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|Wednesday February 9, 2022
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Disney Jr.: Alice’s Wonderland Bakery at 10:30a
discovery+: Secret Crush; Farmer Wants a Wife
Netflix: The Big Shot Game Show; Only Jokes Allowed; Catching Killers
HGTV: Property Brothers: Forever Home at 8p
TLC: My 600-Lb. Life at 8p
IN THE NEWS
IAB is sounding the alarm that a lack of preparedness for the depreciation of third-party cookies could badly damage digital advertisers’ ability to measure their campaigns. Key takeaways from IAB’s new State of Data 2022 report include:
66% of advertisers are not adjusting their measurement strategies.While first-party data was a hot topic in 2021, spending on third-party data actually continues to grow.Nearly 60% of companies are not increasing their investment in first-party data.“If we don’t diversify our approach to the market, soon we’ll be operating by the equivalent of candlelight,” said Angelina Eng, VP, Measurement and Attribution, Programmatic+Data Center, IAB. “The industry risks losing $10 billion in annual sales – without a serious plan for what happens when everyone’s in the dark.”
TV and movies account for just 48% of all the time consumers say they spend with screen-based entertainment, down 5 points from a year ago and down 11 points from 2019, according to Hub’s annual “Video Redefined” study. Replacing TV and movies: online videos, gaming and browsing social media, up five points from last year. Not surprisingly, the study showed a major shift between those age 35+, who spend 60% of their entertainment time with TV and movies, versus 25% for those age 13-24.
Rita Ferro, President, Disney Advertising Sales & Partnerships, is promising an Upfront event “unlike anything [advertisers] have ever seen from Disney” on the banks of the Hudson River at Basketball City, Pier 36. “Be prepared for more unrivaled content and an incomparable experience in an entirely new venue,” said Ferro of the May 17 presentation. NBCUniversal, ViacomCBS, Fox and The CW had already announced a return to in-person NYC Upfront events after two years of going virtual due to Covid-19.
Netflix’s “The Power of the Dog” landed 12 Oscar nominations, the most of any film, with Netflix collecting 27 overall. Apple had six nods, while Amazon had three. The Academy Awards ceremony airs Sunday, March 27 at 8p on ABC. A host has yet to be named.
Leslie Jones is “a super fan of the Olympics, and we are super fans of her,” said NBC after the “SNL” alum tweeted her displeasure over some of her Winter Games commentary videos being blocked on Twitter. “This was the result of a third-party error, and the situation has been resolved,” said the network. “She is free to do her social media posts as she has done in the past.”
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PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT
Fox Entertainment has acquired TV, streaming and film rights to classic claymation character Gumby and his friends from the estate of Joseph Clokey, son of creator Art Clokey. “Picking a new home was important to me, and I’ve found great partners in Fox Entertainment,” explained Gumby. “They have a vision for my modern, multi-platform reemergence, which is thrilling. Throughout our conversations, Pokey and I reiterated that we are talent they can mold. Literally.”
Rashida Jones (“Parks & Recreation”) will star in and exec produce Apple TV+ dark comedy “Sunny,” about a woman whose husband and son die in a plane crash. She’s given a domestic robot made by her late husband’s company, and they uncover the truth of what happened to her family.
Netflix has ordered eight-part action drama “Palamino,” from Left Bank Pictures (“The Crown”). Rob Bullock and Jack Lothian (“Strike Back: Vendetta”) are writing, with Lothian also exec producing alongside Left Bank’s Andy Harries.
Niecy Nash (“Claws”) will guest star in two embedded pilot episodes of ABC police drama “The Rookie.” Nash will play the oldest rookie in the FBI Academy, setting the stage for a potential spinoff next season.
CNN’s chief medical correspondent will host “Masters in Medicine with Dr. Sanjay Gupta,” a weekly show for upcoming streaming service CNN+. “Our audience will have remarkable access to the world of medicine and a greater understanding of how their bodies function, and what to do when something goes wrong,” said Gupta.
Great Pacific Media has announced a new project in development with Paul Sun-Hyung Lee (“Kim’s Convenience”). New series “Fandemonium” will examine the sub-cultures of makers, artists and collectors who are inspired by larger-than-life franchises, such as “Star Wars,” Nintendo, anime and wrestling, among others.
