|Type||Division of Sony Pictures. Active in-name-only division of Sony Pictures Television.|
|Successor(s)||Columbia TriStar Television (1999-2002)
Sony Pictures Television (2002-present)
|Founded||1986 (original launch)
|Headquarters||Culver City, California, USA|
|Key people||Steve McQuinn|
|Parent||Sony Pictures Entertainment|
TriStar Television (first spelled Tri-Star) was an American television production studio that was launched in 1986 by TriStar Pictures (the studio which is currently owned by Columbia Pictures; CBS was a partner but dropped out in 1985 and HBO in 1986).
It was formed when Tri-Star Pictures joined forces with Stephen J. Cannell Productions and Witt/Thomas/Harris Productions and created a television distribution company called TeleVentures. By December 1987, Coca-Cola owned 80% Columbia Pictures Entertainment until January 1988, when it was reduced down to 49% and Tri-Star Television was combined with Columbia/Embassy Television into the reorganized Columbia Pictures Television (CPT) in January 1988. Columbia Pictures and Tri-Star Pictures (and their respective television units) were sold in 1989 to Sony of Japan. On July 11, 1990, Tri-Star dissolved and sold its venture in TeleVentures to Stephen J. Cannell Productions and TeleVentures became Cannell Distribution Co. Most of the series and the Tri-Star film packages that were distributed by TeleVentures were taken over by Columbia Pictures Television Distribution.
Revival and merger with Columbia Pictures Television
CPT would continue on under Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE), but TriStar Television was reestablished in October 1991 (after having acquired some of the library of New World Television). On February 21, 1994, TriStar Television merged with Columbia Pictures Television and formed Columbia TriStar Television (CTT). However, shows such as Early Edition (a joint production with CBS) and Malcolm & Eddie retained the TriStar logo and copyright until 1999, when TriStar Television's productions were folded into Columbia TriStar Television and TriStar Television operated in-name-only. On October 25, 2001, Columbia TriStar Network Television and Columbia TriStar Television Distribution merged to become Columbia TriStar Domestic Television. On September 16, 2002, SPE retired the Columbia and TriStar names from television, rechristening CTDT as Sony Pictures Television. Today, TriStar Television operates as in-name only.
List of shows by TriStar Television
- Downtown (1986-1987)
- My Two Dads (1987-1990) (then produced by Columbia Pictures Television in January 1988)
- Buck James (1987-1988) (then produced by Columbia Pictures Television in January 1988)
- Werewolf (1987-1988) (then produced by Columbia Pictures Television in January 1988)
- Get a Life (1990-1992) (produced by New World Television from 1990-1991)
- Charlie Hoover (1991)
- Forever Knight (1992-1996)
- The Edge (1992-1993)
- The Fifth Corner (1992)
- Mad About You (1992-1999)
- Tribeca (1993)
- The Nanny (1993-1999) (finished under CTT)
- Can't Hurry Love (1995) (Produced in association with CBS Productions)
- Hudson Street (1995-1996)
- Ned & Stacey (1995-1997)
- Simon (1995)
- Dead By Sunset (1995) (mini-series)
- The Dana Carvey Show (1996)
- Early Edition (1996-1999) (Columbia TriStar Television from 1999-2000, series co-produced by CBS, who handles domestic distribution rights while SPTI handles international rights.)
- Malcolm & Eddie (1996-1999) (Columbia TriStar Television from 1999-2000)
- Matt Waters (1996)
- Life...and Stuff (1997)
- The Simple Life (1998) (not the Paris Hilton/Nicole Richie series)
- Columbia TriStar Television
- Columbia TriStar International Television
- Columbia Pictures Television
- Columbia Pictures
- TriStar Pictures
- Sony Pictures Television
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