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New World Pictures
Holdings company
Industrycinematography Edit this on Wikidata
FateAcquired by News Corporation
PredecessorThe Filmgroup
SuccessorVine Alternative Investments
The Walt Disney Company (content library)
Fox Corporation (broadcast stations)
FoundedJuly 8, 1970; 50 years ago (1970-07-08)
DefunctJanuary 22, 1997; 23 years ago (1997-01-22)[1]
Key people
ParentFox Corporation
DivisionsNew World Television

New World Pictures (also known as New World Entertainment and New World Communications Group, Inc.) was an American independent production, distribution and (in its final years as an autonomous entity) multimedia company. It was founded in 1970 by Roger Corman as New World Pictures, Ltd.: a producer and distributor of motion pictures, eventually expanding into television production in 1984. New World eventually expanded into broadcasting with the acquisition of seven television stations in 1993, with the broadcasting unit expanding through additional purchases made during 1994.

20th Century Fox (then owned by News Corporation), controlled by Rupert Murdoch, became a major investor in 1994 and purchased the company outright in 1997; the alliance with Murdoch, particularly through a group affiliation agreement with New World reached between the two companies in May 1994, helped to cement the Fox network as the fourth major U.S. television network.

Although effectively defunct, it continues to exist as holding companies within the Fox Corporation corporate structure along with various regional subsidiaries (e.g. "New World Communications of Tampa").


New World Pictures (1970–1987)

The company was founded on July 8, 1970, as New World Pictures, Ltd.; it was co-founded by B-movie director Roger Corman and his brother Gene, following their departure from American International Pictures (AIP).[3] At the time, New World was the last remaining national low-budget film distributor, and was also one of the most successful independent companies in the nation.[citation needed] Corman hoped to continue AIP's formula at New World, making low-budget films by new talent and distributing them internationally. However, it started out with only ten domestic offices, and one each in Canada and the United Kingdom; its films were distributed regionally by other companies.[4]

New World initially made exploitation films such as The Student Nurses and other small-scale productions. Corman helped launch the filmmaking careers of Jonathan Demme (Caged Heat, Crazy Mama), Jonathan Kaplan (White Line Fever), Ron Howard (Grand Theft Auto), Paul Bartel (Death Race 2000) and Joe Dante (Piranha), all of whom made some of their early films as interns for the company.[4] New World also released foreign films from acclaimed directors such as Ingmar Bergman (Cries and Whispers, Autumn Sonata), Federico Fellini (Amarcord) and Akira Kurosawa (Dersu Uzala). The distribution of such films was conceived by Corman in an effort to disassociate New World as an exhibitor of exploitation films.[4]

In 1983, Corman sold New World to Larry Kupin, Harry E. Sloan and Larry A. Thompson for $16.5 million; the three new owners decided to take the company public. Corman retained the film library, while New World acquired home video rights to the releases. In 1984, Robert Rehme – who formerly served as chief executive officer of Avco Embassy Pictures and Universal Pictures and had previously worked for New World as its vice president of sales in the 1970s – returned to the company as its new CEO. Later that year Thompson left the company to form his own firm.[5]

In 1984, the company created three new divisions: New World International, which would handle distribution of New World's productions outside the United States; New World Television, a production unit focusing on television programs (the first television programs produced by the unit were the soap opera Santa Barbara and the made-for-TV movie Playing With Fire); and New World Video, which would handle home video distribution of films produced mainly by New World Pictures. In May 1986, New World acquired post-production facility Lions Gate Studios for $4.4 million. That November the company acquired the Marvel Entertainment Group (MEG), the corporate parent of Marvel Comics from the liquidated Cadence Industries.[6][7] By early 1987, the company sold its shares in Taft Broadcasting for $17.8 million.[5]

New World Entertainment (1987–1992)

In 1987, New World acquired independent film studio Highgate Pictures and educational film company Learning Corporation of America.[8] By this time New World Pictures changed its name to New World Entertainment to better reflect its range of subsidiaries besides the film studio, including its purchase of Marvel Comics. Also that year New World almost purchased two toy companies, Kenner Parker Toys and Mattel, but both planned acquisitions never materialized (although Tonka would acquire Kenner in 1987). In the fall of 1987, New World became the third in the list of prime time television series producers to the network after Lorimar-Telepictures and MCA. In 1988, Michael Mann, executive producer of the hour-long television program Crime Story, filed a lawsuit against New World.[5]

