MGM Television

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MGM Television
Key people
Roma Khanna (President)[1]
Production output
TV series
Services Broadcast network
Owner Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc.
(MGM Holdings, Inc.)
  • MGM Domestic Networks LLC
  • MGM Domestic Television Distribution LLC
  • MGM Domestic TV Networks LLC
  • MGM Interactive Inc.
  • MGM International Digital Media Inc.
  • MGM International Television Distribution Inc.
  • MGM On Demand Inc.
  • MGM Television Entertainment Inc.
  • Orion TV Productions, Inc.

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Television or Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Television Group and Digital[1] (commonly known as MGM Television and then-known as MGM/UA Television) is an American television production/distribution studio launched in 1955 and a division of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

From 2005–2006, MGM television programs were distributed by Sony Pictures Television (as a result from a Sony-led consortium buying MGM). Since May 31, 2006, MGM Television has resumed sole production and distribution of its programs on television. MGM Television has rejoined the first-run syndication market for the first time in many years with Paternity Court.[2]


The 30 minute The MGM Parade, one of MGM's first TV programs, was produced by MGM's trailer department as one of the compilation and promotional shows that imitated Disneyland.[3]

In 1973, MGM closed down its distribution offices and sold the television syndication rights to its library to United Artists.

MGM TV started its own Television network, MGM Family Network (MFN), or MGM Television Network, on September 9, 1973 on 145 stations.[4][5][6][7][8]


In 1982, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Television was renamed MGM/UA Television after the merger with United Artists the previous year. In 1984, MGM/UA TV again launched an ad hoc TV network, MGM/UA Premiere Network, with movies.[9]

In 1986, Ted Turner bought MGM/UA from Kirk Kerkorian, including all of the movies and television shows by MGM/UA. Due to a crushing debt, however, Turner was forced to return Kerkorian all of United Artists and the MGM trademark 74 days later on June 8. Though, Turner did keep the pre-May 1986 MGM television shows (the holdings of Associated Artists Productions): Gilligan's Island and its two animated spin-offs, The New Adventures of Gilligan and Gilligan's Planet. Thus, when Time Warner acquired Turner Broadcasting System in October 1996, the pre-May 1986 MGM/UA TV shows became part of Warner Bros. (via its Turner Entertainment unit). After Turner's sale, the television division was renamed MGM/UA Television Productions.

In 1987, the TV distribution arm MGM/UA Telecommunications was launched under the new company MGM/UA Communications Co. MGM/UA Television still kept producing the television series Fame until that same year, the 1980s version of The Twilight Zone until 1989, and Kids Incorporated until 1993.

In 1992, MGM/UA Television was reverted to MGM Television. The television company was reformed as MGM Worldwide Television Group and its distributor MGM/UA Telecommunications Group.

In 1996, the company was reformed for the television brand labels MGM Television Entertainment, MGM Domestic Television Distribution, and MGM Worldwide Television when Kerkorian returned to MGM; however, MGM uses other names in the credits of their television shows such as MGM Global Television, Inc., MGM Global Holdings, Inc., and MGM Television Entertainment, Inc.

In 1997, MGM bought Orion Pictures Corporation, The Samuel Goldwyn Company, and Motion Picture Corporation of America from Metromedia (who are best known as the former owners of several TV stations that are now Fox O&O's and for the taping of television programs at Metromedia Square, now Fox Television Center) As of the present time, MGM Television owns the movies/shows originally handled by Filmways, Inc., Orion Television, American International Television, Heatter-Quigley Productions and Samuel Goldwyn Television, with the main exceptions of The Beverly Hillbillies and Petticoat Junction—these were distributed by Viacom Enterprises, and are currently owned by CBS Television Distribution.

In 1997, MGM Television Entertainment was formed by MGM as its network television arm.


In 2005, MGM was purchased by a consortium which includes the Sony Corporation, Comcast and private equity investors.[10] As a result, Sony Pictures Television assumed worldwide distribution and certain domestic distribution of the television library from MGM Television. After Sony bought MGM, the company was referred to as MGM Worldwide Television Distribution.

On May 31, 2006, MGM announced that it would drop Sony as its TV and home entertainment distributor by shifting its home video output to 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, and relaunching its TV production/distribution arm. In October, MGM announced that they will distribute the film and television library from New Line Cinema. In 2008, rights reverted to Warner Bros. after consolidating New Line into WB.

MGM stars entering the TV network and cable channel field in the mid-2000. MGM started with This TV, a joint venture network with Weigel Broadcasting, launched on November 1, 2006.[11] MGM HD cable channel was launched in 2007.[12] MGM and Comcast launched the Impact video on demand channel in Mid-August 2008.[10] MGM launched The Works in April 2014.[13] With Sinclair Television Group on October 31, 2015, Comet was launched as a sci-fi broadcast subchannel network.[14]

In 2009, MGM TV place eight series into development while signing Emma Roberts' and manager/producing partner David Sweeney's production company, Bossy Boots Production, to a first look deal to produce for MTV.[15] MGM formed a TV finance and distribution entity, Orion TV Production.[16] In December 2012, MGM Television announced they'd be launching a tabloid talk/nontraditional court show, Paternity Court,[2] through its Orion TV Productions.[16]


  • MGM Domestic Networks LLC
  • MGM Domestic Television Distribution LLC
  • MGM Domestic TV Networks LLC
  • MGM Interactive Inc.
    • Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Interactive Productions Inc.
  • MGM North America Holdings Inc.
    • MGM International Television Distribution Inc.
  • MGM On Demand Inc.
  • MGM Television Entertainment Inc.
  • Orion TV Productions, Inc.[17]
  • Studio 3 Partners LLC, Epix joint venture business entity
  • Comet with Sinclair TV Group

MGM channels[edit]

MGM Television owns five television channels: Epix multiplex cable channels (co-owned and operated by Viacom and Lions Gate Entertainment), Impact video on demand channel owned with Comcast,[18] MGM HD cable channel and three subchannel broadcasting network, the sci-fi focused Comet (with Sinclair TV Group), ThisTV (co-owned and operated by Tribune Broadcasting) and The Works.

