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Innovations and evolutions in the kids, tween and teen media sectors call for a bigger and better awards program to capture this exciting space. This is the perfect time to shine a light on everything your team has accomplished this past year with a call for entries that covers every aspect of the young media consumer’s experience.
HBO ordered The Gray Area with Charlamagne Tha God, a series of four hourlong interview specials hosted by the TV and radio personality. The first special is scheduled to debut later this year. Charlamagne Tha God will EP the project along with Karen Kinney.
Apple is teaming with Sesame Workshop on a new slate of original children’s programming for Worldwide Video. Under the multiseries order, Sesame Workshop will produce live-action and animated series, as well as develop a puppet series for Apple.
BBC ordered The Time It Takes, featuring comedian Joe Lycett, from Hat Trick Productions. The gameshow sees members of the public race to answer as many questions as possible within a specific time limit.
Amazon Studios inked a first look deal with Game of Thrones co-EP Vince Gerardis. As per the pact’s terms, the studio will have access to Gerardis’ intellectual library from top science fiction and fantasy authors, like Robert Silverberg, Kim Stanley Robinson and Robert Heinlein, to be used as source material for original series.
ABC released premiere dates for two summer series. Bachelor in Paradise returns for a fifth season on Tuesday, August 7 at 8p. Meanwhile, new series Castaways, which tests the human need for companionship under extreme circumstances, debuts immediately following at 10p.
High tech takes over Big Brother for its 20th anniversary, as 16 new houseguests face unexpected twists and upgraded power in a house inspired by Silicon Valley. The CBS reality show debuts with a three-hour, two-night premiere event Wednesday, June 27 at 8p and Thursday, June 28 at 9p.
Attorneys for infamous criminals tell their stories in Oxygen’s four-part documentary series In Defense of bows Monday, June 25 at 9p.
Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods returns Tuesday, July 3 at 9p, as Andrew Zimmern continues his epicurean exploration of food that celebrates cultures and connects communities around the world.
The Pacific War in Color premieres Sunday, June 24 at 8p on Smithsonian Channel. Eight-part series traces the epic struggle of the Pacific War using never-before-seen visuals from every corner of the conflict.
The Great Food Truck Race takes a culinary road battle through the Wild West this summer, with seven teams competing for the $50,000 grand price. Kicks off Thursday, July 26 at 9p on Food Network. The winning truck will be named in the season final on Thursday, August 30 at 9p.
Oxygen Media debuts Serial Killer with Piers Morgan on Monday, July 16 at 7p. With unprecedented access to maximum security prisons, the series features interviews with the most depraved serial killers for the first time.
Tyler Perry’s new comedy series The Paynes premieres Friday, July 20 at 9p on OWN. Cassi Davis and LaVan Davis reprise their roles as Ella and Curtis Payne from the House of Payne series.
Human trafficking drama La Promesa, starring international star Aislinn Derbez, debuts on EstrellaTV on Monday, June 25 at 7p.
JBFA: Stories from the 2018 James Beard Awards bows Sunday, June 24 at 4p on ABC. Special showcases the most prestigious awards in the American culinary industry.
BET Networks brings fans digital and social experiences leading up to, during and post the 2018 BET Awards and BET Experience. BET Digital is complementing the on-air tent pole event with a series of interactive activations, exclusive video and live content leading up to the show. Hosted by Jamie Foxx, the BET Awards airs live on Sunday, June 24 at 8p from LA.
A new 2018 Beta Research Cable Network Interest study presents some key findings. Among non-subscribers to cable TV/cord cutters, the top ranked major basic networks of high interest were Discovery Channel (51 percent), FX (46 percent), National Geographic Channel (45 percent), Animal Planet (43 percent), Food Network (43 percent), Comedy Central (42 percent) and History (42 percent). Discovery Channel has ranked first among this group for three years in a row. Among non-subscribers to cable TV/cord cutters, the top ranked digital basic networks on high interest were FX Movie Channel (53 percent), Discovery Life (47 percent), Science (45 percent), Cooking Channel (44 percent), DIY Network (43 percent), Sony Movie Channel (43 percent) and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (41 percent).
International women’s rights organization Equality Now is unveiling a new campaign with Hulu original series The Handmaid’s Tale, calling on people to use the power of their name and the law to achieve equality for women and girls. The campaign centers on a two-minute film, Hope Lives in Every Name, featuring members of the show’s cast and production team sharing testimonies of real women with personal experiences of issues covered in The Handmaid’s Tale, including sexual violence, trafficking and female genital mutilation.
SpotX launched live educational series “SpotX Explains It All” for advertisers. The training session highlights the current state of CTV, targeting strategies, how to reach audiences and more. The invite-only series kicks off Thursday, June 21 at OffSite Loft in NY.
Jason Ritter (Kevin (Probably) Saves The World) nabbed a key role in Netflix’s straight-to-series sci-fi family drama Raising DionSerinda Swan (Inhumans) landed a starring role in CBC’s upcoming drama CoronerBen Daniels is joining season 3 of Netflix’s The Crown, playing Princess Margaret’s husband, Antony Armstrong-Jones… Molly McCook (The Ranch) and Josh Pence (La La Land) will recur on Good Trouble, Freeform’s The Fosters spinoff… Andrew Caldwell (iZombie), Jade Pettyjohn (School of Rock) and Anthony Keyyan (Fresh Off The Boat) nabbed series regular roles in Hulu pilot Kansas City.
The PGA Tour partnered with Facebook to stream 60-plus hours of exclusive live coverage, on a free basis, leading up to the FedExCup Playoffs, beginning with the Travelers Championship on Saturday, June 23. Facebook Watch will stream coverage of the Quicken Loans National, A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier, John Deere Classic, RBC Canadian Open, World Golf Championships-Bridgestone International, Wyndham Championship and The Northern Trust.
In other Facebook news, in a bid to boost engagement, the social platform is providing users with new tools to turn their videos into little game shows. Facebook is adding polling functionality for Live and on-demand videos and gamification for Live. It allows creators big and small to boost their video offerings with polls, quiz questions and other challenges.
YouTube announced new product YouTube Creative Suite, that will soon be available to brands buying advertising on the video platform. It combines three new tools to test variations of ads and measure their impact. At Cannes Lions festival in France, Debbie Weinstein, managing director for YouTube & Video Solutions, said the new suite was part of a big bet YouTube is making this year “on improving the reporting, insights and guidance YouTube provides on video creative.”
AT&T and Verizon vowed to stop providing phone location data from cellular phone owners to data brokers, after a leak of real-time location data. The decision came after an investigation by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), who found that law enforcement agencies could use the date to track people without their consent.
Instagram launched IGTV, a new hub for longform video. The move pushes the social network to get into the race to aggregate social video. The company’s goal is to generate pieces of content in the 10-minute range, a la YouTube and Snapchat. Offerings will include some scripted shows and music videos.
Red Arrow Studios International inked new scripted format sales in Central and Eastern Europe for comedy series Match and crime procedural Einstein.
Endemol Shine Group’s All Together Now landed deals with Endemol Shine Germany and Endemol Shine France to produce versions of the show in their respective markets. The series has now been ordered in five territories this year, following its BBC One premiere in January.
UK production company Nevision secured a third season commission for animated show Floogals, from co-production partner Universal Kids, from Channel 5’s Milkshake!
Thursday, July 12th at 1:30PM
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. 

Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions) Tuesday, June 19, 2018 time period averages
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated Live+SD
NBC: 8.99
America’s Got Talent 11.65, World of Dance 6.32
CBS: 4.79
NCIS 5.71, Bull 4.69, 48 Hours: NCIS 3.98
ABC: 2.42
The Middle 3.08, The Middle 2.57, Blackish 1.93, Blackish 2.02, The Best Defense 2.50
FOX: 2.07
Beat Shazam 2.28, Love Connection 1.86
TELE: 0.93
Mi Familia Perfecta 0.66, Sin senos si hay paraiso 0.97, El Senor de los Cielos 1.17
CW: 0.83
The Flash 0.76, The 100 0.90
El Rico y Lazaro 1.18, La Bella y las bestias 1.15, Por amar sin ley 1.35
Tuesday A19-49 Analysis: NBC 1.9/9, FOX 0.6/3, CBS 0.6/3, TELE 0.6/3,
ABC 0.5/2, CW 0.3/1, UNI 0.5/3
CuriosityStream named Clint Stinchcomb president and CEO. He succeeds Elizabeth Hendricks North, who moved into the role of president. Stinchcomb joined the global streaming service in 2017 as chief distribution officer.
Jennifer Twiner McCarron was upped to CEO of Thunderbird Entertainment. In addition to her new role, she will continue as CEO of Thunderbird subsidiary Atomic Cartoons.

 This Day in History: 2003 – The fifth book in the Harry Potter franchise was released and became the fastest-selling book in history.
Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: Where did Malcolm in the Middle’s (2000-2006) mom Jane work? Lucky Aide drugstore. Kudos to: Amy Pecorino/NYC; Gerry Bixenspan-TV Marketing, Inc./NYC; Brad Stern-OPERR Technologies/Flushing, NY; Matt Willence-ITN Networks/NYC; Matty Ferra-McGarry Bowen/Chicago, IL; Susan Nessanbaum Goldberg-M and S Entertainment/Los Angeles, CA.
Today’s Trivia Question: What actor/singer played a casino owner, who summoned Charlie’s Angels (1976-1981) to Vegas to investigate a series of suspicious deaths? (Email [email protected] with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and time zone. Unofficial rules: a limit of four.)

