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King World Productions Logo History
King World Productions Logo History
Published: 2016/09/09
Channel: Ryan Holman
King World Productions short logo (1998)
King World Productions short logo (1998)
Published: 2008/12/30
Channel: mcydodge919
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
Kingworld Productions (1990) Effects Round 1 Vs VE666, IMC135 And Everyone (1-17)
Kingworld Productions (1990) Effects Round 1 Vs VE666, IMC135 And Everyone (1-17)
Published: 2017/12/10
Channel: VidEffects HD
KingWorld Productions Logo Collection
KingWorld Productions Logo Collection
Published: 2015/12/30
Channel: Oliver Todorovski
King World Productions/Columbia TriStar Domestic Television (2002)
King World Productions/Columbia TriStar Domestic Television (2002)
Published: 2017/10/13
Channel: elijahzachary18
Where
Where's Lunch/Worldwide Pants/HBO Indpendent/King World/CBS Broadcast International (2001)
Published: 2017/09/02
Channel: Zack Pictures
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
Kingworld (2001)
Kingworld (2001)
Published: 2017/02/16
Channel: Pepsi9072
King World (Distributed By)/Harpo Productions (1994)
King World (Distributed By)/Harpo Productions (1994)
Published: 2017/04/20
Channel: TheEriccorpinc Logo Channel
"Produced & Distributed By" Kingworld (2002)
"Produced & Distributed By" Kingworld (2002)
Published: 2017/05/04
Channel: Jlijah 2001TVLogos,Unboxing&Openings
Wheres Lunch/ HBO Productions/ Worldwide Pants/ Kingworld
Wheres Lunch/ HBO Productions/ Worldwide Pants/ Kingworld
Published: 2010/12/05
Channel: JohnnyL80
King World Productions B&W logo (1990)
King World Productions B&W logo (1990)
Published: 2009/01/14
Channel: mcydodge919
Kingworld Productions Effects 2
Kingworld Productions Effects 2
Published: 2017/11/05
Channel: matthew zeleny
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
Jeopardy Productions/Columbia TriStar Television/King World Productions (1995)
Jeopardy Productions/Columbia TriStar Television/King World Productions (1995)
Published: 2017/10/13
Channel: elijahzachary18
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
King World Productions (1977)
King World Productions (1977)
Published: 2015/03/22
Channel: SCMediaWorks
YouTube   King World Productions Inc  1977
YouTube King World Productions Inc 1977
Published: 2009/09/20
Channel: mirnawatihusada
Kingworld Productions and Universal Television (75th Anniversary) logos (1990-1991-F) HD
Kingworld Productions and Universal Television (75th Anniversary) logos (1990-1991-F) HD
Published: 2017/01/02
Channel: Craig Bennett
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
Watch Entertainment/Scripps Network/Harpo Productions/KingWorld (2006)
Watch Entertainment/Scripps Network/Harpo Productions/KingWorld (2006)
Published: 2017/05/04
Channel: LogicSmash
Paramount Television\KingWorld Productions (2002)
Paramount Television\KingWorld Productions (2002)
Published: 2014/05/14
Channel: ClosingLogosDude90
KingWorld (2002)
KingWorld (2002)
Published: 2015/11/02
Channel: Cesar Blanco
MGE/Jeopardy Productions/Kingworld (1993) (HQ)
MGE/Jeopardy Productions/Kingworld (1993) (HQ)
Published: 2014/01/25
Channel: The Logo Channel
KingWorld / Harpo Productions (2003)
KingWorld / Harpo Productions (2003)
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/CBS Paramount Television
King World Productions/CBS Paramount Television
Published: 2012/08/03
Channel: ClosingLogosDude90
KingWorld Productions History
KingWorld Productions History
Published: 2014/07/27
Channel: TheLegoDude
KingWorld Productions 2006
KingWorld Productions 2006
Published: 2014/07/26
Channel: TheLegoDude
Henry Winker Productions\Sony Pictures Television\Kingworld Productions (2004)
