or


[08/19/08 - 08:13 AM]
Lionsgate's Debmar-Mercury Announces Launch of 'The Wendy Williams Show' on FOX Television Stations in Mid-2009
The series will conclude its six-week on-air preview on Friday, August 22.

[via press release from Lionsgate]

Lionsgate's Debmar-Mercury Announces Launch of 'The Wendy Williams Show' on Fox Television Stations in Mid-2009

SANTA MONICA, Calif. and VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Aug. 19 -- Lionsgate's (NYSE: LGF) worldwide television distribution company Debmar-Mercury today announced the launch of "The Wendy Williams Show" on the Fox Television Stations for a mid-2009 start, following a successful multi-week preview in New York, Los Angeles, Dallas and Detroit.

"Wendy is an extraordinary talent," said Debmar-Mercury Co-President Ira Bernstein. "Wendy has attracted the strongest ratings for a new offering in years and generated enormous buzz around the country -- unheard of for a show airing only in four markets. We believe Wendy has the potential to be the next generation Oprah and are grateful to Fox for believing in Wendy as much as we do."

Commented Debmar-Mercury Co-President Mort Marcus, "Our plan has always been to offer stations a proven performer with broad appeal to today's viewers, as well as a production that has been perfected over the course of 30 preview episodes. Now we will have the chance to launch Wendy far ahead of the crowded pack of new talk shows on tap for fall 2009."

Through Aug. 13, 2008, the program had posted rating increases in key demographics versus the May sweeps, including every key demo in New York and Los Angeles.

The Fox-owned stations in New York (WNYW), Los Angeles (KTTV), Dallas (KDFW) and Detroit (WJBK) began offering an unprecedented sneak peek of "The Wendy Williams Show" on July 14. It will conclude its six-week on-air preview on Aug. 22. The Fox Television Stations is one of the nation's largest owned-and-operated network broadcast groups, comprising 27 stations in 18 markets and covering nearly 37.34% of television homes in the U.S.

"The Wendy Williams Show" is a daily, one-hour entertainment talk show starring New York DJ, syndicated radio host, TV personality and best-selling author Wendy Williams. Broadcast live from New York, it features Williams' commentary on celebrity gossip and news events, as well as interviews, fashion and advice segments in which Williams helps audience members and viewers handle personal life issues involving sex, relationships, money and dating.

Williams noted, "Doing the daily show for the past six weeks has really been one of the most exciting times in my life. It has given me the chance to be myself while living out my dream and connecting with my fans on a whole new level. I am incredibly excited about coming back next year, and want to thank the Fox Television Stations group and Debmar-Mercury for all their help in getting this show on the air and making it a true phenomenon this summer."

Debmar-Mercury is a worldwide production and distribution company specializing in cable, network, VOD/Pay-Per-View and Pay TV, and has emerged as a leading force in syndication. The company produces and distributes "The Wendy Williams Show," and in association with Hasbro, Inc., "Trivial Pursuit: America Plays;" it distributes "Tyler Perry's House of Payne," "American Chopper," "The Deadliest Catch," "South Park;" "Family Feud," "The Surreal Life" family of celebrity-based reality shows, "The Dead Zone," entertaining series for educational/informational time periods, and an extensive movie library featuring titles from Revolution Studios and Lionsgate.

In addition to Debmar-Mercury's strong roster, Lionsgate is a leading supplier of television programming with revenues that have grown from $8 million in fiscal 2000 to $210 million in fiscal 2008. The company's impressive TV production slate currently includes the Golden Globe Award-winning drama series "Mad Men," which launched its second season on AMC in July with 16 Emmy Award nominations; Showtime's critically acclaimed hit comedy "Weeds" starring Golden Globe winner Mary-Louise Parker, which is now in its fourth season and recently added three more Emmy nominations to its impressive list of honors; NBC's new suspense and horror anthology series "Fear Itself"; "Crash," the new original drama series based on Lionsgate's Academy Award-winning Best Picture, which is scheduled to debut on Starz October 17; the new Showtime comedy series "Nurse Jackie," starring three-time Emmy Award winner Edie Falco; and the new reality competition series "Scream Queens," which is set to launch on VH1 this Fall.

Through Lionsgate's new television programming joint venture with Ish Entertainment, the company has five TV series slated to air this year and next, including the new reality competition series "Paris Hilton's My New BFF" under a first-look deal with MTV Networks.

ABOUT LIONSGATE

Lionsgate is the leading next generation filmed entertainment studio with a major presence in the production and distribution of motion pictures, television programming, home entertainment, family entertainment, video-on-demand and digitally delivered content. The Company is leveraging its content leadership and marketing expertise through a series of partnerships that include the highly successful FEARNet branded VOD and Internet horror channel with Sony and Comcast, the recent announcement of the fall 2009 launch of a new premium entertainment channel with partners Viacom, Paramount Pictures and MGM, investment in the leading young men's digital distribution platform Break.com, ownership of the premier independent television syndication company Debmar-Mercury LLC and an alliance with independent filmed entertainment production and distribution company Roadside Attractions. Lionsgate also has forged partnerships with leading content creators, owners and distributors in key territories around the world, including Televisa in the U.S. and Latin America, StudioCanal in the UK, Hoyts and Sony in Australia and Eros International in India.

