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Tonight’s Finales:
CBS: Criminal Minds at 9p
The CW: America’s Next Top Model at 9p
NBC: Law & Order: SVU at 10p





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On the day before its Upfront, CBS canceled frosh spinoff drama series Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior and at the same time renewed CSI: NY for an eighth season.  Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior debuted in midseason and for its last airing on May 11, posted a 2.1 rating among A18-49 and 9.3 million total viewers, below the average of the original Criminal Minds series.

The CW hosts its Upfront event on Thursday and already has signed on new three dramas for the upcoming season:

  • The Secret Circle – Based on the three-book series by L.J. Smith, the plot is about a young woman (Britt Robertson) who moves to a new town where she discovers she is a witch and the catalyst for a centuries-old battle between good and evil.  Produced by Alloy.
  • Hart of Dixie – A young New York doctor (Rachel Bilson) inherits a medical practice in a small Southern town inhabited by eccentrics. 
  • Ringer – Sarah Michelle Gellar helms this drama about a woman on the run from the mob who hides by taking on the life of her twin sister. Ioan Gruffud and Kristoffer Polaha co-star; ABC Studios and CBS Television Studios are producing.

Further 2011-2012 season news from The CW is a renewal of One Tree Hill and frosh spy drama Nikita. The network also released the college cheerleading frosh drama Hellcats off its schedule.

Season three of Celebrity Ghost Stories premieres June 18 at 9p on BIO Channel featuring first-person narrative stories from celebrities such as Regis Philbin, Harry Hamlin, Ana Gasteyer, Jaime King and Jerry Stiller among many others.  Following at 10p, BIO launches new series Celebrity Close Calls where noted celebrities relate true stories of events that almost ended in death.  During the first season Jewel, Ice-T, Jermaine Jackson, Niki Taylor and Gary Busey as well as others tell their near-death stories.  Both Celebrity Ghost Stories and Celebrity Close Calls are produced by Jarrett Creative Group for BIO Channel.

Next Monday, Discovery Fit & Health scheduled the US premiere of World’s Worst Teens at 10p.  The one-hour, five-episode series profiles different families struggling with teenagers who have overwhelming problems. Behavioral expert Lorrine Marer offers her direct approach to help these families.  World’s Worst Teens is produced by talkbackTHAMES.

The Weather Channel (TWC) reacted to this week’s rainy weather forecast in New York City, the site of the annual Upfronts.  In the midst of the torrential rains, TWC kept many advertising agency buyers covered by doing a large “umbrella drop” at several major advertising agencies. 

Bravo’s season debut of The Real Housewives of New Jersey on Monday scored the highest rated season premiere in the network’s history by delivering 2.02 million A18-49 and the highest rated season opener in the Housewives franchise with 2.87 million total viewers. 

French broadcast and broadband technical service provider, Cognacq-Jay Image acquired Spanish company BeBanjo a developer of back-office software to manage non-linear television services.  Combining their assets, the merged companies will offer a complete digital media solution for linear and non-linear platforms.


Paul Lee, President/ABC Entertainment Group ushered in ABC’s schedule for the 2011-2012 season at their presentation yesterday afternoon at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall. 

ABC Fall 2011 Primetime Schedule:

        Monday: Dancing with the Stars, Castle

Tuesday: Last Man Standing, Man Up, Dancing with the Stars Results Show, Body of Proof
Wednesday: The Middle, Suburgatory, Modern Family, Happy Endings, Revenge
Thursday: Charlie’s Angels, Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice
Friday: Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Shark Tank, 20/20
Saturday: Saturday Night College Football
Sunday: America’s Funniest Home Videos, Once Upon a Time, Desperate Housewives, Pan Am
*New shows picked up but not appearing on the fall schedule, will debut later during the 2011-2012 season.

ABC’s new fall and midseason drama series:

