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The Cynopsis Best Of The Best Awards
Category Focus: The Best Approach To Social Good
Take a look at categories for those individuals and companies utilizing the media industry to forge positive change in our community, including: Best Social Good Partnership, Best “Me Too” Awareness Campaign, Best Anti-Bullying Awareness Campaign, Best TV/Digital Episode With A Social Good Theme, Best Philanthropic Campaign and more .
Nissan signed on as an Official Partner of the NCAA and will serve as an Official Corporate Partner of NCAA Men’s Basketball and the Final Four. Nissan will have an increased presence on linear television and streaming in the form of commercial inventory, in-game features and vignettes throughout the season. “Through our Heisman Trophy sponsorship, Nissan has been synonymous with college football for well over a decade, and now, we are leveraging that momentum to expand our commitment with another icon of college sports,” said Allyson Witherspoon, vice president, Marketing Communications and Media, Nissan North America, Inc. “There are few things in athletics more exciting than NCAA March Madness, and we can’t wait to bring our exciting portfolio of vehicles and innovative technology to the hardwood this basketball season.”
FOX Sports is gearing up for WWE’s Friday Night Smackdown, which debuts on FOX on Oct. 4, with the “We’re All Superstars” campaign launch. The first spot “Superstars” premiered during FOX Sports’ new college football pregame show, Big Noon Kickoff. In the spot, “a wide range of everyday and celebrity WWE fans embrace their inner ‘Superstar’ – a grocery store clerk, a spelling bee winner, kids at the swimming pool and more” who imitate their favorite WWE Superstars’ signature moves, celebrating the WWE’s outsized influence on pop culture. The campaign will consist of four total spots, with three fan-focused videos debuting in the coming weeks.
DIGITAL, DATA & STREAMING
FOX Sports and The Stars Group debuted the first FOX Bet online legal sports wagering site in the country in New Jersey. According to US Betting Report, users of TSG’s former New Jersey brand, BetStars were redirected to the new FOX Bet page. TSG announced in a mid-August press release that it expects to invest up to $40 million this year on the FOX Bet launch in Pennsylvania, rebranding the BetStars platform in New Jersey, acquiring additional licenses, and marketing and product development.
Sports data company Sportradar is reported asking bookmakers for a 1.5% take of net profits from in-game bets on the NFL, according to ESPN, in exchange for access to the competition’s data feed. The report comes weeks after the NFL expanded its partnership with Sportradar to include distribution of live game data to sports betting operators.
Modern Times Group announced the signing of a term sheet for a new strategic partnership with leading Chinese game live streaming platform Huya. The deal would see Huya form a joint venture with MTG’s portfolio company Turtle Entertainment GmbH (ESL), to facilitate expansion into China, in addition to acquiring a minority interest in the league in a $30 million investment. ESL and Huya plan to host and build local Chinese esport competitions connected to the global ESL tournament. “We are pleased to establish a close partnership with ESL, which demonstrates Huya’s further penetration into the global esports sector. Together with ESL, we are thrilled to bring more world class global esports content to Chinese gaming enthusiasts,” says Rongjie Dong, Chief Executive Officer of Huya.
Metarama Gaming + Music Festival, which was slated to take place Oct. 19-20 in Las Vegas, confirmed an ESPN report that the event had been cancelled. It was set to feature a bevy of stars in gaming, sports and music that include Tyler “Ninja” Blevins and Marshmello. The festival was announced in June by Austin City Limits and Lollapalooza curators C3 Presents along with Esports Hospitality Concepts. On its site, fetival organizers wrote that “Despite incredible support and feedback surrounding this first-of-its-kind festival concept and extensive preparation to deliver an unbelievable fan experience, we regret to announce that Metarama Gaming + Music Festival has been cancelled.” Purchases would be refunded to the original payment source.
Fortress Esports announced plans to open the largest video gaming and esports entertainment venue in the Southern Hemisphere in Australia at Emporium Melbourne. Fortress Melbourne will span 2,700+ square meters across two floors and is set to open its doors in early 2020 with over 160 gaming PCs, console gaming suites, dedicated streamer pods, RPG and tabletop game play area, function rooms, a full service restaurant, two bars, and a 200 seat purpose-built esports arena with production facilities, all under one roof. For the development, Fortress Esports partnered exclusively with Allied Esports to deliver a world-class esports experience and venue.
