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King World Productions Logo History
King World Productions Logo History
Published: 2016/09/09
Channel: Ryan Holman
Kingworld Productions logo (1990)
Kingworld Productions logo (1990)
Published: 2012/10/20
Channel: The Logo Channel
Kingworld Productions/Harpo Productions (1996)
Kingworld Productions/Harpo Productions (1996)
Published: 2012/08/19
Channel: The Logo Channel
King World Productions logo (1984)
King World Productions logo (1984)
Published: 2011/03/05
Channel: mcydodge919
King World Productions short logo (1998)
King World Productions short logo (1998)
Published: 2008/12/30
Channel: mcydodge919
Moffitt-Lee Productions/One Ho Productions/Columbia TriStar Television/King World (1999)
Moffitt-Lee Productions/One Ho Productions/Columbia TriStar Television/King World (1999)
Published: 2016/09/21
Channel: TheEriccorpinc Logo Channel
Paramount Television\KingWorld Productions (2002)
Paramount Television\KingWorld Productions (2002)
Published: 2014/05/14
Channel: ClosingLogosDude90
kingworld productions columbia tristar television distribution 2000 closing on cbs 4 news
kingworld productions columbia tristar television distribution 2000 closing on cbs 4 news
Published: 2017/04/08
Channel: devon hope
KingWorld (2002)
KingWorld (2002)
Published: 2015/11/02
Channel: Cesar Blanco
Califon Productions/Columbia TriStar Television/King World (Distributed By) (1994)
Califon Productions/Columbia TriStar Television/King World (Distributed By) (1994)
Published: 2016/10/31
Channel: TheEriccorpinc Logo Channel
King World Productions (1989, "Produced & Distributed by" Variant)
King World Productions (1989, "Produced & Distributed by" Variant)
Published: 2016/04/07
Channel: Moved to new channel due to cringe
Kingworld (2001)
Kingworld (2001)
Published: 2017/02/16
Channel: Pepsi9072
KingWorld / Harpo Productions (2003)
KingWorld / Harpo Productions (2003)
Published: 2015/11/02
Channel: Cesar Blanco
King World (Distributed By)/Harpo Productions (1994)
King World (Distributed By)/Harpo Productions (1994)
Published: 2017/04/20
Channel: TheEriccorpinc Logo Channel
Watts Works Productions/King World (Produced & Distributed By) (1994)
Watts Works Productions/King World (Produced & Distributed By) (1994)
Published: 2016/10/09
Channel: TheEriccorpinc Logo Channel
King World (Distributed By)/Harpo Productions (1989)
King World (Distributed By)/Harpo Productions (1989)
Published: 2017/01/16
Channel: TheEriccorpinc Logo Channel
Watts Works Productions/King World (Produced & Distributed By) (1996)
Watts Works Productions/King World (Produced & Distributed By) (1996)
Published: 2016/10/09
Channel: TheEriccorpinc Logo Channel
MGE/Jeopardy Productions/Kingworld (1993) (HQ)
MGE/Jeopardy Productions/Kingworld (1993) (HQ)
Published: 2014/01/25
Channel: The Logo Channel
KingWorld closing logo (1998)
KingWorld closing logo (1998)
Published: 2009/04/19
Channel: sailorclose
MGE (Variant)/Kingworld/Jeopardy Productions (1986)
MGE (Variant)/Kingworld/Jeopardy Productions (1986)
Published: 2014/01/26
Channel: The Logo Channel
King World Productions (1990) *LONG DISTRIBUTED BY VERSION*
King World Productions (1990) *LONG DISTRIBUTED BY VERSION*
Published: 2015/08/31
Channel: TrickyMario7654
Califon Productions/Columbia TriStar Television/King World (1996)
Califon Productions/Columbia TriStar Television/King World (1996)
Published: 2017/01/08
Channel: TheEriccorpinc Logo Channel
Full Moon & High Tide Productions/King World (Produced & Distributed By) (1998)
Full Moon & High Tide Productions/King World (Produced & Distributed By) (1998)
Published: 2016/09/21
Channel: TheEriccorpinc Logo Channel
King World Productions/CBS Paramount Television
King World Productions/CBS Paramount Television
Published: 2012/08/03
Channel: ClosingLogosDude90
KingWorld, Harpo closing logos (1999)
KingWorld, Harpo closing logos (1999)
Published: 2009/01/31
Channel: sailorclose
KingWorld Productions Logo Collection
KingWorld Productions Logo Collection
Published: 2015/12/30
Channel: Oliver Todorovski
Wheel of Fortune / Columbia TriStar Television / King World
Wheel of Fortune / Columbia TriStar Television / King World
Published: 2012/06/11
Channel: LogosForTheWin
Moffitt-Lee Productions/One Ho Productions/Columbia TriStar Television/King World (1998)
Moffitt-Lee Productions/One Ho Productions/Columbia TriStar Television/King World (1998)
