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New World Pictures (also known as New World Communications Group, Inc. and New World Entertainment) 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.

New World Pictures
Holdings company
FateAcquired by News Corporation
PredecessorThe Filmgroup
SuccessorFox Television Stations
20th Century Fox Television (television)
20th Century Fox (film)
FoundedJuly 8, 1970; 48 years ago (1970-07-08)
Founders
DefunctJanuary 22, 1997; 21 years ago (1997-01-22)[1]
Headquarters,
Key people
Products
ParentNews Corporation
DivisionsNew World Television
Websitewww.imdb.com/co0065427/ Edit this on Wikidata

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 – along with various regional subsidiaries (i.e. "New World Communications of Tampa") – continues to exist as holding companies within the complex 21st Century Fox corporate structure.

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HistoryEdit

New World Pictures (1970–1987)Edit

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).[3] 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.[citation needed] 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.[4]

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.[4] 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.[4]

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.[5] Also in 1983, MacAndrews acquired Technicolor Inc.[6]

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.[7][8] By early 1987, the company sold its shares in Taft Broadcasting for $17.8 million.[5]

New World Entertainment (1987–1992)Edit

In 1987, New World acquired independent film studio Highgate Pictures and the Learning Corporation of America.[9] 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 Products and Mattel, but both planned acquisitions never materialized (although Hasbro would acquire Kenner in 1991). 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.[5]

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.[10] In an ironic twist, Perelman acquired New World Entertainment, with Four Star Television becoming a unit of the company, later that year.[11][12] 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.[13] Highgate Pictures and Learning Corporation of America were shut down in 1990.[citation needed] On October 7, 1991,[citation needed] New World sold much of its "network" assets to Sony Pictures Entertainment.[14] 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.[14][15] 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,[16] 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.[16][17][18]

New World Communications (1992–1997)Edit

On February 17, 1993, Perelman purchased SCI Television from George Gillett,[12] 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.[19][12] With the asset expansion, the company changed its name to New World Communications.[20]

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.[21]

Affiliation agreement and merger with FoxEdit

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,[22][23] 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.[24]

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.[2][25][26][27] 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 GreensboroWinston-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).[28] 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.[20] 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).[29][30]

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;[31] 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.[32][33] 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[34]) and since late June 2009, in FCC license filings as the legal licensee names for these stations.

New World Pictures statusEdit

New World Pictures still exists as a legal holdings entity under 21st Century Fox for the ex-New World television stations now operating as Fox owned-and-operated stations; New World Pictures was folded to 20th Century Fox.[1]

Former New World-owned television stationsEdit

Stations are arranged alphabetically by state and by city of license.

City of license / Market Station Channel
TV (RF)
Years Owned Current Ownership Status
Birmingham, Alabama WBRC-TV 6 (50) 1994–1995 ** Fox affiliate owned by Raycom Media
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 Tribune Broadcasting
St. Louis KTVI 2 (43) 1995–1997 Fox affiliate owned by Tribune Broadcasting
High Point - Greensboro -
Winston-Salem, N.C.
WGHP-TV 8 (35) 1994–1995 ** Fox affiliate owned by Tribune Broadcasting
Cleveland WJW-TV 8 (8) 1993–1997 Fox affiliate owned by Tribune Broadcasting
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 Tribune Broadcasting
  • * – 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.

Partial filmographyEdit

Roger Corman regimeEdit

The rights to the Roger Corman regime are owned by New Horizons and Shout! Factory.

