CBS raided a rival to land a new president for CBS Television Distribution. The company hired Paul Franklin, a 28-year veteran of Twentieth Television, TVNewsCheck reports.
Franklin spent the past 10 years as executive VP and general sales manager for Twentieth, overseeing broadcast syndication sales for Twentieth and MyNetworkTV.
The story adds that the person Franklin is replacing, Armando Nuñez, now “assumes responsibility for all international sales as president-CEO of CBS Studios International.”
“As president of CTD, Franklin will oversee sales and renewals for some of syndication’s biggest shows, including ‘Wheel of Fortune,’ ‘Jeopardy,’ ‘Judge Judy,’ ‘Entertainment Tonight,’ ‘Dr. Phil,’ ‘Inside Edition’ and others,” the report notes.
CBS Corp. Chairman and CEO Leslie Moonves announced Franklin’s hiring.
“Paul is one of the most accomplished and talented executives in the broadcast business,” Moonves said in the announcement. “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.”