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Thursday December 1, 2022

Today’s Premieres
Allblk: Wicked City; Hush
Crackle: Inside the Black Box
HBO: Branson at 10p
HBO Max: Gossip Girl; Sort Of
HGTV: Luxe for Less at 9p
Netflix: Dead End; JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Stone Ocean
Paramount+: Bose
Travel Channel: Ghost Adventures: House Calls at 9p; The Haunted Museum at 10p

IN THE NEWS

Notices of layoffs at CNN started going out on Wednesday and will continue today. “It will be a difficult time for everyone,” wrote CEO Chris Licht in a memo to employees. “It is incredibly hard to say goodbye to any one member of the CNN team, much less many. I recently described this process as a gut punch, because I know that is how it feels for all of us.” Licht alerted staff in October that cuts in the news division were imminent, amid belt-tightening throughout the industry.

Also facing layoffs are nearly 30 employees at CBS Studios and Paramount TV Studios, as the Paramount+ scripted originals team joins Paramount TV Studios, and back-end functions are centralized. Eric Gray will head of finance for both studios; Kim Doneche will oversee legal matters for both studios; Kevin Berg will head production at CBS Studios and Liz Miller will oversee production for PTVS. “In each of these centralized areas, most of the team members under these department heads will begin to support and work across both CBS and PTVS projects, either immediately or over time,” said George Cheeks, President and CEO, CBS, and Chief Content Officer, News and Sports, Paramount+. “This is a new way of operating for many of us and will require healthy collaboration among leaders and teams.”

Paramount+ has renewed “Tulsa King” for a second season. The darkly comic gangster drama created by Taylor Sheridan (“Yellowstone”) and starring Sylvester Stallone was the number one new series of the year on cable with its Paramount Network debut.

Warner Bros. Television Studios is closing a deal with Amazon for animated DC-branded content, said chair Channing Dungey at Content London. “With animation we used to be about staying in-house but now we are doing it on different platforms,” said Dungey. “HBO Max is the first stop but we are in the process of closing a big deal with Amazon featuring DC branded content in animation.”

With a decline in political marketing, local TV-related advertising is projected to dip by 15% to $18.5 billion in 2023, according to BIA Advisory Services. Non-political advertising for all linear, OTT, and digital is expected to rise 3% to $18.2 billion.

Cox Media Group sent a cease-and-desist letter demanding DISH retract claims that CMG alleges are designed to mislead customers about DISH’s decision to black out CMG’s local television stations. “We asked DISH for an extension of our prior contract both in writing and verbally on several different occasions,” said Daniel York, President & CEO of CMG. “CMG is now publicly asking DISH yet again to put our market-leading stations back on their satellite platform under the agreement that we both have operated under for years, and we’re again inviting them to finally start engaging in a meaningful good-faith negotiation of a new contract.”

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PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT

FOX Entertainment and writer/producer/director McG (“Supernatural”) have entered a broadcast direct development deal calling for McG and his production company, Wonderland Sound & Vision, to develop and produce drama series for FOX, which will own and distribute the programming created under the partnership. The broadcast direct deal reunites FOX with McG, who executive produced, and directed the first two episodes of “Lethal Weapon,” and executive produced “The O.C.”

Cineflix Productions is teaming with Gladys Knight and her Empress of Soul Productions to develop a returnable premium scripted miniseries based on the artist’s s life and career. “At the age of 78, most people in my industry have retired, but I’m just getting started,” said Knight. “Our partnership with Cineflix, sharing my life story, will allow me to leave a legacy of hard work and dedication.”

“Intercats,” an animated cat workplace comedy for Disney+ from Baobab Studios and Disney Television Animation, is in development at Disney Branded Television. It’s screenwriter Pamela Ribon’s first project under a first-look deal with Disney Television Animation.

SMAC Productions and Fubo Studios are co-producing an eight-part docuseries on the evolution of the Black quarterback in America. Through a series of conversations led by Michael Vick, the series will examine how on-field commanders changed the game and led off-field movements. Serving as executive producers are Michael Vick and Kijafa Vick; Constance Schwartz-Morini of SMAC Productions; and David Gandler and Pamela Duckworth for Fubo Studios. FredAnthony Smith (“NFL 360: The L.A. Marathon”) will serve as executive producer and director.

A drama based on the book Eliza Starts a Rumor, by Jane L. Rosen, is in development at NBC. From studio Universal Television, the drama will follow a group of women who are affected by an anonymous rumor in a mommy blog about an affair.

