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Good morning. It’s Thursday July 9, 2015, and this is your first early morning briefing.

Tonight’s Premieres:
CW: Dates at 9p
Great American Country: Extreme America at 6:30p
ID: Untouchable: Power Corrupts at 9p, Nightmare Next Door at 10p
Lifetime: Living With the Enemy at 10p
MTV: One Bad Choice at 11p
Pop: Don’t Blink at 11p
SundanceTV: Rectify at 10p
Syfy: Dominion at 10p

Tonight’s Finale:
DIY: Income Property at 9p

Susan Sarandon has been cast opposite Nick Nolte in half-hour political satire Graves, produced by Lionsgate for premium net EPIX. Sarandon, who starred with Nolte in 1992’s Lorenzo’s Oil, will play a former First Lady with political ambitions. “To have two such brilliant and accomplished actors headline one of the first original series for EPIX is a dream come true,” said Kevin Beggs, chairman, Lionsgate Television Group. 


South Park landed a three-season renewal from Comedy Central, through 2019. “Nearly two decades later, South Park today remains as important and influential as any series on any platform and has become one of the most recognizable brands to ever come out of television,” said Doug Herzog, president of Viacom Music & Entertainment Group. Hulu would agree – creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, who write and direct the animated series, will split 50/50 with Viacom mega dollars coming from the streaming service in a separate renewal deal. Season 19 premieres Wednesday, September 16 on Comedy.

Oxygen picked up The Prancing Elites Project for a second season, expanding from a half-hour to hour-long format. Why the extra time? “It allows us to tell more of the group’s story and explore their individual lives in a way that viewers can relate to and invest in,” Rod Aissa, EVP of original programming and development for Oxygen, tells Cynopsis. “While their professional goals were the highlights of season one, it’s their personal journeys following their passion and living their truths that viewers will be super served within season two.” All five members of the dance troupe will return. Year to date, the first season is exceeding the prior year time period by 185 percent in P18-49, 165 percent in total viewers and 192 percent among F18-34. Show airs Wednesdays at 9p.

Game show host Todd Newton (Family Game Night) and Miss USA Wisconsin 2009 Alex Wehrley have stepped in as co-hosts of the Miss USA pageant, spots left open when Thomas Roberts, Cheryl Burke, Roselyn Sanchez, Cristian de la Fuente and Jeannie Maj dropped out following Donald Trump’s derogatory comments about Mexican immigrants. Reelz, which has taken pains to distance itself from pageant co-owner Trump, picked up the show at a bargain basement price after it was dropped by NBC and Univision’s UniMas. “Hopefully we won’t get tainted by the controversy,” Reelz CEO Stan E. Hubbard tells Cynopsis. “But I think viewers are able to separate what’s political and what’s not.” As for Trump? “I’m guessing he isn’t too happy with what I’ve had to say,” says Hubbard. Show airs Sunday, July 12.

Ahead of the season three premiere of Rectify tonight at 10p, SundanceTV renewed the drama for another run. “Even in an increasingly crowded field of dramas on television, Rectify has established itself as something special,” said Charlie Collier, president of AMC and SundanceTV. “Rectify has had such a huge impact in establishing SundanceTV as a home for high-quality, intelligent drama.” Season four is slated to debut in 2016.

Frequent guest host Michelle Collins (The Gossip Queens) is joining ABC’s The View full-time, as Rosie Perez bids adieu at end of season 17 to focus on acting. On Wednesday’s show, Perez said she was honored to be the ABC talker’s first Latino panelist, then added, “What the hell took you so long?” Season 18 finale airs Thursday, August 6.

Producer Spike Jones, Jr. will grab the Syd Cassyd Founders Award at the 2015 Creative Arts Emmy Awards on Saturday, September 12. “He has strongly influenced the artistic direction of the Creative Arts Emmy Awards, and shaped it into a wonderful celebration,” explained Television Academy chairman and CEO Bruce Rosenblum. “Spike has also performed countless hours of pro-bono work, and given tremendous support to Academy and Foundation initiatives. He cares passionately about our mission to push the boundaries of television.” FXX is set to broadcast two hours’ worth of the ceremony on Saturday, September 19 at 8p and again at 10p.

Shadoe Stevens, one-time host of American Top 40, is the new voice of Antenna TV. Tribune Media’s multicast net airs in 101 markets in the U.S., reaching 77 percent of all households.



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DirecTV ordered You Me Her straight to series. Comedy from Entertainment One Television was created by John Scott Shepherd and inspired by a Playboy Magazine article. “Audience Network always strives to feature a wide-ranging slate of programming that is unlike anything else on television,” said DirecTV SVP, original content and production Chris Long.

eOne also has a show at WE tv. The net placed a six-ep order for docu-series Growing Up Hip Hop, following “the next generation of hip hop royalty,” including offspring of music legends Damon Rush, Rev. Run, Russell Simmons, Master P, El DeBarge and Pepa. Series joins the WE tv slate in late 2015.

