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Channel Hop

Meatwad: Won't you ask that TV if he minds showing me some Futurama? I like me some Futurama.
Master Shake: Well now we're too damn cheap to receive it, so go the hell over to Carl Central and watch it to your heart's content!
Meatwad: Carl gets Futurama?
Master Shake: He didn't even want it until we started watching it!

Television shows are usually not directly owned by a particular channel, although once they have a contract to air the show they often have some creative control of it. The only exception is first-run syndicated shows that are owned entirely by the production company and distributed to individual stations, regardless of their network affiliation. At other times a show might be owned and produced by a specific network but the rights to air it were bought out by another network. It's a complicated business where all that matters sometimes is the bottom line.

Just like sports teams, there are many reasons for a show to switch from one place to another.
  • Contract Buy-Outs: The show is exceptionally popular and when a contract expires two or more channels bid for new seasons.
  • Vindicated by History: The ratings weren't high enough on one channel so they didn't renew it for a new season. Another channel grabbed the show up (sometimes after a move to reruns in syndication) and it moved over.
    • And just like the trope, it may be poorly performing on one channel while on another channel it skyrockets in popularity. Of course, a 3.5 rating on ABC is cancel-worthy; a 3.5 rating on USA is cause for celebration.
  • Behind-the-Scenes Politics: Waning interest in the show and a network makes a great offer, sometimes a package deal with a selection of other shows.
  • Vertical Integration: Certain shows are saved only because their production companies happen to be under common ownership with another network. Shows produced by an in-house company can be sold to other networks for their airtime, thus the hop is more of a "coming home."

Note that this only counts new episodes; else, the sheer number of places they've shown Looney Tunes reruns would make the page overflow. Channels calling episodes "premieres" when they know full well that they originally aired somewhere else are telling you Blatant Lies — slightly more honest ones might use the Weasel Words "network premiere".


Examples:

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     From ABC to... 
  • The Danny Thomas Show (aka Make Room for Daddy) jumped from ABC to CBS in 1957.
  • T.J. Hooker was cancelled after four seasons by ABC, CBS picked up season five and aired the new episodes in its 11:30PM Crimetime After Primetime slot.
  • Sister Sister from ABC to The WB.
  • Family Matters from ABC to CBS.
  • Step by Step made the ABC to CBS move at the exact same time as Family Matters. Neither lasted more than one season on the new channel.
  • The Critic from ABC to FOX (Lampshaded: "I used to have a big show on ABC — for about a week!") to Comedy Central to "webisodes" on the Internet (also made fun of on the first "webisode").
  • Rocky and Bullwinkle started on ABC in 1959 as Rocky and His Friends, then moved to NBC in 1961 where it was retitled The Bullwinkle Show. It ran in prime time for two years and Saturday morning for one more. It then moved back to ABC in 1964 for eight years in reruns until it was syndicated and given the title it is now best known by. It was also syndicated in 30-minute components as Rocky and His Friends and in 15-minute components as The Rocky Show.
  • Whose Line Is It Anyway? (American) from ABC to ABC Family. Although all of its content was taped before the move, there were unaired episodes still in the can, as well as enough raw footage that the producers could create "new" shows several years after taping ended.
    • The new run of the show airs on The CW.
  • Clueless the TV series, moved from ABC to UPN after it's first season.
  • ReBoot from ABC to Cartoon Network, with 6 years or so between them. Apparently ReBoot was canceled solely because ABC was bought out by Disney, who wanted purely Disney owned programming, which Reboot did not fit. The third season was produced in syndication through Canadian channels and the US didn't get that season until Cartoon Network picked it up two years later. Being Vindicated by Reruns, that paved the way for a fourth season.
  • The Hughleys moved from ABC to UPN in 2000.
  • When Taxi was cancelled by ABC, NBC picked it up; it ran for one more season. They kept it at Thursday Nights at 9:00, and ran ads with Danny DeVito saying "Same time, better station!"
  • After Muppets Tonight did bad in the ratings, the show moved to Disney Channel.
  • Sabrina the Teenage Witch moved from ABC to The WB.
  • Aaron Sorkin briefly contemplated moving Sports Night to HBO.
  • Teamo Supremo started on ABC and moved to Toon Disney after One Saturday Morning went defunct.
  • Webster moved from ABC to first-run syndication.
  • It's a Living to syndication.
  • Monday Night Football moved from ABC to ESPN after NBC bought the rights to the primetime game-of-the week package and moved it to Sunday.
  • Cougar Town moved to TBS in 2013.
  • Recess began on ABC, but from September 1999 to July 2000, new episodes would air on ABC and UPN (Season three on ABC, season four on UPN). September 2000 had new episodes only premiere on ABC (Reruns would air on UPN for Disney's One Too), and in 2001, new episodes premiered on UPN (ABC still reran the series until 2005).
  • Wonder Woman started on ABC, until the network decided it was too expensive to keep producing a historical series set in the 1940s. It was immediately picked up by CBS, who also changed the setting to the (then) modern day.
  • The Naked Truth from ABC to NBC.
  • The Wonderful World of Disney is an interesting case. It moved from ABC to NBC, then to CBS, back to ABC, then back to NBC, and then ABC again, though permanently this time since it's owned by Disney.
  • The Weekenders, Teacher's Pet, and Lloyd in Space began on ABC, but all three shows moved to Toon Disney in 2002 once One Saturday Morning became ABC Kids.
  • Clerks: The Animated Series sadly only aired two of its six episodes on ABC following its swift cancellation. In 2003, Comedy Central picked up the series and aired all of the episodes.
  • When soap operas All My Children and One Life to Live were canned, they attempted to move to internet syndication. However, problems with the distributor, Prospect Park, caused both productions to shut down.
  • Family Feud began on ABC and after its cancellation was revived by CBS. Each version had a concurrent syndicated version, the second of which stayed on for a few years after CBS cancelled it. The series was revived again strictly for syndication. The two primetime Celebrity Family Feud runs were also on NBC and ABC respectively.
  • Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? went from ABC to syndication.
  • In May of 2016, ABC cancelled Nashville after four seasons. Just under a month later, CMT picked up the series for a fifth season.
  • The Bionic Woman moved from ABC to NBC for its third season. In a situation that remains unique for US network TV, Richard Anderson and Martin E. Brooks continued to play their characters Oscar Goldman and Rudy Wells on both Bionic Woman and the parent series, The Six Million Dollar Man, which continued to air on ABC. However, ABC would not allow Lee Majors to appear as Steve Austin on the NBC show, ending those crossovers until three reunion TV movies were later produced.

     From CBS to... 
  • Tom Corbett, Space Cadet (based on the Robert A. Heinlein novel Space Cadet) is the Most Triumphant Example of this trope, having started on CBS, moved to ABC, then to NBC, then to Du Mont, then back to NBC all from 1950-1955.
  • The 1950s game show Pantomime Quiz had it just as bad. It started on CBS, moved to NBC, went back to CBS, moved to DuMont, went back again to CBS, then to ABC, then back a third time to CBS before finally ending its run on ABC. It along with Tom Corbett, Space Cadet enjoy the distinction of appearing on every national network available in the US at that time. A modern program would have to conduct dozens, if not hundreds of channel hops to match that today.
  • Charles in Charge from CBS to syndication.
  • The Joker's Wild and Tic-Tac-Dough from CBS to syndication.
  • Hee Haw from CBS to syndication.
  • Search For Tomorrow from CBS to NBC.
  • Edge of Night from CBS to ABC.
  • Password started on CBS, then was canceled and revived on ABC. It was canceled and revived again on NBC as Password Plus, then later Super Password. It came full circle back to CBS, revived as Million Dollar Password nearly 20 years after Super Password was canceled and over 40 years since Password first debuted on CBS.
  • Ghost Whisperer was supposed to jump to ABC for the 2010-11 season but Jennifer Love Hewitt turned down an offer to return for another season so the show was canceled instead.
  • Flashpoint moved from CBS to ION effective October 18, 2011.
  • Airwolf from CBS to USA Network for its final season.
  • The $10,000 Pyramid to ABC. It was later retitled The $20,000 Pyramid and returned to CBS as The $25,000 Pyramid.
  • Scooby-Doo originated on CBS then moved to ABC in 1976. Episodes have since premiered on The WB, The CW, Cartoon Network, and even home video.
  • Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures to Fox. The new DIC-produced episodes were received so poorly that Fox replayed the far better Hanna-Barbera episodes aired the season before on CBS.
  • Forever Knight started out as part of CBS's "Crime Time After Prime Time" rotation. When deals were made for Letterman to move into that timeslot, the first season was rerun for almost a second season's worth of time to keep the slot occupied. The show then moved to syndication for its second season, and to a rare combination of airing in syndication *and* on USA for a third season.
    • Many fans came to regret that third season seal, as USA reportedly demanded younger cast members be added and focused on, to the detriment of the established cast. (Jon Kapelos stated at the time that *he* left because from the original pilot to the end of the second season, he'd been playing his character for six years and wanted a change.)
  • Supergirl will move from CBS to the CW for its second season. Reportedly, its budget will also be cut somewhat, and filming will move from Los Angeles to Vancouver.

     From NBC to... 
  • JAG from NBC to CBS, where it ran for nine more seasons and spun off the even more successful NCIS (and the rest is history).
  • Baywatch from NBC to syndication (like JAG above, a rare instance where the series took off after its Channel Hop).
  • The early game show Masquerade Party may hold the record for most channel hops. It started on NBC, then it moved to CBS. After a brief hiatus, it returned to CBS, then it moved to ABC, returned to NBC, moved to CBS, then it went back again to NBC, then back yet again to CBS before ending its run on NBC. Fourteen years later, it was revived for one season in syndication.
  • Concentration from NBC to syndication.
    • Then later, back to NBC.
  • Diff'rent Strokes from NBC to ABC for its final season.
  • For Your Love from NBC to The WB.
  • In the Heat of the Night, from NBC to CBS for the last two seasons and four movies.
  • The Hogan Family, from NBC to CBS in its final season.
  • Scrubs moved from NBC to ABC in 2008. Apparently some people were confused because ABC owned the show anyway, so it was a strange instance of being owned by one network and aired by another (see also Caroline in the City, which though shown on NBC was made by CBS Productions).
  • Medium from NBC to CBS in September 2009, cozied between Ghost Whisperer and NUMB3RS; before it moved, it was the last CBS-produced show that wasn't on CBS or The CW (which CBS owns half of).
  • Passions and Friday Night Lights both went from NBC to The 101 on DirecTV (a US satellite provider, for those non-US tropers here).
  • Get Smart moved from NBC to CBS for its fifth and final season.
  • The Snorks was on NBC for two seasons. After a year-long hiatus, it jumped to syndication for two more.
  • Southland from NBC to TNT.
  • Late Night With David Letterman went from NBC to CBS in 1994, but because NBC owned the rights to the "Late Night" name and intellectual property, the show was renamed Late Show With David Letterman. In the early years, Late Show was very similar to Late Night, but as Letterman grew into the timeslot, the show began to emulate the Johnny Carson-era Tonight Show.
  • I'll Fly Away had a Made-for-TV Movie produced for PBS after cancellation by NBC.
  • Law & Order: Criminal Intent's seventh season was its first after moving to USA.
  • What do Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and The Little Drummer Boy have in common? They were all Rankin/Bass Productions specials that aired originally on NBC, and their rebroadcasts all moved on to other networks when NBC lost the licenses to the specials. Rudolph would move to CBS in 1972 and remains there to this day, while The Little Drummer Boy moved to CBS in 1985, to ABC in 1989, and finally to ABC Family (now Freeform) in 2006.note 

