Press Release: Nationally Syndicated Talk Show, “Steve Harvey,” Sold to NBC Owned Television Stations

New, One-Hour Talk Show Hosted By Steve Harvey, Set To Debut On 10 NBC Owned Stations in Fall 2012

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    New York, NY – October 13, 2011 – NBCUniversal Domestic TV Distribution has sold the new talk show, “Steve Harvey,” to NBC Owned Television Stations for its Fall 2012 debut, it was announced today by Barry Wallach, President, NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution.

    The new one-hour talk show starring TV personality, comedian, radio show host and best-selling author, Steve Harvey, will air on the 10 NBC Owned Television Stations, which include WNBC New York, KNBC Los Angeles, WMAQ Chicago, WCAU Philadelphia, KNTV San Francisco, KXAS Dallas Fort-Worth, WRC Washington DC, WTVJ Miami, KNSD San Diego and WVIT Hartford.

    “Steve Harvey is a phenomenal broadcaster who will deliver his unique comedic approach to daytime talk,“ said Wallach. “Steve appeals to a wide cross section of daytime viewers making him a great fit for the daypart. We are looking forward to working with Steve and the team at Endemol USA to bring this new talk show to local TV stations.”

    “Steve Harvey has consistently entertained viewers and attracted audiences,” said Valari Staab, President of the NBC Owned Television Stations. “As part of the investment we’re making in our 10 stations, we’re working hard to offer our viewers the strongest daytime lineup possible. Steve Harvey is a welcome addition to our schedule.”

    "We are thrilled to partner with Steve Harvey and NBCUniversal to produce a fun and entertaining new talk show format," said David Goldberg, Chairman of Endemol North America. "Steve Harvey has been an extraordinary personality whose voice has been heard around the globe for years and we hope that along with his talent and our production team, this talk show will be a breath of fresh air for years to come."

    Each weekday, Steve Harvey will weave universal relationship themes into his new one-hour talk show, bringing his comedic, insightful and common sense approach to a vast range of relatable topics such as marriage, romance, parenting, friendship and workplace.

    In the first year (2010-11’) with Steve Harvey as host of “Family Feud,” viewership increased over the prior season by an average of one million viewers per day, including a 47% increase with Women 18-49 and a 55% increase among Women 25-54, making it the fastest growing show in all of syndication. Steve Harvey’s appeal continues to grow in the new 2011-12’ season as “Family Feud” ratings increased over last season by an additional 63% among Women 18-49 and 40% among Women 25-54 viewers.

    In September 2000, Harvey created the nationally syndicated radio program The Steve Harvey Morning Show, which has over 7 million weekly listeners and is the #1 nationally syndicated morning show in the top 25 markets among key demos. The Steve Harvey Morning Show has allowed him to share relationship advice with his listeners, which ultimately led him to a 2-book deal with Harper Collins that sold more than 3 million copies worldwide and both debuted on the New York Times Best seller list. Harvey’s first book Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man is also slated for a 2012 feature film release with Screen Gems.
    “Steve Harvey” is produced by Endemol USA with Harvey and Rushion McDonald serving as executive producers. The show is distributed in broadcast syndication by NBCUniversal Domestic TV Distribution.

    About NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution:
    The NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution division is responsible for the sale of NBCUniversal product to all forms of television within the U.S. and Canada. This includes current television and film product as well as content from NBCUniversal's vast library (Universal Pictures, Focus Features, Universal Media Studios, Universal Cable Productions, NBC Late Night properties) in broadcast, basic cable, pay cable and subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) markets. Additionally, the division produces and distributes first-run programs to those platforms.

    Current off-network cable distribution programming includes "30 Rock," "House," "Law & Order," "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," "Monk," "The Office" and "Saturday Night Live," as well as Universal Pictures film content. Current broadcast syndicated content includes the off-network content listed above, in addition to first-run programming including "Access Hollywood," "Access Hollywood Live," "The Jerry Springer Show," "Maury," "The Steve Wilkos Show," "The Chris Matthews Show" and "The Wall Street Journal Report with Maria Bartiromo."

    About NBC Owned Television Stations:
    NBC Owned Television Stations is the division of NBCUniversal that includes 10 local television stations and their digital channels and websites, as well as a group of out-of-home properties and a production company. The 10 stations produce and deliver compelling and unique local news, information and entertainment programming to viewers in the communities they serve, which include New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco Bay Area, Dallas-Fort Worth, Washington, D.C., Miami, San Diego and Connecticut, with a goal of connecting to their audiences anytime and anywhere.

    Media Contacts:
    Alexis Rouse
    NBCUniversal Domestic TV Distribution
    818-777-2702
    alexis.rouse@nbcuni.com