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Amazon: Hostel Daze
Apple TV+: Ted Lasso
Magnolia: Mind for Design
HBO: Music Box at 9p
Netflix: Masters of the Universe: Revelation, Feels Like Ishq
TLC: Darcey & Stacey: Pillow Talk at 10:30p
CW: Charmed at 8p
AMC, BBC America: Eden: Untamed Planet at 8p
Travel: Destination Fear at 9p
History: Modern Marvels at 10p
Nat Geo: Unknown Waters with Jeremy Wade at 10p
Science: Hitler’s American Battlefield at 8p, Secret Nazi Ruins at 10p
Snapchat: Coming Out
Hallmark: Good Witch at 9p
IN THE NEWS
“No news is good news,” said AT&T CEO John Stankey about the regulatory review process for the WarnerMedia/Discovery deal. Asked during an earnings call whether he still expects the deal to get approval by April 2022, Stankey said, “I don’t have any reason to suggest it is going to be any different than that.” As for AT&T’s turning 30% of DirecTV over to TGP to create a separate entity, the exec said it was a “pleasant surprise” that the deal will close next month, earlier than expected.
As for AT&T’s 2Q21 earnings, total revenue of $44 billion beat analysts’ estimates of $42.6 billion, and earnings hit 89 cents, handily topping a forecast of 79 cents. WarnerMedia’s revenue rose 31% versus the same quarter last year, to $8.8 milion, with the return of sports helping boost ad revenue by 49%.
“American Housewife” has been cleared for a fall 2022 broadcast syndication premiere. Disney Media Entertainment & Distribution has cleared the sitcom, canceled by ABC after five seasons, to stations representing more than 85% of the country, with CBS Television Stations serving as the launch group. In addition, the series has been sold to stations from broadcast groups including Weigel Broadcasting, Nexstar Media Group, E.W. Scripps Company, Hubbard Broadcasting, Hearst Communications, Gray Television, Bahakel Communications, Tegna Media, Lockwood Broadcast Group, Mission Broadcasting, Cox Media Group, Meredith Corporation, NPG Broadcasting and American Spirit Media.
After six months of investigations by CBS News and Stations into allegations of racist and abusive behavior, the general managers in two outlets are out. “We will begin our search for new leaders in Los Angeles and Chicago immediately,” wrote CBS News and Stations President and Co-head Wendy McMahon to staff.
Skipping a shot in the arm could be costly to NFL teams and players. The NFL has notified teams that if games must be postponed due to a positive COVID-19 test, they will count as forfeits if they can’t be rescheduled. The move is designed to “allow us to play a full season in a safe and responsible way,” wrote Commissioner Roger Goodell. “While there is no question that health conditions have improved from last year, we cannot be complacent or simply assume that we will be able to play without interruption.”
HBO Max renewed “That Damn Michael Che” for a second season. The sketch comedy series wasn’t wholly unfamiliar territory for Che – it featured a number of his “SNL” castmates, and counted Lorne Michaels among its producders.
Damon Wayans Jr.(“Happy Endings”) will host Peacock obstacle course competition series “Frogger,” based on the 1980s video game. Eureka Productions (“Holey Moley”) is producing.
Get ready to celebrate the Top Women in Media! The individual honorees have been announced along with Distinguished Companies who elevate women in the workplace. We are looking forward to seeing them all in person at the Top Women in Media Awards Gala October 27th in NYC. Join us for this memorable evening. Register now>>
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Netflix announced documentary feature “Blood Brothers: Malcolm X & Muhammad Ali” from Kenya Barris (“black-ish”), featuring never-before-seen archival footage. The film is inspired by the book Blood Brothers: The Fatal Friendship Between Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X, by Randy Roberts and Johnny Smith. Executive producers are Erynn Sampson for Khalabo Ink Society; Jonathan Chinn and Simon Chinn for Lightbox; and Simon George.
Casting notes: Shailane Woodley (“Big Little Lies”) will star in Showtime series “Three Women,” based on the bestseller by Lisa Taddeo…Michelle Monaghan (“Messiah”) is set to do double duty in Netflix limited series “Echoes,” as identical twins…Alysia Vale (“Orange Is the New Black”) will recur on Starz horror comedy series “Shining Vale,” starring Courteney Cox, Greg Kinnear and Mira Sorvino…Also slotted in a recurring role is Anne Torv (“Fringe”), on HBO’s “The Last of Us.
