TMZ renewed for Fox O&Os


Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution has renewed "TMZ" from Telepictures Productions through the 2010-2011 season on the Fox Television Stations. The sophomore entertainment magazine show is being touted as “the only magazine program in syndication to show year-to-year gains in Households and all key Women demos.”

The extension including all of the owned-and-operated Fox affiliates, such as WNYW-TV New York, KTTV-TV Los Angeles and WFLD-TV Chicago, was jointly announced by Ken Werner, President, Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution (WBDTD), and Frank Cicha, Senior Vice President of Programming, Fox Television Stations.

“We are thrilled to announce the renewal of ‘TMZ’ and to continue our partnership with Fox on this game-changing show. ‘TMZ’ has managed to do what few new shows have done over the last few years: create a unique viewer experience and deliver ratings. The success is due to having identified an underserved audience, delivering a superior series that satisfies the audience’s appetite, and then partnering with stations to market it in a strategic multiplatform manner,” said Werner. “We are pleased with the results of this collaboration and congratulate the Fox Television Stations, our other station partners and, most importantly, our creative dream team of Harvey Levin, Jim Paratore and Hilary Estey McLoughlin,” he added.

Currently in its second season, WBDTB says "TMZ" ranks #2 among all entertainment magazines for the season to date among Adults 18-49, Women 18-49 and Adults 25-54.

“This is an important extension for our group, as TMZ continues to emerge as a key first-run compliment to our overall news and information strategy on the Fox owned-and-operated stations,” said Cicha.

"TMZ" debuted in September 2007 with Fox serving as the primary station launch group. Originating from the heart of Hollywood on the famed Sunset Strip, "TMZ" brings the brand to television, expanding on the Web site’s mission as a 24-hour-per-day, seven-day-per-week entertainment news destination that goes where stars work, live and play “to take viewers on a trip through a world where the reality is even more fascinating than the hype.”

Produced by Harvey Levin Productions, Inc. and paraMedia, inc. in association with Telepictures Productions, the series is distributed by Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution. Harvey Levin and Jim Paratore are the program’s executive producers.