10/08/21: Something new for “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve”

 

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Friday October 8, 2021

Today’s Premieres
ABC: Shark Tank at 8p, 20/20 at 9p
Amazon: Jessey and Nessy
Apple TV+: Acapulco, Get Rolling with Otis
CW: Nancy Drew at 9p
discovery+: Eli Roth Presents: A Ghost Ruined My Life
Netflix: House Secrets: The Burari Deaths, A Tale Dark & Grimm, Pretty Smart
Peacock: The Amber Ruffin Show

Saturday’s Premieres
Animal Planet: The Zoo at 8p
BET Her: The Waiting Room at 10p
CW: Whose Line Is It Anyway? at 8p, World’s Funniest Animals at 9p
Fox Soul: Damon Rush Studios at 7p
Nat Geo WILD: Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet at 9p
Netflix: Blue Period
Snapchat: Action Royale

Sunday’s Premieres
CBS: The Equalizer at 8p, NCIS: Los Angeles at 9p, SEAL Team at 10p
CNN: Diana at 9p, This Is Life with Lisa Ling at 10p
Crunchyroll and Funimation: Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Mugen Train Arc
CW: Legends of the Hidden Temple at 8p, Killer Camp at 9p
Discovery: Operation Hidden Treasures at 8a
HGTV: Renovation, Inc.: Home Sweet Home at 8p
History: The Engineering That Built the World at 9p, When Big Things Go Wrong at 10p
Showtime: Buried at 9p

Sunday’s Finales
AMC: The Walking Dead at 9p
HBO: Scenes From a Marriage at 9p, Nuclear Family at 10p
HGTV: Hawaii Life at 9:30p, Lakefront Bargain Hunt at 10:30p, Island Hunters at 11:30p
Starz: Heels at 9p

IN THE NEWS

All together now: As streaming surges, Nielsen announced it is unifying its streaming solutions under one banner, encompassing ad-supported and subscription-based service models across content, ads and platforms. “With this comprehensive suite of streaming measurement solutions, content creators, platforms, studios and advertisers will have an unprecedented view of who is streaming, what they’re watching, which platforms consumers are gravitating to and how much time they are spending with streaming content,” said Deirdre Thomas, Managing Director, U.S. audience measurement product strategy.

Tegna stations went dark this week for three million Dish TV customers in 53 markets when the companies couldn’t come to terms on a new retrans agreement. “Tegna is looking to sell its stations to the highest bidder and is simply trying to exploit Dish customers as a way to get the maximum price and further fatten their wallets,” said Brian Neyloin, Group President, Dish TV. Tegna’s take: “Dish has refused to reach a fair, market-based agreement with us based on the competitive terms we’ve used to reach deals with numerous other providers that reflect the current market.”

Just 36% of Americans say they have a “great deal” or “fair amount” of trust in what is reported in the news media, according to a new Gallup poll. That’s the second lowest on record, after 2016. There was a big difference in numbers between parties – 68% of Democrats polled said they trusted the media, while only 11% of Republicans did.

Omnicom cultural intelligence consultancy sparks & honey announced the launch of its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Consulting Practice. The official rollout follows the recent appointment of Davianne Harris to the role of Chief Client Officer and Head of the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Practice in June. “For so long, DE&I was considered ancillary to an organization’s core business practices, but leaders now recognize that DE&I is a tangible and measured imperative that must be embedded within every aspect of an organization’s people, products, practices and partnerships,” said Terry Young, CEO, sparks & honey. “sparks & honey has been known for its disruptive approach to consulting with solutions designed to help clients transform their organizations. We are now focused on being known for our inclusive consulting as well, with offerings designed to enable systematic change.”

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PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT

Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg (“The Americans”) will executive produce and write psychological thriller “The Patient,” a limited series for FX starring Steve Carrell (“The Office”). Carell will serve as an executive producer along with Caroline Moore and Victor Hsu for the 10-parter, produced by FX Productions. Carell plays a psychotherapist held prisoner by a serial killer with an unusual request: curb his homicidal urges.