Around this time, New World faced a major financial slump and the company began restructuring itself. Facing insolvency, management appealed to New World's principal lender, GE Capital, for a comprehensive debt restructuring, which would have wiped out the company's equity and left GE holding a 90% ownership stake. GE demurred, preferring an insolvency workout, and tried to force the company to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Another equity firm, Sloan And Kupin, instead pursued an aggressive program of divestitures and sales, which ultimately yielded a substantial profit to management while leaving the debt holders struggling. This began with the sale of Marvel Entertainment Group to Andrews Group (run by financier Ronald Perelman) on January 6, 1989; Marvel Productions was excluded from the sale.[9] In an ironic twist, Perelman acquired New World Entertainment, with Four Star Television becoming a unit of the company, later that year.[10][11] The bulk of its film and home video holdings were sold in January 1990 to Trans-Atlantic Pictures, a newly formed production company founded by a consortium of former New World executives (Trans-Atlantic was sold to Lakeshore Entertainment in 1996).[12] Highgate Pictures and Learning Corporation of America were shut down in 1990.[citation needed] On October 7, 1991,[citation needed] New World sold much of its "network" television assets to Sony Pictures Entertainment.[13] Some television programs produced by New World such as Santa Barbara and The Wonder Years would remain in production by the company until their cancellations in 1993; New World would not return to producing programs for the major broadcast television networks until early 1995.

In December 1992, New World formed two new divisions, New World Family Filmworks and New World Action Animation, to increase production for the growing family market by $20 million; Marvel Productions President Rick Ungar was appointed to head the two divisions.[13][14] Following Marvel Entertainment Group's acquisition of Toy Biz in 1993, that company's CEO Avi Arad was named President and CEO of both New World Family Filmworks and Marvel Films,[15] a new unit formed as a joint venture between Marvel and New World (which included an animation studio, Marvel Films Animation); Marvel Productions was renamed New World Animation in 1993.[15][16][17]

New World Communications (1992–1997)

On February 17, 1993, Perelman purchased SCI Television from George Gillett,[11] acquiring the company's seven television stations: CBS affiliates WAGA-TV (channel 5) in Atlanta, WJBK-TV (channel 2) in Detroit, WJW-TV (channel 8) in Cleveland, WITI-TV (channel 6) in Milwaukee and WTVT (channel 13) in Tampa; NBC affiliate KNSD (channel 39) in San Diego; and independent station WSBK-TV (channel 38) in Boston. Also included in the purchase was the library of Storer-owned syndication firm Blair Entertainment, which it had bought in 1985. SCI had undergone several corporate restructurings following its 1987 purchase by Gillett Communications from Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (which, in turn, had acquired the stations' former parent Storer Communications in 1985). Earlier in the decade, the group – then known as GCI Broadcast Services, Inc. – had restructured after defaulting on some of its financing agreements. Eventually, the renamed, SCI ran into severe financial problems and filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in late 1992. SCI was folded into New World, following the completion of its purchase of the group by Perelman in the summer of 1993.

In 1993, New World Entertainment purchased ownership stakes in syndication distributor Genesis Entertainment through Four Star Television and made a direct purchase of infomercial production company, Guthy-Renker.[18][11] With the asset expansion, the company changed its name to New World Communications.[19]

The company expanded its broadcasting holdings in May 1994 with its purchase of Argyle Television – a company partially related to Argyle Television Holdings II, which merged with Hearst Broadcasting to form Hearst-Argyle Television in 1997 – acquiring its four stations: CBS affiliates KTBC-TV (channel 7) in Austin, Texas, and KDFW-TV (channel 4) in Dallas; NBC affiliate WVTM-TV (channel 13) in Birmingham, Alabama; and ABC affiliate KTVI (channel 2) in St. Louis. Then, New World acquired four of the six television stations owned by Citicasters: ABC affiliates WBRC-TV (channel 6) in Birmingham and WGHP-TV (channel 8) in High Point, North Carolina; NBC affiliate WDAF-TV (channel 4) in Kansas City, Missouri; and CBS affiliate KSAZ-TV (channel 10) in Phoenix. Citicasters retained ownership of ABC affiliates WKRC-TV (channel 12) in Cincinnati, Ohio, and WTSP (channel 10) in St. Petersburg, Florida; in the latter case, New World decided against buying WTSP, as WTVT had the higher viewership of the two stations and market-wide signal coverage (WTSP's analog signal did not adequately cover southern sections of the Tampa–St. Petersburg market, as its transmitter was short-spaced to avoid interfering with the signal of Miami ABC affiliate WPLG, as both stations broadcast on VHF channel 10; because of this reason, ABC has long maintained a secondary Tampa affiliate in Sarasota-based WWSB).

