12/02/19: It’s back to work at HGTV’s Windy City Rehab

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Tonight’s Premieres
ABC: The Great Christmas Light Fight at 8p
A&E: Garth Brooks: The Road I’m On at 9p
Great American Country: Building Alaska at 9p
NBC: Making It at 10p
Tonight’s Finale
AXS TV: The X Factor: Celebrity at 8p
Thursday’s NFL game between the Buffalo Bills and Dallas Cowboys was the most-watched Thanksgiving Day game on CBS Sports in 27 years, with an average 32.54 million viewers P2+. That’s up +22% from last year’s game on the net, according to Nielsen fast nationals. It was the most-watched regular season game on any network in three years.
It’s back to work at HGTV’s Windy City Rehab. The city of Chicago had issued stop work orders over the summer for the renovation show, citing building violations, but nearly a dozen of those orders have been lifted, allowing co-stars Alison Victoria and Donovan Eckhardt to resume work on existing rehabs. HGTV renewed the hit series in February.
Repercussions from the departure of Gabrielle Union from America’s Got Talent continued over the holiday weekend. Union, who was cut from the NBC show after one season, had expressed concerns over racially insensitive segments and been critiqued for her appearance, according to Variety. Among those tweeting in her defense was Will & Grace star Debra Messing, who posted, “Yes, women become ‘difficult,’ when their insistence on a respectful and professional working environment, is ignored.” In a statement, NBC and producer Fremantle said, “America’s Got Talent has a long history of inclusivity and diversity in both our talent and the acts championed by the show. The judging and host line-up has been regularly refreshed over the years and that is one of the reasons for AGT’s enduring popularity. NBC and the producers take any issues on set seriously.” Julianne Hough, who was let go from AGT along with Union, saw her experience differently. “I had a wonderful time on America’s Got Talent. I loved working with the cast, crew and producers,” said Hough; she and brother Derek are starring in NBC’s Holidays with the Houghs, airing December 16.
Roseanne Barr may be radioactive in some circles after posting a series of racially charged tweets that got her ABC show canceled in 2018, but the comedian still has fans in high places. Barr landed a gig speaking at the “Trumpettes” gala at President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate, reports the Palm Beach Post, an event honoring the president. “If there was ever anybody who really put their mouth on the line and said how much she loves the president, she is one of them,” Trumpettes founder Toni Holt Kramer told the paper. “You can’t get a hotter name in town.” The gala takes place February 1, the day before the Super Bowl in Miami.
The Twitter account of another disgraced TV superstar, Bill Cosby, encouraged his followers to avoid major news outlets and subscribe to black-owned media options. “No longer should we succumb to the fear of many mainstream media outlets like Associated Press, CNN, NBC, New York Times, Washington Post & Radar Online just to name a few,” said Cosby’s Twitter account. Another post read, “It’s #BlackFriday, so lets spend our dollars with #BlackPressUSA & all Black media outlets that propel the truth and the facts, not Fake News.” The messages follow Cosby’s interview in BlackPressUSA.com, in which he called the case for which he is serving time in prison for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman in 2004 a “set-up,” and expressed no remorse.
Hulu has a Black Friday offer for new subscribers: $1.99 per month for its ad-supported basic tier service plan. Interested cord-cutters had better act quickly – the deal, which can’t be combined with other offers or its Disney bundle, ends today.
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Dominic Treadwell-Collins is launching a new scripted label within ITV Studios. Treadwell-Collins (A Very English Scandal) and his label, based out of ITV Studios’ London HQ, will focus on creating high-end series for the UK and international market.
ITV will explore iconic London hotel The Savoy in a docu-series produced by Gordon Ramsay’s (Hell’s Kitchen) Studio Ramsay. The five-parter will be filmed using fixed-rig cameras, offering “extraordinary insight into the real drama and intrigue of one of the world’s most glamourous hotels,” said ITV’s Kate Teckman.
All3media international has signed pre-sale deals for White House Farm, the upcoming factual drama, including the acquisition of digital rights in the US by WarnerMedia for HBO Max.
