List of television companies

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During the 20th century, several media companies were founded. Within time some ceased operations, others took their places, and some merged with each others. The most influential eventually grew to become multinational.

Today, seven companies are leading the American media industry, as well as the international media industry, including television: ComcastThe Walt Disney Company, 21st Century Fox, Time Warner, Viacom, CBS Corporation and Sony Corporation. With the exception of Sony (which is based in Japan), all of them are US based, and along with Internet company Google Inc., they form the top biggest international media corporations in the world.

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Current US companies (2015)

The major media conglomerates

Conglomerate Major
television
production
company
Minor
television
production
companies
Television
animation
studios
Television
news
division
Television
distribution
Broadcast
networks
Mainstream
cable
networks
Kids
cable
networks
Premium
cable
networks
News
cable
networks
Sports
cable
networks
Movies
cable
networks
Internet
streaming
platforms
Comcast Universal Television Universal Cable Productions,
Peacock Productions,
Wilshire Studios
Universal Animation Studios NBC News NBCUniversal Television Distribution NBC USA,
Syfy,
E!,
Bravo,
G4,
Oxygen,
Chiller,
Cloo,
TV One (50%),
Esquire (50%),
FearNet (33%)
Sprout - MSNBC,
CNBC,
The Weather Channel (33%)
NBCSN,
Comcast SportsNet,
Golf Channel,
NHL Network,
Universal Sports (8%),
MLB Network (5.44%)
Universal HD hulu (32%)
Disney ABC Studios ABC Entertainment,
It's a Laugh Productions,
Lucasfilm Television,
Marvel Television
Disney Television Animation,
Pixar Animation Studios,
Lucasfilm Animation,
Marvel Animation
ABC News Disney-ABC Domestic Television ABC ABC Family,
SOAPnet,
Lifetime (50%),
A&E (50%),
History (50%),
BIO (50%),
CI (50%)
Disney Channel,
Disney XD,
Disney Junior
- Fusion (50%) ESPN (80%) - hulu (32%)
Fox 20th Century Fox Television  Fox 21 Television Studios,
FX Productions
Fox Television Animation Fox News 20th Television FOX,
MyNetworkTV
FX,
FXX,
National Geographic (67%)
- - Fox News Channel,
Fox Business
FSN,
Fox Sports 1,
Fox Sports 2,
Fox Soccer Plus,
Fox College Sports,
BTN
FXM,
Movies! (50%)
hulu (36%)
Warner Warner Bros. Television Warner Horizon Television,
Alloy Entertainment,
Williams Street,
Telepictures
Warner Bros. Animation,
Cartoon Network Studios
CNN Warner Bros. Television Distribution The CW (50%) TNT,
TBS,
truTV
Cartoon Network,
Boomerang
HBO,
Cinemax
CNN,
HLN
NBA TV,
MLB Network (5.44%)
TCM -
Viacom Paramount Television,
MTV Productions
Nickelodeon Productions Nickelodeon Animation Studios - Paramount Television - MTV,
Comedy Central,
TV Land,
CMT,
VH1,
Logo,
BET,
Spike,
Palladia,
Centric
Nickelodeon,
TeenNick,
Nicktoons,
Nick Jr.
Epix (33%) - CBS Sports Network - -
CBS CBS Television Studios Big Ticket Television - CBS News CBS Television Distribution CBS,
The CW (50%)
TVGN (50%) - Showtime,
The Movie Channel,
Flix
- - - -
Sony Sony Pictures Television  Embassy Row Adelaide Productions - Sony Pictures Television - GSN (58%),
FearNet (33%),
3net (33%)
- - - - Sony Movie Channel Crackle

Film industry connections

The US film market is lead by six major film studios, tied to (and the historic roots of) six of the seven media conglomerates listed above.

  • Universal Pictures (founded in 1912, currently a Comcast asset)
  • Paramount Pictures (founded in 1912, currently a Viacom asset)
  • 20th Century Fox (founded in 1915, currently a 21st Century Fox asset)
  • Columbia Pictures (founded in 1918, currently a Sony Corporation asset)
  • Walt Disney Pictures (founded in 1923, currently a Walt Disney Company asset)
  • Warner Bros. Pictures (founded in 1924, currently a Time Warner asset)

Together, these six studios, alongside sister studios, divisions and distribution arms, have a share of about 80% of the North American film industry. Additional "mini-major" studios that both produce and distribute films include Lionsgate Films (founded in 1962), Relativity Media (2004), The Weinstein Company (2005), CBS Films (2007), and Open Road Films (2011) being the most notable current minor operators.

Music industry connections

The US (and global) music industry is lead by three major operators: Universal Music Group (still owned by former NBCUniversal owner Vivendi, of France), Sony Music Entertainment, and Warner Music Group (a long-time asset of Warner Bros., sold to Access Industries in 2011).

21st Century Fox, Walt Disney Company, CBS Corporation do include minor record labels: Fox Music, Walt Disney Records, and CBS Records, respectively. All of those labels are distributed by the major label groups.

Comic book industry connections

The American comic book industry is dominated by two companies: Marvel Comics, acquired by The Walt Disney Company in 2009, and DC Comics, a sister-company of Warner Bros. since 1967.

Marvel and DC each have a market share of about 33%, with major secondary publishers include Image Comics (Spawn, Witchblade, The Walking Dead etc.), IDW Publishing (comic book versions of 24, Angel, CSI, Doctor Who, Star Trek, The X-Files, etc.), Dark Horse Comics (Timecop and comic book versions of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Avatar: The Last Airbender, etc.), Dynamite Entertainment (comic book versions of Battlestar GalacticaThe Bionic Woman, Grimm, Stargate, Xena: Warrior Princess, etc.), and Boom! Studios (comic book versions of Eureka, Farscape, etc.).

Notable minor companies

Notable additional television production arms of minor film studios include The Weinstein Company Television and Relativity Television. Other prolific production companies that exist as subsidiaries of companies that primary produce feature films (although leaving the distribution to the major studios), include Amblin Television, MGM Television, DreamWorks Television, and Gaumont International Television.