WGN America Acquires Exclusive Cable Syndication Rights to 'Person of Interest'

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October 7th, 2013


via press release:

WGN America Acquires Exclusive Cable Syndication Rights to “Person of Interest” from Warner Bros Domestic Television Distribution

WGN America today announced the network has acquired the exclusive cable syndication rights to the drama series “Person of Interest” in an agreement with Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution.  This deal marks the first time WGN America has purchased the exclusive cable window to a syndicated series. The deal also marks the premiere for the series in syndication.  ”Person of Interest” is set to premiere on WGN America in fall 2015.

“Person of Interest is a fantastic show with a top notch creative team behind it, and we are excited to be the exclusive syndicated cable home for the show as we continue to transform WGN America into a destination for quality premium content,” said Matt Cherniss, President/GM, WGN America and Tribune Studios.

“The new leadership of Tribune has made it clear they intend to transform WGN into a dominant player.   All top entertainment cable services have at their core a strong foundation of acquired content and distinctive original series.  We are thrilled to contribute POI, a dominant off network hour to the mix of successful original shows they will launch,” said Ken Werner, President, Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution.

“Person of Interest” stars Jim Caviezel, Emmy® Award winner Michael Emerson, Academy Award® & Emmy® nominee Taraji P. Henson, Kevin Chapman, Sarah Shahi and Amy Acker in a thought-provoking crime drama set in New York City, with all of its multifaceted elements of justice — cops, criminals and corruption. In this action-crime thriller from J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions (Star Trek, Fringe, Lost, Alias) and creator Jonathan Nolan (The Dark Knight trilogy), a presumed-dead former CIA agent John Reese teams up with a mysterious billionaire, Finch, to prevent violent crimes by using their own brand of vigilante justice. Reese’s special training in covert operations appeals to Finch, a software genius who invented a program that uses pattern recognition to identify people about to be involved in violent crimes. Using state-of-the-art surveillance technology and national security data siphoned off the United States intelligence agencies’ threat matrix, the two work outside of the law using Reese’s adept skills and Finch’s unlimited wealth to unravel the mystery of the person of interest and stop the crime before it happens. Reese’s actions draw the attention of the NYPD — including homicide detective Carter (Henson) and Lionel Fusco (Chapman), a compromised cop whom Reese uses to his advantage. With infinite crimes to investigate, Reese and Finch find that the right person, with the right information, at the right time, can change everything. From Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Bad Robot Productions and Warner Bros. Television, “Person of Interest” is executive produced by Abrams, Nolan, Greg Plageman (Cold Case) and Bryan Burk (Star Trek, Fringe, Lost, Alias). Kathy Lingg (Revolution, Fringe) is co-executive producer.

About Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution:

Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution (WBDTD) is one of the leading suppliers of entertainment programming to the domestic television marketplace, distributing first-run syndicated series, off-network television programs and theatrical motion pictures to local broadcast television stations, as well as to pay, cable, digital, satellite and broadcast networks throughout the U.S. WBDTD handles the domestic distribution 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 the Studio’s unmatched motion picture library.

About WGN America

ABOUT WGN AMERICA: WGN America, the flagship network of Tribune Broadcasting Company, is nationally distributed via cable, satellite and telco with entertainment programming consisting of the original series SALEM, premiering in second quarter of 2014, MANHATTAN, premiering Summer 2014, first-run programs, blockbuster movies and live sports. WGN America is currently available in 75 million homes. For program schedules or additional information please visit www.wgnamerica.com


  • Petar

    Great news for all fans. POI is lock for 100+ episodes. Fans will be happy now WB will made it avaible on demand etc. deadline report that deal is in a range of 1.1-1.5 million $ per episode. This is great deal and for WGN AMERICA. TM ncis la were for 2 million $ per episode.

  • Petar

    Epect soon netflix or amazon to buy POI for internet streaming too. POI still can add a ot of money from syndication. Eridapo should explain it better. I think WB can sold it to local networks or something like that.

