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Apple TV+: Invasion
Netflix: Adventure Beast, Inside Job, Locke & Key, Maya and the Three, More Than Blue: The Series, Roaring Twenties, The Raincoat Killer: Chasing a Predator in Korea
Kartoon Channel: Stan Lee’s Superhero Kindergarten
PBS: La Frontera with Pati Jinich
BET Her: The Hotline
Nickelodeon: Danger Force at 8p
Travel Channel: The Dead Files at 10p
Adult Swim and Crunchyroll: Fena: Pirate Princess
Cooking Channel: Cheat Day USA at 9p
HBO: Insecure at 10p, Curb Your Enthusiasm at 10:40p
Science Channel: What on Earth? at 10p
Food Network: Outrageous Pumpkins at 10p
|IN THE NEWS
HBO and HBO Max counted 45.2 million US subscribers in 2Q21, down from the 47 million combined subs WarnerMedia reported for the second quarter, reflecting the HBO option’s removal from Amazon Channels. Globally, subscriptions hit 69.4 million, up 12.5% year over year. AT&T’s 3Q21 results topped Wall Street expectations, with total revenue of $39.9 billion.
Speaking at AT&T’s earnings call, AT&T CEO John Stankey said the company’s sale of WarnerMedia to Discovery is proceeding smoothly. “We are moving through the steps with the various regulatory agencies in the US and outside the US,” he said. “Those processes are moving along at the pace we would have expected and we don’t see any surprises.”
CBS gave a full season order to freshman comedy “Ghosts,” which is averaging about 8 million total viewers in Live+7 data. “We’re thrilled this spirited new comedy has struck a chord with viewers and critics alike and is off to a great start,” said Thom Sherman, Senior Executive VP Programming at CBS Entertainment. “We’ve loved ‘Ghosts’ since day one.”
Apple TV+ picked up seasons three and four of sitcom “Mythic Quest.” “Just like critics and audiences all over the world, we fell in love with Rob and his team’s sharp writing and full-of-heart, relatable characters that make up the world of ‘Mythic Quest,’” said Matt Cherniss, Head of Programming for Apple TV+.
TV or not TV: One-third of consumers report they’ll watch more TV via free streaming services over the next six months, and one-third also reported they will watch more live TV, according to the 2021 Holiday Consumer Insights Report from Tremor Video. Other insights include:
· AVOD services like Tubi and Pluto are being used at similar rates to some popular new SVOD services like HBO Max
· Nearly 50% of consumers age 35-44 reported that TV ads were the most influential type of media in their holiday shopping decision making
· Over half of consumers report they will spend more or the same amount of time listening to podcasts
Season two of “Power Rangers Dino Fury,” the 29th season of the franchise from Entertainment One and Hasbro, is moving to Netflix. The show has aired on Nickelodeon since 2011.
Former president Donald Trump announced he is launching a media company, Trump Media & Technology Group, which will have its own social media platform, dubbed TRUTH Social. “We live in a world where the Taliban has a huge presence on Twitter, yet your favorite American President has been silenced,” said Trump, who was banned from major social media platforms after the January 6 insurrection. TRUTH Social’s terms of service bar users from statements that “disparage, tarnish, or otherwise harm, in our opinion, us and/or the Site.” It also forbids users from using “excessive capital letters.” Trump Media & Technology Group would be formed by joining with SPAC Digital World Acquisition Corp. pending regulatory and stockholder approval.
However, before Trump’s site is up and running come rumblings of a possible lawsuit. After screenshots of Truth Social’s open-source code revealed an apparent violation of Mastodon’s requirement that customers share the code and copies of the general product license to users, Mastodon founder Eugen Rochko told Talking Points Memo, “I do intend to seek legal counsel.”
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|PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT
Facebook Watch has greenlit new original talk series “Face to Face with Becky G,” starring actress and activist Becky G. The new series is executive produced by Jesse Collins Entertainment and Becky G’s B Yourself Productions.
