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Big Law, based on the Colombian format from RCN, is in development at ABC. From Ellen Pompeo‘s studio-based production company, Calamity Jane, David Marshall Grant and ABC Studios, the project is written and exec-produced by Grant and is a modern look at an LA law firm and what it takes to survive and thrive.
An untitled comedy from The Real O’Neals co-creators Casey Johnson and David Windsor, and ABC Studios is also in development at ABC. The project, written and exec-produced by Johnson and Windsor, involves a woman who, at her tipping point, discovers something extraordinary about herself.
Lionsgate signed an overall deal with David Shumsky, co-creator of YouTube series Kevin Hart: What the Fit. Shumsky is set to create original nonfiction programming for TV and digital platforms through his Shumsky Productions. Lionsgate will have exclusive rights to alternative and unscripted content produced by Shumsky Productions, including the new Hart fitness show.
Drama series Tapped is go at Freeform. The project comes from Paul Wesley, former star of The Vampire Diaries, and Pretty Little Liars developer-showrunner I. Marlene King. It’s written by Thomas Brandon and based on the unpublished memoir by Andrew Shaffer, How To Survive A Sharknado.
Weekends with Yankee, the public television travel and lifestyle series featuring New England, has been tapped for a second season set to air in spring 2018. WGBH Boston and Yankee magazine are re-teaming for 13 half-hour episodes that will explore more of the hidden gems and landscapes of New England. Emmy-winning explorer Richard Wiese returns as series co-host together with Yankee senior food editor Amy Traverso.
Suzanne Martin and Sean Hayes are reteaming for half-hour comedy series Like Family, set up at NBC. Universal TV, where Hayes’ Hazy Mills production shingle hangs, is the studio. Project centers on two twentysomething friends who met as foster children.
American Greetings Entertainment, in conjunction with Dentsu and OLM, have begun production of Tinpo, 78 seven-minute CGI episodes of a fantasy/construction kids series expected to debut in late 2018 in the UK and elsewhere around the world.
Lots of great insights during yesterday’s Cynopsis webinar, “Harnessing the Power of the Evolving Hispanic Webinar.” Adriana Waterston set the table with new research from Horowitz, including evidence that pay TV “is alive and kicking” for Hispanics. El Rey‘s Alma Derricks described the “El Rey lens” as programming that’s entertaining, aspirational, authentic and has grit. Derricks pointed to Rocky as a great example – just because the film doesn’t have a Latino star doesn’t mean it’s not a fit for the network. Dr. Jake Beniflah from mitu explained the science of in-culture marketing – how advertising for Latinos is more effective than it is with other groups if their culture is recognized. Discovery Comm.‘s David Tardio noted that Hispanics today are less focused on gaining the tools necessary to acculturate, but want content that informs and entertains. And NBCUniversal‘s Luis Romero tormented the audience with a photo of salsa and fries (it was lunchtime), then walked us through the “superfan cycle” that is driving live viewership and engagement at Telemundo. To register for the info-packed webinar on demand, go here.
All together now: Azteca America has partnered with “Somos Una Voz” to air the One Voice: Somos Live! A Concert for Disaster Relief telethon, tomorrow, October 14 at 8p. The star-studded event, hosted by Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony and Alex Rodriguez, will also be simulcast on Telemundo and Univision.
E!’s peek into the lives of a group of women whose significant others are music-makers including Nelly and Eric Bellinger debuts this Sunday, October 15 at 10p. Docu-series The Platinum Life follows Asiah Collins, Alycia Bella, La’Myia Good and others.
Bushido Battleground, the 20-episode one-hour series showcasing elite fighters in Mixed Martial Arts, submission Jiu Jitsu, full-contact Kick Boxing and Muay Thai, will debut on El Rey Network on October 18 at 10p.
Cooking Channel is celebrating the season with a new series and season. Extreme Cake Makers premieres Friday, November 10 at 11p, while Patti LaBelle welcomes her friends into her home on a new season of Patti LaBelle’s Place, debuting Sunday, November 26 at 11a.
Premiering on Smithsonian Channel this Sunday, October 15 at 8p and 9p, respectively, are the ninth season of Air Disasters and new series Make It Out Alive. Of the latter, John Cavanagh, exec producer, Smithsonian Channel, tells Cynopsis, “It’s incredible to work on a series like Make It Out Alive. Everyday people caught in the middle of unfolding disaster – the drama is all there already. You just let people tell their stories,” he says. “What we did want to do a little differently with this series was put viewers in the shoes of those people as it happened – to be there in the wrong place at the wrong time when disaster strikes. Suddenly, you find yourself facing along with them the split-second decisions that make the difference between life and death wondering if, or how, they are going to make it out alive. For me, it’s the way these individual stories–emotional, harrowing, heroic, and sometimes tragic–are cast against the epic backdrop of these huge disasters that makes the series so compelling.”
