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Friday September 9, 2022

Today’s Premieres
Apple TV+: Gutsy; Central Park
NBC: College Bowl at 8p
Netflix: Narco-Saints; Cobra Kai
Nick: Tiny Chef Show at 11:30a

Saturday’s Premieres
BET Her: BET Her Presents: The Lifeline at 10p
Epix: NFL Icons at 10p
OWN: Love & Marriage in Huntsville at 8p

Sunday’s Premieres
Fox: Monarch at 8p
Showtime: American Gigolo at 9p
Starz: The Serpent Queen at 8p
TLC: Sister Wives at 10p

Sunday’s Finales
Food Network: Alex vs America at 9p
PBS: The Boleyns: A Scandalous Family at 8p, Guilt on Masterpiece at 9p

IN THE NEWS

Coverage of the death of Queen Elizabeth at age 96 blanketed TV news yesterday, as crowds gathered to mourn the country’s longest-serving monarch. Even before the queen’s passing, BBC One had suspended its schedule to follow the queen’s condition, and BBC news journalists had changed into black clothing. A funeral service at Westminster Abbey is expected to take place in about 10 days, with multi-platform coverage of the queen’s life and legacy in the meantime.

AMC Networks is strategically realigning its commercial revenue and distribution functions under centralized leadership, to be led by Kim Kelleher, AMC Networks’ President of Commercial Revenue and Partnerships. Kelleher will become the company’s Chief Commercial Officer. “A cohesive, forward-looking commercial revenue team that has responsibility for all of our valuable partner relationships across advertisers, affiliates and new digital platforms makes strong strategic sense and Kim is the perfect executive to lead it,” said CEO Christina Spade. “She has brought her own unique talent, ingenuity and dynamic leadership to our commercial revenue group.” Three additional executives will now report to Kelleher: Roy Cho, who has been promoted to EVP of Distribution; Mike Pears, EVP of Distribution and Content Sales; and Amy Leasca, SVP of Partner Management. Josh Reader, who has served as President of Distribution and Development since late 2019, is leaving to found and run a new venture in the content creation and blockchain space. He will remain with AMC Networks through early next year.

“The Morning Show” production company Media Res lost its $44 million lawsuit against Apple’s insurance company, Chubb National Insurance, for coverage of losses due to season two pandemic delays. “Because plaintiff has failed to allege any physical loss or damage to property, no benefits were due under the Policy’s Imminent Peril and Ingress and Egress provisions,” said US District Judge Fernando M. Olguin. “In sum, the court concludes that under the Policy’s plain terms, defendant was justified in denying benefits.”

Gen Z is the most likely generation to watch NFL games this season, according to data from Big Village Insights, with 53% percent of those surveyed responding that they plan on watching games. Other findings from the survey included:
· 41% of women plan on watching the NFL this season compared to 57% of men surveyed
· 29% of men responded that they will be using social media throughout the season to engage with their team and team’s fanbase
· 36% of Millennials will stream the NFL season on ESPN+ this year
· Hulu Live TV is the most popular streaming platform for Gen Z this football season

“Extra” will have something extra for season 29, launching September 29: new senior correspondent and weekend co-host Melvin Robert. “Melvin is not only a strong journalist, interviewer and storyteller, he is dynamic and his energy and authenticity pop off the screen,” said “Extra” executive producers Theresa Coffino and Jeremy Spiegel.

Alex Wagner, host of MSNBC’s “Alex Wagner Tonight,” will host Netflix’s reboot of reality competition “The Mole.” The show is scheduled to premiere on October 7.

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PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT

Lifetime is diving deeper into true crime content with orders for two new movies, “Desperate Hours” (wt) and “A Rose For Her Grave” (wt). The films are inspired by books by true crime author Ann Rule.

Jessica Lowndes (“Harmony From the Heart”), Paul Greene (“When Calls the Heart”), and Grammy Award winner Gladys Knight are set to star in Great American Family movie “Someday at Christmas,” premiering on the network this November. The film, which reunites Knight with former Motown chief and writer-producer, Suzanne de Passe (“Lonesome Dove”), begins production today, September 9 and will be part of Great American Christmas, the network’s holiday programming franchise which returns on October 21.

A docu-series inspired by Kristin Chenoweth’s Broadway Bootcamp, a program aimed at giving talented kids in her Oklahoma hometown a taste of Broadway, is in the works from Chenoweth, Kenny Ortega (“Julie and the Phantoms”) and producers Alan Powell, Steve Barnett and Vicky Patel of Monarch Media. Ortega will direct “1300 Miles to Broadway.”

