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  • DR. OZ MAKES HOUSE CALLS AROUND THE WORLD
  • Series Sold In 82 Territories
  • LOS ANGELES, CA and LONDON, UK - February 16, 2010 Sony Pictures Television (SPT) and Harpo Productions today announced that they have concluded both print and format sales for their new hit daytime talk show, The Dr. Oz Show, in a wide range of territories outside the U.S. Since its launch in the U.S., The Dr. Oz Show has enjoyed the highest rated syndication premiere in seven years and its audience has grown by 35% there since launch. The U.S. version of the series has now been sold to broadcasters in 82 territories including Korea, Hungary, Latin America, the Middle East, New Zealand, Romania, Russia and Turkey. Additionally, the format has been licensed to MBC in the Middle East and to Rossiya in Russia. The announcement was made today by Keith Le Goy, president, international distribution, SPT, Ed Louwerse, managing director, 2waytraffic international, SPT and Sheri Salata and Erik Logan, presidents, Harpo Productions.

    "Dr. Oz's broad appeal is demonstrated by the range of territories that have embraced the show," stated Le Goy. "His unique ability to develop strong connections with viewers makes The Dr. Oz Show an attractive property for our international broadcasters."

    Louwerse said, "Because health and wellness are universal topics that resonate with people around the world, this format is uniquely suited to be customized in individual markets. This format gives channels the opportunity to find their own medical equivalent of Dr. Oz and through such a personality, forge a strong and trusted social link with their audiences."

    "Harpo's commitment to high quality, powerful content is further evidenced in the wide appeal of The Dr. Oz Show," said Logan. "Now audiences around the globe can benefit from his life-saving information and empowering message."

    Understanding that a medical show requires detailed research and visually impactful graphics, the format includes a comprehensive package of detailed medical research, graphics and scripts from the U.S. show.

    In Canada, The Dr. Oz Show is the #1 daytime talk show and ranks #2 in the slot across all key demos behind The Young and the Restless/Evening News.* Week 18 of the show has continued a five week upward audience trend and the show has continued to show improved total audience and demographic numbers since launch.

    The Dr. Oz Show is an entertaining, high octane, multi topic hour-long series hosted by trusted health expert, best-selling author, and world-renowned cardiac surgeon Dr. Mehmet Oz. The Dr. Oz Show is co-produced by Harpo Productions and SPT. The show is distributed in the U.S. and internationally, excluding Canada, by SPT. Canadian sales are represented by William F. Cooke Television Programs. The format is being licensed internationally by SPT's 2waytraffic and is part of the company’s non-scripted light entertainment formats slate for MIPTV this year.

    About Sony Pictures Entertainment

    Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America (SCA), a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE's global operations encompass motion picture production and distribution; television production and distribution; digital content creation and distribution; worldwide channel investments; home entertainment acquisition and distribution, operation of studio facilities; development of new entertainment products, services and technologies; and distribution of filmed entertainment in more than 130 countries. Sony Pictures Entertainment can be found on the World Wide Web at www.sonypictures.com.

    About Harpo Productions

    Harpo Productions, Inc. is the most successful production company in daytime talk, producing the number one, award-winning "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and syndication’s latest success, "The Dr. Oz Show," as well as having developed "Dr. Phil" and "Rachael Ray." Harpo Productions creates and develops original TV programming for primetime, syndication and cable television and operates Oprah.com www.oprah.com, a premier lifestyle website. ZoCo Productions, LLC, an affiliate of Harpo Productions, Inc., and Sony Pictures Television co-produce “The Dr. Oz Show.” Harpo Print, LLC and Hearst Magazines publish the monthly O, The Oprah Magazine publication. Harpo Films produces feature films and, through an exclusive deal with HBO, scripted television programming. Harpo Radio, Inc. produces Oprah Radio (XM channel 156, Sirius channel 195 as part of its “Best of XM” package) on Sirius XM Radio. A joint venture between Oprah Winfrey and Discovery Communications, OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network, a multi-platform company, will debut in January 2011 in approximately 80 million homes, on what is currently the Discovery Health Channel.

    About Sony Pictures Television

    Sony Pictures Television is one of the television industry’s leading content providers. It produces and distributes programming in every genre, including series, telefilms, theatrical releases and family entertainment around the world and for every platform: broadcast and cable television, first-run and off-network syndication and digital distribution. In addition to one of the industry’s largest libraries of feature films and television shows, SPT boasts a current program slate that includes the top-rated daytime dramas and game shows, landmark off-network series, original animated series and critically acclaimed primetime dramas, comedies and telefilms. Internationally, SPT is a leader in local language productions around the world, some of which are co-produced with local partners and sells SPE-owned formats in approximately 70 countries. To better serve its clients and partners worldwide, SPT maintains offices throughout the world, including Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, the Netherlands, the People’s Republic of China, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Venezuela and the United Kingdom. SPT's worldwide television networks portfolio is a key strategy in SPE's long-range commitment to the global marketplace, with 114 channel feeds, which are available in more than 130 countries reaching almost 400 million households worldwide. SPT also creates original content for and manages SPE’s premium video website, Crackle. Additionally, SPT is a part owner of cable channel GSN, FEARnet, the premier horror/thriller website and VOD service, and national media sales company ITN Networks, Inc. SPT advertiser sales is one of the premiere national advertising sales companies, handling the commercial inventory in SPT’s syndicated series as well as in all of SPE's digital businesses in the United States, for Sony Music Entertainment and for the Tennis Channel. SPT www.sonypicturestelevision.com is a Sony Pictures Entertainment company.

    Contacts:

    Paula Askanas
    Sony Pictures Television
    310-244-3790
    Paula_Askanas@spe.sony.com

    Johanna Cassells
    Sony Pictures Television
    johanna_cassells@spe.sony.com

    Don Halcombe
    Harpo Productions
    Don_Halcombe@harpo.com