Columbia TriStar Television

Columbia TriStar Television, Inc. (abbreviated as CTT) was an American television production and distribution studio that was active for 8 years from 1994 to 2002. It was operated as the third name of the early television studio Screen Gems and the fourth name of Pioneer Telefilms, both part of Sony Pictures Entertainment and the third company to use the Columbia and TriStar names together (the first being Columbia TriStar Home Video, now Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and the second; Columbia TriStar International Television).

Columbia TriStar Television, Inc.
IndustryTelevision production
Broadcast syndication
FateRenamed as Sony Pictures Television
PredecessorScreen Gems (1948–1974)
Columbia Pictures Television (1974–2001)
TriStar Television (1986–1988, 1991–1999)
SuccessorSony Pictures Television
FoundedFebruary 21, 1994
DefunctSeptember 16, 2002
HeadquartersCulver City, California, United States
Key people
Samuel White (Co-President)
ParentSony Pictures Entertainment
DivisionsAdelaide Productions
Columbia Pictures Television
TriStar Television
Trackdown Productions
Columbia TriStar International Television
SubsidiariesELP Communications
Califon Productions
Jeopardy Productions
Rastar Television


Columbia TriStar Television was launched on February 21, 1994, as a merger between Columbia Pictures Television and TriStar Television under the leadership of Jon Feltheimer, who was president of TriStar Television from 1991 to 1994 and New World Television until 1991. After the merger, Columbia Pictures Television Distribution was renamed as Columbia TriStar Television Distribution,[1][2][3] but the old name continued to appear on-screen until 1995. The new studio first entered production after dismantling and folding Merv Griffin Enterprises on June 4, 1994, by producing Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune (distributed by King World) starting in September 1994.[4][5] Expanding its television library in 1994, SPE acquired Stewart Television.

Its global subsidiary, Columbia TriStar International Television, distributed Sony's programs across the globe. It was created in 1992 by merging Columbia Pictures International Television with TriStar Television. This was also the launch of the Columbia TriStar Television Group two years later.

Within dismantling of Columbia Pictures Television in 2001 and TriStar Television in 1999, these studios were folded into Columbia TriStar Television. In 1998, it made a partnership with Global Maritime Group to create the company called Global Entertainment Productions GmbH & Co. Medien KG used for copyright purposes. Here are the exceptions those: Columbia TriStar Television, Inc. remains as the copyright holder for The King of Queens, TriStar Television, Inc. remains as the copyright holder for Early Edition, and Adelaide Productions, Inc. is the copyright holder for animated series, except for Dilbert (see below).[6] In 1999, they went back to the old way and ELP and TriStar TV ceased production operations. TriStar Television however, remained in-name-only until it was relaunched in May 2015. On October 25, 2001, CTT and CTTD merged to form Columbia TriStar Domestic Television.[7]

The end of CTT

On September 16, 2002, Sony Pictures Entertainment retired the name "Columbia TriStar" from television and renamed the American studio as Sony Pictures Television and its international division as Sony Pictures Television International.[8] Some shows continued using the CTDT name, although many stopped using it in November 2002, while Hollywood Squares continued using it until early 2003.

See also

Notes and references

  1. ^ "Los Angeles Times" February 11, 1994, Retrieved on June 28, 2012
  2. ^ "EBSCO Host Connection" Feltheimer heads new Columbia TriStar TV, Retrieved on December 18, 2012
  3. ^ "Feltheimer heads new Columbia TriStar TV". Broadcasting: 20. February 21, 1994.
  4. ^ "Los Angeles Times" Company Town Annex, Retrieved on July 1, 2013
  5. ^ "New York Times" Sony-Griffin Deal, Retrieved on July 1, 2013
  6. ^ The actual first season was done by Global Entertainment Productions GmbH and Co. Meiden KG, while animation was provided by Adelaide Productions.
  7. ^ "The Free Library" Sony Pictures Entertainment Unveils Realignment of Columbia TriStar Domestic Television Operations., Retrieved on July 3, 2012
  8. ^ Sony Pictures Entertainment Renames Television Operations; Domestic and International Divisions Take Sony Name,

External links

Brian's Song (2001 film)

Brian's Song is the 2001 remake of the 1971 television film Brian's Song, telling the story of Brian Piccolo (Sean Maher), a white running back who meets, clashes with and befriends fellow Chicago Bears running back Gale Sayers (Mekhi Phifer). The movie was adapted from Sayers' own words in his autobiography, I am Third. The television movie, produced by Columbia TriStar Television, was first broadcast in the US on The Wonderful World of Disney on ABC.

In the movie, Piccolo is a brash rookie with the Bears. Initially thinking Sayers is arrogant – when he is only quiet and a slight bit anti-social – they rub each other the wrong way from the moment they meet. The movie, taking place from 1965 to 1970, as the Civil Rights Movement grows, places great emphasis on integration, bringing up the conflict of when Brian and Gale room together for their first football season.

Columbia Pictures Television

Columbia Pictures Television, Inc. (abbreviated as CPT) was launched on May 6, 1974 by Columbia Pictures as an American television production and distribution studio. It is the second name of the Columbia Pictures television division Screen Gems (SG). For 26 years, the company was active from 1974 until 2001, when it was folded into Columbia TriStar Television (which is currently known as Sony Pictures Television), a merger between Columbia Pictures Television and TriStar Television. A separate entity of CPT continues to exist on paper as an intellectual property holder, and under the moniker CPT Holdings (the initials standing for Columbia Pictures Television) to hold the copyright for the TV show The Young and the Restless, as well as old incarnations from the company's television library such as What's Happening!!.

Merv Griffin Enterprises

Merv Griffin Enterprises was an American television production company founded by Merv Griffin, in business for 31 years from 1963 to 1994.

Oh Baby (TV series)

Oh Baby is an American sitcom series that ran on Lifetime from August 26, 1998, to March 4, 2000, and from 1999 to 2003 on Canada's W Network. The series was produced by Mandalay Television for Columbia TriStar Television.Oh Baby was based on the real-life experience of the show's executive producer Susan Beavers. The show's theme song was performed by Jimmy Beavers, Susan's brother.

Sony Pictures Television

Sony Pictures Television Inc. (or SPT) is an American television production and distribution studio founded in 2002 as the successor to Columbia TriStar Television. Based in Culver City, it is a division of Sony Entertainment's Sony Pictures Entertainment and a unit of the Japanese conglomerate Sony.

TriStar Television

TriStar Television (first spelled Tri-Star) is an American television production studio that was launched in 1986 by TriStar Pictures, then a joint-venture between Columbia Pictures, CBS and HBO, but is now fully owned by Sony Pictures, the parent company for both Columbia and TriStar. The television studio was relaunched twice and is currently a novelty label for Sony Pictures Television.

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