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Connect with execs from companies including: Nickelodeon, Litton Entertainment, NBCUniversal, Discovery Family & Hasbro Studios, Viacom, Beck Media, Silvergate Media, PBS kids and MANY more! (click here for full list of finalists). Enjoy breakfast, a fabulous awards ceremony which includes a musical performance by NBC’s Little Big Shot’s popular group: The Joyous Quintet AND a networking mimosa reception.



HBO and Team Downey‘s series that puts a new spin on Perry Mason has hired Rolin Jones and Ron Fitzgerald as new writers. The project was originally set up with True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto to write, but Pizzolatto has instead focused on the third season of Detective, which will star Mahershala Ali. Robert Downey Jr. (who with his wife Susan make up Team Downey) is set to play Mason once the project gets off the ground.
It team David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith have signed a two-year pod deal with 20th Century Fox to develop comedy, drama and animation series projects through their KatzSmith Productions shingle.
The Deep Mad Dark from Animal Kingdom writers/EPs John Wells and Megan Martin has been sunk at TNT. The series, which was set to focus on a Detroit neurosurgeon, did receive a pilot order in December, but will now not go forward.
The Mick executive producers Dave Chernin and John Chernin have signed a two-year deal with 20th Century Fox Television, the studio behind their Fox comedy series. The brothers will continues as executive producers and showrunners behind The Mick while developing new projects for the studio.
Top 10 Weekend Domestic Box Office Estimates: August 25-27, 2017
The Hitman’s Bodyguard (Lionsgate/Sony) $10.1 million (week 2), cume revenue $39.6 million
Annabelle: Creation (Warner Bros./New Line) $7.4 million (week 3), cume revenue $77.9 million
Leap! (Weinstein) $5 million, opening weekend
Wind River (Weinstein) $4.4 million (week 4), cume revenue $9.8 million
Logan Lucky (Bleecker Street) $4.4 million (week 2), cume revenue $15 million
Dunkirk (Warner Bros.) $4 million (week 6), cume revenue $172.5 million
Spider-Man: Homecoming (Sony) $2.7 million (week 8), cume revenue $318.8 million
Birth of the Dragon (BH Tilt) $2.5 million, opening weekend
The Emoji Movie (Sony) $2.4 million (week 5), cume revenue $76.4 million
Girls Trip (Universal) $2.3 million (week 6), cume revenue $108.1 million
Source: comScore
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Saturday Night Live is back for a 43rd season on NBC with Ryan Gosling as guest host and Jay-Z as musical guest. The show returns on Saturday, September 30 at 11:30p.
TLC has renewed its celebrity genealogy show Who Do You Think You Are? for a new season that will premiere in Spring 2018.
Christopher Meloni (Law & Order: SVU) will head up Syfy‘s new Happy! series. Based on Grant Morrison and Darik Robertson‘s graphic novel by the same name, the series will premiere on Wednesday, November 29 at 10p and co-star Patton Oswalt as the voice of the titular imaginary blue winged horse.
In addition, Syfy announced a raft of other premieres and returns, including: Channel Zero: No-End House (Season 2, Wednesday September 20 at 10p); Con Man (premiere of web series on TV on Saturday, September 9 at 10p); Z Nation (Season 4, Friday September 29 at 9p); Van Helsing (Season 2, Thursday, October 5 at 9p) and Superstition (premiere, Friday October 6 at 10p).
BBC Three and Amazon comedy Fleabag will return for a second season in 2019 with creator and star Phoebe Waller-Bridge confirmed, based on news that emerged at the Edinburgh International Television Festival. “I asked myself if Fleabag has more to say and frankly she hasn’t shut up since,” Waller-Bridge said at the festival.
Netflix anthology series Black Mirror will reflect again with a fourth season, with actors including Jesse Plemons (Fargo), Rosemarie Dewitt (La La Land) and Douglas Hodge (The Night Manager).
Fusion TV will air an hour-long documentary, The Naked Truth: Debt Trap about the state of the US’s student loan system, featuring politicians and experts hoping to rein in the spiraling costs of higher education for the next generation. The special airs Sunday, September 10 at 9p.
Breaking2, a feature documentary from National Geographic and Nike Inc. captures the year-long journey of three elite runners as they attempt to break the two-hour marathon barrier. The special airs on Wednesday, September 20.
Melina Kanakaredes (CSI: NY, Providence) has joined Fox‘s upcoming series The Resident as a series regular. The show will focus on a brilliant senior resident who walks an idealistic doctor through the pluses and minuses of modern-day medicine.
Martin Donovan (Ant-Man), Andy McQueen (Jack Ryan) and Grace Lynn Kung (Mary Kills People) will appear in supporting roles opposite Michael B. Jordan in Fahrenheit 451, HBO‘s upcoming adaptation of Ray Bradbury‘s 1953 novel.
Orlando Bloom (The Lord of the Rings) will star in Amazon‘s eight-episode straight-to-series drama Carnival Row, a fantasy-noir set in a Victorian era-esque city. He’ll also produce the series from Rene Echevarria, Travis Beacham, Paul McGuigan and Legendary Television.
Game of Thrones fans can now turn on the Night King … on Facebook. With a new augmented camera effect, fans will be able to access a new in-app/capture experience filled with masks, frames and style effects from the HBO show that can be used on photos and videos. The effect also features a sneak peek at “The Army of the Dead,” a new song from the show’s Emmy-nominated composer, Ramin Djawadi that was heard first in the show’s season finale on Sunday.

