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Good morning. It’s Wednesday July 20, 2016, and this is your first early morning briefing.

Tonight’s Finales:
E!: EJ NYC at 9p
El Rey: Lucha Underground at 8p


NBC, Universal Television Alternative Studios and Jennifer Lopez’s Nuyorican Productions are hitting the floor with a 10-episode order for World of Dance. In partnership with World of Dance, the series will feature performers vying for a prize of $1 million. "This will be a fierce talent-heavy dance competition that embraces the raw emotion and excitement that dance represents," said Lopez. "I’m excited to work with World of Dance, an organization that has had an immeasurable impact on the dance community, to give all dancers an enormous platform where their dreams can be realized."

The Telemundo News team is traveling to Cleveland and Philadelphia to produce six special programs, covering the top moments of the presidential nominating conventions. Noticiero Telemundo anchor Jose Diaz-Balart will lead the reporting team. Coverage will include four special Telemundo programs with live coverage of Wednesday and Thursday nights of each convention (July 20-21 from Cleveland and July 27-28 from Philadelphia) at 11:30p, and live Spanish-language broadcasts of Donald Trump’s and Hillary Clinton’s acceptance speeches on NBC Universo on Thursday, July 21 and Thursday, July 28, respectively, at 10p. The speeches will also be available in Spanish and English on the Telemundo News mobile app and online at NoticiasTelemundo.com.

Reports remained conflicted regarding the state of Fox News chief Roger Ailes. A deleted tweet from influential conservative media commentator Matt Drudge noted that the chairman and CEO was stepping down and included an exit document. However, an official statement insists that’s not the case. “Roger is at work. The review is ongoing. And the only agreement that is in place is his existing employment agreement,” says a rep for parent company 21st Century Fox.

Sony Pictures Television has acquired a minority stake in Swedish production banner Palladium Fiction, led by Henrik Bjorn, Filip Hammarstrom and Johan Rudolphie, the creators of mystery-noir drama Jordskott. Palladium will concentrate on high-end international dramas, with SPT handling international distribution.

Dog behaviorist Cesar Millan and his son Andre Millan are road-tripping across America in search of dogs and their humans who need help and want to share their story in Nat Geo WILD’s new series Cesar and Son (wt). From canine heroes to unsolvable pooch problems, no pup is off limits.

Beginning July 20 HITN-TV will be expanding its presence in the US Hispanic market via CenturyLink Prism TV. The network will air on Channel 3055 for subscribers of CenturyLink Prism TV’s ‘Paquete Latino.’

A+E Networks Lifetime Movie Club, the network’s first direct-to-consumer subscription service, is now available to purchase as an annual subscription. Lifetime Movie Club grants subscribers access to a library of Lifetime Movies without commercial interruptions for $3.99 a month after a 1-week free trial and is now available on Roku, iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, and Amazon Streaming Partners Program.


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TV One has renewed Rickey Smiley For Real for a third season. The comedic docu-series continues to post double-digit gains and is currently outperforming its first season across all total and key demos. “The consistent growth of Rickey Smiley For Real demonstrates the strong connection our viewers have with Rickey’s lovable family and laughable team,” said D’Angela Proctor, Head of Original Programming and Production for TV One.

Power ratings for the Season 3 premiere of Power have led to a two-season renewal for the Starz series. The show’s Sunday debut garnered 2.26 million viewers, the cable net’s best original series debut numbers yet and the most-watched episode of any Starz original ever.

AMC has struck an extensive multi-year deal with comedian Chris Hardwick, which will see him host and EP multiple programs for the network over the next three years. Hardwick will continue as host of current and new “Talking” live after shows, including Talking Dead, Talking Dead: Fear Edition, Talking Saul and Talking Preacher. “There is simply nobody better than Chris Hardwick at doing what he does,” said Joel Stillerman, President of Original Programming and Development for AMC and SundanceTV


Actor and former NFL player Terry Crews returns to his Michigan roots to champion a revitalized Motor City in Travel Channel’s Celebrity Adventure Club on Saturday, July 23, at 10a. The second in a series of specials, each hour-long feature hands the camera to a star as he or she travels around the world.

UP celebrates “Christmas in July” this Saturday, July 23, and Sunday, July 24. The themed programming weekend includes Christmas episodes of fan-favorite series, like Growing Pains and Gilmore Girls, and Christmas movies, as well as a sneak peek of new original movie Merry Christmas, Baby, which premieres later this year. 

KCETLink Media Group has announced its August lineup of films for KCET and Link TV‘s flagship documentary series Link Voices. They include Searching for Sugar Man, Revolution Green, West of Memphis, The Paw Project and Food Fight. Viewers can tune in to Link Voices beginning Wednesday, August 3, and every Wednesday at 9p on KCET in Southern California and on Link TV nationwide.


