Escape (TV network)

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Escape
Type Digital broadcast television network
Country United States
Availability Nationwide via OTA digital television
(covering 50% of the U.S.)[1]
Founded April 3, 2014 (2014-04-03)
by Jonathan Katz
Slogan Slip Away.
Headquarters Atlanta, Georgia
Owner Escape Media, LLC
Parent Katz Broadcasting
Key people
Jonathan Katz
(president/CEO, Katz Broadcasting)
Walter Naarr (SVP of programming, Escape)[2]
Launch date
August 18, 2014 (2014-08-18)
Picture format
480i (SDTV)
Affiliates List of Escape affiliates
Official website
www.escapetv.com

Escape is an American digital multicast television network that is owned by Katz Broadcasting.[3] The network, which is targeted at women between the ages of 25 and 54 years old, primarily focuses on feature films, but will also carry some true crime documentary series.

The network will be available in many media markets via the digital subchannels of broadcast television stations and on the digital tiers of select cable providers through a local affiliate of the network. Although the network mainly competes with digital multicast networks such as This TV, Movies! and GetTV, the network's gender-targeted format is similar to that of cable channels such as Lifetime and Oxygen.

History[edit]

Katz Broadcasting (a newly formed media company owned by Jonathan Katz, co-founder and chief operating officer of the African American-targeted multicast network Bounce TV) announced the formation of Escape and sister network Grit on April 3, 2014, with a formal launch scheduled for that summer.[4] On August 11, 2014, Katz announced that the two networks would launch simultaneously on August 18. Escape launched at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time on that date,[5] with the 1981 film Body Heat as the network's inaugural broadcast.[1]

Programming[edit]

Escape's program schedule relies primarily on an extensive library of films through multi-year program licensing agreements with several major film studios, Warner Bros. Pictures (distributed through Warner Bros. Television Distribution),[6] Universal Pictures (through NBCUniversal Television Distribution),[7] Paramount Pictures (through Trifecta Entertainment & Media)[8] and Sony Pictures Entertainment.[9] While Paramount and Universal maintain existing distribution agreements with other multicast networks – Paramount with This TV (owned by Tribune Broadcasting), and Sony and Universal with GetTV and Antenna TV (both owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment) – Warner Bros. had not previously held programming distribution deals with multicast services prior to its deal with Escape and Grit. Escape will mainly feature a mix of theatrically released feature films focusing on the crime drama and mystery genres, as well as off-network reality-based crime re-enactment series.

Katz Broadcasting president and CEO Jonathan Katz based the demographic-targeted concept of Escape and Grit after Bounce TV, a network Katz co-founded with Martin Luther King III in 2011 that is targeted at African American audiences; Katz stated Escape and Grit are "the country’s first ever male-centric and female-centric broadcast networks," featuring different programming from other classic television multicast networks that Katz referred to as "generic brands with generic names, created by studios to serve the studios."[10]

On August 1, 2014, Escape acquired the syndication rights to three true crime series – Forensic Files, Snapped and the Dennis Farina run of Unsolved Mysteries – through respective deals with Trifecta Entertainment & Media, NBCUniversal Television Distribution and Cosgrove/Meurer Productions for its initial schedule.[11][12]

Affiliates[edit]

As of August 2014, Escape has current or pending affiliation agreements with television stations in 33 media markets encompassing 19 states (including stations in 23 of the 50 largest Nielsen markets), covering approximately 50% of the United States.[1]

When the network was first announced, Katz Broadcasting entered into an affiliation agreement with Univision Communications, which planned to launch Grit in 22 markets served by a station owned by the group or operated through local marketing agreements with Entravision Communications – giving Grit affiliates in 17 of the 20 largest U.S. television markets (including markets such as New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and Dallas-Fort Worth). The network immediately sought carriage on the digital subchannels of television stations owned by other broadcasting companies;[4]on June 17, 2014, Katz signed group deals to carry Escape on stations owned and/or operated by Raycom Media in six markets.[13]

On July 17, 2014, Katz announced affiliation deals with the Cox Media Group to carry Escape on WAXN-TV in Charlotte, North Carolina and KOKI-TV in Tulsa, Oklahoma; as well as KJWP will carry Escape and Grit in the Philadelphia market, and Citadel Communications for its stations in Providence (WLNE-TV) and Lincoln (KLKN). It also expanded its affiliation deal with Univision Communications to add stations in Washington, D.C., San Francisco and Phoenix to the network's originally announced Univision-owned charter affiliates.[14][15]

List of upcoming affiliates[edit]

City Station[16] Virtual
channel
Owner Notes †

Arizona[edit]

Green Valley (Tucson) KUVE-DT 46.4 Univision Communications Launched August 18, 2014
Phoenix KFPH-CD 35.4 Launched August 18, 2014

California[edit]

Bakersfield KBTF-CD 31.3 Univision Communications Launched August 18, 2014
Hanford (Fresno) KFTV-DT 21.3 Launched August 18, 2014
Modesto (Sacramento) KUVS-DT 19.4 Launched August 18, 2014
Ontario (Los Angeles) KFTR-DT 46.3 Launched August 18, 2014
San Francisco KDTV-DT 14.4

Colorado[edit]

Boulder (Denver) KTFD-DT 14.4 Univision Communications
(operated by Entravision Communications)
Launched August 18, 2014

Delaware[edit]

Wilmington (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) KJWP 2.2 PMCM TV, LLC Launched August 18, 2014

Florida[edit]

