WGN America Acquires Exclusive Cable Syndication Rights to ‘Person of Interest’


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 http://www.wgnamerica.com


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