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A CYNOPSIS MESSAGE
ANNOUNCING: The Cynopsis Short Form Video Festival
March 7, 2018 | NYC
Now Accepting Submissions – Enter Here
Winning submissions will be showcased at this one-of-a-kind festival, where idea-rich panel discussions will be led by producers, directors, actors, marketers, and more.
 

PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT
 
Production on Hallmark Channel‘s The Christmas Train, a Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation film, has begun. The film, which adapts David Baldacci‘s novel and stars Dermot Mulroney, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Joan Cusack and Danny Glover, is the story of a disaffected journalist on a cross-country journey to get home for Christmas, and will air Saturday, November 25 at 8p.

 

CBS has agreed to a put pilot commitment for an untitled family legal drama written by Blindspot creator/executive producer Martin Gero and executive producers Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter. Drama will focus on five multiracial adopted siblings pursuing legal careers, while diving into a family tragedy.


Fox has given a put pilot commitment to a single-camera romantic ensemble comedy that will be executive produced by Fresh Off the Boat creator and EP Nahnatchka Khan. The untitled project will be written by Grace and Frankie executive producer Billy Finnegan and is based at 20th Century Fox TV and Khan’s Fierce Baby.
 
Edward Burns Marlboro Road Gang Productions has linked with Radar Pictures to develop author Tosca Lee‘s The Progeny as a TV series. Lee’s books put a modern twist on a 16th Century countess considered the most notorious female serial killer ever, and her descendant Audra.
 
 
COMING UP
 
Jerry Before Seinfeld, Jerry Seinfeld‘s first stand-up special since 1998’s I’m Telling You for the Last Time, will premiere on Netflix on Tuesday, September 19. The special will show the comedian returning to The Comic Strip in New York City, where he began his career. Special is part of a $100M deal he made with Netflix.
 
Animal Planet‘s annual “You Watch, We Give” special for Pit Bulls & Parolees will air Saturday, August 26 at 9p, to coincide with National Dog Day. Based on the episode’s viewership, the channel will donate money to Villalobos Rescue Center, the largest pit bull rescue center in the United States.
 
CNN Films will present The Reagan Show, an all-archival footage documentary of President Ronald Reagan‘s eight years in the White House, on CNN on Monday, September 4 at 10p and Sunday, September 10 at 2:30a. It will also stream live for subscribers on the CNNgo platform and apps, and on demand on Tuesday, September 5.
 
HITN and Wildlife Conservation Network have paired up to create two-minute long interstitial videos that will provide information from WCN about at-risk animals. The capsules will be part of HITN’s Tue Planeta block, which airs Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays starting at 5p, and began airing Wednesday, August 23.
 
Forbidden: Undocumented & Queer in Rural America premieres on Friday, September 1 on Logo at 8p. The documentary follows immigrant and gay man Moises Serrano, who was born in Mexico and raised in North Carolina, as he pursues the American dream.
 
 
CYNOPSIS SHORT FORM AWARDS
 
Submissions are now open for Cynopsis Short Form Video Awards! Winning videos will be screened at the Short Form Video Festival on March 7, 2018, along with thought-provoking panel discussions with producers, directors, actors, marketers, and more. Submit your video by October 20, 2017 and be a part of this recognition of outstanding short form video.  
 
 
NEW & RETURNING SERIES
 
Aaaay! Universal Kids Network (formerly Sprout) is bringing back Hank Zipzer, a comedy/drama series based on the children’s book series about a boy with learning difficulties written by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver. The series, which ran for three years on the Children’s British Broadcasting System, returns on Saturday, September 9.
 
Decades network is bringing legendary host Ed Sullivan back to TV with The Best of the Ed Sullivan Show, which will air weekdays at 12p, 5p and 11p starting Monday, September 4. Episodes will feature select performances and bits taken from the iconic variety series, including performances by The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Elvis Presley and The Doors.
 
Don’t Be Tardy… returns to Bravo with a double episode premiere on Friday, October 6 at 8p, as a family trip leads to a brush with danger and an underscoring of the strength of the Biermann clan.
 
TV One held a special Los Angeles premiere for its upcoming original film When Love Kills: The Falicia Blakely Story on Tuesday. The story of a teen mom from Atlanta who falls in with very bad company airs on the network Monday, August 28 at 9p.
 
Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency will open its doors again for a second season on BBC America starting Saturday, October 14 at 9p. The series, starring Samuel Barnett and Elijah Wood, is adapted from the novels by Douglas Adams.
 
Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry has been renewed for a third season on E!, ahead of its Wednesday Season 2 finale.
 
Born this Way, A&E Network‘s original docuseries looking at women and men born with Down Syndrome, has been picked up for a fourth season with eight new episodes scheduled.
 
