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Cynopsis Medias First Morning Read


Tuesday December 22, 2020

Today’s Premieres
Netflix: “Lovestruck in the City,” “Rhyme Time Town Singalongs”

Today’s Finales
ABC: “The Bachelorette” at 8p
CW: “Swamp Thing” at 8p
Fox: “Next” at 8p


CBS ordered five more episodes of Chuck Lorre’s “B Positive,” securing it a full season. Through its first five episodes, the freshman comedy has averaged five million viewers and 0.6 among A18-49 on Thursday nights.

Joe Exotic has filed a complaint with the Justice Department, demanding that the DOJ submit a petition to President Trump for the incarcerated “Tiger King” star be considered for a pardon. The “gay, gun-toting, redneck” (his words) is serving a 22-year sentence for animal abuse and attempting to put a hit on his rival, Carole Baskin.

Congress’ new COVID-19 relief package includes a measure that would make it a felony to operate a pirated streaming service. Penalties for those who “willfully, and for purposes of commercial advantage or private financial gain, offer or provide to the public a digital transmission service” of unauthorized movies and TV shows includes prison time.

Univision Communications is planning a new Spanish-language streamer, reports Bloomberg News. The service would reportedly be more extensive than Univision Now, launched in 2015.

Genius Media Group, The Nation Company and The Progressive have brought an antitrust lawsuit against Google for alleged anticompetitive conduct in the online display advertising market. “Google has achieved and maintained a monopoly or near-monopoly in that marketplace by erecting a toll bridge between publishers and advertisers and charging an unlawfully high price for passage,” say the companies in a class-action complaint. “Specifically, Google’s Ad Server – the software or code that publishers use to make critical decisions about advertising content – imposes anticompetitive rules and conduct that artificially warp the channels through which publishers sell their ad placement inventory.” Sweepstakes Today filed a similar lawsuit, charging Google with competitive interference “to benefit its own properties and harm rival publishers.” Google is also facing lawsuits from 48 attorneys general, which the company said it will fight.

Democratic contenders Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock have spent $94.2 million and $64.7 million, respectively, on the hotly contested special election US Senate races in Georgia as of December 11, reports AdImpact. Republican incumbants David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler have spent $43.5 million and $47.6 million.

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AT&T and Tegna reached a new retransmission deal that has Tegna’s 64 stations back on AT&T’s platforms, including DirecTV. In a joint statement, the companies said they “regret any inconvenience” to their customers, and thank them for their patience. The stand-off lasted almost three weeks.

Fox Corp. and Sinclair inked a multi-year renewal for Fox affiliates in 25 markets. “These renewals reflect the mutually beneficial network-affiliate model, which integrates the network’s primetime and sports programming with our stations’ local news and syndicated content,” said Barry Faber, President of Distribution and Network Relations for Sinclair.

How does the absence of fans impact the viewing of sports events during the pandemic? Cumulus Media/Westwood One and Horizon Media commissioned MARU/Matchbox to execute a study, and found:
* Ads tested in a fanless scenario, without supplemental fan or crowd noise, resulted in video ads feeling less informative than those within the supplemental fan noise environment.
* While supplemental fan noise may restore some of the feelings and sounds of normalcy, fans want a more participatory experience even if they can’t attend in person.
* 40% of fans say a big part of the game experience is the fans themselves – the chants, songs, and reactions.
* Despite scheduling changes, most sports fans continued tuning in to their usual sports, and younger fans were more likely to tap into new ones.“
Fans yearn to experience sports in person,” said Karen Van Vleet, VP, WHY at Horizon Media. “However, while the heart may be willing the head is saying ‘not so fast.’ As uncertainties over COVID continue, sports fans are leaning more into a variety of types of media and interests to meet their sports needs.”

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“The Book of Boba Fett” is a separate series, not the third season of “The Mandalorian,”
revealed executive producer Jon Favreau on Monday’s “Good Morning America.” Teased at the end of “The Mandelorian” season two finale, details were not shared along with the streamer’s other recent announcements because “we didn’t want to spoil the surprise,” said Favreau. Temuera Morrison and Ming-Na Wen will star in the spin-off, reprising their roles as Boba Fett and assassin Fennec Shand, with Favreau exec producing with Dave Filoni and Robert Rodriguez. The series is expected to drop in December 2021; production on season three of “The Mandelorian” will begin as soon as “The Book of Boba Fett” is complete.

