Turner Entertainment Co. was established on August 4, 1986 as a subsidiary of Turner Broadcasting System to oversee its film library after its acquisition of MGM/UA (which is now owned by a consortium led by Sony Corporation of America). In addition to the studio, Turner got its library, which included nearly all of MGM's films up to that time, the former Associated Artists Productions catalog (the Warner Bros.' pre-1948 releases & the Fleischer/Famous Popeye cartoons), the U.S. rights to a majority of the RKO Radio Pictures library, and some United Artists material (Gilligan's Island, though originally post-1952 UA, is also a part of the package). Turner later re-sold United Artists and the MGM logo, keeping the pre-1986 library.
Turner Entertainment also played a huge part in film preservation and restoration, thus such classic films as Casablanca, Citizen Kane, King Kong, Easter Parade, and the original The Jazz Singer, can continue to be seen today via its various cable channels, as well as in revival movie houses and home video. The films are also internationally distributed and shown by many channels around the world. Turner Entertainment also distributes films from RKO Radio Pictures and New Line Cinema (1994-1996), and shows from TBS, TNT, Cartoon Network, and PBS (1994-2004) on home video.
Turner also released World Championship Wrestling pay-per-view events on video (via Turner Home Entertainment, and after 1996, Warner Home Video) until the demise of WCW in 2001 (see below.) Turner Home Entertainment also released films from its RKO library. It was absorbed into Warner Home Video after Time Warner bought Turner. Contractually, The MGM and Warner film libraries which Turner owned had been distributed by MGM/UA Home Video until their rights expired in 1999 at which point they were reassigned to Warner Home Video. This transaction also completed WB's re-acquiring of distribution rights to their pre-1948 library.Turner also had a television unit called Turner Program Services which had run until 1996 when it was changed to Telepictures Distribution which distributed Mama's Family and all TPS shows after 1996.In 2003 Telepictures Distribution was folded into Warner Bros. Television which meant Telepictures took over all series that were first run and distributed by TD.
There are very few exceptions to this library, however.
Housewarming.(Freeze Frame)(Turner Entertainment Sales and Marketing holds a launch party for TBS Superstation's 'House Rules Presented by Lowe's')(Brief Article)
Oct 27, 2003; At the Turner Entertainment Sales and Marketing launch party for TBS Superstation's House Rules Presented by Lowe's (l. to r...