Published: 2017/05/18
Channel: TheEriccorpinc Logo Channel
Burt Dubrow Productions/Visual Frontier, Inc./King World (Distributed By) (2000)
Burt Dubrow Productions/Visual Frontier, Inc./King World (Distributed By) (2000)
Published: 2017/06/05
Channel: TheEriccorpinc Logo Channel
Moffitt-Lee Productions/One Ho Productions/King World (1998)
Moffitt-Lee Productions/One Ho Productions/King World (1998)
Published: 2017/05/18
Channel: TheEriccorpinc Logo Channel
KingWorld/Harpo Productions/KABC Eyewitness News Intro (2003)
KingWorld/Harpo Productions/KABC Eyewitness News Intro (2003)
Published: 2016/06/17
Channel: GH32143
MGE/Kingworld/Jeopardy Productions (1988) (HQ)
MGE/Kingworld/Jeopardy Productions (1988) (HQ)
Published: 2014/01/25
Channel: The Logo Channel
Watts Works Productions/King World (Produced & Distributed By) (1997)
Watts Works Productions/King World (Produced & Distributed By) (1997)
Published: 2016/10/09
Channel: TheEriccorpinc Logo Channel
Barron Pennette Productions/3 Sisters Entertainment/CBS Productions/KingWorld (1997/2001)
Barron Pennette Productions/3 Sisters Entertainment/CBS Productions/KingWorld (1997/2001)
Published: 2016/12/11
Channel: Pepsi9072
Califon Productions Inc. / CTT / Harpo Productions / King World
Califon Productions Inc. / CTT / Harpo Productions / King World
Published: 2017/03/20
Channel: The Rocket Girls
King World Productions B&W logo (1990)
King World Productions B&W logo (1990)
Published: 2009/01/14
Channel: mcydodge919
Kingworld/Harpo Productions Inc/Midlantic Films for Channel 4 (1994)
Kingworld/Harpo Productions Inc/Midlantic Films for Channel 4 (1994)
Published: 2016/04/18
Channel: Hunter Fairhall Kirkman
Moffitt-Lee Productions/One-Ho Productions /Columbia Tristar Television/KingWorld
Moffitt-Lee Productions/One-Ho Productions /Columbia Tristar Television/KingWorld
Published: 2011/06/19
Channel: David Martinez
Merv Griffin Enterprises (1992)/KingWorld (1989)
Merv Griffin Enterprises (1992)/KingWorld (1989)
Published: 2009/03/01
Channel: sailorclose
Kingworld Productions/Harpo Productions logos (1992)
Kingworld Productions/Harpo Productions logos (1992)
Published: 2013/09/22
Channel: The Logo Channel
kingworld productions columbia tristar television cbs id closing 1994
kingworld productions columbia tristar television cbs id closing 1994
Published: 2017/04/08
Channel: devon hope
Watch Entertainment/Scripps Network/Harpo Productions/KingWorld (2006)
Watch Entertainment/Scripps Network/Harpo Productions/KingWorld (2006)
Published: 2017/05/04
Channel: LogicSmash
Dist. by KingWorld/Harpo Productions (1991)
Dist. by KingWorld/Harpo Productions (1991)
Published: 2017/04/20
Channel: GH32143
Jeopardy Productions/Columbia Tristar Television/Kingworld (1994) (HQ)
Jeopardy Productions/Columbia Tristar Television/Kingworld (1994) (HQ)
Published: 2014/02/23
Channel: The Logo Channel
Ananda Lewis Productions - KingWorld (2001)
Ananda Lewis Productions - KingWorld (2001)
Published: 2017/02/17
Channel: Darrien Williams
King World Productions (1984) *B&W*
King World Productions (1984) *B&W*
Published: 2015/08/31
Channel: TrickyMario7654
KingWorld/Sony Pictures Television
KingWorld/Sony Pictures Television
Published: 2016/12/08
Channel: LogicSmash
King World Productions (1984) *RED VARIANT*
King World Productions (1984) *RED VARIANT*
Published: 2015/08/03
Channel: TrickyMario7654
MGE/Kingworld/Jeopardy Productions (1992) (HQ)
MGE/Kingworld/Jeopardy Productions (1992) (HQ)
Published: 2014/01/26
Channel: The Logo Channel
Henry Winker Productions\Sony Pictures Television\Kingworld Productions (2004)
Henry Winker Productions\Sony Pictures Television\Kingworld Productions (2004)
Published: 2014/01/01
Channel: ClosingLogosDude90
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King World Productions
Industry Television syndication
Fate merged with CBS Paramount Domestic Television to form CBS Television Distribution
Successor CBS Television Distribution
Founded 1964; 53 years ago (1964)
Defunct August 20, 2007; 9 years ago (August 20, 2007) (functions only in-name as King World Productions, Inc. and KWP Studios)
Headquarters New York City
Los Angeles, California
Atlanta, Georgia
Owner Independent (1964-2000)
CBS Corporation (2000)
National Amusements (2000-2007)
Parent Independent (1964-2000)
CBS Corporation (2000, 2006-2007)
Viacom (2000-2005)

