HBO’s ‘Curb,’ Entourage Prepped for Off-Net Syndication

HBO and Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution have licensed the fall 2010 off-network syndication rights for HBO comedies Curb Your Enthusiasm and Entourage to the Tribune Broadcasting stations. Under the three year deal, Tribune has licensed all seven seasons of Curb Your Enthusiasm and all six seasons of Entourage to the 17 owned-and-operated Tribune stations, including New York (WPIX), Los Angeles (KTLA) and Chicago (WGN).   
 
“Entourage and Curb Your Enthusiasm are two of the funniest, most original programs on television, and now, a vast new audience will get to enjoy them,” said Scott Carlin, president, Domestic Distribution, HBO. “The broad demographic appeal of both shows, combined with the fact that they are virtually first-run to a majority of viewers, provides local stations with something truly new and exciting to offer their advertisers.”
 
“Tribune stations have a long tradition of successfully programming adult sitcoms in late fringe,” said Ken Werner, president, Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution. “Curb Your Enthusiasm and Entourage represent ‘A’ sitcoms for that audience. We are thrilled during these challenging times to have crafted an arrangement that offers stations flexibility and tremendous upside.”
 
Both half-hours will be stripped Monday to Friday, with one weekend telecast.