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IN THE NEWS
It’s Game On! at CBS. The network ordered the comedy/game show series from exec producers James Corden and Ben Winston that’s based on UK series A League of Their Own. Keegan-Michael Key is onboard to host, with tennis champ Venus Williams and New England Patriots baller Rob Gronkowski serving as team captains and actor/comedian Bobby Lee (Mad TV) The Late Late Show With James Corden writer Ian Karmel serving as panelists.
Democratic Presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard struck back at co-host and frequent critic Joy Behar and other regulars at the round table on ABC’s The View when she guested on the show yesterday. “Recently… some of you have accused me being a traitor to my country, a Russian asset, a Trojan horse or a useful idiot, I think is the term that you used,” she said, then went on to describe herself as a patriot and a “strong and intelligent woman of color… I have dedicated almost my entire adult life to protecting the safety, security and the freedom of all Americans in this country.”
The December Democratic debate is at UCLA no longer. An ongoing dispute between the school and the main labor union repping University of California employees led the Democratic National Committee to move away from the university’s Royce Hall. A new venue has not yet been selected for the debate, hosted by PBS NewsHour and Politico.
Comcast Spotlight, the ad sales division of Comcast Cable, officially rebranded as Effectv. What’s in the name? “Our new name, Effectv, emphasizes our focus on partnering with clients to drive measurable results,” Maria Weaver, CMO, Comcast Advertising, tells Cynopsis. “Now clients can find and target audiences, then report on and prove the impact of their campaigns. The new brand underscores our long association with TV, connecting brands with consumers, and reinforces that TV is an effective and powerful medium. At Effectv, we combine the precision of digital with the reach of TV. While others are talking about it, we are doing it.”
Fox Corp. bested Wall Street estimates for its fiscal first quarter. With total revenue of $2.67 billion and adjusted earnings per share of 80 cents, the company beat analysts’ consensus estimate for 69 cents. Fox’s cable and broadcast operations divisions posted single-digit growth. Cable network programming revenue was up 2 percent to $1.3 billion.
Roku also beat the Street. Its users streamed more than 10 billion hours of entertainment in Q3, which led to sizable digital advertising. The company generated $260.9 million in revenue during the quarter, compared with a YoY figure of $173.4 million. This despite accelerating losses and a small decline in hardware revenue. Net losses for the quarter came in at $26.5 million, compared to $7.9 million for Q3 2018.
Univision Q3 revenue rose 8.5 percent to $681.4 million, compared to $628.2 million for the same period last year. The company cited strong soccer and digital viewership as key assets, as well as its return to Dish Network after almost nine months. Digital video views of Univision rose 70 percent, which led to a 45 percent rise in digital ad revenue.
Sinclair Broadcast Group reported a 47 percent revenue rise in Q3, the period in which the company closed its $9.6 billion acquisition of 21 regional sports networks formerly owned by Fox. But the second-largest owner of local TV stations saw a net loss of 64 cents a share during the quarter.
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Change is the only constant in the dizzying world of digital media, and there never seems to be enough time to applaud the developments spearheaded by these trailblazing companies (view finalists here ). That’s why we created the Cynopsis Model D and Digital “it List” Awards. Be in the room when winners are announed and finalists are celebrated.
PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT
Happy Birthday Avery Scott, a drama based on the book The Year We Turned Forty by Lisa Steinke and Liz Fenton, is in development at ABC. From writer/producer Rina Mimoun (Mistresses), Anna Fricke (Valor), Secret Hideout and CBS Television Studios, series follows a woman facing a midlife existential crisis who gets the do-over of a lifetime.
Ava DuVernay and her Array Filmworks and Kat Candler are developing an untitled drama series for TNT centered on the fatal aftermath of a Texas refinery accident and one woman’s move to seek justice through an unprecedented labor action. DuVernay and Candler work together on OWN drama Queen Sugar.
HBO is back in business with Leaving Neverland director Dan Reed. The net, Reed and the BBC are onboard for Reed’s latest doc, antibiotic film Superbug, which explores the past, present and future of antibiotics via a hybrid documentary and scripted film. It’s slated to air on HBO and the BBC in 2021.