Justine Juel Gillmer has inked an overall deal with Sony Pictures Television calling for her to develop and produce series. Gillmer was executive story editor on AMC’s “Into the Badlands,” a supervising producer on The CW’s “The 100” and a co-EP on season one of Paramount+’s “Halo.”

On Friday, September 30, aspiring content creators and journalists from Texas will gather in Houston for a day dedicated to increasing Spanish-language representation in the entertainment and journalism industries. Launched by TelevisaUnivision and the National Hispanic Foundation, the program, PitchTX, aims to cultivate relationships with Spanish-speaking Texans who are pursuing careers as filmmakers, producers, directors, journalists, podcasters, documentarians, and writers.

NEW & RETURNING SERIES

The third and final season of “Star Trek: Picard” launches Thursday, February 16 on Paramount+. New episodes of the 10-part final season will be available to stream weekly on Thursdays.

The “Dancing with the Stars” season 31 lineup of celebrity contestants includes Joseph Baena, Selma Blair, Wayne Brady, Sam Champion, Jessie James Decker, Trevor Donovan, Daniel Durant, Teresa Giudice, Vinny Guadagnino, Cheryl Ladd, Jason Lewis, Shangela, Jordin Sparks and Gabby Windey, who join previously announced Charli D’Amelio and Heidi D’Amelio. The live show begins Monday, September 19, at 8p on its new home, Disney+.

HBO Max starts serving up cooking competition “The Big Brunch” starting Thursday, November 10. From Boardwalk Pictures and Dan Levy’s Not A Real Production Company, the eight-episode series will be hosted by “Schitt’s Creek” star Levy.

AXS TV offers a trip memory lane in new pop culture seriesThe Very VERY Best Of The 80s.” Hosted by Kelly Osbourne, the show makes its debut Tuesday, October 4 at 8:30p.

Season two of MTV’s “Messyness” premieres Thursday, September 15 at 9p. The comedic clips series, hosted by Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi (“Jersey Shore”) showcases people living in a mess.

“The Broadway Show with Tamsen Fadal” kicks off its 10th season this weekend with a Fall 2022 Broadway Season preview. They syndicated series, which began as a quarterly special in 2013 airing only on WPIX in New York, now airs weekly across the US in 118 markets.

COMING UP

OWN Spotlight event “Oprah and Viola The Woman King” premieres Tuesday, September 13 at 9p, with an encore replay immediately following, three days prior to the September 16 wide release of Viola Davis’ film “The Woman King.” During a sit-down with Oprah Winfrey, Davis reveals her grueling transformation into Nanisca, a general of an all-female army in 19th Century Africa.

Laura Poitras’ film “All the Beauty and the Bloodshed” is being acquired by HBO Documentary Films. The documentary, nominated for an Oscar, will premiere at the Venice Film Festival.

To mark the 30th anniversary of News NY1, the network will air vignettes covering memorable moments from the show each day this month, including from journalists Cheryl Willis and Lewis Dodley, who have been with NY1 since its launch.

Global rights to documentary feature “Selena Gomez: My Mind and Me” have been snapped up by Apple. The film is directed and produced by Alek Keshishian (“Madonna: Truth or Dare”).

TECH

A report from Go Addressable and Advertiser Perceptions found that 67% of advertisers are incorporating addressable advertising in their media campaigns. What does that mean for the industry? “As the study notes, advertisers are using addressable advertising across both streaming and linear platforms more frequently, and are continually seeking new ways to ensure relevant and impactful ads are reaching their desired audiences,” Matt Van Houten, SVP, Product, Operations & Business Development, DIRECTV Advertising, tells Cynopsis. “As an industry, we need to facilitate a seamless approach to deliver addressable ads across distributors and to build upon the momentum we’re seeing today.”

The first global talent ID registry for efficient discoverability, royalty collection and revenue tracking of Performing Arts and Sports launches today in conjunction with the annual International Broadcasting Conference, held in Amsterdam. HAND (Human and Digital) assigns a verifiable ID to talent, automating the process of talent utilization identification – including name, image and likeness – in both real world and virtual productions. The HAND ID can be used to identify legal-entity Humans, licensed Virtual Humans and Fictional Characters in Performing Arts and Sports.

