According to Jim starring Jim Belushi will be seen weekdays 5-7 p.m. ET on Scripps-owned comedy diginet Laff beginning Monday, March 4. Belushi plays an easy-going suburban Chicago father who often finds himself in challenging situations due to his slacker ways. He is frequently at odds with his wife, Cheryl, played by Courtney Thorne-Smith, and together […]
Scripps-owned Katz Networks on Monday announced three major off-network series licensing agreements: Escape, the over-the-air network targeting women 25-54 with stories of crime and mystery, has acquired the television rights to Law & Order and Boston Legal in two individual deals. Escape lands the first 12 seasons of Law & Order — the longest-running crime and investigation drama on American primetime television […]
Scripps-owned Laff diginet is adding 3rd Rock from the Sun to its sitcom hall of fame lineup on Monday, July 16. Laff will present two-full hours of the former NBC hit series Monday through Friday nights, with four consecutive episodes between 5 and 7 p.m. ET. John Lithgow won Emmy Awards for Best Actor in […]
Laff, the E.W. Scripps-owned comedy multicast network, has acquired the television rights to Home Improvement from The Disney/ABC Television Group. In the multi-year licensing agreement announced today, Laff acquires the rights to broadcast all eight seasons and 203 half-hours of Home Improvement and will debut the multiple Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning series in September. “Laff is becoming the […]
Since Scripps was already a 5% owner in a portion of the business, its net purchase price is $292 million for the multicast networks Bounce, Grit, Escape and Laff.
Laff, the Katz-owned comedy multicast network that’s being acquired by E.W. Scripps, introduced the multiple Emmy-winning sitcom That ’70s Show to its lineup with a daylong marathon on Sunday, Sept. 24. The marathon reached nearly 2.6 million viewers and set a Laff primetime record in household delivery (167,000) and in adults 25-54 (122,000). The marathon peaked with 311,000 […]
The new agreement extends carriage of the Bounce, Escape, Grit and Laff multicast networks through 2024. In addition, Univision will add Bounce in Washington on Sept. 30.
Scripps was already a 5% owner in a portion of the business, so its net purchase price is $292 million for Bounce, Grit, Escape and Laff. Founder Jonathan Katz will continue to lead the Katz networks business. The company, with about 130 employees, will remain based in the Atlanta area.
While diginets still have some hurdles to face — such as rising program license fees — they have captured the attention of general-market advertisers and they are looking forward to the rollout of the upcoming ATSC 3.0 broadcast standard with its expanded capacity. What’s more, the multicast networks are relieved that the FCC’s incentive auction and ongoing repack of the TV band isn’t affecting their station carriage deals to any significant extent.
The veteran cable net sales executive will oversee sales at Bounce, Escape, Grit and Laff.
The Cox-owned ABC affiliate in Charlotte, N.C., will launch a Spanish subchannel this summer carrying programming from the Telemundo network. Telemundo Charlotte will air on ch. 9.2. Laff, the comedy diginet currently at that dial position, will move to ch. 64.4 of co-owned independent WAXN.
Roseanne Barr and her television family the Conners are back on broadcast television as Roseanne premieres on the Laff multicast network Oct. 30 and 31. To celebrate the launch of the show, Laff will present a 12-hour, 24-episode Roseanne marathon on Sun. Oct. 30 featuring the complete first season of the series in consecutive order, beginning with the […]
While the spectrum auction and repack could raise challenges, most multicast network players say they’re bullish on the business, especially with the likely adoption of ATSC 3.0. Diginets keep adding affiliates and expanding coverage and the top ones have begun attracting general market advertising. This is Part 1 of a four-part special report on multicasting. Parts 2 and 3 also appear today. Part 4, running Thursday morning, will focus on the technology of compression and channel sharing. You can read the other stories here.
E.W. Scripps and Cox Media are among the five station groups launching the Katz Broadcasting diginets.
The expansion comes from multi-year deals for Bounce TV, Escape, Grit and Laff with Nexstar, Mission and White Knight.
Social media veteran Calandria Meadows has been named to the newly-created position of vice president, social media and digital content for Katz Broadcasting’s multicast networks Grit, Escape and Laff as well as Bounce TV. In this role, Meadows will oversee the strategic social media presence and digital initiatives of the diginets. Meadows is based in […]
The Katz Broadcasting diginet boosts its comedy lineup with Roseanne, That ’70s Show, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Grounded for Life and Cybill in multi-year licensing agreements.
With the additions for the Katz Broadcasting networks, Laff climbs to 76.3% of U.S. and 86.5 million homes, Grit to 88%/99 million HHs and Escape to 78%/88.4 million.
Katz Broadcasting’s comedy-themed multicast network Laff will add Night Court to its lineup starting Monday, Jan. 4, 2016. The show was a staple of NBC’s primetime lineup from 1984 to 1992. Laff, which licensed all nine seasons and 193 episodes of the series from Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution, will present back-to-back episodes weeknights from […]
The agreements for the three Katz Broadcasting diginets drive Grit to 86% of U.S. and 97 million households, Escape to 68%/77 million and Laff to 64%/72.4 million.
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.”
As the market for subchannel options matures, there’s a new wave of multicast networks with significant distribution, tightly focused brands and programming and, in some cases, a smattering of distinguishing original programming. This is Part Two of a four-part special report on multicasting running this week. Read the other stories here.
The deal covers 18 markets, makes multicast networks Grit available in 93 million households, Escape in 70 million and Laff in 64 million.
Katz Broadcasting’s comedy-driven multicast network makes its debut today. It also licenses Spin City, introduces Laff.com and a free Laff TV app in Apple iTunes store for iPhones and Google Play Store for Android devices.
The broadcast group will introduce Grit, Escape and Laff in five major markets, bringing U.S. coverage of the networks to 78% for Grit, 58% for Escape and 50% for Laff, which premieres next month.
Continuing to assemble programming assets as it prepares to debut on April 15, t Katz Broadcasting’s over-the-air broadcast television network devoted to comedy —Laff — today announced film licensing agreements with Sony Pictures Television, the Walt Disney Studios and Miramax. Stars and titles headed to Laff from the Sony Pictures Television library include: Jerry Maguire […]
Atlanta, Boston, Seattle, Orlando, Pittsburgh, Charlotte and Dayton are the latest additions to the Katz Broadcasting network that debuts on April 15.
The Drew Carey Show and Ellen will be among the sitcoms the Katz Broadcasting-owned comedy network will air when it launches on April 15. LAFF currently has distribution deals with the ABC Owned and Scripps station groups.
With multiple introductions of new multicast networks at this week’s NATPE, and no shortage of existing ones, it gets one to wondering how they can all survive. The added capabilities of the upcoming next-gen broadcast standard will mean more space for them. And with smart, gradual investments in originals, some diginets could become great businesses and real contributors to the top lines of TV stations.
The comedy-driven broadcast television network will debut on April 15 on ABC Owned Television Stations in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Houston, Raleigh, N.C., and Fresno, Calif., as well as Scripps stations in 13 markets. The ABC O&Os will also continue to air the Live Well Network.