  • Max Vrany

    @Petar, Season 4 is still the lock it was. Anything beyond that is dependent on how much money WB actually gets and how much they think they can get, like always. Remember that CBS doesn’t see any of the syndication money, so they don’t have any incentive to renew it, other than the license fee.

  • Petar

    great post from deadline i will post it here

    POI is without doubt one of the very best shows on television right now – be it network or cable – but it’s also one of the most underrated too… while shows like ‘Breaking Bad’ rightfully garner all the attention and plaudits, shows like POI are the little engines that can, flying under the radar and quietly picking up a very substantial following worl…dwide!

    POI seemms to have struck a near-perfect balance between procedural and mythology episodes (often in the very same episdode!), plus it’s not afraid to be both fun and funny, but when it hits the heavy emotional drama button… watch out, no other show can touch it when it’s on a tear!

    Here’s hoping POI is on our screens for at least seven or eight seasons… then maybe a movie to wrap it up!


    I will follow Person Of Interest where ever it is shown,this is my favorite show on television right now,so this news of it being sold to syndication plus with it also broadcasting on video on demand and CBS.com,I can see POI getting at least 6 or 7 seasons. Yay. :)

  • Shepherd

    Good for POI, although, I’ve never even heard of WGN America! Lol, I’m glad I wasn’t waiting for syndication to catch this series.

  • Dan

    Well if someone was convinced that POI was in any danger, this is an indication that the show is not.

  • Shepherd


    You’re right of course, but it still wont stop them from posting about how much danger POI is in/ that it’s certain cancellation etc.

  • David

    WGN America has been transitioning from a local Chicago ‘superstation’ most known for Chicago Cubs and White Sox games to more of a national network, much like TBS used to be local Atlanta station WTBS. They have already ordered a couple of original scripted drama series to start next year: one about the Salem witch trials and one about the Manhattan Project.

  • Elijah

    This is AWESOME news!
    Now we need a syndication deal for Elementary!

  • Dan

    @Shepherd – You’re right, but my guess is POI is in danger of cancellation, in 2016.

    @Elijah – I’m sure CBS will give a syndication deal for Elementary this time next year. If the show gets a full third season, which it will than it will undoubtedly get a full fourth. That’s the case with every CBS show.

  • Jon

    @Shepherd…..WGN is probably one of the oldest cable stations in existence. To my knowledge just about anyone who subscribes to cable or satelite is given that channel as a basic service. Surprised you’ve never heard of it, then again if you don’t have cable then that explains it.

  • avstylez

    glad among the best shows on television has got that syndication deal..#i guess PoI fans need not to worry anymore coz i see a fourth seoson of it next year..!!

  • Dan S

    @Jon, not every cable system carries WGN. In my area Comcast doesn’t carry WGN but Frontier FIOS does in fact carry WGN. I’m actually switching to Frontier today & looking forward to watching WGN which I haven’t seen before.

  • PurpleDrazi

    I was hoping ION would pick this series up since it would go perfectly with their current list of syndicated programs (Criminal Minds, Without a Trace, Flashpoint, Cold Case).

    Oh well, I’m just glad it got a good deal and will be around for a while longer.


    Great news

  • ludoredjohn

    @Max Vrany

    I get that CBS only gets the licence fee but surely Warner Bros now has an incentive to offer future POI to CBS more cheaply to continue benefitting from the syndication deal? And this would mean that POI could go well over the +100 eps especially if ratings do not decline too sharply

  • lll

    I agree with your take on ION. It does fit and I imagined that it would end up there. However, since WGN America is rebuilding their network with original and syndicated programming, snapping POI up is going to get a lot of eyes on their network. In their eyes, this deal is gold.

  • Theisssuesarenow

    When POI starts getting under 2.0 demo and maybe close to 1.5 in the spring or lower CBS will debate canceling it

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