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IN THE NEWS
The rotating host gig for this summer’s Chris Harrison-less “Bachelor In Paradise” just got a few more takers. Lil Jon, Tituss Burgess and Lance Bass are among celebrity guests on tap for the ABC series, joining the previously announced David Spade. Harrison, who is officially leaving franchise he’s fronted for 19 years, will receive a mid-range eight-figure payoff as part of his departure.
President Joe Biden rescinded Donald Trump’s executive orders that would have effectively shut down the TikTok and WeChat apps in the US. Instead, the administration will conduct its own extensive review of potential national security concerns over apps controlled by China.
The volume is going down on “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist.” After two seasons on NBC, the network has canceled the series. Although sister streamer Peacock had been negotiating to pick up the show, talks reportedly broke down, pushing mute on the series from Lionsgate, which is already shopping it around.
FX’s “Mrs. America” won two Gracie Awards, which honor women in media as well as entertainment and news programming that addresses timely topics. The show was honored for best limited series and ensemble during the 46th incarnation of the Gracies, bestowed by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation. Other TV winners this year include “Today,” “CBS This Morning,” “black-ish” and Taylor Swift’s hybrid “Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions.”
Esports’ most prestigious awards program is back: The 2021 Tempest Awards! Enter your best work across production, talent, venues, leagues, activations and more. Winners will be announced live on October 19 at the annual gala during the Esports Business Summit.
Jon Stewart will be the first guest to return in-person to the Ed Sullivan Theater for CBS’ “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” The former “Daily Show” host, soon to return to late nights via Apple’s “The Problem with Jon Stewart,” will appear Monday, June 14 when the show returns with a full, vaccinated audience. Dana Carvey and H.E.R. are also on the schedule.
California’s film and TV tax credit program could get a $180 million hike if the state’s lawmakers are successful in their quest to bring it more on par with New York. The California Senate Budget Committee last week adopted a proposal that would provide $90 million per year for 2021-22 and 2022-23, which would be added to the $330 million annual outlay in the current program, administered by the California Film Commission. The figure is triple the amount Gov. Gavin Newsom had proposed.
|Measurement & Data Virtual Conference
SESSION SPOTLIGHT | Measurement Currency – Has it Changed?
Historically we have bought & sold on age/gender demos. With more systems promising (and even guaranteeing to deliver on actual KPIs), is there a need to reassess + revise demo guarantees and if so… how?
On Tuesday, June 15 at 3:30pm, our panel of experts will dig in. Hear from Kimberly Gilberti (Nielsen), Dr. Maggie Zhang (Amazon Advertising), and Graeme Hutton (Universal McCann).
|PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT
Epix greenlit true crime saga “Murf the Surf,” a four-part docuseries that delves into the life and proclivities of America’s most infamous jewel thief. The series, which centers on Jack Roland Murphy, is from Imagine Documentaries production house This Machine, run by RJ Cutler, who helmed “Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry” and “Belushi.”
Chris Addison, exec producer and director on HBO’s “Veep,” will reteam with Avalon to adapt Caimh McDonnell’s The Dublin Trilogy novels for television. The five books are set in Dublin and focus on the adventures of an unlikely crime-solving trio.
Acorn TV and RTE commissioned six-part Irish drama “Hidden Assets.” Produced by Irish production company Saffron Moon and co-produced by Belgian producer Potemkino & Canada’s Facet 4, the series, which explores universal themes of family, power and the corrosive effects of greed, is slated to air in the fall.
Sian Heder, exec producer and co-showrunner of Apple’s “Little America” and writer/director of upcoming feature “Coda,” inked an overall deal with the streamer. The agreement gives Apple exclusivity for series written and developed by Heder, as well as a first-look on features.
Dominic Cooper and Douglas Booth, who both starred in Netflix’s Motley Crue biopic “The Dirt,” are reteaming for spaghetti western “That Dirty Black Bag.” The eight-ep series, from Bron Studios and Italian producer Palomar, is centered on the eight-day clash between an incorruptible sheriff and a solitary bounty hunter known for decapitating his victims and stuffing their heads into a bag.
NEW & RETURNING SERIES
Sibling renovation team Billy Pearson and Carolyn Wilbrink breathe new life into vintage countryside spaces in “Farmhouse Facelift,” debuting Monday, June 21 on Hulu.
