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Syndicated Court Show Created By Judy Sheindlin To Launch In Fall 2014

By | Thursday January 23, 2014 @ 10:06am PST
Nellie Andreeva

judgejudyDaytime queen Judy Sheindlin is expanding her footprint with a second syndicated court show. Hot Bench, created by Sheindlin, is set to launch in the fall with clearances in 75% of the country. It hails from CBS TV Distribution, which is behind Sheindlin’s top-rated Judge Judy and has a deal with her.  This marks the first time Sheindlin has created a show. Hot Bench has been sold to the CBS Television Stations and stations from Tribune, Sinclair Broadcast Group, Cox Media Group and Meredith Corp, among others. The strip will air mostly in afternoon and early-fringe time periods. “Judy Sheindlin has been a very important part of the CBS family for many years, and everyone at our company is excited to launch this new show and bring Judy’s creative vision to the air,” said Armando Nuñez, President and CEO of the CBS Global Distribution Group. Hot Bench, executive produced by Judge Judy exec producer/director Randy Douthit, 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 amongst 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.) “When my husband Jerry and I were in Ireland recently, we visited the courts and watched a three-judge bench, which I found both fascinating and compelling,” Sheindlin said. “I immediately thought what a terrific and unique idea for a television program that brings the court genre to the next level.” Here is more info on the show’s stars: Read More »

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Telepictures’ Hilary Estey McLoughlin Joins Rival CBS TV Distribution As President Creative Affairs

By | Tuesday October 22, 2013 @ 3:12pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Three months after Warner Bros TV brought in former Fox reality chief Mike Darnell in a broad unscripted/alternative role that includes overseeing first-run syndication division Telepictures Prods, Telepictures president Hilary Estey McLoughlin has jumped to rival CBS TV Distribution as President, Creative Affairs. There, she will report to Armando Nuñez, President and CEO of the CBS Global Distribution Group. McLoughlin, a 27-year Telepictures veteran who had headed the company since 2006, quietly stepped down immediately after Darnell’s appointment was announced in July. I hear she was offered a producing deal at the studio but declined. Estey McLoughlin is bringing a top-level first-run syndication expertise to CBSTVD, which has been lacking since the departure of CBSTVD president John Nogawski a year ago when CBS Studios International president Nuñez was given the reins of the division. At Telepictures, Estey McLoughlin shepherded such shows as Ellen and TMZ. At CBSTVD she will oversee all first-run syndication programming, including current series and development. “Hilary is a gifted and forward-thinking executive with an outstanding resume of success for identifying and nurturing talent, as well as launching successful shows in syndication,” said Nuñez. The company’s current slate includes freshmen Arsenio and The Test and stalwarts Judge Judy, Entertainment Tonight, Dr. Phil, Wheel Of Fortune, Jeopardy! and Rachael Ray. Next up is Serch, a syndicated daytime hourlong talk show hosted by 1980s rapper MC Serch, which will begin a Read More »

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CBS TV Distribution Taps WWE Exec As SVP Programming & Development

By | Wednesday May 8, 2013 @ 4:35pm PDT

The former SVP Creative and Development at World Wrestling Entertainment has joined CBS TV Distribution to develop first-run syndicated programming and oversee current shows, the syndie division said today. As SVP Programming and Development, Eric Pankowski will report to EVP Maureen FitzPatrick, and he’ll oversee Arsenio Hall‘s return to the late-night talk circuit in the fall. At WWE, Pankowski oversaw creative on shows for USA, Syfy, the CW, and Ion. Before that he developed projects for first-run syndication and network primetime as SVP at Reveille/Shine Group and launched paraMedia inc.’s Lopez Tonight. He also served as Director of Current Programming at Telepictures Productions, working on programs including The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Judge Mathis, and Street Smarts.

