TMZ.com is coming to a television near you.
A new entertainment show based on the celebrity gossip Web site will begin airing this fall on Fox-owned stations nationwide, Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution announced Monday.
Financial terms of the multiyear deal were not released.
The show, titled, “TMZ,” will have a half-hour format on weekdays with a one-hour weekend version. It will expand on the Web site’s format as a constantly updated tabloid providing “a fresh, unvarnished look at celebrities and the world of entertainment,” the show’s co-executive producer, Jim Paratore, said in a statement.
Harvey Levin, managing editor of TMZ.com, also will serve as a co-executive producer. Under the deal, Fox stations will provide TMZ.com content on their Web sites.
“What we are buying into is a proven, immensely successful Internet brand,” said Frank Cicha, an executive with Fox Television Stations. “The unique combination of broadcast and broadband this project brings makes it extremely attractive.”
TMZ.com is a joint venture between AOL and Telepictures Productions. Since its December 2005 launch, the Web site has attracted millions of visitors with up-to-date reports tracking celebrity fodder.
The site was first to post Mel Gibson’s arrest report for drunken driving in July. It also posted video of Michael Richard’s racial tirade against two black hecklers at a West Hollywood comedy club.
Fox has 35 stations in 26 markets, though plans are in the works to sell the show to other stations in more markets. The show is being produced by Warner Bros.-based Telepictures, Harvey Levin Productions Inc. and paraMedia Inc.