‘The Listener’ To Become ION Original Series As Network Joins As Co-Producer

By | Monday February 24, 2014 @ 12:05am PST
Nellie Andreeva

The_Listener_TitlesION Television has joined Shaftesbury, Canadian network CTV and Fox International as a producer on the Canadian procedural drama series The Listener for its 13-episode fifth season, which started production earlier this year. Under the agreement, ION becomes the exclusive U.S. television network for originals of fifth and future seasons of the series. ION has been carrying The Listener — in 2011, the network acquired the first two seasons of the drama, which was originally picked up by NBC for a summer 2009 run of Season 1, which was cut short after several episodes. After the show did well alongside CBS’ off-network procedurals, including Criminal Minds and Law & Order; Criminal Intent, I hear ION exercised its option to become a co-producer of original episodes. The network used a similar strategy for another popular Canadian procedural drama, Flashpoint, first inking a syndication deal with CBS for the show’s Season 1-4 episodes that had aired on CBS (plus 11 that hadn’t aired) before becoming Flashpoint‘s exclusive US network for Season 5. Read More »

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ION & WGN America Acquire Off-Network Rights To CBS Drama ‘Blue Bloods’

By | Monday February 3, 2014 @ 8:45am PST
Nellie Andreeva

blue bloodsAnother CBS procedural drama is headed to off-network syndication. Following the recent deals for CBS’ Person Of Interest, distributed by Warner Bros., and Elementary, distributed by CBS Domestic Television, the network’s Blue Bloods, also from CBS TV Distribution, … Read More »

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ION Wins $4M Transatlantic Breach Of Contract Suit

By | Monday February 3, 2014 @ 8:43am PST

DJP LEGAL BADGEAlmost a year and a half after it was slapped with $4 million breach of contract lawsuit over a show that they say they didn’t agree to take, ION Media has emerged victorious. On Friday, a federal judge … Read More »

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Will An FCC Proposal Slow The Pace Of TV Station Deals?

By | Thursday September 26, 2013 @ 2:54pm PDT

Regulators voted today to consider a change in its media ownership rules in a way that has irked station owners, but cheered public interest activists. In a 2-to-1 vote, the FCC approved a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that might scrap a 30-year-old provision called the UHF discount. It relates to the law Congress passed in 2004 that bars a company from controlling stations that reach more than 39% of all households. For the purpose of that calculation, the discount requires the agency to just count half of the audience reached by UHF stations. The outlets used to transmit weaker signals than other stations on the VHF band, which included channels 2-to-13. That distinction became virtually meaningless after 2009 when stations replaced their analog signals with digital ones. So, a simple change? Nope. Broadcasters including Univision and ION feared that they might find themselves over the 39% cap — or so close that they couldn’t participate in the torrid deal market for TV stations. The FCC appears to have addressed their biggest concerns by grandfathering station groups that might find themselves above the cap, and those that applied to the FCC for approval of a deal before today’s vote. ”The Commission and the television industry have anticipated the elimination of this discount for well over a decade,” Acting Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn says. “It is our task as regulators to ensure that our rules reflect current market realities.” Read More »

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ION Picks Up ‘Burn Notice’ And ‘White Collar’

By | Sunday July 7, 2013 @ 9:01am PDT

ION just announced that it has picked up two dramas that originated on USA Network: Burn Notice and White Collar. Each show was a top rated scripted cable original series among 25-to-54 year olds on … Read More »

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ION Acquires ‘Law & Order: Criminal Intent’

By | Wednesday August 8, 2012 @ 7:47am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

On the heels of its pickup of the off-network rights to Numbers, ION Television has acquired another long-running procedural, Law & Order: Criminal Intent. ION has bought all 10 seasons (195 episodes) … Read More »

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ION Acquires Crime Drama ‘Numbers’

By | Tuesday August 7, 2012 @ 7:52am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

ION Television has closed an off-network syndication deal with CBS Television Distribution for all six seasons (118 episodes) of the CBS procedural drama Numbers. The series is set to premiere on ION during the 2012/13 television season. “Numbers aligns perfectly with our general entertainment schedule and is a natural next step in our syndicated series expansion strategy,” said Brandon Burgess, CEO, ION Media Networks. On ION, Numbers joins a lineup that includes original program WWE Main Event and off-network series Flashpoint, Criminal Minds, Cold Case and Leverage. Read More »

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ION Preps Weekly WWE Wrestling Show

By | Monday June 25, 2012 @ 10:09am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

WWE ION TelevisionION WWE Main EventION Television has teamed with WWE for a new weekly one-hour original series. WWE Main Event will debut October 3 and air on Wednesday … Read More »

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It’s Official: ION Renews ‘Flashpoint’

By | Tuesday January 3, 2012 @ 7:20am PST
Nellie Andreeva

ION Renews ‘Flashpoint’ For Fifth Season

NEW YORK, January 3, 2012 – ION Television announced today it is renewing its original police drama Flashpoint for a fifth season. The network is picking up 13 more episodes, set to begin shooting in February 2012.  The announcement was made today by Brandon Burgess, CEO, ION Media Networks.

Flashpoint joined ION’s primetime schedule in October 2011 after the network acquired all episodes from seasons 1-3 along with 11 season four original episodes. The production of season five contributes to ION Television’s original programming goals for 2012 and beyond.  Since its debut on ION, Flashpoint recorded its highest-telecast ever among the network’s key demos on December 27, including households (1.5 million), A25-54 (869,000), W25-54 (566,000) and among total viewers (2.1 million).

Flashpoint’s solid performance season-to-date shows that a growing number of fans enjoy the series on ION Television,” says Burgess.  “We welcome back this exciting dramatic series and its cast to ION Television for another season in 2012.”

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ION Renews ‘Flashpoint’ For Fifth Season

By | Monday January 2, 2012 @ 8:16pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: I hear that ION Television has renewed Canadian-produced cop drama Flashpoint for a fifth season. The broadcast network is picking up all 13 episodes of the series’ fifth season, set to begin production in February 2012. Flashpoint, Canada’s most-watched drama series, has already been renewed north of the border by CTV with a 13-episode fifth-season order. Flashpoint was the first of the recent wave of Canadian scripted series to launch successfully in the U.S. when it premiered on CBS in 2008. Earlier this year, it became the first of the Canadian imports to land a U.S. syndication deal in a complex arrangement with CBS and ION. Under the deal, ION acquired all episodes from Seasons 1-4  that had aired in the U.S. on CBS along with 11 first-run (in the U.S.) Season 4 episodes. Since its ION debut in October, Flashpoint has been growing in the ratings. In its most recent airing on December 27, the drama posted series highs on the network in total viewers (2.1 million) and several demos, including adults 25-54 (869,000). Read More »

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Canadian ‘Flashpoint’ In U.S. Syndie Deal, Will Air Originals On CBS And ION

By | Friday January 21, 2011 @ 6:56am PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: In the summer of 2008, Flashpoint became the first of several Canadian series picked up around the writers strike to premiere on a U.S. network, CBS. It became the first and only Canadian series success story here until the … Read More »

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WME Closing On Spec Script Sale Trifecta

By | Thursday June 24, 2010 @ 10:08am PDT
Mike Fleming

screenplay_pileThough the material market is summer sluggish, WME has managed the neat trick of closing in on three script deals this week, with another on the brink.

The spec in play is Ion, a Will Dunn scifi script that has Channing Tatum … Read More »

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