Motion Pictures for Television

From Audiovisual Identity Database

Descriptions by
PAV123 and Argus Sventon

Captures by
V of Doom, Argus Sventon


Motion Pictures for Television (MPTV) was an early television syndication company, founded in 1951 by former Universal executive Matty Fox as a merger between the first incarnation of Associated Artists Productions and Flamingo Television. It's probably best known nowadays for having commissioned and produced The Adventures of Superman starring George Reeves. It syndicated some Monogram Pictures features to TV, and also had close ties to fellow syndicator Guild Films, which Fox sold it to in 1955. Guild filed for bankruptcy in 1961; they were then acquired by Seven Arts Productions, and eventually folded into Warner Bros. Television; Superman is held by Warner Bros., while the rest of MPTV's output has either found other distributors over the years, is in the public domain, or has been lost. The rump company left after the sale to Guild, Western Television, was merged into C&C Television in 1958.

1st Logo (1952-????)

Logo: During the credits, we see the text "Distributed by Motion Pictures for Television, Inc." in italics beneath the words "THE END" in a Times New Roman Font. The text has a shadow effect.

Technique: None.

Music/Sounds: The closing theme of the program.

Availability: Seen on programs released by the company, such as The Adventures of Superman.

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