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Good morning. It’s Monday, July 7, 2008, and this is your first early morning briefing.
NBC Universal, Bain Capital and The Blackstone Group entered into a definitive agreement with Landmark Communications over the weekend to purchase The Weather Channel properties. The Weather Channel will remain as a separate entity based in Atlanta with NBCU personnel managing. While the financial terms of the deal were not revealed, the transaction involves The Weather Channel Networks; The Weather Channel Interactive which includes weather.com; and Weather Services International, a unit specializing in weather forecasting. Based on normal regulatory approvals, the deal is expected to close by the end of 2008.
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~ MORE GOOD STUFF ~
GSN will introduce a new original series Catch 21 on July 21 at 730p. Hosted by Alfonso Ribeiro, the 40-episode series, created by Merrill Heatter and executive produced by Scott Sternberg, combines the card game 21 and pop trivia questions as three contestants compete against each other. The show is also based on the Catch 21 online game, created by WorldWinner and available through GSN.com. Catch 21 will air weeknights on GSN at 7:30p with encore episodes airing Tuesdays through Saturdays at 10p and Sundays at 10p and 1030p.
HBO is preparing to premiere the seven part miniseries titled Generation Kill from creator David Simon (The Wire), based on the Iraq war diary and book written by Rolling Stone’s Evan Wright. The diary and the series follows the first forty days of the Iraq War, specifically following the movements of the Marine’s 1st Reconnaissance Battalion. The series debuts on July 13 at 9p.
Top 10 Weekend Box Office Estimates: July 4-6, 2008
~ PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT ~
Michael Hoff Productions‘ latest project is an original series for Animal Planet – Weird, True and Freaky, a half-hour series premiering August 18. The series is a fast-paced rundown of the strangest, craziest real-life stories on four legs. From clepto-creatures caught-on-tape to pet plastic surgeries, each episode includes animals’ antics that became front-page news stories.
Casting Call: FOX is casting for its musical competition reality show Don’t Forget The Lyrics! and is looking for contestants who live in the New York and New Jersey area. The show is interested in all types but in particular firemen, police officers, cab drivers, street performers, doormen and more professions that exemplify being a true New Yorker. Participating on the show and knowing lots of songs and lyrics could net the winner a $1 million prize. To apply for the show, send an email to
~ ELSEWHERE IN CYNOPSIS ~
CYNOPSIS DIGITAL – TODAY’S TOP STORY: NBC Universal and private equity groups Bain Capital and The Blackstone Group signed an agreement to buy The Weather Channel properties from Landmark Communications. (The price was undisclosed but believed to be well below the $5 billion Landmark was initially seeking.) The deal gives NBCU control of The Weather Channel currently distributed in 97% of U.S. cable homes; The Weather Channel Interactive, a top 15 website (40 million monthly uniques) and leading mobile content provider; and Weather Services International, a multiplatform service with more than 5,500 clients worldwide. The addition of weather.com will make NBCU a top 10 internet destination in terms of unduplicated reach. TWC will be operated as a separate entity based in Atlanta, with management services to be provided by NBCU. Full edition: CYN DIGITAL.
CYNOPSIS KIDS – TODAY’S TOP STORY: CITV (UK) has commissioned Bookaboo! (13×10), a new multiplatform mixed live-action/animated preschool series about a drumming ‘rock puppy’, who just can’t seem to perform his drum solo unless he’s a story has been read to him. Bookaboo! Will be produced by Happy Films and will feature celebrity guests who will help out by reading stories to the puppy so he can go on. ITV’s commission supports the UK’s National Year of Reading 2008 effort to promote kid and adult literacy. The series will be supported by an online Bookaboo Book Club, as well as live events and in-store promotions. Full edition: CYN KIDS.
CYNOPSIS INTERNATIONAL – TODAY’S TOP STORY: After attempting to ink an agreement on price for several months, Italy’s Mediaset has stated that it will not consent to its Sky Italia satellite rival carrying Mediaset’s Premium Gallery pay TV channels. However, the door is being left open regarding other content such as sports. Full edition: CYN INTERNATIONAL.
~ RATINGS ~
Clarification: Last Thursday we ran the season-to-date ranker for the Top 10 M-F Syndicated Strip Series instead of the weekly numbers. Below is the Top 10 syndicated ranker for the week of 6/16.
