11/16/15: U.S. shows support for Paris; FilmOn X suffers setback; Joel Silver strikes TV deal with Lionsgate


Eliminate waste in your TV ad spend.

Pinpoint only the audiences that are right for your brand with the leader in Addressable TV advertising. AT&T AdWorks combines unparalleled scale with the best targeting capabilities to deliver a better ROI for advertisers.

Learn more at adworks.att.com and @ATTAdWorks.


Good morning. It’s Monday November 16, 2015, and this is your first early morning briefing.

Tonight’s Premieres:
AHC: Nuremberg: Nazi Judgment Day at 10p
Food: Guilty Pleasures at 10p, Top 5 Restaurants at 10:30p


As world landmarks were alight with the colors of the French flag, the outpouring support for Paris after Friday’s horrific terrorist attacks in that city that left 129 dead included a moment of silence opening Saturday’s Democratic debate on CBS. Ahead of Army football’s game Saturday, West Point cadet Caleb McNeill carried the French flag along with the American flag, and a moment of silence was held before the weekend’s NFL games. U2 cancelled concerts scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, including one slated to air on HBO. “We are fully resolved to go ahead with this show at an appropriate time,” said the band, which laid flowers by a makeshift memorial near the Bataclan theater.

A Supergirl episode that included a series of bombings and an NCIS: Los Angeles episode involving ISIS recruitment have been replaced on CBS’s schedule tonight with different installments of the shows. NBC canceled the live episode of Undateable planned for the same day as the Paris attacks, running a repeat instead.

Spike Lee, accepting an honorary Oscar at Saturday’s 7th annual Governor Awards, noted, “It’s easier to be president of the United States as a black person than to be the head of a studio.” As for why his next film, Chi-Raq will be Amazon’s first feature release, Lee earlier told the Hollywood Reporter, “They’re a great company. And also everyone else said no.”

Broadcasters scored a victory Thursday when a U.S. District Court judge in D.C. ruled that FilmOn X cannot claim a compulsory license to air their programming, as cable companies can. That contradicts a July ruling in California that was in FilmOn X’s favor. Fellow streamer Aereo was brought down by a Supreme Court ruling in June, 2014 that decided the service violated broadcasters’ copyrights.

Comcast also had a victory in court last week, when a federal judge overturned an Oklahoma jury’s $19 million dollar decision against the cable company. The class action lawsuit accused Comcast of forcing customers to lease set-top boxes, but “There simply is no evidence from which a reasonable jury could determine that that arrangement led to a foreclosure of commerce,” said the judge.

Hulu is in talks to sell a stake in the company to Time Warner, reports the Wall Street Journal. A deal would make Time Warner co-owner with Comcast, Walt Disney and 21st Century Fox. Elbowing into Netflix territory, Hulu added an $11.99/month ad-free option in September.

Jamelle Bouie is CBS News’ new Political Analyst, contributing to all platforms, including 2016 campaign coverage. Bouie had been a regular contributor on Face the Nation.

Who do you think came out the winner in Saturday’s Democratic debate? Let us know in the new Cynopsis poll: http://cynopsis.com/poll/.




If you haven’t done so already,


Film producer Joel Silver (The Matrix) and his Silver Pictures Television struck a multi-year first-look television deal with Lionsgate. Kicking things off: a put pilot commitment from CBS for vampire drama Bathory, and from Fox for basketball drama Soar. The partnership is designed to capitalize on Silver’s relationship with A-list talent. “Joel has created some of the biggest franchises of all time and established an incredible network of relationships with top writers and other world-class creative talent,” said Lionsgate Television Group chairman Kevin Beggs. “We’re thrilled at the opportunity to team with him as he focuses his creative genius on the world of television with the same emphasis on exciting, high-profile branded properties that have been his signature in the film world.”

Discovery Communications is going for gold in Poland. The company has been invited to document investigations into what might be buried treasure at the possible site of a legendary German armored train, underground for 70 years. In partnership with the town of Walbrzych, Discovery will be following work by the Department of Geophysics at the University of Science and Technology into “what could be one of the most significant World War Two archaeological finds ever made,” said Marjorie Kaplan, president of content for Discovery Networks International.

Karla Hidalgo and Christopher Martin have formed a new production company, TV Dinner Productions. The MTV Networks vets have already produced a special for Lifetime, celebrating People magazine’s 2015 selection of “The Sexiest Man Alive,” as well as a series of documentary programs for History under the title Christmas Through the Decades. They’ve also contracted with VH1 to produce a new series airing in the spring of 2016.

Fox is developing a New Orleans-set family drama/procedural, Crooked, exec produced by Peter Horton (American Odyssey). Studio is 20th Century Fox Television.

