CBS Media Ventures

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CBS Media Ventures
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Founded September 26, 2006 (through merger of CBS Paramount Domestic Television and King World)
President Paul Franklin
Notable Works
Official Site CBS Television Distribution

CBS Media Ventures (CMV) is the distribution unit of CBS Studios, a division of ViacomCBS.

CMV was formed on September 26, 2006 as CBS Television Distribution, through the merger of two domestic distribution companies owned by CBS, CBS Paramount Domestic Television and King World. It is the successor to previous distribution companies owned by CBS, including CBS Films/Enterprises (the original company), CBS Broadcast International (the 2nd), Eyemark Entertainment (the 3rd), CBS Enterprises (the 4th) and CBS Paramount Domestic Television (the 5th). Rebranded on January 11, 2021 as CBS Media Ventures from CBS TV Distribution.

CMV holds the TV distribution rights to its own first-run and off-network syndicated series. It formerly held the TV distribution rights to a majority of the films made by Paramount Pictures and its subsidiary studios before those rights were transferred by Paramount to Trifecta Entertainment & Media in 2009 (however with the ViacomCBS re-merger, distribution may revert back to CMV). Its advertising sales unit, CMV Media Sales, handles ad sales for the Lionsgate Television/Debmar-Mercury library (including South Park and Family Feud), taking over that function in April 2019 after Debmar-Mercury's previous ad sales handler 20th Television's purchase by The Walt Disney Company. It is also the distributor for TV series acquired from the following companies and entities:

CMV's international division, ViacomCBS Global Distribution (VGD) (formerly CBS Studios International), handles syndication of a majority of the shows it owns the rights to outside of the United States (or North America in some cases) while also handling international distribution of some shows whose syndication rights are owned by other companies in the United States. As CSI, VGD became the successor in May 2009 to previous distribution company CBS Paramount International Television, which was formed in 2004 through the merger of CBS Broadcast International and Paramount International Television.

Other shows distributed by CBS Media Ventures

Title Format Buyer Year(s)
The Amos 'n' Andy Show Sitcom CBS 1951–1953
Produced by Hal Roach Studios; the show has not been seen on television since CBS withdrew it from syndication in 1966 due to pressure from the NAACP regarding issues of racial stereotyping of the show's characters
The Honeymooners Sitcom CBS 1955–1956
Produced by Jackie Gleason Enterprises; originally distributed by CBS Films/Enterprises, then Viacom
Get Smart Sitcom NBC 1965–1969
CBS 1969–1970
Produced by Talent Associates throughout its run, with co-production by CBS in the final season; originally distributed by NBC Films, then National Telefilm Associates and Republic Pictures Television; HBO owns the series outright, with CMV holding only the North American TV distribution rights while HBO sister company Warner Bros. Television is the international distributor
That Girl Sitcom ABC 1966–1971
Produced by Daisy Productions; originally distributed by Metromedia Producers Corporation until the early-1980s, then by Worldvision Enterprises
Concentration Game Shows NBC 1958–1973
Produced by NBC, with co-production in the first two seasons by Barry & Enright Productions
Dark Shadows Soap Opera ABC 1966–1971
Produced by Dan Curtis Productions; originally distributed by Worldvision
The Doris Day Show Sitcom CBS 1968–1973
Produced by Arwin Productions; originally distributed by Worldvision
Little House on the Prairie Drama NBC 1974–1983
Produced by NBC; originally distributed by Worldvision; NBCUniversal owns the ancillary rights to the series, but CMV is the American distributor for the show, while NBCUniversal Syndication Studios distributes the show internationally
Petticoat Junction Sitcom CBS 1963–1970
Produced by Filmways Television and CBS; originally distributed by Viacom, then Paramount Television
The Beverly Hillbillies Sitcom CBS 1962–1971
Produced by Filmways Television and CBS; originally distributed by Viacom, then Paramount Television
Branded Western NBC 1965–1966
Produced by Goodson-Todman Productions; originally distributed by King World
The Harlem Globetrotters Animated CBS 1970–1973
Produced by Hanna-Barbera; originally distributed by Viacom, then by Paramount Television; Warner Bros. Television owns the ancillary rights to the series through parent company WarnerMedia's ownership of the Hanna-Barbera library
Saved by the Bell Teen sitcom NBC 1989–1993
Produced by NBC and Peter Engel Productions; originally distributed by Rysher Entertainment, then by Paramount Television until 2003; NBCUniversal Syndication Studios is the American distributor for the show, while CMV subsidiary ViacomCBS Global Distribution distributes the show internationally
Saved by the Bell: The College Years Teen sitcom NBC 1993–1994
Produced by NBC and Peter Engel Productions; originally distributed by Rysher Entertainment, then by Paramount Television until 2003; NBCUniversal Syndication Studios is the American distributor for the show, while VGD distributes the show internationally
Saved by the Bell: The New Class Teen sitcom NBC 1993–2000
Produced by NBC and Peter Engel Productions; originally distributed by Rysher Entertainment, then by Paramount Television until 2003; NBCUniversal Syndication Studios is the American distributor for the show, while VGD distributes the show internationally
The Drew Barrymore Show Talk Show syndicated 2020–present

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