9:32am PT by Rick Porter
Sony to Take 'People' Magazine Syndicated Show National
Sony has partnered with Meredith Corporation to take the latter's syndicated strip People (the TV Show) national.
The newsmagazine, inspired by and covering the same story as Meredith's People magazine, premiered Sept. 14 on a dozen local stations owned by Meredith. The show has performed well in its first six weeks, ranking as the top new syndicated show of the season in the markets where it airs (which include Atlanta, Phoenix, St. Louis and Las Vegas).
Sony Pictures TV will distribute the show nationwide, adding People (the TV Show) to a syndication portfolio that also includes The Dr. Oz Show and several off-network comedies.
"SPT is focused on bringing the highest quality brands and content to television syndication. People has maintained the largest audience of any magazine brand in America, reaching close to 100 million consumers, and attracts blue chip advertisers at premium rates," said John Weiser, president first run television at Sony Pictures TV. "Rather than presenting a pilot, we're strategically taking the risk out of first run television by offering stations a show that has already been on-air tested and is delivering great ratings. We are proud to partner with Meredith broadcasting in representing this well-established, first-class brand."
Kay Adams and Lawrence K. Jackson host People, with correspondents Jeremy Parsons and Sandra Vergara and special contributors Nancy O’Dell and Gretchen Carlson. Access Hollywood veteran Rob Silverstein executive produces. Meredith also hired Lee Villas, formerly of CBS, to oversee distribution.
"We are thrilled with the early success of People (the TV Show) in Meredith’s markets and are excited to team with SPT to offer the show to other station groups for fall 2022," said Patrick McCreery, president of Meredith Local Media Group. "I am grateful to Rob and his team for the outstanding content they produce every day, and to Lee for his leadership and expertise throughout the syndication process."