Inside Move: Flame out at WBTV

Shingle finds success away from big six

After two years, Tony Krantz’s Flame TV and Warner Bros. TV are going their separate ways.

Krantz set up shop at WBTV in 2002, inking a multiyear pod deal with the studio. Frosh UPN laffer “Rock Me Baby” was produced under the pact, but WBTV passed on a couple of recent high-profile projects developed and sold by Flame.

Both parties quietly agreed to part ways a few weeks ago, though Flame will still have offices at the studio for a while longer.

“It’s a changing business, and we all see that,” Krantz told Daily Variety from New Orleans, where he’s working on “Frankenstein” for USA. “Our newest shows like ‘NASCAR Drivers: 360’ at FX and ‘Frankenstein’ weren’t fits for a studio like WBTV, (which) is focused almost exclusively on the six networks.”

Krantz said there are “amazing creative and business opportunities” for shingles like Flame, and he hopes to embrace the changes reshaping the TV landscape.

Flame is awaiting word from UPN on a possible midseason pickup for its Jenny McCarthy laffer “Bad Girl’s Guide,” which the shingle produced with Par.

Before Flame, Krantz was at Imagine Television, where he served as co-chairman and CEO. He oversaw production of critically acclaimed skeins such as “24,” “Felicity,” “Sports Night” and “The PJs.”

Krantz remains an exec producer on “24,” which wrapped its third season Tuesday.

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