Disney XD: Ghost Force at 7:30p
HBO Max: Nina Furia
IFC: Good Grief at 12a
Netflix: On My Block
VH1: Black Ink Crew: Chicago at 8p
HBO: Laetitia at 9p
IN THE NEWS
NBCUniversal and Google reached a carriage deal the day after their previous agreement expired – and after NBCU had warned YouTube TV subscribers that if a deal wasn’t reached, they could lose over 14 channels, as well as regional sports networks. “YouTube is a valued partner and we never want to involve our fans in a dispute, but we felt obligated to let them know what was at stake,” said the company.
“The current RSN model is fundamentally broken,” opined Brian Neylon, Group President, DISH TV, after the satellite company dropped AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain, AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh and Roor Sports Northwest. “This model requires nearly all customers to pay for RSNs when only a small percentage of customers actually watch them.” Neylon added that DISH had proposed an a la carte model, with “no customers paying for what they don’t watch.” Responded Patrick Crumb, President of AT&T Sports Networks, “It is unfortunate that Dish has decided to abandon local MLB, NBA and NHL games, but the vast majority of Dish subscribers will have multiple alternative options for TV and streaming providers that carry our networks.”
Digital media company Ozy Media, founded in 2013, is shutting down. The news came on Friday, five days after a New York Times article raised questions about the company, including the description of a phone call during which Ozy co-founder and CEO Samir Rao impersonated a YouTube executive on an investor call. Reports had also surfaced questioning the company’s claims of audience numbers. “At Ozy, we have been blessed with a remarkable team of dedicated staff,” said a statement from the company’s board of directors. “It is therefore with the heaviest of hearts that we must announce today that we are closing Ozy’s doors.”
“Mike & Molly” is joining Nick at Nite’s lineup beginning today, October 4. The comedy, which ran on CBS from 2010-17, will air weekdays from 2a-4a.
Donald Trump wants to get back on Twitter. Attorneys for the former president filed a motion in Miami seeking a preliminary injunction against Twitter and CEO Jack Dorsey, claiming the platform’s banning of Trump, following the January 6 attack on the Capitol, is a violation of his First Amendment rights and Florida’s new social media law. The new law, signed by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in May, prohibits social media companies from “knowingly” deplatforming politicians, but was blocked by a federal judge in July, a decision that is being appealed.
After 22 years with NBC, Natalie Morales is joining CBS’ “The Talk.” Morales has worked on “Today” since 2006, and joined “Dateline” as an official correspondent in 2020. She will continue to appear on “Dateline” through the end of the year.
Scarlett Johansson and Disney have settled a lawsuit over Disney’s release of “Black Widow” on Disney+ as well as in theaters in July, which Johansson claimed reneged on their promise that the film would be released exclusively in theaters. But despite heated words, it appears there’s no bad blood. “I’m very pleased that we have been able to come to a mutual agreement with Scarlett Johansson regarding ‘Black Widow,’” said Alan Bergman, Chairman, Disney Studios Content. “We appreciate her contributions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and look forward to working together on a number of upcoming projects, including Disney’s ‘Tower of Terror.’”
“America’s Got Talent” host Terry Crews will also host NBC’s upcoming spinoff, “AGT: Extreme.” Joining Simon Cowell as judges will be former WWE wrestler Nikki Bella and X Games gold medalist Travis Pastrana. The series is set to launch midseason.
“Dancing With the Stars” contestant Cody Rigsby and his (also vaccinated) partner, Cheryl Burke, will compete on the ABC show tonight despite both having tested positive for COVID-19. They will appear virtually from home to dance, and be graded on rehearsal footage.
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|PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT
David Chase (“The Sopranos”) inked a five-year, first-look deal with WarnerMedia, covering film and television. Chase will develop content for HBO, HBO Max and Warner Bros. Pictures Group.
IMDb TV is developing a series adaptation of the 1999 film “Cruel Intentions,” which starred Sarah Michelle Geller and Ryan Phillippe as ruthless step-siblings. The project, from Sony Pictures Television, Amazon Studios and Original Film, will be written by Sara Goodman and Phoebe Robinson.
