SHOUT! FACTORY AND DECADES TV NETWORK ANNOUNCE BROADCAST DISTRIBUTION DEAL FOR THE ICONIC THE DICK CAVETT SHOW

1/19/2016 10:45 AM

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 The 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.

Dick Cavett’s Vietnam

Air date: 04/27/2015

“Dick Cavett’s Vietnam” Offers a Unique Window on the Vietnam War and America, airing April 27 at 10 p.m. on PBS

Documentary marks the 40th Anniversary of the fall of Saigon and the end of the Vietnam War with memorable interviews conducted by Dick Cavett

The Vietnam War was the first “television war.” Night after night, the evening news broadcast the conflict into living rooms across America. As the country watched coverage of the fighting, Dick Cavett’s late night talk show featured thoughtful conversations and often-times spirited debate about the war from all sides of the political spectrum, mirroring the public’s growing unrest and the divisiveness that was ripping the country apart.

This April, to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon (April 30, 1975) and the end of America’s presence in Vietnam, Dick Cavett’s Vietnam examines the conflict and its impact on America through the prism of interviews conducted by the iconic host of “The Dick Cavett Show.”  Dick Cavett’s Vietnam, airing nationally Monday, April 27, 2015 from 10-11 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings), is part of a special block of programming related to the Vietnam War.

“While I started out to do an entertaining talk show, you couldn’t keep Vietnam out of the conversation,” says Dick Cavett in a new interview in the documentary. Joining Cavett are a mix of actor/entertainers (Woody Allen, Warren Beatty, Jane Fonda, Groucho Marx and Paul Newman), politicians (Senators Barry Goldwater, Wayne Morse, Edmund Muskie, and Vice President Hubert Humphrey), sports figures (Muhammad Ali) and more.

Historian and former Director of the Richard Nixon Library and Museum, Timothy Naftali is featured in the documentary and describes the prevailing sentiment captured in Cavett’s interviews this way, “It’s that America that is wounded, scarred by this commitment in Southeast Asia and is now trying to figure out a way to get out.”

Dick Cavett’s Vietnam combines interviews from Cavett shows with archival footage, network news broadcasts and recently filmed interviews with Dick Cavett, General Wesley K. Clark of the United States Army (retired); Pulitzer Prize-winning author Fredrik Logevall (Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America’s Vietnam); and Naftali (who was also featured in Dick Cavett’s Watergate) to provide insight and perspective on this controversial chapter of American history.

The documentary explores many key figures and moments in the Vietnam War including:

– United States Senator Wayne Morse, who voted against the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution (1964) which allowed President Lyndon B. Johnson to engage United States troops without a formal declaration of war;

– CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite who, in the wake of the Tet Offensive (1968), delivered an editorial declaring the war a stalemate;

– audio recording of a conversation between President Lyndon B. Johnson and Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara;

– audio recording of a conversation between President Nixon and National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger;

– President Nixon’s invasion of Cambodia (1970) which sparked protests across the United States including those at Kent State University where federal troops shot unarmed college students;

– United States military analyst and strategist Daniel Ellsberg, who leaked the Pentagon Papers (1971); and more.

– Click here for a complete list of interviewees.

“In terms of what the war means to Americans today, I think it continues to be to some extent an open wound in the American body politic,” says Logevall. How much did we learn?

Not enough, says retired General Wesley K. Clark who served in Vietnam.  “And to see us go into Iraq in 2003 or Afghanistan in 2001 and end up in a counter resurgence campaign and not have appreciated those lessons and to have to relearn them the hard way is a very painful thing to see.”

Dick Cavett’s Vietnam is a production of Crew Neck Productions in association with Daphne Productions and THIRTEEN Productions LLC for WNET. Director is John Scheinfeld. Executive Producers are Robert S. Bader and John Scheinfeld. Producer is Dave Harding. Executive in Charge for WNET is Stephen Segaller.  Executive Producer for THIRTEEN is Steve Burns. Coordinating Producer for THIRTEEN is Stephanie Carter.