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Warner Bros.-Seven Arts

Warner Bros.-Seven Arts, Inc. was an American entertainment company active from 1967 until 1970.

Warner Bros.-Seven Arts, Inc.
FateAcquired by Kinney National Company and re-established as Warner Bros.
SuccessorWarner Bros.
FoundedJuly 15, 1967; 52 years ago (1967-07-15)[1]
DefunctFebruary 23, 1970; 49 years ago (1970-02-23)[2]
4000 Warner Boulevard, Burbank, California
United States
Area served
Key people
Jack L. Warner
Kenneth Hyman
ParentIndependent (1967–1969)
Kinney National Company (1969–1970)
SubsidiariesWarner Bros.-Seven Arts Records
Seven Arts Productions


Warner Bros.-Seven Arts started when Seven Arts Productions acquired Jack L. Warner's controlling interest in Warner Bros. Pictures for $32 million[3][4][5] and merged with it in 1967.

The acquisition included the black and white Looney Tunes (plus the non-Harman and Ising Merrie Melodies) library, Warner Bros. Records (which was renamed Warner Bros.-Seven Arts Records), and Reprise Records. Later that same year, Warner Bros.-Seven Arts purchased Atlantic Records. Those record labels were combined in 1971 with two other acquisitions (Elektra Records and its sister label Nonesuch Records) in a new holding company, Warner-Elektra-Atlantic, under the direction of Mo Ostin [6] and Joe Smith.

The head of production was Kenneth Hyman, son of Seven Arts co-founder Eliot Hyman. After Wait Until Dark their first film was Camelot.

Acquisition by KinneyEdit

Warner Bros.-Seven Arts was acquired in 1969 by Kinney National Company, who deleted "Seven Arts" from the company name, and reestablishing it as Warner Bros. Due to a financial scandal[7] over its parking operations, Kinney National spun off its non-entertainment assets in 1972 (as National Kinney Corporation) and changed its name to Warner Communications Inc.

Warner Bros.-Seven Arts subsequently went defunct. It released its final production, Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed, in February 1970. The studio's next film, Woodstock, which was released in March, was credited as a Warner Bros. production, and this credit would be applied to all other productions from the studio afterward.


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "cn-0439.pdf" (PDF). 29 August 2014. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  2. ^ Office, Library of Congress Copyright (1972). "Catalog of Copyright Entries. Third Series: 1970: January-June". Copyright Office, Library of Congress. Retrieved 12 September 2019.
  3. ^ Warner Sperling, Cass (Director) (2008). The Brothers Warner (DVD film documentary). Warner Sisters, Inc. Archived from the original on 17 February 2016.
  4. ^ "Company History". Retrieved 30 August 2015.
  5. ^ "Warner Brothers Records Story". 23 April 2004. Retrieved 30 August 2015.
  6. ^ "Mo Ostin Biography". Retrieved 30 August 2015.
  7. ^ "List of corporate scandals". Financial Analyses. 4 October 2011. Retrieved 30 August 2015.