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NBC Universal Television Distribution
Type Subsidiary
Founded 2004
Headquarters France Paris, France
United States Manhattan, New York
Owner(s) General Electric Co. (80%)
Vivendi SA (20%)
Parent NBC Universal Television Group (NBC Universal, Inc.)

NBC Universal Television Distribution (NUTD) is a TV distribution arm of the NBC Universal Television Group in the United States, and is a subsidiary of General Electric. It was previously known as NBC Enterprises, MCA TV, Avco Embassy Television, Multimedia Entertainment, PolyGram Television, USA Cable Entertainment, and Universal Domestic Television.

The company currently distributes series produced by NBC (post-1973), Universal Television, Multimedia Entertainment, Studios USA, Revue Studios, PolyGram Television, Universal Media Studios, and its own series. The division distributes the film libraries of Universal Pictures, most pre-1950 Paramount Pictures theatrical sound features, all 1996-99 PolyGram Filmed Entertainment films plus some from before 1996, USA Films, and Focus Features, among others.

The name was changed to reflect the NBC Universal brand in 2004. NUTD is considered the third syndication arm of NBC, with NBC Enterprises being the second and NBC Films (now part of CBS Television Distribution) as the first.

Contents

Shows produced and/or distributed by NUTD and its predecessors

NOTE: This is only a partial list. Not all these shows were originally produced by this unit, but unless otherwise noted, they are now under the control of NBC Universal, through a series of mergers and acquisitions.

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Current programming

Note: Some series by Universal with names such as Universal Network Television LLC in the credits are currently by Universal Media Studios formerly NBC Universal Television Studio or by Universal Television Enterprises LLC for NBC Universal Television Distribution

Off-net syndication

Library programming

Revue Studios

Universal Television

Universal Animation Studios

Note: Previously known as Universal Cartoon Studios

MCA Television

Includes shows by MCA TV and MCA Television Entertainment (MTE)

  • The Big Showdown (1974-1975, produced by Don Lipp Productions, Ron Greenberg Productions in association with MCA TV)
  • Gimme a Break! (1981-1987, produced by Reeves Entertainment, US distribution only)
  • Puttin' On the Hits (1984-1988,produced by Dick Clark productions)
  • Kate & Allie (1984-1989, produced by Reeves Entertainment, US distribution only)
  • Amen (1986-1991, produced by Carson Productions)
  • Bionic Six (1987, produced by TMS Entertainment)
  • Out of this World (1987-1991, produced by Bob Booker Productions)
  • The Munsters Today (1988-1991)
  • My Secret Identity (1988-1991, produced by Scholastic, Sunrise Films, and CTV; US distribution only)
  • The Krypton Factor (1990-1991)
  • Dream On (1990-1996) (MTE)
  • They Came From Outer Space (1990) (Finnegan/Pinchuk Productions in association with MTE)
  • She Wolf of London (later renamed Love & Curses) (1990) (Finnegan/Pinchuk Productions and HTV International in association with MTE)
  • Xena: Warrior Princess (1995-2001) (1995-1997 MCA TV, 1997-1998 Universal Television Enterprises, 1998-2001 Studios USA Television/Universal Worldwide Television)
  • Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (1995-1999) (1995-1997 MCA TV, 1997-1998 Universal Television Enterprises, 1998-1999 Studios USA Television/Universal Worldwide Television)

NBC Studios

Multimedia Entertainment

Note: Multimedia Entertainment7 was previously known as Avco Embassy Television

PolyGram Television

Endemol USA (distribution only)

Other series

Notes

1. Bonanza: The ownership of the show was later acquired by Republic Pictures, and by current distributor CBS Television Distribution (CTD);

2. Little House on the Prairie: NBC Universal owns the underlying rights, but CTD is responsible for domestic syndication (as successor-in-interest to former distributor Worldvision Enterprises). NUTD handles global rights

3. Punky Brewster: Produced by NBC Productions for the first two seasons, while the first-run syndicated episodes were produced by Columbia Pictures Television due to fin-syn laws then in place. Sony Pictures Television handles domestic syndication, while NBCU handles international syndication. Shout! Factory has DVD rights;

4. Saved By The Bell: Formerly distributed by CTD (through then-corporate sibling Paramount Television's acquisition of Rysher Entertainment) until NBC Enterprises reacquired distribution rights. Lions Gate handles DVD releases.

5. Will & Grace: Distributed by Warner Bros. Television (for television release) and Lions Gate Home Entertainment (for home video);

6. Las Vegas: The TV show was co-distributed with CBS Television Distribution after Viacom acquired co-producer DreamWorks, which is independent again; now the series is co-distributed with Disney-ABC Domestic Television

7. Multimedia Entertainment: Universal Television assumed the rights to that company's active programming in 1996.

8. Concentration & Classic Concentration: Mark Goodson/Bill Todman Productions(now owned by FremantleMedia) handled production (Goodson solo on "CC"), however NBC retains the rights to these series and any future revials. The original 1958-1973 version resides with CBS Television Distribution.

9. Merv Griffin's Crosswords: Distributed by Program Partners. NUTD handles ads and sales rights.

10. Family Dog: NUTD only owns North American rights to the series, Warner Bros. Television Distribution distributes outside the US.

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