Paul Franklin Named President of CBS Television Distribution

Armando Nuñez to focus solely on CBS Studios International as President and CEO

Former 20th Television executive Paul Franklin is joining CBS in the role of President of CBS Television Distribution (CTD), the media company announced Wednesday.

In his new role, Franklin will oversee all operations for CBS’s domestic syndication company, home of such shows as “Judge Judy,” “Jeopardy!” and “Dr. Phil,” and report directly to Les Moonves.

Armando Nuñez, who had been overseeing both CTD and CBS Studios International, will focus solely on the latter going forward, taking the title of CEO and President, CBS Studios International.

“Paul is one of the most accomplished and talented executives in the broadcast business,” said Moonves in a statement. “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.”

Franklin comes to CBS from 20th Television where he served as Executive Vice President and General Sales Manager for 20th Television and MyNetworkTV for the past 10 years.

In this dual role, he led all broadcast syndication sales for the studio and distribution strategies for the national programming service.

“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 percent 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.”