Universal Cable Productions is developing an adaptation of Mexican comic and Televisa series El Pantera. Vigilante crime drama set on the U.S./Mexico border will be exec produced by The Walking Dead’s Gale Anne Hurd via UCP’s overall deal with her Valhalla Entertainment; graphic novelist Warren Ellis will write.

A+E picked up The Infamous to pilot. Produced by A+E Studios with Color Force, the hip hop crime drama is set in 1990s LA. “Original scripted series have become an increasingly important part of the A&E brand,” said Elaine Frontain Bryant, EVP and head of programming.

Peter Webber (Girl With a Pearl Earring) will direct event miniseries Tutankhamun for ITV Studios. ITV Studios Global Entertainment will distribute the four-part drama internationally.


Raiders, Raptors and Rebels: Behind the Magic of ILM offers a peek behind the curtain at LucasFilm’s Industrial Light & Magic. Special showing how “science and movie magic collide” airs on Science Sunday, July 19 at 10p. Can’t wait? A panel featuring guests from ILM takes place today at 1p at Comic-Con.
Smithsonian special Incredible Flying Jet Packs explores the past, present and future of jet packs. Pip Gilmour production also features a flight from the 45th floor of Denver’s Four Seasons Hotel, on Sunday, July 19 at 9p.
Uncomfortably close brushes with death (rodeo bull, corn picking machine, miter saw) are explored in The Day I Almost Died. Eight-parter premieres on Discovery Life Saturday, July 11 at 10p.

As if they didn’t have enough to deal with way, way up north, the denizens of Canada’s Great Slave Lake face a polar vortex on Animal Planet’s Ice Lake Rebels. Docu-series returns Sunday, July 26 at 10p.
Not a fan of Mondays? Fuse feels your pain. Beginning July 13 at 6p, the net presents “Everybody Hates Mondays,” featuring a 14-episode block of Everybody Hates Chris.
Comedy special Al Jackson: Baby Steps in a Yellow Tuxedo premieres on NUVOtv Saturday, July 18 at 10p.
Apparently Valerie Bertinelli can stand the heat in the kitchen. The Hot in Cleveland star has graduated from a co-host spot on Food Network’s Kids Baking Championship to her own show, Valerie’s Home Cooking, premiering on Food Saturday, August 8 at 12p with Bertinelli’s Cleveland co-stars Betty White, Jane Leeves and Wendi Malick as guests.
Documentary series Live From Abbey Road launches a new season Sunday, July 26 at 8p on AXS TV. Performers featured over the course of the run include Green Day, Mary J. Blige, John Mayer and Norah Jones, among others.
The time warp that is Cuban car culture is explored in Discovery’s Cuban Chrome, premiering Monday, July 13 at 10p. Docu-series from Pilgrim Studios was shot entirely on location in Cuba.
Cuba, hip hop, transgender journeys….What do you think will be the next hot trend on TV? Let us know in the new Cynopsis poll.
Rusty’s RockFeast: Backstage With Zac Brown Band follows chef Rusty Hamlin and the band on tour as they whip up farm-to-table meals for fans at “Eat & Greets.” Docu-series debuts on FYI Thursday, July 23 at 10p.


Fantasy/musical Descendants premieres on Canada’s Family Channel Friday, July 31 at 8p. TV movie’s cast include Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth.

Picture Box Distribution sold CGI/live action hybrid Annedroids to The Walt Disney Company for Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, South and Sub-Sahara Africa. The Sinking Ship Entertainment series follows the adventure of a kid scientist.

Argentinian serial Ciega a Citas has been scooped up by Germany’s UFA Serial Drama. The German adaptation will air on SAT.1 later this year.


PBS Kids and Whole Foods Market are teaming for a line of back-to-school products, all either reusable or made from recycled or organic materials, that will be available exclusively in Whole Foods stores this summer. All of PBS Kids’ net proceeds will go to supporting educational programming; Whole Foods will donate a percentage of total sales, up to $25,000, to Whole Kids Foundation, focused on improving children’s nutrition and wellness.

Would you like to know the new secrets of successful apps for kids? Join Cynopsis Kids on Tuesday, July 21 for a 90-minute webinar that will deliver astate-of-the-art blueprint when it comes to kids apps with speakers from BabyFirst TV and PlayWell LLC.


Comcast AdDelivery announced an integrated promotional content management solution for cross-channel spots used by cable television networks and other content owners, providing a single platform for cable operators and MVPDs to manage promotional content and national, regional or local media placements purchased by the content owner. The new promo workflow integrates with Comcast AdDelivery’s ad management solutions for unified delivery of “tune-in” TV spots and other promotional content into the traffic management systems used by TV networks, individual broadcast TV stations and cable operators, and supports locally inserted promotional spots.

Advertisers are still feeling good about increasing ad spends, but not quite as good as last year. Advertiser Perceptions’ Ad Optimism Index dipped to 22 this spring, versus 23 a year ago. Optimism for cable TV, on the other hand, rose to 22, versus 21 last year. A little context: in the spring of 2009, the index fell to a low -5.