  • Charlie’s Angels – Revamped series based on the 1970s ABC hit; new version set in Miami where three attractive detectives solve cases for their mysterious boss, Charlie.  Series stars Annie Ilonzeh, Minka Kelly and Rachael Taylor and the “angels” with Ramon Rodriguez as Bosley. Produced by Millar/Gough Ink, Flower Films and Panda Productions in association with Sony Pictures Television.
  • Good Christian Belles – Soap set in Dallas about Amanda Vaughn (Leslie Bibb), the former “mean girl” in high school who is forced to return home in disgrace after her marriage ends in scandal.  Also stars Kristen Chenoweth, Annie Potts, Jennifer Aspen, Miriam Shor, Marisol Nichols, Brad Beyer, Mark Deklin and David James Elliott.  ABC Studios is producing.
  • Missing – Ashley Judd stars as Becca Winstone who learns her son disappeared while studying abroad and she races against time when she travels to Europe to find him.  Becca has a secret of her own – she’s a former CIA Agent and must now rely on old friends to help her discover what’s happened to her son.  Produced by Stillking Films.
  • Once Upon a Time – From Lost executive producers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis, comes this drama where fairy tales collide with the modern world.  The plot centers on Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison) who is found by her son she gave up ten years prior.  The son thinks Emma comes from an alternative world and is Snow White and Prince Charming’s missing daughter.  Ginnifer Goodwin stars as Snow White/Sister Mary Margaret; Robert Carlyle as Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold; Lana Parrilla as Evil Queen/Regina among other cast members.  Produced by ABC Studios.
  • Pan Am – Period drama set in the 1960s about the stewardesses and pilots working for the legendary airline Pan Am. The drama is focused on the romantic and glamorous entanglements of the crew.  Christina Ricci stars. Produced by Jack Orman Productions, Out of the Blue Entertainment and Shoe Money Productions in association with Sony Pictures Television.
  • Revenge – Emily Thorne (Emily Van Camp) moved to the Hamptons on her own and seemingly blends in with her wealthy neighbors though she has returned to right wrongs done to her family.  Produced by ABC Studios.
  • The River – After the famed explorer/TV personality Dr. Emmet Cole (Bruce Greenwood) goes missing in the depths of the Amazon, a search party consisting of his friends, family and crew set out on a mysterious and deadly journey to find him.  From ABC Studios.
  • Scandal – A Shonda Rhimes drama about the life and work of a professional crisis manager and her eccentric staff.  Kerry Washington leads the cast as PR guru Olivia Pope.  Produced by ABC Studios.

ABC approved five new comedy series for this fall and midseason:

  • Apartment 23 – A naive Midwestern girl comes to the Big Apple and finds herself living with a vivacious roommate who has the morals of a pirate.  Dreama Walker, Krysten Ritter and James Van Der Beek star in this comedy from 20th Century Fox Television.
  • Last Man Standing – Tim Allen is back on ABC in a new comedy about a man’s man trying to get men back to their rightful place in a female-dominated world.  20th Century Fox Television is producing.
  • Man Up – Three modern guys try to get in touch with their inner tough personas to redefine what it means to be a “real man” today.  ABC Studios produces.
  • Suburgatory – Teenager Tessa is horrified when her single father George moves her from exciting New York City to the suburbs filled with overly-manicured lawns and plastic Franken-moms.  Jeremy Sisto and Jane Levy star.  Produced by Warner Bros. Television.
  • Work It – Two unpleasant and unemployed guys dress up as women to land jobs as pharmaceutical reps.  Ben Koldyke and Amaury Nolasco star in the comedy produced by Bonanza Productions, Inc. in association with Summer School Productions and Warner Bros. Television.

ABC is returning a slew of series including the dramas: Body of Proof starring Dana Delany; Castle helmed by Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic; Desperate Housewives with a cast led by Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross, Eva Longoria and Vanessa Williams among others; as well as Shonda Rhimes’ two medical dramas Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice.  ABC’s returning comedies consist of Cougar Town starring Courteney Cox; Happy Endings; The Middle starring Patricia Heaton; and Modern Family.  ABC’s returning alternative series include America’s Funniest Home Videos; The Bachelor; Dancing with the Stars; Extreme Makeover: Home Edition; Secret Millionaire; Shark Tank; and 20/20


Telemundo Communications Group presented its programming lineup for the 2011-2012 season consisting of four new telenovelas and new initiatives addressing the growing Hispanic population in the US based on the 2010 Census.

Telemundo’s new 2011-2012 programming of Monday-Friday Primetime Telenovelas includes:

  • Amor de Pelicula (Love . . . Just Like in the Movies) – Rocio and Luis, from different backgrounds share a passion for movies though they must fight to overcome challenges from jealous old loves and new rivals.
  • Caidas del Cielo (Fallen from Heaven) – Childhood friends Angeles, Agata and Samantha guard the lives of others as bodyguards while trying to find love in their own lives.
  • Fisico o Quimica (Physical or Chemistry) – Spanish series adapted by Telemundo specifically for the US Hispanic audience is set inside an urban high school with storylines about parents, students and teachers centered on love, loss, conflict and heartache. 
  • Una Maid en Manhattan (Maid in Manhattan) – Antonia and Michael, two people from different worlds, are brought together by a chance encounter and a case of mistaken identity.

Other new programming and development projects at Telemundo:

  • Cristina Saralegui – Emmy Award-winning media personality Cristina Saralegui joins the network to develop, host and executive produce a weekend variety show which will premiere later this year. 
  • Telemundo and Billboard forged a new multi-year agreement to continue the Latin music franchise, the Billboard Latin Music Awards.  The deal now includes Premios Billboard de la Musica Regional Mexicana, the network’s first musical awards show exclusively highlighting Regional Mexican music. 
  • The Shift – Telemundo and sister network mun2 are introducing The Shift, a concept to describe the current cultural demographic and psychographic shift in the US affecting audience and buying influence. 

