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Stephen Arnold Music Selling Original Documentary to Local Stations

At least 64 local stations across the country will be celebrating Black History Month in February 2015 with an original documentary called The Journey – 450 Years of the African-American Experience, created by Stephen Arnold Music’s new branding division, Sam2.

This is the first time the music production company is dipping its toe in original content, and it looks like it’s already paid off. With local stations more cash-strapped than ever, it’s no wonder they’re looking elsewhere for original content to boost their ratings. Could this be a trend for small stations in the future? Sam2′s syndication success suggests so.

The company originally created the documentary for the city of St. Augustine, Fla, since it focuses on the role that free African-Americans played in the founding of the city. The doc is now being syndicated to stations across the country. Some are airing it as a “special,” while others are using edited versions of it as part of their show. Stations also have the option of buying The Journey and giving it to local schools for free.

“We are extremely proud to present ‘The Journey – 450 Years of the African-American Experience’ as the first Sam2 production,” Chad Cook, vice president and creative director of Stephen Arnold Music, said in a statement. “This enlightening documentary perfectly embodies the promise of Sam2: provide stations with a unique resource to engage their viewers, and can connect with their community in powerful new ways.”

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Fox Stations Pick Up ‘RightThisMinute’

right this minuteFox Television Stations has picked up the syndicated “RightThisMinute” for the 2014-15 season. The series, which is cleared in more than 85% of the U.S., will air on Fox-owned stations in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington D.C., Boston, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Dallas, Houston and Charlotte.

“RightThisMinute” is syndicated by MGM Television and produced by MagicDust Television, in partnership with Cox Media Group, Raycom Media and E.W. Scripps. The official announcement is after the jump.

“We are delighted with the enthusiastic response in the marketplace for ‘RightThisMinute,’ and this agreement with FOX Television Stations is another vote of confidence.  ‘RightThisMinute’ is a unique and captivating series that is poised for a stellar 2014-2015 season,” John Bryan, the president of domestic television distribution at MGM and MagicDust Television, said in a statement.

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WSB Replacing ‘Katie’ With ‘Dr. Oz’

katie syndicatedAtlanta ABC affiliate WSB will replace “Katie” with “The Dr. Oz Show” next fall, Access Atlanta reports. “Katie” will come to an end in June as Katie Couric transitions into her new role as global anchor for Yahoo!.

Mehmet Oz‘s show will move to WSB from WAGA, the Fox owned station in Atlanta. Fox has not yet announced what will replace “The Dr. Oz Show,” Access Atlanta reports.

With its move to WSB, “The Dr. Oz Show” will have aired on three stations in the Atlanta market: it first debuted on NBC affiliate WXIA in 2009, then moved to WAGA in 2011.

Bloomberg TV to End Local Market Reports

bloomberg midday reportBloomberg Television will cease production of syndicated market reports seen on nearly 200 stations across the country, a network spokesperson confirms to TVSpy.

The 60-second reports, anchored by rotating correspondents including Jane King, Deborah Kostroun and Ellen Braitman, will come to a close at the end of the year.  The exit from the U.S. affiliate business comes as Bloomberg Television continues a network-wide shift to digital.

The unit that produces the reports includes about 10 employees, which the company is working to place in other production roles throughout the organization.

FOX Adds ‘TMZ Live’ To All Its Owned Stations

FOX Television Stations CEO, Jack Abernethy told Broadcasting & Cable, all 18 FOX owned stations will soon begin airing Harvey Levin’s celebrity gossip show ‘TMZ Live.”

“We were always interested in the show,” Abernethy told Broadcasting & Cable about launching the show in 2007. “We knew Harvey knew television, and it was the kind of thing we needed. It was intentionally structured to work for a Fox station— it was young and hip-looking.”

WWOR, FOX’s owned MyNewtorkTV affiliate in New Jersey, has begun airing a show called “Chasing New Jersey” that emulates the tone and pace of TMZ in place of its newscast.

“TMZ is incredibly efficient,” said Abernethy. “We are trying to steal pieces of this model. If you look at TMZ, you see how many people are actually researching stories, covering stories, touching stories—it’s virtually everybody. The more people you have covering stories and bringing stuff in, the better product you are going to have.” Read more

Gannett Buys Syndicated Show Developed by Scripps, Cox and Raycom

Gannett Broadcasting has bought the syndicated show “RightThisMinute” for eight of its markets.

“RightThisMinute” is a viral video show developed by MagicDust Television, E.W. Scripps, Raycom Media and Cox Media Group. The show launched in 2011.

Among the stations getting the syndicated show are WUSA in Washington, DC, KARE in Minneaplois, KXTV in Sacramento and KSDK in St. Louis. Read more

What’s Next For ‘Katie’?

Broadcasting & Cable’s Michael Malone talks to local stations about “Katie” as the first season wraps. Although some stations are pleased with the show’s performance, local partners mostly say Katie Couric‘s talk show “did not meet ratings expectations,” Malone reports, and some stations are weighing their options for next season:

“The results have not been as strong as we would’ve liked,” says Emily Barr, former WLS Chicago general manager who now heads up the Post-Newsweek group. “We hope there’s some changing and tweaking to improve the connection with the audience.”

Station veterans say they are surprised that there’s not been talk of renewals at this point, especially with the future ironed out in recent weeks for Dr. Oz, Wendy Williams and Steve Harvey. “Everyone has their dates to the prom, or they’re not going to the prom,” says one GM airing Katie who asked to be unnamed. “Except one.”

[...] Katie‘s local partners are at least considering their options, if not acting on them. “You always explore what else might be on the horizon,” says Barr. “In some markets, maybe it’s something local.”

Scripps Home-Grown Syndicated Shows Gaining Viewers

Last September the E.W. Scripps Company dropped syndicated dinosaurs “Wheel of Fortune” and “Jeopardy” at some of its owned stations and replaced them with its own programming.

The station group developed two shows, “Let’s Ask America” a game show using Skype which it developed in conjunction Warner Bros. Telepictures and pop culture show “The List.” It then programmed seven of its owned stations with “Let’s Ask America” and six with “The List.” TVSpy checked in with Scripps to see how the shows were doing.

“We are very happy with the performance of both shows,” Robert Sullivan, vice president of content for Scripps told TVSpy. “Both have grown book to book in key demos since their launch last fall.” Read more

‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ Renewed Through 2017

Ellen DeGeneres‘ daytime talk show has been renewed by the NBC Owned Television Stations and as well as 179 other stations, through the 2016-17 season.

Renewal of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” which is distributed by Warner Brothers, covers 96% of the country. In a statement announcing the news, NBC Owned Television Stations president Valari Staab called the show “the crown jewel” of the station group’s daytime lineup.

“We are proud and thrilled to extend our relationship with Ellen DeGeneres, all the great people working on her show and our friends at Warner Bros,” Staab said.

Jerry Penacoli Named Co-Host of WFLA’s ‘Daytime’

Jerry Penacoli has been named co-host of “Daytime,” WFLA‘s nationally syndicated show.

Penacoli has been a correspondent on “Extra” for 13 seasons. He has also been a host for E! Entertainment Television, an anchor for KYW in Philadelphia and a host and producer to WTVJ in Miami. His career began at WJKS in Jacksonville, where he was an anchor and general assignment reporter.

“I am very pleased to announce the addition of Jerry Penacoli to ‘Daytime,’ ” WFLA president and general manager Brad Moses said in a statement. “Our long standing relationship with ‘Extra’ and his frequent visits to guest host made him a staff and viewer favorite.”

“Daytime” airs in more than 130 markets across the country.

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