The Real Ghostbusters
The Real Ghostbusters is an American animated television series, a spin-off/sequel of the 1984 comedy movie Ghostbusters. The series ran from September 13, 1986 to October 5, 1991, was produced by Columbia Pictures Television, DiC Animation City and Coca-Cola Telecommunications; the series continues the adventures of paranormal investigators Dr. Peter Venkman, Dr. Egon Spengler, Dr. Ray Stantz, Winston Zeddemore, their secretary Janine Melnitz and their mascot ghost Slimer. "The Real" was added to the title after a dispute with its Ghost Busters properties. There were two ongoing Real Ghostbusters comics, one published monthly by Now Comics in the United States and the other published weekly by Marvel Comics in the United Kingdom, a popular toy line manufactured by Kenner; the series follows the continuing adventures of the four Ghostbusters, their secretary Janine, their accountant Louis, their mascot Slimer, as they chase and capture rogue spirits around New York City and various other areas of the world.
At the start of the fourth season in 1988, the show was retitled to Slimer! and the Real Ghostbusters. It aired in a one-hour time slot, which the show began doing under its original name earlier that same year on January 30, 1988. In addition to the regular thirty-minute Real Ghostbusters episode, a half-hour Slimer sub-series was added that included 2–3 short animated segments focusing on the character Slimer. Animation for the Slimer! Cartoons was handled by Wang Film Productions. At the end of its seven-season run, 147 episodes had aired, including the syndicated episodes and 13 episodes of Slimer, with multiple episodes airing out of production order. Slimer is shown to haunt the Sedgewick Hotel as its recurring pest; the segments added several characters as friends of Slimer and other supporting characters like a singing ice cream truck driver named Chilly Cooper, an Italian pizza chef named Luigi, a restaurant owner named Rafael, Luigi's boss, a bellhop named Bud, hotel manager Morris Grout, socialite Mrs. Van Huego and her dog Fred, odd-job worker Rudy.
Slimer had an antagonist named Professor Norman Dweeb, an archetypical mad scientist accompanied by a sidekick pink poodle named Elizabeth. Dweeb wants to gain personal glory. Dweeb made three appearances in the main series, one a clip show from the last two seasons. Other enemies of Slimer include an alley cat named Manx, a dog named Bruiser, a tough woman named Mrs. Stone, the ghost gangsters Goolem and Zugg as well as their boss Scareface. One of the ghosts from the Slimer cartoons, the Sleaze reappeared in The Real Ghostbusters to be captured a second time. Lorenzo Music – Peter Venkman Dave Coulier – Peter Venkman Maurice LaMarche – Egon Spengler Frank Welker – Ray Stantz, Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, Mayor Lenny Clotch, Scareface Arsenio Hall – Winston Zeddemore Buster Jones – Winston Zeddemore Laura Summer – Janine Melnitz Kath Soucie – Janine Melnitz Rodger Bumpass – Louis Tully Charlie Adler - Rafael Jeff Altman – Professor Norman Dweeb Fay DeWitt – Mrs. Van Huego April Hong - Catherine Katie Leigh - Jason Danny Mann - Luigi, Bud Jeff Marder – Rudy Danny McMurphy - Donald Alan Oppenheimer – Morris P. Grout, Goolem John Stocker – Stay Puft Marshmallow Man Cree Summer – Chilly Cooper, Mrs. Stone A short pilot episode was produced, but never aired in full.
The full four-minute promo was released on Time Life's DVD set in 2008. Scenes of the pilot can be seen in TV promos. Among differences seen in the promo pilot, the Ghostbusters wore the beige jumpsuits they had worn in the film instead of the color-coded jumpsuits they would wear in the finished series, the character design for Peter Venkman bore more of a resemblance to actor Bill Murray than the character design seen in the finished series; when he auditioned for the voice of Egon Spengler, Maurice LaMarche noted that while he was asked not to impersonate Harold Ramis, he did so anyway and got the part. LaMarche noted that Bill Murray had remarked off-handedly to producers that Lorenzo Music's voice of Peter Venkman sounded more like Garfield Bill Murray went on to voice Garfield in Garfield: The Movie after Music died. A different explanation for the change of actor for Peter Venkman came from Dave Coulier, who took over the role of Venkman from Music, who explained that Joe Medjuck a producer on both the original 1984 film and the animated series, wanted the character to sound more like Bill Murray.
