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Cynopsis Medias First Morning Read
Tuesday June 22, 2021

Today’s Premieres
Food Network: “Chopped: Alton’s Maniacal Baskets” at 9p
Freeform: “Motherland: Fort Salem” at 10p
NBC: “College Bowl” at 10p
Netflix: “This Is Pop”
OWN: “David Makes Man” at 9p
PBS: “Mysteries of Mental Illness” at 9p
Telemundo: “Hercai: Amor y Venganza” at 9p

Today’s Finale
HGTV: “Unsellable Houses” at 9p


Univision Communications announced plans for a global streaming service, including an expanded AVOD as well as a new subscription tier, set to launch in the US and Latin America in 2022. The service will be fueled by Televisa’s content library and IP as well as a slate of new originals, with existing PrendeTV, VIX and Univision NOW services unified into one brand. Specifics for the service will be announced following the close of the Televisa-Univision merger later this year.

Win, lose and draw: Fox Television Stations are trying out a game show based on Pictionary, hosted by Jerry O’Connell (“Carter”). The 30-minute syndicated show debuts July 12 on select Fox stations, and will run weekdays for four weeks. “We’re sure a lot of families got much better at Pictionary over the last 15 months, so we think the timing is perfect for a fun, innovative TV version,” said Frank Cicha, EVP of Programming for Fox Television Stations.

Disney placed third in Brand Keys’ annual survey to discern the “50 Most Patriotic Brands,” after Jeep and Walmart. Amazon tied with Ford for fourth place, Fox News placed eighth, MSNBC tied for ninth with Coca-Cola and Hershey, and CNN came in at #24.

Walmart edged past Amazon as the top retail advertiser year-to-date, according to MediaRadar, outspending Amazon by 6%. “When we compared Amazon’s ad spend from May of 2020 to May of this year (2021), we saw that they invested more into Print and Digital formats, moving a noticeable portion of their spend out of TV,” said Todd Krizelman, CEO and CoFounder of MediaRadar. “Their Print and Digital ad spend increased 129% and 27%, respectively. However, television still accounted for 73% of that total ad spend.” MediaRadar noted the only format Monday’s Amazon Prime Day was promoted on was television, with Prime Day creative airing on over 60 networks.

Netflix scored a winning six awards in the third annual Critics Choice Real TV Awards, while VH1’s “RuPaul’s Drag Race” nabbed two awards, the most of any single show. HBO Max took home the trophy (virtually) for Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Programming by a Network or Streaming Platform, and Sharp Entertainment won in the overall production category.

The Peabody Awards are being announced this week, and among the first group of winners in TV categories were CBS’ “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” Apple TV+’s “Ted Lasso,” PBS’ “Asian Americans,” Disney Channel’s “The Owl House” and Amazon Studios’ “Time.” Winners will be named through Thursday.

Former “Bachelorette” Rachel Lindsay let loose in a New York Magazine article on what she called the ABC dating show’s “toxic fandom.” “There is a Bachelor Nation, and there is a Bachelor Klan,” she told the magazine. “Bachelor Klan is hateful, racist, misogynistic, xenophobic, and homophobic.” As for the show’s producers, on the other hand, Lindsay described times “they protected me,” and said the article’s headline, “Oops, I Blew Up The Bachelor,” misrepresented her.

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Newsmax has tapped J. Hogan Gidley, former Deputy Assistant to President Trump and Principal Deputy White House Press Secretary in the Trump Administration, and Jenna Ellis, a senior legal advisor in Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign, as on-air contributors.


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Industry leaders including George Clooney, Don Cheadle, Mindy Kaling and Eva Longoria, among others, are teaming with Los Angeles Unified School Superintendent Austin Beutner to found the Roybal School of Film and Television Production. The magnet high school aims to “drive transformational change across the entertainment industry for students from underserved communities.”

Discovery+ has ordered docu-series “Breaking Hillsong,” chronicling the world of megachurch Hillsong and the downfall of its celebrity senior pastor, Carl Lentz. Breaklight Pictures is producing in association with New York Post Entertainment.

Tanya Saracho (“Vida”) and UCP have launched Ojala Ignition Lab, a 26-week incubator program for five writers. The goal: a pilot commission by the studio.

Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Partners and Netflix struck a deal for multiple new feature films per year. “By deepening our ties with Netflix via this new film partnership, we are building on what has for many years been an incredibly successful working relationship in both television and film,” said Jeff Small, Amblin Partners CEO. “The global platform they’ve built — with more than 200 million members — speaks for itself.”