Brice Faccento, coach of the 2019 Call of Duty world champions eUnited, revealed plans to launch a new esports talent agency called Bad Moon Talent, according to Dot Esports. Faccento will join former marketing contributor Andrew Drake as the joint co-founders of the company. Call of Duty players Jordan “JKap” Kaplan, Ian “Enable” Wyatt, and Donovan “Temp” Laroda are already signed to the agency, according to an interview by Cheddar Esports.
US Open quarterfinals on ESPN at noon on ESPN.
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Seeking top candidate who can maximize all operations of Net News, Sports, Enter, and Corp Events. Must have 7+ yrs in live TV oper environ. A capacity to manage multiple projects, plus a proficiency in MS Office 365 tools such as Teams, PowerPoint, Word, Excel, etc. Full info HERE
DIR, BRAND STRATEGY, DIRECT-TO-CONSUMER >>
NBCUniversal/NYC: Looking for world-class brand strategist responsible for supporting the overarching DTC communications strategy. Must be big picture thinker with 8 yrs brand planning/marketing strategy exp (TV/DTC) from ent industry, adv agency or consumer products co. Full info HERE (9/13)
AUDIO TECHNICIAN >>
Newsmax TV/NYC: Operate/execute complete audio mixing/creation for several live & taped broadcasts, in the context of originally produced programs & public service announcements of audiences. 2+yrs successful exp in executing graphic and character generation in TV news, creative services, etc. Full info HERE (9/17)
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR >>
Newsmax TV/NYC: Directs, co-develops & delivers locally produced programs and public service announcements for national and international audiences. 3+yrs of successful exp in directing Live TV news, studio-based programming or similarly related professional media prod & media presentation exp. Full info HERE (9/17)
VIDEO EDITOR >>
Newsmax TV/NYC: Produce and deliver completed projects using Adobe Creative Suite. Collaborate with production team, producers, and talent to create and deliver broadcast ready elements and assets. 5+yrs professional editing exp. Full info HERE (9/17)
VIDEO GRAPHICS EDITOR >>
Newsmax TV/NYC: Create graphics template for on-air Guests. Create animation graphics template for telephone guests. 2+ more years of successful exp in the field or in a related area required. Full info HERE (9/17)
SR MANAGER, PUBLIC RELATIONS >>
Newsmax TV/NYC: Manage, oversee and/or execute multiple communications and program publicity campaigns. A strong understanding of television publicity, key press outlets/journalists and experience in launching and sustaining press coverage on TV series is essential. Full info HERE (9/17)
NYC: Reality tv production company is seeking a music supervisor. This person will be responsible for overseeing the placement of all music tracks in our programs, & ensuring all music is properly cleared prior to delivery. Full info HERE (9/12)
EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT>>
NYC: Reality tv production company seeks an experienced executive assistant to the President, CCO & SVP of Development. General duties include answering phones, heavy scheduling, booking travel, expenses, & contract management. Full info HERE (9/12)
DIRECT RESPONSE, VICE PRESIDENT >> ION/NYC: Oversee and manage all aspects of the DR. Proactively develop business plans to drive account growth and development to achieve revenue goals. 15+ yrs DR selling exp in media or a related field. 3+ yrs of exp managing people or leading a sales team. Full info HERE (9/12)
SALES RESEARCH, DIRECTOR >> ION/NYC: Oversee the Sales Research team and arm the Sales group with network performance metrics, competitive advantages, and thoughtful research stories. 7-10 years of Sales Research exp within the media industry. Strong leadership skills, analytical comm & presentation skills. Full info HERE (9/12)
NETWORK SALES, ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE >> ION/NYC: Focus on developing new and growing business among major agencies via strong relationships and superior client service. 5+ yrs of sales exp w/national cable, broadcast ad sales or media buying background required. Full info HERE (9/12)
DIRECTOR, STUDIO & TECHNICAL OPERATIONS>>
NBCUniversal/NYC: Seeking top candidate who can maximize all operations of Net News, Sports, Enter, and Corp Events. Must have 7+ yrs in live TV oper environ. A capacity to manage multiple projects, plus a proficiency in MS Office 365 tools such as Teams, PowerPoint, Word, Excel, etc. Full info HERE (9/11)
AD SALES PLANNER, DIRECT RESPONSE>>
TVONE/NYC: Seeking strong candidate with emphasis on client services to supports the Direct Response team. Must be familiar with relevant research tools (MRI, Nielsen, Simmons). 2 yrs of adv/media and 1 yr dir response exp required. 1 yr of dir response TV sls planning and agency buying/planning exp preferred. Full info HERE (9/11)
