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Good morning. It’s Monday, February 9, 2009, and this is your first early morning briefing.
~ MORE GOOD STUFF ~
Showtime Networks Inc. and mixed martial arts (MMA) event producer Strikeforce are developing a new live series for Showtime featuring MMA events, airing within the Showtime Sports franchise. The multi-year agreement between the two entities allows Showtime to produce and televise up to 16 live MMA events each year including Strikeforce world champion bouts and a series profiling emerging fighters in the sport. The first championship event will air April 11 from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, CA and the specific fight card is TBA.
NBC’s summer reality competition show America’s Got Talent will soon name a new host as Jerry Springer, host for the last two seasons, said last week he wanted to leave the show to concentrate on his other ongoing projects. Springer replaced the series’ original host Regis Philbin who helmed the first season. America’s Got Talent is produced by FremantleMedia North America.
Paige Davis (Trading Spaces) will soon appear as emcee on Life for Dummies a new syndicated lifestyle show developed by A. Smith and Co., reports Variety. The series is based on the For Dummies book series from Wiley Publishing and will instruct viewers on a variety of topics. Arthur Smith and Kent Weed, founders of A. Smith and Co. will executive produce while Davis will also produce.
Actress/author Danica McKellar (The Wonder Years, The West Wing) will become lead math correspondent for the weekly Science Channel series Brink, joining host Josh Zepps. In addition, several other top science authors and journalists have been enlisted as correspondents including Garth Sundem, Jonah Lehrer, Joshua Davis, Dr. Kirsten Sanford and Dr. Dwight Williams. Brink airs Fridays at 10p and is produced by CBS Eye Too Productions.
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Top 10 Weekend Box Office Estimates: February 6-8, 2009
~ DISTRIBUTION, CLEARANCE & CARRIAGE ~
Twentieth Television announced syndicated court show Cristina’s Court will not return this fall, though the show will continue in production and on the air through September 2009. Hosted by Cristina Perez, Cristina’s Court is currently in its third season and won a first-time Daytime Emmy for a court show last year. Prior to this series, Perez hosted La Corte De Familia on Telemundo.
~ PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT ~
New Pilot Pick-Ups:
Jennifer Lopez and partner Simon Field’s production company, Nuvorican Productions is teaming with Fox Television Studios to adapt the Argentinean television series Rebelde Way for the U.S. The plot surrounds a group of private school teens who form a pop band. The U.S. script will be penned by Duane Adler.
~ ELSEWHERE IN CYNOPSIS ~
CYNOPSIS DIGITAL – TODAY’S TOP STORY: The music industry lost what was once thought to be one of its great digital hopes. Sony/UMG joint venture TotalMusic has officially pulled the plug according to a blog post by VP of Product Management Jason Herkowitz, a little over a year after it was conceived. Envisioned as a direct competitor to the iTunes juggernaut, TotalMusic sought to offer users access to unlimited music by charging device manufactures an upfront charge and a monthly fee that would be passed on to users. (News of its demise became an object of speculation after TechCrunch noticed that college music service Ruckus.com posted a cease and desist message – a start-up that was acquired by Total Music last year.) The decision seemed to be mostly about cold feet in tough times, according to Jason’s post. “I regret that we didn’t get to show you guys more about what we built – but in these extremely hard economic times (particularly for those in the music industry) it’s hard to blame them from pulling the plug on a still-highly-speculative offering. I only hope that someone else figures out how to crack this music-on-the-web nut in a way that is a win for everyone in the value chain.” Full edition: CYN DIGITAL.
CYNOPSIS KIDS – TODAY’S TOP STORY: DreamWorks is well on its way to entering into a multi-year movie distribution deal with Walt Disney, following the crumbling of the studio’s discussions with Universal on Friday, according to BusinessWeek.com. Under the deal Disney will release six DreamWorks pictures a year, with DreamWorks paying Disney an 8% distribution fee (they same as it would have with Universal), with Disney offering a $150 million line of credit if DreamWorks needs it for production, per the report. Additionally, Disney will help DreamWorks raise additional funds for the new company. Full edition: CYN KIDS.
