CBS Television Distribution

CBS Television Distribution

company_name = CBS Television Distribution
company_type = Subsidiary
parent = CBS Corporation
owner = National Amusements, Inc. and public shareholders
foundation = Los Angeles, California, USA flagicon|USA(2006)
location_city = Los Angeles, California
location_country = USA
key_people = Charles King, Chairman and CEO.
num_employees =
industry = Television Syndication
products =
revenue = profit
operating_income = profit
homepage = []

CBS Television Distribution (CTD) is a United States and Global television distribution company, a merger of CBS Corporation's three television distribution arms CBS Paramount Domestic Television, CBS Paramount International Television, and King World Productions including its home entertainment arm CBS Home Entertainment. The division, the main distribution arm of CBS Paramount Television, was formed on September 26, 2006 by CBS Corporation and was headed by Roger King, who was CEO for King World. King died on December 8, 2007 after suffering a stroke in his home the previous day.

The company handles distribution rights to acquired series from Desilu, Paramount Television, Viacom Productions and Enterprises, Republic Pictures Television, Big Ticket Television, CBS Productions, Spelling Television, King World, DreamWorks Television (after Viacom acquired DreamWorks), Group W Productions, and its own first-run syndication and off-network series. CBS also handles TV rights to much of its own theatrical and made-for-television movies as well as the film libraries from Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks, and Republic Pictures, among others. The company is also responsible for international television distribuiton rights to those by Rysher Entertainment (owned domestically by 2929 Entertainment) and certain HBO series. [cite web |url= |title=About CBS Television Distribution |Publisher=CBS Press Express]

This would make the 6th distribution name for CBS as CBS Films was the first, CBS Broadcast International as the 2nd, Eyemark Entertainment as the 3rd, CBS Paramount International Television as the 4th, and CBS Paramount Domestic Television as the 5th.

Current programming

First-run syndication

* "Entertainment Tonight" (1981-Present)
* " Wheel of Fortune" (1983-Present) (produced by Sony Pictures Television)
* "Inside Edition" (1989-Present)
* " The Insider" (2004-Present)
* "Jeopardy!" (1984-Present) (produced by Sony Pictures Television)
* "The Oprah Winfrey Show" (1986-Present) (produced by Harpo Productions)
* "Judge Judy" (1996-Present) (produced by Big Ticket Television)
* "Judge Joe Brown" (1997-Present) (produced by Big Ticket Television)
* " Dr. Phil" (2002-Present) (produced by Harpo Productions)
* " Rachael Ray" (2006-Present) (produced by Harpo Productions)
* " The Doctors" (2008-present) (Produced by Stage 29 Productions)

Off-net syndication

* "Everybody Loves Raymond" (1996-2005) (produced by Worldwide Pants Incorporated and HBO Independent Productions)
* "Frasier" (1993-2004)
*"" (1993-2000)
* "JAG" (1995-2005) (co-produced by Bellasaurius Productions; first season co-produced by NBC Productions)
* "The Montel Williams Show" (1991- 2008)
* "One on One" (2001-2006)
* "7th Heaven" (1996-2007) (produced by Spelling Television; final season co-produced by CBS Paramount Network Television)
* "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch" (1996-2004) (produced by Viacom Productions)
* "Charmed" (1998-2006) (produced by Spelling Television)
* "The Parkers" (1999-2004) (produced by Big Ticket Television)
* "Maximum Exposure" (2000-2002)
* "Girlfriends" (2000-2008)
* "Soul Food" (2000-2004) (in association with Showtime Networks and 20th Century Fox Television)
* "" (2001-2005)
* "Half & Half" (2002-2006)
*"The 4400" (2004-2007) (Viacom produced season 1, Paramount Television produced season 2, final 2 seasons produced by CBS Paramount Network Television)
*"NCIS" (2003-present)( First two seasons produced by Paramount television) (co-produced by Bellasaurius Productions)

Library programming

Desilu Productions

(Includes shows that would later become Paramount Television shows following its acquisition of Desilu in 1967).

