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Millennial and Gen Z men are an elusive group for networks and marketers, but a valuable one. A report from Engagement Labs, “The Remarkable Influence of Millennial Men,” shows they’re 50% more likely than millennial women to be word-of-mouth influencers. During our upcoming webinar on July 12, “ Connecting with the New Young Male Demo ,” our experts will share how to align your marketing efforts with millennial male interests, at a time when the definition of masculinity is undergoing a major shift. 
Amazon ordered a pilot for Modern Love, a comedy anthology series based on the New York Times column, from John Carney (Sing Street), Storied Media Group and the NYTimes.
The formation of Curiosity Ink Media, an emerging family-friendly showcase offering original animation, live-action programming, reboots of iconic characters and shows and VR content, was announced yesterday. Russell Hicks, former Nickelodeon president of production and development, will serve as president & chief creative officer, while Struck agency creative executive Brent Watts will assume the role of chief design & strategy officer. Publishing and live theatrical entertainment is slated to start rolling out across multiple platforms beginning in early 2019.
FremantleMedia North America is partnering with Brandon Sanderson on Dark One, the fantasy author’s first original concept for television. In addition to the TV series there will be a graphic novel and podcast.
HBO Documentary Films and the Independent Filmmaker Project are seeking new non-fiction storytellers with the New True Stories Funding Initiative. HBO will sponsor grants aimed at identifying a wide range of talent across genres; submissions are considered on a rolling basis.
Kandi Koated Nights, a new half-hour talk show hosted by Real Housewife of Atanta Kandi Burress, premieres Sunday, July 1 at 9p on Bravo.
Also on Bravo: Season twelve of The Real Housewives of Orange County debuts Monday, July 16 at 9p, with “two feisty new housewives” set to stir things up on the series that started the franchise.
From triggering avalanches to traveling the Mohave Desert, Green Beret, Special Forces Sniper and MMA fighter Tim Kennedy tackles some of the toughest jobs in the workforce in Hard to Kill, premiering Friday, July 31 on Discovery.
The eight-episode back half of season four of AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead launches Sunday, August 12 at 9p. Look for new adversaries – of the human, walker and nature variety – this time around.
Cool Pools makes its network debut on Discovery Family on Sunday, July 1 at 7p, followed by Yard Crashers at 8p.
FX cocaine drama Snowfall returns for season two Thursday, July 19 at 10p, showing the perils of drug dealing success circa1984.
A new season of Food Network’s Ridiculous Cakes launches with back-to-back episodes Monday, July 9 at 10p (spoiler alert: There’s a “Shark Week” confection).
Reality star Maci Bookout (Teen Mom) takes Discovery’s Naked and Afraid super fan challenge Sunday, June 24 at 9p – 14 days with scarce food and water, and no shelter or clothing.
Fly fishing film Finding Joe Brooks airs Father’s day weekend on Sportsman Channel (Friday, June 15 at 8p), World Fishing Network (Friday at 10p) and Outdoor Channel (Saturday, June 16 at 7:30p).
TeleXitos multicast network scared up a Prehistoric Fridays movie showcase this month. Next up: The Lost World: Jurassic Park (June 15), and Jurassic Park III (June 22).  The event leads up to the premiere of the Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, in theaters on June 22. 
Travel Channel is extending its Anthony Bourdain: No Reservation encores – started after the trailblazing traveler’s death on June 8 at age 61 – to Tuesday nights, through July 3 at 10p and 11p.
A new study published in the Journal of Advertising Research, “Corporate Social Responsibility and Marketing Performance: The Moderating Role of Advertising Intensity,” provides evidence of a positive link between CSR activities and marketing performance, as measured by market share. The study also found that even simple product or brand ads can help lead to greater CSR awareness by creating a general awareness of a company and encouraging consumers to seek out more information about its activities – as consumers learn about a company’s CSR initiatives, they tend to buy more of that company’s products.
Nielsen has a patented new offering it is testing that lets advertisers compress ads via a method that makes them as or more effective tan their original length, according to research from Nielsen chief neuroscientist, Dr. Carl Marci. MediaPost reports Marci will unveil that and more neuromarketing findings at the Advertising Research Foundation conference this week.
Warner Bros. Animation has launched a Looney Tunes content initiative, Looney Tunes Cartoons, a series of new short form cartoons starring iconic Looney Tunes characters. Each cartoon will run from one to six minutes and, from the premise on through to the jokes, will be “written” and drawn by the cartoonists, allowing their own personality and style to come through. 
French Fries, the first short film in the Shatterbox Anthology, a series from Refinery29 and TNT dedicated to spotlighting the voices of female filmmakers, will air on TNT Sunday, June 17 at 11p.
U.S. podcasting advertising grabbed $314 million in revenue in 2017, up 86% from 2016, according to the latest IAB/PwC Podcast Advertising Revenue Study. Host-read ads were cited as the preferred format, making up over 2/3 of ads in 2017.
