was a television distribution company formed in 1971 as the successor to CBS Enterprises, and spun off in 1973 due to now-repealed FCC bylaws prohibiting networks from syndicating their own shows
Its purpose upon formation was to distribute the classic CBS
library, which also included the pre-1960 library of Desilu Productions
It distributed other series as well, among them All in the Family
, the Carsey-Werner Productions
library, and for a number of years distributed the MTM Enterprises
library until MTM acquired Jim Victory Television in 1980. It also distributed the first 4 seasons of The Montel Williams Show
, the pre-1984 New World Pictures
library, most of the Cannon Films
library, a majority of the Elvis Presley
films originally released by Paramount, the FNN
-produced program, Business This Morning and the CNBC-produced program, This Morning's Business.
In 1974, it formed Viacom Productions
to produce first-run television series airing on the major television networks.
In 1986, the company became a subsidiary of the newly-reincorporated Viacom Inc.
, after a takeover by National Amusements
In 1994, Viacom acquired Paramount Pictures
. As a result, Viacom Enterprises was merged into Paramount Television
's distribution arm, Paramount Domestic Television
Today, many of the shows previously distributed by Viacom Enterprises are now distributed by CBS Television Distribution
, while most of the theatrical output (which had included the Cannon Films... Read More