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The 5th Annual Cynopsis Digital Model D & It List Awards
celebrates those in online video content and advertising who elevate the industry with their state-of-the-art contributions to branded content, technology, ad campaigns, and original content.
 
Enter to win this esteemed award and be in good company – Previous winners included: A+E Networks, Anheuser Bush, Food Network, HBO, Omnimedia, MTV, OMD, SONY, PBS Digital Studios and Turner Sports.
 
 
 
PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT

 
Don Todd, co-creator of Samantha Who?, inked a two-year overall deal with ABC Studios. As part of the agreement, he’ll serve as EP and showrunner on new legal drama For The People, from ABC Studios and Shonda RhimesShondaland.
 
Also signing a pact with ABC Studios is writer/producer David Marshall Grant. Via his overall deal, Marshall will develop new projects, while continuing as EP of CBS medical drama, Code Black, produced by ABC Studios in association with CBS TV Studios.
 
FremantleMedia has teamed with bestselling author Heather Lende to develop Find The Good. Drama series is inspired by Lende’s memoir of the same name and earlier book, If You Lived Here, I’d Know Your Name.
 
IDW Entertainment optioned the TV rights to soon-to-be published novel Awakened, from James Murray (Impractical Jokers) and sci-fi writer, Darren Wearmouth.
 
Top 10 Weekend Domestic Box Office Estimates: July 21-23, 2017
Dunkirk (Warner Bros) $50.5 million, opening weekend
Girls Trip (Universal) $30.4 million, opening weekend
Spiderman: Homecoming (Sony) $22.0 million (week 3), cume revenue $251.7 million
War of the Planet of the Apes (Fox) $20.4 million (week 2), cume revenue $97.8 million
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (STX Entertainment) $170.0 million, opening weekend
Despicable Me 3 (Universal) $12.7 million (week 4), cume revenue $213.3 million
Baby Driver (TriStar) $6.0 million (week 4), cume revenue $84.2 million
The Big Sick (Lionsgate) $5.0 million (week 5), cume revenue $24.5 million
Wonder Woman (Warner Bros) $4.6 million (week 8), cume revenue $389.0 million
Wish Upon (Broad Green Pictures) $2.5 million (week 2), cume revenue $10.5 million
Source: comScore
 
A CYNOPSIS MESSAGE FROM NCM
(Inter)Stellar Ratings

Christopher Nolan’s latest prestigeous project rose to the top of the box office this weekend as Dunkirk delivered NCM a mementous 11.7 A18-34 rating.

Insomniacs beware – America’s Movie Network never sleeps on the job. Since its inception, NCM’s unbeatable original content, Millennial reach, and movie audience data have taken dark knights and turned them into brighter days. (You see what we did there?)
 
Be legendary. Be what’s noovie.
 

NEW & RETURNING SERIES
 
Season 5 of History’s Vikings sets sail with a 2-hour launch on Wednesday, November 29 at 9p. “When [creator and writer] Michael Hirst told us his epic plans for the season premiere, we needed two hours to tell it properly,” said Arturo Interian, SVP, scripted programming.
 
FX set Tuesday, September 5 at 10p as the premiere date for American Horror Story: Cult. It’s the seventh installment of the anthology series.
 
MSNBC launches The Beat with Ari Melber on Monday, July 24 at 6p. The hour fills the slot left vacant by the sudden cancellation last month of the short-lived For the Record with Greta Van Susteren.
 
Anne Burrell and Rachael Ray return to lead a culinary boot camp on Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition, launching Wednesday, August 23 at 9p on Food Network.
 
Telemundo debuts a new season of Sin Senos Si Hay Paraiso on Tuesday, July 25 at 9p.
 
Raycom Sports summer TV series Havoline Football Saturdays begins its 14th season this weekend. Hosted by Tim Brando, the show is syndicated in over 100 markets throughout the US.
 
