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Cynopsis Medias First Morning Read
Monday November 14, 2022

Today’s Premieres
E!: E! News at 11:30p
HGTV: Celebrity IOU at 9p
ID: Vanished Into Thin Air at 10p
Netflix: Teletubbies
PBS: Taken Hostage: An American Experience Special at 9p


“We are going to have to make tough and uncomfortable decisions,” Disney CEO Bob Chapek warned employees in a memo announcing a task force to help the company manage costs. In addition to a “rigorous review” of content and marketing spending, a hiring freeze has been instituted, as well as travel limits and an evaluation process that is expected to include staff reductions. “Our company has weathered many challenges during our 100-year history, and I have no doubt we will achieve our goals and create a more nimble company better suited to the environment of tomorrow,” wrote Chapek.

“Everything’s Trash” will not make it to a second season on Freeform. The comedy from Phoebe Robinson (“2 Dope Queens”) was the network’s least watched original series this year.

CBS’ “NCIS,” “NCIS: Hawai’i,” and “NCIS: Los Angeles” will have a three-hour crossover event on Monday, January 2. “We are so excited to finally have the long-awaited, first-ever NCISverse crossover to share with our passionate, loyal viewers,” said Amy Reisenbach, EVP of Current Programs at CBS. “The popularity, longevity and continued success of the franchise is a testament to the immense talent of the casts and writing and producing teams who bring these shows to life.”

Responding to a surge in parody accounts after it launched its $8/month Twitter Blue option (a fake Eli Lilly account declared “insulin is free now”), Twitter suspended the subscription plan “to help address impersonation issues,” according to an internal note. Before the subscription service, the check mark indicated authentification, given after Twitter had verified an account holder’s identity.

Nielsen asked to postpone a meeting of the Media Rating Council’s audit committee, which had been scheduled for today, November 14. The company was slated to demonstrate improvement in its measurement efforts, having had accreditation for its national ratings suspendedin September 2021. But don’t read too much into the delay, said David Gunzerath, SVP and Associate Director of the MRC, noting, “While it is true the existing suspension of MRC accreditation remains in place at the current time, it is also true that we believe Nielsen has made significant progress on most of the issues that led to that suspension, and MRC continues to actively work with Nielsen on a path to address the remaining issues so that a consideration of reinstatement of accreditation to the National TV service may occur relatively soon.”

Discovery Channel’s “Gold Rush” miner and team leader Fred Lewis is a military veteran whose entire crew is comprised of vets – which is no coincidence. He explains the connection in Cynsiders.

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ID’s “Murder Under the Friday Night Lights” kicks off season two on Wednesday, November 16 at 10p. The true crime series explores tragic cases in football towns.

“Bering Sea Gold” returns for a new season on Discovery on Tuesday, December 6 at 8p, as a longstanding feud reignites and unexpected newcomers enter the fray.


Nickelodeon’s first SpongeBob Universe crossover special, “SpongeBob SquarePants Presents The Tidal Zone,” is slated to debut in the first quarter of 2023. The one-hour special encompasses “SpongeBob SquarePants,” “The Patrick Star Show,” and Paramount+ original series “Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years” and follows GrandPat as he makes his way through each dimension.

Keke Palmer (“Nope”) will host the next new episode of NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” airing December 3. SZA will be the musical guest.

Lizzo will be honored with “The People’s Champion” award at the “People’s Choice Awards,” airing simultaneously on NBC and E! on Tuesday, December 6 at 9p. Red carpet special “Live from E!: The 2022 People’s Choice Awards” will kick off the evening at 7p on E!.

The US premiere of French documentary “C’est toi que j’attendais” will air on TV5monde USA on November 27 at 8:30p. The film looks at the adoption system through the eyes of hopeful couples as well as a biological mother fighting to find the child she gave up and an adoptee trying to find his biological family.

In a follow-up to “Piano y Mujer,” the HBO concert special and Sony Music Latin album, pianist Arthur Hanlon returns to join forces with female Latin music vocalists in “Piano y Mujer II.” Featuring Hanlon on piano with guests reggaetón legend Ivy Queen, Mexican duo Ha*Ash, Colombian singer Catalina García of Monsieur Periné, Costa Rican singer/songwriter Debi Nova and Mexico’s Lupita Infante, the special premieres Tuesday, November 29 on HBO Max.


Fuse Media has partnered with OUTtv to expand its suite of DEI FAST channels with the launch of OUTtv Proud. Set for a 2023 launch, OUTtv Proud will serve LGBTQ+ audiences.


ESPN and CBS Sports have inked distribution deals with Conference USA. CBS Sports Network scored rights to 18 of C-USA’s college football and college basketball games annually, along with televising the conference’s football, men’s college basketball semifinal and championship games, the women’s basketball championship game as well as baseball and softball championship games. ESPN linear networks will carry eight football games per season, as well as a minimum of five regular season men’s basketball games and one regular season women’s basketball game. ESPN+ will stream over 450 live conference sporting events.

