LOS ANGELES, July 6, 2016 – Paul Franklin has been named President of CBS Television Distribution (CTD), it was announced today by Leslie Moonves, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, CBS Corporation. In his new role, which reports to Moonves, Franklin will oversee all operations for CBS's domestic syndication company.
At the same time, Armando Nuñez, who has led both CTD and CBS Studios International for the past four years, while nearly doubling CBS's international revenue growth during that time, will now solely focus on the Company's vast opportunities overseas as President and CEO, CBS Studios International.
Franklin, who joins CBS this week, will assume oversight of a division that features six of the top 10 first-run syndicated shows; including long-running franchises such as JUDGE JUDY, ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT, DR. PHIL, WHEEL OF FORTUNE andJEOPARDY!. The division also provides a pipeline of top-rated, off-network programming from CBS Television Studios to the broadcast syndication market.
Franklin comes to CBS from 20th Television where, for the past 10 years, he served as Executive Vice President and General Sales Manager for 20th Television and MyNetworkTV. In this dual role, he led all broadcast syndication sales for the studio and distribution strategies for the national programming service. During this time, he orchestrated highly successful syndication launches for numerous series, such as "Modern Family," "How I Met Your Mother," "Last Man Standing" and "Family Guy," and helped establish the MyNetworkTV distribution system, programming strategy and brand identity for its 180 affiliates.
"Paul is one of the most accomplished and talented executives in the broadcast business," said Moonves. "He's highly respected as a relationship builder, dealmaker and strategist, with a track record for leading some of the most successful syndication sales campaigns of the past decade and for helping build a brand-new programming service and distribution system from the ground up. Paul knows the syndication world inside out and will be a tremendous asset in supporting our programming and serving this valuable client base."
Under Nuñez, CBS Studios International has become one of the biggest growth engines in the Company. He has built CSI and NCIS into global franchises, established local channel ventures with prominent media companies around the world, expanded the reach of SHOWTIME programming and its brand across the globe, and skillfully monetized all CBS-owned content across a burgeoning international multiplatform marketplace. As a result, CBS's international revenues have tripled over the past eight years and are poised for continued growth.
"Armando Nuñez is one of the most highly regarded executives in our Company," said Moonves. "Four years ago, we asked him to add domestic syndication to his plate and he has provided tremendous leadership, stability and success to this valuable division. Now we're calling on him to dedicate 100% of his efforts to our expanding international business, where, thanks to his leadership, our revenue and new business opportunities continue to grow dramatically. We look forward to Armando and his outstanding global team taking us to even greater heights in this important area."
During the course of Franklin's 28-year career at 20th, he led national and regional sales strategies for a wide variety of off-network and first-run programming and feature films. His syndication sales campaigns include "The Simpsons," "Bones," "The X-Files," "COPS," "Malcolm in the Middle," "Bernie Mac," "Burn Notice" and the long-running, first-run hit "Divorce Court," to name a few.
Nuñez has led CBS's international operations since joining the company in July 1999 as President, CBS Broadcast International. In January 2000, following the merger of CBS Television and King World Productions, he assumed the role of President, CBS Broadcast International and Executive Vice President, CBS Enterprises. He was named President, CBS Studios International (formerly CBS Paramount International Television), in August 2004, following the merger of CBS Broadcast International and Paramount International Television. Nuñez was appointed President and CEO of the CBS Global Distribution Group in 2012.
About CBS Television Distribution:
CBS Television Distribution is the preeminent company in television syndication. CTD produces or distributes 10 first-run series and holds the largest distributed television library, at 70,000 hours strong. Among CTD's critically acclaimed programs are the #1 syndicated series JUDGE JUDY; talk leader DR. PHIL; the #1 and #2 rated game shows WHEEL OF FORTUNE and JEOPARDY!; the Emmy Award-winning talk shows RACHAEL RAY and THE DOCTORS; the #1 and #2 newsmagazines ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT and INSIDE EDITION, along with THE INSIDER; the court show HOT BENCH; and popular off-network product, including the CSI, NCIS and STAR TREK franchises, EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND, FRASIER, CRIMINAL MINDS, ELEMENTARY, THE GOOD WIFE, BLUE BLOODS, HAWAII FIVE-0, HOT IN CLEVELAND and UNDERCOVER BOSS. In addition, CTD handles the domestic television distribution of CBS News, CBS Films and Showtime. CTD is a unit of CBS Corp.
About CBS Studios International:
CBS Studios International is the leading supplier of programming to the international television marketplace, licensing to more than 200 markets in more than 60 languages across multiple media platforms. The Studio participates in international channel ventures, currently consisting of 18 channels in 24 languages across 100 territories, reaching more than 70 million households worldwide. CBS Studios International also exports a diverse lineup of formats for local production around the world. The division distributes content from CBS Television Studios, CBS Television Distribution, Showtime, CBS News, CBS Films and a library of more than 70,000 hours of programming. CBS Studios International is a division of CBS Corporation.
About CBS Corporation:
CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS.A and CBS) is a mass media company that creates and distributes industry-leading content across a variety of platforms to audiences around the world. The Company has businesses with origins that date back to the dawn of the broadcasting age as well as new ventures that operate on the leading edge of media. CBS owns the most-watched television network in the U.S. and one of the world's largest libraries of entertainment content, making its brand — "the Eye" — one of the most recognized in business. The Company's operations span virtually every field of media and entertainment, including cable, publishing, radio, local TV, film, and interactive and socially responsible media. CBS's businesses include CBS Television Network, The CW (a joint venture between CBS Corporation and Warner Bros. Entertainment), CBS Television Studios, CBS Global Distribution Group (CBS Studios International and CBS Television Distribution), CBS Consumer Products, CBS Home Entertainment, CBS Interactive, CBS Films, Showtime Networks, CBS Sports Network, Pop (a joint venture between CBS Corporation and Lionsgate), Smithsonian Networks, Simon & Schuster, CBS Television Stations, CBS Radio and CBS EcoMedia. For more information, go to www.cbscorporation.com.