Warner Bros Domestic Television Distribution has renewed Telepictures’ daily syndicated TV series TMZ and TMZ Live through the 2019-20 season on Fox Television Stations. The extension includes all of the owned-and-operated Fox affiliates, such as WNYW New York, KTTV Los Angeles and WFLD Chicago.
TMZ debuted in September 2007 with Fox as the primary station launch group and went on to become the highest-rated new first-run strip of the 2007-08 season among households and all key women and adult demographics. TMZ Live is up 50% over its lead-in rating on key Fox O&O stations (0.6 A25-54 TMZ Live rating vs 0.4 lead-in rating).
“Watching the folks at TMZ create a new paradigm for strip television has been incredibly exhilarating, so we’re looking forward to these next three years,” said Frank Cicha, SVP Programming of Fox Television Stations. “Besides, Harvey said if we didn’t renew, he’d dig up dirt on us.”
Said Ken Werner, President of WBDTD: “The Fox Television Stations group has been an incredible station partner for TMZ and TMZ Live since their respective launches. Nearly a decade ago, Fox took a chance when the TMZ website was transformed into a groundbreaking television series combining breaking entertainment news told through a unique comedic form of storytelling. Then, about five years ago, Fox once again took a chance launching TMZ Live with a slow rollout across its stations, which has revolutionized the talk news/information format. Offering fresh episodes every day, these two series together have the unique benefit of working across multiple dayparts and as compatible programming across all genres, becoming one of the foundations of the fantastic success of their stations by attracting a younger, diverse and loyal audience.”
Said Levin, Executive Producer of TMZ: “By the time this is over, my cup will be filled with Metamucil.”
Produced by Harvey Levin Productions, Inc. and paraMedia, inc. in association with Telepictures, the series is distributed by Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution. Harvey Levin, Charles Latibeaudiere and Evan Rosenblum serve as executive producers.
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