Good morning. It’s Monday. October 27, 2008, and this is your first early morning briefing.
~ MORE STUFF ~
NBC will revamp its primetime Wednesday schedule to focus entirely on crime dramas. Starting November 5, Knight Rider remains at 8p while Life gets a chance to rejuvenate by moving into the 9p time period and Law & Order will re-launch in the 10p slot. Lipstick Jungle will then switch to Friday nights. Additionally, NBC pushed back the debut of Momma’s Boys to December 16 following the season finale of The Biggest Loser; the next week Momma’s Boys will air on Monday nights at 9p in the Heroes time slot once it concludes its season. Momma’s Boys was originally slated to debut on November 12.
Game 3 of Fox’s World Series took a dip in the ratings, most likely as a result of the lengthy rain delay which pushed the full out start of the game to after 10p, and ending close to 2am. 9.8 million tuned in to watch the game, according to preliminary numbers – down from the average of 13+ million viewers for games #1 and #2.
In an email to employees, ABC News President David Westin announced there would be a series of financial considerations made in light of the ailing economy, while keeping an eye toward having all available resources to report the news. Writes Westin: “We report every day on the economic climate and the effects being felt throughout the country. We are not immune from the downturn. At the same time, the importance of the election and economic stories reminds us how much we have to do to help our audiences absorb and understand what is going on around them. What we need to do — and will do — is to make sure that we have all the resources we need to cover the news.” Among the reduced administrative guidelines are cutting back on attendance at conferences and conventions, elimination of all holiday parties, cancelling all paper subscriptions to magazines and newspapers (suggesting online use instead), as well as asking high level execs to fly in cheaper seats, and stay at cheaper hotels.
Coinciding with the NBA regular season opening tomorrow, NBA TV is sporting a new on-air look, reports Multichannel News. Operated by Turner Sports and notching 15 million subscribers, NBA TV unveils a fresh graphics package and a new 5,000 square foot set including a dedicated dot-com desk and a real basketball court for demonstrations among other improvements. Furthermore, NBA TV introduces three different themed nights to support appointment viewing among basketball fans. Tuesday nights will be “fan night” where fans can vote at NBA.com for the live game that airs each week; Wednesday night will contain original content produced by NBA Entertainment and hosted by TNT NBA host Ernie Johnson; and Thursday nights will be dedicated to basketball’s history using vintage footage. More themes may be added as the season progresses.
Super Tuesday Election Night Coverage: An early look at the broadcast and cable networks November 4 Presidential election coverage:
KATV/Little Rock anchor Anne Pressly, 26, passed away, the result of injuries sustained in a home invasion attack last Monday. To date, there are no suspects and police have no leads. Anne grew up in Greenville, SC, before moving with her family to Little Rock where she attended high school. She graduated from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee.
Top 10 Weekend Box Office Estimates: October 24-26, 2008
~ DISTRIBUTION, CLEARANCE & CARRIAGE ~
FX bought the cable rights to three 20th Century Fox movies including Max Payne, starring Mark Wahlberg which opened the previous weekend in theatres at #1, cites THR. The other two films are The X-Files: I Want to Believe starring David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, and The Rocker headlined by Rainn Wilson. FX paid an estimated $8 million for the trio, based on the standard 10-12% of domestic box office returns. FX likely will have a four-year license term beginning in late 2010/early 2011 while allowing distributor Twentieth TV to offer broadcast network windows for each.
~ PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT ~
HBO’s sixth season of Entourage will add Gary Cole as a regular cast member, per THR. Cole will portray a Hollywood agent named Andrew Klein who is an old friend of Ari’s played by Jeremy Piven. Fans of the comedy will meet Cole’s character this season in three episodes airing next month. Entourage is currently at the mid-point of its fifth season and will begin production for the new season early in 2009.
