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IN THE NEWS
Discovery+ ordered a two documentary specials following Jason Bateman, Will Arnett and Sean Hayes on a live tour of their podcast, “SmartLess.” “Jason, Sean and Will are three absolute legends who have accomplished so much in this industry – from comedy to drama, on the stage and to our screens,” said Lisa Holme, Group SVP of Content and Commercial Strategy for Discovery, Inc. “As they are now conquering the world of podcasts, we’re excited to show an entirely new side of them.” The untitled specials are slated to premiere in 2022. Amazon acquired distribution rights to the popular podcast earlier this summer.
ViacomCBS struck a deal to sell landmark building 51 West 52nd Street, aka Black Rock, for $760 million to management company Harbor Group International. “This agreement follows the previously announced strategic review of non-core assets that we completed shortly after our merger,” said ViacomCBS CFO Naveen Chopra. “The use of proceeds from this transaction will remain consistent with our previously discussed capital allocation strategy, allowing us further financial flexibility to invest in our strategic growth priorities, including streaming.” The building, which CBS occupied since it opened in 1964, was put on the block in 2019, but a sale was delayed due to the pandemic.
Fox News’ request that a defamation lawsuit filed by attorney Michael Avenatti be dismissed was granted by a Delaware Circuit Court of Appeals judge. Avenatti was seeking $250 million over FNC’s reporting that he had been arrested and accused of domestic violence. Noted the judge, “Avenatti dislikes how Fox News covered his arrest. But he cannot overcome the truthfulness of the gist of Fox’s coverage — he was, after all, arrested for suspected domestic violence.” Responded the network, “Today’s ruling is a victory for journalists everywhere, who should not be intimidated into silence when bullies like Michael Avenatti file baseless multimillion-dollar lawsuits.”
The Foxtel Group has inked an expanded multi-year partnership with A+E Networks that will see popular content from Crime & Investigation, The History Channel, A&E and Lifetime Movie Network power Foxtel and BINGE. The expanded deal makes series such as “Pawn Stars,” “Court Cam,” “Forged in Fire” and “Cold Case Files” available to Foxtel, Foxtel Now and BINGE subscribers.
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|PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT
Peacock handed a straight-to-series order to “Field of Dreams,” based on the 1989 baseball film starring Kevin Costner. Michael Schur (“The Good Place”) will executive produce via his Fremulon, along with Gordon for The Gordon Company, David Miner and former Morgan Sackett. The studio is Universal Television.
Warner Bros. Animation and Cartoon Network Studios have set an exclusive, multiyear cross-studio overall deal with producer, writer, and performer Wyatt Cenac. The agreement calls for Cenac to develop and produce original animated programming at both WBA and CNS intended for a variety of audiences and platforms, as well as external outlets and services. Currently, Cenac has two projects in active development at the studios, an animated longform movie and adult animated series, in addition to assisting on other series in development.
Production has begun on Genius Brands “Shaq’s Garage,” which is set to air in 2Q22. NFL-er Rob Gronkowski is onboard as co-executive producer and the voice of the “Gronkmobile.”
Stone Canyon Entertainment has acquired Daniel Gordis’ nonfiction book Israel: A Concise History of a Nation Reborn, to adapt as a docuseries. “While rife with conflict and setbacks, Israel’s transformation from the poor, food-rationing young country of my father and grandparents to the high-tech, biomedical, and ecological powerhouse of today is a story that will transfix and inspire the world,” said the project’s creator/director Matthew Mishory.
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Casting notes: Dagmara Domi?czyk (“Succession”) and Don Harvey (“The Deuce”) landed series regular roles in HBO limited series “We Own This City,” based on Baltimore reporter Justin Fenton’s book, We Own This City: A True Story of Crime, Cops and Corruption….Mira Sorvino (“Hollywood”), Dan Bakkedahl (“Veep”), Joseph Mazzelo (“Bohemian Rhapsody”), Blair Underwood (“Quantico”), Kevin Pollak (“Mom”) and Patrick Fischler (“The Right Stuff”) will recur in FX’s “Impeachment: American Crime Story,” from Ryan Murphy.
Licensing and animation studio Ferly and Scotland’s Wild Child Animation inked a co-development deal for new animated adult comedy series, “Butthole Biscuits.” The project, part of Wild Child’s Creative Scotland development slate fund, looks at society through the eyes of the broken and unwanted biscuits left behind at the bottom of the biscuit barrel.
NEW & RETURNING SERIES
It was discovery+’s turn to shine at TCA on Monday, which meant a slew of announcements from the streamer. Among them was the launch date for limited docuseries “Last Chance Transplant,” from executive producer Robin Roberts. The show debuts Wednesday, September 22, offering an insider look at the race to save lives with organ donation.