Telemundo’s 2011-2012 programming also includes programs in daytime, news, sports and weekend:

  • Caso Cerrado (Case Closed) – Daytime court show presided by attorney, Dra. Ana Maria Polo.
  • 12 Corazones (12 Hearts) – Returning dating game shows hosted by Penelope Menchaca.
  • Al Rojo Vivo – Weekday newsmagazine offers news updates and special interest segments covering entertainment, fashion, movie/DVD reviews, health, sports, immigration and eco-news. 
  • Noticiero Telemundo – Evening news program anchored by veteran journalist Jose Diaz-Balart. 
  • Levantate – Show broadcasting live from Miami, features local and network news cut-ins via satellite offering the latest information from four major Hispanic markets: New York, Mexico, Los Angeles and Puerto Rico.
  • Rumbo al Mundial – Telemundo is the official broadcast home of the Mexican National Soccer Team’s away games.
  • Futbol Liga Mexicana – Offering coverage of Mexican League soccer games.
  • Titulares Telemundo – Live half-hour sports magazine show.
  • Titulares y Mas – Presents an irreverent view of sports news.
  • Boxeo Telemundo – Hi-def boxing show.
  • Ritmo Deportivo – Weekly show covering extreme sports shot on location in hi-def.
  • Enfoque – The network’s Sunday morning public affairs program hosted by Jose Diaz-Balart.
  • Descontrol – One-hour Saturday entertainment show highlighting the West Coast music scene.
  • Nitido – Entertainment magazine show highlighting Latin stars, sights and sounds hosted by Natalia Villaveces.
  • Cine Millonario – Showcase of action, drama, comedy and family movies from Hollywood, Mexico and Latin America.

UPFRONT 2011:  mun2

Telemundo’s mun2 participated in the Upfronts yesterday in New York emphasizing their targeted audience of younger Latino Americans age 18-34.  mun2 announced the production of two new series:

  • RPM 2 – Spurred by the recent success of the premiere of RPM Miami, mun2 is moving forward with the second season of this bilingual dramatic series about young Latinos involving culture identity, cars, music, racing, corruption and complicated love. The series is a co-production from mun2 and Telemundo Studios.
  • El Mas Ching*n – A new talent competition reality series ready to discover the next Regional Mexican artist featuring celebrity judges.


At New York’s Public Library yesterday, Fox Hispanic Media (FHM) revealed programming and initiatives emanating from its three Spanish-language networks: FOX Deportes, Utilisima and Nat Geo Mundo. FHM also touted its tagline: “Latin Entertainment – American Attitude.” 

FOX Deportes – Hispanic sports network offers exclusive live sporting events for multicultural and multigenerational Latinos under the tagline “Con Garra” – or “Do, or Die” or “Live to Win.”

  • Each year, FOX Deportes will program 1400 hours of soccer matches.
  • In first quarter this year, the network launched three original news and talk shows aiming at the US Latino sports fans: Cronica, news show airing seven days a week; Cronica +, offering weekend sports news; and Sin Codigos, a talk show focused on soccer airing seven days a week.

Nat Geo Mundo – Network officially launches July 1, 2011 in 4 million homes with the tagline: “Asi Miro Mi Mundo” or “How I See My World.”  Nat Geo Mundo’s programming is a mixture of never-before-seen shows from the National Geographic Channel in Latin America and newly commissioned and acquired original series and specials.  Some program titles include Out of This Mundo: Originals; Nat Geo Planet; The Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan; Mega Structures; and the original factual series Tabu.

Utilisima – Launched in July 2010 and targets women 25 and older offering 24 hours of Spanish lifestyle programming covering food, arts and crafts, home improvement, health and beauty and parenting.  This year, the network is developing several original shows for women, including programming featuring celebrity chefs Aaron Sanchez and Aquiles Chavez.


GolTV made a multi-year deal with the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) for the exclusive media rights to UEFA’s Youth, Women and Futsal competitions in Canada and the US.  GolTV will air these competitions through 2013 which began on the network May 12 with the semi-finals of the UEFA European Under-17 Championship and the tournament’s final on May 15.  Future 2011 tournament dates include: UEFA Women’s Champions League Final on May 26; UEFA European Women’s Under-19 Championship May 30 to June 11; UEFA European Under-19 Championship July 20 to August 1; and UEFA European Women’s Under-17 Championship July 28 to July 31.


Soon after receiving word House was renewed on FOX for an eighth season, Lisa Edelstein opted to not return to the series, ending her role at the end of the current seventh season when her contract expires. 


