The WB ( officially The WB Television Network) was a U.S. television network, which was part of the media conglomerate Time Warner. The Network took began broadcasting on 11 January 1995 as a joint venture between Warner Bros. Entertainment and Tribune Broadcasting. The transmissions of the network ended on 17 September 2006; Successor is the new network " The CW ", which emerged from the merger of the WB Networks with the United Paramount Network (UPN).
The Network was established almost simultaneously with UPN in the wake of the success of the company founded in 1986 FOX Network. In addition, changes paved in the U.S. media landscape at various film studios and media companies merged or changed hands in the 1980ern/1990ern and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) lifted the ban on the Group's internal ( in-house ) production. Thus, the studios were afraid without home station that they no longer find buyers for their broadcasts.
However, the fear did not come true at Warner Bros. Television, especially NBC and CBS were - despite their own production channels - loyal customers at Warner. As a result, The WB already taught from the first year to specific audience groups: the first years were financed primarily with cheap sitcoms from the house, which were aimed at an African- American audience. Later these shows and The WB disappeared specialized in a program for teens and young adults - a target group, which did not seem particularly interesting for the already established broadcast networks.
Due to the target group, the tendency weak rates involved and the content that you have to apply to fill the program, The WB was having to pay strict attention to the costs in the uncomfortable position, which usually came down to the fact that a large part of program had to be obtained from Warner Bros. Television Group internally, which was well utilized without the productions for The WB. Probably for this reason, The WB merged in September 2006 with its competitor UPN the new network The CW. Thus, exhibited for the first time since 1956 an American DuMont Network operation a.
There is currently for former U.S. viewers of the channel The WB the ability to view previous series and broadcasts on the Internet. Since it prohibit international legal provisions, German viewers can not use this service.
Examples of well-known in Germany series that aired on The WB ( only ) are:
- Angel - Hunters of Darkness
- Unhappily Ever After
- Buffy - The Vampire Slayer
- Charmed - Magical Witches
- Dawson 's Creek
- A heavenly family
- Gilmore Girls
- What I Like
- One Tree Hill
- Sabrina - totally bewitched!
- Summerland Beach