Magnolia Network has added three new titles to its roster of original unscripted programming: “The Katie Button Project” (wt), with f Chef Katie Button; anthology series “An American Story,” and “In With the Old,” following the transformation of abandoned structures while preserving their historical integrity. All are slated to premiere this fall on discovery+ and the Magnolia app.
Also on the way to discovery+ is true crime docuseries “Curse of the Chippendales.” Set to premiere Friday, September 24, the four-parter explores the dark side of the 1980s male striptease dance troupe.
Season two of discovery+ series “Well Done with Sebastian Maniscalco” kicks off Tuesday, November 16. The show “is a perfect example of the ongoing success we’ve had in making content with A-list talent who have a genuine passion for food,” said Courtney White, President, Food Network and Cooking Channel. “In these next episodes, Sebastian finds inspiration in relatable questions about kids’ menus, high end dog food and the proper way to shake a cocktail that sets him on hilarious half-hour journeys.”
WarnerMedia Kids & Family is offering a new approach to preschool programming with the launch on Monday, September 13 of the Cartoonito preschool block. Airing on HBO Max and Cartoon Network, the slate celebrates individuality and originality, while championing creativity, compassion and inclusion. On HBO Max, Cartoonito programming will be presented as a dedicated page featuring a collection of new preschool shows including “Little Ellen” and the second season of the “The Not-Too-Late Show with Elmo,” and more. Cartoonito on Cartoon Network will be available Monday-Friday (6a-2p).
FETV has acquired “Leave it to Beaver,” “The Beverly Hillbillies,” “The Real McCoys,” “Mannix” and “Wagon Train” for its fall slate. “We look forward to adding even more comedies, dramas and westerns as we curate and deliver the best-in-class lineup for our viewers,” said Jaclyn Rann Cohen, EVP Content Acquisitions and Strategy.
America’s past, present and future involvement in the Middle East will be the subject of “Influence and Power in the Middle East,” a series from civic media organization A Starting Point. Hosted by Texas congressman Will Hurd, the six-parter will air on the organization’s web site.
Esports Business Summit on October 18-20 in Las Vegas brings together executives across the entire industry ecosystem to connect, learn, and discover the opportunities their business needs to capitalize on for the highest return on their business. The program features sessions like The Power of Esports Fashion, The Future of UGC Platforms, Diversity Hiring, and so much more. Register before August 26 to lock in the lowest rates available!
Playing Games: The International Olympic Committee and Rocket Sports, the sports marketing company co-founded by Elton John, debuted a new Olympic Channel original series, “From the Top: Olympians and Rockstars.” Executive produced by the “Rocket Man” singer, the series introduces an Olympic athlete to a musical artist. The two will spend the day together, sharing what it takes to be successful in each of their respective fields. The first of five athlete/artist pairings is Britain’s youngest-ever Olympic medalist, skateboarding phenom Sky Brown, and genre-twisting British singer-songwriter Yungblud.
Season four of “Frankie Drake Mysteries” will have its US premiere on Saturday, October 2 at 7p on Ovation TV. Concert special “Frankie Drake Mysteries: Music at Midnight,” filmed on the set of the show, airs Saturday, September 25 at 7p.
CBS will celebrate 50 years of daytimer “The Price Is Right” with a primetime special on Thursday, September 30at 9p. The two-hour show will look back at the biggest winners, outtakes and offer a salute to Bob Barker, who hosted the game show for its first 35 years.
Andy Cohen sits down for a two-part reunion of the cast of Bravo’s “Shahs of Sunset” on Sunday, August 22 and 29 at 9p.
Among the cases getting hearings on Court TV in the months ahead are Wisconsin v. Kyle Rittenhouse, focused on the 17-year-old charged with killing two people during protests that followed the police shooting of Jacob Blake last summer, and Georgia v. Gregory McMichael, Travis McMichael, William Bryan, centered on three white men accused of murder in the death of Ahmaud Arbery, an unarmed Black man who was shot while jogging. Court TV will work with court officials to install its cameras in the courtroom.
“The Icon” Sting will return to wrestle on TNT this Wednesday in a new episode of “AEW: Dynamite.” It’s Sting’s first official match on TNT after a two-decade absence.
Sleight of hand? Amazon’s plan to collect consumers’ palm prints, which would enable people to pay for merchandise in stores, is raising concerns about privacy among lawmakers. In a letter to Amazon CEO Andy Jassy, Senators Amy Kobuchar (D-Minnesota), Bill Cassidy (R-Louisiana) and Jon Ossof (D-Georgia) wrote, “Amazon’s expansion of biometric data collection through Amazon One raises serious questions about Amazon’s plans for this data and its respect for user privacy, including about how Amazon may use the data for advertising and tracking purposes.”