Anthony Ippolito (“Grand Army”) will play Al Pacino in Paramount+ series “The Offer,” about the making of “The Godfather.”…Christiane Paul (“Counterpart”) and Carter Redwood (“The Long Road Home”) have joined the cast of CBS spin-off “FBI: International.”
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NEW & RETURNING SERIES
Science Channel goes deep with two premieres on Thursday, August 5. “Underground Marvels,” revealing surprising underground structures, is back for a new season at 9p, followed by “Abandoned: Expedition Shipwreck” at 10p.
AXS TV focuses on passionate collectors and their imusic in new music memorabilia series “Rock My Collection,” premiering Sunday, August 15 at 8p.
Four professional chefs make the most of ordinary items in mystery refrigerators in Food Network’s “Raid the Fridge,” premiering Wednesday, September 1 at 10p. Comedian and podcast host Dan Ahdoot hosts.
A new season of “Naked and Afraid” launches on Discovery Sunday, August 1 at 8p. Competitors must survive 21 days in the wild, with only the likes of snakes, baboons and water buffalo for company.
An animated “Pen15” special drops on Hulu Friday, August 27. “Jacuzzi” picks up after the events of the part one finale.
Telemundo Deportes will present exclusive coverage of all C.D. Guadalajara (Chivas) home matches across Telemundo, Universo and Telemundo Deportes’ digital platforms during the Liga MX Apertura 2021 tournament. Coverage begins with Chivas’ debut game against Atletico San Luis on Sunday, July 24 at 10p.
Disney+ special “Happier than Ever: A Love Letter to Los Angeles,” starring Billie Eilish, premieres Friday, September 3. The show will feature a performance of every song on Eilish’s new album, “Happier than Ever, in the album’s sequential order, from the stage of the legendary Hollywood Bowl.
Break out the pom-poms – Lifetime’s “Fear the Cheer” movie slate launches next month. First up: “Killer Cheer Mom,” Saturday, August 28 at 8p.
HBO and HBO Max added 2.8 million accounts in 2Q21, to 47 million on June 30. That’s a year-to-year increase of 10.7 million. WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar shared news on AT&T’s earnings call that should help HBO Max’s numbers in the future: Warner Bros. will produce 10 or more movies in 2022 exclusively for the streamer. “Motion pictures matter and will continue to matter,” said Kilar.
Redbox has partnered with Wurl, provider of streaming video distribution and advertising services for CTV, to facilitate and expand the selection of free channels on Redbox Free Live TV.
NBCUniversal announced Ad-ID as its new standard for advertisers across One Platform, allowing NBCUniversal and its partners can access the metadata housed within the Ad-ID platform. NBCUniversal’s partnership with Ad-ID also encompasses collaboration on Ad-ID’s technology roadmap, including enhancements to Ad-ID’s solution for audience and contextual targeting.“ At NBCUniversal, we are investing in data, technology, and partnerships that create the best possible viewing experience for our audiences, and the best advertising experience for marketers – but we can’t set a new standard for the entire media and marketing ecosystem alone,” said Krishan Bhatia, President & Chief Business Officer, NBCUniversal Advertising & Partnerships. “We are calling upon everyone—programmers, platforms, technology providers, agencies, and brands—to join us in changing the viewing experience for the better.”
In more NBCU news, NBC and Telemundo owned stations are introducing new mobile apps for iPhone and Android users. Updates include a redesign, a “dark mode” feature, “trending” and “discover” news feeds, precipitation alerts and customizable alert options.
Two-thirds of marketers and advertisers support unified federal consumer regulations such as the California Consumer Protection Act and the Colorado Consumer Protection Act, according to a survey from Kubient. Of these respondents, their primary reasoning for supporting included the belief it would be simpler for marketers to follow these federal guidelines vs. each state creating bespoke guidelines (34%); the belief that privacy regulations should be in place to protect consumers (26%), and nearly 20% believe we should model the GDPR regulation for new US federal privacy standards. While 88% of survey respondents indicated some level of concern on the increase of privacy regulation requiring a shift in strategies on reconcepting of campaigns, only 23% noting they were “extremely concerned” on the changes required.
