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King World Productions, Inc. (also known as King World Entertainment or simply King World) is one of the leading syndicators of television programming in the United States. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ...

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History

The company was founded 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 The Little Rascals. It was through this acquisition that the comedy shorts from 1929 through 1938 have been made available to audiences for the past forty years. Also Nintendo emulator: 1964 (emulator). ... Harold Eugene Roach, Sr. ... A poster for the 1931 Our Gang comedy Love Business featuring depictions of (from left to right): Pete the Pup, Jackie Cooper, and Norman Chubby Chaney. ... For alternate meanings of MGM, see MGM (disambiguation). ... Year 1938 (MCMXXXVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... Year 1929 (MCMXXIX) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1938 (MCMXXXVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ...


In 1983, company chairmen Roger and Michael King, desperate to expand the company further, acquired the syndication rights to Merv Griffin's game show Wheel of Fortune when no other studio would step in. Ironically, the NBC network was about to cancel the show permanently. The acquisition paid off, and Wheel became the most popular show in the history of syndication, and has continued to be for over 20 years. At one point, the program was generating a 21 national rating. Roger King (born 26 October 1943), British Conservative politician. ... Dr Michael King OBE (15 December 1945 - 30 March 2004) was a widely respected Pakeha New Zealand historian, author and biographer. ... Mervyn Edward Merv Griffin, Jr. ... This article is about the current, syndicated nighttime edition of the U.S. game show, which began in 1983. ...


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. Shortly after this, King World launched Harpo Productions's successful Oprah Winfrey Show, which eventually lead to the creation of the spin-off series Dr. Phil, as well as the latest Harpo contribution, Rachael Ray. Oprah was originally a local talk show host in Chicago prior to her King World launch. Dr. Phil was a co-production with eventual King World corporate sibling CBS Paramount Television. Jeopardy! is an international television quiz game show. ... Alex Trebek, with his once-iconic mustache, hosting a 1986 episode of Jeopardy! George Alexander Trebek (born as Giorgi Suka-Alex Trebek [1] on July 22, 1940) is an Emmy Award-winning Canadian-American television personality and game show host whos best known as the host of the game... The sign in front of Oprah Winfreys Chicago based Harpo Studios. ... Oprah Winfrey during her car giveaway to the entire audience. ... This article is about the TV series. ... Rachael Ray, also known as The Rachael Ray Show, is a talk show starring Rachael Ray of Food Network fame that debuted in syndication in the United States and Canada on September 18, 2006. ... CBS Paramount Television (formerly Desilu Productions, Paramount Television, among other companies) is an American television production/distribution company that was formed on January 17, 2006 by CBS Corporation merging Paramount Television and CBS Productions. ...


One thing that made the company incredibly successful in the 80's was its landmark advertising and promotional campaigns. Michael King hired wunderkind David Sams who is said to have reinvented television marketing. Sams helped to turn Pat Sajak and Vanna White of Wheel of Fortune into well-known names, made Jeopardy! a mega-hit, and launched a massive campaign to introduce Oprah Winfrey to the American public. Sams' creativity and the King's promotional war chest paid off. The three programs immediately garnered the top three positions in the syndicated ratings race--a position they still maintain today. Even CBS' 60 Minutes did a full report on the success of the King World marketing and promotional strategy. Dr Michael King OBE (15 December 1945 - 30 March 2004) was a widely respected Pakeha New Zealand historian, author and biographer. ... David Sams is one of the worlds most respected marketing strategists, a nine-time Emmy® award-winning TV producer, and emerging technologies guru. ... Pat Sajak (born Patrick Leonard Sajdak on October 26, 1946), is an Emmy Award-winning television personality and one-time talk show host, best known as the host of the popular and long-running American television game show, Wheel of Fortune. ... Vanna White (born Vanna Marie Rosich on February 18, 1957 is a American television personality, best known as the hostess and puzzle board operator on the long-running game show Wheel of Fortune. ... This article is about the current, syndicated nighttime edition of the U.S. game show, which began in 1983. ... Jeopardy! is an international television quiz game show. ... Oprah Winfrey, (born January 29, 1954) is a multiple-Emmy Award winning host of The Oprah Winfrey Show, the highest rated talk show in television history. ...


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. The company traded as "KWP". King World had virtually no debt and generated hundreds of millions of dollars in revenues after going public. It is one of the most successful stories in the history of American business.


Television stations nationwide that broadcast King World programming are loyal to the company, as they have first choice on any series King World offers to distribute. CBS Enterprises was bought by Viacom, Inc. around the time of CBS's acquisition of King World. King World is now owned by the post-split CBS Corporation as well as all of Viacom's former TV production and distribution operations. Viacom (pronounced with a long i as in eye) began life as CBS Films, the television syndication division of CBS. In 1971, the division was renamed VIACOM (VIdeo & Audio COMmunications), and in 1973 it was spun off, amid new FCC rules forbidding television networks from owning syndication companies (the rules... CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS) is an American media conglomerate focused on broadcasting, publishing, billboards, and television production, with most of its operations in the United States. ...


Today, King World can be considered the syndication branch of the CBS network - a role Viacom actually first served upon its creation. King World, however, distributes newer CBS shows, while the older shows are syndicated by corporate affiliate CBS Paramount Television, the successor to the original distributor Viacom Enterprises. From 2000-2006, King World distributed several programs from Westinghouse Broadcasting such as The Mike Douglas Show. CBS Paramount Television (formerly Desilu Productions, Paramount Television, among other companies) is an American television production/distribution company that was formed on January 17, 2006 by CBS Corporation merging Paramount Television and CBS Productions. ... The Westinghouse Broadcasting Company, also known as Group W, was a division of Westinghouse Electric Corporation. ... The Mike Douglas Show was an American daytime television talk show hosted by Mike Douglas that ran from 1961 to 1982. ...


Library

King World has been responsible for the highest rated shows in syndication for over two decades. They also have the television rights to a large library of theatrical films. Since its acquisition by CBS Enterprises in 2000, it distributes a number of CBS-produced series for syndication, such as Touched by an Angel, Everybody Loves Raymond, and CSI. The Westinghouse Electric Corporation was an organization founded by George Westinghouse in 1886 as Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company. ... CBS Broadcasting, Inc. ... This section contains a list of trivia items. ... Everybody Loves Raymond is an American sitcom originally broadcast on CBS from 1996 to 2005. ... CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is a popular Alliance Atlantis/CBS police procedural television series, running since October 2000, about a team of forensic scientists. ...


King World has turned part of its attention to producing in-house newsmagazines including American Journal, Martha Stewart Living, and Inside Edition. An issue of Martha Stewart Living magazine Martha Stewart Living is a magazine and a television show featuring entertaining and home decorating guru Martha Stewart. ... Inside Edition is a syndicated news program, on the air since January 9, 1989. ...


Closing

On September 26, 2006, CBS Corporation announced that King World and CBS Paramount Television's syndication operations will be combined to form the CBS Television Distribution Group. Roger King was announced as the CEO of the new group. For an interim period, 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 are currently distributed under the name CBS Television Distribution, although as of September 2007, Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune are still known to carry the King World label at the end of their episodes. CBS Television Distribution is a United States and Global television distribution company, a merger of the television distribution arms of CBS Paramount Domestic Television, CBS Paramount International Television and King World. ... Jeopardy! is an international television quiz game show. ... Wheel of Fortune may refer to: Wheel of Fortune (US game show), the US nighttime version. ...


External links

  • King World Productions corporate website
  • CBS Press Release concerning the new distribution group
  • King World Productions at the Internet Movie Database

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