Univision Communications has renewed its distribution agreement with Katz Communications for the company’s diginets Bounce, Escape, Grit and Laff.
The new deal, which extends through 2024, covers Univision stations in markets including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas-Ft. Worth, San Francisco, Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, Tampa-St. Petersburg, Phoenix, Denver, Orlando and Sacramento, according to TVNewsCheck.
Univision is also adding Bounce to WFDC, its station in Washington, D.C.
“The Katz-owned content we broadcast on our stations have proven valuable to our viewers and advertisers, and demonstrates an efficient use of our broadcast spectrum,” said John Eck, chief local media officer of UCI, in a statement. “We are pleased to expand our relationship, which allows us to further serve multicultural audiences. With this renewed agreement, we are especially looking forward to becoming the new Bounce affiliate in our nation’s capital.”
The renewed distribution deal is good news for E.W. Scripps, which is buying Bounce, Escape, Grit and Laff in a deal worth $302 million. Scripps anticipates the deal will close by Oct. 2.
Jonathan Katz, a former Turner Broadcasting programming executive and founder of Katz, will continue to run the networks business. The company will retain its 130 employees and will remain based in the Atlanta area.
"Television is changing as over-the-air, cable and OTT all come together into a more seamless viewing experience for consumers," said Adam Symson, chief operating officer for Scripps, in a statement. "With national reach and scale, the Katz networks represent valuable real estate, consistent with our strategy to remain a leader in the evolving TV landscape."