Stone Stanley Entertainment
In 1990, David G. Stanley and Scott A. Stone formed Stone Stanley Productions, for the purpose of developing and producing television, feature film and home video product. 14 years later, the company (now called Stone Stanley Entertainment) had become one of the most prolific independent production companies in television history, having produced and delivered thousands of television episodes for nearly every broadcast and cable network including Shop 'til You Drop, Loveline, Legends of the Hidden Temple, The Man Show, The Mole, Popstars, and The Joe Schmo Show, plus 6 of the most successful Jane Fonda exercise videos, and the first Dimension Films theatrical motion picture release, Children of the Corn: The Final Sacrifice.
Stone began his entertainment industry career at Telepictures, rising to Senior Vice President of the then-merged Lorimar-Telepictures syndication division. Lorimar-Telepictures was primarily engaged in the production of high-budget network television series including primetime soap operas Dallas, Falcon Crest, and Knots Landing, as well as situation comedies Perfect Strangers, Full House, and The Hogan Family, and distributed such hit syndication series as The People's Court and Love Connection. In order to facilitate the production of two low-budget original series for syndication (Fun House and Freddy’s Nightmares), Stone was assigned the task of establishing and running an independent non-union production company, which became known as Stone Television.
Stanley was a business affairs executive at NBC before joining MGM and becoming Vice President of Business Affairs for MGM/UA and MGM’s joint venture with industry legend David Gerber at the age of 30. His later stints at Metromedia and prestigious entertainment law firm Armstrong and Hirsch ultimately led to his position as Executive Vice President of Business and Financial Affairs at Lorimar-Telepictures, and Senior Vice President of Warner Bros. Inc.
In the first year of the partnership the company produced the third season of Fun House for the then premiering Fox Kids' Network; Teen Win, Lose or Draw for the Disney Channel; and Fun House Fitness, Volumes I & II staring J.D. Roth and hosted by Jane Fonda for Warner Home Video. Most significantly, based on Lifetime's need to find a companion strip series to run adjacent to its highly-rated original series Supermarket Sweep, the company created and produced their long running CableACE-nominated hit game show Shop 'til You Drop, which subsequently ran on The Family Channel, Fox Family, PAX TV and ION.
In the decade that followed, the company grew to include over 30 full-time and 600-800 freelance employees annually, and created, develop, and produced some of the most groundbreaking and original alternative television series of their time; however, in 2004 Stanley left the company which was subsequently dissolved, and its rights and properties were divided between David Stanley Enterprises (now known as the Stanley Entertainment Group) and Stone & Company Entertainment.
- Official old site (via Internet Archive)
- Stone & Company Entertainment
- The Stanley Entertainment Group
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