Canela Media is partnering with Exile Content Studio to co-produce season 2 of children’s series “Club Mundo Kids.” In addition to mindfulness and social skills, the series will feature STEM-focused episodes about space travel and NASA’s Artemis project.

Casting notes: Added to the cast of Disney+ and National Geographic’s “Genius: MLK/X” are Ron Cephas Jones (“This Is Us”), Gary Carr (“The Peripheral”) and Hubert Point-Du Jour (“The Good Lord Bird”). It’s the first installment of the Nat Geo anthology series to stream as a Disney+ original….Janel Parrish (“Pretty Little Liars”) has joined Hallmark Movies & Mysteries’ “Family History Mysteries: Buried Past.”

NEW & RETURNING SERIES

Apple TV+ series “Shrinking,” starring Jason Segel and Harrison Ford, premieres with two episodes on Friday, January 27. The comedy focuses on a grieving therapist (Segel) who starts telling his clients exactly what he thinks.

It won’t be pretty on HGTV on New Year’s Day, when a new season of “Ugliest Homes in America” kicks off at 8p. New episodes will showcase tours of 15 hideous properties nominated by their owners.

New OWN series “All the Single Ladies” debuts Friday, January 6 at 9p. The reality show offers views of intimacy and dating from the perspectives of Black women.

“Awake Surgery,” focused on operations done without anesthesia, debuts on TLC on Wednesday, December 14 at 10p.

Season two of HBO’s “Random Acts of Flyness: The Parable of the Pirate and the King” premieres Friday, December 9 at midnight with two episodes. The six-episode season continues with two episodes airing weekly, concluding December 23.

“Inside The Black Box” premieres today, December 1 on the Crackle streaming app. The 10-episode second season is hosted by Joe Morton (“Scandal”) and celebrity acting coach, director, producer, and casting director, Tracey Moore. The hosts interact with celebrity guests in discussions about the role race plays in the entertainment industry.

COMING UP

Lifetime movie “Reba McEntire’s The Hammer” premieres January 7 at 8p. In the film, McEntire plays a traveling judge.

Ovation TV announced new programming for its travel-entertainment digital channel, Journy. Starting today and streaming through the month are “The Island with Bear Grylls” and “Bear Grylls Wild Adventure.” The network has also curated 37 winter and holiday season episodes.

TECH TALK

Google and iHeartMedia have agreed to pay $9 million to seven states that sued them for paying radio personalities to endorse the Pixel 4 phone in late 2019 and early 2020, despite never having used the device. The move showed “a blatant disrespect for truth-in-advertising rules,” said Bureau of Consumer Protection Director Samuel Levine.

STREAMING

Streaming audio service TuneIn has launched “Univision Top TV Shows” station, featuring a curated slate of Spanish-language podcasts from Uforia, TelevisaUnivision’s audio network. The “Univision Top TV Shows” station will include streaming distribution and on-demand playback of Uforia Podcasts, including audio versions of Univision entertainment and news programming including “Univision Reporta,” “Despierta América,” “El Gordo y La Flaca,” and “Noticiero Univision.”

SPORTS ROUNDUP

Attendees of this year’s Army-Navy Game will be treated to a stadium experience taking them back 100 years to when USAA, the game’s presenting sponsor, was founded. The free exhibit will be located inside Fan Fest on the North Side of the stadium and open as of 11a in Philly. When each visitor enters and registers at the activation, they will receive a physical, vintage ticket with a QR code to unlock 10 experiences throughout the activation tent.

The World Cup match between Argentina and Mexico delivered 4.48 million viewers on FS1 and Fox Sports streaming on Saturday, up 243% from the 2018 FS1 Group Stage average.

The England/Wales World Cup match drew a peak audience in the UK of 18.7 million cross-platform viewers (not counting public venues), the largest UK audience for the tournament to date.

“Thursday Night Football” coverage returns to Prime Video for week 13 at 7p with “TNF Tonight,” hosted by Charissa Thompson alongside Ryan Fitzpatrick, Richard Sherman, Tony Gonzalez and Andrew Whitworth. Kickoff is at 8:15p.

GOING GLOBAL

Banijay Rights struck a deal for “Big Brother VIP” to be adapted for the Republic of Kosovo. Co-produced by Klan Kosovo and Artmotion, the version launches on Klan Kosovo on December 5.

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RATINGS
The first episode of season two of HBO’s “The White Lotus” has delivered 9.5 million viewers, topping the average of 9.3 million for season one episodes across HBO Max and linear. Sunday’s episode five hit a series-high 2.3 million viewers across HBO Max and linear telecasts.