The CW is developing Kung Fu, a reboot of the ‘70s David Carradine-starring TV series with a female lead. From the Blindspot team of Christina M. Kim, Martin Gero, Greg Berlanti & Sarah Schechter and Warner Bros. TV, reimagined series sees a young Chinese-American woman, who dropped out of college for a life-changing journey at an isolated monastery, return to her hometown where she uses her martial arts skills to combat crime.
Writer/director Richard Curtis (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Love Actually, Yesterday) is teaming with Locksmith Animation to create an animated feature for digital platforms based on a series of Christmas children’s books he penned. The Empty Stocking will be produced by Bonnie Arnold (How to Train Your Dragon, Toy Story) alongside Locksmith heads Sarah Smith and Julie Lockhart.
ITV is developing an adaptation of Lindsey Davis’ Falco Roman private detective novels. Project, initially at the BBC, is now being overseen by ITV drama chief Polly Hill.
Kids entertainment producer Driver Digital and Driver Media are uniting under the new umbrella Driver Studios. The company is home to digital native brands under the Cool School moniker including Storytime with Ms. Booksy, The Stupendous Drew Pendous and Crafty Carol.
NEW & RETURNING SERIES
The full second season of Chasing the Sun launched this week on streaming service Journy. Series follows adventure-seeker, and former pro surfer and model Stephen Jake Friedman as he travels the world; this season he hits up Asia with stops in Malaysia, Vietnam, Bali and more.
AXS TV is entering a new field with fantasy football series All AXS Fantasy Football. Launching Sunday, November 10 at noon, series features a round-table of experts led by host Dave Farra providing gridiron guidance to help viewers dominate their Fantasy Football matchups…In more AXS sports news, the net and Fight Network inked a deal with Combate Americas to become the exclusive English-language broadcaster of the Hispanic mixed martial arts franchise’s events in the US and Canada. They’ll air at least 35 MMA events in 2020, plus carry related programming.
I’ll Have What You’re Having, starring digital creator Alonzo Lerone and from Studio71, launches on Facebook Watch on Monday, November 11. Eight-ep series follows Lerone as he visits unique food locations in LA.
Overhaulin’ returns to the MotorTrend App on Saturday, November 16 with new eps on the subscription streaming service. Car designer Chip Foose, co-hosts Chris Jacobs and Adrienne Janic and the crew reunite to transform timeworn rides into works of fresh, four-wheeled art.
Four-part Hulu original series The Accident drops Friday, November 22. Script follows the political and familial drama that ensues after an accident rips apart a fly-over community that had hinged hopes for betterment on a construction project.
E! announced talent appearing on stage at the E! People’s Choice Awards, airing Sunday, November 10 at 9p. Alex Morgan, David Spade, Jenna Dewan, Jeremy Scott, Joey King, Kelly Rowland, KJ Apa and Terry Crews are among presenters. As previously announced, Jennifer Aniston will receive the People’s Icon Award, Gwen Stefani the Fashion Icon Award, and Pink the People’s Champion Award.
Camila Cabello, Billie Eilish, Dua Lipa and Lizzo will perform at the 2019 American Music Awards, slated to air live on Sunday, November 24 at 8p on ABC. Event marks Eilish’s first awards show performance.
Cozi TV is welcoming some “Unexpected Guests” for Thanksgiving. Starting Thursday, November 28 at 8a, the net will air a four-day marathon including of guest appearances in shows including The Office, Will & Grace and The Nanny.
AMC streaming service Sundance Now gobbled up rights to five international dramas from Banijay Rights. Among the bounty are Norwegian detective series Wisting, starring Carrie-Anne Moss, which will launch December 18. Also, German-New Zealand thriller The Gulf (December 4), Denmark’s Couple Trouble and French drama The Red Shadows.
