WBDTD Ups David Graber To SVP

Warner Bros Domestic Television Distribution today promoted David Graber to SVP of cable, SVOD and emerging platform strategy.

‘Ellen’ Gets Three-Year Extension

Ellen DeGeneres is sticking with her syndicated Warner Bros. talker through 2022.

Fox O&Os Add ‘Extra’ In 7 Big Markets

Cleared in 93% of the country for fall 2019, the syndicated entertainment magazine from Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution will join the FTS lineups in New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Dallas, San Francisco, Orlando and Charlotte, N.C.

David Decker Named EVP Of WBDTD

Following the retirement of Ken Werner announced earlier today, Decker now becomes responsible for all of Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution sales.

WBDTD Veteran Ken Werner To Retire

The president of Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution since 2006, he will step down at year’s end, segueing into a consultant role. Prior to joining WBDTD, starting in 1997 Werner was EVP of distribution for The WB network, increasing its U.S. coverage from 56% to 94% and was a key member of the Warner Bros. team that formed The CW network, and led the initial rollout of its distribution.

‘The Real’ Renewed Through 2020

The pickup by Fox Television Stations of the syndicated panel show from Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution will deliver seasons five and six. 

Drew Barrymore Talker Won’t Make Fall ’17

Sources say the show that was being shopped by Warner Bros. ran up against a shortage of eligible time slots on stations in major markets next fall. It could be revived later, they add.

 

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Warner Bros. Shopping Barrymore Talker

Multiple sources say Hearst Television has agreed, or is close to agreeing, to carry the syndicated Drew Barrymore vehicle on “a large number” of its stations. While a syndicated weekday talk show headlined by Barrymore has been talked about for months, it has now moved closer to reality since WBDTD is out there pitching it, sources tell TVNewsCheck.

‘Mom’ Sold In 92% Of U.S. For 2017

Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution will roll out the show in syndication next fall with the Tribune stations on board. It begins its fourth season on CBS next month.

Cash, Car Launch Season 3 Of ‘The Real’

The Warner Bros. syndicated show will give away prizes from Sept. 12 to Oct. 3 to celebrate the new season.

‘Crime Watch Daily’ Adds Hansen As Host

Former NBC News correspondent Chris Hansen, best known for his “To Catch a Predator” investigative segments, will be the new host of the nationally syndicated news magazine Crime Watch Daily.

WBDTD Sells ‘Mom’ To Tribune Stations

The sale brings clearances of the show to 71% of the country, including 27 of the top 30 markets.

 

Fox Stations Renew ‘TMZ’ And ‘TMZ Live’

The entertainment magazines syndicated by Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution will continue until the 2019-20 season.

 

‘The Preachers’ To Get Test On Fox Stations

The new daily panel talk show with four ministers from Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution will be executive produced by Bill Geddie, the co-creator and longtime former executive producer of The View. The three-week summer run on select Fox-owned stations debuts July 11.

Plenty More ‘Ellen’ In The Works

The talk show is renewed by NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations and Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution through the 2019-20 season.

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Fox Stations To Test WBDTD Game Show

South of Wilshire comes from TMZ’s Harvey Levin and will get an eight-week tryout beginning in January.

Fox Stations Renew ‘The Real’ Through 2018

The show from Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution in its second season is up 14% percent nationally in its primary demo, women 25-54, compared to last season.

‘The Real’ Hit With Discrimination Charge

Syndicated daytime show The Real has been slammed by the Council on American-Islamic Relations for alleged discrimination against Muslim women.

Fox O&Os, WBDTD Slot ‘Ice & Coco’ Test

The daily syndicated talk show will debut on Aug. 3 for three weeks on Fox-owned stations in markets including New York and Los Angeles.

Tom Cerio To Retire From Warner Bros.

Tom CerioDavid DeckerHe will leave his day-to-day role as EVP, cable sales, Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution in March, but stay on as sales consultant. He’ll be succeeded by David Decker, who becomes EVP, cable and SVOD sales.

Tribune Stations Add ‘Crime Watch Daily’

The new syndicated daily series for fall 2015 will cover crime, mystery, intrigue and human drama with local reporters from across the U.S.

Grit, Escape Diginets In Warner Bros. Deal

The new channels buy package of 135 movies in advance of the gender-targeted multicast networks’ launches in August.