Vivendi Entertainment and French TV production company Pernel Media announced that Smithsonian Channel has come onboard 4K docu-drama series Secrets of the Pyramid Builders as a coproduction partner. The French media group ordered the series for its C8 and Planète+ channels; Vivendi Entertainment is distributing the program globally.
Preschool educational and entertainment digital platform Hopster completed a substantial equity investment round from Sandbox & Co. and Venture Founders Ltd. Following the transaction, Sandbox & Co. will now hold a majority stake in the business. Hopster plans to accelerate its strategic partnerships with global distribution companies in both the telco and pay-TV spaces while investing in acquisitions and original content.
Top 10 Weekend Domestic Box Office Estimates: November 29-December 1
Frozen 2 (Walt Disney) $85.3 million (week 2), cume revenue $287.6 million
Knives Out (Lionsgate) $27.0 million, opening weekend
Ford v Ferrari (Twentieth Century Fox) $13.2 million (week 3), cume revenue $81.0 million
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (Sony Pictures) $11.8 million (week 2), cume revenue $34.3 million
Queen & Slim (Universal) $11.7 million, opening weekend
21 Bridges (STX) $5.8 million (opening weekend), cume revenue $19.6 million
Playing with Fire (Paramount) $4.2 million (week 4) $39.2 million
Midway (Lionsgate) $4.0 million (week 4), cume revenue $50.3 million
Joker (Warner Bros) $2.0 million (week 9), cume revenue $330.6 million
Last Christmas (Universal) $2.0 million (week 4) $31.7 million
Source: Comscore
Burgers, Brew & ‘Que returns to Cooking Channel on Tuesday, January 7 at 9p. Season kicks off with Michael Symon checking out ribs in Las Vegas.
What to expect with the premiere of Homicide City: Charlotte on Tuesday, December 3 at 9p? ID’s franchise extender features current Charlotte-Mecklenburg Sherriff Garry McFadden and members of the Homicide Division re-examining historic cases that threaten the tranquility of the Queen City. “You’re gonna have your million-dollar murders and your five-dollar murders…and I gotta work them both,” said McFadden.
Some older Roku models will no longer be supported by Netflix, starting today. Owners of Roku SD (N1050); Roku HD-XR (N1101); Roku HD (N1100, 2000C); and Roku XD (2050X, 2050N, 2100X, 2100N) will need to upgrade to access the streamer.
According to cybersecurity company CHEQ, bot attacks will cost online businesses $10 billion by year’s end. Highlights from the report include:
  • Global web sales are expected to reach $3.4 trillion in 2019; 6% of these sales ($207.18 billion) are at risk from bot attacks in 2019. 
  • 5% of this revised revenue at risk will be lost, creating $10 billion loss globally.
  • Despite the online economic boom expected on Black Friday and Cyber Monday – last year $14 billion was spent in online sales across both days – these gains will be nearly wiped out by the yearly economic costs from bot attacks.
Let the memes begin: Facebook and Facebook-owned Instagram suffered worldwide disruptions and outages on Thanksgiving, due to what the company described as an issue in one of its central software systems. #InstagramDown began trending on Twitter, with brands jumping into the fray. “Don’t make me talk to my family,” posted Slim Jim. The issue was resolved by 3p ET.
Demand for linear TV ads will grow in 2020 thanks to the California Consumer Privacy Act, predicts Michael Collette, CEO, data science firm Dativa. “Digital advertising faces the greatest complications from CCPA,” Collette tells Cynopsis. “The digital ad model has been built around achieving 1:1 reach on a massive scale by relying on third-party data sources to create digital identities for millions of individuals, using cookies, device IDs and ad IDs for each. Unlike digital ads, DDL is focused on leveraging smaller, more accurate and robust audience data sets to target ads while applying highly accurate first-party customer data sets to measure attribution. New privacy regulations in 2020 will hamper digital’s capabilities, leaving the broadcast industry poised to easily expand data-driven TV in a privacy-safe manner and shift the advertising pendulum back to linear.” (Look for more 2020 predictions from industry thought leaders in the Cynopsis year-end roundup.)
ZypMedia reports local advertisers are increasing use of OTT, especially during the holidays. Findings include:
  • Consumers are more engaged with digital ads over the holidays, both with video completion rate and clicks.
  • Campaigns that leverage both display and OTT have already seen a 34% increase in 2019, and are expected to continue to grow throughout the remainder of the quarter.
  • When compared where digital ads were delivered (mobile web, mobile app, desktop or CTV), a more even distribution between the devices in October. CTV is dominating the device mix over the week before and the week of Thanksgiving promotions, as well as the week before and the week of Christmas.
