COMPANY OVERVIEW

COMPANY HISTORY

Ted Turner

For more than 40 years.

Turner Classic Movies

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.

The passion, creativity and daring that have shaped Turner Broadcasting from its earliest days are alive today in a company that remains a leader, an innovator and one of the great business success stories of our time.

Ted Turner speaking in public.    Channel 17 building

The Beginning

The acquisition in 1970 of Atlanta UHF channel 17 by R.E. "Ted" Turner launched a business, an industry, a media empire and a string of extraordinary "firsts."  In 1976, the company debuted the first national cable television network and named it The SuperStation.  Four years later, Turner Broadcasting invented 24-hour cable news with CNN, one of the world's most powerful, respected and honored media brands.

Classic Movies

In 1986, the company acquired the film library of the legendary movie studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  The library provided the programming foundation for TNT, which launched in 1988, just as the purchase of Hanna-Barbera Entertainment Co. in 1991 made possible Cartoon Network the following year.  Turner Classic Movies, the only commercial-free classic film network, bowed in 1994.

Brand Extension

The company grew exponentially during the '90s, extending its core news, entertainment and animation brands internationally while creating and acquiring new brands for the U.S. marketplace; building a successful home video, book-publishing and film-distribution arm; operating championship professional sports franchises; and dramatically expanding its scale and presence around the world.  In 1996, Turner Broadcasting was acquired by Time Warner Inc.

Digital Media

The company's leadership in digital media, established in the continuing success of the signature news and information site CNN.com, has grown in recent years to include the creation and management of digital businesses for longtime content partners the NBA, NASCAR and the PGA.  The Turner entertainment networks, now including truTV, operate robust online components.  And Turner's mobile business interests continue to gain scale in international markets.

Looking Toward the Future

In more than 40 years as a cornerstone of the cable television industry and an innovator of consumer and production technology, the company creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms in some 30 languages for people in more than 200 countries and territories around the world.  The Turner Broadcasting portfolio includes CNN/U.S., HLN, CNN International and CNN.com; TBS, TNT, Turner Classic Movies, truTV, and Turner Sports; Cartoon Network, Boomerang and Adult Swim; alongside regional international brands such as Cartoonito, Boing and Pogo; QTV, Glitz*, Infinito, Silver, Tabi and Mondo, among others.


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