CBS TV Distribution Hot for TV Land Sitcom

CBS Television Distribution has acquired the domestic broadcast distribution rights from TV Land for its original sitcom, Hot in Cleveland.

CTD plans to take the Betty White-starrer out for sale to TV stations in the next six or nine months, according to senior vice president of corporate licensing and distribution for CBS Corp. and president of distribution for CTD Scott Koondel. "If production stays aggressive, the show could be available as early as September 2013," he said.

"This is really a milestone for TV Land and for Viacom Media Networks," said Larry Jones, president of TV Land. "To get a scripted series into production, have it hit, and then bring it to the marketplace in syndication is an amazing achievement by any standard for any network."

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Contributing editor Paige Albiniak has been covering the business of television for nearly 25 years. She is a longtime contributor to Next TV, Broadcasting + Cable and Multichannel News. She concurrently serves as editorial director for entertainment marketing association Promax. She has written for such publications as TVNewsCheck, The New York Post, Variety, CBS Watch and more. Albiniak was B+C’s Los Angeles bureau chief from September 2002 to 2004, and an associate editor covering Congress and lobbying for the magazine in Washington, D.C., from January 1997-September 2002.