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Cynopsis Medias First Morning Read
Tuesday November 15, 2022

Today’s Premieres
A&E: Neighborhood Wars at 9p; Customer Wars at 10p
History Channel: The Curse of Oak Island at 9p
Netflix: Run for the Money
Peacock: Once Upon a Time in Londongrad
Univision: Mi Camino es Amarte at 9p

Today’s Finale
PBS: Taken Hostage: An American Experience Special at 9p


Brand values are key as consumers demand accountability on mis- and dis-information, according to DoubleVerify’s report, “Four Fundamental Shifts in Advertising and Media.” The majority of consumers (68%) are concerned that levels of mis/disinformation are increasing, and 61% say they would be less likely to purchase/use the brand again if they saw it advertised next to content that they determined to be mis/disinformation. “This study highlights that consumer consumption habits are evolving in response to macro social and economic trends—from intensifying concerns about inflammatory or polarizing content, to a continued shift in the platforms and channels consumers are turning to for content consumption,” said Mark Zagorski, CEO of DoubleVerify. “Brands must react to these changing habits to ensure they reach the right audiences as efficiently as possible and maximize their digital investments.”

Amazon employees who read Monday’s New York Times are bracing for possible job cuts as early as this week. According to the Times, Amazon reportedly plans to lay off about 10,000 employees in its devices, retail and human resource divisions. That would represent about 3% of the company’s corporate staffers – a fraction of the 50% of jobs slashed at Twitter and 13% cut at Meta but a reflection of the toll the economy has taken on the tech sector.

Notes from LA’s Vulture Festival: “In the best sense of the word ‘done,’ I am done.” said Jamie Lee Curtis on the ending of the “Halloween” trilogy, which wrapped with “Halloween Ends” this year. “I have cried my tears, I’ve folded my bell bottoms and my little blue shirt.”…For his next role, “Barry” actor Henry Winkler said he is open to reprising his first Barry role: Barry Zuckerkorn, the Bluth family lawyer on “Arrested Development.”… Jake Borelli shared details about the case of real-life appendicitis he suffered on the set of “Grey’s Anatomy.” After experiencing symptoms that felt like acid reflux, Borelli, who plays Dr. Levi Schmitt, said the show’s medical advisor, Michael Metzner, realized something was wrong and took him to the real ER for an emergency appendectomy. “It was nutso,” said Borelli. “He literally saved my life.”

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Sharon Tal Yguado, most recently Head of Genre Drama at Amazon Studios, has launched gaming company Astrid Entertainment. “I love developing rich worlds and watching millions of people engage and build communities around them,” said Tal Yguado. “We are seeing a new generation that wants something different. They enjoy walking into evocative worlds that give them freedom, let them hang out with their friends, explore, discover and create their own stories.”

Impact, the professional network for the entertainment industry, has raised $15 million in series B funding. The company, founded by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer in 2020 to help productions source crews for TV shows and films, will use the funds to add to its product and engineering teams and launch new features.

Apple TV+ handed a straight-to-series order to a comedy starring, written, directed and executive produced by Seth Rogan. The untitled series from Point Grey Pictures and Lionsgate is set in a legacy Hollywood movie studio trying to survive in a changing world.


CBS unveiled its midseason slate, which includes the series premieres of game show “Lingo,” hosted by RuPaul, on Wednesday, January 11 at 9p and “True Lies,” inspired by the 1994 film, on Thursday, February 23 at 9p. “Tough as Nails” returns for season four with a two-hour premiere on Wednesday, January 4 at 9p.

HGTV’s “Christina on the Coast” kicks off a new season on Thursday, December 8 at 8p. During its last run, the series drew more than 21 million viewers.

TLC is welcoming back eight series in 2023:1000LB Best Friends” on Wednesday, January 4 at 10p; “1000LB Sisters” on Tuesday, January 17 at 9p; “Darcey & Stacey” and “Extreme Sisters” on Monday, January 23 at 8p and 9p; “I Am Jazz” on Tuesday, January 24 at 10p; “My 600LB Life” on Wednesday, February 1at 8p; “Say Yes to the Dress” on Saturday, February 4 at 8[p; and “Return to Amish” Tuesday, March 14 at 10p.