Tumblr launched group chats, a new mobile product aimed at helping people on Tumblr connect with their communities in real-time. The chats, available in the Tumblr Dashboard, are public spaces where users can explore interests in topics from art to entertainment to social issues and identity.
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee is back in the proverbial political game. The show rolled out Full Frontal’$ Totally Unrigged Primary via the Apple App and Google Play stores, enabling players to join their favorite 2020 Democratic candidate’s team and complete “fun and/or dumb” daily challenges to earn their candidate points.
Is the podcast market ready to face the music? Atypical Artists is teaming with musical theater scribes Brett Ryback, Jeff Luppino-Esposito and Matt Sav on In Strange Woods. Scripted podcast follows an 18-year-old girl in Minnesota’s north woods who’s reeling from the death of her older brother, and weaves in the investigation, taped interviews and a folk-pop score.
Lifetime found its top-lining duo for its upcoming Salt-N-Pepa biopic. GG Townson (In the Cut, Everybody Hates Chris) will play Cheryl “Salt” James and Laila Odom (The Bobby DeBarge Story, Undercover Brother 2) will portray Sandra “Pepa” Denton… Also at Lifetime, singer/singwriter J.T. Hodges scored a role in the film Christmas Stars.
STATS & RESEARCH
New research from video platform Imagen suggests a generational shift is happening among sports fans across the major US pro leagues, with Millennial and Gen Z fans showing a desire to interact with sports content beyond live games, and a strong preference for more personalized engagement with content. Four times as many Millennial and Gen Z fans watch more than three hours of non-game sports content each week compared to Baby Boomers, 78 percent of fans enhance their live experience with non-game content by dual screening while watching a live game and 39 perecent of Millennials are willing to pay for exclusive online sports content. What’s the takeaway for the TV industry? “The study we conducted surfaced a number of interesting insights for content owners and rights-holders across the sports media landscape,” Ryan Rolf, Imagen CRO, tells Cynopsis. “Game broadcasters should do more to embrace second screening through official companion apps and social streams or otherwise risk fans consuming content in-game via competing platforms. While influencer content and traditional TV formats should not be thought of as isolated entities, instead influencers should be embraced for their authenticity by implementing them into programming that breaks down the traditional wall between teams, and their fans. Then when it comes to sporting archives, our research suggests rights holders would benefit by giving direct access to fans and embracing the short-form formats so popular on YouTube.”
In other sports-engagement news, a new study from Telemundo Deportes in partnership with Turnkey Intelligence-MarketCast reports that Hispanic fans show 15 percent higher propensity to support sponsors than non-Hispanics, by trying, buying, or recommending a product or service, according to the study. Additionally, 57 percent of Hispanic sports fans who consume Spanish-language media would try, buy, or recommend a product or service—a 22 percent lift over non-Hispanics. Among other study highlights:
*More than three-quarters of Spanish-language media consumers consider FIFA Men’s World Cup a “can’t miss event.”
* 81 percent of Hispanic sports fans watch sports on television, predominantly at home, and were somewhat less likely than non-Hispanic fans to follow sports elsewhere (eg, streaming services, online news, or social media).
Wurl, a provider of streaming video distribution and ad services for connected TV, expanded into Europe via an agreement to deliver programming and advertising to Samsung’s TV Plus streaming service in Europe.
In a campaign that spans its brands including History, A&E and Lifetime, A+E Networks extended of its long-standing campaign to honor veterans with History’s new talent-heavy PSA “Thank Our Veterans” as the cornerstone. Kevin Bacon, Jon Hamm, Scarlett Johansson, Toby Keith, Matthew McConaughey, Olivia Munn and Andy Samberg are among those onboard for the 30-second spot, that aims to bring awareness to the ways in which viewers can support veterans.
With three consecutive months of double-digit growth in Prime year on year, UPtv is heading into the holiday season with strong momentum. October Prime L3 is up 65 percent from year ago in W25-54, driven by new eps of Bringing Up Bates and the start of the Christmas season including the UPtv Premiere Movie A Christmas Movie Christmas. An all-day Christmas movie marathon on Sunday, October 27 reached over 2 million viewers.
