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Netflix: Car Masters: Rust to Riches; Dream Home Makeover; The Most Hated Man on the Internet; Rebelde
The CW: Wellington Paranormal at 9p
IN THE NEWS
Ratings for premiere night of Discovery’s Shark Week on Sunday, July 24, were up +500% vs. the same night a year ago in Live +Same Day Nielsens. Discovery was the #1 network in Prime Time across all of television among Men and Teens (Men 25-54, Persons 12-17), no exclusions, and the #1 cable network in Prime Time among Persons 25-54 and Persons 18-34. Synergy is likely reeling in viewers – this year, Warner Bros. Discovery’s TBS, TNT, truTV, Food Network, HGTV, CNN, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Animal Planet, Science Channel, ID, OWN, TCM, Discovery+, and HBO Max, are cross-promoting the event all week. (Plus, beach blimps!)
Although there is high interest in purchasing products seen in TV shows, the current trajectory on the path to purchase can cause friction for consumers, leading to frustrated consumers and a gap on the path to purchase, according to “The Converging Worlds of Content + Commerce,” a new study by Amazon Ads, MAGNA & Mediabrands Content Studio. Which means brands need to innovate in a way that would solve for that frustration. “Brands that are winning with today’s audiences understand that consumer brands are media brands,” said Brendan Gaul, Global Chief Content Officer, Mediabrands. “The opportunity to connect with consumers through content is far greater than the incidence in which consumers buy or use most brands’ products and services. If they create content that is compelling and has a direct connection to sales, it is a win-win for both the brand and audience.”
Dish TV’s plan to deploy 5G wireless services in the 12 GHz would cause “extensive harmful interference” to DirecTV receivers. In a petition to the FCC, DirecTV said its analysis concludes that mobile operations in the band exceed the limits currently in place to protect DBS customers “by a factor of 100 to 100,000 over areas extending well beyond the intended coverage area of the mobile base stations.” SpaceX and OneWeb filed letters with the FCC last month claiming usage of the 12-GHz frequency will cause significant interference.
TelevisaUnivision reported quarterly revenue rose 7% to $747.5 million, while adjusted operating income before depreciation and amortization dipped 8% versus the year-ago quarter, to $373.3 million. Operating expenses increased 24% to $723 million, mainly due to investments in streaming. “The mega-opportunity that exists here is the fact that only about a third of US TV advertisers are advertising today to the US Hispanic population,” said CEO Wade Davis. “And of those who are advertising, about half of them are under-indexing their spend relative to the audience and the size of the economy that they represent. So, the billion-dollar U.S. advertising opportunity is simply for us to get a fair share of marketing spend relative to the size and purchasing power of our audience.”
Alphabet missed analysts’ forecasts with $69.7 billion in revenue and earnings per share of $1.21. YouTube ad revenue inched up 5% from 2Q21, its slowest growth in two years. “The investments we’ve made over the years in AI and computing are helping to make our services particularly valuable for consumers, and highly effective for businesses of all sizes,” said Sundar Pichai, CEO of Alphabet and Google. “As we sharpen our focus, we’ll continue to invest responsibly in deep computer science for the long-term.”
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PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT
HBO has given a series order to the “The Palace,” telling the story of one year within the walls of the palace of an authoritarian regime as it begins to unravel. The limited series will be directed and executive produced by Stephen Frears and showrun, written by, and executive produced by Will Tracy. Kate Winslet will star and executive produce.
ABC News Studios announced a slate of narrative nonfiction projects that includes three feature documentaries and 15 series and specials, with plans to producer over 100 hours of programming. Among the projects are “The Age of Influence,” a six-part series for Hulu that explores influencer culture; “Cinderella,” an ABC special looking at the 1997 TV movie; and Hulu weekly newsmagazine “IMPACT x Nightline.”
