Rysher Entertainment

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Rysher Entertainment, Inc.
Industry Television syndication
Fate Shut down by Cox Broadcasting. Assets now owned by Qualia Capital. Film library is now handled by Paramount Pictures and TV series are distributed by CBS Television Distribution
Predecessor Bing Crosby Productions
Successor Qualia Libraries Co.
Founded 1945; 73 years ago (1945) (as Bing Crosby Productions)
Founder Keith Samples
Defunct 1999; 19 years ago (1999) (Original)
Owner Cox Enterprises (1993–1999)

Rysher Entertainment was the owner of television and film programming content, primarily distributed around the world by CBS Television Distribution and Paramount Pictures. Select rights are also distributed by Warner Bros., Universal, Lionsgate, Fox, Columbia Pictures, MGM and other entertainment distribution companies worldwide.

The company has its roots in Bing Crosby Productions ("BCP"). Its namesake, actor-singer Bing Crosby, founded BCP in 1949, and was best known for producing the sitcom Hogan's Heroes and the medical drama Ben Casey – in succeeding years, BCP was acquired by Cox Broadcasting.

In 1993, Cox acquired Rysher Entertainment. Rysher, founded in April 1991 by Keith Samples,[1] had been established as an independently owned company whose original sole product had been the distribution of NBC's series Saved By The Bell. In 1993, and later distribution of another NBC series California Dreams in 1994, Rysher merged with Al Masini's Television Program Enterprises to form Rysher TPE, its alternate name used from 1993 to 1995. Through Rysher TPE, they produced and distributed shows such as Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous (renamed Lifestyles with Robin Leach and Shari Belafonte for its final season) and Star Search. Later, they produced and distributed George & Alana, which ran for one season in 1995. The company would later branch out into theatrical films, and in the span of three years had produced over two dozen feature films.

The company then shut down its theatrical film unit in 1997 due to under-performing box office sales.[2] Then the company was shut down in 1999 after Viacom entered an agreement with Cox Enterprises that would allow Paramount Pictures and its television unit to handle distribution rights.[3] Rysher's library, today is incorporated into the libraries of CBS Television Distribution (CTD) and Paramount Pictures (for TV series and films, respectively), which includes television and feature film classics such as Hogan's Heroes (whose partial rights are held by CBS), Ben Casey, and Walking Tall, as well as more recent programs and films including Nash Bridges (1999–2001 episodes are produced by Paramount Network Television), Highlander: The Series, The Opposite of Sex (with Sony Pictures Classics), Kingpin and Big Night.

Rysher also distributes internationally through CTD several of HBO's award-winning titles including Arli$$, Oz and Sex and the City.

Rysher also produced House Arrest and Zeus and Roxanne, both of which were released by MGM and distributed by HBO Home Video for home release. Rysher's assets were later acquired by 2929 Entertainment in 2001, then in 2006 they were bought by Qualia Capitol, LLC. and were merged with Gaylord Films and Pandora Entertainment. The combined entity is known as Qualia Libraries Co. and the Rysher name now serves as a limited liability company. The film library is currently handled by Paramount Pictures for both home media and digital distribution, although Paramount has retained ownership rights to a few films including "Kingpin" and "Hard Eight".

Feature films[edit]

Release date Title
August 25 1995 'The Show
November 17, 1995 It Takes Two
April 3, 1996 Primal Fear
July 26, 1996 Kingpin
August 9, 1996 Escape from L.A.
August 14, 1996 House Arrest
August 23, 1996 Foxfire
November 1, 1996 Dear God
December 25, 1996 The Evening Star
September 26, 1996 Big Night
September 27, 1996 2 Days in the Valley
January 10, 1997 Turbulence
January 24, 1997 Zeus and Roxanne
February 28, 1997 Hard Eight
March 7, 1997 Private Parts
April 4, 1997 The Saint
August 22, 1997 A Smile Like Yours
October 3, 1997 Kiss the Girls
October 31, 1997 Switchback
May 22, 1998 The Opposite of Sex


  1. ^ "COX COMPLETES ACQUISITION OF RYSHER ENTERTAINMENT" (Press release). Cox Enterprises. PR Newswire. Retrieved September 15, 2016 – via The Free Library. 
  2. ^ "RYSHER CALLS 'Cut!'" (Press release). Andrew Hindes. Variety. Retrieved May 11, 2018 – via Variety. 
  3. ^ ""ET" ALL PAR TV'S NOW" (Press release). Cynthia Littleton. Variety. Retrieved May 11, 2018 – via Variety. 

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