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ABC to repurpose "The Court"

Nov 01, 2001 | 12:06pm EST

ABC, Warner Bros., and John Wells Productions have signed an agreement to allow a new dramatic series, The Court, starring Sally Field, to be shown on a Disney-owned cable outlet within eight days after being aired on ABC.

Today's Wall Street Journal described the deal as a possible "model for the industry as Hollywood looks for ways to recycle programming through multiple outlets without hurting the long-term value of shows in reruns."

As reported by the online edition of Electronic Media magazine Wednesday, it was expected that the show will receive its second airing on the Family Channel, which Disney is acquiring from Fox, although the Disney Channel or Lifetime are also possibilities. The deal also includes a complicated formula to determine the value of the series that takes into consideration its "repurposing" usage.

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