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The Cannes Lions Daily
A 5-part series publishing from June 18 – 22


Cannes Lions is the world’s biggest festival & awards for the creative and marketing communications, entertainment, design and tech industries.
At 6pm EST each day, a special Cynopsis report will recap the day’s highlights: the sessions, evening events, and, of course, all the news that breaks during this week-long event. Don’t miss it!

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Starz greenlit a second season of Vida, centered on two Mexican-American sisters from the Eastside of LA. The series’ household viewing has nearly tripled since its premiere on May 6, growing by 171% to earn the series the largest Hispanic audience composition for premium series in 2018.   
Pop TV ordered scripted comedy Florida Girls, centered on four friends who see one of their group move away to follow her dreams. Lionsgate will produce alongside 3 Arts and JAX Media.
WGN America picked up two detective dramas, lighthearted Carter, starring Jerry O’Connell (Billions), Sydney Poitier Heartsong (Chicago PD) and Kristian Bruun (Orphan Black), and dark drama Gone, with Chris Noth (Sex and the City), Leven Ramblin (The Hunger Games) and Danny Pinto (CSI: Miami).
Netflix put in the order for three new unscripted series: comedy show The Fix, with Jimmy Carr attempting to solve the world’s biggest problems with laughs; Westside, following a group of young musicians; and baking series Sugar Rush. Netflix also renewed anime series B: The Beginning for a second season.
Talent manager Scooter Braun and reality producer JD Roth have formed unscripted content studio GoodStory Entertainment. The company, backed by Braun’s Ithaca investment fund, will target growth through strategic acquisitions of unscripted production companies.
Amy Seimetz (The Girlfriend Experience) inked an overall deal with FX Productions to develop new television projects. “Her passion for storytelling is evident in all of her work, and we look forward to developing new series that showcase her talent,” said Eric Schrier, president of original programming for FX Networks and FX Productions with Nick Grad.
Friends and food lovers Mark Anderson and Ryan Fey go for the ooey gooey  (Lasagna! Tiramisu! Apple butter!) on the premiere of Comfort Food Tour, Saturday, July 21 at 8p on Food Network.
The Ronnie Wood Show, hosted by the Rolling Stones guitarist, makes its Stateside debut on AXS TV Wednesday, July 11 at 8p. First guest: Sir Paul McCartney.
History’s In Search Of, inspired by the 1977-82 franchise hosted by Rod Serling and then Leonard Nimoy, kicks off its first season Friday, July 20 at 10p. Zachary Quinto (Star Trek) exec produces and hosts.
Fox NewsOBJECTified will be back for season two on Sunday, June 24, with NBA superstar Magic Johnson set for the debut episode.
Reelz special Janis Joplin: It Happened Here takes viewers to the spots where the singer/songwriter found her voice, on Wednesday, June 20 at 9p.
Velocity and Discovery Channel’s 18 hours of live coverage of Barrett-Jackson Live Northeast Auction runs from Thursday, June 21 through Saturday, June 23, showcasing hundreds of collector vehicles. Action starts on Velocity, from 2p-8p.
Fox Business Network will air special live programming from the U.S. Open golf tournament on Thursday, June 14 and Friday, June 15. Maria Bartiromo will anchor Mornings with Maria, interviewing Douglas Elliman Real Estate CEO Dottie Herman and CA Technologies CEO Mike Gregoire.
Kelly Clarkson, Ricky Martin, Blake Shelton and Keith Urban will help light up NBC’s annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular, airing 8-10p with an encore presentation at 10p.
Nat Geo WILD’s SharkFest event dives in Sunday, July 15 at 8p with When Sharks Attack: Mayhem in Mexico. The stunt lasts two weeks this summer, and net EVP and GM Geoff Daniels says, “We’re gonna need a bigger network!”
Racecar driver Danica Patrick will be honored with the Legend Award at Nickelodeon’s Kids Choice Sports 2018, airing Saturday, July 21 at 8p. Chris Paul hosts.
Nearly 40% of U.S. broadband households have at least two OTT video service subs, reported Parks Associates, representing a “new stage in connected entertainment” where OTT video is standard. “With services evolving to keep up with a fast-moving market….understanding the lifecycle of OTT video services allows market participants to better position their offerings and market strategy both for today and for the future,” said Brett Sappington, senior director of research. Parks said households that subscribe to three or more internet video services are one of the fastest growing OTT groups.
With concerns about brand safety and ad fraud top of mind, Tremor Video DSP announced the launch of its three-point brand protection plan, provided free to brands and agencies partnering with the programmatic video platform. The plan includes brand-safe delivery powered by contextual intelligence tools; real-time fraud verification; and a commitment to a transparent supply chain. In conjunction with launching its three-point plan, Tremor hired Kristin Marchesiello as the associate general counsel and privacy officer who will oversee all privacy related initiatives to further support compliance.
Soon you can worry a little less about that Snapchat message you kinda wish you hadn’t sent. Snap is rolling out a new feature, Clear Chats, that lets users retract a message; currently the app auto-deletes messages after they’re viewed.  Facebook said it was working on giving users the ability to unsend messages after reports in April that Mark Zuckerberg could do it, but looks like Snap got there first.
SAG-AFTRA struck a deal with new ad-free streaming service Zeus that will provide union coverage for content produced by Zeus and a pathway to membership for content creators. “Together we are taking the next, natural step into  the future of entertainment production and distribution,” said SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris.
Headway, a provider of mobile, programmatic, data and performance digital marketing solutions, acquired mobile-first programmatic platform Smadex, which allows advertisers to execute performance campaigns on mobile devices using its machine learning engine. “Smadex technology enhances our mobile growth solution Mobrain, following the shift towards programmatic that our clients are increasingly looking for,” said Martin Kogan, CEO of Headway. “The Smadex team will focus on product while Headway will continue to focus on distribution, servicing clients and global expansion.