Casting notes: Quentin Plair (“Roswell, New Mexico”) has joined the cast of Hulu limited series “Immigrant” in a major recurring role opposite Kumail Nanjiani and Nicola Peltz…Dorian Harewood (“House of Payne”) landed a recurring role on Peacock’s “Bel-Air.”
RENEWALS & CANCELLATIONS
Hulu’s YA comedy series “Love Victor” will end with season three. All eight episodes drop Wednesday, June 15, announced the streamer during its TCA presentation.
HBO has renewed “How To With John Wilson” for season three. “John finds humanity in the most mundane and absurd places,” said Amy Gravitt, EVP, HBO Programming, of the documentary filmmaker. “We’re thrilled to continue seeing New York through his utterly hilarious and poignant lens.”
Adult Swim handed season two renewals for animated comedies “Birdgirl” and “Smiling Friends.” “Birdgirl,” starring Paget Brewster (“Criminal Minds”), will return in summer 2022, while the “Smiling Friends” premiere will be announced at a later date.
On the streaming side, HBO Max has ordered a third season of comedy “South Side,” which premiered on Comedy Central before moving to HBO Max for its sophomore run.
IMDb TV picked up a second season of action series “Almost Paradise,” created by Dean Devlin and Gary Rosen, who will also serve as co-showrunners. The drama follows a former US DEA agent who, after his partner’s betrayal and a life-threatening battle with hypertension, is forced into early retirement and relocates to a small tropical island in the Philippines.
NEW & RETURNING SERIES
A pilot for syndicated series “Beat the Odds” premieres Friday, February 11 on select Gray Television stations. Production company Tupelo Honey expects to begin production on a weekly series in 3Q22.
Kanal D Drama, presenter of Turkish series dubbed into Spanish, will debut
“Conflictos de Familia” (“For My Daughters”) on the Kanal D Drama app on Tuesday, February 22.
Author and television personality Lorna Greyling will host the CJC Network original series “Women in Power,” featuring conversations with successful women from around the world. Season one of the talker debuts in April.
Season four of Prime Video’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” launches Friday, February 18. Two new episodes will debut on Fridays for four consecutive weeks.
Midnight Pulp is counter-programming Super Bowl LVI with Monster Bowl 1, on Sunday, February 13. The daylong marathon starts at 10a, and will include monster classic “Gorgo” in addition to more recent fare like “Monster Seafood Wars.”
New Tubi original film “10 Truths About Love” debuts Friday, February 11. Camilla Belle (“Dollface”) stars as a romance columnist who thinks she has got love figured out until her boyfriend dumps her.
Mediaocean unveiled a solution aimed at enabling advertisers and agencies to more seamlessly create and place dynamic ad campaigns across social media platforms. The solution integrates ad server and creative automation and reporting platform Flashtalking, which Mediaocean acquired last year, with the centralized social media campaign management system Mediaocean.
Disney streaming services Disney+, ESPN+ and Hulu scored nearly 10 million new subscribers in 4Q21, according to Antenna, or 25% of premium SVOD sign-ups for the quarter. The biggest boost came from Disney+’s “The Beatles: Get Back.”
Blue Ant Media announced the launch of TotalCrime, a FAST channel on The Roku Channel in the US. Three quarters of the channel’s lineup is exclusive true crime programming, available only to The Roku Channel’s audience.
France Channel is now available on Struum. The streaming service aims to put viewers in touch with its French “Culturetainment.”
Fox Weather can now be accessed on YouTube TV, Amazon News, The Roku Channel, fuboTV, and Xumo. Additionally, the full linear service will be accessible on FoxTelevision Stations’ Diginet channels in 17 markets and select simulcast hours on FTS duopoly stations.
Awkwardly named IMDb TV is headed for a rebrand. During a keynote at the virtual Realscreen, Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke remarked that the Amazon free streaming service is “soon to be renamed.” Salke also noted Amazon is “building out a real destination for lifestyle, cooking and for all of these different categories that would be completely additive to the experience and the value of your Prime membership.”
Woodcut Media has been commissioned by Sky UK to produce true crime series “Murdered at First Sight for Sky Crime.” The series is scheduled to debut on the channel in March.
Toronto-based BGM Inc. and Oasis Animation, a Montreal-based 2D animation studio, have announced a commission for their new animated series, “Riley Rocket.” The TVOkids Original show, aimed at five- to seven-year-olds, is a multi-partner collaboration, with participation from Société Radio-Canada, Knowledge Network, TFO, the Shaw Rocket Fund, the Canada Media Fund and Quebecor Fund.
