Lorimar-Telepictures Corporation was an entertainment company established on April 21, 1986 with the merger of Lorimar Productions and Telepictures Corporation. Its assets included television production and syndication (which operated under the Lorimar-Telepictures name), feature films, home video, and broadcasting.
|Industry||Television and film production, syndication, home video, television broadcasting|
|Fate||Purchased by Warner Communications|
|Founded||April 21, 1986|
|Defunct||January 11, 1989|
|Headquarters||Culver City, California, United States|
The merger of Lorimar-Telepictures was announced on October 7, 1985, by Merv Adelson. On April 21, 1986, the merger was complete. Lee Rich, one of the other founders of Lorimar, sold his shares in 1986 and left the company. On January 11, 1989, Warner Communications acquired Lorimar-Telepictures after shaking off the hostile takeover of the company.
Note: All series listed here are now owned and distributed by Warner Bros. Television with a few exceptions.
Lorimar-Telepictures also distributed most of the pre-1990 DIC Entertainment and Saban Productions series in international markets; most of the DIC series are currently distributed by DHX Media, and most of the Saban series are currently distributed by Disney–ABC Home Entertainment and Television Distribution.
In the mid-1980s, Lorimar-Telepictures went into the broadcasting business by acquiring six television stations, which were as follows:
|City of License / Market||Station||Channel TV (RF)||Sold To||Current Ownership Status|
|Chico - Redding||KCPM||24 (24)||Goltrin Communicactions
|NBC affiliate, KNVN, owned by Maxair Media, LLC|
(Operated through an LMA by Heartland Media)
|Springfield - Branson||KSPR||33 (19)||Goltrin Communications
|Taken dark after selling spectrum in 2016 FCC auction as KGHZ; assets and schedule merged to KSPR-LD|
ABC affiliate owned by Gray Television
|Pittsburgh||WPGH-TV||53 (43)||Renaissance Broadcasting
|Fox affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group|
|Midland - Odessa||KMID||2 (26)||Goltrin Communications
|ABC affiliate owned by Nexstar Media Group|
|San Juan - Caguas -
Ponce - Mayagüez
|WLII||11 (11)||Malrite Communications
|Univision Owned & Operated (O&O) |
(Simulcasts on locally-owned WORA-TV 5 in Mayagüez)
The television division included a failed attempt to buy WTVJ in Miami, and after Warner Bros. took control and was not interested in maintaining a broadcast division, sold the stations by 1991.
The 1986 SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament took place from March 5–8, 1986 at Rupp Arena in downtown Lexington, Kentucky, home to the University of Kentucky Wildcats men’s basketball team. Kentucky won the SEC tournament championship title and the SEC’s automatic bid to the 1986 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball tournament by defeating Alabama 83-72.Coverage of the first round, the quarterfinals and semifinals was produced and regionally syndicated by the Lorimar Sports Network, the sports broadcasting arm of Lorimar-Telepictures. The semifinals of this tournament marks the LSN’s final broadcast before going defunct; Jefferson-Pilot Teleproductions would win syndication rights to SEC Basketball before the following season. The championship game in this tournament was nationally televised by NBC.Bill Todman Jr.
Bill Todman Jr. launched his career working for his father, Hall of Fame television producer Bill Todman. In 1981, Bill Todman Jr.moved to Goodson-Todman West in Los Angeles to concentrate on television production. He quickly transitioned to MGM/UA Television in 1982 as a programming executive working under the President, Thomas Tannenbaum.
In 1984, Todman joined 20th Century Fox TV as a producer reporting to Leslie Moonves. He moved with Moonves to Lorimar-Telepictures, where Todman teamed up with Joel Simon to form a producing partnership that would span decades. Together they produced eight television pilots, two series and one made-for-television movie.
While working in television, Todman and Simon ventured into feature films, producing hit Warner Bros. movies like Married to the Mob and Hard to Kill.