Roku has officially launched a Sports experience that integrates live and upcoming sports across the Roku platform and introduces a centralized location for sports content. “We know that keeping track of where sports are being streamed has only become more fragmented over the past few years,” said Alex Hill, Director of Live & Sports, Roku. “Watching your favorite teams should be simple, so we’ve made it a priority to build out a more seamless and streamlined way to discover and watch sports on our platform. Sports are a vital part of the streaming experience, and we will continue to make enhancements to that experience, like adding more supported providers and finding new ways for our users to follow their favorite teams.”

GCN (Gaming Community Network) has enlisted ESPN Commentator Tiffany Green and XSET’s Chief Culture Officer and Co-Owner Erin Ashely Simon to serve as hosts for the third annual EA SPORTS™ Madden NFL x HBCU Tournament. The tournament, led by the National Football League, is designed to reach students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities that have a passion for gaming and football. Finals will be broadcast on the NFL YouTube channel on Saturday, February 11 at 3p.


Welsh indie Yeti Television announced its commission from Sky Arts for “Spike Milligan: The Unseen Archive,” a film that provides a new insight into the life and career of comedian Spike Milligan.

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Food Network’s “Christmas Cookie Challenge” posted a .6 P25-54 / .9 W25-54 Live+3 rating, up +15% and +12% respectively, and ranked as the #3 cable program in its timeslot among both P/W 25-54.

TLC’s “Little People, Big World” returned for season 15B to a 1.23 W25-54 rating and 1.8M P2+ viewers, the highest return for the series in 4 seasons among P/W25-54. TLC has had the #1 non-sports cable program on Tuesday night for 23 consecutive weeks among W25-54, including the “Little People, Big World” premiere.

Broadcast Nielsen Ratings for Thursday, November 10
Show, P2+ 000s, (A18-49)
ABC: Station 19 3.52 (0.4), Grey’s Anatomy 3.13 (0.4), Alaska Daily 2.63 (0.2)
CBS: Young Sheldon 6.89 (0.6), Ghosts 6.15 (0.5), So Help Me Todd 3.93 (0.3), CSI: Vegas 3.14 (0.3)
CW: Walker 0.74 (0.1), Walker: Independence 0.54 (0.1)
FOX: 2022 World Series 12.60 (2.9)
NBC: Law & Order 3.73 (0.4), Law & Order: SVU 3.90 (0.5), Law & Order: Organized Crime 2.93 (0.4)
Telemundo: Exatlon Estados Unidos 0.91 (0.2), Reina del Sur 0,91 (0.3), Fuego del Destino 0.73 (0.2)
Univision: Vencer la Ausencia 1.33 (0.5), Ricos Tambien Lloran 1.58 (0.5), Madrasta 1.25 (0.4)
Source: Nielsen live + same day time period averages


Chris Provino has been tapped to serve as Vice President, Business Operations & Events for the Vegas Vipers of the XFL. Previously, Provino was Senior Director of Sales & Marketing for VaynerSports.

Allen Media Group has hired Roy Restivo as EVP of Research. Restivo was most recently SVP of Research and Sales Strategy at NBCUniversal Television Distribution.

Robert Gottlieb has been promoted to President of Marketing at FOX Sports. Gottlieb had been EVP/Marketing.

Meredith Long has been appointed Chief Revenue Officer at Common Sense Networks. Long joins from Quantcast, where she was CRO.


Comedian Gallagher died November 11 of organ failure. He was 76. Known for his “Sledge-O-Matic” pulverizing of items like watermelons, Gallager appeared on numerous TV specials and late-night shows.


This Day in History
1851 Moby Dick was released in the US.

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question
Which TV series featured “Friday Night Lights” alums Matt Lauria, Michael B. Jordan, Minka Kelly and Scott Porter? “Parenthood” (2010-15). Kudos to: Aaron Paquette-AccelerateSG/Fort Worth, TX; Sandy Spiegel/Chicago; Louis Lewow-FITE/Atlanta; Andrew Goldman-Grooveee/NYC; Stephanie Bonk-ESPN/Disney/NYC; Laurie Ulster-Audible/NYC; Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg-M and S Entertainment/LA; Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA; David Garber-Loyola Marymount University/Playa Vista, CA; Lorre Shilling/El Segundo, CA

Today’s Trivia Question
On “Happy Days” (1974-84), who was Fonzie’s idol? (Email [email protected] with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and time zone. Unofficial rules: a limit of four answers per time zone.)