Peacock handed straight-to-series US order for “Those About to Die,” an Ancient Rome gladiatorial epic inspired by the nonfiction classic Those About To Die from author Daniel Mannix. Filmmaker Roland Emmerich (“Moonfall”) is set to direct and executive produce. High End Productions has acquired distribution rights in Europe and is set to co-finance the show with Peacock.
Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”) via his Moonshot Entertainment has signed a development deal with Village Roadshow Television to source, develop and produce programming with his production partner James Degus. “I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Bryan for nearly two decades and his strength in front of the camera is matched only by his skills behind the camera as a director, writer and producer,” said Village Roadshow CEO Steve Mosko. “He is a singular talent in the industry and one of the best storytellers I know.”
Grammy winner Usher will executive produce “Storyville,” a series in development for the global market flashing back to the birth of the jazz age from creators/executive producers/showrunners Bill Macdonald (“Rome”) and Walt Becker (“Clifford the Big Red Dog”). Starlings TV President Chris Philip and Starlings Entertainment CEO Karine Martin will also executive produce the series with Becker, Macdonald and Usher.
HGTV has ordered a new six-episode season of “Ugliest Houses in America.” The series has attracted more than 16 million viewers to its freshman run and premiered its second season on Sunday, July 24.
Casting notes: Adelaide Kane (“SEAL Team”) has joined the season 19 cast of ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” as a new resident…Quentin Plair (“The Good Lord Bird”) has been cast opposite Kathryn Hahn as a series regular in Hulu’s “Tiny Beautiful Things.”
NEW & RETURNING SERIES
Discovery’s “Naked and Afraid XL: Frozen” kicks off Sunday, July 31 at 8p on Discovery. The spin-off series features “Naked” all-star survivalists making the best of it in the frigid Rocky Mountains.
Talent competition “Domingos en Familia” premieres for the first time on Spanish-language television Sunday, August 14 at 8p on Univision. Actress and comedian Consuela Duval hosts.
HGTV’s “Help! I Wrecked My House” is back for a new season Saturday, August 27 at 9p. The season opener will follow home renovation expert Jasmine Roth as she assists a homeowner who is struggling to renovate his father’s childhood home.
Showtime thriller drama “Let the Right One In” premieres on streaming and on demand for Showtime subscribers on Friday, October 7, before making its on-air debut on Sunday, October 9 at 10p. The 10-episode series centers on a father and his daughter whose lives were changed when she was turned into a vampire.
AMC Networks’ first traditionally animated series, “Pantheon,” premieres Thursday, September 1 with weekly episodes on AMC+. Based on a collection of short stories by Ken Liu, the show is centered on a bullied teen (Katie Chang) who receives mysterious help from someone online: a stranger soon revealed to be her recently deceased father, David (Daniel Dae Kim).
Sun Belt Conference Commissioner Keith Gill unveiled an expanded media rights deal for the conference with ESPN that runs through the 2030-31 academic year, but will now provide the Sun Belt with “additional financial resources, exposure and linear opportunities for Sun Belt football and basketball.” The deal will result in more than 6,000 additional live events available on ESPN+ including men’s soccer, women’s soccer, women’s volleyball, baseball and softball.
Speaking of deals, the National Football League and SiriusXM locked in a five-year extension of their broadcasting and marketing agreement. Under the terms of this new agreement, SiriusXM becomes the exclusive third-party audio provider of every NFL game across North America. SiriusXM will also offer additional team-focused content from NFL clubs – including coaches shows, press conferences and more – to subscribers on the SXM App.
On the talent front. FOX Sports is tapping the talents of soccer commentator Ian Darke to join the network’s FIFA World Cup broadcast team as a new play-by-play announcer for this year’s tournament. The event marks Darke’s eighth FIFA World Cup. Darke joins returning lead play-by-play announcer John Strong and new play-by-play announcer Jacqui Oatley.
Elsewhere, the Big Ten Network announced the additions of several newcomers as part of its 2022 Big Ten Football coverage with coverage beginning Week 0 when Wyoming visits Illinois on Aug. 27, at 4p. New to the broadcast booth will Joshua Perry and Jake Butt, calling games next to Brandon Gaudin and reporter Rick Pizzo. Also new this year is Jason McCourty, who will make his debut in the booth on Sept. 10.