King World Productions, Inc. (also known as King World Entertainment, King World Enterprises, or simply King World) was a production company and a syndicator of television programming in the United States until its eventual 2007 incorporation into CBS Television Distribution. The company continues to exist on paper as an intellectual property holder, and under the moniker KWP Studios (the initials standing for King World Productions) to hold the copyright for the TV show Rachael Ray.

History[edit]

Founding with The Little Rascals[edit]

The division was started in 1964 by Charles King. It was a company that expressly handled television distribution of the classic Hal Roach Our Gang shorts. When Roach lost the rights to the name Our Gang (it was retained by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, who bought the series from Roach in 1938), the shorts were retitled as The Little Rascals.[citation needed]

It was through this acquisition that the comedy shorts from 1929 through 1938 have been made available to audiences for the past fifty years. King World later co-produced an animated version of the shorts with Hanna-Barbera. King died in 1973 and the company was taken over by King's children: Roger King (who died in December 2007), Michael (who died in 2015),[1] Robert, Diana, Richard, and Karen.[citation needed]

Camelot Entertainment Sales and Harpo Productions[edit]

In 1982, King World formed an ad-sales barter division called Camelot Entertainment Sales. A year later, company chairmen, brothers Roger, Michael, and Robert acquired the syndication rights to Merv Griffin's game show, Wheel of Fortune when no other studio would step in. The acquisition paid off, and Wheel became the most popular show in the history of syndication, and has continued to be for over a quarter of a century. At one point, the program was generating a 21% national rating. The same year, the company acquired the syndication rights of The Merv Griffin Show from Metromedia Producers Corporation.[citation needed]

A year later, King World bought the syndication rights to another Griffin show, Jeopardy!, and the latest version of the series (with Alex Trebek) has since become the number-two show in syndication. Originally, the company produced two pilots of the game show; one in September 1983 and the other on January 9, 1984. Robert King, the president of King World left the company to form The Television Program Source; a television syndication company that was founded on October 15 as a joint venture between King, Alan Bennett, and Columbia Pictures Television.[2]