Starzplay and Sony Pictures Television are developing an 8-part premium scripted series depicting the life and reign of King Juan Carlos I, King Emeritus, who suddenly abdicated in 2014 after 40 years. The series will be shepherded by a creative team led producers Howard Gordon (“Homeland”, “24”) & Alex Gansa (“Homeland”) who will executive produce the scripted adaptation through their overall deal with SPT. Glenn Geller, president of their production company, will also executive produce.

Univision Communications has signed a first-look deal with superstar Eugenio Derbez and his 3Pas Studios, and producing partner Ben Odell, giving Univision the first look at all Spanish-language television and film projects controlled by 3Pas Studios and Derbez. The content is intended for Univision’s upcoming streaming service.

Claire Foy (“The Crown”) is set to star as Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg in “Doomsday Machine,” a project from Anonymous Content and wiip described as “the riveting human drama chronicling the political and social minefields Facebook has navigated on its relentless quest for growth.” Created by Ayad Akhtar (“Homeland Elegies”), the series is based on the book An Ugly Truth: Inside Facebook’s Battle for Domination, as well as NY Times and New Yorker reporting.

A spinoff of Disney+’s “WandaVision” starring Kathryn Hahn as Agatha Harkness is in development at Marvel Studios, according to Deadline. Hahn is reprising the character across MCU as part of a larger deal.

Bomani Jones (“Highly Questionable”) scored a weekly series at HBO. “Game Theory,” covering timely issues in the world of sports, begins production in 2022, with Adam McKay among the executive producers. “I have been dying to work with Bomani for years now,” said McKay. “He’s one of the sharpest and funniest truth tellers anywhere in the sports world.”

Spyglass Media Group and Hulu announced the cast for the re-imagining of Clive Barker’s 1987 horror classic, “Hellraiser.” The horror film stars Odessa A’zion (“Grand Army”) alongside Jamie Clayton (“The L Word: Generation Q”), along with Brandon Flynn (“13 Reasons Why”) Goran Visnjic (“ “ER”) Drew Starkey (“Outer Banks”) Adam Faison (“Everything’s Gonna Be Okay”), Aoife Hinds (“Normal People”) and Hiam Abbass (“Succession.”)

Jeff Perry (“Scandal”) landed the male lead opposite Hilary Swank in ABC’s untitled pilot about a disgraced journalist who starts over in Anchorage.

PBS documentary anthology series “Independent Lens” has partnered with filmmaker Stanley Nelson and Firelight Films for three new documentaries: “Make it Funky: The History of Funk”; “In Our Own Image: The Story of African-American Art”; and “Harlem: The Soul of the Nation.”

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NEW & RETURNING SERIES

“Lost City of the Monkey God,” premiering Sunday, October 31 on Science Channel, will explore a settlement whose existence explorers and scholars have long debated.

The third and final season of Netflix’s “Lost in Space” launches December 1, with the Robinson family still struggling to survive light years away from their planned destination.

Six-part serial killer thriller “Ragdoll,” starring Henry Lloyd-Hughes (“Killing Eve”), Thalissa Teixeira (“Too Close”) and Lucy Hale (“Pretty Little Liars”) as police assigned to a gruesome case, premieres Thursday, November 11 on AMC+.

Design competition “Table Wars” debuts Friday, November 12 at 10p on HGTV. Lead judge Martha Stewart oversees proceeding as contestants try to outdo each other with extraordinary tabletop creations.

“Hello, Jack! The Kindness Show” premieres Friday, November 5 on Apple TV+. The live action series from creators Jack McBrayer (“30 Rock”) and Angela C. Santomero (“Blue’s Clues”) aims to ignite kindness by exploring empathy, humor, playfulness and imagination.

David Moscow shows audiences what it takes to create fascinating meals in season 2 of “From Scratch,” premiering Sunday, October 31 at 10p on FYI.

Epix drama “Britannia” returns January 16, 2022. Season three sees a radical transformation in Cait’s (Eleanor Worthington-Cox) journey as the Chosen One with a decision that will tie her to the future of her war-torn people.

COMING UP

Never too old to do something for the first time. This year’s “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” – the 50th – will feature the show’s first Spanish-language countdown, taking place in Puerto Rico. “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest” will air Friday, December 31 on ABC at 8p, live from NYC’s Times Square.

