With the arrival of Discovery-Hasbro entity the Hub in October and the arrival of Disney Junior in 2012, the battle for kids' affections is the most competitive it's ever been.
For syndication, these are the best of times and the worst of times: Off-net sitcoms are selling for record-setting prices, while firstrun programs struggle to find buyers.
Noteworthy projects poised for a national rollout
Domestic Film DAILY
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The Equalizer1Daily:$8.2M Cumulative:$34.1M Sony / Columbia -39.59%
The Boxtrolls2Daily:$4.9M Cumulative:$17.3M Focus -34.47%
The Maze Runner
The Maze Runner3Daily:$4.3M Cumulative:$58.0M Fox -46.49%
Perhaps former Warner Bros.' syndie chief Dick Robertson said it first, but it's become a sort of mantra: "You can't underpay for failure, and you can't overpay for a hit."
What to expect when the Oprah Winfrey Network launches Jan. 1: plenty of programming that Oprah herself would like to watch. What not to expect: too much of Oprah herself.
If a nonfiction subject exists, chances are that GRB Entertainment has done a show about it.
GRB's next big show is taking the company back to its roots.
When A&E asked GRB Entertainment to create a show about interventions, little did the production company know it would be creating not just a television show, but an entire social outreach program.
GRB Entertainment got off the ground 25 years ago after Gary R. Benz and Michael Branton turned a personal tragedy into programming triumph.
At GRB, Steven Montgomery is the dealmaker and the lawyer -- two areas where imagination aren't usually considered -- but Montgomery gets to be as creative in his job as the company's producers do.