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 An annual must for all digital innovators, entries for the 6th Annual Cynopsis Model D & Digital “It List” Awards are ramping up. And with over 50 categories to choose from, teams are shining a light on new technology, fresh formats and a pioneering spirit in the digital media landscape. The awards event will take place on NOV 9 in NYC.
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Just ahead of its first season finale, TLC renewed Dr. Pimple Popper for another go. The series has ranked No. 1 among W25-54 in its Wednesday 10p time slot; new episodes are slated to begin airing in January.
NBC greenlit  a political murder mystery drama from The Art of More creator Chuck Rose, director-producer Julie Anne Robinson and Universal TV, where Rose and Robinson are both under overall deals. Rose will write the untitled project about a series of murders that are predicted on a radical conspiracy blog, putting the blogger in the crosshairs of an NSA agent.
Atypical, the Netflix series that follows Sam (Keir Gilchrist), an 18-year-old on the autistic spectrum, returns for Season 2 on Friday, September 7.
Model Squad premieres Tuesday, September 4 at 8p on E! Reality show follows nine supermodels, and is launching  in conjunction with the start of New York Fashion Week, where E! is the official multi-platform media partner.
Bitcoin: Boom or Bust bows Monday, August 27 at 6p on CNBC. The 60-minute documentary explores the good, the bad and the ugly sides of bitcoin, the cryptocurrency that’s become a worldwide phenomenon.
Antenna TV is airing a Labor Day marathon of Alice on Monday, September 3 beginning at 5a.
Twice-daily live mobile quiz show HQ Trivia launched an app on Apple TV that lets users watch the show as well as vote with the Apple TV remote. The mobile app has been downloaded over 12.5 million times by Android and iOS users, according to Sensor Tower. Still, the app has fallen in ranking from the #1 U.S. trivia game to #10, according to App Store Annie’s count; the new version should help goose those numbers.
Using a privacy setting that is supposed to keep Google from storing your location data doesn’t necessarily mean your movements aren’t being recorded, according to an Associated Press investigation. Even if location history is paused, some Google apps store time-stamped location data, the AP found. “There are a number of different ways that Google may use location to improve people’s experience, including: Location History, Web and App Activity, and through device-level Location Services,” a Google spokesperson said in a statement to the AP. “We provide clear descriptions of these tools, and robust controls so people can turn them on or off, and delete their histories at any time.” True, said the report, but deleting location markers is “a painstaking process.”
Chassy Media is launching a channel on free, ad-supported streaming service Pluto TV on August 21, featuring programming dedicated to car culture. Chassy was founded in 2016 by comedian/author Adam Corolla and Nathan Adams. “Being a vintage racer and lifelong car guy, I wanted to really make sure we were getting great content out to as many gear-heads and enthusiasts as possible,” Carolla said. “Launching an entire channel on a free streaming service like Pluto TV, to a built-in audience, is a win on every level.” 
Media company Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment is launching into the SVOD space with the signing of an agreement to acquire Pivotshare, a global SVOD service offering channels online across a variety of categories. “This multi-channel online network comes with pre-existing content, much of which fits with the Chicken Soup for the Soul brand,” said William Rouhaha Jr., chairman and CEO.
Facebook acquired tech firm Vidpresso, part of a continued push to shift its users away from passive video experiences and toward more interactive content. According to TechCrunch, Facebook is buying Vidpresso’s seven-person team and its tech, but not the actual company. In a blog post, Vidpresso said joining Facebook could help the company fully realize its vision for making live streaming video more interactive.  
Bluprint, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment’s subscription service and digital destination for lifestyle learning, is debuting a new slate of original content and programming designed for kids, parents and families. Content includes family friendly reality competition series Doodle Wars, cooking show Pizza Revolution with Chef Fabio Viviani, and “classes” Jump Into: Drawing, Jump Into: Knitting and Jump Into: Embroidery.
The share of TV channels tuned by the average American household has fallen to about 7%, according to a Research Intelligencer analysis of new estimates from Nielsen. The number is about half the percentage of channels tuned by the average American household a decade ago and reflects the expansion of the linear TV universe, but does not factor in the expanding supply of non-linear TV options, including over-the-top, SVOD, and other new digital channels of video programming.

According to research from Strategy Analytics, more than one billion Connected TV devices are now in use worldwide. Smart TVs have been consistently gaining share in the market and now stand at nearly 60% of the total installed base of devices. Samsung is level with Sony at the top of the rankings in terms of overall Connected TV device units installed, and the Korean company is poised to take the lead in the second half of 2018.

