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The writer’s strike which has shut down the TV and film production industry for more than three months is expected to officially end Tuesday evening. The WGA boards voted yesterday to authorize a membership vote to halt the strike that will likely be approved on Tuesday. Results will be relayed Tuesday night allowing writers to begin work Wednesday, while showrunners can return to their non-writing jobs today. Later, in a separate vote that may take up to two weeks, WGA members will ratify the deal. Details include the WGA gaining ground with residuals for shows put online and jurisdiction over content created for online, but did not include jurisdiction over animation and reality product. As the networks rush back into production on some shows, it is expected that this current season will last until June and the Academy Awards show in its full form can be saved as well as a development season for next fall.
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~ MORE STUFF ~
FOX ordered a new season of Kitchen Nightmares, the reality series where Chef Gordon Ramsey fixes restaurant disasters. Production is underway in New York for ten to thirteen episodes produced by Granada America.
Retirement Living TV is getting into the dating game when it debuts Another Chance for Romance, a new relationship show for seniors and boomers today at 2p hosted by Roger Lodge. New half-hour episodes will air each week through early March. The show is executive produced by Roger Lodge along with Kathy Filosi Nelson and Miguel A. de la Lama X.
SCI FI Channel returns Battlestar Galactica for a fourth season starting March 28 with two back-to-back 30m episodes celebrating the series. At 10p, Battlestar Galactica: Revisited will review what has happened over the last three seasons and at 1030p Battlestar Galactica: The Phenomenon features celebrity interviews and the pop culture impact of the show. The first new episode will debut the following week on April 4 at 10p.
NBC‘s coverage of the 2008 Summer Olympics rolls out on 8-08-08, and among the NBC networks carrying the Games will be the newly-acquired Oxygen with two hours of gymnastics and other sports beginning each evening at 6p for a period of 10 days beginning August 11th. The other NBC networks carrying Game coverage are NBC, MSNBC, CNBC, USA, Telemundo, and NBC’s various HD networks.
Weekend Box Office Estimates: Feb 8-10, 2008
~ ELSEWHERE IN CYNOPSIS ~
CYNOPSIS DIGITAL – TODAY’S TOP STORY: WGA board members voted unanimously to accept a new three-year contract from the AMPTP that fleshes out a revenue-based formula for compensation in new media. The basic framework of the deal was based on what the DGA won from producers last month: writers will receive a first-ever residual of 1.2% of distributors’ gross for downloaded rentals, .36% of gross receipts for the first 100,000 electronic sell-through downloads of TV shows and .36% of the first 50,000 downloads of feature films. But writers must wait until the third year of the contract to begin earning a 2% share of distributor’s gross from ad-supported streaming of new TV shows over the net. Until then flat fees of $654 (during the first year) and $677 (2nd year) will be paid for hour-long programs and $360/$373 for half-hour shows, following an initial window of 17 days (or 24 days for first-season shows) in which no residual is paid. Writers on both coasts vote on the proposal tomorrow. If the deal is ratified, they could be back to work on Wednesday. Full edition: CYN DIGITAL. (Or to listen to the Cynopsis Digital Podcast click here or subscribe to it at iTunes here .)
CYNOPSIS KIDS – TODAY’S TOP STORY : Dizzywood, a K8-12 targeted virtual world and online gaming platform, secures $1 million in financing. Shelby Bonnie led this round of financing, with additional investments by Charles River Ventures among others. The new capital will be used to further develop and expend content on the site. Dizzywood was co-founded by Scott Arpajian, formerly SVP/CNET Download.com, Sean Uberoi Kelly, a co-founder of Wallop, and Ken Marden, a noted game designer and kid’s book author. Launched in November 2007, Dizzywood is a free site, with subscriptions expected to be available access premium content in the future. Full edition: CYN KIDS.
CYNOPSIS INTERNATIONAL – TODAY’S TOP STORY: A Company Consulting & Licensing from Germany and Hungary’s indie distributor Budapest Film inked a letter of intent to launch Filmklik Europe, a new pan-European, IPTV VOD platform. A Company will buy shares in Filmklik Hungary, a VOD service already running since mid-2007. This particular service will be expanded with the first drive in Central and Eastern Europe, including the Baltics, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Romania, and Slovakia. The CIS rollout will follow over the next 2 years. As part of the deal, Filmklik Europe will have available films bought by A Company’s Eastern European Acquisition Pool unit, and content from other sources. Full edition: CYN INTERNATIONAL.
~ RATINGS ~
Thursday – A18-49 Analysis: ABC stayed in control Thursday night with 4.0/11 A18-49, according to final national ratings from Nielsen Media Research. CBS won at 8p with the debut of Survivor: Micronesia at 4.8/13. ABC did best at 9p with Lost at 6.5/16 and again at 10p with its new series Eli Stone at 3.3/9, while the series premiere of NBC’s Lipstick Jungle came second with 2.9/8.
Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Thursday, February 7, 2008 (February Sweep Day 8) time period averages. Source: NTI Galaxy, as dated. Live+SD.