Simulmedia announced the creation of SimulX, specializing in helping advertisers with little or no TV advertising experience launch campaigns. “Mobile app and gaming companies are going to be the next big verticals for the TV advertising industry,” said Dave Morgan, Simulmedia’s founder and CEO, about the categories SimulX will initially target. “No media drives app and gaming downloads, sign-ups, and usage like TV, but TV has historically lacked the kind of ROI measurement and optimization that search and social have offered.” SimulX will start by offering short, burst campaigns specifically developed for the mobile game marketer.


Stephen Root (Justified) and Marque Richardson (Dear White People) have joined the cast of HBO movie All the Way, starring Bryan Cranston as 36th president LBJ. Steven Spielberg is exec producing.

Kel Mitchell (Kenan & Kel) is back on Nickelodeon in upcoming comedy Game Shakers. Mitchell plays a rapper who partners with two 12-year-olds for a gaming company.


Bright House Networks Premier TV customers have free access to Hallmark Movies & Mysteries through the end of the month, in time for the net’s Gold Crown Christmas programming event. Lineup includes holiday films and Hallmark Hall of Fame classics.



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With America’s Got Talent as a lead-in, Tuesday’s season premiere of Hollywood Game Night on NBC was up 67 percent among A18-49 from last summer’s bow, to 1.5/5. ABC’s Extreme Weight Loss, following reruns, delivered a series low .6/2.

Discovery delivered its most watched second quarter ever in total viewers P2+ (up 17 percent versus 2Q14) and highest rated second quarter among P25-54 (up 15 percent) and M25-54 (up 11 percent) in L+3. Also seeing double digit rises versus last year: W25-54 (20 percent), P18-49 (15 percent), M18-49 (13 percent) and W18-49 (18 percent), to name a few. 

Syndication’s Judge Judy jumped 18 percent to hit 6.7, its best showing in six weeks. Talker Maury had a 6 percent boost to 1.9, placing it third in the category to tie with Ellen DeGeneres, down 5 percent for a season low. With a 5 percent pop to 6.2, Family Feud was the top game show for the third week in a row.

The June 16 season six premiere of TNT’s Rizzoli & Isles reached 10.5 million viewers across platforms, including 8.6 million viewers in Live+7 delivery for the premiere and encore, 2.1 million A8-49 and 2.6 million A25-54.

New TBS comedy Clipped has reached 3.6 million viewers across linear, on-demand, digital and mobile platforms since its June 16 premiere. The comedy opened with a combined audience of 3.3 million viewers in Live+7 for its premiere telecast and encores, including 1.5 million A18-49 and 550,000 A18-34.

Sunday’s Food Network Star posted a 1.07 P25-54 rating, up 23 percent over the prior season and ranking third in its9pm timeslot among cable (1,046,000 imp), boosting Food into the number 3 spot among cable for the night.

Top 11M-F Syndicate Strip Series for the week of June 22 ranked in order of HH Rtg
Judge Judy (CTD) 6.7AA
Family Feud 6.2AA
Jeopardy (CTD) 6.1AA
Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.0AA
Big Bang Theory (WB) 5.3AA
Modern Family (2/T) 3.1AA
Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 3.1AA
Inside Edition (CTD) 2.9AA
Two and a Half Men (WB) 2.8AA
Live With Kelly and Michael (DAD) 2.6AA
Dr. Phil (CTD) 2.6AA
Source: Nielsen Media Research

Top 10 M-F Syndicate Strip Series for the week of June 22 ranked in order of A18-49 Rtg
Big Bang Theory (WB) 2.2AA
Family Feud 2.1AA
Modern Family (2/T) 1.7AA
Family Guy (2/T) 1.5AA
Judge Judy (CTD) 1.5AA
How I Met Your Mother (2/T) 1.2AA
Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 1.2AA
Jeopardy (CTD) 1.2AA
Two and a Half Men (WB) 1.1AA
Seinfeld (SPT) 1.0AA
Source: Nielsen Media Research

Broadcast Evening News Shows Weekly Average Ratings (week of June 29, 2015)?
Nightly News 8.45 million total viewers; 1.7/8 and 2.03 million A25-54
ABC: World News Tonight 7.49 million total viewers; 1.5/7 and 1.79 million A25-54?
CBS: Evening News 6.74 million total viewers; 1.3/6 and 1.51 million A25-54?
Source: Nielsen, NTI Total Viewers and A25-54 Live+SD

Top 10 Broadcast Programs among A18-49 rating/share for the week of June 29 2015
FIFA Women’s World Cup Final (7/5) 7.0/26
FOX: FIFA Women’s World Cup Post (7/5) 3.4/11
NBC: America’s Got Talent (6/30) 2.5/9
NBC: American Ninja Warrior (6/29) 1.9/7
ABC: The Bachelorette (6/29) 1.9/7
CBS: Big Brother (7/1) 1.9/8
CBS: Big Brother (7/2) 1.8/7
CBS: Big Brother (7/5) 1.7/6
ABC: Celebrity Family Feud (7/5) 1.6/5
NBC: I Can Do That (6/30) 1.5/5
Source: Nielsen Media Research, Galaxy Explorer, Live + SD Data