~ ELSEWHERE IN CYNOPSIS ~
CYNOPSIS DIGITAL – TODAY’S TOP STORY: A senior lawmaker – Rep. John Dingell, Chairman of the House of Representatives House Energy and Commerce Committee – added to the chorus of “White Space” protests led by broadcasters on Friday. Mr. Dingell sent a list of questions to FCC Chairman Kevin Martin asking the agency to identify devices that are causing interference to broadcasters using the band for unlicensed broadband services. The FCC is due to vote on the proposal to open up the spectrum on Nov. 4, the day America votes for its next president. Full edition: CYN DIGITAL.
Boys know where all the action is – Cartoon Network Every Friday Night! Click for more info!
CYNOPSIS KIDS – TODAY’S TOP STORY: This weekend marked the release of Disney‘s new movie High School Musical 3: Senior Year (HSM 3), and you won’t be shocked to learn that the movie landed at the top of the box office receipts domestically with $42 million. Based on Disney Channel’s original High School Musical TV movies, the HSM 3 feature film becomes the biggest debut ever for a movie musical, easily beating out the previous record holder Mamma Mia (July 18, 2008) that bowed with $27.8 million, according Box Office Mojo. Also, HSM 3 is now the biggest open for a live-action G rated movie, surpassing the release of Disney’s Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert (February 1, 2008), which debuted with $31.1 million. Additionally, HSM 3 is the second largest October weekend opening for a kids movie behind Shark Tale (PG, October 1, 2004) at $47.6 million, and for the 2008 so far, the movie is the third biggest G-rated movie, behind Wall-E (June 27, 2008) with $63.1 million and Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who! (March 14, 2008), which opened with $45.0 million. Internationally, HSM 3 earned $40 million across the 22 markets where it also opened this weekend, per Variety. Full edition: CYN KIDS.
CYNOPSIS INTERNATIONAL – TODAY’S TOP STORY: Gretech Corporation’s GOM TV and Warner Bros. International Television Distribution (WBITD) inked a distribution deal to bring the original Sorority Forever digital series from director/producer McG and Big Fantastic for viewers in Korea via GOM TV. The 40-episode short-form series debuted last week on GOM TV with one original episode (23 minutes) scheduled to air every weekday. Full edition: CYN INTERNATIONAL.
~ RATINGS ~
Thursday – A18-49 Analysis: CBS outscored the competition Thursday night at 4.3/11 A18-49, according to final national ratings from Nielsen Media Research. Survivor: Gabon on CBS held sway at 8p with 4.4/12 with ABC’s Ugly Betty next at 2.8/8. CBS stayed at #1 through 9p with CSI at 5.5/13, albeit just a smidge ahead of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy at 5.4/13. World Series Game 2 on FOX won the 10p hour with 4.4/12 while NBC’s ER placed second at 3.2/8, just a tenth of a rating point in front of CBS’ Eleventh Hour at 3.1/8.
Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Thursday, October 23, 2008 time period averages. Source: NTI Galaxy, as dated. Live+SD.
CBS: 9.1/14 Survivor: Gabon 7.8/12, CSI 11.7/17, Eleventh Hour 7.8/13
FOX: 7.6/13 World Series Pregame 4.2/7, World Series Game #2 8.1/13
ABC: 6.8/11 Ugly Betty 5.7/9, Grey’s Anatomy 9.5/14, Life on Mars 5.3/9
NBC: 4.7/7 My Name Is Earl 3.9/6, Kath & Kim 3.1/5, The Office 4.6/7, SNL: Weekend Update 5.3/8, ER 5.8/10
UNIV: 2.4/4 Cuidado con El Angel 2.4/4, Fuego en La Sangre 2.6/4, Noche 10 Gordo Flaca 2.1/3
CW: 2.3/4 Smallville 2.6/4, Supernatural 2.0/3
MNT: 0.9/1 My Thursday Night Movie: Nightmare on Elm Street 2 0.9/1
TELE: 0.8/1 Dona Barbara 0.6/1, El Rostro de Analia 0.8/1, Sin Senos No Hay Paraiso 1.0/2
A18-49: CBS 4.3/11, FOX 3.8/10, ABC 3.6/9, NBC 3.2/8, UNIV 2.0/5, CW 1.5/4, TELE 0.6/2, MNT 0.5/1
~ EXECUTIVE MOVES ~
Fox Networks Group‘s Scott Grogin has been upped to SVP/Communication, reporting to Group Chair/CEO Tony Vinciquerra. Scott will oversee the cross-platform strategic programs in place, the group’s nation and regional cable networks as liaison to the trade, financial and business press, as well as help on communications relating to affiliate relations, sales and government relations. Well done Scott!
NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution promoted Donna Mills to VP/Marketing and Affiliate Relations up from Senior Director/Affiliate Relations and Marketing. In this new position, Donna will manage all marketing and affiliate relations activities for the unit’s nationally syndicated series Maury, The Chris Matthews Show, The Jerry Springer Show and The Steve Wilkos Show. Donna will also offer marketing support to the distribution company’s advertiser, cable and stations sales divisions.
A CYNOPSIS MESSAGE FROM CTAM
Curious about Canoe Ventures? CTAM Summit’s just-added session delivers an insider briefing from Canoe Venture’s Acting CMO and Comcast Spotlight SVP, Marketing and Communications, Vicki Lins brought to you by Cynopsis.
Join this eye-opening lunch time session Monday, November 10 at 1pm, then get the big picture on Canoe Ventures from CEO David Verklin during Tuesday’s closing panel.
Register Today! One-Day Registrations Now Available
This day in History: 1904 – The New York subway system officially opened. It was the first rapid-transit subway system in America.
Answer to Yesterday’s Trivia Question: Who has hosted the Academy Awards ceremony the most times? BOB HOPE Kudos to: Andrew Goldman-HBO/NY; Mitch Burg-Syndicated Network Television Association/NY; Lynn Dee McDonald-Carat/Atlanta; Douglas Hochstadt-ABC Television Network/NY; Kandy Hartsfield-KDAF/Dallas; Amy Sobczak-Charter Media/St. Louis, MO; Dan Radman-Prometheus/Chicago; Zen Cymbala-NBC Universal Television Networks/Chicago; Greg Stewart-Evolution Media/Burbank; Warren Baker/Marina del Rey, CA; Chuck Lomis-Starz Entertainment/Englewood, CO; Cheddy Hart/Studio City, CA
Today’s Trivia Question: On the series Friends, what was Ugly Naked Guy’s apartment number? (Email
Later — Cyn
Cynopsis Ad Sales:
Cynopsis website – Video Resumes, Extended Classified Ads, Archives, and the Cynopsis Daily Video
To subscribe to any Cynopsis edition(s) click here .
CableU – Know Networks Better. Pitch Smarter. Click here
Cyn opsis CLASSIFIEDS – For More classifieds, visit the Cynopsis.com classifieds page here .
JOB OPENING: ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE/Rainbow Advertising Sales Corp/ Bronx NY: 3 yrs min exp major market tv, radio sales exp at ad agency level. See full posting and apply to www.cablevision.jobs req id 6841BR (11/1)
JOB OPENING: PROD/DIRECTOR /Cablevision/Norwalk, CT: Min. 2 yrs exp all aspects of vid.prod. Writing/shooting/non linear editing. Must know AVID/ Final Cut Pro. See full posting and apply to www.cablevision.jobs req id 7053BR (11/1)
JOB OPENING: ONLINE MKTG SUPERVISOR/iN DEMAND/NYC: Savvy marketer wanted with online expertise to maximize web strategies. Deg + 3 years exp. Apply:
JOB OPENING: DIR BRDBND VID/Lifetime/LA/: webst brdbnd vid prod; dev/prod webisde/vid cncpts/prog cntnt; mnge wrkflw vid creat/delvry. 5+ yrs vid prod; FinalCutPro; vid fr wbste; comprsn;stdrds; fld prdcng. Res:
JOB OPENING: EXEC SEC/IFC/NYC: Provide high level admin support to SVP of Orig Prog & Sr. staff. Highly org,detail orient prof w/2-4admin exp. Degree + related industry a +. rez: www.cablevision.jobs ref #7452BR (11/1)
JOB OPENING: SR GRAPHICS DESIGNER/Sundance/NYC: Design, concept &exec of branded ent& tent pole campaigns for off-air &Brdcst & Dig platforms.7+ yrs design/BC exp. Excel software skills. rez: www.cablevision.jobs ref #7258BR (11/1)
JOB OPENING: SUPRV-PROGRAM INVENT/Rainbow/LI: Resp for Orig Program Invent for AMC/IFC/WE/Sundance. Related exp a must. Data Analysis, database & PM nec. rez: www.cablevision.jobs ref #7366BR (11/1)
