Tribune Media Services

Tribune Media Services
Fate Merged with Gracenote
Founded 1933 (1933) (as Chicago Tribune Syndicate)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Area served
United States

Tribune Media Services (TMS) was a syndication company owned by Tribune Company. The company had two divisions: News and Features, and Entertainment Products. In 2014, TMS merged with Gracenote to form one company under the Gracenote name.

TMS was headquartered in Chicago, and had offices in various American cities (Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Queensbury, New York; Arlington, Texas; Santa Monica, California), the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and Hong Kong. TMS had previously been known as the Chicago Tribune Syndicate, the Chicago Tribune New York News Syndicate (CTNYNS), and the Tribune Company Syndicate.


In 1933, the Chicago Tribune launched the Tribune-New York (Daily) News Syndicate, a precursor to TMS.[1][2]

Upon the acquisition of Times Mirror in 2000, the Los Angeles Times Syndicate was merged into Tribune Media Services.

On June 12, 2014, Tribune Media Services merged with Gracenote to form one company under the Gracenote name.[3]

Products and Services

TMS distributed media products, such as news, comic strips, television listings and other information services to publications across the United States, Canada, and other countries in a variety of languages, for both print and web syndication. The entertainment division of the company owned and provided content for the TV/movie, news website TMS also provided guidance information in electronic programming guides such as TiVo, and DirecTV's EPG services.

Through its subscription services, TMS offered access to the following information services: ABC News, Gannett News Services, Kiplinger's Consumer News, and the Los Angeles Times World Report.[4]

Its content delivery site was a subscription service for newspapers and other media channels. The content provided included comics, puzzles, games, editorial cartoons, as well as feature content packages. The content delivery site also marketed content from other sources, such as U.S. News & World Report. The service had a partnership with the McClatchy Corporation providing multimedia content and info graphics worldwide.[5]

TMS also offered products and services for niche markets via TMS Specialty Products.[6]

MCT had, worldwide, 600-plus contributors and served more than 1,200 clients, services and resellers.[7]


Comic strips

Strips as of 2015

Discontinued strips

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See also


  1. "Tribune Company History". Funding Universe. Retrieved 2015-05-29.
  2. "International Directory of Company Histories". 63. St. James Press. 2004.
  3. "Tribune to merge Media Services into Gracenote operations | Social TV | News". 2014-06-12. Retrieved 2015-05-29.
  4. "Solutions". Retrieved 2015-05-29.
  5. "Enterprise". Retrieved 2015-05-29.
  6. "Content on Demand for Special Sections and Niche Publications". TMS Specialty Products. Retrieved 2015-05-29.
  7. "FAQ: What is MCT". Retrieved 2015-05-29.
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