Outdoor lifestyle programming meets home improvement in Outdoor Channel’s “Renovation Hunters,” focused on preserving family hunting and fishing camps. The show debuts in February 2023.

CNBC’s “Money Court” launches Wednesday, November 30 at 10p, as Kevin O’Leary (“Shark Tank”) and Skinnygirl CEO Bethenny Frankel help resolve small business financial disputes.


Hulu is adding 14 new channels to its Live TV line-up including Hallmark Channel, The Weather Channel, TheGrio Television Network, Comedy.TV, and starting December 1, six new channels from Vevo: Vevo Pop, Vevo Hip-Hip, Vevo Country, Vevo ‘80s, Vevo ‘90s and Vevo Holiday. That’s a lot of Vevo – what does it mean for the music video network? “We can’t wait for Hulu + Live TV viewers to be able to enjoy our 24/7curation and programming,” Kevin McGurn, President at Vevo, tells Cynopsis. “Our TV network expansion is key to help us continue on our mission of growing the promotional and commercial value of the music video. This new partnership with Hulu + Live TV continues to put music videos back in the living room and grow our ability to delight viewers and monetize CTV worldwide.”


Boom! CBS, Fox and NBC will honor legendary former coach and sportscaster John Madden on Thanksgiving Day. Leading into their NFL games, a recording of Madden, who died last year at age 85, will talk about the relationship the holiday has with football. Segments about the coach will also appear during the games, and a Madden Player of the Game will receive a $10,000 donation in their name from the NFL foundation to the youth or high school football program of their choice. “No one cared more or contributed more to our game than John Madden,” said NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. “Honoring his memory and impact on the NFL is important and Thanksgiving Day brings all of the elements significant to John to life – family, football, food and fun.”

Prime Video has launched Sports Talk, a programming block airing live Monday-Friday from 8a-8p. Prime Video customers in the US can access Sports Talk anywhere Prime Video is available to stream without needing a Prime membership; it will also be available as a FAST channel on Amazon Freevee and via Amazon’s new live radio app, Amp.

FOX Sports announced the additions of former national team stars DaMarcus Beasley, Jimmy Conrad, Sacha Kljestan and Melissa Ortiz to its roster of former soccer stars covering the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, airing November 20-December 18.

DAZN has reached a deal with Hungry Jack’s NBL to show all the games on the platform in Europe. DAZN will also become the distributor of the NBL in Canada. “We have a strong European and Canadian following and this partnership will enhance our offering for that passionate fanbase,” said NBL Chief Commercial Officer Brad Joyner. “Aligning with DAZN displays the unprecedented interest in the NBL both domestically and internationally, and we look forward to continuing to grow our global reach.”

Tubi announced it is offering World Cup fans a premium 4K viewing experience on match replays, for free. In addition, Tubi will produce extended game highlights available on-demand. All matches will be available in 4K on Tubi, across 4K supported devices and operating systems, for same-day replays.

Premier League Footballer Jesse Lingard opens up about his mental health in documentary “Untold: The Jesse Lingard Story,” premiering today, November 15 on All 4.


Tom Papa is headed back to Netflix. The comedian’s second special for the streamer, “Tom Papa: What a Day!” premieres December 13. Also returning to Netflix is Chelsea Handler – Variety reports her new special, “Revolution,” drops December 27.

Dua Lipa, Kiki Dee and Brandi Carlile will join Elton John on stage during his final North American performance at Dodger Stadium. “Elton John Live: Farewell from Dodger Stadium” will be livestreamed on Sunday, November 20 at 11p on Disney+.

The next round of performers for the “2022 American Music Awards” includes Anitta, Ari Lennox, Bebe Rexha, Charlie Puth, David Guetta, Dove Cameron, GloRilla, Lil Baby, and Stevie Wonder, on Sunday, November 20 on ABC.

As the season finale of Disney+’s “Andor” approaches, Disney is offering a chance to watch the first two episodes of the series across ABC, FX, Freeform and Hulu. The episodes can be found on ABC on Wednesday November 23; on FX on Thursday, November 24; on Freeform on Friday, November 25 from 9-10:30p; and on Hulu from November 23 through December 7.