Research company Canvs is offering AI technology to analyze viewers’ emotional responses to shows, and NBCUniversal is onboard. “Having just wrapped up our first pilot testing using Canvs Surveys, I can say with confidence this isn’t an iterative improvement for the research community, it’s a first-ever,” said Benoit Landry, senior director of program research at NBCU. “We went from spending 16 hours trying to hand sort open-ended survey responses, down to one hour with Canvs…. It’s an extraordinary efficiency gain and cost savings for NBC for something we do dozens of times each year.”
The streaming apps for Turner sibs TBS and TNT are available on the Xbox One game console, the first gaming console to carry the apps. Expect upcoming launches on additional Smart TVs this month.
An SVOD service aimed at millennials is set to launch July 13 with scripted and unscripted series from digital influencers including its founders, Lemuel Plummer (Preachers) and social stars King Bach, Amanda Cerny and DeStorm Power. Zeus’s philosophy? “We’re greenlighting people, not shows,” said Plummer.
Seven media associations sent Facebook a letter objecting to its issue ads policy. The News Media Alliance and the heads of the American Society of News Editors, European Publishers Council, Digital Content Next, MPA, Society of Professional Journalists and WAN-IFRA says the policy, which includes a “paid for” label, blurs the line between real and fake news. “We’re concerned, as news leaders across America, about the impact that Facebook’s policy could do to the value of independent journalism,” said Alfredo Carbajal, president of ASNE and managing editor of Al Día at The Dallas Morning News. “News, by definition, is information that must incorporate all the elements of a particular issue, and will always be independent from political, partisan or ideology positions. Our intent and purpose is to shine truth and inform the society in general, without any bias. But if our news content is to be treated and classified as part of political ads, then the public at large will be largely misinformed.”
Beth Behrs (2 Broke Girls) landed the female lead in CBS comedy The Neighborhood. It’s a recast – Dreama Walker played the role in the pilot.
Joining the cast of The Fosters spin-off, Good Trouble: Tommy Martinez (Riverdale), newcomer Zuri Adele, and Sherry Cola (I Love Dick).
FilmRise acquired exclusive U.S. SVOD rights to 1977-1983 crime drama CHiPs, from Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution. Series is available on Prime Video Direct.
Among the announcements at the Sheffield Doc/Fest: The BBC picked up Inside the Bank of England, a two-parter for BBC Two that aims to demystify central banking, and Gun No. 6, focused on the 11 shootings from one illegal gun.
Jeremy Vine will become the new presenter of Channel 5’s daily current affairs program, produced by ITN Productions. Presenter Matthew Wright recently announced his departure after 18 years on The Wright Stuff.
China International Television Corporation is debuting the new China Pavilion at the Annency International Film Festival, taking place now through June 16 in Annecy France.
Lightbox and Jonathan Chinn (LA 92), have been commissioned by BBC 3 to produce Finding Dad (w/t) a new documentary fronted by actor, poet and radio broadcaster Mim Shaikh.
UK’s BBC, ITV and Channel 4 are investing about $167 million over five years to enhance the on-demand and linear features for Freeview Play, in an effort to bat back U.S. SVOD encroachment in Europe. “As the U.K.’s TV landscape becomes increasingly impacted by global players, this new commitment from our shareholders is a major boost for U.K. viewers,” said Digital U.K. CEO Jonathan Thompson. “Building on this spirit of collaboration, we will not only safeguard free-to-view TV but reinvent it for a new age of viewing.”
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Only 10% of US HHs watched all four games of the NBA finals on average, with just 9.1 % watching the deciding Game 4, according to data from Samba TV. HH viewership in Cleveland was 154% above the U.S. average and San Francisco 136% above that average.   
CBS’s Tony Awards broadcast Sunday delivered 6.32 million viewers, up 4% from last year, with 1.32 million A25-54 (up +8%) and 1.0 million A18-49 (up +11%).
Top 11 Live+7 Playback Rankers by actual gain for the week of May 21, 2018
Live+SD/Live+7/+7 Actual Gain
Roseanne (ABC) 2.5/4.2/+1.7
Law & Order: SVU (NBC) 1.2/2.1/+.9
Empire (Fox( 1.7/2.5/+.8
The Middle (ABC) 1.7/2/4/+.7
NCIS (CBS) .13/2.0/+.7
Survivor (CBS) 1.4/2.1/+.7
Flash (CW) .8/1.5/+.7
Splitting Up Together (ABC) 1.0/1.6/+.6
Elementary (CBS) .5/1.0/+.5
Survivor Reunion (CBS) .9/1.4/+.5
Star (Fox) 1.3/1.8/+.5
Based on the difference between Nielsen’s first-reported Live + Same Day and the final Live + 7 Day ratings (for regular, original programs only).
Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions) June 1, 2018 time period averages
Source: Nielsen, Live+SD
ABC: 11.35 million
Jimmy Kimmel Live 8.32, NBA Finals 12.86
CBS: 4.50 million
Undercover Boss: Celebrity Edition 4.43, Hawaii Five-0 4.23, Blue Bloods 4.83
NBC: 3.08 million
American Ninja Warrior 2.63, Dateline 3.99
UNIVISION: 1.03 million
Rico y Lazaro 1.63, Papa a Toda Madre 1.02, Por Amar Sin Ley .99
TELEMUNDO: .77 million
Mi Familia Perfecta .61, Al Otro Lado del Muro .78, Senor de los Cielos .93
FOX: .59 million
Phenoms .7, Phenoms .47
CW: .51 million
My Last Days .63, Life Sentence .39
Friday A18-49: ABC 3.7/14, NBC .6/3, CBS .5/2, UNI .5/2, TELE .4/2,  FOX .2/1, CW .2/1
Shane Murphy has been appointed Head of Drama for Ireland’s RTE. Murphy has been Managing Director of Acorn Media Enterprises since 2015.
Neal E. Boyd, winner of season 3 of America’s Got Talent in 2008, died on June 10. He was 42. The opera singer was felled by heart and kidney failure and liver disease related to his weight.