Writer/director Shaka King (“Judas and the Black Messiah”) has signed a first-look deal with FX Productions that calls for him to develop series for FX via his production company, I’d Watch That. “My first professional directing gig was shooting a pilot presentation for FX and I’ve been trying to get back in the fold ever since,” said King. “Our tastes, quite simply, align.”
Disney Channel renewed “Raven’s Home” for season five, with Rondell Sheridan rejoining the “Raven” franchise as the title character’s father. Also added to the cast are Mykal-Michelle Harris (“mixed-ish”), Felix Avitia (“Gamers Guide to Pretty Much Everything”), and Emmy Liu-Wang (“Annie”).
9 Story Media Group has acquired a minority equity stake and entered into a first-look deal with London-based Knights Of, a publishing company focused on improving inclusivity in children’s books. Under the terms of the deal, 9 Story has exclusive first-look rights to acquire audio-visual, merchandising, theatrical and ancillary rights to Knights Of’s book properties.
The Weather Channel greenlit a second season of “Deep Water Salvage,” to launch in Spring 2022. The docu-series will go further behind the scenes with professional salvage teams who save ships wrecked by fierce storms, as well as take a closer look at the havoc wreaked by the increase in weather events like hurricanes, floods and tidal waves and the dire need for salvage crews to save the day.
Xolo Mariduena (“Cobra Kai”) will star in and exec produce action drama series “The Ledger,” from Juan Carlos Coto (“From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series”) and Will Packer Media. Coto will write and serve as showrunner, and Will Packer will produce through Will Packer Media. Brandon Guzmán will executive produce.
Casting notes: Tony Cavalero (“The Righteous Gemstones”) is joining ABC’s “The Conners” in a recurring role. He’ll first appear in the episode airing October 13…Newcomer Johari Washington and Ethan Hutchison (“Queen Sugar”), Eugene Byrd (“Bones”), Kenneisha Thompson (“Radiant”) and Robert Manning Jr. (“Person of Interest”) have joined the season two cast of “The Secrets of Sulphur Springs,” premiering January 2022 on Disney Channel and Disney+…Ian Bohen (“Teen Wolf”) will star in a story arc on season two of CW’s “Superman & Lois.”
Call for Submissions: Cynopsis is producing our annual Holiday Programming Guide, which comes out on October 28 and will be sent to all Cynopsis subscribers. If your network has holiday programming airing from October 28 through January 1, please send your listing to [email protected] and [email protected] no later October 15 with the subject line: Holiday Guide. To be included, programs must be listed by date, title of program, and start times, in the following format: “Thursday, November 19: Network Name: My One Christmas Wish at 9a, Paper Angels at 11a, 12 Days of Giving at 1p”. Holiday-related programs only! A confirmation email will be sent following each submission (if you don’t receive a confirmation email, please resubmit).
Season three of “The Umbrella Academy” will premiere in 2022, announced Netflix. The setting will be Hotel Oblivion, a locale familiar to fans of the graphic novel series.
As part of Lifetime’s Stop Breast Cancer for Life initiative, “List of a Lifetime,” about a woman whose breast cancer diagnosis drives her to find the daughter she gave up for adoption, premieres Monday, October 18 at 8p. Following the movie, aftershow “Beyond the List with Shannen Doherty” will follow cast member Doherty’s cancer journey.
Shudder Original Halloween special “Joe Bob’s Halloween Hoedown” premieres Friday, October 8 at 9p, with special guests from the upcoming Halloween franchise installment, “Halloween Kills”: director David Gordon Green and producer/Blumhouse CEO and founder Jason Blum. Viewers can also watch on demand on Shudder and within the Shudder offering in the AMC+ bundle on Sunday, October 10.
As part of its “Blockbuster Fridays” this month, TeleXitos will air films including “Ghostbusters II,” “Casper” and “Underworld: Evolution” at 8. On tap for Sundays are “Domingos De Terror” movie marathons starting at 2p.
