MGM to Distribute ‘Chappelle’ in Syndication

Jan 4, 2007  •  Post A Comment

MGM will distribute Comedy Central’s series “Chappelle’s Show” in syndication this fall, where the show joins its sister program from the cable network, “Reno 911!”

“Chappelle’s Show” will be offered as a weekend series for stations, while MGM will distribute “Reno 911!” for Monday through Friday runs, said Jim Packer, president of worldwide television distribution at MGM.

The Comedy Central deals mark the first programs MGM will syndicate under its new strategic relationship with the New Line studio, which owns syndication rights to the shows. Sales of “Chappelle’s Show” and “Reno 911!” will be overseen by Mr. Packer and John Bryan, executive vice president of broadcast strategy at the company.

“As we continue to expand our syndication ad sales business, it’s exciting to bring to the marketplace successful and high impact programs,” Mr. Packer said. “Our dedicated team is looking forward to handling sales for ‘Reno 911!’ and ‘Chappelle’s Show,’ two of Comedy Central’s top rated series.”

MGM will handle all national and station ad sales for the pair of shows.

Comedy Central recently picked up “Reno 911!” for a fifth season on the network. The series has also been adapted into a feature film titled “Reno 911!: Miami,” which is slated for a theatrical release in February 2007. “Chappelle’s Show” began airing in January 2003, catapulting the career of comedian Dave Chappelle and garnering impressive ratings. Season 2 of the series was the No. 1 show in its time slot in all of television among young men, aged 18-34.

(Editor: Baumann)