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.

NATPE Miami To Relaunch Iris Awards

Soledad O’Brien, Mort Marcus, Ira Bernstein and Perry Sook will be honored at the 2020 show, while Nexstar CEO Perry Sook will keynote the Station Group Summit.

TVNEWSCHECK'S TV2020

Marcus, Sullivan Wrestle Over DIY Programs

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).

Top Programmers Highlight Expanded TV2020

CichaHassonMarcusSullivanFox 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.

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.

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.

Marcus, Klein, Sacks Among Zimmer Honorees

Comedian and actor Dane Cook will serve as host of the Zimmer Children’s Museum’s 12th Annual Discovery Award Dinner on Thursday evening, Nov. 8, at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Serving as the only children’s museum in the city of Los Angeles, the Museum will present its prestigious Discovery Award honoring extraordinary leaders in their fields and […]

NATPE 2011

Syndicators Debate Tests, Talent And Barter

A group of syndie execs examine both sides of issues including short-run tests for new shows; whether barter-based deals would diminish as cash starts to free up; what the slim pickings in new shows this year means; and whether there are obvious replacements on the horizon for Regis Philbin, Oprah Winfrey and Mary Hart.