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The 2nd Annual Cynopsis Short Form Video Festival
The Cynopsis Short Form Video Festival is searching for the most cutting-edge creatives from individuals and teams worldwide, including: production companies/studios, producers, networks, composers, lyricists, animators, video game developers/producers, website developers, mobile & app developers/producers, marketing companies, PR firms and more . Submissions will be judged by a panel of industry experts and finalists will be announced in mid-November.

Netflix gave 10-episode series orders to scripted dramas Virgin River and Sweet Magnolias. Series are based on best-selling novels by Robyn Carr and Sherryl Woods, respectively. The Virgin River series, produced by Reel World Management and Roma Roth, is a contemporary romance; Sweet Magnolias centers on the lives of three best friends from South Carolina.
Crossing Swords, a new animated comedy series from John Harvatine IV and Tom Root, the Emmy-winning exec producers of Robot Chicken, got a green light at Hulu for a 10-ep series. Series, which will star Nicholas Hoult as a good-hearted peasant who uncovers a royal mess when he lands a plum post at the castle, hails from Stoopid Buddy Stoodios and is slated to premiere as part of the Hulu Originals slate in 2020. Voice talent also includes Luke Evans, Seth Green and Tony Hale.
Killing Eve production studio Sid Gentle Films is developing a television adaptation of the play Rejoicing At Her Wondrous Vulva the Young Woman Applauded Herself, written by Bella Heesom about female sexuality. Sally Woodward Gentle, Lee Morris and Gina Mingacci will serve as exec producers; Heesom will adapt her play for small screen.
Explorer and host Josh Gates ventures beyond the grave in four-part special series Expedition Unknown: Search for the Afterlife, debuting on Discovery on Sunday, October 7 at 10p. Gates traverses the globe to investigate the spirit world and answer timeless question, Where do we go when we die?
Outrageous Acts of Science returns for a new season on Science Channel on Wednesday, October 17 at 10p. Series puts the spotlight on the funny, daring, outrageous and bizarre clips from the web, while the world’s best science experts try to explain exactly what is happening.
Bravo Media is delving deeper into renovation with new series Buying it Blind and Sweet Home, premiering Friday, November 2 at 8p and 10p, respectively. Buying it Blind follows six couples as they purchase a property without ever setting foot inside. Sweet Home follows Jennifer Welch and her interior design team, as they transform unique spaces throughout Oklahoma.
The Real Housewives of New Jersey returns Wednesday, November 7 at 9p on Bravo with more shocking revelations lead to shifting alliances that cause old school rules of friendship and family to be pushed to the limit.
After a four-year hiatus, Joe Budden and Cyn Santana return to VH1’s Love & Hip Hop: New York on Monday, November 26 at 8p. The couple star alongside several newcomers and series vets who are climbing their way to the top in the city that never sleeps.
BBC America’s five-part co-production Dynasties will premiere Saturday, January 19, at 9p as an AMC Networks simulcast event across BBC America, AMC, IFC and SundanceTV. Presented by Sir David Attenborough (Blue Planet II, Planet Earth II) and exec-produced by Mike Gunton (Planet Earth II), Dynasties follows five of the world’s most celebrated but endangered animals, as they do whatever it takes to survive and protect the next generation.
For the third time in the past eight months, members of the Harlem Globetrotters are collaborating with singer Trisha Yearwood. Players Hoops Green, Bull Bullard and Moose Weekes will be featured on Food Network show Trisha’s Southern Kitchen on Saturday, September 29 at 10:30a.
Showtime on Sunday, September 30, at 8p will air an interview conducted by John Heilemann, co-host of the network’s series The Circus, with Julie Swetnick, an accuser of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on the eve of yesterday’s hearing.
The 2018 American Music Awards will honor the late Aretha Franklin with a tribute to include soul and gospel singers Gladys Knight, Ledisi, Mary Mary, Donnie McClurkin and CeCe Winans. The awards air live on Tuesday, October 9 at 8p.
Comedy Central on Monday, October 22 at 11p will premiere A President Show Documentary: The Fall Of Donald Trump, a mockumentary-style half-hour narrative special. The President Show creator Anthony Atamanuik will reprise his role as Donald Trump. Special is set in the year 2030 and looks back at the last days of the Trump administration. It’s executive-produced by Atamanuik, Peter Grosz, Adam Pally, Jason Ross and 3 Arts Entertainment’s Olivia Gerke, Josh Lieberman and Greg Walter.
NBC will broadcast A Very Wicked Halloween: Celebrating 15 Years on Broadway, a concert-style special of songs and stars from the hit Broadway production, on Monday, October 29 at 10p. The special reunites original stars Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth, and features guest performers including Ariana Grande, Pentatonix and the current Broadway company of Wicked. Special will be taped at Broadway’s Marquis Theater.
Family Channel this fall will premiere original anthology series Creeped Out. Debuting with two back-to-back eps Friday, October 5 at 6p, the series will roll out a collection of tales of creepily mysterious circumstances.


