Mark Pedowitz will continue to serve as The CW’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, with responsibility for day-to-day operations. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter.
Perry Sook, Nexstar’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented,
Our acquisition of The CW is strategically and operationally compelling, as it will enable us to leverage our operational experience to improve the Network’s performance through our management of this powerful national platform. We plan to apply the same strict financial standards to operating The CW as we apply to our other businesses.
George Cheeks, President & Chief Executive Officer of CBS.
The CW has delivered signature programming to its broadcast and digital audiences for 16 years,” said, “Together, with our partners at Warner Bros. and The CW, we have created a welcome home for content that has resonated with viewers on the network and on platforms around the world. This new ownership structure enables us to partner with Nexstar and Warner Bros. Discovery on the next chapter of The CW while redeploying capital to other content platforms at Paramount.
Channing Dungey, Chairman, Warner Bros. Television Group, commented:
For 16 seasons, The CW has been home to some of the most groundbreaking and generation-defining programming in television, from the iconic DC Super Heroes of Greg Berlanti’s Arrowverse series to The Vampire Diaries, and everything in between, including the All American franchise, the original Gossip Girl, Kung Fu, Nikita, Riverdale, Smallville, and many many more. The network was also the home of Supernatural, the longest-running live-action fantasy series in U.S. TV history, for 14 of its 15 seasons. We’re excited that the Supernatural story will continue with The Winchesters premiering this fall. We look forward to continuing to collaborate on our shared series and future projects to come under Nexstar’s leadership. We are forever grateful to our partners at The CW, especially Mark Pedowitz, who has been a great friend to the studio for so many years, and to me personally. We know that the network will continue to thrive under his leadership.
Conference Call, Webcast, Investor Presentation
Nexstar hosted a conference call on August 15, to review the transaction. A webcast replay is available until September 15 of the live event at www.nexstar.tv.
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About Nexstar Media Group, Inc.
Nexstar (NASDAQ: NXST), has done well. Five years ago, stock was selling for less than $60 per share. Now it is almost $200.
Nexstar’s television assets include NewsNation, a national news and entertainment cable network, reaching 70 million television homes, popular entertainment multicast networks Antenna TV and Rewind TV, and a 31.3% ownership stake in TV Food Network.
The Company’s portfolio of digital assets, including The Hill and BestReviews, are collectively a Top 10 U.S. digital news and information property.
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Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Loeb & Loeb LLP served as legal advisors to Nexstar. Guggenheim Securities acted as financial advisor, and Paul Hastings LLP served as legal advisor to Warner Bros. Discovery, Paramount Global and The CW.