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Twitter is banishing political advertising from its platform. “While internet advertising is incredibly powerful and very effective for commercial advertisers, that power brings significant risks to politics, where it can be used to influence votes to affect the lives of millions,” wrote CEO Jack Dorsey on Wednesday. He added that machine learning-based optimization of messaging and micro-targeting, unchecked misleading information, and deep fakes “present entirely new challenges to civic discourse,” and that it would be “best to focus our efforts on the root problems, without the additional burden and complexity taking money brings.” The new policy, banning not only ads for candidates but also issue ads, goes into effect November 22.
 
More Americans trust local news than they do national news, but perceptions of partisan bias are filtering down to the local level, according to a new study from Knight Foundation and Gallup. Diving deeper into big topics won’t help matters. “The data suggest that moving into more aggressive coverage of social and political issues could further polarize views – and possibly lead to an erosion of trust,” said the report. In the study, 75% of Democrats said local news did an “excellent” or “good” job, versus 54% of Republicans.
 
AMC canceled Lodge 49 after two seasons.This wonderful show gave audiences fresh and unforgettable characters in a world that did not exist anywhere else on television,” said AMC of the well-reviewed series, which during its sophomore run averaged 132,000 viewers A18-49 and 428,000 total viewers in Live+3, down 40% from season one.
 
Streaming service HBO Max, launching in July, will cost $14.99 – the same as HBO. That’s a price WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey called an “IQ test” for anyone deciding between the services. “Why wouldn’t you want twice the content for the same price?” Stankey asked during his company’s investors day. That said, the plan is for the linear channel to continue to operate as usual after the debut of its streaming sib.
 
Tweens and teens aren’t as tuned into TV screens as they were in 2015, but they’re viewing more video. A new study from Common Sense Media found that 56% of eight- to 12-year-olds report watching video daily, up from 24% four years ago, and 69% A13-18 say they watch daily, up from 34% in 2015. Respondents in both groups say they watch about a half hour less of TV on a TV set today than they did in 2015, and most of that is time-shifted.
 
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MoffattNathanson analyst Michael Nathanson didn’t mince words about the effects of cord-cutting on the pay-TV business. “In previewing the last quarter of media earnings, we used the term ‘freaking ugly’ to describe the current state of the U.S. Pay TV market,” Nathanson said in a research note Wednesday. “This quarter, we will need to find a new phrase that is even more negative to describe third-quarter trends.” Nathanson estimates overall pay TV subscriber losses at 3.8%, versus less than 1% 15 months ago, and predicts negative earnings revisions until there is stability in cord-cutting trends.
 
The Directors Guild of America reached a tentative deal with ABC, CBS and NBC for a new contract for those working in news, sports, operations and local stations that increases wages and fees by 2.5% in each of the three years of the agreement, among other things. “News, sports and local television collectively reach massive audiences, and the contributions of our members who work in these areas are absolutely critical to the success of these operations,” said DGA president Thomas Schlamme. ‘This deal is a testament to that value. 
 
NBC News’ digital editorial division voted to form a union representing about 150 workers. “Forming a union will afford us a collective voice in decisions that will benefit the entire company, providing much-needed transparency and ensuring a safer workplace,” said the employees in a letter to NBC management that also brought up “serious questions” about the handling of workplace sexual misconduct. NBC News EVP of Digital Chris Berend responded to the email in a memo to staff, saying the network would “address the request quickly.”
 
Will Arnett (Arrested Development), who voices Lego Batman in The Lego Movie films, will host Fox Lego-building competition series Lego Masters. Series premieres Wednesday, February 5 at 9p.
 
Fuller House’s John Stamos has been set to star in Disney+ series Big Shot, written and exec produced by David E. Kelley and Dean Lorey and produced by ABC Studios. Stamos plays a college basketball coach who gets fired and takes job at an all-girls private school. “Disney has long been known for our aspirational sports stories, and we are so proud to be working with David and Dean on a relatable series that both inspires and entertains. It’s a great fit for Disney+,” said Agnes Chu, SVP, Content, Disney+.
 
The Coalition for Innovative Media Measurement announced that 605, Crown Media Family Networks, Geopath, Inscape, iSpot, Kantar, Tavant and the Television Bureau of Advertising have been named as its newest members. Hulu and Xandr have also joined as CIMM members under their affiliated companies, The Walt Disney Company and WarnerMedia. “As the industry looks to advance true cross platform measurement and define the emerging area of outcome-based measurement, these companies will help play an important role in helping to both advance our collective knowledge and shape the direction of the conversation,” said Jane Clarke, CEO and Managing Director of CIMM.
 
