Howard Kurtzman, the longtime president of business operations at the now Disney-owned studio, is set to retire in June, with Carolyn Cassidy named the lone president at 20th TV. A new head of business affairs, who will report directly to Cassidy, will be announced shortly.
Distributed by Twentieth Television, the new game show with Meredith Vieira, is slotted for debut this fall in 125 markets so far.
Guest hosts are filling in after John Fugelsang’s exit, which was called “a mutually agreed upon decision.”
The freshman daily pop culture syndicated show is extended through the 2018-19 season. It reaches 98% of the U.S.
The freshman syndicated show from the New York Post and Endemol Shine North America will be available the day after broadcast beginning Thursday.
The new strip from Endemol Shine North America and the New York Post has been sold by Twentieth Television in more than 98% of the U.S. Kay O’Connell and Michael Bachmann are executive producers.
The campaign for the new Twentieth Television syndicated show that debuts in fall is designed to brand the insider status of the show’s three gossip reporters. “I’ve worked at Twentieth TV for a long time, but I’ve never been part of a show that has created the highest level of synergy across 21st Century Fox,” said Richard Dumont, SVP of marketing for Twentieth TV. Above: The show’s on-air team of (l-r) Elizabeth Wagmeister, Carlos Greer, Bevy Smith and John Fugelsang.
The new syndicated show from the New York Post and Endemol Shine North America has now been sold by Twentieth Television in 185 markets for a fall premiere.
The new Twentieth Television daily gossip/entertainment news strip is now cleared in nine of the top 10 U.S. markets.
ABC’s Friday comedy Last Man Standing was not a hot off-network commodity when Twentieth Television first took it syndication buyers at NATPE 2014. For the week of Dec.5, Last Man Standing was No.4 among all 19 comedies airing in broadcast syndication. It’s hard to pinpoint one reason behind the show’s unexpected strong syndication run. But one may be Tim Allen — star-driven sitcoms have always been a major draw for stations looking for off-network product.
The daily news strip had a four-week summer test. It features the “top 30 stories of the day” and is distributed by Twentieth Television.
Veteran sales exec Ken Lawson will succeed Paul Franklin in overseeing all of Twentieth Television’s broadcast syndication sales as senior vice president and general sales manager.
The former showrunner of The Insider takes over the reins of the Twentieth Television court strip.
The long-running syndicated courtroom series has gotten the green light through 2019.
Advertisers have left no platform unturned in their quest to find and reach linear-TV-phobic millennials. And now they’ve turned to a surprising place: syndicated television. TV syndication studio Twentieth Television, which is home to eight of the top 10 syndicated shows among adults ages 18-34, has spent the last two years meeting with clients to emphasize syndication’s overlooked success in reaching those oh-so-prized millennial viewers.
TV syndication company Twentieth Television is offering a new guarantee rating spin for advertisers this coming upfront period, heading in the opposite direction of major TV networks: a C1 rating guarantee.
The syndicated entertainment news program is extended for two years through 2016-2017 season. Its total viewers grow 10% over a year ago.
Debbie Reichig, the former chief revenue officer of PrecisionDemand will oversee the media sales research department and assist in sales strategy and positioning for Twentieth Television and Debmar-Mercury.
She will oversee day-to-day operations of the sales team for Twentieth Television’s slate of first-run and off-network programming from 20th Century Fox Television and Debmar-Mercury. Her promotion coincides with opening of a West Coast media sales office to be headed by Mary Strabel.
AMC’s The Walking Dead will be part of the MyNetworkTV programming slate starting this fall. MNT plans to air two episodes from past seasons of the popular show one night per week.
Twentieth Television’s new chief ad salesman is off and running, making sure that his clients — Twentieth and Debmar-Mercury — are in position to grab their fair share of the upfront ad dollars this year. “We’re working with clients to create their own targeted network with scale. We’re talking about reaching their target community, break through the clutter, manage costs and help viewers see their ads live.”
Ted Stephens, VP-GM of KCWI-KDMI Des Moines-Ames, Iowa, to Twentieth Television: “As a broadcaster I am incensed by how you sold our industry down the river. The double standard you demonstrated in the terms of the syndication rights to Modern Family for cable and broadcasting is nothing short of unethical.”
Another piece of the syndicated talk show puzzle has fallen into place heading into NATPE, with the Fox TV Stations opting not to pick up the talk show hosted by Kris Jenner for next season but leaving the door open for 2015. Kris, produced by sibling Twentieth Television, had a six-week trial run on several key Fox stations this past summer.
The syndicated show will partner with Cumulus Media’s stations in an attempt to boost its ratings during the November sweep. One element is a listener contest with a trip to Hollywood as the prize.
Twentieth Television’s off-net comedy has been cleared in more than 180 markets on a number of station groups including CBS, Sinclair and LIN for a fall 2014 debut.
The former Warner Bros. executive will be responsible for all sales initiatives on behalf of Twentieth Television including ad sales for 20th Century Fox Television and Debmar-Mercury programming.
The two syndicated shows getting tryouts on some Fox O&Os both generated women 25-54 demo increases from their lead-ins year-ago timeslot averages.
Next Monday, the syndicator will launch a six-week test of Kris Jenner’s talk show on six Fox-owned stations. The hour-long program, which will feature a set designed to resemble Jenner’s home, will focus on Hollywood insider gossip and lifestyle tips, celebrity guests and a different co-host each day.
Twentieth Television will now be under production studio 20th Century Fox Television, where president Greg Meidel will now report to Gary Newman and Dana Walden.
Kris, a new daily, one-hour entertainment talk show hosted by television personality, entrepreneur, author, and mother of six, Kris Jenner, begins a six-week preview on July 15, on Fox O&Os in markets that include New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Minneapolis and Phoenix. The program, produced by Twentieth Television, will feature celebrity guests, fashion and beauty trends plus a mix of lifestyle topics.
Twentieth Television will preview a new talker hosted by the television personality, executive producer, entrepreneur, author and mother of six on Fox-owned stations this summer.
Twentieth Television is poised to announce renewal of the DJ-hosted entertainment show at the NATPE convention next week. It regularly ranks No. 1 among this season’s new shows in the adults 18-34, men 18-34, men 18-49 and men 25-54 demos.
Kardashian matriarch Kris Jenner is in talks with Twentieth Television to host a daytime talk show. Discussions are also underway for a test run of the show on the Fox TV Stations as early as this summer.
Putting together Dish Nation, Twentieth Television’s new syndicated show that features morning DJs in five cities, is an unusual process. Each day, a team of 72 records 71.5 hours of high-def footage from 13 Sony EX3 cameras set up in the radio studios that gets edited and enhanced into a seamless 21-minute episode. Says the show’s EP, Stu Weiss: “Our workflow is one of a kind. We have implemented existing technology in unique ways that may not have been done before. Using the Avid AirSpeed 5000 … we’re able to bypass other ingesting processes and equipment that are normally used.”
The exec has been named executive vice president, programming and development of Twentieth Television.
Backed by Twentieth Television, Ricki Lake returns to broadcast syndication next Monday (Sept. 10) with a talk show that is far shorter on conflict and longer of empathy than her original show. TVNewsCheck Correspondent Kevin Downey sat in on one of the early tapings in Los Angeles. Here’s his report.
Twentieth Television’s newsmagazine companion will be carried in 49 of the top 50 markets when it debuts this fall.