Ernie Hudson was the only actor from the films. At the same time The Real Ghostbusters was being created, Filmation was making a cartoon known as Ghostbusters, a revamp of Filmation's 1970s series The Ghost Busters; the character designs by Jim McDermott were redesigned from the way the same characters looked in the movie. Although the Ghostbusters concept was tinkered with, the finalized show does feature many tie-ins from the films. In the season 1 episode "Take Two", the Ghostbusters fly to Hollywood to visit the set of a movie based on their adventures, revealed to be the 1984 movie at the end of the episode; the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man makes numerous appearances. During the third season, Walter Peck, the Environmental Protection Agency antagonist from the original film, reappears; the uniforms and containment unit are redesigned, Slimer is changed from a bad ghost to a resident and friend, events which are explained in the episode "Citizen Ghost" that flas
Sony Corporation is a Japanese multinational conglomerate corporation headquartered in Kōnan, Tokyo. Its diversified business includes consumer and professional electronics, gaming and financial services; the company owns the largest music entertainment business in the world, the largest video game console business and one of the largest video game publishing businesses, is one of the leading manufacturers of electronic products for the consumer and professional markets, a leading player in the film and television entertainment industry. Sony was ranked 97th on the 2018 Fortune Global 500 list. Sony Corporation is the electronics business unit and the parent company of the Sony Group, engaged in business through its four operating components: electronics, motion pictures and financial services; these make Sony one of the most comprehensive entertainment companies in the world. The group consists of Sony Corporation, Sony Pictures, Sony Mobile, Sony Interactive Entertainment, Sony Music, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Sony Financial Holdings, others.
Sony is among the semiconductor sales leaders and since 2015, the fifth-largest television manufacturer in the world after Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics, TCL and Hisense. The company's current slogan is Be Moved, their former slogans were The One and Only, It's like.no.other and make.believe. Sony has a weak tie to the Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group corporate group, the successor to the Mitsui group. Sony began in the wake of World War II. In 1946, Masaru Ibuka started an electronics shop in a department store building in Tokyo; the company started with a total of eight employees. In May 1946, Ibuka was joined by Akio Morita to establish a company called Tokyo Tsushin Kogyo; the company built Japan's first tape recorder, called the Type-G. In 1958, the company changed its name to "Sony"; when Tokyo Tsushin Kogyo was looking for a romanized name to use to market themselves, they considered using their initials, TTK. The primary reason they did not is that the railway company Tokyo Kyuko was known as TTK.
The company used the acronym "Totsuko" in Japan, but during his visit to the United States, Morita discovered that Americans had trouble pronouncing that name. Another early name, tried out for a while was "Tokyo Teletech" until Akio Morita discovered that there was an American company using Teletech as a brand name; the name "Sony" was chosen for the brand as a mix of two words: one was the Latin word "sonus", the root of sonic and sound, the other was "sonny", a common slang term used in 1950s America to call a young boy. In 1950s Japan, "sonny boys" was a loan word in Japanese, which connoted smart and presentable young men, which Sony founders Akio Morita and Masaru Ibuka considered themselves to be; the first Sony-branded product, the TR-55 transistor radio, appeared in 1955 but the company name did not change to Sony until January 1958. At the time of the change, it was unusual for a Japanese company to use Roman letters to spell its name instead of writing it in kanji; the move was not without opposition: TTK's principal bank at the time, had strong feelings about the name.
They pushed for a name such as Sony Teletech. Akio Morita was firm, however. Both Ibuka and Mitsui Bank's chairman gave their approval. According to Schiffer, Sony's TR-63 radio "cracked open the U. S. market and launched the new industry of consumer microelectronics." By the mid-1950s, American teens had begun buying portable transistor radios in huge numbers, helping to propel the fledgling industry from an estimated 100,000 units in 1955 to 5 million units by the end of 1968. Sony co-founder Akio Morita founded Sony Corporation of America in 1960. In the process, he was struck by the mobility of employees between American companies, unheard of in Japan at that time; when he returned to Japan, he encouraged experienced, middle-aged employees of other companies to reevaluate their careers and consider joining Sony. The company filled many positions in this manner, inspired other Japanese companies to do the same. Moreover, Sony played a major role in the development of Japan as a powerful exporter during the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.
