Ziv Television Programs
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
|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|
|Bat Masterson||Western||NBC||1958–61 1|
|Sea Hunt (1958)||Adventure||Syndication||1958–61 1|
|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|
|The Aquanauts||Adventure||CBS||1960–61 1|
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