Cyber Group Studios, producer and distributor of animated series, has acquired a majority stake in Italian animation studio Graphilm Entertainment.
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The season two premiere of “Resident Alien” was the second-most-watched telecast on Syfy since 2013. Counting one week of delayed viewing, the January 26 debut was watched by 3.2 million total viewers, up 5% from the show’s season one bow.
“Jeopardy!” (6.5 Live+SD national Nielsen rating) slipped 2% from the week before after the mid-week loss for champion contestant Amy Schneider in the week of January 24. “Family Feud” (6.0) rose 3%, while “Wheel of Fortune” (5.7) dipped 5%.
Driven by “9-1-1: Love Star,” “Next Level Chef” and “The Cleaning Lady,” not to mention the NFL and WWE, during the week of January 24, Fox posted television’s highest-rated week of the season and its highest-rated week in two years, logging a 3.2 Live+7 rating.
Broadcast Nielsen Top 10 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of January 24, ranked in order by HH Rtg
Jeopardy (CMV) 6.5 AA
Family Feud (CMV) 6.0 AA
Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 5.7 AA
Judge Judy (CMV) 5.1 AA
Inside Edition (CMV) 2.3 AA
The Big Bang Theory (WB) 2.2 AA
Entertainment Tonight (CMV) 2.1 AA
The Dr. Phil Show (CMV) 1.9 AA
Live With Kelly and Ryan (DAD) 1.8 AA
Hot Bench (CMV) 1.5 AA
Last Man Standing (DAD) 1.5AA
Basic Cable Nielsen Top 5 for the week of January 31
Show, P2+ 000s
Fox News 2523
Fox News 1517
Broadcast Nielsen Ratings for Monday, February 7
Show, P2+ 000s, (A18-49)
ABC: The Bachelor 3.14 (0.78), The Promised Land 1.68 (0.2)
CBS: The Neighborhood 4.05 (0.5), Bob Hearts Abishola 3.39 (0.4), Big Brother 2.36 (0.4), NCIS: Hawai’I 2.00 (0.2)
CW: March 0.31 (0.1), 4400 0.34 (0.1)
Fox: 9-1-1: Lone Star 5.18 (0.78), The Cleaning Lady 3.32 (0.5)
NBC: 2022 Winter Olympics 8.45 (1.6)
Telemundo: Exatlon Estados Unidos 1.08 (0.3), Hercal: Amor y Venganza 1.42 (0.4)
Univision: Soltero con Hijas 1.79 (0.6), Vencer el Pasado 1.91 (0.6), Madre 1.64 (0.5)
Source: Nielsen live + same day time period averages
TV5Monde has named Patrice Courtaban to the new position of EVP, Global Growth and Business Development, while concurrently promoting him to CEO of TV5 USA.
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ART DIRECTOR, GLOBAL CREATIVE CONTENT
NYC OR REMOTE
Creative lead in print, promotion, & marketing from concept to completion. Conceive, design and direct the production of key art, sales tools and collateral to position & sell our brands & content globally. Translate business objectives into campaigns that viewership. Must have 5+ years and Must LOVE television (Reality, Scripted & Non-Fiction.) Full info HERE (2/23)
DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL MEDIA & DIGITAL CONTENT >>
REELZ/ALBUQUERQUE, NM: Oversee day-to-day management of social campaigns. Develop social media campaigns that drive brand engagement. Proven track record of using social platforms, user generated content and influencer management. Ability to place targeted buys on social and digital platforms. 7 to 10 yrs’ exp with website operations and social media management. Full info HERE (2/23)
RESEARCH CONSULTANT – TEMPORARY POSITION >>
REELZ/NYC: 7+ years of experience developing strategic approaches to position Reelz in the advertising marketplace and support programming. Ideal applicant will have a passion for media research, possess relevant experience, and need little supervision. Proficient with Nielsen audience data and systems. Full info HERE (2/23)
DIRECTOR OF SALES
REMOTE (PREFER NYC, CHICAGO, NASHVILLE)
Year over year growth of our advertising sales projections. Source, create, and maintain relationships, as well as execute contracts for our Linear/Cable/VOD networks. Management of the pre and post sales process will be executed against a yearly goal. Use of qualitative sales packaging and the drive to meet/exceed sales goals is a top priority. Full info HERE (2/22)
Manage relationships w/ high school administrators & athletic directors to increase production quality & quantity of broadcast events. Manage, route, & track school’s technical issues until they are resolved. Assist with school’s marketing needs to build awareness & grow revenue. 2+ yrs exp in cust service or acct mgt. Exp w/ CRM tools. Full info HERE (2/19)
VIDEO PROGRAMMING MANAGER
Mainly programming original & licensed video content for our mobile & OTT apps. This role includes identifying our original video content, facilitating & driving the company’s licensed video content to distribute through our OTT, mobile apps & digital platforms. Duties also include scheduling, curation & successful playout of this content. Full info HERE (2/18)
