CBS TV Distribution taps Aaron Meyerson as new programming chief

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CBS TV Distribution has tapped Aaron Meyerson to replace Terry Wood as the syndie distributor’s new programming and development prexy.

Myerson will oversee all first-run development and current fare, including “Entertainment Tonight,” “Judge Judy” and “Rachel Ray.” He reports to CBS TV Distribution topper John Nogawski, who announced the hire on Monday. Wood announced her departure at the end of last year.

Myerson most recently served as a principal at the digital media startup Coincident TV. Before that, he was senior VP of alternative programming at MTV Networks, as well as senior VP of development and production at Oxygen.

“Having developed hit shows for Oxygen and MTV, Aaron brings a new sensibility to the syndication marketplace,” Nogawski said. “He comes to us with a fresh set of eyes, knowledge of our core female audience and an acumen for creating new financial models for production. Even with our strong foundation of top-rated shows in every daypart, we cannot stop looking for our next hit. With Aaron’s relationships and expertise, we are open for business to aggressively pursue new genres and business models from inside CTD as well as from outside production entities.”

At MTV, Meyerson worked on unscripted fare such as “Paris Hilton: My New BFF,” “A Double Shot at Love” and “Bully Beatdown.” At Oxygen, he helped launch hits such as “Tori and Dean,” “The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency,” “The Bad Girls Club,” “Mo’nique’s Fat Chance” and “Snapped.”

Meyerson’s credits also include serving as senior VP of non-scripted fare and business development at Fox TV Studios. And he spent time in the feature world at New Line and Disney, producing fare such as “Dumb and Dumber,” “Inspector Gadget,” “Meet the Deedles” and “Above the Rim.”

“CTD has an impressive lineup of hits,” Meyerson said. “I am looking forward to developing ideas with all these great building blocks and to taking advantage of CTD’s deep and diverse library.”

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