Litton Entertainment

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Litton Entertainment
Type Private
Industry Television
Genre Television Programming
Founded 1988
Founders Dave Morgan
Headquarters Charleston, South Carolina
Number of locations 5[1]
Area served Worldwide
Services distribution
media sales
Divisions Litton Worldwide Distribution
Litton Media Sales
Litton News Source
Website www.litton.tv

Litton Entertainment (formerly Litton Syndications) is an American media and production company based in Charleston, South Carolina, with four additional offices. Many of Litton's programs comply with federally mandated educational and informational requirements.

History[edit]

The company was founded in 1988 by President and CEO Dave Morgan. Its first syndicated productions were a series of one-off, sports-related specials. In the 1990s, seeing a growing market for educational programs due to the enactment of the "E/I" rules, Litton began to syndicate Jack Hanna's Animal Adventures: Morgan felt highly of Hanna, going as far as comparing him to Marlin Perkins.[1]

In 2011, following the discontinuation of the ABC Kids Saturday morning block, Litton reached a deal with ABC's affiliate board to syndicate a block of live-action, E/I-compliant programming, known as Litton's Weekend Adventure.[2][3]

On September 28, 2013, Litton introduced its second Saturday morning network television block, CBS Dream Team, for CBS; focusing on teenagers 13 to 16 years old, the block replaced CBS's previous block, Cookie Jar TV.[4] Recipe Rehab was one preexisting program Litton moved over from its ABC block.[5]

On June 5, 2014, Litton and The CW announced the debut of a new Saturday morning block named One Magnificent Morning, premiering on October 4, 2014, replacing Saban Brands' Vortexx block.[6] This gave Litton control of three of the five Saturday morning broadcast network lineups, and indirectly ended the broadcast networks carrying any entertainment programming targeted solely towards children.

Divisions[edit]

Litton has five operating divisions:[7]

  • Litton Worldwide Distribution
  • Litton Media Sales
  • Litton News Source provides stations with reports and features from Consumer Reports magazine.[1] Previous programming included "Consumer Reports TV News", "Good Housekeeping Reports", "Solutions With Jill", "BusinessWeek Custom Wall Street Reports", "S&P Custom Market Indices"[7]

First run programs[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Albiniak, Paige (August 29, 2008). "A Small Syndicator's Big Success". Broadcasting and Cable (NewBay Media, LLC). Retrieved June 9, 2014. 
  2. ^ "ABC Orders Saturday Kids Block From Litton". TVNewsCheck. May 24, 2011. Retrieved May 24, 2011. 
  3. ^ Albiniak, Paige (May 24, 2011). "ABC to Premiere ABC Weekend Adventure on Sept. 3". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved May 24, 2011. 
  4. ^ James, Meg (July 24, 2013). "CBS partners with Litton Entertainment for Saturday teen block". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 25, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Former Greenbrier chef now stars in 'Recipe Rehab'". AP. AP. September 7, 2013. Retrieved June 9, 2014. 
  6. ^ James, Meg (July 24, 2013). "CBS partners with Litton Entertainment for Saturday teen block". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 28, 2013. 
  7. ^ a b Chris, Pursell (April 16, 2007). "Litton Maintaintains Its Independence". Television Week. Retrieved May 26, 2011.  Freely accessible here

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