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Turner Entertainment
Turner Entertainment
Company, Inc. is a multimedia company founded by Ted Turner. Purchased by Time Warner, along with Turner Broadcasting System, the company was largely responsible for overseeing its library for worldwide distribution. In recent years, this role has largely been limited to being the copyright holder, as the library has since been incorporated into that of Turner Broadcasting's sibling company Warner Bros.[1]

Contents

1 Background 2 Production company 3 Home video 4 Library 5 References 6 External links

Background On March 25, 1986, Ted Turner
Ted Turner
and his Turner Broadcasting System purchased MGM from Kirk Kerkorian
Kirk Kerkorian
for $600 million, and renamed it MGM Entertainment Company, Inc. However, due to concerns in the financial community over the debt-load of his companies, on August 26, 1986, he was forced to sell MGM back to Kerkorian for approximately $300 million.[2] However, Turner kept MGM's film, television and cartoon library as well as a small portion of the United Artists
United Artists
library, forming Turner Entertainment
Turner Entertainment
Company, Inc.[3][4] The library also included the pre-1950 Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
titles, the Fleischer Studios/ Famous Studios
Famous Studios
Popeye cartoons originally released by Paramount Pictures, and the US/Canadian/Latin American/Australian distribution rights to the RKO Radio Pictures library.[5] In December 1987, Turner acquired the worldwide rights through license, to 800 RKO films from its then-parent company Wesray Capital Corporation.[6] On October 3, 1988, Turner Broadcasting launched the TNT network, and later Turner Classic Movies
Turner Classic Movies
to use their former MGM/UA library. In doing so, Turner has played a major part in film preservation and restoration. By broadcasting such classic films as The Wizard of Oz, Casablanca, Singin' in the Rain, Gone with the Wind, Citizen Kane, King Kong, Easter Parade and the original The Jazz Singer, on numerous Turner affiliated cable channels, as well as in showing them in revival movie houses and home video around the world, Turner introduces a new generation to these films and makes sure these films are not forgotten. On November 29, 1989, Turner made another attempt to buy MGM/UA, but the deal failed, and Turner formed Turner Pictures and Turner Pictures Worldwide instead.[7] In 1991, Turner purchased Hanna-Barbera
Hanna-Barbera
Productions and most of the pre-1991 Ruby-Spears Productions library from Great American Broadcasting.[8] Shortly after Turner Broadcasting launched Cartoon Network, and later Boomerang, to use its vast animation library. In 1993, Turner purchased Castle Rock Entertainment
Castle Rock Entertainment
and New Line Cinema.[9][10] Turner Entertainment
Turner Entertainment
self-distributed much of its library for the first decade of its existence, but on October 10, 1996, Turner Broadcasting was purchased by Time Warner
Time Warner
and its distribution functions were largely absorbed into Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
and as a result, Turner now largely serves merely as a copyright holder for a portion of the Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
library. Hanna-Barbera's current purpose as the in-name only unit of Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
Animation is to serve as the copyright holder for its creations such as The Flintstones, Scooby-Doo and Yogi Bear
Yogi Bear
while Time Warner's divisions handle sales and merchandising. 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, Tom and Jerry: The Movie, Fallen, The Pagemaster
The Pagemaster
and Cats Don't Dance
Cats Don't Dance
under the Turner Pictures banner. Turner also had an international distribution sales unit, Turner Pictures Worldwide Distribution. Turner Pictures folded into Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
after the Turner- Time Warner
Time Warner
merger, and currently holds the distribution rights to the films made by the production division. The Pagemaster
The Pagemaster
and Cats Don't Dance
Cats Don't Dance
were produced under Turner Feature Animation, Turner's animation unit headed by David Kirschner and Paul Gertz. Spun off from the feature division of Hanna-Barbera Productions, Turner Feature Animation was folded into Warner Bros. Feature Animation, which was then merged into Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
Animation. Turner also had a television unit called Turner Program Services which had run until 1996 when it was rebranded as Telepictures
Telepictures
Distribution which distributed Mama's Family
Mama's Family
and all TPS shows after 1996. In 2003, Telepictures
Telepictures
Distribution was folded into Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
Television Distribution which meant Telepictures
Telepictures
took over all series that were first run and distributed by TD. Home video

