New World Pictures
New World Pictures (also known as New World Entertainment and New World Communications Group, Inc.) was an American independent production, distribution and (in its final years as an autonomous entity) multimedia company. It was founded in 1970 by Roger Corman as New World Pictures, Ltd.: a producer and distributor of motion pictures, eventually expanding into television production in 1984. New World eventually expanded into broadcasting with the acquisition of seven television stations in 1993, with the broadcasting unit expanding through additional purchases made during 1994.
|Fate||Acquired by News Corporation|
|Successor||The Walt Disney Company (content library)|
Fox Corporation (broadcast stations)
|Founded||July 8, 1970|
|Defunct||January 22, 1997|
|Divisions||New World Television|
20th Century Fox (then owned by News Corporation), controlled by Rupert Murdoch, became a major investor in 1994 and purchased the company outright in 1997; the alliance with Murdoch, particularly through a group affiliation agreement with New World reached between the two companies in May 1994, helped to cement the Fox network as the fourth major U.S. television network.
Although effectively defunct, it continues to exist as holding companies within the Fox Corporation corporate structure along with various regional subsidiaries (i.e. "New World Communications of Tampa"). The content library, however, is owned by The Walt Disney Company through its acquisition of 21st Century Fox.
- 1 History
- 2 New World Pictures status
- 3 Former New World-owned television stations
- 4 Partial filmography
- 5 References
- 6 External links
New World Pictures (1970–1987)
The company was founded on July 8, 1970, as New World Pictures, Ltd.; it was co-founded by B-movie director Roger Corman and his brother Gene, following their departure from American International Pictures (AIP). At the time, New World was the last remaining national low-budget film distributor, and was also one of the most successful independent companies in the nation. Corman hoped to continue AIP's formula at New World, making low-budget films by new talent and distributing them internationally. However, it started out with only ten domestic offices, and one each in Canada and the United Kingdom; its films were distributed regionally by other companies.
New World initially made exploitation films such as The Student Nurses and other small-scale productions. Corman helped launch the filmmaking careers of Jonathan Demme (Caged Heat, Crazy Mama), Jonathan Kaplan (White Line Fever), Ron Howard (Grand Theft Auto), Paul Bartel (Death Race 2000) and Joe Dante (Piranha), all of whom made some of their early films as interns for the company. New World also released foreign films from acclaimed directors such as Ingmar Bergman (Cries and Whispers, Autumn Sonata), Federico Fellini (Amarcord) and Akira Kurosawa (Dersu Uzala). The distribution of such films was conceived by Corman in an effort to disassociate New World as an exhibitor of exploitation films.
In 1983, Corman sold New World to Larry Kupin, Harry E. Sloan and Larry A. Thompson for $16.5 million; the three new owners decided to take the company public. Corman retained the film library, while New World acquired home video rights to the releases. In 1984, Robert Rehme – who formerly served as chief executive officer of Avco Embassy Pictures and Universal Pictures and had previously worked for New World as its vice president of sales in the 1970s – returned to the company as its new CEO. Later that year Thompson left the company to form his own firm. Also in 1983, MacAndrews acquired Technicolor Inc.
In 1984, the company created three new divisions: New World International, which would handle distribution of New World's productions outside the United States; New World Television, a production unit focusing on television programs (the first television programs produced by the unit were the soap opera Santa Barbara and the made-for-TV movie Playing With Fire); and New World Video, which would handle home video distribution of films produced mainly by New World Pictures. In May 1986, New World acquired post-production facility Lions Gate Studios for $4.4 million. That November the company acquired the Marvel Entertainment Group (MEG), the corporate parent of Marvel Comics. By early 1987, the company sold its shares in Taft Broadcasting for $17.8 million.