Discovery’ s Motor Trend App is set to premiere a new season of Garage Squad starting Wednesday, August 22 before it windows on Velocity on Wednesday, August 29 at 9p.   



Ad tech company TripleLift is aiming for custom branded content budgets with a new product it is testing, ContentDial, which has a proprietary analytics platform intended to help brands calculate what kind of content would be most effective on which websites and social media accounts. “When speaking with brands and agencies, their digital investments are either going programmatic, or branded content, which we previously hadn’t applied our technology towards,” Ari Lewine, TripleLift’s cofounder and chief strategy officer, told Business insider. “Basically, we can start to understand how content will perform before it’s even published.”  
CBS All Access tapped Ethan Peck (10 Things I Hate About You) to portray Spock in Season 2 of Star Trek: Discovery.
Rob Heaps (Imposters), Zach Roerig (The Vampire Diaries) and Paul Fitzgerald (Veep, GLOW) were cast as regulars in USA Network pilot Dare Me, while Joyful Drake (Let’s Stay Together), Tammy Blanchard (Tallulah, Into The Woods), Antonio J. Bell (Nigerian Prince) and Alison Thornton (Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce) landed recurring roles in the project.
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July was the highest-rated month in Nat Geo WILD history, and the fastest-growing network of the summer for ad-supported cable, reports the net. The first week of Sharkfest helped kick off Wild’s highest performing month in the target demo for Nat Geo Wild with double digit increases in key demos vs. 2017. For Nat Geo WILD’s fiscal year growth, the network is up +37% versus last year, propelled by the combined strength of new season of The Incredible Dr. Pol and the annual Sharkfest.
Fox Business Network maintained the lead in business news the week of August 6, averaging 188,000 total viewers during Business Day. Lou Dobbs Tonight delivered 313,000 viewers and 40,000 among A25-54.
In syndication, talk leader Dr. Phil hit a three-week high of 2.7 in Live+SD Nielsens, up 4% from the week before and its 100th as the top talker. Dateline hit a six-week high of 1.3, up 8%, and Judge Judy managed a seven-week high of 6.4, up 2%.
Top 11 Broadcast Programs Among A18-49 ratings/share for the week of August 6, 2018
CBS: Big Brother (Wed.) 1.6/8
CBS: Big Brother (Thurs. 1.5/7
CBS: 60 Minutes 1.1/6
NBC World of Dance 1.1/5
ABC: Bachelor in Paradise 1.1/5
ABC: Celebrity Family Feud 1.0/5
NBC: American Ninja Warrior 1.0/5
Fox: MasterChef 1.0/5
ABC: CMA Fest .9/4
NBC: Making It .9/4
Fox: 24 Hours To Hell & Back .9/4
Source: Nielsen


Top 10 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of 7/30/18 ranked in order by HH Rtg
Judge Judy (CTD) 6.4 AA
Family Feud (2/T) 6.3 AA
Jeopardy (CTD) 5.4 AA
Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.4 AA
The Big Bang Theory (WB) 4.1 AA
Inside Edition (CTD) 2.8 AA
Dr. Phil (CTD) 2.7 AA
Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 2.6 AA
Last Man Standing (2/T) 23 AA
Hot Bench (CTD)  2.1 AA


Top 12 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of 7/30/18 ranked in order by A18-49 Rtg
Family Feud (2/T) 1.8 AA 
The Big Bang Theory (WB) 1.5 AA
Judge Judy (CTD) 1.3 AA
Family Guy (2/T) 1.0 AA
Jeopardy (CTD) 1.0 AA
Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 1.0 AA
Modern Family (2/T) 0.9 AA
Last Man Standing 0.8 AA
The Goldbergs (SPT) 0.8AA
Inside Edition (CTD) 0.6AA
Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 0.6AA
Dr. Phil Show (CTD) 0.6AA


Broadcast Evening News Shows Weekly Average Ratings week of August 6, 2018
ABC World News Tonight 7.87 million total viewers; 1.3/7 and 1.51 million A25-54
NBC Nightly News 7.26 million total viewers; 1.3/7 and 1.59 million A25-54
CBS Evening News 5.45 million total viewers; 0.9/5 and 1.06 million A25-54


