or


[01/19/06 - 12:00 AM]
America's Most Popular Television Series 'American Idol' to Be Syndicated as 'American Idol Rewind'

[via press release from Tribune]

America's Most Popular Television Series 'American Idol' to be Syndicated as 'American Idol Rewind'

Tribune Entertainment Deal With FremantleMedia North America and 19 Entertainment Covers Station and Advertiser Sales

Initial Clearance of Tribune and Sinclair Stations Represents 55% of the Country and Nine out of the Top 10 Markets

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 19 -- "American Idol," America's most popular television series which airs on the FOX network, will be coming to syndication through an agreement between Tribune Entertainment, FremantleMedia North America and 19 Entertainment. The announcement was made today by Dick Askin, president and CEO of Tribune Entertainment and Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO of FremantleMedia North America and executive producer of American Idol.

The one-hour, weekend series titled, "American Idol Rewind" will premier with the first season of "American Idol" in September 2006. "American Idol Rewind" will retain its irresistible competitive spirit but will be a streamlined, enhanced program offering never-before-seen footage, fascinating behind the scenes facts and details, a distinctive look and a fast paced, highly entertaining hour of television.

The series is being sold on all barter, double run basis with a Fall 2006 availability. Tribune is representing station and advertiser sales. FremantleMedia North America and 19 TV are producing the series.

Mr. Askin disclosed that "American Idol Rewind" has already been cleared on Tribune and Sinclair stations representing 55% of the country and nine out of the top 10 markets.

"American Idol" has been a smash hit in primetime with 2004-2005 rankings of all network series programs placing it in the #1 position on Tuesday nights across the board in households, women 18-34, women 18-49 and women 25-54. The series has grown each of its four seasons on FOX and continues to grow in popularity.

Askin stated, "'American Idol Rewind' combines all of the characteristics of elite off-network weekend successes including being a smash hit in primetime; having dual female and male appeal and enjoying substantial momentum going into syndication. 'American Idol' continues to be the ultimate television brand and its value to stations across the country should be exceptional."

Frot-Coutaz added, "Our weekend series will complement the primetime airing of 'American Idol' on FOX stations and will enable more stations to capitalize on the 'Idol' phenomenon."

"'American Idol Rewind' capitalizes on an extensive library of the country's #1 show to offer fans the opportunity to revisit some of their old favorites," stated Simon Fuller, "American Idol" creator. "This is the first time the country can now track each winner throughout the season -- from beginning to final performance."

Tribune Entertainment, the Los Angeles-based entertainment division of The Tribune Company, holds a diverse portfolio of programming for syndication, network and cable. Tribune Entertainment has entered into a variety of distribution, production and ad sales relationships with such major partners as DreamWorks SKG, FremantleMedia North America, Hearst Entertainment, New Line Television, NBC Universal Television and Sony Pictures Television.

FremantleMedia North America is a division of FremantleMedia, one of the largest international creators and producers of program brands in the world, with production operations in more than 25 countries. FremantleMedia co-developed, co-owns and co-produced "Pop Idol" in the UK and has produced the format in over 30 countries worldwide. FremantleMedia is the production arm of the RTL Group, Europe's largest television and radio broadcast company. With interests in 30 television channels and 32 radio stations in 11 countries, RTL Group is a division of leading integrated media and entertainment company Bertelsmann AG. For further information, visit http://www.fremantlemedia.com.

The 19 Group of Companies was founded by Simon Fuller in 1985 and has achieved over 40 #1 singles and 15 #1 albums. Fuller also has an impressive tally of over 60 Top-40 albums and 170 Top-40 singles in the UK alone. Fuller created and managed the Spice Girls, who became a global phenomenon under his guidance, selling over 38 million albums. In 1998, Fuller's 10 launched S Club 7, which has sold 10 million CDs worldwide, while its three television series to date have consistently topped children's viewing figures, reaching 104 countries. In 2001, Simon Fuller's 19TV created and produced the television phenomenon "Pop Idol" and in 2002, AMERICAN IDOL. "Pop Idol" launched the singing careers of Will Young and Gareth Gates in the UK, while AMERICAN IDOL did the same for Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken in the United States. All of these artists are managed by Fuller's 19 Management.

