[12/15/08 - 10:06 AM]
The Martha Stewart Show Renewed by Leading Station Groups in the Nation's Top Markets
The series is a go for a fifth season in markets covering more than 60% of the country.

[via press release from NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution]


Emmy-Winning Syndicated Series Sold for 5th Season on Stations From NBC Local Media, Fox, Hearst, Scripps, LIN & More, Representing More Than 60% of U.S.

New York, NY-December 15, 2008-NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution has sold Emmy Award-winning daytime series "The Martha Stewart Show" in the nation's top markets for a fifth season in national syndication, it was announced today by Barry Wallach, President, NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution.

Stations from NBC Local Media, Fox, Hearst, Scripps, LIN and other leading broadcast groups have all renewed the series for the 2009-2010 TV season, representing more than 60% of the U.S. Markets where "The Martha Stewart Show" has been renewed include WNBC-TV New York, KNBC-TV Los Angeles, WMAQ-TV Chicago, WJBK-TV Detroit, WTVT-TV Tampa, KMSP-TV Minneapolis, KNXV-TV Phoenix, WBAL-TV Baltimore, WISH-TV Indianapolis and WISN-TV Milwaukee.

"'The Martha Stewart Show' is one of the premiere brands in all of daytime television," says Wallach. "The daily 'how-to' series continues to entertain and inspire millions of viewers each week and attract a very desirable audience composition that both local broadcast stations and advertisers desire."

"When it comes to providing content that entertains, educates and inspires, there is no one who compares with Martha Stewart," said Bernie Young, Co-Executive Producer and MSLO's Broadcasting EVP and General Manager. "These tough economic times make our series more relevant than ever, providing viewers with a trusted source of 'how-to' information and original, useful programming that makes a real difference in their lives daily." Young added: "We couldn't be happier about this endorsement of the series from our station partners and thank everyone at NBC/Universal for their ongoing support of the show."

"We are pleased to have 'The Martha Stewart Show' back on many of our stations for a fifth season," says John Wallace, President, NBC Local Media. "Martha and the team behind her show continue to produce an entertaining daily program that resonates with our viewers."

"The Martha Stewart Show," which is produced by MSLO Productions, is currently in its fourth season in national syndication. The daily "how-to" series is anchored by segments that entertain, inform and inspire. Shot in front of a studio audience, the hour-long program's format allows audience members, home viewers and special guests to participate and interact with host, Martha Stewart.

Featuring movers, shakers and headline makers, plus everyday people who've accomplished extraordinary things, "The Martha Stewart Show" sheds new light on subjects including cooking and entertaining, decorating, and home renovation and provides a forum for Stewart's sense of humor, love of fun and desire to teach. Martha Stewart and Mark Burnett are executive producers. Bernie Young is co-executive producer. The Emmy-winning series is produced by MSLO Productions, Inc. in association with Mark Burnett Productions.

About NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution:

NBC Universal is a leader in providing entertainment programming to the domestic and international marketplaces. The NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution division is responsible for the distribution of NBC Universal product to all forms of television within the U.S. and Canada. 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 first-run strip syndicated programming at NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution includes Access Hollywood, Deal or No Deal, The Jerry Springer Show, The Martha Stewart Show, Maury and The Steve Wilkos Show. Current first-run weekly syndicated programming includes The Chris Matthews Show, The Wall Street Journal Report with Maria Bartiromo, Lyons & Bailes Reel Talk and the off-network distribution of Heroes, The Office, House, Monk, Law & Order, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Law & Order: Criminal Intent and much more.

About Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc.:

Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. (NYSE: MSO) is a diversified media and merchandising company, inspiring and engaging consumers with unique lifestyle content and distinctive products. The Publishing segment encompasses four magazines, including the company's flagship publication, Martha Stewart Living, periodic special issues and books. The marthastewart.com website provides consumers with instant access to MSLO's multimedia library, search and find capabilities, recipes, online workshops, community and personalization, as well as wedding-planning tools powered by WeddingWire. The Broadcasting segment produces such programming as the Emmy-winning daily, nationally syndicated television series, "The Martha Stewart Show," and Martha Stewart Living Radio on SIRIUS channel 112 and XM Radio 157. In addition to its media properties, MSLO offers high-quality Martha Stewart products through licensing agreements with carefully selected companies, including the Martha Stewart Collection exclusively at Macy's, Martha Stewart Everyday at Kmart, Martha Stewart Crafts with EK Success at Wal-Mart, Michaels and independent retailers, Martha Stewart for 1-800-Flowers.com and a co-branded food line with Costco. In 2008, Emeril Lagasse joined the Martha Stewart family of brands; MSLO acquired the assets related to Lagasse's media and merchandising business, including television programming, cookbooks, and emerils.com website and his licensed kitchen and food products. For additional information about MSLO, visit www.marthastewart.com.

  [december 2008]  


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