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Broadcast-only homes have risen 41% over the last 5 years, to 15.8 million households, according to an ION Media-commissioned Nielsen study. The report also notes broadcast-only homes have a higher percentage of young viewers, with a median age of 34.5 versus 39.6 for all TV households. The data comes as ION Media is set to expand its national footprint to 63 stations.
While acknowledging that the recent hurricanes will impact the bottom line of pay TV operators, competition from OTT services poses the biggest threat, Jefferies analyst Mike McCormack told investors. “We expect an especially weak quarter for video, and although partially storm-related, we believe changing behaviors will continue to weigh on overall video subscribers,” said McCormack, who also expressed doubt that some programmers will be able to “elegantly migrate customers to an apps-based video viewing, and offset lost margin dollars on higher-margin broadband.” The analyst’s comments come the week after Comcast and AT&T reported that storm disruption and OTT competition would tamp down subscriber growth for the quarter.
Estrella TV is taking to the great outdoors to tout its programming, talent and brand, in a campaign running September 18-November 30 that will include a prominent presence in NYC’s Times Square. One of the key objectives: market to all the new homes the Spanish-language net is now reaching via expanded national distribution deals.  
Starz grabbed U.S. premium pay-TV rights to Monster, a 7-part serial killer drama from Norway’s NRK Drama. Series debuts in Scandinavia in October.
When you want to get stuck at “the kids table”
 The scene is set for the ultimate gathering of your colleagues and peers in children and family media and the event. Top innovators and emerging leaders  in the dynamic kids media industry are coming together to showcase the most outstanding platform programing and marketing – and the executives behind them. Join them next Tuesday, September 19 at the Yale Club in NYC from 8:15 – 10AM.
Sponsored by Universal Kids

Australia’s Essential Media sold its scripted division to FremantleMedia. The deal calls for Essential’s Australian Head of Scripted and company director Ian Collie to depart the business and establish a new scripted content production company called Easy Tiger Productions, majority owned by FremantleMedia.
Jill Gordon (Heartbeat) is replacing series creator Jill Soloway as showrunner for season 5 of of Amazon’s Transparent. Soloway, who will continue to write, direct and exec produce the streamer, will also focus on other projects for Amazon Studios.
UK’s Factory 42 has been commissioned by Sky Arts, in collaboration with Google Arts and Culture, to produce Virtual Reality: The Mystery of CreativityVR experiences and a documentary exploring creating art in a VR environment.
In ripped-from-the-headlines animation, Comedy Central’s South Park roars back for season 21 tomorrow at 10p, taking on white nationalists in “White People Renovating Houses.” Episode includes protestors armed with tiki torches and confederate flags. “Randy comes to grips with what it means to be white in today’s society,” previews Comedy Central.
Also returning tomorrow is truTV’s Comedy Knockout, back for its midseason premiere with back-to-back episodes at 11p and 11:30p.
This season, Discovery’s Alaska: The Last Frontier goes live, giving viewers 2 unscripted minutes of direct access to the reality show’s Kilcher family. Series returns us to the Alaskan wilderness Sunday, October 1 at 9p.
Season 2 of Disney Channel hit Andi Mack premieres Friday, October 27 at 8p. The show, focused on a girl who learned her older sister is really her mother, is the #1 TV series of 2017 to date among Girl demos.
Our last Cynopsis poll asked readers which they watch more of, long-form or short-form video. While 36% said long-form, almost 55% reported it varies from day to day. With short-form video growing exponentially in importance, you’ll want to check out Cynopsis’ upcoming Short Form Video Festival and Conference, showcasing fresh and surprising storytelling across platforms. For more info on entering and attending this timely event, go here.
Which show will be the biggest winner at the Emmys on Sunday? Let us know in the new Cynopsis poll: http://cynopsis.com/poll/.
Amazon original Tin Star bows on Prime Video on Friday, September 29. Revenge drama stars Tim Roth (The Hateful Eight) and Christina Hendricks (Mad Men).
Damnation, a saga set in the 1930s American heartland, premieres on USA Tuesday, November 7 at 10p. Think God, greed, charlatans and prophets. Two nights later at 10:30p, the net launches unscripted The Cromarties, focused on the family of NFLer and full-time dad Antonio Cromartie.
TLC is expanding the season 9 premiere of The Little Couple to 2 hours, to include a special hour following former Houstonian Bill Klein as he pitches in with hurricane relief efforts. The series started out based in Houston, before the Kleins moved to Florida (where they evacuated Irma). Supersized opener airs Tuesday, September 19 at 8p.
First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers lands on Netflix Friday, September 15, the same day it opens theatrically in the top 10 film markets. Film was directed by Angelina Jolie.
Stephen Colbert’s 2 year anniversary as host of CBS’s Late Show will be marked with a retrospective episode on Monday, September 18. (Convenient, since Colbert hosts the Emmys in LA the night before.)
Europe’s Sky is launching a low-cost streaming service in Spain, with content from U.S. network and cable shows like The Big Bang Theory, The Walking Dead and Grey’s Anatomy. Price tag: the equivalent of $12/month.
Michael Musto is joining Logo digital site NewNowNext as a weekly columnist. “Musto Unfiltered” will offer the former Village Voice writer’s take on issues and gossip affecting the LGBT community.
Jane Seymor (Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman) has joined the cast of Pop aerobics comedy Let’s Get Physical, set to premiere in 2018. Seymour stars as a former Miss Texas obsessed with maintaining her family’s fitness legacy.
Garret Dillahunt (Raising Hope) will recur on upcoming Fox drama The Gifted as a mutant researcher with a dubious moral mission. Series premieres Monday, October 2 at 9p.
U.S. ad spend will increase 3.5% in 2017, to $434.5 billion, according to Zenith’s latest forecast. That’s on par with earlier projections, despite a downgrade for global ad spend. An 18% bump is expected for online video in the U.S., along with a .5% mini-boost for TV.
CBS Interactive and Vice Media are teaming to create tech-focused multiplatform content. Microsoft Surface and Audi of America will sponsor Dear Future, shining a light on major innovations like space travel, VR, robotics and artificial intelligence. Series will run on tech site CNET and Vice’s Motherboard.
Data’s great, but can you trust it? According to Millward Brown’s “Getting Media Right” study, 77% of brand marketers would likely increase media spends across all channels and platforms if only ROI measurement were more accurate. Less than 50% of advertisers expressed confidence their ad dollars are being effectively allocated.
CBS Corporation and Sinclair Broadcast Group renewed three station affiliation agreements that were set to expire at the end of 2018: KGAN in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, KGBT in Harlingen, Texas and WGME in Portland, Maine. Also renewed was a deal for a station to which Sinclair provides services, WTVH in Syracuse, NY. The four markets serve approximately 1.5 million households.
Portfolio Entertainment is packing 2 new unscripted shows for MIPCOM: The Gig Guys, with David Hasselhoff going behind the scenes at an electronic music festival, and lifestyle show Fast Indian Cooking with Sapna.
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!