Top Ten Basic Cable Networks Live + 7 Performance among Total Viewers for the week of: 6/15/15
Primetime (000)/Total Prog. Day (000)
TNT 2356
/DSNY 1352
DSNY 1903/TOON 1294
USA 1770/NICK 1279
HGTV 1619/ADSM* 1164
DISC 1593/TNT 983
FOXN 1529/FOXN 965
HIST 1463/HGTV 890
TBSC 1443/USA 845
ADSM 1307/NAN* 841
FOOD 1184/DISC 659
Source: Turner Research from The Nielsen Company data. All ratings based on Total US Television Universe of 116,400,000 homes. * + Network broadcasts less than 51% of minutes in a 24 hour day. Notes: Data based on most currently available Nielsen Data stream; Final: Live+7. Primetime is Mon-Sat 8p-11p and Sun 7p-11p. Total day is Mon-Sun 6a-6a for household and demographic performances.

Top Ten Basic Cable Networks Live + 7 Performance among A18-49 for the week of: 6/15/15
Primetime (000)/Total Prog. Day (000)
USA 734
/ADSM* 662
DISC 700/NAN* 389
ADSM 684/ TOON 363
TBSC 643/NICK 361
TNT 640/ USA 334
HGTV 502/ TNT 323
FX 489/DSNY 315
FOOD 483/HGTV 291
SYFY 472/DISC 289
DSNY 445/TBSC 289
Source: Turner Research from The Nielsen Company data. All ratings based on Total US Television Universe
116,400,000 homes. * + Network broadcasts less than 51% of minutes in a 24 hour day. Notes: Data based on most currently available Nielsen Data stream; Final: Live+7. Primetime is Mon-Sat 8p-11p and Sun 7p-11p. Total day is Mon-Sun 6a-6a for household and demographic performance.

Top Ten Basic Cable Programs Live + 7 Performance among A18-49 for the week of: 6/15/15
Love & Hip Hop Atlanta (VH1) 2357
Alaskan Bush People (DISC) 1954
WWE Entertainment (USA) 1937
WWE Entertainment (USA) 1912
WWE Entertainment (USA) 1885
Street Outlaws (DISC) 1864
Deadliest Catch (DISC) 1797
Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family) 1720
The Last Ship (TNT) 1661
Rizzoli & Isles (TNT) 1660
Source: Turner Research from The Nielsen Company data. All ratings based on Total US Television Universe
116,400,000 homes. Notes: Data based on most currently available Nielsen Data stream; Final: Live+7.

Tuesday A18-49 Analysis: NBC had the most A18-49 viewers Tuesday with 2.0/7, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. NBC’s America’s Got Talent led at 8p with 2.1/8, followed by Univision’s Amores con Trampa with .9/4. Talent maintained the lead at 9p with 2.4/8, versus 1.2/4 for CBS’s Zoo. NBC’s Hollywood Game Night won 1.4/5 at 10p; Telemundo’s Senor de los Cielos was second with 1.1/4.

A18-49: NBC 2.0/7, CBS .9/3, UNI .9/3, TELE .7/3, ABC .6/2, FOX .5/2, CW .4/1, ION .3/1

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Tuesday, July 7, 2015 time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
NBC: 5.2/9
America’s Got Talent 6.1/11, Hollywood Game Night 3.2/6
CBS: 4.6/8
NCIS [r] 5.0/9, Zoo 4.9/8, CIS: New Orleans [r] 4.0/7
ABC: 1.6/3
Fresh Off the Boat [r] 1.9/4, black-ish [r] 1.7/3, Extreme Weight Loss 1.4/3
FOX 1.3/2
Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader? 1.5/3, Bullseye [r] 1.0/2
Amores con Trampa 1.2/2,
Lo Imperdonable 1.2/2, Que te Perdone Dios… Yo No1.5/3
Telemundo: 0.9/1?
Avenida Brasil 0.7/1, Tierra de Reyes 0.8/1,
El Senor de los Cielos 1.2/2
ION: 0.7/1
Criminal Minds 0.7/1, Criminal Minds 0.8/1, Criminal Minds 0.7/1
CW: 0.7/1
The Flash [r] 0.9/2, iZombie [r] 0.6/1

Monday A18-49 Analysis: NBC and ABC nabbed the most A18-49 viewers Monday with 1.6, according to final primetime ratings from Nielsen. ABC’s Bachelorette won 8p with 2.0/8; NBC’s American Ninja Warrior took second with 1.7/6. In their 9p hours, Bachelorette delivered 2.1/7, versus 2.0/7 for Warrior. Telemundo’s Senor de los Cielos emerged victorious at 10p with 1.3/4; Univision’s Que te Perdone Yo…No landed in second place with 1.1/4.

