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Mimosas, music, breakfast and a tremendous awards ceremony…
September 19 | The Yale Club, NYC
In addition to our 2017 finalists, Cynopsis will be honoring our Luminary Award recipients: the Content Pioneer Award, going to pocket.watch; the Video Vanguard Award, going to YouTube Kids; and the Family Viewing Award going to NBC’s Little Big Shots. Also enjoy a musical performance by The Joyous Quintet, a popular act featured on Little Big Shots.

Amazon grabbed the Starsky and Hutch reboot from James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy), with a script-to-series commitment. The project is Gunn’s first TV series via his Troll Court Entertainment.
True Detective got the official green light for season 3, with Jeremy Saulnier (The Green Room) set to direct with creator Nic Pizzolatto, who will continue as writer. Mahershala Ali (Moonight) will star in the HBO crime anthology, this season set in the Ozarks and taking place in 3 different time periods. HBO held off confirming the season until they nailed down a director.
Netflix, Damien Chazelle (La La Land) and IMG are partnering for 8-part musical drama The Eddy. Set in a Paris club, the series will feature dialogue in French, English and Arabic.
Top 10 Weekend Domestic Box Office Estimates: September 1-3, 2017
The Hitman’s Bodyguard (Lionsgate/Sony) $10.3 million (week 3), cume revenue $54.9 million
Annabelle: Creation (Warner Bros./New Line) $7.3 million (week 4), cume revenue $89.0 million
Wind River (Weinstein) $5.9 million (week 5), cume revenue $18.3 million
Leap! (Weinstein) $4.9 million (week 2), cume revenue $11.4 million
Logan Lucky (Bleecker Street) $4.4 million (week 3), cume revenue $21.5 million
Dunkirk (Warner Bros.) $4.1 million (week 7), cume revenue $178.8 million
Spider-Man: Homecoming (Sony) $3.7 million (week 9), cume revenue $324.1 million
The Emoji Movie (Sony) $2.5 million (week 6), cume revenue $80.3 million
Despicable Me 3 (Universal) $2.4 million (week 10), cume revenue $257.9 million
Girls Trip (Universal) $2.3 million (week 7), cume revenue $111.6 million
Source: comScore
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Reelz premieres 2 pop gossip shows on Friday, September 8: Broke & Famous focuses on reckless spender Johnny Depp at 8p, followed by US Weekly’s Famous Feuds, exploring the bad blood between Mariah Carey and Eminem, and Katy Perry and Taylor Swift.
Puerto Rican actress and dancer Roselyn Sanchez, TV personality Johnny Lozada and Spanish choreographer Javier “Poty” Castillo will serve as judges on season 5 of Univision dance competition Mira Quien Baila (Look Who’s Dancing), returning Sunday, September 17.
American Public Television is launching new nonfiction series Make48 in September on stations across the country. Teams compete to develop a new commercial product in a 48-hour “invent-a-thon” weekend, but don’t look for typical reality-TV conflict. “Make48’s educational product series is more like swimming with a pod of dolphins rather than being thrown into a tank of sharks,” said Make48 CEO Tom Gray. Tool company Stanley Black & Decker is exclusive production underwriter.
The fourth and final season of Disney XD’s Star Wars Rebels launches Monday, October with an hour-long episode that will air at 12:30a, 3a, 7:30a, 5:30p and 9p.
Today, the day the White House plans to announce its position on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy, Telemundo will air a special program analyzing the potential impact of the measure, featuring stories of undocumented workers around the country, along with commentary from policy and immigration experts. “The Dreamers are part of the spirit of this great country,” said Noticias Telemundo anchor Jose Diaz-Balart, who will host the show. “The White House decision could change the role of Latinos in the United States forever, especially for a generation that has always respected the rules.” Special airs at 8p.
Short-form ad unit spending is on the rise, reports Kantar Media, with $3.06 million dollars spent on 252 5- and 6-second spots since August 11, mostly on local TV stations. Last week, Fox announced it will sell 6-second spots in sports programming.
The Ad Council took its “Love Has No Labels” message to gaming convention PAX West in Seattle, launching a mobile geolocation game called The League of Extraordinary Humans. The game turned activists fighting for inclusion into virtual superheroes; real-life heroes included swimmer Diana Nyad, Jazz Jennings (I Am Jazz) and others.
Christopher Eccleston (The A Word) and Paula Malcomson (Ray Donovan) will star in BBC drama Come HomeKristopher Turner (Saving Hope) and Stephen Arbuckle (Flint) landed recurring roles on season 2 of USA’s Falling Water.
Hulu’s Too Funny to Fail, a documentary about the surprising crash and burn of 1996’s short-lived The Dana Carvey Show (Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert and Louis C.K. were all onboard) debuts Saturday, October 21. On Saturday, November 11, Obey Giant premieres, exploring the underground world of street art.
WE tv’s Growing Up Hip Hop Atlanta has generated more than 3 million video on demand transactions, and the network’s YouTube channel has generated more than 30 million plays over the first six months of the year, reports the net.
Thursday, October 12 @ 1:30 pm ET

In Cynopsis’ newest live online event, we’re examining the major shift in both what’s being watched and where with this demo that represents 18% of the country’s population. With buying power topping $1.5 trillion in 2017, it is critical for media industry players to craft programming that reaches this growing and influential group. Check out our expert panel here!

