You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

NATPE panel debates fin-syn and PTAR rules

Bruce Paisner, chairman and CEO of Hearst Entertainment, told the audience at a NATPE panel yesterday that if the Federal Communications Commission abolishes the financial interest and syndication rules, “the major studios will swallow up the networks, or vice versa.”

Speaking at a National Assn. of Television Program Executives session called “The Great Debate,” Paisner said the disappearance of the fin-syn rules would also drive out a lot of “smaller, independent suppliers” of programming.

Fin-syn has created a barrier to the merger of studios with nets because the studios would have to give up lucrative domestic-syndication divisions.

Voicing opposition to Paisner’s analysis was another panelist, Jay Kriegel, senior VP of CBS Inc. He said the rules mainly exist “to preserve the franchise of the major studios” so that they can harvest big bucks by selling programs in TV syndication.

But the major-studio representative on the panel, Greg Meidel, president of domestic TV for 20th Century Fox, said his company is in favor of throwing out the rules.

But Meidel and Kriegel differed over the fate of the prime time access rule (PTAR). Meidel wants to keep it because it has sparked such series as “Current Affair.”

Kriegel says the access rules “protect a small group of companies,” led by King World.

More TV

  • 'Prisoners of War' to Be First

    'Prisoners of War' to Be First Hebrew-Language Show to Roll Into India

    Bruce Paisner, chairman and CEO of Hearst Entertainment, told the audience at a NATPE panel yesterday that if the Federal Communications Commission abolishes the financial interest and syndication rules, “the major studios will swallow up the networks, or vice versa.” Speaking at a National Assn. of Television Program Executives session called “The Great Debate,” Paisner […]

  • British Academy Children's Awards at the

    British TV Comedy Star Barry Chuckle Dies at 73

    Bruce Paisner, chairman and CEO of Hearst Entertainment, told the audience at a NATPE panel yesterday that if the Federal Communications Commission abolishes the financial interest and syndication rules, “the major studios will swallow up the networks, or vice versa.” Speaking at a National Assn. of Television Program Executives session called “The Great Debate,” Paisner […]

  • TJ MillerWarner Bros. Pictures presentation at

    TJ Miller Denies Former 'Silicon Valley' Co-Star Alice Wetterlund's Bullying Claims

    Bruce Paisner, chairman and CEO of Hearst Entertainment, told the audience at a NATPE panel yesterday that if the Federal Communications Commission abolishes the financial interest and syndication rules, “the major studios will swallow up the networks, or vice versa.” Speaking at a National Assn. of Television Program Executives session called “The Great Debate,” Paisner […]

  • Lyric McHenry Dead

    Reality TV Personality Lyric McHenry Found Dead at 26

    Bruce Paisner, chairman and CEO of Hearst Entertainment, told the audience at a NATPE panel yesterday that if the Federal Communications Commission abolishes the financial interest and syndication rules, “the major studios will swallow up the networks, or vice versa.” Speaking at a National Assn. of Television Program Executives session called “The Great Debate,” Paisner […]

  • Cindy HollandNetflix Executive Address, TCA Summer

    TV News Roundup: Netflix VP Cindy Holland Among Three to Join TV Academy Board of Directors

    Bruce Paisner, chairman and CEO of Hearst Entertainment, told the audience at a NATPE panel yesterday that if the Federal Communications Commission abolishes the financial interest and syndication rules, “the major studios will swallow up the networks, or vice versa.” Speaking at a National Assn. of Television Program Executives session called “The Great Debate,” Paisner […]

  • Songs for Screens Powered by Mac

    Songs for Screens: 'Insecure' Music Supervisor on Why City Girls Are 'The SZA of This Season'

    Bruce Paisner, chairman and CEO of Hearst Entertainment, told the audience at a NATPE panel yesterday that if the Federal Communications Commission abolishes the financial interest and syndication rules, “the major studios will swallow up the networks, or vice versa.” Speaking at a National Assn. of Television Program Executives session called “The Great Debate,” Paisner […]

  • Simon Cowell Walk of Fame

    Simon Cowell to Be Honored With Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

    Bruce Paisner, chairman and CEO of Hearst Entertainment, told the audience at a NATPE panel yesterday that if the Federal Communications Commission abolishes the financial interest and syndication rules, “the major studios will swallow up the networks, or vice versa.” Speaking at a National Assn. of Television Program Executives session called “The Great Debate,” Paisner […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content