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.
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."
TV stations have tons of cash on hands these days -- but they aren't all that committed to spending it yet.
Frugal TV stations -- some bitten by the tough 2009 recession -- want more locally-produced programming. Most of this will come in the form of news and lifestyle programming.
Noteworthy projects poised for a national rollout
From NATPE to its many members: Bienvenido a Miami.
The annual TV confab NATPE has tapped WPP chief exec Martin Sorrell as the keynote speaker for its January gathering in Miami.
There's an end-of-an-era feeling to this year's NATPE confab.
Jeff Gaspin's crisis-management media tour continued at the NATPE confab Tuesday.
Fox's Twentieth Television is stepping up its gameshow business with plans to revive "Don't Forget the Lyrics" as a syndie/cable series.
"MasterChef" is preparing to conquer the world. Shine Intl. has been busy selling the cooking competish format in eight markets across Europe and Asia in advance of the U.S. premiere this year on…