In 1995, Todman became President of Morgan Creek Productions. He served as executive producer on films including Two if by Sea, Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, Diabolique, Incognito, Wild America, Bad Moon, Major League: Back to the Minors, Wrongfully Accused, and The King and I.In 1998, Todman produced the feature film Wild Wild West for Warner Bros. In 2000, he co-produced X-Men for 20th Century Fox. He joined forces with Kopelson Entertainment for the ABC television program Thieves while simultaneously producing The In-Laws with Joel Simon at Warner Bros.
In 2003, Todman and Edward L. Milstein formed Level 1 Entertainment. Together they have produced and financed such motion pictures as Grandma's Boy for 20th Century Fox, Rendition for New Line Cinema, and Strange Wilderness for Paramount Pictures.City (TV series)
City is an American sitcom that aired on CBS from January 29 to June 8, 1990. The series was a new starring vehicle for Valerie Harper, which went into development not long after she and husband Tony Cacciotti won their lawsuit against Lorimar-Telepictures over her dismissal from her NBC sitcom Valerie (which eventually continued without her as The Hogan Family). City was created by Paul Haggis, and like Harper's previous series, was also executive produced by Cacciotti.Freddy's Nightmares
Freddy's Nightmares – A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Series is an American horror anthology series, which aired in syndication from October 1988 until March 1990. A spin-off from the Nightmare on Elm Street series, each story was introduced by Freddy Krueger (played, as in the movies, by Robert Englund). The pilot episode was directed by Tobe Hooper, and begins with Freddy Krueger's prosecution on child-murdering charges ending in a mistrial due to the discovery that his arresting officer did not read Freddy his Miranda rights. A mob of parents eventually corners Freddy in a boiler room (his workplace), leading to him being torched by the police officer, dying and gaining his familiar visage.
The series was produced by New Line Television, producers of the film series, and Stone Television. It was originally distributed by Lorimar-Telepictures. Afterwards, Warner Bros. Television would assume syndication rights after acquiring Lorimar-Telepictures in 1989. On October 2, 2015, the El Rey Network announced that it would begin airing the series toward the end of the year, and on November 3, 2015, the series began airing on the network.It's a Living
It's a Living (also known as Making a Living) is an American sitcom set in a restaurant at the top of the Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles. The show aired on ABC from October 30, 1980, until June 11, 1982. After the series was canceled by ABC, new episodes aired in first-run syndication from September 28, 1985, to April 8, 1989. The series was created by Stu Silver, Dick Clair and Jenna McMahon and produced by Witt/Thomas Productions, later in association with Golden West Television (1985–86) and Lorimar-Telepictures (1986–89).Lorimar Sports Network
The Lorimar Sports Network, or LSN, was an American ad hoc television network providing syndicated college football and basketball. It was based at Lorimar's original headquarters in Culver City, California, with an additional office in Dallas, Texas. It was in operation from 1983 until 1986.Michael Jay Solomon
Michael Jay Solomon (born January 20, 1938) is an American businessman, and entertainment executive who currently serves as chairman and CEO of Digital Content International, which he founded in 2017. Solomon's career spans more than 50 years in the media and content distribution business. He is the Founder and President of several publicly and privately held companies which are listed in his Bloomberg profile. Solomon has founded or sits on the Board of philanthropic organizations benefiting education, public health, and the arts.New Line Television
New Line Television was the television arm of the film studio of the same name.Perfect Match (U.S. game show)
Perfect Match is an American game show hosted by Bob Goen and announced by Johnny Gilbert, which aired from January 13 to September 12, 1986, in syndication. The game featured three married couples answering questions about their spouses to win money.
Perfect Match was Goen's first game show and the second game show to be distributed by Lorimar-Telepictures after Lorimar Productions purchased Telepictures in 1985. The show was also produced by XPTLA, Inc, whose show The $1,000,000 Chance of a Lifetime launched one week before Perfect Match.
The Perfect Match had also been the name of an earlier TV game show, which aired in syndication in 1967-68 and featured a computer dating theme.
