Tribune Broadcasting Stations, Tribune Entertainment Company and Sony Pictures Television Pact to Co-develop and Co-produce Syndicated Programming
Tribune Broadcasting stations (NYSE:TRB), Tribune Entertainment Company and Sony Pictures Television (SPT) have entered into a new agreement to develop and produce first-run syndicated programs. The co-venture will debut a daytime program on the Tribune group of television stations in the fall of 2006.
“This agreement reflects our strategy of partnering with programmers to develop and produce projects specifically for Tribune television stations,” said Pat Mullen, Tribune Broadcasting president. “We look forward to working with Sony Pictures Television.”
“We recognize that in this vertically-integrated marketplace, succeeding in syndication requires a collaborative, targeted approach that meets the needs of stations,” said John Weiser, president, distribution, SPT. “We’re excited about this opportunity with Tribune, which is a perfect example of this strategy.”
“Knowing we have a launch group for our upcoming development is a tremendous leg up for us this season,” said Melanie Chilek, senior vice president, development and syndicated programming, SPT. “Together with our partners at Tribune, we will be aggressively out in the creative community.”