SOCIAL MULTIMEDIA DESIGNER/VIDEO EDITOR
Video editor/multimedia designer to edit compelling original social video and graphic design content for all social platforms. Full info HERE (2/18)
DIRECTOR OF VIDEO
Will provide oversight and leadership for video content and editorial content associated with African American news, culture and lifestyle stories, and other interactive content that compliments specific programming themes and brand initiatives across theGrio’s. Full info HERE (2/18)
ASSISTANT MEDIA NEGOTIATOR >>
LOCKARD & WECHSLER DIRECT /IRVINGTON NY: Supports media negotiators in buying airtime in their assigned broadcast/cable networks. Assists with the preliminary research on availability of airtime and rates. Enter media rates, solve media discrepancies, update internal data. Pull daily reports and Nielsen ratings. Self-motivated, well-organized multitasker who is eager to learn. Full info HERE (2/18)
ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE III, SALES
NEXSTAR MEDIA GROUP/WKRN
Implements strategies to consistently grow revenue and exceed revenue goals. Establishes credible relationships with local business community. Makes sales calls on existing and prospective clients. Maintains assigned accounts and develops new accounts. Minimum one year’s experience in sales, preferably in media or digital sales. Full info HERE (2/18)
CREATIVE PROJECT MANAGER >>
VIACOMCBS/MIAMI FL: Manages global projects/campaigns/Asset production through the entire lifecycle: planning, creative, production, delivery, and wrap. Defines project scope, including timeline, resources, labor hours, & external costs. Manages, organizes, and distributes all project documentation. 6+ yrs’ exp in creative project management of work across the media. Full info HERE (2/18)
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE (LEAD GENERATION) >>
HEARST MEDIA PRODUCTION GROUP: Initiate lead generation strategies that include outbound sales marketing campaigns. Identify, prospect, and lead introductory meetings to qualify leads for Business Development Executives. Create & deliver a detailed dossier on prospect – for seamless transition to Business Development Executive. 3+ yrs of relevant business development experience. Full info HERE (2/18)
MEDIA PLANNING COORDINATOR >>
IFC NETWORK/ NY: Strategically schedule/enter promos. Monitor programming ensuring promo assets are accurate. Work with Traffic on logs/formats. Review asset delivery/screen content. Proficient in Office, exp w/ sched software, background in media. Detail-oriented/Ability to prioritize/Meet deadlines. Full info HERE (2/15)
SCHEDULING COORDINATOR >>
AMC NETWORKS/NYC, NY: Daily input of schedules for multiple nets. Work with Ops and Media Planning on program delivery, formats & versions. Maintain tracking docs, work with large amts of detailed info & tight deadlines. Acute attn to detail. Proficient in Excel, exp w/ sched software, background in media. Full info HERE (2/15)
SENIOR MANAGER ACCOUNT MANAGEMENT
REMOTE, LOS ANGELES OR NEW YORK
We are looking for talent who will help to build the foundation for a long-term business. Candidates should have sales planning and client success management experience. Extensive background in traditional linear and digital media sponsorship sales, and the overall support of multi-year, value-driven partnerships. Full info HERE (2/12)
REMOTE, LOS ANGELES OR NEW YORK
Candidates should have extensive experience in consultative sales, working with brands to develop strategic and long-term partnerships. You will represent a portfolio of Gaming, Esports and Entertainment offerings that are some of the best in the world. Ideal candidates have experience thinking strategically and creatively for their partners. Full info HERE (2/12)
REMOTE, LOS ANGELES OR NEW YORK
Candidates should have sales planning and client success management experience. Background in account management for digital media sales (and linear preferred) operations. The Account Manager will be responsible for managing the day-to-day sales operations partnership relationships and campaign management. Full info HERE (2/12)
PROJECT MANAGER >>
TLC/SIVER/SPRING, NYC: If you’re passionate about entertainment here’s your chance to get a job with a leading television brand with women! TLC is looking to hire a Project Manager position on the Marketing team (through staffing agency YOH). If you are looking for a fast paced, creative and strategic place to grow apply here. Full info HERE (2/12)