O’Hara Named EVP, WB Brand Networks

Veteran ad sales executive John O’Hara to oversee media sales for Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution.

‘TMZ Live’ Reupped By Fox TV Stations

The Warner Bros.-distributed syndie spinoff gets signed through 2016-17 in 15 markets.

Chris Hansen Preps New Syndie Talk Show

Former NBC News correspondent and predator-catcher Chris Hansen could be back on TV soon with a new daily syndicated talk show with a true crime focus. Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution has shot a pilot with Hansen.

Latifah Ends Week 1 With ‘Solid’ 1.5 Rating

The household rating for Sony’s Queen Latifah was up 15% from its year-ago time slot average and up 7% from its lead-in, according to Nielsen. Syndication’s other big daytime newcomer Bethenny has not fare as well.

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‘Bethenny’ Debuting Today Is All Bethenny

Following a successful summer test run, the syndicated show from Executive Producer Ellen DeGeneres and Warner Bros. launches today, and host Bethenny Frankel says it reflects her vision: “I feel even better about this now than I did with the summer test. I have my own people. I am involved in every single thing, down to the muffins in the dressing rooms.”

‘Rizzoli’ Broadcast Syndie Sales Hit 95%

The TNT cable series has been sold by Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution in 170 markets for weekend runs starting in fall 2015.

‘Extra’ Renewed Through ’17 By NBC Stations

The popular syndicated entertainment newsmagazine has been sold in 85% of the U.S. through its 23rd season.

CBS TVs Add ‘Mike & Molly,’ ‘2 Broke Girls’

The top-rated sitcoms to debut off-net in fall 2014 and 2015 on the CBS Television Stations and Weigel Stations in Chicago and Milwaukee. The series have been cleared in 35% of the country.

Syndicated ‘Bethenny’ Off To Strong Start

The new talker from Warner Bros. averages a 1.5 household rating in its first day of a summer test run in six markets.

Scripps Replaces Syndies With Own Shows

Beginning Sept. 17, Let’s Ask America and The List will move into access and early fringe lineups in seven markets. When contracts for syndicated shows expire in the remaining Scripps markets (Detroit, Denver, San Diego, Indianapolis, West Palm Beach, Fla., and Bakersfield, Calif.), the two new half-hours will move into those timeslots. The series will be made available outside of the Scripps markets through Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution for a fall 2013 national launch.

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KSAZ Phoenix To Air Warner Bros.’ ‘TMZ Live’

The Fox O&O will begin a six-week test run of the behind-the-scenes spinoff beginning June 11 at 3 p.m.

‘The Middle’ Syndication Clearances Hit 92%

Warner Bros. has sold the Patricia Heaton-led sitcom in cash-plus-barter deals for a fall 2013 syndication debut. Among the buyers are 11 of the Tribune Broadcasting stations and 19 Sinclair Broadcast Group outlets.

Bounce TV Acquires More Movie Titles

Bounce TV, the new broadcast TV network for African Americans,, has acquired the television rights to more African American-skewing motion pictures in two individual, multi-year licensing agreements with Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution and Paramount Home Media Distribution. Among the titles in the agreement with Warner Bros Domestic Television Distribution: Oscar- winning Bird, directed by […]

Ion Adding Drama ‘Cold Case’ To Its Lineup

The network purchases all seven seasons of the crime drama from Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution for airing beginning early next year.

‘Anderson’ Cleared In 89% Of U.S.

Allbritton Stations, led by WJLA Washington, is the most recent group to renew the talk show. It’s now cleared in 47 of the top 50 markets.

Judy Mitchell Named WBDTD Affiliate, Co-Op VP

Judy Mitchell today was named vice president, affiliate marketing and co-op, Warner Bros. Domestic Television (WBDTD). In her new role, Mitchell will be responsible for the supervision, organization and communication of local station marketing, media and promotion strategies internally and with affiliates, working closely with the sales and WBDTD/Telepictures’ marketing teams. Mitchell will also oversee […]

‘Anderson’ Renewed For Second Season

Fox Television Stations reup the talk show in Los Angeles, Chicago and Boston, and add it in New York, Minneapolis and Tampa. It’s also renewed on stations from LIN, Meredith, Gannett and Midwest Television.

Third Cycle Of ‘Friends’ Hits 90% Clearance

Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution clears the hit sitcom in 130 markets for its third cycle that begins at the end of 2013.