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United Artists Television was an American television production/distribution studio of United Artists Corporation that was formed in 1956. The company is remembered for producing series such as This Man Dawson, The Outer Limits, Gilligan's Island, My Mother the Car, The Fugitive, The New Phil Silvers Show, thirtysomething, and The Patty Duke Show. In 2014 UATV returned to full time production under the new management of United Artists Media Group, led in part by husband-and-wife producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett.
UA purchased Associated Artists Productions (a.a.p.) in 1958, giving UA access to the pre-1950 Warner Bros. library and the Popeye cartoons made by Fleischer Studios and Famous Studios between 1933 and 1957.
In 1960, United Artists purchased Ziv Television Programs, including the 20% share still held by chair of the board, Frederick Ziv, and president, John L. Sinn, for $20 million. The newly merged production company was renamed Ziv-United Artists.
United Artists had never been very successful in television, having placed only two series in prime time, The Troubleshooters (1959—1960) and The Dennis O'Keefe Show (1959—1960). This pattern continued after the merger. Ziv-UA produced 12 pilots during the first year and failed to sell any of them. though Aubrey Schenck's Miami Undercover lasted one season in 1961.
In 1962, the company phased out Ziv Television operations and changed its name back to United Artists Television. In the same year, the American Broadcasting Company premiered a successful prime time television show called The ABC Sunday Night Movie in competition to NBC's successful Saturday Night at the Movies. The first season featured the release of many United Artists films with some episodes containing featurettes promoting upcoming UA cinema releases.
United Artists Television had several shows such as Stoney Burke (1962), The Patty Duke Show (1963), The Outer Limits (1963), Hollywood and the Stars (1963), The Fugitive (1963), The Hollywood Palace (1964), and Gilligan's Island (1964).
After The Mothers-in-Law was cancelled in 1969, the studio decided to focus presenting their movie library on television and rerunning their classics after years of still being unsuccessful in television production.
In 1981, MGM merged with UA to create MGM/UA Entertainment Co. As a result, their respective television units combined as well, becoming MGM/UA Entertainment Co. Television (or just simply MGM/UA Television) in 1982. The "United Artists Television" name was eventually phased out around 1983 in favor of the "MGM/UA Television" banner, although UA itself continued to produce television shows until 1995.
In September 2014, MGM acquired a 55% controlling interest in One Three Media and Lightworkers Media, both operated by Hollywood producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey. The two companies will be consolidated into a new film and television company, United Artists Media Group. Burnett will be UA's CEO and Downey will become president of Lightworkers Media. Hearst Entertainment (an investor in Burnett and Downey's entertainment assets) will also acquire a minority stake in UA through this deal. Through this acquisition, UA now holds the rights to Burnett's reality show franchises The Voice, Survivor, The Apprentice, and Shark Tank.
|World of Giants||1959||Syndication||produced by Ziv Television Programs|
|Tales of the Vikings||1959-1960|
|The Troubleshooters||1959–1960||NBC||produced by Ziv Television Programs|
|The Dennis O'Keefe Show||1959–1960||CBS|
|Men into Space||1959–1960||CBS||produced by Ziv Television Programs|
|Miami Undercover||1961||Syndication||produced by Ziv Television Programs|
|The Outer Limits||1963–1965||ABC|
|The Fugitive||1963–1967||ABC||overall rights to show now owned by CBS Television Distribution due to buyout of original syndicator/owner Worldvision|
|The Patty Duke Show||1963–1966||ABC|
|East Side/West Side||1963–1964||CBS|
|The New Phil Silvers Show||1963–1964||CBS|
|Hollywood and the Stars||1963||NBC|
|Gilligan's Island||1964–1967||CBS||UA's stake in the show now owned by WB/Turner|
|My Mother the Car||1965–1966||NBC|
|The Milton Berle Show||1966–1967||ABC|
|It's About Time||1966-1967||CBS|
|The Pink Panther Show||1969–1979||NBC/ABC|