Scripps Networks Interactive nets reported a healthy August. HGTV wrapped the month as the #1 cable network during primetime among upscale W25-54, and was a top 10 network among A25-54 in prime and weekend among cable and broadcast. Food Network finished the month at No. 9 in cable among W25-54, boasting ratings increases of 5% among A25-54, 6% among A25-34, and 14% among M25-54. Travel Channel recorded its highest rated August since 2013, growing 10 percent during prime over last year. DIY Network tied last year’s record-breaking August among A25-54, while delivering its highest rated August ever with M25-54. Cooking Channel tied last year as its highest rated August among A18+, with Sunday night ratings in the demo up 45 percent over last year, and Great American Country enjoyed 17 percent growth versus last year, its highest rated August since 2007.
What says Kathleen Finch, Scripps Networks’ Chief Programming, Content and Brand Officer? “Our networks delivered premiere content all summer and it really resonated with our viewers, particularly Food Network’s fun concept I Hart Food and the new twist on Travel Channel’s Man v. Food. And coming up, HGTV fans will enjoy three hours of weekend premieres, including our popular destination lifestyle series, for the rest of the year.”
On Thursday, August 24, Fox’s Love Connection rose one tenth (to .8/3 in L+3) for its highest rating in a month. NBC’s SNL Weekend Update (2.0/8 in L+3) ended its summer run up 11% versus the week prior
Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions) Thursday, August 31, 2017 time period averages
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated Live+SD
CBS: 5.35 million
The Big Bang Theory 1.1, Kevin Can Wait 5.25, Big Brother 6.97, Zoo 3.85
NBC: 4.78 million
The Wall 5.05, The Wall 4.91, The Night Shift 4.38
FOX: 4.78 million
Beat Shazam 4.86, Love Connection 4.69
ABC: 3.28 million
Battle of the Network Stars 3.78,  Battle of the Network Stars 3.31, The Gong Show 2.75
TELEMUNDO: 1.16 million
Jenni Rivera .973, Sin Senos Si Hay Paraiso 1.2, Senor de los Cielos 1.3
CW: 2.46 million
Penn & Teller: Fool Us 2.4, Whose Line Is it Anyway? 2.53, Whose Line Is it Anyway? 2.44
Wednesday A18-49: TELE 1.3/5, CBS 1.2/5, NBC 1.0.4, ABC .8/3, TELE .7/3, CW .6/3, UNI .5/2
Brian Teta was promoted to Executive Producer at ABC’s The View, ahead of the launch of the talker’s 21st season. Teta, who had been co-EP, will continue to lead the show’s segment producing team and manage the studio floor; EP Candi Carter will continue to man the control room.
Actor/comedian Shelley Berman died September 1 of complications from Alzheimer’s. He was 92. The Emmy-nominated performer appeared on numerous TV shows, including The Twilight Zone, Bewitched, Friends, Grey’s Anatomy and Boston Legal, and played Larry David’s father in Curb Your Enthusiasm from 2002-2009.
Actor/producer Richard Anderson died August 31. He was 91. Anderson was best known to TV audiences for his role on The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman. “His always stylish attire, his class, calmness and knowledge never faltered in his 91 years,” said Lee Majors. “He was still the sweet, charming man when I spoke to him a few weeks ago.”
Steely Dan co-founder Walter Becker died September 3. He was 67. The “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number” band’s music was heard on numerous TV shows, including The Simpsons, Knight Rider, True Blood and Royal Pains.

This Day in History: 1958 – Doctor Zhivago was published in the U.S.
Answer to Our Last Trivia Question:  How did Tom meet Abby on Eight Is Enough (1977-1981)? She tutored Tommy after he broke his leg. Kudos to: Stephen Kelley-9 Story Distribution/Dublin, Susan Nessanbaum-Golderg-M and S Entertainment/LA, David Westberg-SAG-AFTRA Credit Union/Burbank, Rev. Mark Wajda/Leesburg, FL, Cathy Korda/Honolulu, Phyllis McQuillan-MSG Networks/NYC, Andy Pittman-TAMU/College Station, TX
Today’s Trivia Question: Which star of an earlier sitcom guested as Elyse’s father on Family Ties (1982-1989)? (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 Friday’s Anagram: Frisked Frost Net = Diff’rent Strokes. Kudos to: Synda Kollman-Charter Marketing Group/Deerfield Beach, FL, Paul Blutter-Walk and Talk Production Rentals/Burbank, Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA
Initial This: LW Plays DMG on G (Email [email protected] 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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JOB OPENING: AD SALES ASST DR/FUSE Media/NY: Recent grad w/previous ad sales/adv internship exp. to asst ad sales dept. Strong Excel & multi-tasking a +. Good comm, interpersonal & organzt’l skills. Apply HERE (9/12)