National Geographic’s eight-part global event series The Long Road Home, a gripping look at the toll war takes on soldiers and their families, will debut with a two-hour premiere Tuesday, November 7 at 9p. The series moves to its regular date and time of Tuesdays at 10p beginning November 14. Series is based on the New York Times best-selling book by Martha Raddatz that details “Black Sunday,” when a small platoon of soldiers from the 1st Cavalry Division was ambushed in Sadr City, Baghdad, in 2004. Radditz talked to Cynopsis about the series here.
ABC’s decorating competition series The Great Christmas Light Fight returns Monday, December 4 at 8p. Season 5 showcases more OTT Christmas displays, as four families compete to win the coveted Light Fight trophy and a $50,000 prize.
Bravo Media’s Top Chef heads to Colorado for season 15, kicking off with three weeks of premieres beginning Thursday, December 7 at 10p. Series will follow 15 chefs from across the country as they battle it out amid the landscapes and culinary scenes in Denver, Boulder, Telluride and Aspen.
Tonight (October 13) AT&T Audience Network will premiere both a tour documentary and concert event featuring Eric Church. One-hour doc Holding My Own airs at 8p, followed by, Eric Church: On The Rocks, which was recorded at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colo.
Pop music superstar Harry Styles will sit down for an interview with Tony Dokoupil for CBS Sunday Morning this Sunday, October 15 at 9a.
The 10 remaining celebs on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars will transform into Disney characters for the series’ “Disney Night” on Monday, October 16 at 8p. The Disney spirit will prevail as Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Donald Duck and others adorn the ballroom.
Hallmark Channel will premiere Love Struck Cafe on Saturday, October 14 at 9p. The romantic comedy is about an aspiring architect who has to face the return of her high schoo sweetheart, who broke her heart.
Up TV is heading back to Stars Hollow this Thanksgiving. The network will air a 153-hour Gilmore Girls marathon November 20-16, hosted by Yanic Truesdale, who plays Michel Gerard on the fan-favorite family drama.
Shemar Moore (S.W.A.T.) will return as a guest in the fifth season episode of CBS’ Criminal Minds, airing Wednesday, October 25.
Edwina Findley (If Loving You Is Wrong) will have a recurring role on CW drama Black Lightning, set for premiere in 2018 and based on the DC comics character.
The nominees are in for the 2017 American Music Awards, which air live on ABC on Sunday, November 19 at 8p. Bruno Mars leads with eight nominations; the Chainsmokers, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran and the Weeknd tied with five nominations each. This year marks the 45th anniversary of the awards show.
Ovation launched VOD service Journy, which is focused on cultural tourism. The service launched in the US on Roku devices and the XUMO connected-TV platform. It features new acquisitions – ncluding Great Wide Open, directed by Jared Leto; Droned, which brings travel adventures to life via drones; and The Wanderers, which profiles six Australian muralists, as well as select Ovation travel-related original series and specials.
Just in time for Halloween, BET Digital is launching its first original scripted horror series. The Last One features the bone-chilling events that occur when four friends get stranded on the side of the road. It premieres today (Friday, October 13) exclusively on BET.com.
Four additional major studios – Fox, Sony, Universal and Warner Bros. – joined Disney in its bid to launch the Movies Anywhere service in the U.S. today. The service, which is wholly separate from Disney’s planned OTT streaming services, is owned by Disney and has an advisory committee with representatives of from other studios.
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November 10 | 12pm – 2pm | NYC
41  Digital “It List” Honorees,  71  Model D Finalists and  6  celebrity presenters make for 
a one-of-a-kind Digital Awards Reception with UNLIMITED networking opportunities
. The event will be hosted by actor/host Oilver Trevena and among the ceremony’s guest presenters will be actor, comedian, writer and internet sensation,  Randy Rainbow  along with YouTube sensation,  The Gregory Brothers .
The premiere episode of 10-part, 18-hour documentary series The Vietnam War on PBS drew an average audience of 9.6 million viewers across PBS stations nationwide (6.0 household rating). A total of 11.9 million unique viewers watched the premiere, which aired Sunday, September 17, according to Nielsen’s National Live + 7 ratings. The ep also has been streamed more than 2 million times to date, making it the most-streamed series premiere in PBS history.
Telemundo Deportes’ Rumbo al Mundial World Cup qualifier between Honduras and Mexico, broadcast on Telemundo Tuesday, October 10 at 7:30p, ranked as the No, 1 sports event across broadcast and cable television of the day, regardless of language. The match window delivered 2.5 million total viewers and 1.4 million A18-49, according to Nielsen.
Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions): Wednesday, October 11, 2017 time period averages
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated Live+SD
NBC: 5.8 million
The Blacklist 5.63, Law & Order: SVU 5.72, Chicago PD 5.97
FOX: 5.2 million
Empire 5.86, Star 4.59
CBS: 7.2 million
Survivor 7.92, SEAL Team 7.88, Criminal Minds 5.93
ABC: 5.1 million
The Goldbergs 5.61, Speechless 4.34, Modern Family, 6.21, American Housewife 5.03, Designated Survivor 4.60
Univision: 1.1 million
Enamorandome  de Ramon 952,000, Mi Marida Tiene Familia 1.11, Mi Marida Tiene Familia 1.05
Telemundo: 1.2 million
Jenni Rivera: Mariposa e Barrio 994,000, Sin Senos SI Hay Paraiso 1.22, Senor de los Cielos 1.34
CW: 1.8 million
Riverdale 2.30, Dynasty 1.34


