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Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution Renews Hit Series “Cold Case” For Two Additional Seasons In Syndication On The CBS Television Stations

(December 10, 2007 – Burbank, CA) – Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution (WBDTD) has renewed the weekly off-network broadcast syndication window of the hit one-hour drama series “Cold Case” for a second cycle of two additional seasons on the CBS Television Stations, it was announced today by Ken Werner, President, Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution; Rick Meril, Executive Vice President & General Sales Manager, Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution; and Tom Kane, President and Chief Executive Officer, CBS Television Stations. Currently in the midst of its first season in syndication, “Cold Case” has been renewed for two additional years – the 2009-10 and 2010-2011 seasons – on the CBS Television Stations in 16 markets, including WCBS in New York, KCBS in Los Angeles and WBBM in Chicago, as well as the following: Philadelphia, WPSG/KYW
San Francisco, KBCW/KPIX
Dallas, KTXA/KTVT
Boston, WSBK/WBZ
Detroit, WKBD/WWJ
Tampa, WTOG
Seattle, KSTW
Minneapolis, WCCO
Miami, WBFS/WFOR
Denver, KCNC
Sacramento, KMAX/KOVR
Pittsburgh, WPCW/KDKA
Baltimore, WJZ “We’re thrilled to be continuing our partnership with the CBS stations for another two seasons on ‘Cold Case,’” said Rick Meril. “‘Cold Case’ has been an excellent performer in syndication, ranking as the #1 new off-network drama among key adult, female and male demos this season so far. We look forward to delivering ratings success to CBS for many years to come.” “We are very pleased with the performance of ‘Cold Case,’ which plays a significant role in the success of our network on Sunday nights and has also been a welcome addition to our stations’ weekend schedules this season,” said Kane. “We look forward to continuing our partnership with Warner Bros. and enjoying the future success of this outstanding series.” Season to date, “Cold Case” is the number one new off-net drama this season, surpassing the two “Law & Order” series in key Women, Men and Adult demos, and it ranks second only to “CSI: Miami” among all off-network dramas in key Women, Men and Adult demos. The show averages a 2.4 Household rating, 1.2 Adults 18-49 rating and 1.4 Adults 25-54 rating, according to national rating information provided by Nielsen Media Research (source: NSS, Galaxy Explorer, Live + Same Day GAA rating, premiere to date through 11/25/07). Additionally, “Cold Case” averages 3.3 million viewers 2+, 3.1 million adults 18+ and 2.8 million Households per week, and has improved station time period performance on a yearly basis in key measurements. Comparing the November 2006 sweep with the just-concluded November 2007 sweep, “Cold Case” has improved metered-market station time period performance in Households by +23% and Adults 18-49 by +50%, the highest percentage gains of any off-network drama in syndication (source: NSI, WRAP Overnights, 11/1 - 11/28/07, Households: 56 Markets, Adults 18-49: 13 Markets, Weighted Average). “Cold Case” is currently in its fifth season on the CBS Television Network, airing Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT. In the series from Jerry Bruckheimer Television in association with CBS Productions and Warner Bros. Television, smart and driven Detective Lilly Rush (Kathryn Morris) of the Philadelphia homicide squad works on “cold cases” – crimes that have never been solved – by reopening dormant murders that occurred years or even decades ago. This experienced detective is intrigued by interrogating witnesses to old crimes whose lives and circumstances have since changed, making use of today's new science and finding fresh clues to cases once thought unsolvable. At the same time, she is prepared for certain consequences, namely that her work will open old wounds and may lead suspects to commit new crimes. Nevertheless, Rush makes it her business to ensure that no victim is ever forgotten. “Cold Case” stars Kathryn Morris, Danny Pino, John Finn, Jeremy Ratchford, Thom Barry and Tracie Thoms. The series was created by Meredith Stiehm and is executive produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman, Stiehm and Veena Sud. About Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution 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 and Warner Horizon Television; selected HBO Independent Productions and the Lorimar Television library; current feature films from Warner Bros. Pictures and Warner Independent Pictures; and the Studio’s unmatched motion picture library. In 2007-2008, WBDTD is distributing seven first-run series: Telepictures Productions’ new daily strip “TMZ” (based upon TMZ.com, the #1 entertainment news destination on the Internet and now TV’s #1 new syndicated program), “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “The Tyra Banks Show,” “Extra” and “Judge Mathis,” as well as “The People’s Court” and “Showtime at the Apollo.” New in off-network syndication this fall are “Two and a Half Men” – the #1 comedy on network television – and “George Lopez,” as well as the weekend broadcast window of “Cold Case.” Other off-network programs also distributed via WBDTD include “Friends,” “Will & Grace” (from NBC Studios) and HBO’s “Sex and the City,” as well as the weekend broadcast windows of “Without a Trace,” “Smallville,” “ER” and “The West Wing,” among others.
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