Original movie Sacrifice premieres on BET+ Thursday, December 19. Legal thriller stars Paula Patton (Hitch).
HBO Max grabbed US rights to UK true crime drama White House Farm, which tells the story of members of the same family murdered at an Essex farmhouse. Six-parter will air in 2020.
Amazon ordered a second season of Indian original The Family Man, about a man who secretly works as a spy. Series launched in September.
Asian video streamer Viu will offer content from Discovery, Discovery Asia, Animal Planet, HGTV, Food Network and TLC. Shows like Cake Boss, Gold Rush and Dr. Pimple Popper will be available in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. “Our earlier collaboration with Viu on No Sleep No FOMO provided us with a deeper understanding of Viu’s expanding user base across the region and the high-quality service it provides,” said Anna Pak, VP and GM for Southeast Asia, Discovery Networks Asia Pacific.This is particularly important to us as a premium brand and our efforts to offer our modernized Asian Food Network content to a broader audience.”
Singapore’s mm2 Entertainment is launching a free, ad-supported streaming service, mPlay Asia, focused on short-form video. The service is slated to debut in April.
A data breach hit UK-based audio streaming platform Mixcloud, reports TechCrunch. The breach occurred in November, and left over 20 million user accounts exposed after the data was put on sale on the dark web.
College students weigh in on TV today…
Cynopsis asked college students to answer questions touching on issues of interest to the rapidly evolving media industry, as audiences increasingly turn to streaming, and away from traditional advertising.
The answers we received to the questions we posed were smart, insightful – and food for thought.
If you didn’t receive last week’s special report, you can read it here .
The 50th telecast of animated Frosty the Snowman earned CBS an A18-49 rating of 0.7 and 4.04 million viewers on Friday, enough to top the night. Fox’s WWE Friday Night Smackdown tied Frosty in the demo, and drew 2.34 million viewers.
During the November 2019 sweep, Univision reports it averaged 1.3 million Total Viewers 2+, 581,000 A18-49, and 238,000 A18-34 during primetime. With an average median age of 46, Univision is attracting an audience that is 13 years younger than the combined average viewer of the major English-language broadcast networks. 
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade averaged a heaping 467,885 OOH viewers, reports Tunity Analytics.
Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions) Friday, November 29 time period averages
Source: Nielsen Live+SD
CBS: 3.82 million
Frosty the Snowman 4.04, Frosty Returns 3.45, Hawaii Five-0 3.41, Blue Bloods 4.37
NBC: 3.18 million
The National Dog Show 3.31, Dateline 2.92
ABC: 3.12 million
American Housewife 2.87, Fresh Off the Boat 2.08, 20/20 3.77
FOX: 2.34 million
WWE Friday Night Smackdown 2.34
CW: 0.89 million
Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer 0.94., Penn & Teller: Fool Us 0.83
Thursday A18-49 Ratings
FOX 0.7.4, CBS 0.5/3, NBC 0.5/3, ABC 0.5/3, CW 0.2/1
WarnerMedia Entertainment Networks announced its Southeast Asia leadership team, uniting Turner Asia Pacific and HBO: Yasmin Zahid will head up affiliate distribution and marketing for all HBO channels, as well as CNN International, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Warner TV and Oh!K.; David Simonsen will lead the development of HBO GO; Awantika Sood will lead ad sales, branded content and commercial opportunities; Magdalene Ew will take charge of the company’s consolidated Entertainment pillar; Jessica Kam will oversee original Asia productions for the Entertainment pillar; and Shonali Bedi, will be responsible for Business Development and Strategy in the region.
British chef Gary Rhodes died suddenly from a subdural hematoma during a break from filming a new show for ITV. Among Rhodes’ TV credits are hosting MasterChef for the BBC, as well as MasterChef USA for PBS and Gary Rhodes At the Table. “He was a chef who put British Cuisine on the map,” said Gordon Ramsay.
This Day in History
1976 – Fidel Castro became President of Cuba.
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An episode of which drama aired the same weekend a movie adaptation with the same name as the show’s episode opened? An episode called “Dark Shadows” premiered on Mad Men in 2012.
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Responsible for maintaining measurement across beIN Digital Platforms and creating materials that position beIN SPORTS positively for Ad Sales across the competitive sports landscape. Full info HERE (12/11)

