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Ted Turner launches new prodco

Ted Turner Pictures will focus on the media mogul's interests, including the UN, the U.S. Civil War and nuclear disarmament.
June 21, 2001

Since AOL/Time Warner swooped in on Ted Turner’s cable broadcasting empire (which includes CNN, TBS Superstation and Turner Classic Movies), the media mogul has been itching for a new project. The creation of Ted Turner Pictures, a production company based in Atlanta and the most recent focus for Turner’s prodigious ambitions, therefore comes as no surprise.

Turner has pegged Robert Wussler, co-founder of CNN and former president of CBS Television, to head up the new company, which will reportedly turn out feature-length fiction films and documentaries. While Ted Turner Pictures will almost certainly work closely with AOL/Time Warner Inc., the arrangement will not be exclusive. In fact, Turner Pictures is already said to be in pre-production on a documentary about nuclear disarmament for PBS. Turner’s interest in such topics as the U.S. Civil War and the UN will be reflected in the prodco’s output.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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