Broadway Video is an American multimedia entertainment studio founded by Lorne Michaels, creator of the sketch comedy TV series Saturday Night Live and producer of other television programs and movies.
Final logo, 2006-2018
|Defunct||January 1, 2019|
|Lorne Michaels (Chairman)|
Jack Sullivan (CEO)
Number of employees
Lorne Michaels, who launched Saturday Night Live in 1975, produced several television specials under the banner of Above Average Productions before incorporating Broadway Video in 1979. Michaels took the company’s name from its location at 1619 Broadway (Manhattan) in the historic Brill Building in New York, New York. Initially, the company’s principal activity was videotape post-production. One of its main clients was NBC, which hired Michaels to produce and edit Best of Saturday Night specials that aired in prime time. The specials and other comedy and musical projects helped Broadway Video grow “from a one-room operation into a first-class production company, the foundation of a small empire.”
Broadway Video later “prospered” by moving into home entertainment, acquisition, and international syndication. With offices in New York and Los Angeles, the company has continued to develop films and TV programming. Its sitcom, 30 Rock, ran for seven seasons between 2006 and 2013. Besides SNL, its current TV productions include The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Mulaney, Portlandia, The Awesomes, Man Seeking Woman, and The Maya Rudolph Show. The company’s Above Average Productions distributes its own original digital shorts, and those of others, on one of YouTube’s leading comedy networks. Broadway Video Enterprises distributes the company’s library and develops branded entertainment. Broadway Video Ventures invests in emerging technology, media, and entertainment companies.
Broadway Video ceased operations on December 31, 2018.
Broadway Video TelevisionEdit
Broadway Video Television develops and produces primetime and late night programming. Its flagship show, Saturday Night Live, where Michaels remains Executive Producer, begins its 43rd season in September 2017. Michaels also has served as Executive Producer of NBC’s Late Night franchise for more than two decades – producing Late Night With Conan O’Brien (1993–2009), Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (2009–2014), and Late Night With Seth Meyers (2014–present). In 2014, Michaels took on the role of Executive Producer of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Since 2011, Broadway Video has produced Portlandia, the Peabody-winning IFC series created by Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein, and Jonathan Krisel. The show, which has been renewed for a fifth season, is distributed in 91 nations. The company’s animated series, The Awesomes, created by Seth Meyers and Mike Shoemaker, premiered on Hulu in 2013 and is now in its second season. Mulaney, set to air on Fox in the fall of 2014, stars comedian John Mulaney, Slated to air on the FXX channel is Man Seeking Woman, based on Last Girlfriend on Earth by Simon Rich. Ordered by IFC for 2015 is Documentary Now, created by Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, and Seth Meyers.The Maya Rudolph Show, a variety show starring the former SNL cast-member, aired on NBC on May 19, 2014. 30 Rock is currently in syndication.
Broadway Video FilmEdit
Michaels has developed and produced such films as Mean Girls (2004), Enigma (2001), Tommy Boy (1995), Lassie (1994), and Wayne's World (1993), among other titles. His SNL Studios productions have included The Ladies Man (2000), Superstar (1999), and A Night at the Roxbury (1998). Michaels’ co-productions with John Goldwyn include The Guilt Trip (2012), MacGruber (2010), and Baby Mama (2008). Currently in production are Staten Island Summer, written by Colin Jost and directed by Rhys Thomas and a Goldwyn-Michaels comedy based on the 1997 Loomis Fargo Robbery in North Carolina, due to feature Owen Wilson, Zach Galifianakis, Kristen Wiig, and Jason Sudeikis.
Above Average ProductionsEdit
Broadway Video revived the Above Average name in June 2012, when it created a division for producing digital content. The company distributes original comedy shorts via its website, AboveAverage.com, and the Above Average network on YouTube. As of 2014, the network featured over 50 channel partners, including such comedy troupes as the Upright Citizens Brigade, The Lonely Island, Good Neighbor, POYKPAC, and BriTANicK. Its videos frequently feature current and former Saturday Night Live cast members such as Vanessa Bayer, Kristen Wiig, Jay Pharoah, Jason Sudeikis, Taran Killam, and Kate McKinnon as well as up-and-coming comedians. Among the network’s most viewed web series are 7 Minutes in Heaven with Mike O’Brien and "Waco Valley," an animated series that received a pilot order from the Comedy Central network. Above Average Productions also creates promotional entertainment for client companies, including Hasbro, Fox Digital Studios, Random House, Sprint, NBC, Conde Nast Entertainment, and Nickelodeon.
In October 2015, Above Average partnered with SNL co-head writer Bryan Tucker to launch a new sports comedy brand, The Kicker. The Kicker creates original sports comedy videos, articles, images, and digital content that are similar in tone to that of Above Average.