New World Entertainment (1987–1992)
In 1987, New World acquired independent film studio Highgate Pictures and educational film company Learning Corporation of America. By this time New World Pictures changed its name to New World Entertainment to better reflect its range of subsidiaries besides the film studio, including its purchase of Marvel Comics. Also that year New World almost purchased two toy companies, Kenner Parker Toys and Mattel, but both planned acquisitions never materialized (although Tonka would acquire Kenner in 1987). In the fall of 1987, New World became the third in the list of prime time series producers to the network after Lorimar-Telepictures and MCA. In 1988, Michael Mann, executive producer of the hour-long television program Crime Story, filed a lawsuit against New World.
Around this time, New World faced a major financial slump and the company began restructuring itself. Facing insolvency, management appealed to New World's principal lender, GE Capital, for a comprehensive debt restructuring, which would have wiped out the company's equity and left GE holding a 90% ownership stake. GE demurred, preferring an insolvency workout, and tried to force the company to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Another equity firm, Sloan And Kupin, instead pursued an aggressive program of divestitures and sales, which ultimately yielded a substantial profit to management while leaving the debt holders struggling. This began with the sale of Marvel Entertainment Group to Andrews Group (run by financier Ronald Perelman) in 1989; Marvel Productions was excluded from the sale. In an ironic twist, Perelman acquired New World Entertainment, with Four Star Television becoming a unit of the company, later that year. The bulk of its film and home video holdings were sold in January 1990 to Trans-Atlantic Pictures, a newly formed production company founded by a consortium of former New World executives. Highgate Pictures and Learning Corporation of America were shut down in 1990. On October 7, 1991, New World sold much of its "network" assets to Sony Pictures Entertainment. Some television programs produced by New World such as Santa Barbara and The Wonder Years would remain in production by the company until their cancellations in 1993; New World would not return to producing programs for the major broadcast television networks until early 1995.
In December of that year, New World formed two new divisions, New World Family Filmworks and New World Action Animation, to increase production for the growing family market by $20 million; Marvel Productions President Rick Ungar was appointed to head the two divisions. Following Marvel Entertainment Group's acquisition of ToyBiz in 1993, that company's CEO Avi Arad was named President and CEO of both New World Family Filmworks and Marvel Films, a new unit formed as a joint venture between Marvel and New World (which included an animation studio, Marvel Films Animation); Marvel Productions was renamed New World Animation in 1993.
New World Communications (1992–1997)
On February 17, 1993, Perelman purchased SCI Television from George Gillett, acquiring the company's seven television stations: CBS affiliates WAGA-TV (channel 5) in Atlanta, WJBK-TV (channel 2) in Detroit, WJW-TV (channel 8) in Cleveland, WITI-TV (channel 6) in Milwaukee and WTVT (channel 13) in Tampa; NBC affiliate KNSD (channel 39) in San Diego; and independent station WSBK-TV (channel 38) in Boston. Also included in the purchase was the library of Storer-owned syndication firm Blair Entertainment, which it had bought in 1985. SCI had undergone several corporate restructurings following its 1987 purchase by Gillett Communications from Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (which, in turn, had acquired the stations' former parent Storer Communications in 1985). Earlier in the decade, the group – then known as GCI Broadcast Services, Inc. – had restructured after defaulting on some of its financing agreements. Eventually, the renamed, SCI ran into severe financial problems and filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in late 1992. SCI was folded into New World, following the completion of its purchase of the group by Perelman in the summer of 1993.
In 1993, New World Entertainment purchased ownership stakes in syndication distribution company Genesis Entertainment through Four Star Television and made a direct purchase of infomercial production company, Guthy-Renker. With the asset expansion, the company changed its name to New World Communications.
