Stations are renewing the WBDTD-distributed syndicated news magazine in deals running through the 2011 season.
Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution (WBDTD) has renewed Telepictures Productions’ hit entertainment news program TMZ for two additional seasons in 97 percent of the country, covering the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons.
“From the outset, TMZ was targeted toward an audience that the other entertainment news shows were not serving, a younger (18-49), more gender-balanced group of people interested in a different visual and editorial point of view,” said WBDTD President Ken Werner. “In its first two years, TMZ has wonderfully delivered on that target. The announcement today that we have two-year deals in virtually the entire country is a great endorsement by our station partners and an indication that ‘TMZ’ is a franchise stations can count on for years to come.”
WBDTD had previously announced the renewal of TMZ for two seasons on the Fox Television Stations last November, and it now has locked up two-year renewals with stations from the following additional groups: Sinclair Broadcast Group, Tribune Broadcasting, Barrington Broadcasting, ComCorp, Acme Television, Grant Communications, Gray Television, Raycom, Hoak Media, LIN TV, Lambert Broadcasting, Newport Television, Max Media, Media General, Meredith, New Age Media, New Vision Television, Newport Television, Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Northwest Broadcasting, Pappas Telecasting and Smith Media, among others.