INSIDE SALES REPRESENTATIVE >>
AXS TV/TORONTO: Responsible for building & maintaining ad sales bookings &d weekly advertiser branding in a timely manner. Liaised with client & traffic department to ensure copy was received & instructions were applied. Resolve discrepancies related to Core business deals. 1-2 yrs exp working with advertising agencies/television traffic departments is preferred. Full info HERE 2/12)
DIRECTOR, FINISHED PROGRAM ACQUISITIONS AND DISTRIBUTION, STREAMING TV
Source and identify finished TV program and digital series acquisitions for Streaming FAST Channels. License our TMB/Jukin original Streaming Channel productions for distribution. Responsible for negotiating and closing both inbound and outbound deals. 7 years of relevant work experience at a media company, ie program sales/program acquisitions. Full info HERE (2/12)
PRODUCER, THE FAMILY HANDYMAN, STREAMING TV
Produce curated and original series for Streaming TV in the DIY and home genre first, and other genres second. Maintain and influence creative alignment with the Channel and Brands. Contribute to the ideation of new show concepts in the DIY space. 4+ Years Production Experience (digital & linear) in the DIY / Home genre. Full info HERE (2/12)
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT EXECUTIVE (BRAND ADVERTISERS) >>
HEARST MEDIA PRODUCTION GROUP: Establish and maintain senior-level relationships, develop and pitch unique mission-driven programs, and negotiate long-term partnership agreements with brands and advertisers. Support creation and present strategic, cross-media concepts to multiple stakeholder groups. 10 + years of relevant business development experience. Full info HERE (2/12)
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT EXECUTIVE (FOUNDATIONS/NON-PROFITS) >>
HEARST MEDIA PRODUCTION GROUP: Establish and maintain senior-level relationships, develop and pitch unique mission-driven programs, and negotiate long-term partnership agreements with non-profits and foundations. Support creation and present strategic, cross-media concepts to multiple stakeholder groups. 10 + years of relevant business development experience. Full info HERE (2/12)
Cadent is looking to hire a Broadcast Planner to join our fast-growing team! In this role you will work closely with Sales to build proposals & media plans, assist with pricing for ad packages and work closely with operations to finalize orders. If you have broadcast experience and enjoy working with numbers, we would love to speak with you! Full info HERE (2/10)
DIRECTOR COMMUNICATIONS, PRODUCTION & DISTRIBUTION >>
BLUE ANT MEDIA/NYC: Build and implement strategic and results-driven trade marketing and PR plans with a focus on the U.S. and U.K. markets. Execution on all announcements from the production and distribution teams. Writing and routing releases, Op-eds and written interviews and manage PR agency relationships. Minimum eight yrs of experience in a media relations role. Full info HERE (2/10)
Manage assigned portfolio of video providers in alignment with company goals. Develop & maintain strong corporate, division/regional & system relationships. Achieve content distribution & marketing goals across account portfolio. Min of 2-5 yrs’ B2B sales & client relationship management exp; exp in cable television distribution a plus. Full info HERE (2/9)
AD SALES ASSISTANT
NYC, ATLANTA or CHICAGO, HYBRID
Maintain agency accounts including upfront and scatter order entry, inventory moves, and product allocations and Electronic Data Interchange, flowcharts, change notices, handling program changes, booking billboards for marketing sponsorships. Communicate daily with Traffic Department. BA in Communication or equivalent from a four-year college. Full info HERE (2/9)
SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER
Oversee day-to-day management of campaigns and ensure brand consistency. Develop social media campaigns; drive brand awareness, and engagement. Work with brand managers to create and implement social media strategies monthly. Proven track record of using social platforms to drive conversation and conversion. Full info HERE (2/9)
|WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 9
ABC: Jeopardy! National College Championship, The Chase
CBS: Big Brother: Celebrity Edition, The Amazing Race, NCIS
CW: DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Batwoman
FOX: I Can See Your Voice, Next Level Chef
NBC: 2022 Winter Olympics
PBS: Nature, NOVA, Greta Thunberg: A Year to Change the Worls
Telemundo: Exatlon Estados Unidos, Hercal: Amor y Venganza
Univision: Soltera con Hijas, Vencer el Pasado, Madre