The company expanded its broadcasting holdings in May 1994 with its purchase of Argyle Television – a company partially related to Argyle Television Holdings II, which merged with Hearst Broadcasting to form Hearst-Argyle Television in 1997 – acquiring its four stations: CBS affiliates KTBC-TV (channel 7) in Austin, Texas, and KDFW-TV (channel 4) in Dallas; NBC affiliate WVTM-TV (channel 13) in Birmingham, Alabama; and ABC affiliate KTVI (channel 2) in St. Louis. Then, New World acquired four of the six television stations owned by Citicasters: ABC affiliates WBRC-TV (channel 6) in Birmingham and WGHP-TV (channel 8) in High Point, North Carolina; NBC affiliate WDAF-TV (channel 4) in Kansas City, Missouri; and CBS affiliate KSAZ-TV (channel 10) in Phoenix. Citicasters retained ownership of ABC affiliates WKRC-TV (channel 12) in Cincinnati, Ohio, and WTSP (channel 10) in St. Petersburg, Florida; in the latter case, New World decided against buying WTSP, as WTVT had the higher viewership of the two stations and market-wide signal coverage (WTSP's analog signal did not adequately cover southern sections of the Tampa–St. Petersburg market, as its transmitter was short-spaced to avoid interfering with the signal of Miami ABC affiliate WPLG, as both stations broadcast on VHF channel 10; because of this reason, ABC has long maintained a secondary Tampa affiliate in Sarasota-based WWSB).
The concurrent purchases of WBRC and WGHP posed issues as, at the time, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) only allowed a single company to own a maximum of 12 television stations nationwide (the Argyle and Citicasters purchases, combined with the seven stations it earlier acquired from SCI Television, would have given New World a total of 15 stations) and in the case of Birmingham, New World could not keep WBRC and WVTM in any event, as the FCC forbade common ownership of two television stations in the same market. As a result, following the completion of the Citicasters station purchases in late March 1995, New World placed WBRC and WGHP in a blind trust and sought buyers for both stations.
Affiliation agreement and merger with Fox
The biggest deal involving New World Communications would aid in changing the face of American broadcasting. In the wake of Fox's landmark $1.58-billion deal with the National Football League (NFL) on December 17, 1993, which awarded it the television rights to the National Football Conference (NFC) beginning with the league's 1994 season, the network began seeking agreements with various station groups to affiliate with VHF stations that had established histories as affiliates of the Big Three broadcast television networks (ABC, CBS and NBC) and therefore had higher value with advertisers (compared to its predominately UHF affiliate body, the vast majority of which were independent stations before joining the network), in an effort to bolster the network's newly acquired package of NFL game telecasts.
Shortly after the Citicasters acquisition announcement, on May 23, 1994, New World Communications and Fox reached a multi-year affiliation agreement in which New World would switch most of its television stations to the network beginning that fall. The deal would include most of the stations that New World was in the midst of acquiring from Argyle and Citicasters, with all of the affected stations joining Fox after existing affiliation contracts with their then-current network partners concluded (WDAF-TV and KSAZ-TV were the first to switch on September 12, 1994, when Fox televised its inaugural regular-season NFL games; KDFW, KTBC and KTVI switched on July 1, 1995, while all but three of the other stations that remained under New World ownership switched on either December 11 or 12, 1994). In exchange, Fox parent News Corporation agreed to purchase a 20% interest in New World for $500 million. New World was approached by Fox in part due to the group's expanding presence in several primary and secondary markets of NFC teams (including those of the Dallas Cowboys, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Green Bay Packers, Detroit Lions, Atlanta Falcons and Arizona Cardinals; St. Louis and Greensboro–Winston-Salem–High Point would respectively become NFL markets in 1995 with the relocation of the Rams from Los Angeles and the foundation of the Charlotte-based Carolina Panthers). New World, meanwhile, was concerned about the effect that the network's loss of NFC rights to Fox would have on both CBS, which was near the bottom of the network ratings at the time, and on the group's CBS-affiliated stations.
