|Industry||Television and Film production|
|Fate||Merged with Fox Family Worldwide|
|Successor||Fox Family Worldwide
20th Century Fox Television
|Mary Tyler Moore
|Parent||TVS Entertainment (1988–1992)
International Family Entertainment (1992–1997)
News Corporation (1997–1998)
|Divisions||MTM Television Distribution
MTM Home Video
MTM Enterprises (later known as MTM Enterprises, Inc.) was an American independent production company established in 1969 by Mary Tyler Moore and her then-husband Grant Tinker to produce The Mary Tyler Moore Show for CBS. The name for the production company was drawn from Moore's initials.
MTM produced a number of successful television programs during the 1970s and 1980s. Its famous logo featured an orange cat named Mimsie (who was borrowed from a local shelter and then owned by one of the MTM staff, not Moore and Tinker themselves) inside a circle surrounded by gold ribbons, parodying how Leo the Lion features in the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer logo. There have been many different variants of this logo.
Eventually, both founders would pass away within two months, with Grant Tinker on November 28, 2016, followed by Mary Tyler Moore on January 25, 2017.
MTM Enterprises acquired Jim Victory Television in 1986. Victory was the distributor of most of MTM's programming in the syndication market (exceptions included The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Bob Newhart Show, both originally distributed by Viacom Enterprises). Victory was later reincorporated as MTM Television Distribution, which was folded into 20th Television after News Corporation bought MTM.
Tinker oversaw MTM's operation until leaving the company in 1981 and becoming chairman of NBC. Lawyers backing NBC's then-owner RCA convinced Tinker to sell his remaining shares of MTM. Tinker later regretted leaving MTM, believing that the company started to decline without him.
After TVS lost its franchise to broadcast on the ITV network, a number of American companies were interested in acquiring it, with Pat Robertson's International Family Entertainment making the first offer. A small number of shareholders, including Julian Tregar, rejected the offer from IFE. In November, TCW Capital made a bid, but withdrew it a few weeks later after reviewing the accounts of TVS. IFE increased its offer to £45.3M, but continued to be opposed by Julian Tregar, who blocked the deal on technical grounds, alleging that the offer was too low. IFE finally increased the offer to appease the remaining shareholders, and on January 23, 1993 their offer of £56.5M was finally accepted, the deal being completed on February 1, 1993.
IFE along with MTM was sold to Fox Family Worldwide, a joint venture of News Corporation and Saban Entertainment, in 1997. Its library assets were folded into 20th Century Fox Television even after Fox Family Worldwide was sold to The Walt Disney Company in 2001.
Mimsie, who was used as the main logo for MTM, died in 1988 at the age of 20. During the credits of the final episode of St. Elsewhere, Mimsie is shown in the logo on life support with an EKG monitor detecting its heart until the end, when a flatline is heard.
MTM's productions included:
- The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970-1977)
- The Bob Newhart Show (1972-1978)
- Paul Sand in Friends and Lovers (1974-1975)
- The Texas Wheelers (1974-1975)
- Rhoda (1974-1978)
- The Bob Crane Show (1975)
- Doc (1975-1976)
- The Lorenzo & Henrietta Music Show (1976)
- Three for the Road (1975)
- Phyllis (1975-1977)
- The Tony Randall Show (1976-1978)
- Lou Grant (1977-1982)
- The Betty White Show (1977-1978)
- We've Got Each Other (1977-1978)
- The White Shadow (1978-1981)
- WKRP in Cincinnati (1978-1982)
- Mary (1978)
- The Mary Tyler Moore Hour (1979)
- The Last Resort (1979-1980)
- Paris (1979-1980)
- Carlton Your Doorman (1980)
- Hill Street Blues (1981-1987)
- Remington Steele (1982-1987)
- St. Elsewhere (1982-1988)
- Newhart (1982-1990)
- Bay City Blues (1983)
- The Duck Factory (1984)
- Mary (1985-1986)
- Fresno (1986)
- The Popcorn Kid (1987)
- Beverly Hills Buntz (1987-1988)
- Eisenhower and Lutz (1987-1988)
- Annie McGuire (1988)
- Tattingers (1988-1989)
- FM (1989-1990)
- City (1990)
- Capital News (1990)
- The Trials of Rosie O'Neill (1990-1991)
- You Take the Kids (1990-1991)
- The New WKRP in Cincinnati (1991-1993)
- Boogies Diner (1994-1995)
- The Pretender (1996-2000) (note: Only the first season was produced by MTM, with 20th Century Fox Television assuming the series thereafter) (in association with NBC Studios)
- Family Challenge (1995-1997)
- Sparks (1996-1998)
- Bailey Kipper's P.O.V. (1996-1997)
- Goode Behavior (1996-1997)
- Good News (1997-1998)
In addition to the above shows, MTM has distributed programs such as:
- The Steve Allen Show
- Graham Kerr
- America's Funniest Home Videos (now owned by Disney-ABC Domestic Television)
- Evening Shade (with CBS Productions)
- Rescue 911 (with CBS Productions)
- Peter Gunn
- Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (with CBS Productions)
- Shopping Spree
- Wait 'til You Have Kids
- It Takes Two (1997)
- Just an Old Sweet Song (1976, TV movie)
- Something for Joey (1977, TV movie)
- First, You Cry (1978, TV movie)
- The Boy Who Drank Too Much (1980, TV movie)
- Thornwell (1981, TV movie)
- A Little Sex (1982)
- Just Between Friends (1986)
- Clara's Heart (1988)
- Apollo 11 (1996, TV Movie)
- Night of the Twisters (1996, TV movie)
- Christmas Every Day (1996, TV movie)
MTM programs appeared almost exclusively on CBS until the early 1980s, when Grant Tinker assumed the additional role of president of NBC. Soon, NBC picked up a number of MTM shows, and Tinker stepped down as head of MTM to avoid a conflict of interest. His intention was to leave NBC after 5 years (in 1986) and return to MTM, taking over the reins from interim MTM president Arthur Price. However, Price fired many of the key players in the company's ranks, and by 1986 they had few shows left on the schedules (Hill Street Blues, St. Elsewhere and Remington Steele were all nearing the ends of their runs, leaving Newhart as the sole entrant on the schedule). There was also a record label in the 1980s featuring the logo on the label. No major mainstream artists recorded for this label; however, Judy Rodman and country girl group, The Girls Next Door, did have a few minor hits on the country charts in the mid-1980s.
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- Carter, Bill. "THE MEDIA BUSINESS; Tinker Looks Beyond 'USA Today on TV'". The New York Times (November 27, 1989)
- COMPANY NEWS; Pat Robertson Buys Parent Of MTM for $68.5 Million. The New York Times (September 23, 1992).
- Second potential bidder for TVS. By our Deputy City Editor.The Times (London, England), Wednesday, 4 November 1992.
- Evangelist may be sole runner for TVS. Martin Waller. The Times, Thursday, 26 November 1992
- Evangelist may be sole runner for TVS. Martin Waller.The Times, Thursday, 26 November 1992
- TVS bid opposed. The Times, Friday, 11 December 1992;
- Evangelist to lift TVS offer. By our Deputy City Editor. The Times, Saturday, 9 January 1993
- TVS dissidents try for a better offer. Martin Waller, The Times (London, England), Wednesday, 6 January 1993
- Robertson wins TVS. The Times, Saturday, 23 January 1993;
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- "NBC To Reboot 'Remington Steele' As Comedy With Ruben Fleischer". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 16 January 2016.
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- "Goodnight, Mimsie :(". YouTube. Retrieved 2016-11-10.