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Good morning. It’s Thursday, August 15, 2013, and this is your first early morning briefing.

Tonight’s Premieres:
AMC: Owner’s Manual at 10p
Travel: Mysteries at the Museum at 9p

Tonight’s Finale:
WeTV: L.A. Hair at 9p



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“The future of CNN is as much about digital as it is about a television screen,” president of CNN Worldwide Jeff Zucker told reporters on Wednesday, and the news net is betting $15 million that he’s right. CNN has invested in its infrastructure to make it easier to place content and advertising in varied digital outlets, as people increasingly rely on mobile devices for news and updates. Included is a major overhaul of the CNN website, which will adjust to fit the screen of whatever device is being used; a new color scheme will use different shades to indicate what kind of news is being reported, with red reserved for breaking news. “In the long run we won’t care where people get news,” said Zucker, “as long as it’s from CNN.” The new site goes live in November.


As its debut date approaches, FOX Sports 1 is still trying to work out a distribution deal with Time Warner Cable. While a TWC spokesman said on Tuesday the two were “in talks,” time is running out before the channel’s Saturday, August 17 launch. 

That launch is naturally being eyed by the biggest names in the television sports world, many of whom were on hand for Wednesday’s Cynopsis Sports Summit in NYC. “It’s not easy,” said Jon Miller, president of programming for NBC Sports and NBCSN of the distribution and rights skirmishes FOX Sports 1 is facing. “Multiple battles have to be waged, and the consumer conditioned to come. But they’re starting with a variety of assets with a strong following.” Tracy Dolgin also took the high road with the soon-to-be rival, pointing to the value of having another player in the field. “The world can coexist with multiple sports systems,” said the YES Network president and CEO. “This is the reason people are going to stick with cable – it’s good for the industry.”

Among Hallmark‘s fall offerings is The Hunters, a movie about parents who raid museums to protect fairy tale artifacts, and the children who scour the world to save Mom and Dad when they disappear. Victor Garber and Michelle Forbes star – and Garber tells Cynopsis he had a “great time” working on the project. “It was challenging and fun to enter into a world of myths and fantasy,” said the film/Broadway/TV vet. “Fortunately the director and the very talented cast were on the same page, so we had a lot of laughs, and worked very hard.” Movie premieres Friday, October 25 at 8p.

On the Case with Paula Zahn hits the 100 mark this weekend, and Zahn still marvels over the cases they’ve reported on. “Over the past 100 episodes, we have witnessed the incredible skill and tenacity of investigators and prosecutors in solving complex and controversial investigations,” Zahn tells Cynopsis. “And we’ve seen the amazing grace and grit of families who’ve shared their powerful stories of navigating our legal system in the wake of losing loved ones.” On the Investigation Discovery centennial ep, Zahn reports on the tip that broke the case of a Mooselake, Minnesota kidnapping; ep airs Sunday, August 18 at 10p.

Ad spending won’t increase as much as predicted, reported GroupM. Worldwide measured advertising investment is now expected to grow 3.4 percent, to $507 billion in 2013, versus the 4.5 percent estimated in December. U.S. ad spending is predicted to grow 1.8 percent, to $156 billion. The report projects 5.1% worldwide growth for 2014.

Oxygen Media is running a series on Instagram featuring 15-second videos of never-before-seen content from the net’s original shows. Wednesday, Oxygen’s Daily Oxygram launched with footage from the new season of Bad Girls Club: Miami. “As storytellers, we want to give our fans the ability to enjoy BGC any way they choose and on any platform,” Daniel Tibbets of Bunim/Murray Productions, which produces BGC, tells Cynopsis. “A platform like Instagram is best experienced on your phone,” adds the svp of digital media. “While time viewing on the phone continues to increase at a considerable rate, the enjoyment of short-form, or in this case ultra-short-form, video content is the most relevant way to deliver these storylines to our viewers.”  

Twice as many households as last year have a streaming media device, according to research group Parks Associates. The firm found in a study of 100,000 broadband households that of the 14% of homes that have a device, 37% opt for Roku, versus 24% for Apple.

Good luck with that: GSN is launching a half-hour game show, Mind of a Man, in which female contestants get an assist from a celeb panel to try and figure out what men are thinking about when it comes to dating, marriage, etc. The net ordered 40 episodes of the series, set to premiere in late 2013 from Never Nominated Productions; Mark Cronin will exec produce. “The great thing about this show is that it has big, big laughs coupled with insightful take away information,” Amy Introcaso-Davis, GSN’s EVP, Programming and Development, tells Cynopsis. “MIND OF A MAN isa contemporary spin on the classic celebrity panel game, and a hilarious show for the Twitter and Facebook era.”

