Syndie Notes

Sep 15, 2003  •  Post A Comment

Twentieth Television has found a location, more stations and a name for its January strip. “On Air With Ryan Seacrest” has added Viacom-owned stations in San Francisco (KBHK-TV), Miami (WBFS-TV) and Indianapolis (WNDY-TV); Sinclair-owned WCWB-TV in Pittsburgh; Meredith-owned KPDX-TV in Portland, Ore.; Bay City-owned XETV in San Diego; and Raycom-owned WXIX-TV in Cincinnati to its clearance lists, joining the Fox owned-and-operated station group. In addition, the series has found a home at the Hollywood & Highland complex, which will provide the show with occupancy of the facility’s 12,000-square-foot production space immediately adjacent to the Kodak Theatre, nightclubs, restaurants and specialty shops. The multistory glass studio will give spectators an opportunity to view the program during taping and to gather in the massive outdoor courtyard area to enjoy special live events and performances the show will host.
Spike TV Gives Port to `Shipmates’
The syndicated reality series “Shipmates” will have a second shot at success when it returns in early 2004 on Spike TV. The Sony program, which sets up couples for blind dates on a cruise ship, will leave syndication this fall after its sophomore run. Spike TV has ordered 50 new episodes, which will possibly feature a new host and may run alongside the similar reality series “Blind Date.”
Rainbow, Miramax Sign Distribution Pact
Rainbow Media Holdings and Miramax Films said last week they have inked a 10-year television distribution agreement under which 84 Miramax films will appear on Rainbow’s three film-based cable channels, AMC, WE: Women’s Entertainment and the Independent Film Channel. The pact calls for 52 Miramax films to run on IFC, while 32 titles are slated to run on AMC and WE. Among the films included in the agreement are “Chicago,” “Gangs of New York” and “The English Patient.” Miramax’s deal comes just weeks after Rainbow, a unit of cable operator Cablevision Systems, signed a similar distribution deal with MGM involving 450 films.