Fox TV Stations is expanding its game show programming, acquiring rights to digital multicast network Buzzr TV from FremantleMedia North America and Debmar-Mercury. Buzzr TV will feature FMNA’s game show content, including iconic titles such as To Tell The Truth and Password, in all 17 Fox O&O markets when the network launches this summer.
Other titles that will be featured include Family Feud with hosts Richard Dawson, Ray Combs, Louis Anderson, Richard Karn and John O’Hurley; Let’s Make A Deal with host Monty Hall; Match Game; Beat The Clock; What’s My Line; Blockbusters; and Card Sharks. Debmar-Mercury, which brokered the deal on behalf of FMNA, will meet with FMNA and other major station groups at NATPE to expand the network’s footprint.
“FremantleMedia has consistently been the leader in the game show space, with long-running and more-popular-than-ever titles such as Family Feud and The Price Is Right,” said Thom Beers, CEO of FremantleMedia North America. “When I joined the company two years ago, it became instantly clear that there was a huge opportunity for us to not only be a producer in the space but also a programmer. We are thrilled to have Fox, one of the nation’s largest owned-and-operated network broadcast groups, as our launch partner on Buzzr TV. Jack Abernethy and Frank Cicha’s enthusiasm for both the channel and our product was clear from the get-go, and we look forward to bringing this beloved genre to viewers across the country.”
Said Frank Cicha, SVP Programming for Fox Television Stations: “Buzzr will be a great addition to our D2 portfolio. The possibilities to have fun creatively, and to make it fun for the viewer, are endless. And in a D2 landscape this competitive, the ability to control your own product is a big plus. FremantleMedia can certainly do that.”
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