09/19/22: Watch out, Rudolph – there’s a new reindeer in town


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Cynopsis Medias First Morning Read
Monday September 19, 2022

Today’s Premieres
CBS: The Neighborhood at 8p; Bob Hearts Abishola at 8:30p; NCIS at 9p; NCIS: Hawai’i at 10p
Discovery: Street Outlaws: No Prep Kings at 8p
discovery+: The Journey of India
Disney+: Dancing With the Stars
Fox: 9-1-1 at 8p; The Cleaning Lady at 9p
Hulu: Best in Dough
NBC: The Voice at 8p; Quantum Leap at 10p
Outdoor Channel: Andrew Zimmern’s Wild Game Kitchen at 9p

Today’s Finale
HBO: Industry at 9p


New animated special “Reindeer in Here” premieres Tuesday, November 29 at 9p on CBS. Based on the book about a Christmas-saving young reindeer who has one antler that’s much smaller than the other, the special will air after 1964 holiday classic “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”

Dennis Quaid has joined the cast of HBO Max’s “Full Circle,” a limited series about a botched kidnapping from director Steven Soderbergh and writer Ed Solomon. Clare Danes, Timothy Olyphant and Zazie Beetz also star.

Linear Spanish networks earned $1.5B in revenue between October 2021-July 2022, and achieved +9% growth in back-to-back years, according to Standard Media Index. Counted in the calculation were Azteca, CNN en Espanol, Discovery en Espanol, Discovery Familia, El Rey Network, ESPN Deportes, Estrella TV, FOX Deportes, Galavision, Telemundo, TUDN, UniMas, Universo and Univision.

California Gov. Gavin Newson tagged @CNN in a tweet directed at his counterpart in Florida, as news nets were covering DeSantis’ decision to fly Venezuelan migrants from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard. “Hey @GovRonDeSantis, clearly you’re struggling, distracted, and busy playing politics with people’s lives. Since you have only one overriding need — attention — let’s take this up & debate.”

Final call for judges! With an impressive list of candidates competing for the 2022 Model D + IT List Awards, we’re enlisting experts in the Cynopsis community to help determine the best of the best. The Model D awards honors online video content and advertising, while the IT List celebrates those 35 and younger in the digital media industry. Judges should have experience in the business, a passion for excellence, and be available to review applications by September 30. If interested, please email Carley Ashley at [email protected] and include a brief 2-3 sentence description regarding your qualifications for judging.

Top Women in Media

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It’s not too late to register for Top Women in Media, taking place October 11th at Tribeca 360° in NYC. Quickly shaping up to be one of Cynopsis’ best events of the year, this magical evening brings together women of the media industry to recognize them in categories spanning from entertainment to tech, and sports. Don’t miss out on this special evening celebration!



Glenn Weiss and Ricky Kirshner of White Cherry Entertainment have been named executive producers of the 95th Oscars. Weiss also will direct the show, which airs on ABC Sunday, March 12. It will be Weiss’s second time and Kirshner’s first time producing the big show – which, if The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences CEO Bill Kramer has his way, will get a refresh. “Clearly there is a need to reinvigorate the show and we are hard at work with our great partners at Disney-ABC on this,” said Kramer at AMPAS’ membership meeting on Saturday.

“STARZ deal done, we had nothing but success so no hard feelings,” posted Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson over the weekend on social media. The executive producer of the “Power” franchise and his G-Unit Film & Television is reportedly leaving for a major new deal.

HBO Max is not moving forward with “Constantine” or “Madame X,” projects from Bad Robot in association with Warner Bros. Television. Both shows will be shopped elsewhere, reports Deadline.

Wendy Makkena (“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”) has jumped onboard Paramount+ series “Rabbit Hole,” starring Keifer Sutherland as a man framed for murder.


“Stephen Colbert Presents Tooning Out the News” kicks off a new season on Comedy Central beginning Wednesday, October 5. The series will air 13 episodes on Wednesday nights following “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.” Episodes will feature returning and all-new characters across the current show segments: “Big News,” “Virtue Signal,” “Hot Take,” and “Inside The Hill.”

