Roger King named CEO of new syndication unit. Robert Madden and John Nogawski will preside over domestic syndication, with Nogawski in charge of syndication and advertising sales.
CBS is combining CBS Paramount Domestic Television, King World and CBS Paramount International Television into one division, it was announced yesterday by Leslie Moonves, president and chief executive officer of CBS Corporation.
The combined division, CBS Television Distribution Group (CTDG), will be headed by King World’s Roger King as CEO.
Robert Madden and John Nogawski have been named presidents and chief operating officers with Armando NuÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â±ez, Jr. continuing as president, CBS Paramount International Television. All three will report directly to King.
“These premier organizations joined together will form one fully-integrated, syndication powerhouse,” said Moonves in a prepared statement. “In addition, this restructuring will streamline our global distribution operations, focus our syndicated programming and sales resources and create a dynamic and prolific pipeline to serve the syndication marketplace.
“Roger King is a syndication legend whose salesmanship, programming instincts and passion for servicing his clients are second to none,” said Moonves. “There is no one better at identifying the highest quality programming for syndication and bringing it to market in a way that maximizes revenue for the company and delivers value to local stations and cable networks. I look forward to working with Roger, Bob, John and Armando on future strategies to exploit the vast programming assets in our company.”
“Bob, John and Armando are three extraordinary executives with impressive track records of success,” said King. “We’re tremendously excited about this opportunity to harness all of our programming, marketing, media and sales resources into a single structure that is focused on distributing the world-class content from the CBS Corporation.”
In domestic television, the CBS Television Distribution Group will comprise first-run and off-network programming from King World and CBS Paramount Domestic Television — which will keep their respective brands for current programming — as well as new programming developed under the CBS Television Distribution Group banner. The division will boast eight of the top 10 rated series in syndication and a diverse roster of popular and acclaimed programming that holds leadership positions in every program genre.
In addition, the CBS Television Distribution Group will serve both the domestic and the international television marketplace with a library of more than 70,000 hours of television programming from CBS Entertainment, CBS News, King World, Spelling Television and CBS Paramount Television — ranging from current and recent hit programs to classic series such as I Love Lucy, Star Trek, The Twilight Zone, Gunsmoke and Gilligan’s Island.
As part of the new structure, CBS Paramount International Television (CPITV) will continue to distribute and market CBS Corporation’s network and syndicated programming internationally, as well as identify format sales and co-production opportunities around the world. CPITV has nine offices worldwide and manages the company’s interests in TV1, a series programming channel in Australia.
In connection with the restructuring, Joel Berman, who has served as President of CBS Paramount Worldwide Television, will be leaving the company. Under Berman, the studio’s syndication division enjoyed outstanding success with lucrative long-term deals for hit programs such as ET and Judge Judy and the introduction of successful new series such as Dr. Phil and The Insider.
“Joel’s resume running the studio’s distribution arm is decorated with great success,” said Moonves. “He has played a meaningful role in the life or launch of some of the top programs in syndication history. We appreciate all of Joel’s contributions to the company, greatly respect his leadership skills and executive talents and wish him the best.”
In the new domestic television structure, Madden will oversee operations for administration, finance, legal, communications and CBS Consumer Products. Nogawski will run all syndication sales and advertiser sales, as well as marketing, research and new media.
Terry Wood, who was named president of creative affairs and development for both CBS Paramount Domestic TV and King World last year, will continue that role in the new domestic entity, reporting to both Madden and Nogawski. Wood will be in charge of current programming for both labels and for developing new first-run series for CTDG.
Steve LoCascio, who has served as executive vice president and chief financial officer for CBS Enterprises, has been named executive vice president and CFO for the CBS Television Distribution Group.
Roger M. King has served as chief executive officer, CBS Enterprises and King World Productions, Inc. since January 2000. He assumed that position following the merger of his company, King World Productions, Inc. with CBS, and the subsequent restructuring of the CBS Enterprises Division, which combined both organizations’ global programming and distribution activities.
Robert Madden has been chief operating officer of CBS Enterprises since January 2004. In this capacity, he oversees the day-to-day activities of King World Productions and CBS Consumer Products. Madden joined King World Productions, Inc. as Executive Vice President in September 1996 and played an instrumental role in the merger of the Company with CBS in January 2000. Following the merger, he assumed a similar position with CBS Enterprises and was subsequently promoted to COO.
John Nogawski has been president, CBS Paramount Domestic Television since March 2002, overseeing all distribution activities for the division as well as Paramount Advertiser Services, which is based in New York.
Armando NuÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â±ez, Jr. was named President, CBS Paramount International Television, following the merger of CBS Broadcast International and Paramount International Television in August 2004. He joined CBS Broadcast International as President in July 1999. In January 2000, following the merger of CBS Television and King World Productions, he assumed the role of President, CBS Broadcast International, and Executive Vice President, CBS Enterprises