Rysher Entertainment

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Rysher Entertainment, Inc.
Subsidiary
Industry Television syndication
Founded 1949 (as Bing Crosby Productions)
Owner 2929 Entertainment

Rysher Entertainment is the owner of TV and film programming content, primarily distributed around the world by CBS Television Distribution and Paramount Pictures. Select rights are also distributed by Warner Bros., Universal, Lionsgate, Fox, Columbia Pictures, MGM and other entertainment distribution companies worldwide.

The company has its roots in Bing Crosby Productions ("BCP"). Its namesake, actor/singer Bing Crosby, founded BCP in 1949, and was best known for producing the sitcom Hogan's Heroes and the medical drama Ben Casey - in succeeding years, BCP was acquired by Cox Broadcasting.

In 1988, Cox incorporated Bing Crosby Productions into the Rysher corporation, which itself had been established as an independently owned company whose original sole product had been the distribution of NBC's series Saved By The Bell. In 1993, Rysher merged with Al Masini's Television Program Enterprises to form Rysher TPE, its alternate name used from 1993 to 1995. Through Rysher TPE, they would manage to produce and distribute shows such as Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous (renamed Lifestyles with Robin Leach and Shari Belafonte for its final season) and Star Search. Later on, they would produce and distribute George & Alana, which ran for one season in 1995.

Rysher's library, today distributed by CBS Television Distribution (CTD) and Paramount Pictures (for TV series and films, respectively), includes television and feature film classics such as Hogan's Heroes (whose partial rights are held by CBS), Ben Casey, and Walking Tall, as well as more recent programs and films including Nash Bridges (1999-2001 episodes are produced by Paramount Network Television), Highlander: The Series, The Opposite of Sex (with Sony Pictures Classics), Kingpin and Big Night.

Rysher also distributes internationally through CTD several of HBO's award winning titles including Arli$$, Oz and Sex and the City.

Rysher also distributed House Arrest and Zeus and Roxanne, both of which were released by MGM and distributed by HBO Home Video for home release.

Rysher Entertainment is named after founder Keith Samples' children Ryan and Sheridan Samples.

Feature films[edit]

Release date Title
April 28, 1995 Destiny Turns on the Radio
April 3, 1996 Primal Fear
July 26, 1996 Kingpin
August 9, 1996 Escape from L.A.
August 14, 1996 House Arrest
September 27, 1996 2 Days in the Valley
January 10, 1997 Turbulence
January 24, 1997 Zeus and Roxanne
February 28, 1997 Hard Eight
March 7, 1997 Private Parts
April 4, 1997 The Saint
August 22, 1997 A Smile Like Yours

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