Elaine Bauer Brooks has joined CBS TV Distribution as EVP Development, the syndication division’s top development executive under Hilary Estey McLoughlin, President of Creative Affairs for CTD. Brooks replaces former EVP Development Maureen FitzPatrick who recently transitioned to a new role as executive producer of CTD’s high-profile new syndicated court show Hot Bench, created by Judge Judy Sheindlin, which is set to debut in the fall. “Elaine has truly versatile experience from being a hands-on producer to having the perfect combination of unscripted, scripted and digital expertise,” McLoughlin said.
The syndicated daytime series created by Judge Judy Sheindlin has found its second exec producer. Maureen FitzPatrick will transition from her current gig as EVP Programming and Development at CBS Television Distribution to Hot Bench, the syndicated court show set to debut in the fall. She joins Randy Douthit in the EP role, having worked on other CBSTD productions including Judge Judy, Entertainment Tonight and The Arsenio Hall Show. Hot Bench, which is cleared in 75% of the country, features a panel of three judges (Judge Patricia DiMango and attorneys Tanya Acker and Larry Bakman) hearing court cases, arguing the merits of the case among themselves and rendering a verdict. (The term “hot bench” is used to describe a court where the judge or judges frequently interrupt lawyers’ presentations with questions, often leading to lively exchanges.) FitzPatrick’s other daytime TV exec producer credits include Living it Up! With Ali & Jack, Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus and Donny And Marie. She also has worked on Ellen, Jerry Springer, Jenny Jones and game shows including The Newlywed Game, Pyramid and Whose Line Is It Anyway? “I am thrilled that Hot Bench will now have the extraordinary talent of Maureen FitzPatrick,” Sheindlin said in a statement. “One only needs to read her resume and meet her for an hour to know that she is the real deal.”
D.J. Petroro, who is Linda Bell Blue‘s No. 2, and Linda Fuller will be taking the reins of the show, CBS Television Distribution made official today. Bell Blue will remain in her job through the end of the current season, with the new team taking over for the show’s 33rd season in the fall. Her pending departure from Entertainment Tonight was first reported in September. Bell Blue, who has spent 19 years as executive producer of the iconic syndicated Hollywood-centric show, has signed a multi-year deal to transition into a new role as president of the newly created Entertainment Tonight Studios. In her new gig, she will oversee the creation of Entertainment Tonight-branded series and specials for cable, broadcast and digital platforms. This is not a stretch — during her nearly two decades on the show, she executive produced loads of CBS primetime specials: the ABC reunion special Entertainment Tonight Presents: Laverne & Shirley Together Again; the recently produced Entertainment Tonight Presents: The Katy Perry Experience for TVGN; and four ET-branded specials on weight, plastic surgery, unsolved mysteries, and scandals and drug use in Hollywood.
CBS Television Distribution‘s daily strip Rachael Ray has been renewed in nearly 90% of the country that will take the talk show through the 2015-2016 season. The deal will take the syndicated staple to 10 seasons. The renewals include on ABC Owned Television Stations in New York, Philadelphia and Raleigh, N.C; and stations from the CBS Television Stations, Hearst, Post-Newsweek and Sinclair. Rachael Ray, which debuted in 2006, won Outstanding Talk Show/Entertainment Emmys in 2008 and 2009. “Rachael Ray is one of the best brands in the business, and our station clients and advertisers recognize that,” said DiSalvo, President of Sales for CBS TV Distribution, which co-produces with Harpo Prods, Scripps Networks and Watch Entertainment.
In CBS TV Distribution‘s first major move under the new regime, the company is launching Serch, a syndicated daytime hourlong talk show hosted by one of the first white rappers who has been performing under the name MC Serch. (watch music video below) The show will begin a four-week test run on Tribune stations in eight markets, including New York and Los Angeles, on January 6, 2014. This is the first time the Tribune stations are participating in such a trial run, a practice introduced by the Fox stations, which try out new syndicated talk shows for six weeks in the summer. Serch extends the relationship between CDT and Tribune who are partnered on two new syndicated shows this fall, Arsenio and The Test.
