Syndication Pioneer Dick Colbert Dies

By Andrew Gauthier 

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Television industry pioneer Dick Colbert, who co-founded the independent syndication company Colbert Television Sales, died Aug. 21 in Boulder Creek, Calif. He was 85.

An innovator in sales, marketing and production strategies, Colbert helped transform primetime and prime access timeslots during the mid-1970s. With firstrun shows like “The Joker’s Wild,” hosted by Jack Barry, and “Tic Tac Dough” with Wink Martindale, CTS became one of the leading independent syndicators. Its sales force in the 1970s included King World Prods. founders Roger King and Michael King. More…