Bryan Cranston and Annette Bening will star in Paramount+ movie “Jerry and Marge Go Large,” inspired by the true story of a Michigan couple who discover a loophole in the Massachusetts lottery and use their $27 million in winnings to revive their town. Gil Netter, Levantine Films are producing.

More casting notes: Guy Pearce (“Mare of Easttown”) will reprise his role in “Jack Irish: Hell Bent” for the thriller series’ third and final season, premiering Monday, July 12 on Acorn TV…Paton Ashbrook, Berto Colon and Alix Lapri have been promoted to series regulars for season two of Starz’s “Power Book II: Ghost.” Lahmard Tate (“Ghost”) has joined in a recurring role, as brother to his real-life brother’s character.

Mike Epps (“The Upshaws”), Carina Conti (“The Last Tycoon”), Max E. Williams (“Dreamland”) and Mariama Diallo (“Random Acts of Flyness”) will recur in the HBO series based on Jeff Pearlman’s book Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s…Kayli Carter (“Mrs. America”) landed a recurring role on season four of Amazon’s “TheMarvelous Mrs. Maisel.”

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Disney+ series “The Mysterious Benedict Society,” starring Tony Hale (“Veep”) as twin brothers on opposite sides of a global crisis, premieres Friday, June 25 with two episodes.

True stories of dangerous criminals who lure victims into romantic relationships are told in new Oxygen series “Charmed to Death,” launching Sunday, July 18 at 7p.

“Ridiculousness” spin-off “Adorableness” premieres with back-to-back episodes at 7p on MTV every night for the week of July 19. Comedian James Davis hosts the clips show.


The 28th annual SAG Awards have been slated for Sunday, February 27, airing live on TNT and TBS at 8p. Shows that premiere between March 1 and December 31 are eligible. The 2021 awards were held virtually in April.

NBCUniversal’s Content Distribution team is marking Pride Month by offering its distribution partners a pride-themed episodic playlist curated by “Shahs of Sunset”star Reza Farahan featuring various Bravo and E! programs that feature LGBTQA+ talent and stories.

SVOD True Royalty TV is offering the US premieres of two new documentaries on Thursday, July 1: “Diana: A Mother’s Love” and “Diana at 60.”


VidMob announced Brand Governance, a solution that combines AI-powered creative auditing technology, creative scoring and media performance analytics to help marketers understand how visual elements in ads influence business results. Brand Governance enables marketers to monitor adherence to brand mandatories and media platform best practices, as well as get recommendations and production support to address non-compliant creative.

On Monday, Facebook rolled out Live Audio Rooms and podcasts. Public figures and select Facebook Groups in the US can create Live Audio Rooms on iOS, and select podcasts will be available to listeners in the US. Live Audio Rooms on Facebook enable users to discover, listen in on and join live conversations with public figures, experts and others. Public figures can invite friends, followers, verified public figures, or any listeners in the room to be a speaker; the host can invite speakers in advance or during the conversation. There can be up to 50 speakers, and there’s no limit to the number of listeners.


US streaming services in the UK could be subject to the same standards as British broadcasters, reports The Times of London. “With the pace of change and the increase in global competition, the Culture Secretary feels it is time to look at how we can level the playing field between broadcasters and video-on-demand services and make sure the UK’s broadcasting landscape is fit for the 21st century,” quoted the paper of plans for regulation.


Gutsy Animations has secured ?5 million investment from Rovio Entertainment. Additionally, Rovio has secured exclusive rights from Moomin Characters Ltd and Rights & Brands to develop and publish Moomin IP-based games for any platform and exclusive rights for all mobile platforms

All3Media International has signed a range of deals for the Stan Original Series and Spectrum Originals co-production “Eden.” Canal+ will launch the new series in France, while CMore has secured rights in a pan territory deal covering Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. Sky has also acquired the series for New Zealand.

Lineup Industries has acquired Skyhigh TV’s “Where Does the Money Go” for global distribution and made a first sale of the factual format, recently commissioned for a second season on NPO1 in the Netherlands, to Kable 1 in Germany, where it will be produced by Tresor.

Cineflix Rights has closed further deals for Seasons 1-3 of crime drama “Coroner” with Nine Network (Australia), Sky (UK), Paramount+ (Nordics), SBS (Belgium), Sky Italia, and Stöð 2 (Iceland). The distributor has also acquired the global rights to Season 4 of the CBC original series, which was recently greenlit.

Wurl has entered into a strategic partnership with European VOD platform Rakuten TV to deliver live streaming channels, as well as monetization services to Rakuten TV and via Rakuten TV’s channel app available on Samsung TV Plus in Europe.

GameTV scored Canadian rights to season two of “The Masked Singer UK.” The music series premieres Sunday, July 11 at 7:30.