Rashida Jones and Will McCormack’s (A to Z) Le Train Train comedy project about a girl who decides to live the rest of her life without regrets has found a berth at NBC. 20th Century Fox Television is the studio.

Top 10 Weekend Domestic Box Office Estimates: November 13-15, 2015
Spectre (Sony) $35.4 million, cume revenue $130.7 million
The Peanuts Movie (Fox) $24.2 million, cume revenue $82.5 million
Love, The Coopers (Lionsgate) $8.4 million, opening weekend
The Martian (20th Century Fox) $6.7 million, cume revenue $207.4 million
The 33 (Warner Bros.) $5.8 million, opening weekend
Goosebumps (Sony) $4.7 million, cume revenue $73.5 million
Bridge of Spies (Disney) $4.3 million, cume revenue $61.7 million
Prem Ratan Dhan Payo (Fox International) $2.4 million, cume revenue $2.8 million
Hotel Transylvania 2 (Sony) $2.4 million, cume revenue $165.2 million
The Last Witch Hunter (Lionsgate) $1.5 million, cume revenue $26.1 million
Source: Rentrak Corporation


Football isn’t the only game in town
NCM‘s 5.7 A18-49 rating
puts us on the same playing field as this week’s biggest football games.
Comparable ratings with higher engagement only on
America’s Movie Network.


“We will never leave this mountain!” is the rallying cry on Outsiders, WGN’s gritty scripted drama about an Appalachian family that lives off the grid and outside the law. WGN has given the show an airdate, Tuesday, January 26 at 9p, as well as an extended trailer.

A concert celebrating the music of John Lennon will air on AMC Saturday, December 19 at 9p. The event, produced by Blackbird Presents and taped at the Theater at Madison Square Garden on December 5, will feature performances by Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Brandon Flowers, Peter Frampton, Kris Kristofferson, Train’s Pat Monahan, Willie Nelson, The Roots and Steve Tyler, among others.

Bryan Cranston goes Inside the Actors Studio on Wednesday, November 25 at 8p on Bravo. The Breaking Bad star discusses how he drew inspiration from his father to play Walter White.

NBC Universo is premiering Heroes on Wednesday, November 18 at 8p. It’s the U.S. Spanish-language debut of the sci-fi series.

Author Michael Pollan busts food myths in In Defense of Food, premiering on PBS Wednesday, December 30 at 9p (check local listings).

Singer Nicki Minaj will be an honoree at toast-and-roast special VH1 Big in 2015 with Entertainment Weekly, premiering Monday, December 7 at 9p. Queen Latifah presides.

An 11-foot-long mako shark was captured on film in Blue Water Savages, airing Thursday, November 19 at 11p on Outdoor Channel. “She wasn’t interested in the chum we had around us, but did explore my underwater camera a couple times with her mouth,” said one of the deep sea divers – who filmed the encounter without benefit of a cage. “As long as it wasn’t me, I’m ok with that!”

HDNET Movies offers three Quentin Tarantino movies on Saturday, December 5, starting at 7p with Kill Bill Vol. 1. A week later it’s Meryl Streep night, with five films by the Oscar winner kicked off by Music of the Heart at 5p.


Seventeen-year-old YouTube fashion influencer Maddi Bragg released an app in partnership with Victorious. Beginning this week, exclusive video content will be released over the “Maddi Bragg” app, available for download on IOS and Android. Bragg boasts 1.1 million followers on YouTube. 
U.S. Hispanics account for $1.3 trillion in purchasing power, but lag behind other Americans when it comes to financial savvy. Telemundo is aiming to remedy that with a new initiative – learn more from Rocky Egusquiza, VP, community affairs, in the new Cynsiders.


TNT renewed Murder in the First for season three. The crime drama starring Taye Digs and Kathleen Robertson averaged 2 million viewers in season two.


 Added to the cast of Epix spy drama, Berlin Station: Tamlyn Tomita (Resurrection), Leland Orser (Ray Donovan), Richard Dillane (Wolf Hall) and Bernhard Schütz (A Most Wanted Man).Shooting will take place in Berlin for a fall 2016 premiere.

The Cynopsis Model D Awards were presented Friday in NYC, honoring the best in online video content. For a list of winners, go here.


Grey New York has formed a new department, Grey TLC, for talent, licensing and casting services. The new division be embedded within Grey’s Activation & PR practice, led by Amy Tunick and Michelle Overall. “Grey TLC will address the growing need to merge powerful entertainment content with dynamic personalities,” said Michael Houston, Grey North American CEO.


