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‘Wendy Williams Show’ To Continue Production Through Summer

By | Friday May 30, 2014 @ 10:44am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Debmar-Mercurywendy said today it will keep The Wendy Williams Show in production through July for a second straight year. The syndicated talker, which has been renewed through 2017, is coming off its best metered market share, up 50% since its first May book in 2010. With a 1.4 metered market household rating and 5 share in the most recent sweeps, Wendy was up 9% year-over-year. The show also has seen double-and triple-digit gains versus May 2013 in 32 metered markets, including KTTV Los Angeles (up 19% to 3.9), WFLD Chicago (up 24% to 3.8). Season-to-date, the talker posted a 19% gain in both households (1.18 to 1.4) and women 25-54 (0.89 to a fifth-place 1.06) through May 18.
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Fox Renews ‘Wendy Williams Show’ Through 2016-2017

By | Tuesday June 4, 2013 @ 2:25pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

On the heels of a strong May sweep ratings performance, Debmar-Mercury’s syndicated The Wendy Williams Show has been renewed on the Fox TV Stations through the 2016-17 television season. The three-year pickup, which follows the previous two-year deal, will bring Wendy‘s run to eighth seasons. “Fox’s long-term renewal is a testament to the incredible growth the show has experienced this season and the amazing talent of Wendy,” Debmar-Mercury Co-Presidents Ira Bernstein and Mort Marcus said. Read More »

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‘The Wendy Williams Show’ To Stay In Originals Through July

By | Monday March 18, 2013 @ 9:55am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

In an unusual move, Lionsgate-owned Debmar-Mercury is adding two months of original episodes to the fourth season of The Wendy Williams Show, extending production through June and July. The move is aimed at keeping the momentum of the daytime syndicated talk show, which just posted ratings highs and the biggest gains of any syndie talk show during the February sweeps. Wendy finished as the fourth-highest-rated metered market talk show among women 25-54, averaging a 1.1/7 during the month. That was up 47% in the demo from the November 2012 sweep. The ratings climb started with the expansion in mid-December of the Wendy fan-favorite “Hot Topics” segment. “I have the greatest fans in daytime TV, and I’m so excited to be giving fans more fun throughout the summer,” Williams said. “If it were up to me, we’d have a show every day, all year long!” While Wendy has aired occasional originals in July, this will be the show’s first all-original summer run since its six-week test on the Fox stations in 2008.

Photo Credit: Karl Giant for The Wendy Williams Show

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Lionsgate Blames Theatrical Film Woes For Fiscal 2Q Earnings Miss

The film and TV company had a net loss of $24.6M, an improvement from its $29.7M loss in the quarter last year, on revenues of $358.1M, down 21.5%. That revenue figure was far below the $421.5M that analysts expected. And the net loss, at 18 cents a share, was below the 13 cent loss the Street had forecast. The bottom line could have looked even worse: Lionsgate included the $11.0M it collected from its sale of Maple Pictures. The company also was able to add $6.1M from its 31.2% stake in EPIX vs a $19.8M loss from last year’s quarter. Lionsgate says that it suffered from “underperformance of theatrical films in the quarter” — where releases included the Conan The Barbarian remake, Warrior, and Abduction – as well as “timing of DVD releases which offset gains in the Company’s television and digital businesses.” The movie operation generated $218.9M in revenues, down 36%. Read More »

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Fox Stations Renew ‘The Wendy Williams Show’ For 2 More Seasons

By | Monday October 24, 2011 @ 2:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

The Fox television stations have renewed The Wendy Williams Show for two more seasons, keeping the syndicated talker from Debmar-Mercury on through 2014. The Wendy Williams Show — which recently scored an interview with Charlie Sheen in a synergy move as Debmar-Mercury is also distributing Sheen’s new sitcom — has been a strong performer on the Fox stations, where it originated with a trial run in 2008. But nationally, the program, which officially launched in 2009, ranks as the lowest-rated talk show in households. (It does better in the young demos.)

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Wendy Williams Nabs Exclusive Charlie Sheen Interview In Corporate Synergy Move

Nellie Andreeva

Charlie Sheen’s media blitz on Sept. 19, the day of the Two and a Half Men season premiere, continues. In addition to his Comedy Central roast airing that night, Sheen will appear on The Wendy Williams Show earlier that day for an exclusive daytime interview. If you wonder how Williams scooped more established daytime players like Ellen DeGeneres, Dr. Phil or the ladies from The View in landing Sheen, the show is produced and distributed by Lionsgate subsidiary Debmar-Mercury, which is also set to distribute Sheen’s Lionsgate TV-produced new sitcom Anger Management.

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