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IndustryTelevision and film production, syndication, home video, television broadcasting
FatePurchased by Warner Communications
FoundedApril 21, 1986
DefunctJanuary 11, 1989

Lorimar-Telepictures was an entertainment company established on April 21, 1986 with the merger of Lorimar and Telepictures. Its assets included television production and syndication (which operated under the Lorimar-Telepictures name), feature films, home video, and broadcasting.

History[change | change source]

The merger of Lorimar-Telepictures was announced on October 7, 1985 by Merv Adelson.[1][2] On April 21, 1986, the merger was complete. Lee Rich, one of the founders of Lorimar sold his shares in 1986 and left the company. On January 11, 1989, Warner Communications acquired Lorimar-Telepictures after shaking off the hostile takeover of the company.[3]

List of shows produced/distributed by Lorimar-Telepictures[change | change source]

Note: All series listed here are now owned and distributed by Warner Bros. Television with a few exceptions.

Broadcasting[change | change source]

In the mid-1980s, Lorimar-Telepictures went into the broadcasting business by acquiring six television stations, which were as follows:

City of License / Market Station Channel TV (RF) Sold To Current Ownership Status
Chico - Redding KNVN 24 (24) Goltrin Communicactions
NBC affiliate owned by K4 Media Holdings
(Operated through a LMA by GOCOM Media, LLC)
Springfield - Branson KSPR 33 (19) Goltrin Communications
ABC affiliate owned by Perkin Media, LLC
(Operated through a LMA by Schurz Communications)
Pittsburgh WPGH-TV 53 (43) Renaissance Broadcasting
Fox affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
Midland - Odessa KMID 2 (26) Goltrin Communications
ABC affiliate owned by Nexstar Broadcasting Group
San Juan - Caguas -
Ponce - Mayagüez
WLII 11 (11) Malrite Communications
Univision Owned & Operated (O&O)
(Simulcasts on locally-owned WORA-TV 5 in Mayagüez)
WSUR-TV 9 (9)

The success of this broadcast division was non-existent resulting in the sale of each of these stations by 1991.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Lorimar in Merger." The Pittsburgh Press (October 7, 1985).
  2. "A TV TITAN WAGERS A WAD ON MOVIES Lorimar-Telepictures makes a ton of money producing and distributing such TV hits as Dallas and The People's Court. Unsatisfied, chief Merv Adelson is trying to expand in theatrical films. The profits are potentially huge -- but a lot less certain." CNN Money (May 12, 1986).
  3. "Warner Completes Merger With Lorimar Telepictures". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-10-23.
  4. Boyer, Peter J. (1986-02-03). "TOY-BASED TV: EFFECTS ON CHILDREN DEBATED". New York Times. Retrieved 2010-08-10.

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