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2018 IS MSNBC’S BEST YEAR EVER – FOR THE THIRD YEAR IN A ROW.
MSNBC BEATS CNN BY RECORD AMOUNT.
And, MSNBC is the only cable news network to grow year-over-year in 2018.
Thanks to our viewers for recognizing the sharp journalism, clear context, and insightful analysis
delivered by a remarkable team of journalists in an unprecedented era of news.
This is who we are.
Source: Nielsen; 1/1/18-12/12/18, P2+, M-Su 6A-6A
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IN THE NEWS
Kevin Reilly has been tapped to oversee creative for WarnerMedia’s upcoming streaming platform. Reilly, the President of TBS and TNT and Chief Creative Officer of Turner Entertainment, adds heading Direct-to-Consumer to his purview. Reilly will continue to report to Turner President David Levy while also reporting to WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey on direct-to-consumer issues.
An investigation into accusations of sexual misconduct against former CBS CEO Les Moonves, as well “cultural issues at all levels” at CBS, uncovered a confidential $9.5 million settlement with actress Eliza Dushku, reported the New York Times. Dushku said she was written off Bull for complaining about inappropriate comments from series star Michael Weatherly. Weatherly said in a statement to the paper, “During the course of taping our show, I made some jokes mocking some lines in the script. When Eliza told me that she wasn’t comfortable with my language and attempt at humor, I was mortified to have offended her and immediately apologized. After reflecting on this further, I better understand that what I said was both not funny and not appropriate and I am sorry and regret the pain this caused Eliza.” The actor received words of support from former NCIS co-stars, including Pauley Perrette, who tweeted, “This man…I love, respect, trust and I KNOW. TWO decades of friendship and respect.”
Meanwhile, CBS announced the recipients of the $20 million in grants to advance programs to create safe and equitable workplaces for women, including “me too.” Movement and Time’s Up Entertainment, among others. In a joint statement, the organizations/initiatives said, “We know these funds will help us create and expand a range of important programs that advance our collective mission and help many individuals get justice. We thank CBS for these donations. We also recognize these funds are not a panacea, nor do they erase or absolve decades of bad behavior.” The $20 million was deducted from the exit package of Les Moonves.
Time’s Up Entertainment was quick to announce how it will spend its $500,000 grant from CBS: a new initiative, “Who’s in the Room,” aimed at increasing the presence of people of color and diverse economic and social backgrounds in the producing and executive ranks.
ABC ordered two additional episodes of black-ish, and one each of The Goldbergs, The Kids Are Alright and Single Parents, for the 2018-2019 season.
The Television Academy tweaked some rules regarding Emmy eligibility. Among the changes: In the outstanding TV movie category, entrants now have to be a minimum of 75 minutes in length to compete; a category was added for outstanding music composition for a documentary series or special; choreography was split between reality and scripted entries; and a new vetting procedure was put in place to identify Emmy-competitive entries in short-form categories.
Which series premiering in January will make the biggest splash? Let us know in the Cynopsis poll: www.cynopsis.com/poll/. (In our last poll, we asked who should replace Kathie Lee Gifford on Today. Half of our respondents said Jenna Bush Hager, 17% said Amy Sedaris, and the remainder were split between Katie Couric, Wanda Sykes and Meredith Vieira.)
Netflix responded to Viacom’s lawsuit accusing it of violating the contract of Momita Sengupta by hiring her as VP of physical production of original series. The streamer accused Viacom of trying to “stymie employee mobility” and noted that Sengupta’s contract did not comply with California law and was therefore unenforceable. Viacom responded to Netflix’s response with the statement, “We think Netflix should be required to play by the same rules as every other company doing business in California, and we are taking the steps necessary to ensure they do. Nothing in their response changes that view.”
Andi Mack grandpa Stoney Westmoreland was fired by Disney Channel after he was arrested in Salt Lake City for allegedly using the internet to entice a minor to have sex. “Given the nature of the charges and our responsibility for the welfare of employed minors, we have released him from his recurring role and he will not be returning to work on the series which wraps production on its third season next week,” said the net.
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JUST ANNOUNCED: The 2019 Cynopsis TV Awards Finalists!
Awards Event: FEB 6 in NYC
The Cynopsis TV Awards salute excellence in national TV programming and we’re thrilled to announce this year’s finalists! Joining us will be a range of companies, including: 7ATE9 Entertainment, A+E Networks, Animal Planet, Beck Media, BET Network, CNBC, Cooking Channel, Crown Media, Discovery, E! Entertainment, Food Network, and MANY more (click here to view full list).
The awards gala will take place on February 6th at the Yale Club in NYC.
PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT
Legendary Television inked a two-year overall deal with Kelly Sue DeConnick and Matt Fraction’s Milkfed Criminal Masterminds. Legendary will adapt several of their creator-owned comics as well as produce projects developed by the duo for television across traditional and non-traditional platforms.
Ryan Kadro, who created CBS This Morning almost nine years ago, is stepping down as executive producer, effective January 4. “I couldn’t shake the feeling in my gut that I need a new challenge (and a serious nap),” said Kadro in a memo to staff. “It’s the natural course of things.” Kadro, whose contract runs out at year’s end, said he had been in talks with CBS News President David Rhodes since September.
Food Network inked a new deal with celebrity chef Ina Garten that includes new seasons of Barefoot Contessa as well as several seasonal specials. “Our audience adores Ina – she is truly a culinary legend and embodies everything Food Network viewers crave,” said net President Courtney White.
DHX Media will develop and produce new Peanuts content for Apple. The deal includes series, specials and shorts based on the Charles M. Schulz characters.
My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman was renewed for a second season by Netflix. Six-episode sophomore run bows in 2019.
Candace Cameron Bure announced the launch of Candy Rock Entertainment, in collaboration with her management firm, Redrock Entertainment. The company will create, develop and produce scripted TV projects, docu-series, lifestyle programming and films with an emphasis on family-friendly content.
Top 10 Weekend Domestic Box Office Estimates: December 14-16
Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse (Sony) $35.4 million, opening weekend
The Mule (Warner Bros.) $17.2 million, opening weekend
Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch (Universal) $11.6 million (week 6), cume revenue $239.3 million
Ralph Breaks the Internet (Buena Vista) $9.6 million (week 4), cume revenue $154.5 million
Mortal Engines (Buena Vista) $7.5 million, opening weekend
Creed II (MGM) $5.4 million (week 4), cume revenue $104.9 million
Bohemian Rhapsody (Fox) $4.1 million (week 7), cume revenue $180.4 million
Instant Family (Paramount) $3.7 million (week 5), cume revenue $60.2 million
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (Warner Bros.) $3.7 million (week 5), cume revenue $151.7 million
Green Book (Universal) $2.8 million (week 5), cume revenue $24.7 million
On the “naughty or nice” scale, the TV/digital media industry tipped heavily toward “nice” in 2018 when it came to excellence in social good efforts. Campaigns addressing the addiction epidemic, female empowerment, human rights, the importance of voting and much more made the kind of impact that deserves recognition. Before you head out for the holidays, make sure to submit your work in the Cynopsis Social Good Awards! The deadline is December 20 and there are just three easy steps you need to complete in order to participate.
Antenna TV will air “Auld Lynde Syne,” a Paul Lynde Show New Year’s Eve marathon beginning on New Year’s Eve starting at 6p. On New Year’s Day, Antenna TV’s “New Year Kickoff with Coach Marathon” starts at 5a.
Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Dierks Bentley, Halsey, Marshmello and Bastille, Panic! At The Disco, and season 14 winner Brynn Cartelli are among the performers on the live two-hour Tuesday, December 18, season finale of NBC’s The Voice. The finale will also feature musical collaborations with the top four finalists.
NBC and Litton announced that Earth Odyssey with Dylan Dreyer, featuring the NBC News meteorologist, will join three-hour Saturday-morning programming block, “The More You Know,” starting January 5.
HBO movie Brexit, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Dominic Cummings, the brains behind the Vote Leave campaign, premieres Saturday, January 19.
NEW AND RETURNING SERIES
Antiques Roadshow will have a new look when it returns for its 23rd season on PBS on Monday, January 7, at 8p, set on the grounds of iconic destinations. “It’s an exciting refresh to set our appraisals against backdrops so rich in history,” said exec producer Marsha Bemko.
Comedy Russian Doll, starring Natasha Lyonne and created by Lyonne, Amy Poehler and Leslye Headland, premieres Friday, February 1, on Netflix. Eight-parter follows a woman at a party one night in NYC.
Season six of Cinemax action series Strike Back premieres Friday, January 25. Jamie Bamber (Battlestar Galactica) and Yasemin Kay Allen (Water and Fire) join the cast for the new run.
A photo API bug allowed third-party apps access to almost 7 million Facebook users’ unposted photos, from September 13-25, said the social media giant. “We’re sorry this happened,” said Facebook in a blog post, adding that this week they will be rolling out tools for app developers that allow them to determine which people using their app might be impacted by the bug, adding, “We will be working with those developers to delete the photos from impacted users.”