JOB OPENING: DEVELOPEMENT DIRECTOR/FUSE Media/LA: Developing ideas from concept through presentation or pilot. Work with internal depts and ext. productions partners, pitches, create and dev. concepts, manage presentation and pilot prod. Good comm, interpersonal & organzt’l skills. Apply HERE (9/12)

JOB OPENING: MARKETING DIRECTOR/FUSE Media/LA: creative development and delivery of the network branding, promotional campaigns and cross-promotional marketing initiatives on an interim basis. Apply HERE (9/12)

JOB OPENING: VICE PRESIDENT DEVELOPMENT/FUSE Media/LA: development process from ideation to post-production. Contrubite to strategic planning, content lens, channel management and be responsible for executing programming strategies through the development process. Apply HERE (9/12)

JOB OPENING: FIELD MARKETING SPECIALIST/Spectrum Reach/St. Petersburg, FL: Work w/Ad sales & help deliver mktg plans that drive client awareness. 3-5 yrs of ad sales mktg exp pref’d. Strong knwlg advertising/media, digital products & advanced ad products is a +. Res/cvr: HERE (9/8)

MGR MEDIA RIGHTS & LICENSING/MSG CO/NYC: Negotiate, draft and assist with administration of license agreements. Work with MSG’s stakeholders to assess music and other IP-related clearance and use issues. 5+ yrs relevant exp incl contract drafting & negotiating licensing. Full info/apply HERE (9/7)

JOB OPENING: AD SALES ACCOUNT EXEC/Crown Media Family Networks/LA: Sell Nat’l advertising time to ad agencies and clients. Strong negotiation skills and presentation skills. Strong knowledge of Los Angeles mktplace. BA/BS req & Min 2 yrs exp. Apply HERE (9/7)

JOB OPENING: SALES COORDINATOR/Nat Geo Partners/NYC: Support 3 Sales Execs & 2 VPs. Assist w/Print RFPs, mng forecasts, support VP on linear initiatives, help gather sales materials & prep for sales calls; asst w/basic client req’s & take on special. Full info/apply HERE (9/7)

JOB OPENING: DIR, FINANCIAL REPORTING/AMCN/NY: 10+ yrs tech accting & reporting exp. 2+ yrs superv exp. Prepare the consolidated fin statemnts, incl bal sheet, inc statemnt, statemnt of comprehensive inc & statemnt of cash flows & related footnote disclosures for AMC Networks Inc. on a quarterly basis. Perf calculation of earnings per share for the quart & annual SEC rpts. Full info/apply HERE (9/7) 

JOB OPENING: FREELANCE DIR, BRAND MKTG/NFL/NYC: Build executable mktg strategies for new/existing brand initiatives and platforms that leverage consumer rsrch, goals & overall brand strategy. 8-10 yrs of exp in consumer mktg, in-house or agency. Detail oriented & orgnzd. Full info/apply HERE (9/7) 

SR DIRECTOR, DIGITAL STRATEGY & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT/NBCU/Universal City: Evaluate, structure & help implement business growth opportunities in the digital media space. Bus Dev exp & track record of growing a consumer-facing, entertainment-focused digital property. BA deg, MBA pref’d. Full info/apply HERE (9/6)

JOB OPENING: PROD MNGR, ON-AIR/NYC: Mng promotional assets & timelines for orig prog slate. Work w/producers & vendors for promos, EPK shoots. Request & track show materials for promo use. 5-7 yrs exp, pref w/in Crtv Svcs. Exp working with scripted series. Resume HERE (9/6)

DIGITAL AD OPERATIONS SENIOR ASSOCIATE/A+E Networks/NY: Coordinate detailed implementation for complex online campaigns across all A+E Networks non-linear properties, including desktop, mobile/tablet, OTT and STB-VOD. Full Info/Apply HERE (9/6)

WHAT’S ON TONIGHT – Tuesday September 5
ABC: Bachelor in Paradise, blackish [r], blackish [r], Somewhere Between
CBS: NCIS [r], Bull [r], NCIS: New Orleans [r] 
CW: The Flash [r], DC’s Legends of Tomorrw [r]
FOX: The Simpsons [r], The Mick [r], Family Guy [r], The Mick [r]
NBC: America’s Got Talent, Hollywood Game Night
PBS: American Experience [r], Frontline [r]
TELEMUNDO: Los Dreamers y Trump, la hora de la verdad
UNIVISION: Enamorandome de Ramon, Mi Mariso Tiene Familia, La Tierra Prometida   

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