Telepictures

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Telepictures
Type Subsidiary of Warner Bros.
Industry Entertainment, Television, television syndication
Founded 1978
Key people Michael Garin (Founder)
Hilary Estey McLoughlin (Current President)
Owners Independent (1978-1986)
Lorimar-Telepictures (1986-1989)
Warner Communications (1989)
Time Warner (1989-2001, 2003-present)
AOL Time Warner (2001-2003)
Parent Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

Telepictures (also known as Telepictures Productions; formerly known as Telepictures Distribution and Telepictures Corporation) is an American television and film production company, currently operating as a label of Warner Bros. Television, with Hilary Estey McLoughlin currently serving as President. Telepictures was established in 1978 by Michael Garin as a television syndication firm.

History[edit]

Early years[edit]

The company syndicated Rankin-Bass's programming and specials that were produced from 1974 to 1988, including new and successful animated series, such as ThunderCats and SilverHawks. Telepictures indeed bought Rankin-Bass outright in 1983.[1] In addition, Telepictures had syndicated numerous television programs such as My Favorite Martian, Here's Lucy, Love Connection, and The People's Court. Telepictures also operated a small publishing arm, which published some magazines, such as Muppet Magazine.[2]

Lorimar-Telepictures[edit]

In January 1986, the company merged with Merv Adelson and Lee Rich's Lorimar Productions, creating Lorimar-Telepictures and assumed production and distribution of shows like Dallas and Knots Landing. The company also began distribution of first-run episodes of Mama's Family in June 1986.

The company briefly dabbled into owning television stations by purchasing charter Fox affiliate WPGH-TV in Pittsburgh and attempted to purchase then-CBS affiliate WTVJ in Miami. However, after CBS made a half-hearted attempt to purchase Fox affiliate WCIX from Taft Broadcasting (CBS would later make a more serious attempt to purchase the station two years later and succeeded; it is now CBS O&O WFOR-TV), Telepictures backed off from purchasing WTVJ.[3] (NBC eventually purchased the station; it remains an NBC O&O today.) The company would then subsequently sell WPGH-TV to Renaissance Broadcasting after only a year in ownership; WPGH-TV, which went through several owners in the 1980s, wouldn't have stable ownership until current owner Sinclair Broadcast Group (which had been outbid by Telepictures for the station in 1986) bought the station from Renaissance in 1990.

Purchase by Warner Communications[edit]

In 1988, Lorimar Television became a separate production entity, which would be folded into Warner Bros. Television by 1993 and in 1989, Warner Communications purchased the company and folded the distribution business of Lorimar-Telepictures into Warner Bros. Television Distribution. Telepictures became Telepictures Productions in 1990, a producer of syndicated programming that Warner Bros. Television would distribute.

Telepictures Distribution[edit]

Shortly after the purchase of Turner Broadcasting System by parent company Time Warner, the company's syndication arm was relaunched as Telepictures Distribution in 1996 (reincorporated from Turner Program Services). The company distributed non-Warner Bros. produced programming to which the syndication rights have been licensed to Warner and/or Turner as well as Warner properties such as re-runs of The West Wing, Mama's Family and The Jamie Foxx Show.

In 2003, Telepictures Distribution was folded into Warner Bros. Television Distribution.

Shows produced by Telepictures[edit]

Web productions[edit]

Television stations formerly owned by Telepictures[edit]

Market Station Years Owned Current Ownership Status
Pittsburgh WPGH-TV 53 1986-1987 Fox affiliate, owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group


References[edit]

  1. ^ Delugach, Al (8 October 1985). "Lorimar, Telepictures Agree in Principle to Stock-Swap Merger". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 9 October 2014. 
  2. ^ Checkout Clout
  3. ^ Channel 4 Purchase Called Off, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, October 23, 1986.

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