Great Clips launched an integrated marketing campaign for back-to-school season “designed to empower dads” by partnering with Drew Brees. The former NLF player stars in a video entitled “Dad’s Back-to-School Playbook.” Great Clips also partnered with a variety of influencer dads and families to show their followers how they get ready for the new school year.
TeamTrak Cycling League and Legends announced a strategic partnership to support the launch and growth of the startup indoor cycling league. The partnership spans revenue-generating sponsorship sales and omnichannel merchandise services as well as a minority investment in TeamTrak by Legends.
Tremor International has entered into a agreement to acquire Amobee for $239 million. “The acquisition of Amobee is expected to build upon Tremor International’s growth strategy and proven track record of successfully integrating companies that enhance and expand the capabilities and scale of its data-driven end-to-end technology and business platform, focused on CTV and video,” said Ofer Druker, Tremor International’s CEO. “Amobee would add several capabilities including campaign execution across linear and digital channels within a single platform.”
OOH audience measurement provider Geopath is expanding into audio advertising measurement via a deal with in-store audio advertising network Stingray Advertising. “We are thrilled to have Stingray join Geopath and together provide the industry with another valuable measured format of OOH media,” said Geopath President Dylan Mabin. “Measuring a new form of media, such as AOOH, is one of many accomplishments along Geopath’s strategic vision to bring together all segments of the OOH industry and work together to build a strong and diverse OOH media ecosystem of the future.”
Russia has fined Google $34.2 million for allegedly abusing its position in the YouTube video hosting services market. Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service gave Google two months to pay up. “We will study the text of the official decision to define our next steps,” said Google in a statement.
The proportion of US households with streaming subscriptions grew two percentage points QoQ in 2Q22, according to Kantar’s Entertainment on Demand Service. There are now 113 million households accessing streaming services as of June 2022. SVOD is up 1.5% points to 82.9%, while AVOD grew by 1.6% points to 26.9% household penetration. FAST grew by 2.1% points to 22.3%. Stacking is again growing quarter over quarter, with the average streaming household accessing five different services.
PokerGO has partnered with cloud-based platform Frequency for the creation and distribution of linear streaming channels, to expand its FAST presence. Frequency will deliver PokerGO’s VOD library in addition to powering its live content on Pluto TV.
Newsmax announced has signed global distribution deals. Zee5 will carry Newsmax’s newsfeed as well as VOD content, and post content from Newsmax.com in its news section. Zee5’s initial distribution of Newsmax content will be in India, with eventual expansion to the Middle East and North Africa. Newsmax has also signed a distribution deal with M7, a European satellite, cable, and OTT provider owned by Canal+.
2022 Tempest Awards
These awards bring together the entire esports ecosystem to celebrate cutting-edge innovation in the competitive gaming industry. Open to individuals and teams worldwide, find out more and enter by August 12th to save!
In syndication, “Family Feud” (5.1 Live+SD national Nielsen rating, up 6% from the week before) and “Jeopardy!” (5.1, up 4%) tied for the top spot the week ending July 17. The talk show race also ended in a dead heat as repeat airings of “Dr Phil” (1.4, up 8%) tied previous leader “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (1.4, down 7%).