A18-49: ABC 1.6/6, NBC 1.6/5, FOX 1.0/4, UNI 1.0/4, CBS .8/3, TELE .7/2, CW .4/1, ION .3/1

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Monday, July 6, 2015 time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated.
ABC: 3.8/7
The Bachelorette 4.6/8, The Whispers 2.2/4
CBS: 3.3/6
2 Broke Girls [r] 3.0/6, Mike & Molly [r] 3.0/5, Scorpion [r] 3.0/5, NCIS: Los Angeles [r] 3.9/7
NBC: 3.0/5
American Ninja Warrior 3.6/6, Island: Bear Grylls 1.9/3
FOX: 2.1/4
So You Think You Can Dance? 2.1/4
Amores con Trampa 1.3/2, Imperdonable 1.3/2, Que te Perdone Dios…Yo No 1.5/3
Avenida Brasil .7/1, Tierra de Reyes 0.8/1, Senor de los Cielos 1.3/2
CW: 0.8/1
Penn & Teller: Fool Us 1.0.2, Whose Line Is It Anyway? .7/1, Barber Battle .5/1
ION: .8/1
Criminal Minds .8/1, Criminal Minds .8/1, Criminal Minds .7/1

Sunday A18-49 Analysis: FOX won the most A18-49 viewers Sunday with 6.6/23, according to final primetime ratings from Nielsen. Fox kicked off 7p with 7.0/28 for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Finals, followed by .7/3 for ABC’s America’s Funniest Home Videos, CBS’s 60 Minutes and NBC’s NASCAR Countdown. Soccer scored 8.9/31 at 8p, versus 1.7/6 for CBS’s Big Brother. Post-match coverage and Last Man on Earth averaged 2.3/8 for Fox at 9p; next best was 1.2/4 for ABC’s BattleBots. Fox landed in first place at 10p with rain delay NASCAR programming; Telemundo’s telecast of Despicable Me and Univision’s Sal y Pimienta shared second with .6/2.

A18-49: FOX 6.6/23, ABC 1.0/3, CBS .9/3, NBC .7/2, TELE .6/2, UNI .5/2, ION .2/1

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Sunday, July 5, 2015 time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated.
FOX: 10.6/20
FIFA Women’s World Cup 12.7/24, FIFA Women’s World Cup Post 5.1/9, Last Man on Earth 1.8/3
CBS: 2.9/5
60 Minutes [r] 4.4/9, Big Brother 3.0/5, Zoo 2.3/4, Extant 1.9/4
ABC: 2.8/5
America’s Funniest Home Videos [r] 2.2/4, Celebrity Family Feud 4.5/8, BattleBots 2.3/4, Castle [r] 2.0/4
NBC: 2.2/4
NASCAR Countdown 2.4/5, NASCAR Rain Delay 2.1/4
Aqui Ahora Sun .7/1, Me Pongo d Pie .9/2, Sal y Pimienta 1.0/2
ION: 0.5/1
We Are Marshall
FIFA Trophy Ceremony .7/1, Despicable Me .6/1

Saturday A18-49 Analysis: NBC won the most A18-49 viewers Saturday with .9/5, according to final primetime ratings from Nielsen. NBC was first at 8p with .8/5 for Macy’s 4th of July fireworks, versus .7/4 for Fox’s baseball. NBC still led at 9p with 1.2/7 for its  4th of July celebration, followed by .7/4 for baseball. NBC’s Independence Day blasts took 10p with .9/5; Fox baseball held at .7/4 to slide into second place.
A18-49: NBC .9/5, FOX .7/4, CBS .4/2, UNI .4/2, TELE .3/2, ABC .2/1, ION .2/1

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Saturday, July 4, 2015 time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated.
NBC: 2.8/7
Macy’s Fireworks 2.9.7, Macy’s Fireworks 10p 2.5/6
ABC: 1.4/3
Astronaut Wives Club [r] .9/2, Bruce Jenner Intervew 1.1/3
FOX: 1.6/4
Saturday Baseball 1.6/4
CBS: 1.4/4
The Millers [r] 1.1/3, The Millers [r] 1.0.2, The McCarthys [r] 1.2/3, The McCarthys [r] 1.2/3, 48 Hours [r] 2.0/5
Sabado Gigante .7/2
ION: .6/1
Criminal Minds .6 /2, Criminal Minds .6/1, Criminal Minds .6/1
Cine Millonario .4/1


Carolyn Cassidy has been promoted to the position of Senior Vice President of Current Programming at Twentieth Century Fox Television. Cassidy, most recently Senior Vice President of Comedy, replaces Jeffrey Glaser, who is leaving to pursue new opportunities and will consult during the transition.

Alec Botnick has been tapped to serve as Vice President of Comedy Development at CBS Television Studios. Previously, Botnick packaged scripted TV series as a literary agent at WME.

