Four years after Judith Sheindlin, CBS and others were sued by a producer from the early seasons of the Judge Judy series and the estate of another producer over profits from the big bucks sale of the show’s library, the almost lucratively esoteric dispute looks to have come to the end of the legal road, at least for now.
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.
The deal clears the all-new Extra, The Real, TMZ and TMZ Live and will eliminate end breaks across the Fox-owned stations across the country.
The ad-free Saturday Night Live channel is only available internationally to promote overseas TV syndication deals. A bulk of SNL’s content is available only on Yahoo, which is using thousands of segments from the show to anchor the launch of its original comedies. NBC and Hulu retain the online rights to full episodes.