Ziv Television Programs, Inc. was an American television syndication and production company, producer of popular 1950s syndicated TV programs like Sea Hunt, Highway Patrol, The Cisco Kid, Mr. District Attorney, and I Led Three Lives. In the television industry (as in radio), syndication is the sale of the right to broadcast programs to multiple stations, without going through a broadcast network. ... Sea Hunt was an American television adventure series from pioneering syndicator Ziv TV that ran from 1958 to 1961 and was popular in repeats for decades afterward. ... Highway Patrol, after Sea Hunt, was probably the most popular and influential of the dramatic series offered to station in the 1950s by syndicator Ziv TV. It starred Broderick Crawford and was famous for its location shooting, in the still very studio-bound early years of television (it was produced... Mr. ...
The company was founded by Federic W. Ziv in 1948 and was a subsidiary of his successful radio syndication business. In 1960 the company was purchased by United Artists and merged with UA's own television company. In 1962 the company became United Artists Television. 1948 (MCMXLVIII) is a leap year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... The current United Artists logo. ... 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... United Artists Television was an American television production/distribution company of United Artists Corporation that was formed in 1956. ...
Encyclopedia of Television
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Known as the "father of syndicated television," Ziv founded what Les Brown's Encyclopedia of Television describes as "the largest and most potent syndication company in the history of television, Ziv-TV, the leading programming force outside the networks during the 1950s." It all started with a loaf of bread--rye bread.
Once Ziv had shown the networks how to do prime-time television, he sold his company to Universal Artists in 1960 which today is part of MGM.
Ziv, who had a winter home in the Southern California desert in addition to his primary home in Ohio, is survived by a son, William of Cincinnati; a daughter, Frederica Yamin of Montecito, Calif.; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
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