‘FEUD’, ‘DEAD ZONE’ BOTH CLEAR 85% OF COUNTRY

20th Century TV to handle ad sales of both Debmar-Mercury shows for 2007 season.

Debmar-Mercury has cleared 85% of the country—including 49 of the top 50 markets—for the 2007-08 season of Family Feud. And it has also cleared 85% for Lionsgate’s The Dead Zone, including all top 10 markets.

Following the acquisition of Family Feud from FremantleMedia North America in November 2006, Debmar-Mercury has upgraded time periods in key markets as well as added new stations to the lineup. Station groups on board for the season include CBS, Gannett, Cox, Sinclair, Sunbeam, Meredith, Fox and Tribune.

Family Feud is produced by FremantleMedia North America and recently celebrated its 30th anniversary with a revamped new look, new set and John O’Hurley as the new host.

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The Dead Zone has been cleared on the owned and operated Fox stations in New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston, Washington, Philadelphia and Boston as well as on ABC affiliates in Chicago, San Francisco and Atlanta. Other station groups on board include Cox, Sinclair, Sunbeam, Gannett and Tribune.

One of the top performing series on basic cable,The Dead Zone launches its sixth season on USA Network beginning June 2007, bringing the total number of episodes available for syndication to 80.

Additionally, Debmar-Mercury Co-Presidents Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein announced that 20th Television will be handling all ad sales for Family Feud and The Dead Zone.

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