Grit (TV network)

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Grit
Type Digital broadcast television network
(Movies)
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 Television with Backbone
Headquarters Atlanta, Georgia
Owner Grit Media, LLC
Parent Katz Broadcasting
Key people
Jonathan Katz (president/CEO/founder, Katz Broadcasting)
Bill Cox (SVP of programming, Grit)[2]
Launch date
August 18, 2014 (2014-08-18)[1]
Picture format
480i (SDTV)
Affiliates List of Grit affiliates
Official website
www.grittv.com

Grit is an American digital multicast television network that is owned by Katz Broadcasting.[3] The network primarily focuses on feature films, and is targeted at men between the ages of 25 and 54 years old.

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 Tuff TV and cable channels such as Spike and Esquire Network.

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. Grit launched at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time on that date,[5] with the 1952 film High Noon as the network's inaugural broadcast, leading off a week-long festival of John Wayne films.[1]

Programming[edit]

Grit'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.

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]

Affiliates[edit]

As of August 2014, Grit has current or pending affiliation agreements with television stations in 45 media markets encompassing 22 states (including stations in 15 of the 50 largest Nielsen markets), covering approximately 50% of the United States.[1]

When the network was first announced, Grit entered into an affiliation agreement with Univision Communications, which launched the network in 24 markets served by a station owned by the group or operated through local marketing agreements with Entravision Communications – giving Grit affiliates in 12 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;[11] on June 17, 2014, Katz signed group deals to carry Grit on stations owned and/or operated by Raycom Media in 26 markets.[12]

On July 17, 2014, Katz announced affiliation deals with the Cox Media Group to carry Grit on WFTV in Orlando and KMYT-TV in Tulsa; as well as KJWP in the Philadelphia market, and Citadel Communications-owned 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.[13][14]

List of affiliates[edit]

Alabama[edit]

City Station[15] Virtual
channel
Owner Notes †
Birmingham WBRC 6.3 Raycom Media Launched August 18, 2014
Huntsville WAFF 48.3 Launched August 18, 2014
Montgomery WSFA 12.3 Launched August 18, 2014
Ozark (Dothan) WDFX-TV 34.3 Launched August 18, 2014

Arizona[edit]

Phoenix KFPH-CD 35.2 Univision Communications Launched August 18, 2014
Tucson KOLD-TV 13.3 Raycom Media Launched August 18, 2014

California[edit]

Hanford (Fresno) KFTV-DT 21.4 Univision Communications Launched August 18, 2014
Ontario (Los Angeles) KFTR-DT 46.4 Launched August 18, 2014
Vallejo (San Francisco) KFSF-DT 66.4 Launched August 18, 2014
Stockton (Sacramento) KTFK-DT 64.4 Launched August 18, 2014

Delaware[edit]

Wilmington (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) KJWP 2.3 PMCM TV, LLC Launched August 18, 2014

Florida[edit]

Hollywood (Miami) WAMI-DT 69.4 Univision Communications Launched August 18, 2014
Orlando WFTV 9.3 Cox Media Group Launched August 18, 2014
Panama City WPGX 28.3 Raycom Media Launched August 18, 2014
West Palm Beach WFLX 29.3 Raycom Media
(operated by the E. W. Scripps Company)
Launched August 18, 2014

Georgia[edit]

Augusta WFXG 54.3 Raycom Media Launched August 18, 2014
Atlanta TBA TBA TBA TBA
Columbus WTVM 9.3 Raycom Media Launched August 18, 2014

Hawaii[edit]

Honolulu KHNL 13.3 Raycom Media Launched August 18, 2014

Illinois[edit]

Joliet (Chicago) WGBO-DT 66.3 Univision Communications Launched August 18, 2014

Iowa[edit]

Ottumwa KYOU-TV 15.3 American Spirit Media
(operated by Raycom Media)
Launched August 18, 2014

Kentucky[edit]

Louisville WAVE 3.2 Raycom Media Launched August 18, 2014
Newport (Cincinnati, Ohio) WXIX-TV 19.3 Launched August 18, 2014

Louisiana[edit]

Lafayette KPLC 7.2 Raycom Media Launched August 18, 2014
New Orleans WVUE-DT 8.3 Louisiana Media Company
(operated by Raycom Media)
Launched August 18, 2014
Shreveport KSLA 12.2 Raycom Media Launched August 18, 2014

Massachusetts[edit]

New Bedford (Providence, Rhode Island) WLNE-TV 6.2 Citadel Communications Launched August 18, 2014

Mississippi[edit]

Jackson WDBD 40.3 Raycom Media To be determined

Nebraska[edit]

Lincoln KLKN 8.2 Citadel Communications Launched August 18, 2014

New Jersey[edit]

Paterson (New York City) WXTV-DT 41.4 Univision Communications Launched August 18, 2014

North Carolina[edit]

Charlotte WBTV 3.3 Raycom Media TBD
Wilmington WSFX-TV 26.3 American Spirit Media
(operated by Raycom Media)
TBD

Ohio[edit]

Lorain (Cleveland) WUAB 43.3 Raycom Media Launched August 18, 2014
Toledo WTOL 11.3 Launch date unknown

Oklahoma[edit]

Tulsa KMYT-TV 41.3 Cox Media Group TBD

South Carolina[edit]

Charleston WCSC-TV 5.2 Raycom Media Launched August 18, 2014
Columbia WIS 10.2 Launch TBD
Myrtle Beach WMBF-TV 32.3 Launched August 18, 2014

Tennessee[edit]

Knoxville WTNZ 43.3 Raycom Media Launched August 18, 2014
Memphis WMC-TV 5.3 Launched August 18, 2014

Texas[edit]

Alvin (Houston) KFTH-DT 67.3 Univision Communications Launched August 18, 2014
Irving (DallasFort Worth) KSTR-DT 49.3 Univision Communications Launched August 18, 2014
Lubbock KCBD 11.3 Raycom Media Launched August 18, 2014
San Antonio KWEX-DT 41.3 Univision Communications Launched August 18, 2014

Virginia[edit]

Arlington (Washington, D.C.) WFDC-DT 14.3 Univision Communications
(operated by Entravision Communications
Launched August 18, 2014
Ashland (Richmond) WUPV 65.3 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.
  • Escape – sister network, which specializes in programming for women (similar to Lifetime), 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 d "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. ^ "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. 
  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. ^ Bibel, Sara (April 3, 2014). "Two New Broadcast Networks, Escape & Grit, to Launch This Summer". Retrieved August 12, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Raycom To Carry New Escape, Grit Diginets". TVNewsCheck. June 17, 2014. Retrieved August 12, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Escape, Grit Diginets Expand Market Reach". TVNewsCheck. July 17, 2014. Retrieved August 12, 2014. 
  14. ^ 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. 
  15. ^ "Stations for Network - Grit". RabbitEars.info. Retrieved August 12, 2014. 

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