El Rey Network programming starts streaming today on The Roku Channel. “With El Rey’s transition into the streaming space, we are thrilled to partner with Roku on an exclusive window for the channel,” said El Rey founder Robert Rodriguez. “This partnership reinforces our commitment to diverse voices and authentic and inclusive storytelling that can be accessed on a free ad-supported basis.”
“Hotel Transylvania: Transformia,” the fourth film in what has been a lucrative franchise for Sony Pictures Animation, may skip theaters and go straight to Amazon, reports Variety. With COVID cases surging and young theatergoers unable to get vaccinated, Sony has been exploring an alternative release for the film, which had been scheduled to open in theaters October 1.
Spectrum Networks announced the launch of its first digital-only local news platform in a non-Spectrum News linear TV market, in Maine, via the Spectrum News App. “Spectrum Networks has a long tradition of covering local news and the stories that matter to communities,” said Sam Singal, VP Editorial and Content. “As a Bangor native and proud Mainer, I know first-hand the integral role community and local connections play in making Maine a great place to live and work. Now, Spectrum customers in my home state can be even more connected and engaged with their neighbors and communities.”
HBO Max has announced the beginning of filming for the Brazilian version of survival reality show “The Bridge Brazil.” The series first launched in Spain in 2017 and aired for two seasons on Movistar+’s #0 where it is known locally as “El Puente”. The Max Original is produced by WarnerMedia Latin America in partnership with Endemol Shine Brasil.
Add new territory to “Drag Race” country, with “Drag Race Philippines.” World of Wonder (“RuPaul’s Drag Race”) will stream the new iteration, produced by Fullhouse Asia Production Studios in conjunction with WOW, on WOW Presents Plus globally.
Things are looking up for production Down Under. Lakeside Studio and Penrith Lakes Development Corporation are developing a purpose-built film studio and production training facility in Western Sydney. The state-of-the-art Lakeside Studio complex, incorporating next-generation technology to produce motion pictures and television series, will be set over 96 acres.
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HGTV newcomer “Cheap Old Houses” averaged a .58 Live+3 rating among P25-54 and a .68 rating among W25-54 when it premiered on Monday, August 9. Attracting more than 4.4 million total viewers, the two premiere episodes also averaged a .69 Live+3 rating among upscale P25-54 and a .86 L3 rating among upscale W25-54.
The “Stellar Gospel Music Awards” on August 1 was the #1 program for the night on all TV for Black viewers P2+ excluding sports with, 867,000 total viewers during premiere night (Live+3, simulcast across BET and BET Her). On BET alone the “Stellar Awards” scored a .243 P18-49 rating, and 798,000 total viewers P2+, up 104% year-over-year.
Shareablee Top 10 Streaming Shows for the week of August 9
Program, Platform, Total Actions, Total Content, Actions per Content, Fans & Followers
Gossip Girl (HBO Max), 848k, 70, 12,116, 16.2m
Never Have I Ever (Netflix), 623k, 20, 31,155, 867k
Get Organized With The Home Edit (Netflix), 344k, 41, 8,380, 5.8m
Netflix is a Joke (YouTube), 295k, 40, 7,374, 2.4m
Nanatsu No Naizai (Netflix), 247k, 71, 3,477, 917k
Julie and the Phantoms (Netflix), 204k, 1, 204,363, 1m
Trailer Park Boys (Netflix), 196k, 30, 6,519, 3m
The Boys (Amazon Prime), 195k, 9, 21,669, 1.5m
Grace and Frankie (Netflix), 182k, 17, 10,710, 914k
The Witcher (Netflix), 154k, 5, 30,733, 1.9m
Broadcast Nielsen Ratings for Friday, August 14
Show, P2+ 000s, (A18-49)
ABC: Shark Tank 2.72 (0.4), 20/20 2.73 (0.5),
CBS: Secret Celebrity Renovation 2.92 (0.4), Love Island 1.81 (0.4), Blue Bloods 2.34 (0.3)
CW: Burden of Truth 0.65 (0.1), Dynasty 0.54 (0.1)
FOX: WWE Friday Night Smackdown 2.50 (0.6)
NBC: American Ninja Warrior 1.99 (0.4), Dateline NBC 2.59 (0.4)
Telemundo: Exatlon Estados Unidos 0.86 (0.2), Hercal: Armor y Venganza 1.24 (0.4), Cafe Aroma du Mujer 0.72 (0.2)
Univision: Disenando Tu Amor 1.42 (0.4), Si Nos Dejan 1.431 (0.4), Hija del Embajador 1.34 (0.4)
Source: Nielsen live + same day time period averages
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1903 – Joe Pulitzer donated $1 million to Columbia University and began the Pulitzer Prizes in the US.