    However, NBC got the last laugh in the end. Come 2016, and NBCUniversal reached a deal to acquire both specials' rights-holders, DreamWorks Animation. Thus, not only does NBC own the rights to these specials along with other pre-1974 R-B works, but CBS and Freeform were put in a situation that could lead to them losing the broadcast rights to these specials along with every other pre-1974 Rankin/Bass special they may have as well.
  • Silver Spoons and Punky Brewster both jumped from NBC to syndication (both shows, along with ABC to CBS jumper Family Matters, were produced by David Duclon). In the case of Punky, the move was a lot more complicated (see "Production Company Examples")
  • Conan O'Brien from NBC to TBS after some serious Executive Meddling.
  • The Father Dowling Mysteries from NBC to ABC.
  • The Ghost and Mrs. Muir from NBC to ABC.
  • The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd from NBC to Lifetime.
  • The Price Is Right (original version) and Missing Links to ABC.
  • Match Game landed on CBS four years after NBC canceled it, had a syndicated daily edition in 1979 (a nighttime edition ran concurrently and started in 1975), then it reappeared on NBC in 1983 as The Match Game-Hollywood Squares Hour, then on ABC in 1990 as simply Match Game, and then another syndicated edition appeared in 1998.
  • You Don't Say! was rebooted for ABC six years after NBC dropped it.
  • Mama's Family went to first-run syndication after one year on NBC.
  • The daytime version of Wheel of Fortune moved from NBC (where it began in 1975) to CBS in 1989, then back to NBC for a few more months in 1991 before it was canceled. (The current syndicated version began in 1983.)
  • Community from NBC to the Internet (Yahoo! Screen) after season 5.
  • Hallmark Hall of Fame started airing on NBC in 1951, then the network cancelled it in 1978 and the program alternated with ABC and CBS for the next 36 years. However in the summer of 2014, it was announced that the series would end its run on broadcast television and would become a Hallmark Channel original program.
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt was picked up by NBC for the 2015 midseason, then suddenly hopped to Netflix when it was offered a two full-season deal from the get-go. Though it's not quite the trope since this happened before the show even began production.
  • The Miss USA Pageant, which was broadcast on NBC for many years, moved to the Reelz Channel (on cable) starting in July 2015 after NBCUniversal cut ties with the pageant's owner, Donald Trump, over derogatory comments he made towards Mexican immigrants.
  • Fame from NBC to first-run syndication after season 2. Ironically, only the NBC seasons have been released on DVD to this day.
  • The US versions of The Weakest Link and Deal or No Deal went from NBC to syndication.
  • Underdog ran for two seasons on NBC, then two seasons on CBS, then went immediately back to NBC for reruns. The belated final season also aired on NBC.
  • The daytime version of Let's Make a Deal moved from NBC to ABC. Later on in the ABC run, the series had a weekly syndicated version which would be revived twice after the network show went off the air. Two brief revivals were tried on NBC before CBS picked it up.
  • Matlock from NBC to ABC starting with its seventh season.

     From FOX to... 

     From The WB / The CW to... 
In addition to the listed examples, all shows retained by The CW after the WB/UPN merger switched stations in some markets, as The CW inherited stations from both UPN and The WB.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer moved from The WB to UPN after its fifth season. This temporarily put a halt to crossovers with its spinoff Angel, which remained on The WB.
  • Johnny Test left The WB at the end of the first season and went to Canada's Teletoon and Cartoon Network at the same time.
  • Roswell moved from The WB to UPN after its second season, at the same time as Buffy.
  • Mission Hill, The Oblongs, and Baby Blues, respectively. Only eight of each series' single 13-episode seasons note  aired on The WB. Thanks to managerial changes following the AOL Time Warner merger which caused the Turner networks to "play nice" with The WB, [adult swim] managed to air the remaining episodes of each series in 2002.
  • Xiaolin Showdown moved from Kids' WB and Cartoon Network to Disney XD when it was revived as Xiaolin Chronicles. This is due to production relocating to Canada in addition to change of studios from Warner Bros. Animation to ActionFilks Media Corp/Genao Productions along with most cast members being replaced as well (with the notable exceptions being Tara Strong, who voiced Omi and Jennifer Hale, who voiced Katnappe). Not only that, the Shen Gong Wu had to be renamed as a result of relocation due to Warner Bros. still owning the names of them from Showdown.
    • Averted in the UK and Ireland as Chronicles aired on Cartoon Network, like its predecessor.
  • Pokémon moved from Kids WB to Cartoon Network beginning with the start of its ninth season "Battle Frontier". The hop was simultaneous with the replacement of the voice cast.

     From a Cable Channel to... 
  • Doug from Nickelodeon to Disney's ABC.
  • This happens with a lot of sister/parent networks, as they often show the same shows at the same time. Kappa Mikey was produced solely for Nicktoons Network, but because it was controlled by their larger parent network Nickelodeon, new episodes sometimes premiered there first. When episodes stopped airing on Nick but continued on Nicktoons, some took this to mean it was canceled. It never had a consistent airing schedule either, and time will tell if it gets syndicated somewhere else.
  • WWE Raw from USA to TNN/Spike TV, and then back to USA.
    • WWE SmackDown itself network hopped, from UPN to The CW, then to MyNetworkTV, and again to Syfy. The show hopped yet again in January 2016, this time to the USA Network, meaning that both major weekly primetime WWE series are on the same network.
    • Sunday Night HEAT went from USA to MTV, then it joined Raw on Spike tv for a few years before becoming an international and internet only show for the last years of its life.
  • TNA Impact went from Fox Sports Net to a brief period of being Web Original to Spike TV to Destination America to Pop.
  • The Outer Limits (1995) also moved from Showtime to the Sci-Fi channel for it's seventh and final season. (The producers of SG-1 were already known for the 90s Outer Limits when the show started)
  • Project Runway moved from Bravo to Lifetime after the fifth season.
  • 6teen, in America, had a brief stint on Nickelodeon before being booted over to Cartoon Network.
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars. As a result of Disney's acquisition of Lucasfilm, fans speculated that the show was going to do this from Cartoon Network to Disney XD beginning in the sixth season, but it will instead be released on Netflix.
  • Naruto, from Naruto on Cartoon Network to Naruto Shippuden on Disney XD and then, to much rejoicing, [adult swim].
  • Phineas and Ferb is a rather odd example. From the second season onward, new episodes moved from Disney Channel to Disney XD, however it still airs regularly on the former which still treats it as its own series and airs brand new episodes anywhere from a week to a month after its sister network.
  • Damages from FX to The 101 on DirecTV.
  • Madeline from HBO to The Family Channel (now ABC Family) to ABC to Disney Channel. It then moved to CBS' KOL Secret Slumber Party slot.
  • American broadcasts of Doctor Who moved from Syfy to BBC America (who had repeat rights previously) after New Series 4.
  • American broadcasts of Torchwood moved from Syfy to Starz with the Starz co-produced Miracle Day. Starz saw a big subscriber jump as a result of the move.
  • Stargate SG-1 moved from Showtime to the Sci-Fi Channel after its fifth season.
  • Nashville Star hopped from USA Network to NBC for its sixth and final season.
  • In Mexico, Garfield and Friends channel hopped from Cartoon Network to Boomerang. This is technically a minor example since Boomerang is usually where old Cartoon Network shows end up, and both channels are owned by Time-Warner.
  • The American rights to broadcast the English Premier League went from a joint venture between ESPN and Fox to NBCUniversal, beginning with the 2013 season. Most matches are shown on the NBC Sports network, with a few shown on NBC proper, and Spanish language on Telemundo.
  • It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The League, Legit, and Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell will all make the hop from FX to its new comedy-oriented spinoff channel FXX in Fall 2013. While it's understandable that FX wants to spruce up hype about the new channel, it's rather rare to see so many shows from one channel leave for another, let alone seeing all of them end up at the same destination. Read more about it here.
  • In America, Braceface went from ABC Family (Which was still known as Fox Family when the first few episodes premieres) to Disney Channel.
  • Totally Spies! from ABC Family to Cartoon Network after the second season. The same thing happened in South East Asia, where it aired on Disney Channel then moved to Nickelodeon in the 2010's.
  • Digimon Fusion will now be premiering on Nicktoons after Nickelodeon tried the show, and gave up after two episodes.
  • Transformers Prime aired on The Hub Network until the channel was bought back by Discovery from Hasbro and rebranded into Discovery Family. Prime's sequel series, Transformers: Robots in Disguise, will instead premiere on Cartoon Network. The companion series Rescue Bots and reruns of the original Generation 1 cartoon still air on Discovery Family.
  • Dragon Ball Z Kai went from airing on Nicktoons to [adult swim]'s Toonami, which had the fortunate side-effect of reversing much of the censorship.
  • Star vs. the Forces of Evil, from its sneak preview on Disney Channel, to its official airing on its sister network Disney XD.
    • After its first season, Gravity Falls moved premieres to Disney XD.
    • These moves were most likely because Disney Channel's highest-rated shows are live-action "teencoms", and the animated series would take away timeslots from them.
  • In Asia, Clifford the Big Red Dog and Sesame Street started out on Hallmark Channel Asia in the early 2000s. Then the channel got screwed when NBC pulled out of the deal. However they've since found a new home on Playhouse Disney Asia (however Clifford got screwed when they changed over to Disney Junior Asia).
  • Around 2014-15, Cartoon Network began moving multiple shows off-network (even shows that hadn't premiered yet) in order to free up timeslots to show reruns of their newest cash-cow Teen Titans Go!:
    • Upcoming Looney Tunes and Scooby-Doo series were moved to Boomerang, causing much backlash since Comcast cable customers don't get the channel. Reruns of the original Looney Tunes/Merry Melodies shorts, as well as the original Tom and Jerry shorts, also moved off-network to Boomerang, but in this case, they were already airing on the network. However, Cartoon Network eventually changed their mind on having Wabbit and Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! to be Boomerang-exclusive as the former airs on both Cartoon Network and Boomerang, rejoicing many fans and the latter to air on Cartoon Network, though averted in UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand as Boomerang airs both series in those countries. Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies and Tom and Jerry shorts also stayed on CN.
      • Not helping is that Teen Titans GO! also airs on Boomerang.
    • DreamWorks Dragons moved online to Netflix for its third season (another DreamWorks-made series, Puss in Boots, already streams on Netflix, so this move at least has some precedent).
  • Crayon Shin-chan first aired on UPN, before it aired on many other networks for syndication and new episodes.
  • Overhaulin originally aired on TLC from 2004 to 2008. The series was Un-Cancelled on sister channel Velocity four years later.
  • Harry and His Bucket Full of Dinosaurs moved from Cartoon Network to Qubo in the US.
  • Double Dare (1986) briefly tried a spinoff on the Fox Network called Family Double Dare before producing their own on Nickelodeon.
  • The pilot episode of The Get Along Gang aired on Nickelodeon. The series itself would later be picked up by CBS.

     From ITV to... 
  • Auf Wiedersehen, Pet went from ITV (in the 1980s) to the BBC (the 2000s revival).
  • Not a true Channel Hop, but Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased), a 1960s ITV show, was remade in 2000 as Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) by the BBC.
  • The Broadcast Rights of Batfink, Dangermouse, Pinky and the Brain, Rugrats, Scooby-Doo, Taz Mania, Tom and Jerry Kids, Tots TV, Uncle Max and Yoko! Tokamoto! Toto since 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2010 have moved from ITV to the BBC.
    • Similarly University Challenge is an ITV show that (after moving to Channel 4 for a while) was revived on the BBC (all versions produced by the ITV company Granada. Granada's production department is now [2014] part of ITV Studios, so the Vanity Plate reads "ITV Studios production for BBC").
  • Men Behaving Badly first appeared on ITV, but was dropped by them after two series due to disappointing ratings and Harry Enfield having left after the first series. It wasn't until the BBC got it and transmitted it in a later slot that it became a massive hit.
  • Ronnie Barker's Hark at Barker on ITV had a more-or-less direct sequel, His Lordship Entertains, on the BBC, featuring the same cast. Unfortunately His Lordship Entertains was wiped (though the scripts have appeared in a book by Barker).
  • Hill Street Blues and Scarecrow and Mrs. King were let go by ITV, but picked up by Channel 4.
  • Upstairs Downstairs was originally an ITV show that is now receiving a modern BBC sequel.
  • Blockbusters moved from ITV to Sky One, to BBC 2, back to Sky, and is now on Challenge.
  • Magic Adventures of Mumfie aired its' first thirteen episodes on CITV, then aired 66 new episodes on Nick Jr.'s UK channel four years later.
  • In its original run on British TV, Mission: Impossible went from ITV to BBC1.

