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Turner Program Services
Founded1982
United States
Defunct1996
FateMade part of Telepictures Distribution in 1997, now part of Warner Bros. Television Distribution
SuccessorsTelepictures Distribution
Warner Bros. Television Studios
HeadquartersUnited States
ParentTurner Broadcasting System
Turner Entertainment

Turner Program Services was the former syndication arm of Turner Broadcasting. It served the same purpose as Turner Entertainment's distribution unit, with the exception that TPS was more involved in distributing television series rather than films.

Founded in 1982, the company was originally responsible for syndicating Turner-produced programs (such as the syndicated game show Starcade) as well as developing programming for TBS such as Night Tracks. TPS expanded its distribution into other networks' series in the 1990s, syndicating series such as The Wonder Years (which is now owned by 20th Television since 2011). When Turner bought the rights to the Hanna-Barbera library of cartoons, TPS became their distributor to local stations. TPS was also responsible for handling distribution and sales for CNN Newsource.

One of the more notable series TPS was responsible for developing was Captain Planet and the Planeteers, which was a co-production with DiC Entertainment and centered on a character created by Turner Broadcasting founder Ted Turner. DiC and Turner combined on the development of the series while TPS was responsible for the distribution of the series, which aired on both TBS and in syndication. (When the series' sequel, The New Adventures of Captain Planet, debuted in 1993, Turner Entertainment through Hanna-Barbera developed and produced the series on its own, and neither TPS nor DiC was involved.)

Also, earlier in 1986, TPS, with the help of veteran anime translator Fred Ladd, produced a second English translation of the 1970s anime Science Ninja Team Gatchaman called G-Force: Guardians of Space, which would subsequently air on TBS (1986) and Cartoon Network (1995–1997). TPS also held partial distribution rights to G-Force (along with King Features Entertainment) until all rights to the series reverted to license holder Sandy Frank Entertainment in 2003. In 1987, Turner Program Services expanded to built on the pre-1986 MGM library with various movie packages, provided by Turner Entertainment Co., as well as colorization of various older movie titles.[1]

Upon Time Warner's purchase of Turner in 1996, TPS was absorbed into Telepictures Distribution, which is now part of Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution (Telepictures still exists as a production company).[2] CNN Newsource began to handle its own distribution and ad sales from then on.

References

  1. ^ "TPS Bows Three Film Packages Including Barter Titles From MGM". Variety. 1987-01-21. p. 125.
  2. ^ Littleton, Cynthia (November 25, 1996). "Grant heads CNN Newssource" (PDF). Broadcasting Magazine.