07/27/23: Tournament of Champions in “Jeopardy!”

Cynopsis Medias First Morning Read
Thursday July 27, 2023

Today’s Premieres
Hulu: Mother Undercover
Hulu/Peacock: The Croods: Family Tree
Max: Harley Quinn; Looney Toons Cartoons
Netflix: The Witcher
Peacock: Twisted Metal
SundanceNow: The Heiress and the Heist


Google, Microsoft, OpenAI and Anthropic have teamed to establish the Frontier Model Forum, aimed at advancing AI safety research, minimize risks and promote responsible model development. The group will work to develop industry best practices and collaborate with policymakers and academics to build apps that serve the public interest, like climate change and early cancer detection. “Companies creating AI technology have a responsibility to ensure that it is safe, secure and remains under human control,” said Brad Smith, President of Microsoft. “This initiative is a vital step to bring the tech sector together in advancing AI responsibly and tackling the challenges so that it benefits all of humanity.”

HGTV renewed “The Flipping El Moussas” for a second season, slated to premiere in 2024. The series is produced by DIGA Studios in association with Homemade Productions, Inc.

When deciding on a programmatic ATV partner, the three most important capabilities are measurement (58%), unique identity and audience capabilities (56%), and access to unique linear TV data and platform cost efficiencies (47%), according to a new survey from Yahoo Advertising focused on advanced advertising. Automatic optimization tools (40%) and unique supply (35%) ranked fourth and fifth. “Advanced TV represents a significant opportunity for advertisers,” said Elizabeth Herbst-Brady, Chief Revenue Officer of Yahoo. “It combines the reach and impact of traditional television with the precision and efficiency of digital advertising. The growth of this sector is shifting the advertising landscape, allowing marketers to connect with their audience in more targeted, meaningful ways.”

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The “Jeopardy!” Tournament of Champions has been postponed due to the writers’ strike. While several former winners said they would boycott the show if it used “recycled” material for questions, a spokesperson for the Sony Pictures Television game show said producing the tournament before the strike is resolved was never up for debate. “Our current plan is to go into a holding pattern of sorts, pushing back the Season 39 postseason to first produce original episodes featuring the best of our WGA written material,” said the rep. “Next month, we will share more news about exciting plans and enhancements to the contestant experience for this upcoming season and beyond.”

To end the WGA strike, companies must come back to the bargaining table and address the guild’s demands, said negotiating co-chair Chris Keyser in a video message to members. “That means addressing the relentless mistreatment of screenwriters, which has only been exacerbated by the move to streaming; the continued denial of full MBA protections to comedy/variety and other Appendix A writers when they work in streaming, and the self-destructive, unsustainable dismantling of the process by which episodic television is made and episodic television writers are paid,” said Keyser. “It means addressing the existential threat of AI, and the insufficiency of streaming residual formulas, including the need for transparency, and a success-based component…. In this strike, it is our power, and not their pattern, that matters. Not their strategy. Their strategy has failed them.” The WGA is in day 87 of the strike.

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Hulu handed a series order for an untitled reality series following “Let’s Make a Deal” host Wayne Brady and his extended family. The show comes from Fremantle and A Wayne & Mandie Creative, the joint production company founded by Wayne Brady and ex-wife/business partner Mandie Taketa. Launch date for an eight-episode season is TBD.

A+E Networks is launching a new career training program aimed at furthering opportunity and BIPOC representation. The Career Accelerator from A+E Factual Studios, launched in collaboration with Reel Works and their MediaMKRS workforce development program, welcomes an inaugural class of eight trainees for on-the-job experience and a custom curriculum created by A+E. “We know the value of having many perspectives in all projects, but underrepresented communities, including persons of color, have historically lacked exposure to production and post-production roles resulting in extremely limited diversity across these teams, industry-wide” said Sharon Scott, President of A+E Factual Studios. “By creating our own curriculum and real-world opportunities, we are providing both access and training for the roles of associate producers and assistant editors. We hope to expand the pool of qualified candidates, creating career opportunities to highlight unique points of view.”

Manolo and Juancho Cardona’s 11:11 Films & TV has signed a deal with TelevisaUnivision streamer ViX to develop and produce a movie and series. The Cardona brothers will serve as executive producers and showrunners of the projects, and Manolo Cardona (“Who Killed Sara?”) will also star.

WE tv ordered reality series “Keke Wyatt’s World,” featuring R&B artist Keke Wyatt. The series will debut this fall on WE tv and sister streamer ALLBLK.


Three-part docuseries “Telemarketers” debuts Sunday, August 13 at 10p on HBO. The show follows the unexpected 20-year journey of two unlikely office buddies, who stumble upon the murky truth behind the work they’ve been doing at a seedy New Jersey call center – persuading people to give money to charities – and vow to expose the crooked American telemarketing industry from within.

“Time With…”, a docuseries from Warner Music Group’s WMX, will feature young artists navigating their personal lives and careers. The series launches tomorrow, July 28 on YouTube.


Warner Bros. Discovery, in partnership with emerging venture fund Acme Innovation, is launching “Collider on The Lot,” a two-month, in-person and virtual accelerator program for media, entertainment, and emerging technology companies. Companies selected to participate will collaborate with WBD and Acme Innovation to develop innovative approaches to engaging fans of brands, using emerging technologies to improve production processes, and enhancing digital experiences.

Alphabet’s 2Q23 revenue rose 7% to $74.6 billion compared versus the year prior, with boosts from AI and cloud services. Google also reversed consecutive quarters of ad declines with ad revenue topping $58 billion, up from $56.29 billion last year. YouTube ads clocked in at $7.67 billion, up from $7.34 billion.