CBS: 7.6/12 Survivor: Micronesia [p] 8.1/13, CSI [r] 7.8/12, Without a Trace [r] 6.9/12
ABC: 6.3/10 Lost [r] 4.3/7, Lost 8.8/14, Eli Stone 5.7/10
NBC: 5.7/9 Deal or No Deal 6.1/10, Celebrity Apprentice 5.7/9, Lipstick Jungle [p] 5.3/9
FOX: 5.5/9 Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? 5.8/9, Don’t Forget the Lyrics! 5.2/8
CW: 2.3/4 Smallville 2.7/4, Supernatural 1.9/3
UNIV: 2.1/3 Al diablo con los Guapos 2.5/4, Pasion 2.1/3, Amas de Casa Desesperadas 1.6/3
MNT: 0.8/1 My Thursday Night Movie: The Great White Hype 0.8/1
TELE: 0.7/1 La Traicion 0.5/1, Victoria 0.9/1, Pecados Ajenos 0.5/1
A18-49: ABC 4.0/11, CBS 3.5/9, FOX 2.9/8, NBC 2.9/8, UNIV 1.8/5, CW 1.4/4, MNT 0.5/1, TELE 0.5/1
Friday – A18-49 Analysis: Two weeks straight, FOX and NBC tied for #1 Friday night this time at 1.9/6 A18-49, according to fast affiliate ratings from Nielsen Media Research. UNIV topped the ratings at 8p with Al Diablo con los Guapos at 1.9/6. FOX led at 9p with a House rerun at 2.4/7. Then at 10p, NBC came in first with a new episode of Las Vegas at 2.2/7.
Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Friday, February 8, 2008 (February Sweep Day 9) – time period averages. Source: Nielsen Media Research
FOX: 4.6/8 Bones [r] 3.8/7, House [r] 5.3/9
NBC: 4.3/8 1 vs. 100 4.8/9, Friday Night Lights 3.5/6, Las Vegas 4.7/8
CBS: 4.2/7 Ghost Whisperer [r] 4.3/8, Moonlight [r] 3.7/6, Numb3rs [r] 4.5/8
ABC: 3.2/6 Grey’s Anatomy [r] 2.8/5, Desperate Housewives [r] 2.6/5, 20/20 4.3/8
CW: 2.6/5 Friday Night Smackdown! 2.6/5
UNIV: 1.9/3 Al Diablo con los Guapos 2.1/4, Pasion 1.8/3, La Familia P. Luche 1.7/3
TELE: 0.6/1 La Traicion 0.5/1, Victoria 0.8/1, Pecados Ajenos 0.6/1
A18-49: FOX 1.9/6, NBC 1.9/6, CBS 1.6/5, UNIV 1.6/5, ABC 1.3/4, CW 1.3/4, TELE 0.4/1
Saturday – A18-49 Analysis: FOX raced to the finish line first Saturday night at 2.8/9 A18-49, according to fast affiliate ratings from Nielsen Media Research. FOX’s NASCAR coverage zoomed ahead of the competition during 8p at 2.7/9 and again at 9p with 2.8/8. ABC won the final 10p hour with its movie at 2.7/8.
Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Saturday, February 9, 2008 (February Sweep Day 10) – time period averages. Source: Nielsen Media Research
FOX: 4.7/8 NASCAR: Budweiser Shootout 4.7/8
NBC: 4.3/8 Law & Order: CI [r] 3.4/6, Law & Order: SVU [r] 4.7/8, Law & Order [r] 4.8/8
CBS: 4.0/7 Shark [r] 3.3/6, 48 Hours Mystery 3.8/7, 48 Hours Mystery 5.0/9
ABC: 3.4/6 Charlie Brown Valentine 3.0/5, Movie: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 3.5/6
UNIV: 1.4/2 Sabado Gigante 1.4/2
TELE: 0.5/1 Cine Nuestro [7p] 0.5/1, Cine de Impacto/Estreno 0.5/1
A18-49: FOX 2.8/9, ABC 2.3/7, NBC 1.5/5, CBS 1.3/4, UNIV 0.9/3, TELE 0.5/2
~ EXECUTIVE MOVES ~
Bill Foltz joined Gorilla Nation, the online ad rep firm, as CFO. Most recently, Bill was Partner/Managing Principal at Sports Business Ventures and comes to his new position with a background in growing and operating companies with experience in M&A, corporate finance, fundraising and private equity.
Answer to Yesterday’s Trivia Question: On Friends, Chandler and Joey had a pet duck and a pet chick. Chandler named the chick after an actress on one of their favorite TV shows. What actress is this? YASMINE BLEETH of Baywatch (Little Yasmine was the chick) Kudos to: Megan Morahan-NBCU/NY; Leah Weber-KidRo Productions/NY; Steve Daniloff-FSN/Pittsburgh; Melissa DeSpirito-Synapse Medical Communications/NY; Justin Karguth/Savannah; Jackie Strain–FOX 47 KXLT/MN; Emma Armstrong-Spotplus/Dallas; Josh Anisfeld-Towers Productions/Chicago; Diana Desio-TLC Interactive/Century City, CA; Caryn Rybarsyk-RSVP AZ/Phoenix; Sandra Mueller-KTLA/LA; Kevin Uriarte–Disney Online/San Francisco; Mirjam Mützel-TELCAST Media Group GmbH/Munich; Emmanuel Loreal-Carrere Group/Paris; Karine Bengualid-Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment/Toronto
Today’s Trivia Question: What was the name of the song by a popular Motown group that was used as the theme song for the Vietnam War based show China Beach? (
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