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~ MORE GOOD STUFF ~
Joint boards from the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) voted unanimously on Saturday in favor of a new, three-year contract involving commercials on TV, radio, internet and new media. The agreement allows a $36 million increase in payments, putting the total value of the joint contract at $2.9 billion. Also tied to the agreement will be a two-year study analyzing if compensation should be linked with ratings. Members of both unions need to vote on the contract, with informational meetings set up nationwide to answer questions.
Additionally, SAG and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) made a tentative deal Friday involving successor agreements to the Producer-Screen Actors Guild Codified Basic Agreement. The fine points of this two-year agreement covering TV programs and films was reviewed yesterday by the SAG national board of directors during a previously scheduled board meeting via videoconference in Los Angeles and New York. Late on Sunday, the SAG board of directors approved the agreement and referral to the membership for ratification.
USA Network debuts its new original scripted series Royal Pains June 4 at 10p with a 75-minute inaugural episode containing limited commercial breaks. Burn Notice will also air the same night in its new time slot at 9p with the network’s window premiere of theatrical blockbuster Casino Royale airing first. Royal Pains was shot entirely in New York and around The Hamptons and stars Mark Feuerstein, a young, blacklisted doctor who becomes a doctor for hire to the rich and famous in The Hamptons. Universal Cable Productions produces Royal Pains for USA.
Aneesh Chopra was tapped by President Obama to become CTO, The announcement was made Saturday by the president during his weekly video address. Chopra was formerly Virginia’s secretary of technology and a member of the Obama transition team, focusing on technology and government reform. In his new capacity, Chopra will “promote technological innovation” involving the national introduction of broadband, one of the Obama administration’s main technology issues.
Iranian-American freelance journalist, Roxana Saberi is jailed in Iran on convicted charges of espionage. The 31-year old journalist who has reported for the BBC, NPR and Fox News was sentenced to eight years in prison and is being held at Evin Prison in Tehran. Saberi was arrested in January for buying alcohol which violates Islamic law and was later charged with working without valid press credentials which the Iranian government revoked in 2006. Currently, two other American journalists are being held in totalitarian regimes as Laura Ling (sister of Lisa Ling) and Euna Lee are jailed in North Korea since March 17 after they allegedly crossed from China into North Korea while working on a piece for Current TV. On Saberi’s case, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said over the weekend President Obama was “deeply disappointed” by her sentencing and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton issued a statement saying, “We will continue to vigorously raise our concerns to the Iranian government.”
LOGO changed the premiere date of its series Gimme Sugar, opening season two on June 22 at 10p on both the network and via LOGOonline.com.
The Style Network hatches a new season of Dress My Nest with interior designer Thom Filicia acting as a design detective and helping homeowners with badly decorated homes. The half-hour series opens its fourth season this Wednesday at 11p.
Top 10 Weekend Box Office Estimates: April17-19, 2009
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~ DISTRIBUTION, CLEARANCE & CARRIAGE ~
HorseTV, offering programming for the worldwide equestrian audience, just launched HorseTV Subscription Video On Demand (SVOD) via Sky Angel, joining other mainstream channels including Hallmark Channel, Discovery Channel, FOX News, Animal Planet among others.
~ PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT ~
MTV approved a new reality show working with DJ AM (aka Adam Goldstein) that is for now titled Gone Too Far, reports THR. The series will be an intervention style featuring DJ AM who has battled his own drug addiction and last year survived a plane crash in South Carolina. The show will work with young people who have a chemical dependency and DJ AM will be on hand throughout the “tough-love” intervention process along with an addiction specialist. Ish Entertainment and Gigantic Productions will produce the series, though no airdate on MTV has been announced. Michael Hirschom, Stella Stolper, Cheryl Sirulnick and Paul Rosenberg will all executive produce with Larray Vavra as co-executive producer.
