Sony Pictures Television has sold comedy series The Goldbergs to Tribune Broadcasting’s owned or operated stations in 16 major markets, representing 34% of U.S. TV households. The 1980s-set single-camera comedy will debut in broadcast syndication in fall 2017.
The broadcast syndication deal, which I hear is on an all-barter basis, joins the SVOD pact Sony TV inked for the show with Hulu last fall. The studio has the ability to also carve out a cable syndication sale for The Goldbergs, which is heading to its fourth season on ABC next fall.
After a promising start in the challenging Tuesday 8:30 PM slot, The Goldbergs thrived when it relocated to Wednesdays in Season 2, posting rare second-year ratings growth. The series, about 11-year-old Adam who, armed with a video camera, captures the antics of his nutty but loving family, continued its ratings upswing in Season 3, becoming one of very few series to show year-over-year growth in all three seasons.
“The Goldbergs is a success by all measures,” said John Weiser, President of Distribution for Sony Pictures Television. “With three consecutive seasons of ratings growth, The Goldbergs is the No. 1 comedy available in the market this year, and for the next several years looking ahead. It is poised for a long run on ABC and in syndication.”
The series, created by Adam F. Goldberg, is moving to the anchor Wednesday 8 PM slot in the fall.
The Tribune stations that will broadcast The Goldbergs include WPIX-TV (New York), KTLA-TV (Los Angeles), WGN-TV, (Chicago), KDAF-TV (Dallas), WDCW-TV (Washington DC) and KIAH-TV (Houston).
“The Goldbergs is a stand-out comedy with all-family appeal, growing ratings and buzzworthy storytelling, making it a great fit for our stations,” said Sean Compton, President of Strategic Programming and Acquisitions, Tribune Media.
Goldberg executive produces the series with Doug Robinson, Seth Gordon, Alex Barnow and Marc Firek for Sony TV and Happy Madison.