UPtv’s “Royal Christmas Weekend” celebration includes the premiere of “Royal Christmas Engagement” on Saturday, November 6 at 7p. and “Christmas with a Prince: The Royal Baby,” the third movie in the Christmas with a Prince franchise, on Sunday, November 7 at 7p. The premieres are part of UPtv’s collection of more than 500 hours of holiday content.

Speaking of, have you submitted your network’s holiday programming yet for Cynopsis’ annual Holiday Programming Guide? The much-anticipated listing, which comes out on October 28, 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 Lynn@Cynopsis.com and janetdilauro@gmail.com 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).

Gravitas Ventures has acquired the exclusive North American to the action drama “The Way.” The film will be available via streaming platforms and on demand on cable and satellite networks beginning in early 2022.

MeTV’s annual “Scream with Me” returns October 29-31. To anchor the Halloween stunt, Svengoolie showcases the 1965 sci-fi cult flick, “Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster,” on Saturday, October 30 at 8p.

On October 18-21 from 12-3p, “American Cities Rebuilding 2021,” a five-day virtual conversation series from The WNET Group, will bring together thought leaders from across the nation to explore the most pressing challenges facing American cities and offer innovative solutions.

STREAMING

Cinedigm has teamed with pop culture innovator Laurieann Gibson to launch BOP (Born Out of Passion) Network. The partnership marks the first multimedia streaming service to offer a comprehensive slate of global dance-related programming. Gibson will oversee the channel, working with Cinedigm on all aspects of development, production, distribution and monetization.

Genius Brands International announced a new Spanish-language content service for children, ¡KC! En Español, on its streaming platform, Kartoon Channel!. The new Spanish language children’s program service will reside on the main Kartoon Channel! platform, and function as a sub-brand of Kartoon Channel!.

Redbox has expanded the distribution footprint for its streaming app to the PlayStation 5 console. The app also gives consumers access to new release movies for rent or purchase through its Transactional Video on Demand service.

TECH TALK

Advertisers recognize the opportunity afforded by addressable TV, with 32% considering addressable TV to be a must-buy (+7% points YoY), according to a WarnerMedia study conducted in partnership with Advertiser Perceptions. Other takeaways include:
· Despite the growing adoption of addressable over the years, there is still no majority consensus on the definition for addressable TV, although advertisers tend to define addressable holistically.
· Advertisers perceive CTV and addressable TV similarly, suggesting the complementary nature of these media vs. one channel being an “either/or” media investment – both offer increased ad relevance, incremental reach, and reliable audience targeting. Those who say CTV is most important to achieving their goals agree that addressable TV’s ability to test and learn is its top benefit. Those who say linear is most important to achieving their goals agree that addressable TV’s ability to deliver more relevant ads is its top benefit.

Video software provider Synamedia has launched Synamedia OTT ServiceGuard, giving media companies a tool to address the weaknesses that make it easy for pirates to not only steal content but also entire OTT services, including redistributing directly from the service provider’s content delivery network. “We have set ourselves a challenge of educating the industry about the scale of OTT piracy,” said Nitsan Baider, Director of Product Management for Security Solutions at Synamedia. “Many rights holders and operators mistakenly believe that current approaches – including DRM, client hardening and concurrency limits – provide adequate content protection. Without sugar coating the truth, they are mistaken. Up to now, technologies have barely made a dent in OTT piracy because the protocol is broken. Synamedia OTT ServiceGuard is designed to safeguard against those risks.”

Entertainment content and technology company Trioscope, recognized for its proprietary animated drama engine, has raised $5.25M led by BITKRAFT Ventures, a venture capital firm focused on gaming, esports, and interactive media. Sony Innovation Fund, Transcend Fund, Cordillera Investment Partners and Thomas Vu/Axis Mundi Capital participated. Trioscope will use the investment to expand its US and worldwide business; focus on boosting its original IP and content; and productize its enhanced animation technology toolset for global third-party creators and studios to produce content through licensing agreements.

GOING GLOBAL

Streaming aggregator ScreenHits TV is concluding its second major content partnership in Germany in three months with A+E Networks Germany. The pact will initially cover A+E streaming channels HISTORY Play and Crime + Investigation Play.

