A CYNOPSIS MESSAGE FROM TALPA CREATIVE
Got an Idea?
John de Mol, Creator of Big Brother, Fear Factor and Deal or no Deal
Wants to Hear it!
Do you have a fantastic non-scripted TV idea? Want to create the next international hit?
Join the team at
Good morning. It’s Thursday, July 10, 2008, and this is your first early morning briefing.
Sun. Surf. Espionage. BURN NOTICE Premieres Tonight 10/9c only on USA Network.
~ MORE GOOD STUFF ~
A&E’s fourth season of Criss Angel Mindfreak will debut with a one hour show on July 23 at 10p, and followed a week later with a first-time live special on July 30 at 10p. During the live episode titled “Building Implosion Escape,” Criss will be chained to a 6-story building in Florida and must free himself before it implodes. The series is produced by Criss Angel, Angel Productions Inc. and The Firm.
William Shatner will host a new celebrity interview series called Shatner’s Raw Nerve for A&E’s Bio Channel, premiering August 19 at 10p. As he chats with his fellow celebrity guests, Shatner will attempt to find their raw nerve touch points to reveal interesting, surprising and funny facets about their personalities. Some of the celebrities slated to appear include John Voight, Judge Judy, Valerie Bertinelli and Leonard Nimoy among others. The original series is produced by Scott Sternberg Productions with Scott Sternberg as executive producer and Robert Sharenow and Michael Morrison as executive producers for Bio Channel.
In addition to the William Shatner interview series, Bio Channel has three other new series ready for roll out in primetime:
In addition, Bio Channel is bringing back two other series to its schedule: I Survived . . . and Biography.
Golf Channel will add live coverage of The President’s Cup to its annual tournament schedule beginning next year. The exclusive early-round coverage will be presented twice as replays will air in primetime in addition to the live daily coverage. Next year’s President’s Cup will happen on October 8-11 at Harding Park Golf Course in San Francisco.
MSG will serve up a new original series this Sunday at 8p called NYC Sound Tracks presented by ChevyOffers.com. During eight episodes, talented New York City subway musicians will be spotlighted with each hoping to catch his big break. Viewers will ultimately select their favorite through www.MSG.com and the winner will perform as an opening act on stage at Madison Square Garden. The series is hosted by Gillian Pensavalle and is produced by East Pleasant Pictures in association with MSG.
Verizon announced it will add the Big Ten Network to its FiOS TV lineup in both standard-def and hi-def versions. The Big Ten Network was recently added in Ft. Wayne, IN and will launch in the next several months region by region to eventually be everywhere FiOS TV is available.
A CYNOPSIS MESSAGE FROM USA NETWORK
The #1 New Series of 2007 is Back!
New Season Premieres Tonight 10/9c
Source: Nielsen Media Research. 1/1/07-12/31/07, P25-54 Live+7 (000), trackage average for all new cable series. Excluding limited series, trackages with 1 telecast and sports. Subject to qualifications.
~ PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT ~
ABC News tapped journalist Lisa Ling to contribute a series of reports for its late-night news program Nightline. Lisa continues to be a special correspondent for the Oprah Winfrey Show and the National Geographic Channel.
Fuse ordered production on three new original series slated to air this fall:
Fuse also will debut two new studio shows this month: the dating game show You Rock, Let’s Roll on July 14 at 6p and the music/entertainment discussion show The Weekly Riff on July 25 at 11p.
Showtime has a new drama series in development called Exterminators which is based on the comic by Vertigo/DC Comics and executive produced by Sara Colleton (Dexter), reports THR. The drama, described as similar in tone to Six Feet Under, is about an ex-con who goes to work for Bug-Be-Gone, an extermination company that is full of bizarre characters. At the same time a mystery revolving around his girlfriend crops up.
HBO is working on a new pilot titled Fat Sells which will delve into the herbal weight loss industry. Forrest Whitaker and 25/7’s Dave Broome are set to executive produce. The story is about a weight loss business kingpin whose life gets shaky when the FDA starts investigating his company’s claims.
