Just in case anyone is curious, here's what Turner Entertainment Co. owns and doesn't own:
Turner Entertainment's library includes the following:
- Nearly all of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's film, television and cartoon library prior to May 23, 1986 ending with the film Killer Party released on May 9, 1986. This includes The Wizard of Oz, Gone with the Wind, Singin' in the Rain, Ben-Hur, Doctor Zhivago, A Christmas Story, Tom and Jerry amongst others.
- Included in this portion are a few individual films that MGM acquired from other studios in connection with filming remakes, such as
- Some material from United Artists
- Original in-house programing, such as documentaries about the films it owns, animated series, TV specials, and made-for-TV movies, miniseries, and theatrical films
Turner Entertainment also distributes certain films and shows from New Line Cinema (1994–1997) as well as shows from TBS, TNT, Cartoon Network, truTV and PBS (1994–2004) on home video through Turner Home Entertainment and later, after it got absorbed, Warner Home Video.
There are very few exceptions to this library, however.
- A handful of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer films and television series are not owned by Turner. This includes;
- The Hal Roach films which were distributed by MGM are currently owned by Sonar Entertainment domestically and Universal Studios internationally, while Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer owns Babes in Toyland, and the television rights to the 1929-1938 Our Gang comedies are owned by CBS Television Studios (successor to King World Productions). Turner does, however own a few Hal Roach films like The Devil's Brother, Bonnie Scotland and General Spanky and also owns the MGM-produced Our Gang comedies from 1938-1944.
- The Flipper TV series was produced by MGM Television and later sold to The Samuel Goldwyn Company, which was later purchased by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
- Flip the Frog and Willie Whopper is owned by the Ub Iwerks Estate.
- Guys and Dolls, produced by Samuel Goldwyn Productions, is owned by The Samuel Goldwyn, Jr. Family Trust, with Warner Bros. holds North American rights and Miramax handles international rights.
- Although Turner holds US rights to The Wind and the Lion, international rights remain with Columbia Pictures (via Sony Pictures Entertainment).
- The 1976 film Network, which was a co-production between MGM and United Artists five years before the two companies merged in 1981. After the Turner sold MGM/UA, MGM still retained the rights to UA's releases and currently co-owns the film with Turner as a result.
- Although Turner holds US rights to The Goodbye Girl, international rights remain with sister company Warner Bros.
- Although Turner holds the theatrical and television rights to Pink Floyd—The Wall, the video rights are owned by Sony Music.
- While MGM held onto the US theatrical, copyright and home video rights to the 1984 film Electric Dreams (until 1996), Turner never got the rights to the film. The rights later reverted to EMI/Virgin.
- State of the Union is now owned by Universal Studios (via NBCUniversal), the successor of EMKA, Ltd..
- Several RKO Radio Pictures films are not owned by Turner.
- There are several films that RKO released but does not own. These include;
- The 1946 Alfred Hitchcock film, Notorious, started out as a David O. Selznick production until the producer sold the rights to RKO before production began. RKO originally owned the copyright, but the film was sold years later to American Broadcasting Company (owned by The Walt Disney Company), which owns the rights to some of Selznick's other films.
- The 1948 film Rope was an independent production from Alfred Hitchcock's Transatlantic Pictures and released through Warner Bros. and sold to Associated Artists Productions. Despite its copyright renewed by United Artists Television, Hitchcock owned the negatives and pulled the film from circulation in the late 1960s, until Universal Studios acquired the film from his estate in 1983.
- A few elements of Hanna-Barbera Productions library are not owned by Turner.
- Several Hanna-Barbera feature films made prior to Turner's purchase of the company are still owned by their original distributors.
- Hanna-Barbera does not own any television program based on certain licensed properties.
- The Laurel and Hardy cartoon series is owned by Larry Harmon Pictures, owner of the Laurel and Hardy trademark.
- Tabitha and Adam and the Clown Family, Gidget Makes the Wrong Connection, Jeannie and Partridge Family 2200 A.D., spin-offs of Bewitched (Hanna-Barbera also did the animated opening and closing credits of the show), Gidget, I Dream of Jeannie and The Partridge Family respectivaly, are owned by Sony Pictures Television (via Sony Pictures Entertainment).
- Super Friends and its spinoffs, as well as The Dukes are owned by Warner Bros., now the sister company of Turner. WB also owned Dumb and Dumber animated series, co-produced by Hanna-Barbera's corporate sibling New Line Television as TBS owned New Line Cinema from 1994 to 1996.
