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 …
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.
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. …
It’s Official: CBS TV Distribution To Do Late-Night Talk Show With Arsenio Hall; Show Cleared In 52% Of US Via Tribune Deal
UPDATED: Two decades after Arsenio Hall‘s successful turn as a late-night syndicated talk show host, he is at it again. The actor-comedian has signed a deal with CBS TV Distribution for a syndicated late-night talk strip for fall 2013. As expected, Tribune Broadcasting has come aboard to partner in the production of the show, which is set to launch on 17 Tribune stations — including in the three largest markets on WPIX-New York, at 11 PM; KTLA-Los Angeles, at 11 PM.; and WGN-Chicago, at 10 PM. The late-night show has already been sold in the top 10 markets and 17 of the top 20 markets, representing 52% of the country. While that doesn’t constitute an official green light, “there is a pretty good chance that we will be seeing the program in fall 2013,” said CTD president John Nogawski, who expects the show to get a first go for next fall by end of summer with the addition of more station clearances. This would be the first syndicated late-night talk show in about 15 years, since the short-lived The Keenen Ivory Wayans Show and Vibe, which launched in fall 1997.
The announcement comes on the heels of Hall’s return to the spotlight as the winner of the most recent season of Celebrity Apprentice. But Nogawski noted that, while Hall’s turn on the Donald Trump-hosted reality show “was a nice thing for the audience to remember him by,” it wasn’t a factor in CTD’s decision to do a late-night show with him. “I have a 20-year history with the guy,” said Nogawski, who oversaw Hall’s previous syndicated late-night talk show at CTD predecessor Paramount Domestic TV.
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UPDATE, 7:50 PM: ”We haven’t seen the complaint and can’t comment on the specifics,” a CBS spokesperson told Deadline, “but the claim as we understand it is without merit and will be vigorously defended.”
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The lawyer for Daysun Perkins filed a 12-page civil suit against CBS Corporation and CBS Television Distribution today in LA County Superior Court. According to the suit, Aaron Meyerson told him in March 2011 that he “would not be hired” for the position of VP of Development because of his gender. “I gotta go girl,” Perkins’ suit claims Meyerson, who is President of Programming and Development at CBS TV Distribution, said. “This job is not worth getting a sex change over.”
LOS ANGELES – January 10, 2012 – RACHAEL RAY, the two-time Emmy Award winner for Outstanding Talk Show (Entertainment), has been renewed for two more years through the 2013-2014 season, it was announced today by Joe DiSalvo, President of Sales for CBS Television Distribution (CTD).
The strip is already renewed across the entire country, including stations from the following groups: ABC Owned Television Stations, CBS Television Station, Gannett Broadcasting, Cox Television, Meredith Broadcasting, Media General, Post-Newsweek, Hearst Television, Allbritton Communications, LIN Television Corporation, Scripps Media and more.
Amy Coleman, formerly supervising producer of The Oprah Winfrey Show, has been hired as executive producer of the upcoming syndicated talk show Jeff Probst. CBS Television Distribution’s new first-run talker starring the Survivor host, already cleared in 80% of the country, is set to debut in the fall. Coleman spent …