Columbia TriStar Television
|Fate||re-branded as Sony Pictures Television|
|Founded||February 21, 1994|
|Defunct||September 16, 2002|
|Key people||Samuel White (Co-President)|
|Parent||Sony Pictures Entertainment|
Columbia Pictures Television
Columbia TriStar International Television
Columbia TriStar Television (CTT) was the third name of the television studio Screen Gems, itself part of Sony Pictures Entertainment and the second company to use the Columbia and TriStar names (the first being Columbia TriStar Home Video, now Sony Pictures Home Entertainment).
Columbia TriStar Television was launched on February 21, 1994 as a merger between Columbia Pictures Television and TriStar Television under the leadership of Jon Feltheimer, who was president of TriStar Television from 1991-1994 and New World Television until 1991. After the merger, Columbia Pictures Television Distribution was renamed to Columbia TriStar Television Distribution. They first entered production after dismantling Merv Griffin Enterprises by producing Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune, distributed by King World, starting in September 1994. Expanding its television library in 1994, SPE acquired Stewart Tele Enterprises.
Its global subsidiary, Columbia TriStar International Television, distributed Sony's programs across the globe. Its US distribution arm, Columbia TriStar Television Distribution, was also launched in 1995 to distribute Sony's programs all across America and to produce and distribute their own programs as well as movies on TV. This was also the launch of the Columbia TriStar Television Group.
In 1996, CTT launched their own animation division, Columbia TriStar Children's Television. The name was changed in 1997 to Adelaide Productions. Within dismantling of Columbia Pictures Television and TriStar Television, these companies were folded into Columbia TriStar Television. On October 25, 2001 CTT and CTTD merged to form Columbia TriStar Domestic Television.
The end of CTT 
On September 16, 2002, Sony Pictures Entertainment retired the name "Columbia TriStar" from television and renamed the American company to Sony Pictures Television. Some shows continued using the CTDT name, many stopped using in November 2002, while Hollywood Squares continued using it until early 2003.
Until 2009 Columbia was the only major film studio to have its name gone from television, but then CBS Paramount Television was renamed CBS Television Studios.
Notes and references 
- "Los Angeles Times" http://articles.latimes.com/1994-02-11/business/fi-21622_1_vice-president latimes.com February 11, 1994, Retrieved on June 28, 2012
- "EBSCO Host Connection" Feltheimer heads new Columbia TriStar TV connection.ebscohost.com, Retrieved on December 18, 2012
- "The Free Library" Sony Pictures Entertainment Unveils Realignment of Columbia TriStar Domestic Television Operations. thefreelibrary.com, Retrieved on July 3, 2012
- Sony Pictures Entertainment Renames Television Operations; Domestic and International Divisions Take Sony Name, prnewswire.com