Lorimar-Telepictures Corporation was an entertainment company established in 1985 with the merger of Lorimar Productions, Inc. and Telepictures Corporation. Headquartered at the former Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios (now Sony Pictures Studios) in Culver City, California, its assets included television production and syndication (which operated under the Lorimar-Telepictures name), feature films, home video, and broadcasting.
|Fate||Purchased by Warner Communications|
|Successor||Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution|
|Headquarters||10202 West Washington Boulevard,|
The merger of Lorimar-Telepictures was announced on October 7, 1985, by Merv Adelson. On April 21, 1986, the merger was complete. Lee Rich, one of the other founders of Lorimar, sold his shares in 1986 and left the company.
In 1987, Lorimar-Telepictures decided to launch separate divisions with brand logos, which are Lorimar Television for network television production, Lorimar Syndication for broadcast and off-net syndication, and Lorimar International for television distribution, with Lorimar-Telepictures being the parent company of the groups. It is reported that Robert Rosenbaum was named vice president of production at the Lorimar Television unit. Also that year, it faced a $21.7 million loss from the studio.
On January 11, 1989, Warner Communications acquired Lorimar-Telepictures after shaking off the hostile takeover of the company.
List of films/programs produced/distributed by Lorimar-TelepicturesEdit
Note: All series listed here are now owned and distributed by Warner Bros. Television Studios with a few exceptions.
- The $1,000,000 Chance of a Lifetime
- Aaron's Way (1988)
- ALF (1986–1989)[n 1]
- ALF: The Animated Series (1987–1989)[n 1]
- ALF Tales (1988–1989)[n 1]
- Alvin and the Chipmunks (1983–1989; Syndication of first 65 episodes only)
- Apple's Way
- Bad Men of Tombstone (1949)
- The Bat (1959)
- Behind the Screen
- The Best Times
- Big Shamus, Little Shamus
- Blood & Orchids
- The Blue Knight
- The Boy Who Could Fly (1986)
- Bridges to Cross
- Cat People (1982)
- Chiller (1985)
- The Choirboys (1977)
- Club Med (1986)
- The Comic Strip
- Coming Out of the Ice (1982)
- Dallas (1986–1989)
- Dark Night of the Scarecrow (1981)
- Dark Victory (1976)
- The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd
- A Death in California
- Detective in the House
- Doc Elliot
- The Dollmaker (1984)
- Eight Is Enough: A Family Reunion (1987)
- Eight Is Enough
- Elephant Stampede (1951)
- Falcon Crest (1986–1989)
- Flamingo Road
- Freddy's Nightmares (1988–1989) (with New Line Television and Stone Television)
- Friendly Persuasion (1956)
- Full House (1987–1989)
- Fun House (with Stone Television)
- Games People Play
- Ghost of a Chance
- Gorillas in the Mist (1988)
- The Greatest American Hero (1981-1983) (distribution only)
- Gumby (1987–1989)[n 2]
- Hard Choices (theatrical film)
- Here's Lucy[n 3]
- The Hogan Family (1986–1989)
- House on Haunted Hill (1959)
- Into the Homeland (1987)
- It's a Living (1986-1989)
- Jack Frost
- Jack the Ripper (1988)
- Jake's Journey (1988–1989 pilots for CBS starring Graham Chapman)
- Just Our Luck
- Killer Shark (1950)
- Knots Landing (1986–1989)
- Last Summer (1969)
- The Last Starfighter (1984)
- Legendary Ladies of Rock & Roll
- Light Blast (1985)
- Love Affair (1932)
- Love Connection (1986–1989)
- Made in Heaven
- Maggie Briggs
- Mama's Family
- "Master Harold"...and the Boys (1985)
- The Master of Ballantrae (1984)
- Matewan (1987)
- Max Headroom (not the original pilot by Chrysalis Visual Programming for Channel Four UK)
- Mayberry R.F.D.
- Mazes and Monsters (1982)
- Midnight Caller (1988–1989)
- Mitchell (1975)
- The Morning After (1974)
- The Morning After (1986)
- My Favorite Martian
- Never Say Goodbye (1956)
- The New Dick Van Dyke Show
- One Big Family (1986–1987)
- Operation C.I.A. (1965)
- Our House
- The People's Court (Joseph Wapner era)
- Perfect Match
- Perfect Strangers (1986–1989)
- Real People
- The Redd Foxx Show (1986)
- Reunion at Fairborough (1985)
- Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In[n 4]
- The Sea Wolves (1980)
- Second Serve
- Shattered Innocence (1988)
- She's the Sheriff (1987–1989)
- Sherlock Holmes Faces Death (1943)
- Sherlock Holmes in Washington (1943)
- Snowfire (1958)
- Sorcerer (1977)
- Spies (1987)
- The Stranger Within (1974)
- Summer Girl
- Superior Court
- Tank (1984)
- ThunderCats (1986–1989)
- Tickle Me (1965)
- Tormented (1960)
- Triumphs of a Man Called Horse (1983)
- Two Marriages
- The Waltons
- Warm Hearts, Cold Feet (1987)
- The Waverly Wonders
- Young Dillinger (1965)
Lorimar-Telepictures also distributed most of the pre-1990 DIC Entertainment and Saban Entertainment series in international markets; most of the DIC series are currently distributed by WildBrain, and most of the Saban series are currently distributed by Disney–ABC Domestic Television.