Netflix original documentary Gaga: Five Foot Two, which looks at the life of performer Lady Gaga over an eight-month period, will premiere on Friday, September 22 on the channel and in select Los Angeles and New York theaters.
Amazon Studios VP Roy Price says the company is going to focus more on straight-to-series programming, and order fewer pilots. Speaking at the Edinburgh International Television Festival, he noted that pilots “slow you down…. The reality of the marketplace is it’s competitive, and often you just have to go to series…. We still will have customer feedback, but will probably have fewer pilots for sure.”
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Nielsen says it is changing the denominator for TV ratings in the 2017-18 season, and is raising the number of TV households by 1.4 million homes to 119.6 million. The number of people aged 2 and older is up by 2.8 million to 304.5 million. The annual adjustments get their basis from US Census Bureau data and Nielsen’s own information, and partly reflects growth in Hispanic, African-American and Asian population. The numbers indicate that 96.5% of all US homes have a TV, a half-percentage point higher than last year.
Here comes the sun! NASA says 40 million people tuned into watch the August 21 eclipse broadcast on web and social media. Overall the NASA package drew over 90 million page views on the main website and special eclipse site. YouTube agrees with the numbers, saying people watched live streams and videos about the eclipse over 100 million times, for a combined 6 million hours. “Even we were a bit blown away by the sheer magnitude of response to the total solar eclipse,” NASA said in a statement.
Telemundo‘s three-hour awards show Premios Tu Mundo 2017 reached 5.8 million total viewers and ranked No. 1 in its time slot, regardless of language, among adults 18-49 in Los Angeles, New York and Miami on Thursday.
Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions) Thursday, August 24, 2017 time period averages
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated Live+SD
NBC: 4.05 million
The Wall 0.8, Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update 1.3, Great News 0.6, The Night Shift 0.7
CBS: 4.63 million
The Big Bang Theory 1.1, Kevin Can Wait 0.9, Big Brother 1.7, Zoo 0.4
FOX: 2.35 million
Beat Shazam 0.7, Love Connection 0.6
ABC: 2.10 million
Boy Band 0.6, Battle of the Network Stars 0.5, The Gong Show 0.5
UNIVISION: 1.05 million
Enamorandome de Ramon 1.0, Mi Marido Tiene Familia 1.2, Tierra Prometida, 1.0
TELEMUNDO: 1.4 million
Premios Tu Mundo 1.4
CW: 1.34 million
Penn & Teller: Fool Us 0.4, Whose Line Is it Anyway? 0.3, Whose Line Is it Anyway? 0.3
Wednesday A18-49: TELE 1.4/3, CBS 1.0/4, NBC .9/4, FOX .7/3, UNI .5/2, ABC .5/3, CW .3/1
Simran Sethi is heading over to Netflix as a creative executive for India in the International Originals Production Group. She’ll be based in their Los Angeles office. Most recently she worked at Freeform as an SVP of development.

This Day in History: 1898 – Caleb Davis Bradham renamed his “Brad’s Drink” Pepsi-Cola.
Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: Which sitcom character, a TV script writer, was played by two different actors during the show’s short run? Roger C. Buell was played by Roger C. Carmel and Richard Deacon on The Mothers-in-Law (1967-1969). Kudos to: Jim Kelly-Lee Hecht Harrison/NY; Andrew Goldman-Tvtibi/NY
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JOB OPENING: PROD MNGR, ON-AIR/NYC: Mng promotional assets & timelines for orig prog slate. Work w/producers & vendors for promos, EPK shoots. Request & track show materials for promo use. 5-7 yrs exp, pref w/in Crtv Svcs. Exp working with scripted series. Resume HERE (9/1)

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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 (8/31)

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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 (8/31)   
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 (8/30)   
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 (8/30)   

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 (8/30)

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 (8/30)

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 (8/29)

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 (8/29)
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 (8/29)

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 (8/29)
ABC: Bachelor in Paradise, To Tell the Truth   
CBS: Kevin Can Wait [r], Superior Donuts [r], Mom [r], Life in Pieces [r], Scorpion [r] 
CW: Supergirl [r], Hooten & the Lady
FOX: So You Think You Can Dance
NBC: American Ninja Warrior [r], Midnight Texas
PBS: Antiques Road Show [r], Antiques Roadshow [r], POV
TELEMUNDO: Jenni Rivera: Mariposa de Barrio, Sin Senos Si Hay Paraiso, El Senor de los Cielos
UNIVISION: Enamorandome de Ramon, Mi Mariso Tiene Familia, La Tierra Prometida   

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