Planeta Junior, a European children’s and family entertainment company, has signed an agreement with 9 Story Media Group and Karma’s World Entertainment to represent Karma’s World in Spain, Portugal and Italy.
FilmRise has acquired the distribution rights to Jetmir Media’s court TV series “The Mediator with Ice-T” with FilmRise representing the show in all media worldwide and Jetmir retaining US broadcast syndication rights. FilmRise and Jetmir are co-financing 20 new episodes of the series.
Rainmaker Content has inked a distribution agreement with Nordic Entertainment Group, and will act as a worldwide distribution partner for selected scripted Viaplay Originals, with NENT Group retaining the necessary rights for Viaplay’s existing and future markets.
Go Button Media announced that Canada’s Super Channel has commissioned its new history docuseries, “Secret Nazi Expeditions,” and that Cineflix Rights is onboard as its international distribution partner, with an initial focus on pre-sales.
Power play: Starz’ “Power Book III: Raising Kanan” debuted as the network’s most highly engaged series premiere ever, with the best series premiere completion rate across OTT platforms, and ranked #1 most social series and #1 most talked about series across all of TV among organic audiences.
CNN averaged 1.55 million total viewers between 8-9:30p on Wednesday, the night of its town hall with President Joe Biden, and 342,000 among A25-54, according to Nielsen data. In the same time period, Fox News counted 2.77 million viewers and 477,000 in the demo, and MSNBC drew 1.67 million viewers and 227,000 among A25-54. CNN’s February town hall with Biden delivered 3.5 million viewers.
Broadcast Nielsen Ratings for Wednesday, July 21
Show, P2+ 000s, (A18-49)
ABC: Press Your Luck 3.29 (0.5), The $100,000 Pyramid 3.60 (0.5), Match Game 2.80 (0..4)
CBS: Big Brother 3.33 (0.8), Love Island 1.62 (0.3), S.W.A.T. 1.36 (0.2)
CW: Kung Fu 0.83 (0.1), In the Dark 0.40 (0.1)
FOX: MasterChef 2.24 (0.5), Crime Scene Kitchen 1.55 (0.3)
NBC: Olympic Dreams Featuring Jonas Brothers 2.49 (0.3), Chicago Fire 1.83 (0.2), Chicago P.D. 1.93 (0.2)
Telemundo: Exatlon Estados Unidos 0.93 (0.3), Hercai: Amor y Venganza 1.30 (0.4), Café con Aroma de Mujer 0.89 (0.3)
Univision: Disenando Tu Amor 1.38 (0.4), Si nos Dejan 1.44 (0.4), La Hija del Embajador 1.44 (0.4)
Source: Nielsen live + same day time period averages
NBCUniversal has appointed John Lee to the newly-created role of Chief Data Officer, sitting within the company’s Global Advertising & Partnerships division. Previously, Lee served as Global Chief Corporate Strategy Officer at Merkle.
Former CEO of CBS Entertainment Group Joseph Ianniello has launched an SPAC, aiming for acquisitions in media, entertainment and sports. Ianniella is Chairman and CEO of Argus Capital Corp., which aims to raise up to $300 million.
Nextstar Media has promoted Ron Romines to SVP and Regional Manager. Romines had been VP and GM in Charlotte, NC.
Ken Reiner is joining INSP as VP of Content Acquisitions. Prior to joining INSP, Ken provided media consulting and operational guidance for numerous organizations.
Ty Warren, Netflix’s Global Head of Physical Production and Series, is leaving the streamer amid a reorg that eliminated his position. “Over the past five years, Ty has made tremendous contributions to Netflix, building our physical production team from the ground up and producing shows and films at extraordinary scale and quality. We wish him the best in his next chapter,” said co-CEO and Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos.
One out of three people who go to the beach can’t swim.
This Day in History
1827 – The first US swimming pool opened, in Boston.
Answer to Our Last Trivia Question
Which Academy Award-winning actor played the stepson of Mary Tyler Moore’s character in a TV series? Adrien Brody (“The Pianist”), in “Annie McGuire” (1988). Kudos to: Louis Lewow-FITE/Atlanta; Greg West-WATC/Atlanta; Charles Lore/NYC; Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg-M and S Entertainment/LA; Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA; Synda Kollman-Charter Marketing Group/Boca Raton, FL; David Westberg-SAG-AFTRA Credit Union/Burbank; Aaron Paquette-AccelerateSG/Fort Worth, TX
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CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER >>
FANDOM/NYC or LOS ANGELES: Build our external brand through securing press coverage in the B2B space. Daily pitching and regular cadence of secured press coverage in B2B space and develop and maintain a comprehensive database of industry conferences and awards. 6+ years in a communications function at a global entertainment company required. Full info HERE (8/7)
Maintain agency accounts including upfront and scatter order entry, inventory moves, and product allocations and Electronic Data Interchange, flowcharts, change notices, handling program changes, booking billboards for marketing sponsorships. (B.A.) in Communication or equivalent; Prior internship experience in sales and/or media industry a plus. Full info HERE (8/6)
PR & MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER >>
EDO/NYC, NY: Lead public relations and create marketing materials to contribute to brand awareness and revenue growth. Design and execute PR strategies and campaigns; Write compelling and informative content to engage customers and prospects. 3+ years B2B marketing and/or public relations experience required. Full info HERE (8/6)
Work with Managers and Directors to develop best-in-class multiplatform marketing campaigns for Viacom’s advertisers. Actively participate in brainstorming sessions and assist on RFP responses, and conceptualizing creative ideas. Degree with 1-3 years’ exper working in entertainment, advertising or marketing required. Full info HERE (8/5)
MTV, VH1 & CMT INTEGRATED MARKETING and SOCIAL STRATEGY MANAGER
Activation point on RFP responses including but not limited to leading creative briefings and collaboration, vetting concepts with all necessary teams and assisting with presentation as needed. Social Strategy point across the group. 4-6 years of experience developing integrated marketing programs preferably focused on digital/social platforms
required. Full info HERE (8/5)
LOS ANGELES, CA
Support the Production team in office, on shoots and post projects. Manage and distribute call sheets, calendars, shoot schedules. Facilitate video conference calls, arrange meetings and guest lists for security. Contract routing: location agreements, guest releases, and contracts. 2 Years + production management on-set experience required. Full info HERE (8/5)
ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE, SALES & BRAND PARTNERSHIPS
Sell new ad product and create detailed business plans designed to achieve goals and revenue quotas. Manage the entire sales cycle and effectively present Mirriad’s advertising solution to prospective clients. Develop/maintain relationships and collaboratively work across various business groups. Proven experience as an Account Executive required. Full info HERE (8/5)
CUSTOMER SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE
Ensure that all subscriber questions and concerns are addressed within response times. Respond to, troubleshoot, and resolve customer issues submitted via multiple communication channels including in-app reviews, social media, and online contact forms. Ability to triage issues and clearly communicate solutions in a concise manner required. Full info HERE (7/30)
Expert in campaign management making data-driven recommendations on media plans for optimal results. Responsible for presenting & selling the client on opportunities brought by the media team, working with the operations team to develop and gather data relevant to each client’s individualized needs, supervising the process to successful outcome. Full info HERE (7/30)
Achieving national advertising revenue targets through direct sales by selling the value and brand strength of the TV One and Cleo TV. Create compelling presentations and proactively keep clients informed of pertinent account and network information. Strong knowledge of the cable industry, and African-American demographics required. Full info HERE (7/29)
Manages the On-air Program Log construction process; the playlist delivery to Master Control and the reconciliation of such logs for TV One/Cleo TV. Work with Advertising Sales department to assist in placing of spots and create detailed reports. Demonstrated ability to work independently, with a high degree of accuracy and accountability required. Full info HERE (7/29)
MANAGER, BRAND MARKETING
CROWN MEDIA FAMILY NETWORKS