Video advertising platform Unruly announced that it will protect its advertisers with tools provided by NewsGuard, a company that rates news sources for credibility and transparency, to enable brands to advertise on vetted news and information inventory. Unruly will have access to NewsGuard’s trust rating, to evaluate the credibility and transparency practices of each publisher.

Vionlabs, the AI video-audio platform with a content database to offer content characteristics based on mood, announced the launch of the Global Fingerprint Platform, a global database of high-quality audio and video metadata. The Global Fingerprint Platform is powered by the Vionlabs Fingerprint+ Taxonomy, the company’s repository of analyzed and indexed content. With an open API that allows streaming providers to create and tailor their own experiences, Vionlabs’ AI-technology uses machine learning to predict consumer sentiment and mood. By analyzing AI long-format audio and video files without any third-party data, Vionlabs helps streaming services, entertainment companies, telecoms, software companies, and advertising platforms create user experiences that are seamless, nondisruptive, and provide content that aligns with each viewer’s tastes.

SPORTS

NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises released a report titled The Future Is Fútbol in a move to “define and characterize the fundamental shift in the importance of soccer in mainstream American sports and the role Latinos are playing.” The study estimated 5 billion fans around the world and 85 million adult followers in the US Gallup estimates that soccer has seen a significant increase in popularity, with a gain of 52% more fans from 2012 to 2019, compared to 27% growth in basketball and 8% growth in baseball during this period. The Future Is Fútbol further highlights the power of soccer as a multibillion-dollar business with profits of $40 billion in 2019, twice the worldwide revenue for American football.

ESPN teamed with Marshmello for a season-long collaboration, which includes the artist creating a remix of the ‘Heavy Action’ theme song. Additionally, Marshmello will periodically provide the soundtrack to weekly promotional spots for “Monday Night Football” during the season, becoming the fourth music curator for the NFL on ESPN.

The Women’s National Basketball Association and FanDuel announced a multiyear partnership extension, making FanDuel an Official Sportsbook Partner and Official Daily Fantasy Partner of the WNBA. As part of the multiyear agreement, FanDuel becomes an Official Sportsbook Partner and continues to be an Official Daily Fantasy Partner of the WNBA, operating the Official Daily Fantasy Game of the WNBA.

The 2022 NTT IndyCar Series champion will be crowned at the Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in California on Sunday at 3p across NBC, Peacock and Universo. Last Sunday’s Grand Prix of Portland averaged a Total Audience Delivery (TAD) of 1.011 million viewers on NBC and Peacock, up 49% vs. last year’s race on NBC and up 6% vs. NBC’s 2021 race average, excluding the Indianapolis 500.

Twitter is reporting big spikes in sports betting conversation, noting that 7 out of 10 sports bettors are on Twitter for their betting needs, predictions, drama and memes. The company reports that sports bettors rank Twitter as the top place for staying up to speed on sports influencers’ opinions/predictions, injury reports/updates, team stats/records, lineups, Vegas odds, and other sports-related news and 72% of sports bettors check Twitter to follow the status of their live bets once they’ve been made. In addition, sports bettors on Twitter spend 15% more on bets annually, compared to sports bettors on other platforms.

Speaking of betting, ESPN is expanding its sports betting content with a variety of new shows, updated roles, and more content with in-depth analysis and coverage during the upcoming football season. Among the changes is news that Doug Kezirian has been named ESPN Sports Betting Insider. ESPN Sports Betting Analyst Tyler Fulghum is taking over the host role for Daily Wager. ESPN Sports Betting Analyst Erin Dolan will host Bet with Erin Dolan each Monday, a new sports betting show on Snapchat.

Eastern College Athletic Conference Esports, in conjunction with the Collegiate Sports Management Group, announced the ECAC Esports Women’s All-Star Showcase, where top women VALORANT players will be competing in an all-star format of 40 players consisting of 8 teams. The bracket tournament will take place on Saturday with the finals on Sunday. ECAC Esports now approaches 150 colleges and universities coast to coast, with more than 800 participating teams and 4,000 competitors.

STREAMING

Spectrum Networks has launched its Spectrum News connected TV app for Roku and Apple TV streaming devices, complementing the Spectrum News mobile app launched in 2020. The new connected TV app provides Spectrum customers access to Spectrum News’ local news from its 30-plus local TV news networks, as well as original news content created exclusively for the app. The connected TV news app, like the mobile app, is free to anyone for a 30-day trial, after which it will be available to all authenticated Spectrum customers at no additional charge.