Discovery Fit & Health two-parter Pregnant Behind Bars explores the challenges faced by expectant women doing hard time. Series premieres Thursday, August 22 at 10p.

Great American Country Network and Special Olympics Pennsylvania are asking viewers of tonight’s episode of Farm Kings, about a Pittsburgh-area farm family, to check in on the series web site ( For each check-in, the network will donate $1, up to $5000 to the sports organization.

Want to know How To (Really) Increase Kid Brand Revenue Through Licensing? Join Cynopsis Media and a panel of industry experts from Scholastic Media, The Jim Henson Company, American Greeting Properties and Cartoon Network Enterprises, on Tuesday, Aug. 27, for an informative, 90-minute webinar that will break down how to effectively license extensions critical to maximizing brand engagement. We’ll also explore the many deal-breaker and deal-maker case studies presented by our speakers – both within and outside the TV realm. Register here. See you there!


Mance Media announced a worldwide distribution deal with Continental Media to handle television rights for their first-run features. 


Adam Ferrara has been upped to series regular on Nurse Jackie. Ferrara plays the love interest of Edie Falco on the Showtime dramedy, heading into season six in April.

British actor Rhys Ifans (The Amazing Spider-Man) has been cast in Showtime pilot Trending Down, described as “a blistering attack on our youth-obsesses culture.”


NBC is developing Sparks, a drama based on the case files of neurologist Dr. Oliver Sacks (Awakenings). Glenn Gordon Caron (Medium) and Michael London (Milk) will exec produce.

Andy gets to be the boss! Office alum Ed Helms will exec produce a sitcom for ABC, from writer Mike Arnold. Series is about a big-city attorney’s rocky adjustment to small-town life.


E! added six more episodes to surging WWE reality series Total Divas, about pro female wrestlers. The July 28 debut drew 1.3 million viewers; last Sunday’s ep reached 1.7 million. The series finale is Sunday, September 15, but the new eps will start airing Sunday, November 17 at 10p.


National Geographic Channel Asia, from FOX International Channels, has commissioned a pan-regional series produced in Asia for an Asian audience. Ten-parter I Wouldn’t Go There follows explorer Robert Joe as he investigates “haunted” sites in Asia. “I Wouldn’t Go There is an original idea developed internally at the channel,” said Mark Francis, vp of production and development for FIC. “It’s the first of a new breed of stylish, contemporary factual programming out of our region.”

Nominees were announced Wednesday for the International Academy of Arts & Sciences‘ Current Affairs and News Emmy categories. For current affairs, U.K.’s Banaz: An Honour Killing, Brazil’s Globo Reporter  The Spirit Men, the Philippines’ I-Witness  Piggy Bank and Germany’s ZDFzoom  The Fukushima Lie earned nods. For news, it was the Philippines’ 24 Hours – Typhoon Pablo, U.K.’s Channel 4 News: The Battle for Homs, Brazil’s Jornal Nacional – Collapse in Rio and Romania’s ProTV News – Romania Buried in Snow. Winners to be announced Tuesday, October 1 at NYC’s Lincoln Center.


How to (Really) Increase Kid Brand Revenue through Licensing
August 27, 2013 | Time: 1:30-3:00 p.m. ET | Price: $295/site

Hosted by: Cathy Applefeld Olson – Editor, Cynopsis Kids

Daisy Kline – VP, Marketing & Brand Management (Scholastic)
Pete Yoder – VP, U.S. Consumer Products (Cartoon Network Enterprises)
Melissa Segal – EVP, Global Consumer Products (The Jim Henson Company)
Sean Gorman – President (American Greetings Properties)


Discovery‘s August 3-10 Shark Week 2013 was the most-watched in the net’s 26-year history, and the top network among men A18-49g. 

Tuesday A18-49 Analysis: NBC led Tuesday night among A18-49 viewers with 2.0/6, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. Univision’s Porque el Amor Manda topped the 8p hour with 1.6/6, followed by 1.4/5 for FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance. At 9p NBC’s America’s Got Talent took over with 2.4/7, versus 1.5/4 for Univision’s Tempestad. NBC’s Talent held onto the 10p hour with 2.5/7, against 1.2/4 for Uni’s Que Bonito Amor.

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Tuesday, August 13, 2013  time period averages.  Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.

