Tegna, Sony Pictures Television sign distribution deal

SPT will distribute all Tegna-owned first-run programming. (Pixabay)

Tegna and Sony Pictures Television have entered into an exclusive, multiyear distribution agreement for Tegna’s programming in the United States and internationally.

SPT will distribute all Tegna-owned first-run programming, including series “Daily Blast Live” and future development. The companies will collectively launch shows to air on Tegna stations and SPT will also act as the advertising sales representative for national barter and integrations, and will retain the right to market and promote the programs in all media, according to a news release.

“It’s a one-of-a-kind agreement, where Tegna and Sony Pictures Television each bring distinct strengths to the new partnership,” said Robert Sullivan, senior vice president for programming at Tegna, in a statement. “With ‘Daily Blast Live’ and other programs in our creative pipeline, together with Sony’s expertise in the three key areas of sales, development and distribution, we look forward to expanding our list of available content for Tegna stations and beyond.”

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“Tegna is a first-class broadcasting company with forward-thinking, digital and programming initiatives,” said John Weiser, SPT president of U.S. distribution, in a statement. “We are proud to have been selected as their partner and to represent Tegna's shows in the marketplace.”

“DBL” currently airs live on 36 Tegna-owned markets across the U.S. and on Facebook and YouTube. The deal also includes Tegna's “Sister Circle,” a daily talk show targeting an adult African-American TV audience, and “Sing Like A Star,” a singing competition program.