Mort Marcus, co-president of Debmar-Mercury (center), says that station groups that produce their own shows and, in some cases, leave them on the air longer than they deserve, are making the tough syndication business even tougher. Fellow panelist Bob Sullivan, the chief of programming for Tegna, one of the do-it-yourself station groups, saw thing differently. The full TV2020 panel (l-r): Frank Cicha of Fox, Ken Werner of Warner Bros., Marcus, Arthur Hasson of Sinclair and Bob Sullivan of Tegna. (Photo: Erica Keane).
Fox Television Stations’ Frank Cicha, Sinclair’s Arthur Hasson, Debmar-Mercury’s Mort Marcus, Tegna’s Bob Sullivan and Warner Bros. Ken Werner will look beyond the networks for promising new programming opportunities at TVNewsCheck’s second annual TV2020 conference in October.
Sister Circle, a panel talk show featuring black women, and Sing Like a Star, a weekly talent show, underscore the station group’s commitment to developing its own programming. “We have to take control of our own destiny a little more,” says Tegna programming chief Bob Sullivan.
Bob Sullivan, former Scripps VP of content, returns to Gannett at the end of the month to work on “new programming ideas, local and national, across traditional and new platforms, both on our own and in partnership with others,” according to an introductory memo from Gannett Broadcasting President Dave Lougee. Sullivan will be based in Phoenix.