Nickelodeon is getting in the Halloween spirit with the premiere mystery-focused series The Bureau of Magical Things, Monday, October 8, at 8:30p. Additionally, Nick will roll out a monthlong lineup of holiday-themed episodes beginning Monday, October 8, at noon across series including Double Dare, Henry Danger, Knight Squad, PAW Patrol, Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and The Loud House.


Toda City and Sesame Workshop launched the Sesame Street Curriculum, the first formal curriculum of its kind for public schools in Japan. Today’s rollout marks one of the most extensive formal education programs in Sesame Workshop’s 50-year history.


Cartoon Network EMEA announced the launch of a new Ben 10 microsite, featuring games that will introduce kids to the basics of coding in a fun, interactive way. The site goes beyond games and gives kids access to exclusive content about the worlds of Ben 10’s aliens, as well as a chance to get to know more about each of the ten aliens, through character profile cards and videos.
Toy manufacturer Just Play appointed digital kids network and studio WildBrain to create new original content and manage its YouTube channel to support the launch of Just Play’s new doll brand Hairdorables.


Netflix is expanding its global reach. The streaming service launched a Paris bureau, which joins previously launched European outposts in London and Amsterdam. The Paris office is expected to staff an initial 20 employees. Move comes on the heels of Netflix unveiling it has 12 French series and film projects currently in the works.


Following the creative collaboration and the release of the original Minecraft episode for Adventure Time earlier this year, Cartoon Network and Microsoft are expanding their content partnership with a livestream event of Minecon Earth, Minecraft’s worldwide celebration of all things Minecraft, on the Cartoon Network YouTube channel Saturday, September 29 beginning with preshow coverage at 11:30a.