“Inkwell,” a drama from Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz (“Antebellum”) and their Gloaming Productions, has been put in development by HBO Max.


Discovery+ will include a slate of nature documentaries and specials at launch on Monday, January 4. Among the offerings: five-parters “A Perfect Planet,” narrated by Sir David Attenborough, and “Mysterious Planet,” narrated by David Schwimmer, as well as the US premieres of “Judi Dench’s Wild Borneo Adventure” and “The Impossible Row.”

“Rolling Stone Magazine: Stories From the Edge” premieres on AXS TV on Wednesday, January 6 at 9p. Narrated by Jeff Daniels (“The Newsroom”), the six-parter looks at the last 50 years of American culture through the lens of the music magazine.

Amazon set programming on Prime Video and Twitch for its “NFL Holiday Blitz,” leading up to the exclusive stream of the San Francisco/Arizona Cardinals game on Saturday, December 26. NFL-themed programming across Prime Video, Twitch, and social media will feature analysts, NFL alums and pop culture figures, and on Christmas Day, Prime Video and Twitch will stream the Minnesota Vikings-New Orleans Saints game (Fox and the NFL Network will air the game on linear TV).

TV One has a premiere date for documentary “Unsung Presents: Music & the Movement,” celebrating the power of Black music. The show debuts Monday, January 18 at 8p, with part two airing at 9p. “Music is the heart and soul of Black culture – giving life to our experiences, voice to our stories and growing power out of our pain,” said Cathy Hughes, Chairwoman, Urban One, Inc. “Every melody, lyric and rhythm artfully depicts the layers of Black diversity, scope of black creativity, and depths of the complexity of our people.”

Year-end special “Peace Out 2020” premieres on Facebook Watch on Tuesday, December 29 at 12p, highlighting memorable and meme-able moments from the year many would like to forget. Keke Palmer (“Hustlers”) and YouTube personality David Dobrik host.

“Good Trouble” will be back for season three on Freeform on Wednesday, February 17 at 10p. The season two finale of the drama aired in March.


“TV will continue to be redefined in this decade but what is clear is that streaming will be central to its future,” notes FreeWheel’s Council for Premium Video study, “The Evolution of Streaming.” Insights for advertisers on the future of OTT include:
· OTT is a big area of opportunity for advertisers looking to incrementally reach more of their desired audience, but knowing its relative scale is important: 54% of streaming viewership is ad-supported (Nielsen), however at least 20% of that is not considered premium/high-quality.
· Linear TV accounts for roughly two-thirds of all viewing, and its combination with streaming planning and buying can maximize reach and optimize frequency, particularly with the inclusion of first-party data.
· For programmatic buying of OTT inventory, pre-bid bot protection capabilities are vital to ensure that non-human traffic is eliminated before it even becomes a problem for advertisers.

Mobile-first advertising platform Nativex announced a strategic partnership with TikTok that has XMP by Nativex joining TikTok’s Marketing Partners program. Through the XMP platform, users can create, distribute, and manage workflows associated with their campaigns. Users have total transparency into the creative content of a given campaign, and can fully automate creative and campaign management across TikTok and other major advertising platforms. Features such as batch and template-based ad creation allows advertisers to scale campaigns. “Marketers and advertisers realize the new audience engagement opportunities surrounding TikTok, and are fighting for a way in,” said Jin Ye, head of XMP, Nativex. “This partnership ensures marketers and advertisers can better execute campaign initiatives through TikTok and achieve greater results.”


SMF Studio’s collection of 82 artistic animated shorts is now available on Xiaomi OTT platform in China. The three-year deal is the first one for this collection in China.


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TLC ranks #1 in primetime among W25-54/18-49/18-34 in cable for 2020, thanks in part to “90 Day Fiancé,” the gift that keeps on giving. The franchise set record-breaking seasons, with each core series posting single to double-digit increases among key women demos. “Darcey & Stacey” was cable’s highest rated first season series among women; averaging 2.6 million P2+ viewers, the spin-off made TLC the #1 cable network on Sunday nights.

