pack of films is produced by Hybrid and executive produced by and stars Vivica A. Fox as the matriarch of a wealthy family, who along with her four stepdaughters, will stop at nothing to protect their business. Kandi Burruss (“The Chi”) narrates.
Shudder has acquired psycho-thriller “Mosquito State” for its summer “new films every week” slated. The film, focused on an obsessive Wall Street data analyst, starts streaming Thursday, August 26.
Documentary “Civil War (Or, Who Do We Think We Are)” will premiere Thursday, June 17 on Peacock, and on MSNBC in October. The film explores how Americans tell the story of the Civil War.
Fox Entertainment-owned Tubi has entered into a content deal with Cohen Media Group that will add more than 80 titles from the distributor for AVOD. Tubi will be the exclusive free streaming home to titles like James Ivory’s “Howards End.”
DAZN struck a five-year deal with Matchroom Boxing to stream 16 fights a year in the UK and Ireland, taking the place of Sky as home to fights in the area. DAZN and Matchroom have teamed in the past in the US, Italy and Spain.
Rockbot, creator of smart music and TV platform for businesses, is going sky-high. A partnership with Clear Channel Airports will expand Rockbot into airports, replacing CNN’s now shuttered news format with sports, news, entertainment, and lifestyle content from leading brands localized to each city. In addition, Rockbot’s platform gives airports a platform to enhance their traveler experience with music, audio messaging and digital signage.
A+E Networks UK ordered season three of true-crime series “Killer Britain with Dermot Murnaghan” for Crime+Investigation, produced by FirstLookTV. The series will air every night at 9pm across a week in October.
Season two of Amsterdam-based detective series “Van Der Valk” has begun production. Michele Buck is EP for Company Pictures and Chris Murray returns as lead writer and showrunner.
Love Nature made its debut on Telenor Sweden. Audiences on the platform will have access to Love Nature’s programming on the linear channel and on the platform’s VOD service as part of a three-year carriage deal.
New drag competition “Call Me Mother,” produced by Go Button Media and RedFlame TV, will debut this fall on Canada’s OUTtv.
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Broadcast Nielsen Ratings for Wednesday, June 2
Show, P2+ 000s, (A18-49)
ABC: “The $100,000 Pyramid” 3.54 (0.5), “Press Your Luck” 3.34 (0.5), “A Million Little Things” 2.38 (0.3)
CBS: “Kids Say the Darndest Things” 2.93 (0.4), “S.W.A.T.” 2.0 (0.3), “S.W.A.T.” 2.0 (0.3)
CW: “Kung Fu” 0.83 (0.1), “Nancy Drew” 0.83 (0.1)
ION: “NCIS: New Orleans” 0.83 (0.1), “NCIS: New Orleans” 0.75 (0.1), “NCIS: New Orleans” 0.79 (0.2)
FOX: “MasterChef” 2.43 (0.6), “Crime Scene Kitchen” 1.86 (0.4)
NBC: “Chicago Med” 3.25 (0.3), “Chicago Fire” 3.18 (0.3), “Chicago PD” 2.75 (0.3)
Telemundo: “Exatlon” 0.89 (0.2), “Suerte de Loli” 1.00 (0.3), “Buscando Frida” 1.16 (0.3)
Univision: “Disenando Tu Amor” 1.27(0.4), “Te Acuras de Mi” 1.40 (0.3), “Hija del Embajador” 1.35 (0.3)
Source: Nielsen live + same day time period averages
Burke Magnus has been promoted from EVP to President of Programming and Original Content at ESPN. Magnus joined the network in 1995.
Sabio and App Science announced that Sajid Premji has joined as Chief Financial Officer. Most recently, Premji held a senior-level position in the financial crimes compliance function at TD Securities.
Mike Bickerton has been hired as Executive Producer at McGillivray Entertainment Media. Bickerton has been a showrunner, producer, and director in adaptations of formats including “Canada’s Drag Race,” “The Amazing Race Canada,” and “Canadian Idol.”
Facebook appointed Marne Levine Chief Business Officer. Levine previously served as VP of Global Partnerships.
Dwight Green has been named Chief Business Officer at AdImpact. Green joins from Deluxe Corporation, where he was GM and SVP.
Sony Pictures Television has hired Michaela Fereday as SVP of Scripted Production, effective next week. Fereday was Head of Production at Red Production Company.
LiveIntent announced the hiring of Charlie Buckley as VP of Product Management Identity. Most recently, Buckley served as VP of Product Management at PreciseTarget.