Late Night Shows Weekly Average Ratings week of August 6, 2018
CBS: The Late Show 2.75 million total viewers; 0.40/3 among A18-49
NBC: The Tonight Show 1.99 million total viewers; 0.44/3 among A18-49
ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live 1.91 million total viewers; 0.39/2 among A18-49
TV Time Binge Report week of August 6, 2018
Orange Is the New Black (Netflix) – 4.40%
The 100 (The CW) – 2.93%
Insatiable (Netflix) – 2.06%
Friends (NBC) – 1.92%
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX) – 1.45%
Suits (USA) – 1.37%
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) – 1.31%
The Originals (The CW) – 1.19%
Riverdale (The CW) – 1.06%
Jane the Virgin (The CW) – 1.01%
TV Time’s Binge Report tracks and ranks shows based on the number of episodes consumed by the millions of fans across the globe in the TV Time app.
Basic Cable Top 5 Week of August 6, 2018 
Primetime (P2+)
Fox News (2,181,000)
MSNBC (1,753,000)
HGTV (1,331,000)
USA (1,248,000)
History (1,063,000)
Total Day (P2+)
Fox News (1,281,000)
Nick (1,016,000)
MSNBC (983,000) 
HGTV (756,000)
ID (694,000)
Nielsen Media Research. Prime excludes networks not in majority of daypart 50%+ in the prime daypart. Total Day excludes networks not in majority of daypart 50%+ in the total day daypart. Coverage area ratings are within each cable network’s universe
Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions): Monday, August 13, 2018 time period averages
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated Live+SD
NBC: 4.93 million
American Ninja Warrior 522, Dateline 4.36
ABC: 3.86 million
Bachelor in Paradise 4.53, The Proposal 2.52
CBS: 3.41 million
Mom 4.20, Life in Pieces 3.28, Salvation 2.64, Elementary 3.53
FOX: 2.55 million
So You Think You Can Dance 2.55
CW: 1.42 million
Penn & Teller: Fool Us 1.74, Whose Line Is It Anyway 1.33, Whose Line Is It Anyway 1.19
Exation Estados Unidos .723, Sin Senos Sin Hay .897, Senor de los Cielos 1.154
Rico Y Lazaro 1.08, Bella Las Bestias .898, La Piloto 2 .707
Monday A18-49 Rating: NBC 1.0/5, ABC 1.0/5, FOX .6/3, TELE .6/3, CBS .5/2, UNI .4/2, CW .4/2
JJ Abram‘s Bad Robot appointed Carlos Williams as Head of Business Operations. He last served as  Head of West Coast Business and Legal Affairs for A+E Networks and A+E Studios.
Shane Wiley was appointed Chief Privacy Officer for Cuebiq. Wiley was most recently Vice President of Privacy at Oath.
Robert Kalutkiewicz joined The E.W. Scripps Company as Vice President of strategy, new business and corporate development. He was most recently responsible for mergers and acquisitions at Tronc, formerly Tribune Publishing,
Peter Mihan was named vice president of sales for zone·tv Studio. He joins from Frontier Communications, where he led video product management and strategy.
Greg Dale was appointed Chief Operating Officer of social media measurement firm Shareablee. He last served as Chief Operating Officer at marketing AI pioneer, Persado.

This Day in History: 1939The Wizard of Oz premiered at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre n Hollywood, California.


Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: In season 4 of which sitcom did the main character’s two sons disappear (along with most of the rest of the previous seasons’ cast)? The Doris Day Show (1968-1973). Bruce Abbott-WNEP-TV/Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, PA, David Westberg-SAG-AFTRA Federal Credit Union/Burbank, Tom Moyd-WGN-TV/Chicago, Kurt Howell-Sinclair Broadcast Group/Columbus, OH, Calvin Caltvedt-Mayo Clinic/Rochester, MN, Charles Lore/NYC, Gerry Bixenspan-TV Marketing Inc./NYC, John Amato-KTTV/LA, Rev. Mark Wajda/Leesburg, FL
Today’s Trivia Question: The car from which TV show sold for $50,000 at the Dragone auction in Lakeville, CT in 2017? Email [email protected] 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.).


Answer to Our Last Anagram: Shiftiest Art a Grim Rag = Marriage at First Sight. Extra kudos to Tom Moore-Kalt Productions, because it should have been Married at First Sight.


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ABC: The Goldbergs [r], American Housewife [r], Modern Family [r], American Housewife [r], Shark Tank [r]
CBS: Big Brother, SEAL Team [r], Criminal Minds [r]
CW: Burden of Truth, Supergirl [r]
FOX: MasterChef, Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back [f]
NBC: America’s Got Talent, World of Dance
PBS: Outback [f], Wonders of Mexico [f], NOVA [r]
TELEMUNDO: Exation Estados Unidos, Sin Senos si hay Paraíso, El Senor de los Cielos
UNIVISION: El Rico y Lazaro, La Bella y las Bestias, El Chapo

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