Discovery+ announced the acquisition of “Dear Mr. Brody,” a documentary from Keith Maitland (“Tower”). The film explores the story of Michael Brody Jr., a hippie-millionaire and heir to a margarine fortune who publicly offered his $25-million inheritance to anyone in need in 1970. Decades later, an enormous cache of these letters was discovered, unopened. The doc will start streaming in winter 2022.
Advertisers should be looking for opportunities to work directly with creators, according to Andrew Budkofsky, CRO of Glewed TV. “Advertisers, publishers and platforms have the potential to benefit tremendously from integrated partnerships and content creation,” says Budkofsky in Cynsiders. “For advertisers, it’s an opportunity to get around viewers’ indifference to ‘traditional’ CTV ads, while streamers get more ad dollars and more opportunity to develop their own content.” For more on whats next for CTV, go here.
In-content advertising company Mirriad announced it is working with Magnite’s SpringServe, the ad serving platform for OTT and CTV, to bring scale and automation to the in-content advertising format via programmatic ad campaigns. The collaboration with SpringServe enables Mirriad to programmatically activate more ad inventory, offering brands digital integrations into a broader range of video content. “This will unleash new opportunities for publishers and content owners with an ad format that is created in the content itself, thus not interrupting peoples’ viewing experiences,” said Stephan Beringer, CEO, Mirriad.
DFW International, the global sales division of Dutch FilmWorks, announced a lineup that includes WWII docuseries “Voices of Liberation”; looted art docuseries “The Art Dispute”; and YA series “Hacked,” among others.
Discovery UK has joined Creative Diversity Network, the industry body aimed at increasing diversity within the UK’s television industry. Discovery will also become a “Diamond broadcaster,” collecting and reporting diversity data through the online monitoring system.
Banijay announced the November 1 launch of a new label, Good Humor. The comedy fiction label will be headed by former editorial director for comedy and cabaret at ZDF, Stephan Denzer, as managing director and executive producer.
Finnish media executives Eero Hietala, Lasse Koskinen and Ilkka Hynninen announced the launch of Take Two Studios, a production company that will focus on the origination, development and production of high-end, high-concept drama, documentaries and podcasts.
Dynamic Television has acquired the worldwide distribution rights for crime drama “Savage River.” Produced by leading independent production company Aquarius Films, the series was developed and commissioned by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
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Discovery was the most-watched pay-TV portfolio for the ’20-’21 season, led by TLC’s “90 Day Fiancé” and Discovery’s “Gold Rush” franchises, HGTV’s “Home Town Takeover” and “Home Town,” and Food Network’s “Holiday Baking Championship” and “Diners Drive-Ins & Dives.” In 3Q21 rankings, TLC was the #1 network for Women (W25-54/18-32, tied with MTV for 18-34).
Food Network wrapped September bringing in more than 23.6 million P2+ viewers. Ratings drivers included “Halloween Baking Championship,” which to date is averaging a .8 P25-54 and 1.2 W25-54 in Live+3 ratings, and “Halloween Wars,” which is averaging .8 P25-54 and 1.1 W25-54.
Matt Jordan Smith has joined Page Boy Productions as Head of Development and Production. Smith was previously Director of Scripted Programming at WWE Studios.
Whip Media has hired Debbie Neveu as Vice President of Global Enterprise Client Success. Prior to Whip Media, Neveu served as the Vice President of Accounting, Financial Reporting, Financial Systems and Financial Deal Review at Warner Bros.
London-based production company Evolutions has appointed Leesa Fernandes as Director of People. Fernades was previously Transformation Lead, Director at Reuters.
MediaLink has hired David Muldoon as Vice President, Strategic Advisory. Muldoon joins from Walgreens Boots Alliance, where he was most recently Director of Global Strategic Partnerships.
Francesca Donner has been tapped to serve as Executive Editor for Quartz at Work. Donner was most recently editor of women and gender at the New York Times.