Henry Winker Productions\Sony Pictures Television\Kingworld Productions (2004)
Published: 2014/01/01
Channel: ClosingLogosDude90
KingWorld Productions Logo 1998
KingWorld Productions Logo 1998
Published: 2014/03/13
Channel: 217Dan
KingWorld Productions 1984
KingWorld Productions 1984
Published: 2014/07/26
Channel: TheLegoDude
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 / Sony Pictures Television (2007)
King World / Sony Pictures Television (2007)
Published: 2016/01/12
Channel: Cesar Blanco
King World Productions -Color Version- (1977) *RECREATION*
King World Productions -Color Version- (1977) *RECREATION*
Published: 2015/04/08
Channel: TrickyMario7654
Kingworld Productions/Harpo Productions logos (1992)
Kingworld Productions/Harpo Productions logos (1992)
Published: 2013/09/22
Channel: The Logo Channel
Merv Griffin Enterprises/Jeopardy Productions/Kingworld (1993)
Merv Griffin Enterprises/Jeopardy Productions/Kingworld (1993)
Published: 2017/03/05
Channel: Pepsi9072
CBS Paramount Domestic Television and KingWorld Productions (2006-2007)
CBS Paramount Domestic Television and KingWorld Productions (2006-2007)
Published: 2017/06/28
Channel: The Lowell Fan
KingWorld Productions, Columbia TriStar Domestic Television (1998, 2001)
KingWorld Productions, Columbia TriStar Domestic Television (1998, 2001)
Published: 2013/08/07
Channel: The Lowell Fan
Branded Closing (1966)/ KingWorld Productions *Dark & Slightly Red (1984)
Branded Closing (1966)/ KingWorld Productions *Dark & Slightly Red (1984)
Published: 2015/08/19
Channel: TheVintageTVArchive
Branded Closing (1965)/ KingWorld Productions (1984)
Branded Closing (1965)/ KingWorld Productions (1984)
Published: 2015/08/03
Channel: TheVintageTVArchive
King World Productions (1990) *LONG DISTRIBUTED BY VERSION*
King World Productions (1990) *LONG DISTRIBUTED BY VERSION*
Published: 2015/08/31
Channel: TrickyMario7654
KingWorld (2007)
KingWorld (2007)
Published: 2015/11/02
Channel: Cesar Blanco
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
KingWorld Productions logos (1989-98; Blender version)
KingWorld Productions logos (1989-98; Blender version)
Published: 2017/03/16
Channel: James TheLogoMan
KingWorld Productions (1990) LOGO REMAKE
KingWorld Productions (1990) LOGO REMAKE
Published: 2017/02/25
Channel: Tony Rasmussen
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
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King World Productions
In-name only unit of CBS Television Distribution. Operating as KWP Studios.
Industry Television production
Television syndication
Successor CBS Television Distribution
Founded 1964; 53 years ago (1964)
Headquarters New York City
Los Angeles, California
Atlanta, Georgia
Owner Independent (1964–2000)
CBS Corporation (2000)
National Amusements (2000–present)
Parent Independent (1964–2000)
CBS Corporation (2000, 2006–present)
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. 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 and Viacom 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, and its predecessors.

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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Deadline
  2. ^ "In Brief". Broadcasting: 96. 1984-10-15. 
  3. ^ "In Brief". Broadcasting: 94. 1985-02-11. 
  4. ^ "KING GETS THE SQUARE". Broadcasting: 26. 1991-11-25. 
  5. ^ KING WORLD INTERNATIONAL ACQUIRES EXCLUSIVE INTERNATIONAL FORMAT RIGHTS TO GAME SHOW CATALOGUE FROM MERRILL HEATTER PRODUCTIONS, INC., prnewswire.co.uk
  6. ^ "The Free Library" CBS Television Merges King World Productions, Eyemark Entertainment and CBS Broadcast International to Create New Worldwide Distribution Organization. thefreelibrary.com, Retrieved on January 31, 2013
  7. ^ variety.com

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