THE TELEVISION SYNDICATION COMPANY
The Television Syndication Company (TVS) is a full-service syndication and distribution organization that provides the best of new programming from the world’s most creative producers to television, OTT, DVD, in-flight and educational outlets worldwide. The company’s services include barter syndication in the USA, cash licensing worldwide, associated offices that cover the globe, and active acquisition of programming.
TVS is known for its wide catalog of programs available for cash licensing both domestically and internationally. Genres include documentaries, educational, children’s, reality, sports, lifestyle, and travel among others. In addition to the USA, the company has licensed programs to major broadcasters throughout the world. TVS attends the main TV markets, including NATPE, MIPTV, MIPCOM and the APEX Multimedia Market for in-flight entertainment. The company’s associate offices attend other markets including the Asia Television Forum.
TVS produces the long running E/I series Real Life 101, which is in its 20th season and syndicated in two-thirds of the USA. The company has six other series playing weekly in syndication in the USA including the new weekly current events series Full Court Press with Greta Van Susteren, E/I series Sports Stars of Tomorrow; lifestyle series Small Town Big Deal, P. Allen Smith’s Garden Style, Ron Hazelton’s Housecalls, and sports series, RaceWeek. TVS also syndicates a summer run, how to Do florida and The Outsiders Club. Additionally, TVS syndicates several specials throughout the year including Small Town Big Deal Christmas Across America and Pets Welcome Here.
The Television Syndication Company was formed in 1989 by Robert and Cassie M. Yde to represent independent producers programming on a worldwide basis. Prior to forming TVS, Bob Yde was instrumental in producing television specials such as Miss Universe, Miss USA, The America’s Junior Miss Pageant, Senior Bowl Football, The Orange Bowl Parade and Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade for America’s ABC, CBS, and NBC television networks.
Cassie Yde joined Mr. Yde in 1969 and the partnership resulted in the creation of additional television programming for the major U.S. television networks and such international networks as CBC and CTV in Canada, the BBC in the United Kingdom and the SABC in South Africa. The Ydes also traveled to virtually every corner of the world to produce television series and specials for worldwide distribution. Mr. Yde passed away on December 18, 2006. His career as an experienced television producer, director and writer earned him much respect in the industry.
Meet the TVS Team!
(L-R) Brooke Smith, Executive Assistant/In-Flight Sales; Barbara DeMaio, Operations Manager; Mary Joyce, International Sales/Acquisitions; Cassie M. Yde, President; and Lisa Romine, Syndication Sales. Photography by Raymond Sherman.
Behind the scenes of the long-running TVS-produced E/I series Real Life 101.
Recommendations from Industry Professionals
As those who know, in the television program clearance business, on the buying side, it always comes down to two things . . . the product itself and the relationship with the person selling it. During my time representing the CBS O&O station group and at a local station in Philadelphia, I had the privilege to do business with Cassie Yde and The Television Syndication Company.
On the product side, I could always count on Cassie and TVS to provide programming that made sense. While they represent various genres of product now, at the time I worked specifically with them to clear E/I children’s programming. Many companies would try to sell us on E/I programming, but most often it really was not. Cassie’s product was (and is) always clearly E/I compatible – and entertaining as well.
On the relationship side, working with Cassie was always a pleasure. She clearly understood coming into a meeting what her product was, who it was targeted for and how it could accomplish goals for the stations. It was not in her nature to do hard-sell, but she was quietly diligent and got the job done in the end. As a client, I had a great respect for that. Bottom line – she made it easy for me to look good, and I will always appreciate that.
I first became acquainted with Cassie 7 years ago when she took on syndication of THE FBI FILES. What started as a business relationship quickly turned into friendship. Cassie is honest, compassionate and hardworking. Cassie has a superb knowledge of the television business, from development to production through distribution to licensing. With over 40 years in the business, Cassie is well-connected. She’s energetic with a great sense of humor!
I have known Cassie Yde for over 25 years. She is a person, whom I have worked with during that time span, and I continue working with her today. When you develop a relationship like this over 25 years, it is built over many things, trust, reliability, enjoying the person’s character, commitment.
Cassie exemplifies all these qualities. She has worked it seems her entire life to build and create opportunities that would last for years to come. In order to do that, she needed to establish a rapport that takes years to build and to create. Then it has been important to maintain the trust and to deliver on those relationships. She has been able to do that, and as a result, people continue working with her, and they know that they can trust her in negotiations.
Cassie works hard for her clients. They mean everything to her. She puts her heart and soul into her work. She is responsive, and she is thoughtful, about her work, and the people who work for her and with her. Cassie is knowledgeable about our business. She is resourceful and well-regarded in many areas. It has always been a relationship that I have appreciated over the years.
I have done business with the Television Syndication Company (TVS) over many years now. In all of my experiences with Cassie and the team at TVS, I have found them to be honest and very knowledgeable about navigating the syndication landscape.
Syndicating television shows takes a few key ingredients. First, you need a “good television show” that has the quality to achieve movement in the marketplace. Second, you need a syndication company with good station relationships and a solid reputation based on integrity. Finally, you need a team that will press to secure the market clearances that the show needs.
I am confident that TVS has all of the above covered. If you supply TVS with a “good television show”, they will have you covered on the rest. TVS certainly has my endorsement as a well-run operation that will work hard to get the job done.