It helped to improve American perceptions of "made in Japan" products. Known for its production quality, Sony was able to charge above-market prices for its consumer electronics and resisted lowering prices. In 1971, Masaru Ibuka handed the position of president over to his co-founder Akio Morita. Sony began a life insurance company in one of its many peripheral businesses. Amid a global recession in the early 1980s, electronics sales dropped and the company was forced to cut prices. Sony's profits fell sharply. "It's over for Sony," one analyst concluded. "The company's best days are behind it." Around that time, Norio Ohga took up the role of president. He encouraged the development of the Compact Disc in the 1970s and 1980s, of the PlayStation in the early 1990s. Ohga went on to purchase CBS Records in 1988 and Columbia Pictures in 1989 expanding Sony's media presence. Ohga would succeed Morita as chief executive officer in 1989. Under the vision of co-founder Akio Morita and his successors, the company had aggressively expanded in
Sony Interactive Entertainment
Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC is a multinational video game and digital entertainment company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America, the central hub for the American businesses under the Japanese conglomerate Sony Corporation. The company was founded in Tokyo and established on November 16, 1993, as Sony Computer Entertainment, to handle Sony's venture into video game development through its PlayStation brand. Since the successful launch of the original PlayStation console in 1994, the company has been developing the PlayStation lineup of home video game consoles and accessories. Expanding into North America and other countries, the company became Sony's main resource for research and development in video games and interactive entertainment. In April 2016, SCE and Sony Network Entertainment International was restructured and reorganized into Sony Interactive Entertainment, carrying over the operations and primary objectives from both companies; the same year, SIE moved its headquarters from Tokyo to California.
Sony Interactive Entertainment handles the research and development and sales of both hardware and software for the PlayStation video game systems. SIE is a developer and publisher of video game titles, operates several subsidiaries in Sony's largest markets: North America and Asia. By August 2018, the company had sold more than 525 million PlayStation consoles worldwide. Sony Computer Entertainment, Inc. was jointly established by Sony and its subsidiary Sony Music Entertainment Japan in 1993 to handle the company's ventures into the video game industry. The original PlayStation console was released on December 1994, in Japan; the company's North American operations, Sony Computer Entertainment of America, were established in May 1995 as a division of Sony Electronic Publishing. Located in Foster City, the North American office was headed by Steve Race. In the months prior to the release of the PlayStation in Western markets, the operations were restructured: All video game marketing from Sony Imagesoft was folded into SCEA in July 1995, with most affected employees transferred from Santa Monica to Foster City.
On August 7, 1995, Race unexpectedly resigned and was named CEO of Spectrum HoloByte three days later. He was replaced by Sony Electronics veteran Martin Homlish; this proved to be the beginning of a run of exceptional managerial turnover, with SCEA going through four presidents in a single year. The PS console was released in the United States on September 9, 1995; as part of a worldwide restructuring at the beginning of 1997, SCEA and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe were both re-established as wholly owned subsidiaries of SCEI. The launch of the second PS console, the PlayStation 2 was released in Japan on March 4, 2000, the U. S. on October 26, 2000. On July 1, 2002, chairman of SCEI, Shigeo Maruyama, was replaced by Tamotsu Iba as chairman. Jack Tretton and Phil Harrison were promoted to senior vice presidents of SCE; the PlayStation Portable was SCEI's first foray into the small handheld console market. Its development was first announced during SCE's E3 conference in 2003, it was unveiled during their E3 conference on May 11, 2004.
The system was released in Japan on December 12, 2004, in North America on March 24, 2005, in Europe and Australia on September 1, 2005. On September 14, 2005, SCEI formed Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios, a single internal entity to oversee all wholly owned development studios within SCEI, it became responsible for the creative and strategic direction of development and production of all computer entertainment software by all SCEI-owned studios—all software is produced for the PS family of consoles. Shuhei Yoshida was named as President of SCE WWS on May 16, 2008, replacing Kazuo Hirai, serving interim after Harrison left the company in early 2008. On December 8, 2005, video game developer Guerrilla Games, developers of the Killzone series, was acquired by Sony Computer Entertainment as part of its SCE WWS. On January 24, 2006, video game developer Zipper Interactive, developers of the Socom series, was acquired by Sony Computer Entertainment as part of its SCE WWS. In March 2006, Sony announced the online network for its forthcoming PlayStation 3 system at the 2006 PlayStation Business Briefing meeting in Tokyo, tentatively named "PlayStation Network Platform" and called just PlayStation Network.
