Roger M. KingChief Executive Officer, CBS Television Distribution
Roger M. King is Chief Executive Officer of CBS Television Distribution.
King oversees all operations of the company which combines the assets of syndication leaders King World Productions, CBS Paramount Domestic Television, CBS Paramount International Television and CBS Consumer Products.
He is recognized as one of the television distribution industry's most successful, groundbreaking executives, having brought such personalities as Oprah Winfrey, Dr. Phil, Alex Trebek, Pat Sajak and Vanna White to national attention.
Before the September 2006 merger of King World Productions and CBS Paramount Domestic Television, King served as Chief Executive Officer of CBS Enterprises and King World Productions, since January 2000. He assumed this position following the merger of his company, King World Productions, with CBS, and the subsequent restructuring of the CBS Enterprises Division, which combined both organizations' global programming and distribution activities. King oversaw all CBS Enterprises operations, as well as the sales activities of King World Productions, the domestic syndication arm.
Under his guidance, King World became the preeminent distributor of first-run, syndicated programming, altering public viewing habits beyond network prime time. He spearheaded the launch, sales and marketing efforts of such landmark programs as Wheel of Fortune, the #1 show in syndication for the last 23 years; Jeopardy!, which has ranked among the top 3 syndicated shows for 22 years; daytime's #1 and #2 talk series, The Oprah Winfrey Show and Dr. Phil; and Rachael Ray, which premiered in fall 2006 as the highest-rated talk show debut since Dr. Phil four years earlier.
King also launched Inside Edition, the longest-running syndicated newsmagazine currently on air and the #1-rated series in its genre, and he is responsible for the hugely successful off-net sales of such CBS primetime favorites as Everybody Loves Raymond, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: Miami and CSI: NY, and the reality series, Survivor, The Amazing Race and America's Next Top Model.
King, whose previous careers have included newspaper sales representative, radio station manager, television series host and television station sales manager, was named Chairman of the Board of King World in 1977. The company was founded in 1964 by his father, the late Charles King.
King's achievements have been recognized with his induction into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame in 1992, an honorary degree from Emerson College in 1995, a special tribute at the television industry's NATPE 2000 conference, TelevisionWeek magazine's first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004 and his induction into the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2004.
King works extensively with The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, the world's largest, most comprehensive research center dedicated to finding more effective treatments and a cure for spinal cord injury paralysis. He is also active with The Ronald McDonald House and the Make a Wish Foundation.
King has three daughters: Kellie, Anna Rose and Lucinda Monroe. He and his wife, Raemali, reside in Boca Raton, Fla., and Bay Head, N.J.
CBS Television Distribution is a unit of CBS Corp.