DIGITAL ACCOUNT LEAD>>
NBC TELEMUNDO BAY AREA: Be a critical part of the sales team, responsible for supervision of all digital solutions including online platforms, creating content, project timelines and more. Work with management to support strategies and meet the needs of our company. Full info HERE (9/10)
SENIOR ANALYST, AD SALES RESEARCH>>
Discovery/NYC: Analytical thinker to leverage variety of rsrch to provide data-driven intel in support of ad sales initiatives for lifestyle brands. Utilize data systems & translate info into insights. 3-5 yrs rel exp req. Full info HERE (9/10)
VP, AD SALES RESEARCH & STRATEGY>>
Discovery/NYC: Strategic leader to oversee compelling research analysis & consumer insights across ntwrks & platfrms to help meet revenue goals & priorities. Work w/partners to develop/execute clear, actionable ad sales plans. 12-15+ yrs rel exp req. Full info HERE (9/10)
A+E/NY: Manage quarterly profit participation reporting to producers, talent and business partners in tv, theatrical and new media motion pictures across the A+E Networks portfolio. BA/BS in Finance or Acctg. Entertainment Royalty payment exp, strong Excel skills, ability to interpret contractual terms, detailed oriented with strong communication skills. Apply HERE (9/6)
NEWSMAX TV/NY: Work w/show hosts, preparing the rundown of new stories, identifying and integrating guests, overseeing and executing the production of key video and graphic elements. 3+ yrs executive producing exp or overseeing newscast prod. Full info HERE (9/6)
NEWSMAX TV/NY: Resp for prod of live newscasts, news shows & recorded video segments for television, and digital platforms. Generate new story ideas. Strong writing/organizational skills req’d; ability to prod content under heavy deadline pressure. Full info HERE (9/6)
NEWSMAX TV/NY: News editor with hands-on, real-time oversight of Newsmax.com to focus on politics and national news with health, financial and world news coverage. 3+yrs exp in editing online or other publication. 5+yr exp in journalism. Full info HERE (9/6)
SOCIAL MEDIA MGR>>
NEWSMAX TV/NY: Enhancing our brand & building strong online community resp for developing/administering social media content that is designed to engage users and create an interactive relationship between consumers & company. 3+yrs exp in social media mngmnt. Full info HERE (9/6)
NEWSMAX TV/NY: Resp for supporting developing relationships w/officials, experts, publicists, agents & talent. Work closely w/ news, programming & talent in prod. At least 5+yrs exp media industry in either TV, online, or print publications. Strong relationships w/TV analysts, experts & publicists. Full info HERE (9/6)
VP AD SALES, TV>>
NEWSMAX TV/NY: Responsible for planning and implementing cable TV sales and product development programs, both short and long range, targeted toward existing and new markets. Develops, hires, trains and manages advertising sales team.Experience in national TV or cable network sales. Full info HERE (9/6)
NEWS DIRECTOR, VP>>
NEWSMAX TV/NY: Oversee/manage television news dept and staff to ensure the accurate, timely delivery of news. Oversee the daily operations of the TV news operations. Strong understanding of Newsmax brand and talent. Leadership and team building skills. Full info HERE (9/6)
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR & SOCIAL MEDIA CHAMPIONSHIPS & ALLIANCES>>
NCAA/Indianapolis IN: Collaboratively dvlp/implement/mng NCAA Championships social media strategies. Min 6yrs, social media and/or content prod exp or related field. Excellent written/oral presentation skills. Full info HERE (9/6)
ANALYST, VIDEO SUBSCRIPTION & MEMBERSHIP>>
First Look Media/NY: Resp for maintaining, understanding, and leveraging the organization’s quantitative/qualitative data in support of its premium video streaming offer. Min 2yrs exp w/video content analytics w/ a focus on subscriber acquisition & retention, pref within TV, film, ent, music or video envir. Full info HERE (9/6)
SR MGR, ADVANCED SOLUTIONS>>
A + E Networks/NYC: Leading large Projects/Initiatives, maintaining & optimizing A+E Ad Technology stack, & helping diversify A+E Network’s Ad Product line up. Full Info/Apply HERE (9/6)
Crown Media Family Networks/NY: Entry level, provides support to the NY Research Team. BA/BS req; strong MS Office Skills prior exp. Nielsen systems helpful. Apply HERE (9/6)
EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT >>
The CW Network/NYC: The CW Network seeks an Executive Assistant for their Media Sales & Planning department. Must have 2+ years of professional administrative experience, preferably in advertising or entertainment. Full info and how to apply HERE (9/4)