Filmways

Filmways, Inc. (also known as Filmways Pictures and Filmways Television) was a television and film production company founded by American film executive Martin Ransohoff and Edwin Kasper in 1952.[1] It is probably best remembered as the production company of CBS’ “rural comedies” of the 1960s, including Mister Ed, The Beverly Hillbillies, Petticoat Junction, and Green Acres, as well as the comedy-drama The Trials of O'Brien, the western Dundee and the Culhane, the adventure show Bearcats!, the police drama Cagney & Lacey, and The Addams Family. Notable films the company produced include The Sandpiper, The Cincinnati Kid, The Fearless Vampire Killers, Ice Station Zebra, Summer Lovers, The Burning, King, Brian De Palma's Dressed to Kill and Blow Out, and Death Wish II.

Filmways, Inc.
TypeCorporation
IndustryMotion pictures, television programs
Founded1952; 70 years ago (1952)
FounderMartin Ransohoff
Edwin Kasper
Defunct1982; 40 years ago (1982)
FateAcquired by Orion Pictures and renamed as Orion Pictures Corporation
SuccessorOrion Pictures Corporation
HeadquartersSonoma County, California
Key people
Martin Ransohoff, Edwin Kasper, Rodney Erickson

Filmways acquired famous companies throughout the years, such as Heatter-Quigley Productions, Ruby-Spears Productions and American International Pictures. It was also the owner of the film distributor Sigma III Corporation (Closely Watched Trains, Hi, Mom!), and Wally Heider Recording in Hollywood.


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