Casting Call: A new reality weight loss series for Lifetime is casting, looking for a group of real-life girlfriends who all want to lose between 20-50 pounds and who are 28-35 years old. If selected, the friends will go through a 90-day fitness transformation with the help of trainers and life coaches. Interested applicants can send an email to
~ ELSEWHERE IN CYNOPSIS ~
100+ Experts/ 40+ Sessions/ Networking / Intensives / Demos … at NATPE’s LATVFest Jul 30-Aug 1
CYNOPSIS DIGITAL – TODAY’S TOP STORY: Last.fm announced the official launch of its Artist Royalty Program allowing unsigned bands to register their uploaded music on the site, so they can get paid royalties when their tracks are listened to by Last.fm users. Since offering the option in January over 450,000 independently-produced tracks have been registered on the site. However, a group of independent labels called Merlin, positioned as a “fifth major” representing some 12,000 smaller companies, is already complaining the program is unclear about its terms and fails to address compensation for past use. Full edition: CYN DIGITAL.
CYNOPSIS KIDS – TODAY’S TOP STORY: Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions group has picked up the US distribution rights to the new CG animated family movie Planet 51. The HandMade Films International’s presentation of the Ilion Animation Studios film, Planet 51 will feature the voices of Dwayne Johnson (we used to call him The Rock), Jessica Biel, Justin Long, Gary Oldman and john Cleese. Featuring a screenplay by Joe Stillman (Shrek, Shrek 2), and directed by Jorge Blanco and co-directors Marcos Martinez and Javier Abad, Planet 51 is a switcher00 on the alien invasion scheme, as this time an earth astronaut is the invading party when he lands on Planet 51 only to find that aliens (yes, the little green type) are living there in a 1950s American style white picket-fenced world. Sony’s TriStar Pictures will release the movie on November 20, 2009. Full edition: CYN KIDS.
CYNOPSIS INTERNATIONAL – TODAY’S TOP STORY: Less than one month before the Olympics begin, global broadcasters have finally been given the go ahead by the Chinese government to broadcast live via satellite from other Beijing and co-host city locations besides the sports arena used for the Olympics. Limited access will be given Tiananmen Square from 6-10a and 9-11p for rights holders only with television crews only allowed to pre-record content in the Square. Full edition: CYN INTERNATIONAL.
~ RATINGS ~
Top Ten Basic Cable Ad Supported Network Rankings among A18-49 for the week of: 6/30-7/6/08
Top Ten Basic Cable Ad Supported Network Rankings among Total Viewers for the week of: 6/30-7/6/08
Top 10 Cable Programs among A18-49 (000) for the week of: 6/30-7/6/08
Top 10 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of 6/23-6/29/08 ranked by HH Rtg
Top 10 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of 6/23-6/29/08 ranked by A18-49 Rtg
Tuesday – A18-49 Analysis: FOX squeaked out a win Tuesday night with 3.1/9 A18-49, according to final national ratings from Nielsen Media Research. ABC washed away the competition during 8p as Wipeout won with a 4.0/13. FOX was the fiery leader at 9p as the season finale of Hell’s Kitchen delivered a 4.2/12. It was back to ABC at 10p as Primetime: The Outsiders did best at 2.3/6.
Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Tuesday, July 8, 2008 (July Sweep Day 6) time period averages. Source: NTI Galaxy, as dated.
NBC: 5.9/10 Celebrity Family Feud 4.9/9, America’s Got Talent 7.9/13, Law & Order: SVU [r] 4.8/8
CBS: 5.2/9 NCIS [r] 5.9/10, 48 Hours Mystery [r] 5.3/9, Without a Trace [r] 4.4/8
ABC: 4.8/8 Wipeout 6.0/11, I Survived a Japanese Game Show 3.9/6, Primetime: The Outsiders 4.6/8
FOX: 4.3/7 The Moment of Truth [f] 3.3/6, Hell’s Kitchen [f] 5.3/9
UNIV: 2.2/4 Al Diablo con los Guapos 2.4/4, Fuego en la Sangre 2.3/4, Aqui y Ahora 1.8/3
CW: 0.7/1 Beauty and the Geek [r] 0.6/1, Reaper [r] 0.9/1
MNT: 0.7/1 Street Patrol [r] 0.7/1, Street Patrol 2 [r] 0.6/1, Jail [r] 0.7/1, Jail 2 [r] 0.8/1
TELE: 0.6/1 El Juramento 0.3/1, Victoria 0.8/1, Sin Senos No Hay Paraiso 0.7/1
A18-49: FOX 3.1/9, ABC 3.0/9, NBC 2.5/7, UNIV 1.9/6, CBS 1.5/4, TELE 0.5/1, CW 0.4/1, MNT 0.4/1
~ EXECUTIVE MOVES ~
Former Turner Entertainment Group President, Mark Lazarus joined Atlanta-based Career Sports & Entertainment as President/Media and Marketing. Atlanta-based Career Sports & Entertainment (CS&E) is a full-service sports and entertainment agency. CS&E’s Media Services division provides content across all media platforms with full television production capabilities; and the Corporate Marketing division provides marketing, property consulting, public relations, event services and creative services. Congratulations Mark!