Shareablee Top 10 Shows for the week of December 14
Program, Network, IGTV Actions, Cross-Platform Video Actions, Video Views (FB & TW)

The Daily Show (Comedy Central), 1M, 1.9M, 42.5M
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (NBC), 416K, 609K, 10M
Tucker Carlson Tonight (Fox News), 306K, 647K, 4.5M
The Voice (NBC), 296K, 583K, 10M
Ellen DeGeneres (WarnerBros- Syndicated), 255K, 2.3M, 17M
The Late Late Show with James Corden (CBS), 206K, 307K, 4M
Good Morning America (ABC), 156K, 638K, 15M
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (CBS), 125K, 393K, 9.3M
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC), 124K, 788K, 4.4M
Hannity (Fox News), 124K, 425K, 0

Shareablee Top 10 TV Streaming Shows for the week of December 14
Program, Platform, IGTV Actions, Cross-Platform Video Actions, Video Views (FB & TW)

The Grand Tour (Amazon Prime), 138K, 638K, 2.4M
Netflix is a Joke (YouTube), 134K, 164K, 1M
The Witcher (Netflix), 64K, 322K, 31K
Big Mouth (Netflix), 57K, 108K, 191K
Awkward Puppets (YouTube), 34K, 63K, 81K
Selena: The Series (Netflix), 28K, 61K, 0
Disenchantment (Netflix), 17K, 32K, 275K
Red Table Talk (Facebook Watch), 13K, 200K, 4.2M
Dickinson (Apple TV+), 11K, 32K, 34K
Star Trek (CBS All Access), 8K, 66K, 279K

TV Time’s Shows on the Rise for the Week of December 14
Tiny Pretty Things (Netflix) – 100%
Hilda (Netflix) – 96.1%
Masterchef IT (Sky Uno) – 92.3%
Home for Christmas (Netflix) – 88.9%
The Grand Tour (Amazon) – 87.3%
The Expanse (Amazon) – 82.9%
Pennyworth (EPIX) – 82.6%
The Legend of Korra (Nickelodeon) – 69.7%
The Wilds (Amazon) – 61.8%
The Mess You Leave Behind (Netflix) – 60.6%
Methodology: Every week, millions of viewers around the world use TV Time to track their favorite series. “Shows on the Rise” is calculated by determining the week-over-week growth in episodes watched for a given program.

Broadcast Nielsen Ratings for Friday, December 18
Show, P2+ 000s, (A18-49)
ABC: Olaf’s Frozen Adventure 3.03 (0.5), Shrek the Halls 2.64 (0.4), 20/20 2.53 (0.4)
CBS: MacGyer 4.72 (0.5), Magnum PI 5.48 (0.5), Blue Bloods 6.38 (0.5)
CW: Christmas Caroler Challenge 0.48 (0.1)
FOX: Pac-12 Football 2.50 (0.6), Pac-12 Football 3.85 (0.9)
NBC: Weakest Link 2.48 (0.4), Dateline NBC 2.99 (0.4)
Telemundo: Takers 0.74 (0.2), Falsa Identidad 0.68 (0.2)
Univision: Vencer al Desamor 1.60 (0.4), Imperio de Mentiras 1.34 (0.3), Dulce Ambicion 1.36 (0.4)
Source: Nielsen live + same day time period averages


Disney named Alan Bergman as Chairman, Disney Studios Content. Bergman had served as Co-Chairman of Content with Alan Horn since May 2019; Horn will continue to serve as the division’s Chief Creative Officer. “The time feels right to shift my focus solely to our enormous creative slate,” said Horn. “As for our new Studios Chairman, Alan Bergman has been at my side since day one; he has been the best partner imaginable, and the team could be in no better hands.”


Animator Doug Crane died December 17 from cancer. He was 85. The Clio Award winner was an animator for Terrytoons, Hanna-Barbera, MTV and Filmation, among others.

This Day in History
1989 – Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausecu was ousted.