The Thanksgiving episode of FOX’s “The Masked Singer” (2.4 A18-49 L3) ranks as Thursday’s #1 entertainment telecast across both broadcast and cable in over three years (excluding specials), and is FOX’s highest-rated Thursday entertainment telecast in over six years (excluding specials). “LEGO Masters” (1.0 A18-49 L3, 3.4 P2+ L3) marked its highest-rated and most watched episode since its season one finale.

Never gets old: CBS’ airing of 1964’s “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” drew 4 million viewers and an 0.6 rating among A18-49, topping the new animated special that followed it, “Reindeer in Here” (2.8 million/0.4).

Hallmark Channel’s Merry Thanksgiving Weekend, which debuted seven new original movies, elevated the network to be the #1 most-watched on cable during Thanksgiving week among Women 18+, and delivered six out of the top ten most-watched entertainment cable programs of the week among Women 18+, with Saturday night’s “Haul Out the Holly” becoming ad-supported cable’s #1 most-watched movie of the year to-date among key demos.

FOX Business Network averaged 238,000 viewers for the month of November, while the market hours (9a-4p) audience grew by 46% year-over-year.

Basic Cable Top 10 Ratings for the week of November 21
P2+ AA (000)
Primetime
ESPN 3099
Hallmark Channel 1702
Fox News 1664
Paramount 1194
MSNBC 791
HGTV 702
TLC 699
Food Network 695
History 658
INSP 639
Total Day
Fox News 1225
ESPN 1098
Hallmark Channel 878
Fox Sports 1 589
MSNBC 556
Paramount 501
CNN 428
HGTV 422
Food Network 416
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
Source: Nielsen

Broadcast Nielsen Ratings for Monday, November 28
Show, P2+ 000s, (A18-49)
ABC: Great Christmas Light Fight 2.81 (0.5), The Good Doctor 3.32 (0.3)
CBS: The Neighborhood 3.39 (0.4), Bob Hearts Abishola 3.20 (0.3), NCIS 3.87 (0.3), NCIS: Hawai’I 3.27 (0.2)
CW: All American 0.45 (0.1), All American: Homecoming 0.31 (0.1)
FOX: 9-1-1 4.96 (0.7), The Cleaning Lady 2.19 (0.3)
NBC: The Voice 6.22 (0.7), Pitch Perfect: Bumper in Berlin 1.81 (0.3)
Telemundo: Exatlon Estatos Unidos 1.06 (0.3), La Reina Del Sur 0.93 (0.3), Amor y Traicon 0.75 (0.2)
Univision: Vencer La Ausencia 1.48 (0.4), Mi Camino ed Amarte 1.55 (0.4), La Madastra 1.25 (0.4)
Source: Nielsen, live + same day time period averages

EXECUTIVE MOVES

Jen Salke, Head of Amazon Studios, is adding oversight of MGM to her purview, nine months after the studio was acquired by Amazon. MGM COO Chris Brearton takes the role of VP, PVS Corporate Strategy, MGM+ and MGM Alternative Television.

Catherine Kim has been elevated from SVP of Digital News for NBC News and MSNBC to SVP of NBC News editorial, overseeing both digital and linear.

Play.Works has hired David Preisman as SVP, Distribution and Product. Preisman was most recently President of Genuine Reality.

VIZ Media has appointed Masaya Ueno as VP of Strategic Initiatives. Ueno was most recently COO of KonMari Media Inc.

This Day in History
1988 – Benazir Bhutto was named Prime Minister of Pakistan, becoming the first female leader of a Muslim country.

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question
In which other current series does “The White Lotus” season 2 actor Bruno Gouery appear? “Emily in Paris.” Kudos to: Anderson Angad-Dentsu/Raleigh, NC; Peter Steckelman-Tennis Channel/Santa Monica, CA; Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg-M and S Entertainment/LA; David Garber-Loyola Marymount University/Playa Vista, CA; Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA; Eric Morais/Detroit; Wendy Holmes/Denver; Marni C. Gold/Hawthorne, NJ; Cynthia Nelson-Revo Video/NYC; Louis Lewow-FITE/Atlanta

Today’s Trivia Question
Who bought Alvin a harmonica on Christmas Eve on “A Chipmunk Christmas” (1981)? (Email trivia@cynopsis.com with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and time zone. Unofficial rules: a limit of four answers per time zone.)

