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SFM Entertainment logo (1998-present)
|Founded||September 29, 1969|
|Headquarters||Rye Brook, New York|
|Key people||Stanley Moger, CEO
Michael Maizes, SVP, Counsel, CFO
|Services||ad hoc TV networks|
|Divisions||SFM Holiday Network|
SFM Entertainment (formerly known as SFM Media Corporation and SFM Media Service Corporation) is an American television syndicator, film distributor, production company, and licensing firm, established on September 29, 1969. SFM is known for setting up 'occasional' networks. The name comes from the initials of the company's founders: Walter Staab, Robert Frank, and Stanley Moger.
SFM Media Services started on September 29, 1969 as an independent advertising agency by Stanley Moger, Bob Frank and Walt Staab. SFM Media started a division, SFM Entertainment (SFME), to enter the strip-programming business. SFME's first program was The Mickey Mouse Club.
SFM Media Service assisted Mobil Oil in running and launching in the winter of 1976-1977 of Mobil Showcase Network. This led to three additional companies approaching SFM on setting up their own 'occasional' networks. SFM launched the General Foods Golden Showcase Network. In 1978, SFM launched its own network, SFM Holiday Network. In 1983, SFM worked with Del Monte Foods to form an ad hoc TV network to broadcast "Believe You Can . . . And You Can!" special on 100 stations on April 21, 1983 at 8 PM EST. In 1994, SFM starts up a sports marketing unit in its media services division with the hiring of Jerry Solomon as executive vice president. In 1998, media holding company Havas purchased SFM except for its SFM Entertainment division.
Shows distributed by SFM
Some shows distributed by SFM (past or present) include:
- The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin
- Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors
- Mickey Mouse Club (1977-1978 version, plus 1975-1977 syndication of the black-and-white original series)
- The Flip Wilson Show
- Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In
- The Smothers Brothers Show
- The Adventures of Jim Bowie
- The Real McCoys
- The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (1955–1961)
- the AFI 100 Years... series of TV specials
- Zoobilee Zoo (with DIC Entertainment)
- Care Bears (syndicated version from 1988)
- Rainbow Brite
- Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer (TV special)
- Make Room for Daddy
- The Joey Bishop Show
- Mr. Peepers
- The Doctors
- Edward the King (British miniseries distributed in U.S. in 1979)
- Deal (a 1978 behind-the-scenes look at Let's Make a Deal)
- Good Morning, World
- Lotsa Luck
- The Toys That Rescued Christmas
- The SuperStars
- SFM Entertainment
- New Show Studios :: Let Our Connections Work For You
- SFM at 30, sfment.dreamhosters.com
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