CBS Corporation Announces Multi-Platform Syndication Rollout For "The Good
Amazon Prime Instant Video Will Lead the Off-Network Launch With
Previous-Season Episodes Available for Streaming March 14
Hulu Plus to Roll Out Previous Seasons of "The Good Wife" in September 2013
Hallmark Channel to Launch the Award-Winning Series on Cable Beginning in
Weekend Syndication Run Sold to Stations Representing 85% of the Country for
STUDIO CITY, Calif., March 13, 2013
STUDIO CITY, Calif., March 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --CBS Corporation announced
today a unique multi-platform syndication model for its award-winning drama
THE GOOD WIFE, windowing the off-network rights for the series with
distribution partners across subscription-video-on-demand services, a basic
cable network and broadcast television stations.
"This is an off-network model for a unique serialized show in today's
television ecosystem," said Leslie Moonves, President and CEO, CBS
Corporation. "It uses creative windowing to serve the content needs of
best-in-class partners while realizing the full syndication value for a
high-quality series. In addition, the potential for catch-up viewing across
multiple platforms can provide incremental value to future broadcasts on the
CBS Television Network."
As part of an agreement with Amazon.com, the first three seasons of THE GOOD
WIFE will be available on Amazon Prime Instant Video beginning March 14, with
season four coming to Prime Instant Video later this year. All Prime Instant
Videos are commercial-free and can be viewed at no additional cost by Prime
members on Kindle Fire HD, Kindle Fire, iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Roku, Xbox
360, PlayStation 3, Wii and Wii U, among other devices.
"THE GOOD WIFE has consistently been one of the strongest sellers on Amazon
Instant Video, so we know our customers love the show. We are excited to be
the first to offer seasons one through three of this great CBS series to Prime
members and then later this year, Prime members can enjoy season four," said
Brad Beale, Director of Digital Video Content Acquisition for Amazon.
As part of an expanded agreement with Hulu, previous seasons of THE GOOD WIFE
will be available to Hulu Plus subscribers in September 2013. This builds on
previously announced licensing agreements between CBS and Hulu for library
content and for CBS- produced programming that airs on The CW. Hulu Plus is
available to TV fans on more than 320 million connected tablets, phones, and
living room devices for $7.99 per month.
"THE GOOD WIFE is one of the best dramas on network TV and we are thrilled to
bring this show – as well as thousands of episodes from 20 other shows in the
CBS library – to our Hulu Plus subscribers," said Andy Forssell, Senior Vice
President of Content for Hulu. "CBS has been an important partner to us, and
we are proud that our agreement continues to create accretive revenue streams
for their premium programming."
The Hallmark Channel, a brand long recognized for high-quality entertainment,
has acquired the off-network rights to present THE GOOD WIFE, the most
decorated broadcast television drama, on basic cable. Since its premiere in
2009, the unique drama, which combines a sophisticated legal franchise with
family drama, has earned numerous awards including the AFI Award (2012) and
the Peabody Award (2011), as well as Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG Awards for
lead actress Julianna Margulies. The series has also received numerous WGA
nominations for its writing. The Hallmark Channel will begin running THE GOOD
WIFE on weekdays beginning January 2014.
"With 80 Emmy Awards and dozens of Golden Globes, Hallmark's contributions to
television are unparalleled," said Bill Abbott, President and CEO, Crown Media
Family Networks, Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel. "Hallmark
Channel's audience is very reflective of CBS's, and as our network enters the
arena of creating original, primetime scripted fare, we look to TV programs
like THE GOOD WIFE as the type of award-winning, quality series we value and
want to emulate," Abbott concluded.
In addition, THE GOOD WIFE will be available to local television stations for
a weekend broadcast syndication window beginning in September 2014. CBS
Television Distribution has sold these rights to the CBS Television Stations
as the flagship broadcast group and to stations of all affiliations, currently
covering 85% of the country.
"This is a syndication rollout that's a great match of program with partners,"
said Scott Koondel, Chief Content Licensing Officer, CBS Corporation. "THE
GOOD WIFE episodes have been popular on Amazon's electronic-sell-through (EST)
service, and addictive serialized dramas like this perform very well on Hulu
Plus. Meanwhile, the Hallmark brand has always been associated with quality
and prestige, and THE GOOD WIFE is one of the most honored, critically
acclaimed and talked-about shows on television – and, of course, it's a series
that has always performed well on the CBS-owned stations."
THE GOOD WIFE, currently in its fourth season, is produced by CBS Television
Studios in association with Scott Free Productions. Executive producers are
Ridley Scott, Robert King, Michelle King, David Zucker, Brooke Kennedy, Ted
Humphrey, Keith Eisner and Leonard Dick. Robert King and Michelle King are
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