The setting for FXX’s Archer shifts from LA to “Danger Island,” a remote beach in the South Pacific, for season 9, it was revealed at Comic-Con. After a dark season 8, things will lighten up with “quicksand, cannibals, and super intelligent monkeys,” said exec producer Matt Thompson. Animated series returns in 2018.
 
 
CASTING
 
The CW took the opportunity at Comic-Con to flesh out 3 new season 4 characters on The Flash: Danny Trejo (Machete) will play bounty hunter Breacher; Neil Sandilands (The 100) tackles DC villain Clifford Devoe, aka The Thinker, and Kim Engelbrecht (Dominion) has been set as DC character The Mechanic.
 
Also on CW: James Remar (Dexter) and Damon Gupton (Bates Motel) have joined the cast of Black Lightning, premiering midseason, and Robert Knepper was upped to series regular in Season 4 of iZombie. Crossing paths with Supergirl during season 3 will be Adrian Pasdar (Heroes) as a ruthless real estate developer; Carl Lumbly (Alias) as DC character M’yrnn J’onzz, and Yael Grobglas (Reign) as DC character Psi. And Lost alum Michael Emerson was added to the season 6 cast of Arrow.
 
Wilson Cruz joins fellow Rent alum Anthony Rapp as Rapp’s character’s love interest on CBS All AccessStar Trek: Discovery. Rapp plays the TV series’ first openly gay character, Lt. Stamets. The show premieres on CBS September 24; new episodes will arrive weekly on the streaming service.
 
Joseph Reitman (Money Monster) nabbed the lead role in upcoming Syfy series Happy!, while Patton Oswalt takes over voiceover duties from Bobby Moynihan, who voiced Happy the Horse in the pilot. Elizabeth Mitchell (Lost) will recur on season 3 of the net’s The Expanse.
 
Neil Jackson (Abesntia) and Jonathan Tucker (Kingdom) are onboard the sophomore season cast of HBO’s Westworld….Crystal Reed (Teen Wolf) is joining the season 3 cast of Fox drama Gotham….Tom Welling (Smallville) was added to the season 3 cast of Fox’s Lucifer, as a charismatic police lieutenant.
 
 
VIDEOS IN SHORT
 
Big Bad Boo Studios renewed Lila & Lola for a second season, delivering another five seven-minute episodes to multiple platforms, including bilingual VOD platform, Oznoz. Targeting preschoolers, it follows the adventures of two sisters living in a small apartment in a big city.
 
 
DIGITAL DATA
 
The audience for a Netflix Comic-Con panel on upcoming superhero show The Defenders got a surprise when an entire episode was shown in addition to the trailer (it was a hit) with the crowd. Series premieres on the streaming service August 18. Marvel head of television Jeph Loeb also announced the season 2 renewal of Iron Fist.
 
Amazon Prime acquired Tin Star from Endemol Shine International and Sky Vision for streaming in the U.S. The revenge thriller, starring Tim Roth and Christina Hendricks, debuts later this year.
 
Hulu is developing The Act, a true-crime anthology from Nick Antosca (Channel Zero) and Michelle Dean that focuses on one case each season. The first story is based on Dean’s Buzzfield article, “Dee Dee Wanted Her Daughter To Be Sick, Gypsy Wanted Her Mom to Be Murdered.”
 
Complex Networks unveiled its Q3 original programming lineup with five series available on go90. Among them, Gnarkatz and Boonies join the previously announced Road to Race Day from Film 45.
 
Great Performances concerts featuring Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Philharmonic are available for streaming via pbs.org/gperf and PBS OTT apps starting today.
 
 
GOING GLOBAL
 
TV5MONDE and SONIFI extended their national hotel channel agreement with TV5Monde Voyage and TV5MONDE Cinema on Demand for two more years. Both provide content for travelers.
 
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RATINGS
 
Some 13 million people watched on traditional TV as a Nevada board paroled O.J. Simpson. CBS garnered the biggest numbers from 1-3p with 3.1 million viewers, with 748,000 of them A25-54, while ABC had 2.3 million people tune in, including 544,000 in the news demo.
 