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In the first decade of its existence, Turner released most of its own catalogue on home video through Turner Home Entertainment (THE). However, the MGM and Warner film libraries which Turner owned were still distributed by MGM/UA Home Video along with THE until their rights expired in 1999, while THE handled the home video distribution of titles from the RKO library. THE released films produced by Turner Pictures on home video with their distributors and independently released the Hanna-Barbera
Hanna-Barbera
cartoon library on home video. THE also released World Championship Wrestling
World Championship Wrestling
pay-per-view events, wrestler profiles, and "Best Of" packages on video until the demise of WCW in 2001; the WCW video library, along with WCW itself, were sold to the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now known as WWE) in March 2001. From early 1995 to early 1997, THE also distributed home video releases from New Line Home Video, taking over from Columbia TriStar Home Video as well as PBS programs (taking over from the defunct Pacific Arts). NLHE distributed New Line films on video by itself from 1997 until the Warner Bros./ New Line Cinema
New Line Cinema
merger in 2008. PBS shows are now distributed on video and DVD by PBS's own distribution company, PBS Distribution. In 1995, THE entered a distribution deal with Columbia TriStar Home Video in the UK until the deal expired in 1997 (although some films released on VHS by THE are distributed in the UK by First Independent Films). Upon the Turner- Time Warner
Time Warner
merger, THE was absorbed into Warner Home Video as an in-name-only unit in December 1996. However, Turner Classic Movies does release special edition DVD boxsets of films from both the Turner and Warner catalogs under the TCM label. (Some magazines most notably Starlog
Starlog
when listing upcoming releases from Warner related to Cartoon Network
Cartoon Network
programming listed it as being released by THE, likely to differentiate it from other, adult-oriented titles.) Library Turner Entertainment's current library includes:

Nearly all of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's film, television and cartoon library released prior to May 23, 1986[1][4]

Material from MGM's predecessors (Metro Pictures, Goldwyn Pictures, and Mayer Pictures) post-1915 that did not enter the public domain

Some material from United Artists

The US and Canadian distribution rights to the RKO Radio Pictures library[11][12] The former Associated Artists Productions
Associated Artists Productions
catalogue, which includes:

Warner Bros.' library of films released prior to January 1, 1950[13][14]

Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
Cartoons pre-July 1948 library

The Fleischer Studios/ Famous Studios
Famous Studios
Popeye cartoons, originally released by Paramount Pictures
Paramount Pictures
between 1933 and 1957[15]

The Hanna-Barbera
Hanna-Barbera
Productions library[8]

Almost all of the pre-1991 Ruby-Spears Productions library

References

^ a b Warner Archive Collection
Warner Archive Collection
podcast (April 8, 2014). Warner Bros. Entertainment. ^ [1] ^ "Chicago Tribune: Turner May Sell Equity In Company". Pqasb.pqarchiver.com. May 7, 1986. Retrieved December 15, 2011.  ^ a b Gendel, Morgan (June 7, 1986). "Turner Sells The Studio, Holds On To The Dream – Los Angeles Times". Articles.latimes.com. Retrieved December 15, 2011.  ^ "Turner Plans New Channels." Associated Press
Associated Press
(June 5, 1993). ^ "Turner Buys Rights to 800 RKO Movies", Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
(Reuters), December 10, 1987 (available online). ^ "Turner Buying MGM/UA". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. November 29, 1989. Retrieved October 2, 2014.  ^ a b "Turner Buying Hanna-Barbera". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. October 30, 1991. Retrieved June 13, 2012.  ^ "Chicago Tribune" Done deal: Turner Broadcasting System
Turner Broadcasting System
Inc. said it closed... articles.chicagotribune.com, Retrieved on December 27, 2012 ^ Citron, Alan (August 18, 1993). "Turner gets nod to buy New Line and Castle Rock".  ^ Delugach, Al (March 16, 1987). "Investors Will Pay $48 Million for RKO : Confidential Memo Details Management Group's Purchase Deal". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 9, 2013.  ^ "Turner Buys Rights to 800 RKO Movies". Los Angeles Times. December 10, 1987. Retrieved June 9, 2013.  ^ You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
Story (2008) ^ 1957 MOVIES FROM AAP Warner Bros Features & Cartoons SALES BOOK DIRECTED AT TV ^ Tom Kenny, Jerry Beck, Frank Caruso, Glenn Mitchell, et al. (2007). Popeye the Sailor: 1933–1938, Volume 1. Special
Special
Features: I Yam What I Yam: The Story of Popeye the Sailor
Popeye the Sailor
(DVD). Warner Home Video.

External links

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. Turner Entertainment
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North American television

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TV production/distribution

Cartoon Network
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Productions CNN
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Films Turner Sports World Championship Wrestling4 Williams Street Hulu
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(10%)

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Checkout Channel CNNfn CNN/SI CNX CNN+ Crime Library Gameloft Imagine TV Infinito Lumiere Movies Nuts TV Real Retro Showtime Scandinavia Silver Star! Scandinavia TCM Autor TCM Clásico The Smoking Gun TNT UK Toonami
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Jetstream (50% with Viz Media) Toonami
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Southeast Asia Toonami
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UK and Ireland truTV UK and Ireland (sold to Sony Pictures Television) Turner Classic Movies
Turner Classic Movies
2 Turner Entertainment
Turner Entertainment
Co. Turner Program Services Turner South
Turner South
(now Fox Sports Southeast) Voom HD International WPCH-TV WRET (now WCNC-TV)

^1 Owned by the NBA, operated by Turner. ^2 Co-owned by Trans Media. ^3 Co-owned with Nine Media Corporation
Nine Media Corporation
and Radio Philippines Network through a brand licensing agreement. ^4 Assets now owned by WWE, Inc. through WCW, Inc.