Shine a light on your team’s work in the
CYNOPSIS Social Good Awards

Media professionals’ commitment to community is honored in the Cynopsis Social Good Awards, recognizing individuals and organizations who give back to the public through innovative linear TV, digital and marketing campaigns. We’ll be celebrating promotions for diversity, environmental initiatives, anti-bullying and much more.



Bravo earned the highest-rated Sunday night of the year among all key demos, thanks to the season premieres of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Untying the Knotý and Watch What Happens Live, according to ýNielsen Live+3 data. Housewives garnered 3.7 million total viewers, 2.4 million P25-54 and over 2.2 million P18-49, ranking #1 in the 8p hour in ad-supported cable networks. Watch What Happens Live drew 2.8 million total viewers, 1.8 million P25-54 and 1.7 million P18-49, and the season two premiere of Knot scored over 1.7 million total viewers, 1.1 million P25-54 and 954,000 P18-49.

Lifetime’s Project Runway Junior premiered to 1.2 million total viewers on Thursday.

Auto restoration show Mexicanos, which returned to Discovery es Espanol November 9, averaged 153,000 viewers A18-49 and 266,000 total viewers, pay-TV’s number one telecast among Spanish-language nets in the timeslot.

Thursday A18-49 Analysis: ABC won the most A18-49 viewers Thursday with 2.1/7, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. CBS topped 8p with a 2.8/10 average for Big Bang Theory (3.7) and Life in Pieces (1.8), versus 2.2/8 for ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy. ABC’s Scandal was first at 9p with 2.2/7, followed by CBS’s Mom (1.5) and 2 Broke Girls (1.6), and NBC’s The Blacklist (1.5/5). ABC kept its lead at 10p with 1.9/7 for How to Get Away With Murder; Telemundo’s Senora Acero was next with 1.0/3.

A18-49:ABC 2.1/7, CBS 1.7/6, NBC 1.1/4, FOX 1.0/3, UNI .9/3, TELE .7/2, CW .5/2, ION .2/1

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: November 12, 2015  time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
ABC: 5.2/9
Grey’s Anatomy 5.6/9, Scandal 5.3/9, How to Get Away With Murder 4.8/9
CBS: 4.9/8
Big Bang Theory 8.9/15, Life in Pieces 4.9/8, Mom 4.5/7, 2 Broke Girls 4.0/7, Elementary 3.3/6
NBC: 3.0/5
Heroes Reborn 2.4/4, Blacklist 4.2/7, Player 2.3/4
FOX 2.5/4
Bones 3.2/5, Sleepy Hollow 1.9/3
Antes Muerta Lichita 1.1/2, Pasion y Poder 1.4/2, Yo No Creo en Hombers 1.2/2
ION: 1.0/2
Blue Bloods 1.1/2, Blue Bloods 1.1/2, Blue Bloods .9/2
Celia 1.1/2, Bajo Mismo Cielo .8/1, Senora Acero 1.0/2
CW: .8/1
Vampire Diaries .9/1, Originals .7/1

This Day in History:
1933 – The U.S. and the Soviet Union established diplomatic relations.

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: Which series was focused on a floating casino that, at the sponsor’s request, was transformed into a more respectable floating restaurant? Mr. Lucky (1959-1960). Kudos to: Mark Wajda-Catholic Community of St. Paul/Leesburg, FL, Joe Guarnieri-ESPN/Bristol, CT, Gloria L. Price-CBS News/NYC, Linda Grillo-Viacom/NYC, Joe Leydon-Cowboys & Indians Magazine/Houston, David Garber-Linzack Entertainment/Chatsworth, CA, Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA, Richard Lawrence-Rebel Entertainment Partners/LA, Dayna McCallum-DMC Inc./Studio City, CA.

Today’s Trivia Question – Family Theme Week: What were the names of Ben Matlock’s daughters on Matlock (1986-1995)? (Email [email protected] with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and time zone.).

Keep Watching & Reading,
Lynn Leahey: Editorial Director @Lynn_Leahey
reported by Janet Di Lauro
reported by Cathy Applefeld Olson 

Roberta Caploe: Associate Publisher @robertacaploe
Diane K Schwartz: Senior Vice President, Media Communications Group 

Cynopsis Ad Sales: Mike Farina | VP, Sales | 203-218-6480
Cynopsis Job Listings Sales: Trish Pihonak | Director of Operations | 203-899-8459

Cynopsis Media: a division of Access Intelligence, LLC * 10 Norden Place * Norwalk, CT * 06855 * USA

CYNOPSISJOBSFor More jobs, visit Cynopsis.com

JOB OPENING: WRITER/SHOW RUNNER/NYC: Industry leading prod co seeks documentary show runner. Strong writer & post producer. True Crime experience a plus. NY based. Please send resume & credits to [email protected] (11/20)

