Trib, Patchett Kaufman made-for combo

Tribune Entertainment Co. is moving into the longform arena, signing a domestic distribution pact with Patchett Kaufman Entertainment.

The seven-year deal gives Tribune exclusive syndication and cable rights to Patchett Kaufman’s extensive library of telefilms. The deal was announced Monday by Tribune Entertainment prexy Dick Askin and Ken Kaufman, president and CEO of Patchett Kaufman.

The new partners also said the distribution agreement could be the first step toward a broader production alliance between the companies.

“Given Tribune’s resources and our production experience and capabilities, the prospect for an even broader relationship has great potential,” said Kaufman. The move into longform distribution furthers Askin’s goal of diversifying Tribune Entertainment’s programming slate.

Patchett Kaufman’s made-for credits include 11 installments of NBC’s “In the Line of Duty” franchise, and “Miracle in the Woods,” a tearjerker starring Della Reese, Meredith Baxter and Anna Chlumsky that scored big numbers last week for CBS.

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