On This Day: 1964 – Nelson Mandela was sentenced to life in prison in South Africa.
Answer to the Last Trivia Question: Which sitcom character’s catchphrases included, “Knock it off, you eight-balls”? Lt. Commander Quinton McHale, in McHale’s Navy (1962-1966). Kudos to: Dan Haberer-Creo Entertainment/Playa del Rey, CA, Lorrie Shilling/El Segundo, CA, Ken DuBow-Bob’s Your Uncle/LA, Andrea Reed-BET Networks/Hollywood, Rory Rosegarten-The Conversation Company/Roslyn, NY, Michael Goodman-Radio One/Atlanta, Matthew Fera-McGarryBowen, Chicago, Charles Lore/NYC, Brad Stern-OPERR Technologies/Flushing, NY,
Today’s Trivia Question: Who did Christine become engaged to at the end of The New Adventures of Old Christine (2006-2010)?  (Email [email protected] with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and time zone. Unofficial rules: a limit of four correct answers from each time zone will be selected.)
Answer to the Last Anagram: Grates So Raw = Storage Wars. Kudos to: Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA, Charlene White-A+E Networks/Stamford, CT, Paul Blutter-Walk and Talk Production Rentals/Burbank
New Series Anagram: Aim A Crown Amen (Email [email protected] with your answer; first three respondents with the correct answer who aren’t in trivia will be posted in tomorrow’s newsletter.)
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JOB OPENING: JR PREDITOR/NBCU/LA: Junior Preditor will create innovative concepts, copy and cuts, across all media, to help promote our brand and programs. Some experience within a TV broadcast or creative agency environment – a portfolio showcasing creative work. Full info/apply HERE (6/19)

