|Founded||1986 (original launch) |
October 1991 (first re-launch)
May 28, 2015 (second re-launch)
|Defunct||1990 (original launch) |
1999 (first re-launch)
|Headquarters||10202 West Washington Boulevard, Culver City, California, United States|
|Parent||Sony Pictures Television|
TriStar Television, Inc. (first spelled Tri-Star) is an American television production studio that is a division of Sony Entertainment's Sony Pictures Television. TriStar Television was launched in 1986 by TriStar Pictures, then a joint-venture between Columbia Pictures, CBS, and HBO, but is now fully owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment, the parent of both Columbia and TriStar. The television studio was relaunched twice and is currently a specialty label for Sony Pictures Television. The entity was originally a sister company of Columbia Pictures Television which was shut-down in 2001.
It was formed when Tri-Star Pictures joined forces with Stephen J. Cannell Productions and Witt/Thomas/Harris Productions and created a television distribution company called TeleVentures. By December 1987, Coca-Cola owned 80% Columbia Pictures Entertainment until January 1988, when it was reduced down to 49% and Tri-Star Television was combined with Columbia/Embassy Television into the reorganized Columbia Pictures Television (CPT) in January 1988. Columbia Pictures Entertainment was sold in 1989 to Sony of Japan. On July 11, 1990, both Tri-Star and Cannell dissolved the TeleVentures joint venture and Tri-Star sold its shares to Stephen J. Cannell Productions and TeleVentures became Cannell Distribution Co. Most of the series and the Tri-Star film packages that were distributed by TeleVentures were taken over by Columbia Pictures Television Distribution.
Revival and merger with Columbia Pictures Television
CPT would continue on under Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE), but TriStar Television was reestablished in October 1991 after CPT acquired some of the library of New World Television. Jon Feltheimer, who was president of New World Television became the new president of TriStar Television. On February 21, 1994, TriStar Television merged with Columbia Pictures Television and formed Columbia TriStar Television (CTT).
When TriStar Television's productions were folded into Columbia TriStar Television in 1999, Early Edition (a joint production with CBS) retained the TriStar copyright until 2000. The final season of Malcolm & Eddie was later produced by CTT and TriStar Television operated in-name-only. On October 25, 2001, Columbia TriStar Network Television and Columbia TriStar Television Distribution merged to become Columbia TriStar Domestic Television. On September 16, 2002, SPE retired the Columbia and TriStar names from television, renaming CTDT as Sony Pictures Television.
On May 28, 2015, TriStar Television was re-launched as a boutique production label for Sony Pictures Television. Until her death in March 2018, the revived studio was run by Suzanne Patmore-Gibbs after being in-name-only for 15 years. The first new series was Good Girls Revolt and was piloted for Amazon on November 5, 2015.
List of shows by TriStar Television
|Nothing in Common||1987||NBC||Based on the 1986 movie of the same name by Tri-Star Pictures|
|Werewolf||1987-1988||Fox||then produced by Columbia Pictures Television in January 1988|
|My Two Dads||1987-1990||NBC||then produced by Columbia Pictures Television in January 1988|
|Buck James||1987-1988||ABC||then produced by Columbia Pictures Television in January 1988|
|Get a Life||1990-1992||Fox||produced by New World Television from 1990 to 1991|
|The Fifth Corner||1992||NBC|
|The Boys of Twilight||1992||CBS||Unsold pilot|
|Mad About You||1992-1999||NBC|
|The Nanny||1993-1999||CBS||finished under CTT|
|The Mighty Jungle||1994||The Family Channel|
|TV Nation||1994-1995||NBC, Fox, BBC Two|
|Women of the House||1995||CBS, Lifetime|
|Ned & Stacey||1995-1997||Fox|
|Can't Hurry Love||1995-1996||CBS||produced in association with CBS Productions|
|Dead By Sunset||1995||NBC||mini-series|
|The Dana Carvey Show||1996||ABC|
|Malcolm & Eddie||1996-1999||UPN||Columbia TriStar Television from 1999 to 2000|
|Love and Marriage||1996||Fox|
|Early Edition||1996-1999||CBS||Columbia TriStar Television from 1999 to 2000, series co-produced by CBS, who handles domestic distribution rights while SPTI handles international rights.|
|Life... and Stuff||1997||CBS|
|The Simple Life||1998||CBS||not the Paris Hilton/Nicole Richie series|
|Good Girls Revolt||2015-2016||Amazon Prime Video||in association with Amazon Studios|
|Shut Eye||2016-2017||Hulu||in association with Gran Via Productions|
|The Last Tycoon||2016-2017||Amazon Prime Video||in association with Amazon Studios|
|On Becoming a God in Central Florida||2019||Showtime||in association with Smokehouse Pictures and Pali Eyes Pictures|
- "IN BRIEF". Broadcasting: 110. 1990-07-16.
- "CPT TO ACQUIRE NEW WORLD PROPERTIES". Broadcasting: 27. 1991-10-14.
- "EBSCO Host Connection" Feltheimer heads new Columbia TriStar TV connection.ebscohost.com, Retrieved on December 18, 2012
- "Feltheimer heads new Columbia TriStar TV". Broadcasting: 20. 1994-02-21.
- Sony Pictures Entertainment Renames Television Operations; Domestic and International Divisions Take Sony Name, prnewswire.com
- Sony Eyes Relaunching TriStar Television Banner Run By Suzanne Patmore Gibbs Nellie Andreeva deadline.com, Retrieved on May 28, 2015
- Lippman, John (1992-10-19). "Television: The Fox network is in the position of having offended its top program supplier". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2011-07-11.