     From The BBC to... 
  • BBC Two's Red Dwarf was put on hold during Development Hell of The Movie but eventually after a surprise ratings success of reruns on the channel Dave — in 2009 the channel aired a three-part Easter Special Back to Earth. A new six-part series, Red Dwarf X, began airing on Dave on 4 October 2012.
  • The Goodies was dropped by the BBC in 1981 and was picked up by London Weekend Television (now ITV London).
  • Formula One had always been on the BBC until it was sold to ITV, until it went back onto the BBC and was in turn sold to Sky Sports. Technically they are currently split between the two, but the terrestrial rights moved to Channel 4.
    • On the other side of the pond, after being on SPEED Channel for many years, F1's moved to the NBC Sports Network.
  • Spot the Dog went from The BBC's CBeebies to ITV's cITV.
  • The first four seasons of Parks and Recreation aired on BBC4; the rest of the series moved to Dave.
  • Clifford the Big Red Dog went from The BBC's CBeebies to Tiny Pop.
  • Both Family Guy and American Dad! moved from BBC3 to ITV2 (the former's second UK Channel Hop, as it used to be on Channel 4).

     From Syndication to... 
  • WWF Superstars (distributed in Canada as Maple Leaf Wrestling, also the name of a Toronto-based promotion purchased by the WWF in 1984) was on in syndication for about a decade before it hoped over to Sunday morning on the USA Network to replace Action Zone. It would hope one again five years later when WWF moved all their programs to Viacom channels and it landed on TNN for about a year before it was canceled. The show later had a revival on yet another network, WGN America, where it stayed for 2 years but its contract was not renewed, it is currently being aired only in overseas markets and is streamed online.
  • Babylon 5 did four seasons in syndication before TNT ponied up the caysh for a fifth season plus ALL those TV movies (including the Re Cut Pilot Movie. It later made it to Sci Fi, which is the channel responsible for the first widescreen presentation (which eventually made it the format used on the DVD's.
  • Oddly, Beakman's World from syndication to CBS.
  • Trollz and the animated Sabrina both went from syndication to CBS (though this had to do with CBS's block renter DiC needing educational programming for said block).
  • Tiny Toon Adventures moved from syndication to Fox Kids in Fall 1992, after which they added "The Fox network executives" as a new pair of villains.
    Buster: It could be worse. We could be stuck on the Peacock Network.
  • The Pokémon anime franchise spent its first half-season in Fall 1998 in syndication, then was picked up by Kids' WB! in early 1999, where it remained until 4Kids' rights to the show ended in 2006. Then, the new episodes of the show were handed over to Cartoon Network by Pokemon USA, who had been previously running reruns of the show for years. The original series is now in reruns on Boomerang, while Cartoon Network continues to play new episodes of the current series.
  • Sailor Moon started out in syndication in 1995, but only the first 65 episodes were shown before the show went into re-runs and was ultimately pulled. It was then picked up for cable by Turner Broadcasting and spent a few months being re-shown on USA Network before it was moved to Cartoon Network's Toonami action block where it found new life, and premiered 94 new episodes, and 3 movies.
    • Also, a few early (and inconsecutive) S episodes were shown on The WB's Toonami block before they were pulled after 9/11 (although this was supposedly a coincidence).
  • The original Dragon Ball series was in syndication for only 13 episodes in 1995 before it was canceled. It was eventually picked up by Toonami in 2001 (with an all new English dub), due to the success of Dragon Ball Z, where it ended up finishing its 153 episode run.
    • Dragon Ball Z itself began in weekly syndication in 1996 before Cartoon Network famously picked it up and added it to its Toonami block in 1998, where it finished and was in reruns for almost ten years. In addition, The WB's Saturday morning Toonami block premiered the Garlic Jr. Saga episodes in the Summer of 2000 before they were rerun in Cartoon Network.
  • Gargoyles from syndication to ABC; ReTooled as Gargoyles: The Goliath Chronicles. But the fans like to think The Goliath Chronicles never happened. So does the creator, who declared it non-canon.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987 version): went from syndication to CBS in 1990.
  • Inspector Gadget had a brief run on CBS in 1992 after runs in syndication and Nickelodeon.
  • Dennis the Menace had two new seasons on CBS after its first season aired in syndication.
  • The Super Mario Bros. cartoons are an interesting case. The first adaptation, The Super Mario Bros. Super Show aired in syndication and the two subsequent series, The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario World aired on NBC.
  • 101 Dalmatians: The Series had an interesting example: it was syndicated and shown on ABC's One Saturday Morning at the same time!
  • Possibly the first instance of this trope, Quick Draw McGraw premiered in syndication in 1959 before becoming part of CBS's Saturday morning lineup in 1963.
  • Mister Ed spent its first half-year in syndication before CBS picked up the series.
  • The 2003 Strawberry Shortcake started out by being syndicated out to The CW, before the first three seasons found a home in CBS on its Kewlopolis block. Then came the 4-way DiC-Moon Scoop-American Greetings-Cookie Jar lawsuit, which left the show in a horrible limbo for a couple of years before all four seasons were finally picked up by Kabillion.
  • My Little Pony 'n Friends, the first animated series based on the My Little Pony toyline premiered in syndication in 1986. Next came My Little Pony Tales which aired on Disney Channel in 1992. It would be another eighteen years before a new animated series based on My Little Pony would air on television, this one being My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic on The Hub Network (currently Discovery Family).
  • The entire Care Bears franchise has aired across multiple networks in the US. Care Bears (1980s) started out being syndicated before it's reruns ended up on Disney. The subsequent series, Care Bears: Adventures in Care-a-Lot, also started out being on CBS' Kewlopolis slot before being moved to Kabillion. Care Bears: Welcome to Care-a-Lot then jumped to The Hub alongside Hasbro's acquisition of the toy rights for the franchise, where the franchise promptly got mistreated, and then rescued by Netflix, who commissioned a sequel series, Care Bears & Cousins

