Paramount Domestic Television
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Paramount Domestic Television (PDT) was the television distribution arm of American television production company Paramount Television, once the TV arm of Paramount Pictures. It was formed in 1982 originally as Paramount Domestic Television and Video Programming, the successor to Paramount Television Domestic Distribution, Paramount Television Sales, and Desilu Sales.
Final PDT logo, taken from that of the film studio
|Fate||Rebranded as Paramount Domestic Television, then combined with KingWorld to form CBS Television Distribution|
|Parent||Gulf+Western (1982–1989) |
Paramount Communications (1989–1997)
CBS Corporation (1997-2000, 2006)
Initially, it distributed the back library of Paramount Television and the post-1960 shows by Desilu, and several first-run syndicated shows. Originally, the company (like other sister companies sharing the Paramount name) was owned by Gulf+Western, which was reincorporated as Paramount Communications in 1989. After that company was sold to Viacom in 1994, it absorbed the distribution functions of Viacom Enterprises the next year. Viacom had distributed the classic CBS library which included the pre-1960 Desilu library, alongside series from Viacom Productions and Carsey-Werner Productions library (Paramount lost the rights to the latter library in 1997 when Carsey-Werner formed its own in-house distribution unit). PDT also gained syndication rights to series from MTV Networks with the Viacom merger, though these have rarely been seen in syndication.
MCA Television and Paramount Domestic Television (PDT) had formed Premier Advertiser Sales, a joint venture created for the sale of advertising for their existing syndicated programs in September 1989. As a possible outgrowth of this sales joint venture, MCA and Paramount began plans for a new network, Premier Program Service.
In 1999, Viacom acquired several other TV production firms such as Spelling Entertainment Group (which owned Spelling Television, Worldvision Enterprises, Republic Pictures Television, and Big Ticket Entertainment) and Rysher Entertainment (or at least its library). As a result, the size of Paramount's TV library more than tripled, giving PDT a slew of new series to distribute.
After Viacom split into two companies – one called Viacom and the other CBS Corporation – Paramount's TV operations became part of the latter company. As a result, Paramount Domestic Television became CBS Paramount Domestic Television. That was in turn merged with King World Productions in 2007 to become CBS Television Distribution (CTD). However, because National Amusements retains majority control of both CBS and the new Viacom, CBS programs (including those under the original Paramount TV name) are still distributed under the Paramount Home Entertainment label in conjunction with CBS DVD/Blu-ray. However, some former Paramount programs, such as Entertainment Tonight, then moved from being produced at the Paramount lot to CBS facilities.
Currently, syndication rights to Paramount's theatrical film library lie with Trifecta Entertainment & Media.
List of first-run syndicated series from Paramount Domestic TelevisionEdit
Off Network ShowsEdit
- America (1985–1986)
- The Party Machine (1991) (co-produced by Peeples Productions and Arsenio Hall Communications)
- The Montel Williams Show (1991–2008, PDT succeeded Viacom as distributor in 1994)
- The Maury Povich Show (1991–present, distributed by PDT from 1991 to 1998, now known as Maury, now owned by NBCUniversal Television Distribution)
- Leeza (1994–2000, aired on NBC from 1994 to 1999 under Paramount Network Television)
- The Jon Stewart Show (1994–1995, a previous version aired on MTV)
- The Howie Mandel Show (1998–1999)
- Rendez-View (2001–2002)
- The Arsenio Hall Show (1989–1994, produced by Arsenio Hall Communications. 2013–2014 revival co-produced by Tribune Broadcasting and distributed by successor CBS Television Distribution)
- Dr. Phil (2002–present, produced by PDT from 2002 to 2006 and Harpo Productions and distributed by King World Productions from 2002 to 2007)
- Entertainment Tonight (1981–present, distributed by PDT from 1981 to 2006)
- Hard Copy (1989–1999)
- The Insider (2004–2017) (distributed by PDT from 2004 to 2006)
- Judge Judy (1996–present, distributed by PDT from 1999 to 2006, co-produced by Big Ticket Entertainment, formerly distributed by Worldvision Enterprises)
- Judge Mills Lane (1998–2001, distributed by PDT from 1999 to 2001, formerly distributed by Rysher Entertainment)
- Judge Joe Brown (1998–2013, distributed by PDT from 1999 to 2006, co-produced by Big Ticket Entertainment, formerly distributed by Worldvision Enterprises)
- Madame's Place (1982–1983)
- Webster (1983–1989), (Aired on ABC from 1983 to 1987)
- Marblehead Manor (1987–1988)
- Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987–1994)
- Friday the 13th: The Series (1987–1990)
- War of the Worlds (1988–1990)
- Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993–1999)
- Viper (1994 then 1996–1999, aired on NBC in 1994)
- America's Dumbest Criminals (1996–2000, distributed by PDT from 1999 to 2000, formerly distributed by Worldvision Enterprises)
- Sightings (1992–1997), (Aired on Fox from 1992 to 1994, and on Sci-Fi Channel from 1996 to 1997)
- Real TV (1996–2001)
- Maximum Exposure (2000–2002)
- Life Moments (2002–2003)
- TAG:I: Real Heroes (1999–2002)
- America's Diaries (mini-series) (2002) (distributed by PDT and co-produced by True Entertainment and Bunim Murray Productions)
- The Princess Girl Diaries (mini-series) (2003) (distributed by PDT and co-produced by Banyan Productions)
- Unexplained Mysteries (2003–2004)
- Make Me Laugh (1979–1980)
- Anything for Money (1984–1985)
- Wipeout (1988–1989)
- The New Price Is Right (1994–1995)
- Dance 360 (2004–2005)
- Solid Gold (1980–1988)
- Richard W. Stevenson (October 20, 1989). "Plan Seen For Another TV Network". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved April 22, 2015.