Epix has renewed its original series Get Shorty for a second season; the dark comedy is based in part on Elmore Leonard‘s novel by the same name. The show will return in 2018 with 10 new episodes.
 
 
CASTING
 
Netflix hopes Oscar-winner Timothy Hutton will scare up viewership for its modern re-imagining of the Shirley Jackson classic novel The Haunting of Hill House. The 10-episode straight-to-series drama has Paramount TV and Steven Spielberg‘s Amblin TV attached as producers.
 
Heather Morris (Glee, Dancing With the Stars) and Joan van Ark (Knots Landing) will star in Psycho Wedding Crasher, a thriller airing on Lifetime on Sunday, September 3.
 
Elisabeth Harnois (CSI) is set to star as a pregnant woman in danger of having her baby kidnapped in My Baby Is Gone, which premieres on Lifetime Monday, September 4.
 
Maria Menounos and former Miss America Nina Davuluri have been added to the celebrity judges panel for the final night of the 2018 Miss America Competition, which will air on ABC on Sunday, September 10 at 9p.
 
Whether ya think Rod Stewart is sexy or not (we do!), he’s set to perform at MTV‘s VMAs on Sunday, August 27 at 8p. The classic rocker will perform his 1978 hit “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy” with DNCE in a re-imagined version. In addition, Demi Lovato has signed on to perform her tune “Sorry Not Sorry” at the VMAs as well.
 
 
GOING GLOBAL
 
Entertainment One has paired with Taiwanese broadcast partner Yoyo TV to launch PJ Masks-related toys. Pro & Pacific will distribute the toys from Just Play, and they will debut exclusively at Toys ‘R’ Us stories starting in late September 2017.
 
Season 14 of The X Factor UK will premiere in the US on AXS TV beginning Sunday, September 3. This will be the fourth consecutive year the show, which includes judges Simon Cowell and Sharon Osbourne, has aired on the network.
 
HBO and Sky have acquired a minority stake in and seats on the board of Bad Wolf (The Night Of), the UK/US production company founded by Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner in 2015. Sky and Bad Wolf are already working on a Sky original production called A Discovery of Witches.
 
BBCTwo has acquired John Singleton‘s LA-set period drama Snowfall and confirmed that The League of Gentlemen will be returning, according to controller Patrick Holland, who spoke at the Edinburgh International Television Festival. Snowfall is an acquisition from 20th Century Fox Television and will air in the fall; the series premiered in the US on FX, which renewed it for a second season earlier in August.
 
 
DIGITAL DATA
 
Snapchat is getting closer to moving into original programming with Snap Inc., according to Nick Bell, vp of content. He said shows should be happening “by the end of the year” during a keynote session at the Edinburgh International Television Festival with a move to scripted “the next juncture for us.” The messaging service signed deals with NBCUniversal, Turner, Discovery, the BBC, ABC and MGM over the past year, all of whom hope to reach Snap Inc.’s young audience.
 
Time Inc.‘s free streaming network People/Entertainment Weekly Network is launching People Crime, a new programming franchise to use investigative reporting within the People brand. The premiere episode, People Crime: Prep School Sex Abuse Scandal, is currently available at People.com/PEN.
 
Z Living says it’s going to the mat with a new docu-soap called Yoga Girls, which will follow elite yoga instructors in Los Angeles as they build client rosters. The series, from Charlie Ebersol‘s The Company, premieres Sunday, September 24 at 8p.
 
A CYNOPSIS MESSAGE
Adapt your marketing strategy to fit a new (and impactful) generation
Cynopsis Live Online Event: How to Connect + Engage with Gen Z
Tuesday, September 26 | 1:30-3:00pm ET
Gen Z is the largest, most diverse group of media users ever, according to a new report from Nielsen. In this live online event, you’ll learn: How to encourage conversation around TV shows and brands, how to employ apps and social platforms that are most popular with Gen Z, how to engage with Chatbots and VR and much more!
 

RATINGS
 
Science Channel‘s live coverage of The Great American Eclipse set a record for viewership on the channel. Coverage from 12-2p on Monday, August 21 from Madras, Oregon brought in 1M viewers, peaking at 1.3M while Madras achieved totality.
 
Telemundo has held its position as the No. 1 Spanish-language network in Monday-Friday 8-11p primetime among adults 18-34 for the sixth consecutive week.
 
ABC‘s Bachelor in Paradise and Somewhere Between hit the No. 2 network position on Tuesday night in adults 18-49. In addition, Bachelor in Paradise retained 100 percent of its week-ago delivery in adults 18-49.
 