Fox’s MasterChef on Wednesday delivered a season high 1.6/7 among A18-49 in Live+3 Nielsens, and NBC’s Marlon grew .2 week to week to tie its season high of 1.5/3 in Live+3.
Ratings from Nielsen were delayed, thanks to Hurricane Irma. “Until we are able to resume normal operations, no data will be issued,” the measurement company, which houses its data collection department in Tampa, told clients.
SHAREABLEE SOCIAL TV RATINGS: Top U.S. Shows Overall by Engagement for the week of September 10, 2017
Program, Total Actions (000), Total Content, Actions per Content (000), Fans/Followers (000)
The Ellen Degeneres Show (Warner Bros./synd.) 10185,  98, 104, 148686
E! News (E!) 5221, 768, 7, 30576
Teen Wolf (MTV) 4237, 110, 39, 12377
American Horror Story (FX) 2368, 82, 29, 15988
Today Show (NBC) 2060, 617, 3, 12049
America’s Got Talent (NBC) 1598, 291, 5, 10791
TMZ (Warner Bros. synd.) 1304, 620, 2, 12083
NBC Nightly News (NBC) 914, 573, 2, 4286
Outlander (Starz) 715, 68, 11, 2401
Based on Total Actions (reactions, comments, shares and retweets)
Ed Wells has joined Sesame Workshop as Head of International Media and Education. Most recently, Wells was EVP and Head of International for WWE, Inc.
Creative agency Zambezi hired Dawn Thomas as its first Head of Culture Strategy and Content Innovation. After founding Overbrook’s interactive marketing division, Thomas ran a consultancy for creative talent, TV networks and brands.
Fox Networks Group U.K. Managing Director Jeff Ford will retire at the end of 2017, but will continue to work on espionage thriller Deep State after his exit. “Since joining our organization in 2015, Jeff has been instrumental in the success of our U.K. business,” said Diego Londono, CEO, FNG Europe & Africa.
Former NBC West Coast President Don Ohlmeyer died September 10. He was 72. Ohlmeyer, at NBC during the development of “must-see TV” like Seinfeld, Friends and Frasier, was also the first producer of Monday Night Football on ABC.
Actor Mike Hodge died September 9. He was 70. Hodge, who recurred on Law & Order and Law & Order: SVU, was the president of SAG-AFTRA’s New York chapter.
Casting director Mary Goldberg died September 7 after battling lung cancer. She was 72. In addition to theater and films, Goldberg’s credits include TV shows like Rhoda, My So Called Life and Fame.
CTHRA’s HR Symposium to Inspire Disruptive Thinking
October 25-26 · Philadelphia
Embrace brainstorming without boundaries and develop winning strategies for the future by attending THE INDUSTRY’S LARGEST GATHERING OF HR PROFESSIONALS. The HR Symposium will feature a dynamic lineup of sessions and three networking events. Speakers include a futurist, hybrid thinker, social change advocate, big data experts and more. Please join us!
Details and online registration at www.CTHRASymposium.com
This Day in History: 1954 – Lassie debuted on CBS.
Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: Which actress almost won the role played by Claire Danes in My So-Called Life (1994-1995)? Alicia Silverstone. Kudos to: Andy Pittman-TAMU/College Station, TX, Evan Williams-Roger Wilco Productions/New Canaan, CT, David Garber-Loyola Marymount University/Playa Vista, CA, Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg-M and S Entertainment/LA, Cynthia New-Spectrum Reach/Cape Girardeau, MO, David Westberg-SAG-AFTRA Federal Credit Union/Burbank, Cherie Wall-Sandbox Entertainment/Nashville, Christie McConnell-Radley Studios/LA
Today’s Trivia Question: Which sitcom character was born Elsie Ethrington? (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 Initial This: AM played NA on TWY = Alley Mills played Norma Arnold on The Wonder Years. Kudos to: Nicole Langella-Fox Networks/NYC, Beth Krinock-Discovery/NYC, Jerry Maffia-PMC/NYC, Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA, Bill Graff-beIN Sports/Miami
Reality Show Anagram: Modem Scan (Email [email protected]; first three respondents with the correct answer who aren’t in trivia will be posted in tomorrow’s newsletter.)
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SR RESEARCH ANALYST/TV ONE/SILVER SPRING MD or NYC: Assist Sr. Rsrch, Dir w/interpreting media rsrch results & effectively communicating results. Strong knwlg Nielsen software & 3rd party systems. BA/BS deg & 2+ yrs rsrch expe @ media co., agency or advertiser. Full info/apply HERE (9/16)