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question
In a holiday episode of “The Golden Girls” (1985-1992), who do Dorothy, Blanche, Rose and Sophia find dressed as Santa at a soup kitchen? Stan. Kudos to: Allyson Haas-Babiekins Magazine/LA, Paul Blutter-Walk and Talk Production Rentals/Burbank, Peter Steckelman-Tennis Channel-Santa Monica, CA, Tom Moore-Kalt Productions,Tara Brown-INSP/Indian Land, SC, Eric Emeric-Showtime/NYC, James DeBlasi-The Cue/NYC, Marianne Vita-The IAB-NYC, Fred T. Jackson-BET Live/NYC

Today’s Trivia Question
Where was Dr. Becker stranded when his back went out on Christmas Eve, on “Becker” (1994-2000)? 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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THE JIM HENSON COMPANY/LA: Collect and track pertinent data and information from production, talent, and license contracts, assist with negotiating terms and conditions of contracts and draft initial contracts and revise as needed. Minimum of two years’ experience in a law firm, network, or studio. Experience with guild agreements and/or Paralegal training and certification a plus. Full info HERE (1/14)

NBCUNIVERSAL/NYC: Seeking a Director of Data Science who will lead a team of Data Scientists that focus on the design and execution of advanced data exploration, data mining, inference and prediction of multiple traditional and non-traditional media measurement data sets. Expert knowledge of R and Python required, additional languages (i.e., Julia, Java, Scala) a plus. Full Info HERE (1/14)

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Provide strategic legal counsel to Crown Media executives, on matters of the highest profile, impact, complexity or sensitivity and leads the attorney and legal specialist team members. Substantive experience handling and advising on entertainment network legal issues within a broadcast/cable/digital in-house environment is sought. HERE (1/13)

A+E NETWORKS/NYC: Ensure Ads are compliant with A+E’s policies and federal guidelines during content and advertising review. Liaise with internal Ad Sales executives and external Ad Agencies. 5+ years experience, preferably at a network working in Ad Standards & Practices/Commercial Clearance. Strong familiarity with rules including FDA, FTC and FCC regulations, indecency and trade libel. Full info HERE (1/8)

A+E NETWORKS/NYC: Creative point in print, promotion, and marketing from concept to development across A&E, History & Lifetime projects. Must be well versed in managing design principles for both print and digital deliverables. Demonstrated hands-on ability to create key art and design projects from conception to completion. Expert in Adobe Creative Suite software and industry standard programs and software. 5 years experience working for network, film or other entertainment outlets. Full info HERE (1/8)

Must be able to perform ingest and playback functions during live and pre-recorded programs. Traffics video clips according to shows’ rundowns. Edits content as necessary. Min 3 yrs exp in executing video playback in live control room environment. Plus 1yr exp with Ross Tria or EVS. Full info HERE (1/7)

TELEMUNDO/SACRAMENTO, CA: Responsible for partnering with local clients, both on the agency level and direct, to create innovative and unique mrktg and adv solutions that target a client’s demos and products/services. AE will also need to deliver quarterly results and meeting individual budget requirements. Min 2 yrs direct sales exp with 3 yrs of media sales exp. Full info HERE (1/7)

BBC STUDIOS/NY, NY: Resp for building relationships with key retail accounts at the buyer/mrktg levels. Partner with licensee’s sales teams to pre-sell BBCS franchises and meet the needs of key buyers across retail. Build retail strategies that drive brand strategies set by the franchise/licensing teams. 10yrs exp in licensing or entertainment focusing on retail development. Full info HERE (1/7)

NEWSMAX MEDIA/NY, NY: Directs, co-develops/delivers locally prod programs and PSA for nat and inter’l audiences. Also oversees prod crew that produces regular, special and live shows related to various political, historical and other appropriate topics. Min 3 yrs exp in directing Live television news, studio-based programming or similarly related professional media productions. Full info HERE (1/7)

Exp in configuring and setting up all broadcast studio cameras both manned and robotic for daily use. Maintains network-level camera blocking and composition. Monitors/adjusts video signals including cameras, monitors, playback sources, color correction equip/incoming feeds. Min 4 yrs exp. Full info HERE (1/7)

NEWSMAX MEDIA/NY, NY: Resp for managing tech/logistical traffic supporting live news shows. Full knwldge of video and tech workflow throughout all locations. Provide tech guidance to help create better video workflows. Ensure all broadcast feeds are meeting specific tech quality standards. Min 3 yrs tech managing, or equivalent knwldge. 5 yrs in live TV prod. Full info HERE (1/7)