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Shareablee Top 10 TV Shows for the week of June 14
Program, Network, Total Actions, Total Content, Actions per Content, Fans & Followers
annity (Fox News), 3.4M, 246, 13,948, 11.3M
The Daily Show (Comedy Central), 3.1M, 126, 24,797, 28M
Rick and Morty (Adult Swim), 2.6M, 27, 97,101, 11.4M
Ellen DeGeneres (WB/Syndicated), 1.9M, 55, 34,262, 211.3M
Today Show (NBC), 1.6M, 907, 1,736, 13.8M
Entertainment Tonight (CBSMV/syndicated), 1.5M, 501, 2,894, 9.3M
The Late Late Show with James Corden (CBS), 1.3M, 88, 15,010, 8.3M
The Flash (The CW),1.2M, 30, 39,803, 12M
Good Morning America (ABC), 743K, 758, 981, 14.4M
The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC), 719K, 61, 11,795, 13.2M

Shareablee Top 10 Streaming Shows for the week of June 14
Program, Platform, Total Actions, Total Content, Actions per Content, Fans & Followers
Lucifer (Netflix), 705K, 11, 64,067, 7.6M
Red Table Talk (Facebook Watch), 549K, 19, 28,882, 5.9M
Shadow and Bone (Netflix), 536K, 12, 44,664, 710K
Get Organized With The Home Edit (Netflix), 390K, 39, 9,989, 5.7M
The Witcher (Netflix), 314K, 3, 104,790, 1.8M
The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu),293K, 25, 11,731, 2.2M
Never Have I Ever (Netflix), 269K, 12, 20,664, 569K
Gossip Girl (HBO Max), 245K, 21, 11,685, 16.1M
Nanatsu No Taizai (Netflix), 216K, 78, 2,767, 865K
Loki (Disney+), 200K, 19, 10,544, 469K

Broadcast Nielsen Ratings for Friday, June 18
Show, P2+ 000s, (A18-49)
ABC: Emergency Call 2.73 (0.3), Juneteenth: Together We Triumph 1.78 (0.2)
CBS: Magnum P.I. 2.89 (0.3), Magnum P.I. 2.58 (0.2), Blue Bloods 3.06 (0.2)
CW: Charmed 0.47 (0.1), Dynasty 0.29 (0.1)
ION: Hawaii Five-0 0.96 (0.1), Hawaii Five-0 1.08 (0.1), Hawaii Five-0 1.04 (0.1)
FOX: WWE Friday Night Smackdown 1.93 (0.5)
NBC: US Open Golf Championship 2.22 (0.3), US Olympic Trials 2.17 (0.4)
Telemundo: Exatlon Estados Unidos 0.99 (0.3), Suerte de Loli 1.08 (0.3), Café Aroma de Mujer 0.89 (0.3)
Univision: Copa America 1.46 (0.5), Hija del Embajador 1.12 (0.3)
Source: Nielsen live + same day time period averages


Cherie Grzech has been hired as VP of News, Managing Editor, at NewsNation. Grzech was most recently VP of Fox News.

Rodrigo Mazon has joined Univision as VP & GM of SVOD. Mazon was previously VP of Content at Netflix.

Buccaneer Media announced the appointment of Moreyba Bidessie as Executive Producer. Moreyba joins Buccaneer from A+E Networks International, where she was VP International Scripted Development. Jo Evans also joins Buccaneer, as Head of Production. She was previously at Tiger Aspect Productions.

Verizon Media’s In The Know has announced the appointment of Elaine Welteroth as Consulting Editor-at-Large. Welteroth is behind In The Know’s new Digital Covers, which will be released monthly, highlighting the talent who contribute to the conversations shaping society.

This Day in History
1977 – “The Rescuers,” Disney’s first animated film to have a sequel (1990’s “The Rescuers Down Under”), was released.

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question
Who replaced Joely Richardson – who appeared in the pilot – on legal drama “The Whole Truth” (2010)? Maura Tierney. Kudos to: Heather Allen-WWE Corporation/Stamford, CT; Louis Lewow-FITE/Atlanta; Rev. Mark Wajda/Clermont, FL; Synda Kollman-Charter Marketing Group/Boca Raton, FL; Paul Blutter-Walk and Talk Production Rentals/Burbank; Lorrie Shilling/El Segundo, CA; Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg-M and S Entertainment/LA; David Westberg-SAG-AFTRA Credit Union/Burbank

Today’s Trivia Question
The comments about his wife from which fellow guest on “The Dick Cavett Show” prompted Lily Tomlin to walk off the show in 1972? (Email [email protected] 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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