Charles King founds King World Productions and acquires the syndication rights to “The Little Rascals.”
Charles King dies, leaving the company to his six children. The company is led by Roger and Michael King.
Barry & Enright engage King World to assist distribution of “Tic Tac Dough” and “Joker’s Wild.”
Roger King and Michael King acquire the syndication rights to “Wheel of Fortune” from Merv Griffin Enterprises.
The syndicated version of “Wheel of Fortune” premieres on only 59 stations in small markets, but catches on very quickly.
The Kings launch a syndicated “Jeopardy!” as a companion to “Wheel of Fortune.” On the enormous success of both shows, King World goes public.
King World begins syndicating then-unknown Oprah Winfrey’s daytime talk show, birthing a media empire.
“Inside Edition,” King World’s first foray into producing, premieres.
“Martha Stewart Living” premieres.
With Whoopi Goldberg as the center square, King World brings “Hollywood Squares” back to syndication.
King World merges with CBS Television. Roger King is named CEO, CBS Enterprises and King World Productions, while Michael steps aside.
King World teams with Harpo Productions and Paramount Pictures to launch “Dr. Phil.”
King World Makes Mark on Television Landscape
Jan 19, 2004 • Post A Comment