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STARZ/SANTA MONICA: Identify and successfully pitch programming to media, including long leads, dailies, weeklies and online publications; as well as secure electronic bookings; respond to media requests timely for information and interviews. Develop and maintain close working relationships with members of the press. 3+ years of entertainment exp. in public relations. Full info HERE (11/28)

TMZ/LOS ANGELES: Partner with the Head of Revenue & Strategy to develop new growth opportunities for TMZ’s digital products and execute various revenue initiatives. Optimize current suite of products (web, apps, other) against desired goals. 10+ years of work exp. including experience in programmatic and digital (display and video) advertising and online media. Full info HERE (11/28)


Manage post production storage systems both on premises and in the cloud. Collaborate Production Operations team to ensure that workflows align across the wider A+E enterprise. 5 years experience as a Manager in post production technical support. Comprehensive knowledge of post production workflows and processes. Full info HERE (11/27)

INSP/CHARLOTTE, NC: Develops strategy & annual goals for the Affiliate Monthly Campaign, executes the strategy & oversees the implementation of other assigned campaigns. Provides reporting, analysis & recommendations on assigned campaigns and oversees development of creative & content to support network distribution. 5+ yrs of related exp., 3+ yrs of management exp. Full info HERE (11/27)


Sell DR short form inventory for FETV and FMC, and long form paid programming. Establish and expand advertising partnerships, through existing client relationships and prospect new business. Manage your own RFP process, work with Pricing & Planning on DR Ratecards. 5+ yrs DR media sales exp. & working on both rated and non-rated networks. Full info HERE (11/26)


Aggregate & analyze data from various sources to develop audience insights & help drive programming/marketing strategy across traditional and streaming platforms. 3+ years’ experience in media research at a broadcast/cable net, streamer or an agency. Strong Nielsen & data viz tools a must plus MS Office, quant, comm & presentation skills. Full info HERE (11/26)

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Primary point of contact for the development of standards, processes, procedures, metadata retainment & other functions related to “cloud” operations (AWS). Responsible for the operational development, scale & best practices of all on-premises and cloud-based archives. 10+ yrs of exp. in supply chain modernization, on-premises & cloud archives. Full info HERE (11/26)

BBC STUDIOS/NY, CHICAGO, LA: Frequently liaise with senior level internal and external contacts, screening and prioritizing all forms of incoming communications, dealing with routine issues and coordinating more complex responses ensuring these are delivered in a timely and effective manner. Manage Executive’s travel logistics and scheduling. 3+ yrs of exp. Full info HERE (11/25)

NEWSMAX/ NYC: Determine best news stories for the program and create daily rundown. Work with show host in program preparation and execution. Identify compelling news stories. Develop story ideas, research and plan segments. Delegate responsibilities as appropriate. Supervise production staff. 3+ years executive producing exp. or overseeing newscast production. Full info HERE (11/25)

Responsible for developing and expanding a roster of content creators and growing Outloud Talent as a business unit. You’ll provide one-on-one support and guidance to your roster of talent. Looking for someone with 3+ years of experience managing content creators and comfortable with building from the ground up. Full info HERE (11/25)


Client and agency interface, attending client social events, and supporting the multi-platform sales process. Customize client presentations and provide effective information to drive budgets. Research target accounts and create strategy to break new business and increase share. Min of 3-4 yrs exp. in digital, radio or linear sales. Full info HERE (11/23)


Work closely with SVP, Scheduling & Acquisitions and team to develop programming strategies/schedules that achieve or exceed rating & revenue goals. Manage the production of network schedule grids from scheduling database & supervise schedule changes across platforms. Min of 5 yrs exp. scheduling and acquisition w/cable/digital channel or network. Full info HERE (11/23)


Serve as the lead in initiating content request fulfillment by tracking and pulling requested media. Review, transfer, and archive all content that arrives on hard drives and DVDs. Upload, catalog, and archive media from photography and field shoots. 5+ years of experience in the field of digital media or cable/broadcast. Full info HERE (11/23)

NYC, Remote

Respond to RFP, RFI and general Sales Requests: concept and formulate both large- and small-scale ideas into innovative, marketable programs that are custom-made for specific client initiatives and their associated KPIs. Champion the vision and go-to-market strategy and linear sales positioning. Min 2-yrs in media or sales/marketing company. Full info HERE (11/22)

Serve as primary contact for NBCU Cable Entertainment Marketing department providing audience insights and collaborating on multi-platform program analysis. Provide analytics for Bravo, E!, Oxygen, SYFY, USA, and Universal Kids. 4+ years of experience in entertainment/tech/marketing with strong NPower and marketing research skills. Full info HERE (11/22)

Leverage various data sources to develop multi-platform analyses, insights, and forecasts for NBCU’s six cable networks (Bravo, E!, Oxygen, USA, SYFY, and Universal Kids). 5+ years of media research experience at a bcast/cable net, agency, vendor, or streamer. Very strong Nielsen NPower skills and passion for TV required. Full info HERE (11/22)

ABC: Bachelor In Paradise, The Good Doctor
CBS: The Neighborhood, Bob Hearts Abishola, NCIS, NCIS: Hawai’i
CW: All American, All American: Homecoming
FOX: 9-1-1, The Cleaning Lady
NBC: The Voice, Quantum Leap
PBS: Antiques Roadshow, Taken Hostage: A American Experience Special [p]
Telemundo Exatlon Estados Unidos, La Reina del Sur, El Fuego del Destino
Univision: Vencer la Ausencia, Los Ricos Tambien Iloran


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