A CYNOPSIS MESSAGE FROM HALLMARK CHANNEL
HALLMARK MOVIE CHANNEL
The network that ranks #1 in interest
among total adults 18+ and women 18+.
Source: June 2006 BETA Research Cable Subscriber Interest Study. Ranking among 35 reported ad-supported emerging/digital networks (exclude commercial-free networks).
Good morning, it’s Monday, June 18, 2007 and this is your first early morning briefing.
FOX took care of some upfront business using the new currency – live commercial ratings plus three-days of DVR playback data. The recent deals, as reported in TV Week, are with various movie studios and reportedly FOX got price increases in the high single digits. The upfront is off to a slower start this year as both buyers and sellers are getting familiar with using the new ratings data.
NBC: Age of Love at 9p
MTV: My Super Sweet 16 at 9p, Engaged & Underage at 930p and Making the Band 4 at 10p
TNT: The Closer at 9p and Heartland at 10p
NBC: Deal or No Deal at 8p
~ MORE GOOD STUFF ~
Trifecta Entertainment & Media has cleared the syndicated reality series Jack Hanna, Into the Wild in 85% of the U.S. for a fall launch. The weekly program has been picked up by such station groups as Fox, CBS, Belo, Raycom, Hearst, Lin, Gannett, Clear Channel, Media General, Pappas, and Weigel.
Sundance Channel has extended its Spotlight web series on sundancechannel.com, making the profiles of artists, musicians and filmmakers a regular feature. Starting today, a new Spotlight will focus on indie rock musician Lou Barlow of Dinosaur Jr., followed by Sundance Film Festival Short Filmmakers on June 25 and animator Cole Gerst on July 2. The Spotlight series contains exclusive interviews with each subject, unique video that could include live performances, photos, as well as background information and music tracks when necessary.
While CNN is reportedly wooing Campbell Brown, anchor of NBC’s Weekend Today, the cable news network is also planning the replacement for Paula Zahn Now, currently airing at 8p. According to Variety, it’s expected Zahn will leave when her contract expires at the end of next month. If successful with Brown, CNN may have a new primetime anchor. Plan B apparently is to move Lou Dobbs to 8p, opposite Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly and MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann. With that said, it’s probably fair to say there’s also a Plan C and a Plan D.
HBO Family picked up a 3D animated series ordered by the South African Broadcasting Corporation. Magic Cellar will debut on June 23 at 630p in the U.S. and Bermuda, marking the first time that an animated television series from Africa was purchased by a top U.S. network. The Saturday show is based on 20 African folktales. Magic Cellar was produced by Canada’s Chocolate Moose Media and South Africa’s Morula Pictures.
Anime Network has picked up the license for the young-adult targeted anime series Ninja Nonsense from The Right Stuf International. The Japanese comedy, described as “racy,” follows the mischievous adventures of a girl named Shinobu, a naive ninja-in-training. Comprised of 12 episodes, Ninja Nonsense is scheduled to debut on U.S. VOD on July 5 on Anime Network.
Weekend Box Office Estimates: June 15-17, 2007
Fantastic Four (Fox) $57.4 million – opening weekend
Ocean’s 13 (Warner Bros.) $19.1 million – 2 wk total $69.8m
Knocked Up (Universal) $14.5 million – 3 wk total $90.4m
Pirates: At World’s End (Buena Vista) $12.0 million – 4 wk total $273.8m
Surf’s Up (Sony) $9.3 million – 2 wk total $34.7m
Shrek the Third (Paramount/DreamWorks) $9.0 million – 5 wk total $297.2m
Nancy Drew (Warner Bros.) $7.1 million – opening weekend
Hostel Part II (Lionsgate) $3.0 million – 2 wk total $14.2m
Mr. Brooks (MGM) $2.8 million – 3 wk total $23.4m
Spider-Man 3 (Sony) $2.5 million – 7 wk total $330.0m
Source: Box Office Mojo
~ PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT ~
Joining the cast of NBC‘s Heroes next season will be Nick D’Agosto in a recurring role as Claire’s boyfriend, who comes with his own super powers.