Broadway Video EnterprisesEdit
Broadway Video Enterprises manages the distribution and licensing of Broadway Video Entertainment’s properties. The company’s library contains over 1,000 hours of programming including Saturday Night Live, Portlandia, The Awesomes, Above Average webisodes, The Kids in the Hall, The Best of the Blues Brothers, All You Need Is Cash, and musical performances by Neil Young, Randy Newman, and The Beach Boys. The division has syndicated episodes of "Saturday Night Live" in over 200 countries and has licensed the "SNL" format in Italy, Spain, Japan, Korea, Brazil, Russia, Canada, Mexico, France, Turkey and Germany. The SNL consumer products line offers several hundred items, including over 100 DVDs. The Enterprises division has also engineered advertising and promotions for brands such as AT&T, Verizon, Old Navy, and Jeep.
Broadway Video VenturesEdit
Broadway Video Ventures invests in and partners with emerging media, entertainment, and technology firms that compliment the company's existing enterprises. Investments by Broadway Video or its strategic partners include Nerdist Industries (acquired by Legendary Entertainment), Zefr, StrikeAd, Evenly (acquired by Square, Inc.), and Optimal (acquired by Brand Networks). Ventures also develops and launches new businesses, including the digital comedy subsidiary Above Average Productions  and the astrology app Sanctuary.
Broadway Video Post-ProductionEdit
Broadway Video Post-Production specializes in the completion of television, film, music, digital, and commercial projects. The division offers design and editorial services, as well as suites for offline editing, online finishing, color correction, compositing, sound design, sweetening, scoring and mixing. Besides working on Broadway Video’s own productions, the division has collaborated with organizations including NBCUniversal, MTV, VH1, Showtime Networks, USA Network, Discovery Channel, Nickelodeon, American Express, Walmart, and Procter & Gamble.
"Saturday Night Live" has won 40 Primetime Emmy Awards and currently holds the title for most-nominated show, with 187 Emmy nominations as of July 2014. "SNL" has been honored twice, in 1990 and 2009, with a Peabody Award and was inducted into the Broadcasting Hall of Fame. "Portlandia" has won two Emmys and received six nominations, as well as a 2012 Peabody Award. "30 Rock" won 16 Emmys and received 103 nominations. It also won a Peabody Award in 2007. "Late Night with Conan O’Brien" won one Emmy and received 28 nominations. "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" won one Emmy and received six nominations. "The Kids in the Hall" received three Emmy nominations. Lorne Michaels’ honors include one personal Peabody Award, 13 Prime Time Emmy Awards, induction into the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame, and the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.
Broadway Video’s principal offices in New York are located in the Comcast Building at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York. Broadway Video Post-Production and Above Average Productions are based in the Brill Building. Principal offices in Los Angeles are located at 9401 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, California. Broadway Video Film also has offices on the Paramount Pictures lot in Los Angeles.
Below is a list of audio, film, and television projects in which Broadway Video has been involved.
|They're All Gonna Laugh at You!||Adam Sandler||1993||Released||Distribution|
|What the Hell Happened to Me?||Adam Sandler||1996||Released||Distribution|
|What's Your Name?||Adam Sandler||1997||Released||Distribution|
|Incredibad||The Lonely Island||2009||Released||Distribution|
|Turtleneck and Chain||The Lonely Island||2011||Released||Distribution|
|The Wack Album||The Lonely Island||2013||Released||Distribution|
|The Beach Boys: Good Vibrations Tour||1976||Production/Distribution||Produced with Craig Kellem|
|80 Blocks From Tiffany's||1979||Distribution||Produced by Above Average|
|Nothing Lasts Forever||1984||Production||Produced with MGM|
|Three Amigos||1986||Production||Produced with L.A. Films and HBO|
|Wayne's World||1992||Production||Produced with Paramount Pictures|
|Wayne's World 2||1993||Production||Produced with Paramount Pictures|
|Coneheads||1993||Production||Produced with Paramount Pictures|
|Lassie||1994||Production||Produced with Paramount Pictures. At the time, Broadway Video owned the Lassie franchise, which is now owned by DreamWorks Classics/DreamWorks Animation (via Universal Pictures/NBCUniversal).|
|Tommy Boy||1995||Production||Produced with Paramount Pictures|
|Stuart Saves His Family||1995||Production||Produced with Paramount Pictures|
|Black Sheep||1996||Production||Produced with Paramount Pictures|
|A Night at the Roxbury||1998||Production||Produced with SNL Studios and Paramount Pictures|
