OFF-NETWORK RIGHTS TO CHUCK LORRE COMEDY "MOM" SOLD TO TRIBUNE BROADCASTING FOR FALL 2017 SYNDICATION DEBUT
(August 1, 2016 - Burbank, CA) - The off-network rights to "Mom," the most recent hit comedy from Chuck Lorre to be launched into syndication, has been sold to Tribune Broadcasting by Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution, it was announced today by Ken Werner, President, Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution and Sean Compton, President of Strategic Programming & Acquisitions, Tribune Media.
The series will debut in Fall 2017, airing on Tribune stations in New York Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, Washington, D.C., Houston , Seattle, Miami, St. Louis, Portland, Indianapolis, Hartford, Oklahoma City , New Orleans and Huntsville.
Beyond the Tribune stations, WBDTD has also sold the series to stations from CBS, Hearst, Media General, Raycom, TEGNA, Nexstar, Meredith, Gray, Weigel, News Press, Marshall, Hubbard, Griffin, Entravision, Cowles, Block, Bahakel, Capitol Broadcasting Co., Inc. Sunbeam Television Corp., and Graham Media, amongst others. All in all, the series has already been sold in 71% of the country, including in 27 of the top 30 markets.
"Tribune Broadcasting stations are known to viewers in their respective markets for being the destination for great comedies," said Compton. "'Mom' comes from the successful pedigree of Chuck Lorre, and we see 'Mom' fitting right in with our stations and keeping our lineups fresh."
"'Mom' has all of the elements required for off-net comedy success," said Werner. "There has been a Chuck Lorre multi-camera comedy atop the off-net syndication ratings for an astounding 457 weeks in a row dating back to 2007. We believe 'Mom' will join the ranks of successful syndication comedies for the master of great sitcoms, Chuck Lorre."
Anna Faris and Emmy Award-winner Allison Janney star in this hilarious and often heart wrenching series from executive producer Chuck Lorre ("The Big Bang Theory," "Two and a Half Men," "Mike & Molly"). Chuck Lorre, Eddie Gorodetsky and Nick Bakay serve as executive producers for the series, which is from Chuck Lorre Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. "Mom" was created by Lorre & Gorodetsky & Gemma Baker, who serves as co-executive producer.
About Tribune Media:
Tribune Media Company (NYSE: TRCO) is home to a diverse portfolio of television and digital properties driven by quality news, entertainment and sports programming. Tribune Media is comprised of Tribune Broadcasting's 42 owned or operated local television stations reaching approximately 50 million households, national entertainment network WGN America, whose reach is approaching 80 million households, Tribune Studios, and Gracenote, one of the world's leading sources of TV and music metadata powering electronic program guides in televisions, automobiles and mobile devices. Tribune Media also includes Chicago's WGN-AM and the national multicast networks Antenna TV and THIS TV. Additionally, the Company owns and manages a significant number of real estate properties across the U.S. and holds other strategic investments in media. For more information please visit www.tribunemedia.com.
About Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution:
Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution is one of the leading distributors of entertainment programming to the domestic television marketplace, distributing first-run syndicated series, off-network television programs and theatrical motion pictures to local broadcast television stations, as well as to pay, cable, satellite and broadcast networks as well as subscription video-on-demand platforms throughout the U.S. WBDTD distributes first-run syndicated series from Telepictures Productions; off-network television programs from Warner Bros. Television, Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Horizon Television, as well as selected HBO Independent Productions and the Lorimar Television library; current feature films from Warner Bros. Pictures; and additional titles from the Studio's unmatched film and television library.