JOB OPENING: RESEARCH MGR/NBC ENT/NYC: Support ad sales & mktg. Strong analytical, writing & verbal skills req’d. Exp w/MRI & Nielsen (TV Toolbox, TV Brand Effect) tools. 5 yrs media rsch w/brdcst/cbl ntwk/ad agency or media rsch co a must. Mgmt exp a +. Full info/apply HERE (11/19)

JOB OPENING: SR MANAGER, COMMUNICATION/NBCUniversal/NYC: Manage press efforts & other communications for the Content Distribution business. 5+ yrs in PR and/or comm. Full info/apply HERE (11/19)

JOB OPENING: SR MGR, CONSUMER MKTG & BRAND STRATEGY/NATGEO/DC: Develop & execute premium, innovative integrated mktg campaigns across all platforms to drive ratings & audience engagement for iconic brand. Min 5 yrs exp with network/TV required. http://bit.ly/1VAbpm7 (11/19)

JOB OPENING: DIRECTOR of MEDIA/KNBC/LA: The Director of Integrated Media is responsible for integrating our newsroom practices into compelling digital content for our multiplatform newsgathering enterprises. Full info/apply HERE (11/19)

JOB OPENING: SALES & MKTG ASST TO SVP/DS SIMON MEDIA/NYC: Upbeat, organized & forward-thinking assoc. to support our Sr. VP of Mktg & Bus Dev. 1-2 years post-college exp, pref in PR, Comm, Media, Mktg or Advertising. Exc personal skills & det oriented a must. Full info/apply HERE (11/18)

JOB OPENING: AUDIENCE PROD ASST/Meredith Vieira Show/NYC: PT position looking to hire a freelance prod asst immediately. Must be a people person w/great comm skills, excellent research ability, able to provide high level of guest svc. Full info/apply HERE (11/18)

JOB OPENING: DIRECTOR, REGIONAL/NATIONAL SALES/CT: Leading and directing the operations in the Ad Sales Division of Comcast Spotlight. Establish direction of all sales activities within regional and national markets. 9+ years related experience. Full info/apply HERE (11/18)

JOB OPENING: MGR, PROMOTIONS ACQUISITIONS/COMEDY CENTRAL/NYC: Resp to rsch/evaluate prgrmng that best fits with the Comedy Central brand in order to drive ratings, create ad-sales opportunities ad revenue. 4+ yrs exp prgrmng & acquisitions TV/ent industry. Full info/apply HERE (11/18)

JOB OPENING: NEWS PRODUCER/SUCCESSFUL NATIONALLY SYNDICATED TALK SHOW/LA: 3 yrs solid conflict booking exp req’d. Must possess strong managerial, pre-interviewing, writing & rsrch skills. Ability to book conflict stories/resourceful/deadline driven. Benefits offered. Resume HERE (11/18)

JOB OPENING: MEMBERSHIP SVCS COORD/NonFiction Producers Association/LA or NY: Outgoing, results-oriented staff for trade association w/40 prod. co.members. Full-time, report to GM. Strong writing, comm skills, exp. serving customers, webfriendly. Resume HERE (11/18)

JOB OPENING: NAT’L TV SALES PLANNER/BET/LA: Prep sales plans using Dealmaker. Must have TV Exp, Agency a plus. Media Math, Excellent Comm and MS Office Full info/apply HERE (11/18)

JOB OPENING: MGR, DIGITAL AD INVENTORY/AMC/NYC: Drive execution of yield optimization strategy across our ntwk of properties. BA deg Bus., Engineering, Mathematics, Economics. 3+ yrs exp digital ad sales in inv mngmnt/quantitative/analytical role. Full info/apply HERE (11/18)

JOB OPENING: DIRECTOR, RESEARCH & ANALYTICS/DISCOVERY DIGITAL NETWORKS/SF: Oversee the collection, analysis & distribution of data for DDN business. 8+ years of digital research experience. Strong data & analytics exp, expert with YouTube, FB analytics. Full info/apply HERE (11/18)

JOB OPENING: COORDINATOR, CNBC PRIMETIME/East Coast: NBCUniversal is one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global. Full info/apply HERE (11/18)

JOB OPENING: MANAGER, PUBLICITY/CNBC/East Coast: This individual is responsible to publicize and promote CNBC’s primetime programming and talent as well as implement and execute public relations campaigns and strategies. Full info/apply HERE (11/18)

