American entertainment company

Lorimar-Telepictures was an American entertainment company. It was created on April 21, 1986. The company was created by the merger of Lorimar and Telepictures. Its assets included television production and syndication, movies, home video and broadcasting.

IndustryTelevision and film production, syndication, home video, television broadcasting
FoundedApril 21, 1986
DefunctJanuary 11, 1989
FatePurchased by Warner Communications

History change

The merger of Lorimar-Telepictures was announced on October 7, 1985 by Merv Adelson.[1][2] On April 21, 1986, the two companies merged. Lee Rich was one of the founders of Lorimar. In 1986, he sold his shares and left the company. On January 11, 1989, Warner Communications acquired Lorimar-Telepictures after a failed hostile takeover of the company.[3]

List of shows produced/distributed by Lorimar-Telepictures change

Note: Most series listed here are owned and distributed by Warner Bros. Television.

Broadcasting change

In the mid-1980s, Lorimar-Telepictures went into the broadcasting business. It bought six television stations. They were as follows:

City of License / Market Station Channel TV (RF) Sold To Current Ownership Status
Chico - Redding KNVN 24 (24) Goltrin Communicactions
NBC affiliate owned by K4 Media Holdings
(Operated through a LMA by GOCOM Media, LLC)
Springfield - Branson KSPR 33 (19) Goltrin Communications
ABC affiliate owned by Perkin Media, LLC
(Operated through a LMA by Schurz Communications)
Pittsburgh WPGH-TV 53 (43) Renaissance Broadcasting
Fox affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
Midland - Odessa KMID 2 (26) Goltrin Communications
ABC affiliate owned by Nexstar Broadcasting Group
San Juan - Caguas -
Ponce - Mayagüez
WLII 11 (11) Malrite Communications
Univision Owned & Operated (O&O)
(Simulcasts on locally-owned WORA-TV 5 in Mayagüez)
WSUR-TV 9 (9)

There was no success of this broadcast division. This led to the sale of each of these stations by 1991.

References change

  1. "Lorimar in Merger." The Pittsburgh Press (October 7, 1985).
  2. "A TV TITAN WAGERS A WAD ON MOVIES 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." CNN Money (May 12, 1986).
  3. "Warner Completes Merger With Lorimar Telepictures". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-10-23.
  4. Boyer, Peter J. (1986-02-03). "TOY-BASED TV: EFFECTS ON CHILDREN DEBATED". New York Times. Retrieved 2010-08-10.

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