“Mystery Road: Origin” premieres with two episodes on Acorn TV on Monday, September 26. A pair of new eps will drop weekly through October 10.


TV5Monde USA celebrates the work of the late director Jean-Luc Godard with two films this month. “Masculin Féminin” (1966) will air on Sunday, September 25 at 8:30p, while “Detective” (1985) is slated for Tuesday, September 27 at 8:30 PM/ET. Godard died September 13 at age 91.


FOX Sports and FuboTV announced coverage plans and new broadcast schedules for the second window of the UEFA Nations League 2022/23 competition. From Wednesday, September 21, through the end of the second window of match days on Tuesday, September 27, FOX Sports will feature 23 UEFA Nations League 2022/23 matches across FS1, FS2 and FOX Soccer Plus. A total of 30 UEFA Nations League 2022/23 matches will stream exclusively on sports-first live TV streaming platform FuboTV’s Fubo Sports Network, as part of FuboTV’s subscription packages featuring 125+ sports, news and entertainment channels.

The WNBA continues to roll as Thursday’s game 3 of the WNBA Finals between the Aces and Sun averaged 579,000 viewers for ESPN last week, up 9% over Game 3 a year ago, with audiences peaking at 686,000. Through 22 games (before last night’s), the WNBA postseason is up 24% over the previous year through Game 3.

Speaking of ESPN, tonight sees the network present two Monday Night Football games for the first time, with staggered kickoff times and overlapping action on the same night beginning at 7:15p with Titans/Bills on ESPN and Vikings/Eagles at 8:30p on ABC. The two games, which will be shown in full on each respective network, will overlap for roughly one half of football, creating a Sunday afternoon environment in primetime. Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Lisa Salters will be in Philadelphia; Steve Levy, Dan Orlovsky, Louis Riddick and Laura Rutledge will be in Buffalo. Beginning at 8:30 p.m. throughout the overlapping action, both ESPN and ABC productions will create awareness of what is happening on the other network including activating a double-box view, allowing simultaneous viewing for periods of time.

ATP revealed “upgrades” to the ATP Challenger Tour, slating a record number of events and multi-million dollar prize money increases. The ATP will phase out the Challenger 90 and 110 categories, reducing the number of categories from six to four. In addition, ATP will introduce three new premium Challenger 175 events. Total prize money on the Challenger Tour will rise from $13.2 million in 2022 to a record $21.1 million in 2023, an increase of 60 per cent.

The NFL and the German Football League, organizing body of Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2, cemented a deal to collaborate in key business areas with a particular focus on the U.S. and German markets in a move to beef up communication and collaboration in the areas of production, broadcast and programming, digital innovation and marketing. For its part, the NFL will play its first regular-season game in Germany on Nov. 13, 2022 at Munich’s Allianz Arena between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Seattle Seahawks. Germany will host one regular season NFL game in each of the next four years, alternating between Munich and Frankfurt.

Maryland Athletics locked in a partnership with SECU, Maryland’s largest state-chartered credit union, naming SECU as the Official Banking Partner of the Maryland Terrapins. In addition to the official partner designation, the facility previously known as Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium will be renamed SECU Stadium and will debut on Oct. 1, 2022 as Maryland Football hosts Michigan State for its Big Ten home opener.


Banijay Rights is set to launch its first Banijay-branded general entertainment FAST channel. Horizons: Powered By Banijay will feature a number of series from Banijay’s e 130,000-plus hour catalogue including “Location, Location, Location,” and “Pointless,” as well as drama series “Gunpowder” and “The Woman in White.” The FAST channel launches this week and features new integrated “Powered by Banijay” branding.

France’s TF1 and M6 have called off their plan to merge. The move came after an appearance in front of the French Competition Authority this month, which earlier had found “significant competition problems” with the deal. Owners of TF1 and R6 said, “We continue to firmly believe that a merger of the TF1 and M6 groups would have provided an appropriate response to the challenges resulting from the increased competition from the international platforms.”

