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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.

Lorimar-Telepictures Corporation
Entertainment
IndustryTelevision and film production, syndication, home video, television broadcasting
FatePurchased by Warner Communications
FoundedApril 21, 1986
DefunctJanuary 11, 1989
HeadquartersCulver City, California, United States
ParentWarner Communications

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HistoryEdit

The merger of Lorimar-Telepictures was announced on October 7, 1985, by Merv Adelson.[1][2] 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.[3]

List of programs produced/distributed by Lorimar-TelepicturesEdit

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.

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Currently distributed by Lionsgate's Debmar-Mercury under license from Alien Productions.
  2. ^ WB's rights to the series reverted to Premavision in 2003.
  3. ^ Currently distributed by Paul Brownstein Productions/tvclassics.com.
  4. ^ Sony Pictures Television is currently the US TV distributor.
  5. ^ WB's rights to the series later reverted to its original creators.

BroadcastingEdit

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
(1987)
NBC affiliate, KNVN, owned by Maxair Media, LLC
(Operated through an LMA by Heartland Media)
Springfield - Branson KSPR 33 (19) Goltrin Communications
(1987)
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
(1987)
Fox affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
Midland - Odessa KMID 2 (26) Goltrin Communications
(1987)
ABC affiliate owned by Nexstar Media Group
San Juan - Caguas -
Ponce - Mayagüez
WLII 11 (11) Malrite Communications
(1991)
Univision Owned & Operated (O&O)
(Simulcasts on locally-owned WORA-TV 5 in Mayagüez)
WSUR-TV 9 (9)

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.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Lorimar in Merger." The Pittsburgh Press (October 7, 1985).
  2. ^ "A TV TITAN WAGERS A WAD ON MOVIES Lorimar-Telepictures makes a ton of money producing and distributing such TV hits as Dallas and The People's Court. Unsatisfied, chief Merv Adelson is trying to expand in theatrical films. The profits are potentially huge -- but a lot less certain." CNN Money (May 12, 1986).
  3. ^ "Warner Completes Merger With Lorimar Telepictures". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-10-23.

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