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Warner Bros.

Founders

Jack L. Warner Harry Warner Albert Warner Sam Warner

Executives

Kevin Tsujihara (Chairman and CEO)

Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
Pictures Group

Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
Pictures Warner Animation Group New Line Cinema Castle Rock Entertainment Flagship Entertainment (joint venture with CMC)

Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
Television Group

Alloy Entertainment Telepictures WB Animation Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
Television Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
International Television Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
International Television Production (WB TV Productions UK (Shed Productions) Eyeworks)

Broadcast TV

Terrestrial TV

The CW
The CW
(co-owned with CBS)

Cable TV

Warner TV
Warner TV
(with HBO
HBO
Latin America Group and HBO
HBO
Asia) WB Channel (with Turner International India)

Warner Bros. Interactive

Avalanche Software Monolith Productions NetherRealm Studios Portkey Games Rocksteady Studios TT Games

TT Games
TT Games
Publishing TT Fusion Traveller's Tales TT Animation Playdemic

Turbine WB Games Montréal WB Games New York WB Games San Francisco

Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
Digital Networks

DramaFever Machinima, Inc. Warner Archive Instant

DC Entertainment

DC Films DC Comics

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Home video

Warner Home Video Warner Archive Collection

Public attractions

Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
Studio Tours

Miscellaneous assets

Turner Entertainment
Turner Entertainment
Co. Hanna-Barbera WaterTower Music Fandango (30%)

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Characters

Tom Cat Jerry Mouse Butch Nibbles Spike and Tyke Mammy Two Shoes

Theatrical releases

Tom and Jerry
Tom and Jerry
(shorts) Spike and Tyke
Spike and Tyke
(shorts) The Movie

Cameos

Anchors Aweigh Dangerous When Wet

DVD releases of shorts

Spotlight Collection Golden Collection Chuck Jones Collection Classic Collection Deluxe Anniversary Collection Gene Deitch Collection

Television series

Show (1975) Comedy Show Kids Show

episodes

Tales Show (2014)

episodes

Television specials

Hanna-Barbera's 50th: A Yabba Dabba Doo Celebration The Mansion Cat Santa's Little Helpers

Direct-to-video films

The Magic Ring Blast Off to Mars The Fast and the Furry Shiver Me Whiskers A Nutcracker Tale Meet Sherlock Holmes The Wizard of Oz Robin Hood and His Merry Mouse Giant Adventure The Lost Dragon Spy Quest Back to Oz Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Other formats

Video games Soundtrack

Related

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Programs & blocks (U.S.)

Current

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programming

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programming

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programming Jetstream

Former

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International channels

Asia and Oceania (TBSAP)

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Studios

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Albums

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See also

AKA Cartoon Network Cartoon Network
Cartoon Network
Too Cartoon Network, LP v. CSC Holdings, Inc. Cartoon Orbit Cartoonito Children's programming on TBS and TNT CNX Hall of Game Awards Hanna-Barbera List of Cartoon Network
Cartoon Network
video games Boing

Italy Spain France Africa

Pogo Tooncast

Category Portal Book

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Williams Street

Mike Lazzo Keith Crofford

Matt Harrigan Dave Willis Matt Maiellaro

Channels

Adult Swim

programming

Toonami

programming Jetstream

Films

Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters

Record label

Adult Swim
Adult Swim
Singles Program

2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016

African Swim ATL RMX Chocolate Swim Definitive Swim Garage Swim Ghostly Swim Ghostly Swim
Ghostly Swim
2 Metal Swim Unclassified Warm & Scratchy World Wide Renewal Program

See also

Adult Swim
Adult Swim
in a Box Cartoon Network Super Deluxe

Book Category

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Time Warner

Board of directors

William P. Barr Jeff Bewkes Robert C. Clark Mathias Döpfner Jessica Einhorn Carlos Gutierrez Fred Hassan Paul Wachter Deborah Wright

Other people

Richard Parsons Steve Ross

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Turner Broadcasting System

North American television

Boomerang Cartoon Network
Cartoon Network
(Adult Swim; Toonami) CNN CNN
CNN
Airport CNN
CNN
International HLN NBA TV1 TBS TNT truTV Turner Classic Movies

TBS Europe

Boing

Africa France Italy Spain

Boomerang

Central and Eastern Europe Arab World, Africa, Greece and Cyprus France Germany Italy Netherlands Nordic Portugal Spain Turkey UK & Ireland

