TriStar Television, Inc.
Industry Television production
Successor Columbia TriStar Television (1999–present)
Founded 1986 (original launch)

1991 (re-launch)

2015 (second re-launch)

Headquarters Culver City, California, USA
Key people Suzanne Patmore-Gibbs
Owner Sony
Parent Sony Pictures Entertainment

TriStar Television (first spelled Tri-Star) is an American television production studio that was launched in 1986 by TriStar Pictures (the studio which is currently owned by Columbia Pictures; CBS was a partner but dropped out in 1985 and HBO in 1986).


TeleVentures was formed as a television distribution company when Tri-Star Pictures joined forces with Stephen J. Cannell Productions and Witt/Thomas/Harris Productions. On July 11, 1990, both Tri-Star and Cannell dissolved the TeleVentures joint venture. Most of the series and the Tri-Star film packages that were distributed by TeleVentures were taken over by Columbia Pictures Television Distribution.[1]


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.[2] Jon Feltheimer, who was president of New World Television became the new president of TriStar Television.[2] On February 21, 1994, TriStar Television merged with Columbia Pictures Television and formed Columbia TriStar Television (CTT).[3][4]

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.

Second RevivalEdit

On May 28, 2015, TriStar Television was re-launched as a boutique production label for Sony Pictures Television. The revived studio will be run by Suzanne Patmore-Gibbs after being in-name-only for 15 years.[6] The first new series was Good Girls Revolt and was piloted for Amazon on November 5, 2015.[6]