     Other... 
  • Most Gundam series aired in native Japan on TV Asahi until After War Gundam X. Turn A Gundam was aired on Fuji TV instead. From Mobile Suit Gundam SEED onwards, the main Gundam series aired on Tokyo Broadcasting System and/or Mainichi Broadcasting System; its Gunpla-based spin-off series, Gundam Build Fighters and Gundam Build Fighters Try aired on TV Tokyo instead, as well as the SD Gundam titles SD Gundam Force and BB Senshi Sangokuden: Brave Battle Warriors. The TV edition of Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn, named Mobile Suit Gundam UC RE:0096 aired on TV Asahi.
  • Of the pre-TV variety; Felix the Cat was originally made by the Pat Sullivan studio and distributed by at least five different companies (Paramount, Winkler, Educational, First National and Copley Pictures). By 1936, Van Beuren Studios licensed the character for their cartoon studio, and for that brief period they were distributed by RKO Radio Pictures.
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000 from independent KTMA in the Twin Cities (now The CW affiliate WUCW) to Comedy Central to Sci-Fi Channel.
  • Neighbours from the Seven Network (for one season) to Network Ten. In January 2011 it then switched from Ten to its secondary channel Eleven.
  • Venezuelan Talent Show Cuanto Vale El Show began in Venezolana de Television as a segment of Fantastico a variety show, then it hopped to RCTV, a full program, and then it landed in Venevision. All the versions of the show were produced and host by its creator, Guillermo González; he eventually got tired and left showbusiness to fund his own network, just before Musical Realities like the X Got Talent series and the Idol series emerged in English-speaking countries.
  • From a neighbor country, Brazil, sitcom Sai de Baixo ran for six years in Rede Globo. In 2013 it got a four-episode revival on its cable subsidiary Canal Viva, where one of the characters even lampshaded: "We couldn't get a break for five seasons in broadcast prime time! What makes you think that in paid TV will be any different?"
  • In Britain, the first two seasons of Totally Spies! were shown on Channel 4, often in the early hours of the morning with little publicity. It moved to ITV from season 3 who aired at more respectable times of the morning with more publicity.
  • Pokémon was originally aired on NTV7 in Malaysia with Malay subtitles. By the time of Master Quest (season 5) the show moved to tv9 and was now dubbed. Slightly subverted is that both channels are owned by the same parent company (Media Prima).
  • In Malaysia, Winx Club moved from TV3 to NTV7. Like the Pokmemon example above, slightly subverted is that both channels are owned by the same parent company (Media Prima owns TV3, NTV7, 8TV and TV9).
    • And while we're dealing with the Winx, they've had several homes in the UK: GMTV (ITV), Nickelodeon UK, and most recently Pop Girl. (Also, see below.)
    • In Australia, they didn't just hop between channels (from Network Ten and Cartoon Network to Boomerang), they also hopped dubs for season 4 (necessitated by 4Kids not having the rights to dub that season).
    • Nickelodeon's acquirement of the Winx property will necessitate a Channel Hop in several countries where Winx wasn't already on Nick. (And indeed it moved from Pop Girl back to Nick in the UK — see above.)
  • Don't forget Doraemon, which went from RTM1 for the pre-2005 revamp episodes to NTV7 for the post-2005 revamp episodes. Unlike the Pokemon and Winx Club examples, this one is this trope played straight as RTM and Media Prima are competitors (RTM is government-run while Media Prima is a private conglomerate).
  • Barney & Friends: Good grief. The show has practically been shown on every single network in Malaysia except 8TV (which has almost no children programming anyway since it was relaunched, it's former incarnation as MetroVision did air children programming) throughout its entire run in Malaysia, and then some (Astro's Ceria, and then Playhouse Disney, before finally settling down in HiT Entertainment's own channel, JimJam—which is only available over cable provider ABN).
  • Strawberry Shortcake and Care Bears in Asia: Both went from Playhouse Disney Asia to Boomerang Asia, and then later to Cartoonito Asia thanks to Hasbro's meddling (which also caused the shows to become unavailable in a lot of parts of Asia) when Boomerang Asia was split into Toonami Asia and Cartoonito Asia. And then both went back to Boomerang Asia when Cartoonito Asia was retooled back to Boomerang Asia (Toonami Asia is still broadcasting separately in the region).
  • All of the shows on The CW's first season hopped over from The WB and UPN, except for Runaway and The Game. Depending on the market, some shows may not have really hopped at all (if the former WB or UPN station landed a CW affiliation).
    • The Game has since hopped to BET.
  • Three Sheets started on HD channel MOJO HD before it closed. Fine Living Network picked it up for its fourth season, where it obtained Adored by the Network status until that channel was rebranded into Cooking Channel. The show then hopped to co-owned Travel Channel briefly, then to Spike TV before its run ended in 2011.
  • Thank God You're Here in Australia moved from Channels Ten to Seven.
  • Rove (also Australian) moved after its first year from the Nine Network to Network Ten.
  • Holmes On Homes was the only show with a pulse on the US Discovery Home network. When Discovery decided to make that network Planet Green and mothball the entire Discovery Home lineup, HGTV quickly snapped up Holmes for their own channel; an easy call as HGTV Canada is actually the one that produces the show. It got a timeslot upgrade to Sunday evenings and continues to do just fine for HGTV, and outlived Planet Green, which became the American-centric Destination America on Memorial Day 2012.
  • Home Movies from UPN to [adult swim].
  • Jail from My Network TV to Spike TV.
  • KaBlam! moved from syndication in the Netherlands to their Nicktoons (the channel) branch, however subtitled now instead of dubbed.
  • The Hitchhiker from HBO to USA.
  • Gilmore Girls made its British debut on Nickelodeon, but only the first three seasons were shown (and were prone to being censored); it later moved to the Hallmark Channel (where seasons four and five premiered) and ultimately to Channel 4 (which has shown all seven seasons).
  • Unlike many imported series dropped by Channel 5 — and there are many: 30 Rock, JAGnote , Xena: Warrior Princess and so on (basically any American series that isn't a law enforcement show or doesn't have CSI in the title) — Charmed found another terrestrial home for its final season, moving to Channel 4 (repeats of the earlier seasons have since aired on sister channel E4).
    • Once Upon a Time, dropped after the first two seasons, was eventually taken by Netflix UK in 2015, with said first two seasons and every episode thereafter on the streaming service.
  • In the UK both Hannah Montana and Wizards of Waverly Place moved from Channel 5 to ITV, while SpongeBob SquarePants went in the other direction, following after Viacom's acquisition of Channel 5.
  • The Practice was on ITV, the BBC and Sky1.
  • The first two seasons of Veronica Mars were on Living, but the third and final season was on Trouble.
  • Although David Letterman has a cult following in Britain, Late Show With David Letterman has run on four different channels — Sky One, Paramount Comedy Channel, ITV4 and Diva TV - and never lasted longer than a year on any of them. (If you count BBC2 running the episodes for the week the show was in London — his only appearance on British terrestrial television to date — he's been on five.)
  • The first season of Ghost Whisperer was on E4, but from season two it was shown on Living (a better fit, given that Living is known for running ghost-themed shows like Most Haunted).
  • You Don't Say! (NBC), Seven Keys (ABC), and Beat The Odds (syndication) all began as local shows in Los Angeles before going national.
    • The Price Is Right started on local New York City TV in 1954 as The Sky's The Limit.
    • The show famously known as Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee, and currently known as Live! with Kelly and Michael was originally a weekday morning news and lifestyle show on ABC flagship station WABC-TV in New York that Regis Philbin co-hosted and which debuted in 1983. Sister station WLS-TV is Chicago is where The Oprah Winfrey Show debuted as a similar local show before it became a similar nationally syndicated talk show, debuting in 1984.
  • Days of Our Lives and The Bold And The Beautiful both jumped from Channel Five to cable channels — Sunset Beach notwithstanding, American daytime soaps (unlike their nighttime counterparts) have never had much success in Britain.
  • In Britain Pretty Little Liars moved from Viva to the sister channel MTV thanks to Viva beginning the series a few months after it launched on ABC Family (the series premiered in June 2010 in the US, and in October of the same year in Britain) and falling afoul of its long mid-season gap; by the time the series began again from the beginning on MTV in 2011, the first season was complete. But MTV dropped it after the first two seasons, leaving UK fans of Aria and Co. high and dry - until Netflix UK took it, with the entire series available from January 1st 2015 (each new episode arrives on the streaming service after its US premiere).
  • British fans of Community, which began on Viva at the same time as Pretty Little Liars and was also dropped, had to wait until April 2012 for the second season to begin on Sony Entertainment Television (given that the series is a co-production of Sony and Universal it was that or the Universal Channel, and the Universal Channel doesn't show comedies). The channel has also shown every season since then, including the sixth (which is lucky for UK fans, as Yahoo! Screen isn't available in Britain).
  • The short-lived Onion Sports Network started out as a feature on ESPN's SportsCenter before jumping to Comedy Central.
  • Arrested Development was evidently trying to hop to a cable network after abuse by the execs at Fox, as evidenced (and Jossed) by this veiled joke in Season Three:
    George Bluth, Sr.: Well, I don't think the Home Builders Organization is going to be supporting us.
    Michael Bluth: No, the HBO's not gonna want us. What do we do now?
    George Sr.: Well, I think it's Showtime ... we have to have a show during dinner.
    • It then aired in reruns on G4, before finally being picked up for new episodes on Netflix.
  • This is adverted hard with Mexican public TV: all the programs created and broadcast (including foreign-made series and movies) in the two only Mexican networks (Televisa and TV Azteca) belong to those networks and those networks only. Those programs cannot be switched over to the rival network (especially network-created shows like soap operas, TV shows, etc), but there are a few exceptions to the rule:
    • The Real Ghostbusters was originally broadcasted by Imevision (the TV Azteca's predecessor), but since Imevision was privatizated by the government and become TV Azteca later, they lost the Mexican broadcasting rights of the show and Televisa bought the show later.
    • The Simpsons was originally intented to be broadcasted by Televisa, but after one single episode, the owners cancelled the broadcasting due to its subversive content and TV Azteca bought the series from them.
    • All the Walt Disney catalog (movies, series, etc) went from Televisa (who was Disney's client for decades) to TV Azteca for unexplained reasons.
    • In recent years, it no longer seems to be the case for animated series and children's shows, for example: Barney & Friends and Bob the Builder premiered and aired on Televisa for years, but in 2008 TV Azteca signed a deal with HIT Entertainment that allowed both series to move to Azteca. The deal also gave Azteca the rights to Thomas the Tank Engine, but after the deal with HIT expired in 2012, that series was acquired by Televisa. Likewise LazyTown premiered on Televisa but it was cancelled almost immediately, and later acquired and aired by Azteca.
      • Smaller and local Mexico City channel Cadenatres has acquired several classic sitcoms and anime series formerly aired on Televisa/Azteca since their rights were eventually lost, among them Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, The Nanny, The Munsters, Heidi and Candy Candy. In a strange subversion, the Stuart Little animated series premiered on Cadenatres and years later resurfaced on Televisa.
  • TNA Wrestling moved from Bravo to Challenge because Bravo got shut down by their new owners.
  • Digimon Xros Wars ended the Digimon franchise's longtime home at Fuji TV, moving over to TV Asahi. This may have been justified in how Dragon Ball Kai was occupying its traditional timeslot on Fuji TV.
  • A similar thing happened with Stitch!: The 1st season aired on TV Tokyo, but later moved to TV Asahi for the next 3 seasons, but it's not known why.
  • Kath and Kim (the Australian one) from The ABC (the Australian one) to the Seven Network.
  • The fifth series of Murdoch Mysteries was set to be the last after the show was cancelled by Citytv, but CBC since picked up the rights and the show continues in production.
  • British fans of Breaking Bad had to put up with the show being dropped by two broadcasters (FX and FiveUSA); like Pretty Little Liars and Once Upon a Time above, the later seasons premiered on Netflix UK (as did Better Call Saul). Fast forward to 2015, and Breaking Bad was picked up as a launch show for the new British version of Spike TV (which is operated by Channel Five, now owned by Viacom), which will broadcast every episode.
  • The Angel: After The Fall(IDW Publishing) comic book series: After having crossed over with the Buffy (Dark Horse Comics) comics, Angel's story is now being continued in Dark Horse's spinoff of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9, Angel and Faith.
  • In the UK, both Hot In Cleveland and Drop Dead Diva moved from Sky Living to Sony Entertainment Television.
  • White Collar moved from Sky Living to Alibi.
  • In Canada, Two and a Half Men moved from Global to CTV, where it has remained ever since. The Office likewise moved from Citytv to the now-defunct CH/E! network to Global.
  • In Britain South Park has been on Channel 4 terrestrially since 2000 and used to be on Sky One on cable/satellite; both channels ended up dropping it and it moved to Comedy Central (in the days when it was still called Paramount Comedy).
  • Home and Away in New Zealand has channel-hopped four times. It first premiered on TV3 when the channel launched in November 1989. It moved to TVNZ in 1993, initially on TV One then on TV2. In 2002, it moved back to TV3, and then in 2013, it moved back to TVNZ's TV2!
  • The Invisible Man had a rare deal where is aired both on the Sci-Fi Channel and in syndication the same week which persisted for both seasons it aired. Unfortunately when SFC pulled out, syndication alone wasn't enough to keep the show going.
  • In the UK and Ireland, Pokemon was initially aired on SKYONE up to around the Johto era, before their version of Cartoon Network picked up new episodes of the show. Since then, reruns, new episodes and the movies can be found on the CITV channel as well as Disney XD.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic was first shown in Britain on Boomerang, but only the first season - presumably because it didn't quite fit in among its lineup; the series moved to Tiny Pop (and its sister channels Pop and PopGirl) in 2013.
  • From season five The Middle changed its UK home from Sky to Comedy Central.
  • Given that Scandal didn't go down as well with More4 viewers as its stablemates The Good Wife and Nashville, from season three Olivia Pope moved to SkyLiving.
  • Nashville, on the other hand, moved from More4 to its sister channel E4 from its third season.
  • Masters of Sex, meanwhile, aired on Channel Four in its first season but moved to More4 come its second.
  • New Girl began its UK run on Channel Four but moved to E4 from season two.
  • Agents Of Shield took their battle with Hydra from Channel Four to E4 from season three.
  • Big Brother (UK) went from Channel Four (who felt the series had been taken as far as it could) to Channel Five (who arguably proved them right).
  • The first four seasons of Supernatural were shown in the UK on ITV2; it then went to SkyLiving for seasons five to eight, after which it was dropped. Eventually, E4 picked it up and screened season nine from January 2015 (a year behind North America) - by pure coincidence, the first episode of season nine is called "I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here."
  • When Nightly Business Report moved from WPBT Miami to NBC/Universal... it stayed on PBS, with American Public Television continuing to distribute. However, it did switch station affiliations from WPBT to Washington D.C.-based WETA.
  • In the mid-2000's, HiT Entertainment's programs on PBS switched station affiliations from Connecticut Public Television to WNET New York.
  • Timothy Goes to School went from PBS Kids (as part of a Sunday morning block "Bookworm Bunch") to TLC's weekday morning block "Ready Set Learn" and Discovery Channel as part of their afternoon block (Which also had the "Ready Set Learn Block") and currently airs on Qubo.
  • Bill Nye the Science Guy went from PBS to Disney, before finally retiring to Noggin.
  • In Canada, some U.S. late night talk shows tend to do this. There was some stability for a time; The Tonight Show and Late Night typically aired on CTV Two (dating back to its time as A-Channel and The New XX, and Late Show and The Late Late Show aired on CFMT (except for Kilborn's run, which aired on Global, as well as Craig Ferguson for a period before moving back). But Jimmy Kimmel Live! can't seem to stay in one place, having been on Bite TV, CH, Citytv, and now The Comedy Network (with next-day encores on Much). The 2014-15 re-alignments of NBC and CBS's late-night lineups also caused some changes; Late Night with Seth Meyers moved to CTV (sandwiched between The Daily Show and Conan), The Late Late Show with James Corden moved to CTV Two, and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert is on Global. In February 2016, Corden was moved to CTV (arguably because it's been doing better from a viral perspective), with Late Night moving back to CTV Two.
  • The Price Is Right has also hopped a few times in Canada, starting on CH (dating back to when CHCH had branded itself as ONtv). When CH turned into E!, it moved to Sun TV. When Sun TV got turned into the ultimately unsuccessful Sun News Network, it moved to Omni, and was then promoted to Omni's parent network Citytv.
  • Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! have also been shuffled around a lot in Canada; for a time it was split between CTV and A-Channel. In 2008 (by then the two networks had become sisters due to the CTV/CHUM merger), both shows moved to CBC (for a time, Wheel got shunned to the afternoon to put a larger focus on the one that happens to be hosted by a Canadian). A few seasons later, CBC unceremoniously dropped both. CHCH (Toronto region) and CHEK (Vancouver Island) would acquire Wheel and Jeopardy in 2012 (they were former sisters before Canwest divested them to Channel Zero and a local group respectively). The two shows were then acquired by Yes TV (a rebranding of the religious Crossroads Television System) in 2014; however, this only led to a channel hop in Toronto, as the system syndicates its acquisitions to other independents in markets where it doesn't have a station, which includes CHEK (this move also restored the two programs to Alberta).
  • This trope was averted in a situation involving Dallas in the UK. When the BBC announced it would not pay a raised licencing fee to carry new episodes beginning in Autumn 1985, Thames Television, ITV's London service, announced that they were willing to pay the asking price. Thus Dallas was snatched by Thames, which violated a "gentleman's agreement" between BBC and ITV which prevented situations like this. Betrayed, BBC pulled the remaining Dallas episodes it had the rights to and announced that they would air them simultaneously with Thames' broadcasts. Ultimately, the negative publicity caused Thames to back out and Dallas remained on the BBC. (Times have changed since then, as British fans of series like 24 and Glee can testify.)
  • Liberty's Kids premiered on the PBS Kids slot on PBS affiliates in the early 2000s. In 2012, however, the repeats started airing on CBS affiliates as part of the Cookie Jar TV slot.
  • In January 2016, Sesame Street will premiere new episodes on HBO, ending Sesame Workshop's long-running primary allegiance with PBS (and its forerunner, NET). The series will still air reruns on PBS, with the HBO episodes premiering on their stations after a 9-month window.
    • In Malaysia, Sesame Street went from being a long-runner on RTM-TV 1 in the 80s to RTM-TV 2 in the 90s, before disappearing off Malaysian terrestrial to appear as part of the Hallmark Kids block on Hallmark Channel Asia. When that channel's partnership got royally screwed by NBC-Universal however, the show went into limbo for three years before resurfacing on Playhouse Disney Asia, and going on to become a long runner that still aired after the transition to Disney Junior Asia, at the time where other PBS shows on the channel that Disney rescued from Hallmark Channel Asia got the pink slip.
  • As part of the launch of AMC in the UK, the entire run of Weeds will be shown - including the final two seasons, which never ran on British television due to Sky dropping the series.
  • In the US, Sherlock debuted as part of PBS's Masterpiece Theater in 2010. The show started airing on BBC America in 2014.
  • Israeli children television host Tal Mosseri (or Museri, or Mussari...) left Arutz haYeladim after his 18 years tenure there (the longest a host has been there, ever) for the Israeli Nickelodeon (though some speculate he was actually let go as part of the channel’s attempts at renewal and rebranding). Naturally, many Israelis, who grew up on watching him on Arutz haYeladim, were shocked by the news, but wished him good luck; soon, however, people started calling him a traitor for this at every turn. At first he was very alarmed and hired protection before he realised it was a Running Gag and even started joining in on it, e.g. uploading a photo of himself next to Stormtrooper, with the caption, ‘I’m just here for the comments...
  • In Canada, the revived Doctor Who initially aired on the CBC, as did its spin-off, Torchwood. After Series 4 of Doctor Who and Series 1 of Torchwood, both shows moved to the cable network Space (though the CBC's cable spin-off, CBC Bold, continue to air reruns for a time).