HSN has debuted on YouTube TV, joining QVC as one of only two retailers currently on YouTube TV. The launch continues strategic expansion of 45-year-old HSN’s vCommerce experiences through partnerships and collaborations with new media and digital platforms.

Verizon and Apple will debut exclusive previews of entertainment coming to Apple TV+, Apple Music, and Apple Arcade during “First Look,” streaming on Verizon YouTube beginning today, September 9 at 8a. Hosted by Manon Brouillette, CEO of Verizon Consumer Group, Diego Scotti, CMO, Verizon; and Peter Stern, Apple’s VP of Services, previews include Apple TV+ content, a first listen from Apple Music, a first look at an Apple Arcade game, and more.

Allen Media Group and Quickplay have struck an agreement that paves the way for Allen Media Group’s DTC products to use Quickplay’s cloud-native OTT platform. “Allen Media Group’s direct-to-consumer strategy is to create exceptional product experiences powered by world class content for users worldwide,” said Byron Allen, Founder/Chairman/CEO of Allen Media Group. “Global audiences, along with our streaming platforms and partners, demand excellent product and content experiences. Partnering with Quickplay’s platform powered by Google Cloud will accelerate our mission of achieving the highest level of product excellence.”

CASTING

Claire Danes (“Homeland”) has joined the cast of HBO Max’s “Full Circle.” The upcoming limited series is being directed by Stephen Soderbergh and Ed Solomun and will feature six episodes.

Lee Jung-jai (“Squid Game”) is onboard Disney+’s “The Acolyte.” The project is being headed by Leslye Headland, who will write, direct and produce.

Anna Konkle (“PEN15”) is slated to star in Freevee pilot “Western.” The period comedy will be produced by Sony Pictures, Amazon Freevee and Lord Miller.

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (“Lost”), Mustafa Shakir (“Luke Cage”) will star and Terry Pheto (“Tsotsi”) and Lerato Mvelase (“Justice Served)” will guest star in Showtime’s upcoming “Shaka,” centered around one man’s personal journey from stigmatized childhood to legendary king.

Cindy Williams (“Laverne and Shirley”) and Kerry O’Malley “(Snowpiercer”) are set t star in “Sami,” a 10-episode short form comedy series headed to Prime Video in March 2023. Newcomer Sami Staitman plays Sami, an aspiring Broadway actress/singer. “Sami” will be produced by Kritzerland Productions.

Maxi Iglesias (“Dueños del Paraíso”) and Ximena Romo (“María Félix: la Doña” will play the leads with Francesc Garrido (“Waiting for May”) in ViX+’s upcoming drama “Los Artistas” (wt).

Additions to the cast of Paramount+’s “Yellowstone” spinoff “1923 include James Badge (“24”), Darren Mann (“Animal Kingdom”), and Marly Shelton (“Never Been Kissed”).

Z2 Comics’ “Death for Hire” will feature a lineup of hip-hop artists including Ice-T, Snoop Dogg, Tracy Morgan, Busta Rhymes and Mike Epps. The animated series project is centered on street life and growing up in the inner city.

GOING GLOBAL

Rainmaker Content is set to distribute the 74th Emmy Awards. Among the 155+ territories to have acquired the show are Cosmote TV (Greece), Lionsgate (India, Philippines and Malaysia), AMC Networks International (Central Europe), Turner (Latin America and German-speaking Europe), Sky UK, Sky Italia, U-NEXT Co., Ltd (Japan), Extension TV – Series Club (French speaking Europe), DBS (Israel), Telefonica (Spain), M-Net (Africa), OSN (Middle East), TV2 (Denmark), Telenet (Belgium), OUTTV (Netherlands), HRT (Croatia), Catchplay (Singapore and Indonesia) and SIC (Portugal).

Yale Entertainment’s “The Last Girl” landed a worldwide deal from Saban Films. The project starring Antonio Banderas, Alice Eve and Shelley Henning recently finished production in Ireland. The film is slated to release in early 2023.

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RATINGS

Sunday’s season six premiere episode of “Rick and Morty” on Adult Swim was tops in its timeslot across all basic cable. It was Sunday’s #1 most-watched telecast for women 18-24 and 18-34 and non-sports telecast for male viewers 18-24 and 18-34. It was also the #2 most-watched non-sports program overall on Sunday for viewers 18-49, second only to “House of the Dragon.

EXECUTIVE MOVES

The Coalition for Innovative Media Measurement has appointed Pete Doe, Chief Research Officer at Xandr to its Board of Directors. Doe was selected and appointed following votes by the Advertising Research Foundation and by CIMM’s Board, in August.