Fresh off of “Sopranos” sequel film “The Many Saints of Newark,” Michael Gandolfini has joined the cast of Paramount+ series “The Offer,” about the making of “The Godfather.” Gandolfini will play a businessman trying to buy Paramount. Nikki Toscano and Michael Toklin are co-writers and executive producers on the series; Toscano also serves as showrunner.
More casting notes: Timothy Simons (“Veep”) will star opposite Jessica Biel in Hulu limited series “Candy,” about a woman who killed her friend with an ax…Gabrielle Creevy (“In My Skin”) has joined the cast of Showtime drama “Three Women,” based on the bestseller by Lisa Taddeo.
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NEW & RETURNING SERIES
TBS’ extreme competition series “Go-Big Show” returns for season two on Thursday, January 6 at 9p. T-Pain, Rosario Dawson, Jennifer Nettles, Cody Rhodes and host Bert Kreischer serve as judges.
Also coming back for a sophomore run is “Animaniacs.” The animated series launches Friday, November 5 on Hulu.
“Call the Closer” follows St. Louis couples navigating the home buying process, then renovating. The new series launches Monday, November 8 at 9p on HGTV.
Iron Chef Michael Symon goes up against top chefs on their own turf in new Food Network series “Throwdown with Michael Symon,” debuting Tuesday, December 7 at 9:30p.
British photographer and cookbook author Mary McCartney helps kickstart the holidays in “Mary McCartney Serves It Up,” debuting Thursday, November 23 on discovery+. Among other guests, McCartney’s dad, Sir Paul McCartney, will be popping in.
The Italian Television Festival takes place in LA October 30-November 2, opening with a family-focused event dedicated to animation with the premiere of “Pinocchio and Friends” by Rainbow Group.
Yahoo Finance’s largest ever virtual event, “All Markets Summit: Road to Recovery,” takes place from October 25-26. Cynopsis caught up with Joanna Lambert, President and GM, Yahoo, to talk about the summit, the rewards of educating people about finance – and maybe get a little financial advice – for Cynsiders.
The topic of policing and the Black community will be explored in “Protect or Neglect,” a Bounce original airing Wednesday, October 27 at 8p. The documentary will be available on streamer Brown Sugar starting October 28.
Hugh Bonneville will be featured in two wildlife programs for Smithsonian Channel. The “Downton Abbey” alum narrates“Wild Tales from the Farm,” premiering Wednesday, November 3 at 8p, and hosts “The Crown’s Ancient Forest,” premiering Wednesday, December 1 at 8p.
MeTV celebrates Veterans Day with its annual special broadcast “MeTV Remembers the M*A*S*H Finale,” on Thursday, November 11 at 7p.
HBO Sports scored TV and streaming rights to a documentary from SMAC Entertainment, Hyperobject Industries, Matador Content and The Athletic that tells the story of the Bishop Sycamore high school football scandal. The doc debuts in 2022.
Snap stock plummeted over 25% in extended trading on Thursday after the company reported a net loss of $71.9 million, or 5 cents a share (down from a loss of $199.8 million, or 14 cents a share a year ago). Snap blamed privacy changes at Apple for inhibiting its ability to measure its digital advertising. “Our advertising business was disrupted by changes to iOS ad tracking that were broadly rolled out by Apple in June and July,” the company reported. “Broadly speaking, these changes have upended many of the industry norms and advertiser behaviors that were built on IDFA (Apple’s unique device identifier for advertising) over the past decade.” Global supply chain disruptions and labor shortages that caused companies to scale back on ad spend didn’t help either, noted the company.
Facebook’s Oversight Board has accused the company of withholding information about its XCheck moderation system, a platform used to apply moderation rules to celebrities and VIPs. “Facebook has not been fully forthcoming with the Board on its ‘cross-check’ system, which the company uses to review content decisions relating to high-profile users,” the Board said in its Transparency Report. “Facebook is answering most of the Board’s questions, but not all of them.” The board started investigating the XCheck system last month, after The Wall Street Journal reported many VIP users abuse it.
