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Does Paramount own the rights to all old CBS shows?

Discussion in 'TV on DVD and Blu-ray' started by Tom_mkfty, Mar 2, 2005.

  1. Tom_mkfty

    Tom_mkfty Stunt Coordinator

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    I have been reading about possible releases of season sanctioned
    Beverly Hillbillies DVDs.

    Maybe we will see Gunsmoke releases too.
     
  2. Jay Pennington

    Jay Pennington Screenwriter

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    The networks rarely own the shows they air. The production companies do.
     
  3. AndyMcKinney

    AndyMcKinney Cinematographer

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    Generally, yes. Unless CBS was the de-facto owner/producer at the time the series was made, then they would not own it.

    The above statement isn't quite 100 percent accurate though. There are a few cases where the network owns a show and hires an outside production company to produce it for them, as was the case with the 1960s-70s NBC game show "Concentration." Goodson-Todman produced the show, but NBC owned (and still owns) the format and the rights to the episodes themselves.

    These arrangements, however, are the exception rather than the norm.
     
  4. Jason Seaver

    Jason Seaver Lead Actor

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    Actually, nowadays, the network owning the shows is the rule rather than the exception, although it's often via seperate arms of the same large corporation (as in, NBC doesn't own Law & Order, Universal does, but they're both part of NBC Universal). Network ownership wasn't unheard of earlier, either; the rub was that networks weren't allowed to directly syndicate their shows' third-runs. So while CBS owned The Twilight Zone, they had to contract with another company to sell the reruns to local stations.
     
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    The networks did own most of their shows prior to legislation enacted in 1971 that prohibited them from ownership. So CBS syndication was spun off into Viacom, NBC was spun off to Republic and the ABC shows went to Worldvision. This off course did not include shows produced by outside studios, such as Universal, Columbia, MGM, UA and Fox. However, with all of the mergers that took place, Viacom, which now goes under the name of Paramount, owns CBS as well as Worldvision and Republic. So, in essence, Paramount owns the majority of the shows from all 3 networks. The fewest shows are from NBC, who did a great deal of business with Universal so that they never owned many of the shows on their network. But almost all of the shows CBS ran are now under the Paramount banner.
     

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