Release Date Title Notes
June 1970 Angels Die Hard
August 1970 The Student Nurses established the "nurse" cycle
1971 Angels Hard as They Come
Beast of the Yellow Night
Bury Me an Angel
Creature with the Blue Hand (P/U)
Private Duty Nurses
Scream of the Demon Lover (P/U)
Women in Cages
April 30, 1971 The Big Doll House established the "women in prison" cycle
June 1971 The Velvet Vampire
October 22, 1971 Lady Frankenstein
1972 Night Call Nurses
January 1, 1972 Night of the Cobra Woman (P/U)
May 31, 1972 The Final Comedown (P/U)
May 1972 The Hot Box
July 1972 The Big Bird Cage
October 1972 The Cremators
November 1972 The Woman Hunt
December 21, 1972 Cries and Whispers (P/U)
1973 The Big Bust Out
Fly Me
The Young Nurses
January 1973 Sweet Kill
February 8, 1973 The Harder They Come (P/U)
May 1973 Savage!
June 1973 Stacey
The Student Teachers
September 1973 Seven Blows of the Dragon (P/U)
December 1, 1973 Fantastic Planet (P/U)
1974 Caged Heat (P/U)
Candy Stripe Nurses
Cockfighter
The Last Days of Man on Earth
Summer School Teachers
January 15, 1974 The Arena
September 19, 1974 Amarcord (P/U)
Big Bad Mama
October 1974 Tender Loving Care (P/U)
1975 Cover Girl Models
Darktown Strutters
The Romantic Englishwoman (P/U)
January 1975 Street Girls
April 27, 1975 Death Race 2000
May 1975 Tidal Wave US version
June 1975 Crazy Mama
July 7, 1975 T.N.T. Jackson
October 10, 1975 The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum (P/U)
December 22, 1975 The Story of Adele H. (P/U)
1976 Foxtrot
Nashville Girl
February 1976 Hollywood Boulevard
April 1976 Eat My Dust!
Jackson County Jail
July 6, 1976 Cannonball
July 1976 The Great Texas Dynamite Chase
October 1, 1976 Small Change
October 22, 1976 God Told Me To
November 15, 1976 Lumiere (P/U)
1977 Andy Warhol's Bad
1977 Assault on Paradise
1977 Black Oak Conspiracy
1977 Blonde in Black Leather (P/U)
1977 Dersu Uzala (P/U)
1977 Down and Dirty Duck
1977 Eaten Alive!
1977 Grand Theft Auto
1977 A Hero Ain't Nothin' but a Sandwich
1977 I Never Promised You a Rose Garden
1977 A Little Night Music
1977 Moonshine County Express
1977 Rabid
1977 Thunder and Lightning
1977 Too Hot to Handle
1977 The Tigress
1978 Autumn Sonata Produced by ITC Entertainment
1978 Avalanche
1978 The Bees
1978 Blackout
1978 Deathsport
1978 The Evil
1978 Jokes My Folks Never Told Me
1978 Leopard in the Snow
1978 Outside Chance
1978 Piranha
1979 Angel's Brigade
1979 The Brood
1979 Fast Charlie... the Moonbeam Rider
1979 The Green Room
1979 The Kids Are Alright
1979 The Lady in Red
1979 Love on the Run
1979 The Prize Fighter
1979 Rock 'n' Roll High School
1979 Saint Jack
1979 Starcrash
1979 Up from the Depths
1980 Battle Beyond the Stars
1980 Breaker Morant
1980 The Georgia Peaches
1980 Humanoids from the Deep
1980 Mon oncle d'Amérique
1980 The Private Eyes
1980 Shogun Assassin
1980 Something Waits in the Dark
1980 The Tin Drum
1981 Firecracker
1981 Galaxy of Terror
1981 Mindwarp: An Infinity of Terror
1981 Quartet
1981 Richard's Things
1981 Ruckus
1981 Smokey Bites the Dust
1981 Saturday the 14th
1982 Android
1982 Battletruck
1982 The Calling
1982 Christiane F.
1982 Fitzcarraldo
1982 Forbidden World
1982 Galaxy Express
1982 Jimmy the Kid
1982 Paradise
1982 The Personals
1982 The Slumber Party Massacre
1982 Sorceress
1982 Tag: The Assassination Game
1982 Three Brothers
1982 Time Walker
1983 Deathstalker
1983 Last Plane Out
1983 Screwballs
1983 Space Raiders
1984 Love Letters
1984 Suburbia
1984 The Warrior and the Sorceress

Films and television series each seasonEdit

The rights to new regime era are owned by Lakeshore Entertainment and The rights to New World Television's programs are owned by Lakeshore Entertainment (pre-1989 series) and 20th Century Fox Television (post-1989 series), with some exceptions.