The concurrent purchases of WBRC and WGHP posed issues as, at the time, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) only allowed a single company to own a maximum of 12 television stations nationwide (the Argyle and Citicasters purchases, combined with the seven stations it earlier acquired from SCI Television, would have given New World a total of 15 stations) and in the case of Birmingham, New World could not keep WBRC and WVTM in any event, as the FCC forbade common ownership of two television stations in the same market. As a result, following the completion of the Citicasters station purchases in late March 1995, New World placed WBRC and WGHP in a blind trust and sought buyers for both stations.[20]

Affiliation agreement and merger with Fox

The biggest deal involving New World Communications would aid in changing the face of American broadcasting. In the wake of Fox's landmark $1.58-billion deal with the National Football League (NFL) on December 17, 1993, which awarded it the television rights to the National Football Conference (NFC) beginning with the league's 1994 season,[21][22] the network began seeking agreements with various station groups such as SF Broadcasting to affiliate with VHF stations that had established histories as affiliates of the Big Three broadcast television networks (ABC, CBS and NBC) and therefore had higher value with advertisers (compared to its predominately UHF affiliate body, the vast majority of which were independent stations before joining the network), in an effort to bolster the network's newly acquired package of NFL game telecasts.[23]

Shortly after the Citicasters acquisition announcement, on May 23, 1994, New World Communications and Fox reached a multi-year affiliation agreement in which New World would switch most of its television stations to the network beginning that fall. The deal would include most of the stations that New World was in the midst of acquiring from Argyle and Citicasters, with all of the affected stations joining Fox after existing affiliation contracts with their then-current network partners concluded (WDAF-TV and KSAZ-TV were the first to switch on September 12, 1994, when Fox televised its inaugural regular-season NFL games; KDFW, KTBC and KTVI switched on July 1, 1995, while all but three of the other stations that remained under New World ownership switched on either December 11 or 12, 1994). In exchange, Fox parent News Corporation agreed to purchase a 20% interest in New World for $500 million.[2][24][25][26] New World was approached by Fox in part due to the group's expanding presence in several primary and secondary markets of NFC teams (including those of the Dallas Cowboys, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Green Bay Packers, Detroit Lions, Atlanta Falcons and Arizona Cardinals; St. Louis and GreensboroWinston-Salem–High Point would respectively become NFL markets in 1995 with the relocation of the Rams from Los Angeles and the foundation of the Charlotte-based Carolina Panthers). New World, meanwhile, was concerned about the effect that the network's loss of NFC rights to Fox would have on both CBS, which was near the bottom of the network ratings at the time, and on the group's CBS-affiliated stations.

The stations that became Fox affiliates had to acquire or produce additional programming to fill their broadcast days, as Fox programmed significantly fewer hours of network content (prime time programming for two hours on Monday through Saturdays and three hours on Sundays, the Monday through Saturday children's block Fox Kids, and an hour of late night programming on Saturdays) than its three established major network competitors; on top of that, most of the New World stations (with KTVI later becoming the lone exception) declined to carry the Fox Kids block, a peculiarity even at a time when some ABC, NBC and CBS affiliates were still pre-empting portions of their network's children's program lineups. The time vacated by news programs, daytime shows and children's programs from each station's former network was filled by additional syndicated programming and, in particular, local newscasts. In the latter regard, local morning newscasts on the stations were expanded by one to two hours and early-evening newscasts by a half-hour; the majority of the stations – except, initially, for KTBC (which did not launch an hour-long 9:00 p.m. newscast until August 2000) and KTVI (which did not launch a 9:00 p.m. newscast until September 1996 as a half-hour program), both of which aired syndicated programs as lead-ins to their 10:00 p.m. newscasts – also carried a newscast in the final hour of prime time. The deal as a whole (as well as a second affiliation agreement that was struck one month after the New World deal through the purchase of four Burnham Broadcasting stations by SF Broadcasting, a joint venture with Savoy Pictures) caused a domino effect that resulted in various individual and group affiliation deals involving all four networks (primarily CBS, Fox, and ABC) affecting television stations in more than 70 media markets; in most of those areas, New World did not own a station.

