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Gospel Makes Headlines With Gospel Music Channel now available in 40 million homes,
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Source: Myers Emotional Connections Study, Jul ’07; among 103 emerging & mid-sized networks
Good Morning. It’s Thursday, March 27, 2008, and this is your first early morning briefing. And if you prefer to watch this morning’s news instead of reading it, click here.
FX made a preemptive offer for 15 theatrical titles from Universal, many of which have not yet been released. Titles include The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, Wanted, Hellboy II: The Golden Army and Leatherheads. The license fee for the four year package will end up at a minimum of $115 million, based on the total domestic box office receipts. Universal retains the rights to carve out a separate broadcast license deal as well as another cable license deal. Additionally, Universal granted FX free VOD rights to the movies for a set period during the four-year term. Other titles not yet released in the FX package include Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Deathrace, Baby Mama, The Express, Changeling and The Strangers. Titles already in theatres include Jarhead, Definitely Maybe, Doomsday (Rogue Pictures), Eastern Promises and In Bruges (Focus Features).
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FremantleMedia Enterprises made a deal with The Travel Channel to become the exclusive international distributor of the network’s original programming which includes more than 200 hours of programming from the US Travel Channel. The deal additionally includes a first-look at new productions for potential co-financing for international distribution. Some of the titles in the package are Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern and Samantha Brown Passport to China among others.
HBO picked up the Australian comedy series Summer Heights High, an eight-episode mocumentary which will join the late-night Friday comedy block this June. Created, written and performed by comedian Chris Lilley, Summer Heights High depicts high school through three characters all played by Lilley: a flighty drama teacher, a snooty female exchange student and a break-dance loving delinquent. The twist of this series is that it was shot on location at a real high school with actual students and faculty interacting with Lilley’s characters. Also joining the HBO’s late-night Friday block will be the new animated comedy The Life and Times of Tim, produced by MRC, about an ordinary guy whose instincts keep him on the wrong path.
MTV‘s season three premiere of The Hills delivered the series highest rating ever with a 5.0 among P12034 rating, and a total viewership of more than 4.7 million, also a series all time high. This broadcast out-shined last season’s premiere by 37% in the 12-34 demo.
Discovery Channel begins the first of six new episodes of Man vs. Wild on May 2 at 9p. Adventurer Bear Grylls is back for the second season taking on the Siberian Tundra, flash floods in Southern Africa to an earthquake prone region of Indonesia. The series is produced by Diverse Productions.
Actor Richard Widmark, 93, died after a long illness in his Roxbury, Connecticut home. Widmark made his film debut as the laughing killer in Kiss of Death, and later went on to numerous extraordinary roles in films such as Judgement at Nuremberg, How the West was Won, Murder on the Orient Express and in 1991, True Colors.
CBS College Sports Network is now available to Sky Angel U.S., LLC subscribers through Internet Protocol Television.
UPFRONT UPDATE: USA NETWORK
During its upfront reveal last night in NYC, USA announced plans for new and returning series that will happen year-round. The new series include:
Other returning series and events:
USA’s development slate for 2008-09 includes the four upcoming series mentioned in Wednesday’s Cynopsis, and repeated here for good order sake, here they are again:
In addition, USA unveiled its new multi-platform pro-social initiative called Characters Unite, a campaign with the goal to combat prejudice and to promote diversity.
For details about USA’s series and for the full schedule, go to www.usanetwork.com .
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Comedy Central ordered two new series that had appeared on its recently announced development slate:
ABC socked away two more pilots. The first is an untitled comedy from Dave Hemingson produced by 20th Century Fox TV about a young law school graduate with a middle-class background who goes to work for a boutique firm in Los Angeles. The other pilot is Prince of Motor City produced by ABC Studios from Jessica Goldberg and Hamish Linklater. Prince is a take-off of Shakespeare’s Hamlet set in Detroit’s auto industry.
~ ELSEWHERE IN CYNOPSIS ~
CYNOPSIS DIGITAL – TODAY’S TOP STORY: Amazon‘s DRM-free music sales outlet Amazon MP3 overtook eMusic as the #2 online music outlet and is now second only to iTunes just 6 months after launching, reports USA Today. Amazon has deals in place with Warner Music, Sony/BMG and Universal, offering a catalog of about 4.5 million DRM free songs. Apple, which still controls 80% of the digital download market, offers about 2 million DRM free tracks, including EMI and indie labels, according to the article. eMusic CEO David Pakman disputes the findings in his company’s blog, 17dots. Full edition: CYN DIGITAL. (Or to listen to the Cynopsis Digital Podcast click here or subscribe to it at iTunes here .)
CYNOPSIS KIDS – TODAY’S TOP STORY: Decode Entertainment, a unit of DHX Media, will co-produce the new 2D animated preschool series Poppets Town (26×30 or 52×11) with Spain’s Neptuno Films. Poppets Town, an official Canadian/Spanish co-production in association with Japan’s OLC/Rights Entertainment, has been pre-sold to Canal J (France) and Disney International (UK, Spain, Scandinavia, Italy, Australasia and Taiwan), with TeleQuebec (Canada) also joining as a broadcast partner. Neptuno will handle international sales for Spain, Portugal and Latin America, and OLC will handle the rights in Japan, with Decode responsible for sales in the rest of the world. Full edition: CYN KIDS.