The number of streamers who can make money from gaming-centric platform Twitch jumped 86% from 2017 to 2018, the Amazon-owned company announced last week. The number of content creators on the platform rose from two million to three million during that period. “Our role is to support everyone who helps create the live, interactive and shared entertainment that makes Twitch so unique and we’ll keep that focus in 2019 with more tools, opportunities, and experiences to ensure the community continues to thrive,” said CMO Kate Jhaveri.
ADVERTISING & BRANDS
Add Nexstar to the list of companies that have reached a settlement with the Department of Justice over anticompetitive exchanges of information regarding advertising. The settlement, which does not include a fine, prohibits the future sharing of such information as well an agreement to cooperate in the investigation and adopt “rigorous antitrust compliance and reporting measures.” Nexstar joins Griffin, Meredith, Raycom, Sinclair and Tribune in the settlement. “The Antitrust Division continues its efforts to stop the unlawful exchange of competitively sensitive information in the television broadcast industry,” said antitrust division head Makan Delrahim. “Robust competition among broadcast stations allows American businesses to obtain competitive advertising rates. The unlawful sharing of information reduced that competition and harmed businesses and the consumers they serve.”
Opposite football on Fox, CBS’s Murphy Brown was the top entertainment show in its time slot, but fell to a season low 0.7 among A18-49. NBC’s Superstore fall finale also slipped to a season low, to 0.7.
Telemundo is on track to end the broadcast year with an average 681,000 A18-49, according to Nielsen, ranking among the top five broadcast networks with NBC, ABC, CBS, and FOX. The network also had the highest composition of A18-34 out of total viewers and lowest median age among all broadcast networks.
Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions) December 13, 2018, time period averages
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated Live+SD
FOX: 12.31 million
NFL Football 12.31
CBS: 6.17 million
The Big Bang Theory 8.08, Young Sheldon 7.72, Mom 7.67, Murphy Brown 5.51, S.W.A.T. 4.02
ABC: 2.98 million
Disney’s Prep & Landing 3.19, Prep & Landing: Naughty or Nice 2.55, The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition 3.04
NBC: 2.22 million
Superstore 3.00, I Feel Bad 1.85, Saturday Night Live Christmas 2.12
CW: 1.25 million
Supernatural 1.43, Legacies 1.08
UNIVISION: 1.10 million
Jesus 0.82, Futbol Central 0.97, LIGA MX 1.3
TELEMUNDO: 0.87 million
La Sultana 0.92, Falsa Identidad 0.91, Senora Acero 0.74
Thursday A18-49: FOX 3.4/14, CBS 0.8/3, UNI 0.7/3, ABC 0.6/3, NBC 0.5/2, CW 0.4/2, TELE 0.4/2
Jodi Robinson was named sole President of Digitas’ North American region. Previously she had shared the role with Laurent Ezekiel, newly appointed CMO and Growth Officer at WPP.
Tim Mahoney, CMO of Global Chevrolet, is retiring March 1. Mahoney also heads GM’s global marketing efforts.
Julio Marenghi was appointed President of Sales, CBS Television Stations. Marenghi most recently served as Senior Vice President, Revenue Strategy, CBS Television Stations.
New hires at CNBC include Yun Li as reporter for the markets and investing team; Charlotte Morabito as an associate producer on the video team; Natalie Zhang as associate producer on the video team; and Vanna Le as Contributors Editor for Make It.
This Day in History: 1989 – The Simpsons premiered as a full series with “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire.”
Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: On which show did executive producer Henry Winkler see Richard Dean Anderson, prompting him to have the actor audition for the lead in MacGyver (1985-1992)? The Love Boat. Kudos to: Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA, Lorrie Shilling/El Segundo, CA, David Westberg-SAG-AFTRA Federal Credit Union/Burbank, Gerry Bixenspan-TV Marketing Inc./NYC
Today’s Trivia Question: In which TV-movie did former Cheers (1982-1993) co-stars play Mr. And Mrs. Santa Claus? (Email [email protected] 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.)
Monday Emmy-Winning Actress Anagram: Ice All Monarchs (Email [email protected] with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and time zone. First three correct answers will be selected.)
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WHAT’S ON TONIGHT – MONDAY DECEMBER 17
ABC: The Great Christmas Light Fight [f], In Memoriam 2018
CBS: The Neighborhood, Happy Together, Magnum P.I. [r], Bull [r]
CW: Arrow [r], DC’s Legends of Tomorrow [r]
FOX: The Resident [r], 9-1-1 [r]
NBC: The Voice, America’s Got Talent
PBS: Antiques Roadshow, Christmas With the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Independent Lens
TELEMUNDO: La Sultana, Falsa Identidad
UNIVISION: Jesus, Mi Marido Tiene Mas Familia, Amar a Muerte