‘Nick Cannon’ Talker To Debut On Sept. 21

The syndicated talk show from Debmar-Mercury will launch with more than 90% coverage, including all of the top 20 markets and 29 of the top 30 thanks to carriage by groups including Fox, CBS, Sinclair, Hearst, Nexstar, Mission, COX, Sunbeam, Capitol, Meredith, Tegna, Lockwood Broadcasting, Gray and CW Plus.

EXECUTIVE SESSION WITH MORT MARCUS & IRA BERNSTEIN

TVN’s Executive Session | Debmar-Mercury: There’s Still Life In Syndies

Debmar-Mercury’s Co-Presidents Ira Bernstein (l) and Mort Marcus say the syndication world has become more complex with fewer entry points for new programming. But despite threats from streaming there’s still plenty of opportunity left.

‘Central Ave’ Returning After Test As Weekly

Fox Stations and Debmar-Mercury will roll out a revamped magazine show in September, offering two original weekly half-hour episodes. The move follows a test run during the November 2019 sweeps.

TVN FOCUS ON SYNDICATION

TVN Focus On Syndication | Weekly Syndication Loses Some Buzz

The XFL’s February debut and Summer Olympics are among factors having a cooling effect on weekly and weekend syndicated programming. Uncertainty around new FCC E/I rules and few available holes for weekly shows aren’t helping either.

Nick Cannon Talk Show Set For Fall 2020

Co-producer and distributor Debmar-Mercury says Fox will serve as the launch group for the eponymous talk show, giving it access to nearly 40% of U.S. TV homes and a fast start on clearing the rest of the country. Cannon is best known for his hosting duties on Fox’s The Masked Singer and NBC’s America’s Got Talent.

Fox O&Os, WB Sign Multi-Series Renewals

The deal clears the all-new Extra, The Real, TMZ and TMZ Live and will eliminate end breaks across the Fox-owned stations across the country.

‘Central Ave,’ Debuting Today On 8 Fox O&Os

The new day-and-date series from Lionsgate’s Debmar-Mercury and producer Will Packer names five New York and Los Angeles correspondents who will aid hosts Julissa Bermudez and Sanya Richards-Ross in covering the celebrity worlds of relationships, red carpets, money, the law and trends emerging in Hollywood, social media and apps.

Nick Cannon To Host Syndicated Talk Show

The new syndicated daytime show from Lionsgate’s Debmar-Mercury is slated to debut in 2020.

Fox Stations To Test Multicultural Magazine

Lionsgate’s Debmar-Mercury and producer Will Packer team for a five-week preview of Atlanta-Based Central Ave starting Nov. 4 on select Fox Television Stations.

EP Hunter Looking To Exit ‘Wendy Williams’

Wendy Williams‘ estranged husband Kevin Hunter has served as an executive producer on her Debmar-Mercury syndicated show since it launched in 2008, but, after the marriage fell apart last week,  he’s now negotiating an exit package, according to sources.

Debmar-Mercury Picks CTD To Sell National Time

CTD adds all current and future Debmar-Mercury product, including Wendy Williams, Caught in Providence and Fremantle’s Family Feud, to Its 11-show media sales slate.

‘Jerry O’ Gets Summer Test On Fox Stations

Lionsgate’s Debmar-Mercury and Funny Or Die partner for a three-week summer preview of an entertainment-talk-comedy hosted by Jerry O’Connell beginning Aug. 12 on some Fox O&Os.

Syndicated ‘Caught In Providence’ Renewed

Lionsgate’s Debmar-Mercury & Citylife Productions’ freshman series with Judge Frank Caprio is cleared in nearly 90% of the U.S., including the Fox Television Stations, for a second season.

Wendy Williams Pushes Back Return

Williams, who is recovering from an injury she said she suffered last month, will resume taping of her syndicated Wendy Williams Show on Jan. 21, distributor and producer Debmar-Mercury confirmed Wednesday. That’s a week later than the Jan. 14 return date that had been previously announced.

NATPE 2018

Groups Likely To Expand Program Production

The trend of station groups creating and syndicating their own shows has proven itself as a worthy way to create cost-effective programming that speaks to local and regional audiences, according to a panel of executives who spoke Wednesday at NATPE.

‘BoJack Horseman’ Coming To Basic Cable

Debmar-Mercury is syndicating the Netflix adult animated comedy starring Will Arnett as a washed-up 1990s sitcom horse.

Fox O&Os To Air ‘Caught In Providence’

Fox Television Stations acquire Debmar-Mercury and Citylife Productions’ syndicated strip for fall 2018 national syndication launch.

 

Judge Judy Game Show Getting Summer Test

Courtroom TV queen Judge Judy Sheindlin is expanding into the game show space with iWitness (working title), a new half-hour syndicated game show from her Queen Bee Productions, FremantleMedia North America and Debmar-Mercury, which is set for a six-week test run on the Fox stations this summer.

‘Celebrity Name Game’ Ends After 3 Seasons

The Debmar-Mercury syndicated strip hosted by Craig Ferguson will not be back for a fourth season.