According to just-released GfK MRI research, binge viewing is more than mainstream; it’s prevalent, with almost 6 in 10 (57percent) TV viewers saying they regularly watch three or more episodes of the same show in one sitting via streaming, DVR, VOD or TV marathons. Regular binge viewing includes 14 percent, who “usually  binge all or most of the time;” 18 percent, who “frequently  binge more than half the time;” and 25 percent, who “sometimes  binge about half the time.” Millennials are among the most prolific bingers, with 53 percent saying they binge view more than half the time they watch TV. Millennials are more likely than average viewers to say that live TV has become more of a special event for them (16 percent, index of 152) and that binge viewing makes them feel more connected to the shows they watch (32 percent, index of 143).


Z Living has signed a deal with AT&T U-verse to deliver the health-entertainment network to U-verse subscribers nationwide. Carried in both SD and HD in U200, Z Living is now available in approximately 40 million homes. “We are thrilled to be in business with AT&T U-verse as Z Living continues on a growth trajectory fueled by our significant investment into high-quality, original programming as well as innovative strategic partnerships,” said Z Living General Manager Rafe Oller.


TLC’s Love at First Kiss, from the producers of The Bachelor, bows Wednesday, August 3 at 10p. The reality series breaks singles’ boundaries by having them kiss a total stranger to find out if one smooch can lead to everlasting love. If either of the pair feels a spark, he or she can head to a two-minute speed date, which could lead to a date in the real world.

INSP has set a premiere date for State Plate. The culinary travel series, hosted by Taylor Hicks, debuts Friday, October 21 at 9p. Announcement was made by Doug Butts, SVP of Programming at INSP.

Buddy Valastro and his family return to TLC for an eighth season of Cake Boss on Tuesday, August 23 at 9p. Surprise visits from old customers and milestones occurring within the Valastro family will be featured this season.

The best kid cooks in the country compete on new Food Network series Food Network Star Kids, premiering Monday, August 22 at 8p. Hosted by Tia Mowry and Donal Skehan, the show features 10 talented junior finalists participating in a variety of culinary, on-camera and social media challenges over six episodes.

Bad Girls Club: Social Disruption bows Tuesday, September 20 at 8p on Oxygen. Leaving their numerous followers behind, the fierce females will have their patience tested as they drop their devices and confront their issues head on. Fans can catch a casting special on Tuesday, September 13 at 8p to meet the ladies before they officially move into the house.

The X Factor UK returns to AXS TV for the third consecutive year, when the net premieres Season 13 of the music competition series on Sunday, August 28 and Monday, August 29 at 8p. The new season features Simon Cowell and marks the return of judges Sharon Osbourne, Nicole Scherzinger and Louis Walsh.

Showtime Sports will chronicle Florida State University’s quest for the 2016 College Football National Championship with all-access documentary, A Season with Florida State Football. The series brings viewers behind the scenes and into the lives of the Seminoles with weekly 30-minute episodes throughout the 2016 season. Show bows Tuesday, September 6 at 10p.


GSN named Garcelle Beauvais (Hollywood Today Live, Spider-Man: Homecoming) host of new competition series Window Warriors. The show brings art and commerce together as window designers are challenged to conceive jaw-dropping displays each week.

T.R. Knight is heading back to Shondaland. The former Grey’s Anatomy star has landed an undisclosed, recurring role on The Catch. ABC series is slated to return midseason.


Power to The Powerpuff Girls. The show has been renewed for a second season by Cartoon Network. The series premiere in April won the night in all key demos, garnering more than 81 million views across multiple platforms, and picked up its first Emmy nom as Outstanding Short Form Animated Program.

The premiere of Elena of Avalor, the animated series introducing a princess inspired by diverse Latin cultures, will air two consecutive episodes simultaneously with limited interruption on Disney Channel and Disney Junior on Friday, July 22 at 7p. The television event also includes a telecast of animated feature Frozen 5:15p and a first-look at the animated short-form series LEGO Frozen Northern Lights and a scene from upcoming Disney feature film Pete’s Dragon.

Bottersnikes & Gumbles is headed to Netflix. The animated series is set to make its 26-episode debut on Tuesday, August 16, in 17 languages worldwide, with the exception of Australia and the UK, which will launch on Netflix in 2017.


Making a Murder will return to Netflix with new episodes. Executive producers/directors Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos are in production on new episodes of the documentary series. New installments will take viewers back inside the story of convicted murderer Steven Avery, and his co-defendant, Brendan Dassey, as their respective investigative and legal teams challenge their convictions and the State fights to have the convictions and life sentences upheld. The episodes will offer exclusive access to Avery’s new lawyer Kathleen Zellner and Dassey’s legal team, led by Laura Nirider and Steve Drizin.