Merkle announced a new partnership with TransUnion through which Merkle’s identity resolution and data platform Merkury will leverage TransUnion’s TruAudience Data Marketplace, formerly Tru Optik, to enable people-based audience activation in CTV. The integration of Merkury with TruAudience Data Marketplace enables brands to leverage first- and third-party data and reach advanced audiences across CTV campaigns.
Roku’s distribution deal for the YouTube main app expires December 9, and Roku warned customers in a blog post that “the threat remains that Google may remove YouTube TV” from the platform. The sticking point isn’t money, said Roku, but rather control of data and the search function. “For Roku, this is about maintaining our independence, protecting our customers, and ensuring healthy competition in the streaming industry that benefits millions of consumers,” said the company blog.
Discovery+ is now available for purchase on Cox Contour 2 and the Contour Stream Player. “The launch of discovery+ on Contour reinforces our longstanding relationship with Cox and ensures that their customers will be able to access all of Discovery’s much-loved shows, brands and personalities,” said Gabriel Sauerhoff, SVP, Digital Distribution and Commercial Partnerships at Discovery, Inc.
Disabled American Veterans and Sinclair Broadcast Group announced the launch of the “Sinclair Cares: Supporting All Veterans” partnership. Sinclair will encourage viewers to volunteer or donate to support veterans. The campaign will run through November 12 to coincide with the celebration of Veterans Day on November 11.
Abacus Media Rights has partnered with European Executive Producer Media Musketeers to distribute survival horror series “Pulse” to territories excluding Africa, Spain, Latin America and The Caribbean.
International video streaming service rlaxx TV is now available on Samsung smart TVs. Currently, rlaxx TV is available in the UK, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Brazil as well as France.
BET and BET Her delivered 5.6 million Live+3 total viewers P2+ during last week’s premieres of “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne,” “Tyler Perry’s Assisted Living,” “Tyler Perry’s The Oval,” “Tyler Perry’s Sistas,” “Twenties” and “Twenties After-show with B. Scott.” Tuesday night, BET held the top three shows on cable for Black viewers 18-49: “The Oval” #1 including all of TV, “Assisted Living” #2, and “House of Payne” #3.
Top 10 Streaming Shows for the week of September 20
Show, # Episodes, Minutes (000)
Squid Game (Netflix), 9, 1910
Lucifer (Netflix), 93, 860
Sex Education (Netflix), 24, 856
CoComelon (Netflix), 12, 675
Criminal Minds (Netflix), 316, 651
Midnight Mass (Netflix), 7, 566
NCIS (Netflix), 535, 546
Ted Lasso (Apple TV+), 20, 509
Grey’s Anatomy (Netflix), 376, 462
The Circle (Netflix), 36, 436
Source: Nielsen SVOD Content Ratings (Amazon Prime, Disney+, Hulu, and Netflix), Nielsen National TV Panel, U.S. Viewing through Television
Broadcast Nielsen Ratings for Wednesday, October 20
Show, P2+ 000s, (A18-49)
ABC: The Goldbergs 2.91 (0.5), The Wonder Years 2.08 (0.4), The Conners 1.83 (0.3) Home Economics 1.66 (0.3), Superstar 1.75 (0.3)
CBS: Survivor 5.63 (1.0), Tough as Nails 2.75 (0.4)
CW: DC’s Legends of Tomorrow 0.52 (0.1), Batwoman 0.49 (0.1)
FOX: The Masked Singer 4.53 (1.0), Alter Ego 2.17 (0.4)
NBC: Chicago Med 6.77 (0.78), Chicago Fire 7.36 (0.8), Chicago PD 5.57 (0.7)
Telemundo: La Casa del los Famosos 0.96 (0.3), Hercal: Amor e Venganza 1.25 (0.3), Malverde: El Santo Patron 0.80 (0.3)
Univision: Disenando Tu Amor 1.23 (0.4), Si Nos Dejan 1.37 (0.4), Las Desalmada 2021 1.529 (0.5)
Source: Nielsen, live + same day time period averages
Katz Media Group announced Doug Pfaff has been promoted to President of Katz Digital Video, a division of Katz Media Group. Pfaff will lead digital video strategy and partnership integrations for Katz, and represent Katz in initiatives to improve brand safety and digital standards.
