Telepictures
Company typeSubsidiary
IndustryEntertainment, television show/filmmaking, broadcast syndication
Founded1978; 46 years ago (1978)
FoundersDavid Salzman
Michael Jay Solomon
Michael Garin
Headquarters,
ParentWarner Bros. Television Studios (1989–present)
DivisionsTelepictures Distribution (1995–2003)
AND Syndicated Productions
Websitetelepicturestv.com

Telepictures (also known as Telepictures Productions; formerly known as Telepictures Distribution and Telepictures Corporation) is an American television show and filmmaking company, currently operating as a subsidiary of Warner Bros. Television Studios. Telepictures was established in 1978 by David Salzman, Michael Jay Solomon, and Michael Garin as a television syndication firm.

History

Early years

The company made its origins when Telepictures decided to distribute four projects, one was a game show in collaboration with Jerome Schnur Productions, and to produce projects for network television and public television stations, mainly PBS, which was maintained by Charles Fries Productions to secure underwriting and had a deal to distribute Time-Life Television fare in the Middle East.[1]

The company syndicated Rankin-Bass's programming and specials that were produced from 1974 to 1988, including new and successful animated series, such as ThunderCats and SilverHawks. Telepictures bought Rankin-Bass outright in 1983.[2] It managed the NIWS news service, and by 1982, had formed a joint venture with Gannett Broadcasting to start out the Newscope program through Gannett/Telepictures.[3]

In addition, Telepictures had syndicated numerous television programs such as My Favorite Martian, Here's Lucy, Love Connection, and the original The People's Court with Judge Joseph Wapner. Telepictures also operated a small publishing arm, which published magazines, such as The Muppets Magazine and Challenge of the GoBots Magazine.[4]

In 1983, Frank Konigsberg's Konigsberg Co. was merged into Telepictures. Also that year, the company launched its Perennial division, to distribute evergreen programming for syndication, such as Mayberry, R.F.D. and The New Dick Van Dyke Show.[5]

On March 21, 1984, it signed a distribution deal with Dick Clark Productions in order to expand its activities in order to distribute virtually all of the Dick Clark productions and TV specials.[6]

Lorimar-Telepictures

In January 1986, the company merged with Merv Adelson and Lee Rich's Lorimar Television, creating Lorimar-Telepictures and assumed production and distribution of shows like Dallas and Knots Landing. The company also began distribution of first-run episodes of Mama's Family in June 1986 in television.

The company briefly dabbled into owning television station by purchasing charter Fox affiliate WPGH-TV in Pittsburgh and attempted to purchase then-CBS affiliate WTVJ in Miami. However, after CBS made a half-hearted attempt to purchase Fox affiliate WCIX from Taft Broadcasting (CBS would later make a more serious attempt to purchase the station two years later and succeeded; it is now CBS owned-and-operated station WFOR-TV), Telepictures backed off from purchasing WTVJ.[7] (NBC eventually purchased the station; it remains an NBC O&O today.) The company would then subsequently sell WPGH-TV to Renaissance Broadcasting after only a year in ownership; WPGH-TV, which went through several owners in the 1980s, would not have stable ownership until current owner Sinclair Broadcast Group (which had been outbid by Telepictures for the station in 1986) bought the station from Renaissance in 1990.

Purchase by Warner Communications and rebrand as Telepictures Productions (1989–present)

In 1987, Lorimar Television was created as a separate production entity of Lorimar-Telepictures. Around this time, the company purchased a 9% stake in Warner Communications (now Warner Bros. Discovery), which set off talks about a possible merger between two entertainment entities. The following year, Warner Communications finally purchased the company. Lorimar Television became a separate subsidiary of Warner Bros. Television Studios until 1993, while Lorimar-Telepictures unit was folded into Warner Bros. Television Distribution. Telepictures became Telepictures Productions in 1990, a producer of syndicated programming that Warner Bros. Television would distribute. Later on that year, David Salzman, founding partner left Lorimar to start Warner-affiliated production company with Millennium Productions, covering affiliated houses like Lorimar Television and Telepictures Productions.[8]

Beginning in 1994, certain Telepictures shows, such as Extra, were co-produced by then-sister company Time Inc., under the name Time-Telepictures Television. Most shows produced by them bore a copyright for "TTT West Coast", while Sports Illustrated videos released during the timeframe bore a copyright for "TTT East Coast" instead. The joint venture ceased in 2003 and TTT productions were brought under the main Telepictures name.

In 2004, John Rieber and Alex Duda via Streamroller Entertainment set up an overall deal with the Telepictures company.[9]

Telepictures Distribution (1995–2003)

In 1995, Time Warner Entertainment formed Telepictures Distribution as a division of Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution, running over the oversight of then-EVP Scott Carlin. The company distributed non-Warner Bros. produced programming to which the syndication rights have been licensed to Warner and/or Turner as well as Warner properties.[10]

Upon Time Warner's purchase of Turner in 1996, some of the key assets of Turner Program Services were folded into the company.[11]

In 2003, Telepictures Distribution was folded into Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution.

Shows produced by Telepictures

Television stations formerly owned by Telepictures

Market Station Years Owned Current Ownership Status
Pittsburgh WPGH-TV 53 1986–1987 Fox affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
Springfield, Missouri KSPR 33 1984–1987 ABC affiliate owned by Gray Television;
station's full-power license turned into FCC in 2017 as KGHZ,
affiliation, intellectual unit and calls moved to low-power KSPR-LD

References

  1. ^ "Telepictures bursts out of the starting gate" (PDF). Broadcasting. February 19, 1979. p. 56. Retrieved October 24, 2023.
  2. ^ Delugach, Al (8 October 1985). "Lorimar, Telepictures Agree in Principle to Stock-Swap Merger". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 9 October 2014.
  3. ^ "Daily news series to be offered by Gannett/Telepictures" (PDF). Broadcasting. August 23, 1982. p. 49. Retrieved October 24, 2023.
  4. ^ Checkout Clout
  5. ^ "Plenty of programming on NAPTE display" (PDF). Broadcasting. January 14, 1985. p. 86. Retrieved October 24, 2023.
  6. ^ "Telepictures, Clark extend distrib pact". Variety. 1984-03-21. p. 119.
  7. ^ Channel 4 Purchase Called Off, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, October 23, 1986.
  8. ^ "Salzman leaves Lorimar for Millennium" (PDF). Broadcasting. 1990-10-15. Retrieved 2021-08-31.
  9. ^ Martin, Denise (2004-06-11). "Rieber, Duda roll over to WB's Telepictures". Variety. Retrieved 2021-10-27.
  10. ^ "Warner creates distribution wing" (PDF). Broadcasting Magazine. June 19, 1995.
  11. ^ Littleton, Cynthia (November 25, 1996). "Grant heads CNN Newssource" (PDF). Broadcasting Magazine.
  12. ^ "Print ad, Jesse Jackson Show" (PDF). Broadcasting. 1990-10-22. Retrieved 2021-09-17.