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TriStar Television (first spelled Tri-Star) is an American television production studio that was launched in 1986 by TriStar Pictures, then a joint-venture between Columbia Pictures, CBS and HBO, but is now fully owned by Sony Pictures, the parent company for both Columbia and TriStar. The television studio was relaunched twice and is currently a novelty label for Sony Pictures Television.

TriStar Television, Inc.
IndustryTelevision production
Founded1986; 33 years ago (1986) (original launch)
1991; 28 years ago (1991) (re-launch)
May 28, 2015; 4 years ago (2015-05-28) (second re-launch)
HeadquartersCulver City, California, United States
Key people
Hannah Minghella (President)
ParentSony Pictures Television



TeleVentures was formed as a television distribution company when Tri-Star Pictures joined forces with Stephen J. Cannell Productions and Witt/Thomas/Harris Productions. On July 11, 1990, both Tri-Star and Cannell dissolved the TeleVentures joint venture. Most of the series and the Tri-Star film packages that were distributed by TeleVentures were taken over by Columbia Pictures Television Distribution.[1]


CPT would continue on under Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE), but TriStar Television was reestablished in October 1991 after CPT acquired some of the library of New World Television.[2] Jon Feltheimer, who was president of New World Television became the new president of TriStar Television.[2] On February 21, 1994, TriStar Television merged with Columbia Pictures Television and formed Columbia TriStar Television (CTT).[3][4]

When TriStar Television's productions were folded into Columbia TriStar Television in 1999, Early Edition (a joint production with CBS) retained the TriStar copyright until 2000. The final season of Malcolm & Eddie was later produced by CTT and TriStar Television operated in-name-only. On October 25, 2001, Columbia TriStar Network Television and Columbia TriStar Television Distribution merged to become Columbia TriStar Domestic Television. On September 16, 2002, SPE retired the Columbia and TriStar names from television, renaming CTDT as Sony Pictures Television.[5]

Second revivalEdit

On May 28, 2015, TriStar Television was re-launched as a boutique production label for Sony Pictures Television. Until her death in March 2018, the revived studio was run by Suzanne Patmore-Gibbs after being in-name-only for 15 years.[6] The first new series was Good Girls Revolt and was piloted for Amazon on November 5, 2015.[6]

List of shows by TriStar TelevisionEdit

Title Years Network Notes
Downtown 1986-1987 CBS
Take Five 1987 CBS
Nothing in Common 1987 NBC
Werewolf 1987-1988 FOX then produced by Columbia Pictures Television in January 1988
My Two Dads 1987-1990 NBC then produced by Columbia Pictures Television in January 1988
Buck James 1987-1988 ABC then produced by Columbia Pictures Television in January 1988
Get a Life 1990-1992 FOX produced by New World Television from 1990-1991
Charlie Hoover 1991 FOX
The Fifth Corner 1992 NBC
The Boys of Twilight 1992 CBS Unsold pilot
Forever Knight 1992-1996 CBS
The Edge 1992-1993[7] FOX
Mad About You 1992-1999 NBC
Tribeca 1993 FOX
Good Advice 1993-1994 CBS
The Nanny 1993-1999 CBS finished under CTT
The Mighty Jungle 1994 The Family Channel
TV Nation 1994-1995 NBC, FOX, BBC Two
Women of the House 1995 CBS, Lifetime
Simon 1995-1996 The WB
Ned & Stacey 1995-1997 FOX
Can't Hurry Love 1995-1996 CBS produced in association with CBS Productions
Hudson Street 1995-1996 ABC
Dead By Sunset 1995 NBC mini-series
Matt Waters 1996 CBS
The Dana Carvey Show 1996 ABC
Malcolm & Eddie 1996-1999 UPN Columbia TriStar Television from 1999-2000
Moloney 1996-1997 CBS
Love and Marriage 1996 FOX
Early Edition 1996-1999 CBS Columbia TriStar Television from 1999-2000, series co-produced by CBS, who handles domestic distribution rights while SPTI handles international rights.
Life... and Stuff 1997 CBS
The Simple Life 1998 CBS not the Paris Hilton/Nicole Richie series
Good Girls Revolt 2015-2016 Amazon in association with Amazon Studios
Shut Eye 2016-2017 Hulu in association with Gran Via Productions
The Last Tycoon 2016-2017 Amazon in association with Amazon Studios
On Becoming a God in Central Florida 2019 Showtime in association with Smokehouse Pictures

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "IN BRIEF". Broadcasting: 110. 1990-07-16.
  2. ^ a b "CPT TO ACQUIRE NEW WORLD PROPERTIES". Broadcasting: 27. 1991-10-14.
  3. ^ "EBSCO Host Connection" Feltheimer heads new Columbia TriStar TV, Retrieved on December 18, 2012
  4. ^ "Feltheimer heads new Columbia TriStar TV". Broadcasting: 20. 1994-02-21.
  5. ^ Sony Pictures Entertainment Renames Television Operations; Domestic and International Divisions Take Sony Name,
  6. ^ a b Sony Eyes Relaunching TriStar Television Banner Run By Suzanne Patmore Gibbs Nellie Andreeva, Retrieved on May 28, 2015
  7. ^ Lippman, John (1992-10-19). "Television: The Fox network is in the position of having offended its top program supplier". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2011-07-11.

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