Fox News Channel upped network contributor Lawrence Jones to a regular substitute host and co-host role. Jones will appear on a range of programs, including The Five and Outnumbered, in addition to serving as host of Keeping Up with Jones and Man on the Street.
 
Spanish-language network HITN TV announced that Spectrum TV customers who subscribe to HITN-TV can now access and stream its live broadcasts as well as On Demand titles, online and with the HITN App.
 
The Daytime Emmy younger actor and actress categories will be combined, for the category Outstanding Younger Performer in a Drama Series. In other acting categories, performers will be encouraged to enter whichever they feel best suits their gender identity.
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HBO ordered a Game of Thrones spin-off, House of the Dragon, from George R.R. Martin and Ryan Condal. Show is set 300 years before GoT and tells the story of the House of Targaryen. Condal will team with Miguel Sapochnik for showrunner duties.
 
Adam McKay (Succession) has launched Hyperobject Industries, which struck a five-year, first-look TV deal to develop content for HBO and HBO Max. Kevin Messick joins McKay as partner; first project is a limited series based on Julie K. Brown’s upcoming book about Jeffrey Epstein.
 
MGM Television and China Star Omnimedia are teaming to co-produce and co-develop local language alternative programing for the Chinese market. As part of the deal, China Star Omnimedia will distribute formats in China with MGM overseeing distribution for the rest of the world. “The influence that China Star Omnimedia has on pop culture is second to none and underscores the immense opportunity that lies ahead with this exciting new partnership,” said Mark Burnett, Chairman of MGM’s Worldwide Television Group. “The country’s incredibly rich culture provides a huge trove of possibilities in the alternative programing space.”
 
Anthology show  Decisiones – Unos Ganan, Otros Pierden (Decisions – Some Win and Others Lose), premieres Tuesday, December 10 at 9p on Telemundo. The revamped season was shot in Miami, Mexico and Colombia. 
 
Epix renewed Pennyworth for season two. Drama from Warner Horizon Scripted Television follows Bruce Wayne’s butler, Alfred Pennyworth (Jack Bannon).
 
STREAMING
 
Lots of HBO Max news this week, including a deal that makes the streamer the exclusive SVOD home to 10 CW dramas, Batwoman and Katy Keene among them. The series start streaming full seasons 30 days before the start of their following season. HBO Max also landed US streaming rights to South Park, effective next June.
 
Among the kids and family series announced for HBO Max were crafts competition Craftopia; animated “learn through play” series Esme & Roy; animated prehistoric comedy The Fungies; and adventure competition Karma. Gen Z-focused programming includes the likes of 15 Minutes of Shame, a documentary film with Monica Lewinsky among its producers that explores the public shaming epidemic; College Girls (wt), a comedy from Mindy Kaling that follows three freshman roommates on a Vermont campus; DC Super Hero High, a comedy exec produced by Elizabeth Banks about teens in boarding school; and a Gossip Girl reboot. For adults, the lineup of shows included Lisa Ling-hosted cultural docu-series Birth, Wedding, Funeral; two new, reimagined seasons of animated comedy The Boondocks; a film about the late Anthony Bourdain; and psychosexual love story Crime Farm, among others.
 
The plan is for HBO Max to release one episode at a time, versus Netflix’s binge model. “We like creating cultural impact and nurturing great value from our IP. Our creators also see the value in rolling out shows gradually and letting them breathe,” said Chief Content Officer Kevin Reilly.
 
Lifestyle entertainment company Kin is producing five lifestyle programs in partnership with Facebook Watch, as part of a program that pairs publishers with creators and public figures. The programs, currently in production, include Adrienne Bailon Houghton’s Wear it Well; Tia Mowry’s Quick Fix presents Comfort Kitchen; Malika and Khadijah Haqq’s Side by Side; Yolanda Gampp’s Save the Cake and Jeannie Mai’s Your Trash, Mai Treasure.
 
AMC Networks streamer Shudder renewed horror anthology series Creepshow for a second season. Creepshow has met every expectation we had for Shudder’s first original scripted series and then some, with record numbers across the board,” said Shudder GM Craig Engler. “Greg Nicotero and his team delivered an amazing show that’s unlike anything else on TV.” Freshman season finale airs, fittingly, tonight.
 
Another Halloween offering is a new episode of Pulped.com series Liars. Host Johnny White brings together four strangers who claim to be practicing Satanists; one of them is telling the truth while the other three are liars.    
 