     Production Company Examples 
  • Punky Brewster not only switched from network to syndication, it also changed producers. It was originally produced in-house by NBC, but the network had to license the rights to Columbia Pictures Television. Under Federal Communications Commission rules at the time, a network could not be involved in a syndicated show. Funny to think now considering that all five networks are owned by conglomerates that have their own TV syndication units.
  • The Golden Girls nearly went towards this: In 1991 Touchstone Television decided against making any more episodes for financial reasons. Warner Bros. Television said they'd step into the breach, but that plan fell apart when Beatrice Arthur announced she was quitting. Touchstone would make a pseudo-spinoff, The Golden Palace, which aired on CBS for one year (making it a pseudo-Channel Hop, as The Golden Girls aired on NBC).
  • On the other hand, when Cannon Television ran into financial problems of their own after the first few episodes of Walker, Texas Ranger, CBS (with some help from Columbia Pictures Television) agreed to foot the bill thereafter.
  • Similarly, the NBC episodes of Baywatch were produced by GTG Entertainment — making for a strange-but-true link between this series and The Mary Tyler Moore Show, as MTM's ex Grant Tinker was the "GT"note  — while the syndicated ones hailed from Tower 12 Productions/The Baywatch Production Company (and due to financial involvement from Britain's London Weekend Television thanks to Brits and Germans loving David Hasselhoff, the end credits carried the card "A Baywatch Production Company Production for LWT").
  • The pilot for The Highwayman was made by Glen A. Larson's company at 20th Century Fox, but the series was produced on a lower budget by Larson's New West Entertainment.
  • When The Man From Uncle's reunion movie The Return Of The Man From U.N.C.L.E.: The Fifteen Years Later Affair got the go-ahead in 1983, it wasn't made by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (home of the original series); writer-producer Michael Sloan convinced MGM to lease the property to his company and Viacom Productions.
  • Captain Planet and the Planeteers moved from DiC to Hanna-Barbera, starting with its fourth season, following Ted Turner's purchase of Hanna-Barbera.
  • Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures, on the other hand, went in the opposite direction — the CBS episodes (which had Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, George Carlin and Bernie Casey voicing the characters they played in the movie) were made by Hanna-Barbera in association with Orion, while when it moved to Fox (making this a channel hop AND a company hop) DiC took over production with the voices of the actors starring in a live-action adaptation of the movie.
  • Doug was produced by the company it was on at the time: Nickelodeon Animation when on Nick, Walt Disney Television Animation when on ABC. Jumbo Pictures was there for all episodes, but was bought by Disney in 1996, precipitating the Channel Hop.
  • The 1980s Alvin and the Chipmunks series stared out being animated by Ruby-Spears (a sister studio to Hanna-Barbera) for its first five seasons, before animation was switched over to DiC for the final three seasons, with 11 episodes in season six done by Murakami-Wolf-Swenson, the same company behind the first TMNT series.
  • For Care Bears, the shows started out being produced by DiC Entertainment with Care Bears (1980s), then moved to Nelvana before the bears went on a long hiatus. When they returned, Nelvana produced three Direct-to-TV movies before the animation production changed hands again with Care Bears: Adventures in Care-a-Lot, when production went back to DiC (though co-produced by Sabella-Dern), then finally to MoonScoop with Care Bears: Welcome to Care-a-Lot, who then rebranded themselves as Splash! Entertainment after a takeover and produced Care Bears & Cousins under the new name.
  • The vast majority of Direct-to-Video Disney sequels, while still being produced and distributed by Disney, were animated by Disney Television Animation, as opposed to Walt Disney Animation Studios.