Wednesday A19-49 Rating: ABC 1.3/5 FOX 1.7/6, NBC 1.1/4, CBS 1.3/5, UNI .5/2, TELE .7/3, CW .6/3
A+E Networks realigned its ad sales division, in a move the company says evolves it from a demo- and brand-based system to a “demo-agnostic, fully integrated, cross-platform selling organization.” As part of the new structure, Amy Baker, EVP, ad sales, will lead the newly formed Client Strategy and Insights team. Brian Joyce, SVP, ad sales, will work across national accounts with a primary focus on agency partners. David DeSocio, SVP, ad sales and partnership marketing, will oversee product development, portfolio sales strategy and ad sales marketing for the company. Lance Still, SVP, branded content, will broaden her role to oversee two units: The Bridge, A+E Networks’ externally facing content marketing agency, and The Build, A+E Networks’ team within ad sales that creates client solutions connected to A+E content. Jim Hoffman, EVP, program partnerships and strategic initiatives, will oversee A+E Nets’ regional sales offices in LA, Chicago and Detroit, and will continue to oversee a production partnerships team that drives revenue through distributing content produced by third parties.
Wayne Garvie has been named president, international production for Sony Pictures Television. Garvie, who had been SPT’s chief creative officer, international production, has been overseeing the company’s international productions on an interim basis.
Two new promotions at Oxygen: Samantha Bloom has been elevated to SVP, consumer marketing & promotion strategy, and Nancy Mazzei has been elevated to SVP, creative & brand strategy.