Ninety-seven percent of Hispanics stream, according to a survey conducted by The Harris Poll on behalf ZypMedia. The study also found that Hispanics are more likely to use free or ad-supported, local streaming, or TV everywhere apps than Caucasians. On average, Hispanic adults who watch both cable and streaming services (cord shavers) watch nearly 50% of their content via streaming, the survey found.
 
Spotify announced the launch of the Spotify Kids app, enabling children three and older to listen to their own music, and explore age-appropriate playlists and recommendations that are compiled by actual human beings, not algorithms. “We are excited to be expanding the Spotify Premium Family experience with a dedicated app just for our youngest fans. Spotify Kids is a personalized world bursting with sound, shape and color,” said Spotify’s Chief Premium Business Officer, Alex Norström.
 
TECH TALK
 
Google and SiriusXM announced that SiriusXM will be available on Google Nest smart speakers and displays via the Google Assistant. Rolling out over the next week, users will see SiriusXM’s programming in the Google Home app, available on iOS and Android devices. SiriusXM subscribers will be able to use their voice to navigate through SiriusXM’s programming in a conversational way (“Hey Google, play The Beatles Channel on SiriusXM”).
 
Apple beat analysts’ expectations for the quarter with adjusted earnings per share of $3.03, versus forecasts of $2.84 and total revenue of $64 bilion, $1 billion over estimates. Revenue from the iPhone and its services unit helped Apple account for the boost.
 
NinthDecimal is adding TV viewing data from Inscape, which captures data from smart TVs, to its omni-channel marketing platform, enabling NinthDecimal users to measure the impact of their TV advertising campaigns. The companies aim to help marketers optimize their TV marketing budgets by measuring the impact of foot traffic and incremental visits, as well as tying most valued customers and competitors’ customers to top indexing programming for TV buys. NinthDecimal measures the behavior of 200 million US consumers.
 
Exponential Interactive announced the launch of VDX.tv, a new division specializing in personalized, video-driven advertising campaigns. VDX (Video-Driven Experiences) starts with a brand’s TV and video ad messaging, and creates a dynamic ad experience that is customizable for different consumer segments or contexts. “The best way for brands to connect with consumers is through their TV and video messaging” said Dilip DaSilva, CEO and founder of Exponential. “It takes significant effort to create great video ads that emotionally connect with consumers and as a result, brands typically only create a few ads that they broadcast to all consumers via TV. Our VDX.tv solutions merge great video assets with experiences that can be customized for thousands of different consumer segments.”
 
Brainly, a peer-to-peer learning community for students, parents and teachers, announced the launch of a new native advertising capability on its platform. Brainly native ad units are designed to feel organic in the Brainly environment and use specifications similar to those used for Facebook and Google native ads. “Native ads are proven to drive results that provide for more clicks, deeper engagement and generate more outcomes for advertisers,” said Brainly VP of Sales Bill Drolet. “And for brands hoping to engage the often elusive Gen Z audience, this non-intrusive manner of connecting brands is crucial.”
 
Over 20 million ratings were erased from Apple Store apps, including apps from major brands like Hulu, Nike and Starbucks, in an accidental sweep that started October 23 and wasn’t resolved until October 29. Appfigures found over 300 apps from over 200 developers were impacted.
 
COMING UP
 
Comedian Dennis Miller hosts four nights of films every Friday in November on TCM, with a few of his friends serving as co-hosts: Martin Short, Rita Wilson, Jay Leno and Dana Carvey. Each has chosen some of their favorite films to share with viewers.
 
Taylor Swift will receive the Artist of the Decade award at the 2019 American Music Awards, and deliver a performance celebrating the biggest hits of her career. Swift, who has won more American Music Awards than any other artist this decade, is also a five-time nominee this year. Ceremony airs Sunday, November 24 at 8p on ABC.
 
NBC is going to the dogs again, with the 18th anniversary edition of The National Dog Show Presented by Purina. Holiday special airs Thanksgiving Day (noon-2p in all time zones), November 28, following the telecast of the net’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
 
REVOLT is being taken over by rapper and producer IDK today, for a day of Halloween-themed programming. REVOLT Hijacked: Halloween starts at 12p.
 
RETURNING SHOWS
 
Discovery Channel’s Moonshiners are back to make liquor and evade the law, starting Tuesday, November 19 at 9p.
 
Archaeology series Unearthed returns to Science Channel on Sunday, November 3 at 9p. Among the sites explored during the new season is the Tower of Babel.
 
Season two of Netflix’s The End of the F***ing World returns November 5 in all territories outside the UK (where it premieres on Channel 4 the day before). Series is based on the comic books by Charles Forsman.
 