The Company has generated more than $450 million at the North American theatrical box office in the past year and has released a string of hits including THE FORBIDDEN KINGDOM, TYLER PERRY'S MEET THE BROWNS, THE BANK JOB, RAMBO, THE EYE, SAW IV, TYLER PERRY'S WHY DID I GET MARRIED?, GOOD LUCK CHUCK, 3:10 TO YUMA and WAR, most of which have opened at #1 or #2 at the box office. The Company has also forged leadership positions in television and home entertainment with the production of such critically-acclaimed television series as "Weeds" and "Mad Men," the distribution of "Tyler Perry's House of Payne," "Family Feud," "South Park," "Trivial Pursuit" and "The Dead Zone," among others, and approximately 8% market share and the industry's leading box office-to-DVD conversion rate in home entertainment. Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of approximately 12,000 motion picture and television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves as the foundation for the growth of the Company's core businesses. The Lionsgate brand is synonymous with entrepreneurial innovation and original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the globe.





  [august 2008]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
     


· WENDY WILLIAMS SHOW, THE (SYNDICATION)





[10/18/17 - 02:00 PM]
"Springfield of Dreams: The Legend of Homer Simpson" Airs Sunday, October 22, on FOX
The one-hour special celebrates the legendary episode "Homer at the Bat," in addition to Homer Simpson's induction into The National Baseball Hall of Fame earlier this year.

[10/18/17 - 12:19 PM]
Nat Geo WILD's "Savage Kingdom: Uprising" Continues to Push the Boundaries of Wildlife Storytelling
Emmy-nominated actor Charles Dance returns to narrate Savage Kingdom: Uprising, a rare look at warring animal clans battling for survival in a remote region of Africa that is drying up after years of flood-soaked abundance.

[10/18/17 - 11:57 AM]
Video: Josie and the Pussycats Make a Fur-ocious Return to Season Two of "Riverdale" with a New Rendition of "Milkshake" by Kelis
As the gang gathers for "Retro Night," the Pussycats perform a rendition of the song "Milkshake" by Kelis while a packed crowd looks on.

[10/18/17 - 11:44 AM]
Lifetime and NeueHouse Madison Square Women's Forum Partner on Luminaries Screening and Conversation Series
The "Luminaries" screening series will be made available to NeueHouse members, followed by a moderated conversation featuring some of the film's stars and creative teams.

[10/18/17 - 11:01 AM]
OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network to Air "Queen Sugar" Finale After-Show Special Hosted by Oprah Winfrey Wednesday, November 15
Hosted by Oprah Winfrey, who is also an executive producer on the popular drama, the after-show special will feature exclusive interviews with DuVernay, the ensemble cast and an audience of fans.

[10/18/17 - 10:50 AM]
Velocity Partners with The National Compassion Fund Las Vegas to Support Las Vegas Victims at Velocity's "Barrett-Jackson Live"
Throughout the 21 hours of live coverage, Velocity will offer a Text-To-Donate initiative inviting viewers to text VEGAS to 707070 to support The National Compassion Fund Las Vegas.

[10/18/17 - 10:30 AM]
Tony Award Winner Jane Krakowski and Emmy Award Nominee Chris Diamantopoulos Join Cast of FOX's Live Musical Event, "A Christmas Story Live!," Airing Sunday, December 17, on FOX
Krakowski will play "Miss Shields," the teacher of nine-year-old "Ralphie Parker"; and Diamantopoulos will portray "Ralphie's" dad.

[10/18/17 - 10:21 AM]
Showtime(R) to Premiere New Drama Series "The Chi" on Sunday, January 7 at 10 PM ET/PT
The series explores the humanity behind the headlines sensationalizing the South Side of Chicago.

[10/18/17 - 10:03 AM]
Alicia Keys Makes Her Triumphant Return as 15-Time Grammy Award Winner Reclaims a Red Chair on Season 14 of "The Voice"
Keys will be joined by Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Kelly Clarkson, who will be making her coaching debut on "The Voice."

[10/18/17 - 09:38 AM]
E!'s Long-Running Comedy Franchise "Fashion Police" Hands Out Its Last Violation as Series Finale Special Airs Monday, November 27 at 8:00PM ET/PT
Over the past 20 years, the show has welcomed some of the most notable celebrities from the worlds of fashion, entertainment and sports.

[10/18/17 - 09:32 AM]
Video: Andy Samberg, Judy Greer and More Join "Lady Dynamite" - See the All-New Trailer for Season 2!
This season finds our precious Maria embarking on her greatest adventure ever - love.

[10/18/17 - 08:45 AM]
Freeform Commits to "Alone Together," Greenlights Second Season Ahead of January 10 Series Premiere
"'Alone Together' is easily the best show ever made," said The Lonely Island's Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone. "If you don't watch it, you're a fool. There are 4 million shows on TV, but this is the only one worth watching."

[10/18/17 - 08:13 AM]
First Performers Announced for "The 51st Annual CMA Awards," Airing Wednesday, November 8, on the ABC Television Network
Fans will enjoy special performances by CMA Awards nominees Garth Brooks, Brothers Osborne, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Old Dominion, Jon Pardi, Chris Stapleton, Thomas Rhett and Underwood.

[10/18/17 - 08:11 AM]
Tuesday's Broadcast Ratings: "This Is Us" Keeps NBC on Top
The Peacock's top drama is up year-to-year among adults 18-49.

[10/18/17 - 07:49 AM]
Freeform Doubles Down on the Laughs with Brand-New Wednesday Night Comedy Block
Look for newcomers "grown-ish" and "Alone Together" on said night as Freeform further reveals its 2018 plans.