Friday Fact: Child and teenage obesity levels have risen 10–fold (to 124 million) in the last 40 years, according to the new Lancet analysis, which looks at obesity trends in 200 countries.
This Day in History: 1843 – Jewish organization B’nai B’rith was founded in NY.
Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: Which series ended with the main characters finding a baby, with a note saying the infant belonged to them? Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993-1997). Kudos to: James Ryan-A+E Networks/NY; Luke Watson-Essential TV/NY
Today’s Trivia Question: What was the name of the band Lost (2004-2010) character Charlie was in? (Email [email protected] with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and time zone. Unofficial rules: A limit of four correct answers from each time zone will be selected.).
Answer to yesterday’s In Other Words: The Precious Practioner = The Good Doctor. Kudos to: Stephanie Ann-Inside Lacrosse/Baltimore; Anthony Salerno-Horizon Media/NY; Michael Strauss-CoxReps/NY; Dennis Aimino ABC/LA; Shonna Landers-KABC-TV/LA; Tony Reyes-Stoopid Buddy Stoodios/Burbank


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JOB OPENING: LOCAL SALES MGR/WVIT/Hartford CT: Local Sales Manager w/min 5 yrs previous broadcast/radio/print advertising experience to lead a team of Account Execs. Working knowledge of Nielsen audience data. Full info/apply HERE (10/20)
JOB OPENING: MEDIA RESEARCH ANALYST/NYC: Analyze lrg amt quanti data. Ability to draft compelling stories. Creative. 2-3 yrs exp working in media/rsrch related cos. Interact w/clients. Strong kwldg of cross platform data (TV, dig, social). Bilingual (Eng/Spn) 30 hrs wkly. Remote 2 days/wk & 1-2 days NY. Resume HERE (10/20)
JOB OPENING: DIR, ACCOUNT MGMT – ADVANCED AD PRODUCTS/FOX/NY: Client-facing role responsible for proposal dev, campaign execution & mgmt of all digital campaigns. Min 7-10 yrs exp in an agency account mgmt role with exp leading a team & providing strategic oversight. Full info/apply HERE (10/20)

/INSP/Open location: Growing nat’l ntwk seeks VP to mng agency relationships w/planners/buyers, dev new business w/clients direct & agency. Must exceed short form revenue; assist sponsorship sales for orig prgming. 3-5 yrs sales exp pref’d. Netwk exp a must. Full info/apply HERE (10/19)


JOB OPENING: VP, SALES/SPORTLOGiQ/Montreal, QC: Bringing a new level of analysis to the sports statistics market using advanced computer vision. Five+ years of exp. in software industry/technology/sales management w/ business degree. Passion for hockey a plus! Full info/apply HERE (10/19)

ACCT EXECUTIVE/Stage 13/Burbank: Dvlp deep relationships w/clients to deliver against specific sales targets, while delivering exceptional mktg solutions & highest levels of client service w/top tier brand partnerships & prgrms w/in a new premium content. 3-5 yrs’ exp dig media sales. Apply HERE (10/18)

LOCAL SALES MGR/ KNSD (NBCUOTS)/San Diego: Manage and develop Account Managers within the Sales Department training & motivating the team to surpass rev targets. Min 5 yrs of previous brdcst/radio/print advertising exp. Full info/apply HERE (10/18)

JOB OPENING: INTEGRATED SALES MARKETING MGR/ KNSD (NBCUOTS)/San Diego: Be both client and intercompany facing, responsible for the hands on development and execution of multi-market integrated sales solutions. Min 3 yrs working in TV or entertainment space. Excellent comm skills. Full info/apply HERE (10/18)
JOB OPENING: DIRECTOR, CONTENT PRODUCTION/EKO/NYC: Pioneer of interactive serial video ent. Manage creative development & prod for all scripted interactive series. Exp developing scripted content or serial content prod. Budgeting/negotiating exp a must. Mng team to achieve goals. Resume HERE (10/18)
JOB OPENING: SR DIGITAL RESEARCH ANALYST/Showtime/NY: Reporting & strategic analysis related to subscription and viewing behavior on SHO digital platforms, including Showtime (OTT) and Showtime Anytime (TVE). Min 2 yrs digital exp. with robust Adobe Analytics skills. APPLY HERE (10/17)
JOB OPENING: VP, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT & OPERATIONS/FOX Sports/Playa Vista CA: Identify/analyze business opps, negotiate contracts & follow deals thru completion. Multiple yrs of media/interactive exp w/ad & subscription businesses. Knwlg of internet tech platforms. 7-10 yrs mngmnt exp. Full info/apply HERE (10/17)

SR RESEARCH ANALYST AD SALES/GSN/NY: 2yrs exp in Media (TV, Digital, Social, CBL) Knowledge/Skill in (Nielsen NPower, Nielsen AdViews, comScore, Rentrak, Wide Orbit, Custom Show & Simmons) Microsoft Suite (Word, PowerPoint & Excel) Detail Oriented. Send res and CL to [email protected] (10/17)


JOB OPENING: DIRECTOR, CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS/BBCWA/NYC: Design/deliver short & long-term strategic plans related to internal comms & events, as well as external corp comm. Apply if you are bright, energetic & enthusiastic about BBC brand values & content. Min 4-6 yrs exp. Full info HERE (10/17)


