Spelling Entertainment Group Inc. (Specimen)

Spelling Entertainment Group Inc. (Specimen)
Item# 4286seg


Stock Certificate, specimen
Late 1900's
American Bank Note Company
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Aaron Spelling began writing for television in 1956, after serving with distinction in the Army Air Corps during World War II, graduating from Southern Methodist University, and working as an actor for a few years thereafter. As a writer for Four Star Productions, Spelling's first job was with the television show Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater, where he earned $125 a week. By 1959, Spelling was producing the show. When that series ended in 1962, Spelling had already begun producing other series, and in 1968 he teamed up with actor Danny Thomas to form Thomas-Spelling Productions. That year, Spelling introduced a cop show called The Mod Squad, which was picked up by the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) and would run for five years. In 1972, Spelling formed a new production company, Spelling-Goldberg Productions, with a new partner, Len Goldberg. Among that company's hit fare was the police drama S.W.A.T., which gained notoriety for its violent action sequences.

The 1970s were high point in Spelling's career as a producer. During this time, he created and produced a bevy of hit shows, including Starsky and Hutch, Charlie's Angels, The Love Boat, and Fantasy Island. Indeed, Spelling productions propelled ABC to the top of the television ratings charts throughout the 1970s. In 1976, Spelling also tried his hand at producing a relatively new type of show, the made-for-TV movie. The Boy in the Plastic Bubble, starring a young John Travolta, met with popular success.

In 1977, Aaron Spelling Productions, Inc., based in Los Angeles, was incorporated. Under that new corporate organization, Spelling scored another success with the 1981 premier of Dynasty, a night-time soap opera that would run for nine years. Spelling's behind the scenes debut in the world of motion pictures came in 1983, when he produced the hit Mr. Mom, starring Michael Keaton. Aaron Spelling Productions went public in 1986, while Dynasty and another hit series, Hotel, continued to garner impressive ratings. However, two new series, Finder of Lost Loves and The Colby's, the latter a spin off of Dynasty, met with lukewarm response and were soon cancelled. During this time Spelling continued to work on major motion pictures, producing three more films, none of which garnered the critical or popular success of Mr. Mom.

In the early 1990s, Beverly Hills, 90210, a prime time teen drama that featured among its cast of rich and beautiful teens Aaron Spelling's daughter, Tori, was the first in a string of television hits. Spun off from that program was another drama, Melrose Place, which was slightly steamier in content and aimed at a slightly older audience. This series become a mainstay of Rupert Murdoch's burgeoning Fox network.

Spelling Entertainment pursued television production opportunities for both network broadcast and syndication. In addition to placing reruns of Beverly Hills, 90201 and Melrose Place in syndication, the company formed Big Ticket Television to produce first-run comedies for syndication. In 1996 Big Ticket Television launched Moesha and its most successful syndicated show to date, Judge Judy, a real-life courtroom series in which a curmudgeonly California judge decided small claims cases and offered advice and opinions along the way. New shows for broadcast on the Warner Brothers WB network included the 1995 launch of Savannah, about four young southern women in New York City, and Club Paradise, a teen-drama set at a year-round resort. While the family drama Seventh Heaven received low marks from the critics, a solid viewer following kept the show in production.

In June of 1999, the company was purchased by the Paramount Television Group.

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