Ray Richmond contributes to Deadline’s TCA coverage.
An extremely chatty and ebullient Arsenio Hall proved he’s ready to leap back into the late-night talk fray at TCA this afternoon, holding court onstage and showing a certain reluctance to leave during a session that ran nearly 15 minutes overtime. Hall’s new CBS Television Distribution syndie effort premieres September 9 and is cleared in all of the major markets. It’s been 19 years since Hall departed the late-night air with his Paramount talker and 16 years since both short-lived The Keenan Ivory Wayans Show and Vibe premiered in fall 1997. Hall was positively giddy while chattering about his plans for the new show. When he left the nightly air nearly two decades ago, the Internet was still more or less in its infancy and social media was non-existent. Consequently, he’s planning for social media to be a big part of the new show. “It can drive people from the computer to the TV screen,” he said. “But it’s not necessarily essential. [Jay] Leno isn’t really into it, and yet he’s No. 1…I’m excited to jump back into it. When you write a joke and you’re able to use Google (for you’re research)…I can’t wait to write jokes and do comedy and prepare interviews in this digital world.” When asked how the look and the feel of The Arsenio Hall Show will be, he indicated that it’s not really going to be so different from any other show. “Basically, what I’ll do is just assert my personality and hope people will hang with me…But the challenges are gigantic now. What I’ve got to be is better than one guy that’s there already. You don’t have to go after Chelsea’s fans or Leno’s fans to be in the game.”
Two veterans of the original Arsenio Hall Show are returning for the new talker: Senior Talent Producer Claudia Cagan and Producer Makiko Ushiyama served as Talent Executive and Senior Talent Coordinator, respectively, on Arsenio Hall‘s 1989-94 late-night program. Cagan is joined by Talent Producers Renee Henson and Luke Sader, as well as Music Producer Christopher McDonald. In addition, Holly Crosby and Stephanie Storey have been hired as Coordinating Producers. Cagan most recently served as Senior Segment Producer at E! News. Ushiyama moves to The Arsenio Hall Show from Access Hollywood and Access Hollywood Live, where she worked as a Segment Producer. CBS Television Distribution‘s syndicated late-night talker debuts September 9.
Leon Knoles will serve as director for CBS Television Distribution‘s syndicated late-night talker The Arsenio Hall Show, which debuts September 9. The move was announced today by executive producers Arsenio Hall, John Ferriter and Neal Kendall. Knoles began his career as a technical director on such shows as American Idol, Last Comic Standing, The BET Honors, and the Comedy Central Roast as well as stints on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Real Time With Bill Maher, The Late Late Show With Craig Kilborn, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Live With Kelly and The Wayne Brady Show. He segued to directing with Damon Wayans’ comedy special Way Out for Comedy Central. He has directed several specials for PBS including The National Tree Lighting, The Tenors Lead With Your Heart, Country Music: In Performance At The White House, Michael Feinstein: The Sinatra Legacy, Gloria Estefan: The Standards and The Motown Sound: In Performance At The White House.
CBS Television Distribution announced today that veteran daytime producer Patricia Ciano has been named executive producer of the syndicated daytime strip The Test, which will debut in the fall. The conflict-resolution talk show from Jay McGraw’s Stage 29 Productions is sold in more than 90% of the country, including 49 of the top 50 markets. Ciano joins McGraw and Carla Pennington as EP. Ciano most recently launched and executive produced syndicated talker The Jeremy Kyle Show. Her other producing credits include This Morning With Mike And Juliet, Life & Style, The Ricki Lake Show and The Jenny Jones Show. Ciano won a Daytime Emmy in 2011 as co-executive producer of the court show Judge Pirro. She also was a supervising producer for Judge Hatchett and Judge Lopez from 2006-07. The Test will launch with Tribune Broadcasting’s 17 stations as the anchor group in major markets. Tribune is also a partner in production of the show.