Season 1 (1984)Edit

Original run Title Network Notes
January 13, 1984 Angel
March 9, 1984 Children of the Corn
11 March 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.
July 3, 1984 Maximum Security HBO co-production with Major H
July 30 – 31 August 1984 Santa Barbara NBC co-production with Dobson Productions
owned by 20th Century Fox Television

Season 2 (1984–1985)Edit

Original run Title Network Notes
3 September 1984 – 30 August 1985 Santa Barbara NBC co-production with Dobson Productions
owned by 20th Century Fox Television
September 28, 1984 Body Rock
October 1984 (United States) Bad Manners (also known as Growing Pains)
October 5, 1984 (West Germany) Code Name: Wild Geese West German-Italian film, US distribution only
October 19, 1984 Crimes of Passion
November 16, 1984 Night Patrol
January 11, 1985 Tuff Turf
January 11, 1985 Avenging Angel
March 1, 1985 Certain Fury
March 1, 1985 Lust in the Dust
March 5, 1985 Maximum Security HBO co-production with Major H
March 15, 1985 Def-Con 4
April 12, 1985 Fraternity Vacation
April 12, 1985 Girls Just Want to Have Fun
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.

Season 3 (1985–1986)Edit

Original run Title Network Notes
2 September 1985 – 29 August 1986 Santa Barbara NBC co-production with Dobson Productions
owned by 20th Century Fox Television
October 1985 The Boys Next Door
November 8, 1985 Transylvania 6-5000
November 21, 1985 (West Germany) & December 27, 1985 (United States) Making Contact (a.k.a. Joey)
January 10, 1986 Black Moon Rising
February 1986 The Gladiator
February 2, 1986 Sins CBS mini-series
February 28, 1986 House
March 1986 (U.S.) The Aurora Encounter
April 1986 Star Crystal
May 2, 1986 No Retreat, No Surrender
July 18, 1986 Vamp
August 22, 1986 Reform School Girls

Season 4 (1986–1987)Edit

Original run Title Network Notes
1 September 1986 – 31 August 1987 Santa Barbara NBC co-production with Dobson Productions
owned by 20th Century Fox Television
September 18, 1986 – March 13, 1987 Crime Story NBC co-production with Michael Mann Productions
September 23, 1986 – April 28, 1987 Sledge Hammer! ABC U.S. television rights are held by Sony Pictures Television
October 24, 1986 Soul Man
26 October 1986 Easy Prey
November 9, 1986 Monte Carlo CBS mini-series
November 18, 1986 Penalty Phase
December 29, 1986 (West Germany) The Aurora Encounter
January 9, 1987 Return to Horror High
February 20, 1987 Death Before Dishonor
February 27, 1987 Beyond Therapy
March 9, – April 26, 1987 Rags to Riches NBC co-production with Leonard Hill Films
March 23 – 31 August 1987 The Bold and the Beautiful CBS co-production with Bell-Phillip Television Productions Inc.
April 3, 1987 Nice Girls Don't Explode
10 May 1987 Queenie ABC mini-series
May 22, 1987 Poker Alice
28 August 1987 House II: The Second Story

Season 5 (1987–1988)Edit

Original run Title Network Notes
1 September 1987 – 31 August 1988 Santa Barbara NBC co-production with Dobson Productions
owned by 20th Century Fox Television
1 September 1987 – 31 August 1988 The Bold and the Beautiful CBS co-production with Bell-Phillip Television Productions Inc.
10 September 1987 Hellraiser
September 13, 1987 (Toronto Festival of Festivals) and February 9, 1988 Sister, Sister
September 17, 1987 – February 12, 1988 Sledge Hammer! ABC U.S. television rights are held by Sony Pictures Television
September 19 – October 3, 1987 Once a Hero ABC co-production with Garden Party Productions
September 22, 1987 – May 10, 1988 Crime Story NBC co-production with Michael Mann Productions
September 24, 1987 – April 30, 1988 Tour of Duty CBS co-production with Braun Entertainment Group
distributed by Sony Pictures Television
October 11, 1987 After the Promise
November 20, 1987 Flowers in the Attic
December 25, 1987 Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night Produced by Filmation
January 31 – April 19, 1988 The Wonder Years ABC co-production with The Black-Marlens Company
owned by 20th Century Fox Television
January 22, 1988 The Telephone
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
16 May 1988 Pin