CYNOPSIS INTERNATIONAL – TODAY’S TOP STORY: TV Azteca bought a 70% majority share in Guatemalan TV company Latitud TV, a deal that will import the Mexican media company’s content to Latitud’s UHF channels 31 and 35. The former channel is a broadcast station airing in Guatemala City while cable station Channel 35 airs throughout Guatemala. As part of the deal, TV Azteca will begin programming and operating the two channels as of May as well as handle ad sales. Full edition: CYN INTERNATIONAL.
~ RATINGS ~
Top 10 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of 3/10-3/16/08 ranked by HH Rtg
Top 10 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of 3/10-3/16/08 ranked by A18-49 Rtg
Tuesday – A18-49 Analysis: FOX captured Tuesday night by topping the competition with 8.4/21 A18-49, according to final national ratings from Nielsen Media Research. The 8p hour belonged to FOX and American Idol at 9.5/25. During 9p, FOX remained in the lead with an average of American Idol and ‘Til Death at 7.2/18. ABC won at 10p as Primetime posted a 3.1/8.
Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Tuesday, March 25, 2008 time period averages. Source: NTI Galaxy as dated, Live+SD.
FOX: 12.1/18 American Idol 14.0/21, ‘Til Death 6.0/9
ABC: 8.2/13 Dancing with the Stars Re-Cap 6.8/11, Dancing with the Stars Results 11.0/17, Primetime: What Would You Do? 6.7/11
NBC: 5.2/8 The Biggest Loser 5 4.9/8, Law & Order: SVU [r] 5.7/10
CBS: 4.5/7 NCIS [r] 6.1/9, Big Brother 9 3.7/6, Jericho [f] 3.8/6
UNIV: 2.1/3 Al Diablo con los Guapos 2.5/4, Pasion 2.1/3, Aqui y Ahora 1.8/3
CW: 1.1/2 Beauty and the Geek 1.2/2, Reaper [r] 1.1/2
MNT: 1.1/2 Street Patrol [r] 1.1/2, Street Patrol 2 [r] 1.0/2, Jail [r] 1.2/2, Jail 2 [r] 1.2/2
TELE: 0.7/1 La Traicion 0.5/1, Victoria 1.0/1, Pecados Ajenos 0.6/1
A18-49: FOX 8.4/21, ABC 3.0/8, NBC 2.9/8, CBS 2.0/5, UNIV 1.8/5, CW 0.7/2, MNT 0.7/2, TELE 0.5/1
~ EXECUTIVE MOVES ~
Duncan Campbell was made VP/Business Development with ICTV where he will instigate relationships with broadcast, cable and new media programmers with the goal to develop and execute new programming channels on the ICTV ActiveVideo Distribution Network. Most recently, Duncan was the GM and led the U.S. operations at Two Way TV, Inc.
MGM hired Cale Boyter from New Line to be EVP/Production with a directive to continue growth in the studio’s theatrical business.
ION Media Networks, Inc. added three executives to its sales team:
Wayne Tuttle joined Wilen Media as VP/Major Accounts where he will report to Paul Caravello, SVP/Sales. Wayne will be charged with managing the company’s top cable TV accounts and work with business development opportunities.
Bounce, the live event production and marketing stand-alone affiliate of AEG, tapped Carleen Cappelletti as President. Prior to this appointment, Carleen was a Managing Partner with Best Events.
Debbie Miller was appointed EVP/Worldwide Marketing with CBS Films. Debbie will begin her new position this June after her current contract with Warner Bros. Pictures expires. For CBS Films, she will manage all global marketing activities such as advertising, promotions, publicity, media and research in addition to digital/online marketing efforts. Debbie will report to Amy Baer, President/CEO, CBS Films.
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This day in History: 1912-The first cherry blossom trees were planted in Washington, DC. The trees were a gift from Japan.
Answer to Yesterday’s Trivia Question: What was the name of the musically inclined hillbilly family that often appeared on the Andy Griffith Show? THE DARLINGS (“The Darlin’s”) Kudos to: Meghan Morris-FKQ/Tampa, FL; Valerie Cooley-Elliott-D. M. & M. Media Group,LLC/VA; Roger Furman-2waytraffic/NY; Liz Weast-Carat/Atlanta; Jeanette Gipson-JAIntegrated Thinking/Brentwood, TN; Walter Hammock-Showcase Cable/Houston; Bill Parks-Today’s Homeowner with Danny Lipford/AL; Bev Ellinger-WAND/Decatur; Dara Monahan/Studio City; Steven Wishnoff-Brad Lachman Productions/Burbank; Jim Berwanger-FOX Broadcasting/LA; Greg Johnson/Simi Valley, CA; Nancy Dixon Welch-Eclipse Television & Sports Marketing, LLC/Tortola, BVI
Today’s Trivia Question: On the TV crime drama Harry O, starring David Janssen, when he wasn’t busy fighting crime, Harry is often seen in his yard working on his boat. What was the name of his boat? (
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