Tribune to Distribute South Park

Tribune Entertainment is going to handle most of the off-cable distribution of Debmar Studios’ South Park, the two companies said Thursday.

Under the agreement, Debmar will distribute the Comedy Central’s animated hit in the top-30 markets, while Tribune takes care of distribution for the rest of the country and sell all the ad time.

The show will premiere as a strip in fall 2005 and has been cleared in more than 60% of the country, including 19 of the top 20 markets, on stations from the Tribune, Viacom, Cox, Belo, Sinclair and Weigel station groups.

The show is offered to stations for cash-plus-barter.

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.