|Predecessor||Pioneer Telefilms (1947–1948) |
Screen Gems (1948–1974)
Columbia Pictures Television (1974–2001)
TriStar Television (1986–1988, 1991–1999, 2015—present)
|Founded||February 21, 1994|
|Defunct||September 16, 2002|
|Fate||Rebranded as Sony Pictures Television|
|Successor||Sony Pictures Television (2002–present)|
|Headquarters||10202 West Washington Boulevard, Culver City, California, United States|
|Samuel White (co-president)|
|Parent||Sony Pictures Entertainment|
|Divisions|| Adelaide Productions |
Columbia Pictures Television
Columbia TriStar International Television
|Subsidiaries|| ELP Communications |
Columbia TriStar Television, Inc. (abbreviated as CTT) was an American television production and distribution company that was active from 1994 to 2002. It was formed in 1994, by the merger of Columbia Pictures Television and TriStar Television. It was operated as the third name of the early television studio Screen Gems and the fourth name of Pioneer Telefilms, both part of Sony Pictures Entertainment and the third company to use the Columbia and TriStar names together (the first being Columbia TriStar Home Video, later Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and the second, Columbia TriStar International Television).
Columbia TriStar Television was launched on February 21, 1994 under the leadership of Jon Feltheimer, who was president of TriStar Television from 1991 to 1994 and of New World Television until 1991. After the merger, Columbia Pictures Television Distribution was renamed Columbia TriStar Television Distribution,but the old name continued to appear on-screen until 1995. The new studio entered production after dismantling and folding Merv Griffin Enterprises on June 4, 1994, by producing Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune (distributed by King World) starting in September 1994. In 1994, SPE acquired Stewart Television.
Its global subsidiary, Columbia TriStar International Television, distributed Sony's programs globally. It was created in 1992 by merging Columbia Pictures International Television with TriStar Television. The launch of Columbia TriStar Television Group came two years later. In 1997, most new shows dropped the CPT and TriStar logos, and began putting the CTT logo in its place. Also, in mid-1997, CTT signed a deal with Procter & Gamble Productions to launch shows that P&G products sponsor.Also that year, it was changed from Sony Television Entertainment to Columbia TriStar Television Group. In 1998, Columbia TriStar sold off two projects Four Corners to a joint venture between Rysher Entertainment and CBS Productions, and Kelly Kelly to Warner Bros. Television.
While dismantling of Columbia Pictures Television in 2001 and TriStar Television in 1999, these studios were folded into Columbia TriStar Television. In 1998, it partnered with Global Maritime Group to create the company called Global Entertainment Productions GmbH & Co. Medien KG used for copyright purposes. Exceptions: Columbia TriStar Television, Inc. remains the copyright holder for The King of Queens , TriStar Television, Inc. remains as the copyright holder for Early Edition , and Adelaide Productions, Inc. is the copyright holder for animated series, except for Dilbert (see below).In 1999, they went back to the old way, and ELP and TriStar TV ceased production operations. TriStar Television, however, remained in-name-only until relaunch in May 2015. In mid-1999, Brillstein-Grey Entertainment inked a co-production/joint venture agreement with Columbia TriStar Television to launch its own production company.
On October 25, 2001, Columbia TriStar Network Television shut down. They learned that this path was blocked by Sony thanks to its Japanese ownership. On the same day, CTT and CTTD merged to form Columbia TriStar Domestic Television.
On September 16, 2002, Sony Pictures Entertainment retired the "Columbia TriStar" name from television and renamed the American studio as Sony Pictures Television and its international division as Sony Pictures Television International.Some shows continued using the CTDT name, although many stopped using it in November 2002, while Hollywood Squares continued using it until early 2003. It is still shown on some reruns today even when other episodes use the updated Sony logo.
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