Big Ticket Television
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 CBS Television Distribution since the Viacom split in 2006.
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
|Night Stand with Dick Dietrick||Comedic talk show||Syndication||1995–1999|
|Judge Judy||Courtroom show||Syndication||1996–present|
|Judge Joe Brown||Courtroom show||Syndication||1998–2013|
|Gary & Mike||Animated comedy||UPN||2001|
|Wolf Lake||Horror drama||CBS||2001|
|The Jamie Kennedy Experiment||Comedic reality||The WB||2002–2004 2|
|Greetings from Tucson||Sitcom||The WB||2002–2003 3|
|Hack||Crime drama||CBS||2002–2004 4|
|Swift Justice with Jackie Glass||Courtroom show||Syndication||2010–2012 5|
|Hot Bench||Courtroom show||Syndication||2014–present|
1Co-production with 20th Century Fox Television.
2Co-production with Warner Bros. Television.
3Co-production with Turner Television.
4Co-production with CBS Productions.
5Started production in season 2.