MGM previous attempted a TV network starting in 1973 MGM Family Network (MFN), or MGM Television Network, using its movies on Sundays before Big Three network programming[5] and again starting in 1984 with MGM/UA Premiere Network.[9]


Launched August 13, 2008 (2008-08-13)
Owned by Comcast
MGM Television
Sister channel(s) MGM HD

Impact is an action video on demand channel from Comcast and MGM Television.

Impact history[edit]

The Impact video on demand channel was announced by Comcast and MGM in August 2008 to feature action movies and TV shows to be rolled out market by market starting that week.[18] At the time of channel's launch mid-August, Comcast owned 20% of MGM.[10] MGM was seeking other cable providers to carry the channel.[18] Impact is the third channel by MGM into TV broadcasting field as MGM formed a partnership with Weigel Broadcasting for the digital subchannel network, This TV, in July[19] and MGM HD, its year old cable channel. With Impact expecting to be streaming via its website in 2009.[12]


The channel is programmed from the MGM library with 20 to 30 films (some in HD) available per month out of 1,000 action movies and shows in the library. With in the channel, the movies and shows are categorized into thrillers, crime, war films, martial arts, westerns and espionage groups. Most selections will be free but supported by advertising and come from the post-DVD film window of pay-TV providers. The James Bond, Rocky and Robocop franchises are amongst the available films for the channel.[18]The Terminator”, “Enter the Ninja” and “Windtalkers” were amongst the first 25 movies available on the channel.[12] The Magnificent Seven, American Ninja 2, Bulletproof Monk, Into the Blue and Roadhouse are also expected to be available at time through the channel.[20][21]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ a b "Exclusive: MGM to Launch 'Paternity Court' This Fall - 2012-12-12 22:52:29 | Broadcasting & Cable". Retrieved 2012-12-16. 
  3. ^ Segrave, Kerry (January 1, 1999). Movies at Home: How Hollywood Came to Television. McFarland. pp. 33, 34. ISBN 0786406542. 
  4. ^ "Introducing The Fourth Network (ad)" (PDF). Broadcasting Magazine. August 27, 1973. p. 11. Retrieved 27 September 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "'Yearling' slated for MGM Network" (PDF). Broadcasting: 29. 3 September 1973. Retrieved 27 September 2012. 
  6. ^ "One by One" (PDF). Broadcasting: 30. 22 October 1973. Retrieved 27 September 2012. 
  7. ^ "Why we created the MGM Television Network (ad)" (PDF). Broadcasting Magazine. March 26, 1973. Retrieved 27 September 2012. 
  8. ^ Kleiner, Dick (July 14, 1973). "He's Making the Lion Roar Again". The Morning Record. Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  9. ^ a b Farber, Stephen (October 23, 1984). "Film Studio's New Approach to TV". New York Times. Retrieved April 8, 2015. 
  10. ^ a b c Pandey, Swati (August 13, 2008). "Comcast and MGM launch action channel". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 27, 2015. 
  11. ^ Littleton, Cynthia (July 28, 2008). "MGM takes digital leap". Variety. Retrieved October 27, 2015. 
  12. ^ a b c Dempsey, John (August 12, 2008). "MGM VOD plan makes Impact". Variety. Retrieved January 29, 2015. 
  13. ^ Michael Malone (May 2, 2014). "Exclusive: MGM Launches Digi-Net The Works". Retrieved January 3, 2015. The channel reaches 31% of U.S. households, according to the insider. 
  14. ^ Mirabella, Lorraine (August 5, 2015). "Sinclair Broadcast exceeds second-quarter profit forecasts". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved October 15, 2015. 
  15. ^ Weisman, Jon (June 23, 2009). "MTV greenlights eight projects". Variety. Retrieved October 28, 2015. 
  16. ^ a b Saval, Malina (April 4, 2014). "MGM TV Rides High With ‘Vikings’ and ‘Fargo’". Variety (April 1, 2014) (Penske Business Media, LLC). Retrieved October 28, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Bankruptcy Court Voluntary Petition of MGM Holdings" (PDF). Retrieved November 6, 2014. 
  18. ^ a b c d Yao, Deborah (August 12, 2008). "Comcast, MGM to launch action movie VOD channel". USA Today (Gannett Co. Inc.). AP. Retrieved January 24, 2015. 
  19. ^ "Comcast, MGM Hope New VOD Channel Has Impact". Broadcasting & Cable (Comcast, MGM Hope New VOD Channel Has Impact). August 12, 2008. Retrieved January 29, 2015. 
  20. ^ Gruenwedel, Erik (August 13, 2008). "Comcast, MGM Bow Cable VOD Channel". Home Media Magazine (Questex). Retrieved January 29, 2015. 
  21. ^ Gibbons, Kent (August 16, 2008). "MGM Hopes To ‘Impact’ VOD Space". Multichannel (NewBay Media, LLC). Retrieved January 29, 2015. 

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