Cartoon Network

Arabic Arab World and Africa Central & Eastern Europe France Germany Italy Netherlands Nordic Poland Portugal Russia and Southeastern Europe Turkey UK & Ireland

Turner Classic Movies

Africa TCM Cinéma Middle East Nordic Spain UK & Ireland

TNT

Comedy Film Serie Nordic Poland Romania Spain

CNN

CNN
CNN
International CNN
CNN
Türk

Cartoonito

Italy UK and Ireland

Others

Toonami
Toonami
(France) Warner TV

TBS Asia Pacific

Cartoon Network

Australia and New Zealand China (on demand) India Japan Pakistan Philippines3 Southeast Asia South Korea Taiwan

CNN

CNN-News18 CNN
CNN
International Asia Pacific CNN
CNN
International South Asia Indonesia2 Philippines 3

HBO

Cinemax HBO HBO
HBO
Family HBO
HBO
Hits HBO
HBO
Signature RED by HBO

Boomerang

Australia and New Zealand Southeast Asia South Korea Thailand

Others

Oh!K Pogo Toonami
Toonami
(India) truTV Turner Classic Movies WB Channel Warner TV World Heritage Channel

TBS Latin America

Boomerang Cartoon Network CDF Chilevisión CNN
CNN
Chile CNN
CNN
en Español CNN
CNN
International Esporte Interativo Glitz HispanicTV I.Sat Space TBS TNT Series Tooncast Warner TV truTV TNT Sports

TV production/distribution

Cartoon Network
Cartoon Network
Studios Cartoon Network
Cartoon Network
Studios Europe Cartoon Network
Cartoon Network
Productions CNN
CNN
Films Turner Sports World Championship Wrestling4 Williams Street Hulu
Hulu
(10%)

Internet assets

Bleacher Report CNNMoney FilmStruck Super Deluxe

Former

Cable Music Channel Cartoon Network
Cartoon Network
Spain Cartoon Network
Cartoon Network
Too Cartoonito
Cartoonito
Asia Cartoonito
Cartoonito
Spain China Entertainment Television CNN
CNN
Checkout Channel CNNfn CNN/SI CNX CNN+ Crime Library Gameloft Imagine TV Infinito Lumiere Movies Nuts TV Real Retro Showtime Scandinavia Silver Star! Scandinavia TCM Autor TCM Clásico The Smoking Gun TNT UK Toonami
Toonami
Jetstream (50% with Viz Media) Toonami
Toonami
Southeast Asia Toonami
Toonami
UK and Ireland truTV UK and Ireland (sold to Sony Pictures Television) Turner Classic Movies
Turner Classic Movies
2 Turner Entertainment
Turner Entertainment
Co. Turner Program Services Turner South
Turner South
(now Fox Sports Southeast) Voom HD International WPCH-TV WRET (now WCNC-TV)

^1 Owned by the NBA, operated by Turner. ^2 Co-owned by Trans Media. ^3 Co-owned with Nine Media Corporation
Nine Media Corporation
and Radio Philippines Network through a brand licensing agreement. ^4 Assets now owned by WWE, Inc. through WCW, Inc.

v t e

Warner Bros.

Founders

Jack L. Warner Harry Warner Albert Warner Sam Warner

Executives

Kevin Tsujihara (Chairman and CEO)

Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
Pictures Group

Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
Pictures Warner Animation Group New Line Cinema Castle Rock Entertainment Flagship Entertainment (joint venture with CMC)

Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
Television Group

Alloy Entertainment Telepictures WB Animation Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
Television Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
International Television Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
International Television Production (WB TV Productions UK (Shed Productions) Eyeworks)

Broadcast TV

Terrestrial TV

The CW
The CW
(co-owned with CBS)

Cable TV

Warner TV
Warner TV
(with HBO
HBO
Latin America Group and HBO
HBO
Asia) WB Channel (with Turner International India)

Warner Bros. Interactive

Avalanche Software Monolith Productions NetherRealm Studios Portkey Games Rocksteady Studios TT Games

TT Games
TT Games
Publishing TT Fusion Traveller's Tales TT Animation Playdemic

Turbine WB Games Montréal WB Games New York WB Games San Francisco

Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
Digital Networks

DramaFever Machinima, Inc. Warner Archive Instant

DC Entertainment

DC Films DC Comics

Mad Vertigo

Home video

Warner Home Video Warner Archive Collection

Public attractions

Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
Studio Tours

Miscellaneous assets

Turner Entertainment
Turner Entertainment
Co. Hanna-Barbera WaterTower Music Fandango (30%)

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Home Box Office Inc.

TV channels

HBO Cinemax HBO
HBO
Asia RED by HBO HBO
HBO
Europe HBO
HBO
Netherlands HBO
HBO
Canada Warner TV WB Channel International

Other

HBO
HBO
Films

Miscellaneous

Movi

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