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|This Day in History
1957 – “Leave It to Beaver” premiered on CBS.
Answer to Our Last Trivia Question
Which actor played Abraham Lincoln in two, unrelated miniseries? Hal Holbrook, in “Sandberg’s Lincoln” (1976) and “North and South” (1985). Kudos to: Tara Gordon-ADM Productions/Port Washington, NY; Douglas Hochstadt-Disney/NYC; James Maxim-Disney/NYC; Karen Kelly-SPUH/New Brunswick, NJ; David Garber-Loyola Marymount University/Playa Vista, CA; Sandy Spiegel-WTTW/Chicago; Greg Moloznik-GLM Media/Scottsdale; Patty Rodriguez-Sinclair Broadcast Group/Denver; Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA; Lorrie Shilling/El Segundo, CA
Today’s Trivia Question
How did the title characters in “Mike & Molly” (2010-2016) meet? (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.)
NY or LA
Demonstrate WO Network software to clients, answer technical questions (RFPs), & assist Sales team. Maintain databases, work closely with our product development team, & stay in touch with the product roadmaps. 3+ yrs of WO Network sales experience; a strong understanding of the network sales landscape & media industry. Willingness to travel req. Full info HERE (10/18)
VP, BRAND EDITING
CROWN MEDIA FAMILY NETWORKS
Manages creative editor staff, ensures highest technical, creative & executional standards for On-Air Promos across linear, digital & social platforms. 8-10 yr. supervisory exp, min 12 yr. exp editing short form. Degree in related field required. Strong technical skills, Adobe CC2020BA and MAM environment for asset management preferred. Full info HERE (10/16)
INVENTORY ANALYST >>
TENNIS CHANNEL/HYBRID REMOTE/NYC, NY: Work with the inventory and sales teams to help maximize the use of Commercial Inventory. Identify premium program opportunities and create packages to monetize high rated inventory and generate and distribute inventory reports. Strong functional knowledge of media ad sales planning and traffic required. Full info HERE (10/16)
MANAGER, MULTIPLATFORM RESEARCH AND ANALYTICS >>
AMC NETWORKS/NYC/NY: Responsible for compiling and tracking KPIs across TVE, VOD, SVOD, and AVOD/FAST sources. Managing digital estimating in the form of analyses & reports and create compelling analyses and presentations related to understanding viewing of AMCN digital content to both technical and non-technical stakeholders. 3-5 yrs of exp working in digital media. Full info HERE (10/16)
DIRECTOR OF DIGITAL CONTENT
Lead campaign development and day-to-day management of marketing content and digital platforms. Key creative leadership position, building and executing multi-platform marketing campaigns that leverage creative content as the key asset. Passionate about creative design and has a natural desire to build innovative and impactful marketing campaigns. Full info HERE (10/16)
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER >>
THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS/WASHINGTON DC OR CHICAGO: Support development of corporate & series content. Collaborate to ensure Program goals, marketing plans & messaging platforms are incorporated into Campaign Production assets. Aid in script writing, with a focus on storytelling – elevating & supporting brand initiatives. 5 yrs of Production, Creative, Marketing and/or Advertising agency experience. Full info HERE (10/16)
THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS/WASHINGTON DC OR CHICAGO: Conceptualize & produce video content to effectively reach & communicate with target audience, with a focus on Leadership Team and Program deliverables. Ensure Program goals, marketing plans and messaging platforms are incorporated into Campaign Production assets. 10 yrs of Production, Creative, Marketing and or Advertising agency experience. Full info HERE (10/15)
RESEARCH ANALYST >>
GAC MEDIA/NYC, NY: Track Nielsen data day-by-day in both broadcast & cable television. Ability to project ratings in line with the strategic focus and direction established of the advertising sales team. Understand programming with an emphasis on the various streams of data, including Live, Live + Same Day and Live +3. 2-4 years of experience working in Research req. Full info HERE (10/15)
FRED ROGERS PRODUCTIONS