Answer to Our Last Trivia Question
On which sitcom did Thomas Haden Church recur while he was working on “Wings”?(1990-97)? “Flying Blind” (1992-93). Kudos to: Lauren Zweifler-NBCU/NYC; Gerry Bixenspan-TV Marketing Inc./NYC; Louis Lewow/NYC; Synda Kollman-Charter Marketing Group/Boca Raton, FL; David Westberg-SAG-AFTRA/Burbank; Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA; Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg-M and S Entertainment/LA
Today’s Trivia Question
Who was the first host of the 1990 revival of “Let’s Make a Deal”? (Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and time zone. Unofficial rules: a limit of four answers per time zone.)
Ability to interface with production partners and ultimately responsible for all the crew, talent, locations, and all the contracts associate with the production. Will hire crew, heads of departments, etc, over-seeing the onboarding process and ongoing paperwork. Bachelor’s degree and/or a minimum of 2 years of relevant experience required. Full info HERE (8/30)
DIRECTOR OF TRAFFIC & SCHEDULING
Responsible for scheduling all programming, commercials, and promos.
Oversee completion of programming grid – Building formats and maintaining program schedules in the traffic system. Assign all house numbers to content as it is delivered and coordinate all logs. Bachelor’s degree and/or a minimum of 3-5 years of relevant experience required. Full info HERE (8/30)
BRAND MANAGER, BLUEY >>
BBC STUDIOS AMERICAS/NYC, NY: Put in place & deliver the Bluey Brand Marketing plan for the Americas. Ideate and implement marketing activations including partnerships, advocacy & campaigns. Put in place performance KPIs, monitor success & implement findings in future campaigns. 5 years brand marketing experience within FMCG or entertainment sector required. Full info HERE (8/27)
CHIEF CONTENT OFFICER, APM STUDIOS >>
AMERICAN PUBLIC MEDIA GROUP/LOS ANGELES, NYC, ST PAUL or Remote: Significantly increase national and international audience by developing an expanded and diverse podcast portfolio, collaborate with the GM and COO in setting and driving organizational and editorial vision and build a highly inclusive and creative culture that ensures team members can thrive. 10+ yrs exp in media, 4+ yrs management exp required. Full info HERE (8/26)
ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE >>
MARATHON VENTURES/EAST COAST NYC/WHITE PLAINS (REMOTE): Responsible for generating revenue and achieving sales targets and maintaining and developing our direct response account business. Analyze sales data, execute strategies for revenue growth, build relationships with existing accounts and consistently develop new business. Established relationships required. Full info HERE (8/24)
EVP, HR & ADMINISTRATION
CROWN MEDIA FAMILY NETWORKS
STUDIO CITY, CA
Key strategic advisor to the Exec Leadership Team, and has oversight for all HR, D&I and Admin Policies and Programs for the business. BA Degree in a related field, Entertainment or Media experience, and 20 yrs. HR experience with 10 yrs. in an HR leadership capacity required. An advanced degree & experience leading admin services highly desirable. Full info HERE (8/21)
INVENTORY ANALYST >>
TENNIS CHANNEL/NYC, NY: Work with the inventory and sales teams to help maximize the use of Commercial Inventory. Identify premium program opportunities and create packages to monetize high rated inventory and generate and distribute inventory reports. Bachelor’s degree or 2+ years of Network ad sales or media buying experience and proficient in Microsoft Excel required. Full info HERE (8/20)
TRAFFIC COORDINATOR >>
REELZ/NYC OR ALBUQUERQUE, NM: Manages the Program Log construction editing process, copy instructions & the playlist delivery to Master Control. Work w/Advertising Sales department to assist in placing of spots and create detailed reports. Demonstrated ability to work independently, with a high degree of accuracy & accountability required. Wide Orbit Network experience a plus. Full info HERE (8/20)
MARKETING MANAGER >>
SPECTRUM NETWORKS NY1/NYC, NY: Create integrated marketing plans for the region and execute based on the plans. Identify, develop and manage all aspects of sponsorships, community events, talent appearances and other community involvement and outreach. 5-7 years marketing experience required and familiarity with News and Politics preferred. Full info HERE (8/19)
DIGITAL MARKETING MANAGER >>
SPECTRUM NETWORKS NY1/NYC, NY: Work with regional teams to manage marketing campaigns from requirements gathering through post campaign analysis & documentation of learnings. Manage agencies (creative and media). Leverage best practices in digital marketing space, consistently using learnings to elevate campaign strategies & performance. 4-6 years Marketing experience required. Full info HERE (8/19)
