09/12/23: Disney strikes a deal with Charter

Cynopsis Medias First Morning Read
Tuesday September 12, 2023

Today’s Premieres
CW: The Swarm at 9p
FX: Welcome to Wrexham at 10p
Netflix: Glow Up
Paramount+: Football Must Go On

Today’s Finales
Fox: Beat Shazam at 8p; Don’t Forget the Lyrics! at 9p


Just in time for “Monday Night Football”: Disney and Charter Communications reached a carriage agreement, ending the blackout of 18 Disney cable channels and eight ABC stations that began on August 31. “Our collective goal has always been to build an innovative model for the future,” said a statement from Disney CEO Bob Iger and Chris Winfrey, President CEO of Charter. “This deal recognizes both the continued value of linear television and the growing popularity of streaming services, while addressing the evolving needs of our consumers.’”

Part of the deal includes the Disney+ Basic ad-supported offering being provided to customers who purchase the Spectrum TV Select package. ESPN+ will be provided to Spectrum TV Select Plus subscribers; the ESPN flagship direct-to-consumer service will be made available to Spectrum TV Select subscribers upon launch. Charter will maintain flexibility to offer a range of video packages at varying price points based upon different customer’s viewing preferences. Charter also will use its distribution capabilities to offer Disney’s direct-to-consumer services to all of its customers, in particular its broadband-only customer base, for purchase at retail rates. These include Disney+, Hulu and ESPN+, as well as The Disney Bundle.

Spectrum TV will have access to 19 networks from Disney, including Disney Channel, FX and the Nat Geo Channel, in addition to the full ESPN network suite, along with the ABC Owned Television Stations. No longer included in Spectrum TV video packages are Baby TV, Disney Junior, Disney XD, Freeform, FXM, FXX, Nat Geo Wild, and Nat Geo Mundo.

Hearst Television has pulled 37 of its local network affiliates in 27 markets off of Dish. “Demanding higher rates for the same entertainment and news just doesn’t make sense, especially as Hearst’s content is widely available on other platforms,” said Gary Schanman, EVP at Dish. That said, “Hearst is an important long-term partner for us, and we hope they’ll come to a reasonable agreement and restore their channels for our customers as quickly as possible,” added Schanman. In a message to subscribers, Hearst said, “We have made significant investments to deliver top tier programming to our viewers and Dish is seeking the right to carry our stations at below market rates, which is neither fair nor reasonable.”

Advertisers investing in CTV rose nearly 4% in 1Q23 versus the year prior, according to Beachfront Marketplace. The biggest gainers were for business, travel and family/parenting, with food/drink, health/fashion and style/fashion also showing gains. Roku’s share of CTV ad impressions dipped to 38.76% versus 39.22%, but remained well ahead of the competition. Set-top boxes’ share of impressions dropped to 12.9% versus 19.03% in 2Q22.


The show will go on – and so will picketers. Season four of “The Drew Barrymore Show” is slated to premiere September 18, without writing work covered by the WGA strike. While most daytime talk shows are allowed to run because they do not employ writers who are part of the union, “Drew” an exception, and the WGA scheduled picketing outside the NYC studio for Monday and Tuesday of this week. “It has stayed off the air since the strike began on May 2nd but has now (unfortunately) decided to return without its writers,” said a guild spokesperson. Picketers handed out WGA pins – and at least two would-be audience members were escorted out for wearing them, a move resulting from “heightened security concerns” that Barrymore was unaware of, according to a show spokesperson.

Barrymore said she has decided to proceed with her show because it is “bigger than just me. I own this choice,” wrote Barrymore on Instagram. “We are in compliance with not discussing or promoting film and television that is struck of any kind. We launched live in a global pandemic. Our show was built for sensitive times and has only functioned through what the real world is going through in real time.”


How can programmers reach Gen Z? Go straight to the source. Hali Anastopoulo, Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer at Get Me Out Productions – and a member of that desirable demo – will take part in the “Wherefore Art Thou, Gen Z?” discussion at the Cynopsis Big TV Conference, taking place September 27-28 in NYC. Here’s a preview of the insights she’ll offer.