The stations that became Fox affiliates had to acquire or produce additional programming to fill their broadcast days, as Fox programmed significantly fewer hours of network content (prime time programming for two hours on Monday through Saturdays and three hours on Sundays, the Monday through Saturday children's block Fox Kids, and an hour of late night programming on Saturdays) than its three established major network competitors; on top of that, most of the New World stations (with KTVI later becoming the lone exception) declined to carry the Fox Kids block, a peculiarity even at a time when some ABC, NBC and CBS affiliates were still pre-empting portions of their network's children's program lineups. The time vacated by news programs, daytime shows and children's programs from each station's former network was filled by additional syndicated programming and, in particular, local newscasts. In the latter regard, local morning newscasts on the stations were expanded by one to two hours and early-evening newscasts by a half-hour; the majority of the stations – except, initially, for KTBC (which did not launch an hour-long 9:00 p.m. newscast until August 2000) and KTVI (which did not launch a 9:00 p.m. newscast until September 1996 as a half-hour program), both of which aired syndicated programs as lead-ins to their 10:00 p.m. newscasts – also carried a newscast in the final hour of prime time. The deal as a whole (as well as a second affiliation agreement that was struck one month after the New World deal through the purchase of four Burnham Broadcasting stations by SF Broadcasting, a joint venture with Savoy Pictures) caused a domino effect that resulted in various individual and group affiliation deals involving all four networks (primarily, CBS and ABC) affecting television stations in 30 media markets, including several where New World did not own a station.
Three New World stations were excluded from the Fox affiliation deal. In Boston, where New World owned WSBK-TV, Fox was already affiliated with WFXT (channel 25), which the network would later re-acquire from the Boston Celtics in July 1995 (besides that, WSBK – like WFXT – was a UHF station with no prior history as a major network station and no existing news department, unlike the vast majority of its sister stations). WVTM was exempted in Birmingham, as, in the summer of 1995, New World sold WBRC as well as WGHP to Fox Television Stations, with WBRC switching to Fox after its affiliation contract with ABC expired on August 31, 1996 (Fox's purchases of WBRC and WGHP – the latter of which switched to the network when its contract with ABC expired on September 1, 1995 – were finalized on January 17, 1996). KNSD (also a UHF station) also did not switch as Fox was already affiliated with a VHF station in the San Diego market, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico-based XETV-TV (channel 6, later a CW affiliate and now a Canal 5 station targeting Tijuana). Both KNSD and WVTM retained their NBC affiliations. New World planned to sell all three stations as well, in order to comply with the FCC's twelve-station ownership limit. In November 1994, New World sold WSBK-TV to the Paramount Stations Group subsidiary of Viacom (which turned it into a charter affiliate of the United Paramount Network (UPN), a new network launched on January 16, 1995, in partnership with Viacom subsidiary Paramount Television).
Meanwhile, the transfer/assignment applications of the Argyle stations were not filed with the FCC until some time after New World had already completed its purchases of the four Citicasters stations on September 9 and October 12, 1994 (the former being the consummation date for the WDAF and KSAZ purchases, and the latter for the WGHP and WBRC purchases). New World began operating the Argyle stations through time brokerage agreements on January 19, 1995; the acquisition of the Argyle stations was completed on April 14, following the trust transfers of WBRC and WGHP.
Later that year Brandon Tartikoff, who helped NBC out of its ratings doldrums in the 1980s in his former role as President of Entertainment at NBC, joined New World Communications in an executive position; concurrently, New World acquired Tartikoff's production company Moving Target Productions. New World also acquired the remaining interest in Genesis Entertainment, which expanded upon New World's production assets into television distribution (Genesis has subsequently renamed New World-Genesis Distribution following the closure of the purchase).
Later in 1995, the company signed a distribution deal with NBC (Access Hollywood, now distributed by NBCUniversal Television Distribution, was the only program that came out of the agreement) in exchange for renewing the NBC affiliations for WVTM and KNSD in ten-year deals. That year also saw the acquisitions of Cannell Entertainment and entertainment magazine Premiere (the latter of which was purchased in a joint venture between New World and Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S., which assumed New World's interest following its merger with News Corporation). In May 1996, New World sold WVTM and KNSD to NBC Television Stations for $425 million; the two stations became owned-and-operated stations of NBC when the deal became final on August 14.