GAC Media has appointed Mary Dzabic as Chief Financial Officer and Sarah Murphy as Vice President of Advertising Sales and Marketing Partnerships. Both come from Crown Media Family Networks, where Dzabic was most recently SVP of Finance, and Murphy served as Director of Advertising Sales.
Mediaocean announced leadership changes following its acquisition of Flashtalking. John Nardone, who was CEO of Flashtalking, has been named President of Mediaocean; Ben Kartzman, previously COO Officer at Flashtalking, retains that title at Mediaocean; Stephanie Dorman has been named Chief Customer Officer; Drew Kane, previously Chief Customer Officer, has been named Chief Transformation Officer; and Nicole Brown has been named SVP, People & Culture.
Alex Morris, former Chief Creative Officer of Barcroft Studios, has been appointed as Director of LADstudios.
Krissy Wall has joined Brownstone Productions as Head of Television. Wall was most recently VP of Programming and Development at Freeform.
|This Day in History
1907 – A run on Knickerbocker Trust Company stock led to a run on banks.
Friday Fun Fact
Spider webs were used as bandages in ancient times
Answer to Our Last Trivia Question
“Jeopardy!” was Merv Griffin Productions’ first game show. What was its second? “Let’s Play Post Office” (1965-66). Kudos to: Gerry Bixenspan-TV Marketing Inc./NYC; Charles Lore/NYC; Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA
Today’s Trivia Question
Which spin-off series switched from a procedural to a paranormal format for its second (and last) season? (Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and time zone. Unofficial rules: a limit of four per time zone.)
Responsible for pre-sale planning and post-sale management & execution. Working closely with operations & sales on trafficking & QA for ad campaigns including scheduling, inventory requests, and production timelines. Helping sales and marketing put together pitch decks for client meetings and formal RFPs. 2-5 yrs prior exp. in the advertising/media. Full info HERE (11/5)
SENIOR SOLUTIONS CONSULTANT >>
TVSquared/NYC, REMOTE: You’ll be a part of our global and nurturing team and have regular contact with your international counterparts. You will work closely with Product, Marketing and Sales teams. The ideal candidate will work well under pressure and be able to easily adapt to new circumstances in a dynamic and demanding work environment. Full info HERE (11/5)
SOLUTIONS ANALYST >>
TVSquared/NYC, REMOTE: The role is a hybrid of product support and basic client-facing consultancy. You will ensure that our clients are brought on board successfully and have ongoing success with the TVSquared platform. This is a fantastic role for a junior candidate interested in progressing their career within a rapidly growing global tech company. Full info HERE (11/5)
MANAGER, CONSUMER MARKETING
Crafting and implement communication plans and marketing strategies across paid and emerging media platforms for the History Channel. Experience working with consumer marketing and creative groups with media agencies and data/analytics. 3+ years experience in the entertainment industry, ideally TV networks. Full info HERE (11/4)
DIRECTOR OF CORPORATE SPONSORSHIP AND INDIVIDUAL GIVING
FRED ROGERS PRODUCTIONS
Assist President & CEO in the development and implementation of a comprehensive corporate sponsorship strategy. Analyze trends in corporate sponsorship and philanthropic giving. Identify corporate sponsorship programs nation-wide whose giving priorities align with our mission. 5 to 10 years of experience in sponsorships, sales, or advertising. Full info HERE (11/3)
DIGITAL COMMUNICATIONS ASSOC
LONG STORY SHORT MEDIA
Writer for social media and short-form content, project managing, and gathering data and analytics that inform digital content strategy. Ideal candidates will be able to think about content across the multimedia spectrum. Full Info HERE (11/3)
PRODUCTION ASSISTANT >>