LOCAL AD SALES ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE >>
ALTICE USA/OAKLAND, NJ: Meet with local businesses & key decision makers to determine their needs. Develop & recommend advertising strategies utilizing our suite of media & online solutions. Manage client accounts—from proposal to production to campaign activation & collections. Proven track record of closing sales & ability to build and maintain a strong sales funnel req. Full info HERE (8/19)
COORDINATOR, SOCIAL MEDIA CONTENT
GAME SHOW NETWORK
SANTA MONICA, CA
1+ yrs. w/social media content editing exp. is a plus, communicating, scheduling, curating content, engaging, community and implementation coordination, creating weekly social media status reports, asst w/content strategy calendar, source clips, writing copy, scheduling, team player w/strong attention to detail and strong time management. Full info HERE (8/19)
ACCOUNT MANAGER >>
BLOOMBERG MEDIA/MIAMI FL: Digitally savvy business sales person to help drive the growth of Bloomberg Media Distribution. Seeking an Account Manager who can leverage our broad portfolio of multi-platform media assets and create new opportunities with key accounts while driving new revenue streams through licensing, syndication, business development & strategic partnerships. Full info HERE (8/19)
VICE PRESIDENT & GENERAL MANAGER >>
NEXSTAR/MEMPHIS, TN: Min of five years of experience as a successful General Manager for a commercial broadcast station. Significant sales management experience in leading and driving revenue growth in broadcast and digital. Special emphasis on New Local Direct revenue growth, including self-created non-traditional revenue success and sports and community sponsorships. Full info HERE (8/19)
SALES MANAGER – MUSIC, US
Build outstanding sales pitches and build equity with all external stakeholders to drive incoming briefs and pitches. Own all North & South America’s music responses and liaise internally to bring the best commercial propositions to market. Align on corporate messaging and own activation and launch. 5+ yrs of working in a business development req. Full info HERE (8/18)
MEDIA MANAGER >>
GAC MEDIA/FORT WORTH TX: Perform the processing and management of media assets in a results-driven environment and create and archive edit projects for the edit team. Accountable for MAM and S3 ingest activity and tracking, as well as ingest activity that may occur outside GAC Media’s MAM & S3 storages. Bachelor’s degree required or relevant work experience. Full info HERE (8/18)
COORDINATOR, LINEAR AND MULTI-PLATFORM SCHEDULING >>
GAC MEDIA/FORT WORTH TX: Responsible for episodic scheduling of specific series, implement multi-platform scheduling on VOD and primary scheduler for GAC Family and GAC Living. Wide Orbit (scheduling software), including air schedules, revisions, formats, piece number creation, etc. Bachelor’s degree in communications, film, television, or related field preferred. Full info HERE (8/18)
VICE PRESIDENT OF BRAND PARTNERSHIPS >>
EDO/NY/CHICAGO/LA: Drive sales to new clients and engage with leaders at Fortune 500 brands to understand their needs and our value. Develop a targeted list of prospect accounts, and maintain a solid pipeline of meeting and proposal activity. 7+ yrs of sales experience within the adtech, marketing, data/analytics, and/or advertising research industries required. Full info HERE (8/17)
CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER >>
FANDOM/NYC or LOS ANGELES: Build our external brand through securing press coverage in the B2B space. Daily pitching and regular cadence of secured press coverage in B2B space and develop and maintain a comprehensive database of industry conferences and awards. 6+ years in a communications function at a global entertainment company required. Full info HERE (8/17)
Maintain agency accounts including upfront and scatter order entry, inventory moves, and product allocations and Electronic Data Interchange, flowcharts, change notices, handling program changes, booking billboards for marketing sponsorships. (B.A.) in Communication or equivalent; Prior internship experience in sales and/or media industry a plus. Full info HERE (8/17)
|TUESDAY AUGUST 17
ABC: Home Economics,Home Economics, Home Economics, Home Economics, Home Economics, Home Economics,
CBS: NCIS, FBI, FBI: Most Wanted
CW: DC’s Stargirl, Superman & Lois [f]
FOX: Lego Masters, Fantasy Island [p]
NBC: America’s Got Talent, College Bowl
PBS: Animal Babies: First Year on Earth, Animal Babies: First Year on Earth, Animal Babies: First Year on Earth
Telemundo: Exatlon Estados Unidos, Hercai: Amor y Venganza, Cafe con Aroma de Mujer
Univision: Disenando Tu Amor, Si Nos Dejan, Hija del Embajador