What do you believe is the best way to market a new show to Gen Z?
As a member of Gen Z myself, I can confirm that we’re drawn in by online conversation and engagement. Gen Z viewers congregate around a multi-platform virtual water cooler that includes TikTok, Instagram, and YouTube. We’re inspired by online content–memes, TikTok trends and suggested videos–to engage with our friends by watching streaming TV. We respond to a conversational experience. Gen Z is wary of traditional advertising formats that “feel” like an ad. The way to get our attention is through fun, additive content that leads to a real conversation with our peers.

What is the biggest misperception about the demo?
That Gen Z is a picky audience or doesn’t value long-form content on streaming. In my view, Gen Z is an audience with total openness for great content–whether it’s domestic or international, subtitled, scripted or unscripted, short or long-form. Gen Z will watch international formats with subtitles. We’ll watch and love classic reality formats that change up their casts each season, like “Love Is Blind” and “Survivor.” Research will tell you that Gen Z likes to watch YouTube, but that doesn’t mean we want to watch YouTube-style content on streaming TV. We love digging into great long-form storytelling, content that leads to a great conversation.

You have a reality TV show background. What type of reality content is most popular with Gen Z, and where do they watch?
When my team and I are developing shows to resonate with Gen Z, we gravitate toward a few formats. Escapist social experiment shows like “Bachelor in Paradise.” True crime storytelling. Shows built around online creators who have a strong base of loyal, engaged followers even if that means more niche (you can’t just add influencers to a show and hope for the best). As we develop concepts, we’re always working toward creating an active viewing experience for all viewers and for Gen Z in particular.

2023 Tempest Esports & Gaming Awards

Cynopsis announced the finalists of the 2023 Tempest Esports & Gaming Awards, taking place October 23 in Las Vegas. Hosted by Christina Granville, the annual awards ceremony is not one to be missed. Can we count you in?



Telemundo’s “El Señor de los Cielos: Sus Comienzos” debuts Wednesday, September 13-Friday, September 15 at 10p. The three-parter tells the origin story of the cultural phenomenon.

Speaking of origin stories, “Psycho: The Lost Tapes of Ed Gein” delves into the origins of the grave robber and killer who inspired classic horror films, starting Sunday, September 17 at 10p on MGM+.

Allen Media Group has launched thee new HD television court series: “Mathis Court with Judge Mathis,” “Justice for the People with Judge Milian,” and “Equal justice with Judge Eboni K. Williams.” The daily one-hour strip series launched nationwide on broadcast television stations, cable, and digital distribution platforms.


Meta is developing an AI system intended to be as powerful as the most advanced model offered by OpenAI, reports The Wall Street Journal, and several times more powerful than the one Llama 2, released two months ago. Meta aims to start training the new AI system, known as a large language model, in early 2024, sources told WSJ.

Synamedia announced that it is focusing its anti-piracy initiatives on its ContentArmor forensic watermarking and its intelligence and consultancy services. At IBC, Synamedia is also focusing on its CSFEye solution which provides insights to turn password sharers and borrowers into paying subscribers.


MTV and TelevisaUnivision are teaming for a simulcast of the 2023 “VMAs” tonight at 8p on UniMás, with an encore on Univision at 11:30p. As part of the live simulcast, UniMás will feature original live, in-show commentary from Univision’s Alejandra Espinoza.

CNN is airing discovery seriesJosé Andrés and Family in Spain.’” The six-parter, debuting Sunday, September 24 at 9p, follows the life of chef and humanitarian José Andrés.

Disney film “Haunted Mansion,” inspired by the theme park attraction, begins streaming on Disney+ on October 28. The movie opened in theaters on July 28.


“Thursday Night Football” returns to Prime Video on Thursday, September 14 at 7p. Unlike previous seasons, the schedule features teams that make multiple appearances on Prime Video, including Aaron Rodgers and the New York Jets, who host the Dolphins on Black Friday and then face the Browns in the “TNF” season finale on December 28, and the Pittsburgh Steelers, who host the Titans on November 2 and the Patriots on December 7. In addition, the production and engineering teams are rolling out new enhancements and innovations throughout the second season aimed at deepening the viewing experience.