2022 Esports Business Summit

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Fox drama “Monarch” has reached more than 10 million viewers across four linear telecasts and digital platforms, with a total view time surpassing 500 million minutes. The program’s Sunday premiere registered a 1.0/7 Live+3 rating among A18-49 and 4.7M multi-platform viewers.

The premiere of TLC’s “Sister Wives” made the network #1 in cable among P/W25-54/18-49/18-34 and P2+ demos. The premiere brought in an average of 2.2M P2+ viewers and delivered an average 1.91 W25-54 rating. It was also the highest season premiere in 6 years with a 1.42 W18-49 rating.

This year’s Emmy Awards may have hit an all-time low linear ratings-wise, but social video views were up 150%. Across NBCU’s platforms, 1.1 billion minutes of Emmys content were consumed.

Season two of Food Network’s “Alex vs America” reached more than 9.1 M P2+ viewers, +44% vs season one. For the run, the series averaged .6 P18+ and .9 W18+ Live+3 ratings, an increase of +17% vs. prior season for both demos.

Broadcast Nielsen Ratings for Thursday, September 15
Show, P2+ 000s, (A18-49)
ABC: Press Your Luck 3.50 (0.4), Generation Gap 2.66 (0.3), Truth & Lies 1.58 (0.2)
CBS: Young Sheldon 3.51 (0.3), Ghosts 2.81 (0.2), Big Brother 3.33 (0.7), CSI: Vegas 1.68 (0.2)
CW: Bump 0.20 (0.0), Who’s Line Is It Anyway 0.26 (0.0), Great Chocolate Showdown 0.31 (0.0)
FOX: Thursday Baseball 1.14 (0.2)
NBC: Law & Order 2.42 (0.2), Law & Order: SVU 2.66 (0.3), Law & Order: Organized Crime 2.03 (0.2)
Telemundo: Top Chef VIP 0.95 (0.2), Fuego del Destino .88 (0.2), Infiel: Historia de un Engaño 1.00 (0.3)
Univision: La Herencia, Un Legado de Amor 1.28 (0.4), Ricos Tambien Lloran 1.29 (0.4)
Source: Nielsen live + same day time period averages


Fifth Season has named Ben Irving to the newly created position of Creative Director, UK Television. Irving will join the studio in November from the BBC, where he has served as Acting Director of Drama.

Blink Films has appointed Laura Jones as Creative Director. Jones joined Blink Films as an executive producer in 2021.

This Day in History
1970 – “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” premiered on CBS.

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question
What do the initials GOB stand for in “Arrested Development” (2003-2006, 2013-2019)? George Oscar Bluth. Kudos to: Amy Levy-Amy Levy Public Relations/LA; Andy Ehlen-Grady Britton/Portland, OR; David Garber-Loyola Marymount University/Playa Vista, CA; Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA; Sandy Spiegel/Chicago; Sean Douaire-Warner Bros. Discovery/Chicago; John Kukla-KDFW/Dallas; Creed Heilskov-ImOn Communications/Cedar Rapids; John Ward-VideoAmp/Chicago; Janice Bernache-EDS/MD; Roger Furman-Sports Marketing Communications/Greentown, PA; Alison Weiner-MMSI/RI; Joel Maxwell-Marks, O’Neill, O’Brien, Doherty & Kelly, NYC

Today’s Trivia Question
For which series did Catherine O’Hara will her first Primetime Emmy? (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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Superior knowledge of sales techniques including cold-calling, networking, lead generation, all with the ability to capture and close deals. Pursue new business while maintaining and growing existing client database. 3 or more years experience in sales, advertising, marketing, bidding for production jobs at any media related entity required. Full info HERE (9/29)

: Work closely with authors and agents, as well as editorial and publicity, on about 12-15 book campaigns a year. Independently executes marketing campaigns for new hardcover titles from established and debut authors, optimizes campaigns for the paperback publications, and a keen eye for backlist opportunities. Prior marketing experience required. Full info HERE (9/29)


