(December 18, 2006 - Burbank, CA) — Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution (WBDTD) has renewed Telepictures Productions’ “The Tyra Banks Show” for two additional seasons in national syndication on the Fox Television Stations, it was announced today by Ken Werner, President, Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution, and Jack Abernethy, Chief Executive Officer, Fox Television Stations. Currently in its second season, “The Tyra Banks Show” has been renewed for its third and fourth seasons, through the end of the 2008-2009 broadcast year, on the Fox-owned stations in 22 markets, including WNYW in New York City, KTTV in Los Angeles and WPWR in Chicago, among others. “‘Tyra’ has shown steady growth over its first 18 months on the air and has broadened its demographic appeal, especially in the 18-49 and 25-54 demos,” said Werner. “Fox, Sinclair and other ‘Tyra’ stations have remarked on how this series has truly blossomed on the air.” “We are obviously thrilled with ‘Tyra’ which is quite evident by our giving the series a two season vote of confidence,” said Abernethy. “We believe this show has quickly become a franchise and will continue to grow into a true powerhouse for years to come.” “We got into business with Tyra because we felt she had something compelling and powerful to say to women,” said Hilary Estey McLoughlin, President, Telepictures Productions. “She has done an outstanding job, on a daily basis, of not only entertaining but also empowering her audience, and the ratings reflect that.” “The Tyra Banks Show” gives today’s young women the “girlfriend” they want to hang out with, and the role model they need. With hot celebrity guests, topical issues, beauty and fashion advice along with field-based social experiments, the show speaks to a new generation of women in a relevant voice. Originating from Los Angeles, “The Tyra Banks Show” is produced by Bankable Productions and Handprint Entertainment, in association with Telepictures Productions, an industry-leading and Emmy® Award-winning producer of reality and reality-based programming. The series is executive produced by Alex Duda, John Redmann, Tyra Banks and Benny Medina. Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution (WBDTD) is one of the leading distributors of first-run and off-network programming in the domestic television marketplace. It handles the syndication of television series produced by Warner Bros. Television, Telepictures Productions, Warner Bros. Animation, Warner Horizon Television, selected HBO Independent Productions and the impressive Lorimar Television library; current feature films from Warner Bros. Pictures and Warner Independent Pictures; and the Studio’s unmatched film library. WBDTD currently distributes seven first-run series: Telepictures Productions’ “The Dr. Keith Ablow Show,” “The Tyra Banks Show,” “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “Judge Mathis” and “Extra,” as well as “The People’s Court” and “Showtime at the Apollo.” The extensive list of off-network programs currently in syndication via WBDTD includes daily strips of “Friends,” “Will & Grace” (from NBC Studios), HBO’s “Sex and the City” and, launching in fall 2007, “Two and a Half Men,” as well as the weekend broadcast windows of “ER,” “Cold Case,” “The West Wing” and “Without a Trace,” among others. The Fox Television Station group, one of the nation’s largest owned-and-operated network broadcast groups, comprises 35 stations in 26 markets, covering nearly 45% of U.S. television homes. This includes five duopolies in the top 10 markets—New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas and Washington D.C.—as well as duopolies in Houston, Minneapolis, Phoenix and Orlando.
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