Nielsen Top 10 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of July 11 ranked in order by HH Rtg
Jeopardy! (CMV) 5.1 AA
Family Feud (CMV) 5.1 AA
Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 4.5 AA
Judge Judy (CMV) 4.3 AA
Inside Edition (CMV) 2.0 AA
The Big Bang Theory (WB) 1.9 AA
Entertainment Tonight (CMV) 1.8 AA
Live With Kelly and Ryan (DAD) 1.4 AA
The Dr. Phil Show (CMV) 1.4 AA
Hot Bench (AT) 1.2 AA
Broadcast Nielsen Ratings for Monday, July 25
Show, P2+ 000s, (A18-49)
ABC: “The Bachelorette” 3.19 (0.7), “Claim To Fame” 1.77 (0.4)
CBS: “The Neighborhood” 3.39 (0.4), “Bob Hearts Abishola” 3.02 (0.3), “NCIS” 2.99 (0.2), “NCIS: Hawai’i” 2.66 (0.2)
CW: “Roswell: New Mexico” 0.50 (0.1), “In the Dark” 0.25 (0.0)
FOX: “Don’t Forget the Lyrics” 1.91 (0.3), “Beat Shazam” 1.60 (0.3)
NBC: “American Ninja Warrior” 2.75 (0.4), “Weakest Link” 1.93 (0.3)
Telemundo: “Casa de Famosos” 1.34 (0.4), “Amor Valiente” 1.02 (0.3), “Infiel” 1.05 (0.3)
Univision: “Mexicana Y El Guero” 1.18 (0.4), “Herencia Legado Amor” 1.39 (0.4), “Muher de Nadie” 1.19 (0.4)
Source: Nielsen live + same day time period averages
Jenny Groom is exiting NBCUniversal after almost 20 years at the company, most recently as EVP Entertainment Unscripted Content. “Jenny is a wonderful and well-respected executive who has made an indelible impact on NBC…I will always be thankful for everything she has done for this company,” said Susan Rovner, Chairman, Entertainment Content.
Amanda Tudesco has joined Jenny Kiss Me Productions as Head of Film & TV. Tudesco was previously Head of Development & Production at Carpool Entertainment.
This Day in History
1999 – Tony Hawk was the first skateboarder to land a “900.”
Answer to Our Last Trivia Question
Meredith Baxter-Birney, Susan Dey and Eve Plumb played sisters in which miniseries? “Little Women” (1978). Kudos to: Phyllis McQuillan-MSG Networks/NYC; Gerry Bixenspan-TV Marketing Inc./NYC; Dan Whitford-WTTW/Chicago; Nicole Langella-Two Twelve Direct/Manalapan, NJ; Joe Swaney-Purchasing Power/Atlanta; Louis Lewow-FITE/Atlanta; Andy Ehlen-Grady Britton/Portland, OR; David Prinz von Teck/Spokane, WA; Ken DuBow-Access Entertainment/LA; Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg-M and S Entertainment/LA
Today’s Trivia Question
On “Futurama,” What was Philip’s job before falling into a cryogenic pod? (Email firstname.lastname@example.org 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.)
SR. MANAGER, DIGITAL (Hallmark Channel)
CROWN MEDIA FAMILY NETWORKS
LA, STUDIO CITY
Responsible for consumer digital initiatives with a focus on Apps & sales campaigns including content creation . Min 5 yrs experience with digital content using content management systems and video platform management. BS/BA and prior cable or broadcast TV experience preferred. Full info HERE (8/9)
MANAGER, DIGITAL (Hallmark Channel)
CROWN MEDIA FAMILY NETWORKS
LA, STUDIO CITY
Responsible for content creation for consumer platforms with a focus on SEO . Min 3 yrs experience with digital content using content management systems and video platform management. BS/BA and prior cable or broadcast TV experience preferred. Full info HERE (8/9)
SENIOR MANAGER, PRICING AND PLANNING >>
TRUSTED MEDIA BRANDS/Remote: Responsible for owning the pre-sale planning process as it would transition to post-sale execution. Working closely w/others to build out packaging feasibly, delivery information, cost analysis & pricing tactics. Respond to RFPs based on agency/client goal objectives. 4-6 yrs exp. in Sales Planning, Revenue Operations, or Pricing & Analytics. Full info HERE (8/9)
COORDINATOR, DISTRIBUTION OPERATIONS
We are looking to add a Coordinator to our team! The US Networks Distribution (“USND”) team is responsible for the monetization and multi-platform distribution of Paramount’s portfolio of linear networks, VOD content, and streaming products to MVPDs, virtual MVPDs, and mobile platforms. Minimum 1+ years industry experience. Full info HERE (8/5)
