Cult TV: The Golden Age of ITC by Robert Sellers (UK, 2006). Over the next few years, ITC went from a prosperous British film and television concern to a tiny company that could only get by on distributing their extensive library and meager little productions (mostly TV movies). ITC could sell the show in syndication, but that required an expensive sales operation and earned back the money unevenly over a lengthy period. ITC is best known for being the company behind many successful British cult TV filmed series during the 1960s and 1970s, such as The Saint, Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased), Danger Man, The Baron, Gideon's Way, The Champions, The Prisoner, Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons, Stingray, Joe 90, Man in a Suitcase, Strange Report, Department S, The Persuaders!, Jason King, The Adventurer, The Protectors, Space 1999, and Return of the Saint. The Adventures Of Robin Hood ran on CBS, as did Danger Man (retitled as Secret Agent) and The Prisoner. While ITC was moving into film and reducing its involvement in TV series, it continued to produce new series. Their first release, The Muppet Movie, was a resounding success at the box-office (primarily thanks to an empty market for family movies from people other than Disney), and it seemed AFD and ITC were set for the future. Grade and Mandell had a long association with Gerry and Sylvia Anderson. Ten days after the movie’s release, Fox Animation Studios was shut down, and eventually replaced with Blue Sky Studios. It also co-produced The Phantom and A Very Brady Sequel.[10]. Distribution only; produced by, direct-to-video release with English dubbing. The US TV market was undergoing big changes in the 1970s. The new company name became Associated Television (ATV). Can't Stop the Music , designed to be a showcase for Village People at the height of disco music, was released 20 June 1980, by which time disco's popularity had diminished and the form was experiencing a backlash from music listeners. The ITC logo preceded and followed the original broadcasts of, The Original Zoot Ending Shot with ITC logo from Season 1, The Original Alternate Rowlf Ending Shot with ITC logo from, The Original Orchestra Ending Shot with ITC logo from Season 2, The Original Zoot Ending Shot with ITC logo from Season 2. In the following period, ITC continued to distribute its past library. ITV Studios continues to release ITC's original output through television and internet streaming repeats, books and DVD and Blu-ray releases. PolyGram Filmed Entertainment was a British-American film studio founded in 1980 which became a European competitor to Hollywood, but was eventually sold to Seagram Company Ltd. in 1998 and was folded in 1999. Balter advised ITC to sack Landau and Bain, but didn't want to move to the UK. ITC produced and distributed a wide range of content across both film and television, over several decades. [22], Today, the underlying rights are generally owned by ITV Studios Global Entertainment via ITV plc and its respective predecessors, although in most cases Shout! [7], Top 10 Things Hollywood Still Gets Wrong About Society. By the end of the 1950s they started to move on from the historical genre to contemporary action adventure, with Danger Man(1959-60). To reflect the change, ITC became "ITC Entertainment" in September 1976. Ultimately, Grade wound up getting into ITV anyway, when one of the consortiums (who had won the prime London weekend contract) ran into financial difficulties, and Grade subsequently bought a majority stake in the company. Programmes were made in several facilities but most notably at ABPC's Elstree film studios (not to be confused with ATV's nearby Clarendon Road Studios, Borehamwood studios which was a live/videotape facility, and now known as BBC Elstree). ITC had to sell Space: 1999 in syndication. The financial losses were too much for the production company to handle, and the film’s failure resulted in the sale of the film division, Associated Film Distribution, to Universal Pictures. [12] [13] with Grade once again returning to ITC to act as a consultant until his death in December 1998. She hired many blacklisted Hollywood writers to work on Robin Hood. Grade announced a $6 million investment in films in 1974, and in September 1976 he announced an $100 million commitment to new films (plus $60 million for new TV). AP Films or APF, later becoming Century 21 Productions, was a British independent film production company of the 1950s until the early 1970s. [16] In early January 1999, Carlton Communications bought the ITC television and film library from PolyGram/Seagram for £91 million, which reunited the programme library of ATV and Central Television and doubled the stock of its library division Carlton International, by giving it a total of 15,000 hours of programming. At the time, he remarked that “it would have been cheaper to lower the Atlantic.”, The remaining assets of ITC focused on television, but financial issues and other problems ultimately resulted in the closure of ITC, which became defunct in 1998.[6]. Freiberger's proposed changes were accepted, and the second series was commissioned. Holmes à Court announces reverse takeover at Bell.Richard Battley. To make the movie, Coppola bought the rights himself when MGM’s budget was too low for him. 1980, however, seemed to be disaster after disaster for ITC and AFD. Scripts in particular had to be written fast and on many shows were notoriously late. Selling series to networks became more difficult, while selling shows to individual US stations ("syndication") became a growing market. [17] In 2004, Carlton merged with Granada plc to form ITV plc. Describing the movie as a box office failure doesn’t seem harsh enough, considering how badly this movie performed. Grade realised the potential in overseas sales and colour television (the last 14 episodes of The Adventures of Sir Lancelot were filmed in colour a decade before colour television existed in the UK), [18] and ITC combined high production values with exotic locations and uses of variations on the same successful formula for the majority of its television output. "Trapped in the Sky" is the first episode of Thunderbirds, a British Supermarionation television series created by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson and produced by their company AP Films (APF) for ITC Entertainment (ITC). FX/SFX: The spinning diamonds, and the zooming out of "ITC". The Times, Wednesday, 11 January 1995; pg. Richard Battley. At a time of declining cinema audiences and with ITC's poor track record, ACC began to suffer major losses. The Incorporated Television Company, or ITC (or in later years, ITC Entertainment) was one of Britain's finest film and television production companies, creating tons of long-running hits shows, including most of Gerry Anderson's "Supermarionation" projects and much of Jim Henson's output in the 1970s and early 80s. Category page. 'Ghost Squad' was made at the Independent Artists Studio in Beaconsfield. Although British made, the ITC series were equally targeted at the American and international market, earning over £100 million in international sales. [10] In 1990, ITC abandoned television production and concentrated on low-budget feature films. The Incorporated Television Company was formed with this specific objective in mind. Starting from 1971, networks were subject to new regulations. This is a list of films produced and/or released by American film studio TriStar Pictures. — completed in 1978, but only released that year, likely as an aftereffect of its Troubled Production — also flopped, with Grade himself commenting that "it would've been cheaper to lower the Atlantic."