MERV GRIFFIN'S CROSSWORDS� A 'FIRM GO' FOR SEASON 2
Syndicated Daytime Game Cleared in 40 of the Top 50 Markets
Los Angeles, CA � January 28, 2008 � Program Partners and Merv Griffin Entertainment (MGE) have announced a 'firm go' for Year 2 of Merv Griffin's Crosswords�. Today's news comes as Program Partners secured commitments from WNBC in New York and stations from the NBC O&O's, Belo, Four Points, Gannett, Gray, Guardian, Hubbard, McGraw-Hill, New Age, Raycom, Sarkes Tarzian and Sagamorehill groups.
"Crosswords ratings are building continuously and now hitting season-to-date highs," said Ritch Colbert of Program Partners. "This renewal is a testament to our amazing production team and to the power of Merv Griffin's original vision."
"This vote of confidence from our station affiliates makes a nice start to 2008," said Ron Ward, head of Merv Griffin Entertainment and Vice Chairman of The Griffin Group. "In return, we plan to deliver even more excitement in Season 2."
Hosted by daytime television star Ty Treadway, Merv Griffin's Crosswords� is a new generation half-hour game show in which players compete against each other and the clock in to solve a crossword. Crosswords is being presented by Merv Griffin Entertainment and Program Partners.
About Program Partners, Inc.
Program Partners, Inc. is an innovative television company that collaborates with networks, sponsors and audiences on original programming. Led by a core group of entertainment executives, including founders Ritch Colbert and Josh Raphaelson, Program Partners provides distinctive programs with high production values, while fostering new creative alliances with advertisers, broadcasters and global co-production entities. For more info about Program Partners, Inc., visit www.programpartners.com.
About Merv Griffin Entertainment, Inc.
Merv Griffin Entertainment, Inc. is the television and film production arm of Merv Griffin's umbrella organization, The Griffin Group. Over the years it has provided original programming and long-format films for television, as well as theatrical features. In addition to "Merv Griffin's Crosswords," it is currently in production on two new unscripted reality series and is casting a theatrical feature film. MGE's one-hour series, "Lisa Williams: Life Among the Dead" is now a ratings success in England, Australia and New Zealand as well as the U.S. See www.merv.com