Debmar-Mercury co-founders and co-presidents Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein have signed new long-term agreements with Lionsgate. The two have been at at the studio since 2006, when Lionsgate acquired their Debmar-Mercury production and distribution company.
Debmar-Mercury’s roster of programming includes the nationally-syndicated The Wendy Williams Show; Celebrity Name Game, which Debmar-Mercury co-produces with FremantleMedia North America and distributes in the U.S.; and FMNA’s Steve Harvey-hosted Family Feud, which Debmar-Mercury also distributes in the U.S.
The Wendy Williams Show was just renewed through the 2019-20 season, while Celebrity Name Game was picked up for next season.
“Mort and Ira are fantastic partners and we’re proud to extend our alliance with them for many years to come,” said Lionsgate Chief Executive Officer Jon Feltheimer. “They have built a visionary and entrepreneurial company that is the gold standard in television distribution and production.”
Through Debmar-Mercury, Marcus and Bernstein previously introduced the 10-90 sitcom syndication model that was used for a number of shows, including the Tyler Perry TBS comedies and Charlie Sheen’s Anger Management.