Dempsey, John; Oei, Lily
March 2004
Daily Variety;3/24/2004, Vol. 282 Issue 63, p1
Trade Publication
"Frasier" has become the latest bellwether sitcom of the 1990s to harvest big bucks in the aftermarket. The show's distributor, Paramount Domestic Television Distribution, has engineered a five year deal with Lifetime for non-exclusive cable-television rights that will funnel a staggering U.S. $ 158.4 million in license fees into the studio's coffers. That total works out to U.S. $600,000 an episode for 264 half-hours, one of the highest prices ever paid by a cable network for a sitcom rerun. And the U.S. $ 158.4 million tariff doesn't even count the three 30 second spots that Paramount will carve out of the primary Lifetime run each day, beginning in March 2006.


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