A new season of Star Gazers debuts on public television with a new host, Trace Dominguez, and university science partner, Florida Atlantic University, beginning Sunday, December 1.
 
GOING GLOBAL
 
ODMedia Group announced that Saskia’s Dansschool, one of the largest Dutch YouTube channels, has officially joined forces with ODMedia Group. Expoza, ODMedia Group’s specialized YouTube division, will handle all aspects of channel management for the dance and fitness children’s channel.
 
HBO Max’s first international deal takes its Gossip Girl reboot and The Flight Attendant to Canada, following Bell Media’s extension of its agreement with WarnerMedia that shares HBO content with Bell’s SVOD service, Crave.
 
Sky also expanded on a deal with WarnerMedia that includes HBO, Turner and Warner Bros. content. The arrangement takes Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon, among other titles, to Sky in the UK, Germany and Italy. 
 
Starzplay, the premium streaming service from Starz, has announced the acquisition and premiere date for Mindy Kaling’s adaptation of Four Weddings and a Funeral. The 10-part romantic comedy series will launch exclusively in the UK on Thursday, December 12. 
 
The first WWE women’s match in Saudi Arabia will take today, October 31 as part of Riyadh Season. WWE Superstars Natalya and Lacey Evans will perform at Crown Jewel, one of WWE’s premier pay-per-view events, streaming live on WWE Network at 1p.
 
Kew Media Distribution sold documentary film Margaret Atwood: A Word After A Word After A Word is Power, premiering on Canada’s CBC on November 19, to Sky Arts in the UK and Ireland, SBS in Australia, Sky in New Zealand, NDR-Arte in Austria, France, Germany, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg and Switzerland, HBO in Central and Eastern Europe, YLE in Finland, SVT in Sweden, ERR Estonia, NTR Netherlands and Hulu in the US.
 
Entertainment One scored new sales for Ricky Zoom with NRK in Norway and SVT in Sweden.
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RATINGS
 
The launch of Hallmark Channel’s “Countdown to Christmas” event kicked off with Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses, which ranked as the highest-rated and most-watched program on Saturday among Household rating (2.6), Total Viewers (2.6 milion), W25-54 (414,000), and W18-49 (328,000). 
 
TV Time’s Binge Report for the Week of October 21
BoJack Horseman (Netflix) 2.50%
Friends (NBC) 2.44%
Baby (Netflix) 2.38%
Insatiable (Netflix) 2.23%
Greenhouse Academy (Netflix) 2.08%
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 1.61%
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (NBC) 1.53%
The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 1.36%
Daybreak (Netflix) 1.36%
Peaky Blinders (BBC One) 1.33%
Methodology – The weekly Binge Report ranks shows with the most binge sessions. A binge session is when four or more episodes of a show are watched and tracked in the TV Time app within a given day.
 
Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions) Tuesday, October 29  
Time period averages
Source: Nielsen Live+SD
FOX: 15.31
World Series Game 6 15.31
NBC: 6.58
The Voice 7.84, This Is Us 6.72, New Amsterdam 5.18
CBS: 6.37
NCIS 8.07, FBI 6.29, NCIS: New Orleans 4.75
ABC: 3.52
The Conners 5.99, Bless This Mess 3.81, mixed-ish 3.12, black-ish 2.97, Emergence 2.60
TELE: 1.36
Exatlon Estados Unidos 1.48, El Final del Paraiso 1.35, Senor de Cielos 1.23
UNIVISION: 1.20
La Rosa de Guadalupe 1.32, Cuna de Lobos 1.24, El Dragon 1.02
CW: 1.13
The Flash 1.44, Arrow 0.81

Tuesday A18-49 Ratings
FOX 3.8/18, NBC 1.1/5, ABC 0.8/4, CBS 0.6/3, CW 0.4/2, UNI 0.4/2, TELE 0.4/2
 
EXECUTIVE MOVES
 
Hulu hired Scott Donaton as head of Creative. Donaton was previously Chief Content and Creative Officer at Digitas.
 
Jennifer Gwartz landed the role of EVP of Development, Comedy and Drama at 20th Century Fox Television. Gwartz has been partnered with Jon Harmon at Random Hill Productions.
 