     Film Examples 
  • A huge example: every Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film made before 1986 is now owned by Warner Bros. because Turner Entertainment purchased MGM in 1985 and sold it back, while keeping its film library. Time Warner's purchase of Turner in 1996 resulted in the films ending up with Warner, where they remain today.
  • George Romero's Living Dead films, in part due to his unwillingness to trim gore and violence from them. Latent Image, Laurel, Universal, Columbia, etc. However, the first such hop can be explained by the first film's public domain status: Romero blamed it on a copyright screw-up by the production company/distributor when the title was changed from Night of the Flesh Eaters and vowed never again to work with the guilty parties.
  • The Chronicles of Narnia started out being produced by Walden Media and released by Walt Disney Pictures. After the second film underperformed, Walden jumped ship to 20th Century Fox for the third film. After that underperformed, Walden chose not to renew their contract with C.S. Lewis' estate, and production on a fourth film fell into Development Hell until The Mark Gordon Company picked up the rights to the series, and the next installment will be distributed by Sony Pictures in the US (under their TriStar banner), and Entertainment One overseas.
  • Hellboy from Revolution Studios to Universal Pictures/Relativity Media.
    • Universal did it again, taking Kick-Ass from Lionsgate.
      • Bit of a subversion here, as Universal distributed the film in other territories (for example, the UK and Australia).
  • Chronic with the Terminator films. Every. single. movie. Actual distribution is even worse (first one: Orion theatrically, currently MGM; second: TriStar Pictures theatrically and some video releases — others involved with home distribution include Lionsgate, Artisan and Universal; third/fourth: Warner domestically, Sony overseas; fifth: Paramount).
    • To elaborate why: The first was made by Hemdale Film Corporation, who ended up going undernote , and the rights were eventually bought by Mario Kassar, who ran Carolco Pictures, which later went bankrupt (destroying chances of James Cameron's Terminator 3 and Spider-Man) and had their film library bought by Studio Canalnote , who sold the rights to C2 Pictures (also ran by Kassar and his partner Andrew G. Vajna) and Intermedia, and the possibility of any more Terminator sequels became the subject of a legal deadlock (thanks to a feud between Kassar and Vajna), eventually culminating in the rights going to The Halcyon Company. Who sold the rights after going bankrupt.
      • Interestingly, Hemdale was the only production company among them to hang around long enough to see the sequel to its movie premiere in theatres; in fact, Hemdale was still around for a few more years after Terminator 2: Judgment Day (and Bruno Mattei's own unofficial sequel with a similar name, released in the United States under the name Shocking Dark due to trademark issues) was released.
    • Hannover House, a company formed by a former Hemdale employee, even tried to make a new animated movie, but was blocked to do so by Pacificor, the hedge fund who purchased the rights from Halcyon (because they helped them purchase said rights in the first place).
    • In 2012, Pacificor sold the rights to Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures. Her brother David joined afterwards, and given his Skydance Productions have a deal with Paramount, they got a distributor. Annapurna eventually left, albeit Megan remained as executive producer.
  • Rambo from Carolco Pictures to Lionsgate/The Weinstein Company. Amusingly, Lionsgate owns the home video rights to the first three films in the series.
  • Friday the 13th from Paramount (Warner Bros. overseas for the first film) to New Line after the first 8 films. This allowed them to Crossover with their franchise.
    • Then Warner became New Line's parent company and sold the rights back to Paramount so both can produce Christopher Nolan's Interstellar. Platinum Dunes, responsible for the 2009 remake, is attached to a possible new movie under Paramount.
    • Warner Bros. also got the domestic sub-license to the first 8 films to do an entire franchise Blu-ray set.
  • The Halloween franchise has a history of this. The first film was produced and released independently (under Compass International Pictures). The second and third films were picked up by Universal. The fourth and fifth films were also produced independently, but distributed by Galaxy International Releasing (who had a deal with 20th Century Fox). Disney-owned Miramax bought the rights to the franchise in 1994, and released Curse, H20, and Resurrection under their Dimension Films label. Dimension inherited the sequel rights when it jumped ship to The Weinstein Company, who released the two Rob Zombie films (working with MGM on the first). Dimension dropped the franchise in 2015, and the rights reverted back to Miramax. Trancas Films (Moustapha Akkad's production company, who has produced all the films) is working with Blumhouse on the next film while Miramax shops the project to new distributors.
    • Home video is even more messed up. Anchor Bay has the license to 1, 4-5 (licensed from Trancas), Shout! Factory has 2-3 (licensed from Universal), and Lionsgate has Curse, H20, and Resurrection (licensed from Miramax). Vivendi has the first Rob Zombie film, while Sony Pictures has the second (both licensed from The Weinstein Company). Universal has also released their own barebones editions of 2-3. In addition, Anchor Bay and Shout! Factory teamed up to release a complete franchise boxset (licensing films from Miramax and TWC). Tellingly, the bottom of the box features nine studio or company logos!
      • Past home video distributors include Media Home Entertainment (1), GoodTimes (2-3), CBS/FOX (4-5), Buena Vista (6-8), Echo Bridge (also 6-8), and Genius Products (first Zombie film).
  • The Scream films have always been Dimension Films, but Dimension switched from being under Miramax to The Weinstein Company between the third and fourth films. Today, Lionsgate releases the first three films on home video domestically while Anchor Bay has the fourth.note 
    • The same goes for the Spy Kids and Scary Movie franchises, as the first three films of their respective series were also distributed by Miramax under the Dimension Films label and their subsequent films were released by The Weinstein Company under the Dimension Films label.
      • Sin City, on the other hand, has an interesting subversion of this. The first film was initially distributed by Miramax, as with the other aforementioned franchises, while its sequel is being distributed by The Weinstein Company, but Miramax is co-producing it.
    • Speaking of The Weinstein Company, it's home video division had several distributors through the years (Genius Products from 2006 to 2009, Vivendi Entertainment from 2009 to 2010 and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment from 2010 to 2011). It's currently distributed by Anchor Bay Entertainment (2011-present) as TWC bought a share of Starz Media, which is Anchor Bay's parent company.
  • Walter Lantz, who made Woody Woodpecker, jumped ship from Universal Pictures to United Artists in 1947. Lantz then briefly shut down his studio in 1949. The studio reopened in 1951 and went back to Universal as his distributor.
  • The Hustler was released by 20th Century Fox, but Touchstone Pictures took care of its sequel, The Color of Money.
  • Hellraiser from New World to Dimension.
  • Death Wish from Paramount to Filmways to Cannon to Trimark. To go even further, MGM holds the remake rights and Columbia Pictures held foreign rights to the first two films.
  • As Marvel Comics opened a studio, they are starting to get back the rights to their characters. (the exception has been X-Men / Fantastic Four, which Fox managed to keep through continuous movie production; Sony/Columbia tried the same with The Amazing Spider-Man series, but their diminishing returns plus the leaked info debacle led them to give Spidey back to Marvel, though Columbia will still distribute future solo movies). Marvel has gotten back Blade (New Line), Daredevil (Fox), Ghost Rider, The Punisher (both Columbia), and The Incredible Hulk (Universal), but so far Hulk (in The Incredible Hulk, The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron) and Daredevil (With his Netflix series) are the only one to actually appear in the MCU, but the others are still MIA.
    • As Marvel Studios' deal with Paramount ended and Disney bought Marvel Comics, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (of which only The Incredible Hulk was shipped by another studio, Universal) is now distributed by Walt Disney Pictures (though Executive Meddling pasted Paramount's logo into the first Disney-handled pic, The Avengers, even on the home video release, and Iron Man 3).
      • And now, effective September 2013, Disney has the rights to the whole Marvel Cinematic Universe save for The Incredible Hulk.
  • The first Child's Play movie was made by United Artists, who supposedly dropped it on "moral grounds." The other four movies have been produced by Universal or by Universal-owned companies (and indeed Universal is planning to remake the original).
  • Amazingly enough, United Artists picked up the third House film, The Horror Show, from New World and released it not long after Child's Play. New Line ended up releasing the fourth one.
  • This can happen to singular movies as well. When Miramax was sold by Disney, their unreleased movies ended up going to different distributors. Gnomeo and Juliet and The Tempest stayed with Disney and were released by Touchstone, Don't be Afraid of the Dark went to Film District (releasing through Tristar Pictures domestically), Last Night went to Tribeca (and returned to Miramax through Platinum Disc/Echo Bridge for DVD) and The Debt went to Universal's Focus division. An older Miramax release, Princess Mononoke, briefly went to Lionsgate along with most of the catalog, but Disney renegotiated the rights and re-released the film on DVD themselves in 2012.
  • Fright Night (1985) was backed by Columbia Pictures and a production of Vista Films; for the sequel was done by Vista and distributed by Columbia's sister studio Tristar internationally — and the remake came from Dreamworks and was distributed by Touchstone Pictures.
  • Arlington Road was to have been originally released by Polygram Filmed Entertainment but after a delay (due to Columbine) and Polygram merging with October Films (to become USA Films and later Focus Features), the film was sold to Screen Gems.
  • Mulholland Dr. was originally shot for the ABC network and financed by Touchstone Pictures. After ABC passed on it, director David Lynch decided to rework it and got production company Studio Canal to buy the film and finance the shooting of new footage. Universal ended up releasing the film as part of their relationship with Studio Canal.
  • The Emmanuelle films released theatrically went from Columbia to Paramount to Miramax to Cannon. Four films, four distributors.
  • The Muppets films have gone from ITC/Associated Film Distribution with the first film to ITC/Universal Pictures with the second to TriStar Pictures (you can blame the lawsuit over The Lone Ranger's mask for that one) with the third to Walt Disney Pictures with the fourth and fifth to TriStar's sister studio Columbia with the sixth and back to Disney from the seventh onward.
    • Other Jim Henson works have hopped too. The Dark Crystal was a ITC/Universal Pictures release that originally was released by Thorn EMI Video in The '80s, then Walt Disney Home Video in The '90s. At the end of that decade, Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment picked it up. Labyrinth was originally released by TriStar Pictures but the initial video release was through Embassy (later Nelson) Home Entertainment; again, Columbia/TriStar (re)claimed it at the end of The '90s.
  • The Studio Ghibli films have a history of this in the US. Disney/Buena Vista has distributed most of them since 1997, but there have been a few exceptions:
    • If you count it, The Castle of Cagliostro (Miyazaki's first directoral film) was originally distributed in the US by Streamline Pictures before their rights expired and Manga Entertainment picked up the rights and redubbed the film with Animaze and David Hayter as Lupin. Their rights later expired, and the film was rescued for a DVD/Blu-ray re-release from Discotek Media with both dubs (along with a toned-down version of the latter dub). Discotek later sub-licensed the film to Disney so they could include it in their complete Miyazaki Blu-ray set.
    • The original US release of Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind in 1985 was under New World Pictures with video distribution from Veston Video and later First Independent Video featuring a heavily edited dub that Miyazaki despised so much, he put forth a no editing clause into his future contracts. Disney would later acquire the film and redub it in 2005 for their releases beginning that same year.
    • Streamline Pictures dubbed and/or distributed Castle in the Sky, Kiki's Delivery Service, My Neighbor Totoro (with a home video release from 20th Century Fox) and Porco Rosso in the late 80s/early 90s before Disney picked up the rights and redubbed/re-released them all.
    • Because Grave of the Fireflies had a different licensor in Japan, it wasn't included in Disney's deal. Central Park Media distributed it on video and DVD (with a dub from Skypilot Entertainment in 1998) before they went under and ADV Films rescued it. When they went under, Sentai Filmworks picked up the rights and released a remastered DVD in 2011 with a Blu-ray release in 2012 containing a new dub from Seraphim Digital.
    • Princess Mononoke was distributed by Miramax because of it's intense content. When they went under, Disney picked up the rights after they renewed their contract with Ghibli.
    • In 2011, GKIDS picked up the theatrical rights to the pre-2011 Studio Ghibli catalog, though Disney still retains home video rights to those films (sans Cagliostro, Fireflies, and Only Yesterday). GKIDS also outbid Disney for the home video rights to From Up on Poppy Hill, The Tale of Princess Kaguya, and When Marnie Was There, and acquired the North American home video rights to Only Yesterday as well, giving it it's first western home video release and dub. They partnered up with Cinedigm for Poppy Hill and Universal for Princess Kaguya, Marnie, and Only Yesterday. One of the reasons why GKIDS have the rights to these films outside of Disney due to those films not made by Hayao Miyazaki (but still produced by Ghibli).
    • The Wind Rises is distributed theatrically and on video by Disney's Touchstone Pictures label.
    • This trope is averted in the UK and Australia where the entire Ghibli catalog is handled by Studio Canal (formerly Optimum Releasing) and Madman Entertainment respectively.
  • Outside of home country Japan, where Toho exclusively handles distribution, the Pokémon films have gone through many distributors:
    • In the US, the first three films were distributed by Warner Bros, until their rights expired a decade after each film's respective release. Films 4-7 were distributed by Miramax and Buena Vista, and are now owned by current Miramax owner beIN Media Group, with home video transferring to Echo Bridge, and later to Lionsgate. Films 8 onward have been with Viz Media (who distributes through Warner Home Video. and have the home video rights to the anime), with the strange exception of the 11th film, which was released by Universal at first, though Viz released it themselves in 2015. Also, Cinedigm distributed the 14th film in select theaters in the US (the "White" version), otherwise, starting with the sixth movie, the films have all been straight-to-video or TV in the US. The first three films also got a new release in 2016, courtesy of Viz, meaning that, at least in the USA, the only films that The Pokemon Company International hasn't gotten the rights back to are #4-7. However, TPCI has gotten the digital distribution rights to the fourth movie, despite it, and the three following films, being under Miramax's wing otherwise.
    • In the UK, the Pokemon films were also Warner Bros for #1-3. Studio Canal handles #4, 5, and 7, while Paramount has #6 (all under Miramax). Network released #10, and Universal has #11-15. None of the other films have been released to DVD in the UK, and only #1-3 were in theaters. In 2016, similar to how the rights in North America had reverted to Viz the year before, the first three movies were picked up for distribution by Manga Entertainment, which also picked up the rights to Hoopa and the Clash of Ages and will be releasing all four on Blu-ray.
    • Similarly in Australia, the first three films were released to theaters by Warner Bros. The fourth and fifth films went direct to video from Miramax/Disney, and films eight onward have been released by Beyond Home Entertainment (formerly Magna Pacific). Six and seven have never been released in Australia. Hoyts also released the fourteenth film to select cinemas.
  • AKIRA has gone from Streamline Pictures to Orion Pictures/MGM to Pioneer/Geneon to Bandai Visual to Bandai Entertainment to FUNimation.
  • The Miley Cyrus film So Undercover was financed by The Weinstein Company but was sold to Open Road Films (a joint venture of the AMC and Regal theatre chains) for its theatrical release. Then the North American theatrical run got canceled and Millennium Films ended up distributing the film for home video (the failure of LOL at the box office obviously didn't help matters).
  • Haywire was to have initially been released by Lionsgate but the film's producers (Relativity Media) backed out of their deal with them and chose to distribute themselves. The film went back to Lionsgate for its DVD and Blu Ray releases.
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars notwithstanding (as this one was handled by Warner Bros.), the Star Wars franchise has officially moved from 20th Century Fox to Walt Disney Pictures after the latter's purchase of Lucasfilm Ltd. However, under the terms of the deal, Fox will retain A New Hope in perpetuity.
  • The home video distribution of the Peanuts TV specials moved from Media Home Entertainment and sometimes its children's sublabel Hi-Tops Video (or otherwise Kartes Video Communications in a few cases) to Paramount in 1994, then to Warner Bros. in 2008, primarily due to longtime specials producer Bill Melendez being a former Looney Tunes animator. (as an aside, Fox released an animated feature produced by Blue Sky Studios)
  • Most films that Media Home Entertainment had originally released on home video saw their rights transfer as well to other distributors, principally Anchor Bay, but the assets of the company when it folded in 1993 following the conviction of Gerald Ronson, CEO of parent company Heron Communications, were sold to 20th Century Fox, which co-distributed some of the very last releases by Media Home Entertainment. For example, Media originally released the first VHS releases of the first five Nightmare on Elm Street films. After Media Home Entertainment ceased to exist, New Line, which originally theatrically distributed the five films became the rights holder for their home video releases, eventually being transferred to corporate parent Warner Bros.
  • Little Monsters and Blue Steel were financed by Vestron Pictures but ended up being distributed by MGM/UA due to Vestron's financial issues.
  • My Fair Lady transferred from Warner Bros. to CBS during the 1970s, since CBS sponsored the Broadway musical that the movie was based on. Since then, the film has been released by MGM/CBS Home Video, CBS/Fox Video, Warner Home Video, and Paramount Home Entertainment at various times, mainly due to joint ventures and output deals made by CBS.
  • DreamWorks and DreamWorks Animation:
    • The original DreamWorks went from an independent studio (with Universal handling home video) to distribution from Paramount. Beginning in 2010, the studio broke off from Paramount and its films from that point until 2016 were distributed by Disney, under their Touchstone Pictures banner (with 20th Century Fox handling some of them overseas). After negotiations between the two broke down and DreamWorks became part of the newly-formed Amblin Partners, future releases will be from multiple studios, but primarily Universal. Their back-catalog prior to the split remains with Paramount (not unlike MGM's pre-May 1986 library staying with WB), and Disney will retain the ones that they distributed.
    • DreamWorks Animation was under DreamWorks' wing until 2004, when they spilt into a separate entity. Their former parent still distributed for DWA until 2006, when the former was acquired by Viacom in 2006, leading to Paramount distributing for them until 2012. The studio is currently with 20th Century Fox. However, with DWA's acquisition by NBCUniversal in 2016, once their deal with Fox ends in 2017 (with The Croods 2 expected to be the final film under said agreement), Universal will take over distribution permanently, bringing both DreamWorks and DWA under the same roof once again.
  • Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho was originally released through Paramount, but the rights to re-release the movie transferred to Universal (on whose lot Hitchcock filmed Psycho) eight years later. Universal eventually gained the rights to four more movies Hitchcock directed for Paramount: Rear Window, The Trouble with Harry, The Man Who Knew Too Much, and Vertigo.
    • Rights to Hitchcock's adaptation of Rope transferred from Warner Bros., to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, to United Artists, and finally to Universal.
    • The rest of the Psycho series was released under Universal, although Psycho II and III have been sub-licensed to Good Times and Shout! Factory/Scream Factory for home video at different points.
  • Two victims of The Shelf of Movie Languishment after MGM's bankrupcy: The Cabin in the Woods (rescued by Lionsgate) and Red Dawn (2012) (minor studio Film District).
    • The bankrupcy lead to a variant: Spyglass Entertainment, who was installed atop MGM by the creditors who had bought the studio, had co-produced G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, but decided to plaster Leo the Lion in G.I. Joe: Retaliation instead of their own logo.
  • The Seventh Son started out as a Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures feature, but when Legendary announced that they were breaking up with WB, the latter decided to cancel its planned January 2014 release date and ditch the film entirely. Distribution rights will now be held by Legendary's new partner, Universal.
    • Universal also got the rights to distribute the upcoming Pacific Rim sequel from Warner Bros. under the new deal.
  • The Walt Disney-produced Oswald the Lucky Rabbit films were sold from Universal to The Walt Disney Company in a deal that sent Al Michaels to NBC's Sunday Night Football from ESPN.
  • In a case of films switching from one brand to another within the same parent company, Touchstone Pictures release The Nightmare Before Christmas received the Disney logo for its 3D re-release.
  • Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was distributed by Paramount during its theatrical premiere. After it flopped, they decided not to renew distribution rights. Warner Bros. then added the movie to their library, where it belongs to this day.
  • The Little Rascals went from Hal Roach Studios to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1938. The latter studio distributed the series on behalf of the former for a decade before taking over. The 1990s movie was co-produced by Universal and the company that now owns the franchise, then known as King World, now CBS.
  • After losing Oswald the Lucky Rabbit to Universal, Disney turned to Celebrity Productions to distribute his new Mickey Mouse cartoons. He released the Silly Symphonies through Columbia Pictures in 1929, and they took over distribution of the Mickey series in 1930. Disney then turned to United Artists from 1932 to 1937, after which RKO Radio Pictures released Disney's shorts and features until 1953, when Disney formed their own distribution company.
  • Godzilla has always been owned by Toho. But American distribution is quite complicated. Most are now held by Columbia, who produced the 1998 American movie. After their rights to a new movie lapsed, Legendary Pictures bought them and their then-partner Warner released the 2014 movie. Unlike the Pacific Rim franchise, though, Warner will continue to make future Godzilla films in association with Legendary.
  • The history of Power Rangers distributors is something that requires branching out along different areas of distribution. On television, it was self-distributed by Saban at first before Fox purchased the company. Then Disney purchased the Saban library from Fox and later sold the franchise rights back to Haim Saban himself, with his new company, Saban Brands, co-distributing new installments in association with MarVista Entertainment since. The theatrical films were first handled by Fox, with Lionsgate (itself distributed on home video by Fox) taking over the film series starting with the third film. On video, PolyGram and Warner Music Group, the latter then owned by Warner Bros., were the first to distribute the franchise, followed by Fox (which had already issued the first film on video), then Disney, and presently Shout! Factory and Lionsgate.
  • Dumb and Dumber and its 2003 prequel Dumb and Dumberer were both distributed by New Line, but its 2014 sequel Dumb and Dumber To was picked up by Universal (though New Line stayed on as producer).
  • Earth To Echo was originally produced by Disney. After seeing the final cut, the studio lost faith in the project and they sold the distribution rights to Relativity Media.
  • Ninja Scroll went from Manga Entertainment to Sentai Filmworks
  • Vampire Hunter D went from Streamline Pictures to Orion Pictures to Urban Vision to Sentai Filmworks.
    • It's sequel Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust went from Urban Vision to Discotek Media.
  • Universal Pictures' new deal with Blumhouse Productions led to a peculiar case of this for the latest installments in the Insidious and Sinister franchises. They were originally distributed by Film District and Summit Entertainment, respectively. Universal subsidiary Focus Features got the rights to both franchises through their acquisition of Film District (in the case of Insidious) and Blumhouse's deal (in the case of Sinister). Then, in the wake of other genre films in the pipeline for that Universal division, including Self/Less, London Has Fallen (its predecessor Olympus Has Fallen being distributed by Film District as well), The Forest (2016), and the Ratchet & Clank movie, Focus revived Gramercy Pictures, one of the company's predecessors, as a label for films like these that would not normally go under the Focus banner, similar to Rogue before it was sold to Relativity Media.
    • This deal also covered The Green Inferno. It was going to be distributed by Open Road in 2014, but they backed out over a bad deal by one of the film's financiers. Luckily, Blumhouse, under its BH Tilt label, was able to forge a deal with Universal and High Top Releasing, a label that Focus inherited from Film District, to get it released. (Oddly enough, Universal distributes Open Road's films on home video.)
  • For Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, FUNimation partnered up with Screen Vision to release the film into US and Canadian cinemas. By the next year when it came time to release Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’, they had their own theatrical distribution arm (FUNimation Films), and released the film into theaters themselves. For some reason, the US releases of those films retain 20th Century Fox credit on them.
    • In Japan, the original 13 Dragon Ball Z films were released by Toei Company themselves. For the recent 2013 and 2015 films, they partnered up with 20th Century Fox, who had inherited the rights to distribute future Dragon Ball films through their contract for Dragonball Evolution.
  • Paramount handled True Grit, but Universal took care of the sequel Rooster Cogburn.
  • The Vacation franchise has always been with Warner Bros, but the 2015 sequel/reboot was instead distributed by Warner-owned New Line.
  • The upcoming Ghost in the Shell live-action movie was originally set to be distributed by Walt Disney Pictures (Through their Touchstone Pictures label), with Paramount Pictures only handling international release, but after Disney and DreamWorks opted not to renew their distribution deal set to expire on August 2016, the domestic rights were transferred to Paramount wholesale, meaning that they will release the movie both domestically and internationally.
  • The Lobster was bought for US distribution by indie film company Alchemy, and was due for release in March 2016. However, due to Alchemy's financial troubles, the film was sold to fellow indie studio A24 and the planned March release date was bumped back to May of the same year.