The 50th International Emmy Awards ceremony has a host: Penn Jillette. The magician/comedian will be joined by presenters Song Joong-ki (“Running Man”), Blair Underwood (“L.A. Law”), Tom Cavanagh (“The Flash”), Melissa Roxburgh (“Manifest”), Roy Wood Jr. (“The Daily Show”), Jon Rudnitsky (“The Big Leap”), Sabrina Impacciatore (“The White Lotus”), Annet Mahendru (“Manifest West”), Ryan Eggold (“New Amsterdam”), Olympian Edwin Moses, Treat Williams (“Chesapeake Shores”), German actress Nilam Farooq and Brazilian actress Tais Araujo.The awards are set for Monday, November 21 in NYC.

Decades serves up its annual presentation of “The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast” starting at 6am on November 24, Thanksgiving Day. First to get grilled: Suzanne Somers.

AXS TV will present world premiere of the music video for “Paris Blues,” the last-known unreleased studio recording by The Doors, on Thursday, November 17 at 6p. The video will also be available for 24 hours the AXS TV Now FAST Channel immediately following the world premiere.


Can’t Stop landed a new commission for its shiny-floor music entertainment format, “Mystery Duets.” The third foreign adaptation has been picked-up in Brazil by TV Globo, which will produce in collaboration with Endemol Shine Brasil.

Nippon TV will be heading to this year’s ATF in Singapore with reality singing competition format “Vocals Like Locals,” and the format of a drama series targeted for the Gen-Z audience, “First Kiss Boys / First Kiss Ladies.”

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The season five premiere simulcast of Paramount’s “Yellowstone” was up 55% among A18-34 (3.18 million) versus the season four debut, up 27% among A18-49 (4.89 million) and up 8% in total viewers (10.3 million), across Paramount, CMT, TV Land and Pop.

Food Network’s “Holiday Baking Championship” was the #1 non-news/sports cable program in its timeslot among P/W18+ posting a 1.1 P18+ / 1.6 W18+ Live+3 rating, and “Holiday Baking Championship: Gingerbread Showdown” was the #2 non-news/sports cable program in its timeslot among P/W18+ posting .6 P18+ / .9 W18+ rating, both contributing to Food Network’s highest Prime Monday year-to-date among P/W 25-54 and P/W 18+ and the #1 non-news/sports cable network among P/W 25-54 and P/W 18+.


Former Turner president David Levy and Chris Will, former CEO of Momentum Worldwide, will head Horizon Sports & Experiences, a new company from Horizon Media that will focus on intellectual property creation and monetization. Horizon Media’s metaverse consultancy, Chapter & Verse, will be merged into HS&E.

Mark D’Andrea has joined AccuWeather as Global Chief Revenue Officer. D’Andrea was previously CRO at SQAD.


Actor John Aniston died on November 11. He was 89. Aniston, the father of Jennifer Aniston, was best known for his long-running role on soap opera “Days of Our Lives.”


This Day in History
1904 – King C. Gillette patented the Gillette razor blade.

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question
On “Happy Days” (1974-84), who was Fonzie’s idol? The Lone Ranger. Kudos to: Louis Lewow-FITE/Atlanta; DanWhitford-WTTW/Chicago; Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg-M and S Entertainment/LA; Kevin Cirrito-Opportunity Media/NYC; Andy Pittman-TAMU/College Station, TX; David Westberg-SAG-AFTRA Credit Union/Burbank; Lorrie Shilling/El Segundo,CA; Eric Litt-Nextstar/Chicago; Synda Kollman-Charter Marketing Group/Boca Raton, FL

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What subject did Pete Dixon teach on “Room 222” (1969-74)? (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)


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)

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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 Rookie: Feds
CBS: FBI, FBI: International, FBI: Most Wanted
CW: The Winchesters, Professionals
Fox: The Resident, Monarch
NBC: The Voice, La Brea, New Amsterdam
PBS: Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Taken Hostage: An American Experience Special [f]
Telemundo: Exatlon Estados Unidos, La Reina del Sur, El Fuego del Destino
Univision: Vencer la Ausencia, Mi Camino es Amarte [p], La Madrasta


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