Top Ten Basic Cable Ad Supported Network Rankings among A18-49 for the week of: 5/9-5/15/11
Primetime    (000)        Total Pgm Day      (000)
TNT                2464          TNT                        860
USA                1041          ADSM*                   773
ESPN                973          USA                        573
HIST                 831          NICK                      546
TBSC                748          NAN*                      528
DISC                635          ESPN                       484
AEN                  616          HIST                       442
FX                    602          TBSC                       438
FAM                  583          FX                           397
ADSM                574         AEN                         350
CMDY                574         DISC                        350         
                                    DSNY                        350
Source: Turner Research from Nielsen Media Research Data. All ratings based on Total U.S. Television Universe of 115,900,000 homes
* = Network broadcasts less than 51% of minutes in a 24 hour day. Primetime listing only includes those networks broadcasting more than 51% of the primetime hours (M-Su 8p-11p)

Top Ten Basic Cable Ad Supported Network Rankings among Total Viewers for the week of: 5/9-5/15/11      
Primetime    (000)      Total Pgm Day            (000)
TNT                4559       NICK                            2064
USA               2865       TNT                              1730
DSNY             2220       DSNY                            1513
ESPN             2013       ADSM*                          1392
HIST              1870       NAN*                            1370
FOXN             1772       USA                              1361
NAN               1421       TOON                           1032
AEN               1283       FOXN                            1014
ADSM            1246       HIST                               906
FAM               1245       ESPN                              860
Source: Turner Research from Nielsen Media Research Data.
All ratings based on Total U.S. Television Universe of 115,900,000 homes
* = Network broadcasts less than 51% of minutes in a 24 hour day. Primetime listing only includes those networks
broadcasting more than 51% of the primetime hours (M-Su 8p-11p)

Top 10 Cable Programs among A18-49 (000) for the week of: 5/9-5/15/11
TNT     Heat/Bulls                                                     6047
TNT     Heat/Celtics                                                  4496
TNT     Celtics/Heat                                                  3815
TNT     Thunder/Grizzlies                                          3469
HIST    Pawn Stars 1030p                                         3129
TNT     Grizzlies/Thunder                                          3102
HIST    Pawn Stars 10p                                            2817
TNT     Hawks/Bulls                                                  2725
ESPN   Bulls/Hawks                                                  2677
ESPN   Thunder/Nuggets                                           2546
Source: Turner Research from Nielsen Media Research Data.
All ratings based on Total U.S. Television
Universe of 115,900,000 homes

Top 10 Broadcast Programs among A18-49 rating/share and (000) for the week of 5/9-5/15/11
FOX    American Idol  Wednesday                        7.1/20           9346
FOX    American Idol  Thursday                            6.5/20          8537
NBC    The Voice                                                   4.7/12          6175
ABC    Modern Family                                            4.3/11          5616
ABC    Dancing with the Stars                                4.2/12          5561
CBS    Survivor: RI Finale                                      4.0/10          5311
FOX    Glee                                                           3.7/11          4877
CBS    NCIS                                                          3.5/11          4634
ABC    Dancing with the Stars Results                     3.4/9            4431
CBS    Survivor: RI Reunion                                   3.4/8            4406
CBS    The Big Bang Theory                                   3.4/11          4465
Source: Nielsen Media Research, Galaxy Explorer, Live + SD Data

Broadcast Evening News Weekly Average Ratings (week of May 9, 2011)
NBC:   8.66 million total viewers; 2.0/8 and 2.47 million A25-54
ABC:   7.55 million total viewers; 1.5/6 and 1.91 million A25-54
CBS:   5.49 million total viewers; 1.4/6 and 1.69 million A25-54
Source: Nielsen, NTI

Saturday A18-49 Analysis:   ABC was the winner Saturday night, posting a 1.4/5 with the A18-49 demo, according to final national ratings from Nielsen.  At 8p, baseball on FOX fielded a win at 1.1/4 with ABC’s movie a step behind at 1.0/4.  ABC moved ahead of the competition during 9p with a 1.6/5 for its movie followed by more baseball on FOX at 1.2/4.  ABC won again through 10p with the last hour of Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End at 1.7/5 and this time, CBS made it to #2 with 48 Hours Mystery at 1.4/4.

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Saturday, May 14, 2011  (May Sweep Day 17) time period averages.  Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.

CBS: 3.6/7         Crimetime Saturday [r] 3.0/6, Crimetime Saturday [r] 3.4/6, 48 Hours Mystery 4.4/8

FOX: 2.8/5           FOX Saturday Baseball [7p-11p] 2.6/5

NBC: 2.5/5          Chase 1.7/3, Law & Order: LA [r] 2.5/4, Law & Order: SVU [r] 3.2/6

ABC: 2.3/4          ABC Saturday Movie of the Week: Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End 2.3/4

UNIV: 1.3/2        Sabado Gigante 1.3/2

ION: 0.5/1          Saturday 8PM Movie: Waterworld 0.5/1

TELE: 0.3/1         Cine de Impact: Death Warrant [7p start] 0.3/1, Cine de Impact II: Death Race 0.4/1, Persgdo Injusticia 0.2/0