Top 10 U.S. Primetime Shows Video Power Index: Week of August 14, 2017
Teen Wolf (MTV) 1863, 785K, 953K, 4.2M
Game of Thrones (HBO) 1630, 845K, 19.8M, 1.5M
Shadowhunters (Freeform) 740, 1.1M, 637K, 3.7M
America’s Got Talent (NBC) 401, 1.1M, 37.1M, 2.3M
The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC) 400, 117K, 2.2M, 540K
Adam Ruins Everything (truTV) 393, 166K, 4.3M, 179K
Power (Starz) 249, 129K, 1.8M, 186K
The Fosters (Freeform) 235, 305K, 1.2M, 646K
Anderson Cooper 360 (CNN) 223, 296K, 12.8M, 356K
Life of Kylie (E!) 218, 332K, 3.2M, 404K
Based on Shareablee’s Video Power Index, which combines viewing, consumer interactions and audience scale across all active platforms and includes the video performance of primetime TV shows.

Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions): Tuesday, August 22, 2017 time period averages
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated Live+SD
NBC: 10.12 million
America’s Got Talent 12.6, Hollywood Game Night 5/16
CBS: 5.07 million
NCIS 5.63, Bull 4.56, NCIS: New Orleans 5.02
ABC: 3.12 million
Bachelor in Paradise 3.85, Somewhere Between 1.66
Telemundo: 2.88 million
Jenni Rivera: Mariposa de Barrio 1.19, Sin Senos Si Hay Paraiso 1.26, El Senor de los Cielos 1.31
Univision: 1.06 million
Enamorandome de Ramon 1.0, Mi Marido Tie Familia 1.13, Tierra Prometida 1.06
FOX: 1.5 million
Lethal Weapon 1.88, The Mick 1.2, Brooklyn Nine-Nine 1.03
CW: .69 million
The Flash .77, Legends of Tomorrow .62
 
Tuesday A18-49 Ratings:  NBC 2.1/8, TELE 1.6/3, ABC .9/3, CBS .6/3, UNI .5/2, FOX .4/2, CW .2/1
 
 
EXECUTIVE MOVES
 
Entertainment One has appointed Dan Gopal to the position of executive vice president, sales for EMEA. Before joining eOne, Gopal worked at ITV Studios Global Entertainment, where he headed up the commercial team responsible for TV, digital and home entertainment sales for ITV Studios across EMEA.
 
Winning! Ted Winner has been named PIX11‘s morning news senior executive producer, joining Tribune from CBS Interactive, where he was senior producer of CBSN Live Programming, overseeing its streaming content.
 
Katharine Starsinic has been hired at Alkemy X as director of client services and operations, and Jay Halbert has also been hired there as svp of finance for its management team. Starsinic comes from Comcast, where she served as director of marketing and communications; Halbert hails from multiple companies, including Comcast Spectacor.
 


On this Day in History: 79 – Mt Vesuvius erupted, burying Pompeii and Herculaneum and killing thousands.
 
Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: What was the last series to have its entire run filmed in black and white? The Dick Van Dyke Show Kudos to: Jim Katz-Radcliffe Road Pictures/LA; Dennis Aimino-ABC/LA; Synda Kollman-Charter Marketing Group/FL; Cynthia New-Spectrum Reach/MO
 
Today’s Trivia Question: On Get Smart (1965-1970), what was CONTROL agent Max’s salary? (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 Yesterday’s Anagram: Testy War Wolf Fawlty Towers  Kudos to: Synda Kollman-Charter Marketing Group/FL; Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA
 
Initial This: IR Played DMM on TBH (Email [email protected] 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: 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 (8/31)


JOB OPENING:
MGR, ENTERTAINMENT CONTENT DEVELOPMENT/NFL/NYC: Reports to the dept at the National Football League that not only approves req’s for use of NFL marks but also drives fan engagement by pursuing orig content ideas that benefit NFL brand. Strong writing skills needed; 3-5 yrs exp. Full info/apply HERE (8/30)


JOB OPENING:
VP CONTENT/FlyQuest/LA: Out of the box thinker who thinks strategically and sets directions aligned to company’s strategy, applying external perspective to meet business needs. 8+ yrs’ exp working in a content strategy & editorial function, pref in the gaming, digital or ent space. Full info/apply HERE (8/26)  

 
JOB OPENING: SOCIAL MEDIA DIRECTOR/FlyQuest/LA: Execute SM strategy ensuring goals are met by team and content is continuously optimized for key aud segments. Min 6 yrs of exp in custom social media content creation, digital Exp w/pd search & pd social a must. Full info/apply HERE (8/26)   
 
JOB OPENING: HEAD OF MARKETING & BRAND STRATEGY/PromaxBDA/LA: Be the key creative & strategic digital leader that will drive create mktg strategy & mng brand & creative strategy efforts for the association and all events, initiatives & programs. Mktg exp w/in tech & dig spac a must. Full info/apply HERE (8/26)   
 
