Worldvision Enterprises

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Worldvision Enterprises
Worldvision Enterprises 1988.jpg
Founded March 30, 1973 (reincorporated from ABC Films)
Dissolved 1999 (folded into Paramount Domestic Television)
President
Notable Works The Flintstones
The Jetsons
The Fugitive
Bonanza
Little House on the Prairie
The Streets of San Francisco
Let's Make a Deal
Beverly Hills 90210

Worldvision Enterprises was an American television distribution company. It is a predecessor of what is now CBS Television Distribution.

History

Worldvision was formed on March 30, 1973 after being reincorporated from ABC Films by five former executives of the latter company, who purchased it from ABC following a 1970 Federal Communications Commission ruling that prohibited the American broadcast networks from distributing their own programming for off-network syndication or producing programs for first-run syndication.

Soon after Worldvision's formation, the religious charity World Vision International sued Worldvision over its use of the name, claiming trademark infringement. The two companies later settled the case, with Worldvision being allowed to continue using its name provided it used the disclaimer "Not affiliated with World Vision International, a religious and charitable organization" in its closing logo, which it began doing in 1974.

Taft Broadcasting bought Worldvision in 1979. That same year, it began distributing shows from Quinn Martin Productions (which Taft had bought at the same time). It also absorbed Taft H-B Program Sales and assumed distribution rights to Hanna-Barbera's animated catalogue. In 1981, Worldvision began distributing the Ruby-Spears Enterprises library with Taft's purchase of the latter. Taft became Great American Broadcasting in 1987 and sold Worldvision to Spelling Entertainment in 1988, retaining distribution rights to the Hanna-Barbera and Ruby-Spears libraries until Hanna-Barbera and most of the Ruby-Spears catalogue were bought in 1991 by Turner Entertainment, which then placed their distribution rights with Turner Program Services (now part of Warner Bros. Television Distribution).

In 1994, Worldvision absorbed Republic Pictures Television when Spelling purchased RPT parent Republic Pictures, assuming the syndication rights to the RPT catalogue (also including shows previously distributed by NBC Films and National Telefilm Associates). When Spelling Entertainment merged with Viacom in 1999, Worldvision's operations were folded into Paramount Domestic Television.

The Worldvision archive (including its predecessor companies) is now under the ownership of CBS Television Distribution.

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