Los Angeles and Chicago – Shout! Factory, a multi-platform media company, and the DECADES Network, the new multicast network from Weigel Broadcasting Co. and CBS Television Stations, announced a multi-year distribution deal to bring the critically acclaimed Dick Cavett Show back on television. The announcement was made today by Shout! Factory’s founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos; and Neal Sabin, Vice Chairman of Weigel Broadcasting Co.
In this agreement, Shout! Factory, through its relationship with Dick Cavett's Daphne Productions, has granted exclusive domestic broadcast rights to The Dick Cavett Show (1968 – 1995) to DECADES Network. Early episodes of The Dick Cavett Show are set to air on the DECADES Network beginning February 2016.
“This is very good news to me. I’m thrilled. And it’ll be delightful for all those people who constantly ask me, “Is there any way we can ever see those shows again?” Now they can. And I can. That may sound funny, but many times when I was just too tired or had to go somewhere when the show aired, I missed it. Now I can catch up with myself,” said Dick Cavett.
“The Dick Cavett Show is still the standard-bearer for thoughtful, witty interviews with celebrities from the arts to politics, with hilarious storytelling and iconic performances. We are delighted that DECADES Network will be the broadcast destination for this enduring and enormously entertaining show,” stated Shout! Factory’s founders.
“Adding Dick Cavett’s sophisticated, in-depth interviews to the DECADES Network enhances the overall uniqueness of our programming”, said Neal Sabin, Vice Chairman of Weigel Broadcasting Co. “Watching Dick interact with Groucho Marx, Lucille Ball, David Bowie and countless others is fascinating television. The Dick Cavett Show is a welcome addition to our schedule which includes Through the Decades, a daily original first-run news and pop culture program hosted by Bill Kurtis.”
“The DECADES Network has proven to be a terrific broadcast partner for many popular classic TV hits. Dick Cavett is one of the most venerable talk show hosts in television history and his show is timeless with a broad audience appeal. We look forward to building a great relationship with DECADES,” said Shout’s Factory’s Mark Balsam.
Dick Cavett has been a television legend that brought wit and wisdom to late night television. Spanning five decades, Dick Cavett’s television career has defined excellence in the interview format. He started at ABC in 1968, and also enjoyed success on PBS, USA, and CNBC.
Cavett landed his big break in 1968 as host of This Morning, a daytime talk show that was renamed The Dick Cavett Show before moving to a prime time berth for the summer of 1969 and a late-night slot later that same year. When Cavett joined the late-night talk show parade, his intelligent wit pumped a much-needed breath of fresh air into the format. The show offered guests a forum for controversial opinions and didn't shy away from an occasional debate on topical issues of the time. The Dick Cavett Show also became the late-night home of comic legends, Hollywood luminaries, sports icons and rock ‘n’ roll with a guest list that reads like a who’s who of the era’s top performers.
While many of his guests were show-business personalities, Cavett also featured dignitaries and newsmakers. On one famous occasion, Georgia Governor Lester Maddox stormed off the show after Cavett challenged him on his segregationist views. On another, Cavett was caught in the middle of a fierce verbal brawl between authors Gore Vidal and Norman Mailer. These are just some of the highlights from The Dick Cavett Show.
In 2015 Shout! Factory has acquired the domestic distribution rights to all episodes of The Dick Cavett Show from Cavett’s Daphne Productions for distribution in North America. Robert Bader of Daphne Productions notes that the entire archive of more than 2,500 shows is presently being restored and archived with the help of the Library of Congress. Bader said, "We're very pleased to see the results of this exhaustive project made available to television viewers."
This deal was negotiated by Shout’s Mark Balsam and Weigel Broadcasting’s Neal Sabin.