Answer to Our Last Sitcom Anagram: Dunk That Ether = The Naked Truth. Kudos to: Synda Kollman-Charter Marketing Group/Boca Raton, FL; Charlene White-A+E Networks/Stamford, CT; Paul Blutter-Walk and Talk Production Rentals/Burbank, CA.
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JOB OPENING: MANAGER, AD SALES FINANCE/NBCU/NYC: Support the Monthly, Quarterly and Annual Budgeting/Long Range Planning cycles for NBCU National Advertising Sales FP & A. Min of 3 yrs of corporate or operational finance exp. Knwldg of ad sales in either Digital or TV is a+. Full info/apply HERE (6/28)
JOB OPENING: MEDIA BUYER/Expedia/Seattle: Seeking a talented Media Buyer. You are data driven, analytical, and dedicated to staying abreast of the latest industry trends. You will play an integral role in negotiating, buying, and executing both national and local TV media buy using a multi-million dollar annual budget. Full info/apply HERE (6/28)

JOB OPENING: VP HUMAN RESOURCES/Discovery/El Segundo: Motor Trend Group is seeking HR Leader to drive HR strategic leadership as part of SMT. Provide HR “Bus Partner” support to exec leadership/wider org. Dvlp & implement all HR areas to reflect/foster enthusiastic culture of the biz. 10+ yrs full-cycle HR exp w/in a media co. Apply (6/28)

JOB OPENING: SALES ENABLEMENT DIRECTOR SALES OPERATIONS/NBC/NYC: Min 5 yrs in a similar lead customer support/training function, or a related vendor role. A strategic position that will empower sales, traffic, research, finance and marketing users across our divisions! Full info/apply HERE (6/27)

AD SALES ASSISTANT/Baby First TV/NY: Reports to EVP & AE Ad Sales. Detailed & organized. Ability to multi-task in fast past env. Prof in EXL & PPT. College grad welcome! Reply to [email protected] (6/27)

JOB OPENING: PRODUCT SUPPORT SPECIALIST/WOT/SAN FRAN OR BIRMINGHAM AL: Partner with our customers and support with how-to questions regarding the use of WO Traffic. 2+ yrs of exp in a Digital ad serving envir & 2+ yrs exp at a TV, radio or cable station in the traffic or operations dept. Full info/apply HERE (6/27)
JOB OPENING: ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE/WO Digital and WO Network/NYC: Lead demonstrations and sales presentations, focusing on WO’s digital order mngmnt system, to new prospects. 4+ yrs exp selling advertising or working in the digital media ind. Exp cable ntwk, radio, publishing or TV industry is req’d. Full info/apply HERE (6/26)
JOB OPENING: SR BUSINESS ANALYST/WON/NYC: Work w/Prod & Dvlpmnt Teams to solve customer business problems by defining req’s, shepherding software changes & skillfully documenting customers’ business problems. Knwlg of cable/brdcst ntwrk industry from both the Sales and Comm Ops perspectives. Full info/apply HERE (6/26)
JOB OPENING: ASSOCIATE PRODUCER/Motorsport /Miami: Produce and edit motorsports-related content for Motorsport Network digital and broadcast platforms. 3+ yrs work exp TV prod & 1 yr exp in digital media prod. Basic understanding of lighting & camera operations a must. Full info/apply HERE (6/26)
JOB OPENING: COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR/PAC-12/SF: In this critical role, you will drive corporate communications, executive communications and internal/stakeholder communications efforts for the Pac-12 Networks. Min 10 yrs exp in strategic communications, including corporate communications. For full posting/apply HERE (6/25)
JOB OPENING: MANAGER, RECRUITING/A+E/NY: Mng domestic recruiting function to identify, assess & hire the best & brightest. Oversee JD process, est candidate pipeline, mng ntwrkg & social media opps to enhance recruitment efforts. 5+ yrs recruitment exp within media. Strong HR ntwrk of recruiters. Apply HERE (6/25)

JOB OPENING: AD SALES PLANNER/Baby First TV/NY: Reports to SVP Ad Sales. Home office flexibility. 2-3 Years Direct Response experience a plus. Detailed & organized. PowerPoint and Excel a must. Entrepreneurial environment. Reply t[email protected] (6/25)

JOB OPENING: EDITOR/PR News/NYC: For The Social Shake Up Show. Resp for event content creation, prgrmng, writing agendas & on-site mngmnt for conferences, awards prgrms & webinars. Write/edit articles for website related to industry. 3+ yrs writing, editing & social media exp in deadline-oriented envir. Full info/apply HERE (6/25)
ABC: The Gong Show [p], Match Game [p], Take Two [p]
CBS: The Big Bang Theory, Young Sheldon, Mom, Life in Pieces, S.W.A.T.
CW: Supernatural, Black Lightning
FOX: The Four: Battle for Stardom
NBC: Little Big Shots, Marlon, Marlon, Law & Order: SVU
PBS: This Old House Hour, Secrets of Underground London, Antiques Roadshow
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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