Three New World stations were excluded from the Fox affiliation deal. In Boston, where New World owned WSBK-TV, Fox was already affiliated with WFXT (channel 25), which the network would later re-acquire from the Boston Celtics in July 1995 (besides that, WSBK – like WFXT – was a UHF station with no prior history as a major network station and no existing news department, unlike the vast majority of its sister stations).[27] WVTM was exempted in Birmingham, as, in the summer of 1995, New World sold WBRC as well as WGHP to Fox Television Stations, with WBRC switching to Fox after its affiliation contract with ABC expired on August 31, 1996 (Fox's purchases of WBRC and WGHP – the latter of which switched to the network when its contract with ABC expired on September 1, 1995 – were finalized on January 17, 1996). KNSD (also a UHF station) also did not switch as Fox was already affiliated with a VHF station in the San Diego market, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico-based XETV-TV (channel 6, later a CW affiliate and now a Canal 5 station targeting Tijuana). Both KNSD and WVTM retained their NBC affiliations. New World planned to sell all three stations as well, in order to comply with the FCC's twelve-station ownership limit.[19] In November 1994, New World sold WSBK-TV to the Paramount Stations Group subsidiary of Viacom (which turned it into a charter affiliate of the United Paramount Network (UPN), a new network launched on January 16, 1995, in partnership with Viacom subsidiary Paramount Television).[28][29]

Meanwhile, the transfer/assignment applications of the Argyle stations were not filed with the FCC until some time after New World had already completed its purchases of the four Citicasters stations on September 9 and October 12, 1994 (the former being the consummation date for the WDAF and KSAZ purchases, and the latter for the WGHP and WBRC purchases). New World began operating the Argyle stations through time brokerage agreements on January 19, 1995; the acquisition of the Argyle stations was completed on April 14, following the trust transfers of WBRC and WGHP.

Later that year Brandon Tartikoff, who helped NBC out of its ratings doldrums in the 1980s in his former role as President of Entertainment at NBC, joined New World Communications in an executive position; concurrently, New World acquired Tartikoff's production company Moving Target Productions. New World also acquired the remaining interest in Genesis Entertainment, which expanded upon New World's production assets into television distribution (Genesis has subsequently renamed New World-Genesis Distribution following the closure of the purchase).

Later in 1995, the company signed a distribution deal with NBC (Access Hollywood was the only program that came out of the agreement) in exchange for renewing the NBC affiliations for WVTM and KNSD in ten-year deals. That year also saw the acquisitions of Cannell Entertainment and entertainment magazine Premiere (the latter of which was purchased in a joint venture between New World and Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S., which assumed New World's interest following its merger with News Corporation). In May 1996, New World sold WVTM and KNSD to NBC Television Stations for $425 million;[30] the two stations became owned-and-operated stations of NBC when the deal became final on August 14.

On July 17, 1996, Fox parent News Corporation announced that it would acquire the remainder of New World Communications for $2.48 billion in stock.[31][32] When the merger with News Corporation was finalized on January 22, 1997, New World's television production and distribution arms folded into 20th Century Fox Television and 20th Television, respectively and the former New World television stations were transferred into its Fox Television Stations subsidiary, turning the former group's twelve Fox affiliates into owned-and-operated stations of the network, joining WGHP and WBRC. The "New World Communications" name has lived on since then by the stations involved in the purchase that remain under Fox Television Stations ownership, under the names "New World Communications of (city or state)" or "NW Communications of (city or state)", originally used solely in copyright tags seen during the closing of each station's newscasts (except from 2007 to June 2009 as a result of Fox's December 2007 sale of eight owned-and-operated stations – including former New World stations WJW, KTVI, WDAF-TV, WITI-TV, WBRC and WGHP – to Local TV, which itself would merge with Tribune Broadcasting in December 2013[33]) and since late June 2009, in FCC license filings as the legal licensee names for these stations.[1] The New World Animation and Marvel Films Animation libraries were acquired by Saban Entertainment and Fox Kids Worldwide (in turn acquired by Disney through its 2001 purchase of Fox Family Worldwide) following News Corporation's acquisition of New World.

Former New World-owned television stations

Stations are arranged alphabetically by state and by city of license.