Beginning in 1985, Telepictures had owned and operated multiple television stations – mostly in smaller markets, and when Lorimar and Telepictures merged in 1986, those stations carried over with the merger. Also, the merged company attempted to buy two more stations – then-third-party CBS network affiliate WTVJ in Miami-Fort Lauderdale, Florida (then-owned by Wometco Enterprises) and then-independent station WTTV in Indianapolis, Indiana and its satellite WTTK in Kokomo, Indiana, then-locally owned by Tel-Am Corporation. However, both attempts failed miserably, with CBS threatening to pull its affiliation from WTVJ – which would have forcibly turned the station into an independent, and as for WTTV and WTTK, those station were eventually sold to Capitol Broadcasting Company, based out of Raleigh, North Carolina. Today, WTVJ operates as an NBC network owned-and-operated station and WTTV and WTTK operate as CBS network affiliates owned and operated by Nexstar Media Group, ironically uniting them with former LTP station KMID.
Also in 1985, the company attempted to buy Multimedia, which at the time, owned and operated eight television stations and fifteen radio stations. In 1986, private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts attempted to sell to Lorimar-Telepictures six of the seven television stations it acquired from Storer Broadcasting, but like its attempts in acquiring WTVJ, WTTV and WTTK, both deals fell through with the Storer stations ultimately being sold to George N. Gillett Jr. in 1987. As for Multimedia, it was bought out by and absorbed into the Gannett in 1995, and its entire television division was eventually spun off into another company, Tegna Inc. in 2015.
- 1 Stations owned by Telepictures prior its merger with its Lorimar Television in (month) of 1986.
- 2 The sale of its spectrum during the FCC's 2016 United States wireless spectrum auction in 2016 as KGHZ, resulted in its assets, intellectual properties and corresponding ABC affiliation being moved to low-power station KYCW-LD, which immediately inherited the former's call letters, now as KSPR-LD. In the end, as a result of all of this, KGHZ, the original KSPR, was taken off the air permanently.
- 3 KNVN is owned by Maxair Media, LLC and operated by Entertainment Studios through subsidiary Allen Media Broadcasting, under a Local marketing agreement.
- 4 To reach all of Puerto Rico, almost immediately upon their acquisitions, WLII-DT and WSUR-TV reached an affiliation agreement with locally owned, then-newly launched WNJX-TV in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, which lasted until 1994. Today, WLII and WSUR are Univision network affiliates now owned by Liberman Media Group alongside WOLE-DT in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, serving Mayagüez. Meanwhile, WNJX now operates as full-time satellite station of another independent station, WAPA-TV, owned by Hemisphere Media Group.
|Years Owned||Sold to||Today|
|24||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania||WPGH-TV 53 (20)||1986 – 1990||Renaissance Broadcasting||Fox network affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group|
|73||Springfield – Branson Missouri, Missouri – Harrison, Arkansas, Arkansas||KSPR 33||1985 – 19911 2||Goltrin Communications||Defunct, off the air since 2017|
|131||Chico – Redding, California, California||KCPM 24 (20)||1985 – 19921||Goltrin Communications||Dual NBC and Telemundo affiliate KNVN owned by Maxair Media, LLC3|
|145||Odessa – Midland, Texas, Texas||KMID 2 (26)||1985 – 19881||Goltrin Communications||ABC network affiliate owned by Nexstar Media Group|
|NR||San Juan – Ponce – Mayagüez, Puerto Rico||WLII-DT4 11 (11) /
WSUR-TV4 9 (9)
|1986–1991||Raycom Media||Univision network affiliate owned by Liberman Media Group|
- "Lorimar in Merger". The Pittsburgh Press. October 7, 1985.
- Sherman, Stratford P.; Caminiti, Susan (May 12, 1986). "A TV TITAN WAGERS A WAD ON MOVIES". CNN Money. Retrieved May 5, 2020.
Lorimar-Telepictures makes a ton of money producing and distributing such TV hits as Dallas and The People's Court. Unsatisfied, chief Merv Adelson is trying to expand in theatrical films. The profits are potentially huge – but a lot less certain.
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