Foreign-language drama service Walter Presents struck a deal with PBS Masterpiece to bring 300-plus hours of scripted series to US audiences beginning Friday, October 5. The platform, backed by UK’s Channel 4, will make dramas available via Amazon’s Prime Video Channels. Cost to subscribers is $5.99 per month. In addition, select titles will air on PBS stations and its service PBS Passport.
CBS All Access is whetting fans’ appetites for the upcoming season 2 of Star Trek: Discovery with four stand-alone short films that will begin launching on the service October 4. CBS All Access dropped the trailer just landed for the first of the shorts, Runaway, yesterday.
Vox Media senior correspondent Liz Plank will host new short form Facebook Watch series Consider It, which tackles the issues polarizing the US. Series will feature guests from across the ideological spectrum discussing social, cultural and political issues with Plank and political consultant Shermichael Singleton. Series debuts Thursday, October 4, with new eps dropping weekly at 10a.
Entries are now open for the Cynopsis Short Form Festival, recognizing outstanding work across platforms. To learn more – and beat the early bird deadline – go here: http://www.cynopsis.com/events/2019-short-form-video-festival/.
Paul Sorvino scored the lead in Godfather of Harlem, Epix’s straight-to-series crime drama starring and executive produced by Forest Whitaker Bryce Hodgson, who’s recurred since the first season on the CW’s iZombie, sealed a role as series regular for the fifth and final season.
CBS Studios International and the UK’s Channel 4 entered an exclusive, multiyear licensing agreement covering titles from CBS’ new fall slate. The deal extends the rights to further seasons of the CBS All Access drama The Good Fight, among other series, as well as upcoming fantasy drama Charmed and Happy Together, starring Damon Wayans Jr., on E4. Also included in the deal are library series Cheers, which will be available to Channel 4; Sabrina the Teenage Witch, for 4Music; and 90210, which will be available on All 4.
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Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions) Wednesday, September 26 2018  time period averages
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated Live+SD
CBS: 6.70 million
Survivor 7.67, Big Brother 5.72
ABC: 4.99 million
The Goldbergs 5.13, American Housewife 4.43, Modern Family 5.40, A Million Little Things 5.06
NBC: 7.59 million
Chicago Med 7.68, Chicago Fire 7.96, Chicago P.D. 7.14
FOX: 5.40 million
Empire 6.08, Star 4.73
CW: 0.54 million
Burden of Truth 0.58, Supergirl 0.50
Univision: 0.9 million
El Rico Y Lazaro 1.14, Mi Marido Tie Mas Familia 0.90, La Piloto 0.73
Telemundo: 0.9 million
Exatlon 0.89, Falsa Identidad 1.00, El Recluso 0.98
Wednesday A18-49: CBS 1.6/7, FOX 1.7/7, NBC 1.2/6, ABC 1.3/6, CW 0.1/1, UNI .4/2, TELE .5/2
Stephanie Steele has been elevated to SVP, production and development for Oxygen Media. She joined the network in November of 2010.
Comcast Spotlight appointed Brendan Condon as Chief Revenue Officer, effective October 1. Previously, Condon served as president of AdMore.
Former Turner and Poker Central executive Sid Eshleman has been named head of distribution at CuriosityStream. He most recently was a media consultant with the company.
Redbox hired Chris Yates in the newly created role of GM of Redbox On Demand. Yates has worked at companies including CinemaNow, Dell and Omnia Media.
Programmatic direct mail purveyor PebblePost appointed Frank Barbieri as Chief Development Officer.
Hasbro, Inc. promoted Sally Carnota to director, UK and EMEA retail development for consumer products, and appointed Moris Calasso as director, consumer products for Southern Europe. Calasso most recently was international licensing director in Europe for Sanrio.

Friday Fun Fact: Mammoths roamed the Earth when the Great Pyramids were being constructed

This Day in History:

1950 – The United Nations admitted Indonesia.


Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: On which series did Pelican Pete have a recurring role? Flipper (1964-1967). Kudos to: Matty Fera-McGarryBowen/Chicago; Michael Goodman-Radio One/Atlanta; Susan Nessanbaum- Goldberg-M and S Entertainment/LA; Steve Iha-LBI Media/Dallas; Dan Haberer-Creo Entertainment/Playa del Rey, CA; Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA


Today’s Trivia Question: Frasier’s 1000th radio broadcast coincided with which episode of Frasier (1993-2004)? (Email [email protected] with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and time zone. Unofficial rules: a limit of four correct answers from each time zone will be selected.)
Answer to our last Anagram: Mobilizing Hop Up Fees = Zombie House Flipping. Kudos to: Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA


Today’s Comedy Series Anagram: On A Fine Mega Crate (Email trivia@ cynopsis.com with your answer; first three respondents with the correct answer who aren’t in trivia will be posted in tomorrow’s newsletter.)
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Mng team of sales assistants; mng setting rate cards & placing inventory to maximize revenue & returns. Resp for generation of all sales proposals. 4-yr deg w/5+ yrs Local Ad Sales exp in Pricing & Inventory ad sales plan’g and/or systems admin strongly pref’d.

