NBCUniversal Television Distribution
NBCUniversal Television Distribution (NUTD) is the television distribution arm of the NBCUniversal Broadcast, Cable, Sports, and News division of NBCUniversal, a subsidiary of Comcast, in the United States. Its predecessors include NBC Enterprises, Universal Domestic Television, MCA TV, Avco Embassy Television, Multimedia Entertainment, PolyGram Television, and Studios USA Television.
|Founded||September 13, 2004 (as NBC Universal Television Distribution)|
January 31, 2011 (as NBCUniversal Television Distribution)
Manhattan, New York City, New York
Universal City, California
|Parent||NBCUniversal Broadcast, Cable, Sports and News|
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 1929-1949 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 films.
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 Television Distribution) 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 Silent Services that year. By 1957, NBC planned to remove the opera department from CNP and Earl Rettig was named president. CNP was also in discussion with MGM Television about handling distribution for the latter's series.