Metromedia Producers Corporation
Metromedia Producers Corporation (MPC) was an American television production and distribution company.
MPC was founded in 1968, under the ownership of Metromedia, after being spun off from Wolper Productions. During its years of operation, it was a prominent program supplier for the American television networks and syndication. Among its more popular programs were The Merv Griffin Show, the original version of Jeopardy!, My Favorite Martian, Star Search and Too Close for Comfort.
Metromedia announced the sale of its television stations (which Metromedia's owner, John Kluge, had purchased from the now-defunct DuMont Television Network's founder, Dr. Allen B. DuMont, in 1958) and MPC on May 6, 1985 to News Corporation. The transactions became official on March 6, 1986, after which MPC's operations were absorbed into 20th Century Fox Television.
While 20th Century Fox's distribution unit, 20th Television, holds the distribution rights to a majority of the MPC catalogue, there are a few exceptions:
- Shows produced by Aaron Spelling through his Spelling-Goldberg Productions company, which were distributed internationally by MPC, are now syndicated worldwide by Sony Pictures Television (whose predecessor, Columbia Pictures Television, distributed the shows in the United States)
- CBS Television Distribution owns the rights to That Girl, Star Search, Strike Force, the original Jeopardy! (co-distributed with SPT), Vega$ and Dynasty (which was distributed by 20th Century Fox until November 2006, when CTD picked up the show)
- My Favorite Martian, Groovie Goolies, Mayberry RFD, Truth or Consequences and Thicke of the Night are currently distributed by Warner Bros. Television
List of MPC Shows
|Charlie's Angels||Crime drama||ABC||1976–81|
|The Cross-Wits||Game show||Syndication||1975–80|
|Dusty's Trail||Western comedy||Syndication||1973–74|
|Hart to Hart||Crime drama||ABC||1979–84|
|Jeopardy! (1964)||Game show||NBC||1964–75|
|The Merv Griffin Show||Talk show||Syndication||1972–86|
|My Favorite Martian||Comedy||CBS||1963–66|
|Starsky and Hutch||Crime drama||ABC||1975–79|
|Star Search||Talent contest||Syndication||1983–95|
|Strike Force (1981)||Crime drama||ABC||1981–82|
|Thicke of the Night||Talk show||Syndication||1983–84|
|T.J. Hooker||Crime drama||ABC||1982–85|
|Too Close for Comfort||Comedy||ABC||1980–83|
|Truth or Consequences||Game show||Syndication||1966–78|
- Metromedia Producers Corporation at the Internet Movie Database