Top 10 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of 6/16-6/22/08 ranked by HH Rtg
Top 10 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of 6/16-6/22/08 ranked by A18-49 Rtg
Wednesday – A18-49 Analysis: FOX kept a steady rhythm Wednesday night winning with 3.2/10 A18-49, according to final national ratings from Nielsen Media Research. FOX led at 8p with So You Think You Can Dance at 3.0/10 and the dance competition show stayed on top through 9p with 3.3/10. Also during 9p, MNT debuted back-to-back episodes of Twilight Zone averaging a 0.3/1. Then at 10p, CBS’ CSI: NY repeat and NBC’s Celebrity Circus tied for first place at 1.9/6 each followed closely by ABC’s Primetime: Crime at 1.8/5.
Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Wednesday, July 2, 2008 time period averages. Source: NTI Galaxy, as dated. Live+SD.
CBS: 5.5/10 Price Is Right Primetime [r] 4.7/9, Criminal Minds [r] 6.0/10, CSI: NY [r] 5.7/10
FOX: 5.3/10 So You Think You Can Dance 5.3/10
NBC: 3.4/6 Baby Borrowers 2.9/5, Baby Borrowers 4.2/7, Celebrity Circus 3.1/6
ABC: 3.0/5 Wife Swap [r] 2.5/5, SuperNanny [r] 2.6/4, Primetime: Crime 4.0/7
UNIV: 2.2/4 Al Diablo con los Guapos 2.4/5, Fuego en la Sangre 2.4/4, Don Francisco Presenta 1.7/3
CW: 0.8/1 America’s Next Top Model [r] 0.8/2, Pussycat Dolls: Girlicious [r] 0.7/1
TELE: 0.7/1 Juramento 0.3/1, Victoria 0.8/1, Sin Senos No Hay Paraiso 0.9/2
MNT: 0.6/1 Under One Roof 0.6/1, Whacked Out Videos [r] 0.5/1, Twilight Zone [p] 0.6/1, Twilight Zone 2 [p] 0.7/1
A18-49: FOX 3.2/10, NBC 2.0/6, UNIV 1.8/6, CBS 1.7/5, ABC 1.5/5, TELE 0.5/2, CW 0.4/1, MNT 0.3/1
~ EXECUTIVE MOVES ~
FamilyNet tapped Roger Stallard as SVP/Sales where he will manage advertising sales for the network as well as strategic development, staff leadership tasks, upcoming planned expansions and overall sales systems. Roger will be based at company headquarters in Atlanta.
Former Time Warner Cable executive Roger Keating starts today at Hearst-Argyle Television as SVP/Digital Media, reporting to President and CEO David Barrett. He replaces Terry Mackin who took a job running the Univision Stations Group earlier this year.
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More than 40 sessions, intensives, panels, chats, screenings include: Interactive Content: Engaging & Monetizing Your Audience / Machinima : A Revolutionary Content Platform to Incubate New Series / Gossip Girl 360: Anatomy of an Online Success Story / Triple Threat Predator: Surviving in Hollywood as a Writer/Producer/Editor / Master Class with Chuck Lorre / Your Top 10 Workflow Issues with RED’s Ted Schilowitz …
Answer to Yesterday’s Trivia Question: This member of The A Team was raised in an orphanage and learned most of his cons by watching TV. Who was this? TEMPLETON PECK (FACE MAN or FACE) Kudos to: Danielle Calabria-Sony Pictures Television /NY; Patrick Hannaford-WGN America/NY; Andy Bennett-Brighter Minds Media/Worthington, OH; Burk Lindahl- RIAVA Technologies LLC/Cleveland, OH; Joanna Jurgens-CBJ Enterprises/Dallas; Kevin Schmidt-National Cable Communications/Chicago; Dan McDonald-Comcast Spotlight/Nashville; Lee D. Pitluk-KVDF/Azteca America/San Antonio; Greg Reeves-Red Varden Studios/LA; Chin Thammasaengsri-Westlake Signal Group/LA; Matt Sautter-Dish Network/Denver; Don Skramovsky-RPA/Santa Monica
Today’s Trivia Question: Shannon had a recurring role as Will and Grace’s whacked out neighbor. What was her first name? (Email
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