Republic Pictures TV has renewed an agreement with Tribune-owned superstation WGN-TV Chicago to provide a film package through 1991 that is exempt from the syndicated exclusivity rule.
The pact, first signed in December 1989, covers 187 features made from 1930 to 1960. Republic will remain the exclusive provider of films to WGN to cover pics blacked out in order to comply with the FCC’s syndex restrictions. The superstation has entered into other variations on deals that foster exclusivity. Viacom Enterprises, LBS Communications and Cannell Distribution have created separate windows for their product on WGN – Viacom with “Remote Control,” LBS with a made-for-syndication film package and Cannell with firstrun barter episodes of “21 Jump Street.” WGN airs the product on a one-week delay basis.