Syndicated ‘Hot Bench’ A Go For Fall 2014

CBS Television Distribution has sold the court strip from Judy Sheindlin to stations covering  75% of U.S. Station groups picking up the half-hour show include CBS, Tribune, Sinclair, Cox, Meredith, LIN, Nexstar, Journal, Gray and Cowles.


Syndie Savant Estey McLoughlin’s CTD Plans

Hilary Estey McLoughlin, president of creative affairs at CBS Television Distribution, talks about working for a company with a station launch group in the corporate family, finding new shows within old shows, partnering with broadcasters and the benefits of testing.


‘Serch’ Begins 8-Market Tribune Test Today

The CBS Television Distribution show, hosted by rapper and former radio personality MC Serch, which today begins a four-week test on eight Tribune stations, including WPIX New York and KTLA Los Angeles, is meant to fit into the Tribune stations’ conflict-talk lineup.

CTD Prepping ‘Hot Bench’ Court Show

The new syndicated show is being prepped for next fall and will feature a panel of three judges.

McLoughlin To Head CTD Creative Affairs

Former Telepictures President Hilary Estey McLoughlin will oversee first-run syndication and program development at the syndicator.


Arsenio’s Back And Ready For Take Two

With his syndicated talk show set to launch Sept. 9, Arsenio Hall is doing all he can to grab a slice of the latenight ratings pie. Two decades after his first outing went off the air, the question is whether there’s room for the  57-year-old comic in a more competitive latenight world where his rivals are younger, but not necessarily hipper (or funnier).

‘The Test’ Ready For Its Big Syndication Test

The new conflict talk show hosted by comedian Kirk Fox from CBS Television Distribution and Tribune will debut Sept. 9 on stations covering almost 100% of U.S. TV homes. Tribune’s Sean Compton: “It focuses on a divide between people and we use science to find out the truth.”

Eric Pankowski To Develop Shows For CTD

Eric Pankowski has been named the new SVP of programming and development for CBS Television Distribution. He will will create and develop first-run programs and oversee current shows including the upcoming late night talker, The Arsenio Hall Show, which premieres Sept. 9.

CTD Locks Up Judge Judy Through 2017

Judy Sheindlin signed a new deal that will keep TV’s top courtroom in syndication for at least another four years.

‘Judge Joe Brown’ Canceled Over Salary

With ratings for the 15-year-old syndicated court show dipping, negotiations on a new deal break down.

Gavel Comes Down On ‘Judge Joe Brown’

Judge Joe Brown, the syndicated half-hour reality courtroom show from CBS Television Distribution and Big Ticket Television will not be returning for another season. A CBS Television Distribution spokesperson said Tuesday: “We would like to thank Joe for 15 great years, as well as executive producer John Terenzio and the entire staff for all their hard work and dedication to the show.”

CTD Names Schildhouse SVP, Digital Licensing

Robert Schildhouse is joining CBS Television Distribution as senior vice president, digital licensing and distribution, reporting to Armando Nuñez, president-CEO of CBS Global Distribution Group. In this newly-created position, Schildhouse will formulate strategies for CTD’s first-run series with new and emerging distribution platforms in the digital arena. Schildhouse will also work for Scott Koondel, CBS Corp.’s […]

‘Hot In Cleveland’ Clearances Hit 92%

The TV Land sitcom has been cleared in 47 of the top 50 markets for September 2014.

‘Dr. Phil’ Renewed For Three More Years

CBS Television Stations are among the first to extend the hit talk show through 2017.


Improved Ratings Power ‘Dr. Phil’ Renewals

As CBS Television Distribution is negotiating renewals for the No. 1 syndicated talker, it’s finding stations are eager to lock in the show that’s enjoying a renaissance among viewers. CBS expects to wrap up the renewals — three-year deals through 2016-17 — by the time the NATPE conference gets underway in Miami on Jan. 28.

CTD’s ‘The Test’ A Go For Fall Launch

With NBCUniversal’s talk show hosted by comedian Steve Harvey emerging as the sleeper syndication talker hit this season, CBS TV Distribution, which struck out with The Jeff Probst Show, is betting on a first-run show starring another comedian for next fall. The company will be rolling out The Test, a syndicated alternative talk show hosted by Kirk Fox (Parks & Recreation) after clearing it in a majority of the country with the Tribune stations on board.

CTD Welcomes Back Arsenio Hall

CBS Television Distribution released the first promo for the new Arsenio Hall Show in anticipation of its fall 2013 syndication launch. The trailer-length promo pays homage to horror movies and will begin airing on all Arsenio Hall Show affiliate stations. The new latenight talk show has been sold in 95% of the markets across the country.

DNA Testing Puts New Spin On Syndication

Two new first-run syndicated shows will get really up close and personal. CBS Television Distribution’s The Test will feature guests who have DNA and lie detector test results revealed. And MGM Television’s Paternity Court  is a half-hour show with lawyer Lauren Lake who will decide cases based on the results of DNA tests.