Season 6 (1988–1989)Edit

Original run Title Network Notes
1 September 1988 – 31 August 1989 Santa Barbara NBC co-production with Dobson Productions
owned by 20th Century Fox Television
September 2, 1988 Freeway
September 1988 – August 1989 The Bold and the Beautiful CBS co-production with Bell-Phillip Television Productions Inc.
September 30, 1988 Elvira, Mistress of the Dark
October 1 – December 17, 1988 RoboCop: The Animated Series broadcast syndication co-production with Marvel Productions and Orion Pictures Corporation
October 1 – December 31, 1988 Dino-Riders Syndication co-produced by Tyco Toys; aired as part of the Marvel Action Universe block
October 1988 and January 26, 1989 Felix the Cat: The Movie
October 1988 and March 31, 1989 Heathers
October 7, 1988 The Secret Life of Kathy McCormick
November 2, 1988 – March 18, 1989 Murphy's Law ABC co-production with Zev Braun Productions and Michael Gleason Productions
November 10, 1988 Angel III: The Final Chapter
November 20, 1988 Goddess of Love
November 30, 1988 – May 16, 1989 The Wonder Years ABC co-production with The Black-Marlens Company
owned by 20th Century Fox Television
December 23, 1988 and June 16, 1989 Hellbound: Hellraiser II
December 1988 The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey
January 3 – May 16, 1989 Tour of Duty CBS co-production with Braun Entertainment Group
distributed by Sony Pictures Television
January 18 – March 2, 1989 A Fine Romance ABC co-production with Phoenix Entertainment Group
February 13, 1989 The Hijacking of the Achille Lauro co-production with Spectacor Films and Tamara Asseyev Productions
20 Februaly 1989 Original Sin
April 23, 1989 Peter Gunn co-production with The Blake Edwards Company
April 5 – August 1, 1989 The Robert Guillaume Show ABC co-production with Guillaume-Margo Productions
May 7, 1989 The Trial of the Incredible Hulk co-production with Bixby-Brandon Productions
May and June 1989 Warlock
June 10 – 28, 1989 Tales from the Crypt HBO co-production EC Comics and HBO
6 July 1989 The Killer
20 August 1989 Nick Knight

Season 7 (1989–1990)Edit

Original run Title Network Notes
1 September 1989 – 31 August 1990 Santa Barbara NBC co-production with Dobson Productions
owned by 20th Century Fox Television
September 1989 – August 1990 The Bold and the Beautiful CBS co-production with Bell-Phillip Television Productions Inc.
September 16 – December 16 1989 Rude Dog and the Dweebs CBS co-production company(s) Marvel Productions, Just for Kids and Sun Sportswear
September 23, 1989 – April 28, 1990 Tour of Duty CBS co-production with Braun Entertainment Group
distributed by Sony Pictures Television
October 3, 1989 – May 16, 1990 The Wonder Years ABC co-production with The Black-Marlens Company
owned by 20th Century Fox Television
October 5, 1989 The Punisher
23 October 1989 False Witness co-production with Entertainment Professionals and Valente / Kritzer
27 November 1989 Little White Lies co-production with Larry Thompson Organization
January 5 – May 25, 1990 Zorro The Family Channel co-production with Goodman/Rosen Productions and Zorro Productions, inc.
January 28 – March 14, 1990 Grand Slam CBS co-production with Bill Norton Productions
distributed by Sony Pictures Television
February 6 – May 19, 1990 Elvis ABC distributed by Sony Pictures Television
February 16, 1990 Revenge Co-production with Columbia Pictures
February 18, 1990 The Death of the Incredible Hulk Co-production with B & B Productions
March 30 – May 11, 1990 Bagdad Cafe CBS co-production with CBS Entertainment Productions
owned by CBS Television Distribution
April 21, – July 31, 1990 Tales from the Crypt HBO co-production EC Comics and HBO
May 20 and 21, 1990 Voices Within: The Lives of Truddi Chase ABC mini-series; co-production with ItzBinso Long Productions and P.A. Productions
July 18 – 22 August 1990 Top Cops CBS co-production with Grosso-Jacobson Productions and CBS Productions
15 August 1990 The Ghost Writer

