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Encyclopedia > New World Pictures


New World Communications

Company Info

•This company no longer exists. It was purchased by News Corporation in 1997. It was an alleged "front organization" for Sun Myung Moon and his Unification Church.

Company History

As New World Pictures, Ltd. (1970-1990)

1970-Founded as New World Pictures, Ltd. by Roger Corman

1977-First on screen logo is created.

1983-Roger Corman sells the company to 3 people, Larry Kupin, Harry Sloane, and Larry A. Thompson. The company at this point goes public. Later that year, Thompson left the company to form his own company.

1984-New World Pictures changes it's logo to the "globe" logo that would stick with the company until the end of the company.

1985-New World creates three new divisions:

–New World International-Distribution of New World content outside the United States.

–New World Television-Television program production unit (it's first output was the soap opera Santa Barbara and the made for TV movie Playing With Fire).

–New World Video-Home video distributor for mainly New World Pictures output.

1986-New World acquires Highgate Pictures, Learning Corporation of America, and Marvel Comics.

1989-New World acquires Four Star International (a television production company). Also that year, New World faces a big financial slump and the company begins to destruct itself, first the Marvel Comics division is sold to Ronald Perleman and the New World Pictures and New World Video divisions are shut down for good.

1990-Highgate Pictures and Learning Corporation of America are shut down and the company is on the verge of going out of business, so Ronald Perleman (who acquired Marvel from New World a year earlier), purchases the company and the company is renamed New World Entertainment with a focus on television production.

As New World Entertainment (1990-1993)

1991-Most of New World's television library is sold off to Sony Pictures Entertainment.

1992-Perleman acquires bankrupt television station group SCI Television from George Gillette.

1993-New World Entertainment purchases stakes in program distributor Genesis Entertainment and infomercial producer Guthy-Renker. Later that year SCI Television is folded into New World so the company changes its name to New World Communications. The television station group was originally comprised of KNSD (NBC-San Diego), WAGA (CBS-Atlanta), WJBK (CBS-Detroit), WITI (CBS-Milwaukee), WJW (CBS-Cleveland), WSBK (Independent-Boston), and WTVT (CBS-Tampa).

As New World Communications (1993-1997)

1994-The year begins with the acquistion of Argyle Television (the first one, the company was ressurected with mid-market stations after the New World deal) which included stations KDFW (CBS-Dallas), KTBC (CBS-Austin), KTVI (ABC-St. Louis), and WVTM (NBC-Birmingham). This was followed a month later with the Citicasters television station division comprised of KSAZ (CBS-Phoenix), WBRC (ABC-Birmingham), WDAF-TV (NBC-Kansas City), WGHP (ABC-Greensboro), WKRC (ABC-Cincinnati), and WTSP (ABC-Tampa). Because of FCC ownership rules at the time New World decided to acquire WBRC and WGHP and then place them in a trust for sale to another company and not taking WKRC and WTSP. Later that month something bigger would happen to New World.

News Corporation makes a deal with New World that would send the Fox affiliations to most of New World's stations except for WSBK-TV (which would be sold off to Viacom because News Corp. already owned another station in Boston). In addition to that two other stations would not change to Fox, WVTM-13 because WBRC/WGHP would be sold to News Corp. directly and would take the Fox affiliation when their ABC contracts expired. KNSD did not switch to Fox because Fox was already on VHF in San Diego so both stations would retain their NBC affiliations.

Later that year, the late Brandon Tartikoff joined the company and as a result New World acquired his production company. Also New World acquired the remainder of Genesis Entertainment which would give New World television distribution capabilities as well as production.

1995-New World sells off WSBK in Boston to Viacom. As well, Genesis Entertainment is renamed New World-Genesis Distribution. Later, they would sign a distribution deal with NBC which also called for NBC network 10 year affiliation renewals on the Birmingham and San Diego stations. This year also brought in the acquistion of Cannell Entertainment and Premiere Magazine as well.

1996-New World announces the sale of the Birmingham and San Diego NBC affiliates to NBC. In July of that year, News Corporation announced the purchase of the remainder of New World Communications.

1997-In January, the remainder New World's television stations are unloaded to News Corporation and placed in the Fox Television Stations division. After this New World would finish up production on any program still in production, this was completed by May of that year. One program does continue to this day: Access Hollywood (now distributed by NBC-Universal).

  Results from FactBites:
Bright Lights Film Journal | Roger Corman's New World Pictures (1) (1178 words)
New World Pictures (1970-1983) was the brainchild of Roger Corman.
Women held key positions at New World both behind and in front of the camera (and in the corporate structure), and were most often the subject of its films.
In the early days of New World Pictures, Corman and his acolytes prided themselves on the company's feminist bent, citing women as a primary focus of their films and as true collaborators both in front of and behind the camera.
New World Blogger (1919 words)
He was swallowed up in the government's new maximum security system of secret detention and secret hearings, and his only friend was the same F.B.I. agent who had helped decide to put him there.
Instead, many if not most people in the “first world” will simply consider themselves fortunate and argue that it is a misfortune to be born into more precarious conditions.
Likewise, even those in the upper classes in third world nations many times prefer to contend themselves with marveling at their own “fortune” and be thankful that they were not born into the misfortunate that most of their compatriots endure daily.
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