Deadline reports that 1998 Olympic gold medalist Tara Lipinski is teaming with producer Michael Shamberg and writer Jonathan Igla (Mad Men, Masters Of Sex) on a new drama for Hulu. The series will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the intense world of figure skating.


HBO Asia has begun production of The Psychic, its first original TV series to be made in Taiwan. The six-part coming of age story is about a girl who can see spirits. Series debuts in early 2017 across 23 territories on HBO, with subtitles where relevant.

Quintus Media has secured several sales in Europe and Canada with content from independent German TV production company MAXIMUS FILM GmbH. The company has pre-sold Giant Constructions  The World’s Most Spectacular Bridges to German news channel N24 and documentary Behind Bars: The World’s Toughest Prisons to Discovery Southern Europe for the territories of Spain and Italy.

Holloway: Women Behind Bars from true crime specialists Woodcut Media debuted in the UK on A+E’s Crime and Investigation channel on Sunday, June 26 to outstanding ratings. The special attracted an increase in viewership of 439 percent on the CI prime time average and 226 percent on the slot average. The uplift led CI to become the number one factual channel in the 10p slot. It also attracted a significantly younger average viewer (47 vs. 57 years) and a 6 percent rise in female viewership.

CBC has renewed Still Standing and Baroness Von Sketch Show. Produced by Frantic Films in association with CBC, both series will return in 2017. “We are thrilled to announce that Baroness von Sketch Show and Still Standing will be returning to next year’s primetime line-up, “said Sally Catto, General Manager, Programming, CBC Television.





Fueled by the double finales of Eva La Trailera and La Esclava Blanca, Telemundo ranked as the #1 Spanish-language broadcast network in Friday prime 7-11p, with an average of 1,669,000 total viewers and 702,000 A18-49, according to Nielsen. Eva La Trailera averaged 1,718,000 total viewers and 691,000 A18-49. La Esclava Blanca averaged 1,709,000 total viewers, and 770,000 A18-49.

The fifth season of NBC Universo’s Larrymania delivered its highest non-sports premiere with A18-49, since the network launch, according to Nielsen. The reality series averaged 95,000 A18-49, a triple digit growth in the period (up 280 percent), and out-paced the premieres for season four (up 23 percent) and season two (up 27 percent). The episode also averaged 113,000 total viewers.

Season 2 of Nickelodeon’s Shimmer and Shine is off to a strong start, posting double-digit gains over its first-season levels with kids 2-5 (up 38 percent) and total viewers (up 64 percent). The show’s July 13 premiere was the day’s number-one telecast across all TV among kids 2-5 and girls 2-5, and the series ranked among the top 10 preschool shows across all TV for 2Q16.

Among the new strips in first-run, rookie champion Crime Watch Daily (0.8, steady) widened its lead on the freshman field to a 33 percent advantage as second place FABLife (0.6, down 14 percent) declined to a new season low.

Family Feud (6.8, down percent) dominated the game shows for the 11th consecutive week. Wheel of Fortune (5.3, down 9 percent) slid to a new season low and landed in a tie with Jeopardy (5.3, down 5 percent).

Live with Kelly (2.6 live plus same day national Nielsen rating, up 4 percent from the week before) celebrated the 4th of July holiday session ending July 10 by topping the talk shows for the sixth week in a row. Kelly was the only talker in the top five moving up from the prior frame and led the genre among W25-54 with a 1.2 in the key demo.

Sunday’s episode of Food Network Stars ranked second in its 9p timeslot across all ad-supported cable, posting a season high 9 rating A25-54 (860,000 IMP), up 19 percent since its May premiere. To date this season show has been seen by over 31 million P2+ viewers.  Overall, Food Network was ranked fourth for Sunday night among all cable.

Hallmark Channel’s original world premiere movie A Perfect Christmas delivered a strong performance on Saturday, July 16, as part of the network’s popular annual “Christmas Keepsake” programming event. The movie averaged a 2.1 HH Rating and 2.3 million Total Viewers, becoming the #1 HH rated non-news program of the day.

The flagship Scripps Networks Interactive brands saw double-digit ratings increases in primetime (P25-54) for Saturday, July 16, with HGTV landing at #2, Food Network taking the #6 spot and Travel Channel ranking #12 in cable for the night. HGTV recorded a 27 percent lift, Food Network had a 20 percent increase and Travel Channel saw a 45 percent jump year-over-year. Top shows of the evening included HGTV’s House Hunters Renovation and Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

Simulcast on Nickelodeon, Nicktoons and TeenNick, Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Sports 2016 on Sunday, July 17 scored its highest K2-11 and K6-11 ratings to date, boasting double-digit increases among Kids 6-11 in particular. Kids’ Choice Sports 2016 posted a 4.6/1.3 million among K2-11 (up 5 percent over last year’s show) and a 6.1/1.1 million with K6-11 (up 11 percent). The show also scored 2.5 million total viewers across Nick’s TV platforms.