Tuesday night’s The Wonderful World of Disney Presents The Little Mermaid Live! scored a 2.6 rating/12 share in A18-49 and delivered ABC the highest-rated made-for-TV musical on any network in nearly four years, since Fox’s Grease in January 2016.
Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions): Tuesday, November 5
Time period averages
Source: Nielsen Live+SD
CBS: 8.63 million
NCIS 10.74, FBI 8.54, NCIS: New Orleans 6.61
ABC: 7.14 million
Disney Presents: The Little Mermaid Live! 8.98, Emergence 3.47
NBC: 6.61 million
The Voice 8.11, This Is Us 6.69, New Amsterdam 5.01
FOX: 2.96 million
The Resident 3.42, Empire 2.49,
Telemundo: 1.40 million
Exatlon 1.55, Final de Paraiso 1.44, Senior de los Cielos 1.22
Univision: 1.25 million
Rosa de Guadelupe 1.42, Cuna de Lobos 1.33, El Dragon 1.01
CW: 0.91 million
The Flash 1.20. Arrow 0.62
Tuesday A18-49 Rating
FOX 0.7/4, ABC 2.0/9, NBC 1.1/5, CBS 0.8/4 TELE .5/2, UNI .4/2, CW 0.3/2
WarnerMedia Entertainment and Direct-To-Consumer tapped Lucinda Martinez as head of multicultural marketing, brand and inclusion strategies. Martinez joined HBO more than 17 years ago and most recently served as EVP, brand marketing.
NBCUniversal Content Distribution promoted Jonas Blank to SVP, business and legal affairs.
Citizen Pictures, producer of Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, hired former Dorsey Pictures exec Katie Alvord as VP, Development.
GSN Games appointed Wilhelm Taht as SVP/GM for Bingo Bash. Taht most recently was EVP, games, at Rovio Entertainment.
Vivian Lien has been elevated to VP, labor relations at the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. She joined the AMPTP in 2013 and most recently served as senior counsel.
David Brindley, who headed factual and factual entertainment for the BBC, joined ITV Studios-backed Twofour Group in the UK as creative director. He fills the void at Twofour left by the departures of Melanie Leach and Andrew Mackenzie.
Production and distribution services provider Deluxe is emerging from Chapter 11 and named Eric Cummins as its new CEO. Cummins joined Deluxe in 2018; before that he was CFO of Harland Financial Solutions.
This Day in History
1874 – The Republican party was first symbolized as an elephant in a cartoon by Thomas Nast in Harper’s Weekly.
Answer to Our Last Trivia Question
What was the first national color television broadcast? The 1954 Tournament of Roses Parade. Kudos to: Gerry Bixenspan-TV Marketing Inc./NY; Synda Kollman-Charter Marketing Group/Boca Raton, FL; Charles Lore/NY; Rev. Mark Wajda/Lakeland, FL; Andy Pittman-TAMU/College Station, TX; Paul Blutter-Walk and Talk Production Rentals/Burbank; Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA
Today’s Trivia Question
Which country’s adaptation of Everybody Loves Raymond became its most-watched comedy, surpassing the American original in number of eps aired? (Email email@example.com 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.).