On July 17, 1996, Fox parent News Corporation announced that it would acquire the remainder of New World Communications for $2.48 billion in stock. When the merger with News Corporation was finalized on January 22, 1997, the former New World television stations were transferred into its Fox Television Stations subsidiary, turning the former group's twelve Fox affiliates into owned-and-operated stations of the network, joining WGHP and WBRC. The "New World Communications" name has lived on since then by the stations involved in the purchase that remain under Fox Television Stations ownership, under the names "New World Communications of (city or state)" or "NW Communications of (city or state)", originally used solely in copyright tags seen during the closing of each station's newscasts (except from 2007 to June 2009 as a result of Fox's December 2007 sale of eight owned-and-operated stations – including former New World stations WJW, KTVI, WDAF-TV, WITI-TV, WBRC and WGHP – to Local TV, which itself would merge with Tribune Broadcasting in December 2013) and since late June 2009, in FCC license filings as the legal licensee names for these stations.
New World Pictures status
New World still exists as a legal holdings entity under Fox Corporation for the former New World television stations that are now operating as Fox owned-and-operated affiliates; New World Pictures, however, was folded to 20th Century Fox, which is now owned by The Walt Disney Company.
Former New World-owned television stations
Stations are arranged alphabetically by state and by city of license.
|City of license / Market||Station||Channel
|Years Owned||Current Ownership Status|
|Birmingham, Alabama||WBRC-TV||6 (50)||1994–1995 **||Fox affiliate owned by Gray Television|
|WVTM-TV||13 (13)||1995–1996||NBC affiliate owned by Hearst Television|
|Phoenix||KSAZ-TV||10 (10)||1994–1997||Fox owned-and-operated station (O&O)|
|San Diego||KNSD||39 (40)||1993–1996||NBC owned-and-operated station (O&O)|
|Tampa – St. Petersburg||WTVT||13 (12)||1993–1997||Fox owned-and-operated station (O&O)|
|Atlanta||WAGA-TV||5 (27)||1993–1997||Fox owned-and-operated station (O&O)|
|Boston||WSBK-TV||38 (39)||1993–1995||MyNetworkTV affiliate owned by CBS Television Stations|
|Detroit||WJBK-TV||2 (7)||1993–1997||Fox owned-and-operated station (O&O)|
|Kansas City, Missouri||WDAF-TV||4 (34)||1994–1997||Fox affiliate owned by Nexstar Media Group|
|St. Louis||KTVI||2 (43)||1995–1997||Fox affiliate owned by Nexstar Media Group|
|High Point – Greensboro -
|WGHP-TV||8 (35)||1994–1995 **||Fox affiliate owned by Nexstar Media Group|
|Cleveland||WJW-TV||8 (8)||1993–1997||Fox affiliate owned by Nexstar Media Group|
|Austin, Texas||KTBC-TV||7 (7)||1995–1997||Fox owned-and-operated station (O&O)|
|Dallas – Fort Worth||KDFW-TV||4 (35)||1995–1997||Fox owned-and-operated station (O&O)|
|KDFI-TV||27 (36)||*||MyNetworkTV owned-and-operated station (O&O)|
|Milwaukee||WITI-TV||6 (33)||1993–1997||Fox affiliate owned by Nexstar Media Group|
- (*) – Station owned by a third party but operated by KDFW-TV under a local marketing agreement.
- (**) – Stations acquired with the purchases of KSAZ-TV and WDAF-TV, but later placed in a trust for sale to Fox. New World continued to operate the stations for several months until Fox took over through time brokerage agreements in September 1995.
Roger Corman regime
These films are currently owned by Shout! Factory and Ace Film HK Company.
Most of these films are currently owned by Lakeshore Entertainment.