Top 10 Broadcast Programs among A18-49 rating/share for the week of July 11, 2016
America’s Got Talent (7/13) 2.4/9
NBC: America’s Got Talent (7/12) 2.4/10
FOX: FOX MLB All-Star Game (7/12) 2.2/9
ABC: The Bachelorette (7/11) 1.9/7
CBS: Big Brother (7/14) 1.9/7
NBC: American Ninja Warrior (7/11) 1.8/7
CBS: Big Brother (7/13) 1.8/8
CBS: Big Brother (7/17) 1.8/7
ABC: Espy Awards (7/13) 1.7/9
ABC: Celebrity Family Feud (7/17) 1.6/10
Source: Nielsen Media Research, Galaxy Explorer, Live + SD Data

Top 10 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of 7/10/16 ranked in order by HH Rtg
Family Feud (2/T) 6.8AA
Judge Judy (CTD) 6.5AA
Jeopardy (CTD) 5.3AA
Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.3AA
The Big Bang Theory (WB) 4.9AA
Modern Family (2/T) 2.8AA
Live with Kelly & Michael (DAD) 2.6AA
Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 2.6AA
Inside Edition (CTD) 2.6AA
Two and a Half Men (WB) 2.3
Source: Nielsen Media Research

Top 10 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of 7/10/16 ranked in order by A18-49 Rtg
Family Feud (2/T) 2.3AA
The Big Bang Theory (WB) 2.1AA
Judge Judy (CTD) 1.5AA
Modern Family (2/T) 1.5AA
Family Guy (2/T) 1.3AA
Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 1.0AA
Jeopardy (CTD) 1.0AA
2 Broke Girls (WB) 1.0AA
The Cleveland Show (2/T) 1.0AA
Two and a Half Men (WB) 0.9AA
Source: Nielsen Media Research

Top Ten Basic Cable Network Live+7 Performance among Total Viewers for the week of: 7/4/2016
Primetime(000)/Total Prog. Day (000)
FOXN 2192/NICK 1329
TNT 1704/FOXN 1267
USA 1697/TOON 1127
DISC 1675/ADSM* 1107
HGTV 1570/DSNY 1040
TBSC 1345/NAN* 917
ADSM 1267/DISC 886
HIST 1216/HGTV 867
DSNY 1178/USA 829
NAN 1173/TNT 818
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; Preliminary: 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 Network Live+7 Performance among A18-49 for the week of 7/4/2016
Primetime (000), Total Prog. Day (000)
DISC 866/ADSM* 617
ADSM 668/NAN* 460
USA 660/DISC 444
TBSC 614/NICK 385
TNT 490/TOON 320
FX 489/USA 300
HGTV 468/TNT 279
FOOD 437/TBSC 272
NAN 422/HGTV 268
BRAV 405/FOOD 244, ID 244
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; Preliminary: 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-Rated Cable Shows among A18-49 for the week of 7/4/2016
Love & Hip Hop Atlanta (VH1) 2447
Keeping Up with the Kardashians (EN) 1867
Black Ink Crew (VH1) 1852
WWE Entertainment (USA) 1719
WWE Entertainment (USA) 1685
WWE Entertainment (USA) 1676
The Real Housewives of Orange County (BRAV) 1579
Preacher (AMC) 1578
Rizzoli & Isles (TNT) 1506
The Big Bang Theory (TBSC) 1396
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; Preliminary: Live+7. Primetime is Mon-Sat 8p-11p and Sun 7p-11p. Total day is Mon-Sun 6a-6a for household and demographic performance.

Monday A18-49 Analysis: NBC had the most A18-49 viewers Monday with 1.5/5, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. At 8p, ABC’s The Bachelorette topped with 2.0/8, followed by NBC’s American Ninja Warrior with 1.7/6. ABC’s The Bachelorette and NBC’s American Ninja Warrior tied for the lead at 9p with 1.9/7. Telemundo’s Senor de Los Cielos trailed with 1.2/4. Telemundo’s Senor de los Cielos topped at 10p with 1.4/5, followed by NBC’s coverage of the Republican National Convention with 2.0/4.