SENIOR ANALYST – MEDIA RESEARCH
LATITUDE
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Latitude is searching for an experienced research analyst. This position will focus on client communications and managing projects across their entire lifecycles – from design/proposal through reporting and presentation. Ideal candidates will be experienced in media, and comfortable both analyzing research data and communicating with clients. Full info HERE (12/16)

DATA SCIENTIST
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VEVO/Remote: Harness the power of Vevo’s data to provide better experiences for Vevo’s end users, advertisers, artist & label partners, along with
deep insights for internal business groups. Full info HERE (12/16)

DIRECTOR, AD TECH >>
VEVO/NYC: Play a vital role in the success of the Ad Operations group by helping to drive revenue across key business initiatives. Responsible for helping to lead the technical ad implementation strategy across our ever growing distribution landscape. Full info HERE (12/16)

SALES & TRADE MARKETING MANAGER: PARTNERSHIPS & EVENTS >>
VEVO/NYC: Develope and position Vevo’s B2B brand among the advertising and buying community. Responsible for planning and executing strategic marketing initiatives that drive sales and further Vevo’s brand objectives. Full info HERE (12/16)

DIRECTOR, DIGITAL CONTENT & EMAIL MARKETING

INSP
CHARLOTTE

Lead strategic design and user-experience vision for the current website, INSP.com. Make front-end and back-end design recommendations and evaluate the potential for a reimagined user-experience for the site. Manage multiple project timelines and executions simultaneously for maximum efficiency. 5+ yrs exp. leading management of a website property. Full info HERE (12/16)

VICE PRESIDENT, CREATIVE MARKETING & PROMOTION
INSP
CHARLOTTE

Responsible for all elements of the creation, pre-production, production, and post-production of all on-air promotion videos, off channel ads, digital/social video content and other video projects created for other departments. Manage Creative Marketing & Promotion department. Min 10 yrs exp. at a broadcast or cable entertainment network. Full info HERE (12/16)

CREATIVE SERVICES DIRECTOR
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HEARST MEDIA PRODUCTION GROUP/CHARLOTTE, NC: Lead promotion and brand management for our national marketing and digital content strategies. This role will interface with the management team, show producers, our national network and streaming partners, and program sponsors. Full info HERE (12/14)

RESEARCH DIRECTOR >>
HEARST MEDIA PRODUCTION GROUP/CHARLOTTE, NC: Support with audience and consumer information related to our national programming. This role will compile and analyze linear, digital and OTT cross platform viewership for the purposes of strategic planning and to create actionable internal insights and client presentations. Full info HERE (12/14)

SR. PRODUCER >>
MATTER OF FACT WITH SOLEDAD O’BRIEN/WASHINGTON, DC: Must have highly developed program production skills, a keen eye for visual and graphic show elements, and an editorial commitment to amplifying diverse voices in the conversation about the nation’s future. The Senior Producer will assist with production scheduling and budget. Full info HERE (12/14)

ASST. PROF. OF PRACTICE IN EMERGING CREATIVE MEDIA TECHNOLOGIES >>
TEXAS TECH UNIV./LUBBOCK, TX: Practitioner/teacher with min. 5 yrs. exp. In VR/AR/MR, virtual production, digital world-building, interactive media, human-computer interaction, motion graphics, VFX, etc. Apply by Dec. 1. Full info HERE (12/14)

PUBLICIST
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STARZ/SANTA MONICA: Identify and successfully pitch programming to media, including long leads, dailies, weeklies and online publications; as well as secure electronic bookings; respond to media requests timely for information and interviews. Develop and maintain close working relationships with members of the press. 3+ years of entertainment exp. in public relations. Full info HERE (12/13)

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, DIGITAL
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TMZ/LOS ANGELES: Partner with the Head of Revenue & Strategy to develop new growth opportunities for TMZ’s digital products and execute various revenue initiatives. Optimize current suite of products (web, apps, other) against desired goals. 10+ years of work exp. including experience in programmatic and digital (display and video) advertising and online media. Full info HERE (12/13)

DIRECTOR, PRODUCTION STORAGE MANAGEMENT

A+E NETWORKS
NYC

Manage post production storage systems both on premises and in the cloud. Collaborate Production Operations team to ensure that workflows align across the wider A+E enterprise. 5 years experience as a Manager in post production technical support. Comprehensive knowledge of post production workflows and processes. Full info HERE (12/12)

MANAGER, DISTRIBUTION MARKETING >>
INSP/CHARLOTTE, NC: Develops strategy & annual goals for the Affiliate Monthly Campaign, executes the strategy & oversees the implementation of other assigned campaigns. Provides reporting, analysis & recommendations on assigned campaigns and oversees development of creative & content to support network distribution. 5+ yrs of related exp., 3+ yrs of management exp. Full info HERE (12/12)

