Warner Bros. Sells ‘TMZ’ to Fox Stations

Jan 15, 2007  •  Post A Comment

Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution has sold upcoming entertainment news magazine “TMZ” on the Fox-owned television station group.

The deal had been expected (TelevisionWeek, Jan. 15) and Fox outlets in markets including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago are now slated to begin carrying the half-hour series in fall 2007.

“In today’s television landscape there is a big opportunity for a younger, more gender-balanced entertainment magazine with a distinct voice and point of view,” Ken Werner, Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution president said Monday.

For Fox, the addition of “TMZ” will provide a ready-made news-based series that could fill a scheduling hole left by the cancellation of “Geraldo at Large.”

“What we are buying into is a proven, immensely successful Internet brand,” said Frank Cicha, SVP of programming for Fox Television Stations. “The unique combination of broadcast and broadband this project brings makes it extremely attractive.”

(Editor: Baumann)