TCM is delving into iconic 1990 film “Bonfire of the Vanities” in the second season of “The Plot Thickens,” this go-round subtitled “The Devil’s Candy” and debuting Tuesday, June 29. The network also announced season 3 will drop in October, diving into the life and work of the indelible Lucille Ball.
Did aliens really crash-land near Roswell, New Mexico, in 1947? New series “Roswell: The Final Verdict,” debuting Friday, July 2 on Discovery+, uses artificial intelligence in an attempt to finally reveal the truth.
Netflix is going to the dogs, and the cats, on Wednesday, July 7. New series “Cat People” explores our relationship with cats through the lens of some surprising “cat people.” Season 2 of “Dogs” returns to explore the powerful bond between humanity and dogs in four new eps.
Pitbull, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Herschel Walker and Darius Rucker are in the house when Circle Network premieres “Dinner Drive with Kyle Petty” on Thursday, July 8. Former NASCAR driver and sports personality Kyle Petty takes viewers along for the ride to chat with athletes, musicians, actors and personalities in the place they call home.
“The Hour,” a thriller series set in the world of ‘50s television journalism and starring Ben Whishaw (“No Time to Die”), Dominic West (“Stateless”) and Romola Garai (writer/director of “Amulet”), debuts on Ovation TV on Saturday, July 17.
Buddy Valastro and Duff Goldman return to settle the score in a new season of “Buddy Vs. Duff,” premiering Sunday, July 18 at 9p on Food Network and discovery+.
Science meets the road in new MotorTrend series “Motor Mythbusters,” premiering Wednesday, August 4 on the MotorTrend App. Hosted by “Mythbusters” alumn Tory Belleci, mechanic Faye Hadley from MotorTrend’s “All Girls Garage” series, and engineer and professional race car driver Bisi Ezerioha, the series searches for truth behind popular automotive myths.
Sandra Oh-starring “The Chair,” which follows the new chair of the English department at a prestigious university, bows on Netflix on Friday, August 20, a week earlier than originally announced. The six-part series is exec-produced by Amanda Peet, who also wrote the script and serves as showrunner.
Marking the calendar well in advance, Apple TV+ set Friday, October 22 as the premiere date for “Invasion,” the epic drama from Simon Kinberg and David Weil. The studio also dropped a trailer for the series, directed by Jakob Verbruggen (“The Alienist”), which follows an alien invasion through multiple perspectives around the world.
Showtime Documentary Films acquired worldwide rights to “The One And only Dick Gregory,” and will premiere the film on Sunday, July 4 at 9p. The directorial debut from producer Andre Gaines (“The Lady and The Dale”), the doc unpacks the career of the activist, pop-culture icon and thought leader who changed lives across the world through constant disruption and awareness.
On a lighter note, Showtime stand-up special “Pete Lee: Tall, Dark and Pleasant” premieres on Showtime Friday, July 9 at 9p. The show, Lee’s first special for Showtime, was filmed at Arizona’s Tempe Imrpov.
Dreamworks’ “The Mighty Ones” returns with a second season of misadventures on Thursday, July 1 on Peacock and Hulu. Offbeat pals Rocksy, Twig, Leaf and Very Berry return for 10 new eps of backyard adventures.
National Geographic launched “Planet Possible Family Challenge,” an eight-week digital series that aims to inspire families to get outside, explore the biodiversity of microhabitats and empower children to take steps to protect them. The family program is part of National Geographic’s Planet Possible initiative, whose goal is to help people better understand and care for the planet.
Starz filed a trademark infringement lawsuits against Disney in Mexico, Brazil and Argentina, arguing that Star+, the name for Disney’s upcoming streaming service in Latin America, is too similar to StarzPlay. The name is “extremely likely to cause customer confusion in the Latin American marketplace,” said Starz in the lawsuit. Star India fell into Disney’s hands with the acquisition of Fox assets in 2019, and the company has launched Star within Disney+ in 17 countries.
Foodie network Gusto TV is launching on fuboTV’s platform in the US. fuboTV’s audience will now have access to series including “DNA Dinners,” “One World Kitchen” and “Cook Like a Chef.”