CBS and Viacom announced senior leadership appointments across ViacomCBS’ revenue lines. Jo Ann Ross, President and Chief Advertising Revenue Officer, CBS, will serve as President and Chief Advertising Revenue Officer, ViacomCBS Domestic Advertising Sales; Ray Hopkins, President of Television Networks Distribution, CBS, will serve as President, U.S. Network Distribution; Armando Nuñez, President and CEO, CBS Global Distribution Group, and Chief Content Licensing Officer, CBS, will serve as Chairman, Global Distribution and Chief Content Licensing Officer; Armando Nuñez, President and CEO, CBS Global Distribution Group, and Chief Content Licensing Officer, CBS, will serve as Chairman, Global Distribution and Chief Content Licensing Officer; and David Lynn, President and CEO of Viacom International Media Networks, will oversee the combined company’s international media networks, including Network 10 in Australia. The appointments will be effective upon closing of the deal to combine CBS and Viacom.
 
Blue Ant Media appointed Stephanie Atlas as Vice President, Digital Content & Programming, Nature and Kids. Atlas most recently operated her own firm, Atlas & Co.
 
all3media international named Rachel Job to the newly created position of SVP, Non-Scripted Content. Previously, Rachel ran her own consulting business, Pace TV. 
 
Genius Brands International tapped Jamie Buono-Sikorski to serve as Vice President of Marketing. Prior to Genius Brands, Buono-Sikorski was VP of Brand Marketing at Brandable, Inc.
 
Brian M. Lockhart, VP and Executive Producer, Original Content ESPN+ has joined the advisory board for  the TV & Film Awards .
 
IN MEMORIAM
 
Actor/comedian John Witherspoon died October 29. He was 77. In addition to film roles, Witherspoon was featured on TV shows including The Wayans Bros., The Tracy Morgan Show, The Boondocks and Black Jesus, among others.
 

Playwright/screenwriter Bernard Slade died October 30. He was 89. Slade created The Partridge Family, Bridget Loves Bernie and The Girl With Something Extra, and wrote Broadway’s Same Time, Next Year.


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 Support VP, Pricing & Planning. Mng all aspects of channel inventory, oversee flighting & shift requests. Mng day to day bus processes w/sales assistants & sales planners. Provide support for stewardship, deal approvals, and pricing. Strong analytical skills, quick learner and problem solver. Full info HERE (11/5)

DIRECTOR, TECHNICAL & DIGITAL OPERATIONS >>
NBC Sports/Stamford CT: 
Oversee the design, development, deployment, and support of state-of-the-art sports content management systems, web services and API’s. Full info HERE (11/2)

Jr PUBLICIST >>
NBC SPORTS/Stamford CT:
 Publicize and promote NBC Sports Group programming in accordance with the overall strategy and brand positioning. BA degree. Min 2 yrs exp working in PR a
nd/or Sports industry. Full info HERE (11/2)

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT >>  
9 Story Media Group/NYC: Provide administrative support to two executives in a collaborative, creative, fast-paced environment working in production of current series and development of new properties. Candidate must be organized, detail oriented and self-directed, with strong verbal and written comm skills. Full info HERE (11/2)

MULTI-PLATFORM MARKETING MGR >>
SNY/NYC:
 Reinforce/solidify SNY’s positioning as the Home for NY sports in a breakout way. Using proper creative and marketing strategies, this position will leverage best practices in marketing, social media, digital promotions, mobile marketing, and technology. Min 5 yrs mktg/advertising exp sports/media. Full info HERE (11/2)

 
MGR, DIGITAL CONTENT (NIGHT SIDE) >>
NBC SPORTS/Philadelphia:
 Mng a team of NBC Sports Philadelphia’s content producers, ensuring that timely, relevant content is properly published to the website, app and social media accts. Min 7 yrs working in digital content prod, incl 2-3 yrs managing a team or unit. Full info HERE (11/2)

FREELANCE PROJECT MANAGEMENT COORDINATOR >>
Nickelodeon/NYC: 
R
esp for project mngmt/coordinating social media creative for Nickelodeon’s fan-first, adult-targeted social accounts. Understanding of production methodologies across video, graphics/design & social media platforms. 1-2 yrs managerial exp. Full info HERE (11/2)

THURSDAY OCTOBER 31

ABC: Grey’s Anatomy, A Million Little Things, How to Get Away with Murder
CBS: Young Sheldon, The Unicorn, Young Sheldon, The Unicorn, Evil
CW: 13 Scariest Movies of All Time, Mysteries Decoded [f]
FOX: NFL Football
NBC: Superstore, Perfect Harmony, The Good Place, Will & Grace, Law & Order: SVU
PBS: This Old House Hour, Soundbreaking, Antiques Roadshow
Telemundo: Exatlon Estados Unidos, El Final del Paraiso, El Senor de los Cielos
Univision: La Rosa de Guadalupe, Cuna de Lobos, El Dragon
 

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