TF: 0.2/0            Cine de Las Estrel Sat [7p start] 0.3/1, Choques Extremos 0.2/0

A18-49:  ABC 1.4/5, FOX 1.2/4, CBS 1.0/3, NBC 0.9/3, UNIV 0.7/2, ION 0.3/1, TELE 0.3/1, TF 0.2/1

Sunday A18-49 Analysis:  CBS outlasted the competition Sunday night posting a 3.3/9 among A18-49, according to final national ratings from Nielsen.  ABC’s stalwart America’s Funniest Home Videos did best at 7p with a 1.8/6 with CBS’ 60 Minutes a tad behind at 1.7/5.  CBS was #1 at 8p with the Survivor: Redemption Island Finale at 3.9/10 while FOX’s sitcoms The Simpsons and Bob’s Burgers averaged a 2.4/7 in second place.  At 9p, the second hour of Survivor: Redemption Island Finale on CBS surged to a 4.2/10 with the two-hour Desperate Housewives on ABC following with a 3.0/7.  Then at 10p, CBS had the final win of the night with the Survivor: Redemption Island Reunion at 3.4/8 with the second hour of Desperate Housewives on ABC next at 3.2/8.

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Sunday, May 15, 2011 (May Sweep Day 18) time period averages.  Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.

CBS: 7.0/11       60 Minutes 7.9/14, Survivor: Redemption Island Finale 7.1/11, Survivor: Redemption Island Reunion 5.9/9

ABC: 5.6/9         America’s Funniest Home Videos 4.1/7, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition 5.1/8, Desperate Housewives 6.6/10

NBC: 3.5/6         Dateline [730p start] 2.5/4, Minute to Win It 2.0/3, Celebrity Apprentice 11 4.2/6

FOX: 2.7/4         The Simpsons [r] 1.8/3, American Dad 2.2/4, The Simpsons 3.2/5, Bob’s Burgers 2.5/4, Family Guy 3.6/5, The Cleveland Show 2.8/4

UNIV: 1.7/3       Aqui y Ahora 1.0/2, Nuestra Belleza 2.0/3, Sal y Pimienta 1.7/3

ION: 0.5/1        Sunday 8PM Movie: Maverick [r] 0.6/1, Sunday 10PM Movie: Caddyshack 0.4/1

TELE: 0.3/1       Cine en Casa: Baby’s Day Out 0.4/1, Cine Millonario: National Treasure 0.3/1

TF: 0.3/0          POLA. La-Mejer Imperio 0.2/0, Cine de Las Estrel Sun [r] 0.4/1

A18-49:  CBS 3.3/9, ABC 2.5/7, FOX 2.2/6, NBC 1.8/5, UNIV 1.2/3, ION 0.3/1, TELE 0.3/1, TF 0.2/1

Monday A18-49 Analysis:  ABC cha-cha’d its way to #1 Monday night with a 4.2/11 A18-49, according to final national ratings from Nielsen.  Opening primetime at 8p, the weekly installment of Dancing with the Stars on ABC was upbeat in first place at 4.0/12 and FOX’s House followed at 3.5/10.  ABC’s Dancing with the Stars in its second hour continued to dominate during 9p at 5.2/13 while the CBS sitcoms Two and a Half Men and Mike & Molly averaged a #2 with 2.3/6. ABC’s season finale of Castle was supreme at 10p with a 3.3/8 and the season finale of Hawaii Five-O on CBS trailed in #2 at 2.7/7.

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Monday, May 16, 2011 (May Sweep Day 19)  time period averages.  Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.

ABC: 11.7/18        Dancing with the Stars 13.5/21, Castle 8.1/13

CBS: 5.1/8            How I Met Your Mother 4.5/7, Mad Love 3.6/5, Two and a Half Men [r] 4.4/7, Mike & Molly 5.3/8, Hawaii Five-O 6.5/10

FOX: 4.5/7            House 5.4/8, Chicago Code 3.6/5

NBC: 2.7/4           Chuck 2.6/4, The Event 2.5/4, Law & Order: Los Angeles 3.0/5

UNIV: 2.3/4          Teresa 2.0/3, Triunfo del Amor 2.4/4

CW: 1.0/2            90210 1.0/2, Gossip Girl 1.0/1

TELE: 0.9/1          Aurora 0.5/1, Los Herederos del Monte 0.6/1, La Reina del Sur 1.6/3

ION: 0.8/1           Without a Trace 0.7/1, Criminal Minds 0.8/1, Criminal Minds 0.8/1

TF: 0.3/1             Dona Bella 0.3/0, Cine de Las Estrellas Mon 0.3/1

A18-49:  ABC 4.2/11, FOX 2.7/7, CBS 2.5/7, UNIV 1.7/5, NBC 1.3/4, CW 0.8/2, TELE 0.8/2, ION 0.4/1, TF 0.3/1



Effective immediately, Sam Feist elevated to Washington, D.C. Bureau Chief/SVP with CNN up from Political Director and VP of Washington-based programming.  In his new role, Sam will supervise daily operations for the Washington bureau and head all newsgathering and programming efforts.  Sam reports to Ken Jautz, EVP of CNN/US.