City of license / Market Station Channel
Years Owned Current Ownership Status
Birmingham, Alabama WBRC-TV 6 (50) 1994–1995 ** Fox affiliate owned by Gray Television
WVTM-TV 13 (13) 1995–1996 NBC affiliate owned by Hearst Television
Phoenix KSAZ-TV 10 (10) 1994–1997 Fox owned-and-operated station (O&O)
San Diego KNSD 39 (40) 1993–1996 NBC owned-and-operated station (O&O)
TampaSt. Petersburg WTVT 13 (12) 1993–1997 Fox owned-and-operated station (O&O)
Atlanta WAGA-TV 5 (27) 1993–1997 Fox owned-and-operated station (O&O)
Boston WSBK-TV 38 (39) 1993–1995 MyNetworkTV affiliate owned by CBS Television Stations
Detroit WJBK-TV 2 (7) 1993–1997 Fox owned-and-operated station (O&O)
Kansas City, Missouri WDAF-TV 4 (34) 1994–1997 Fox affiliate owned by Nexstar Media Group
St. Louis KTVI 2 (43) 1995–1997 Fox affiliate owned by Nexstar Media Group
High PointGreensboro -
Winston-Salem, N.C.
WGHP-TV 8 (35) 1994–1995 ** Fox affiliate owned by Nexstar Media Group
Cleveland WJW-TV 8 (8) 1993–1997 Fox affiliate owned by Nexstar Media Group
Austin, Texas KTBC-TV 7 (7) 1995–1997 Fox owned-and-operated station (O&O)
DallasFort Worth KDFW-TV 4 (35) 1995–1997 Fox owned-and-operated station (O&O)
KDFI-TV 27 (36) * MyNetworkTV owned-and-operated station (O&O)
Milwaukee WITI-TV 6 (33) 1993–1997 Fox owned-and-operated station (O&O)


  • (*) – Station owned by a third party but operated by KDFW-TV under a local marketing agreement.
  • (**) – Stations acquired with the purchases of KSAZ-TV and WDAF-TV, but later placed in a trust for sale to Fox. New World continued to operate the stations for several months until Fox took over through time brokerage agreements in September 1995.

Partial filmography

Roger Corman regime

These films are currently owned by Shout! Factory and Ace Film HK Company.

Release date Title Notes
June 1970 Angels Die Hard
August 1970 The Student Nurses established the "nurse" cycle
1971 Angels Hard as They Come
Beast of the Yellow Night
Bury Me an Angel
Creature with the Blue Hand (P/U)
Private Duty Nurses
Scream of the Demon Lover (P/U)
Women in Cages
April 30, 1971 The Big Doll House established the "women in prison" cycle
June 1971 The Velvet Vampire
October 22, 1971 Lady Frankenstein
1972 Night Call Nurses
January 1, 1972 Night of the Cobra Woman (P/U)
May 31, 1972 The Final Comedown (P/U)
May 1972 The Hot Box
July 1972 The Big Bird Cage
October 1972 The Cremators
November 1972 The Woman Hunt
December 21, 1972 Cries and Whispers (P/U)
1973 The Big Bust Out
Fly Me
The Young Nurses
January 1973 Sweet Kill
February 8, 1973 The Harder They Come (P/U)
May 1973 Savage!
June 1973 Stacey
The Student Teachers
September 1973 Seven Blows of the Dragon (P/U)
December 1, 1973 Fantastic Planet (P/U)
1974 Caged Heat (P/U)
Candy Stripe Nurses
The Last Days of Man on Earth
Summer School Teachers
January 15, 1974 The Arena
September 19, 1974 Amarcord (P/U)
Big Bad Mama
October 1974 Tender Loving Care (P/U)
1975 Cover Girl Models
Darktown Strutters
The Romantic Englishwoman (P/U)
January 1975 Street Girls
April 27, 1975 Death Race 2000
May 1975 Tidal Wave US version
June 1975 Crazy Mama
July 7, 1975 T.N.T. Jackson
October 10, 1975 The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum (P/U)
December 22, 1975 The Story of Adele H. (P/U)
1976 Foxtrot
Nashville Girl
February 1976 Hollywood Boulevard
April 1976 Eat My Dust!
Jackson County Jail
July 6, 1976 Cannonball
July 1976 The Great Texas Dynamite Chase
October 1, 1976 Small Change
October 22, 1976 God Told Me To
November 15, 1976 Lumiere (P/U)
1977 Andy Warhol's Bad
1977 Assault on Paradise
1977 Black Oak Conspiracy
1977 Blonde in Black Leather (P/U)
1977 Dersu Uzala (P/U)
1977 Down and Dirty Duck
1977 Eaten Alive!
1977 Grand Theft Auto
1977 A Hero Ain't Nothin' but a Sandwich
1977 I Never Promised You a Rose Garden
1977 A Little Night Music
1977 Moonshine County Express
1977 Rabid
1977 The Ransom
1977 Thunder and Lightning
1977 Too Hot to Handle
1977 The Tigress
1978 Autumn Sonata Produced by ITC Entertainment
1978 Avalanche
1978 The Bees
1978 Blackout
1978 Deathsport
1978 The Evil
1978 Jokes My Folks Never Told Me
1978 Leopard in the Snow
1978 Outside Chance
1978 Piranha
1979 Angel's Brigade
1979 The Brood
1979 Fast Charlie... the Moonbeam Rider
1979 The Green Room
1979 The Kids Are Alright
1979 The Lady in Red
1979 Love on the Run
1979 The Prize Fighter
1979 Rock 'n' Roll High School
1979 Saint Jack
1979 Starcrash
1979 Up from the Depths
1980 Battle Beyond the Stars
1980 Breaker Morant
1980 The Georgia Peaches
1980 Humanoids from the Deep
1980 Mon oncle d'Amérique
1980 The Private Eyes
1980 Shogun Assassin
1980 Something Waits in the Dark
1980 The Tin Drum
1981 Firecracker
1981 Galaxy of Terror
1981 Mindwarp: An Infinity of Terror
1981 Quartet
1981 Richard's Things
1981 Ruckus
1981 Smokey Bites the Dust
1981 Saturday the 14th
1982 Android
1982 Battletruck
1982 The Calling
1982 Christiane F.
1982 Fitzcarraldo
1982 Forbidden World
1982 Galaxy Express
1982 Jimmy the Kid
1982 Paradise
1982 The Personals
1982 The Slumber Party Massacre
1982 Sorceress
1982 Tag: The Assassination Game
1982 Three Brothers
1982 Time Walker
1983 Deathstalker
1983 Last Plane Out
1983 Screwballs
1983 Space Raiders
1984 Love Letters
1984 Suburbia
1984 The Warrior and the Sorceress