     Rare TV-To-Film Examples 
  • Firefly was produced by Twentieth Century Fox Television (oh, all right, and Mutant Enemy) but the big-screen film version, Serenity, was made by Universal.
  • Orion — owners of Filmways, which made The Addams Family — was having financial issues and elected to sell domestic rights to Paramount for the first film in order to cover some debt (they had a deal with Columbia for overseas distribution). After they filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, Paramount picked up the sequel rights from Orion. And things don't stop there: Fox got the rights in the late nineties and did a sitcom out of them (with Warner Bros. distributing on home video the pilot, Addams Family Reunion), and now Universal is planning an animated flick with Tim Burton.
  • The film of Lost in Space was made by New Line, though the series itself was from Fox.
  • Although The Fugitive was a Quinn Martin Production in association with United Artists Television, and the series itself is owned today (like almost the entire QM back catalogue) by CBS and Paramount, the film is owned by Warner Bros. (This came about due to QM Productions's sale to Taft Broadcasting; Taft executive Keith Barish eventually left the company and took the rights to The Fugitive with him, so when former QM employee and latter-day producer Arnold Kopelson wanted to do a film based on the series with regular partners Warner Bros., a deal was seen to be made.)
  • Star Trek: The Original Series was originally produced by Desilu Studios and aired on NBC. Desilu Studios was bought out by Paramount during the show's run, and with the CBS-Viacom split, Paramount's original television division stayed on CBS's side. None of the spin-offs (other than Star Trek: The Animated Series) aired on NBC or an NBC-affiliated network. So after NBC canceled the series, it became a Cash Cow Franchise and not only has NBC not seen a dime of it, the money all goes to the people who own their rival. Call it Laser-Guided Karma if you want. (Ironically, CBS originally passed on Star Trek in favor of Lost in Space.)
  • The A-Team was produced by Universal and Stephen J. Cannell Productions (Universal owns the series now), but the film was released by 20th Century Fox due to Universal putting the film in turnaround several years before it finally got produced.
  • Dark Shadows was made by Dan Curtis Productions, but the film was released by Warner Bros., who purchased the rights directly from series creator Dan Curtis' estate.
  • Magical Mystery Tour was originally a Made-for-TV movie produced by Apple Corps in association with the BBC before it was rereleased in theaters in 1974 by New Line Cinema and again in 2012 by Apple.
  • The film of The Equalizer was made by Columbia Pictures, while the series was made by Universal.
  • 21 Jump Street was a Stephen J. Cannell Production, but the film series was made by Columbia Pictures and MGM (with the former handling home video distribution).
     Comic Book Examples 
  • Blue Beetle, Captain Atom, Judomaster, Nightshade, and The Question all started off at Charlton Comics, but were bought out by DC Comics and brought into the official DCU during Crisis on Infinite Earths. Peter Cannon, Thunderbolt was also briefly published by DC, but is currently published by Dynamite Entertainment (as the rights to the character returned to the estate of his deceased creator).
  • Shazam (formerly Captain Marvel), Black Adam, and the Marvel Family were originally owned by Fawcett Comics, but ended up being bought out by DC after a massive lawsuit. They (as well as Fawcett's other heroes) are currently part of the DCU.
  • Plastic Man and Blackhawk were originally owned by Quality Comics, but like the above examples, were bought out by DC and integrated into their universe. A number of other Quality properties like the Ray, Phantom Lady, Black Condor, and Uncle Sam were later published together as the Freedom Fighters.
  • The Milestone Comics heroes (the most famous among them being Static) were originally part of a creator-owned imprint published by DC, but separate from the DC Universe. Later, they were licensed by DC, becoming part of the DCU proper. Later still, they were established as having their own universe in the DC multiverse, again under their own imprint.
  • Archie Comics had a line of superheroes in the Golden Age, collectively known as the Red Circle. DC briefly licensed the rights from Archie and integrated them into the DCU, but poor sales resulted in the rights going back to Archie. Archie now publishes the Red Circle heroes once again, treating their DC adventures as Canon Discontinuity in the process.
  • Miracleman (formerly Marvelman) is a famously complicated example. He started off in the 50's at L. Miller & Son before being revived by Quality Communications in the 80's. He was then licensed out to Eclipse Comics, before that publisher folded (as had Quality), and floated around in limbo for years. Todd McFarlane tried to bring the character into the Image Comics universe, but legal issues prevented this from happening. Marvel Comics supposedly has the rights as of now, and have reprinted some of Miracleman's original 50's stories, but it is unclear whether or not they have rights to the Quality and Eclipse material (which featured legendary work from Alan Moore and Neil Gaiman).
    • Marvel has started reprinting the Alan Moore stories, although the writer is now credited to "The Original Writer".
  • Amazing-Man was originally published by Centaur, but after lapsing into the Public Domain, he has appeared in stories published by Malibu and Dynamite Entertainment (such as Project Superpowers). He's also appeared in the Marvel Universe (in Immortal Iron Fist, Secret Avengers, and The Defenders, but is called the Prince of Orphans due to copyright reasons.
  • Rob Liefeld's Youngblood originated at Image Comics, but Liefeld eventually left the studio and brought them over to his own publishing house, Awesome Comics (where they were ReTooled by Alan Moore). After Awesome folded, the characters (and Liefeld) returned to Image.
  • Mantis is a truly bizarre example. She originated at Marvel Comics as a member of The Avengers, but after being written out of the series, was briefly published by DC Comics under the name "Willow", and later by Eclipse Comics under the name "Lorelei". She finally returned to the Marvel Universe a few years later, and is currently part of the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise.
  • The New York Four started off as part of DC Comics' Minx Line, but the sequel, The New York Five, was published by Vertigo Comics.
  • Peter David's Fallen Angel started off at DC (in fact, the heroine, Lee, was heavily implied to be Linda Danvers under an assumed name), but was later picked up by IDW Publishing.
  • The characters of WildStorm (publisher of The Authority, Stormwatch, Genął, and Wild CATS) started off as a sub-studio at Image, before being bought by DC Comics. The characters existed on their own until the events of Flashpoint and the New 52, where they were brought over into the rebooted DC canon.
  • Neil Gaiman's Angela was originally created for the Spawn series at Image Comics. After a massive legal battle that spanned years, Gaiman regained creative control of the character, and brought her over to Marvel Comics. She entered the Marvel Universe at the close of the Age of Ultron Crisis Crossover.
  • It is very common for comics based on an external license to change publishers, with the new publishers often reprinting the material commissioned from a previous publisher.
  • The short-lived Darkwing Duck comic book was originally published by Boom Studios, but a new publisher known as Joe Books not only had all issues of the comic (with the exception of the last two) revised by original editor Aaron Sparrow and collected in an omnibus called Darkwing Duck: The Definitively Dangerous Edition, which was released in early 2015, but will also start publishing a new Darkwing Duck series.
  • Between 1979 and 1995, Doctor Who Magazine was published by the UK branch of Marvel Comics. As a result, its long-running Doctor Who comic strip often intersected with the Marvel Universe, including crossovers with Death's Head and Captain Britain and even a brief intersection with the Fantastic Four and other mainstream Marvel heroes. Around 1989, a second Doctor Who comic strip was published for about a year in the UK magazine The Incredible Hulk Presents. In 1995, the publishing rights for DWM were sold to Italian-based Panini (which continues to publish the magazine as of 2016), and the Marvel connections ended.