~ RATINGS ~
Thursday – A18-49 Analysis: ABC was in the winner’s circle Thursday night at 4.5/12 A18-49, according to final national ratings from Nielsen Media Research. FOX opened the night winning with Bones during 8p with 3.2/9 while ABC’s Ugly Betty and NBC’s comedies My Name Is Earl/Kath & Kim tied for second at 2.3/7. ABC wrested away the #1 spot at 9p as Grey’s Anatomy posted a 5.8/14 followed by two more NBC sitcoms The Office/30 Rock averaging a 3.7/9. ABC remained in first through 10p with Private Practice at 5.3/14 and NBC was again second, this time with ER at 2.6/7.
Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Thursday, February 5, 2009 time period averages. Source: NTI Galaxy, as dated. Live+SD.
ABC: 7.7/12 Ugly Betty 4.9/8, Grey’s Anatomy 9.8/15, Private Practice 8.3/14
CBS: 5.6/9 The Big Bang Theory [r] 3.9/6, How I Met Your Mother [r] 3.6/6, CSI [r] 7.5/11, Eleventh Hour [r] 5.5/9
FOX: 5.6/9 Bones 6.7/11, Hell’s Kitchen 4.5/7
NBC: 4.3/7 My Name Is Earl 3.9/6, Kath & Kim 3.1/5, The Office 5.1/8, 30 Rock 4.0/6, ER 4.8/8
UNIV: 2.4/4 Cuidado con el Angel 2.5/4, Fuego en la Sangre 2.7/4, La Rosa de Guadalupe 1.8/3
CW: 2.2/3 Smallville 2.4/4, Supernatural 2.1/3
MNT: 1.2/2 My Thursday Night Movie: Honey Drippers 1.2/2
TELE: 0.7/1 Dona Barbara 0.7/1, El Rostro de Analia 0.7/1, Sin Senos No Hay Paraiso 0.7/1, Cartel R 0.6/1
A18-49: ABC 4.5/12, FOX 3.3/9, NBC 2.9/8, CBS 2.2/6, UNIV 2.0/5, CW 1.5/4, MNT 0.5/1, TELE 0.5/1
~ EXECUTIVE MOVES ~
Dan Thomas was appointed as SVP/Branded Entertainment with Sony Pictures Television (SPT) working with clients and agencies to locate projects for Crackle.com. Dan also will be involved with product integrations on behalf of television series such as Dr. Oz. Dan will report to Amy Carney, President/Advertiser Sales, SPT.
Martin Pompadur, formerly of News Corporation, Larry Namer, E! Entertainment co-founder, and Jean Zhang, Amerilink founder, have formed Metan Development Group LLC, a new venture to develop and distribute entertainment content and media for the Chinese market.
This day in History: 1997 – The Simpsons became the longest-running prime-time animated series. The Flintstones previously held the record.
Answer to Yesterday’s Trivia Question: On the sitcom The Big Bang Theory, Penny is employed at what chain restaurant? THE CHEESECAKE FACTORY Kudos to: Rochelle Schaeffe-JetSetPets, Inc/Ossining, NY; Brian Ricco-MultiVision Media, Inc./Ringwood, NJ; Wendy Logsdon-Tribune Broadcasting/Indianapolis; Melissa Pattillo- Initiative Media/Atlanta; Michele Wilinski-KSHB/Kansas City; Liz Jones-SpotPlus/Dallas; Caitlin Byrne-University of Louisiana-Lafayette/Lafayette, LA; Deirdre LaVerdiere-Bloomberg Television/Chicago; Jim Gray-FrogLight Pdns/Missoula, MT; Kyle Higman -Sleep Country, USA/Kent, WA; Alan Perris-The Television Academy/North Hollywood; Yvette Turner-KPIX/ San Francisco; Jim Snider-CTV Television/Toronto; Kimberly J. Luce-Disney Channel/Spain; Jim Van Dusen-Astral Media Radio/Winnipeg; Mira Laufer-Corus Entertainment, Inc./Toronto
Today’s Trivia Question: What was the name of the small southern town that was the setting for the series Mama’s Family? (Email
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