According to Tribune, Jim’s the Man

Tribune is the first station group to bite on a syndicated run of Buena Vista Television’s According to Jim, starring Jim Belushi and Courtney Thorne-Smith.

Tribune is picking up the show for stations in eight markets: WPIX New York, KTLA Los Angeles, WGN Chicago, WPHL Philadelphia, WLVI Boston, KDAF Dallas, WATL Atlanta, and KHWB Houston.

According to Jim, produced by Brad Grey Television in association with Touchstone Television, is in its third season on ABC and it’s scheduled to roll out in syndication in fall 2006.

The deal is cash-plus-barter, with stations getting 5½ minutes of ad time to sell, and the syndicator keeping 1½ minutes.

Paige Albiniak

Contributing editor Paige Albiniak has been covering the business of television for nearly 25 years. She is a longtime contributor to Next TV, Broadcasting + Cable and Multichannel News. She concurrently serves as editorial director for entertainment marketing association Promax. She has written for such publications as TVNewsCheck, The New York Post, Variety, CBS Watch and more. Albiniak was B+C’s Los Angeles bureau chief from September 2002 to 2004, and an associate editor covering Congress and lobbying for the magazine in Washington, D.C., from January 1997-September 2002.