WGN America Hopes To Become Major Cable Player

Cable Nets Opt For Ad-Free Series Premieres

TBS, Syfy and WGN America are giving some of their new shows a boost with commercial-free episodes. “We’re obviously an ad-supported network and our advertising partners are really important to us, but for me, nothing is more important than the shows launching successfully,” says WGN America’s Matt Cherniss,

WGN America Cancels ‘Manhattan’ After 2 Seasons

WGN America’s ‘Outsiders’ Gets Solid Ratings Start

William Petersen Joins WGN America’s ‘Mahhattan’

Tribune Investing in Big WGN America Redo

Tribune is banking on edgy, original shows to turn the Chicago-based “superstation” into a a major national cable channel that can compete with stars like AMC. The makeover requires a heavy investment in programming and marketing.

WGN America Dropping Illinois Lottery Drawings

Q&A WITH MATT CHERNISS

WGN America: Ditching Pilots, Spending Big

Matt Cherniss is selling more than simply a slate of TV shows. Since he took his current job as president and GM of WGN America and newly formed Tribune Studios in spring 2013, he also has had to sell a channel that, until now, had no distinguishable brand and is available in only 72 million homes. He talks about WGN’s marketing challenge, the perks of bypassing pilots and why he has needed to open the Tribune wallet as wide as he has.

EARNINGS CALL

Tribune Has Big Plans For WGN America

In today’s earnings call with analysts, CEO Peter Liguori says over the next three-to-five years, it intends to turn WGN America into a “robust” cable network that includes 52 weeks of original programming encompassing four one-hour episode series such as the current Salem and Manhattan. He adds that “in general, we see over the top as a tremendous opportunity.  We look forward to discussions with new entrants willing to pay fair market value for our content.”

WGN America Orders First Unscripted Series

WGN America’s ‘Manhattan’ Getting A 2nd Season

WGN America Greenlights Appalachia Drama

Hulu Plus To Stream WGN’s ‘Manhattan’

Tribune’s WGN America Launching Originals

WGN America Orders Second Season Of ‘Salem’

WGN America’s ‘Salem’ Debut Draws 2.3M Viewers

WGN America Drops 9 P.M. Newscast

‘Blue Bloods’ In Multiplatform Syndi Launch

Hulu Plus and CBS announce new SVOD deal for CBS drama starring Tom Selleck. WGN America acquires exclusive basic cable rights while Ion gets exclusive weekday, primetime rights for off-net episodes.

‘Blue Bloods’ Set For Multiple Syndie Deals

CBS is expected to announce an SVOD deal for the Tom Selleck crime drama as well as pacts with both WGN America and Ion.

Tribune To Promo WGN Show On Its Fox Affils

As WGN America relaunches as a destination for original content, Tribune Broadcasting will begin a marketing push to promote the cable network’s first original, scripted series, Salem, to millions of Super Bowl fans with promos during the pre-game show on its 13 Fox affiliates.

WGN America Nabs Reruns Of CBS’s ‘Elementary’

WGN America Tackles ’10 Commandments’

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — The Bible is still hot, at least as a television property. The WGN America network said Sunday that it has ordered a 10-part series, “Ten Commandments,” with a unique twist. Over 10 nights, 10 different filmmakers will take on a single commandment with a modern interpretation of its meaning. Five filmmakers […]

Montgomery To Star In WGN America’s ‘Salem’

WGN America Acquires Off-Net ‘Person Of Interest’

WGN America Names Tom Huffman Unscripted SVP

WGN America and Tribune Studios named Tom Huffman SVP of unscripted programming. He joins Tribune in October and will oversee unscripted series development for both WGN America and Tribune Studios. Huffman will be based in Los Angeles and report to Matt Cherniss, president-GM of WGN America and Tribune Studios. “As Tribune continues its expansion into […]

Tribune’s Peter Liguori Beefing Up TV Assets

That was quick. Tribune Co.’s new topper Peter Liguori isdrawing on his strengths as a TV programmer and marketer to energize Tribune’s 23 major-market TV stations and its WGN America cable channel.

WGN America Nabs ‘Parks and Rec’ Reruns

The cable channel will begin airing the Amy Poehler comedy starting in September.

Facelift In Works For WGN America

Tribune Co. CEO-in-waiting Peter Liguori will focus on a makeover of the company’s WGN America cable station as soon as the media giant emerges from reorganization. The national cable network, which currently runs a mix of syndicated shows like Law and Order and 30 Rock and Chicago Cubs games, may be converted into a channel that airs original programming to attract more viewers, says a source familiar with the situation.

WGN America Ups Julio Marenghi To EVP-GM