*"I Love Lucy" (1951-1957) (rights sold to CBS in 1960, later to be distributed by Viacom)
*"Our Miss Brooks" (1952-1956) (rights sold to CBS in 1960, later to be distributed by Viacom)
*"The Ann Sothern Show" (1958-1961)
*"The Untouchables" (1959-1963)
*"The Lucy Show" (1962-1968) (originally distributed by Viacom)
*"" (1966-1969)
*"" (1966-1973)
*"Mannix" (1967-1975)

Paramount Television

"(Includes some that would later become CBS Paramount Television shows after CBS Corporation acquired Paramount Television from Viacom in January 2006, in addition to the pre-1928 and post-1950 Paramount theatrical library and the CBS theatrical film backlog.)"
*"The Brady Bunch" (1969-1974)
*"Love American Style" (1969-1974)
*"The Odd Couple" (1970-1975)
*"The Immortal" (1970-1971)
*"The Brady Kids" (1972-1974) (co-produced by Filmation Associates)
*"" (1973-1974) (co-produced by Filmation Associates)
*"Happy Days" (1974-1984)
*"Laverne and Shirley" (1976-1983)
*"The Lost Islands"(1976) (co-produced by Network Ten)
*"Mork and Mindy" (1978-1982)
*"Taxi" (1978-1983)
*"The Associates" (1979-1980)
*"Solid Gold" (1980-1988)
*"The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang" (1980) (co-produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions)
*"Bosom Buddies" (1980-1982)
*"Cheers" (1982-1993)
*"Family Ties" (1982-1989)
*"Police Squad!" (1982)
*"Webster" (1983-1989)
*"MacGyver" (1985-1992)
*"" (1987-1990)
*"" (1987-1994)
*"War of the Worlds" (1988-1990)
*"" (1988-1990)
*"Dear John" (1988-1992)
*"The Arsenio Hall Show" (1989-1993)
*"Wings" (1990-1997)
*"The Busy World of Richard Scarry" (1993-1997) (In association with Cinar and Showtime Networks)
*"" (1993-1999)
*"The New Price is Right" (1994-1995)
*"" (1995-2001)
*"Seven Days" (1998-2001)
*"NCIS" (2003-present) (co-produced By Bellasaurs Productions)
*"NUMB3RS" (2005-present)
*"Sex, Love & Secrets" (2005)
*"Criminal Minds" (2005-present, co-produced with ABC Studios)
*"South Beach" (2006)
*"The Dead Zone" (2002-2007) (International distribution rights, underlying US rights owned by Lions Gate Entertainment, TV rights owned by Debmar-Mercury and 20th Television)
*"Medical Investigation" (2004-05, co-produced with NBC Universal Television Studio; CTD only controls US distribution rights, international rights are with NBC Universal International Television Distribution)

Big Ticket Television

*"Moesha" (1996-2001)


*the Terrytoons library (1921-1986) (passed over from CBS, ownership eventually coming full-circle back to CBS in 2006)
*most of the "Cannon Films" and Elvis Presley feature library
*"Amanda's" (1982-1983)
*"The Master" (1984)
*"Split Second" (1986-1987) (Produced by Stefan Hafos-Monty Hall Productions)
*"Matlock" (1986-1995)
*"Double Dare" (1986-1990, 1992)
*"Finders Keepers" (1987-1989)
*"Remote Control" (1989-1990)

DreamWorks Television

*"Spin City" (1996-2002) (first DreamWorks TV show to be acquired by Paramount Television for syndication in 2000)
*"" (2001-02) (co-produced by DiC Entertainment and Columbia TriStar Television - now Sony Pictures Television and DreamWorks Television, co-distributed by the latter)
*"Las Vegas" (2003-08) (co-produced and co-distributed by NBC Universal Television)
*"Father of the Pride" (2004) (co-produced by DreamWorks Animation)
*"On the Lot" (2007) (co-produced with Amblin Entertainment and Mark Burnett Productions)

Aaron Spelling (Spelling Television)