Jesse Martin has reupped with Law & Order, agreeing to return for his ninth season as Detective Ed Green.
~ EXECUTIVE MOVES ~
Michael R. Polis has joined W!LDBRAIN in the new position of CMO. Previously, Michael served as SVP/Marketing Worldwide for The Jim Henson Company where he produced content for the web and for sale on DVD.
~ ELSEWHERE AT CYNOPSIS … ~
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- Family and Consumer Choice Act of 2007
- HBO acquires 3D animated African series for HBO Family KIDZ BOP concert tour
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- Alfred Haber Distribution inks first two global TV deals agreements for The International Fight League programming
- Viz Media signs distribution deal with Brazil’s SBT for TV Tokyo‘s Naruto
- Logo to debut D.E.B.S. film on network TV for first time
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- Sony is disconnecting the video and music components of Connect and connecting Grouper with a networked PS3
- Major League Baseball Advanced Media is on pace to knock out $400 million in revenue
- Online marketing/distributions options are increasing for indie filmmakers
~ RATINGS ~
THURSDAY – A18-49 Analysis: Week to week, FOX kept a steady pace Thursday night winning with 3.5/12 A18-49, according to fast affiliate ratings from Nielsen Media Research. FOX was the leader at 8p with Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? at 3.1/11, and at 9p won again with So You Think You Can Dance at 4.0/12. ABC succeeded in winning at 10p with its NBA Finals coverage at 3.7/11.
Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Thursday, June 14, 2007 – time period averages. Source: Nielsen Media Research
FOX 6.2/11 Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? 5.9/11, So You Think You Can Dance 6.5/11
CBS 5.3/10 Pirate Master 3.7/7, CSI [r] 6.4/11, Shark [r] 5.8/10
ABC 4.9/9 Fast Cars & Superstars 3.8/7, NBA Pre-Game 3.7/7, NBA Finals 5.5/10
NBC 2.9/5 My Name Is Earl [r] 3.3/6, 30 Rock [r] 2.8/5, The Office [r] 2.9/5, Scrubs [r] 2.6/4, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip 3.0/5
UNIV 2.0/4 La Fea Mas Bella 2.1/4, Destilando Amor 2.3/4, Aqui y Ahora 1.7/3
CW 1.2/2 Smallville [r] 1.3/2, Supernatural [r] 1.1/2
TELE 0.7/1 Marina 0.7/1, Zorro 0.7/1, Esclava Isaura 0.7/1
A18-49: FOX 3.5/12, ABC 2.9/9, CBS 1.9/6, NBC 1.8/6, UNIV 1.7/5, CW 0.6/2, TELE 0.5/2
This Day in History: 1925 – Harvard University granted the first degree in landscape architecture.
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WHAT’S ON TONIGHT: Monday, June 18, 2007
ABC: Wife Swap [r], Ex-Wives Club, Supernanny [r]
CBS: Creature Comforts , Old Christine [r], Two and a Half Men [r], How I Met Your Mother [r], CSI:Miami [r]
CW: Everyone Hates Chris [r], All of Us [r], Girlfriends [r], The Game [r]
FOX: The Simpson’s [r], American Dad [r], Hell’s Kitchen
ION: Mama’s Family, Mama’s Family, Diagnosis Murder, Wonder Years, Wonder Years
MNT: IFL Battleground [r]
NBC: Deal or No Deal [f ], Age of Love [p ], Dateline
PBS: Antiques Roadshow [r], Simon Schama’s Power of Art: Van Gogh, Simon Schama’s Power of Art: Picasso
TELE: Marina, Zorro, La Esclava Isaura
UNIV: La Fea Mas Bella, Destilando Amor, Cristina
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