Disney Channel original movie Descendants 2 reached 13 million Total Viewers with a simultaneous premiere on Friday on Disney Channel, ABC, Disney XD, Freeform, Lifetime and Lifetime Movies. The Disney Channel telecast was Friday’s #1 scripted TV telecast in Total Viewers (5.3 million).  
 
Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions) Thursday, July 19, 2017 time period averages
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated Live+SD
CBS: 5.0 million
The Big Bang Theory 6.5, Life in Pieces 4.6, Big Brother 5.9, Zoo 2.9
NBC: 4.4 million
Hollywood Game Night 3.9, The Wall 5.0, Night Shift 4.2
FOX: 2.6 million
Beat Shazam 2.8, Love Connection 2.3
ABC: 2.5 million
Boy Band 2.3, Battle of the Network Stars 2.5, The Gong Show 2.7
CW: 1.4 million
Penn & Teller: Fool Us 1.8, Hooten and the Lady 1.1
Univision: 1.4 million
Copa Oro  2017 1.0, Futbol Central 1.2, Copa Oro  2017 1.9
TELE: 1.0 million
Jenni Rivera: Mariposa e Barrio 1.0, La Quereda del Centauro 0.9, El Senor de los Cielos 1.1
 
Wednesday A19-49 Analysis: CBS 1.2/5, NBC 0.9/4, FOX 0.8/3, TELE 0.6/3, ABC 0.6/3, UNI 0.9/5, CW 0.3/1
 
 
EXECUTIVE MOVES
 
Charter Communications hired Manish Jindal as Group Vice President for wireless R&D. He had been Vice President and CTO of Broadband and Media at Ericsson.
 
The Hill named Richard Beckman as President. He had been CEO of Prometheus Global Media.
 
Liza Glucoft has joined Awesomeness TV as Executive Producer of Longform Unscripted Content. Previously, Glucoft owned her own production company, and had been Head of Video at Thrive Market.
 
 
IN MEMORIAM
 
Deborah Watling, known for her work as Victoria Waterfield on the original incarnation of Doctor Who, died following a battle with lung cancer. She was 69.
 


This Day in History: 1974 – The U.S. Supreme Court ordered President Nixon to surrender Watergate tapes.
 
Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: The family in which TV drama lived in the town of Glenoak, CA? 7th Heaven (1996-2007). Kudos to: Tara Berman-NBCUniversal/Englewood Cliffs, NJ; Holly Hearn-H2 Concierge Marketing/Sarasota, FL; Gerry Bixenspan-TV Marketing Inc./NYC; Alex Johnson Gamsey-Viacom/NYC; Kelli McCabe-Chicago Association of Realtors/Chicago, IL; Matt Fera-McGarry Bowen/Chicago, IL; Elizabeth Wendorf-Blackwood Seven/Los Angeles, CA; Kevin DuBow-Bob’s Your Uncle/Los Angeles, CA; Jim Katz-Radcliffe Road Pictures/Los Angeles, CA; Pat Brady-CESD Talent Agency/Los Angeles, CA.
 
Today’s Trivia Question: On Friends (1994-2004), what did Phoebe promise to give Chandler if he never smoked again? (Email trivia@cynopsis.com with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and time zone. Unofficial rules: a limit of four correct answers from each time zone will be selected.)
 
Classic Sitcom Initial This: MP played CS on NC = Markie Post played Christine Sullivan in Night Court. Kudos to: Jordan Breslow-GFK/NYC; Larry Kahn-Gold Channel/Orlando, FL; Michael Strauss-Cox Reps/NYC.
 
Classic TV Anagram: Grimly Late Time (Email trivia@cynopsis.com with your answer; first three respondents with the correct answer who aren’t in trivia will be posted in tomorrow’s newsletter.)