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Judy Sheindlin Inks New Deal With CBS TV Distribution To Host ‘Judge Judy’ Through 2017

By | Monday April 8, 2013 @ 6:55am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Judy Sheindlin, host of top-rated daytime show Judge Judy, has signed a new multiyear deal with CBS TV Distribution to continue on the show through 2017. Her previous pact, signed in 2011, went through 2015. The new contract will bring Judge Judy‘s seasons on the air to 21. The show, now in its 17th season, averages more than 9 million daily viewers. Judge Judy has been the top-rated half-hour syndicated court show since its debut nearly 17 years ago on September 16, 1996 (860 consecutive weeks), and has ranked as the No. 1-rated daytime show for the past three seasons. Randy Douthit is executive producer and director. 

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‘Judge Joe Brown’ To End Its Run

By | Tuesday March 26, 2013 @ 2:09pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

CBS TV Distribution‘s long-running syndicated court show Judge Joe Brown will end its 15-year run at the end of this season. “Judge Joe Brown will not be returning for another season. 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,” a CBSTVD spokesperson said. The decision comes following a recent report of a contract renegotiation dispute between CBSTVD and Brown. The departure will free up a half-hour on the stations that carry the court show, including the Fox stations.

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‘Jeff Probst’ Cancelled After One Season

By | Wednesday February 13, 2013 @ 3:12pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

The other shoe has dropped — following Twentieth Television’s decision last week not to renew the Ricki Lake Show, CBS TV Distribution today said that its struggling freshman syndicated talker The Jeff Probst Show will not be retuning for the 2013-2014 season. Original episodes will continue to air through the end of the season. “We believe Jeff is an incredible talent, and that he and his dedicated producing team delivered quality episodes throughout the season. Unfortunately, the audience isn’t there to support a second year. We are grateful to the entire staff, our affiliate partners and advertisers for their ongoing support of The Jeff Probst Show,” a CTD spokesperson said. Added Probst, “I’m super bummed but extremely proud. The truth is all shows come to an end. Ours just ended a decade sooner than we had hoped.” Probst continues of course as longtime host of CBS’ Survivor, which premieres its 26th installment tonight. Read More »

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CBS TV Distribution’s ‘The Test’ Hosted By Kirk Fox A Go For Fall 2013 Launch

By | Tuesday January 8, 2013 @ 5:21pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

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 Tribune as a launch station group. The Test, produced by Jay McGraw’s Stage 29 Prods. and distributed by CBSTD, will resolve disputes with the help of DNA and lie detector tests whose results will be revealed on the show. Production is slated to begin in the next several months. The Test was one of two syndicated shows built around DNA testing that were developed for next fall, along with MGM Television’s Paternity Court.

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TV TEASER: Syndicated ‘Jeff Probst Show’

By | Wednesday June 6, 2012 @ 7:30pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Here is an exclusive look at the first spot for The Jeff Probst Show, CBS TV Distribution’s upcoming daytime syndicated talk show hosted by the Survivor star. In the spot, which affiliate TV stations will begin airing later this week, Probst refers to his stint on Survivor, which has hosted for 24 cycles and will continue to do so alongside his new full-time job. The Jeff Probst Show, executive produced by Amy Coleman (The Oprah Winfrey Show), launches in the fall.

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CBS TV Distribution Preps Bobby Flay And Giada De Laurentiis Daytime Talk Show For Fall 2013

By | Wednesday June 6, 2012 @ 9:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

I’ve learned that CBS TV Distribution is finalizing a deal with Bobby Flay and Giada de Laurentiis to develop a syndicated daytime talk show for Fall 2013. The talker is expected to be in the vein of Live With Regis & Kelly and also air live. Shane Farley (Rachael Ray) will executive produce. This is the second high-profile syndicated talk show in the works for fall 2013. Sony TV is working on a show hosted by Queen Latifah and co-produced by Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment.