Season 8 (1990–1991)Edit

Original run Title Network Notes
3 September 1990 – 30 August 1991 Santa Barbara NBC co-production with Dobson Productions
owned by 20th Century Fox Television
September 1990 – 30 August 1991 The Bold and the Beautiful CBS co-production with Bell-Phillip Television Productions Inc.
5 September 1990 – 17 June 1991 Top Cops CBS co-production with Grosso-Jacobson Productions and CBS Productions
September 14, 1990 – February 25, 1991 Zorro The Family Channel co-production with Goodman/Rosen Productions and Zorro Productions, inc.
September 19, 1990 – May 15, 1991 The Wonder Years ABC co-production with The Black-Marlens Company
owned by 20th Century Fox Television
September 23, 1990 – May 19, 1991 Get a Life Fox season 1 only;
distributed by Sony Pictures Television
September 28, 1990 – July 27, 1991 Bagdad Cafe CBS co-production with CBS Entertainment Productions
owned by CBS Television Distribution
21 October 1990 The Bride in Black Co-production with Barry Weitz Films and Street Life Productions
November 8, 1990 and February 1, 1991 Meet the Applegates
November 25, 1990 She'll Take Romance
November 27, 1990 The Stranger Within
January 1, 1991 Killer Tomatoes Eat France
February 3, 1991 In Broad Daylight Co-production with Force Ten Productions
April 25, 1991 The Punisher
June 15 – August 28, 1991 Tales from the Crypt HBO co-production EC Comics and HBO

Season 9 (1991–1992)Edit

Original run Title Network Notes
September 1, 1991 – April 25, 1992 Zorro The Family Channel co-production with Goodman/Rosen Productions and Zorro Productions, inc.
2 September 1991 – 31 August 1992 Santa Barbara NBC co-production with Dobson Productions
owned by 20th Century Fox Television
3 September 1991 – 12 August 1992 The Bold and the Beautiful CBS co-production with Bell-Phillip Television Productions Inc.
September 9, 1991 – May 31, 1992 The Adventures of Mark & Brian NBC co-production with Don Mischer Productions, Frontier Pictures and TriStar Television
owned by Sony Pictures Television
12 September 1991 – 21 May 1992 Top Cops CBS co-production with Grosso-Jacobson Productions and CBS Productions
September 28, 1991 Power Pack Co-production with Marvel Enterprises, New World Television and Paragon Entertainment Corporation
October 2, 1991 – May 13, 1992 The Wonder Years ABC co-production with The Black-Marlens Company
owned by 20th Century Fox Television
November 9 – December 28, 1991 Charlie Hoover Fox co-production with Ian Gurvitz Productions, Brillstein-Grey Entertainment, and TriStar Television
owned by Sony Pictures Television
7 January 1992 Miles from Nowhere
February 29 – March 21 1992 The Boys of Twilight
26 April 1992 Stay the Night
June 27 – August 26, 1992 Tales from the Crypt HBO co-production EC Comics and HBO

Season 10 (1992–1993)Edit

Original run Title Network Notes
September 2-16, 1992 Tales from the Crypt HBO co-production EC Comics and HBO
2 September 1992 – January 15, 1993 Santa Barbara NBC co-production with Dobson Productions
owned by 20th Century Fox Television
10 September 1992 – 5 August 1993 Top Cops CBS co-production with Grosso-Jacobson Productions and CBS Productions
September 23, 1992 – May 12, 1993 The Wonder Years ABC co-production with The Black-Marlens Company
owned by 20th Century Fox Television
24 September 1992 – 20 August 1993 The Bold and the Beautiful CBS co-production with Bell-Phillip Television Productions Inc.
October 10, 1992 – January 30, 1993 Zorro The Family Channel co-production with Goodman/Rosen Productions and Zorro Productions, inc.
March 22 – 13 August 1993 Real Stories of the Highway Patrol Syndication co-production with Leap Off Productions and Mark Massari Productions
31 May – August 1993 Paradise Beach Nine Network (Australia) and Syndication (U.S.) co-production with produced by Village Roadshow Pictures Television
May 3, 1993 Murder in the Heartland co-with productuions O'Hara-Horowitz Productions
August 25, 1993 Die Watching

