Program Partners to Syndicate ‘Degrassi: The Next Generation’ in U.S.

Sep 25, 2006  •  Post A Comment

Syndication company Program Partners has acquired the U.S. broadcast syndication rights to Canadian teen series “Degrassi: The Next Generation” to run as a strip beginning in fall 2007.

The series, the latest edition in the 25-year-old “Degrassi” teen relationship franchise, has been enjoying a successful run on cable network The N.

Program Partners is marketing Degrassi” as an outgrowth of its worldwide distribution agreement with Vancouver-based Thunderbird Films. “Degrassi” is produced by Epitome Pictures in Toronto.

The series will “fill the void created by the declining availability of off-net half-hours,” Program Partners said in a statement announcing the deal.

“‘Degrassi’ is lightning in a bottle,” Josh Raphaelson, one of Program Partners’ founders, said in a statement. “The N has built a terrific franchise, and we’re excited to bring it to syndication.”