New regime

Most of these films are currently owned by Vine Alternative Investments.

Release date Title Notes
January 13, 1984 Angel
March 9, 1984 Children of the Corn
March 11, 1984 Warriors of the Wind (P/U) 1984 recut of Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind; Nausicaä director Hayao Miyazaki's distaste of the recut is said to have led to Studio Ghibli's stringent "no cuts" policy for international distribution of their works.
April 28, 1984 The Initiation
August 3, 1984 The Philadelphia Experiment
August 31, 1984 C.H.U.D.
September 28, 1984 Body Rock
October 1984 Bad Manners also known as Growing Pains
October 19, 1984 Crimes of Passion
November 16, 1984 Night Patrol
January 11, 1985 Tuff Turf
January 11, 1985 Avenging Angel
January 1985 The Annihilators
January 1985 The Highest Honor US distribution only; produced by Southern International Films
February 8, 1985 Lust in the Dust
March 1, 1985 Certain Fury
March 15, 1985 Def-Con 4
April 12, 1985 Fraternity Vacation
April 12, 1985 Girls Just Want to Have Fun
May 1985 Out of Control
June 14, 1985 The Stuff
August 23, 1985 Godzilla 1985 1985 American re-cut of The Return of Godzilla, originally produced and released by Toho in 1984
October 1985 The Boys Next Door
November 8, 1985 Transylvania 6-5000
December 27, 1985 Making Contact
January 10, 1986 Black Moon Rising
February 1986 The Gladiator
February 14, 1986 Knights of the City
February 28, 1986 House
March 1986 The Aurora Encounter
April 1986 Star Crystal
May 2, 1986 No Retreat, No Surrender
May 30, 1986 Jake Speed
June 6, 1986 Not Quite Paradise US distribution only; produced by Acorn Pictures and Gilead
July 18, 1986 Vamp
August 22, 1986 Reform School Girls
August 29, 1986 Code Name: Wild Geese US distribution only
October 17, 1986 Dancing in the Dark Distribution only; produced by Brightstar Films, Film Arts, and Film House Group
October 24, 1986 Soul Man
December 19, 1986 Miss Mary
January 9, 1987 Return to Horror High
January 16, 1987 Wanted: Dead or Alive
February 20, 1987 Death Before Dishonor
February 27, 1987 Beyond Therapy
April 3, 1987 Nice Girls Don't Explode
May 1, 1987 Creepshow 2 co-production with Laurel Entertainment
May 1987 The Great Land of Small
August 28, 1987 House II: The Second Story
September 10, 1987 Hellraiser
October 23, 1987 The Killing Time
November 20, 1987 Flowers in the Attic
November 1987 Heart
December 25, 1987 Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night Produced by Filmation
January 22, 1988 The Telephone
January 1988 Hell Comes to Frogtown
February 5, 1988 Sister, Sister
February 5, 1988 Slugs
April 8, 1988 18 Again!
April 22, 1988 Return of the Killer Tomatoes
May 6, 1988 Dead Heat
May 13, 1988 The Wrong Guys
September 2, 1988 Freeway
September 30, 1988 Elvira, Mistress of the Dark
November 10, 1988 Angel III: The Final Chapter
December 23, 1988 Hellbound: Hellraiser II co-production with Film Futures Troopstar
December 1988 The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey North American distribution only
January 26, 1989 Felix the Cat: The Movie
January 27, 1989 Pin distribution only; produced by Image Organization, Lance Entertainment, Malofilm, and Telefilm Canada
March 31, 1989 Heathers distribution only; produced by Cinemarque Entertainment
April 14, 1989 Under the Boardwalk
June 1989 Curfew
February 16, 1990 Revenge co-production with Rastar; distributed by Columbia Pictures
1990 Checkered Flag
January 1, 1991 Killer Tomatoes Eat France
January 11, 1991 Warlock produced by; distributed by Trimark Pictures
February 1, 1991 Meet the Applegates
April 25, 1991 The Punisher
August 25, 1993 Die Watching

