Well, Universal owns NBC.
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Can anyone tell me (or direct me to a site) which big head honcho companies own which smaller companies? Ex.: I know CBS and MTV are owned by Viacom. I know Disney owns ABC. But I need something more comprehensive. Thank you.
Well, Universal owns NBC.
Try Googling 'Media company ownership'. That should turn up all the big guns and what they own.
If you know which parent companies you are interested in, you can also visit their websites and get info there.
The media conglomerates with a big US presence would be:
NBC-Universal (which is part of General Electric)
* Viacom used to own CBS; they spun it off a few years ago and they are now technically separate companies.
CBS isn't owned by Viacom anymore. It spun off into CBS Corporation.
With the old Viacom, you had:
CBS (CBS, CBS Productions, CBS Sports Line.com, King World, CSTV, UPN (Before The CW)
Showtime Networks (Showtime, The Movie Channel, FLIX, stake in Sundance Channel)
BET Networks (BET, BET Jazz, BET Gospel, anything BET owned)
MTV Networks (MTV, MTV 2, MTV U, VH1, CMT, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central (Time Warner owned 50% until 2003), Spike TV, TV Land, Nicktoons Network, The N, Noggin, Nick GAS, Various MTV Music themed digital channels, VH1 Classic, CMT Pure Country, TMF, MHD, Quizilla, Harmonix, Atom Films, iFilm)
Paramount Pictures Group (Paramount Pictures, Paramount Television, Dreamworks SKG, Dreamworks Television (although Distributed by CBS Paramount TV), Republic Pictures, United International Pictures (with Universal))
Simon and Schuster (Pocket Books, MTV Books)
Paramount Parks (sold off)
Now, it's kind of like this:
The CW (Time Warner has 50% Stake)
Simon and Schuster
CBS Paramount Television (CBS Television Distribution)
CBS TV Stations
CBS Home Entertainment
CSTV (to be renamed)
mtn. (with Comcast)
The New CBS Records
Paramount Pictures Motion Picture Group
Famous Music (now owned by Sony)
Meanwhile, News Corp has:
Fox Entertainment Group (FX, Fox Movie Channel, Fox Sports Network (Detroit, Chicago, except some networks owned by Liberty Media, TV Guide Network (50% owned with TV Guide), Fuel TV, SPEED Channel, Fox News Network, Fox Business Network, Fox Reality, SportsSouth, etc.)
20th Century Fox (Fox Atomic, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Fox 2000 Pictures, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, 20th Century Fox Animation, 20th Century Fox Television, Fox TV Studios, Regency Television, Blue Sky Studios)
Hulu (with NBCU)
Fox TV Stations
XYZ Networks (50%)
Fox Kids Network (owned by Disney)
Fox Family Worldwide (Disney, again)
DirecTV stake (Liberty Media)
Fox Kids/Saban library (Disney Once Again)
ABC (ABC Studios, ABC Kids, ABC News)
ESPN (80%, with Hearst)
Lifetime (50& with Hearst, Lifetime Movie Network, Lifetime Real Women, Lifetime Radio)
A&E Television Networks (37.5% with Hearst and NBC Universal), (A&E, History Channel, Biography Channel, History International))
Walt Disney Pictures
Walt Disney Television Animation
Disney-ABC Television Group (SOAPnet, ABC Family, Toon Disney/Jetix, Disney Channel)
NBC Universal (General Electric owns 80% and Vivendi SA owns 20%):
NBC (NBC Studios, NBC TV Stations, qubo (with Big Idea, Nelvana, Scholastic, and Classic Media)
Universal Media Studios (NBC Universal TV Distribution, Universal Animation Studios)
NBC Universal TV Networks (CNBC, MSNBC, USA, Sci-Fi, Oxygen, Telemundo, Mun2, Sleuth, Chiller)
Universal Pictures (Focus Features and Rouge Pictures)
Universal Studios Parks (Florida, Hollywood, Singapore, Japan, etc.)