JOB OPENING: SR SALES COORDINATOR/TBS/TNT/truTV Chicago: Support Nat’l sales teams. 2-4 yrs experience necessary. Analytical thinker. Send resumes:
JOB OPENING: CINEMA MEDIA BUYER/ICON Int’l/Stamford CT(across from Metro North): 5yrs+ nat’l movie buying exp w/major ad firm. Strong math/negotiating/comm. skills, detailed & comp. proficient. Res/sal req:
JOB OPENING: TV RESEARCH FREELANCER/ABC Burbank: Min 1 year exp in TV research, exp w/ Nielsen analysis, primary research exp, strong written & analytical skills, BA/BS req or equiv exp, www.disneycareers.com (search Req ID-181968) (10/30)
JOB OPENING: DIR CREATIVE SRVCS: Oversee dvlp mktg solutions presentations. Coord staff/props/video. Trends/tech/creative resources knwlg. Exc strategic thinking/creative exec/writing skills. Rez:
JOB OPENING: VP MKTG SOL: Lead new dept & set creative vision for MSG sales initiatives. Bring “The MSG Exp” to life. Exp Brand/Creative Strategist. Exc lead./comm./creative/proj mngmt skills. Rez:
JOB OPENING: DIR STRATEGIC PLANNING/NY: Min 5 yrs exp., generate selling estimates, preposts and ratings analysis. Send resumes to
JOB OPENING: MGR/ANIMATION PROD & DVLPMNT/Marvel Studios: Dvlpmnt, prod/mktg with day-to-day coord of assets, schedules & vendors. Exp animation prod req’d. Resume:
JOB OPENING: SCHDL’ING COORD long-term temp/USA SLEUTH UNI HD/NY: Assist in all aspects of scheduling USA Network program services; min 1 yr program scheduling department exp. Send resumes:
JOB OPENING: BUS DEV MGR/BRIGHTLINE ITV/NY: Dvlp new clients & database; Project mgmt, sales skills; strong phone, orgnztn, comm/writing skills all essential. 3+ yrs exp. Exp Media/Ent pref’d. Res to:
JOB OPENING: LOG COORDINATOR/ABC BURBANK CA:Create on-air log & properly place commercials,1yr exp TV Traffic, Knowledge of MS pgms, BMS Traff. Sys. AA degree,ATTENTION TO DETAIL,Organized. www. disneycareers.com req.#181699 (10/28)
JOB OPENING: AD SALES RSRCH JOBS/ DISCOVERY/NY: Strong analytical/sales positioning/creative prob solving skills.3+yrs nat’l TV rsrch exp ntwrk/ad agency/synd. Prof in Nielsen sys/StarTrak/MRI pref www.discovery.com Req#8382 & 8237 (10/28)
JOB OPENING: MGR, EVENTS PROGRAMMING/iN DEMAND/NYC: Scheduling, dev/launch prog concepts, new biz dev, negotiate deals. 3-5 yrs media exp. Apply:
JOB OPENING: FREELANCE AD SALES MGRS, DIGITAL/ ComedySmack NY: 3-5 yrs. digital sales exp. Relationships with agency/clients in entertainment, apparel & liquor. Send resume & cover:
JOB OPENING: TALENT EXECUTIVE/G4 TV/LA: Book & Develop celeb talent for all programming. Strong relationships w/PR, studios, nets, agencies. BA & 5 yrs exp. TV prod/editorial. Apply to:
INTERNSHIPS – These positions are for credit only – nobody gets paid here. These ads are always posted for free , and students work for school credit only. For more information on the specs for posting an Internship ad, email Trish at
FALL INTERNSHIP CREDITS ONLY: NYC based entertainment PR agency seeks fall 2008 intern. Please contact:
FALL INTERNSHIP CREDITS ONLY: www.indieroad.net a website dedicated to indie films, is looking for qualified Interns for Fall/Winter 08-09 primarily for viral marketing and social networking work. Please send resume to
SITUATION WANTED ADS, POSTED BY THOSE LOOKING TO BE HIRED … Interested in posting your Video Resume? Contact
SITUATION WANTED: MKTG MGR: 13 years experience developing and implementing successful & innovative marketing plans that increase brand equity and sales. Email:
SITUATION WANTED: ACCOUNT MANAGER: Experienced Sales Account Manager. seeks perm. placement in Atl. 8 yrs exp. Extensive exp. w/ TV, radio. digital, print, sports, & all facets of station promotions.