Flay and DeLaurentiis, granddaughter of veteran film producer Dino DeLaurentiis, each have their own shows on Food Network, and both were recently nominated for Daytime Emmy Awards, Flay for Bobby Flay’s Barbecue Addiction and DeLaurentiis for Giada at Home. DeLaurentiis’ show actually scored the most Emmy noms for a culinary program, 5, followed by the most popular food-themed talk show over the past few years, Rachael Ray, which also hails from CBS TV Distribution.

Talks about Flay and de Laurentiis pairing for a syndicated daytime talk show first surfaced at the beginning of the year. The two have been working together as judges on Food Network’s flagship Food Network Star competition reality series series and last week they appeared together in a segment on the Today show (video below). In addition to his TV chef career, Flay is a well known New York restaurateur. The Flay-de Laurentiis show was sold by WME, which reps the duo and Farley. CBS TV Distribution declined comment. Read More »

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Arsenio Hall Tests Syndicated Talk Show Waters

By | Tuesday May 29, 2012 @ 2:23pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Arsenio Hall Talk ShowBack in the headlines after his recent Celebrity Apprentice win, Arsenio Hall is mulling a return to the late-night syndicated talk show circuit. I hear Hall has been in talks with CBS TV Distribution about a project that also may involve Tribune. There are no deals in place but if conversations materialize, Hall will likely film a presentation. CBS TV Distribution declined comment. Immediately following his Celebrity Apprentice victory a week ago, Hall spoke publicly of his desire to return to television in a more permanent fashion. A deal with CBS TV Distribution would mark a reunion for the company and Hall. His syndicated late-night Arsenio Hall Show, which ran from 1989 to 1994, was produced by CBS TV Distribution predecessor Paramount Domestic TV.

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‘ET’ & ‘The Insider’ Hire PR Executive

By | Thursday March 22, 2012 @ 11:24am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Tracey Raab CBS TV Distribution20th Century Fox TV PR executive Tracey Raab has joined CBS TV Distribution as VP Communications. She will oversee publicity for the company’s flagship entertainment newsmagazine Entertainment Tonight and its offshoot The Insider. She will report to John Wentworth, EVP Communications, CTD. Raab most recently was Executive Director of Media Relations for 20th TV, overseeing publicity and marketing campaigns for such primetime series as Modern Family, Last Man Standing and Sons Of Anarchy. Last month she won a Publicist Guild Award for her work on the Modern Family publicity campaign. This marks Raab’s return to the CBS family. Before 20th TV, she worked as a senior publicist at CBS.

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CBS TV Distribution Picks Up TV Land’s ‘Hot In Cleveland’

By | Thursday December 15, 2011 @ 10:14am PST
Nellie Andreeva

With Hot In Cleveland amassing a staggering 54-episode order in only 8 months, the sitcom starring Betty White is headed to syndication. CBS TV Distribution has closed a deal to acquire the exclusive broadcast domestic distribution rights for TV Land’s sitcom. The deal had been in the works since the summer, with CTD already informally shopping the show to potential buyers. Hot In Cleveland recently posted its lowest-rated season premiere but continues to be TV Land’s flagship series.

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AMC Acquires Off-Network Rights To ‘CSI: Miami’, Boosting Series’ Renewal Chances

By | Friday December 9, 2011 @ 12:16pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

This is an odd pairing — Don Draper and Horatio Caine will now be on the same network! In its first off-network acquisition, AMC, home of Mad Men, Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead, has picked up off-network rights to CBS’ veteran procedural CSI: Miami. The deal with CBS Television Distribution, said to be worth tens of millions of dollars, covers the existing 10 seasons of CSI: Miami as well as Seasons 11 and 12 if produced. (Today’s deal certainly increases the chances of the show continuing on CBS beyond the current 10th season). With the exception of Seasons 11 and 12, which AMC would get exclusively, the pact is non-exclusive. A&E, which had been the exclusive cable home of CSI: Miami, will continue to air the show from 6 AM-4 PM. AMC is getting fringe and primetime rights with a 4 PM-6 AM window. The drama starring David Caruso will make its debut on AMC on January 2 at 5 PM and will air in the hour Monday through Friday.