ReelzChannel recruited Keith Till as VP/Direct Response to manage all direct response activities for the network’s brand. Based at the company’s New York City office, Keith will report to Amy Jo Wayne, SVP/Advertising Sales. Previously, Keith served as Director/Direct Response for HGTV, HGHD and DIY Network at Scripps Networks.
Fox Cable Networks upped Michael Hopkins to President/Affiliate Sales and Marketing. In his new position, Michael will continue to report to Tony Vinciquerra, President/CEO, Fox Networks Group.
Tim Dukes is the new VP/Promotions at Tribune Company for its broadcasting and interactive units. He comes to his new position from Wachovia Securities’ private client group where he has been employed since April 2007.
Eric Logan was made EVP at Harpo Productions to supervise several areas within the company such as Harpo Radio, Harpo Print and Harpo Retail. He will also help manage the talent relations initiative on behalf of the company. Beginning his new role in August, Eric will report to Tim Bennett, President, Harpo Productions.
Italian American Network (I A NET) named Patrick J. Peters as SVP/Business Development and Marketing.
Melissa Rivera-Renet was appointed as VP/Program Research with Bravo Media and Oxygen Media. Melissa will oversee research activities for both networks which involves brand, programming, new media, marketing and developmental research. In her new role, she will report to Tony Cardinale, SVP/Research and Strategic Insights, Bravo and Oxygen Media.
Dawn Steinberg was elevated to EVP/Talent and Casting with Sony Pictures Television (SPT). She will continue to work with casting directors and manage casting duties for all current SPT series, movies, miniseries and projects in development for network, cable and first-run syndication. Dawn, who is based in Culver City, reports to Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht, Co-Presidents/Programming and Production, SPT.
Effective August 4, Jim Thompson will become President of the Broadcaster’s Foundation of America, replacing current President, Gordon H. Hastings.
A CYNOPSIS MESSAGE FROM CABLEU
U WANT TO HAVE YOUR VOICE HEARD?
Sound off on our industry at the CableU Confidential Blog !
The CU Confidential Blog features exclusive articles written by industry professionals, interviews with programming execs, and now, it’s YOUR place to hear and be heard.
CableU Confidential – Now U Know.
This day in History: 1949 The first practical rectangular television picture tube was unveiled. It measured 12 x 16 inches and sold for $12. Cleverly, that’s exactly the same size as the TV picture produced by the networks.
Answer to Yesterday’s Trivia Question: When The Bob Cummings Show (1955-1959) went into syndication the name of the show was changed. What was the new name? LOVE THAT BOB Kudos to: Greg West-WATC/Atlanta; Bob Brewer-Opus 3 Artists/NY; Carol Accetta-Active International/Pearl River; Betty Panarella-Viacom/NY; Denni Brouhard-KCWI/Ankeny, IA; Jeff Hufford-Broadband Enterprises/Chicago; Laura DeLeon-KCBD/Lubbock; Dory Melman Petsrillo-Petry TV/Dallas; Dan Matson-20th Television/My Network TV/LA; Paul Blutter-General American Group, Inc./Northridge, CA; Roz Seibold-Tucson Hearing Clinics/Tucson; Lance Taylor/LA; Jack Krayson-SCTV/Toronto; Marisa Fusaro-Mountain Road Productions/Ottawa
Today’s Trivia Question: On The Gilmore Girls, Luke’s Diner was a regular destination. What other Stars Hollow restaurant was commonly referred to, though never seen? (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
A CYNOPSIS MESSAGE FROM CYNOPSIS MEDIA: TOP TIER
What would a year be without something new from Cyn opsis? Introducing …
Cynopsis Media: Top Tier
High level executive search, candidates fully screened and vetted, meeting precisely your criteria.