Season 11 (1993–1994)Edit

Original run Title Network Notes
September 1993 – 8 July 1994 Paradise Beach Nine Network (Australia) and Syndication (U.S.) co-production with produced by Village Roadshow Pictures Television
7 September 1993 – 12 August 1994 The Bold and the Beautiful CBS co-production with Bell-Phillip Television Productions Inc.
13 September 1993 – 7 July 1994 Real Stories of the Highway Patrol Syndication co-production with Leap Off Productions and Mark Massari Productions
September 18 – December 12, 1993 Biker Mice from Mars Syndication produced by New World Animation co-production with Brentwood Television Funnies, Worldwide Sports & Entertainment, inc, Philippine Animation Studios, Mega Entertainment and Galoob Toys
Rights now owned by Disney-ABC Home Entertainment and Television Distribution Starting with the first season 1 and the pilot series "Rock and Ride!" to "Hard Rock"
October 2 – December 8, 1993 Tales from the Crypt HBO co-production EC Comics and HBO
14 October – 8 December 1993 Top Cops CBS co-production with Grosso-Jacobson Productions and CBS Productions
May 2, 1994 Moment of Truth: Cradle of Conspiracy co-with productuions O'Hara-Horowitz Productions
13 June – 31 August 1994 Valley of the Dolls Syndication co-production with Take A Meeting Productions

Season 12 (1994–1995)Edit

Original run Title Network Notes
1 – 9 September 1994 Valley of the Dolls Syndication co-production with Take A Meeting Productions
6 September 1994 – 31 August 1995 The Bold and the Beautiful CBS co-production with Bell-Phillip Television Productions Inc.
12 September – 28 December 1994 Real Stories of the Highway Patrol Syndication co-production with Leap Off Productions and Mark Massari Productions
September 12, 1994 – May 8, 1995 Renegade Syndication (season 3) co-production with Stu Segall Productions and Cannell Entertainment
September 20, 1994 – June 23, 1995 Biker Mice from Mars Syndication produced by New World Animation co-production with Brentwood Television Funnies, Worldwide Sports & Entertainment, inc, Philippine Animation Studios, Mega Entertainment and Galoob Toys
Rights now owned by Disney-ABC Home Entertainment and Television Distribution Starting with the first season 2 and the series "Steal of the Century" to "High Rollin' Rodents"
September 24 – December 17, 1994 Iron Man Syndication produced by New World Animation and Marvel Films as part of The Marvel Action Hour
Rights now owned by Disney-ABC Home Entertainment and Television Distribution Starting with the first season 1 and the pilot series "And the Sea Shall Give Up its Dead" to "The Wedding of Iron Man"
September 24 – December 17, 1994 Fantastic Four Syndication produced by New World Animation and Marvel Films as part of The Marvel Action Hour
Rights now owned by Disney-ABC Home Entertainment and Television Distribution Starting with the first season 1 and the pilot series "The Origin of the Fantastic Four, Part One" to "The Silver Surfer and the Return of Galactus"
October 17, 1994 Moment of Truth: A Mother's Deception co-with productuions O'Hara-Horowitz Productions
October 31, 1994 – January 25, 1995 Tales from the Crypt HBO co-production EC Comics and HBO
November 19, 1994 – June 11, 1995 Spider-Man Fox produced by New World Animation and Marvel Films
Rights now owned by Disney-ABC Home Entertainment and Television Distribution Starting with the first season 1 and the pilot series "Night of the Lizard" to "Day of the Chameleon"
February 26 – 27, 1995 Tom Clancy's Op Center co-with productuions Jack Ryan Partnership and Moving Target Productions
24 August 1995 The Clinic

