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CBS Television Distribution (CTD) is a 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 (now CBS Television Studios), 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 the Paramount Television libraries: (Desilu, Paramount Television, Viacom Productions and Enterprises, Republic Pictures Television, Big Ticket Television, Spelling Television, and Worldvision Enterprises) and CBS television libraries: (CBS Productions, King World, majority of those by 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. The company formerly distributed the film libraries from Paramount Pictures 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.

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.

From 2006-2008, CTD (in conjunction with Tribune Entertainment) distributed the DreamWorks Television and DreamWorks Picturesmarker libraries (after Viacom acquired DreamWorks in February 2006), before the studio was spun off. These distribution rights are now held by Disney-ABC Domestic Television (for live-action TV series and post-9/2005 live-action films) and Trifecta Entertainment & Media (for earlier live-action films and all animated productions).

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 Pictures however, has too joined up with Trifecta.

The international arm is called CBS Studios International.

Current programming

First-run syndication



Off-net syndication



Library programming

Desilu Productions

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



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 CBS theatrical film backlog.)

Big Ticket Television



Viacom



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.)

Laurel Entertainment



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: home video rights are owned by MPI Home Video)


Sheldon Leonard

  • NOTE: Leonard always used "dummy companies" to produce his shows. All shows listed below 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)
  • I Spy (1965-1968) (Three F Productions)


Bing Crosby Productions



SFM Entertainment



CBS



King World Productions



Group W Productions/Eyemark Entertainment

Note: Does not include the 1987 cartoon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or the Filmation cartoon library



Worldvision Enterprises

Formerly ABC Films


HBO

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.


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 HBO 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, produced by NBC Films.)
  • Dark Shadows (1966-1971) (Produced by Dan Curtis Productions). Aired on ABC, originally distributed by Worldvision.
  • The Doris Day Show (1968-1973) (Produced by Arwin Productions). Aired on CBS, originally distributed by Worldvision, although home video rights are through MPI Home Video, under license from Arwin and Paul Brownstein Television.
  • Hot Wheels (1969-1971) (Produced by Pantomime Pictures Corporation). Aired on ABC.
  • Skyhawks (1969-1971) (Produced by Pantomime Pictures Corporation). Aired on ABC.
  • Land of the Lost (1974-1976) (Produced by Sid and Marty Krofft). Aired on NBC, originally distributed 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.
  • Branded (1965-1967) (Produced by Mark Goodson, originally syndicated by King World)
  • Saved by the Bell (1989-1993) includes Saved by the Bell: The College Years (1993-1994), and Saved by the Bell: The New Class (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.)
  • Wake, Rattle and Roll (1990-1992) (Produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions. Aired in syndication, later renamed "Jump, Rattle and Roll" for the Disney Channel, originally distributed by Worldvision. Not sure if either Warner Bros. Television Distribution or CBS Television Distribution handles the distribution rights to that program ??
  • CBS Television Distribution and FremantleMedia North America co-own The Price Is Right (1972 to present). The show hasn't reran since 2000, in part due to the co-ownership.


Past names



Notes

  • 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 (last season produced by Columbia 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).


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