For more information, call Trish Pihonak 203.926.9878
Cyn opsis CLASSIFIEDS – For More classifieds, visit the Cynopsis.com classifieds page here .
JOB OPENING: ASST TO PRESIDENT/THE HOTEL NETWORKS NY: Key position w/ growing co. Strong verbal/written comm & PC skills. Word, Excel, PPT. Detailed & orgnzd, self starter, multi tasker; Resume to:
JOB OPENING: BOOKKEEPER (PT)/New York TV Production Company: Knowledge of QuickBooks for MAC. Accounts payable, receivable, Payroll. Please have references and good attitude. Resume to
JOB OPENING: INTERNATIONAL CORD/CBS TV Network/NY: Maintain & track programs thru video facility. 2+ yrs customer service exper at a TV Distribution/Post Prod/Editing facility. Apply: www.CBSCorporation.com/careers (Req #2526) (7/17)
JOB OPENING: VIDEO PRODUCER (Freelance)/Lifetime Networks (LA): Produce web videos from existing and original content. 5+ yrs producing exp., including web content. Apply to:
JOB OPENING: ADMIN AFFIL MARKETING/SANTA MONICA/GSN, The Network for Games: Report to VP Affil Mark. 2+ yrs. exp in Cable TV. BA/BS degree in related field. Send Res/Cov Letter:
JOB OPENING: FREELANCE COORD/AETN/NY: Post-Prod material, rsrch, maint. asset dbase. Create comp. reels and digi files for int’l dist. using FCP. Dub/ship/track. Process deliverables. On-air supp. Apply:
JOB OPENING: DIR PROMO MKTG/NY/AETN: Develop & execute ad sales & mktg partnership in digital media, strong project mgt needed, exp in promo mktg req’d. Apply: www.aetn.com (7/16)
JOB OPENING: VP, RESEARCH/NBC UNIVERSAL/NY: Oversee daily operations of NY sales research office. Manage team in analyses, reporting and sales presentations. 8 yrs TV research exp req. www.nbcjobs.com job# 831379 (7/16)
JOB OPENING: AD SALES RSCH MGR, NAT’L TV NTWRK: 4-5 yrs exp brdcst or cable media rsrch. Exp w/ Galaxy/NPower/Mkt Brks. Knwlg of MRIs, AdViews, Star Trak a +. Strong comm. skills & team player a must. Res:
JOB OPENING: MANAGER, LISTINGS EDITOR/ABC Burbank: BA/BS, 3yrs Publicity listings, traffic, strong attention to detail, Word, Excel, apply at www.disneycareers.com (req 169058) (7/15)
JOB OPENING: SR RESEARCH ANALYST/Scripps/Knox TN/in support of interactive 4 all Scripps sites. to apply: Direct Link or www.scrippsnetworks.com (7/15)
JOB OPENING: MGR, AD SALES RSCH/DISCOVERY/NY: Disc./Military: Monitor demographic performance, manage Nielsen analyses, write sales suppt materials/presentations. 7+yrs exp media research. Apply: www.discovery.com #8108 (7/12)
JOB OPENING: MGR, MKTG/PROMOTIONS/ABC Daytime/SOAPnet/LA: Manage consumer mktg initiatives; conceive promotions/pitch, manage events; multi-platform thinker; BA/BS, 3+ yrs exp. Apply www.disneycareers.com Req #168002 (7/12)
JOB OPENING: MGR, PRICING & PLANNING/G4, Comcast Ntwrks/NY: 4+ yrs exp, Resp for managing sales processes, stewardship, rev analysis and overseeing inventory, DealMaker exp a plus. EEO/AA/Drug Free Apply www.comcast.com 69371BR (7/12)
JOB OPENING: PUBLICIST/MANAGER/GSN SM:Energetic & creative a must with digital media design exp for our fast-paced, high-pressured ent publicity department. Email resume and salary requirements to
JOB OPENING: DIR, CONTENT DVLPMNT & PROD, SHORT FORM/History/NY: Oversee dvlpmnt/prod of video prgrmng for multi-platform dist.10 yrs Long form & Promo prod exp; Team leadership& editorial skills essential.Apply: www.AETN.com (7/11)