JOB OPENING: VP BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT/MANIFEST/Chicago: Seeking candidates who are entrepreneurial, enthusiastic & organized w/min 10 yrs exp/background of digital or integrated mktg agency. Demonstrated success w/quantifiable track record in helping agencies win creative pitches. To apply & more info HERE (6/19)

ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE, SYNDICATION/Sony Pictures TV/LA: Sell programming to brdcast TV stations, build/maintain strong customer relationships & create dvlpmnt strategy. 2+yrs exp  sales role or similar in ent; 2+yrs ent exp/knwlg in the space, TV industry pref’d. Strong comm skills. Full info/apply HERE (6/16)

DIGITAL PRODUCERS (PART TIME)/CharmTV/Baltimore: CharmTV is recruiting digital producers that have experience in content marketing and storytelling for digital and social platforms across various genres. Resumes and portfolios should be sent to [email protected] (6/16)

JOB OPENING: NEWS PRODUCER (PART-TIME)/CharmTV/Baltimore: CharmTV is seeking a news producer with experience writing, producing, and editing news packages for traditional and digital media. Resumes and portfolios should be sent to [email protected] (6/16)

JOB OPENING: PRODUCER/Spectrum TV/Columbus OH: Produce assigned newscasts & news inserts making decisions on story lineup, video/audio elements, graphics and timing to construct show. 3+ yrs TV news exp. Full info/apply HERE REQ 219283BR (6/15)

JOB OPENING: PRODUCER/Spectrum TV/Milwaukee: Resp for producing content for assigned shows & newscast. Contribute to special features & stories. Participate in coordinating coverage of major stories, breaking news and specials. 3+ yrs TV news exp. Full info/apply HERE REQ 219270BR (6/15)

JOB OPENING: PRODUCER/Spectrum TV/Louisville KY: Resp for producing content for assigned shows & newscast. Contribute to special features and stories. Writes news stories for an assigned newscast. 3+ yrs TV news exp. Full info/apply HERE REQ 217897BR (6/15)

JOB OPENING: VP, EXECUTIVE SEARCH/MediaLink/NYC or LA or CHI: Lead exec search engagements & provide support & guidance on talent-related matters to MediaLink’s clients & partners in the Advisory practice. 5+ yrs in retained search or exec recruitment process from lead generation thru offer. Resume/cvr: [email protected] (6/15)

JOB OPENING: PUBLICIST, ID/Discovery/NYC: Seeking a well-organized candidate to perform communications activities for Investigation Discovery programs and talent. 3+ years exp. TV & Events exp a plus. Full info/apply HERE (6/15)

JOB OPENING: ANALYST, PROGRAM RESEARCH/A+E Networks/NY: Compile & analyze viewing data for A&E Network & their competition to fulfill daily demands of the Programming and Scheduling teams. Full info/apply HERE (6/14)

JOB OPENING: CRM & RETENTION MARKETING MGR/BritBox/NYC: Seeking someone with a start-up mentality to own the multi-channel customer relationship in order to increase customer retention and satisfaction. Loves to analyze numbers, think strategically/tactically, and has a passion for digital video. Full info HERE (6/14)

JOB OPENING: TALENT ACQUISITION CONTRACT RECRUITER/NBC News Group/NYC: Resp for identifying top tier talent for roles within NBC News, CNBC and MSNBC. Knwlg of media industry, expertise in news editorial & digital recruitment areas and solid full life-cycle recruitment exp. 5+ yrs full-cycle recruiting exp. Full info/apply HERE (6/14)

JOB OPENING: SR MGR COMMUNICATIONS/Smithsonian Channel/NYC: Execute strategies to support prgrmng, ratings, sales & branding goals. Increase brand awareness & drive tune-in. Mng special events & mng publicity for linear & digital/OTT content. 7+ yrs of comm exp in entertainment/media. Full info/apply HERE (6/14)

ABC: The Middle [r], The Middle [r], black-ish [r], black-ish [r], The Last Defense [p]
CBS:  NCIS [r], Bull [r], 48 Hours: NCIS
CW: The Flash [r], The 100 [r]
FOX: Beat Shazam, Love Connection
NBC:  America’s Got Talent, World of Dance
PBS: Civilizations, American Experience, Frontline
TELEMUNDO: Mi Familia Perfecta, Sin Senos Si Hay Paraiso, El Senor de los Cielos  
UNIVISION: El Rico y Lazaro, La bella y las Bestias, Por Amar Sin Ley

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