|January 13, 1984||Angel|
|March 9, 1984||Children of the Corn|
|March 11, 1984||Warriors of the Wind (P/U)||1984 recut of Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind; Nausicaä director Hayao Miyazaki's distaste of the recut is said to have led to Studio Ghibli's stringent "no cuts" policy for international distribution of their works.|
|April 28, 1984||The Initiation|
|August 3, 1984||The Philadelphia Experiment|
|August 31, 1984||C.H.U.D.|
|September 28, 1984||Body Rock|
|October 1984||Bad Manners||also known as Growing Pains|
|October 19, 1984||Crimes of Passion|
|November 16, 1984||Night Patrol|
|January 11, 1985||Tuff Turf|
|January 11, 1985||Avenging Angel|
|January 1985||The Annihilators|
|January 1985||The Highest Honor||US distribution only; produced by Southern International Films|
|February 8, 1985||Lust in the Dust|
|March 1, 1985||Certain Fury|
|March 15, 1985||Def-Con 4|
|April 12, 1985||Fraternity Vacation|
|April 12, 1985||Girls Just Want to Have Fun|
|May 1985||Out of Control|
|June 14, 1985||The Stuff|
|August 23, 1985||Godzilla 1985||1985 American re-cut of The Return of Godzilla, originally produced and released by Toho in 1984|
|October 1985||The Boys Next Door|
|November 8, 1985||Transylvania 6-5000|
|December 27, 1985||Making Contact|
|January 10, 1986||Black Moon Rising|
|February 1986||The Gladiator|
|February 14, 1986||Knights of the City|
|February 28, 1986||House|
|March 1986||The Aurora Encounter|
|April 1986||Star Crystal|
|May 2, 1986||No Retreat, No Surrender|
|May 30, 1986||Jake Speed|
|June 6, 1986||Not Quite Paradise||US distribution only; produced by Acorn Pictures and Gilead|
|July 18, 1986||Vamp|
|August 22, 1986||Reform School Girls|
|August 29, 1986||Code Name: Wild Geese||US distribution only|
|October 17, 1986||Dancing in the Dark||Distribution only; produced by Brightstar Films, Film Arts, and Film House Group|
|October 24, 1986||Soul Man|
|December 19, 1986||Miss Mary|
|January 9, 1987||Return to Horror High|
|January 16, 1987||Wanted: Dead or Alive|
|February 20, 1987||Death Before Dishonor|
|February 27, 1987||Beyond Therapy|
|April 3, 1987||Nice Girls Don't Explode|
|May 1, 1987||Creepshow 2||co-production with Laurel Entertainment|
|May 1987||The Great Land of Small|
|August 28, 1987||House II: The Second Story|
|September 10, 1987||Hellraiser|
|October 23, 1987||The Killing Time|
|November 20, 1987||Flowers in the Attic|
|December 25, 1987||Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night||Produced by Filmation|
|January 22, 1988||The Telephone|
|January 1988||Hell Comes to Frogtown|
|February 5, 1988||Sister, Sister|
|February 5, 1988||Slugs|
|April 8, 1988||18 Again!|
|April 22, 1988||Return of the Killer Tomatoes|
|May 6, 1988||Dead Heat|
|May 13, 1988||The Wrong Guys|
|September 2, 1988||Freeway|
|September 30, 1988||Elvira, Mistress of the Dark|
|November 10, 1988||Angel III: The Final Chapter|
|December 23, 1988||Hellbound: Hellraiser II||co-production with Film Futures Troopstar|
|December 1988||The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey||North American distribution only|
|January 26, 1989||Felix the Cat: The Movie|
|January 27, 1989||Pin||distribution only; produced by Image Organization, Lance Entertainment, Malofilm, and Telefilm Canada|
|March 31, 1989||Heathers|
|April 14, 1989||Under the Boardwalk|
|February 16, 1990||Revenge||co-production with Rastar; distributed by Columbia Pictures|
|January 1, 1991||Killer Tomatoes Eat France|
|January 11, 1991||Warlock||produced by; distributed by Trimark Pictures|
|February 1, 1991||Meet the Applegates|
|April 25, 1991||The Punisher|
|August 25, 1993||Die Watching|
The rights to New World Television's programs are owned by Lakeshore Entertainment (pre-1990 programs), Sony Pictures Television (1990–1992 programs), and The Walt Disney Company (post-1992 programs), with some exceptions.