Melbourne (Orlando) WOTF-DT 43.4 Univision Communications
(operated by Entravision Communications)
Launched August 18, 2014
Miami WLTV-DT 23.2 Univision Communications Launched August 18, 2014
Tampa WFTT-DT 50.4 Univision Communications
(operated by Entravision Communications)
Launched August 18, 2014

Georgia[edit]

Athens (Atlanta) WUVG-DT 34.4 Univision Communications Launched August 18, 2014
Columbus WXTX 54.3 American Spirit Media
(operated by Raycom Media)
Launched August 18, 2014

Hawaii[edit]

Honolulu KGMB 5.3 Raycom Media Hopefully launches August 18, 2014

Illinois[edit]

Aurora (Chicago) WXFT-DT 60.3 Univision Communications Launched August 18, 2014

Massachusetts[edit]

Marlborough (Boston) WUTF-DT 66.4 Univision Communications
(operated by Entravision Communications)
Launched August 18, 2014
New Bedford (Providence, Rhode Island) WLNE-TV 6.3 Citadel Communications Launched August 18, 2014

Mississippi[edit]

Jackson WLBT 3.3 Raycom Media To be determined

Nebraska[edit]

Lincoln KLKN 8.3 Citadel Communications Launched August 18, 2014

New Jersey[edit]

Newark WFUT-DT 68.4 Univision Communications Launched August 18, 2014
Operates as satellite of WFTY-DT

New York[edit]

Smithtown (New York City) WFTY-DT 68.4 Univision Communications Launched August 18, 2014

North Carolina[edit]

Kannapolis (Charlotte) WAXN-TV 64.3 Cox Media Group Launched August 18, 2014
Wilmington WECT 6.3 Raycom Media Launched August 18, 2014

Ohio[edit]

Cleveland WQHS-DT 61.4 Univision Communications Launched August 18, 2014
Toledo WUPW 36.3 American Spirit Media
(operated by Raycom Media)
Launch date unknown

Oklahoma[edit]

Tulsa KOKI-TV 23.3 Cox Media Group Launched August 18, 2014

Texas[edit]

Blanco (San Antonio) KNIC-DT 17.2 Univision Communications Launched August 18, 2014
Garland (DallasFort Worth) KUVN-DT 23.3 Launched August 18, 2014
Killeen (Austin) KAKW-DT 62.4 Launched August 18, 2014
Rosenberg (Houston) KXLN-DT 45.3 Launched August 18, 2014

Utah[edit]

Provo (Salt Lake City) KUTH-DT 32.4 Univision Communications Launched August 18, 2014

Virginia[edit]

Arlington (Washington, D.C.) WFDC-DT 14.4 Entravision Communications
(operated by Entravision Communications)
Launched August 18, 2014
Richmond WWBT 12.3 Raycom Media Launched August 18, 2014

See also[edit]

  • Bounce TV - A digital broadcast network owned by Bounce Media LLC, and features programming geared toward blacks and African Americans in the 25-54 age range.
  • Grit – sister network, which specializes in programming for men (similar to Tuff TV or Spike), and also launched on stations owned by Univision Communications.
  • GetTV – a digital broadcast network owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment, specializing in movies from the 1930s to the 1960s, which also launched on stations owned by Univision Communications.
  • Movies! – a digital broadcast network, owned by Fox Entertainment Group and Weigel Broadcasting, specializing in feature films from the 20th Century Fox film library.
  • This TV – a digital broadcast network, co-owned by Tribune Broadcasting and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, specializing in movies from the 1930s to the 2000s.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Grit, Escape Diginets To Launch Aug. 18". TVNewsCheck. August 11, 2014. Retrieved August 12, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Cox, Naar named Grit, Escape Programmers". TVNewsCheck. July 22, 2014. Retrieved August 11, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Two New Broadcast Channels Set to Launch This Summer". TV Week. April 3, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Two New Broadcast Networks to Launch This Summer: ESCAPE to be First-Ever Broadcast Network for Women, GRIT to Target Men Univision to Launch both ESCAPE and GRIT in 30% of the Country As a Multicast Channel, More Distribution Announcements Expected Shortly". PRNewswire (Press release). April 3, 2014. Retrieved August 12, 2014. 
  5. ^ "New Grit and Escape Networks Set For August 18 Launch". August 11, 2014. Retrieved August 12, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Grit, Escape Diginets In Warner Bros. Deal". TVNewsCheck. June 10, 2014. Retrieved August 12, 2014.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  7. ^ "June 24, 2014". TVNewsCheck. Retrieved August 12, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Paramount Movies Added to Escape, Grit Networks". Broadcasting & Cable. July 22, 2014. Retrieved August 12, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Grit, Escape Add Sony Pictures Films". TVNewsCheck. September 3, 2014. 
  10. ^ Guider, Elizabeth (June 18, 2014). "Classic TV Diginets Make The Old New Again". TVNewsCheck. Retrieved August 12, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Escape Acquires Rights to More Than 500 Episodes of Three Popular True Crime Television Series". The Futon Critic. August 1, 2014. Retrieved August 12, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Escape Adds Three True Crime Series". TVNewsCheck. August 1, 2014. Retrieved August 12, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Raycom To Carry New Escape, Grit Diginets". TVNewsCheck. June 17, 2014. Retrieved August 12, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Escape, Grit Diginets Expand Market Reach". TVNewsCheck. July 17, 2014. Retrieved August 12, 2014. 
  15. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (July 17, 2014). "Cox, Univision & Others to Launch New Networks Escape and Grit in Major Markets". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved August 12, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Stations for Network - Escape". RabbitEars.info. Retrieved August 12, 2014. 

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