Metromedia Producers Corporation

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Metromedia Producers Corporation
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Founded 1968
Dissolved March 6, 1986 (folded into 20th Century Fox Television)
President John Kluge
Notable Works My Favorite Martian
Dusty's Trail
Too Close for Comfort

Metromedia Producers Corporation (MPC) was an American television production and distribution company.

History

MPC was founded in 1968, under the ownership of Metromedia, after being spun off from Wolper Productions. During its years of operation, it was a prominent program supplier for the American television networks and syndication. Among its more popular programs were The Merv Griffin Show, the original version of Jeopardy!, My Favorite Martian, Star Search and Too Close for Comfort.

Metromedia announced the sale of its television stations (which Metromedia's owner, John Kluge, had purchased from the now-defunct DuMont Television Network's founder, Dr. Allen B. DuMont, in 1958) and MPC on May 6, 1985 to News Corporation. The transactions became official on March 6, 1986, after which MPC's operations were absorbed into 20th Century Fox Television (now the current version of 20th Television).

While The Walt Disney Company's TV distribution unit, Disney-ABC Domestic Television (which absorbed the distribution duties of the former 20th Television on August 10, 2020), holds the distribution rights to a majority of the MPC catalogue, there are a few exceptions:

List of shows distributed by Metromedia Producers Corporation

Title Format Buyer Year(s)
Charlie's Angels Crime drama ABC 1976–1981
The Cross-Wits Game Shows Syndication 1975–1980
Dusty's Trail Western comedy Syndication 1973–1974
Dynasty Drama ABC 1981–1989
Family Drama ABC 1976–1980
Groovie Goolies Cartoon CBS 1970–1971
Hart to Hart Crime drama ABC 1979–1984
Jeopardy! (1964) Game Shows NBC 1964–1975
Mayberry RFD Comedy CBS 1968–1971
The Merv Griffin Show Talk Show Syndication 1972–1986
My Favorite Martian Comedy CBS 1963–1966
Small Wonder Comedy Syndication 1985–1989
Starsky & Hutch Crime drama ABC 1975–1979
Star Search Talent contest Syndication 1983–1995
Strike Force Crime drama ABC 1981–1982
S.W.A.T. Crime Drama ABC 1975–1976
That Girl Comedy ABC 1966–1971
Thicke of the Night Talk Show Syndication 1983–1984
T.J. Hooker Crime drama ABC 1982–1985
CBS 1985–1986
Too Close for Comfort Comedy ABC 1980–1983
Syndication 1984–1986
Truth or Consequences Game Shows Syndication 1966–1978
Vega$ Crime drama ABC 1978–1981

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