LONG STORY SHORT MEDIA/WASHINGTON, DC: Support all around production needs, responsible for executing multiple tasks from project conception to finalization. Excellent opportunity for a go getter to participate in all aspects of production. Full Info HERE (11/3)
SALES AND MARKETING MANAGER >>
BLUE ANT MEDIA/CA, NY, MARYLAND or MIAMI: Develop sales materials and plan pitches to platforms and affiliates. Key account management and new account development. Present carriage and distribution opportunities to clients and negotiate deals under the supervision of the SVP, Latin America & U.S. Channel Distribution. Minimum of 3-5 years of sales and marketing experience. Full Info HERE (11/3)
MEDIA TRAFFIC ASSISTANT
Perform a variety of administrative tasks & should have experience with data entry background & attention to detail. Broadcast or Radio Traffic experience, & a bachelor’s degree in a related field preferred. Wide Orbit or related program & Microsoft office expertise is a plus. B.A. Degree or equivalent, preferable w/a marketing or business focus. Full info HERE (11/2)
Performs daily and monthly accounting and control procedures in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) including reconciliation of systems, month-end close, intercompany transactions, journal entries, and accruals. Financial accounting background and experience in television or network broadcasting, linear & OTT platforms. Full info HERE (11/2)
CONTENT EDITOR-MOTION GRAPHICS
Responsible for editing a variety of content, including but not limited to: acquired and original programming, network promos and graphics. Experience with Adobe editing suite and Motion graphics is a must. Create original programming for the linear network, AVOD platforms and social media as needed. Min of 2 yrs exp in broadcast/digital editing. Full info HERE (11/2)
MANAGER OF BRAND COMMUNICATIONS >>
FOX SPORTS / LOS ANGELES, CA: Communicate with outside voices, media, and other influencers to raise the profile of FOX Sports, its programming, executives & talent – garnering press coverage, securing speaking opportunities and conference participation to raise brand awareness. Full info HERE (10/28)
ACCOUNT MANAGER – ADVANCED TV >>
VEVO/NY, NY: Provide expertise on Vevo capabilities, products & offerings across programmatic & CTV. Shape new capabilities, strategies, products & partnerships across the exploding programmatic ecosystem. Understand marketplace trends to grow incremental revenue streams. Full info HERE (10/28)
ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE, SALES >>
VEVO/CHICAGO, IL: Develop, grow & manage local/regional book of business throughout the Midwest. Forecast/track/report sales performance, including budget, dates & probability to close. Full info HERE (10/28)
MANAGER, AD OPERATIONS >>
VEVO/CHICAGO, IL: Manage & drive development of Chicago Ad Operations team. Ensure successful campaign implementation and performance & proactively think about potential roadblocks to meeting campaign performance goals. Full info HERE (10/28)
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 (10/28)
SENIOR MANAGER OF PROMO PLANNING AND STRATEGY >>
FOX SPORTS/LOS ANGELES, CA: Responsible for strategy & scheduling of all Sports promotional content, including promo spots & graphic elements. Accountable for maintaining reporting database of FOX Sports contractual & Marketing Promo Priorities. Collaborate with In-Game team members to strategically schedule in-game elements for all broadcast sporting events. Full info HERE (10/27)
LEAD MOTION GRAPHICS DESIGNER >>
MARQUEE SPORTS/CHICAGO: Lead graphics efforts to elevate sports viewing experience across multiple platforms. Design work for live television events and programs, advertiser features, brand marketing efforts and more. Experience as a motion graphics designer or animator at a media company, sports property, brand, or agency. Full info HERE (10/27)
BRAND DIRECTOR, FAIL ARMY
LOS ANGELES, CA
