'American Dad' also gets syndication pact
Twentieth TV has sealed a cash-plus-barter deal with Tribune and Fox stations for the second cycle off-net run of “Family Guy.”Concurrently, Twentieth has also cleared “American Dad,” also from “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane, in 40% of the country. Twentieth heralded the fact that “Family Guy’s” renewal included a cash license fee as further proof that both stations and the syndication world are starting to see an economic recovery. Second-cycle deal for “Family Guy” runs from 2011 through the 2014-15 TV season. Twentieth sales exec VP Paul Franklin said the distributor decided to pursue “Family Guy’s” second cycle renewal now because of an improvement in the economy. There’s a positive uptick in the marketplace,” he said. “Stations are hetting healthier around the country. The previous six sitcoms that came into the marketplace all went with a barter-only model. But ‘Family Guy’ has been very successful for TV stations, and given these kind of ratings, stations are willing to pay for it.” Beyond the cash deal, Twentieth will get 1½ minutes of ad time on “Family Guy,” while stations will keep 5½ minutes — similar to what they now get on the show. Stations renewing the laffer include Tribune’s WPIX New York, KTLA Los Angeles and WGN Chicago (which shares a window with Weigel’s indie WCIU). Tribune outlets in Washington, Houston, Philadelphia, Dallas, Seattle, Miami, Sacramento, Indianapolis, San Diego, New Orleans plus Hartford, Conn., and Portland, Ore., also once again picked the show up, while Fox stations in Phoenix, Minneapolis and Orlando, Fla., also renewed, as did Turner’s Atlanta outlet. The same stations picked up “American Dad” (save Phoenix, where the Belo outlets secured the run).