Casting Call: LOGO seeks artists and talent to appear on season three of The Big Gay Sketch Show, executive produced by Rosie O’Donnell. The 30m show is a LGBT-themed sketch comedy series taped before a live studio audience in New York City and features a cast of eight emerging comedic actors who present traditional and music sketches based on timely pop culture. Last season, several celebrities from Elaine Stritch to Rose O’Donnell herself made special appearances throughout the season. The show’s new season will be taping in New York now through May 6. If you are interested in making an appearance in a sketch, contact Raquel Bruno, president of Drive Entertainment Group at 212-219-2370 or
~ ELSEWHERE IN CYNOPSIS ~
CYNOPSIS DIGITAL – TODAY’S TOP STORY: The Screen Actors Guild and the AMPTP reached tentative agreement on Friday on a shorter two-year TV/theatrical contract – potentially averting a strike and ending a ten-month stalemate over digital content rights that had halted production of most studio movies. The deal, which grants 3.5% annual pay increases and establishes a fee structure for shows streamed on the internet, includes no real changes regarding new media revenue sharing from the studios’ offer posed in February, according to Digital Media Law – essentially mirroring the same provisions agreed to this time around by the DGA, WGA and AFTRA. In a separate agreement, the SAG and AFTRA boards approved the commercial contracts reached on April 1 that establishes a first-ever payment structure in commercials for the internet and other new media platforms. Full edition: CYN DIGITAL.
CYNOPSIS KIDS – TODAY’S TOP STORY: CBBC is prepping Clash (6×30), a new music series which will provide kids with an introduction to classical music in a competition format. Clash features BBC Radio 1 DJs Bobby Friction and Nihal, each of which will lead a team of musically talented kids to give noted classical music pieces makeovers as pop tracks. The goal is to entertain and impress an audience of people who are not classical music. Each team will also have a musical mentor, cellist/pianist/composer/conductor Jason Lai and creative director of th Full edition: CYN KIDS.
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~ RATINGS ~
Thursday – A18-49 Analysis: Competition was tight Thursday night though CBS prevailed overall, winning A18-49 with 3.2/9 according to final national ratings from Nielsen Media Research.CBS thrived at 8p with Survivor at 3.6/11 with FOX’s Bones coming next at 2.5/8. NBC tipped into #1 at 9p with the average of The Office/30 Rock at 3.9/10, just a skosh ahead of CBS’ CSI at 3.8/10. Following its debut last week, NBC’s Southland was the victor at 10p with a 3.0/9 over CBS’ new Harper’s Island at 2.2/6 while ABC’s Private Practice rerun tied for third with UNIV’s Rosa de Guadalupe at 1.3/4 each.
Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Thursday, April 16, 2009 – time period averages. Source: NTI Galaxy, as dated. Live+SD
CBS: 7.3/12 Survivor: Tocantins 6.8/12, CSI 9.8/16, Harper’s Island 5.1/9
FOX: 5.2/9 Bones 5.7/10, Hell’s Kitchen 4.7/8
NBC: 4.7/8 My Name is Earl 3.4/6, Parks and Recreation 3.7/6, The Office 4.9/8, 30 Rock 4.3/7, Southland 6.1/11
ABC: 3.2/5 In the Motherhood 3.2/6, Samantha Who? 3.2/5, Grey’s Anatomy [r] 3.5/6, Private Practice [r] 3.0/5
UNIV: 2.2/4 Cuidado con el Angel 2.4/4, Manana es para Siempre 2.6/4, Rosa de Guadalupe 1.7/3
CW: 1.2/2 Smallville [r] 1.2/2, Supernatural [r] 1.2/2
MNT: 0.9/2 My Thursday Movie: Conspiracy 0.9/2
TELE: 0.6/1 Dona Barbara 0.5/1, El Rostro de Analia 0.7/1, Sin Senos No Hay Paraiso 0.7/1, El Cartel 0.7/1
ION: 0.3/1 MASH 0.3/0, Movie: Keeping the Faith 0.3/1
A18-49: CBS 3.2/9, NBC 3.1/9, FOX 3.0/9, UNIV 1.9/5, ABC 1.4/4, CW 0.7/2, TELE 0.5/1, MNT 0.3/1, ION 0.1/0
~ EXECUTIVE MOVES ~
Christian Calson joins Guillotine Editorial as VP/Sales and Business Development to spotlight business opportunities facilitating the company’s growth. Based in Los Angeles, Christian reports to Peter Walsh, President.
Ed O’Keefe was appointed Senior Producer/Special Projects and Innovation with ABC News Digital. Ed’s responsibilities include integrating online with television utilizing creative tools and technologies to build awareness and reach for ABCNews.com. Previously, Ed was Senior Political Editor for ABCNews.com’s coverage of the 2008 presidential primaries and election.
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Today’s Trivia Question: Bing Crosby was first offered this role, but turned it down. The TV character – based on a Broadway show with Thomas Mitchell as our guy – began legendary and reruns are still on television today. Who is this TV character? (Email
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