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.
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 …
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.