Viacom Productions (formerly Viacom Enterprises) was a television production arm of Viacom International. The division was active from 1974 until 2004, when the company was folded into Paramount Network Television 10 years following Viacom's acquisition of Paramount Pictures. It was closed down on June 15, 2004, and led Perry Simon to move itself to Paramount for a production deal.
|Defunct||June 15, 2004|
|Fate||Folded into Paramount Network Television|
CBS Paramount Television
|Owner||Viacom International (1974–2004)|
|Parent||Viacom Enterprises (1974–1995)|
Paramount Network Television (1995–2004)
The first primetime television show to be produced by Viacom Productions for the ABC network was The MacKenzies of Paradise Cove. The studio had development contracts with independent writers and producers. The studio made significant deals in 1977, when Roland Kibee and Dean Hargrove left Universal for Viacom.
In 1984, Thomas D. Tannenbaum became president of the studio. In 1985, former Three's Company producers Martin Rips and Joseph Staretski signed an exclusive three-year first look deal with Viacom Productions to develop television series.
In 1989, Glen Larson has struck a deal with the studio to produce shows, but it never came to fruition. In 1991, Viacom Enterprises signed Those Guys International to a development and production deal. When Viacom Enterprises, the syndicated branch was folded into Paramount Domestic Television, Paramount kept the Viacom Productions brand for the next 10 years. The first hit came after the acquisition was Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, a show ABC aired from 1996 to 2000, followed by a run on The WB from 2000 to 2003.
On March 20, 1997, Viacom inked a deal with Parachute Entertainment to bring the book series Fear to television. On October 31, 1997, Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider had inked a deal with the studio to develop such projects. On January 16, 2001, writers and producers Jon Beckerman and Rob Burnett had struck an overall deal with the studio. On December 2, 2002, producers Gina Matthews and Grant Scharbo had inked a deal with the studio through the Matthews/Scharbo Productions banner.
From 1991 to 1995, Viacom Productions produced some theatrical films and television films under the brand Viacom Pictures. Viacom Pictures' notable films include Taking the Heat, Scam, Keeper of the City, The Fear Inside, Nails, Payoff, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, White Mile, among others. Viacom Pictures was shut down a year after its parent acquired Paramount Communications, the owners of Paramount Pictures.
Shows produced by Viacom ProductionsEdit
- Among select titles
|The New Adventures of Mighty Mouse and Heckle & Jeckle||1979–1981||CBS||co-production with Filmation|
|Dear Detective||1979||CBS||co-production with Kibee-Hargrove Productions|
|The Devlin Connection||1982||NBC|
|Matlock||1986–1995||NBC/ABC||co-produced by The Fred Silverman Company (Intermedia Entertainment Company in season 1) and Dean Hargrove Productions (Strathmore Productions in seasons 1–2), (season 9 only)|
|Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures||1987–1988||CBS||co-production with Bakshi-Hyde Ventures|
|Jake and the Fatman||1987–1992||CBS||co-produced by The Fred Siverman Company and Dean Hargrove Productions (Strathmore Productions in season 1)|
|Father Dowling Mysteries||1987–1991||NBC/ABC||co-produced by The Fred Silverman Company and Dean Hargrove Productions|
|Diagnosis: Murder||1993–2001||CBS||co-produced by The Fred Silverman Company and Dean Hargrove Productions|
|The Adventures of Corduroy||1996–1997||co-produced by Graz Entertainment||home video only|
|Sabrina, the Teenage Witch||1996–2003||ABC/The WB||co-produced by Archie Comics, Hartbreak Films, and Finishing the Hat Productions (for season 1 only)|
|The Hoop Life||1999–2000||Showtime|
|Ed||2000–2004||NBC||co-produced with NBC Productions and Worldwide Pants|
|The Division||2001–2004||Lifetime||co-produced by Kedzie Productions|
|The 4400||2004–2007||USA Network||season 2 by Paramount Network Television, last 2 seasons by CBS Paramount Network Television|
The 4400 continued as a Paramount Network Television production for season 2. The show became a CBS Paramount Network Television production for its last two seasons after the Viacom/CBS split at the end of 2005.
All shows from Viacom Productions are now owned by CBS Studios Productions, LLC., a holding company, and distributed by CBS Television Distribution.
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