Telemundo 52-KVEA tapped Mexican journalist Jessica Carrillo to Co-Host and serve as Producer for the entertainment show Acceso Total.  Jessica begins her new job this week, joining host Victor Cordero.  Acceso Total airs live Monday-Friday at 1130a. 

Premier Retail Networks, Inc. (PRN) upped Jon Landa to SVP/Sales for the company’s West and Central territories.  Jon has been with PRN since 2007 as VP/Sales working with direct clients and agencies on the West Coast.

Gregg Brussel promoted to VP/Research Channels and Ad Sales, effective immediately, with BBC Worldwide Americas where he manages research and analysis for BBC America, and Ad Sales.

Christian Murphy bumped to SVP/International Programming and Marketing for A+E Networks.  Christian oversees the international program roster, production, brand strategy and marketing for the company’s international division which operates 46 channels in 150 markets and 30 languages.  Christian reports to Sean Cohan, SVP/International, A+E Networks.




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JOB OPENING:  4 JOBS: DIRECTOR/SUPPROD (FIELD); SHOWRUNNER, POST PRODUCERS & EDITORS/NY: needed immediately for cable docu soaps. Major series credits required, docu soap preferred. Resume, reel, references to [email protected] (5/25)

JOB OPENING:  MANAGER, INTERNATIONAL MEDIA & AFFILIATE RELATIONS/WWE/Stamford CT: 4+ yrs exp with client relations (TV, media, knowledge of EMEA, etc.) Apply: (5/25)

JOB OPENING:  COMEDY WRITER/PROD/NAT’L SYNDIE DAYTIME TALK SHOW/NY:  For show/segment ideas & celeb hot topics segments. Exp: writer or comedy prod on talk show req’d.& strong knwldg  celebrity pop culture. [email protected] (5/25)
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JOB OPENING: PROJ MGR RSRCH/ATL: Mng rsch proj to support ent prgmng on TBC & TNT. BA/BS deg. 5+yrs mktg/media rsrch exp req’d. Prof in basic statistics/analysis. Res & C/L: [email protected] (5/24)

JOB OPENING: INTEGRATED SALES PLANNER /NEW YORK: Assist A&E Networks AE’s w/creating plans, integrated presentations & steward accts  (5/24)

JOB OPENING: MEDIA ANALYST/Ebiquity/NYC: Analyze media plans on both a cost & quality basis. 4-6 Yrs Media Buying/Planning Exp Req; Strong Excel and analytical skills reqd; resume: [email protected] (5/24)

JOB OPENING: iPhone/iPad GAME APP DEVELOPER/NYC: Family entertainment co seeks creative programmer w/ 2 years minimum SDK, Objective-C and Cocoa skills; gaming experience a must; Email cover letter/resume to: [email protected] (5/24)

JOB OPENING: SALES PLAN’G ANALYST/NYC: prepare budgets & forecasts. Provide sales strategy & advise sales team on revenue & reporting. Apply (5/24)

JOB OPENING:  SR. ANALYST/TV Land Programming Research/MTVN/NYC: 2+ yr cable/bcast exp. Strong analytical/numeric skills Advanced Nielsen systems. Attn to details. BA/BS. EOE/M/F/D/AAP (5/24)

JOB OPENING:  AE DIR RESPONSE/ION/NY: 4 yrs DR TV Sales, strong oral/written skills, duties: pricing, billing & develop new bus. client/agency contacts reqd. EOE full ad (5/24)

JOB OPENING:  ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE/WTIC/WCCT/Hartford: Seeking two AE’s: 3+ yrs, 1+ yrs sales/media exp  multi-media experience preferred; excellent negotiation skills; strong work ethic; desire to win. Resumes to [email protected] (5/24)

JOB OPENING: DIRECTOR MEDIA/Food Network/NY: Establish comm strategy & positioning for netwk priorities. 8-10 yrs exp in agency and/or ent media exp pref’d. Exp managing multi-million dollar budgets. #2345. (5/21)

JOB OPENING: PRODUCTION COORDINATOR/BURBANK: 3+ yrs exp in TV production mgmt; resp for managing production office, PA runs & interns, stage crew, prod reports, day to day office mgmt. Send resumes to [email protected] (5/21)

JOB OPENING: LEAD PRODUCTION ACCOUNTANT/BURBANK: 5+ yrs exp in TV acctng/finance. Oversee daily hot costs & weekly cost reporting on multiple budgets for a daily talk show. Please send resumes to [email protected] (5/21)

JOB OPENING: PRODUCTION MGR/The Ellen DeGeneres Show/BURBANK: 5+yrs exp in prod mgmt for tv. Resp for creating & tracking multiple budgets, overseeing stage crew & day to day prod on stage. Resumes to [email protected] (5/21)

