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
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
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
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
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