‘Law & Order’ Clearances Top 80% In U.S.

The flagship drama has been sold for weekend runs by NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution to station groups including Fox, CBS, Cox, Gannett, Hearst and Sunbeam for its debut in broadcast syndication next fall.

NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution has sold Law & Order to TV stations for weekend syndication beginning fall 2011, marking the first time the Emmy-award winning drama will be available in broadcast syndication, it was announced today.

Law & Order has been sold to station groups representing more than 80% of the U.S. including Fox, CBS, Cox, Gannett, Hearst and Sunbeam.

Stations in the nation’s top markets debuting Law & Order next fall include WNYW-WWOR New York, KTTV-KCOP Los Angeles and WFLD-WPWR Chicago from the Fox station group; KYW-WPSG Philadelphia and WBZ-WSBK Boston from CBS; KTVU-KICU San Francisco and WPXI Pittsburgh from Cox Communications; WXIA-WATL Atlanta from Gannett; KCRA-KQCA Sacramento, Calif., from Hearst; as well as WSVN Miami from the Sunbeam station group.

“With its dynamic ensemble cast, high quality story-telling, self-contained episodes and high-profile guest stars, Law & Order is a perfect fit for local broadcast stations,” said Sean O’Boyle, EVP, syndication sales, NBC Universal Domestic TV Distribution.. “We are thrilled to extend our partnership with the Law & Order franchise with Fox and other leading groups.”

“We’ve had success with the Law & Order franchise both in syndication and as an important building block for MyNet,” said Frank Cicha, SVP, programming, Fox Television Stations. “Acquiring ‘the mothership’ for weekends is a natural extension of this.”

“I am thrilled that Law & Order is joining its brand mates, Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Law & Order: SVU in broadcast syndication — both of which are exceptional performers on local broadcast stations,” said Dick Wolf, creator and executive producer of the Law & Order branded series. “We have a lot of momentum with this brand in the marketplace and I am excited for continued success with the flagship drama that started it all.”


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