Meta revenue rose 11% for the quarter, to $32 billion, beating estimates, and net income rose 16% to $7.79 billion. Facebook daily active users were 2.06 billion in June, up 5% year-over-year. “We have the most exciting roadmap I’ve seen in a while,” said CEO Mark Zuckerberg, pointing to Threads, AI, Reels, Llama 2 and the upcoming launch of Quest 3.

Google announced new updates for Performance Max. Advertisers opting into the upgrades will have access to a tools and capabilities aimed at improving campaign performance and user experience and be able to monitor out-of-stock pages to ensure they do not serve up with Search ads by automatically factoring in product inventory.

Innovid announced the launch of a cookieless cross-device solution that matches multiple devices to user interactions with the goal of increasing conversion rate accuracy. “Traditional methods of tracking audience behavior leave actions isolated to the devices they originated in, providing an incomplete picture of the customer journey and the risk of losing valuable conversion traffic with only a partial view of campaign effectiveness,” said Dale Older, Chief Product Officer at Innovid. “Now, marketers can match events that a household did across different devices in a cookieless, privacy-compliant manner, resulting in a more accurate conversion rate.”

Uber’s advertising division is partnering with third-party verification providers, DoubleVerify and Integral Ad Science. The partnerships include integrations to verify viewability, brand suitability and the absence of ad fraud, supporting Uber in validating performance and effectiveness of Journey Ads campaigns on Uber advertising.

EX.CO, The Experience Company, a publisher-first video technology platform empowering publishers to own their video content and monetization strategies, has launched its full online video platform for global publishers. EX.CO’s video technology platform now includes what a digital publisher needs to execute a video strategy on 100% of their digital pages, without license fees or upfront costs, including an advanced yield engine.


Cineverse announced the release of MatchpointAI, an AI-based platform and marketplace offering a solution for video content producers, streaming platforms, and OEMs to prepare, optimize and future-proof their content. MatchpointAI leverages Cineverse’s content processing platform, Dispatch™, to provide content owners and streaming services access to capabilities that can eliminate expensive, time consuming manual work preparing film and television assets for global distribution.


New Verizon customers who buy certain phones and sign up for a mobile plan, and existing customers who upgrade to qualifying plans, will now have access to Sunday Ticket. Verizon struck a deal for the NFL subscription package with YouTube, which took over distribution rights from DirecTV. “Verizon has been a strategic partner with the NFL since 2010 and today’s announcement is just the latest extension of this outstanding relationship,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. “They have consistently helped us provide best-in-class experiences and content to fans wherever they are. We are excited that YouTube and Verizon have partnered on a special promotion for NFL Sunday Ticket, expanding the reach of our game.”

Ryder Cup Europe and the PGA of America announced a new agreement with DP World that will see the global supply chain leader become a Worldwide Partner of the Ryder Cup.

Bally Sports has launched a new brand campaign – Short Boy Summer. The brand beat complements the success around baseball’s new rule changes which have resulted in shorter games. The campaign is a tongue-and-cheek take on the “Tall Boy” beer can, transformed into a “Short Boy” brew with the help of 6’10” Hall of Famer Randy Johnson. Now live across all 18 Bally Sports RSNs, the campaign runs through August.


Journy’s “Get Lost” stunt features a month of curated programming starting August 1, including “Lost Kingdoms of Africa,” “Lost Kingdoms of Central America,” and “Lost Kingdoms of South America.”


Warner Bros. Discovery is playing cat-and-mouse in Asia, with its first ever localized “Tom and Jerry” series set in Singapore. Produced locally in Asia, and in association with Warner Bros. Animation, the new series will premiere on Cartoon Network in Asia Pacific and HBO GO in Southeast Asia, Taiwan and Hong Kong later this year, before being rolled out internationally.

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The top 20 linear TV shows from May 25-June 16 averaged 3.6 million viewers in Nielsen Live+7 numbers, down 15% versus last year. The top summer show, NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” dipped 2%, for a still dominant 7.58 million average viewers.

In the pink: Vevo reports globally, daily views of “Aqua – Barbie Girl (Official Music Video)” have more than tripled (+239% lift in views as of 7/22), compared to the average over the last 10 weeks. There was a 229% lift in US views (aka over 3x the average daily viewership in the US), and 164% lift in UK views (over 2.5x the average daily viewership in the UK).

Spectrum News was the most-watched news network among Spectrum households in July, averaging 1.9 million daily viewing households across its linear and digital platforms.


Ruth Porat has been promoted to President and Chief Investment Officer at Alphabet. A search for her successor as CFO is under way.

Locality has appointed Michael Mayer as Chief Product Officer. Mayer was a founding member of the leadership team at Peacock.

Richard Parsons, Sony Pictures Television’s EVP of Operations for Corporate Business and Legal Affairs, International Production, is stepping down. Parsons joined SPT in 2011.

This Day in History
1999 – Tony Hawk was the first skateboarder to land the 900, a 2 ½ revolution aerial spin, at the X Games.

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question
What was the first Fox Network Show to beat NBC, CBS and ABC in a time period? Answer, “Totally Hidden Video.”

Today’s Trivia Question
Who was the second-oldest brother on “The Waltons” (1972-81)? (Email [email protected] with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and time zone. Unofficial rules: a limit of four per time zone.)

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ABC: Generation Gap, The Prank Panel, Shark Tank
CBS: Ghosts, The Price Is Right at Night, So Help Me Todd
CW: Son of a Critch, Son of a Critch, Children Ruin Everything, Children Ruin Everything
FOX: Alert: Missing Persons Unit, Stars on Mars
NBC: Password, Law & Order: SVU, Law & Order: SVU
PBS: This Old House, Ask This Old House, Antiques Roadshow, Ridley
Telemundo: Los 50, Secretos De Sangre
Univision: Eternamente Amandonos, El Amore Invencible, Mujer


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