Season 13 (1995–1996)Edit

Original run Title Network Notes
1 September 1995 – 30 August 1996 The Bold and the Beautiful CBS co-production with Bell-Phillip Television Productions Inc.
September 9, 1995 – May 18, 1996 Spider-Man Fox produced by New World Animation and Marvel Films
Rights now owned by Disney-ABC Home Entertainment and Television Distribution Starting with the first season 2 Neogenic Nightmare and the series "The Insidious Six" to "The Final Nightmare" and part of season 3 The Sins of the Fathers episodes 1-4 "Doctor Strange" to "Enter the Green Goblin"
September 11, 1995 – April 29, 1996 Renegade Syndication (season 4) co-production with Stu Segall Productions and Cannell Entertainment
September 11, 1995 – May 31, 1996 The Mark Walberg Show Syndication
September 15, 1995 – February 23, 1996 Strange Luck FOX co-production with MT2 Services and Unreality, Inc.
September 17, 1995 – March 3, 1996 Silk Stalkings USA Network co-production with Stu Segall Productions and Cannell Entertainment
September 23, 1995 – February 24, 1996 Biker Mice from Mars Syndication produced by New World Animation co-production with Brentwood Television Funnies, Worldwide Sports & Entertainment, inc, Philippine Animation Studios, Mega Entertainment and Galoob Toys
Rights now owned by Disney-ABC Home Entertainment and Television Distribution Starting with the last final season 3 and the series "Biker Knights of the Round Table (part 1)" to "Once Upon a Time on Mars (part 3)"
September 23, 1995 – February 24, 1996 Iron Man Syndication produced by New World Animation and Marvel Films as part of The Marvel Action Hour
Rights now owned by Disney-ABC Home Entertainment and Television Distribution Starting with the last final season 2 and the series "The Beast Within" to "Hands of the Mandarin, Part 2"
September 23, 1995 – February 24, 1996 Fantastic Four Syndication produced by New World Animation and Marvel Films as part of The Marvel Action Hour
Rights now owned by Disney-ABC Home Entertainment and Television Distribution Starting with the last final season 2 and the series "And a Blind Man Shall Lead Them" to "Doomsday"
1 October 1995 A Child Is Missing co-with productuions Moore-Weiss Productions and Cannell Entertainment
10 October 1995 – August 1996 Real Stories of the Highway Patrol Syndication co-production with Leap Off Productions and Mark Massari Productions
October 22, 1995 The Surrogate co-with productuions Moore-Weiss Productions and Cannell Entertainment
November 30, 1995 – January 11, 1996 The Commish ABC (season 5) co-production with Three-Putt Productions, Stephen J. Cannell Productions and ABC Productions
February 5 – 22 April 1996 Second Noah ABC co-production with Longfeather Entertainment and MT2 Services
February 20, 1996 Generation X co-with productuions MT2 Services, Inc., Marvel Films, and Marvel Entertainment Group
8 – 29 April, 1996 Profit FOX co-production with Greenwalt/McNamara Productions and Stephen J. Cannell Productions
April 19 – July 19, 1996 Tales from the Crypt HBO co-production EC Comics and HBO

Season 14 (1996–1997)Edit

Original run Title Network Notes
September 1 – October 6, 1996 Big Deal FOX co-production with Stone Stanley Productions
3 September 1996 – 29 August 1997 The Bold and the Beautiful CBS co-production with Bell-Phillip Television Productions Inc.
September 8, 1996 – February 16, 1997 The Incredible Hulk UPN produced by New World Animation and Marvel Films/Marvel Studios
Rights now owned by Disney-ABC Home Entertainment and Television Distribution Starting with the first season 1 and the pilot series "Return of the Beast, Part 1" to "Darkness and Light, Part 3"
September 9, 1996 – 27 August. 1997 Access Hollywood Syndication first season only (seasons 2-3 distributed by 20th Television)
currently distributed by NBCUniversal Television Distribution
September 13, 1996 – April 4, 1997 Renegade USA Network (season 5) co-production with Stu Segall Productions and Cannell Entertainment
14 September 1996 – 8 June 1997 Second Noah ABC co-production with Longfeather Entertainment and MT2 Services
September 14, 1996 – August 2, 1997 Spider-Man Fox produced by New World Animation and Marvel Films
Rights now owned by Disney-ABC Home Entertainment and Television Distribution Starting with the first season season 3 The Sins of the Fathers episodes 5-14 "Rocket Racer" to "Turning Point" and part of season 4 Partners in Danger episodes 1-12 "Guilty" to "The Prowler"
September 15, 1996 – June 22, 1997 Silk Stalkings USA Network co-production with Stu Segall Productions and Cannell Entertainment
29 September 1996 – 15 August 1997 Real Stories of the Highway Patrol Syndication co-production with Leap Off Productions and Mark Massari Productions

Unknown release datesEdit

Release Date Title Network Notes
1985 The Annihilators
1985 Out of Control
1986 The Great Land of Small
1987 Mariah ABC
1989 X-Men: Pryde of the X-Men First-run syndication co-production company(s) Marvel Productions, Toei Animation (Uncredited), Baker and Taylor Entertainment & Metrolight Studios
1989 Curfew
early-1990s In Person with J.P. McCarthy WJBK
mid-1990s Moneywise WJBK
1990 Checkered Flag
1992 Judith Krantz's Secrets Syndication maxi-series; co-production with Steve Krantz Productions
1996 Weekly World News USA Network co-production with American Media, Inc. and MT2 Services
1996 Love Is Strange co-with productuions 20th Century Fox Television

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