(September 10, 2003 – Chicago and Los Angeles) - Tribune Broadcasting, a division of Tribune Company (NYSE:TRB), Home Box Office and Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution announced today that Tribune Broadcasting has acquired the off-net syndication rights to the award-winning HBO series “Sex and the City.” The series will premiere on Tribune Broadcasting stations in September 2005 as a six-day-a-week strip. “'Sex and the City’ has been one of the strongest half-hour comedies on television, and it is easily the best new comedy coming into the syndication marketplace” said Pat Mullen, President of Tribune Broadcasting. “Our strategy is to acquire the best sitcoms for our local stations and we have a long and successful track record including ‘Friends,’ ‘Will and Grace,’ and ‘Everybody Loves Raymond.’ ‘Sex and the City’ makes the daily access and late fringe programming at our 26 television stations across the country even stronger.” Mullen added, “It is also the perfect show for the younger demographic served by our WB affiliates and coveted by advertisers.” “‘Sex and the City’ offers broadcasters a unique opportunity to program an Emmy Award winning, young adult comedy, that will be new to a majority of their viewers,” said Scott Carlin, president, Domestic Television Distribution, HBO. “We are delighted that Tribune Broadcasting recognizes the value this show offers their stations and advertisers.” “‘Sex and the City’ is the quintessential appointment viewing television series, drawing an incredible audience comp of upscale, young viewers who, up until now, have not been available to advertisers,” said Dick Robertson, President, Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution. “While only available in a third of U.S. homes, the series oftentimes out rates the six broadcast networks on Sunday nights and has an unbelievable repeat retention, which will prove invaluable for a successful off-network run.” A candid, comic view of sex and relationships, “Sex and the City” stars Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaw, a New York-based writer who explores and experiences the unique world of Manhattan’s dating scene, chronicling the mating habits of single New Yorkers. The series also stars cast regulars Kim Cattrall as PR executive Samantha Jones, who’s seen -- and done -- it all; Kristin Davis as Charlotte York, still trying to hold on to the idea of happily ever after; and Cynthia Nixon as corporate lawyer and new mother Miranda Hobbes, a pragmatist trying to balance the idea of love with the realities of life. Winner of the Primetime Emmy® for Outstanding Comedy Series -- the first cable program to take top honors in the comedy series category -- “Sex and the City” also received Golden Globe Awards for Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy, and Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, for Sarah Jessica Parker, taking both honors three years in a row, as well as Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, for Kim Cattrall. The show also received two Screen Actors Guild awards: Parker, for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Comedy Series, and all four stars, for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series. Tribune Broadcasting owns and operates 26 television stations concentrated in major markets and Superstation WGN on national cable. The group’s combined reach is more than 80 percent of U.S. television households. Investment interests include The WB Television Network (22%), TV Food Network (31%) and The Golf Channel (9%). Los Angeles-based Tribune Entertainment develops and distributes first-run television programming for the Tribune station group and for national syndication. Tribune Broadcasting also owns and operates Chicago’s WGN-AM and the Chicago Cubs baseball team. Home Box Office, Inc., is the premium television programming subsidiary of AOL Time Warner Inc., providing two 24-hour premium television services, HBO and Cinemax. Together, both networks reach approximately 39 million subscribers in the United States via cable and satellite delivery. Home Box Office's international joint ventures bring HBO branded services to more than 50 countries around the globe. Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution is one of the leading distributors of first-run and off-network programming in the domestic television marketplace. For 2003-04, WBDTD will distribute nine first-run series: "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," "The Sharon Osbourne Show," "Celebrity Justice," "elimiDate," "Street Smarts," "Judge Mathis," "Extra," "The People's Court" and "Showtime at the Apollo." The extensive list of off-network programs currently in syndication via WBDTD includes "Friends," "ER" (weekend broadcast window), "The Drew Carey Show," "Family Matters," "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," "Full House," "Will & Grace" (from NBC Studios) and "The West Wing" (weekend broadcast window).
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