LOS ANGELES – March 25, 2013 — Robert Schildhouse is joining CBS Television Distribution as Senior Vice President, Digital Licensing and Distribution, it was announced today by Armando Nuñez, President and CEO of CBS Global Distribution Group, to whom Schildhouse will directly report.
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 Chief Corporate Content Licensing Officer, supporting Koondel’s efforts on domestic digital licensing of CBS’ vast programming library, including content from CBS Television Studios, Showtime, CBS News, CBS Television Distribution and CBS Films.
MGM Television will be distributing the syndicated web-video series RightThisMinute. Produced by MagicDust Television in partnership with Cox Media Group, Raycom Media and E.W. Scripps, RightThisMinute is a daily broadcast television series that introduces audiences to the newest and most captivating web videos as they break, often before the videos go viral. RightThisMinute airs in approximately 50 U.S. markets to over a million daily viewers and is currently the No. 1 daytime syndicated show in San Francisco (KTVU, Fox) among viewers 25-54, according to Nielsen. The show saw its second season debut in Detroit, Denver, Indianapolis, San Diego, and Tulsa, among others, in September of 2012. Other markets where the show returned include: Seattle, Phoenix, Cleveland, Orlando, Charlotte, Baltimore, Kansas City, Cincinnati, West Palm Beach, Birmingham and Richmond.
The new late-night syndicated talk show officially became a go for the fall schedule after its clearances reached 85% of the country back in August. Now CBS Television Distribution has sold the strip in 95% of the U.S. ahead of its September 9 launch in mostly 10 PM and 11 PM slots. Tribune Broadcasting has stations in seven of the top 10 markets and is joined by pickups from CBS Television, Local TV, Sinclair Broadcasting, LIN Television Stations, Belo Corp, Cox Enterprises, Media General, Post-Newsweek Stations, Newport Television, Raycom Media, The Grant Group and Sunbeam Television. The Arsenio Hall Show is produced by CBS TV Distribution in association with Arsenio Hall Communications and Octagon Entertainment Prods. Hall is executive producer, and John Ferriter is executive producer.
CBS Television Distribution just announced that it has sold The Test, a syndicated daytime strip from Jay McGraw’s Stage 29 Prods and hosted by actor-comedian Kirk Fox, into 56% of the country for a fall 2013 launch.
Tribune Broadcasting is partnering in the production of the show, which is set to launch on 17 Tribune Broadcasting Stations, including in the three largest markets on WPIX New York,; KTLA Los Angeles and WGN Chicago. Overall, the show has been sold in 56% of the country, including seven of the top 10 markets.
Hosted by Fox (Parks And Recreation, Forgetting Sarah Marshall), The Test is a one-hour conflict-resolution talk show that will use lie detector and DNA tests to settle relationship and paternity disputes among guests. “The Test fills a growing niche in daytime television that the audience is really responding to,” said Joe DiSalvo, president of sales at CTD. In addition to Tribune, The Test has been sold to 29 Sinclair Communications stations, among others. Fox is repped by Barry Katz Entertainment.
EXCLUSIVE: There will be a change at the helm of the No. 1 show in syndication, Judge Judy. Longtime executive producer Timothy Regler is retiring from day-to-day production after 42 years in the business. He is expected to leave at the end of the season to pursue interests in arts education. Amy Freisleben has been promoted to Executive in Charge of Production for the show.
Freisleben has been with Judge Judy since 1998, serving as VP and then SVP Legal and Business Affairs for CBS Television Distribution, the company that distributes the court show, for which she handled all production-related legal work. Regler has been with Judge Judy since it premiered in September 1996 as Co-Executive Producer and then Executive Producer. Randy Douthit, who has served as executive producer since the show’s 1996 launch, will continue as Executive Producer and Director.
