CBS Television Distribution president John Nogawski went outside the company and outside the syndication world for a successor to Terry Wood, president of creative affairs and development, who recently departed CTD after 12 years. Aaron Meyerson, whose background is in cable reality TV, digital media and features, has been named president, programming and development for CBS TV Distribution. He will be responsible for all first-run development and will oversee CTD’s current programming, including veterans Entertainment Tonight, Judge Judy and Rachael Ray. Nogawski acknowledged Meyerson’s unorthodox background in his statement. “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.”
Meyerson joins CTD from the digital media tech startup, Coincident TV, where he was a principal. Previously, he spent eight years developing unscripted programming for cable networks. As SVP alternative programming for MTV, he oversaw development and production of such reality series as Paris Hilton: My New BFF, A Double Shot at Love and Bully Beatdown. In his three years as SVP development and production for Oxygen Network, he developed such shows as Tori and Dean, The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency, The Bad Girls Club, Mo’nique’s Fat Chance and Snapped, as well as made-for-TV movies. From 2001 to 2005, Meyerson was SVP non-scripted programming and business development at Fox Television Studios. Before that, he was a feature film studio executive at New Line Cinema and The Walt Disney Studios and a producer of such films as Dumb and Dumber, Inspector Gadget, Meet the Deedles and Above the Rim.