Columbia TriStar Television

Columbia TriStar Television
Industry Television production
Broadcast syndication
Fate Renamed as Sony Pictures Television
Predecessor Screen Gems (1948–1974)
Columbia Pictures Television (1974–2001)
TriStar Television (1986–1988, 1991–1999)
Successor Sony Pictures Television
Founded February 21, 1994
Defunct September 16, 2002
Key people
Samuel White (Co-President)
Owner Sony
Parent Sony Pictures Entertainment
Divisions Adelaide Productions
Columbia Pictures Television
TriStar Television
Trackdown Productions
Columbia TriStar International Television
Subsidiaries ELP Communications
Califon Productions
Jeopardy Productions
Rastar Television

Columbia TriStar Television (CTT) was an American television studio that was active from 1994 to 2002. 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 second company to use the Columbia and TriStar names together (the first being Columbia TriStar Home Video, now Sony Pictures Home Entertainment).


Columbia TriStar Television was launched on February 21, 1994, as a merger between Columbia Pictures Television and TriStar Television under the leadership of Jon Feltheimer, who was president of TriStar Television from 1991 to 1994 and New World Television until 1991. After the merger, Columbia Pictures Television Distribution was renamed as Columbia TriStar Television Distribution,[1][2][3] but the old name continued to appear on-screen until 1995. The new studio first entered production after dismantling and folding Merv Griffin Enterprises on June 4, by producing Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune, distributed by King World, starting in September 1994.[4][5] Expanding its television library in 1994, SPE acquired Stewart Television.

Its global subsidiary, Columbia TriStar International Television, distributed Sony's programs across the globe. It was created in 1993 by renaming Columbia Pictures International Television. This was also the launch of the Columbia TriStar Television Group a year later.

The studio's US distribution arm, Columbia TriStar Television Distribution, was fully launched in 1995 to distribute Sony's programs all across America and to produce and distribute their own programs as well as movies for first-run syndication and cable.

In 1996, CTT launched their own animation division, Columbia TriStar Children's Television. The name was changed in 1997 to Adelaide Productions. Within dismantling of Columbia Pictures Television in 2001 and TriStar Television in 1999, these studios were folded into Columbia TriStar Television. In 1998, it made a partnership with Global Maritime Group to create the company called Global Entertainment Productions GmbH & Co. Medien KG used for copyright purposes. Here are the exceptions those: Columbia TriStar Television, Inc. remains as 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).[6] In 1999, they went back to the old way and ELP and TriStar TV ceased production operations. TriStar Television however, remains in-name-only. On October 25, 2001, CTT and CTTD merged to form Columbia TriStar Domestic Television.[7]

The end of CTT

On September 16, 2002, Sony Pictures Entertainment retired the name "Columbia TriStar" from television and renamed the American studio as Sony Pictures Television and its international division as Sony Pictures Television International.[8] Some shows continued using the CTDT name, many stopped using it in November 2002, while Hollywood Squares continued using it until early 2003.

See also

Notes and references

  1. "Los Angeles Times" February 11, 1994, Retrieved on June 28, 2012
  2. "EBSCO Host Connection" Feltheimer heads new Columbia TriStar TV, Retrieved on December 18, 2012
  3. "Feltheimer heads new Columbia TriStar TV". Broadcasting: 20. 1994-02-21.
  4. "Los Angeles Times" Company Town Annex, Retrieved on July 1, 2013
  5. "New York Times" Sony-Griffin Deal, Retrieved on July 1, 2013
  6. The actual first season was done by Global Entertainment Productions GmbH and Co. Meiden KG, while animation was provided by Adelaide Productions.
  7. "The Free Library" Sony Pictures Entertainment Unveils Realignment of Columbia TriStar Domestic Television Operations., Retrieved on July 3, 2012
  8. Sony Pictures Entertainment Renames Television Operations; Domestic and International Divisions Take Sony Name,

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