Jocelyn Hamilton is set to join Entertainment One Television as President, Canada, eOne Television on September 8. Most recently, Hamilton served as Vice President, Programming & Original Productions for Corus Kids.

Nick Crowe was named Executive Producer at Alibi Entertainment. Previously, Crowe was Director of Original Factual Content for Shaw Media.

This Day in History:
1870 – Charles Dickens died at age 58.

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: Guest stars on which 1970s procedural included Sylvester Stallone, F. Murray Abraham and Christopher Walken? Kojak (1973-1978). Kudos to: Phyllis McQuillan-MSG Media/NYC, Art Salisch-Hearst Television/NYC, Alex Petrilli-TiVo, Kathy Kraft-Abelson Taylor/Chicago, Joe Norskov-Red Arrow Industries/Knoxville, TN, Dan Haberer-Creo Entertainment/Playa del Rey, CA, Lorrie Shilling/El Segundo, CA, Jerry Jones/San Francisco, David Westberg-SAG-AFTRA Federal Credit Union/LA.
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JOB OPENING: MARKETING MGR/CNBC/NYC: Mktg Mgr. to contribute to development & implementation of integrated ad sales mktg strategies & solutions. Ideally 5+ yrs. exp. Full info/apply HERE (7/15)

JOB OPENING: SALES PLANNER/Music Choice/NY: Dvlp/Mgmt of intg. media plans/proposals across Music Choice TV and digital pltfrms. Gen. new biz. BA, 1-2 yrs in media or sales plan’g at an agency or ntwrk media/sales plan’g req’d. Full info/apply HERE (7/15)

JOB OPENING: SR. DIR OR VP DIGITAL DEVELOPMENT/INTERACTIVE MEDIA/Jim Henson Co./LA: For lead & design direction for all online & mobile products; mng websites, games, mobile apps. Exp w/children’s online games/apps & producing successful site & mobile products req’d.Resume: jobpostings@henson.com (7/15)

JOB OPENING: REVENUE ANALYST/iN DEMAND/NYC: Assist with financial statements, budgets, planning & bus dev initiatives Prepare analyses. Bachelor’s in Finance/Acct & 1-3 yrs. Apply: resume@indemand.com (7/14)

JOB OPENING: SOCIAL MEDIA MGR/The Franklin Institute/PHL: Assist Chief Digital Officer w/building and executing a social media content strategy through internal brainstorming. 4+ yrs exp mngng social media exp. BA deg comm/journalism. Full info/apply HERE (7/14)

JOB OPENING: DIRECTOR, CABLE PROGRAMMING TECHNOLOGY/NYC: 7+ yrs exp. within Information Technology roles related to software dvlpmnt; 5+ yrs exp in a client-facing role. Business Segment Staff Sub-Business. Full info/apply HERE (7/14)

JOB OPENING: VP, MARKETING/Evolution Digital/Denver: Create overall mktg & branding strategy to compete in a highly competitive space. Maximize visibility & revenue promoting products in new mkts. 10-12 yrs B2B mktg exp. Cable exp strongly pref’d. Full info/apply HERE (7/14)

JOB OPENING: VP, B & LA TECH & DIGITAL MEDIA/FOX/LA: Negotiate, draft & provide counsel for tech-related biz matters, incl master service agmts, software dev, data security. Provide expertise on privacy legislation & industry practices. 8-10 yrs tech or new media transactional exp req. Full info/apply HERE (7/11) 

JOB OPENING: DIRECTOR, PROGRAMMING/HGTV/&DIY/Knoxville, TN: Create & develop new original programming for HGTV, DIY, GAC. Will oversee programming requests & pitches. 5-7 years development / production exp. Lifestyle media exp a plus. Full info/apply HERE (7/11)

JOB OPENING: DIRECTOR, SVOD (OTT) & PA/Fox (Film, TV & Sports)/LA: This position will utilize multiplatform viewership data combined with statistical and financial modeling to apply data driven strategies for TCF TV & Theatrical. Full info/apply HERE (7/11)

JOB OPENING: DIGITAL ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE/NBC10/WCAU-TV/East Coast: Looking for a dynamic Digital Account Executive to develop and drive new digital advertising revenue from advertisers and agencies in the Greater Philadelphia. Full info/apply HERE (7/11)

JOB OPENING: SALES ASSISTANT/GSN/Santa Monica: Supporting VP, AE & Planners. Deal Maintenance, traffic, mtg prep & admin duties. BA degree and Microsoft Office knowledge req. Send res and CL to tvcareers@gsn.com (7/11)

JOB OPENING: BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MGR/Telemundo 47 (WNJU)/NYC: Resp for generating New Business for Telemundo 47 (WNJU). Ideal candidate should have a passion for sales & Broadcast TV. 5 yrs advrtsng sales exp w/proven success record. Full info/apply HERE (7/11)