MANAGER, CROSS PLATFORM AUDIENCE RESEARCH
SHOWTIME
NY
Aggregate & analyze data from various sources to develop audience insights & help drive programming/marketing strategy across traditional and streaming platforms. 3+ years’ experience in media research at a broadcast/cable net, streamer or an agency. Strong Nielsen & data viz tools a must plus MS Office, quant, comm & presentation skills. Full info HERE (12/11)

DIRECTOR, CLOUD ARCHIVE STRATEGY & MNGT- MEDIA OPS
A+E NETWORKS
NYC or Remote
Primary point of contact for the development of standards, processes, procedures, metadata retainment & other functions related to “cloud” operations (AWS). Responsible for the operational development, scale & best practices of all on-premises and cloud-based archives. 10+ yrs of exp. in supply chain modernization, on-premises & cloud archives. Full info HERE (12/11)

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT, US DISTRIBUTION >>
BBC STUDIOS/NY, CHICAGO, LA: Frequently liaise with senior level internal and external contacts, screening and prioritizing all forms of incoming communications, dealing with routine issues and coordinating more complex responses ensuring these are delivered in a timely and effective manner. Manage Executive’s travel logistics and scheduling. 3+ yrs of exp. Full info HERE (12/10)

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER >>
NEWSMAX/ NYC: Determine best news stories for the program and create daily rundown. Work with show host in program preparation and execution. Identify compelling news stories. Develop story ideas, research and plan segments. Delegate responsibilities as appropriate. Supervise production staff. 3+ years executive producing exp. or overseeing newscast production. Full info HERE (12/10)

HEAD of INFLUENCER TALENT
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THE OUTLOUD GROUP/ Remote, DETROIT:
Responsible for developing and expanding a roster of content creators and growing Outloud Talent as a business unit. You’ll provide one-on-one support and guidance to your roster of talent. Looking for someone with 3+ years of experience managing content creators and comfortable with building from the ground up. Full info HERE (12/10)

SALES SERVICE EXECUTIVE

TV ONE
NYC

Client and agency interface, attending client social events, and supporting the multi-platform sales process. Customize client presentations and provide effective information to drive budgets. Research target accounts and create strategy to break new business and increase share. Min of 3-4 yrs exp. in digital, radio or linear sales. Full info HERE (12/9)

DIRECTOR, SCHEDULING & ACQUISITIONS
TV ONE
SILVER SPRING, Remote

Work closely with SVP, Scheduling & Acquisitions and team to develop programming strategies/schedules that achieve or exceed rating & revenue goals. Manage the production of network schedule grids from scheduling database & supervise schedule changes across platforms. Min of 5 yrs exp. scheduling and acquisition w/cable/digital channel or network. Full info HERE (12/9)

MEDIA SPECIALIST I, PRODUCTION FACILITY & CONTENT MANAGEMENT
TV ONE
SILVER SPRING, Remote

Serve as the lead in initiating content request fulfillment by tracking and pulling requested media. Review, transfer, and archive all content that arrives on hard drives and DVDs. Upload, catalog, and archive media from photography and field shoots. 5+ years of experience in the field of digital media or cable/broadcast. Full info HERE (12/9)

SR. COORDINATOR/ASSOCIATE MANAGER, INTEGRATED MARKETING
TV ONE
NYC, Remote

Respond to RFP, RFI and general Sales Requests: concept and formulate both large- and small-scale ideas into innovative, marketable programs that are custom-made for specific client initiatives and their associated KPIs. Champion the vision and go-to-market strategy and linear sales positioning. Min 2-yrs in media or sales/marketing company. Full info HERE (12/8)

THURSDAY DECEMBER 1
ABC: Frozen II, America’s Funniest Home Videos
CBS: Young Sheldon, Ghosts, So Help Me Todd, So Help Me Todd
CW: Freddie Mercury: The Final Act
FOX: Hell’s Kitchen, Welcome to Flatch, Call Me Kat
NBC: Dolly Parton’s Mountain Magic Christmas, The Wall
PBS: This Old House, Ask This Old House, Antiques Roadshow, Lo Otra Mirada
Telemundo: Exatlón Estados Unidos: All-Stars, La Reina del Sur, Amor y Traicion
Univision: Vencer la Ausencia, Mi Camino es Amarte, La Madrasta



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