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JOB OPENING: SR ANALYTICAL/RETAIL ANALYTICS/Nickelodeon/Minneapolis: Work closely w/retail sales & lines of business teams & key constituents across the broader organization. Strong ability working w/large sets quantitative data and extracting relevant points. Full job info/apply HERE (10/5)

JOB OPENING: ANALYST, GLOBAL CONSUMER PRODUCTS/OPERATIONS/Nickelodeon/NYC: Resp for licensing mngmnt & prod dvlpmnt across successful portfolio Viacom properties. High level of analytical skills, relationship management, org req’d. 2+ yrs in Bus. Analysis. 1+ yrs of Proj Mngmnt or Project Support exp. Full job info/apply HERE (10/5)


JOB OPENING: MARKETING MANAGER/TLC/MD: The TLC Marketing Manager plays a key role in managing consumer marketing initiatives, with the overall goal of increasing viewership and reinforcing brand presence. Key responsibilities include marketing campaign development and management. 5+ yrs exp. TV/Media professional. Apply. (10/5)


JOB OPENING: VP, ENTERTAINMENT PUBLICITY/Telemundo/Mia: Proactive & energizing leader w/exp managing mult publicity campaigns across all platforms; clear understanding of the business. Dvlp/execute all consumer- focused publicity efforts. 10+ yrs comm exp & strong relationship Hispanic mkt. Relo pkg avail. Full details/apply HERE (10/5)

ANALYTICS LIAISON/ION/NYC: Act as primary liaison between ION Media & ad agency rsrch depts. Communicate ION’s unique position in marketplace & clear advantages to agency rsrch depts. 10+ yrs exp in TV/Agency ind. Well versed in ind tools such as Nielsen, MRI, Simmons, ComScore +. Full info/apply HERE (10/5)

JOB OPENING: SR SALES PLANNER/ION/Clearwater: Mng team of sales assistants; mng setting rate cards & placing inventory to maximize revenue & returns. Resp for generation of all sales proposals. 4-yr deg w/5+ yrs Local Ad Sales exp in Pricing & Inventory ad sales plan’g and/or systems admin strongly pref’d. Full info/apply HERE (10/5)


JOB OPENING: DIRECTOR, MULTI PLATFORM CONTENT (non-news)/ Disney ABC TV Group, ABC11/WTVD/Durham NC: Resp for brdcst specials to digital series, from parades to social town halls. Work w/Sales teams to maximize revenue opps from premium & integrated content deals. Exp producing content on brdcst/dig. platforms a must. Full info/apply HERE (10/5)

SR DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT/BET/NYC: Resp for collaborating with key constituents, incl Editorial, Ad Sales, Ad Ops, Product, UX & Design, Mktg & Rsch teams. 8-10 yrs digital mktg exp within consumer focused industries; 5+ yrs specifically in aud dvlpmnt & digital media. Full info/apply HERE (10/5)


JOB OPENING: DIRECTOR, AD SALES MARKETING/UNIVSION/NYC:  Highly motivated B2B marketer w/ proven track record of creating persuasive materials. Build presentations that offer marketers & agencies a compelling reason to work with Univision. 6yrs+ exp at media or research company, agency or a B2B advertising. Full info/apply HERE (10/4)


JOB OPENING: DIRECTOR, MARKETING/USA Water Polo/Irvine CA: Mktg professional w/track record of building brands, engaging consumers, driving sales & dvlpng partners. Construct strategic mktg plan. Brand/merchandise/sponsor dvlpmnt. Asset promotion. Event activation. Fan engagement. Min 5 yrs exp. Full info/apply HERE (10/4)

