Spelling-Goldberg Productions was an American television production company established on May 1, 1972 by Aaron Spelling and Screen Gems' top TV executive Leonard Goldberg. They produced series during the 1970s like Starsky & Hutch, T. J. Hooker, S.W.A.T., Charlie's Angels, Fantasy Island and Hart to Hart. Spelling's other companies, Aaron Spelling Productions (later known as Spelling Entertainment and Spelling Television) and Thomas-Spelling Productions, co-existed at the same time period and produced other well-known shows. A majority of the series produced by Spelling-Goldberg originally aired on ABC.
In 1973, Spelling-Goldberg struck a deal with Metromedia Producers Corporation to distribute the post-1973 output for off-net syndication, including TV movies and the new Chopper One. It was involved in a lawsuit with Worldvision Enterprises (previously ABC Films), the very first distributor of The Rookies. Spelling and Goldberg decided to part ways, and on June 27, 1977, the duo sold four of its series to Columbia Pictures Television including S.W.A.T., Starsky & Hutch, Charlie's Angels and Family. On May 17, 1982, the company was sold to Columbia Pictures for more than $40 million. Sony Pictures Television currently owns the Spelling-Goldberg television library (including the television series which were co-produced by Columbia Pictures Television). By May 1986, all of the Spelling-Goldberg's active operations went out of business after the last episode of T.J. Hooker aired.
In 2015, many of these series are now seen on Cozi TV.
List of programmesEdit
- The Rookies (1972–1976; previously syndicated by Viacom Enterprises)
- Chopper One (1974)
- S.W.A.T. (1975–1976)
- Starsky & Hutch (1975–1979)
- Charlie's Angels (1976–1981)
- Family (1976–1980)
- Fantasy Island (1977–1984; and its 1998–1999 revival produced by Columbia TriStar Television)
- Hart to Hart (1979–1984)
- T. J. Hooker (1982–1986)
Made for TV moviesEdit
For The ABC Movie of the WeekEdit
- The Daughters of Joshua Cabe (1972)
- No Place to Run (1972)
- Say Goodbye, Maggie Cole (1972)
- The Bounty Man (1972)
- Home for the Holidays (1972)
- A Cold Night's Death (1973)
- The Great American Beauty Contest (1973)
- The Bait (1973)
- The Letters (1973)
- Satan's School for Girls (1973)
- Hijack! (1973)
- Letters from Three Lovers (1973)
- The Affair (1973)
- The Girl Who Came Gift Wrapped (1974)
- The Death Squad (1974)
- Cry Panic! (1974)
- Savages (1974)
- Death Sentence (1974)
- Hit Lady (1974)
- Death Cruise (1974)
- Only with Married Men (1974)
- The Daughters of Joshua Cable Return (1975)
For The ABC [Insert Day] Night MovieEdit
- Murder on Flight 502 (1975)
- The Legend of Valentino (1975)
- One of My Wives is Missing (1976)
- The New Daughters of Joshua Cabe (1976)
- Death at Love House (1976)
- 33 Hours in the Life of God (1976)
- The Sad and Lonely Sundays (1976)
- The Boy in the Plastic Bubble (1976)
- Little Ladies of the Night (1977)
- Beach Patrol (1979)
- Broadcasting, May 1, 1972, pg. 28
- Broadcasting, Nov 5, 1973, pg. 43
- Broadcasting, Apr 19, 1976, pg. 46
- "Spelling-Goldberg puts four ABC hits in syndication". Broadcasting: 58. 1977-06-27.
- Interview with Aaron Spelling. Archive of American Television (November 18/24, 1999).
- Perry, pp. 28
- "Columbia buys Spelling-Goldberg". Broadcasting: 42. 1982-05-17.
- Broadcasting, Dec. 18, 1972, pg. 23
- Perry, Jeb H. (1991). Screen Gems: A History of Columbia Pictures Television from Cohn to Coke, 1948-1983. ISBN 0-8108-2487-6.
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