- Turner Entertainment
company_name =Turner Entertainment Co.
Turner Entertainment Company, Inc.
Turner Broadcasting System
August 4, 1986
Turner Entertainment Company, Inc. is an American media company founded by
Ted Turner. Now owned by Time Warner, the company is largely responsible for overseeing its library for worldwide distribution.
Turner Entertainment Co. was established on
August 4, 1986as a subsidiary of Turner Broadcasting Systemto oversee its film library after its acquisition of MGM/UA (which is now owned by a consortium led by Sony Corporation of America). In addition to the studio, Turner got its library, which included nearly all of MGM's films up to that time, the former Associated Artists Productionscatalog (the Warner Bros.' pre-1948 releases & the Fleischer/Famous Popeyecartoons), the U.S. rights to a majority of the RKO Radio Pictures library, and some United Artistsmaterial (" Gilligan's Island", though originally post-1952 UA, is also a part of the package). Turner later re-sold United Artists and the MGM logo, keeping the pre-1986 library.
Turner Entertainment also played a huge part in
film preservationand restoration, thus such classic films as "Casablanca", " Citizen Kane", "King Kong", "Easter Parade", and the original "The Jazz Singer", can continue to be seen today via its various cable channels, as well as in revival movie houses and home video. The films are also internationally distributed and shown by many channels around the world. Turner Entertainment also distributes films from RKO Radio Pictures and New Line Cinema(1994-1996), and shows from TBS, TNT, Cartoon Network, and PBS(1994-2004) on home video.
Turner also released
World Championship Wrestlingpay-per-view events on video (via Turner Home Entertainment, and after 1996, Warner Home Video) until the demise of WCW in 2001 (see below.) Turner Home Entertainment also released films from its RKO library. It was absorbed into Warner Home Video after Time Warner bought Turner. Contractually, The MGM and Warner film libraries which Turner owned had been distributed by MGM/UA Home Video until their rights expired in 1999 at which point they were reassigned to Warner Home Video. This transaction also completed WB's re-acquiring of distribution rights to their pre-1948 library.Turner also had a television unit called Turner Program Serviceswhich had run until 1996 when it was changed to Telepictures Distributionwhich distributed Mama's Familyand all TPS shows after 1996.In 2003 Telepictures Distribution was folded into Warner Bros. Televisionwhich meant Telepicturestook over all series that were first run and distributed by TD.
The library itself
There are very few exceptions to this library, however.
* Most of the Hal Roach feature films are now with
RHI Entertainment(with Genius Products/ The Weinstein Companyand Lionsgate handling video rights), while another Roach film, " March of the Wooden Soldiers", is now back with original distributor MGM (by virtue of their acquisition of the pre-1996 library of former owners The Samuel Goldwyn Company);
* the Roach "
Our Gang" shorts released by MGM before the studio took control of the series are now with RHI Entertainment (for theatrical distribution), Genius Products/ The Weinstein Company(for home video distribution under license from RHI), and CBS Television Distribution(for television release);
* "State of the Union" is now owned by
EMKA, Ltd./ NBC Universal;
* The WCW library (along with WCW itself) was purchased by the World Wrestling Federation in 2001.
* "The Beastmaster" is now mostly owned by the film's producers (while Warner Bros./Turner still holds television rights);
* While WB/Turner still owns theatrical and television rights to "
Pink Floyd The Wall", all other rights (including home video) are now with Sony BMG Music Entertainment;
It's a Wonderful Life", originally from RKO, is now with Paramount Picturesvia current copyright holder Republic Pictures--this went public domainfor a time until its copyright was recaptured in the 1990s.
David O. Selznickpictures released originally by RKO are owned by ABC/ Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, with the video rights ironically held by MGM under ABC's license.
As a production company
Turner Entertainment, as a production company, also creates original in-house programming, such as documentaries about the films it owns, new animated material based on Tom & Jerry and other related cartoon properties, and once produced made-for-TV movies, miniseries, and theatrical films such as "Gettysburg" under the Turner Pictures banner.
The longtime logo used for Turner Entertainment was based on the logo used for Ted Turner's billboard company, which he owned prior to acquiring Atlanta's WTCG, which became the genesis of Turner's media empire. Fact|date=December 2007
* [http://www.turner.com/ Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.]
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