A18-49: NBC 1.5/5, ABC 1.3/5, TELE 1.2/4, FOX 0.7/3, UNI 0.7/2, CBS 0.6/2, ION 0.4/1,
CW 0.2/1

Live + Same Day Household Ratings:  Monday, July 18 2016 time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
ABC: 3.5/6
The Bachelorette 4.5/8, Republican National Convention 2.5/4
NBC: 3.0/5
American Ninja Warrior 3.4/6, Republican National Convention 2.5/4
CBS: 2.4/4
Mom 2.7/5, Two Broke Girls 2.4/4, Scorpion 2.5/4, Republican National Convention 1.9/3
FOX: 1.6/3
So You Think You Can Dance 1.6/3
TELE: 1.4/2
Senor de Los Cielos 1.2/2, Senor de Los Cielos 1.4/2, Senor de Los Cielos 1.2/2 1.5/3
Un Camino Hacia el Destino 1.1/2, Tres Veces Ana 1.0/2, Por Siempre Joan Sebastian 1.1/2
ION: 0.9/2
Criminal Minds 0.8/2, Criminal Minds 0.9/2, Criminal Minds 0.9/2
CW: 0.5/1
10 Years 0.5/1

Sunday A18-49 Analysis: ABC had the most A18-49 viewers Sunday with 1.3/5, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. At 7p, ABC’s Celebrity Family Feud and CBS’ 60 Minutes tied for #1 with 0.8/4, followed by NBC’s Dateline Classic with 0.7/3. CBS’ Big Brother took over the top spot at 8p with 1.8/7. ABC’s Celebrity Family Feud followed with 1.6/6. At 9p, ABC’s $100,000 Pyramid topped with 1.5/5. NBC’s American Ninja Warrior trailed with 0.7/3. ABC’s Match Game closed out the night on top with 1.2/4. NBC’s American Ninja Warrior was second with 0.9/4.

A18-49: ABC 1.3/5, CBS 0.8/4, NBC 0.6/3, FOX 0.5/2, UNI 0.5/2, ION 0.3/1, TELE 0.2/1

Live + Same Day Household Ratings:  Sunday, July 17, 2016 time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
ABC: 4.0/8
Celebrity Family Feud 2.8/6, Celebrity Family Feud 4.8/9, $100,000 Pyramid 4.5/8, Match Game 3.7/7
CBS: 3.1/6
60 Minutes 5.2/11, Big Brother 3.5/7, Madam Secretary 2.0/4, Elementary 1.7/3
NBC: 1.8/3
Dateline Classic 2.6/5, Hollywood Game Night 1.2/2, American Ninja Warrior 1.5/3
Aqui y Ahora 0.9/2, Va Por Ti 1.0/2, Sal y Pimienta 0.9/2
FOX: 0.8/2
The Simpsons 0.7/2, Bob’s Burgers 0.7/1, The Simpsons 0.9/2, Brooklyn Nine-Nine 0.7/1, Family Guy 0.9/2, The Last Man on Earth 0.7/1
ION: 0.6/1
Leverage Sun 0.6/1, Leverage Sun 0.7/1, Leverage Sun 0.6/1, Leverage Sun 0.6/1
TELE: 0.3/1
Cine Exclusivo 0.4/1, Ya Era Hora Sun 0.2/0

Saturday A18-49 Analysis: ABC topped for the most A18-49 viewers Saturday with 0.5/3, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. At 8p, FOX’s Premier Boxing Champions led with 0.4/2, followed by ABC’s People’s List, NBC’s Nitro Circus, Univision’s LIGA MX and ION’s Law & Order: SVU, which tied with 0.3/2. ABC’s 20/20: In an Instant took over sole possession of first at 9p with 0.5/2. CBS’ 48 Hours and NBC’s Nitro Circus, and FOX’s Premier Boxing Champions tied for second with 0.4/2. At 10p, ABC’s 20/20: In an Instant gained ground with 0.7/3. CBS’ 48 Hours and FOX’s Premier Boxing Champions tied with 0.6/3.

A18-49: ABC 0.5/3, CBS 0.4/3, NBC 0.4/2, FOX 0.4/2, UNI 0.4/2, ION 0.3/2, TELE 0.2/1

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Saturday, July 16, 2016 time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
ABC: 1.8/4
People’s List 1.3/3, 20/20: In an Instant 2.3/5
CBS: 1.6/4
Angel from Hell 1.2/3, Angel from Hell 1.1/3, 48 Hours 1.9/4, 48 Hours 2.3/5
FOX 1.1/3
Premier Boxing Champions 1.1/3
ION: 1.0/2
Law & Order: SVU 0.9/2, Law & Order: SVU 1.0/2, Law & Order: SVU 1.0/2
NBC: 0.8/2
Nitro Circus 0.8/2
LIGA MX 0.4/1, LIGA MX 2 0.5/1
TELE: 0.4/1
Que Noche 0.4/1, Cosecha de Miseria 0.4/1, Esp Sangre de Acero 0.3/1


Lauren Ruggiero has been promoted to Vice President, Scripted Original Series, Spike TV. In her new position, Ruggiero will continue to expand the development slate and co-manage scripted show production, including the anticipated upcoming series, The Mist.