TikTok’s viral hit “Ratatouille: The TikTok Musical” got the green light to submit for contention in the Emmys, and now platform will join YouTube, Facebook, Snapchat and other socials that have entered the awards competition that used to be reserved only for television.
Chris “Ludacris” Bridges (“The Fast and the Furious”) and Beau Bridges are onboard to star opposite Queen Latifah in the Netflix movie “End of the Road”… Netflix unleashed the recurring cast members for the fourth season of “Stranger Things.” Amybeth McNulty (“Anne with an E”), Myles Truitt (“Queen Sugar”), Regina Ting Chen (“Queen of the South”) and Grace Van Dien (“Charlie Says”) are all onboard…Jessica Ann Collins (“Clickbait”) landed the female lead in Apple drama “Echo 3.”
Four faces familiar to “Sex and the City” viewers will pop up on HBO Max sequel series, “And Just Like That…”. David Eigenberg (Miranda’s husband, Steve), Evan Handler (Charlotte’s husband, Harry), Willie Garson (Carrie’s best friend Stanford), and Mario Cantone (event planner Anthony) will all be on hand to explore the complexities of friendship for people in their 50s.
NBCUniversal’s universal advertising metric CFlight is launching in the UK in partnership with Sky, ITV and Channel 4. CFlight Measurement captures live, on-demand and time-shifted commercial impressions across all mainstream viewing platforms in the UK.
Canada’s Family takes the cake with the premiere of cooking competition series “Baketopia,” hosted by YouTube influencer Rosanna Pansino and originated at HBO Max.
|Measurement & Data Virtual Conference
A Kaleidoscope for Cross-Platform Measurement
While measurement is becoming siloed with the loss of cookies & mobile IDs, consumers are enjoying content across platforms more than ever. New foundations for ad measurement are required to keep pace with these changes.
On June 16 at 3pm, DISQO will present the latest data on cross-platform usage, how well existing technologies are measuring ad effectiveness, and the mutant research that results from not having a cross-platform view of ad exposure.
Entertainment magazines were the hot spots in syndication news, while most programs in the other genres went sideways or down in the session ending May 30. Both “Access Hollywood” and “Extra” scored double-digit improvement from the prior week, and “Entertainment Tonight” finished first in the category. Game shows did not have a lot of fun. “Family Feud” lost a bit but beat “Jeopardy!” with former star contestant Buzzy Cohen at the podium and its “Tournament of Champions” finale. “Wheel of Fortune” also slowed slightly.
Broadcast Nielsen Top 10 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of May 24 ranked in order by HH Rtg
Family Feud (CMV) 5.4 AA
Judge Judy (CMV) 5.2 AA
Jeopardy! (CMV) 5.1 AA
Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 4.8 AA
The Big Bang Theory (WB) 2.4 AA
Inside Edition (CMV) 2.2AA
Entertainment Tonight (CMV) 2.1 AA
Live With Kelly and Ryan (DAD) 1.7 AA
Last Man Standing (DAD) 1.7 AA
The Dr. Phil Show (CMV) 1.6 AA
Broadcast Nielsen Ratings for Tuesday, June 8
Show, P2+ 000s, (A18-49)
ABC: “The Goldbergs” 2.17 (0.4), “Home Economics” 1.31 (0.3), “The Conners” 1.15 (0.2), “To Tell the Truth” 1.48 (0.2)
CBS: “NCIS” 3.89 (0.3), “FBI” 3.44 (0.3), “FBI: Most Wanted” 3.44 (0.3)
CW: “The Flash” 0.77 (0.2),“Superman & Lois” 0.89 (0.2)
ION: “NCIS: New Orleans” 0.99 (0.2), “NCIS: New Orleans” 0.95 (0.2), “NCIS: New Orleans” 0.88 (0.1)
FOX: “LEGO Masters” 1.51 (0.5), “Mental Samurai” 1.17 (0.3)
NBC: “America’s Got Talent” 6.91 (0.9), “New Amsterdam” 4.11 (0.4)
Telemundo: “Exatlon” 1.06 (0.3), “Suerte de Loli” 1.13 (0.4), “Buscando Frida” 0.98 (0.3
Univision: “Disenando Tu Amor” 1.23 (0.4), “Si Nos Dejan” 1.51 (0.5), “Hija Del Embajador” 1.50 (0.4)
Source: Nielsen live + same day time period averages
Traci Blackwell is out as EVP, scripted programming for BET Networks. Blackwell stepped down after a year and a half on the job where she led development, casting and production of original scripted programming across BET platforms.