"(Unless noted otherwise, the Spelling catalog was initially syndicated domestically by Worldvision Enterprises, of which Spelling became the parent company in 1989.)"
*"among key shows:"
*"Burke's Law" (produced for Four Star) (1963-1966)
*"The Guns of Will Sonnett" (Thomas/Spelling Productions) (1967-1969) (previously distributed by King World)
*"The Mod Squad" (Thomas/Spelling Productions) (1968-1973)
*"The New People" (Thomas/Spelling Productions) (1969-1970)
*"The Rookies" (Spelling-Goldberg Productions) (1972-1976) (rights since reverted to Sony Pictures Television)
*"The Love Boat" (produced with The Douglas S. Cramer Company) (1977-1986)
*"Vega$" (1978-1981) (syndicated by 20th Century Fox)
*"Dynasty" (1981-1989) (syndicated by 20th Century Fox)
*"Beverly Hills 90210" (1990-2000)
*"Twin Peaks" (1990-1991)
*"Melrose Place" (1992-1999)

Laurel Entertainment

*"Tales from the Darkside" (1984-1988) (In association with Tribune Entertainment)
*"Monsters" (1988-1991)

Don Fedderson Productions

*"The Millionaire" (1955-1960)
*"My Three Sons" (1960-1972) ("co-produced with MCA TV from 1960 to 1965, then in association with CBS from 1965 to 1972; CBS Paramount has distributed the series in separate packages, although a majority of the color CBS episodes are the ones that are widely seen today; most of the earlier black-and-white shows and those from the final season are currently not syndicated")
*"Family Affair" ("CBS owns only the domestic television rights, NBC Universal owns the international television rights")

heldon Leonard

*"NOTE: Leonard always used "dummy companies" to produce his shows. All were distributed by CBS Films, then by Viacom.
*"The Andy Griffith Show" (1960-1968) (Mayberry Enterprises)
*"The Dick Van Dyke Show" (1961-1966) (Calvada Productions)--"Note:" "CBS Paramount is no longer responsible for distribution of this series, as such rights are now shared by Calvada and Paul Brownstein Television"
*"Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C." (1964-1969) (Ashland Productions)

Bing Crosby Productions

*"Ben Casey", distributed by Worldvision (1961-1966)
*"Hogan's Heroes", (1965-1971) (co-produced by CBS, distributed by CBS Films, then Viacom)

SFM Entertainment

*"NOTE: The programs listed in this category were produced by other entities for initial syndication by SFM; these syndication rights are now owned by CTD."
*"Mickey Mouse Club" (1977-1978) ("produced by Walt Disney Productions")
*"The Flip Wilson Show" (1970-1974) ("produced by Clerow Productions")


*"Gunsmoke" (1955-1975)
*"The Phil Silvers Show" (1955-1959)
*"Have Gun - Will Travel" (1957-1963)
*"Perry Mason" (1957-1966)
*"The Twilight Zone" (1959-1964)
*"Rawhide" (1959-1965)
*"The Wild Wild West" (1965-1969)
*"Coronet Blue" (1967)
*"Hawaii Five-O" (1968-1980)
*"Rescue 911" (1989-1996) (Distributed by MTM Enterprises) Co-owned with 20th Television
*"Walker, Texas Ranger" (1993-2001) (CBS owns the series while Sony Pictures Television handles US distribution sales)
*"Touched by an Angel" (1994-2003)
*"Central Park West" (1995-1996) (Produced by Darren Star Productions)
*"Early Edition" (1996-2000) (Produced by TriStar Television)
*"" (2000-present) (co-owned by and co-produced with Alliance Atlantis) (Post-2006 episodes co-produced by CBS Paramount Network Television)
*"" (2002-present) (co-owned by and co-produced with Alliance Atlantis) (Post-2006 episodes co-produced by CBS Paramount Network Television)
*"" (2004-present) (co-owned by and co-produced with Alliance Atlantis) (Post-2006 episodes co-produced by CBS Paramount Network Television)
*"Dave's World" (1993-1997) (Distributed by MTM Enterprises) Co-owned with 20th Television
*"Ghost Whisperer" (2005-present, co-produced with ABC Studios - formerly Touchstone Television)

King World Productions

*"Rolonda" (1995-1999)
*"The Little Rascals" (1929-1938, syndicated 1964-present)
*"Wild West C.O.W.-Boys of Moo Mesa" (1992-1994)
*"The Cindy Margolis Show"(2000-2001)

