(April 9, 2013 – Burbank, CA) – “Extra,” the popular syndicated entertainment newsmagazine currently in its 19th season, has been renewed by stations, including the NBC-owned stations, in more than 85% of the country through the 2016-17 season, it was announced today by Ken Werner, President, Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution. The series will continue to air on eight NBC-owned stations, including WNBC (New York), KNBC (Los Angeles), WMAQ (Chicago), WCAU (Philadelphia), KXAS (Dallas-Fort Worth), KNTV (San Francisco Bay Area), WTVJ (Miami-Fort Lauderdale) and WVIT (Connecticut). In addition, the series has also been sold to stations including Hearst, Gannett, Belo, Sinclair, CBS, LIN, Meredith, Media General and Post Newsweek among other strong station groups. “Extra” continues to build viewership, growing Adults 25-54 viewing from November 12 to February 13 sweeps in top markets across the country including in New York (WNBC/N at 7pm): +9% rating, Los Angeles (KNBC/N at 7pm): +11% rating, San Francisco (KNTV/N at 7pm): +17% rating, Houston (KPRC/N at 4:30pm): +29% rating, Portland (KOIN/C at 7:30pm): +8% rating and Baltimore (WUTB/I at 6:30pm): +40% rating, to name a few. “‘Extra’ has over the past two decades established itself as a brand known for delivering advertising-friendly, consumer-engaging entertainment and pop culture news day in and day out,” said Werner. “We are pleased to have our long-time partners at NBC, as well as our other partner stations, continue to deliver the show to its audiences and applaud all of the talented individuals at ‘Extra’ for all the hard work and creativity that they put on the screen every day.” “‘Extra’ has long been a strong franchise with our viewers and we are happy that it will remain on our lineups for the foreseeable future,” said Valari Staab, President of the NBC-owned television stations. “We appreciate the hard work and dedication of the great team at ‘Extra’ and thank our friends at Warner Bros. and Telepictures for their partnership.” "At the heart of ‘Extra’s enduring success is its first-rate storytelling driven by its top- notch talent and producing team, led by the one and only Lisa Gregorisch. And the show has now evolved into a daily 'event,' bringing a unique perspective to the most-talked about topical stories across pop culture while on location wherever news is breaking," said Hilary Estey McLoughlin, President, Telepictures Productions. "It is great to continue our long-term relationship with our partners at NBC and our other stations and we look forward to constantly reinventing and expanding the 'Extra' brand as the show continues to set itself apart in the entertainment newsmagazine genre." “I’m incredibly proud that ‘Extra’ is as fresh as when the show first launched, now entering our milestone 20th season,” said Lisa Gregorisch-Dempsey, Senior Executive Producer, “Extra.” “Our longevity is a strong testament to the 'Extra' brand and how we continue to reinvent ourselves. To stay in the game for two decades, with the trust of the biggest names in entertainment, would be unattainable without the best talent and team in the business. NBC is a great partner and I look forward to our continued collaboration with the network and our other station groups." “Extra” is the second longest-running entertainment news magazine on U.S. television, with co-hosts Mario Lopez and Maria Menounos reporting in front of a live audience from the show’s hot location at The Grove in Los Angeles. Unlike any other show in the genre, the audience becomes a part of this electric new experience, getting to interact live with Mario and Maria and the A-list celebrities who come to the Grove and take part in interactive, unpredictable and “event style” interviews. The show takes viewers on a coast-to-coast trip in every episode, from Hollywood to hotspots at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas as well as Planet Hollywood and Times Square in New York City. “Extra” continues to provide a hip, fresh and unique approach to breaking entertainment news. "Extra" has continued to evolve and to serve its audience over the past two decades, a true testament to the show's distinctive identity in the entertainment news landscape. Breaking the mold of the genre, “Extra” bring viewers the hottest headlines from Hollywood and beyond, covering a wide range of topics from crime and politics to human-interest stories and social trends. Tapping into its team of correspondents, including Renee Bargh, AJ Calloway, Jerry Penacoli and Terri Seymour among others, “Extra” talent brings its expertise and their distinctive points of view to the biggest stories in pop culture, lifestyle, health and more. The show is known for its many signature segments including “Now Trending,” “Extra, Extra,” "Rumor Control” and “The World According To,” which features stars sounding-off on the day’s hot topics. “Extra" is also the only show in the genre to offer giveaways in the popular segment "Friends with Benefits," which allows viewers to win everything from exotic vacations to designer clothing to the hottest electronics and much more. Lisa Gregorisch-Dempsey serves as Senior Executive Producer and Theresa Coffino and Jeremy Spiegel serve as Executive Producers. “Extra” is produced by Telepictures Productions and is distributed by Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution.