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Dennis Miller to stay on as CW Network president through 2027

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Nexstar Media Group has extended the contract of Dennis Miller, the president of its CW Network, through the next four years.

Miller’s contract now runs until 2027, the company said in a press release on Monday. He joined the CW Network in its top executive role last October, the same month Nexstar acquired a 75 percent controlling stake in the network from Paramount Global and Warner Bros Discovery.

“Dennis has done an outstanding job since taking leadership of the CW,” Perry Sook, Nexstar’s founder and chief executive, said in a statement. “He and Brad Schwartz have completely remade the network and its brand, bringing a fresh, innovative approach to programming that is designed to grow viewership and deliver significant value for our advertisers, affiliates, and distribution partners. When Nexstar acquired the CW, we said we intended to run it for a broadcast audience, and Dennis is doing just that—he has changed the way viewers think about the CW, and this contract extension is well-deserved.”

Dennis Miller, the president of the CW Network at Nexstar Media Group. (Courtesy image)
Dennis Miller, the president of the CW Network at Nexstar Media Group. (Courtesy image)

Under Miller, Nexstar has acquired Canadian programming to bolster its slate of “CW Originals” and pushed into sports broadcasting, clinching the rights to LIV Golf, ACC Network events and NASCAR Xfinity Series. The CW Network will also become the new home of “Inside the NFL,” the weekly recap program produced in partnership with NFL Films.

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Miller has also helped the network navigate some recent turbulence — specifically, the loss of eight network affiliates in markets where Paramount owns the local CW Network station. Those markets include San Francisco, Philadelphia, Sacramento, Tampa and Detroit, nearly all of which have found new homes for the CW Network and its programming after September 1.

““I’m extremely grateful for the confidence that has been placed in me and for the opportunity to continue doing what I love here at the CW: Finding entrepreneurial executives who are interested in building for tomorrow, taking advantage of marketplace disruption to find new models for entertainment and sports programming, and working toward becoming a competitive Big 5 network,” Miller said. “And we’re just getting started.”

Miller joined Nexstar in 2014 as a member of the company’s board of directors (he continues to hold a board seat). He also served as the chairman of Industrial Media between late 2017 and early 2022; the company was sold to Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Miller began his corporate media career as the executive vice president of Lionsgate Entertainment in the mid-1990s.

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