That was quick: Just days after Tribune announced it was shuttering its syndication operations, Trifecta Entertainment announced it was picking up syndicated rights to one of the series Tribune used to distribute: American Idol Rewind, the hour-long weekly series that is currently in its second season in syndication.
Two-year old Trifecta is best known in syndication circles for distributing weekly series UFC Wired and a Jack Hanna animal show.
Rewind airs locally on WGN-TV Saturdays at 4 p.m. and Mondays at 2:30 a.m. The program is re-packaged past episodes of American Idol, with new footage added.
FremantleMedia (once in the syndication business itself) produces the program for Fox and had a multi-year deal with Tribune to handle syndication sales of the show. The deal basically gave Idol a year-around presence, given the program’s season starts in January and wraps up in May.
Barter ad sales for the show have not been determined, though there is a possibility that Trifecta may stick with Tribune for such duties. It is also not clear whether or not Rewind will be back on the Tribune stations for a third season.
No word when or if other Tribune fare, such as Soul Train and U.S. Farm Report, will be picked up by other syndicators.