|Maximum Security||1984–1985||HBO||co-production with Major H|
|Santa Barbara||1984–1993||NBC||co-production with Dobson Productions|
|Sins||February 2–3, 1986||CBS||mini-series|
|Crime Story||1986–1988||NBC||co-production with Michael Mann Productions|
|Sledge Hammer!||1986–1988||ABC||U.S. television rights are held by Sony Pictures Television|
|Easy Prey||October 26, 1986||ABC||TV movie|
|Monte Carlo||November 9, 1986||CBS||mini-series|
|Penalty Phase||November 18, 1986||CBS||TV movie|
|Rags to Riches||1987–1988||NBC||co-production with Leonard Hill Films|
|The Bold and the Beautiful||1987–present||CBS||International distribution only for the first 9 seasons; produced and currently owned by Bell-Phillip Television Productions Inc.|
|Queenie||May 10–11, 1987||ABC||mini-series|
|Poker Alice||May 22, 1987||CBS||TV movie|
|Once a Hero||1987||ABC||co-production with Garden Party Productions|
|Echoes in the Darkness||November 1–2, 1987||CBS||mini-series|
|Tour of Duty||1987–1990||CBS||co-production with Braun Entertainment Group|
|After the Promise||October 11, 1987||CBS||TV movie|
|The Wonder Years||1988–1993||ABC||co-production with The Black-Marlens Company|
|Beryl Markham: A Shadow on the Sun||May 15/17, 1988||CBS||mini-series|
|Marvel Action Universe||1988–1989||Syndication||Distribution only; produced by Marvel Productions|
|The Secret Life of Kathy McCormick||October 7, 1988||NBC||TV movie|
|Murphy's Law||1988–1989||ABC||co-production with Zev Braun Productions and Michael Gleason Productions|
|Goddess of Love||November 20, 1988||NBC||TV movie|
|A Fine Romance||1989||ABC||co-production with Phoenix Entertainment Group|
|The Hijacking of the Achille Lauro||February 13, 1989||NBC||co-production with Spectacor Films and Tamara Asseyev Productions|
|Original Sin||February 20, 1989||NBC||TV movie|
|The Robert Guillaume Show||1989||ABC||co-production with Guillaume-Margo Productions|
|Peter Gunn||April 23, 1989||ABC||co-production with The Blake Edwards Company|
|The Trial of the Incredible Hulk||May 7, 1989||NBC||co-production with Bixby-Brandon Productions|
|Tales from the Crypt||1989–1996||HBO||U.S. distribution only; produced by Tales from the Crypt Holdings|
Currently owned by Warner Bros. Television
|Nick Knight||August 20, 1989||NBC||TV movie|
|Rude Dog and the Dweebs||1989||CBS||Distribution only; produced by Marvel Productions and AKOM|
|False Witness||October 23, 1989||NBC||co-production with Entertainment Professionals and Valente / Kritzer|
|Little White Lies||November 27, 1989||NBC||co-production with Larry Thompson Organization|
|Zorro||1990–1993||The Family Channel||co-production with Goodman/Rosen Productions and Zorro Productions, inc.|
|Grand Slam||1990||CBS||co-production with Bill Norton Productions|
|The Death of the Incredible Hulk||February 18, 1990||NBC||Co-production with B & B Productions|
|Bagdad Cafe||1990–1991||CBS||co-production with CBS Entertainment Productions|
Currently owned by CBS Television Distribution
|Voices Within: The Lives of Truddi Chase||May 20, 1990||ABC||mini-series; co-production with ItzBinso Long Productions and P.A. Productions|
|Top Cops||1990–1993||CBS||Distribution only; produced by Grosso-Jacobson Productions and CBS Entertainment Productions|
Currently owned by CBS Television Distribution
|Ghost Writer||August 15, 1990||Fox||TV pilot; co-production with Rumar Films|
Currently owned by Lakeshore Entertainment
|Get a Life||1990–1992||Fox||co-production with TriStar Television (season 2)|
|The Bride in Black||October 21, 1990||ABC||co-production with Barry Weitz Films and Street Life Productions|
|She'll Take Romance||November 25, 1990||ABC||TV movie|
