United Artists Television
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United Artists Television was an American television production/distribution studio of United Artists Corporation that was formed in 1956. The company is remembered for producing series such as This Man Dawson, World of Giants, The Outer Limits, Gilligan's Island, My Mother the Car, The Fugitive, Rat Patrol, The New Phil Silvers Show, thirtysomething, and The Patty Duke Show. In 2014 United Artists Television returned to full time production under the new management of United Artists Media Group, led in part by husband/wife producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett.
In 1958, United Artists purchased Associated Artists Productions, giving access to the pre-1950 Warner Bros. library and the Popeye cartoon shorts made by Fleischer Studios and Famous Studios for Paramount Pictures between 1933 and 1957.
In 1960, United Artists purchased Ziv Television Programs, including the 20% share still held by board chairman Frederick Ziv and president John L. Sinn, for $20 million. The newly merged production company was renamed Ziv-United Artists.
United Artists had never been very successful in television, having placed only two series in prime time, The Troubleshooters and The Dennis O'Keefe Show, both of 1959-1960. This negative pattern continued after the merger. Ziv-UA produced 12 pilots during the first year of operation, but failed to sell any of them, although Aubrey Schenck's Miami Undercover lasted only one season in 1961.
In 1962, the company phased out Ziv Television Programs and changed its name back to United Artists Television. In that same year, the American Broadcasting Company premiered a successful prime time television show called The ABC Sunday Night Movie in competition to NBC's successful Saturday Night at the Movies. The first season featured the release of many United Artists films with some episodes containing featurettes promoting upcoming UA cinema releases.
United Artists Television had several shows such as Stoney Burke (TV series) (1962), The Patty Duke Show (1963), The Outer Limits (1963), Hollywood and the Stars (1963), The Fugitive (1963), The Hollywood Palace (1964), and Gilligan's Island (1964).
After The Mothers-in-Law was cancelled in 1969, the studio decided to focus presenting their movie library on television and rerunning their classics after years of still being unsuccessful in television production.
In 1981, MGM merged with UA to create MGM/UA Entertainment Co. As a result, their respective television units combined as well, becoming MGM/UA Entertainment Co. Television (or just simply MGM/UA Television) in 1982. The United Artists Television name was eventually phased out around 1983 in favor of the MGM/UA Television banner, although United Artists Television continued itself producing television shows until 1995.
Return to television
In September 2014, MGM acquired a 55% controlling interest in One Three Media and Lightworkers Media, both operated by husband/wife Hollywood producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey. The two companies were consolidated into a new film and television company, United Artists Media Group. Burnett is UA's CEO and Downey is president of Lightworkers Media. Hearst Entertainment (an investor in Burnett and Downey's entertainment assets) has also acquired a minority stake in UA through this deal. Through this acquisition, UA now holds the rights to Burnett's reality show franchises The Voice, Survivor, The Apprentice, and Shark Tank.
United Artists Television
United Artists Media Group
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- The Incredible World of James Bond (television special, 1965)
- Welcome to Japan, Mr. Bond (1967, television special)
- The Pink Panther in: A Pink Christmas (1978, television special)
- James Bond: The First 25 Years (1983, television special)
- You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story (2008), p. 255.
- WB retained a pair of features from 1949 that they merely distributed, and all short subjects released on or after September 1, 1948; in addition to all cartoons released on or after August 1, 1948.
- Bond, Paul (September 22, 2014). "MGM Acquires Majority Stake in Mark Burnett's Companies". The Hollywood Reporter.
- United Artists Television (us) at imdb.com