SITUATION WANTED: EP BUDGET/SCHEDULE PREPARATION for All STATES: Reasonable Rates, Short Turn Around. Contact:
Interested in posting your Video Resume? Contact
Are you looking for a job? Post your Situation Wanted Ad here — Email
WHAT’S ON TONIGHT – Monday, October 27, 2008
ABC: Dancing with the Stars, Samantha Who?, Boston Legal
Cynopsis Media LLC
All outgoing e-mails are scanned and sent out virus free. Copyright Cynopsis 2008
03/22/23: Cynopsis Jobs
AD SALES PLANNER SINCLAIR BROADCASTING GROUP NYC, Hybrid Responsible for creating, analyzing & communicating sales proposals to the Sales team for presentation to advertising agencies and/or clients. Collaborate w/all media platforms & departments to create proposals, execute campaigns, manage stewardship & pacing of linear & digital deals. Point of contact post sale & provide excellent […]
03/22/23: “The Steve Wilkos Show” heads for 17th season in syndication
Wednesday March 22, 2023 Today’s Premieres BET: Tyler Perry’s House of Payne at 9p; Tyler Perry’s Assisted Living at 9:30p; The Ms. Pat Show at 10p; I Love Us at 10:30p Comedy Central: Digman! at 10:30p Netflix: Waco: American Apocalypse; Invisible City; The Kingdom IN THE NEWS Consumers understand that advertising can help make programming […]
03/21/23: Another round of cuts at Amazon
Tuesday March 21, 2023 Today’s Premieres Nat Geo: Restaurants at the End of the World at 10p Today’s Finale HGTV: Fixer to Fabulous at 9p IN THE NEWS More layoffs at Amazon. “We intend to eliminate about 9,000 more positions in the next few weeks—mostly in AWS, PXT [People Experience and Technology], Advertising, and Twitch,” […]
03/20/23: Cynopsis Media Tech Update
Monday March 20, 2023 The Justice Department is investigating TikTok’s owner over alleged spying on journalists. Surveying the protection of American citizens on the app, the investigation is tied to the admission that Beijing-based internet company ByteDance employees had acquired data on American TikTok users. The company said that the workers involved have been fired. […]
03/20/23: “Dancing with the Stars” host Tyra Banks will exit after season 31
Monday March 20, 2023 Today’s Premieres Acorn TV: The Larkins Netflix: Gabby’s Dollhouse Viaplay: A Murderer Goes Missing IN THE NEWS FOX News Digital marked five consecutive months as the top news brand with multiplatform views. The milestone also represented two straight years as number one with multiplatform minutes for the network, according to Comscore. […]
What Makes a Novel a Buzzy TV Series?Three-time-Emmy nominee, and former editor-in-chief of “Seventeen Magazine” and “Soap Opera Digest” Meredith Berlin has...
Getty Teams with SeeHer for Visual Storytelling GuideA SeeHer Series By Tristen Norman, Director, Creative Insights, Getty Images When conversations began about...
The “New Sweet Spot” for AdvertisersInvestigation Discovery alum Kevin Bennett has joined forces with independent true crime producer Scott Weinberger,...