The one-hour daily syndicated program “TMZ Live” is getting expanded distribution starting in fall 2013, with the Fox-owned stations expanding their carriage of the show from seven to 17 stations.
Ken Werner, president of Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution, and Frank Cicha, senior vice president of programming for Fox Television Stations, made the announcement.
The companies said in their announcement: “The series, which began online, will take this next step in its unique broadcast distribution rollout, after a March 2012 test on the Fox-owned station in Los Angeles, KTTV FOX 11. Following that successful test, the program debuted in June on KSAZ FOX 10, the FOX-owned station in Phoenix. In October 2012, FTS then expanded the series to five additional stations: WFXT FOX 25 (Boston), WFLD FOX 32 (Chicago), KDFW FOX 4 (Dallas), WJBK FOX 2 (Detroit) and KMSP FOX 9 (Minneapolis). The additional Fox stations to premiere this series in Fall 2013 include: WNYW FOX 5 (New York), WTXF FOX 29 (Philadelphia), WTTG FOX 5 (Washington, D.C.), WAGA FOX 5 (Atlanta), KRIV FOX 26 (Houston), WTVT FOX 13 (Tampa) and WOFL FOX 35 (Orlando).”
Warner Bros. said it also expects to sell the show strategically outside those markets as opportunities present themselves for strong time slots and license fees.