Updated: FXX Acquires Syndicated Episodes of 'The Simpsons'

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November 15th, 2013

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Updated to Include FXX's press release:

¡AY, CARUMBA!  FXX SCORES LANDMARK DEAL FOR THE Simpsons BEGINNING IN AUGUST 2014

BIDDING WAR RESULTS IN THE BIGGEST OFF-NETWORK DEAL IN TV HISTORY

FXX Becomes Exclusive Cable Home and FXNOW Becomes the Non-Linear Platform

to Longest-Running Comedy in TV History

 

Includes 24 Seasons (530 Episodes) Along With Subsequent Seasons Not In First-Run on FOX

 

LOS ANGELES, November 15, 2013 – After a vigorous bidding war which resulted in what is believed to be the biggest off-network deal ever, FXX has secured the exclusive cable, VOD and non-linear rights to The Simpsons, the longest-running, most successful comedy series in television history, it was announced today by John Landgraf, CEO, FX Networks and FX Productions and Chuck Saftler, President, Program Strategy, and COO, FX Networks.

 

The longest-running scripted show in television history, The Simpsons has remained one of the most groundbreaking and innovative entertainment franchises, recognizable throughout the world. Currently in production on its record-annihilating 25th season, The Simpsons has won 28 Emmy Awards, and was nominated for an Academy Award in 2012 for the theatrical short “The Longest Daycare.”  It has been the subject of a hit feature film, created a revolutionary virtual coaster ride at Universal Studios, received a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame and has been honored with five U.S. postal stamps personally designed by creator Matt Groening.  Named the “Best Show of the 20th Century” by Time magazine, The Simpsons was also named “Greatest American Sitcom” by Entertainment Weekly in 2013.

 

Beginning in August 2014, through its landmark deal with Twentieth Century Fox Television, FXX will become the cable network home for all seasons of The Simpsons, excluding seasons airing in their first run on FOX.  FXNOW, the soon-to-be-launched mobile viewing app of FX Networks for its authenticated subscribers, will be the exclusive non-linear home for all seasons of The Simpsons, excluding seasons airing in their first run on FOX.  FXX and FXNOW will get subsequent seasons of The Simpsons as new seasons begin their first run on FOX. For example, beginning in August 2014 FXX will have access to 24 seasons (530 episodes) of the series. Beginning in September of 2014, FXX will have access to the 25th season of The Simpsons, when season 26 debuts on FOX.

 

The Simpsons is indisputably one of the greatest shows in television history,” said Landgraf.  “We are honored to have it associated with FX Networks and FXX.  This was a very long, hard and complicated negotiation and I credit the relentlessness and diligence of Chuck Saftler for getting it done. I also want to thank Gary Newman and Dana Walden at TCFTV, and Greg Meidel and Steve MacDonald at Twentieth Television.  Most important of all, I want to thank Jim Brooks, Matt Groening and Al Jean and everyone at Gracie Films for this new partnership.”

 

Saftler said, “Woo Hoo!  The Simpsons is the crown jewel of television and the longest-running, most successful comedy series in television history, which is testament to the amazing talents of Jim Brooks, Matt Groening, Al Jean, and the Gracie Films team. This is a historic deal for FXX and FX Networks and I don’t believe there will ever be another one like it.” Saftler negotiated the deal for FXX and FX Networks along with Chris Antola, Senior Vice President of Strategic Programming, FX Networks.

 

The Simpsons long ago crossed over from ‘brilliant award-winning comedy series’ to ‘full-fledged cultural phenomenon,’ and this landmark deal is a testament to its enduring power and relevance,” remarked 20th Century Fox TV Chairmen and CEO’s Gary Newman and Dana Walden. “Matt, Jim and Al continue to deliver one of the most ingenious creations of the modern era, and we could not be more excited that the ever growing library of more than 500 episodes will now be available to FXX viewers. The passion for this property from John, Chuck and everyone at FX was overwhelming, and we are grateful to Greg, Steve and Lori Bernstein in constructing this complicated and groundbreaking deal.”

 

The Simpsons is a Gracie Films Production in association with 20th Century Fox Television.  James L. Brooks, Matt Groening and Al Jean are the executive producers.  Film Roman, a Starz Media Company, is the animation house.

 

ABOUT FXX

FXX is the new basic cable entertainment network from FX Networks which launched on September 2, 2013. Geared toward a young adult audience, the schedule features original series, movies, and acquired series. The channel is anchored by the acclaimed hit comedies It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, The League, and Legit, and Ali G: Rezurection coming in February 2014,  FXX is carried in more than 72 million homes. FXX and its sister channels FX and FXM comprise FX Networks, a business unit of 21 Century Fox.

 

FXX has paid 750 million dollars for syndication rights to The Simpsons. The extraordinarily popular series has never had a lucrative cable syndication deal before because when it launched in syndication back in the 1990s its deal limited it to local broadcast affiliates. That deal finally expired this fall and a bidding war commenced. The fledgling FXX was the winner. FXX will begin airing The Simpsons  in August 2014. The deal also gives FXX VOD rights to the show and covers the first 24 seasons of the longrunning series.

 
  • ToXiX

    Ali G: Rezurection ? Well now I’ll have a reason to watch FXX

  • toons

    so now futurama seems like it would be a great fit…

  • Jon

    The Simpsons will likely drive viewers to FXX in the same way that NCIS helped USA and Big Bang on TBS and that will help originals on FXX and perhaps boost new episodes of The Simpsons on FOX.

  • Brett Heitkam

    I for one am happy about this. I am a HUGE Simpsons fan. Where I live in northern Illinois, the local fox affiliate doesn’t show syndicated episodes of The Simpsons at all. The Wisconsin affiliate I can receive with my antenna used to show an episode every night of the week, but since the new season started, they replaced it with 30 Rock and Community. Now they only show syndicated episodes at 11pm on Sundays, and not even every Sunday. Plus, they are ALWAYS episodes from last season, so they already are saved on my DVR hard drive. I’m glad I have FXX (on Dish), and this is good news for me… But I feel bad for the millions of people who don’t receive it.

  • Chicago_animal

    Here in Chicago, WPWR started showing episodes in September. It’s on from 9pm to 10pm. How does this work?

  • Chris

    I sure hope the addition of The Simpsons to FXX is enough to convince television providers to move the channel off the obscure sports packages that also house such obscure channels as Fox College Sports, Tennis Channel, and Outdoor Channel. I don’t even understand why Fox relaunched Fox Soccer as the FX spin off if it’s so freaking hard to find.

  • Rich

    In Los Angeles,the show moved in September from Fox afiliate KTTV,where the original episodes air and where it started in syndi-land,to sister station KCOP,a My Network station.

  • Feedback

    The number is a PR stunt. In theory they can pay any number they want considering both The Simpsons and FXX are owned by the same company. They just wrote themselves a big check and made some big publicity while they were at it.

  • Phil

    Well its still with Fox per se.
    Anyways will always watch rerun on my local affiliate and on FOX when new ones premiere.

  • CBSviewer

    I hope it doesn’t mean Season 26 will be the Show’s last !

  • Master Moron

    I might watch if they show the episodes in order, uncut, with the original openings. Otherwise, I’ll pass.

  • Carl

    One arm of Fox gives the syndication rights to another arm of Fox. Whoop de do!

  • MattBoo

    Awww, yeah… xP

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