JOB OPENING: CLIENT SOLUTIONS SPECIALIST/WIDEORBIT/Portland, OR & Hoover, AL: Come help us launch our newest groundbreaking platform. Looking for broadcasting or software support exp & a passion for client services and troubleshooting. Full info/apply HERE (8/26)   
 
JOB OPENING: FREELANCE OPERATIONS SPECIALIST/NBCU/NYC: Perform duties of a master control operator in a fast paced envir. Monitor/maintain the continuity and availability for mult time zones across 2 TV ntwks. 2 yrs exp in master control or control room TV envir. Nights/wknds/holidays a must. Resume/cover HERE (8/26)   
 

JOB OPENING: MARKETING MANAGER/NBCU SKYCASTLE/LA: Min of 3 yrs mktg exp w/in a media company or agency is req’d. Min 2 yrs exp in Digital media/marketing with a robust understanding of the marketplace and platforms. Full info/apply HERE (8/26)

 
JOB OPENING: MGR, MULTI PLATFORM AUDIENCE RESEARCH/SHOWTIME/NYC: Resp for analysis, interpretation & reporting of viewership across STB on demand & digital platforms. In depth knwlg media ind. & 4 yrs of relevant exp cross platform prgrm rsrch, digital analytics and/or data analysis. Full info/apply HERE (8/26)

JOB OPENING: DIRECTOR, ANALYTICS (DIGITAL)/GSN TV/Santa Monica: 5+ yrs in rsrch, data analytics/data science; Fam w/syndicated rsrch software. Analyze consumer data (quantitative/qualitative), incl: consumption trends, traffic patterns etc. BA deg statistics, math or applied quantitative field. Res/cover HERE (8/25)

JOB OPENING: ANALYST, RESEARCH & ADVANCED MEASUREMENT/GSNTV/Santa Monica: 2 +yrs research exp in cble net or TV;BA deg; strategic analysis, syndicated daily overnight ratings, universe estimates, audience growth stories, trend analyses, demographic, lifestyle & industry reports. Res/cover HERE (8/25)
 
JOB OPENING: DIGITAL MARKETING MANAGER/GSNTV/Santa Monica: 2 yrs social media/mktg exp. Dvlp strategies to increase/maintain GSN’s fan base on all current & emerging sm platforms, as well as traffic to GSNTV.com and supporting microsites/online games. Res/Cover HERE (8/25)

JOB OPENING: BROADCAST OPERATIONS MGR/NBCU/NYC: Act as prime representative of On-Air Operations on a 24X7 basis to  internal/external clients bus. partners. Resolve tech & op issues w/urgency. 5+ yrs of exp an On-Air brdcst envir w/strong understanding of TV prod & dist. process. Resume/cvr HERE (8/25)

JOB OPENING: MGR, STANDARDS & PRACTICES/TURNER/ATL: Review original series, animation, live action, acquired across Turner networks. Live event delay. Lead projects. Sound decision maker w/7+ yrs exp; Prefer mgmt & S&P exp. Full info/apply HERE (8/24)

JOB OPENING: SR PRODUCTION MGR/SR EDITOR/Ringling College of Art & Design, Sarasota, FL: Manage the production needs for ART Network/Communication Strategies. 5 yrs digital content creation and/or TV broadcast experience Info/Apply: HERE (8/24)

JOB OPENING: FREELANCE COPYWRITER/TRANSLATOR/NFL/NYC: Work w/4 mktg groups & svc all depts in brainstorming/creating ideas into words for initiatives, branding projects & social media executions. Provide Spanish-language messaging and/or translations across the NFL League office. Full info/apply HERE (8/24)

JOB OPENING: INTEGRATED MKTG Sr. MANAGER/FUSE/NYC: Strategic dvlpmt & execution of multiplatform integrated mktg solutions for potential/existing Ad Sales clients. Exp: Mktg/Ad Sales/Mgmt/Media/Dig.Media/Crtv Writing. Apply HERE (8/24)

 
 
WHAT’S ON TONIGHT – THURSDAY, AUGUST 24
ABC: Boy Band [f], Battle of the Network Stars, The Gong Show    
CBS: The Big Bang Theory [r], Kevin Can Wait [r], Big Brother, Zoo
CW: Penn & Teller: Fool Us, Whose Line Is it Anyway?, Whose Line Is it Anyway? [r]
FOX: Beat Shazam, Love Connection
NBC: The Wall, Saturday Night Live, Great News [r], The Night Shift
PBS: This Old House Hour [r], Secrets of the Six Wives [r], Antiques Roadshow [r]
Telemundo: Premios tu Mundo
Univision: Enamorandome de Ramon, Mi Marido Tiene Familia, La Tierra Prometida

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