Tennis Channel is the exclusive US media home of the Davis Cup Finals Group Stage, today-September 17. The six-day event will feature 16 national teams in four European cities, with the chance to be one of the eight that will qualify for the Davis Cup Finals in November.

STN Video and the NFL have signed a multi-year partnership agreement extension that will help STN publishers deliver official highlights, game recaps, top plays, interviews and more to their users. “Fan engagement has always been a top priority,” said Blake Stuchin, NFL Head of Digital Media Business Development. “STN has been an instrumental partner in engaging fans whenever and wherever they get updates about their favorite team.”


Abacus Media Rights has acquired documentary feature “The Price of Truth” produced by Oxford Films. The documentary was part of the official selection of films at Sheffield Doc Fest.

Nippon TV heads to MIPCOM with a new scripted format, “The Greatest Teacher,” unscripted formats “Suspects on the Set” and “5 Friends, 5 Favours!”, and anime title” The Apothecary Diaries.”

Blue Sky Media has acquired world rights outside of Japan to distribute feature-length docudrama “The Brighton Miracle” from production company Syn Entertainment.

Cynopsis 5th Annual BIG TV CONFERENCE
Amplify your Brand’s Presence!

Connect with key decision makers at the Cynopsis’ 5th annual BIG TV CONFERENCE on September 27-28 at Edison Ballroom in NYC.

To position your brand for future success, contact Albert Nassour, Executive Director of Sales… There are limited sponsorship opportunities available!



“The Little Mermaid” made a big splash on Disney+ this weekend, as the most viewed Disney movie premiere on Disney+ since “Hocus Pocus 2,” garnering 16 million views in its first five days streaming.

Great American Family closed out August up a whopping 169% in Total Day Household ratings, with an audience of 79,000 and 0.06 rating the week of August 27.

Top 10 TV Most Social Shows for the week of September 4
Program, Platform, Total Actions, Total Content, Actions per Content, Fans & Followers
Entertainment Tonight (CBSMV/Syndicated), 2.8m, 540, 5,266, 11.9m
Today Show (NBC), 2.1m, 875, 2,407, 15.2m
Good Morning America (ABC), 1.9m, 655, 2,828, 15.6m
America’s Got Talent (NBC), 654k, 99, 6,602, 18.5m
World News Tonight with David Muir (ABC), 376k, 336, 1,123, 6.5m
Nick Cannon Presents: Wild ‘N Out (VH1), 368k, 21, 17,527, 17.4m
America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC), 333k, 80, 4,160, 19.7m
STEVE (Watch), 304k, 17, 17,904, 9.4m
The View (ABC), 276k, 118, 2,338, 4.6m
Inside Edition (CBS/Syndicated), 243k, 176, 1,379, 2.3m
Source: Comscore Social Powered by Shareablee


Mediaocean has promoted Nick Galassi to President and CFO. Galassi previously served in the roles of CFO, President of Agency Systems, as well as COO.

Jo Redfern has been appointed to the newly created role of Managing Director, Kids at Wild Sun Sky Entertainment. Redfern was previously Head of Brand for 24 Watts.

This Day in History
1980 – The senior command of the Turkish army carried out a bloodless coup.

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question
What is Sansa’s favorite dessert on “Game of Thrones” (2011-2019)? Lemon cakes. Kudos to: Dan Woo-JPL Productions/NYC; Michele Stabile-Canvas/NYC; Joe Lyons-Back Nine Productions/FL; Eddie Dunn-MLB Network/Secaucus, NJ; Luke Watson-Bright Moments/LA; Justin Pierce-J Consulting Group/LA; David Garber-Loyola Marymount University/Playa Vista, CA; Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA

Today’s Trivia Question
Who did Brian Cox’s real-life wife play in “Succession” (2018-23)? (Email [email protected] 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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