Syndicated Magazine 'Made In Hollywood' Renewed By CBS, Fox Stations (Exclusive)
UPDATED: Independent L.A. distributor Connection III also gets renewals for "Made in Hollywood: Teen Edition" and "Live Life and Win!" from Sinclair and CW Plus.
As Made In Hollywood enters its ninth season this weekend, the syndicated show has been renewed by CBS, Fox, CW Plus and Sinclair Broadcast Group stations in major cities, it was announced Friday by Connection III Entertainment Co. CEO Cleveland O’Neal III.
The independent L.A. producer/distributor also announced pick-ups for the eighth season of Made in Hollywood: Teen Edition and the third season of Life Live and Win!
Additionally, Sinclair Broadcast Group has sealed a three-year deal through 2016 for Made in Hollywood: Teen Edition and Live Life and Win!
“It’s such a tough marketplace out there,” said O’Neal. “We’re all facing shrinking audiences. There’s more and more pressure for local stations to generate more revenue. It’s a gigantic testament to Connection III…that we’re getting this level of renewal.”
Made In Hollywood features interviews with actors and filmmakers, and gives a behind-the-scenes look at the movie making process. O’Neal credits the success of the shows with their focus not only on how and why films are made, but also on what career opportunities are behind the screen.
The shows are also sold to station groups including Tribune, LIN, Hearst and Gannett.
In total, according to O’Neal, his shows now reach 107 million homes – U.S. household coverage of over 94 percent – with a gross average audience of 5.2 million viewers. The Made in Hollywood franchise alone holds an average weekly audience of 5.5 million viewers.
CBS will air both Made in Hollywood series in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento, Philadelphia, Dallas, and Pittsburgh, and Made in Hollywood: Teen Edition in Boston, Atlanta, Detroit, Tampa, Seattle, and Miami. WCBS will also broadcast Made in Hollywood in New York.
Fox will air both Made in Hollywood series in Chicago, and Made in Hollywood: Teen Edition in New York, Washington D.C., Houston, Phoenix, Minneapolis, and Austin. In addition, Fox will broadcast Live Life and Win! in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, Boston, Atlanta, Washington D.C., Houston, Detroit, Phoenix, Tampa, Minneapolis, Orlando, Baltimore, and Austin.