JOB OPENING: MGR., AD SALES PARTNERSHIPS/LIFETIME NY: Develop integrated proposals for advertisers interested in partnering with Lifetime across our various properties/ Apply at: h ttp://www.lifetimetv.com/about/jobs.html (7/11)
JOB OPENING: DIR. BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT/LIFETIME NY: Source, structure & implement deals to grow Lifetime traffic and digital business. Min. 8 yrs of business development exp. Apply at: http://www.lifetimetv.com/about/jobs.html (7/11)
SPRING AND SUMMER INTERNSHIPS – These positions are for credit only – nobody gets paid here. They are posted for free, and students work for school credit only. For more information on the specs for posting an Internship ad, email Trish at
SUMMER INTERNSHIP CREDITS ONLY: Television Production facility in suburban Philadelphia. Nancy Glass Productions. 610-668-1668 or email Director of Production, Cathy Moss. email:
SITUATION WANTED ADS, POSTED BY THOSE LOOKING TO BE HIRED … Interested in posting your Video Resume? Contact
SITUATION WANTED: STORY/FIELD PROD: Non-fiction magician. Reality, Docusoap, docs, ent., talk; 3 Emmy Noms; 12+ years; LA Based; Will travel.
Interested in posting your Video Resume? Contact
Are you looking for a job? Post your Situation Wanted Ad here — Email
WHAT’S ON TONIGHT – Thursday, July 10, 2008
ABC: Ugly Betty [r], Grey’s Anatomy [r], Hopkins (Part 3 of 6)
Cynopsis Media LLC
All outgoing e-mails are scanned and sent out virus free. Copyright Cynopsis 2008
03/28/23: Layoffs loom at Disney
Tuesday March 28, 2023 Today’s Premieres BET: Carl Weber’s The Family Business at 9p; All the Queen’s Men at 10p BritBox: Staged HGTV: Renovation 911 at 9p ID: Murder in My House at 9p; Murder & Basketball at 10p Today’s Finale FX: Under the Banner of Heaven at 10p IN THE NEWS Disney will start […]
03/27/23: Cynopsis Media Tech Update
A CYNOPSIS MESSAGE FROM PREMION PREMION Viewers are as Dynamic as the Content they Watch. Leverage the Power of Persona-Based Targeting with PREMION AUDIENCE FIRST LEADING THE EVOLUTION IN LOCAL OTT & CTV ADVERTISING TAG CERTIFIED AGAINST AD FRAUD TAG BRAND SAFETY CERTIFIED PREMION.COM/AudienceFirst Monday March 27, 2023 TikTok CEO Shou Zi […]
03/27/23: “You” renewed for fifth and final season
A CYNOPSIS MESSAGE FROM SCRIPPS NETWORKS LEADERS IN STREAMING ION, Court TV, ION Mystery, Scripps News, Bounce XL, Grit Xtra, and ION Plus Scripps Networks’ Connected TV Brands are distributed on every major platform: Amazon Freevee, Pluto TV, Roku, Samsung TV Plus, Tubi, Vizio WatchFree, and more! ION is one of the most viewed […]
03/26/23: Cynopsis Jobs
ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE FETV NYC Represent FETV and FMC to media community via ongoing communications & relationship building. Maintain & develop strong working relationships w/both agencies & internal departments in support of sales efforts. Work w/sales management and pricing & planning to achieve quarterly revenue goals. 5+ yrs media sales exp. preferably in cable TV. Full […]
03/24/23: Good news for “Accused”
Friday March 24, 2023 Today’s Premieres Apple TV+: My Kind of Country Disney: Secrets of Sulphur Springs at 8p; Saturdays at 9p Hulu: Up Here Netflix: Love Is Blind; I Am Georgina Sunday’s Premieres CNN: Eva Longoria: Searching for Mexico at 10p Fox: HouseBroken at 9:30p Fyi: Barrett-Jackson: REVVED UP at 10p Hallmark Channel: Ride […]
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,...