     Music Examples 
  • It's quite common for artists to start on lower labels but then sign to a bigger one — commonly, to the cries of "Sell Out" by the Fan Dumb.
  • And in recent years, there is the opposite: artists leave the major labels after being fed up with their policies, and start releasing independently. The breakout example of this practice was Radiohead in 2007.
  • Michael Jackson released his first solo albums on Motown, the same label to which The Jackson 5 were signed. For his fifth, Off The Wall, he went for Epic Records instead. The rest is history (to the point that some think that was his solo debut).
    • This may have had something to do with The Jackson 5 The Jacksons themselves jumping ship to Epic Records in 1975 after leaving Motown.
  • Aerosmith started their career on Columbia Records. As their career started to dwindle on the early 80s, the label dropped them, so when they started Putting the Band Back Together, they signed with Geffen Records. The Career Resurrection that followed was enough for Columbia to sign them back in 1996.
  • The Red Hot Chili Peppers were first signed to EMI America, but it was mostly fruitless — only their last album there, Mother's Milk, caused impact. So afterwards came a bidding war, a deal with Warner Bros. Records and Blood Sugar Sex Magik, and they became superstars.
  • Van Halen were signed to Warner Bros. Records for all their career, but for their comeback album A Different Kind of Truth in 2012, they signed with Interscope instead.
  • When Dave Grohl decided to form the Foo Fighters and release his playing all instruments record as the Self-Titled Album, he signed to Capitol as he knew their president from his Nirvana days. So when said executive left after the Foos did their second album in 97, Grohl left Capitol, and only signed to RCA when the home-made third album was done.
  • The musical projects of Trent Reznor are an interesting case. After he left major label Interscope in 2007, he set up his own independent label, The Null Corporation, to release new material (such as Ghosts I-IV, The Slip and his and Atticus Ross' Oscar-winning soundtrack to The Social Network). This label goes through RED Distribution, a distribution channel owned by Sony Music. After the success of Null's releases, Reznor's musical project How To Destroy Angels would end up signing with Sony subsidiary Columbia Records, and he would do the same with Nine Inch Nails for its comeback album.
  • Depeche Mode signed to Mute Records in 1980, and got a US deal with Sire Records shortly after. When Mute was bought by EMI in 2002, the band's US deal remained in place until 2009, when they moved to Virgin and Capitol (two other EMI subsidiaries) to release Sounds of the Universe. In 2012, however, they left EMI altogether for Columbia Records, but the logo for Mute still appears on their debut Columbia album Delta Machine.
  • Queen: Greatest Flix underwent this before release due to the controversial Warner Home Video Rental Drive of '81, being released by Picture Music International through Thorn EMI Video (whose parent company, EMI, distributed their records in the UK), instead of by WEA (who distributed them in the USA) as was originally planned.
    • For the record, the rights to Queen's music itself are another example of this. In the UK, Queen originally released their music through EMI/Parlophone, but they kept their masters and signed a more lucrative deal with Island Records in 2011. Thus, when Universal merged with EMI and had to divest Parlophone to Warner, their music stayed with Island. In the US and Canada, Queen signed to Elektra Records and WEA and released their music under those labels until 1984's The Works, when they moved to Capitol (an EMI subsidiary), in part because of the above fiasco. That deal would go on until 1991, when the band signed a new deal with Disney's Hollywood Records (which just so happened to be distributed by Elektra until 1995, when Polygram, and later Universal, took over), taking their back catalog with them. Now, Universal distributes Queen's music worldwide.
  • Limp Bizkit left their longtime label Interscope in 2012 and signed on to Birdman's Cash Money Records. Yes, Limp Bizkit is now labelmates with artists like Lil Wayne, Drake, and Nicki Minaj.
  • Each solo member of The Beatles stayed with Capitol/EMI for the beginning of their solo/post-Beatles careers (as per their eight-year contracts to EMI in 1967 while still working as a group, but after the dissoliution of Apple Records in 1975, each jumped ship; John, George and Ringo in 1975 (for Geffen Records, Warner Bros. Records and Portrait respectively), and Paul/Wings in 1979 for Columbia. Each member's solo albums have, as of 2015, shifted back to Capitol/EMI, except Paul (who licenses his solo career to Concord).
  • After Mötley Crüe's contract with Elektra Records expired, they bought the rights to their masters and started their own label, Motley Music, which has been distributed by Beyond Music, BMG, Universal, Downtown, and now RED.
  • When soundtrack albums are expanded, they're not always on the same label that put out the original - examples are legion, like Jay Chattaway's Invasion U.S.A. (1985) (originally released on LP in 1985 by Varčse Sarabande in North America and Milan internationally; Intrada later issued the complete score in 2008).
  • Cat Stevens' first two albums were released by Deram Records while his albums from Mona Bone Jakon to Back to Earth were released on A&M Records in North America and Island Records elsewhere. Since he returned to recording as Yusuf Islam he released An Other Cup on Atlantic, Roadsinger on Hip-O and Tell 'Em I'm Gone on Columbia.
  • The Avalanches have always been signed to Modular in their home country of Australia and XL Recordings in the UK, but the North American rights to their debut album Since I Left You transferred between London-Sire, then Elektra, and currently, Interscope, with the Japanese rights going from independent label Toy's Factory to Universal. Their second album Wildflower was released worldwide in collaboration with four labels, the first three of which are Universal subsidiaries: Modular, EMI Australia, Astralwerks, and XL Recordings.
  • For many years, a common practice for recording artists that changed labels would be to record an album (or two) of re-recordings of past hits, in order to allow the new label to reap some additional airplay and sales benefits. Less common now, an example of this was Johnny Cash, who initially recorded for Sun Records. He later signed with Columbia Records and eventually recorded an album of re-recordings of Sun-era songs. In the late 1980s, Cash left Columbia and signed with Mercury Records and one of his first releases for the new label was yet another album of recordings of songs he'd previously recorded at both Sun and Columbia.

     Online Examples 
  • Many of the contributors of That Guy with the Glasses, including That Guy himself, started out on YouTube. In That Guy's case, he was driven to create the site because YouTube started removing his videos due to copyright issues.
    • Some of them seem to have moved back to YouTube recently, such as Doug, Lindsey, Brad and Todd on the League of Super Critics, while still continuing on Blip. Doug even go as far as to make a few YouTube jokes in recent Nostalgia Critic episodes.
  • Zero Punctuation started out (very briefly) as a series of YouTube reviews before getting picked up as a proper series by the online "magazine" The Escapist.
  • Likewise Extra Credits, which then hopped again when The Escapist cut out the funding for the series, moving back to YouTube briefly before ending up on Penny Arcade's PATV. After that, they got their own website with their videos hosted on their youtube channel, and now the website is mostly defunct and content is split between two youtube channels ExtraCredits and Extra Play.
  • Discussed in the Script Fic Calvin and Hobbes: The Series:
    Jack: Faster than the speed of light, eh? When did this show move to the Sci-Fi Channel?
  • Some video reviewers changed their video providers a lot: YouTube, Revver, Blip Tv, Springboard...
  • Blip TV closed down, so everyone on there either had to Channel Hop or go dark.

    Pinball Examples 

     Radio Examples 
  • In the late 1940s, CBS head William S. Paley conducted a famous "talent raid" of rival NBC, snatching away such popular shows as The Jack Benny Program, Amos 'n' Andy, The Burns and Allen Show, The Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy Show, and The Red Skelton Show. The move led to CBS becoming the ratings leader in 1949, establishing a position of dominance that the network would enjoy into the television era and wouldn't relinquish until the late '70s.

     Toy Examples 
  • Arthur: has saw this happen to its toy license. The license originally belonged to Playskool, but then passed on to Eden Toys after just a short stint. When Eden toys went defunct, it passed on to a little-known company called Crocodile Creek and has remained since.
  • Care Bears: Originally started out on Kenner. Executive Meddling involving forcing the Green Aesop down people's throat among other things note  caused the toys to lose popularity in the late 90s, and the license was sold to Play-Along Toys in 1999, who managed to salvage the franchise and bring it back to profitability. Then Hasbro managed to pry the license out of Play-Along's hands in late 2007. Hasbro proceeded to treat the franchise poorly note . When the show wasn't renewed for a second season in 2013, it displeased American Greetings, who then revoked Hasbro's license and sold it to a company called Just Play Inc.
  • Strawberry Shortcake: Originally started out on Kenner like Care Bears, but then eventually lost steam due to neglect of the franchise. The license was sold to Bandai in the early 2000s, who like Play-Along managed to bring the series back to profitability. Then executive meddling happened and the license went from Bandai to Playmates toys, then an upstart with poor distribution. The decision by Playmates to revamp the franchise note  had a negative effect on the fanbase. Coupled with the poor availability of the toys due to the abovementioned distribution issues, the franchise started to collapse. The rights was then revoked and sold to Hasbro (which happened at the same time as Play-Along losing the rights to Care Bears to also Hasbro), who while initially gave the series excellent treatment, started to slide because the toys weren't moving note . This had a net result of the rights being revoked at around the same time as the Care Bears'. The rights was then given to another upstart called Bridge Direct, a company with an even worse distribution coverage than Playmates.
    • And on a higher level, American Greetings finally relinquished the rights of Strawberry Shortcake to Iconix Brands in April 2015. This is noticeable since all pictures posted to social networks since has the copyright of "SBSC" (Strawberry Shortcake Holdings, an Iconix company) instead of "TCFC" (Those Characters From Cleveland, an American Greetings company).
  • Sesame Workshop, then Childrens Television Workshop, historically licensed the production of toys based on Sesame Street and their other franchises to Fisher-Price. However, in the 90s, they change their mind and switched to Playskool. Then in the mid-2000s, somehow decided to switch back to Fisher-Price for a while, before switching back to Playskool again.

    Video Game Examples 
  • Bayonetta began as a Sega franchise, but as of Bayonetta 2, Nintendo now owns the publishing rights. Sega still owns the franchise, but Nintendo is publishing all further games in the series.
  • Rareware and Silicon Knights used to be Nintendo-owned companies, until Nintendo sold their shares to Microsoft.
  • Crash Bandicoot and Spyro the Dragon jumped from Sony Computer Entertainment to Vivendi Universal, who later merged with Sierra. The rights then went to Activision after the fall of Sierra.
  • Valve Software's (retail) games used to be distributed by Sierra, until the release of The Orange Box, in which they are now distributed by EA Games. Valve handles their own digital distribution, though.
  • Leisure Suit Larry began as a Sierra franchise, until it was sold to Codemasters (who picked up and released Box Office Bust) after Sierra's fall. The other Sierra franchises are retained by Activision.
  • Command & Conquer went from Westwood Studios to EA Games, and some were not too happy about it. It is questionable if this one counts, however, since EA bought over Westwood and proceeded to screw with it, and when Command and Conquer 4 tanked, EA shut down Westwood, but was reluctant to let the franchise go.
  • The WWE game franchise went from THQ to 2K Sports following THQ's bankruptcy.
  • Interesting example with the Far Cry series. The series started off with the first installment being made by Crytek Studios and Ubisoft with Crytek's proprietary CryEngine. However, after the first game, Crytek parted ways with Ubisoft, took their engine with them and went on to make the Crysis series. Ubisoft kept the Far Cry trademark and continued the franchise, producing Far Cry 2 and the very popular Far Cry 3. The non-Crytek installments of the Far Cry series, as well as the Classic remake of the first game, are rendered in the Unreal Engine.
  • Insomniac Games were Sony-exclusive for 18 years, before hopping to Microsoft for Sunset Overdrive.
  • Halo began development as an in-house Bungie property before the company was purchased by Microsoft, and remained in the hands of Microsoft's 343 Industries after Bungie parted ways with them.
  • Monster Hunter had been exclusive to Sony platforms for years before the development team chose to release Monster Hunter Tri on the Wii due to the high cost of developing games for the PlayStation 3 at the time. While Monster Hunter Portable 3rd had been released on the PlayStation Portable, all current main series games have been primarily released on the Nintendo 3DSnote , with official word being that they simply wanted to reach a wider audience over the Play Station Vita. That statement doesn't stop the spread of rumors claiming they had a falling out with Sony over the Portable 3rd incidentnote , however.

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