Shortly after this, King World launched Harpo Productions' successful The Oprah Winfrey Show, which eventually led to the creation of the spin-off series Dr. Phil, as well as the latest Harpo contribution, Rachael Ray. Oprah Winfrey was originally a local talk show host in the Chicago Market only which aired during the A.M., which then was moved to 4PM-5PM time slot across the country, which then caused the Sales Department to increase license fee's across the Nation.King World's first paycheck after being launched across the U.S. in December to Oprah was a whopping $ 33.3 million!!!Not to bad for 4 month's work. Dr. Phil is co-produced by Winfrey's Harpo Productions (CBS Paramount Domestic Television co-distributed for a time).[citation needed]

On February 11, 1985, King World formed King World Enterprises to develop joint-venture programs with advertisers and station groups and to handle international distribution for King World and Camelot.[3]

1990s: King World Direct and KWP[edit]

In the 1990s, King World operated an "As Seen On TV" VHS service called King World Direct.

Stuart Hersch, a lawyer by trade, was the financial expert who helped to take the company public, making it one of the hottest stocks on Wall Street at the time.[citation needed] The company traded as "KWP". King World had virtually no debt and generated hundreds of millions of dollars in revenues after going public.[citation needed]

Television stations that broadcast King World programming had first choice on any series King World offered to distribute.

On November 25, 1991, King World acquired the Hollywood Squares format rights from Orion Pictures Corporation after Orion closed down its television division.[4]

In 1995, King World began co-distributing Geraldo (later The Geraldo Rivera Show) with Tribune Entertainment, and would continue co-distributing the show until its cancellation in 1998.

On September 28, 1998, King World acquired the worldwide leasing rights to the solo-developed game shows by Merrill Heatter Productions for a limited time.[5]

CBS Television Distribution acquisition[edit]

On January 19, 2000, King World was acquired by CBS. After CBS' purchase of the company, Eyemark Entertainment, the successor to Group W Productions following the CBS/Westinghouse merger, was folded into King World.[6] CBS Enterprises was bought by Viacom, Inc. around the time of CBS's acquisition of King World, thus becoming owned by the post-split CBS Corporation as well as all of Viacom's former TV production and distribution operations.

In its latter days, King World was considered the syndication branch of the CBS network (a role Viacom actually first served upon its creation), having succeeded Eyemark in that role. King World, however, distributed newer CBS shows such as Everybody Loves Raymond while the older shows were syndicated by corporate affiliate CBS Paramount Television, the successor to the original distributor Viacom Enterprises. Additionally, from 2000 to 2006, King World distributed archive programs from Group W, such as The Mike Douglas Show.

On September 26, 2006, CBS announced that King World and CBS Paramount Television's syndication operations would be combined to form the CBS Television Distribution Group (CTD). Roger King was announced as CEO of the new entity. However, he died on December 8, 2007, after suffering a stroke the previous day. Paul Franklin currently serves as President of CTD.[7]

For one year, the King World on-screen identity was kept for the programs it distributed at its closure. However, most of the programs handled by King World were distributed under CTD. On September 27, 2007, CBS Television Distribution introduced a new closing logo to replace the old logos of King World, CBS Paramount Domestic Television, Paramount Television, and others.

Programming[edit]

King World was responsible for the highest rated shows in syndication for over two decades.[citation needed] They also had the television rights to a large library of theatrical films. When it was acquired by CBS Enterprises in 2000, it distributed a number of CBS-produced series for syndication, such as Everybody Loves Raymond (ancillary rights to this series are owned by HBO), CSI and CSI: Miami. King World turned part of its attention to producing in-house newsmagazines including American Journal and Inside Edition.

Talk shows[edit]

Game shows[edit]

Entertainment magazines[edit]

Reality[edit]

Home and garden[edit]

Comedy[edit]

Crime drama[edit]

Anthology[edit]

Westerns[edit]

Kids and Family[edit]

Other[edit]

  • Women of The World (Syndication; 1986-1988)[22]

References[edit]

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