CBS Television Studios

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CBS Television Studios
TypeSubsidiary
IndustryTelevision Production
FoundedLos Angeles, California, USA (January 17, 2006 (2006-01-17) as CBS Paramount Television)
HeadquartersLos Angeles, California, United States
Key peopleLeslie Moonves, President & CEO
ParentCBS Corporation
Websitehttp://www.cbstelevisionstudios.com
 
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CBS Television Studios
TypeSubsidiary
IndustryTelevision Production
FoundedLos Angeles, California, USA (January 17, 2006 (2006-01-17) as CBS Paramount Television)
HeadquartersLos Angeles, California, United States
Key peopleLeslie Moonves, President & CEO
ParentCBS Corporation
Websitehttp://www.cbstelevisionstudios.com

CBS Television Studios (CTS) (formerly CBS Paramount Television, Desilu Productions, Paramount Television, among other companies) is an American television production company that was formed on January 17, 2006 by the CBS Corporation merging Paramount Television and CBS Productions. It is the television production arm of the CBS network (CBS Productions previously assumed such functions), and, alongside Warner Bros. Television, it is also the television production arm of The CW Television Network (in which CBS has a 50% ownership stake).

Background and timeline[edit]

CBS[edit]

Paramount Pictures' early television ventures[edit]

Desilu Productions[edit]

Paramount Television[edit]

Viacom[edit]

Spelling Entertainment Inc.[edit]

Main article: Aaron Spelling

Worldvision Enterprises[edit]

King World[edit]

Group W[edit]

CBS Paramount Television[edit]

CBS Paramount Television logo, used from 2006 to 2009.

The production company today: CBS Television Studios[edit]

CBS Paramount Television was the only CBS division that used the Paramount name and logo in its own name and logo (Paramount Pictures is currently owned by the post-2006 Viacom that was spun off from CBS, which was once known as the old Viacom). All three of its original divisions had used Paramount in their name: CBS Paramount Network Television (the production arm), CBS Paramount Domestic Television (the US distribution arm), and CBS Paramount International Television (the international distribution arm). When the companies split, CBS had permission to use the Paramount name for three years. The contract expired in 2009, and thus the Paramount name is now gone from television for good, after 42 years as a production company (39 as Paramount Television), and before that, the owners of two early television stations (KTLA and WBKB), an earlier production company (Telemount Productions), and part-owners of the DuMont Television Network. The new company exempts programming from the revived CBS Productions, the in-name-only producer of 90210, Melrose Place and Three Rivers, among others.

National Amusements retains majority control of both CBS and the new Viacom. For a short time, many of Paramount's theatrical films were distributed domestically by CBS Television Distribution (the new name for the distribution arm as of 2007).[7] Paramount Home Entertainment continues to distribute home video sales of CBS shows through the CBS DVD brand.

The studio has an output deal with Australia's Channel Ten, which means that Ten usually gets first airing rights to the studio's productions.

Until recently—in the U.S.—King World distributed its product independently from CBS Paramount Domestic Television, while internationally CBS Paramount International Television handled distribution and sales. As of September 16, 2007 the CBS Television Distribution logo appears after shows that had been distributed by King World.

From 2009 until 2011, all shows produced by the company aired either on CBS or the CW. In the past, Paramount Television produced shows for all networks, but especially had a good relationship with ABC (much as Universal Television had a good relationship with now co-owned NBC). The Cleaner, which aired on A&E until September 2009, was the most recent show from the company to air on a network other than CBS or the CW (which is ironic when NBC/ABC's ownership of A&E is taken into account). This was until Black Entertainment Television began airing new episodes of The Game in 2011. In 2012, USA Network began airing Common Law.

CTS does not directly produce any shows appearing on Showtime, a premium cable television network co-owned with the studio. Instead, sister company Showtime Entertainment handles in-house productions for the network. However, CTD and its international arm do handle syndication distribution for these shows if they ever appear in syndication.

Past names[edit]

Shows produced (starting in 2009)[edit]

Airing on CBS[edit]

Criminal Minds and NCIS are the last shows formerly from Paramount Television still airing on network television.

Airing on The CW[edit]

Airing on other networks[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Desilu, Famous Players to G&W". Broadcasting: p. 71. February 20, 1967. 
  2. ^ "Week's Profile: Lucille Ball". Broadcasting: p. 117. July 31, 1967. 
  3. ^ Patrick J. White, The Complete Mission: Impossible Dossier p. 117, 141. New York: Avon Books, 1991. ISBN 0-380-75877-6
  4. ^ Patrick J. White, The Complete Mission: Impossible Dossier p. 141. New York: Avon Books, 1991. ISBN 0-380-75877-6
  5. ^ "CBS CORPORATION RE-BRANDS PARAMOUNT TELEVISION; PRODUCTION, DOMESTIC SYNDICATION AND INTERNATIONAL DISTRIBUTION ARM TO BE NAMED CBS PARAMOUNT TELEVISION". January 17, 2006. Archived from the original on September 13, 2009. Retrieved February 18, 2013. 
  6. ^ "If It's Monday, It Must Be CBS TV Studios : TV MoJoe : TVWeek - Television Industry news, TV ratings, analysis, celebrity event photos". TVWeek. May 17, 2009. Retrieved January 16, 2012. 
  7. ^ CBS Television Distribution Syndication Bible TV Movies. Retrieved May 17, 2009.

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