Recent Programming Deals
In 2006, Ion Media Networks reached several programming deals. Two were with major programming suppliers announced within a week of each other. Another would bring original programming to the Ion network, among other things.
On June 27, 2006, Ion announced a comprehensive programming deal with Warner Bros. Television Distribution, giving them broadcast rights to movies and programming owned by Warner. On July 5, 2006, Ion announced a similar deal with Sony Pictures Television, giving them broadcast rights to movies and programming owned by Sony. Starting in September, programs and feature-length movies from both libraries were phased into the primetime schedule. The schedule was heavy on programs from the deals such as Who's the Boss?, Designing Women, Mama's Family, Growing Pains, Green Acres, and The Wonder Years. However, all shows were phased out when the network entered its current direction. Ion also struck a deal with NBCUniversal for library content, which gave it access to shows such as Alfred Hitchcock Presents.
In January 2008, Ion and Comcast reached an agreement to continue to carry Ion, as well as add Qubo and Ion Life to Comcast's channel lineups.
In September 2008 Ion Television reached a multiyear agreement with Warner Bros. Television Distribution, which gave the network access to the studio's more recent movies. NCIS joined in September 2008, and Criminal Minds and Ghost Whisperer were added to the Ion Television lineup in 2009.
In January 2009, the network announced that it had acquired broadcast rights to air the award-winning Canadian cable drama series Durham County in 2009. The show aired for less than a year.
Most Ion programs now come from either 20th Century Fox Television or CBS Television Distribution. Ion Television has announced deals with various studios to acquire nearly 40 major feature films and television series from Paramount Pictures, 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros..
On January 21, 2011, it was announced that Ion Television would air the remaining 11 episodes from season four of Flashpoint, after CBS airs the first 8 episodes of season four. Ion has also renewed the series for a fifth, and final, season.
In July 2011, Ion Television acquired six films from Starz Media and will begin air them as part of its Big Movie Weekend starting in November. Ion also acquired syndication rights of top-rated cable programs Psych and Monk, from NBCUniversal. The two series began airing in late 2011 and early 2012. House M.D., also from NBCUniversal, will begin airing twice a week sometime in the fall of 2012. House was airing as of September 23.
On August 24, 2011, Ion Television and Penske Media Corporation, announced the launch of Entertainment News Television (ENTV), an original multi-platform breaking news service, which will consist of content mainly from the resources of the Hollywood Life and Deadline.com entertainment news sites.
In September 2011, Ion Television acquired the syndication rights to Leverage and George Lopez. George Lopez began airing on September 29, while Leverage debuted in July 2012.
On October 4, 2011, it was announced on The Hollywood Reporter that ION Television has now acquired the first two seasons of The Listener for broadcast in 2012, with an option for future seasons.
In December 2011, Ion Television acquired the syndication rights to Cold Case, which debuted in 2012.
On June 25, 2012, it was announced that Ion Television had made a deal with WWE to a air a new one-hour series titled WWE Main Event on Wednesday nights beginning October 3.
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