|INFRASTRUCTURE SECURITY ENGINEER
Evaluate existing security infrastructure & propose changes that reduce the company’s risk level. Dvlp security standards, procedures & processes. A BS in computer science or IT, 5+yrs exp in cyber security plus 3+ yrs exp in ntwk & platform security, exp w/firewall design & configuration. Apply HERE
DIRECTOR, SPORTS INSIGHTS & POSITIONING >>
Drive research innovation, measurement opportunities and forward-thinking sales solutions for NBC Sports properties. 7+ yrs of exp rsrch, measurement or insights within the media industry, ideally with direct exp in linear TV. Full info HERE
INFRASTRUCTURE SECURITY ENGINEER >>
A+E/NY: Evaluate existing security infrastructure & propose changes that reduce the company’s risk level. Dvlp security standards, procedures & processes. A BS in computer science or IT, 5+yrs exp in cyber security plus 3+ yrs exp in ntwk & platform security, exp w/firewall design & configuration. Apply HERE (11/20)
ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE >>
Tennis Channel/Santa Monica:
Maintains existing and forges new relationships with agencies and clients to maximize revenue for the network. Minimum 5-7 yrs advertising sales experience, preferably in the cable or sports television arena. Full info HERE (11/19)
DIR OF INTEGRATED MARKETING >>
REVOLT TV/NY: Seeking candidate to support Ad Sales Integrated Mktg teams in NY. Must be able to creatively write sls deck’s/mktg presentations. Manage execution of sold campaigns from launch to completion. Min of 3.5 yrs Sr Mngr/Dir level exp with a strong affinity/passion for Hip Hop Culture. Full info HERE (11/17)
DIR OF AUDIENCE INSIGHTS>>
POP TV/LA: Seeking self-starter with the ability to initiate and supervise multiple projects as well as collaborate with other team members on day to day operations. Min 7 yrs exp at a network, studio or agency and must be proficiency with Nielsen systems. Full info HERE (11/17)
SR. ANALYST, CROSS-PLATFORM RESEARCH >>
A+E Networks/NY: Provide analysis, insights & reporting to the A+E Distribution Sales and Marketing teams with the goal of maximizing A+E subscribers across traditional and emerging Pay TV platforms. Full info HERE (11/13)
PRODUCTION COORDINATOR >> 9story Media Grp/NY:
Skg oper hands-on candidate to support Production team on a new animated children’s series. Focus on audio and music prod. Must be organized and detail oriented. 2+ yrs production exp, Audio production exp is a plus. Knowledge of SAG-AFTRA Animation agreements. Full info HERE
MGR, AD SALES PARTNERSHIPS >>
A+E Networks/NY: Manage the departmental activities for monetizing network content and assets to drive national ad sales revenue. Full Info/Apply HERE (11/12)
ENTERTAINMENT ATTORNEY >>
WHEELHOUSE GROUP/LA: Exp (5-7yrs) attorney versed in unscripted prog negotiations, Prod Svc, Co-Prod, Talent and Dev Agrmts. Plus, practical prod exp overseeing and directing prod personnel on prod issues, rights & clearance, risk asmt, and overseeing watch-downs and assoc legal issues. Full info HERE (11/12)
MULTIMEDIA DESIGNER >>
ION MEDIA/NY: Resp for design and creation of high quality, on-brand, multimedia graphics for print, digital, and outdoor media, plus sales prsnts and collateral. Min 3 yrs exp. Must be proficient in Adobe Creative Prod Ste, Mac and PC oper sys, Microsoft Off Ste and PPT. Full info HERE (11/11).
SALES RESEARCH, DIRECTOR >>
ION MEDIA/NY: Dir to oversee Sales Research team to arm Sales grp with network perf metrics and competitive advantages. Collect, analyze and interpret audience data for Sales reports and ad hoc requests. Must have 7 yrs exp with knowledge of Nielsen systems and other research tools. Full info HERE (11/11).