Carolyn Everson, who as VP of Facebook’s Global Business Group helmed the company’s advertising business, is leaving the company after a decade. Her departure comes after Facebook chief revenue officer David Fischer, to whom she reported, announced that he’d be exiting by the end of 2021.
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|This Day in History
1776 – The Continental Congress appointed a committee to write a Declaration of Independence.
Answer to Our Last Trivia Question
Who played both of Quincy’s wives on “Quincy, M.E.” (1976-1983)? Anita Gillette. Kudos to: Synda Kollman-Charter Marketing Group/Boca Raton, FL; Louis Lewow-FITE/Atlanta; Eric Litt-Multicast Networks/Chicago; Andy Pittman-TAMU/College Station, TX; Paul Blutter-Walk and Talk Production Rentals/Burbank; David Garber-Loyola Marymount University/Playa Vista, CA; Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA; John Ferlazzo/London
Today’s Trivia Question
What short-lived series was billed as young adult version of “American Bandstand”? 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.)
DIRECTOR, PROGRAM STRATEGY
LOS ANGELES, CA
Oversees programming and on-air promo strategy and scheduling. Rapidly growing team that is at the center of the fastest growing area of the Streaming TV market. 8+ years in television or digital programming strategy required, in addition to a deep understanding and passion of television, streaming tv and digital content landscape. Full info HERE (6/26)
DIRECTOR OF ENGINEERING AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY >>
KHQ INC./SPOKANE, WA: Collaborate with, and support engineering departments at all stations and work with vendors to research, acquire, and maintain broadcast equipment. Work with chief engineers and the master control supervisor to comply with all FCC regulations; work with chief engineers to develop capital and expense budgets. Full info HERE (6/26)
SENIOR CONTENT PRODUCER >>
NESN/WATERTOWN MA: Format, edit and line produce a weekly 30-minute kids baseball show, NESN Clubhouse, throughout the Red Sox Season. Produces, writes and edits multi-shoot features and edits, writes and formats long-form interview, and documentary shows. 5 or more years of experience in sports television at a regional or national level required. Full info HERE (6/22)
EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT, PRESIDENT & CEO
CROWN MEDIA FAMILY NETWORKS
Manages the day-to-day operations of the office of the President & CEO. All matters pertaining to the CEO including discrete handling of confidential and sensitive information. Undergraduate Degree or 4 years of equivalent executive administrative experience, preferably with Entertainment Industry and an expert level using MS Office Suite and building PowerPoint decks. Full info HERE (6/21)
EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT, BUSINESS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS
CROWN MEDIA FAMILY NETWORKS
Manages the day-to-day administrative work of the Business & Legal Affairs team, with focused support for the EVP, General Counsel. This position serves as a key coordinator for the Business & Legal Affairs team, as well as a key coordinator between the Crown Media Business & Legal Affairs team and the Hallmark Legal team. Full info HERE (6/21)
COORDINATOR, PARTNERSHIP MARKETING (ASSETS)
CROWN MEDIA FAMILY NETWORKS
Responsible for the execution and management of promotional materials utilizing image and video assets for merchandising of programming content across all Hallmark’s programming channels. Adobe Suite skills (Photoshop & InDesign) and a minimum of 2 years of experience in entertainment is required, cable preferred. Full info HERE (6/21)
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)
|THURSDAY JUNE 10
ABC: The Real Rebel: The Erin Brockovich Story, Rebel, Rebel
CBS: Young Sheldon, United States of Al, Mom, B Positive, Clarice
CW: Walker, Legacies
FOX: Beat Shazam, Lego Masters
NBC: Manifest, Law & Order: Organized Crime
PBS: This Old House, Ask This Old House, Garth Brooks: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song
Telemundo: Exatlon Estados Unidos, La Suerte de Loli, Café con Aroma de Mujer
Univision: Disenando Tu Amor, Si Nos Dejan, La Hija Del Embajador