|Superstar||1999||Production||Produced with SNL Studios|
|The Ladies Man||2000||Production||Produced with SNL Studios|
|Enigma||2001||Production||Produced with Jagged Films|
|Mean Girls||2004||Production||Produced with Paramount and M.G. Films|
|Hot Rod||2007||Production||Produced with Michaels-Goldwyn, Paramount, and The Lonely Island|
|Baby Mama||2008||Production||Produced with Michaels-Goldwyn and Relativity Media|
|MacGruber||2010||Production||Produced with Michaels-Goldwyn and Relativity Media|
|The Guilt Trip||2012||Production||Produced with Michaels-Goldwyn, Paramount, and Skydance Productions|
|Staten Island Summer||2015||Production||Produced with Paramount Pictures|
|Masterminds||2016||Production||Produced with Michaels-Goldwyn and Relativity Media|
|Whiskey Tango Foxtrot||2016||Production|
|Vampires vs. the Bronx||TBA||Production||In Development|
|Saturday Night Live||1975–present||Production/Distribution||Series|
|The Paul Simon Special||1977||Production||Special, Produced by Above Average|
|Things We Did Last Summer||1978||Production/Distribution||Special|
|The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash||1978||Production/Distribution||TV movie, Produced by Above Average|
|Diary of a Young Comic||1979||Distribution||Special|
|Bob & Ray, Jane, Laraine & Gilda||1979||Production/Distribution||Special, Produced by Above Average|
|Mr. Mike's Mondo Video||1979||Production||Special pulled by NBC; later aired on cable and released theatrically|
|Steve Martin's Best Show Ever||1981||Production||Special|
|Simon and Garfunkel: The Concert in Central Park||1982||Production||Special|
|The Coneheads||1983||Production||Special; Produced with Rankin/Bass Productions and Topcraft|
|Randy Newman - Live at the Odeon||1983||Distribution||Special|
|The New Show||1984||Production||Series|
|Bugs Bunny/Looney Tunes All-Star 50th Anniversary||1986||Production||Special; Produced with Warner Bros. Television|
|Neil Young in Berlin||1986||Distribution||Special|
|40th Annual Emmy Awards||1988||Production||Special|
|Superman 50th Anniversary||1988||Production||Special|
|Mr. Miller Goes to Washington Starring Dennis Miller||1988||Production||Special|
|Night Music||1988–1990||Production/Distribution||Series, aka Sunday Night|
|The Kids in the Hall||1988–1995||Production/Distribution||Series|
|Saturday Night Live: 15th Anniversary Special||1989||Production||Special|
|Paul Simon's Concert in the Park||1991||Production||Special|
|Frosty Returns||1992||Production/Distribution||Special, Produced with CBS and Bill Melendez. At the time, Broadway Video owned the pre-1974 Rankin/Bass Productions television library (Frosty Returns being a pseudo-sequel to Frosty the Snowman), which are now owned by DreamWorks Classics/DreamWorks Animation (via NBCUniversal), along with Frosty Returns.|
|The Vacant Lot||1993–1994||Production/Distribution||Series|
|Late Night with Conan O'Brien||1993–2009||Production||Series|
|Saturday Night Live 25||1999||Production||Special|
|Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular||2000||Production||Special|
|50 Years of NBC Late Night||2001||Production||Special|
|Strange Frequency||2001||Production||TV movie|
|Strange Frequency 2||2001||Production||TV movie|
|SportsCentury: The Century's Greatest Athletes||2002||Production||Series episode|
|The Colin Quinn Show||2002||Production||Series|
|Countdown to the Emmys||2002||Production||Special|
|NBC 75th Anniversary Special||2002||Production||Special|
|Night of Too Many Stars||2003||Production||Special|
|The Tracy Morgan Show||2003–2004||Production||Series|
|The Rutles 2: You Can't Buy Me Lunch||2004||Production||TV movie|
|Wulin Warriors||2006||Production/Distribution||Series, English dub produced with Animation Collective and Pili International Multimedia|
|Sons & Daughters||2006–2007||Production||Series|
|Late Night With Jimmy Fallon||2009–2014||Production||Series|
|Up All Night||2011–2012||Production||Series|
|The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon||2014–present||Production||Series|
|Late Night With Seth Meyers||2014–present||Production||Series|
|The Maya Rudolph Show||2014||Production||Variety show|
|Mulaney||2014||Production||Series, Produced with 3 Arts Entertainment|
|Man Seeking Woman||2015–2017||Production||Series|
|Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special||2015||Production||Special|
|A.P. Bio||2018–2019||Production||Series, Produced with Sethmaker Shoemeyers Productions|
|The Other Two||2019||Production||Series, Produced with Jax Media|
|Miracle Workers||2019||Production||Series, Produced with Allagash Industries, FX Productions and Studio T|
|Shrill||2019||Production||Series, Produced with Brownstone Productions and Warner Bros. Television|
|Alien News Desk||2019–present||Production||Series, Produced with Bento Box Entertainment and Syfy|
|The Kenan Show||2020||Production||Series|
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