CSI: Miami has strong brand recognition as part of the hugely popular CSI franchise and is one of the most-watched series in the world. As a procedural, it also is highly repeatable, which is key for cable networks looking for ways to enhance their lineups. As an hourlong, CSI: Maimi also will give AMC flexibility scheduling-wise. So far, the network has been able to complement its original series only with … Read More »

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Syndication’s “Wild” Day: How Next Fall’s Lineup Fell Into Place Within A Few Hours

Nellie Andreeva

Who said syndication was boring? In one day this week, the usually sleepy industry offered more action that a Michael Bay movie. Wednesday started off with several shows: newbies Jeff Probst, from CBS TV Distribution, Twentieth’s Ricki Lake, Warner Bros’ Bethenny Frankel as well as Warner Bros’ rookie Anderson, vying for a slot on the NBC stations. It ended with Jeff Probst getting the NBC stations, Anderson being renewed on the Fox stations and Ricki Lake landing a key Tribune station that secures its launch. “I don’t remember it being so wild,” one veteran syndication executive said about the Wednesday flurry of activity. “It was like the Wild Wild West — everyone had their guns out and we were shooting at each other.”

After a marathon of presentations by all hopefuls, including the NBC-produced Jenny McCarthy talk-show pilot, it came down to Jeff Probst and Ricki Lake for the spot on the NBC stations. Things were so close, I hear the winner was picked by a vote. The moment the decision to go with Jeff Probst was made yesterday, “the scurrying started, and the other dominoes started to fall,” according to an industry insider. Ricki Lake needed to secure a station in the top TV market, New York City, to keep its hopes of a nationwide launch alive. Meanwhile, Tribune’s New York station WPIX had trouble integrating Anderson Cooper’s new talk show into its lineup of conflict talkers: NBCU’s Maury, Jerry Springer and Steve Wilkos, and Tribune’s own Bill Cunningham. So WPIX went for Ricki Lake, Anderson moved to Fox’s New York station, and the Fox station group quickly renewed the show for a second season. Read More »

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It’s Official: Jeff Probst’s Talk Show Picked Up By NBC Stations, Cleared In 55% Of US

By | Thursday November 10, 2011 @ 11:35am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Jeff Probst’s Syndicated Daily Talk Show Closing In On Deal With NBC Stations

CBS TV Distribution’s syndicated daily talk show hosted by Survivor‘s Jeff Probst has finalized a deal with the NBC owned-and-operated stations, clearing the strip for a fall 2012 launch. In addition to the NBC Owned TV Stations in New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Dallas-Fort Worth, San Francisco, Miami, San Diego and Hartford, Connecticut, the show, titled Jeff Probst, has been sold to stations owned by CBS, Gannett Broadcasting, Post-Newsweek, Belo, Cox Television, Scripps Howard Broadcasting and LIN Television — the station groups that previously carried CTD’s The Oprah Winfrey Show — for 55% coverage of the U.S., including 16 of the Top 20 markets. Read More »

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Jeff Probst’s Syndicated Daily Talk Show Closing In On Deal With NBC Stations

By | Wednesday November 9, 2011 @ 2:44pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

I hear that CBS TV Distribution’s syndicated daily talk show hosted by Survivor‘s Jeff Probst is close to a deal with the NBC owned and operated stations, effectively clearing the strip for a fall 2012 launch. The show, which will cover mostly relationship and human interest topics, had been competing with 2 other syndicated talk show hopefuls, Twentieth’s Ricki Lake and Warner Bros’ Bethenny Frankel, for a spot on the NBC O&Os. The acquisition does not affect Sony TV’s Nate Berkus Show, which has a deal with the NBC stations though next season. In addition to Jeff Probst, the 10 NBC O&O will also serve as the launch group for the new Steve Harvey talk show next fall. Meanwhile, station clearances would rule out Probst, a frequent substitute guest host on Live! With Regis And Kelly, as a possible successor to departing Regis Pilbin. This would mark CBS TV Distribution’s first first-run syndication launch since The Doctors.