SOURCE Tribune Entertainment





  [january 2006]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S


· AMERICAN IDOL (FOX)





[02/11/16 - 09:12 AM]
Showtime(R) Sets Premiere Date and Releases First Trailer for New Comedy Series "Dice"
The scripted, semi-autobiographical series will follow the life of renowned comedian, Andrew Dice Clay, chronicling the stops and starts of his career resurgence in his transplanted home base of Las Vegas.

[02/11/16 - 08:57 AM]
Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC, FOX & NBC All Share Top Demo Spot
The Alphabet's "Modern Family" leads the night among adults 18-49.

[02/11/16 - 08:23 AM]
Video: Watch Will Arnett in His Brand New Netflix Show "Flaked"
Set in the insular world of Venice, California, "Flaked" centers on Chip, a celebrated self-appointed "guru" who falls for the object of his best friend's fascination.

[02/11/16 - 08:09 AM]
WE tv to Premiere Groundbreaking Unscripted Legal Docu-Series "Sisters in Law" Thursday, March 24 at 10:00 P.M. ET/PT
Set in Houston, the eight-episode one-hour series follows a group of elite black female attorneys as they tackle some of the toughest cases in Texas and leave no stone unturned in order to seek justice for their clients.

[02/11/16 - 08:06 AM]
NASCAR Legend Ray Evernham Returns to Host Season Three of Velocity's Hit Series "Americarna"
In the all-new season, premiering Thursday, March 3 at 9:00/8:00c, Evernham opens the door to stories involving amazing cars and celebrity superstars.

[02/11/16 - 07:19 AM]
Bravo Media Brings Y'all "The Real Housewives of Dallas" Premiering April 11 at 10 PM ET/PT
The series delves into the lives of five sophisticated southern socialites - Cary Deuber, Tiffany Hendra, Stephanie Hollman, LeeAnne Locken and Brandi Redmond, along with their friend Marie Reyes - as they climb their way to the top of the city's most exclusive circle.

[02/11/16 - 07:04 AM]
Starz Announces "Outlander" Premiere Date
The eagerly awaited second installment will be 13 episodes and is based upon the second of eight books in Diana Gabaldon's international best-selling Outlander series, entitled "Dragonfly in Amber."

[02/11/16 - 12:15 AM]
"Top Gear" Unveils Its Magnificent Seven
Motorsport guru and Formula 1 commentator Eddie Jordan, world record-breaking German racing driver Sabine Schmitz, renowned motoring journalist and YouTube petrolhead Chris Harris, and car reviewer and TV presenter Rory Reid are all confirmed to join Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc.

[02/10/16 - 05:01 PM]
Video: "House of Cards" Season Four Trailer
Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright return in the new season, premiering Friday, March 4 on the streaming service.

[02/10/16 - 02:52 PM]
TV One's Premiere of 47th NAACP Image Awards Drives Network to Rank Among Top 2 Ad-Supported Cable Networks for the Night
TV One further spins the numbers for Friday, February 5.

[02/10/16 - 02:45 PM]
Netflix Confirms Additional Casting for "Gilmore Girls" (WT) Series
Milo Ventimiglia, Matt Czuchry, Liza Weil and Yanic Truesdale are set to return to their original characters.

[02/10/16 - 02:30 PM]
All-New Military-Inspired Competition Series "American Grit" to Debut Following Return of "Bones" on Thursday, April 14, on FOX
Starring John Cena, the series follows 16 of the country's toughest men and women as they are split into four teams and face a variety of military-grade and survival-themed challenges set in the wilderness of Pack Forest in Eatonville, WA.

[02/10/16 - 01:08 PM]
"The Late Late Show with James Corden" Breaks New YouTube Record
CBS spins the digital numbers for the series to date.

[02/10/16 - 12:48 PM]
USA Network Announces Series Pick-Up for "Shooter"
Ryan Phillippe and Omar Epps star in the project, based on the Mark Wahlberg-led feature of the same name.

[02/10/16 - 12:40 PM]
Kick-Ash Cast of Starz Original Series "Ash vs Evil Dead" Expands for Second Season
Lee Majors will play the role of Brock Williams, Ash's father, and Ted Raimi will play the role of Ash's childhood best friend, Chet Kaminski.