|Headquarters||Charleston, South Carolina|
Number of locations
|Divisions||Litton Worldwide Distribution
Litton Media Sales
Litton News Source
Litton Entertainment (formerly Litton Syndications) is an American media and production company based in Charleston, South Carolina, with four additional offices in Boston, New York City, Washington, D.C., and Burbank, California. Many of Litton's programs comply with federally mandated educational and informational requirements.
The company was founded in 1988 by President and CEO Dave Morgan. Its first syndicated productions were a series of one-off, sports-related specials. In the 1990s, seeing a growing market for educational programs due to the enactment of the Children's Television Act, requiring television stations to air a weekly quota of educational programs, Litton began to syndicate Jack Hanna's Animal Adventures: Morgan felt highly of Hanna, going as far as comparing him to Marlin Perkins.
In May 2011, following the announcement of plans to discontinue the ABC Kids Saturday morning block, Litton reached a deal with ABC's affiliate board to syndicate a block of live-action, E/I-compliant programming, known as Litton's Weekend Adventure. The block premiered on September 3, 2011.
On September 28, 2013, Litton introduced its second Saturday morning network television block, CBS Dream Team, for CBS; focusing on teenagers 13 to 16 years old, the block replaced CBS's previous block, Cookie Jar TV. Recipe Rehab was one preexisting program Litton moved over from its ABC block.
In April 2015, it was reported that Litton was planning a new, syndicated E/I-complient block known as Go Time, to premiere in the 2016-17 television season. Litton reached deals with some Gray Television, Sinclair Broadcast Group, and CBS-owned independent and MyNetworkTV-affiliated stations, to carry the block.
Litton has five operating divisions:
- Litton Worldwide Distribution
- Litton Media Sales
- Litton News Source provides stations with reports and features from Consumer Reports magazine. Previous programming included "Consumer Reports TV News", "Good Housekeeping Reports", "Solutions With Jill", "BusinessWeek Custom Wall Street Reports", "S&P Custom Market Indices"
First run syndicated programs
- Albiniak, Paige (August 29, 2008). "A Small Syndicator's Big Success". Broadcasting and Cable (NewBay Media, LLC). Retrieved June 9, 2014.
- "ABC Orders Saturday Kids Block From Litton". TVNewsCheck. May 24, 2011. Retrieved May 24, 2011.
- Albiniak, Paige (May 24, 2011). "ABC to Premiere ABC Weekend Adventure on Sept. 3". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved May 24, 2011.
- James, Meg (July 24, 2013). "CBS partners with Litton Entertainment for Saturday teen block". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 25, 2013.
- "Former Greenbrier chef now stars in 'Recipe Rehab'". Associated Press. September 7, 2013. Retrieved June 9, 2014.
- James, Meg (July 24, 2013). "CBS partners with Litton Entertainment for Saturday teen block". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 28, 2013.
- Albiniak, Paige (April 27, 2015). "It's 'Go Time' for Litton Entertainment". Broadcasting & Cable. p. 22. (subscription required (. ))
- Chris, Pursell (April 16, 2007). "Litton Maintaintains Its Independence". Television Week. Retrieved May 26, 2011. Freely accessible here