Television programs

The rights to New World Television's programs are owned by Vine Alternative Investments (pre-1990 programs), Sony Pictures Television (1990–1991 programs), and The Walt Disney Company (post-1991 programs), with some exceptions.

Title Original run Network Notes
Maximum Security 1984–1985 HBO co-production with Major H
Santa Barbara 1984–1993 NBC co-production with Dobson Productions
Sins February 2–3, 1986 CBS mini-series
Crime Story 1986–1988 NBC co-production with Michael Mann Productions
Sledge Hammer! 1986–1988 ABC U.S. television rights are held by Sony Pictures Television
Easy Prey October 26, 1986 ABC TV movie
Monte Carlo November 9, 1986 CBS mini-series
Penalty Phase November 18, 1986 CBS TV movie
Rags to Riches 1987–1988 NBC co-production with Leonard Hill Films
The Bold and the Beautiful 1987–present CBS International distribution only for the first 9 seasons; produced and currently owned by Bell-Phillip Television Productions Inc.
Mariah 1987 ABC
Queenie May 10–11, 1987 ABC mini-series
Poker Alice May 22, 1987 CBS TV movie
Once a Hero 1987 ABC co-production with Garden Party Productions
Echoes in the Darkness November 1–2, 1987 CBS mini-series
Tour of Duty 1987–1990 CBS co-production with Braun Entertainment Group
After the Promise October 11, 1987 CBS TV movie
The Wonder Years 1988–1993 ABC co-production with The Black-Marlens Company
Beryl Markham: A Shadow on the Sun May 15/17, 1988 CBS mini-series
Marvel Action Universe 1988–1989 Syndication Distribution only; produced by Marvel Productions
The Secret Life of Kathy McCormick October 7, 1988 NBC TV movie
Murphy's Law 1988–1989 ABC co-production with Zev Braun Productions and Michael Gleason Productions
Goddess of Love November 20, 1988 NBC TV movie
A Fine Romance 1989 ABC co-production with Phoenix Entertainment Group
The Hijacking of the Achille Lauro February 13, 1989 NBC co-production with Spectacor Films and Tamara Asseyev Productions
Original Sin February 20, 1989 NBC TV movie
The Robert Guillaume Show 1989 ABC co-production with Guillaume-Margo Productions
Peter Gunn April 23, 1989 ABC co-production with The Blake Edwards Company
The Trial of the Incredible Hulk May 7, 1989 NBC co-production with Bixby-Brandon Productions
Tales from the Crypt 1989–1996 HBO U.S. distribution only; produced by Tales from the Crypt Holdings
Currently owned by Warner Bros. Television
Nick Knight August 20, 1989 NBC TV movie
Rude Dog and the Dweebs 1989 CBS Distribution only; produced by Marvel Productions and AKOM
False Witness October 23, 1989 NBC co-production with Entertainment Professionals and Valente / Kritzer
Little White Lies November 27, 1989 NBC co-production with Larry Thompson Organization
Zorro 1990–1993 The Family Channel co-production with Goodman/Rosen Productions and Zorro Productions, inc.
Grand Slam 1990 CBS co-production with Bill Norton Productions
Elvis 1990 ABC
The Death of the Incredible Hulk February 18, 1990 NBC Co-production with B & B Productions
Bagdad Cafe 1990–1991 CBS co-production with Mort Lachman and Associates, Zev Braun Pictures, and CBS Entertainment Productions
Currently owned by CBS Television Distribution
Voices Within: The Lives of Truddi Chase May 20, 1990 ABC mini-series; co-production with ItzBinso Long Productions and P.A. Productions
Top Cops 1990–1993 CBS Distribution only; produced by Grosso-Jacobson Productions and CBS Entertainment Productions
Currently owned by CBS Television Distribution
Ghost Writer August 15, 1990 Fox TV pilot; co-production with Rumar Films
Currently owned by Vine Alternative Investments
Get a Life 1990–1992 Fox co-production with TriStar Television (season 2)
The Bride in Black October 21, 1990 ABC co-production with Barry Weitz Films and Street Life Productions
