TriStar Television

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TriStar Television, Inc.
Type Division of Sony Pictures. Active in-name-only division of Sony Pictures Television.
Industry Television production
Successors Columbia TriStar Television (1999-2002)
Sony Pictures Television (2002-present)
Founded 1986 (original launch)
1991 (re-launch)
Headquarters Culver City, California, USA
Key people Steve McQuinn
Owners Sony Corporation
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.[1]

Revival and merger with Columbia Pictures Television[edit]

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).[2][3] 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.[4] Today, TriStar Television operates as in-name only.

List of shows by TriStar Television[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "IN BRIEF". Broadcasting: p. 110. 1990-07-16. 
  2. ^ "EBSCO Host Connection" Feltheimer heads new Columbia TriStar TV, Retrieved on December 18, 2012
  3. ^ "Feltheimer heads new Columbia TriStar TV". Broadcasting: p. 20. 1994-02-21. 
  4. ^ Sony Pictures Entertainment Renames Television Operations; Domestic and International Divisions Take Sony Name,
  5. ^ Lippman, John (1992-10-19). "Television: The Fox network is in the position of having offended its top program supplier.". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2011-07-11. 

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