“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Becomes First U.S. Daily Talk Show to be Carried in China on Video Service Provider Sohu.com Inc.

January 21, 2014

Burbank, CA – “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” has become the first U.S. daily talk show to be carried in China with the eleventh season of the multiple Emmy® Award-winning daytime talk show now available on China’s leading online video service provider Sohu Video, it was announced today by Dr. Charles Zhang, Chairman and CEO of Sohu.com Inc. and Jeffrey R. Schlesinger, President, Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution.

Episodes of “Ellen” will be subtitled in Chinese and delivered within 48 hours from the U.S. original broadcast.  The episodes launched on Sohu will be available for viewers on demand 24-7, remaining on Sohu until the license period ends.

“Sohu offers Chinese Internet users a diversified portfolio of top-quality content, with a wide coverage of hot TV dramas, animation and now U.S. talk shows,” said Zhang. “‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ is one of the most well-known talk shows in the U.S., and we believe it could also have strong appeal and relevance with the Chinese audience.”

"Ellen has clearly differentiated herself and her talk show from so many of the controversial conflict-oriented talk shows as it has become an increasingly positive alternative in daytime featuring the biggest stars from worlds of film, television and music," said Schlesinger.  "She has an unmatched and unique brand of family-friendly humor and love of pop culture that appeal to audiences of all ages in a very fun one-hour of programming. We are thrilled that 'Ellen' will now be seen in China and is the first U.S. talk show available there."

In the show's 11th season, "Ellen" has achieved its strongest ratings ever and is the #1 rated daytime talk show in the U.S. with Women 25-54. Ellen set a new viewership high the week of Dec. 2 (3.0 HH rating, 4.2 million).  Then the week of Dec. 9,  the Ellen DeGeneres-hosted show set records in both categories, averaging a 3.2 HH rating and 4.4 million total viewers. 

About “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”

“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” now in its eleventh season continues to be the daytime destination for laughter and fun, highlighting Ellen’s one-of-a-kind observational humor, warmth and generosity, and features the biggest stars from television, film, music and more. The show has now earned an impressive total of 45 Daytime Emmy Awards. "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" premiered on September 8, 2003 and was the highest-rated freshman syndicated show of the 2003-2004 season. Originating from Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" is produced by A Very Good Production and WAD Productions, Inc. in association with Telepictures, an industry leading and Emmy award-winning producer of syndicated programming, and is distributed by Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution. Ellen DeGeneres, Mary Connelly, Ed Glavin and Andy Lassner serve as executive producers.

About Sohu

Sohu.com Inc. (NASDAQ: SOHU) is China's premier online brand and indispensable to the daily life of millions of Chinese, providing a network of web properties and community based/web 2.0 products which offer the vast Sohu user community a broad array of choices regarding information, entertainment and communication. Sohu has built one of the most comprehensive matrices of Chinese language web properties and proprietary search engines, consisting of the mass portal and leading online media destination www.sohu.com; interactive search engine www.sogou.com; developer and operator of online games www.changyou.com/en/ and leading online video website tv.sohu.com.

Sohu corporate services consist of online brand advertising on its matrix of websites as well as bid listing and home page on its in-house developed search directory and engine. Sohu also provides multiple news and information services on mobile platforms, including Sohu News App and mobile news portal WAP.Sohu.com. Sohu's online game subsidiary, Changyou.com (NASDAQ: CYOU) has a diverse portfolio of online games that includes Tian Long Ba Bu, one of the most popular massively multi-player online ("MMO") games in China, and DDTank and Wartune (also known as Shen Qu), which are two popular web games in China. Sohu.com Inc., established by Dr. Charles Zhang, one of China's internet pioneers, is in its seventeenth year of operation.

About WBITD

Warner Bros. International Television Distribution is one of the world’s largest distributors of feature films, television programs and animation to the international television marketplace (broadcast, pay cable, basic cable, satellite, pay-per-view, subscription video-on-demand, digital platforms, etc.). It licenses some 61,000 hours of programming (including more than 6,500 features and 3,000 television programs, comprised of tens of thousands of individual episodes), dubbed or subtitled in more than 40 languages, to telecasters and cablecasters in more than 175 countries.

Clip Link:

'Ellen' Is in China

http://youtu.be/GGiU0EzPRFo

http://www.ellentv.com/2014/01/21/ellen-is-in-china/?autoplay=true

Contact Info: 

Scott Rowe

Warner Bros. Television Group

818-954-5806

scott.rowe@warnerbros.com

Melissa Little Padgitt

"The Ellen DeGeneres Show"

818-954-5574

Melissa.Littlepadgitt@ellentv.com

Jin Sun

Sohu.com Inc.

Jinsun@sohu-inc.com