She'll Take Romance November 25, 1990 ABC TV movie
The Stranger Within November 27, 1990 CBS TV movie
In Broad Daylight February 3, 1991 NBC co-production with Force Ten Productions
The Adventures of Mark & Brian 1991–1992 NBC co-production with Don Mischer Productions, Frontier Pictures and TriStar Television
Power Pack 1991 N/A TV pilot; co-production with Marvel Enterprises and Paragon Entertainment Corporation
Silk Stalkings 1991–1999 USA Network seasons 5–6 only; co-production with Stu Segall Productions and Cannell Entertainment
Charlie Hoover 1991 Fox co-production with Ian Gurvitz Productions, Brillstein-Grey Entertainment, and TriStar Television
Miles from Nowhere January 7, 1992 CBS TV movie
Currently owned by Sony Pictures Television
The Boys of Twilight 1992 CBS co-production with Echo Cove Productions for TriStar Television
Stay the Night April 26–27, 1992 ABC mini-series
Judith Krantz's Secrets 1992 Syndication maxi-series; co-production with Steve Krantz Productions
Moe's World July 19, 1992 ABC TV pilot; co-production for TriStar Television
Renegade 1992–1997 Syndication/USA Network seasons 3–5 only; co-production with Stu Segall Productions and Cannell Entertainment
Murder in the Heartland May 3–4, 1993 ABC mini-series; co-production with O'Hara-Horowitz Productions
Real Stories of the Highway Patrol 1993–1998 Syndication seasons 1–4 only; co-production with Leap Off Productions and Mark Massari Productions
Paradise Beach 1993–1994 Syndication U.S. distribution only; produced and currently owned by Village Roadshow Pictures
Biker Mice from Mars 1993–1996 Syndication produced by Marvel Productions/New World Animation, Brentwood Television Funnies, Worldwide Sports & Entertainment, inc. and Philippine Animation Studios
Moment of Truth: Cradle of Conspiracy May 2, 1994 NBC co-production with O'Hara-Horowitz Productions
Valley of the Dolls 1994 Syndication co-production with Take A Meeting Productions
XXX's & OOO's June 21, 1994 CBS co-production with John Wilder Nightwatch and Moving Target Productions
Fantastic Four 1994–1996 Syndication produced by New World Animation, Marvel Films, and Wang Film Productions/Philippine Animation Studios
Iron Man 1994–1996 Syndication produced by New World Animation, Marvel Films and Rainbow Animation Korea
Moment of Truth: A Mother's Deception October 17, 1994 NBC co-production with O'Hara-Horowitz Productions
Spider-Man 1994–1998 Fox produced by New World Animation, Marvel Films, and TMS-Kyokuchi Corporation
Tom Clancy's Op Center February 26–27, 1995 NBC co-production with Jack Ryan Partnership and Moving Target Productions
The Clinic 1995
The Mark Walberg Show 1995–1996 Syndication
Strange Luck 1995–1996 Fox co-production with MT2 Services and Unreality, Inc.
A Child Is Missing October 1, 1995 CBS co-production with Moore-Weiss Productions and Cannell Entertainment
The Surrogate October 22, 1995 ABC co-production with Moore-Weiss Productions and Cannell Entertainment
Weekly World News 1996 USA Network co-production with American Media, Inc. and MT2 Services
Second Noah 1996–1997 ABC co-production with Longfeather Entertainment and MT2 Services
Generation X February 20, 1996 Fox co-production with MT2 Services, Inc., Marvel Films, and Marvel Entertainment Group
Profit 1996 Fox co-production with Greenwalt/McNamara Productions and Stephen J. Cannell Productions
Big Deal 1996 Fox co-production with Stone Stanley Productions
The Incredible Hulk 1996–1997 UPN Distribution only for season 1; produced by New World Animation and Marvel Films/Marvel Studios
Access Hollywood 1996–present Syndication Distribution only for season 1; produced by NBC Studios


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