CBS Television Distribution
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CBS Television Distribution (CTD) is an American television distribution company, 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 Television Studios (formerly CBS Paramount Network Television) and of the CBS and CW television networks, 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. The current president is Paul Franklin.
|Founded||Los Angeles, California, U.S. (2006)|
|Paul Franklin, President|
|Parent||CBS Television Studios|
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 and 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). CBS also handles the TV rights to much of its own theatrical films. The company formerly distributed the film libraries from Paramount Pictures and Republic Pictures, 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, and advertising sales representative for Lionsgate's Debmar-Mercury division.
This would mark the sixth distribution name for CBS as CBS Television Film Sales was the first (1952–1958), CBS Films, Inc. was the second (1958–1967), CBS Enterprises was the third (1968–1971), Eyemark Entertainment was the fourth (1995–2000), and CBS Paramount Domestic Television was the fifth (2006–2007).
From 2006-2008, CTD distributed the DreamWorks Television and DreamWorks Pictures libraries in conjunction with Tribune Entertainment, after Viacom's acquisition of DreamWorks in February 2006, but before the studio was spun off. These distribution rights are now held by NBCUniversal Television Distribution (for live-action TV series and post-9/2005 live-action films) and Trifecta Entertainment & Media (for earlier live-action films).
Until May 2009, CTD distributed the Paramount Pictures library on television. By then, CBS also dropped the name "Paramount" from television for good, renaming CBS Paramount Television to CBS Television Studios. Paramount has also joined up with Trifecta. However, CTD continues to distribute films currently copyrighted by CBS (or a subdivision thereof), including those films from Cinema Center Films, CBS Theatrical Films and CBS Films, along with a few select entries to which CBS bought ancillary rights in later years, such as My Fair Lady.
The current moniker for CTD's overseas distribution arm is CBS Studios International (since 2009). Its predecessors were CBS Broadcast International and CBS Paramount International Television.
In 2012, CBS Television Distribution ceased to be a corporate entity, becoming a division of CBS Studios, Inc.
In 2019, CBS signed a ad sales deal with Debmar-Mercury, replacing 20th Television (which was acquired by The Walt Disney Company). CTD now co-distributes the Lionsgate/Revolution Studios libraries, Family Feud, The Wendy Williams Show and reruns of South Park and Tosh.O (both owned by CBS sister company Viacom).
- 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.
- Daily Mail TV (2017–present, produced by Stage 29 Productions)
- Dr. Phil (2002–present, produced by Harpo Productions (2002-2010) and Peteski Productions)
- The Doctors (2008–present, produced by Stage 29 Productions)
- Entertainment Tonight (1981–present)
- Family Feud (1999-present) (produced by Fremantle, handles ad sales for Debmar-Mercury)
- Inside Edition (1989–present)
- Jeopardy! (1984–present, produced by Sony Pictures Television)
- Judge Judy (1996–present, produced by Big Ticket Television)
- Rachael Ray (2006–present, produced by Harpo Productions and KWP Studios)
- Wheel of Fortune (1983–present, produced by Sony Pictures Television)
- Hot Bench (2014–present, produced by Big Ticket Television and Queen Bee Productions)
- The Wendy Williams Show (2008-present) (handles ad sales for Debmar-Mercury)
- Criminal Minds (CBS, 2005–present, co-produced with ABC Studios)
- CSI: Miami (CBS, 2002–2012)
- Everybody Loves Raymond (CBS, 1996–2005, produced by Worldwide Pants Incorporated and HBO Independent Productions)
- The Good Wife (CBS, 2009–2016)
- One on One (UPN, 2001–2006)
- Star Trek Enterprise (UPN, 2001–2005)
- Judge Joe Brown (Syndicated, 1998–2013)
- Charmed (The WB, 1998-2006)
- The Jamie Kennedy Experiment (The WB, 2002-2004)
- South Park (Comedy Central, 1997–present) (handles ad sales for Debmar-Mercury)
- Tyler Perry's House of Payne (TBS, 2006-2012) (produced by Tyler Perry Studios, handles ad sales for Debmar-Mercury)*
- Are We There Yet? (TBS, 2010-2012) (handles ad sales for Debmar-Mercury)
- Tosh.0 (Comedy Central, 2009–present) (handles ad sales for Debmar-Mercury)
- Anger Management (FX, 2012–2014) (handles ad sales for Debmar-Mercury)
- CBS Television Film Sales (1952–1958)
- CBS Films (1958–1968)
- CBS Enterprises (1968–1971)
- Viacom Enterprises (1971–1995)
- Desilu Sales (1963–1967)
- Paramount Domestic Television (1968–2006)
- Worldvision Enterprises (1973–1999)
- Group W Productions (1961–1996)
- Eyemark Entertainment (1996–2000)
- CBS Paramount Domestic Television (2006–2007)
- King World Productions (1964–2007)
- Rysher Entertainment (1991-1999)
- PAUL FRANKLIN NAMED PRESIDENT OF CBS TELEVISION DISTRIBUTION cbstvd.com, Retrieved on January 6, 2017
- "About CBS Television Distribution". CBS Press Express. Archived from the original on 2008-01-15. Retrieved 2008-01-13.
- "CBS-TV Film Distribution Unit Formed" (PDF). Broadcasting: 64. 1952-02-11. Retrieved 2011-03-20.
- "Money on the Move in TV Film" (PDF). Broadcasting: 32. 1958-09-22. Retrieved 2011-03-20.
- "At Deadline: Name Change at CBS" (PDF). Broadcasting: 9. 1967-12-04. Retrieved 2011-03-20.
- Byline at bottom of CBS Television Distribution website
- "Criminal Minds on the Syndicated Network Television Association". Retrieved November 5, 2011.
- "CSI: Miami on the Syndicated Network Television Association". Retrieved September 24, 2013.
- "Everybody Loves Raymond on the Syndicated Network Television Association". Retrieved November 5, 2011.