 

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JOB OPENING: PRGRM ACQUISITIONS MGR/Films Media Group/NY: 3+yrs exp acquisi.; factual prgmng knwlg; solid ind contacts; exp: educ & learning; self-starter & deal-maker; BA/BS req, Res to: RESUMESFMG@INFOBASELEARNING.COM EOE (7/27)

 
JOB OPENING: SR MANAGER, DIGITAL AD PRODUCTS/A+E Networks/NY: Help diversity A+E Networks ad product line up, by creating ground breaking ad products, certifying new partners, devices and points of distribution, and owning the product education, maintenance, and specification process. Full Info/Apply HERE (7/27)

 

JOB OPENING: PRODUCER, NEWS/NYC: Plan & coord production of NewsHourWeekend – story dev thru post-prod & delivery; min 4yrs multimed exp, incl exp in dealing w/a wide range of contemporary issues; news exp a must. Exceptional written/verbal comm & presentation skills. Full info/apply HERE (7/27)

 

JOB OPENING: SR ANALYST, TV RESEARCH/CAA/LA: Produce written analysis & presentations for represented properties for brdcst/cbl/synd/OTT programs. Min 3 yrs exp TV rsch related to synd TV pref’d. Brdcst/cble ntwk exp a +. BA deg required. Full info/apply HERE (7/27)


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JOB OPENING: SR. PICTURE EDITOR/Photography/A+E/NY: Develop & evolve the photographic direction across all editorial platforms. 5+ yrs exp in either the photographic, design or art industries. Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite. Est’d vendor relationships & contacts. Apply: HERE (7/26)  

 

JOB OPENING: MANAGER, INTEGRATED SPONSORSHIPS & SALES/PAC-12/LA: Drive team performance and sales of AE’s the LA office. You will also be an evangelist for, and successfully sell, all of Pac-12 Networks properties including national and local TV, digital, and sponsorships. For full posting/apply HERE (7/26)  

 

JOB OPENING: SR BUSINESS ANALYST/WIDE ORBIT/NYC: Gather requirements from customer re: new features. Create documentation and user stories. 5+ yrs of exp cable ntwrk ind w/focus in pricing & plan’g, and sales. Full info/apply HERE (7/25)

 

JOB OPENING: MGR, BUSINESS & LEGAL AFFAIRS/AMC Networks/NYC: Draft & negotiate high volume of content license agreements & interpreting contractual rights. 2+ yrs legal exp in-house or law firm drafting IP contracts. J.D. degree is pref. Full info/apply HERE (7/25)

 

JOB OPENING: DIGITAL AD OPERATIONS SENIOR ASSOCIATE/A+E Networks/NY: Coordinate detailed implementation for complex online campaigns across all A+E Networks non-linear properties, including desktop, mobile/tablet, OTT and STB-VOD. Full Info/Apply HERE (7/25)  


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JOB OPENING: COORDINATOR/SR COORDINATOR/Sirius XM Radio/NYC: Assist Acct mgrs in maintaining client relationships. Research prospective clients & ad sales opps upon request. Min 2 yrs exp working in a sales or media/entertainment envir. Strong interest in sales & strong comm skills a must.  Full info/apply HERE (7/25)
 
WHAT’S ON TONIGHT – MONDAY, JULY 24
ABC: The Bachelorette, Somewhere Between [p]
CBS: Kevin Can Wait, Man With A Plan, Mom, Life in Pieces, Scorpion
CW: Supergirl, Who’s Line Is It Anyway?, Who’s Line Is It Anyway?
FOX: So You Think You Can Dance, Superhuman
NBC: American Ninja Warrior, Midnight Texas [p]
PBS: Antiques Road Show, Antiques Road Show, POV
Telemundo: Jenni Rivera: Mariposa de Barrio, La Querida del Centauro, El Senor de los Cielos Univision: Jose de Egipto, La Doble vida de Estela Carrillo, Rosario Tijeras

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