BJ Levin has been named Senior Vice President of Development at Wilshire Studios, the unscripted division of NBC Universal Cable Entertainment. Levin last served as Executive Producer and Showrunner for HBO documentary series Vice.

Starz has announced executive legal department promotions in the Business & Legal Affairs and Business & Creative Affairs groups of its Beverly Hills and Denver offices. In Beverly Hills, Carrie Dolce was upped from Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs, to Senior Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs. Gavin Wise was elevated to Senior Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs. Deanne Bloch was promoted to Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs. John Martin was upped to Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs  Production Labor Relations. Janine Scalise Boyd was promoted to Vice President, Business & Creative Affairs. In the Denver office Todd Hoy was elevated from Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs to Senior Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs.

KSBW 8 has named Drea Blackwell as Sports Anchor of the California Central Coast’s KSBW Action News 8. She had previously filled in for Sports Director Dennis Lehnen.

Shareablee Inc. has appointed Pierre de Lacaze as Head of Machine Intelligence. He was previously Principal Investigator and Chief Architect at Global Healthcare Exchange, Stanford Research Institute and Knowledge Technologies International.

SSA Public Relations has appointed Rosa Noyola as Vice President, Latino Division. Noyola joins the company after having served as defense litigator with the Aguilera Law Group, Los Angeles.

IRIS.TV has added to its technology team with the hires of Ming Fang and Tony Chia as DevOps Engineers. Both previously worked at Yahoo! where Fang served as a Service Production Engineer and Chia was Senior Build and Release Engineer for Search Advertising.

Scholastic Trade publishing division has promoted Beth Noble from Marketing Manager to Senior Marketing Manager, Teen; Phil Falco from Art Director to Executive Art Director; Lauren Festa from Assistant Marketing Manager to Marketing Manager, Teen; and Brooke Shearouse from Publicity Coordinator to Associate Publicist. The company has also hired Rachel Feld, formerly of Random House, as Marketing Director; Jennifer Powell, previously Vice-President of Sales, North American for Igloo Books, as Director of Rights and Co-Editions; Stephen Mei, formerly Associate Producer at THIS IS POP, as Associate Project Manager, Multiplatform Publishing; and freelance designer Maeve Norton as Art Department Designer.

This Day in History:
1991 – Kirk Cameron married his Growing Pains co-star Chelsea Noble.

Answer to Our Last Trivia: In Who’s the Boss?, what was Samantha’s license plate on her first car (1994-1992)? SAM’S CAR. Kudos to: Christina Torres/NYC; Robyn Simensky- Initiative/NYC; Matt Fera-Mcgarry Bowen/Chicago, IL; Ken DuBow-Bob’s Your Uncle/Los Angeles, CA; Tony Munoz-CBS Studio Center/Studio City, CA.

Today’s Trivia Question: What job did Carla’s husband, Ed Lebec, take after he was released by the Boston Bruins on Cheers (Email [email protected] with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and time zone.).

New! Switcheroo (two TV characters, one actor): Kathryn Duffy (Email [email protected]; first three respondents with the correct answer who aren’t in trivia – will be posted along with the answer on www.Cynopsis.com.)
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JOB OPENING: SR. RESEARCH ANALYST/ANIMAL PLANET/NY: Energetic critical thinker to analyze/report Nielsen TV ratings & consumer findings for Animal Planet. Manage submissions of Nielsen program lineups. 2+ yrs Nielsen exp req’d. Full info/apply HERE (7/29)

JOB OPENING: PROJECT MGR, DIGITAL/Nickelodeon/NYC: Mng plan’g, briefing & management of all Nick owned & operated digital platforms. Min 5 yrs project mngmnt, prod mngmnt or related exp. Demonstrated orgnz’d self-starter who is able to mng mult tasks deftly & see the big pic. Full info/apply HERE (7/29)

JOB OPENING: MGR INSIGHTS & INNOVATION/DISCOVERY/CHI or NYC: Strong sales storyteller to empower Ad Sales Team w/insights to drive digital sales using data to prove the value of partnering w/Discovery. Manage+deliver ad hoc analytics requests. 4+ yrs exp req’d. Full info/apply HERE (7/29)

JOB OPENING: SUPERVISING PRODUCER-BE/TLC/MD: Creative leader to concept/write/produce/edit branded entertainment + integrated mktg cmpgns. Collab w/ad sales to create content for advertisers+ true to TLC brand. Proven success a must, 7 yrs exp. Full info/apply HERE (7/29)

JOB OPENING: SR. DIR. MKTG STRGY+PROD MGMT/TLC /MD: Strategic thinker w/360 innovative approach to cmpgns. Strong brand mgt/consumer mktg exp.Supervise strategy, campaign development, production management operations. Exp. driving top TV brands. Full info/apply HERE (7/29)