PRIVACY COUNSEL >>
A+E/NY: Oversee data privacy & sec compliance, best prac & risk mgmt, to align the networks’ intl procedures, extl vendor & client rel with shifting legal privacy frameworks & defend against security threats. Must have JD, min 5yrs legal exp pref within media or tech fields, extensive knwl of domestic & int’l data privacy & sec legal frameworks. Apply HERE (11/11)
MANAGER, MARKET RESEARCH ANALYSIS >>
CMA/NSH, TN: Seeks candidate to org and mine CMA’s current subs. Create research, presentations, white papers, newsletter, etc. Support ad-hoc events and init which require mkt and data inputs/insights. BA/BS, 3 yrs exp in mkt res and analytics, mktg or related field. Media or music ind exp preferred. Knwl of media and data tools. Full info HERE (11/11)
CONTRACTS ADMINISTRATOR >>
THE JIM HENSON COMPANY/LA: Seeks individual to collect, track, audit and monitor all pertinent data and information from production, talent, and license contracts. BA required with 2 yrs exp in a law firm, network, or studio. Exp with guild agreements a plus. Full info HERE (11/10)
MANAGER, RESEARCH ANALYTICS >>
Resp for leading research analytics and reporting for sr channel partners across linear and non-linear properties. Must have hands-on tech skills, using reporting tools and industry specific tools. Full info HERE
MGR, MULTIPLATFORM PROGRAMMING >>
BET/NYC: Manage and schedule content to our VOD and EST (Electronic Sell Through) partners. Previous exp in TV programming and/or scheduling. Great organizational & communication skills a must. Full info HERE(11/10)
DIRECTOR COMMUNICATIONS >>
National Geographic/LA: Run point on major NGC public relations campaigns for upcoming 2.0 tentpole projects, with a primary focus on scripted content. also be responsible for planning and overseeing assigned shows and talent at key industry events. 10 yrs relevant exp. Full info HERE (11/10)
COORDINATOR, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT >>
VENN/NYC: Assist the department with planning, organization and execution. Candidate must have knowledge of, and passion for the media and gaming industries, staying up to date across the latest trends. Full info HERE (11/9)
MGR, PRODUCTION ACCOUNTS >>
Nickelodeon/NYC: Supervise logistic and financial elements of Nick Experience projects. Manage aspects of production, including but not limited to legal, risk assessment and financial. 4 yrs of exp in prod. accounting or prod management. Full info HERE (11/9)
DIRECTOR, BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE >>
Major League Soccer/NYC: Establish/maintain company-wide KPI measurements and associated processes to drive strategic decision making. 8+ years of experience, preferably in business intelligence, analytics or relevant data driven support roles. Full info HERE (11/9)
VP, ANALYTICS >>
Major League Soccer/NYC: Dive integration of advanced analytics projects throughout the enterprise & lead a team that will transform data thru application of advanced data modeling techniques. 12+yrs of exp working in data science and/or advanced analytics w/ track record of delivering insights & business impact. Full info HERE (11/9)
COORDINATOR, INTEGRATED MEDIA SOLUTIONS >>
Major League Soccer/NYC: be the subject-matter expert on MLS & SUM Digital advertising systems and processes, who will help operationalize and streamline all internal aspects of our digital media campaigns. 1++ years digital marketing/promotions/advertising role or capacity. Full info HERE (11/8)
TV AD SALES BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT/SR ACCT EXECUTIVE >>
Black News Channel/NYC: Exp’d in Major market and Network TV Sales and is an extremely motivated multi-platform sales professional. Exceed or at a minimum achieve monthly, quarterly and annual sales/revenue goals. Min 5 yrs media sales exp. Full info HERE (11/8)
ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE >>
Ride TV/NYC & ATL: confident, driven, goal-oriented, relentless, and self-motivated with a positive attitude and the ultimate team player to succeed in the fast-past entrepreneurial sales environment. 8 yrs sales expe, preferably in the ad sales space. Full info HERE (11/8)
SALES PLANNER >>
Ride TV/Chicago/LA/NYC: Develop media proposals and create sales presentations for all RIDE TV networks and platforms utilizing all available research, sales and content resources. Minimum 1 yr exp as ad sales planner or 3+ yrs as an ad sales assistant. Full info HERE (11/8)
|THURSDAY NOVEMBER 7
ABC: Grey’s Anatomy, A Million Little Things, How To Get Away with Murder
CBS: Young Sheldon, The Unicorn, Mom, Carl’s Second Act, Evil
CW: Supernatural, Legacies
FOX: NFL Football
NBC: Superstore, Perfect Harmony, The Good Place, Will & Grace: Law & Order: Special Victim’s Unit
PBS: This Old House Hour, Life From Above, Antiques Roadshow
Telemundo: Exatlon Estados Unidos, El Final del Paraiso, El Senor de los Cielos
Univision: La Rosa de Guadelupe, Cuna de Lobos, El Dragon