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JOB OPENING: ASSOCIATE WEB PRODUCER/Crown Media Family Networks/LA: Support Sr. Producer with content updates for consumer web initiatives. Experience using Content Management skills and tools. Cable or Digital Web experience. BA/BS req & Min 2 yrs exp. Apply HERE (9/16)

JOB OPENING: SALES SERVICE EXEC/ONE SOLUTION (CROSS PLATFORM)/NYC: Responsible for helping to generate sales revenue, creating prospect lists & supporting sales teams’ efforts. Min 3-4 yrs exp digital, TV & or radio. Highly skilled PP, Excel, Sales force. Very orgnz’d/detail oriented. Full info/apply HERE (9/16)

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 JOB OPENING: SALES SERVICE REP/Weather Channel/Chicago: Candidates looking to grow career and knowledge supporting AE’s and Dir of Chicago Office. Must have 1+ yrs. current Cable TV media experience to be considered. Go to https://careers.weathergroup.com/ to apply or email [email protected] (9/15)

SR ANALYST or MGR, AD SALES/AMCN/NYC: 3+ yrs Sr Analyst/5+ yrs Mgr related media rsrch exp (digital exp pref). Provide aud measurement, consumer insights, mktg positioning & strategic rsrch dev. Resp for producing & presenting creative & effective rsrch stories/presentations. Full info/apply HERE (9/15)

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 (9/15)

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 (9/15)

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 (9/14)

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 (9/14)

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 (9/14)

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 (9/14)

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 (9/14)

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 (9/13)

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 (9/13) 

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 (9/13) 
WHAT’S ON TONIGHT – Tuesday September 12
ABC: Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief, black-ish [r], black-ish [r], Somewhere Between
CBS: Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief, NCIS [r], Bull [r]
CW: The Flash [r], DC’s Legends of Tomorrow [r]   
FOX: Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief, The Orville [r]
NBC: Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief, America’s Got Talent
PBSMartin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World [r], Frontline [f] 
Telemundo: Jenni Rivera: Mariposa de Barrio, Sin Senos Si Hay Paraiso, El Senor de los Cielos
Univision:  Enamorandoma de Ramon, Mi Marido Tiene Familia, Hoy Voy a Cambiar

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