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Plautus Productions

Plautus Productions was an American television and film production company during the 1960s. The company was founded by producer and director Herbert Brodkin.

Plautus Productions
Television subsidiary
Industry Motion pictures, television programs
Founded 1959
Founder Herbert Brodkin
Defunct 1967
Headquarters Los Angeles, California
Parent Paramount Pictures

Plautus Productions was best known as the production company for some of CBS' popular crime dramas including Brenner, The Defenders, The Nurses, and Coronet Blue.[1]

Plautus Productions was a television subsidiary of Paramount Pictures.[2]

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HistoryEdit

Plautus Productions was formed in 1959 by producer Herbert Brodkin and Paramount Pictures. The main sole purpose of the company at time of its founding was to provide production and distribution services to Brodkin's new series Brenner which premiered on CBS that same year.

After finding success with Brenner, Brodkin, who served as the president of the company, used that company to produce some of his other television series.

The series was responsible for the series The Defenders, The Nurses, (later The Doctors and the Nurses), Espionage, (the only Plautus Production produced for a network other than CBS), For the People, and Coronet Blue.[1]

The company closed in 1967, two years after Brodkin, along with fellow producer and business associate Robert "Buzz" Berger founded Titus Productions which took most of Brodkin's attention away from Plautus.[3]

Ownership and distribution of television propertiesEdit

BrennerEdit

The television series Brenner is now owned and distributed by CBS Television Distribution.

The DefendersEdit

The Defenders, which ran on CBS from September 1961 until May 1965, is currently distributed and owned by CBS Television Distribution and has been since 2007. Before CBSTD, the series was distributed by Viacom and CBS Paramount Television.[4]

The NursesEdit

The Nurses, also known as The Doctors and the Nurses, ran on CBS from September 1962 until May 1965. The series is now owned by the CBS Corporation.

For the PeopleEdit

Like The Defenders, For the People is also owned by CBS and, since 2007, distributed by CBS Television Distribution.

EspionageEdit

Espionage ran for one season on NBC. Though distributed by the now defunct ITC Entertainment outside of the United Kingdom, the program's distribution rights are now with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer which also owns the program.[5]

Coronet BlueEdit

Coronet Blue aired on CBS in 1967. The series was distributed by Viacom until 1994. From 1994 until 2006, the program was distributed by Paramount Domestic Television and by its successor CBS Paramount Domestic Television from 2006 until 2007. Currently, and since August 2007, the series has been distributed by CBS Television Distribution.

Productions by PlautusEdit

Film
Year Film Notes
1961 The Young Lovers
Killer Instinct TV movie
1962 The Broken Barrelhead
Night Shift
The Naked Heiress
The Image of Angela
The Last Six Months
The Voices of the Death
The Locked Room
1963 Judgment Eve
1967 A Time to Be Born, A Time to Die [6]
Television
Year Title Notes
1959-1964 Brenner Produced for CBS
1961-1965 The Defenders Produced for CBS
1962-1965 The Nurses Produced for CBS
Also known as The Doctors and the Nurses
1964-1965 Espionage Produced for NBC
1965 For the People Produced for CBS
1967 Coronet Blue Produced for CBS[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "CTVA - Herb Brodkin/Plautus Productions". ctva.biz. Retrieved December 6, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Coronet Blue - Herb Brodkin's Television Empire Crumbles". www.tvobscurities.com. Retrieved December 6, 2014. 
  3. ^ "The Museum of Broadcast Communications - Brodkin, Herb (U.S. Producer". www.museum.tv. Retrieved December 6, 2014. 
  4. ^ Mark Alvey. "The Defenders: U.S. Legal Drama". Museum of Broadcast Communications. Retrieved 2009-09-30. 
  5. ^ "CTVA UK - Espionage". ctva.biz. Retrieved December 6, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Plautus Productions Filmography". Retrieved December 7, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Plautus Productions [us]". www.imdb.com. Retrieved December 7, 2014.