Big Ticket Television

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Big Ticket Television
Founded October 21, 1994
Notable Works Judge Judy
Judge Joe Brown

Big Ticket Television, Inc. (aka Big Ticket Entertainment and Big Ticket Pictures) is a production company that is a unit of CBS Television Studios (formerly known as CBS Paramount Television), a division of Paramount Global.


The company was founded under the Spelling Entertainment Group on October 21, 1994, after naming Lawrence A. Lyttle to run the division. Originally, Lyttle wanted to name the company Blockbuster Television, which would have been named after parent company Blockbuster, Inc., but Viacom opposed the idea because of the chain's unclear fate. A month before the company launched, Viacom acquired Blockbuster and its 67% stake in Spelling Entertainment. Lyttle then chose the name Big Ticket, after driving up to a Blockbuster store and noticed its "big ticket" logo. Originally Big Ticket was created as an outlet for non-drama TV shows from Spelling Television, which was known for its huge drama library at the time. All of its programs were distributed by Worldvision Enterprises, Spelling's syndication arm.

Spelling Entertainment was bought out by Viacom in 1999, which had resulted in Paramount Domestic Television becoming Big Ticket's distributor in 2000. In 2003, Lyttle left right before his last year with Big Ticket was over, and Paramount Television combined the company's production operations with its network and syndication outputs.

List of shows produced by Big Ticket Television

Title Format Buyer Year(s)
Night Stand with Dick Dietrick Comedic talk show Syndication 1995–1999
Moesha Sitcom UPN 1996–2001
Judge Judy Courtroom show Syndication 1996–2021
Judge Joe Brown Courtroom show Syndication 1998–2013
The Parkers Sitcom UPN 1999–2004
Gary & Mike Animated comedy UPN 2001
Wolf Lake Horror drama CBS 2001
UPN 2002
Danny Sitcom CBS 2001
Co-production with 20th Century Fox Television
The Jamie Kennedy Experiment Comedic reality The WB 2002–2004
Co-production with Warner Bros. Television
Greetings from Tucson Sitcom The WB 2002–2003
Co-production with Turner Television
Hack Crime drama CBS 2002–2004
Co-production with CBS Productions
Swift Justice with Jackie Glass Courtroom show Syndication 2010–2012
Started production in season 2
Hot Bench Courtroom show Syndication 2014–present