‘ET’ Taps CNN’s Marciano As Co-Host

The former CNN journalist Rob Marciano will join Nancy O’Dell on the CBS Television Distribution entertainment newsmagazine in January 2013.

CTD Renaming ‘Insider,’ Going Multiplatform

The syndicated newsmagazine will be renamed omg! Insider in January in a deal with Yahoo designed to make it a “true Web and on-air collaboration.”

CBS TV Distribution Makes 2 Appointments

Maureen FitzPatrick joins as SVP of programming and development and Joe Ferullo is promoted to SVP of programming and development.

Nogawski Out, Nuñez In At CTD

John Nogawski is leaving his post as president of CBS Television Distribution, the top supplier of syndicated shows to TV stations. He’s being succeeded by Armando Nuñez, who will head both domestic and international distribution.


Probst Channels A Little Bit of Donahue

In an effort to inspire viewers of the eponymous talk show that debuts next Monday, Jeff Probst is drawing some of his inspiration from Phil Donahue, the legendary talk show host who discovered that the studio audience can be an important contributor to a show. In his visit to the set during tapings in Los Angeles last month, TVNewsCheck’s Kevin Downey found that the set itself facilitates and encourages audience interaction.

‘Arsenio Hall’ Sales Top 85% Of U.S.

The new latenight talk show has been cleared in all of the top 50 markets. The latest groups to sign on are Sinclair, LIN, Belo, Cox and Media General.

‘Hot In Cleveland’ Clearances Top 65% Of U.S.

CTD sells the TV Land sitcom in in 9 of the top 10 markets
for a 2014 syndication launch.

CTD Has 52% Of US For Arsenio Hall Talker

CBS Television Distribution partners with Tribune Broadcasting Stations to anchor a fall 2013 launch for the latenight syndicated strip. Among the station groups on board are the CBS Television Stations and Local TV. The show has been sold in all top 10 markets and 17 of the top 20.

Chefs Flay, DeLaurentiis Cooking Up Talker

CBS Television Distribution will syndicate a new show hosted by Food Network chefs Bobby Flay and Giada DeLaurentiis.

Arsenio Hall In Talks For Syndie Talk Show

The Celebrity Apprentice winner is looking to return to syndication with CBS Television Distribution.

Syndicated ‘Jeff Probst Show’ Staffs Up

Marilyn Zielinski and David Goldman are named senior supervising producers; Brian Campbell named director of the upcoming CBS Television Distribution syndicated talk show.

CBS Sues FamilyNet, ComStar For $1.5M

CBS Television Distribution is suing ComStar Media and FamilyNet for allegedly airing several series, including Happy Days and Family Ties, without paying licensing fees for the programs.

‘Excused’ Renewed For Second Season

The half-hour dating strip from CBS Television Distribution gets the green light for next year.

Man Charges CTD With Sex Discrimination

‘ET’ And ‘The Insider’ Hire PR Executive

CTD Ups Greg Guenther To SVP, Midwest

Greg Guenther today was promoted to senior vice president, Midwest regional sales manager, at CBS Television Distribution. Guenther had been VP, Midwest regional manager, since 2010. In his position, Guenther will oversee all sales activity in the Chicago office and be responsible for selling to the major broadcasting groups in the Midwest territory, including Tribune, […]

‘Rachael Ray’ Fully Renewed Through 2014

ABC Owned Television Stations, CBS Television Stations and Gannett Broadcasting are among the station groups reupping through season 8.

NAPTE 2012

Jeff Probst’s Goal: Be A Syndication Survivor

As host of one of a batch of syndicated talk shows getting set to debut this fall, the longtime Survivor host says there’s room for all of them. “The reason is that a talk show lives or dies with its host. Everyone brings their own strengths. I don’t see it as a threat.” And he says his experiences on Survivor will serve him well: “Dealing with people from all walks of life, who are in extreme conflicts, for almost 13 years … will play into the talk show. That’s where I’ve had the opportunity to hone the craft of interviewing.”

‘Jeff Probst’ Clearences Top 80% Of U.S.

The new CBS Television Distribution talk show has been cleared in 24 of the top 25 markets for a fall 2012 debut.

CTD To Syndicate ‘Hot In Cleveland’

CBS Television Distribution lands the U.S. broadcast distribution rights to the TV Land original sitcom starring Betty White, Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves and Wendie Malick.


CTD Clears ‘Jeff Probst’ Talker In 55% Of U.S.

Eight of the 10 NBC Owned Television Stations will carry the new daytime talk show in fall 2012, including WNBC New York, KNBC Los Angeles and WCAU Philadelphia. Also clearing the talker are stations in 16 of the top 20 markets.

Jeff Probst To Develop Talk Show For CTD

CBS Television Distribution signs Emmy-winning Survivor host Jeff Probst to create a first-run syndicated talk show for fall 2012.