Columbia TriStar Television
Industry Television production

Broadcast syndication

Predecessor Screen Gems (1948–1974)

Columbia Pictures Television (1974–2001)

TriStar Television (1986–1988, 1991–1999)

Founded February 21, 1994
Key people Samuel White (Co-President)
Owner Sony
Parent Sony Pictures
Divisions Adelaide Productions

Columbia Pictures Television

TriStar Television

Trackdown Productions

Columbia TriStar International Television

Subsidiaries ELP Communications

Califon Productions

Jeopardy Productions

Rastar Television


Columbia TriStar Television was launched on February 21, 1994, as a merger between Columbia Pictures Television and TriStar Television under the leadership of Jon Feltheimer, who was president of TriStar Television from 1991 to 1994 and New World Television until 1991. After the merger, Columbia Pictures Television Distribution was renamed as Columbia TriStar Television Distribution,[1][2][3] but the old name continued to appear on-screen until 1995. The new studio first entered production after dismantling and folding Merv Griffin Enterprises on June 4, by producing Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune, distributed by King World, starting in September 1994.[4][5] Expanding its television library in 1994, SPE acquired Stewart Television.

Its global subsidiary, Columbia TriStar International Television, distributed Sony's programs across the globe. It was created in 1992 by merging Columbia Pictures International Television with TriStar Television. This was also the launch of the Columbia TriStar Television Group a year later.

Within dismantling of Columbia Pictures Television in 2001 and TriStar Television in 1999, these studios were folded into Columbia TriStar Television. In 1998, it made a partnership with Global Maritime Group to create the company called Global Entertainment Productions GmbH & Co. Medien KG used for copyright purposes. Here are the exceptions those: Columbia TriStar Television, Inc. remains as the copyright holder for The King of Queens, TriStar Television, Inc. remains as the copyright holder for Early Edition, and Adelaide Productions, Inc. is the copyright holder for animated series, except for Dilbert (see below).[6] In 1999, they went back to the old way and ELP and TriStar TV ceased production operations. TriStar Television however, remains in-name-only. On October 25, 2001, CTT and CTTD merged to form Columbia TriStar Domestic Television.

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