2013 Could Be Big Syndication Year

Anger-Management-AFX hasn’t indicated whether it will pick up the Charlie Sheen-starring “Anger Management” for additional seasons, but producer Lionsgate has confidence it will be around for a long time. A Wall Street analyst reports the studio is approaching stations about selling the show into syndication for the fall of 2014.
“Anger Management” is in the midst of an initial eight-episode run. If ratings meet a certain threshold, FX is obligated to order 90 more episodes. FX CEO John Landgraf has indicated that could happen even if the ratings trigger doesn’t automatically kick in.
“Anger Management” ratings have dropped precipitously since its strong debut.
Besides the show potentially energizing Lionsgate in the syndication realm -– the company has a syndication footprint through its Debmar-Mercury arm –- RBC Capital Markets analyst David Bank said Viacom could also be building a pipeline. That is headlined by TV Land’s “Hot in Cleveland,” likely to land at stations in the fall of 2013.
In his report, Bank suggested Netflix is becoming more like a traditional syndication player, buying individual shows, rather than just sprawling multiseries deals. An example is CBS’ “CSI: Miami,” though that show will be off CBS this fall.
Bank reports that 2013 could be a huge year for syndication revenues for traditional syndication sellers, with CBS potentially collecting $300 million in revenue from “NCIS: LA” and “The Good Wife.” Fox is also set to do well with “Modern Family,” “Glee” and “The Cleveland Show.”

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