MEDIA PLANNING ASSIST/Mahwah, NJ: Leading kid media buying/planning agency looking for media planning assist with 2+ exp in digital/TV; inputter, & day-to-day maint of nat’l buys. EXCELL WIZ (must), PPT, Media Ocean, Comscore, Digital Exp a +. Great benefits. Resumes to: [email protected] (10/4)

JOB OPENING: Sr. DIRECTOR GLOBAL ACQUISITIONS/A+E/Stamford, CT: Plan, implement, monitor & optimization of content delivery; technical, file-based procurement of Domestic and International content; 10+ yrs exp technical procurement of content cable or broadcast network. Full info/apply HERE  www.aenetworks.com (10/4)

JOB OPENING: SENIOR COMMUNICATIONS PROFESSOR/Boston University: Fall 2019, dept of Film/TV @BU seeks Professor – in area of writing/producing for TV emphasis on scripted comedy. Teach 3 courses (or mult sections of 1 course) per semester req’d. Plan/dvlp new courses in their field of expertise encouraged. Full info HERE (10/3)

 AVOD CONTENT PROGRAMMING MANAGER/BROOKLYN NY: Create and apply AVOD content strategies. Work closely with several teams to grow performance on platforms. Daily contact with major 3rd party AVOD platforms. Comfortable w/spreadsheets and databases. For full info or to submit resume: [email protected] (10/3)

JOB OPENING: FREELANCE PROJECT COORDINATOR/PARAMOUNT NETWORK/NYC: Mng, plan & track all creative assets for short form promo content project team incl. on-air, social, digital. Exc client-facing & internal comm skills. Growth potential for person with high motivation/dependability Resume HERE (10/3)
JOB OPENING: FREELANCE ASSOCIATE PRODUCER/EDITOR/PARAMOUNT NETWORK/NYC: Work in brand creative dept for Paramount Network, producing and editing promos and short form content. Must have strong Premiere editing skills. Prior experience in scripted programming a plus. Resume HERE (10/3)

SR ANALYST, DIGITAL & SOCIAL ANALYTICS/BET/NYC: Analyze BET’s site, apps, & its presence on third party/social platforms. Focus on providing insights & recommendations contributing to goals & success of the brand. 2-4 yrs related rsrch exp w/demonstrated success. Full info/apply HERE (9/29)

ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE/MachinimaWarner Bros/NYC: Drive advertising sales efforts and be responsible for hitting ad sales targets for Machinima, the premiere digital video programmer of gamer and fan content. 3-4  yrs digital media sales exp. pref. with publisher/Ent. company. Full info/apply HERE (9/29)

JOB OPENING: SR MANAGER, CORPORATE STRATEGY/AT&T Advertising & Analytics/NYC: Dvlp the overall go-to-market strategy for existing/emerging businesses. BA/BS Business, Finance, Strategy related discipline. 2-4 yrs relevant exp. Exc comm/presentation skills & cross-team collaboration capability. Resume to: [email protected] (9/29)

DIRECTOR, MEDIA RELATIONS/Telemundo/NYC: Build relationships w/key media outlets w/a focus on top tier business, trade & online outlets relevant to impact the corp brand, positioning, announcements, etc. Min 8 yrs exp in public relations/mktg pref’d or corp PR agency exp. Bilingual Eng-Spanish a +. Full info/apply HERE (9/29)


ABC: Truth and Lies: Jonestown Paradise Lost
CBS:  MacGyver, Hawaii Five-0, Blue Bloods
CW: Masters of Illusion, Masters of Illusion, Penn & Teller: Fool Us
FOX: Last Man Standing, The Cool Kids, Hell’s Kitchen
NBC:  Manifest, New Amsterdam, Dateline NBC
PBS: Washington Week, Breaking Big, Art in the 21st Century, The Hispanic Heritage Awards
TELEMUNDO: Exatlon, Falsa Identidad, El Senor de los Cielos
UNIVISION: El Rico u Lazaro, Mi Marido Tiene Mas Familia, La Piloto




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