A source confirmed to Variety that 20th TV is eyeing cable syndication deals that would not affect the existing syndication deals with TV stations already established for the Matt Groening comedy, which currently is 24 seasons deep on Fox. TV Guide first reported the potential sale.
With 500+ episodes of “The Simpsons” stocked up in 20th TV’s library, the move to cable would be a lucrative and long-awaited transition for the series that could bring in excess of $1 billion for News Corp. given each episode could cost a cable buyer over $1 million.
Another News Corp. cable net, FX Networks, is a likely buyer, perhaps for its comedy sibling net FXX. But Turner Broadcasting and Viacom could also be looking to buy the property.
However, unlike most syndication deals, the “Simpsons”-cable syndication does not spell doom for the program as a whole.
A source at Fox tells Variety that the net has no plans in the near term to cancel the animated skein, leaving “The Simpsons” potentially syndicated on both broadcast and cable, while still rolling out new episodes on Fox.
“The Simpsons,” which debuted on Fox in 1989, has been syndicated on exclusively broadcast TV stations since the early ’90s.
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With progress on diversity in the television workforce appearing to slow, British broadcasters must “redouble their efforts” to improve the situation across the industry, the U.K.’s media regulator said. In its third annual report into diversity and equal opportunities in the British TV sector, Ofcom said that in the past year there had been “no [...]
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NBC is preparing a new salvo in the streaming-era TV branding wars. As audiences increasingly watch shows like “The Good Place” and “Superstore” on other platforms, the Peacock network has launched a new campaign to remind them that these are, first and foremost, NBC shows. And they’re even enlisting a real-life peacock to convey the [...]