Proving TV makes for strange bedfellows, The Weinstein Company today said it’s partnering with American Media Inc. to develop and produce a live, daily syndicated show based on the latter’s gossip website Radar Online.
In the announcement, the two companies said the program would be a “a fresh perspective on the newsmagazine and celebrity format pioneered by the likes of Entertainment Tonight, Inside Edition and with the added personality of late-night talk shows like former E! hit Chelsea Lately.” Notably, no mention made of like-minded TMZ, the website that launched its first syndicated TV brand extender in 2007 and which recently made news for being first to report Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s private phone conversations with V. Stiviano that wound up costing him the team, and for unveiling the video showing Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice clocking his fiancee in an Atlantic City elevator.
TWC touted Radar Online’s recent bagging of seven awards at the 2014 National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards, including top honors for Investigative Story of the Year for the site’s coverage of the Paula Deen deposition debacle. Radar also was recently feted for its series “Fooling The World: How Networks Stage, Script & Fake Reality TV.”
“We’re so delighted to be partnering with American Media and their Radar Online brand in this exciting new venture,” TWC co-chairman Harvey Weinstein said in today’s announcement. “Our television department has made a huge mark in the reality programming sector, and we’re so happy to be taking the next step into the talk show format. We aim to set ourselves apart from the others by offering viewers the widest range of stories out there and delivering them in the most entertaining way possible.”
American Media, meanwhile, owns and operates such titles as the National Enquirer, Star, OK!, Globe, National Examiner, Soap Opera Digest, Shape, Fit Pregnancy, Natural Health, Men’s Fitness, Muscle & Fitness, Flex and Muscle & Fitness Hers. AMI also manages 17 different digital sites that, in addition to RadarOnline.com, include OKmagazine.com, Shape.com, FitPregnancy.com, MensFitness.com and MuscleandFitness.com.
Today, as the deal was announced, Radar Online was busy covering:
– Teresa Giudice’s Prison Countdown
– Royal Sex Slave Scandal
– Fans Furious After Duggars Post Photo of Son, Jedidah, 16, Holding Gun
– Suicide Attempt, Kinky Sex: 14 Darkest Secrets/Scandalous Allegations Against Tamra Judge
– OJ Simpsons BFF Reveals How Hateful Schoolyard Bullies Tormented His Kids
– Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis Planning Summer Wedding
– New Tell-All May Reveal Oprah Winfrey’s Relationship Secrets With Fiance Stedman Graham