NBC 4.3/7 Hollywood Game Night [r] 2.4/4, America’s Got Talent 5.2/9
CBS 4.1/7 NCIS [r] 5.3/9, NCIS: Los Angeles [r] 3.7/6, Person of Interest [r] 3.2/5
FOX 2.5/4 So You Think You Can Dance 2.5/4
ABC 2.4/4 Extreme Weight Loss 2.4/4, Body of Proof [r] 2.0/3
UNI 1.9/3 Porque el Amor Manda 2.1/4, Tempestad 1.8/3, Que Bonito Amor 1.7/3
ION 1.0/2 Criminal Minds [r] .9/2, Criminal Minds [r] 1.0/2, Criminal Minds [r] 1.0/2
CW .8/1 Whose Line Is It Anyway? 1.2/2, Whose Line Is It Anyway? [r] 1.0/2, Capture .4/1
TELE .7/1 Dama y Obrero .7/1, Marido en Alquiler .8/1, Santa Diabla .7/1
UMA .2/0 Cineplex .3/1, Seleccion La .2/0, Cloroformo .1/0

A18-49:  NBC 2.0/6, UNI 1.4/5, FOX 1.3/4, ABC 1.0/3, CBS .8/3, TELE .6/2, CW .5/2, ION .5/2, UMA .1/0


A couple of changes at OWN: Amy Oelkers has been named vp, digital sales, and Mary Beth Cunin was tapped for vp of scheduling and acquisitions. Oelkers comes from Real Simple; Cunin from CMT.

National Geographic Television announced Tim Pastore as its new exec vp of programming and development. While at BBC Worldwide Productions, Pastore worked on NatGeo’s Life Below Zero and Brain Games.

Angela Courtin has been promoted to president of Aegis Media U.S. She reports to CEO Nigel Morris.

NBCUniversal International Television Production has tapped Deborah Oppenheimer as exec vp of Carnival Films. She reports to Carnival managing director Gareth Neame.

Abhijay Prakash has been bumped up to evp of Universal Pictures‘ business development and strategic planning division.

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation as appointed Karla Loor Kitchel as director of strategic partnerships and marketing. She’ll lead the foundation’s marketing and funding development team.

Dan Lieberman is jumping from ABC News to join Fusion, the new net from ABC and Univision for Latinos and millennials. Lieberman will serve as dayside anchor, correspondent and producer, based in Miami. has tapped Nuzhat Naoreen for the newly created position of editorial director of the site.


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Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: What was the name of the character Friends‘ Joey played on Days of Our Lives? Dr. Drake Ramoray. Kudos to: Amy Horowitz-Mediacom/NYC, Smiti Kumar-Merril Lynch/NYC, Mindy Bodenstein-ABC Family/NY, Bev Wolfe-Fox TV/NYC, Katherine Naugher-Scripps Network/Knoxville, TN, Adam Leston-WDJT/Milwaukee, Sally Zikas-Weigel Broadcasting/Chicago, Kristin Staskowski-Charter Media/Birmingham, AL, Lori James-Charter Media/St. Louis, MO, Lucie Prann-Brand Media/Dallas, Andi Leston-Sportsman Channel/New Berlin, WI, Kerri Huyck/Pascom WA, Adam Zuvich-Shine America/Hollywood, Melissa Friedman/LA, Alexandra Leh-LaCheraqui Media/LA, Art Barmash/LA, Lilian Lemer-MyMac Productions/Venice, CA. Bonus points to Greenwich, CT’s Karla Beauergard and NY’s Bennett Lin for pointing out that Joey also played Jessica Lockhart after Dr. Ramoray’s “brain transplant.” 

Today’s Trivia Question: Friends Theme Week: What was the name of Phoebe’s first husband on Friends (1994-2004) and what was his career? (Email with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and time zone. Unofficial rules: Only the second four correct answers from each time zone will be mentioned; and once you’ve been mentioned in any of the Cynopsis editions, you can’t be mentioned again that calendar week.).

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ABC: Wipeout, Motive, Motive, Rookie Blue
CBS: The Big Bang Theory [r], Two and a Half Men [r], Big Brother, Elementary [r]
CW: The Vampire Diaries [r], America’s Next Top Model [r]
FOX: Glee [r], New Girl [r], The Mindy Project [r]
ION: Criminal Minds [r], Criminal Minds [r], Criminal Minds [r]
MyTV: White Collar [r], White Collar [r]
NBC: America’s Got Talent [r], Hollywood Game Night [r], Hollywood Game Night
PBS: The This Old House Hour, Frontline [r], Antiques Roadshow [r]
Telemundo: La Alfombra de Premios Tu Mundo, Premio Tu Mundo
UMA: Calabozos y Dragons 2, La Seleccion, Cloroforma
Univision: Porque el Amor Manda, La Tempestad, Que Bonito Amor

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