TVN’S FRONT OFFICE BY MARY COLLINS

Collins | Diginets Maturing Into Attractive M&A Targets

The appetite for these specialized networks continues to grow, and with many of the diginets achieving coverage of over 80% of the television households in the United States, it looks as if this increased breadth and depth has set the stage for increased merger and acquisition interest.

DIGINETS

‘Saints & Sinners’ Season Premiere Sets Record

The third season premiere of the Bounce multicast network’s original drama series Saints & Sinners on Sunday, April 8, at 9 p.m. ET averaged 681,000 total viewers, an increase of 20% over the show’s season two premiere, to set a record as the most-watched original in Bounce history. The season three premiere was also up 24% in household delivery (528,000, […]

DMA 36

WBQC-LD Cincinnati Adds Decades Diginet

Quest Diginet Expands Distribution

The multicast network focused on adventure and exploration adds stations from Tegna, Univision, Nexstar and more to its growing list of affiliates.

DMA 35

Grit TV Back In Milwaukee, On WTMJ Ch. 4.4

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Laff Lands ‘Home Improvement’; Debuts In Fall

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 […]

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Bounce Lands ‘Wendy Williams Show’

Starting March 5, the multicast network will air that day’s episode at 11 p.m. ET in the first repurposing deal by a multicast network.

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‘Bounce Trumpet Awards’ Seen By 2.4M

The multicast network’s telecast last Sunday was the No. 1 show on cable in African-American homes.

Tom Hill Named Cozi TV Creative Director

Brand strategist Tom Hill today was appointed creative director for NBCU’s multicast network Cozi TV. A former vice president of TV Land and creative director for Nick at Nite, Hill brings more than 30 years of senior-level creative leadership experience to Cozi TV. He is a graduate of Harvard University and the recipient of several […]

Cozi TV Celebrates John Mahoney

NBC’s classic TV diginet Cozi TV has scheduled a special, 13-hour marathon tribute to the late actor John Mahoney this Saturday, Feb. 10, beginning at 9 a.m. ET (check local listings). Best known for his portrayal of Martin Crane, the down-to-earth ex-police detective on the iconic television series Frasier, Mahoney died this week following a long career […]

Katz Networks Names New Distribution SVP

Bruce Levinson will oversee negotiation of distribution agreements for the company’s portfolio of multicast networks: Bounce, Grit, Escape and Laff.

TeleXitos Sets ‘Mes Del Amor’ Feb. Programming

TeleXitos, the Telemundo Station Group’s Spanish-language multicast network, will feature romantic comedy movie marathons all February-long with Mes Del Amor (Month of Love). Starting Feb. 4, every Sunday afternoon TeleXitos will air films including The Wedding Date, The Perfect Man, For Richer or Poorer and Along Came Polly. “Love and laughter transcend all language barriers. We are excited to […]

DMA 36: CINCINNATI, OH

WKRP-LD Adds Movies, Heroes & Icons Diginets

Bounce Announces Trumpet Award Winners

The 2018 Bounce Trumpet Awards, which celebrate African-American achievements and contributions, will air exclusively on Bounce on Sunday, Feb. 11 at 9 p.m. ET. The honorees announced Wednesday are: Jermaine Dupri, Cameo, Richelieu Dennis, Tamika Mallory, Marley Dias, Dr. Lonnie Johnson and Rhyon Brown. Larenz Tate, Screen Actors Guild Award-winner and Power star, and Erica […]

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Pam Grier Hosts Bounce’s ‘Leading Ladies Takeover’

Actress Pam Grier will host an evening of action-oriented, women-kicking-butt movies on Bounce Saturday, Jan. 6, in anticipation of the new motion picture Proud Mary, starring Taraji P. Henson, which opens in theaters on Jan. 12. Bounce’s Leading Ladies Takeover kicks off at 9 p.m. ET with Baby Boy, starring Henson in her big screen debut. Jennifer Lopez as a U.S. Marshall in Out of […]

Cooper Media Makes Two Executive Moves

Cooper Media, owner of multicast networks Justice Network and Quest TV, the latter of which launches Jan. 29, has made two executive promotions. Brian Weiss has been promoted to VP of strategy and distribution. He has been director of distribution and business development for Justice Network since 2014. John Kiser has been promoted to programming manager. Kiser has […]

DMA 35: MILWAUKEE

WVTV, WCGV Dropping Get TV, Grit TV

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Pittsburgh’s WTAE Adds Cozi’s Classic Shows

DIGINETS

Cowboy Channel Launches On DirecTV

The western sports and lifestyle network from Rural Media Group is now available in more than 30 million homes.

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Heartland Slots First Original Christmas Special

Luken Communications-owned Heartland Network will present the network’s first original Christmas special.  Christmas Songs and Stories, starring Grammy award winner John Berry. It will air nationally on Heartland this Christmas Eve at 7 p.m. ET/6 CT and 8 p.m. MT/7 PT. The special caps the network’s annual “Twelve Days of Christmas” lineup of classic and contemporary […]

TeleXitos Diginet Available On Spectrum

The Telemundo-owned Spanish-language multicast network’s programming is now available on Spectrum systems serving top Hispanic markets.