JOB OPENING: COORDINATOR, PROGRAM SCHEDULING & STANDARDS/GSN Santa Monica: Coordinator, Program Scheduling and Standards. BA req. 1-2 yrs tv exp. Please send res and CL to [email protected] (5/21)

JOB OPENING: COORDINATOR CORP COMMUNICATIONS & PUBLICITY/Hallmark Channel/NY: 2+ yrs exp w/ PR/Communications. Exp pitching/booking/covering media interviews. Prof w MS Ofice. See full posting & apply @ (5/21)

JOB OPENING: VP, TRENDS & PRIMARY RESEARCH/NY: #1826BR Exp in traditional & non-trad quantitative & qualitative research;well versed in generational insights & societal trends. 7+ yr exp. (5/21)

JOB OPENING: DIR, MEDIA RESEARCH STRATEGIC INSIGHTS/NY: #1827BR Provide strategic & analytical guidance for integrated mrktng div. sales research w/new ROI research methods. 5+ yr exp. (5/21)

JOB OPENING: EXEC ASST, PRES CABLE AD SALES/NYC: 5+ yrs exp. supporting Sr. level execs; Phone coverage; calendar mgmt./meeting coord.; Coord. complex domestic travel & expense mgmt. (5/21)

JOB OPENING: SALES COORDINATOR/TV Guide/ NY: Excel skills a +, Organized, Strong comm skills, Work w/AEs/Planners/Sales/Traffic/P&P Marketing. Weekly allocations, deal maintenance, daily comm w/agencies. [email protected] (5/21)

JOB OPENING: SALES PLANNER /TV Guide Network/NY: Build media plans, steward deals, assist AE in sales process, 3+ yrs agency/network exp. Competitive salary commensurate w/ exp & excellent benefits program [email protected] (5/21)

JOB OPENING:  DIR OF SALES/Cynopsis Media/NY/LA (2): 5+ yrs ent media sales exp w/established contacts within industry; able to dvlp new biz for all Cynopsis Media brands, exc comm skills. Resume and salary req: [email protected] (5/20)

JOB OPENING:  RESEARCH MANAGER/Vh1 SUITE AD SALES/NY: Collect & analyze Nielsen, MRI, & other rsch data. BA, 5+ yrs rsch exp reqd. Strong Mcrsft Excel & PP & writ/comm skills. EOE/M/F/D/AAP. Apply (5/20)

JOB OPENING:  DIRECTOR, PROGRAMMING RESEARCH/MTV 2/NYC. 7 + yrs TV ratings research/data analysis; Expertise in research methodology, competitive TV landscape & industry trends; B.A req. EOE/M/F/D/AAP apply (5/20)

JOB OPENING:  PRODUCTION MGR/GLENDALE, CA: 5+yrs prod mngmnt/coordination exp. Field prod exp a must. Vendor negotiations, budget creation/oversight, field & studio crewing, cost reporting. Res/CL to [email protected] (5/20)

JOB OPENING:   TEMP MKTG MGR/Rainbow-Global/NY: Execute mktg strategy. Partnr w/Intl affiliates. Deliver assets for distribtn. 5+yr digital mktg exp in Tv indstry. Rez:[email protected] (5/20)

JOB OPENING:   SR COUNSEL/ABC/BURBANK: Work w/ co. execs on mktg/promotions matters (incl contests & sweepstakes) & assist w/ reality TV projects. Unscripted Prging, Mktg & Promotions 290563 (5/20)

JOB OPENING: VP, BUS AFFAIRS/NY, LA or CLEVELAND/AGP:  Resp for negotiating, reviewing & drafting agreements surrounding all of AGP’s ent, dig, & new partner relationships.  More info: (5/19)

JOB OPENING: DIRECTOR, INTEGRATED MARKETING/NBCUniversal/NYC:  Looking for a Director, Integrated Marketing with Telemundo. Please visit for more information and go to Req#1687BR (5/19)

JOB OPENING: SALES PLANNER/Food Network & Cooking Channel/Detroit: 2 yrs exp. in advertising, buying and/or planning or w/ ad sales Co. Proficient in MS EXCEL/PP. Full details, Req. 2266 (5/19)

JOB OPENING: VP RESEARCH/ATL: Min. 10 yrs cable/tv exp. Report writing skills. Staff mgt & budget exp. Strategic & tactical exp req.Expert at Nielsen sys & software. See job posting at Res: [email protected] (5/19)

JOB OPENING: PART-TIME MARKETING CONSULTANT/NYC/Global Multimedia Co.: Experienced, director-level proj. mgr. to oversee advertising, promotions, PR, soc. media, agency/vendor mgmt. 5 half-days in office. [email protected] (5/19)

