CBS CORPORATION ANNOUNCES MULTI-PLATFORM SYNDICATION ROLLOUT FOR “THE GOOD WIFE”
Amazon Prime Instant Video Will Lead the Off-Network Launch
With Previous-Season Episodes Available for Streaming March 14
Hulu Plus to Roll Out Previous Seasons of “The Good Wife” in September 2013
Hallmark Channel to Launch the Award-Winning Series on Cable Beginning in January 2014
Weekend Syndication Run Sold to Stations
Representing 85% of the Country for September 2014
STUDIO CITY, CALIF. (March 13, 2013) – CBS Corporation announced today a
unique multi-platform syndication model for its award-winning drama THE
GOOD WIFE, windowing the off-network rights for the series with
distribution partners across subscription-video-on-demand services, a
basic cable network and broadcast television stations.
“This is an off-network model for a unique serialized show in today’s
television ecosystem,” said Leslie Moonves, President and CEO, CBS
Corporation. “It uses creative windowing to serve the content needs of
best-in-class partners while realizing the full syndication value for a
high-quality series. In addition, the potential for catch-up viewing
across multiple platforms can provide incremental value to future
broadcasts on the CBS Television Network.”
As part of an agreement with Amazon.com, the first three seasons of THE
GOOD WIFE will be available on Amazon Prime Instant Video beginning
March 14, with season four coming to Prime Instant Video later this
year. All Prime Instant Videos are commercial-free and can be viewed at
no additional cost by Prime members on Kindle Fire HD, Kindle Fire,
iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Roku, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii and Wii U,
among other devices.
“THE GOOD WIFE has consistently been one of the strongest sellers on
Amazon Instant Video, so we know our customers love the show. We are
excited to be the first to offer seasons one through three of this great
CBS series to Prime members and then later this year, Prime members can
enjoy season four,” said Brad Beale, Director of Digital Video Content
Acquisition for Amazon.
As part of an expanded agreement with Hulu, previous seasons of THE GOOD
WIFE will be available to Hulu Plus subscribers in September 2013.
This builds on previously announced licensing agreements between CBS and
Hulu for library content and for CBS-produced programming that airs on
The CW. Hulu Plus is available to TV fans on more than 320 million
connected tablets, phones, and living room devices for $7.99 per month.
“THE GOOD WIFE is one of the best dramas on network TV and
we are thrilled to bring this show – as well as thousands of episodes
from 20 other shows in the CBS library – to our Hulu Plus subscribers,”
said Andy Forssell, Senior Vice President of Content for Hulu. “CBS has
been an important partner to us, and we are proud that our agreement
continues to create accretive revenue streams for their premium
The Hallmark Channel, a brand long recognized for high-quality
entertainment, has acquired the off-network rights to present THE GOOD
WIFE, the most decorated broadcast television drama, on basic cable.
Since its premiere in 2009, the unique drama, which combines a
sophisticated legal franchise with family drama, has earned numerous
awards including the AFI Award (2012) and the Peabody Award (2011), as
well as Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG Awards for lead actress Julianna
Margulies. The series has also received numerous WGA nominations for
its writing. The Hallmark Channel will begin running THE GOOD WIFE on
weekdays beginning January 2014.
“With 80 Emmy Awards and dozens of Golden Globes, Hallmark's
contributions to television are unparalleled,” said Bill Abbott,
President and CEO, Crown Media Family Networks, Hallmark Channel and
Hallmark Movie Channel. “Hallmark Channel's audience is very reflective
of CBS’s, and as our network enters the arena of creating original,
primetime scripted fare, we look to TV programs like THE GOOD WIFE as
the type of award-winning, quality series we value and want to emulate,”
In addition, THE GOOD WIFE will be available to local television
stations for a weekend broadcast syndication window beginning in
September 2014. CBS Television Distribution has sold these rights to
the CBS Television Stations as the flagship broadcast group and to
stations of all affiliations, currently covering 85% of the country.
“This is a syndication rollout that’s a great match of program with
partners,” said Scott Koondel, Chief Content Licensing Officer, CBS
Corporation. “THE GOOD WIFE episodes have been popular on Amazon’s
electronic-sell-through (EST) service, and addictive serialized dramas
like this perform very well on Hulu Plus. Meanwhile, the Hallmark brand
has always been associated with quality and prestige, and THE GOOD WIFE
is one of the most honored, critically acclaimed and talked-about shows
on television – and, of course, it’s a series that has always performed
well on the CBS-owned stations.”
THE GOOD WIFE, currently in its fourth season, is produced by CBS
Television Studios in association with Scott Free Productions.
Executive producers are Ridley Scott, Robert King, Michelle King, David
Zucker, Brooke Kennedy, Ted Humphrey, Keith Eisner and Leonard Dick.
Robert King and Michelle King are the creators.