CBS Television Distribution has signed a deal with Yahoo to combine their celebrity/entertainment news entities The Insider and omg!, respectively. Under the deal, CTD’s syndicated entertainment newsmagazine The Insider will be renamed omg! Insider in January 2013 to become “a multiplatform entertainment news series.” Kevin Frazier and Brooke Anderson will continue to host the TV show, as well as such Yahoo talent as Kristen Aldridge (omg! NOW) and Michael Yo (The Yo Show on Yahoo!). In addition, Yahoo!’s omg! entertainment news site, visited by nearly 30 million users each month, will be the exclusive home to video provided by the TV show. Online, Yahoo’s omg! will provide continually updated coverage, including video clips, celebrity interviews, photo galleries, editorial and several interactive social features. On air each evening, the TV show will offer a mix of informal in-studio conversations with celebrities and personality-driven discussions around the day’s hottest topics and trends.
Veteran producer Maureen FitzPatrick and CBS Television Distribution’s Joe Ferullo will share the new SVP of Programming and Development title at CBS’ syndication division, which is undergoing a restructuring following the recent exit of CBS TV Distribution President John Nogawski, whose responsibilities have been taken over by Armando Nuñez, resident of CBS Studios International. In a similar fashion, FitzPatrick and Ferullo, who will report to Nuñez, are taking over the duties of president of programming and development Aaron Meyerson, who is leaving.
CBS TV Distribution President John Nogawski Exits, Armando Nuñez To Oversee Domestic And International Distribution
EXCLUSIVE: CBS Television Distribution president John Nogawski is leaving after almost 30 years at the company. Following his exit, CBS is installing a new organizational structure with Armando Nuñez, currently President of CBS Studios International, expanding his role to oversee domestic and international distribution. A formal announcement is expected later this morning. (UPDATE: The official release is posted below.)
Nogawski’s departure follows a very soft start for CBS TV Distribution’s high-profile new syndicated daytime talk show hosted by Survivor‘s Jeff Probst. Another high-profile syndicated talk show shepherded by Nogawski, a late-night talker with Arsenio Hall, is slated for a fall 2013 launch with the Tribune stations as a core group.
CBS TV Distribution boasts the top daytime syndicated series with court show Judge Judy and talk show Dr. Phil. But it has struggled to successfully expand its talk-show portfolio beyond the series brought in by the 2006 merger with King World: Dr. Phil, which spawned spinoff The Doctors, and Rachael Ray.
CBS TV Distribution has been successful on the off-network sale side, recently landing blockbuster deals for NCIS: LA and Hawaii Five-0 in the series’ first seasons on air. The company previously had a very rich off-network deal for drama Medium at Lifetime.
EXCLUSIVE: Sources tell me Executive Director of Original Programming and Development Daysun Perkins was let go from GSN last week. The exit occurred just days after he asked the court to dismiss a sexual discrimination suit he’d filed in March against CBS Television Distribution, where he had been the Director of Development from 2003-2008, after he and CBS came to a confidential settlement on the matter. Perkins had been at GSN since May 2010. Before that, he spent just over a year as VP Development at Eyeworks USA, producers of ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition and Spike’s Bar Rescue among others.
CBS is off the sex discrimination hook with the man who was suing them. Daysun Perkins last week dropped his lawsuit against CBS Corp and CBS Television Distribution after reaching a confidential settlement with the network last month. On August 28, he requested (read it here) that LA Superior Court dismiss the case he filed in March. A hearing on Perkins’ request is set for October. “We have no comment except to say that the parties have resolved the case to the mutual satisfaction,” a CBS Television Distribution spokesperson told Deadline.
Perkins, currently GSN’s Executive Director for Original Programming and Development, sued CBS alleging he had been told the network had to hire a woman for a position he had applied for. According to the civil suit, Aaron Meyerson, the President of Programming and Development at CBS TV Distribution, told Perkins in March 2011 that despite his qualifications he “would not be hired” for the position of VP Development because of his gender. “I gotta go girl,” the suit claims Meyerson said. Meyerson is also said to have added, “this job is not worth getting a sex change over.” Perkins was no newcomer to CBS; he served as Director of Development at CBS TV Distribution from 2003 to 2008. Steven Browne of L.A.’s Browne Law Firm represents Perkins. CBS is represented by Littler Mendelson PC.