Columbia TriStar Television

Columbia TriStar Television

Columbia TriStar Television (CTT) was the third name of the television studio Screen Gems, itself part of Sony Pictures Entertainment and the second company to use the Columbia and TriStar names (the first being Columbia TriStar Home Video, now Sony Pictures Home Entertainment).

Columbia TriStar Television was launched in February 1994 as a merger between Columbia Pictures Television and TriStar Television. They first entered production after dismantling Merv Griffin Enterprises by producing Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune, distributed by King World, starting in September 1994. Within years, they later distributed ELP Communications, which included Beakman's World on CBS/TLC and Married... with Children on FOX. Expanding its television library in 1994, SPE acquired Barry & Enright Productions and Stewart Tele Enterprises.

Its global subsidiary, Columbia TriStar International Television, distributed Sony's programs across the globe. Its US distribution arm, Columbia TriStar Television Distribution, was also launched in 1995 to distribute Sony's programs all across America and to produce and distribute their own programs as well as movies on TV. This was also the launch of the Columbia TriStar Television Group.

In 1996, CTT launched their own animation division, Columbia TriStar Children's Television. The name was changed in 1997 to Adelaide Productions. Within dismantling of Columbia Pictures Television and TriStar Television, these companies were folded into Columbia TriStar Television. On October 25, 2001 CTT and CTTD merged to form Columbia TriStar Domestic Television.

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