The just-concluded NATPE conference underscored for me the central problem of the broadcast syndication business: the big studios’ apparent unwillingness to spend big dollars for big shows, ones that could take their place as evening news lead-ins or in prime access. While this was the second year a row that NATPE came and went without any “big stage” show emerging, that doesn’t mean none will. “The drought will not continue,” says Hearst’s Emerson Coleman.
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