Although Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown was slated to leave Netflix June 16 when its deal expired, the streamer has arranged an extension that will keep the travel show on “for months to come.” Fans petitioned Netflix to keep the series after Bourdain’s tragic death on June 8 at age 61.
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NBCUniversal chairman of ad sales Linda Yaccarino continued her call for better solutions for measurement and transparency  at the ARF’s AudiencexScience conference on Tuesday. “I cannot understand why we are so afraid to change,” she said. “The agency structure is changing dramatically, the publishers’ bottom line is changing dramatically, and here we sit.” As for those in investing in tech giants like Apple and Facebook, “You have got to be going to bed wondering, what’s next? Or what don’t we know?”
For insights on, discussions about and solutions for the issues Yaccarino raises – and more – register for the August 2 Cynopsis Measurement & Data Conference .
Following a Financial Times report on former WPP CEO Martin Sorrell’s verbally abusive behavior toward company employees, co-chief operating office Mark Read informed staff via memo that those days are over. “You will no doubt have read the press coverage this week about WPP and Martin Sorrell, including allegations about his behaviour towards people at the parent company,” said Read. “Although we can’t comment on specific allegations, I feel we should remind ourselves of and reinforce the kind of values we want and need to have within every part of our business: values of fairness, tolerance, kindness and … respect.”
With video views nearly doubling in the last year, Twitter is making pre-roll spots available to all advertisers. Rolled out in April, In-Stream Video Ads were originally meant to run just in premium content from Twitter partners.
Now, soccer is for the birds. New series Angry Birds: BirLd Cup (Rovio Entertainment), a mix of live action and animation starring the Angry Birds along with top soccer players, is available on YouTube Kids through July 16.
Hopster is partnering with Dog Ears to produce new preschool series Saturday Club, designed to help kids explore empathy and emotions.
A new Bee and PuppyCat story, Bee and PuppyCat: Lazy In Space, is in production from Federator Studios and VRV, set to launch in 2019.
Nickelodeon International launched two apps for international audiences: Dora’s Worldwide Adventure, an educational geography app, and Nick Football Championsa pop culture-driven celebration of global football season. “Both of these new games tap into what’s important to our audience,” said Kate Sils, VP, multiplatform and brand engagement. “Our research shows 89% of kids ages 6-8 are curious about the world.” The apps are available in 12 languages.
Paul Wesley (The Vampire Diaries) landed a lead role in CBS All Access thriller Tell Me a Story, from Vampire co-creator Kevin Williamson.
Joining the cast of CBC and Netflix drama Northern Rescue: Amalia Williamson (Level 16); Spencer MacPherson (DeGrassi: Next Class); Taylor Thorne (Odd SquadMichelle Nolden (Saving Hope), Michael Xavier (Bitten) and Peter MacNeill (Call Me Fitz).
Superpod is rebranding its animation studio activities, including Vanilla Seed, which it acquired in 2016, under the Superpod Studio banner. The studio will be in charge of all 3D animation for Netflix original Go! Go! Cory Carson.
Cyprus’ Alpha TV  commissioned Israeli comedy La Famiglia from Armoza Formats. The new deal consists of 80 episodes that will be adapted to a local version, premiering in September 2018.
Insight TV announced its new half hour show, Droners, produced by Zoomin Studios. Taking influencers around drones on a journey around the world, Droners shows how drone pilots are influencing a fast-growing underground scene.
Channel 5 announced a new slate of original documentary commissions exploring the lives, issues and stories from everyday people across the UK. Example: Tower Block Kids, from Crackit Productions, follows eight children who explain what it’s like to be a young person growing up in a tower block community.
Among GRB Entertainment documentary pickups, Walt: The Man Behind the Myth went to OTE in Greece, and Confessions of a Superhero landed at Docs de Cologne.
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The first season of One Strange Rock was watched by over 61 million viewers globally on National Geographic, according to Nielsen Live+7 data. Ten-part docuseries is the fourth most-watched series debut in National Geographic Channel history, behind The Story of God, Genius and MARS.
The debut of Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger on June 7 ranked as Freeform’s biggest series launch in over two years in Total Viewers (1.64 million), and was the net’s most-watched drama telecast on any night since the series finale of Pretty Little Liars in June 2017.
Preemptions for coverage of French Open Tennis and Stanley Cup Hockey in the Memorial Day holiday week tamped down syndicated ratings for the session ending June 3. Top talker Dr. Phil was down 13% versus the week prior (to 2.8), number one game show Family Feud dipped 2% (6.2) and lead mags Entertainment Tonight and Inside Edition, both 2.9, were down 6% and 3%, respectively.
Leading up to the G7 summit, Fox Business Network Business Day coverage delivered 208,000 viewers and 30,000 among A25-54.
Airing Tuesday through Friday from 8p-10p last week, UniMas adventure reality competition Reto: 4 Elementos Naturaleza Extrema grew the time-period by +41% among A18-49 (269,000), +16% among A18-34 (110,000) and +1% among Total Viewers 2+ (532,000) versus the network’s prior week performance.
TV Time Binge Report: Week of June 4-10
Show/ Share of Streams: 
13 Reasons Why (Netflix) – 5.16%
The 100 (The CW) – 2.27%
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) – 1.99%
Friends (NBC) – 1.72%
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX) – 1.65%
Westworld (HBO) – 1.51%
Riverdale (The CW) – 1.37%
The Originals (The CW) – 1.35%
The Handmaid’d Tale (Hulu) – 1.22%
Lucifer (FOX) – 1.16%
TV Time’s Binge Report tracks and ranks shows based on the number of episodes consumed by the millions of fans across the globe in the TV Time app.