VP, ADVERTISING SALES & MARKETING
Oversee the management and direction of sales executives servicing the east coast region with an emphasis on New York ad agencies. Work collaboratively with Chicago & LA offices to execute network sales priorities. 15+ yrs of advertising sales exp. in a broadcast or cable network environment 10 + yrs successfully management advertising sales teams. Full info HERE (8/5)
SR. COORDINATOR/ASSOCIATE MANAGER, INTEGRATED MARKETING
Respond to RFP, RFI & general Sales Requests: concept & formulate both large & small-scale ideas into innovative, marketable programs that are custom-made for specific client initiatives & their associated KPIs. Champion & help implement the vision & go-to-market strategy. Min 2-yrs at a media company or sales/marketing organization. Full info HERE (8/5)
AD SALES COORDINATOR
Work with account executives and sales planners utilizing system to fulfill sales orders through the execution of specific allocations and flowcharts. Serve as the primary point of contact for ad agencies and TV One to resolve discrepancies, schedule changes and facilitate make goods. Bachelor’s degree and 1 year of working experience. Full info HERE (8/5)
YIELD ANALYST, REVENUE OPERATIONS >>
CRACKLE PLUS/NY: Manage the inventory and revenue analysis across the entire portfolio of properties. Also manage ongoing and ad hoc reporting and interact regularly with a cross-functional team of internal stakeholders, including Ad Sales, Ad Operations, Product, Marketing and Finance. Full info HERE (8/4)
MANAGER, DISTRIBUTION MARKETING >>
INSP/CHARLOTTE, NC: Develops strategy & annual goals for the Affiliate Monthly Campaign, executes the strategy & oversees the implementation of other assigned campaigns. Provides reporting, analysis & recommendations on assigned campaigns and oversees development of creative & content to support network distribution. 5+ yrs of related exp., 3+ yrs of management exp. Full info HERE (8/4)
RESEARCH ANALYST >>
REELZ/NYC: Position supports the needs of both Programming & Ad Sales including competitive information, network performance & industry trends. 2+ years media research exp. Ability to analyze & interpret data for reports, presentations and development of ratings estimates. Working knowledge of Nielsen & StarMedia. Full info HERE (8/4)
DIRECT RESPONSE ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE – AD SALES
GAME SHOW NETWORK
Drive advertising sales demand across new & existing clients & agencies with a primary focus, but not limited to, SPT’s syndicated & third-party business. Understand client needs & prepare sales proposals & presentations using audience data & consulting with internal resources as needed. 6+ yrs of exp actively selling Direct Response Advertising. Full info HERE (8/4)
REP, INTEGRATED MEDIA STRATEGY >>
UNIVERSAL PARKS & RESORTS/ ORLANDO FL: Support the development of integrated media plans (annual and trimester based) for all segments/audiences. Collaborate with Integrated Media Activation Team during the Activation process to ensure alignment on overall strategy and budget allocations. 3-5 yrs min. of marketing experience w/Media Industry and/or integrated media strategy/planning. Full info HERE (8/4)
COORDINATOR, SOCIAL CONTENT COMMUNITY
1 yr exp. Day to day community & implementation coor. across all platforms. Troubleshoot issues as they arise. Monitor social channels; listen/engage with followers, identify real-time opp to create convo. Ensure consistent messaging across all networks. Assist with content creation/strategy calendar. Source clips, graphics, writing copy for posts. Full info HERE (8/3)
COMMUNITY MANAGER (SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR)
Maintain a positive, entertaining & culturally informative dialogue with aspireTV and aspireTV LIFE viewers and potential viewers through aspireTV’s digital and social media channels, with particular emphasis on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram YouTube and Pinterest. Promote original online content through social channels. 2-3 yrs of industry exp. req. Full info HERE (8/3)