Linnea Hemenez has been tapped to serve as SVP of International Marketing for the STARZ International Digital Networks team. Prior to joining STARZ, Hemenez served as Head of Content Marketing at Spotify.
|Measurement & Data Virtual Conference
SESSION SPOTLIGHT Why You’re Wasting OTT Ad Dollars Without Unified Measurement
Learn how iSpot & Gamut have teamed up to offer advertisers a better way to analyze the performance of OTT ads. You’ll learn how unified measurement helps advertisers uncover incremental reach generated from OTT ads and manage optimal frequency between linear & streaming. Hear from Stuart Schwartzapfel, SVP Media Partnerships for iSpot.tv and Jen Russell, VP/Head of East Sales for Gamut on June 15 at 2pm ET.
|This Day in History
1984 – Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA” was released.
Friday Fun Fact
You can tell the temperature by counting a cricket’s chirps.
Answer to Our Last Trivia Question
On “Franklin & Bash” (2011-14), what was Colleen Bash’s (Jane Seymour) occupation? Sex surrogate. Kudos to: Charles Lore/NYC; Andy Pittman-TAMU/College Station,TX; Gerry Bixenspan-TV Marketing Inc./NYC; Marni C. Gold/Hawthorne, NJ; Louis Lewow-FITE/Atlanta; Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA; David Westberg-SAG-AFTRA Credit Union/Burbank; Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg-M and S Entertainment/LA
Today’s Trivia Question
On “Rizzoli & Isles” (2010-16), who was Maura’s biological father? (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.)
SR. PRODUCT MANAGER-OTT/WEB, PANTAYA
HEMISPHERE MEDIA GROUP INC.
SANTA MONICA, CA
Design technology, content, customer service and marketing teams to deliver a best-in-class streaming experience across multiple device platforms. Own the user experience, feature set and AB testing for engagement campaigns. 2-4+ years’ experience designing, launching, and maintaining digital D2C products required. Full info HERE (6/16)
SALES PLANNER >>
MARATHON VENTURES LLC/NY, NJ, CT, REMOTE: Primary point of contact for our media partners, effectively anticipating and solving problems. Review client orders for accuracy and resolve discrepancies and reconcile logs and reports. Thorough knowledge of Microsoft Office required. Full info HERE (6/16)
CAMPAIGN MANAGER – NATIONAL >>
AMPERSAND/NYC, NY: Input and transmit all new orders for the National business. Facilitate communication amongst stakeholders regarding order details, copy and traffic and collaborate with MVPD contacts on order confirmation and campaign activation to ensure all platforms are live. BS/BA Degree required. Full info HERE (6/15)
SALES ASSISTANT >>
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)
SR. SALES PLANNER >>
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)
DIRECTOR GROWTH MARKETING-CONSUMER MARKETING
Data-driven digital marketer needed to acquire and retain viewers for the A&E, HISTORY, and Lifetime apps. Own strategy and implementation for retention tactics including email, push notifications, and digital video house ads. Requires 7-10 years of experience, product marketing experience is a plus. Full info HERE (6/14)
LOCAL ACCOUNT MANAGER >>
AMPERSAND/LOS ANGELES, CA: Assist Account Directors with preparation of sales proposals, and work across functional groups such as MVPD’s, Partners, Research, etc. to assist in the creation of client proposals, presentations, and Media Plans. 2-3 years advertising related experience and thorough knowledge of Microsoft Office required. Full info HERE (6/13)
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 (6/13)
Maintain agency accounts including upfront and scatter order entry, inventory moves, and product allocations and Electronic Data Interchange. Assist Account Executives, Sales Planner and Pricing Inventory and compile information for Sales team. B.A. in Communications or equivalent required. Full info HERE (6/13)
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 (6/12)
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 (6/12)
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 (6/12)
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 (6/11)
QUALITY CONTROL TECHNICIAN – BROADCAST
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 (6/11)
CREATIVE DEVELOPMENT PRODUCER
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 (6/10)
PRODUCTION MANAGER & RESOURCE SCHEDULING
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 (6/10)
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 (6/10)
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
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)
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
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)
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)
|FRIDAY JUNE 4
ABC: “Emergency Call,” “20/20”
CBS: “Magnum P.I.”, “Magnum P.I.”,” Blue Bloods”
CW: “Charmed,” “Dynasty”
FOX: “WWE Friday Night Smackdown”
NBC: “The Blacklist,” “Dateline NBC”
PBS: “Washington Week,” “Firing Line With Margaret Hoover,” “American Masters,” “American Masters”
Telemundo: “Exatlon Estados Unidos,” “La Suerte de Loli,” “Café con Aroma de Mujer”
Univision: “Disenando Tu Amor,” “Si nos Dejan,” “La Hija Del Embajador”