Free TV Networks To Launch New Over-The-Air Channel

Dare will be a national ad-supported broadcast network in partnership with A+E Networks.

Jonathan Katz, Warner Bros. Discovery, Lionsgate, Gray Television Creating New Diginets & FAST Channels

The new company, Free TV Networks, targets value-conscious consumers with a portfolio of national ad-supported over-the-air and FAST channels. Two new diginets will launch in 80% of the U.S. on New Year’s Day

Former Scripps Exec Jonathan Katz Named President Of Chicken Soup For The Soul Entertainment

Jonathan Katz Leaving Scripps For New Venture

Jonathan Katz, who launched Bounce TV, rebooted Court TV and sold his digital over-the-air startup to E.W. Scripps for $302 million in 2017, has resigned from Scripps to start a new company.

Scripps Names Katz National Networks COO

The founder, president and chief executive officer of the Katz networks, is tapped by Scripps to lead the entertainment brands including Bounce, Laff, Grit, Court TV Mystery and the Ion networks.


OTA The Bedrock Of Katz’s Growing Diginets

Jonathan Katz, who oversees the Bounce TV, Grit, Escape and Laff multicast networks, says that all four are growing viewers and will eventually all offer at least some original programming. The brands were designed to fill a consumer need, he explains, “while helping broadcasters monetize their spectrum and do what they do best, which is serve and entertain viewers in their communities….So over-the-air TV to us is not just the original over the top with the highest reach, but it’s also the original skinny bundle at the best price point imaginable for a consumer: free.”

Cox, Naar named Grit, Escape Programmers

The gender-specific networks have hired Bill Cox to head male-oriented Grit as its SVP of Programming and Walter Naar as the VP of Programming of Escape, which targets women. The networks, scheduled to launch this summer, have also signed deal with Paramount Pictures that allows them to air 200 films.


Two New Diginets To Launch This Summer

The new Katz Broadcasting plans to launch  Escape, aimed at women, and Grit, which will target men. Both will debut on the Univision Television Group, covering 30% of the U.S.