JOB OPENING: ACCT DIRECTOR, MKTG & DISTRIBUTION/Discovery/MD: Innovative thinker to develop and implement robust distribution and partner mktg strategies for Discovery’s portfolio. Est./maintain strong consultative relationships w/ top MVPD partners. 5+ yrs exp req’d. Full info/apply HERE (7/28) 

JOB OPENING: MKTG MGR/FX Networks/LA: Work on development of mktg & media ideas tied to consumer launches. He/she will identify, dvlp & work w/media & creative agencies on mktg & media campaigns 5 yrs work exp mktg/media for a TV network or TV acct at an ad agency req’d http://bit.ly/29PbIwl (7/28)

JOB OPENING: DIR, PROGRAM PLANNING & SCHEDULING/FULLSCREEN/Playa Vista CA: Create daily/wkly prgrmng blocks using Fullscreen’s orig & licensed content. Prgrm plan’g/scheduling exp, either in traditional (cable or brdcst) TV or in digital media. 5-10 ys exp prgrm sched. Full info/apply HERE (7/27)

JOB OPENING: RESEARCH ASSOCIATE/Univision/LA: 2 openings. Resp for generating ratings and media consumption reporting across our platforms (Television, Radio, Digital). Analytical & creative skills. Comfortable reading, analyzing & interpreting data. Working knwldg of media rsach tools. [email protected] (7/27)

JOB OPENING: SCRIPT ASSISTANT/Nationally syndicated live daily talk show/NYC: Responsibilities incl creation/distribution of paperwork, coordination of graphics, handling music cue sheets & more. Script/Control Room exp pref’d. Position starts late Aug. Email resume HERE: [email protected] (7/27)

JOB OPENING: DIGITAL PROJECT MGR/GLOW/NYC: Work closely w/internal teams & clients to execute social campaigns that integrate with our clients’ overall strategic goals. 2-4 yrs agency exp. Prior exp w/dig or SM integrated campaigns. (Social & Interactive) Full info/apply Here http://www.weareglow.com/careers (7/27)

JOB OPENING: DIRECTOR, BRAND MARKETING/NBCU/NYC: Implements & develops the creative execution of linear and SVOD sales & marketing for TV, Film, Cable & New Media Platforms in US & Canada. Full info/apply HERE (7/26)

JOB OPENING: COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER/Equal Justice Initiative, Montgomery, AL: Nat’l human rights org. Implement media strategy; manage news inquiries, web site, social media. BA, 3+ yrs. exp. Resume, writing sample, letter to: [email protected] (7/26)

JOB OPENING: PARTNER MANAGER, ESL/ESL Gaming/NYC: Dvlp/maintain client relations and act as the lead point of contact, ensure successful executions of sponsorship entitlements, connect with key business executive and stakeholders; 2+ yrs acct mngmnt exp; strong cust svc background ideal. Resume/cover: HERE (7/26)

JOB OPENING: DIRECTOR, SPONSORSHIP SALES ESL/ESL Gaming/NYC: Prospecting & executing corporate partnerships & sponsorships, work w/sales team to dvlp mktg solutions, collaborate w/other depts to build new bus. platforms; 5+ yrs sponsorship sales exp; 5-7 yrs exp in sports mktg and/or media sales pref’d. Resume/cover: HERE (7/26) 

JOB OPENING: EDITOR PRODUCER/IFC/NYC: Create, write, and edit "slightly off" campaigns and promos. 5+ years exp as editor, 2+ years exp as promo editor. Strong knowledge in Avid, Photoshop, After Effects, and Illustrator. Full info/apply HERE (7/26)

JOB OPENING: SR DIR, MKTG CONTENT DISTRIBUTION/Viacom/NYC: Dvlp strategy, creative execution & oversee implementation of Viacom initiatives in conjunction w/various Digital/OTT, cable, satellite and telco dist partners. 7 yrs mktg exp working w/ cross-functional teams. Full info/apply HERE (7/26)

JOB OPENING: SALESPERSON, DIGITAL & BRANDED CONTENT/Authentic Entertainment/Burbank: Must have 3+ yrs experience in Digital, Linear Cable, Broadcast/Syndicated Television and/or Advertising Sales. Motivated Deal Closers only. Send resume/references to: [email protected] (7/23)

JOB OPENING: RESEARCH MANAGER/Science Channel/NY: Experienced researcher to utilize Nielsen ratings+ consumer databases to inform/develop network strategy and lead primary research. Skill to turn data into stories. Exp w/Nielsen, 5+ yrs TV rsrch exp. Full info/apply HERE (7/23)

JOB OPENING: CONTENT Specialist/CSI SPORTS/NY: Multimedia co. seeks energetic/driven ind. to license content to int’l networks & operators worldwide. Also work on content acquisition/mktg strat. +7 yrs int’l sales exp. req. in media ind. Sports bckgrnd a +. Res/cvr to Rose: HERE (7/23)

