truTV Scores Funny Or Die’s Billy on the Street with Billy Eichner,
Part of Multi-Layered Deal for Turner Broadcasting
Popular Game Show Starring Comedian Billy Eichner Coming to truTV
As Part of Network’s Growing Slate of Original Series, with Encores Set for TBS
Deal also Includes TBS and truTV Specials and Adult Swim and truTV Pilots,
Plus Rights to All Previous Billy on the Street Episodes
Funny Or Die’s Billy on the Street with Billy Eichner is coming to truTV as part of a multi-layered deal with Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. that also includes original specials and pilot commitments for networks across the Turner portfolio. At the center of the deal, the streetwise game show hosted by comedian Billy Eichner is set to become a truTV original series, starting with its fourth season later this year. Sister network TBS will present encores of each episode after initial airings on truTV.
In addition to bringing new episodes of Billy on the Street to truTV and TBS, the deal with Turner Broadcasting includes a commitment for Eichner to create pilots for potential truTV and Adult Swim series; half-hour specials featuring Eichner for TBS and truTV; and rights to all episodes from the first three seasons of Billy on the Street, which originally aired on the Fuse Network.
“This deal is a great opportunity to tap into and expand the Billy phenomenon using the power of the Turner portfolio,” said David Levy, president of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. “No other media company has the assets and the reach – especially among Generation X, Millennials and Generation Edge viewers – to pull off this kind of multi-layered deal. The Turner networks are going to be the perfect home for Billy’s brilliant comedic talents and his growing legion of young fans.”
“I am beyond excited about this new era for Billy on the Street,” said Eichner. “I’m thrilled to be working with truTV and the Turner family and I’m very ready to hit the streets for a new season of making dreams come true and changing lives for the better.”
Billy on the Street is executive-produced by Mike Farah, president of production for Funny Or Die, along with Billy Eichner and Anna Wenger. Doug Brady is co-executive producer. truTV has ordered 10 half-hour episodes of Billy on the Street’s fourth season, with production expected to begin in New York City in late spring and plans to launch the series later this year.
“Billy is a singular talent who exemplifies the qualities we are looking for in truTV’s new programming, including a unique voice and vision, for that reason he is an absolutely perfect fit for the new truTV,” said Chris Linn, president, head of programming for truTV.
Efforts to bring Billy on the Street to Turner were first championed by Marissa Ronca, senior vice president of development & original programming for truTV. “We’ve been fans of Billy since the beginning, so we join the rest of his dedicated fan base in being super excited to see new episodes of Billy on the Street coming to truTV,” Ronca said. “Anything coming from Billy is certain to be unexpected and hilarious, which aligns perfectly with the new truTV. We’re also thrilled that Billy will be working on new shows and specials for truTV and our sister networks. We can’t wait to welcome him to the Turner family.”