Group W Productions/Eyemark Entertainment

*"Martha Stewart Living" (1993-2004) (distributed by Group W, then Eyemark, and finally, by King World)
*"Caroline in the City" (1995-1999)(distributed by Eyemark,and finally King World)
*"" (1997-2000)
*"" (1996-2000)
*"The Regis Phiblin Show" (1961-)
*"The Mike Douglas Show (1964-1982)
*"PM Magazine" (1976-1990)

Worldvision Enterprises

:"Formerly ABC Films"
*"Combat!" (1962-1967) (US distribution only)


:"International rights to several HBO shows were acquired by Paramount Television after acquiring Rysher Entertainment. The US rights are with Warner Bros. Television Distribution through HBO Enterprises."
*"Arliss" (1996-2002)
*"Deadwood" (2004-2006)
*"Oz" (1997-2003)
*"Sex and the City" (1998-2004)

Other programs and rights issues

*"The Honeymooners", (1955-1956 and beyond) ("the "Classic 39" shows, produced by Jackie Gleason Enterprises, distributed by CBS Films, then Viacom; CBS owns the classic series outright, while the Gleason company owns the "lost episodes", but CBS Paramount distributes both packages; other "Honeymooners" material after this period are handled by the Gleason company and Paul Brownstein Television")
*"Get Smart" (1965-1969) ("aired on NBC and produced by Talent Associates except the final season, which both aired on and produced by CBS, distributed by NBC Films, then National Telefilm Associates and later Republic Pictures: home entertainment rights are owned by Time-Life Home Video and Warner Home Video")
*"That Girl" (1966-1971) ("Produced by Daisy Productions; distributed by Metromedia Producers Corporation through the early-1980s, when rights were sold to Worldvision")
*"Concentration" (1958-1973) (first two seasons produced by Barry, Enright & Friendly Productions, originally syndicated by Worldvision)
*"Little House on the Prairie" (1974-1983) ("produced by NBC, originally distributed by Worldvision. MGM International Television Distribution handles international television distribution rights thru NBC Universal International Television Distribution.)
*"Petticoat Junction" (1963-1970) (Produced by Filmways Television and CBS, later distributed by Viacom)
*"The Beverly Hillbillies" (1962-1971) (Produced by Filmways Television and CBS, later distributed by Viacom)
*"Harlem Globetrotters" (1970-1973) (Produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions. Later distributed by Viacom until taken over by Paramount Domestic Television in 1995. Ancillary rights are controlled by Warner Bros. Television.)
*"Branded" (1965-1967) (Produced by Mark Goodson, originally syndicated by King World)
*"Saved by the Bell" (1989-1993) includes ' (1993-1994), and ' (1993-2000) (Produced by Peter Engel Productions in association with NBC Productions. NBC Universal Television Distribution handles U.S. television distribution rights, while CBS Television Distribution handles global distribution outside the U.S. Series was formerly distributed by Paramount Domestic Television by way of Rysher Entertainment until NBC Enterprises regained television distribution rights in 2003.)

Past names

* CBS Films
* Viacom Enterprises
* Desilu Sales
* Paramount Domestic Television
* Worldvision Enterprises
* Group W Productions
* Eyemark Entertainment
* CBS Paramount Domestic Television
* King World


* The 1994 series The New Price is Right was distributed by Paramount Domestic Television from 1994-1995. The series is now owned and distributed by The Fremantle Corporation due to its incarnation from "The Price is Right".
* "Combat" is currently distributed by CTD in the United States from former distributor Worldvision Enterprises, while Disney-ABC International Television owns global rights.
* "Early Edition" was produced by CBS Productions and TriStar Television. CBS Television Distribution handles U.S. distribution rights, while Sony Pictures Television International handles global rights.
* CBS holds the underlying North American rights to "Criminal Minds" and "Ghost Whisperer", while international distribution rights are with ABC (through DAIT).


External links

* [ CBS Television Distribution corporate website]
* [ CBS Television Distribution Syndication Bible]
* [ Syndicated Network Television Association-CBS Television Distribution]

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