|The Stranger Within||November 27, 1990||CBS||TV movie|
|In Broad Daylight||February 3, 1991||NBC||co-production with Force Ten Productions|
|The Adventures of Mark & Brian||1991–1992||NBC||co-production with Don Mischer Productions, Frontier Pictures and TriStar Television|
|Power Pack||1991||N/A||TV pilot; co-production with Marvel Enterprises and Paragon Entertainment Corporation|
|Silk Stalkings||1991–1999||USA Network||seasons 5–6 only; co-production with Stu Segall Productions and Cannell Entertainment|
|Charlie Hoover||1991||Fox||co-production with Ian Gurvitz Productions, Brillstein-Grey Entertainment, and TriStar Television|
|Miles from Nowhere||January 7, 1992||CBS||TV movie|
|The Boys of Twilight||1992||CBS||co-production with Echo Cove Productions and TriStar Television|
|Stay the Night||April 26–27, 1992||ABC||mini-series|
|Judith Krantz's Secrets||1992||Syndication||maxi-series; co-production with Steve Krantz Productions|
|Moe's World||July 19, 1992||ABC||TV pilot; co-production with TriStar Television|
|Renegade||1992–1997||Syndication/USA Network||seasons 3–5 only; co-production with Stu Segall Productions Cannell Entertainment and Renegade IV Enterprises|
|Murder in the Heartland||May 3–4, 1993||ABC||mini-series; co-production with O'Hara-Horowitz Productions|
|Real Stories of the Highway Patrol||1993–1998||Syndication||seasons 1–4 only; co-production with Leap Off Productions and Mark Massari Productions|
|Paradise Beach||1993–1994||Syndication||U.S. distribution only; produced and currently owned by Village Roadshow Pictures|
|Biker Mice from Mars||1993–1996||Syndication||produced by Marvel Productions/New World Animation, Brentwood Television Funnies, Worldwide Sports & Entertainment, inc. and Philippine Animation Studios|
|Moment of Truth: Cradle of Conspiracy||May 2, 1994||NBC||co-production with O'Hara-Horowitz Productions|
|Valley of the Dolls||1994||Syndication||co-production with Take A Meeting Productions|
|Fantastic Four||1994–1996||Syndication||produced by New World Animation, Marvel Films, and Wang Film Productions/Philippine Animation Studios|
|Iron Man||1994–1996||Syndication||produced by New World Animation, Marvel Films and Rainbow Animation Korea|
|Moment of Truth: A Mother's Deception||October 17, 1994||NBC||co-production with O'Hara-Horowitz Productions|
|Spider-Man||1994–1998||Fox||produced by New World Animation, Marvel Films, and TMS-Kyokuchi Corporation|
|Tom Clancy's Op Center||February 26–27, 1995||NBC||co-production with Jack Ryan Partnership and Moving Target Productions|
|The Mark Walberg Show||1995–1996||Syndication|
|Strange Luck||1995–1996||Fox||co-production with MT2 Services and Unreality, Inc.|
|A Child Is Missing||October 1, 1995||CBS||co-production with Moore-Weiss Productions and Cannell Entertainment|
|The Surrogate||October 22, 1995||ABC||co-production with Moore-Weiss Productions and Cannell Entertainment|
|Weekly World News||1996||USA Network||co-production with American Media, Inc. and MT2 Services|
|Second Noah||1996–1997||ABC||co-production with Longfeather Entertainment and MT2 Services|
|Generation X||February 20, 1996||Fox||co-production with MT2 Services, Inc., Marvel Films, and Marvel Entertainment Group|
|Profit||1996||Fox||co-production with Greenwalt/McNamara Productions and Stephen J. Cannell Productions|
|Big Deal||1996||Fox||co-production with Stone Stanley Productions|
|The Incredible Hulk||1996–1997||UPN||Distribution only for season 1; produced by New World Animation and Marvel Films/Marvel Studios|
|Access Hollywood||1996–present||Syndication||Distribution only for season 1; produced by NBC Studios|
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