JOB OPENING: SR DIGITAL MEDIA/CONTENT MGR/PBR/Pueblo CO: Mng & plan implementation of dig. initiatives. BA Deg Comm/PR/Mktg. 4+ yrs exp Sports or Agency envir. Work w/media outlets/social influencers to help communicate PBR’s key messages. Full info/apply HERE (7/11)

JOB OPENING: DIR EDITORIAL STRATEGY/USA/NYC: 8 yrs exp. in interact media, mgr dig editorial proj,creating,maintaining & executing editorial voice for USA. Content strat, editorial ideation & planning. Full info/apply HERE (7/11)

JOB OPENING: SVP of DEVELOPMENT/NYC: Senior creative exec to oversee large dev’t slate at leading cable/reality proco. Head sales, mng teams, push the creative envelope. Strong network relationships and sales track record a must. 10+ yrs dvlpmnt exp. Resume HERE (7/11)

JOB OPENING: DIR, DEVELOPMENT/NYC: Key creative devt exec at proco. Strong idea generator and sizzle producer. 7+ yrs exp & proven sales record, strong relationships with buyers and previous prod company or network experience a must. Resume to: lfestaffing@gmail.com (7/11)

JOB OPENING: COORD, AD SALES MARKETING/Pivot TV/LA: Execution & development of branded content for advertisers on TV & digital. BA, 1-2yrs exp in mktg or production, strong writing & ppt skills rq’d. Resumes HERE to careers@participantmedia.com (7/11)

JOB OPENING: MEDIA PLANNING COORD/ABC FAMILY/Burbank: Planning & placing OAP, integrated mktg, & on-air graphic elements. Knwldg & passion for ABC Family content. Highly orgnzd/det oriented a must. Grip It!/Wide Orbit systems exp prefd. REQ283914 Full info HERE (7/11)

JOB OPENING: ACCOUNT EXEC, MEDIA SALES/DISH Network/NYC: Top-tiered ad sales pro to call on advertising agencies/clients. Min 5-7 yrs Ad Sales exp reqd. BA deg related field. Track record of consistently exceeding expectations & exc comm skills. Full info/apply HERE (7/11)

JOB OPENING: DIR, ON-AIR PROMO & PROGRAMMING SCHEDULING/CMT/Nashville: Dvlp tactics to support levels of prgrmng priorities, incl, growing internal mngmnt system & brainstorming new strategies. Min 5 yrs progressive exp on-air prgrm plang/sched. Full info/apply HERE (7/11)

JOB OPENING: ADVISORY ASSOCIATE/SR. ASSOC/FREEWHEEL/NYC: 2-4 yrs Consulting exp. w/media or tech clients. Knows online vid biz, TV/cable. Own client engagements, develop deliverables. Apply: http://bit.ly/1TS1xnM (7/11)

JOB OPENING: ADVISORY PRODUCT ASSOC/FREEWHEEL/NYC: 3-5 yrs w/media publisher, tech vendor or video-centric co. Provide hands-on expertise to customers. Will learn ad servers, video players, CMS/CDNs, etc. Apply: http://bit.ly/1dlH09u (7/11)

JOB OPENING: DIR, BUSINESS ANALYTICS/LA: NBC Universal is one of the worlds leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information. Full info/apply HERE (7/11)

JOB OPENING: SR MANAGER, BUS AFFAIRS & LEGAL/iN DEMAND/NYC: Draft, negotiate, review agreements incl. prgrm license & dist. Review ad materials & marketing initiatives. Provide legal analysis/counsel all depts. JD/ NYS Bar + 3 yrs exp, pref cable. Apply HERE: resume@indemand.com (7/11)

JOB OPENING: INTEGRATED AD SALES MARKETING SPECIALIST/Discovery/NYC: Detail/client oriented marketer to support the dvlpmnt & execution of advertiser based mktg elements & sponsorship packages for Animal Planet. 3+ yrs exp reqd. Full info/apply HERE (7/11)

JOB OPENING: DEVELOPMENT PRODUCER/The National Geographic Society/DC: Mng/coord dvlpmnt initiatives surrounding Society initiatives for NG Studios dvlpmnt team. 5 yrs exp TV ind working w/dvpmnt & talent @ntwk or prod co. Req#7261 Full info/apply HERE (7/11)

JOB OPENING: ACCOUNT SERVICE REP/CBS/LA: Nat’l network TV ad sales position responsible for client & agency relationships acting as a liaison between planning and AEs. Min. 3 years buying/planning exp. Apply/Info http://cbscorporation.jobs/jobs/ Ref #21939 (7/11)

JOB OPENING: NATIONAL DIGITAL AE/NYC: The Account Executive will be responsible for growing revenue across NBC Owned TV Stations digital platforms through the development and sale of creative advertising solutions. Full info/apply HERE (7/11)

JOB OPENING: VIDEO PRODUCER/msnbc/NYC: Video Producer for Morning Joe will oversee all tape production & the post-production editing of interviews & the show itself in its entirety. hours are 1am to 9am. Full info/apply HERE (7/11)

