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.

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