DIGINETS

Escape Expands to Scripted Dramas With ‘Trace’

Katz-owned multicast network Escape has acquired the rights to drama series Without a Trace in a multi-year licensing agreement with Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution (WBDTD). Escape will launch Without a Trace on New Year’s Day with a 12-episode marathon starting at noon ET. The series will be seen weeknights with two episodes back to back starting at 9 p.m. […]

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Cozi TV Adds ‘The Nanny’ To Lineup

Fran Drescher’s sitcom The Nanny has a new television home. Kicking off with a special broadcast marathon on Jan. 1, 2018, Cozi TV viewers can plan to raise a glass and ring in the New Year with Maxwell Sheffield and Fran Fine. The Nanny ran on CBS from 1993 to 1999. Cozi TV is owned by the NBCUniversal Owned […]

EstrellaTV To Broadcast Miss World 2017

EstrellaTV, LBI Media’s Spanish language network, announced today that it will broadcast the 2017 Spanish-language transmission of the Miss World competition on Saturday, Nov. 18, from 7 to 9 p.m. ET. The Miss World pageant will take place on the island of Bali with 130 contestants from around the world. Fort the first time in […]

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Antenna TV Adds New Programs To Lineup

Coach and Gimme A Break Join Tribune Broadcasting’s multicast entertainment network in January.

Weigel Sues ReachMe.TV Over Trademark

Weigel Broadcasting, Chicago-based parent company of the popular Me-TV Network, is suing Los Angeles-based Pervasive TV for using the name ReachMe.TV. In a lawsuit filed this week in U.S. District Court, Weigel is claiming trademark infringement, unfair competition and deceptive trade practices by Pervasive, which shows its ReachMe.TV mobile entertainment network online and on screens at airports and hotels across the country.

Tegna, Cooper Media to Launch Quest Diginet

Tegna will be a charter broadcast launch partner in the new adventure and exploration multicast network set to debut in January and will hold a minority ownership stake.

Tate, Ash To Host Bounce Trumpet Awards

Larenz Tate and Erica Ash will host the 2018 Bounce Trumpet Awards, celebrating African-American achievements and contributions. The gala black-tie ceremony will be held at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta on Sat. Jan. 20, 2018, and will air on Bounce on Sun. Feb. 11, at 9 p.m. ET. Bounce, the Scripps-owned African-American multicast network on television, now exclusively […]

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Nexstar Adds 4 Katz Diginets On 43 New Chs.

In addition, the four — Bounce, Escape, Grit and Laff — have been renewed on 21 other stations, boosting Bounce to 86% of the United States and 95% of African-American households, while Escape, Grit and Laff will now reach 89%, 87% and 90% of all U.S. TV households, respectively.

Antenna TV To Air ‘All Of All In The Family’

Tribune Broadcasting’s multicast network Antenna TV will present all episodes of the legendary sitcom All in the Family in one holiday weekend marathon.  It will run all nine seasons (207 episodes) on Thanksgiving weekend. The All of All in The Family Thanksgiving weekend marathon begins with season 1, episode 1 at 5 a.m. ET on Wednesday, Nov. […]

DMA 3

Heartland Returns To Chicago On WJYS

The Heartland Network, Luken Communications’ country music and lifestyle multicast channel, has returned to the Chicago market (DMA 3) on WJYS. The independent station, owned by Oxford Media Group, began broadcasting Heartland over-the-air on ch. 62.4 on Oct. 1.  Heartland is also available to Comcast viewers on ch. 385. Joel Wertman, president of Luken Communications, […]

DIGINETS

E.W. Scripps Closes $302M Katz Purchase

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.

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TeleXitos Celebrates Halloween All October

TeleXitos, Telemundo Station Group’s national Spanish-language multicast network, will celebrate Halloween with four weeks of special programming. Beginning Sunday, Oct. 1, viewers can tune in to TeleXitos every Sunday until Halloween to watch Domingos de Terror horror movie marathons. The marathons will feature a variety of horror films including Psycho, Seed of Chucky, Carrie, Alien Hunter, the Child’s Play trilogy and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. TeleXitos’ Halloween […]

Laff Sets Record with ‘That ’70s Show’ Marathon

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 […]

DIGINETS

Sinclair’s Stadium Debuts As 24/7 Sports Net

Sinclair Broadcast Group continues its expansion in the multicast network space with premium sports content.

Luken’s Rev’n Launches Roku Channel

Rev’n, Luken Communications’ automotive multicast network, has further expanded its over-the-top availability by launching its channel on the Roku streaming platform. The new channel, available for free in the Roku channel store by searching keyword “Rev’n,” features the ability to stream the network live, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in high definition. In […]

Univision Adds Justice Network In 11 Markets

The partnership will boost the diginet’s distribution coverage to more than 80 affiliates covering over 73% of U.S. households.

DMA 20: SACRAMENTO, CA

KCRA News To Simulcast On Estrella Subchannel

Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 5, Hearst-owned NBC affiliate KCRA Sacramento, Calif. (DMA 20), will simulcast its 5 p.m. newscast on its Estrella TV Sacramento that airs on ch. 58.3. “We are excited to bring our award-winning newscasts to our Estrella viewers,” said Lori Waldon, KCRA news director. “We appreciate this opportunity to serve a very important audience.” […]

Justice Network Reaches Big Milestones

More than 100 missing children and 100 most-wanted fugitives featured on the diginet have been returned home or captured.