Warner Bros.-Seven Arts

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Warner Bros.-Seven Arts, Inc.
Industry Film
Television
Music
Genre Entertainment
Founded 1967
Defunct 1970
Headquarters Burbank, California
Key people Jack Warner
Kenneth Hyman

Warner Bros.-Seven Arts, Inc. was formed in 1967, when Seven Arts Productions acquired Jack Warner's controlling interest in Warner Bros. for $32 million[1] and merged with it. The deal also included Warner Bros. Records, Reprise Records and the B&W Looney Tunes library (plus the B&W non-Harman and Ising Merrie Melodies). Later that same year, Warner Bros.-Seven Arts purchased Atlantic Records which was subsequently combined in 1970 with two other acquisitions, Elektra Records and its sister label Nonesuch Records, under a new holding company, Warner-Elektra-Atlantic, or WEA for short, also known as Warner Music Group.

It was once again renamed Warner Bros. in 1969 after Kinney National Company bought the conglomerate the year prior.

History[edit]

The Head of production was Kenneth Hyman, son of Seven Arts co-founder Eliot Hyman. Their first film was Camelot (Warner Bros.-Seven Arts) and their last film Wait Until Dark (Warner Bros. Pictures). In 1967, DC Comics was purchased by Kinney National Company, Warner Bros.-Seven Arts purchased it later and became Warner Communications.

Sale to Kinney[edit]

Warner Bros.-Seven Arts logo in Technicolor (as seen on cartoons of the time)

Warner Bros.-Seven Arts was acquired in 1969 by Kinney National Company, who deleted "Seven Arts" from the company name, reestablishing it as Warner Bros. Due to a financial scandal over its parking operations, Kinney National spun off its non-entertainment assets in 1972 (as National Kinney Corporation) and changed its name to Warner Communications Inc., which has since merged with Time, Inc. to form Time Warner.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Warner Sperling, Cass (Director) (2008). The Brothers Warner (DVD film documentary). Warner Sisters, Inc.