Help set strategy for and execute business plan for your brand. Define and manage brand voice and tone. Hire, train, manage and develop team. Formulate and execute audience growth plan and use rapid testing, data and audience feedback to iterate and optimize content for the brand. 8+ yrs in the marketing and packaging of digital video brands req. Full info HERE (10/26)
SALES MANAGER >>
comScore/NYC, Remote: Individual contributor role responsible for selling our unique data services to agencies and brands; leveraging Comscore’s core audience, advertising measurement and activation capabilities to address clients’ strategic and tactical marketing challenges. Drive sales growth and grow existing agency and advertiser clients. 4-7 yrs related exp req. Full info HERE (10/26)
MEDIA PLANNER >>
VLADIMIR JONES/DENVER, COLORADO SPRINGS: Preparing and implementing client media plans of all types for existing and prospective clients. Includes audience identification, research, development, and presentation of media plans & buys. Possess and maintain an understanding of media planning and buying across mediums. 3+ years of agency experience in media planning and buying. Full info HERE (10/26)
ACCOUNT MANAGER – DEALMAKER >>
MEDIAOCEAN/NYC, NY: Execute a coordinated account plan for driving growth and adoption of Mediaocean solutions. Maintain a regular cadence of on-site visits to consult end users, identify and address business needs and challenges. Act as a trusted advisor and partner with customer contacts. 5+ years of experience in client services or consulting. Full info HERE (10/26)
MBUY MEDIA ASSOCIATE/MEDIA PLANNER/ACCOUNT MANAGER >>
MEDIAOCEAN/CHICAGO, IL: Identify and recommend relevant media opportunities as well as potential upsell opportunities. Assist in management of day to day communication with client point of contact and vendors. Manage implementation of media management tools and software. 2+ years of media experience across planning, buying and optimization. Full info HERE (10/26)
CUSTOMER SUCCESS DIRECTOR >>
MEDIAOCEAN/CHICAGO IL: Prioritize and deliver on key customer objectives: understand business requirements, identify challenges, manage development projects and actively recognize cross-sell and up-sell opportunities. Define desired business outcomes and KPIs for each customer and manage overall customer health. 7+ years of experience in customer-facing role/consulting. Full info HERE (10/26)
TECHNICAL PRODUCT MANAGER >>
WEATHER GROUP/ALLEN MEDIA/ATLANTA, GA: Manage & drive the full product lifecycle from digital product strategy to product development to product maintenance. Lead the evaluation & refinement of the existing technology stack & design the desired future-state products; and lead the release management process. 3-5 years of product management experience & technical product. Full info HERE (10/25)
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER >>
WEATHER GROUP/ALLEN MEDIA/ATLANTA, GA: Lead a team of producers & associate producers for live programming. Develop topical, engaging climate & sustainability content. Supervise the segment producers for all live and taped segments, making sure broadcast needs are consistently being met. 5 yrs recent and significant live television/control room & production/development experience req. Full info HERE (10/25)
SENIOR DIGITAL DATA ANALYST >>
WEATHER GROUP/ALLEN MEDIA/ATLANTA, GA: Produce dashboards with Looker, Excel to provide routine reporting to clients & internal stakeholders. Design & execute ad hoc analyses to answer questions about digital performance. Collaborate with internal & external stakeholders to manage data logistics. 4+ yrs of direct experience w/analytics, data mining & advanced analytical modeling req. Full info HERE (10/25)
|FRIDAY OCTOBER 22
ABC: Shark Tank, 20/20
CBS: S.W.A.T., Magnum P.I., Blue Bloods
CW: Penn & Teller: Fool Us, Nancy Drew
FOX: WWE Friday Night Smackdown
NBC: Home Sweet Home, Dateline NBC
PBS: Washington Week, Firing Line with Margaret Hoover, La Frontera with Pati Jinich [f], The Food Flirts
Telemundo: La Casa del los Famosos, Hercal: Amor e Venganza, Malverde: El Santo Patron
Univision: La Rosa de Guadalupe, Vencer El Pasado, La Desalmada