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Judge Jackie Glass To Replace Nancy Grace On ‘Swift Justice’ For Season 2

By | Tuesday May 24, 2011 @ 3:35pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Nancy Grace will be leaving the daytime syndicated show Swift Justice after one season. Las Vegas Judge Jackie Glass will take her place on the show, whose production will be moved from Atlanta, where Grace is based, to Los Angeles. “Leaving such a successful show was a tough decision, but, with the increased requirements of the production’s relocation to Los Angeles, it became challenging to balance my most important job — mother to John David and Lucy back home,” Grace said in a statement. CBS TV Distribution’s Swift Justice launched as the top-rated new first-run syndicated series this season and earned an Emmy nomination for best Legal/Courtroom Program. Glass is best known as the judge who presided over the case that sent O.J. Simpson to jail for his role in an armed robbery at a Las Vegas hotel in 2008.

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Jillian Michaels’ Next Gig: Co-Host On ‘The Doctors’ And Correspondent On ‘Dr. Phil’

Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Is fitness guru Jillian Michaels the next daytime talk show star? The popular Biggest Loser trainer has signed a multi-year deal to join the daytime syndicated talk show The Doctors as a co-host next season. Additionally, she will serve as a special correspondent on Dr. Phil. Both talk shows are distributed by CBS TV Distribution and executive produced by Phil McGraw. When she announced in December that she would leave The Biggest Loser after the current 11th season, Michaels tweeted that she was planning to “focus on becoming a mommy.” While that is still very much in the cards, Michaels said that she had been open to doing something in the daytime space. Since announcing her exit from Loser, she fielded multiple job offers but immediately sparked to the idea of joining The Doctors, created and exec produced by Jay McGraw, as well as Dr. Phil. “This was an opportunity to do something that I love and help so many people, so I couldn’t possibly pass it up,” said Michaels, who has appeared about a dozen times on The Doctors in the past three seasons. She also relishes the opportunity for “people to see the 360-degree version of me” vs. the somewhat “caricature” character that she plays on Loser, where she is known for being very tough on the contestants. “I will still take a tough-love approach when necessary, but this is a platform that will allow me to have a direct connection with the viewers and provide them with information, motivation and support.” Also appealing to Michaels was the chance to work with Phil McGraw, whom she called “the ultimate mentor” in daytime, especially with Oprah Winfrey leaving the arena later this month. While The Doctors started off as a show for advice from medical professionals, it has evolved, and recruiting Michaels is part of that, Jay McGraw said. “We’re broadening the type of information we are going to provide to viewers,” he said. “Jillian is the best at what she does and has the ability to form an incredible bond with the viewers.” Here is the release announcing Michaels’ new jobs: Read More »

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CBS TV Distribution Signs ‘Judge Judy’ Star Judy Sheindlin Through 2015

By | Monday May 2, 2011 @ 1:23pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Judge Judy star Judy Sheindlin is already poised to become the undisputed queen of daytime TV when Oprah Winfrey signs off later this month. Now Judge Judy producer CBS TV Distribution has moved in to try extend her reign with a new deal that will keep Sheindlin on the top-rated court show through 2015. “Judy is in a class by herself,” CTD president John Nogawski said. “For 15 years, she’s delivered one of the highest-rated shows in all of syndication. She’s at the top of her game, and we’re excited to be in business with daytime’s #1 star.” In its 15th season, Judge Judy is the most watched show in daytime television with an average of 10 million viewers. In the 2009-10 season, it finished No. 1, the first time any daytime program had surpassed Oprah in a decade. The 68-year-old recently had a health scare when she didn’t feel well during a taping of the show and was taken to the hospital for observation.

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