Segueing into…Crime+Investigation Play has added 400 extra hours of content. The UK true-crime streaming channel now has 1,400 hours of programming available for new and existing subscribers.

French production company Pernelle Media will document the excavation of key locations in the Mayan complex of Aguada Fenix in a feature documentary film, to be directed by Florence Tran (“Mysterious Discoveries in the Great Pyramid’”), who will follow the team’s progress in Tabasco, Mexico.

Gutsy Animations (“Moominvalley”) is developing its first adult-targeted drama series, ”Beyond Nature,” and has brought UK production company Lime Pictures (“Hollyoaks”) on board to co-produce.

DCD Rights has pre-sold two of its new factual series to a wide range of broadcasters ahead of the titles’ main launches at MIPCOM this month, including “Treasures with Bettany Hughes” and “Scottish Islands with Ben Fogle.”

Among Banijay’s autumn line-up of programming available to international for adaptation or acquisition are “Starstruck,” “Drag Me Out,” “Germinal” and “Screw.”

Shine Iberia will produce “Vidas de Cine” (Open Air Cinema) in collaboration with Telemadrid. An homage to the inhabitants of Madrid, Vidas de Cine will capture testimonies and stories from every district.

Dynamic Television has acquired the worldwide distribution rights for SVT’s upcoming suspense thriller “The Fighter.” The 6-episode Swedish series from Kärnfilm and SVT follows a female boxer on a high risk path to become the World champion.

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RATINGS

Episode two of new Fox drama “Our Kind of People” grew +20% from its series premiere among A18-49 in Live + 7 Day ratings (0.6/4), marking the first new fall broadcast drama to grow from debut in six years.

Broadcast Nielsen Ratings for Wednesday, October 6
Show, P2+ 000s, (A18-49)
ABC: The Goldbergs 3.25 (0.6), The Wonder Years 2.45 (0.5), The Conners 3.14 (0.5) Home Economics 1.92 (0.4), A Million Little Things 1.75 (0.2)
CBS: Survivor 5.79 (0.9), Tough as Nails 3.13 (0.5), CSI: Las Vegas 4.12 (0.5)
CW: Riverdale 0.36 (0.1), In the Dark 0.35 (0.0)
FOX: The Masked Singer 4.35 (0.9), Alter Ego 2.37 (0.4)
ION: Blue Bloods 0.96 (0.2), Blue Bloods 0.96 (0.2), Blue Bloods 0.72 (0.1)
NBC: Chicago Med 7.02 (0.8), Chicago Fire 7.18 (0.8), Chicago PD 4.35 (0.8)
Telemundo: La Casa del los Famosos 1.33 (0.4), Hercai: Amor e Venganza 1.48 (0.4), Malverde: el Santo Patron 0.96 (0.3)
Univision: Disenando Tu Amor 1.75 (0.5), Si Nos Dejan 1.83 (0.6), La Desalmada 1.86 (0.6)
Source: Nielsen, live + same day time period averages

EXECUTIVE MOVES

Plimsoll Productions has promoted Saul Goldberg to Senior Vice President of Production and Development. Goldberg had been Vice President of Production and Development.

Blumhouse Television has tapped Gretchen Palek to serve as Head of Alternative Programming. Palek joins from Leftfield Pictures.

DAVID announced that Alejandro Juli is joining the agency’s Miami office as Group Creative Director. Juli has had stints at Ogilvy, DDB and BBDO and DDB.

Stephen Labaton has been named Executive Vice President of Communications at NBC News Group. Labaton was previously EVP of Corporate Affairs for Booz Allen Hamilton.

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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)

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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
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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
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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)

FRIDAY OCTOBER 8
ABC: Shark Tank [p], 20/20 [p]
CBS: S.W.A.T., Magnum P.I.,Blue Bloods
CW: Penn & Teller: Fool Us, Nancy Drew [p]
FOX: WWE Friday Night SmackDown
NBC: Ordinary Joe, Dateline NBC
PBS: Washington Week, Firing Line with Margaret Hoover, The 34th Hispanic Heritage Awards, Great Performances at the Met
Telemundo: La Casa del los Famosos, Hercai: Amor e Venganza, Malverde: el Santo Patron
Univision: Disenando Tu Amor, Si Nos Dejan, La Desalmada

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