Gannett Broadcasting and Debmar-Mercury are partnering to create, test and distribute first-run broadcast series with a focus on interactivity. Finding ways to engage audiences will be the key focus.
Gannett operates the largest independent TV station group of major network affiliates in the top 25 U.S. television markets. Lionsgate-owned Debmar-Mercury makes sitcoms, talk shows and game shows. The agreement allows the companies to test syndicated shows across all genres beginning in 2015.
“We’re thrilled to be partnering with the talented team at Debmar-Mercury to produce the programming our viewers want,” said Dave Lougee, president of Gannett Broadcasting. “We will work together to design shows to take advantage of how television has changed and create a new genre of syndicated programming. With more than 40 stations across the country, we will have the ability to experiment, test and refine programs throughout the development process. Local broadcasters, like Gannett, have an opportunity to tap into the organic relationship between television viewing and social media.”
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