Perfect Match was sold to stations as a replacement for midseason cancellation Catch Phrase, which aired its final episode on January 10, 1986. According to Goen, despite good ratings, it was canceled because the show was too synonymous with The Newlywed Game.Telepictures
Telepictures (also known as Telepictures Productions; formerly known as Telepictures Distribution and Telepictures Corporation) is an American television and film production company, currently operating as a subsidiary of Warner Bros. Television. Telepictures was established in 1978 by Michael Garin as a television syndication firm.Telstar 301
Telstar 301 is an American communications satellite launched in July 1983 and operated by AT&T. It was one of three Telstar 3 satellites, followed by Telstar 302 in 1984 and Telstar 303 in 1985.
The satellite served as the east coast home satellite for the ABC network from 1984 to 1993. The CBS network also used the satellite from 1985 to 1993. It also served as the first home of Fox Broadcasting Company until the late 1980s.
Other entities that also used the satellite included Group W, Wold/Keystone Communications (which used the satellite to feed Paramount Television's syndicated output including Entertainment Tonight, Star Trek: The Next Generation, and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), Compact Video, Lorimar-Telepictures, and Warner Bros. Television.
The satellite was retired in 1993 and replaced by Telstar 401. As of June 2009, Telstar 301 (along with Telstar 302 and Telstar 303) was still in orbit.Telstar 303
Telstar 303 is a U.S. communications satellite launched from Shuttle Discovery F5 during Mission (STS 51-G) 17 June 1985. Owned by AT&T and operated by Loral Skynet Hughes, it was one of three Telstar 3 satellites, Preceded by Telstar 301 in 1983 and Telstar 302 in 1984.
The satellite served as the U.S. west coast and mid-west home satellite (C band) with 48 Transponders for the ABC network from 1984 to 1993. The CBS network used the satellite from 1985 to 1993. It also served as telephone call transfer for remote areas until 1993.
Other entities that used the satellite included Group W, Wold/Keystone Communications (which used the satellite to feed Paramount Television's syndicated output including Entertainment Tonight, Star Trek: The Next Generation, and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), Compact Video, Lorimar-Telepictures, and Warner Bros. Television.
In 1987, Melvin Rosen and Stuart Levin acquired 17 transponders on Telstar 303 satellite for the purpose of creating the first and largest multi-channel pay-per-view satellite TV system to serve the C-band satellite TV market. ln 1993 as the Satellite was about to retire, a group of business owners including General Instruments, TVN Entertainment, Parallex Data Systems, and Enterprises put together programs systems and home units to bring affordable IPPV (ImpulsePayPerView) and PPV (PayPerView) entertainment to the home. Acquiring Telstar 303 required moving it from 125 to 104 west and a little changing of internal code to extend battery life and accept its new job parameters.
The satellite was retired in 1999 and replaced by Telstar 401. All three of the Telstar 4 series satellite met with disaster and are still in orbit as space junk.The $1,000,000 Chance of a Lifetime
The $1,000,000 Chance of a Lifetime is an American game show which offered a $1 million (annuitized) grand prize to winning contestants. The show aired in syndication from January 6, 1986, until September 11, 1987. The show was hosted by Jim Lange, and he was joined by Karen Thomas as co-host during the second season. Marc Summers was the show's announcer for its first few weeks and Johnny Gilbert announced the remainder of the series. The show was produced by XPTLA, Inc., and distributed by Lorimar-Telepictures.The Comic Strip (TV series)
The Comic Strip is an American animated series which features four rotating cartoon segments. The 90-minute series ran in first-run syndication during the 1987 season and was also seen on ABC Television in Australia, on RPN-9 in the Philippines, on RTM 1 in Malaysia (where it was shown after the long running American children's educational series Sesame Street), on Fun Channel in The Middle East, on TV 4 in Trinidad and Tobago and on Rai 2 in Italy.
Despite the show title, the segments have no history in newspaper comic strips.