Sony Pictures Inc. (MGM (with Comcast and other partners), Columbia Pictures, Tri-Star Pictures, Sony Pictures Classics, Sony Pictures Television, Sony Pictures Animation, Screen Gems, Destination Films, Triumph Pictures, Adelaide Productions, Culver Entertainment)
GSN (with Liberty Media)
Sony-BMG Music Group (with BMG)
Sony Playstation (Yes Playstation 1,2,3, PSP, all of them)
Starz Media (Film Roman, Starz Home Ent. Manga Entertainment)
Starz Ent. Group (Starz Movie Channels, Encore)
Discovery Networks (most of it, except Travel Channel, which sold it off to Cox Communications)
Time Warner (2.1%, or something like that, bought stake when TW purchased Turner in 1995')
Court TV (sold to Time Warner in 2006, their half 50%)
Time Warner Inc (Started in 1989 when Time Inc. married (bought) Warner Communications for $14 (I think) Billion, and HBO, Time Inc. and Warner Bros. was together):
AOL (Moviefone, Bebo, Advertising.com, In2TV (with Warner Bros.), TMZ.com (with Telepictures), Truveo, Game Daily, icq, etc.)
Time Warner Cable (SportsNet New York, R News, Metro Sports)
Time Inc. (TIME Magazine, Sports Illustrated, LIFE, Entertainment Weekly, People, check Time Warner's Time page)
Turner Broadcasting (started in 1970, by Ted Turner, had its first network, TBS in 1976, and then CNN and Headline News (then, CNN 2) in 1980 and 1982. Turner had also bought MGM/UA in Early 1986, and sold it again 74 days later, but kept the library, including the pre-1986 MGM library and cartons (except some films), some pre-1952 UA material, Warner Bros.' pre-1948 library of movies and cartoons, and the Popeye 1933-1957 library.
TNT was started because of the MGM library (mostly). Then, in 1991, Hanna-Barbera, its library and the Ruby-Spears library (50%, until 1993, when Turner bought out an investor's group stake) had joined Turner Ent., which started Cartoon Network. Turner bought New Line Cinema and Castle Rock Entertainment in 1993. Then, during the 1995-1997 period, Time Warner bought out Turner Broadcasting, with Warner Bros. having the biggest library in the world).
WPCH (Peachtree TV)
CNN Airport Network
Turner Classic Movies
NBA TV (a good stake and also runs the network)
Cartoon Network Studios
Cartoon Network/Boomerang Worldwide Group
TNT Lain America
Nuts TV (with IPC Media, another TW owned company)
Acquired from Claxson in 2006:
Fashion TV Latin America
Very Funny Ads
Adult Swim Video
The Smoking Gun
HBO Networks (HBO, Cinemax, HBO Films, HBO Video)
Warner Bros. Entertainment:
Warner Bros. Pictures Group (Warner Bros. Pictures, New Line Cinema, Warner Independent Pictures, Picturehouse)
Warner Bros. Pictures International
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group (Warner Home Video, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (Warner Bros. Games, Tt Games, Monlolith Games, 10% stake in SCi/Eidos Inc.), Warner Premiere, WB Digital Distribution)
Warner Bros. Television Group (Warner Bros. Television, Warner Horizon Television, Warner Bros. Animation (Hanna-Barbera Studios library and pre-1991 Ruby-Spears library (a couple), Studio 2.0, Warner Bros. Television Distribution, KidsWB! ,The CW (50% with CBS), Telepictures Productions)
DC Comics (MAD Magazine, Vertigo, Zuda Comics, CMX, Vertigo,
Turner Entertainment (MGM Pre-1986 library and cartoons (except some))
Hope that helps.
Last edited by Nexonius; 03-29-2008 at 11:36 AM.
Nothing to say.
I love how Warner is an absolute cluster with little to no control over their many limbs. It's mostly because of that reason that Adult Swim was allowed to come into being, and allowed to do so many things that no other network would even consider.
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