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Fox acquires TMZ from WarnerMedia

Fox Entertainment has acquired the celebrity news and entertainment platform TMZ and all of its media properties from WarnerMedia for an undisclosed sum. The announcement was made on Monday (September 13) ...
September 13, 2021

Fox Entertainment has acquired the celebrity news and entertainment platform TMZ and all of its media properties from WarnerMedia for an undisclosed sum.

The announcement was made on Monday (September 13) by Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier. Under the deal, Fox will take over operation of all TMZ-branded assets, including the syndicated magazine shows TMZ and TMZ Live, and the TMZ Sports series. The deal also includes TMZ’s flagship website, as well as the celebrity culture site TooFab.com.

Fox Television Stations’ in-house syndication division, Fox First Run, will immediately take over program sales as well as marketing and affiliate relations for TMZ and TMZ Live, both of which have been renewed through 2022-23.

Fox says the TMZ acquisition is an opportunity to further market and monetize the TMZ brand across its stations, as well as Fox’s ad-supported streaming service, Tubi, and other Fox platforms. TMZ already has produced several specials for Fox, including Harry & Meghan: The Royals in Crisis, Tiger King: What Really Went Down and UFOs: The Pentagon Proof, all of which are available on Tubi.

TMZ founder and managing editor Harvey Levin will remain with TMZ and continue to oversee day-to-day operations. He’ll report to Rob Wade, Fox Entertainment’s president of alternative entertainment and specials. Levin co-founded TMZ in 2005 with the late Jim Paratore.

“The unique and powerful brand Harvey has created in TMZ has forever changed the entertainment industry and we’re excited to welcome them to Fox,” said Lachlan Murdoch, executive chairman and CEO of Fox Corporation in a release. “TMZ has been an impactful program for our Fox television stations and broadcast partners for many years and I know Jack Abernethy and Charlie Collier will find creative ways to utilize and expand this content in effective and compelling ways for our audiences.”

Added Collier: “Whether via broadcast or digital, TMZ has brought its brand-defining energy and sense of urgency to fans across the planet. We see great potential in building upon this franchise by adding new creative ventures with Harvey and everyone at TMZ. Here’s to Harvey, Charles and the team leaning over Fox cubicles for years to come.”

“Harvey Levin created a groundbreaking destination for entertainment news, and for the past 15+ years TMZ has celebrated great success,” Channing Dungey, chairman of Warner Bros. Television Group, said of the deal. “TMZ will now be more closely aligned with the distributor of the popular content they create, and WarnerMedia wishes Harvey and everyone on the team the best as they venture into a new partnership with the talented team at Fox.”

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