Marcus, Bernstein Sign New Lionsgate Deal

Debmar-Mercury Co-Founders and Co-Presidents Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein have signed new long-term agreements with Lionsgate, which bought their company in 2006.

‘Wendy Williams’ Renewed Through 2019-20

Fox Television Stations join, Media General and Cox in re-upping the syndicated talker, pushing clearances to more than 50% of the U.S. entering NATPE.

‘Celebrity Name Game’ A Go For Season 3

The syndicated game show from FremantleMedia North America and Debmar-Mercury will return for a third season following renewals by the Tribune and Sinclair station groups.

Tegna Says T.D. Jakes Talk Show Is A Go

The broadcast group will air the new syndicated talker on its 29 stations and has taken over distribution from Debmar-Mercury.

Williams Succeeds By Broadening Appeal

Wendy Williams is holding her own in a tough business, even growing her audience in some measurements during her seventh season. The syndicated Wendy Williams Show is watched by roughly 2 million people each day. The bejewelled microphone she carries and the collection of wigs in her dressing room speak to Williams’ outsized personality. She’s noticeably toned things down, however, to broaden her appeal.

Marcus: POV Crucial To Talk Show Success

Debmar-Mercury exec Mort Marcus (c) says Wendy Williams (l) has it, but Meredith Vieira doesn’t. Marcus and Debmar-Mercury Co-President Ira Bernstein also offered opinions on the outlook for broadcast TV, the impact of station group consolidation on syndication and more.

Tegna, Debmar-Mercury’s ‘T.D. Jakes’ Debuts

The new show’s four-week syndication test will offer personal stories behind socially relevant topics based on the headlines.

‘T.D. Jakes’ In Summer Run On Tegna Stations

The new hour-long syndicated talk show distributed by Debmar-Mercury will debut Aug. 17 for four weeks in afternoon time periods on Tegna stations in Dallas, Atlanta, Minneapolis and Cleveland.

More New ‘Wendy Williams’ Through Summer

The Debmar-Mercury syndicated talk show will continue live production for the third consecutive summer following its finish in fourth place nationally among talk shows this season.

TVN FOCUS ON SYNDICATION

Connick Show Heads 2016 Development Slate

A variety-talk show with American Idol judge Harry Connick Jr. from NBCUniversal tops the shows being developed for first-run syndication for fall 2016, according to sources. Warner Bros. is prepping the return of Love Connection and a talk show with personal finance wiz Suze Orman. Fox will be testing two or three show this summer, while Debmar-Mercury and partner Gannett work on an interactive show.

Fox Stations To Launch ‘Tosh.0’ In 9 Markets

The weekly half-hour show, which launched its seventh season on Comedy Central last month and averages about 2.1 million viewers per episode, will air on Fox TV Stations and other station groups primarily in latenight time slots on weekends and as a Monday-Friday strip.. Stations can air back-to-back episodes.

Debmar-Mercury Scores Ratings Hat Trick

The syndicator’s three first-run shows — Family Feud, Wendy Williams and Celebrity Name Game -— posted strong ratings in the week ending Feb. 22. Celebrity and Wendy hit records in household ratings, while Feud matched its all-time high.

 

NATPE 2015: DIGINETS

Fox O&Os Game For Latest Diginet: Buzzr TV

The new multicast network from FremantleMedia North America and Debmar-Mercury will feature iconic game shows. It’s set for a summer launch.

Eno To Lead Gannett, Debmar Program Push

As VP of development, former TLC executive Stephanie Eno will find and guide the development of interactive projects for producing, testing and national syndication at the new partnership.

Slow Ratings Start For FX’s ‘Partners’

The new 10/90 sitcom from Debmar-Mercury premiered Monday at 9 p.m. to 449,000 viewers in the key adult 18-49 demographic. A second episode at 9:30 p.m. had 381,000 viewers. Later this week, the cable network will issue live-plus-three-day ratings.

Debmar-Mercury Ups Alexandra Jewett To EVP

She will oversee all programming, development and production, partnering with EVP Lonnie Burstein, in addition to continuing direct supervision of The Wendy Williams Show and Celebrity Name Game.

Gannett, Debmar To Test Interactive Programs

The new partnership gives Gannett Broadcasting the ability to test and perfect broad-appeal, first-run syndicated programming with a focus on interactivity across all genres from Debmar-Mercury on many of its stations beginning in 2015. In addition, Gannett will use the digital presence of its stations — including mobile — to reach viewers wherever they are.

‘Wendy’ To Continue Production In Summer

For the second year in a row, the Debmar-Mercury talker will remains in production in June and July, following its best May sweeps performance in the metered markets.

Debmar-Mercury In 10/90 Deal For ‘Partners’

If the new show starring Kelsey Grammer and Martin Lawrence does well in its summer run on FX, it will go into broadcast syndication for fall 2017.

Debmar-Mercury Names Karen Bonck SVP

She will spearhead creation, execution of branded content and advertiser partnerships.

‘Celebrity Name Game’ Tops 90% Coverage

Debmar-Mercury’s new comedy game show hosted by Craig Ferguson will debut this September.