JOB OPENING: WRITER/PRODUCER/SPORTSMAN CHANNEL/NY OR WI: Seeking an innovative thinker with strong writing skills and a keen eye to create and manage cutting edge promotional campaigns. Apply: (5/19)

JOB OPENING: DELIVERABLES MANAGER/OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network/LA: MUST HAVE exp managing show deliverables, logs & QC. Detailed oriented, production & post expert. 6-month project. Apply at: (5/19)

JOB OPENING:  EXECUTIVE IN CHARGE/NEW YORK:  Heavy hitter to run a portfolio of reality & doc series. Budgets, Schedules, Mgt — and more. Huge opptny at top prodco. [email protected] (5/19)

JOB OPENING: EXPERIENCED PRODUCERS/NYC: Needed for New Daytime Talk Show. MUST have Talk Experience. Looking for committed, detail-oriented, driven, multi-taskers. Must be a Team Player! APPLY TO: [email protected] (5/19)

JOB OPENING: AP’s and PA’s/NY: Needed for Daytime Talk Show. Must be great bookers, multi-taskers and team players.APPLY TO:  [email protected] (5/19)

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 [email protected].

SUMMER INTERNSHIP CREDITS ONLY: INTERNSHIPS/OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network/LA: SCHOOL CREDIT ONLY. Opportunities in Research/Ratings, Legal & Scheduling. Must be a College Junior, Senior or Grad Student. Apply at: (5/19)

ROOMMATE WANTED: Need Roommate,2Be/2Ba condo,Hollywood,$1250mth+util. Garage Pkg, Security, Pool, Gym, Laundry, AC,W-in Closets, Partially furnished. F, 29 w/sm dog, seeks professional/clean/friendly. July 1st [email protected] (5/19)

SITUATION WANTED ADS, POSTED BY THOSE LOOKING TO BE HIRED …  There is no charge for placing your Situation Wanted ad … for more information contact Trish Pihonak at [email protected]

SITUATION WANTED: VO TALENT Rebecca Michaels – Confident, Caring, Quirky Voice Over talent delivers high-quality VO from home studio for all lengths of corporate & commercial gigs. Visit for demos & details. (5/25)

SITUATION WANTED: RESEARCH DIR – 20+ yrs Media, Nielsen, Hispanic Mkt, Research, Sales, and Presentation experience. Will Telecommute. Email: [email protected] (5/25)
SITUATION WANTED: BRAND MARKETING/SOCIAL MEDIA ROCKSTAR/NY: Highly versatile marketing pro. proficient in social media strategies, brand mktg &consumer engagement. Full time/Freelance. BBA Marketing [email protected] (5/25)

SITUATION WANTED: Executive level PUBLICITY position – well respected/solid publicity pro seeks position in NY/LA or wherever the opportunity arises. Willing and eager to relocate. Please contact [email protected] (5/25)

SITUATION WANTED:PRODUCTION ASSISTANT/NY:recent reliable, and hardworking,college grad looking to work on a movie set for the summer, numerous experience under belt like dancing with the stars. [email protected] (5/24)

SITUATION WANTED:PRODUCTION ASSISTANT/NY:determined, dependable, film major looking to work on a movie set for the summer. various production experience. [email protected] (5/24)

SITUATION WANTED: CREATIVE MEDIA MIND  Seeking to assist, Entry- Junior level positions, B.A. & Communications/Media background, 3-5 years of experience domestically & internationally. NY based. Please contact, [email protected] (5/20)

SITUATION WANTED: PRIME TIME EMMY DOCUMETARY. PRODUCER, DIRECTOR, WRITER in L.A. Credits: National Geo, PBS, Discovery, History CH, TLC and MSNBC. Contact email: [email protected] (5/19)

SITUATION WANTED: Fun, hard-working, quick-thinking domestic & international LINE PRODUCER/PRODUCTION MGR (NYC) w/12+years experience in Live Event, Competition/Reality, Formatted Series & Sports production. [email protected] (5/19)

E-mail [email protected] or call Trish Pihonak at 203.381.9096 for rates and specs for Job Openings.

Are you looking for a job? Post your Situation Wanted Ad here — Email [email protected] for specs.



ABC:  The Middle, The Middle [r], Modern Family, Cougar Town, Happy Endings, Happy Endings
AZTECA:  Cosas de la Vida, Al Extremo, Lo Que Callamos Las Mujeres
CBS:   Criminal Minds [r], Criminal Minds [f], Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
CW:   America’s Next Top Model [r], America’s Next Top Model [f]
FOX:  American Idol, Breaking In
ION:  Without A Trace, Without A Trace, Criminal Minds
NBC:  Minute to Win It, Minute to Win It [r], L&O: SVU [f]
PBS:   Secrets of the Dead [r], Nova [r], Nova [r]
TELE: Aurora, Los Herederos del Monte, La Reina del Sur
UNIV: Teresa, Triunfo del Amor

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