- Dinky Dog and Drak Pack are now owned by Endemol.
- The Berenstain Bears, the 1985 series produced at Hanna-Barbera's Australian division, is now owned by Random House.
- The Godzilla segments from The Godzilla Power Hour, produced by Hanna-Barbera, are now owned by Toho Company Ltd. with DreamWorks Classics handling U.S. distribution rights. The Godzilla segments were originally included when Turner bought Hanna-Barbera and when Time Warner bought Turner, until 2003, when the rights reverted to Toho (coincidentally, Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures released the 2014 American film based on the Godzilla franchise to great critical and commercial success). Turner still owns the Jana of the Jungle segments.
- The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang, Laverne & Shirley in the Army, and the Mork & Mindy/Laverne & Shirley/Fonz Hour was a co-production with Paramount Television the then owners of Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley, and Mork and Mindy. They are now owned by CBS Television Studios, along with The Little Rascals cartoons co-produced with King World Productions and Harlem Globetrotters (although Turner does own The Super Globetrotters, though both Globetrotters series have been less frequently seen in recent years due to intellectual property issues).
- CBS Storybreak, produced at Hanna-Barbera's Australian division, is also owned by CBS Television Distribution, as the series was co-produced by CBS.
- Pink Panther and Sons is owned by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, who also owns Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures (both the Hanna-Barbera-produced episodes and the DIC-produced episodes) via Orion Pictures, Teen Wolf, produced at Hanna-Barbera Australian division via the Atlantic Releasing Corporation library and Sinbad Jr. and his Magic Belt via American International Pictures.
- The All-New Popeye Hour, Popeye and Son and the TV special Hägar the Horrible: Hägar Knows Best, are owned by King Features Syndicate, although Warner Home Video continues to license them on DVD as part of a deal to release the Fleischer Studios/Famous Studios Popeye cartoons on DVD.
- The Further Adventures of SuperTed is owned by S4C, Telin LTD. and Siriol Animation.
- Benji, Zax & the Alien Prince is owned by Mulberry Square Productions.
- Gravedale High, co-produced with NBC who continues to hold the rights (via NBCUniversal).
- Fantastic Max is owned by Kalisto Ltd.
- The prime time series Capitol Critters and Lost in Space are owned by 20th Century Fox.
- Midnight Patrol: Adventures in the Dream Zone is owned by DreamWorks Classics (via DreamWorks Animation).
- There are a few exceptions to the pre-1991 Ruby-Spears Productions library.
- Although Turner via Castle Rock Entertainment owns the rights to all Castle Rock films and television series, Turner only owns the distribution rights to the post-1994 library.
- The distribution rights to most pre-1994 Castle Rock's films (such as When Harry Met Sally...) were originally held by New Line Cinema who later sold them off to PolyGram Filmed Entertainment. These films are now part of the pre-1996 PolyGram library owned by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
- Certain films such as In the Line of Fire and A Few Good Men were co-productions with Columbia Pictures and are still distributed by the company.
- The distribution rights to the TV series Seinfeld and Thea are still distributed by Sony Pictures Television.
- Several films, cartoons and TV programs have lapsed into the public domain, though in some cases Turner has retained the film masters:
- Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer: Till the Clouds Roll By, Vengeance Valley, Royal Wedding, Cause for Alarm!, The Painted Hills, Father's Little Dividend, The Last Time I Saw Paris, The Thin Man, Northwest Passage, the Our Gang comedy Waldo's Last Stand and 4 cartoons.
- Associated Artists Productions: They Made Me a Criminal, Santa Fe Trail, This Is the Army, Life with Father, The Inspector General, 56 Warner Bros. cartoons and 34 Popeye cartoons.
- RKO Radio Pictures: Becky Sharp and Abbott and Costello's Jack and the Beanstalk (the latter originally distributed by Warner Bros.)
- Hanna-Barbera Productions: Various television commercials that sponsored the shows produced by Hanna-Barbera such as the Winston cigarettes commercials staring The Flintstones.
- Turner and 20th Century Fox share ownership in The Pagemaster, with Turner owning TV broadcasting and international distribution rights, and 20th Century Fox owning domestic rights.
- Turner and Paramount Pictures share ownership in Andre, with Turner owning international distribution rights, and Paramount owning domestic rights.
- Although Turner co-produced The Wizard of Oz cartoon series produced by DIC Entertainment, the distribution rights to the show are owned by DHX Media (successor to Cookie Jar Entertainment). Turner still owns part of the copyright.