JOB OPENING: SR MANAGER RESEARCH/ANALYTICS/IN DEMAND/NYC: Provide analysis for digital video, VOD & PPV. Monitor trends. Manage qualitative/quantitative research. 5+ yrs exp, BA req’d. Apply: resume@indemand.com (7/11)

JOB OPENING: PRODUCER DIGITAL MEDIA/Discovery/MD: Keen digital eye w/cutting edge ideas responsible for programming/publishing long-form content in Discovery’s TVE experiences to drive engagement/ awareness. 3+ yrs interactive media exp req’d. Full info/apply HERE (7/11)

JOB OPENING: MEDIA ASSIST/Mahwah, NJ: EXCEL WIZ A MUST! DIGITAL EXP +. Lding kid media buyg/plng agcy looking for media assist with 2+ exp; inputter, day-to-day maint of nat’l buys, research, etc. Great bnfits. Resumes to: Llebron@thebeaconmg.com (7/11)

JOB OPENING: SEGMENT PRODUCER/msnbc/NYC: Research, Write and Produce segments for msnbc’s "The Rundown with Jose Diaz-Balart". Full info/apply HERE (7/11)

JOB OPENING: SENIOR PRODUCER/msnbc/NYC: Responsible for creating, producing and supervising the airing of The Rundown with Jose Diaz-Balart. Full info/apply HERE (7/11)

JOB OPENING: ANALYST, RESEARCH & ANALYTICS (TEMP)/A+E Networks/NY: Creation & development of reports, presentations & strategies pertinent in positioning A+E brands on various multimedia platforms. Full info/apply HERE (7/11)

JOB OPENING: TECH CLIENT SVCS & SUPP SUPV/A+E Networks/CT: Mng/prioritize workload of tel. supp, desktop (PC/MAC) supp, mobile supp, bld’g of workstation images, creat’g scripts, deploy’g pkgs & monitor’g customer assets. Min 10 yrs IT Infrastructure exp. Full info/apply HERE (7/11)

JOB OPENING: SR ANALYST (FREELANCE)/MTV/VH1 Editorial/NYC: Extract and provide actionable insights across web, apps & soc media. 3-5 yrs exp related digital analytics/rsrch. Omniture, comScore, Sysomos knwlg req’d. Resume HERE (7/11)

JOB OPENING: COMM & PR PRO/Nickelodeon/LA: Develop, oversee, and implement communications strategies for Nick live-action projects. 7+ yrs leadership exp. Develop strategy, press kits; Media relationships; Live-action TV Production exp. a must. Full info/apply HERE (7/11)

JOB OPENING: DIRECTOR, CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY/NBC Universal Cable Entertainment/NY: Develop CSR and cause mktg initiatives for networks. 7-10 yrs exp. Email for full description. Full info/apply HERE (7/11) 

JOB OPENING: MGR OF LEGAL AFFAIRS/Pilgrim Studios/LA: Secure, monitor and enforce soft IP rights for company properties. Min. 2 years exp/ABA-accredited/litigation exp a plus. Resume to: resumes@pilgrimstudios.com (7/11)

JOB OPENING: MKTG MGR (TEMP ROLE)/Access Intelligence, LLC/Cynopsis Media/NYC: For a leading publisher of B to B media. Mng campaigns for our events. Create mktg collateral, incl writing copy for emails/ websites/ social media & press releases. 5+ yrs exp req’d. Res/cover/sal req: HERE (7/11)

JOB OPENING: DIR, CYBER SECURITY/A+E Networks/NY: Mng all aspects of Information Security func., Estb’g, maint’g & monitoring policies & procedures which promote secure & uninterrupted operation of all data processing systems. Min 10 yrs sec prgrm mngmnt exp. Full Info/Apply: HERE (7/11)

JOB OPENING: MGR, DIGITAL PROGRAMMING/NBCU/NYC: Digital Planning Mgr to manage Planner team & drive company goals & initiatives. 5+ yrs digital media planning, prior mgmt exp a plus. Apply: Full info/apply HERE (7/11)

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SITUATION WANTED: Production Manager/Field Producer staff position wanted. 20 yrs experience working at all major entertainment companies from long form to promos. High energy get it done attitude with exceptional results. Email: mellinmara@gmail.com (7/11)

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ABC: The Astronaut Wives Club, Mistresses, Rookie Blue 
CBS: Big Bang Theory [r], Mom [r], Big Brother, Under the Dome
CW: Beauty and the Beast, Dates [p], Dates
FOX: BOOM!, Wayward Pines
NBC: Food Fighters, Aquarius, Hannibal
PBS: This Old House Hour [r], Masterpiece Mystery! [r], Antiques Roadshow [r]
Telemundo: Avenida Brasil, Tierra de Reyes, El Senor de los Cielos
Univision: Amores con Trampa, Lo Imperdonable, Que te Perdone Dios…Yo No

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