Ziv Television Programs

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Ziv Television Programs
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Founded 1948
Dissolved 1962 (merged into United Artists Television)
Notable Works Sea Hunt
Highway Patrol
The Cisco Kid
Bat Masterson

Ziv Television Programs was an American television production and distribution company.



Ziv was established in 1948 by radio syndicator Frederick Ziv to produce TV programs for direct sale to local TV stations, such as The Cisco Kid, Highway Patrol and Sea Hunt. The company was successful for several years between the late-1940s and the mid-1950s as individual stations sought programming to fill the non-network slots in their schedules during the early years of television.

When the American broadcast networks began expanding their schedules in the mid-1950s, Ziv experienced a decline in the popularity of its syndicated shows and it began producing programs for the networks starting in 1956, with The West Point Story and Bat Masterson among its more notable network shows.

United Artists purchased Ziv in 1960 and merged its operations into United Artists Television, with the merged company becoming known as Ziv-United Artists. The Ziv name was phased out in 1962 and the company name reverted back to UATV, putting an official end to one of the pioneering production and syndication companies of television's early years. The Ziv library is now owned and distributed by MGM Television (except for The Cisco Kid, which is handled by the Peter Rodgers Organization).

List of shows produced by Ziv Television Programs

Title Format Network Years
The Cisco Kid Western Syndication 1950–56
Boston Blackie Crime drama Syndication 1951–53
Mr. District Attorney Legal drama Syndication 1954–55
I Led Three Lives Spy drama Syndication 1953–56
Meet Corliss Archer Sitcom Syndication 1954–55
Highway Patrol Crime drama Syndication 1955–59
Science Fiction Theatre Anthology Syndication 1955–57
The West Point Story Anthology CBS 1956–57
ABC 1957–58
Tombstone Territory Western ABC 1957–59
Syndication 1959–60
Bat Masterson Western NBC 1958–61 1
Sea Hunt (1958) Adventure Syndication 1958–61 1
Mackenzie's Raiders Western Syndication 1958–59
The Rough Riders Western ABC 1958–59
Lock-Up Legal drama Syndication 1959–61 1
Men Into Space Science fiction CBS 1959–60
Home Run Derby Sports reality Syndication 1959
Klondike Western NBC 1960–61 1
The Aquanauts Adventure CBS 1960–61 1
Ripcord Adventure Syndication 1961–63 1 2

1Produced after 1960 by Ziv-United Artists
2Produced after 1962 by United Artists Television


  • A similarly-named but otherwise unrelated company, Ziv International, operated in the late-1970s and early-1980s as a distributor of dubbed versions of Japanese anime shows

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