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‘The Meredith Vieira Show’ Sold In More Than 60% Of U.S.

By | Monday October 28, 2013 @ 6:55am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

The biggest new syndicated entry for next fall so far, NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution’s The Meredith Vieira Show, has been cleared in more than 60% of the U.S. That includes the launch group of the NBC owned stations (27%), which has been joined by stations from Hearst Television, Sinclair Broadcast Group and LIN Media, among others. “Meredith has an ongoing genuine relationship with the daytime viewer and her authentic, fun and down-to-earth style creates an instant connection with the daytime audience,” said NBCU Domestic TV Distribution president Ed Swindler. Produced in New York City on a set that resembles her home, the Meredith Vieira-hosted talker is a one-hour, multi-segmented show that will offer a blend of feel-good human interest stories, lifestyle segments, and celebrity interviews. The Meredith Vieira Show is gearing up for launch as the future of several daytime syndicated talk show is uncertain, including the one hosted by Vieira’s predecessor at Today, Katie Couric, and following a fall that failed to introduce a breakout new talker.

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‘Trisha Goddard’ Syndicated Talk Show Renewed For Second Season

By | Friday January 25, 2013 @ 7:12am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Trisha Goddard Renewed Season 2Trisha Goddard joins NBCUniversal Domestic TV Distribution‘s other freshman daily syndicated talk show, Steve Harvey, with a renewal for a second season in national syndication. Unlike Steve Harvey, which has been a breakout hit, Trisha Goddard has been the lowest-rated among the new syndicated talk shows this season, partly because the show started in far-less-trafficked time slots. Since its debut, the one-hour talk show has been upgraded in major markets including Philadelphia, Boston, Detroit, Phoenix, Las Vegas and more. That has helped Trisha grow in the ratings since its debut while also improving its time periods. In the November 2012 sweep, the show’s viewership increased 23% vs. its premiere week. The conflict talk show, executive produced by Paul Faulhaber and hosted by TV personality Goddard, has been renewed in more than 85% of the country. Read More »

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Meredith Vieira To Host Daytime Talk Show?

Nellie Andreeva

Meredith Vieira recently opted not to renew her contract for syndicated quiz show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire so she could “move on and do other things.” Those other things may be a new daytime talk show. According to the NY Times, Vieira is in talks with NBCUniversal Domestic TV Distribution about hosting a syndicated talk show for fall 2014. That would maintain Vieira’s daily presence in daytime/fringe while keeping her in the NBCU family. Vieira got the gig on the ABC-Disney syndicated Millionaire while she was on ABC’s daytime talk show The View, which Vieira co-hosted for nine years. If she headlines a daytime talk show, Vieira will follow in the footsteps of her Today predecessors Jane Pauley, whose NBCU-produced show was a bust, and Katie Couric, whose ABC-Disney freshman talker is doing OK. NBC Domestic TV Distribution is currently without a top executive as Barry Wallach just announced his departure as president.

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Barry Wallach Departs As President Of NBC Domestic TV Distribution

By | Wednesday January 16, 2013 @ 1:46pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Barry Wallach has stepped down as President, NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution, a position he has held since May 2004. He is leaving the company, citing personal reasons (read his note to the company’s staff below). There will be no immediate replacement for Wallach, with Ted Harbert, Chairman, NBC Broadcasting, who oversees NBCU’s syndication arm, evaluating the future. “Barry has led our syndication business with great distinction,” Harbert said. “He has been a valued partner and colleague and I will deeply miss his wise counsel. We thank him for all that he has done for NBCUniversal and wish him nothing but continued success in the future.”

Wallach oversaw the development, production and distribution of first-run programming, along with the sales of off-network content. NBCU Domestic TV Distribution recently renewed breakout new syndicated talk show Steve Harvey, which the company distributes, along with fellow freshman Trisha Goddard. Other first-run nationally syndicated programs that the company distributes and produces include Access Hollywood, Maury, The Jerry Springer Show and The Steve Wilkos Show. Current off-network programming includes 30 Rock, House, the Law & Order franchise, Monk and The Office. Read More »

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Amazon Pacts With NBCU To Stream Universal Pics

SEATTLE (July 28, 2011) — Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced a licensing agreement with NBCUniversal Domestic TV Distribution that will allow Amazon Prime members to stream select Universal Pictures movies through Prime Instant Video. This deal with Amazon will bring the total number of Prime instant videos to more than 9,000 movies and TV shows this summer.

Amazon Prime customers will be able to instantly watch popular Universal movies at no additional cost to their membership. Universal titles available to Prime customers will include Oscar winners such as “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” “Elizabeth,” and “Gosford Park.” For the kids, there’s “Babe,” “Flipper,” and “Jetsons – The Movie,” as well as other favorites like “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,” “Notting Hill,” “Being John Malkovich”, “Fletch,” and “Billy Elliott.”

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ION Acquires ‘Psych’, ‘Monk’ & ‘House’

Nellie Andreeva

ION Television has inked a package deal with NBCUniversal Domestic TV Distribution for off-network rights to Universal Cable Prods.’ USA series Psych and Monk and Universal Media Studios’ Fox medical drama House. ION has picked up all six produced as well as future seasons of the detective dramedy Psych, marking the first time the series has been syndicated on a broadcast network, as well as all 8 seasons of Monk. Starting in fall 2012, ION will air House 2 times per week for one year, meaning that if the series continues on Fox (which is uncertain as star Hugh Laurie’s contract is up at the end of this season), the medical drama will air on 2 broadcast networks simultaneously. (Reruns of House air nightly on USA.) ION’s other acquired series include Criminal Minds, Ghost Whisperer, Without a Trace, My Name Is Earl and Flashpoint.

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