NBCUniversal Syndication Studios

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NBCUniversal Syndication Studios
  • Universal Television Enterprises (September 13, 1996-September 10, 2004)
  • NBC Universal Television Distribution (September 13, 2004-January 28, 2011)
IndustryTelevision syndication
PredecessorNBC Enterprises
Universal Domestic Television
Universal Television Distribution
Multimedia Entertainment
PolyGram Television
Studios USA Television Distribution
  • September 13, 1996; 24 years ago (1996-09-13) (as Universal Television Enterprises)
  • September 13, 2004; 16 years ago (2004-09-13) (as NBCUniversal Television Distribution)
HeadquartersPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
Manhattan, New York City, New York
Universal City, California
Key people
Frances Manfredi (President, US & Canada, 2015)[1]
ParentNBCUniversal Television and Streaming

NBCUniversal Syndication Studios, formerly known as Universal Domestic Television and NBCUniversal Television Distribution, is the television syndication distribution and production arm of the NBCUniversal Television and Streaming division of NBCUniversal, a subsidiary of Comcast, in the United States.[2] Its predecessors include NBC Enterprises, Universal Domestic Television, Universal Television Distribution, MCA TV, Multimedia Entertainment (including Avco Program Sales), PolyGram Television, and Studios USA Television Distribution. At some point in its history, it was also known as "NBCUniversal Television & New Media Distribution"[1] and "NBC Universal Television and New Media Distribution".[3] This unit is possibly the parent for the similarly named "NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution" unit.[4][5]

The company distributes television series produced by NBC (after 1973), Universal Television, Multimedia Entertainment, Studios USA, Revue Studios, PolyGram Television and Universal Media Studios. The division distributes the film libraries of Universal Pictures, the 1929-49 Paramount Pictures library (owned by EMKA, Ltd.), all 1996-99 PolyGram Filmed Entertainment films (as well as PolyGram Television), USA Films, Focus Features, and DreamWorks Animation's library.

The name was changed to reflect the NBCUniversal brand between September 13, 2004 and January 31, 2011. NUTD is considered the third broadcast syndication arm of NBC, with NBC Enterprises being the second and NBC Films (now part of CBS Media Ventures) as the first, dating back to Spring 1953. NUTD is also considered the sixth broadcast syndication arm of Universal Television with MCA TV as the first, Universal Television Enterprises as the second, Studios USA Television Distribution as the third, Universal Domestic Television as the fourth, and Universal Television Distribution as the fifth.


In 1956, NBC started a subsidiary called California National Productions (CNP) for merchandising, syndication and opera stage production. The subsidiary started producing The Silent Service that year.[6] By 1957, NBC planned to remove the opera department from CNP and Earl Rettig was named president.[6] CNP was also in discussion with MGM Television about handling distribution for the latter's series.[6]

In 2014, Hulu Plus reached an agreement with the company to allow streaming of television programs from NBCUniversal's series aired the previous year.[3]

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  3. ^ a b FCC Record: Sixteenth Report (Report). 30. Federal Communications Commission. April 2, 2015. pp. 3360–1. FCC 15-41. Retrieved January 15, 2020 – via Google Books (eBook).
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  6. ^ a b c "MGM Plan Eight for Next Year". Billboard. December 16, 1957. p. 6. Retrieved January 5, 2016.
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  8. ^ a b c Miller, Mark K. (July 18, 2014). "Tribune May Nix Long-Time Conflict Talkers". TVNewsCheck. Ardmore, Pennsylvania: NewsCheckMedia LLC. Retrieved January 15, 2020.
  9. ^ Hill, Libby (November 27, 2018). "Get ready for 'Judge Jerry'". Tampa Bay Times. 135 (126). St. Petersburg, Florida: Times Publishing Company. Los Angeles Times (TNS). p. 2B. Retrieved January 15, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
  10. ^ Miller, Mark K. (April 8, 2019). "'Judge Jerry' Clearances Hit 99% For Fall". TVNewsCheck. Ardmore, Pennsylvania: NewsCheckMedia LLC. Retrieved January 15, 2020.
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  12. ^ Boedeker, Hal (November 8, 2011). "Steve Harvey to get soap slot on WFTV". Orlando Sentinel. 135 (312). Orlando, Florida: Tribune Publishing Company. p. A2. Retrieved January 15, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
  13. ^ "TV Buzz". Tune In. Kenosha News (Newspaper insert). 119. Kenosha, Wisconsin: United Communications. February 16, 2013. p. 5. Retrieved January 15, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
  14. ^ Miller, Mark K. (February 26, 2019). "Syndicated 'Dateline' Tops 85% For Season 3". TVNewsCheck. Ardmore, Pennsylvania: NewsCheckMedia LLC. Retrieved January 15, 2020.

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