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NEWSMAX MEDIA/NY, NY: Operate/executes audio mixing/creation for live and taped broadcasts, in the context of orig produced programs and PSAs. Collaborate with News depart and prod crew that produce regular, special and live shows. Generate timely and pertinent broadcast material. Min 2 yrs exp in graphic and character gen in television news, creative services, studio-based prog or related profession. Full info HERE (1/7)

Newsmax Media/NYC:
Responsible for designing and building shows, managing show hosts and production team, identifying and integrating guests, overseeing and executing the production of key video & graphic elements. 3+ yrs EP exp or political news & talk programming. Full info HERE (1/7)

Newsmax Media/NYC:
Write for fast paced news and opinion show. You are an exceptional storyteller with a command of political news and cultural trends. At least 3 years of national or large market local news experience. Full info HERE (1/7)

Newsmax Media/NYC:
Responsible for the production and execution of live political news programming, and recorded video segments for television, and digital platforms. 3+ yrs experience line producing. Full info HERE (1/7)

Newsmax Media/NYC:
Responsible for the production of live news & talk show, and recorded video segments for television, and digital platforms. 3+ yrs in TV news and/or talk production. Full info HERE (1/7)

CROWN MEDIA FAMILY NETWORKS/LA, CA: Resp for supporting the implementation of advtg campaigns (on/off-channel), mktg partnerships, promotions, sweepstakes, experiential events, creative adv development & email mktg initiatives. Min 1yr of professional mktg exp within the entertainment industry. Full info HERE (1/6)

A+E NETWORKS/NYC: Assess company-wide developmental needs and drive the design, development, delivery, evaluation and admin of various training and development programs (including leadership training, coaching, DE&I, etc.). 3-7 yrs of developing eLearning training with strong data analysis skill and excellent communication ability is required. Full info HERE (1/6)

Idea generator in developing and vetting program ideas and genres for creating new programs for in-house development, and identifying the right distributor for each property. Min 8 yrs exp and must be able to share ideas and contribute to the strategic vision/direction of the Workshop. Full info HERE (1/6)

Seeking VP, Mktg for the Americas region, to design/implement an audience-led mktg/media strat to dev/enhance the commercial relationship between BBC Studios and its global strategic customers. Must have proven track record within a global Mktg envir, focusing on customer engagement and strong customer brand relationships. Full info HERE (1/5)

EMERGING NETWORKS, LLC/REMOTE: Responsible for development and growth of web, mobile and social platforms. As well as, all overall support for all digital content efforts and tactical responsibilities as it relates to the website and social media strategy. Full info HERE (1/5)

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WONDERY/LOS ANGELES, CA: Responsible for developing and executing media strategy including planning, analyzing and optimizing media campaigns. Must have media-buying experience and a passion for podcasts, audio storytelling and entertainment content. Full info HERE (1/5)

A+E NETWORKS/NYC: SME within the Consumer Mktg & Media team. You will develop and manage owned media strategy for the LIFETIME/LMN brands. Partner with Planning, Digital Media and On-Air Scheduling teams. 7yrs exp managing Owned Media within an Entertainment firm with deep knowledge of entertainment landscape, including competitive set and non-linear platform. Full info HERE (1/5)

NICKELODEON/NY, NY: Hardworking, pro-active and inquisitive Mgr for a newly formed Brand Mktg and Strategy team at Nickelodeon. This role will aid in defining Nickelodeon’s brand mission/values as well as Mktg efforts across series, brand, platforms, emerging media and more. Min 5yrs exp in consumer strategy, digital, mktg or media. Full info HERE (1/5)

ABC: “The Bachelorette” [f], “Supermarket Sweep”
CBS: “The Price Is Right at Night,” “Let’s Make a Deal Primetime,” “NCIS”
CW: “Swamp Thing” [f], “Tell Me a Story”
FOX: “Next” [f]
NBC: “The Voice,” “Saturday Night Live”
PBS: “City Hall”
Telemundo: “El Domo Del Dinero,” “Todo Por Mi Hija,” “Falsa Identidad”
Univision: “Vencer el Desamor,” “Imperio de Mentiras,” “Dulce Ambicion”



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