LG Ads Solutions announced three new executive appointments. Joining the team are Tony Marlow as Global Chief Marketing Officer, Barbie Brewer as Global Head of Human Resources, and Edward Wale, as Vice President, Europe.

Clarity has appointed Jason Wakeford as Senior Vice President. Wakeford most recently served as an independent consultant.

Christian Muirhead and Richard Weitz are being promoted to Co-Chairmen of WME. Lloyd Braun, the previous chairman, will step down from his position at the end of the year.

IN MEMORIAM

Former CNN anchor Bernard Shaw died September 7 of pneumonia. He was 82. Shaw was CNN’s chief anchor, onboard for the news net’s launch in 1980, and retired in 2001. “As a journalist, he demanded accuracy and fairness in news coverage. He earned the respect of millions of viewers around the world for his integrity and independence,” said former CNN CEO Tom Johnson. “He resisted forcefully any lowering of ethical news standards or any compromise of solid news coverage. He always could be trusted as a reporter and as an anchor.”

Former NPR correspondent Anne Garrels died September 7 of lung cancer. She was 71. The award-winning, risk-taking journalist reported from the frontlines of Afghanistan, Baghdad and the during US Invasion of Iraq. In addition to NPR, Garrels served as bureau chief of ABC News in Moscow and Central America.

This Day in History
1951 – Soap opera “Love of Life” was first broadcast on CBS.

Friday Fun Fact
The last letter added to the alphabet was J.

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question
Location shots for which 1980s prime-time soap were shot at Barney’s in NYC? “Berrenger’s” (1985). Kudos to: Mark Prince-Dentsu Media/NYC; Louis Lewow-FITE/Atlanta; Greg West-WATC/Atlanta; David Garber-Loyola Marymount University/Playa Vista, CA; Andy Ehlen-Grady Britton-Portland, OR; Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA; Paul Blutter-Walk and Talk Production Rentals/Burbank

Today’s Trivia Question
What was the second-longest drama broadcast by The WB? (Email trivia@cynopsis.com 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.)

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SENIOR ANALYST – MEDIA RESEARCH LATITUDE Remote Latitude is searching for an experienced research analyst. This position will focus on client communications and managing projects across their entire lifecycles – from design/proposal through reporting and presentation. Ideal candidates will be experienced in media, and comfortable both analyzing research data and communicating with clients. Full info […]

12/07/22: Cuteness alert! Here comes “Puppy Bowl”

Cuteness alert! Here comes "Puppy Bowl"

A CYNOPSIS MESSAGE FROM SINCLAIR MEDIA NETWORKS WE DELIVER THE BROADCAST IMPRESSIONS YOU ARE ALWAYS LOOKING TO BUY SINCLAIR MEDIA NETWORKS * National Footprint with ownership benefits * Family Friendly * Brand Safe * Efficient CPM’s * Guaranteed exact minute delivery * Power of local news at scale * Hyper-targeted OTT extensions * Drive viewer […]

12/06/22: NBCU goes LivE! with Walmart

NBCU goes LivE! with Walmart

A CYNOPSIS MESSAGE FROM HEARST HEARST ANYSCREEN A Higher Standard in OTT Reach your audience, anytime, anywhere, on any screen. Hearst Anyscreen offers a targeted OTT platform that provides a single, centralized access point to the streaming TV marketplace. With a unique focus on quality, Hearst Anyscreen delivers premium “living room experience” […]

12/05/22: Cynopsis Media Tech Update

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A CYNOPSIS MESSAGE FROM PREMION PREMION LEADING THE EVOLUTION IN LOCAL OTT & CTV ADVERTISING We hold two distinct and separate recognitions from the Trustworthy Accountability Group (TAG): BRAND SAFETY CERTIFIED and CERTIFIED AGAINST FRAUD Premium Brand-Safe Streaming TV Advertising 125+ Leading TV & Media Brands, Audience Targeting, Attribution & Measurement LEARN […]

12/05/22: NBC orders full season of “Lopez vs Lopez”

NBC orders full season of “Lopez vs Lopez”

Monday December 5, 2022 Today’s Premieres HBO: His Dark Materials at 9p Hulu: Back in the Groove ID: The Tetris Murders at 9p USA: Barmageddon at 11p IN THE NEWS NBC ordered nine more episodes of freshman comedy “Lopez vs Lopez,” for a full-season total of 22. The series stars George Lopez and his daughter […]

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