Create organizational, tracking, and filing systems for all series material. Create processes for and oversee upload and archive of all production material & related metadata to digital asset management system. Create & manage schedules for delivery and review of scripts and production elements. 3 years of production experience in related required. Full info HERE (10/15)
CONTENT MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST, PRODUCTION FACILITY & CONTENT MANAGEMENT
SILVER SPRING MD
Workflow Management; including tracking and finalizing all orders for linear content within the Media Asset Management system, while making adjustments as deadlines change and new work is introduced. Placing requests in context, and resolving discrepancies in order to maximize efficiencies. 3 years of prior experience working in related field. Full info HERE (10/14)
DIGITAL CONTENT SCHEDULING SPECIALIST
SILVER SPRING MD
Primary operational point of contact for all departments as it pertains to STB VOD, App and OTT initiatives. Process monthly VOD, OTT, and App schedules/schedule changes. Manages metadata entry of digital content, ads and promotions to be pitched to TV One and CLEO TV STB universe of Affiliates. 5+ years of exp in Cable Broadcast and Digital Media. Full info HERE (10/14)
MANAGER, PRODUCTION FACILITY OPERATIONS & CONTENT MANAGEMENT
SILVER SPRING MD
Create and track edit schedules for the production facility editors. Review technical QC Reports and approve programs for air; or coordinate replacement or editing. Spot check content to determine a pass or fail status. Ensure timely and accurate delivery of all original program. 7 years of prior experience working in operations and/or production. Full info HERE (10/14)
LONG STORY SHORT MEDIA/WASHINGTON, DC: Leads creative and production process from pre-production to delivery. The Producer will work directly with the client and the LSS team. 5+ years exp, with agency, network, or production company. Full Info HERE (10/13)
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER >>
LONG STORY SHORT MEDIA/WASHINGTON, DC: Assist producers throughout pre, field, and post-production, generate creative concepts per project, craft proposals, conduct research and assemble briefing materials. 2+ year exp with an agency, network or production company. Full Info HERE (10/13)
CONTENT COORDINATOR, NETWORK OPERATIONS
SILVER SPRING, MD
Edit, time out, prepare & update the daily broadcast log through the insertion of promo filler, network ids and interstitial material. Optimize primary & secondary promotional events in daily logs via Grip It and Broadway Traffic Systems. Identify and allocate available time and assign deadlines. 4 years of Broadcast Operations experience required. Full info HERE (10/12)
GRAPHICS COORDINATOR, NETWORK OPERATIONS
SILVER SPRING, MD
Enter secondary event triggers into the daily programming log to support on-air promotions and sales initiatives. Manage and maintain the process of data entry and data transfer into Grip It for proper secondary events scheduling. Accurately QC graphic elements per on-air specs. At least 4 year of Broadcast Operations experience required. Full info HERE (10/12)
MANAGER, CROSS-PLATFORM INSIGHTS – NHL
Creation of research tactics, insights and storylines surrounding sports programming and sports consumers. Generate knowledge points on emerging sports and new content platforms. Provide leadership in staff development, project management and capacity planning. Exp with Nielsen software is req. 5+ years of exp in television, 3+ years as a manager. Full info HERE (10/11)
VICE PRESIDENT, APT SYNDICATION AND PREMIUM SERVICE
AMERICAN PUBLIC TELEVISION
Strategic planning; broadcast and digital initiatives; diversity, equity and inclusion; & mapping the future of APT. Lead, manage & motivate the organization’s leading prime time content department as well as others throughout organization in various projects. Develop, manage & forecast annual budgets & updates. 5-10 yrs related media experience. Full info HERE (10/11)
ANALYST, AUDIENCE RESEARCH
Daily email about network performance outlining top program performances with Households & Key Demos, with context. Daily update of excel based network programming grid. Weekly Programming Report giving insight into FETV schedule performance. A strong understanding of Nielsen concepts and terminology & Experience with the GfK MRI MEMRI system req. Full info HERE (10/10)