Viacom International Media Networks/NYC
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9 Story Media Group/NYC:
Exp’d producer for an iconic, high profile preschool series (live action 2D, 3D). Min 5 yrs exp animation production. Strong story telling skills & understanding of preschool audience. Full info HERE (12/10)

The CW Network/NYC: The CW Network seeks a Vice President, Multiplatform Sales Research for their Media Sales & Planning department. Thought leader with in depth knowledge in Digital/Linear Research. Developing product & brand research for multiplatform. Full info
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NBC/NYC: Support VP, Content Dist. Draft/review/negotiate complex dist agreements with dist partners for the TV Networks and Peacock app. Provide business-facing, relevant & practical legal advice to content distribution business teams & more. Full info HERE (12/10)

Sony/NYC: Assist in the maintenance of accounts/campaigns across all SPTAS properties. 3 – 5 years related exp. Media Math/media background a must as well as skilled in wide orbit & Dealmaker. Full info HERE (12/7)

SportsEngine Inc/Minneapolis MN:
Resp for implementing behaviorally-triggered customer onboarding communications, designing and implementing a customer upsell and retention strategy to support sales. 5+ yrs mktg exp ideally w/Saas Company. Full info HERE (12/7)

Combate Americas/NYC:
Present Combate Americas to potential local/national/global sponsorship partners & dvlp an integrated, solution driven approach to creating sponsorship packages. Min 7-10 yrs of success w/cross-platform sponsorships, incl sales, servicing & activation. Full info HERE (12/7)

 Support design and execution of primary research relating to the NFL fan, brand, and marketing initiatives. 2+ yrs mkt research and consumer insights exp. Exp working with various syndicated data sources (MRI, EPoll, YouGov, Ace Metrix, etc.) Full info HERE (12/7)
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A + E Networks/NYC: Ambitious, goal-oriented digital marketer to mng acquisition & retention mktg for our Subscription Video on Demand (SVOD) products. 6-8 yrs exp in a CRM dvlpmnt/execution role or a direct mktg/customer acquisition or retention role w/proven track record of success. Full info HERE (12/6)

Lifetime & A&E/NYC: Responsible for developing and managing the paid social media strategy for Lifetime & A&E. Reporting into the Senior Manager, Paid Media, 3-5 years of paid social marketing experience, with a strong preference for specialization in entertainment marketing. Full info HERE (12/6)

Drexel University’s Westphal College/PHL: 2 FT faculty positions avail to teach core EAM courses as well as courses related to their area of expertise. Min 5 yrs management/leadership experience in media, arts or entertainment. Full info HERE (12/6)
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 (12/20)

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SportsEngine Inc/Minneapolis MN:
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A + E Networks/Stamford CT: Support the Stamford production facility in addition to taking a lead role in projects when assigned by department managers. 5 years as a Post-Production engineer req’d.  Full info HERE (12/4)

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ABC: Great Christmas Light Fight [p], The Good Doctor  
CBS: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, All Rise, Bull
CW: All American, Black Lightning
FOX: 9-1-1, Prodigal Son
NBC: The Voice, Making It [p]  
PBS: Antiques Roadshow, Antiques Roadshow, Independent Lens
Telemundo: El Sultan, El Final del Paraiso, El Senor de los Cielos  
Univision: Ringo, La Rosa de Guadelupe, El Dragon

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