|Formerly||CBS Paramount Domestic Television (2006-2007)|
CBS Television Distribution (2007-2021)
Paramount Domestic Television
King World Productions
|Founded||September 26, 2006Los Angeles, California, U.S.in|
Santa Monica, California,
|Steven A. LoCascio (President)|
(CBS Entertainment Group)
It was formed from the merger of CBS Corporation's domestic television distribution arms CBS Paramount Domestic Television and King World Productions, including its home entertainment arm CBS Home Entertainment. The division, the main distribution arm of CBS Studios (formerly Desilu Productions, Paramount Television, CBS Paramount Television and CBS Television Studios), the CBS and The CW television networks, and other ViacomCBS television studios, such as the ViacomCBS Domestic Media Networks division, was formed on September 26, 2006 by CBS Corporation and was headed by Roger King, the CEO of King World until his death on December 8, 2007.
The company handles distribution rights to acquired series, mini-series, and made-for-television films from the Paramount Television libraries (such as those of Desilu Productions, Paramount Television, Viacom Productions/Enterprises, Republic Pictures Television, Big Ticket Entertainment, Spelling Television, and Worldvision Enterprises), and series, mini-series, and made-for-television films from the CBS television libraries (such as those by CBS Productions, King World Productions, the majority of those by Group W Productions, and its own first-run broadcast syndication and off-network television series), along with ViacomCBS' cable networks and television studios. CBS also handles the television rights to much of its own theatrical films and sister movie studio, Paramount Pictures. The company formerly distributed the film libraries from Republic Pictures and Carolco Pictures among others. The company is also responsible for international television distribution rights to series by Rysher Entertainment including certain HBO series through its ViacomCBS Global Distribution division, and advertising sales representative for Lionsgate's Debmar-Mercury division.
This would mark the sixth distribution name for CBS as CBS Television Film Sales was the first (1952-1958), CBS Films, Inc. was the second (1958-1968), CBS Enterprises was the third (1968-1970), Eyemark Entertainment was the fourth (1995-2000), and CBS Paramount Domestic Television was the fifth (2006-2007).
The current moniker for CBS Media Ventures overseas distribution arm is ViacomCBS Global Distribution (since 2009). Its predecessors were CBS Broadcast International, CBS Paramount International Television, and CBS Studios International.
John Nogawski in 2012 left his position as president of CBS Television Distribution. Thus Armando Nuñez, president of CBS Studios International, added responsibility for the division as president of CBS Global Distributions Group.
With a growing international syndication business, CBS looked to split the group. In early July 2016, CBS hired Paul Franklin, formerly executive vice president and general sales manager for 20th Television syndication arm and MyNetworkTV, as head of CBS Television Distribution with Nuñez returning to just being president of CBS Studios International.
In October 2018, unit president Paul Franklin retired and chief content licensing officer Scott Koondel stepped down for a production deal with CBS. On October 30, 2018, Armando Nuñez was named CBS Corporation chief content licensing officer and CBS Global Distribution Group president and chief executive officer while continuing in his CBS Studios International post.
In 2019, CBS Television Distribution signed an ad sales deal with Debmar-Mercury, replacing 20th Television (which was acquired by The Walt Disney Company). CBS Television Distribution Media Sales is now responsible for the advertising sales for the Lionsgate/Revolution Studios libraries, Family Feud, and The Wendy Williams Show. In June 2019, CBS Television Distribution announced that it would launch Dabl, a life style broadcasting network on September 9, 2019. By 2019, Viacom and CBS merged into ViacomCBS, making CBS Television Distribution as the official television distribution label of Paramount Pictures, CBS, and ViacomCBS Domestic Media Networks, distributing original content from Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, and Paramount Network, as well as other networks owned by ViacomCBS.
On January 11, 2021, CBS Television Distribution was rebranded as CBS Media Ventures.