JOB OPENING: DIRECTOR, PRODUCTION ADMINISTRATION/IFC/Santa Monica: Supervise physical prod & administrate contractual payments for all IFC Originals; Interact w/3rd party prod entities ensuring compliance guidelines. Able to cultivate prod relations w/industry contacts externally & internally. Full info/apply HERE (10/17)

PRODUCTION COORD/UP/ATL: Provide creative & admin supprt to SVP, Prod. & Dev.; mgt prod. sched; deliver treatments, scripts, rough cuts, etc.; serve as liaison to Ad Sales Exec & prod. companies; At least 1 yr exp. in T.V. or film prod. Strong verbal, written & org skills. Full info/apply HERE (10/16)

DIGITAL ANALYST RESEARCH/Katz Broadcasting/ATL: Emphasis on digital analytics trusted w/innovation & application of critical insights for SVOD, BounceTV.com & social media analytics for 4 brdcst nets. Ext. exp. w/Google Analytics. 5+ yrs exp Rsrch, dig. analytics &/or data science. Full Info/Apply HERE (10/16)


JOB OPENING: DIRECTOR, SPONSORSHIP & INNOVATION/Nickelodeon/NYC: Mktg dir responsible for leading team in creating innovative new sponsorship opportunities, ad products, and supporting materials. Ability to execute turn-key sponsorship packages. 7-10 yrs of exp in marketing, media co or ad agency. Full info/apply HERE (10/16)


JOB OPENING: DIRECTOR MOBILE BRAND SALES/Jump Ramp/NYC: Design strategy & drive sales w/mobile ad partnerships with East Coast agencies & brands. 7+ yrs of exp in digital media/mobile, advertising, or ad-tech sales. Strong ntwk of high-level relationships across agencies/advertisers pref’d. Full info/Apply HERE (10/16)


JOB OPENING: SR ACCOUNT MOBILE MGR/Jump Ramp/NYC: Collaborate closely with the Account Management team in scaling our existing advertising accounts. Minimum 3 years of account management experience in digital advertising, mobile, video, or programmatic sales. Full info/apply HERE (10/15)


JOB OPENING: SR. ACCT EXEC/Machinima/New York: Resp for driving ad sales efforts & reaching ad sales targets for Machinima, the premiere digital video programmer of gamer & fandom-focused content. 4-5 yrs exp digital media sales w/in a content-driven publisher, ent/media co / ad agency. Full info/apply HERE (10/15)

DIGITAL PREDITOR/NBCU/CT: Freelance Part-time to produce/edit digital videos for nationally syndicated talk shows. 2 to 3 years of work experience as an AVID Video Editor/Producer. Experience in news, entertainment, or promos & strong story telling sensibility. Resumes HERE (10/15)

JOB OPENING: ON AIR PROD MGR/VICELAND/Brooklyn NY: Resp for prod & delivery of all promotional video assets. Creative team’s point person on all promo materials. Min 5 yrs prod mngmnt exp TV/ent industry pref in On-Air. Knwldg of Adobe Creative Suite, After Effects, prod & post prod workflows. Full info/apply HERE (10/14)

PHOTOGRAPHY MGR/AMC & SUNDANCE TV/NYC: 8+ yrs brand, ent or magazine photo editing. Extremely detail oriented. Wide understanding of dig photography & fluent in importance of asset mgmt. Strong knwlg Adobe Creative Suite, file processing & digital cameras. Able to do light-medium retouching. Full info/apply HERE (10/14)

DIR, SALES RESEARCH/CW Network/NYC: Tracking/trending analysis on all bcst & cable nets linear/VOD/Digital. Presentation, strategy dev. Social metrics dev. Oversee linear/dig sales estimates Ntwk TV exp (linear & digital Min 6yrs) Full info HERE (10/14)

ABC: Once Upon A Time, Marvel’s Inhumans [p] 20/20
CBS: MacGyver, Hawaii Five-0, Blue Bloods
CW: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Jane the Virgin
FOX: Hell’s Kitchen, The Exorcist
NBC: The Brave, Dateline NBC
PBS: Washington Week, Third Rail With Ozy, Great Performances
Telemundo: Jenni Rivera, Sin Senos SI Hay Paraiso, El Senor de los Cielos
Univision: Enamorandome de Ramon, Mi Marido Tiene Familia

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