SALES ASSISTANT – NATIONAL
NEW YORK, NY (Hybrid)
Maintain agency accounts including upfront &scatter order entry, inventory moves, & product allocations and Electronic Data Interchange, flowcharts, change notices, handling program changes, booking billboards for marketing sponsorships. Assist Account Executives, Sales Planner and Pricing Inventory in managing day-to-day Ad sales responsibilities. Full info HERE (8/3)
Conceive, write, produce and edit breakthrough on-air promotional spots, launch campaigns, marketing sales tapes and on-going episodic on-air promotions as assigned. Create digital-first content across brands for social media and streaming services including, but not limited to: Instagram stories, branded filters, GIFs and videos. 7 yrs exp. req. Full info HERE (8/3)
DIRECTOR OF SALES >>
NEXSTAR MEDIA GROUP/MEMPHIS: Create unique & customized media plans for high profile buyers leveraging Nexstar Digital’s full suite of products that can include but not limited to: OTT, Video, Social, Data, Addressable. Meet & exceed sales quota leveraging Nexstar’s products & manage a client pipeline & project revenue with a CRM. 3+ yrs exp. in selling TV, Video & Digital. Full info HERE (8/3)
FINANCE DIRECTOR (Hallmark Channel)
CROWN MEDIA FAMILY NETWORKS
NYC or LA, STUDIO CITY
Responsible for financial planning, analysis & ad hoc decision support. Determine financial/business forecasts, assess new business opportunities, program acquisitions & new content strategies. BA/BS in Accounting, Finance or equivalent exp., 7+ yrs of financial planning & analysis exp. in media/entertainment & exp. with film forecasting/modeling. Full info HERE (8/2)
AD SALES BRAND MARKETING, COORDINATOR (Hallmark Channel)
CROWN MEDIA FAMILY NETWORKS
Assist the VP, Director, and Managers of the Ad Sales team & provide administrative support including client communications, materials, PPT decks, event coordination, advertiser sponsorship opportunities, premiums & promotions. BA/BS in marketing or related field and 1-3 yrs experience in marketing or advertising at an entertainment company req. Full info HERE (8/2)
ADVANCED ADVERTISING ACCOUNT MANAGER (Hallmark Channel)
CROWN MEDIA FAMILY NETWORKS
Will support Account Executives to understand agency and client goals and objectives by building digital and linear sales proposals that leverage Crown Media platforms to drive maximum revenue. Experience with digital ad serving systems including FreeWheel, 3-4 yrs experience in advanced TV ad platforms for an agency, network or publisher req. Full info HERE (8/2)
ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE, ADVERTISING SALES (Hallmark Channel)
CROWN MEDIA FAMILY NETWORKS
The AE will solicit ad sales from prospective clients and implement advertising sales strategies and sales marketing campaigns. BA/BS in Marketing or related field 3-5 yrs. AE experience and strong PC skills required. Full info HERE (8/2)
TRAFFIC COORDINATOR (Hallmark Channel)
CROWN MEDIA FAMILY NETWORKS
Will edit daily broadcast logs and execute agency traffic instructions while maintaining commercial inventory. BA/BS in communications, advertising, business or related field & min 2 yrs television/radio traffic experience required. Wide Orbit a plus. Full info HERE (8/2)
|WEDNESDAY JULY 27
ABC: The Conners, The Goldbergs, Abbott Elementary, Home Economics, Press Your Luck
CBS: Big Brother, The Challenge: USA, S.W.A.T.
CW: Mysteries Decoded, Wellington Paramornal [p], Wellington Paranormal,
FOX: Masterchef, So You Think You Can Dance
NBC: Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, Chicago PD
PBS: The Green Planet, NOVA, Expedition With Steve Backshall
Telemundo: La Casa de los Famosos, Amor Valiente, Futbol Mexicano Premiera Division
Univision: La Mexicana y el Guero, La Herencia, Mujer de Nadie