Crown Media is seeking an experienced marketer to join a growing team supporting linear cable networks Hallmark Channel & Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, along with its growing SVOD service, Hallmark Movies Now. This is an exciting opportunity to join a company with top-tier brands and help Crown Media maintain its position as a leader in entertainment. Full info HERE (7/28)
DIRECTOR, PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT
The Director of Production will help create & develop new original programming for HGTV, as well as manage all aspects of original commissioned productions. Looking for someone with at least 7+ years exp with either production company, network, or streaming service. Must have great unscripted programming knowledge & diverse skillset. Full info HERE (7/28)
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER >>
NEWSMAX MEDIA/NYC: Responsible for designing and building shows, managing show hosts and production team, identifying and integrating guests, overseeing and executing the production of key video & graphic elements. 3+ yrs EP exp or political news & talk programming. Full info HERE (7/27)
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER >>
NEWSMAX MEDIA/NYC: Write for fast paced news and opinion show. You are an exceptional storyteller with a command of political news and cultural trends. At least 3 years of national or large market local news experience. Full info HERE (7/27)
SENIOR LINE PRODUCER >>
NEWSMAX MEDIA/NYC: Responsible for the production and execution of live political news programming, and recorded video segments for television, and digital platforms. 3+ yrs experience line producing. Full info HERE (7/27)
AUDIENCE ENGAGEMENT SPECIALIST >>
WNET/NYC: Dvlp/optimize mktg campaigns to grow audience/viewer engagmt; create message/assets to support efforts. 3+yrs dig. mktg/publicity/aud engmt exp. Strong writing & verbal skills; knwlg of web & soc analytics, SEO & exp mging multiplat campaigns; Full info/apply HERE (7/26)
TRAFFIC COPY COORDINATOR
Full time, freelance Traffic Log Coordinator. Tech-savvy person, willingness to learn, a cooperative attitude, attention to detail, strong ability to meet changing deadlines in a fast paced- environment. Responsible for seeing that all commercials, promos and secondaries are scheduled correctly. Full info HERE (7/26)
MEDIA SALES PLANNER >>
FUSE MEDIA/NYC, NY: Join a dynamic sales team in developing customized plans and presentations for Ad Sales clients. This is a great opportunity for someone looking to join a fast-growing business with future growth opportunities. This position reports to the Manager of Pricing & Planning and is based in our New York office – currently remote. Full info HERE (7/25)
SR RESEARCH ANALYST
NEWSNATION & ANTENNA TV
Build and maintain Research systems, ongoing corporate reports, develop sales materials for Account Executives for both Digital and Linear sales needs, as well as maintain detailed programming databases for Nielsen measurement. Working directly with Research, the Sr Analyst will act as a liaison between Ad Sales, Programming and Affiliate relations. Monitor social audience trends. Full info HERE (7/25)
DIRECTOR, PRICING AND PLANNING >>
GAC MEDIA/NYC, NY: Works with Ad Sales, Traffic, Finance and Programming to ensure all revenue is being maximized through inventory management and optimal pricing. Experience navigating planning and traffic systems is a must. Daily responsibilities include inventory maintenance, pricing approvals, and stewardship tracking. The job requires attention to detail, industry knowledge as well as strong communication skills. Full info HERE (7/25)
DIRECTOR, RESEARCH >>
GAC MEDIA/NYC, NY: Works with Ad Sales, Distribution, Programming and Marketing to provide information and analysis on a timely basis regarding ratings and performance of various platforms. Experience navigating Nielsen systems is a must. Daily responsibilities include overnights, audience estimates and stewardship tracking. The job requires attention to detail, industry knowledge as well as a team mentality. Full info HERE (7/24)
DIRECTOR, GROWTH MARKETING
LOS ANGELES, CA
The Director, Growth Marketing will work closely with other members of the Streaming TV, Product & Marketing teams to grow the audience and monetization of Jukin Media’s streaming apps. The position is primarily tasked with driving downloads and engagement of Jukin’s Roku, Fire, etc applications through paid and organic means. Full info HERE (7/24)
DIRECTOR, DIGITAL CONTENT & EMAIL MARKETING
Lead strategic design and user-experience vision for INSP.com; evaluate potential for reimagined site. Manage multiple project timelines and executions simultaneously and create and manage digital content & email marketing campaigns. 5+ yrs experience leading management of a website property, leading email marketing and people management. Full info HERE (7/23)
|FRIDAY JULY 23
ABC: Shark Tank, 20/20
CBS: Secret Celebrity Renovation, Love Island, Blue Bloods
CW: Charmed [f], Dynasty
FOX: WWE Friday Night Smackdown
NBC: 2020 Tokyo Olympics
PBS: Washington Week, Firing Line With Margaret Hoover, Icon: Music Through The Lens, Classic Albums
Telemundo: Exatlon Estados Unidos, Hercai: Amor y Venganza, Cafe con Aroma de Mujer
Univision: Disenando Tu Amor, Si Nos Dejan, La Hija del Embajador