This was the last TV series produced by Rankin/Bass Productions, and distributed by Lorimar-Telepictures.The Hogan Family
The Hogan Family (originally titled Valerie and later Valerie's Family) is an American television sitcom that began airing on NBC on March 1, 1986 and finished its run on CBS on July 20, 1991, for a total of six seasons. It was produced in association with Lorimar Productions (1986), Lorimar-Telepictures (1986–1988), and Lorimar Television (1988–1991). Originally starring Valerie Harper in the titular role as a mother trying to juggle her career with raising three sons with an absent airline pilot husband, Harper's character was killed off the series after its second season, when Harper was fired from the series following contractual disputes. The series was initially renamed Valerie's Family before Sandy Duncan joined the cast as Valerie's sister-in-law and the boys' aunt, and the series was ultimately renamed The Hogan Family.ThunderCats
ThunderCats is an American media franchise, featuring a fictional group of catlike humanoid aliens. The characters were created by Tobin "Ted" Wolf and originally featured in an animated television series named ThunderCats, running from 1985 to 1989, which was animated by Japanese studio Pacific Animation Corporation, and co produced by Rankin-Bass Animated Entertainment.ThunderCats (1985 TV series)
ThunderCats is an American animated television series that was produced by Rankin/Bass Animated Entertainment and Leisure Concepts debuting in 1985, based on the characters created by Ted "Tobin" Wolf. The series, for which Leonard Starr was the head writer, follows the adventures of a group of catlike humanoid aliens. The animation for the episodes was provided by the Japanese studio Pacific Animation Corporation, with Masaki Iizuka as production manager. The studio was acquired in 1989 to form Walt Disney Animation Japan. Season 1 of the show aired in 1985, consisting of 65 episodes, followed by a TV movie entitled ThunderCats – HO! in 1986. Seasons 2, 3, and 4 each contained twenty episodes, starting with a five-part story.
The series was originally distributed by Rankin-Bass Productions' then-parent company Telepictures Corporation, which would later merge with Lorimar Productions in 1986. In 1989, Lorimar-Telepictures was purchased by and folded into Warner Bros., whose television syndication arm would eventually assume distribution of the show; Warner Bros. have had the rights to the series (and all Lorimar-Telepictures programming) from that point on. Leisure Concepts which helped co-develop the show acted as a licensing agent for the series.There were also several comic book series produced: Marvel Comics' version (currently owned by Warner Bros. rival Disney), 1985 to 1988; and five series by Wildstorm, an imprint of DC Comics (Warner Bros.' corporate sibling), beginning in 2003. Items of clothing featuring the ThunderCats logo and DVD boxsets of the original series have enjoyed a resurgence in recent years as nostalgia for the former children's favorite has grown.
It was announced on June 7, 2007, that Aurelio Jaro was making a CGI-animated feature film of ThunderCats, based on a script written by Paul Sopocy. In October 2007, Variety magazine revealed that Jerry O'Flaherty, veteran video game art director, had signed on to direct. The film was planned to be produced by Spring Creek Productions. It was originally set for a summer 2010 release, but the movie has since been put on hold. Concept art for the film has also been leaked online.TigerSharks
TigerSharks is an American animated children's television series developed by Rankin/Bass and distributed by Lorimar-Telepictures in 1987. The series involved a team of heroes that could transform into sharks and other marine animals and resembled the series ThunderCats and SilverHawks, also developed by Rankin/Bass.
The series lasted one season with 26 episodes and was part of The Comic Strip show, which consisted of four animated shorts: TigerSharks, Street Frogs, The Mini-Monsters, and Karate Kat.
The animation was provided by Pacific Animation Corporation. Warner Bros. Animation currently owns the series, as they own the 1974-89 Rankin/Bass library, which was incorporated into the merger of Lorimar-Telepictures and Warner Bros.Truth or Consequences
Truth or Consequences is an American game show originally hosted on NBC radio by Ralph Edwards (1940–1957) and later on television by Edwards (1950–1954), Jack Bailey (1954–1956), Bob Barker (1956–1975), Steve Dunne (1957–58), Bob Hilton (1977–1978) and Larry Anderson (1987–1988). The television show ran on CBS, NBC and also in syndication. The premise of the show was to mix the original quiz element of game shows with wacky stunts.
The daily syndicated show was produced by Ralph Edwards Productions (later Ralph Edwards/Stu Billett Productions), in association with and distributed by Metromedia Producers Corporation (1966–1978) and Lorimar-Telepictures (1987–1988). Current rights are owned by Ralph Edwards Productions and FremantleMedia.