NBC UNIVERSAL DOMESTIC TELEVISION DISTRIBUTION'S "ACCESS HOLLYWOOD" GETTING UPGRADED IN 2006-2007
Hit Entertainment Newsmagazine Moving to Access Time Periods in Numerous Top 50 Markets Next Season
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. -- April 10, 2006 -- NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution's hit entertainment newsmagazine "Access Hollywood" is being upgraded in numerous top 50 markets across the country for the upcoming 2006-2007 television season, it was announced today by Sean O'Boyle, Senior Vice President & General Sales Manager, NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution.
Starting this September, "Access Hollywood" will move to upgraded time periods on the Fox Owned and Operated stations in Dallas, Atlanta, Houston, Detroit and Minneapolis. Other top 50 market upgrades for the new season include CBS affiliate WIVB-TV Buffalo and NBC affiliate WOOD-TV Grand Rapids. "Access Hollywood," which will enter its 11th season in national syndication this fall, is renewed in more than 95% of the U.S. for the 2006-2007-television season. Beginning next season, NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution will be handling all advertising and media sales for "Access Hollywood."
"We are thrilled that "Access Hollywood" will join the Fox stations in these major markets," says O'Boyle. "'Access Hollywood' is the perfect complement for network affiliated stations, whose daily programming strategy of news, information and entertainment go hand-in-hand with "Access Hollywood's" unparalleled news coverage of the film, TV and music industries."
'Access Hollywood" continues to be the top-rated entertainment newsmagazine in the nation's top markets, currently is the youngest skewing first-run show of any prime access TV program and has the highest median income of any show in national syndication. The show is up across the board in its national ratings, averaging close to 3.5 million viewers and more than one million women 25-54 (up 13% over last year) per episode, according to Nielsen Media Research Data.
About "Access Hollywood"
Currently in its 10th season in national syndication, "Access Hollywood" is taped on Stage 1 at the NBC Studios in Burbank, California, where the show is headquartered. The senior production team responsible for "Access Hollywood" consists of Executive Producer Rob K. Silverstein, senior producer Claudia Eaton, producer Robert Jarring and supervising producers Adam Jordan, Mike Mason and Ryan Patterson.
In addition to the Burbank newsroom of more than 100 dynamic producers, researchers and writers, "Access Hollywood" also maintains a fully staffed New York bureau and has producers and correspondents around the world contributing to its half-hour weekday and hour-long weekend editions. Seen in more than 95% of the country, "Access Hollywood" airs on major market affiliates, including the NBC Universal Television owned stations. "Access Hollywood" is produced by NBC and distributed by NBC Universal Television Distribution.
About NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution
NBC Universal is a leader in providing entertainment programming to the domestic and international marketplaces. The NBC Universal Television Distribution division is responsible for the global distribution of NBC Universal product to all forms of television throughout the world. This includes distribution of current and library film and television product, including formats and non-scripted programming, in the pay, free, and basic markets, as well as the domestic syndication of first-run syndicated TV programs and theatrical and TV movie packages.
Current and upcoming first-run strip syndicated programming at NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution includes The Megan Mullally Show, Martha, Access Hollywood, Blind Date, The Jerry Springer Show, Maury and Starting Over. Current first-run weekly syndicated programming includes The Chris Matthews Show, The George Michael Sports Machine, Rebecca's Garden, The Wall Street Journal Report with Maria Bartiromo, Your Total Health and the off-network distribution of Crossing Jordan, Fear Factor, House, Law & Order and many more series.