‘Good Wife’ Gets Multiple Syndie Partners

A weekend broadcast run covering 85% of the U.S. starts in September 2014, anchored by the CBS Television Stations. Amazon Prime Instant Video will lead the off-network launch with previous-season episodes available for streaming March 14. It will also be available on Hulu Plus and cable's Hallmark.

CBS Corp. announced today a unique multi-platform syndication model for its award-winning drama The Good Wife, windowing the off-network rights for the series with distribution partners across subscription-video-on-demand services, a basic cable network and broadcast television stations.

“This is an off-network model for a unique serialized show in today’s television ecosystem,” said Leslie Moonves, president-CEO, CBS Corp.  “It uses creative windowing to serve the content needs of best-in-class partners while realizing the full syndication value for a high-quality series. In addition, the potential for catch-up viewing across multiple platforms can provide incremental value to future broadcasts on the CBS Television Network.”

The Good Wife will be available to television stations for a weekend broadcast syndication window beginning in September 2014. CBS Television Distribution has sold these rights to the CBS Television Stations as the flagship broadcast group and to stations of all affiliations, currently covering 85% of the country. 

As part of an agreement with Amazon.com, the first three seasons of The Good Wife will be available on Amazon Prime Instant Video beginning March 14, with season four coming to Prime Instant Video later this year. All Prime Instant Videos are commercial-free and can be viewed at no additional cost by Prime members on Kindle Fire HD, Kindle Fire, iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Roku, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii and Wii U, among other devices.

As part of an expanded agreement with Hulu, previous seasons of The Good Wife will be available to Hulu Plus subscribers in September 2013. This builds on previously announced licensing agreements between CBS and Hulu for library content and for CBS-produced programming that airs on the CW.  Hulu Plus is available to TV fans on more than 320 million connected tablets, phones, and living room devices for $7.99 per month.

The Hallmark Channel has acquired the off-network rights to present The Good Wife on basic cable. The Hallmark Channel will begin running The Good Wife on weekdays beginning January 2014.

BRAND CONNECTIONS

Since its premiere in 2009, The Good Wife has earned numerous awards including the AFI Award (2012) and the Peabody Award (2011), as well as Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG Awards for lead actress Julianna Margulies. The series has also received numerous WGA nominations for its writing. 

The Good Wife, currently in its fourth season, is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Scott Free Productions. Executive producers are Ridley Scott, Robert King, Michelle King, David Zucker, Brooke Kennedy, Ted Humphrey, Keith Eisner and Leonard Dick. Robert King and Michelle King are the creators.


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