CBS Television Distribution

CBS Television Distribution (CBSTVD) is an American television distribution company owned by the ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group, a unit of ViacomCBS. It was formed from the merger of CBS Corporation's domestic television distribution arms CBS Paramount Domestic Television and King World Productions, including its home entertainment arm CBS Home Entertainment. The division, the main distribution arm of CBS Studios (formerly Paramount Television, CBS Paramount Television and CBS Television Studios), the CBS and CW television networks, and other ViacomCBS television studios, such as the Domestic Media Networks division, was formed on September 26, 2006 by CBS Corporation and was headed by Roger King, the CEO of King World until his death in 2007.

CBS Television Distribution
Formerly
CBS Paramount Domestic Television (2006–2007)
Subsidiary
IndustryBroadcast syndication
PredecessorsParamount Domestic Television
Viacom Enterprises
Worldvision Enterprises
King World Productions
FoundedLos Angeles, California, U.S. (2006); 14 years ago
Headquarters,
Key people
Dan Cohen, President ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group
OwnerViacomCBS
ParentViacomCBS Global Distribution Group
Websitewww.cbstvd.com

BackgroundEdit

The company handles distribution rights to acquired series, mini-series, and made-for-TV films from the Paramount Television libraries (such as those of Desilu Productions, Paramount Television, Viacom Productions/Enterprises, Republic Pictures Television, Big Ticket Entertainment, Spelling Television, and Worldvision Enterprises), and series, mini-series, and made-for-TV films from the CBS television libraries (such as those by CBS Productions, King World Productions, the majority of those by Group W Productions, and its own first-run broadcast syndication and off-network television series), along with ViacomCBS' cable networks and television studios. CBS also handles the TV rights to much of its own theatrical films and sister movie studio, Paramount Pictures. The company formerly distributed the film libraries from Republic Pictures and among others. The company is also responsible for international television distribution rights to series by Rysher Entertainment including certain HBO series through its CBS Studios International division,[1] and advertising sales representative for Lionsgate's Debmar-Mercury division.[2]

This would mark the sixth distribution name for CBS as CBS Television Film Sales was the first (1952–1958),[3] CBS Films, Inc. was the second (1958–1967),[4] CBS Enterprises was the third (1968–1971),[5] Eyemark Entertainment was the fourth (1995–2000), and CBS Paramount Domestic Television was the fifth (2006–2007).

The current moniker for CTD's overseas distribution arm is CBS Studios International[6] (since 2009). Its predecessors were CBS Broadcast International and CBS Paramount International Television.

HistoryEdit

John Nogawski in 2012 left his position as president of CBS Television Distribution. Thus Armando Nuñez, president of CBS Studios International, added responsibility for the division as president of CBS Global Distributions Group.[6]

With a growing international syndication business, CBS looked to split the group. In early July 2016, CBS hired Paul Franklin, formerly executive vice president and general sales manager for Twentieth Television syndication arm and MyNetwork TV, as head of CBS Television Distribution with Nuñez returning to just being president of CBS Studios International.[6]

In October 2018, unit president Paul Franklin retired and chief content licensing officer Scott Koondel stepped down for a production deal with CBS. On October 30, 2018, Armando Nuñez was named CBS Corporation chief content licensing officer and CBS Global Distribution Group president and chief executive officer while continuing in his CBS Studios International post.[7]

In 2019, CBS Television Distribution signed an ad sales deal with Debmar-Mercury, replacing 20th Television (which was acquired by The Walt Disney Company). CBS Television Distribution Media Sales is now responsible for the advertising sales for the Lionsgate/Revolution Studios libraries, Family Feud, and The Wendy Williams Show.[2] In June 2019, CBS Television Distribution announced that it would launch Dabl, a life style broadcasting network on September 9, 2019.[8] By 2019, Viacom and CBS merged into ViacomCBS, making CBS Television Distribution as the official television distribution label of Paramount Pictures, CBS, and ViacomCBS Domestic Media Networks, distributing original content from Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, and Paramount Network, as well as other networks owned by ViacomCBS. After ViacomCBS bought a 49% stake in Miramax, CBS Television Distribution became the official television distribution label of Miramax.

Current programmingEdit

Note: All CTD programming includes series distributed by predecessor companies Paramount Domestic Television, Viacom Enterprises, Worldvision Enterprises, King World Productions, and/or CBS Paramount Domestic Television.

First-run syndicationEdit

Off-net syndicationEdit

Ad salesEdit

Title Original run Network Notes
South Park 1997–present Comedy Central produced by South Park Studios
Divorce Court 1999–present Syndication produced by Lincolnwood Drive, Inc.; syndicated by Fox First Run
Family Feud 1999–present Syndication produced by Fremantle; syndicated by Debmar-Mercury
Tyler Perry's House of Payne 2006–2012 TBS produced by Tyler Perry Studios; syndicated by Debmar-Mercury
The Wendy Williams Show 2008–present Syndication produced by Wendy Williams Productions and Perler Productions; syndicated by Debmar-Mercury
Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns 2009–2011 TBS produced by Tyler Perry Studios; syndicated by Debmar-Mercury
Are We There Yet? 2010–2013 TBS produced by Revolution Television, 5914 Entertainment, Ltd., Cubevision, and Debmar-Mercury
Anger Management 2012–2014 FX produced by Revolution Studios, Mohawk Productions, Twisted Television, and Lionsgate Television; syndicated by Debmar-Mercury
Dish Nation 2012–present Syndication produced by Fox Television Stations; syndicated by Fox First Run
BoJack Horseman 2014–present Netflix produced by ShadowMachine and Boxer vs. Raptor for The Tornante Company; syndicated by Debmar-Mercury
Schitt's Creek 2015–present CBC produced by Not a Real Company Productions; distributed in the U.S. by Debmar-Mercury
25 Words or Less 2018–present Syndication produced by Dino Bones Productions; syndicated by Fox First Run
Caught in Providence 2018–present Syndication produced by Debmar-Mercury
Ambitions 2019–present OWN produced by Will Packer Productions, Lionsgate Television, and Debmar-Mercury

See alsoEdit

Absorbed companiesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "About CBS Television Distribution". CBS Press Express. Archived from the original on 2008-01-15. Retrieved 2008-01-13.
  2. ^ a b Petski, Denise (2019-04-03). "Debmar-Mercury Inks Multi-Year Deal With CBS TV Distribution For Ad Sales". Deadline. Retrieved 2019-08-15.
  3. ^ "CBS-TV Film Distribution Unit Formed" (PDF). Broadcasting: 64. 1952-02-11. Retrieved 2011-03-20.
  4. ^ "Money on the Move in TV Film" (PDF). Broadcasting: 32. 1958-09-22. Retrieved 2011-03-20.
  5. ^ "At Deadline: Name Change at CBS" (PDF). Broadcasting: 9. 1967-12-04. Retrieved 2011-03-20.
  6. ^ a b c Littleton, Cynthia (July 6, 2016). "Paul Franklin to Head CBS Television Distribution, Armando Nunez Returns Focus to International". Variety. Retrieved August 15, 2019.
  7. ^ Maas, Jennifer (October 30, 2018). "Armando Nuñez to Head up New CBS Global Distribution Group". TheWrap. Retrieved August 15, 2019.
  8. ^ Littleton, Cynthia (June 17, 2019). "CBS to Launch DABL Digital Lifestyle Channel in September". Variety. Retrieved August 15, 2019.

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