SALES SERVICE EXECUTIVE >>
REELZ/NYC, NY: Selling advertising time, while also providing all necessary sales support functions for Pricing & Planning. Should be comfortable presenting sales & marketing materials and cultivating agency relationships. Experienced candidate will carry a list. 5 years of progressive ad sales planning/support experience. Proficient in Wide Orbit a plus. Full info HERE (10/10)
PUBLICITY COORDINATOR >>
DISCOVERY INC/LOS ANGELES, CA: Oversee PR administrative functions for the TLC team in addition to contributing to new/ongoing publicity campaigns. Work on press packets, media lists, press releases, talent, and video assets across our shows. Looking for a passionate individual with 1-2 years exp in comms/PR, great time management, editing skills, and attention to detail. Full info HERE (10/9)
DIRECTOR OF SALES-WEST COAST >>
FUSE MEDIA/GLENDALE, CA: Generate profitable sales revenue while exceeding sales quotas and delivering a high level of customer service to media clients. Build a book of national clients, as well as local customers geo-targeting the determined market. Develop clients in target categories, including large media/entertainment organizations. 5-7 years of B2B sales experience. Full info HERE (10/9)
SALES PLANNER >>
NEWSMAX/NYC, NY: Work closely with Account Executives and Sales Assistants in a team setting, assist in generating new business and growing existing business. Plan, manage and steward campaigns to ensure all client agreements are fulfilled. 1 to 2 years of experience at a media buying or selling organization & knowledge of WideOrbit preferred. Full info HERE (10/8)
SALES PLANNER >>
MARATHON VENTURES/REMOTE/HYBRID/NY/NJ/CT: Committed to a remote/hybrid work model, Marathon Ventures Media Sales is looking for Sales Planners to work in a team-oriented, fast-paced, innovative environment to provide clients with the highest level of service. Sales Planners ensure the execution of all advertising schedules, partnering with sales teams and ad agencies. Full info HERE (10/8)
MANAGER, INDUSTRY MARKETING & ACTIVATIONS
DETROIT OR NYC
Manage execution at industry and sales events and coordinate with Director of Marketing Communications and executive team for industry presentations and halo activations. Oversee participation in industry membership organizations including execution of membership benefits both nationally and regionally. 5+ yrs of related experience required. Full info HERE (10/7)
SENIOR ANALYST, TV AUDIENCE RESEARCH
E.W. SCRIPPS COMPANY
Report & evaluate existing metrics, develop new metrics and reports, & provide strategic recommendations to assist with driving decision-making & measuring performance for key stakeholders. Perform analyses for network programming & competitive analysis for programs on other networks. Minimum 3+ yrs Media and/or TV audience research experience. Full info HERE (10/7)
PRODUCTION MANAGER, LOVE NATURE >>
BLUE ANT MEDIA/WASHINGTON DC: Supports all creative executives in development and production to ensure project plans and resources are aligned to creative needs. Ensures projects are delivered to budget, schedule and contractual requirements. Manages individual show production budgets and schedules. Minimum 3+ years of experience in a Production Management role or equivalent. Full info HERE (10/6)
DIRECTOR OF POST PRODUCTION >>
the hive/KNOXVILLE TN: Oversees all post production activities with an emphasis on scheduling, staffing and workflow management. Director of Post is directly across media prep, media management, offline, online, graphics, post audio, and deliverables departments. A great attitude and willingness to help are a high priority! 5 yrs of post production supervisory exp req. Full info HERE (10/6)
|MONDAY OCTOBER 4
ABC: Dancing With the Stars, The Good Doctor
CBS: The Neighborhood, Bob Hearts Abishola, NCIS, NCIS: Hawai’i
CW: Roswell, New Mexico, Penn & Teller: Fool Us
FOX: 9-1-1, The Big Leap
NBC: The Voice, Ordinary Joe
PBS: Antiques Roadshow, Antiques Roadshow, POV
Telemundo: La Casa de los Famosos, Hercai: Amor y Venganza, Malverde: el Santo Patron
Univision: Disenando Tu Amor, Si Nos Dejan, La Desalmada