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Talent Associates was a TV production company founded by David Susskind and Leonard Stern in the early 1950s. It's probably best known now for producing Get Smart, as well as co-producing McMillan & Wife. Was briefly owned by California tomato king Norton Simon in the 1970s, but eventually ended up sold to Time-Life Films in 1977. When TLF closed in 1982, the TA shows (including Get Smart) ended up at its sister company HBO.

TA also operated a record label between 1969 and 1970. TA Records is best remembered for releasing the first two albums by Seals & Crofts, a soft rock duo who became major stars after switching labels to Warner (Bros.) Records.


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