Lorimar was a TV production house, founded in 1969 by producer Lee Rich and Vegas entrepreneur (and Mafia front man
) Merv Adelson. Its first big hit was The Waltons
in 1972, but it's probably better remembered now for producing Dallas
and its spin-off Knots Landing
. Lorimar also produced the occasional Made-for-TV Movie
and owned a record label, and after buying Allied Artists
in 1980 they also dabbled in theatrical releases.
Lorimar merged with television syndicator Telepictures in 1986. By then, the studio was looking forward to competing with the majors. The combined Lorimar-Telepictures then acquired from Ted Turner the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
lot, for which many of its shows were shot. After making a deal with sitcom producers Miller/Boyett, Lorimar ventured into that genre after the merger, with shows like Full House
becoming the bulk of their output. They also pushed hard into feature films, which unlike TV, was not their forte (aside from hits such as Being There
and An Officer and a Gentleman
); this led to a falling out between Adelson and Rich, with the latter leaving Lorimar in 1986 to become chairman/CEO of MGM. Lorimar ended up bleeding money. Finally, in 1988, Warner Bros.
bought L-T, eventually combining Lorimar itself with Warner Bros. Television and keeping Telepictures on as a Talk Show
production division. As for the MGM lot, Warners sold that to Sony
, since Columbia Pictures
had been without a studio lot since 1972 and had been renting half of the Warner lot for all those years.
Shows produced by Lorimar and Lorimar-Telepictures include:DramasSitcomsGame ShowsAnimated