Lexington Broadcast Services Company
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|Fate||Acquired by All American Communications|
|Successor(s)||All American Communications Television (1992-1997)
Pearson Television (1997-2001)
FremantleMedia North America (2001-present)
|Defunct||May 18, 1992|
|Parent||Grey Advertising (????-1991)
All American Communications (1991-1992)
The Lexington Broadcast Services Company (first known as Lexington Broadcast Services and later known as LBS Communications) was a television production and syndication company founded in 1976 by advertising pioneer Henry Siegel. Advertising Age magazine wrote of Siegel as "the man who built Lexington Broadcast Services into the nation's largest barter syndicator, and thus defined that segment of the TV ad business."
The company was known for distributing programs from DIC Entertainment and Columbia Pictures Television (including select material from Columbia subsidiary/label Screen Gems), by way of its Colex Enterprises joint venture with Columbia, in addition to the 1991 syndicated re-launch of Baywatch.
Around the time that the joint venture with Columbia Pictures Entertainment ended in 1988, LBS began to lose money, and in late 1991, LBS filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, and was forced to sell 80 to 85 percent of its assets to its Baywatch distributor partner the Scotti Brothers' All American Television. In 1997 All American was sold to Pearson plc, and was re-branded as Pearson Television. Pearson Television later merged with CLT-UFA to form RTL Group and Pearson Television was renamed to FremantleMedia. As of today most of LBS' library is owned by FremantleMedia with some exceptions.
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- Three's Company (after distributed by D.L. Taffner Syndications Sales 1977–1984)
- The Ropers (after distributed by D.L. Taffner Syndications Sales 1979–1980)
- Three's a Crowd (after distributed by D.L. Taffner Syndications Sales 1984–1985)
- 21 Jump Street (distribution only)
- American Bandstand (distribution from 1987–1988)
- Casey Jones 6
- Coming Up Rosie
- Doctor Snuggles
- Family (TV series)
- Family Feud (Ray Combs-hosted syndicated version from 1988–1991)
- Hazel 5
- Heathcliff and The Catillac Cats (in association with DIC Entertainment)
- Hee Haw (1971 to the mid-1980s), plus its spinoff, Hee Haw Honeys
- The Magic of Herself the Elf
- Hot Fudge Show
- Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n Wrestling (in association with DIC Entertainment and WWE)
- Inspector Gadget (in association with DIC Entertainment)
- Pole Position (in association with DIC Entertainment)
- Police Academy 1
- Punky Brewster (in association with NBC Productions, Sony Pictures Television handles domestic syndication, while
NBCUniversal Television Distribution handles international syndication. Shout! Factory has DVD rights)
- Salvage 1 7
- Sha Na Na
- Superfriends (distribution only)2
- Stand Up and Cheer
- Tales from the Darkside
- The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin
- The Fantastic Journey
- The New Adventures of He-Man
- The New Gidget3
- Popples (TV series) (in association with DIC Entertainment)
- The Monkees 4
- What's Happening!!
- What's Happening Now!! 3
- Wolf Rock TV
- Hart to Hart 3
2. Produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions, Inc. in association with DC Comics (owners of the Super Friends property); rights have since reverted to H-B successor/DC owner Warner Bros.' television syndication unit.
3. Distributed during the original run by Colex. Sony Pictures Television (as successor to Columbia Pictures Television) now has sole distribution rights.
4. SPT has domestic and worldwide syndication rights due to prior contractual agreements; the ancillary rights to the series are now with Rhino Entertainment.
5. Produced originally by Screen Gems, later syndicated by Colex from 1984-1988. Sony Pictures Television now holds the distribution rights, along with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment for DVD releases
- "50 Who Made A Difference", page 45. Advertising Age, Spring 1995.
- "Sale in the works for 'Eden' mini-series". Broadcasting: p. 45. 1984-01-30.