JOB OPENING: DIRECT RESPONSE SALES ASSISTANT/Travel Channel/NYC: Seeking sales assistant, 1 year relevant sales experience. A successful candidate will be extremely organized, proactive and able to work independently and as part of team. www.scrippsnetworks.com #5082 (11/18)

CASTING CALL: Companies can showcase their casting notices/casting calls here. For information on rates and specs for posting a casting notice, please email Trish at [email protected]

EXPERT SERVICES ADS: These ads are for companies or people who offer an expertise in the field of media by way of production, voice over artistry, writing, set development, etc. For information on rates and specs for posting an Expertise Service ad email Trish at [email protected]

EXPERT SERVICES AD: Radio Promotions Drive Ratings! Want to increase audience? Direct Response Radio Promotions forNetwork/Cable/Web looking to drive viewers to watch shows via Direct Response Radio Promotions. Email: [email protected] (11/21)

INTERNSHIPS – These positions are for credit only – nobody gets paid here. These ads are always posted for free, and students work for school credit only. For more information on the specs for posting an Internship ad, email Trish at [email protected].

SITUATION WANTED ADS, POSTED BY THOSE LOOKING TO BE HIRED… There is no charge for placing your Situation Wanted ad… for more information contact Trish Pihonak at [email protected]

SITUATION WANTED: SR. PROJ/OPS MGR/NYC: 10+ yrs cable on-air promo and digital ad campaign exp. Mang daily ops of projs and campaigns. Extreme attn to detail. Strong organiz skills. [email protected] (11/20)

E-mail [email protected] or call Trish Pihonak at 203-899-8459 for rates and specs for Job Openings.


ABC: Dancing With the Stars, Castle
CBS: Supergirl, Scorpion, NCIS: Los Angeles  
CW: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Jane the Virgin
FOX: Gotham, Minority Report
NBC: The Voice, Blindspot
PBS: Antiques Roadshow [r], Antiques Roadshow, Independent Lens
Telemundo: Celia, Bajo el Mismo Cielo, Senora Acero
Univision: Antes Muerta que Lichita, Pasion y Poder, Yo No Creo en los Hombres [r]

To subscribe to any Cynopsis edition(s) click here.
%%PLUGIN_Unsubscribe: 2193667-unsub-generic%%

Copyright Cynopsis 2015

All outgoing e-mails are scanned and sent out virus free. Copyright Cynopsis 2015

Related Stories

Cynopsis 05/17/24: Streaming sports joint venture gets a name

Streaming sports joint venture gets a name

Friday May 17, 2024 Today’s Premieres Apple TV+: The Big Cigar CBS: S.W.A.T. at 8p; Fire Country at 9p Netflix: The 8 Show Paramount+: RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Prime Video: 99 Today’s Finales Apple TV+: Franklin Starz: Mary and George Saturday’s Premiere Oxygen: Accident, Suicide or Murder at 8p Saturday’s Finale CBS: 48 Hours […]

Cynopsis 05/16/24: WBD thinks FAST

WBD thinks FAST

Thursday May 16, 2024 Today’s Premieres Hulu: The Beauty Queen Killer: 9 Days of Terror Peacock: Bronx Zoo ’90: Crime, Chaos and Baseball Max: Home Sweet Rome! Today’s Finales CBS: Young Sheldon at 8p; So Help Me Todd at 9p NBC: Law & Order at 8p; Law & Order: Special Victims Unit at 9p; Law […]

The WBD Effect

A CYNOPSIS MESSAGE FROM WARNER BROS. DISCOVERY Wednesday May 15, 2024 Converging Data, IP, and Cultural Moments: A Conversation with WBD’s Jon Steinlauf By E.B. Moss When Warner Media and Discovery joined forces, “WBD” became a multimedia behemoth made up of movie studio and television studios, iconic brands including CNN, TLC, HBO and […]

05/15/24: Cynopsis Jobs

hand shake

MARKETING ASSOCIATE MANAGER GSTV NEW YORK, NY – HYBRID REMOTE Touch various teams within our group such as Marketing Solutions, Marketing Communications and Design. Our group develops thoughtful marketing and promotional programs alongside our business development team. We collaborate with teams across the organization to develop concepts that meet client needs and then bring the […]

Cynopsis Digital Out of Home 05/15/24: DOOH ranks as medium most likely to drive consumers to action; Geopath adds to Board

Wednesday May 15, 2024 Lamar Advertising Company selected Vistar’s content management software, Cortex, to power its network of DOOH billboards across the U.S. Lamar offers advertisers nearly 5,000 displays serving over 5 billion weekly impressions. “Lamar’s nationwide footprint, paired with the sheer size of its digital billboards, allows advertisers to reach consumers with unparalleled creative […]