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.
|Founded||1986 (original launch) |
May 28, 2015 (second re-launch)
|Headquarters||Culver City, California, United States|
|Hannah Minghella (President)|
|Parent||Sony 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.
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. Jon Feltheimer, who was president of New World Television became the new president of TriStar Television. On February 21, 1994, TriStar Television merged with Columbia Pictures Television and formed Columbia TriStar Television (CTT).
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.
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. The first new series was Good Girls Revolt and was piloted for Amazon on November 5, 2015.
List of shows by TriStar TelevisionEdit
|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|
|The Fifth Corner||1992||NBC|
|The Boys of Twilight||1992||CBS||Unsold pilot|
|Mad About You||1992-1999||NBC|
|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|
|Ned & Stacey||1995-1997||FOX|
|Can't Hurry Love||1995-1996||CBS||produced in association with CBS Productions|
|Dead By Sunset||1995||NBC||mini-series|
|The Dana Carvey Show||1996||ABC|
|Malcolm & Eddie||1996-1999||UPN||Columbia TriStar Television from 1999-2000|
|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|
- "IN BRIEF". Broadcasting: 110. 1990-07-16.
- "CPT TO ACQUIRE NEW WORLD PROPERTIES". Broadcasting: 27. 1991-10-14.
- "EBSCO Host Connection" Feltheimer heads new Columbia TriStar TV connection.ebscohost.com, Retrieved on December 18, 2012
- "Feltheimer heads new Columbia TriStar TV". Broadcasting: 20. 1994-02-21.
- Sony Pictures Entertainment Renames Television Operations; Domestic and International Divisions Take Sony Name, prnewswire.com
- Sony Eyes Relaunching TriStar Television Banner Run By Suzanne Patmore Gibbs Nellie Andreeva deadline.com, Retrieved on May 28, 2015
- 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.