CBS And Game Show Enterprises Studios To Produce Syndicated Game Show ‘Flip Side’

Episodes will get a second run on Game Show Network after the daily show premieres in broadcast syndication starting this fall. Jaleel While to host.

Thinking Beyond Newscasts To Deliver News Content At Programming Everywhere

Top news and content executives from CBS News and Stations, Cox Media Group, NBCUniversal Local and CBC News share creative alternatives to the newscast for presenting topical content in a panel at TVNewsCheck’s Programming Everywhere conference at the NAB Show on April 14. Register here.

‘Drew Barrymore,’ ‘ET,’ ‘Inside Edition’ Head To Vegas For Super Bowl

As part of its week-long activation for the 2024 Super Bowl, Paramount Global took Drew BarrymoreEntertainment Tonight and Inside Edition to Las Vegas to shoot shows and segments on the ground before, during and after the big game. All three CBS Media Ventures-produced shows set up shop in front of the Bellagio fountains to talk football, parties, celebrity, and of course, the Taylor Swift of it all.

CBS Media Ventures Sets Syndicated Game Show ‘The Flip Side’ With Jaleel White

The Flip Side, a new syndicated game show hosted by Jaleel White, will launch in the fall, with CBS Stations signing on as the anchor station group, it was announced […]

Lance Frank, Christa Robinson Given Expanded Communications Roles For CBS News, Stations, Media Ventures

Christa Robinson and Lance Frank will take on expanded roles for CBS‘ division built around CBS News, local stations and syndicated programming, all put under the aegis of executive Wendy McMahon in August of last year. Frank, who has been with CBS News since 2011, has been elevated to EVP, communications for CBS News & Stations and CBS Media Ventures, a new position. Robinson, an industry veteran who has led communications for CNN Worldwide and Tribune Media, will continue as EVP, leading CBS News and Stations with an expanded role in the stations business.

CBS News Expands Its Climate Reporting Team

Tracy Wholf becomes senior producer of climate, while CBS News producer Chris Spinder is promoted to climate producer. Also, the group today premieres Warming Signs, a week-long climate docuseries on the fastest-warming community on Earth, with an hour-long special to air the weekend of Dec. 9.

Stacy Rader Joins CBS Media Ventures As Head Of First-Run Development & Brand Extensions

In Wendy McMahon’s first major executive hire since the CBS News chief took oversight of CBS Media Ventures, she has brought in veteran producer and development executive Stacy Rader as SVP, first-run development and brand extensions at CBS Media Ventures. In her new role, Rader, who will be based in New York, will work with senior leadership to create and coordinate CMV’s content strategy across platforms.

McMahon Makes Exec Moves At CBS News And Stations & CBS Media Ventures

The new appointments for Adrienne Roark, Jennifer Mitchell Joel Goldberg, Laurie Orlando and Alison Pepper are part of President-CEO Wendy McMahon’s plan to take advantage of “cross-portfolio opportunities and new ways of working together that will power future growth, editorial and operational excellence, and industry leadership in innovation and collaboration.”

Elaine Bauer Brooks Leaving As Head Of Development At CBS Media Ventures

Elaine Bauer Brooks will be leaving her post as EVP, development and multiplatform content at CBS Media Ventures after nine years at the company. Her departure follows that of CBS Media Ventures President Steve LoCascio who announced his retiring two weeks ago amid a corporate restructuring that saw the division become part of the portfolio of Wendy McMahon who was named president and CEO of CBS News and Stations and CBS Media Ventures.

Steve LoCascio, President of CBS Media Ventures, To Retire

LoCascio was a veteran television executive with over 30 years experience at CBS, according to a company bio. As President, he was responsible for running the day-to-day operations of CBS Media Ventures, the first-run syndication arm of CBS, which produces or distributes programs such as Entertainment Tonight, Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy!, Inside Edition and The Drew Barrymore Show, and also distributes the Judge Judy and Dr. Phil libraries. (Image courtesy CBS)

‘Entertainment Tonight’ Undergoes Layoffs

There has been a round of layoffs at the daily syndicated entertainment newsmagazine Entertainment Tonight. About 10% of the staff at the CBS Media Ventures program were affected, sources say. The layoffs are said to include the head of graphics, post supervisor, head of photography and some producers. The cuts stemmed from a reduction in the ET digital programming footprint over the past few months, sources said.

‘Dr. Phil’ To End After 21 Seasons

Another daytime fixture, Dr. Phil McGraw, is leaving after more than two decades as one of television’s most popular talk show hosts. His syndicated daytime show, Dr. Phil, will end its run of original episodes with the current 2022-2023 television season, the show’s 21st. McGraw’s decision comes as his most recent contract is coming to an end. Dr. Phil received a five-season renewal in 2018 as part of a mega-deal extension with CBS Media Ventures, taking it through its current season.


Station Groups Look To Fill A NATPE-Sized Hole With Summit

Last week, Fox Television Stations convened station groups and syndicators for a press- and deals-free ideas exchange in Los Angeles. Attendees said it could become an annual event. (Fox Television Stations photo)

‘The Drew Barrymore Show’ Renewed Through 2023-24 Season

The CBS Media Ventures’ property is the latest talk show to get the green light for next season.


Studio Execs: Streaming Won’t Kill Syndication

Executives expect a quiet ’23 for the syndication market but insist that streaming isn’t hastening its demise altogether. Audiences and advertisers are still hanging in, though programming budgets may need to be right sized under pressure from fragmentation.

‘Pictionary’ Game Show Cleared In 90% Of U.S.

The Jerry O’Connell-hosted strip will debut in national syndication in fall 2022.

‘Daily Mail TV,’ ‘The Doctors’ Ending After This Season

DailyMailTV and The Doctors are joining such series as Nick CannonThe Good Dish and Judge Jerry on their way out of syndication after this season. That DailyMailTV is ending was confirmed by a spokesman, while separate sources confirmed that The Doctors is completing its run.

Fox Stations To Test ‘Pictionary’ Game Show

Hosted By Jerry O’Connell, the game show based on the classic sketch game, will have a four-week run beginning July 12.

‘Drew Barrymore’ Talker Renewed For Season 2

Her self-titled syndicated series has been renewed for a second season, with CBS-owned TV stations serving as the flagship station group. The pickup comes on the heels of a decent ratings bump in the early part of 2021.

BNC Partners With CBS Media Ventures To Strengthen Direct Response And National Ad Sales

BNC (formerly known as Black News Channel), has reached an agreement with CBS Media Ventures to augment the network’s direct response and national advertising sales team. The agreement establishes a greater sales […]

NuTime To Sell Ads Targeting Black Audiences With CBS Media Ventures

CBS Media Ventures said it is teaming up with NuTime Media to help advertisers looking to reach Black viewers who watch CBS’s syndicated shows. NuTime Media, formerly Related Media Inc., is a Minority Business Enterprise certified ad sales rep. Under the new agreement, NuTime, led by CEO Morris McWilliams, will work closely with Scott Trupchak, EVP of media sales and partnerships at CBS Media Ventures. Above, Hot Bench is one of the CBS syndicated shows with a large Black audience.

CBS Television Distribution Rebrands

Since its founding in 2006, CBS Entertainment’s first-run distribution division has been known as CBS Television Distribution. But starting today, in an attempt to fuse with an evolved media landscape and CBS’s brand strategy to-date, the syndication company has been rebranded to CBS Media Ventures. With a new name comes a new brand identity, which includes a logo that draws on the iconic CBS Eye and a remix of CBS’ current five-note mnemonic on its programming.