Metromedia Producers Corporation

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Metromedia Producers Corporation
Founded 1968
Dissolved March 6, 1986 (folded into 20th Century Fox Television)
President John Kluge
Notable Works My Favorite Martian
Dusty's Trail
Too Close for Comfort

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 TV's distribution unit, 20th Television, holds the distribution rights to a majority of the MPC catalogue, there are a few exceptions:

List of shows distributed by Metromedia Producers Corporation

Title Format Network Years
Charlie's Angels Crime drama ABC 1976–81
The Cross-Wits Game show Syndication 1975–80
Dusty's Trail Western comedy Syndication 1973–74
Dynasty Drama ABC 1981–89
Family Drama ABC 1976–80
Groovie Goolies Cartoon CBS 1970–71
Hart to Hart Crime drama ABC 1979–84
Jeopardy! (1964) Game show NBC 1964–75
Mayberry RFD Comedy CBS 1968–71
The Merv Griffin Show Talk show Syndication 1972–86
My Favorite Martian Comedy CBS 1963–66
Small Wonder Comedy Syndication 1985–89
Starsky and Hutch Crime drama ABC 1975–79
Star Search Talent contest Syndication 1983–95
Strike Force (1981) Crime drama ABC 1981–82
S.W.A.T. Crime Drama ABC 1975–76
That Girl Comedy ABC 1966–71
Thicke of the Night Talk show Syndication 1983–84
T.J. Hooker Crime drama ABC 1982–85
CBS 1985–86
Too Close for Comfort Comedy ABC 1980–83
Syndication 1984–86
Truth or Consequences Game show Syndication 1966–78
Vega$ Crime drama ABC 1978–81

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