JOB OPENING: ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE/Twentieth Television/NYC: Looking for a strategic, motivated Account Executive to join the dynamic NY sales team. Minimum 1 yr Direct Response experience preferred in sales or planning. BA Degree required. Full info/apply HERE (7/23)

JOB OPENING: ADVANCED ADVERTISING ANALYST/Discovery/NYC: Implement & deploy TV & video data platform w/focus on improvement of targeted delivery of brand impressions and ad campaign optimization on Discovery nets for advertisers. 1+ yrs media indstry exp w/strong attention to detail. Full info/apply HERE (7/23) 

JOB OPENING: METADATA & DIGITAL DIST MGR-ENCODING/A+E Networks/Stamford CT: Resp: tech support & administration of all metadata & partner/vendor publishing related req’s; incl XML schema support, new partner on-boarding, publishing error resolution, reporting & UAT support for Prod Full Info/Apply: http://www.aenetworks.com/careers (7/22)

JOB OPENING: SR DIRECTOR, INTEGRATED MEDIA RESEARCH/NFL/Culver City CA: Drive vision, strategy, & execution for rsrch related to NFL media & content. Ideal candidate is creative thinker w/both TV/digital exp. 12+ yrs exp @ media agency, brdcst/cable ntwrk, rsrch supplier, or advertiser. Req# 2172 Full info: www.nfl.com/careers/about (7/22)

JOB OPENING: MGR, MARKETING SOLUTIONS/The Clear Channel Outdoor/NYC: Dvlp mktg strategies & compelling sales stories for clients & their agencies to increase awareness. 3-5 yrs Media mktg exp. Knwlg of digital OOH along w/mobile, social & other forms of media a +. Full info/apply HERE (7/22)

JOB OPENING: PROGRAMMING COORD/WFAA/Dallas: Asst in all aspects of daily prgrming operations & communication. Communicate all prgrmng changes internally/externally (i.e. sales, traffic & TV listing services). 5 yrs exp in TV or related comm field. Full info/apply HERE EOE (7/22)

JOB OPENING: ACCOUNT MGR/WFAA TV/Dallas: TEGNA Media Inc. Co., & ABC Affiliate, has opening for exp’d Accct Mgr to join sales team. Driven & solutions-based candidate to represent our vast range of brdcst/digital products. Min 2 yrs acct service support in media ind. Full info/apply HERE EOE (7/22)

JOB OPENING: TRAFFIC & FORMATTING SPECIALIST/MLB/NYC: Schedule commercial units on broadcast log in accordance with established traffic guidelines and procedures. Min 3-5 yrs of Traffic exp, pref in a nat’l ntwrk. BA deg req’d; Comm or related major is pref’d. Resume HERE (7/21)

CASTING CALL: Companies can showcase their casting notices/casting calls here. For information on rates and specs for posting a casting notice, please email Trish at [email protected]

EXPERT SERVICES ADS: These ads are for companies or people who offer an expertise in the field of media by way of production, voice over artistry, writing, set development, etc. For information on rates and specs for posting an Expertise Service ad email Trish at [email protected]

INTERNSHIPS – These positions are for credit only – nobody gets paid here. These ads are always posted for free, and students work for school credit only. For more information on the specs for posting an Internship ad, email Trish at [email protected].

FALL INTERNSHIPS CREDITS ONLY: FALL INTERN/Bookmarks4Fun/NYC or REMOTE: Consumer goods company seeks motivated interns to work on social media, research and marketing for a fun new kid’s product. Should be articulate and comfortable writing. No experience necessary. Apply: [email protected] (7/29)

SITUATION WANTED ADS, POSTED BY THOSE LOOKING TO BE HIRED… There is no charge for placing your Situation Wanted ad… for more information contact Trish Pihonak at [email protected]

SITUATION WANTED: CREATIVE DIRECTOR, ON-AIR PROMOS: Emmy award-winner with 15+ years experience in network, cable and agency with writing, producing, editing exp. [email protected] (7/22)

E-mail [email protected] or call Trish Pihonak at 203-899-8459 for rates and specs for Job Openings.


ABC: The Goldbergs [r], The Goldbergs [r], Modern Family [r], blackish [r], Republican National Convention
CBS: Big Brother, American Gothic, Republican National Convention
CW: Penn & Teller: Fool Us, Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Whose Line Is It Anyway? [r]
Fox: MasterChef, Wayward Pines
NBC: America’s Got Talent, Republican National Convention
PBS: Republican National Convention
Telemundo: Silvana Sin Lana, Sin Senos Si Hay Paraiso, Senora Acero 3: Lo Coyote
Univision: Un Camino Hacia El Destino, Tres Veces Ana, Por Siempre Joan Sebastian

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