Daily email sent to Executives outlining top program performances w/Households & Key Demos, with context. Daily update of excel based network programming grid. Develop a Weekly Schedule Analysis Report with insight into FETV schedule performance, with recommendations of possible changes. A strong understanding of Nielsen concepts & terminology req. Full info HERE (9/28)


Develop sales strategies for new business development. Research emerging businesses to build a pipeline of potential new clients. Cultivate client relationships to bring to the network. Negotiate and close new business on behalf of FETV. Bachelor’s degree; 8+ years of television selling or related advertising sales experience. Full info HERE (9/28)


Will support the marketing department in planning and execution of consumer marketing initiatives for everything Hallmark Media related. BS/BA in marketing or related field and 1-3 yrs marketing experience in entertainment. Full info HERE (9/27)


Operates a market strategy that achieves EBITDA, revenue, expense, & ratings budgets. Leads the execution of a growth-driven sales strategy. Oversees all station departments including sales, content, promotions, engineering, production, and community affairs. 8+ yrs of progressive radio or related media management exp. and/or general management. Full info HERE (9/26)


Operates a market strategy that achieves EBITDA, revenue, expense, & ratings budgets. Leads the execution of a growth-driven sales strategy. Oversees all station departments including sales, content, promotions, engineering, production, and community affairs. 8+ yrs of progressive radio or related media management exp. and/or general management. Full info HERE (9/26)


A data storyteller that balances consumer behavior and media trends to inform campaign strategy; brings insights expertise to internal sales strategy sessions for RFPs/sales presentations. Aligns client needs & challenges to propose marketing solutions. 6+ yrs exp. in advertising research; 2+ yrs leading/supervising Analysts. Full info HERE (9/26)


Build, revise & maintain all sales proposals for agency list assignment. Receive registered budgets from agency buyers. Compile advertiser history & pricing direction for Account Executive as req. Communicate deal planning status to national sales team on a weekly basis for financial reporting purposes. Min 3+ yrs in television National Ad Sales. Full info HERE (9/25)

Lead and manage the digital research team. Working with the Digital team to measure the performance of all of Scripps Networks’ streaming properties across all venues. Compile aggregate viewing metrics across platforms using first- and third-party data sources. 15 yrs research & analytics exp., some of this at an entertainment and/or news provider. Full info HERE (9/25)

Works with AccuWeather meteorologists, weather graphics designers and producers to prepare accurate on-camera weather forecasts. Assist in clearly tell a weather story using provided graphics tools. Tailor content and delivery based on pertinent weather stories and breaking weather situations. 7-10 yrs of weather-related broadcasting exp. Full info HERE (9/24)

Deliver a unique style and cohesive cross-platform editorial voice. Provide key input with editorial leadership to provide guidance and quality consistency for AccuWeather digital, social video, and between dayparts. Produce recognizable programming that is distinctive and best-of-class. 5 yrs of exp. in a dynamic, live news production environment. Full info HERE (9/24)

AccuWeather/STATE COLLEGE, PA: Working knowledge of daily weather graphic production workflow. Functional understanding of the Baron Lynx weather graphic system. Ability to perform general Baron Lynx and PC troubleshooting. Generate daily content under deadline pressure. Previous experience with weather graphics systems (I.e. Baron Lynx, WSI, Weather Central). Full info HERE (9/24)

ABC: NFL Football
CBS: The Neighborhood [p], Bob Hearts Abishola [p], NCIS [p], NCIS: Hawai’i [p]
CW: Mysteries Decoded, Penn & Teller: Fool Us
FOX: 9-1-1 [p], The Cleaning Lady [p]
NBC: The Voice [p], Quantum Leap [p]
PBS: The State Funeral of HM Queen Elizabeth II: Events of the Day, The U.S. and the Holocaust
Telemundo: Top Chef VIP, El Fuego del Destino, Infiel: Historia de un engaño
Univision: La Herencia, Los Ricos Tambien Lloran


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