Top 10 Broadcast Programs Among
A18-49 ratings/share for the week of June 4
ABC: NBA Finals Game 3 6.5/27
ABC: NBA Finals Game 4 5.4/26
NBC: America’s Got Talent 2.2/10
NBC: Stanley Cup Game 5 2.2/11
ABC: Celebrity Family Feud 1.8/8
ABC: NBA Countdown Game 3 1.7/9
ABC: The Bachelorette 1.6/7
NBC: Stanley Cup Game 4 1.6/7
NBC: World of Dance 1.57
ABC: NBA Countdown Game 4 1.5/9
Broadcast Evening News Shows Weekly Average Ratings week of June 4
ABC World News Tonight 8,291,000 total viewers; 1.4/8 and 1,724,000 A25-54
NBC Nightly News 7,305,000 total viewers; 1.3/7 and 1,523,000 A25-54
CBS Evening News 5,577,000 million total viewers; .9/5 and 1,105,000 A25-54
Broadcast Morning News Shows Weekly Average Ratings week of June 4
ABC Good Morning America 4,090,000  total viewers, 1.0/11 and 1,204,000 A25-54
NBC Today 3,743,000 total viewers, 1.0/11 and 11,256,000 A25-54
CBS This Morning 3,013,000 total viewers, 0.6/7 and 767,000 A25-54
Top 11 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of May 28 ranked in order by HH Rtg
Judge Judy (CTD) 6.8 AA
Family Feud (2/T) 6.2 AA 
Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.6 AA
Jeopardy (CTD) 5.6 AA
The Big Bang Theory (WB) 4.4 AA
Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 2.9 AA
Inside Edition (CTD) 2.9 AA
Dr. Phil (CTD) 2.8 AA
Live With Kelly & Ryan (DAD) 2.2AA
Hot Bench (CTD) 2.2 AA


Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions): Monday, June 11 time period averages
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated Live+SD
ABC: 4.72 million
The Bachelorette 5.54, The $100,000 Pyramid 3.09
CBS: 4.18 million
Mom 4.93, Man With a Plan 4.24, NCIS: New Orleans 3.65, Elementary 4.31
NBC: 2.88 million
Running Wild with Bear Grylls 2.95, American Ninja Warrior 2.85
FOX: 2.36 million
So You Think You Can Dance 2.90
CW: 1.39 million
Supergirl 1.79, Whose Line Is It Anyway? 1.00
UNIVISION: 1.2 million
Rico y Lazaro 1.23, Papa a Toda Madre 1.24
TELEMUNDO: .95 million
Mi Familia Perfecta .78, Al Otro Lado del Mur 1.01, Senor de los Cielos 1.07
Monday A19-49 Rating: ABC 1.2/5, NBC .7/3, CBS .6/3, UNI .6/2, FOX .5/2,TELE .5/2, CW .4/2
Santa Monica-based entertainment and technology PR firm Beck Media & Marketing has established an office in Atlanta, to be led by Stephanie Booker, a nine-year veteran of the agency.
Ipsos appointed David Letson as Executive Vice President of Ipsos RDA. Letson will lead the development and execution for the Automotive Quality Advisory Services team.
Nadine Santos was promoted to Vice President of Programming & Artist Relations at Music Choice. Santos had been Director.
Next-generation national news network Newsy has expanded its NYC-based sales and distribution team, hiring Ken Ripley as Vice President of Sales and naming Stephen Strong as VP of Strategic Partnerships. Ripley previously launched and led sales divisions for DirecTV and Discovery Communications, among others, while Strong has been VP of Revenue for Newsy since 2016.

This Day in History: 1967 – Thurgood Marshall was the first African-American nominated as a Supreme Court justice.


Answer to our last trivia question: Who did Christine become engaged to at the end of The New Adventures of Old Christine (2006-2010)? Dr. Max Kershaw. Kudos to: Phyllis McQuillan-MSG Networks/NYC, Andy Pittman-TAMU/College Station, TX, Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg-M and S Entertainment/LA, David Westberg-SAG-AFTRA Federal Credit Union/Burbank, Cynthia New-Spectrum Reach/Cape Girardeau, MO


Today’s Trivia Question: Which short-lived sitcom was set in the Coolidge Boardinghouse? (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 Our Last Anagram: Aim A Crown Amen = American Woman. Kudos to: Julie Schettig-Warner Bros./Burbank, CT, Keith Warren-FOX Sports Arizona/Phoenix, LJ Simpson-Turner/Atlanta


Sitcom Character Anagram: Sobs In Tannery (Email [email protected]; 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: 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)


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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)


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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)


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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)

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ABC: The Goldbergs [r], The Goldbergs [r], Modern Family [r], American Housewife [r], Shark Tank   
CBS: Bull [r], SEAL Team [r], Code Black  [r]
CW: Super Girl [r], The Originals
FOX: Master Chef, Gordon Ramsay’s 24 House to Hell and Back [p]
NBC: American Ninja Warrior, Reverie
PBS: Nature [r], NOVA [r], Particle Fever [r]
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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