Sony stated that the service would always be connected and include multiplayer support. The launch date for the PS3 was announced by Hirai at the pre-Electronic Entertainment Expo conference held at the Sony Pictures Studios in Los Angeles, California, on May 8, 2006; the PS3 was released in Japan on November 11, 2006, the U. S. date was November 17, 2006. The PSN was launched in November 2006. On November 30, 2006, president of SCEI, Ken Kutaragi, was appointed as chairman of SCEI, while Hirai president of SCEA, was promoted to president of SCEI. On April 26, 2007, Ken Kutaragi resigned from his position as chairman of SCEI and group CEO, passing on his duties to the appointed president of SCE, Hirai. On September 20, 2007, video game developers Evolution Studios and Bigbig Studios, creators of the MotorStorm series, were acquired by Sony Computer Entertainment as part of its SCE WWS. On April 15, 2009, David Reeves, president and CEO of SCE Europe, announced his forthcoming resignation from his post.
He had joined the company in 1995 and was appointed as chairman of SCEE in 2003, president in 2005. His role of president and CEO of SCEE would be taken over by Andrew House, who joined Sony Corporation in 1990; the PSP Go was released on October 1
Cyber-shot is Sony's line of point-and-shoot digital cameras introduced in 1996. Cyber-shot model names use a DSC prefix, an initialism for "Digital Still Camera". Many Cyber-shot models feature Carl Zeiss trademarked lenses, while others use Sony, or Sony G lenses. All Cyber-shot cameras accept Sony's proprietary Memory Memory Stick PRO Duo flash memory. Select models have supported CompactFlash. Current Cyber-shot cameras support Memory Stick PRO Duo, SD, SDHC, SDXC. From 2006 to 2009, Sony Ericsson used the Cyber-shot brand in a line of mobile phones; the current lineup consists of: QX series – lens-type compact cameras designed for use with smartphones R and RX series – state-of-the-art, large-sensor compact cameras DSC-RX100/DSC-RX100 II – pocketable camera with the largest 1" sensor of all cameras of its size DSC-RX10 — zoom lens 1" 24-200mm equivalent 35mm bridge camera with constant widest aperture F2.8 DSC-RX1/DSC-RX1R – the world's smallest full-frame camera T Series – rugged, slimline cameras with touchscreens H series and HX series – bridge cameras with long superzoom lenses W series – entry-level cameras WX series entry level cameras with CMOS sensors.
The W and T-series use Sony N-type batteries While most H-series use G-type batteries. Some Cyber-shot models can take 3D stills by shooting two images using two different focus settings; the technology uses one lens only for the process, users can see the images on a 3D TV or on a regular 2D screen. The cameras have been available since 2010. Cyber-Shot models such as the DSC-HX20V and the DSC-HX200V have a built-in GPS so the user can have their photos automatically geotagged as they are being taken; the feature can serve as a compass as it shows the user's position on the camera screen. Tru Black is a technology developed by Sony which allows a better visualization of the screen when there is too much light, it enables LCD screens to automatically change the display contrast in order to enhance the controlling reflectance. In other words, when light hits a display with Tru Black technology, the screen turns opaque as a means to improve the visualization of the content. All current Cyber-shot cameras are equipped with a panoramic technology branded as Sweep Panorama, which enables the user to capture wide format photographs using only one lens.
The photos can be taken and displayed in 2D or 3D. Sony Alpha Sony QX-series Sony Picture Motion Browser
Dinosaucers is an animated television series co-produced in the United States and Canada. It was produced by DIC Animation City and aired in syndication in the United States in 1987 by Coca-Cola Telecommunications. A total of 65 episodes were made for the show's first-run syndication, but it only lasted one season. There were plans by Galoob to release a Dinosaucers toyline, prototype figures were produced; the toys included Stego, Bronto-Thunder, Bonehead, Quackpot and Genghis Rex. In 2018, creator Michael E. Uslan joined with publisher Lion Forge Comics to revive Dinosaucers as a comic book; the show follows their battles against the evil Tyrannos. Each group is composed of intelligent anthropomorphic dinosaurs or other prehistoric saurian species; the Dinosaucers are allied with four humans known as the Secret Scouts. The two groups come from a planet in a counter-Earth orbit known as Reptilon. Most of the characters are named after the type of prehistoric animal they are based on, or some pun of the name.
Both groups have a central base of operations. The Dinosaucers' base is located in a mountain area, in a dormant volcano; the Tyrannos' base is located under a tar pit. Each of the groups' members save for Teryx and Terrible Dactyl–who can themselves fly–have flying ships in which they can travel and do battle. Most ships resemble the personae of their respective owners. Along with their individual ships, both groups have a large mothership of sorts as well. All the Dinosaucers have a button on the front of their uniforms which devolves them to their primitive ancestors dinosaur state, while retaining their intelligence and speech capacity; this special ability is called Dinovolving and appeared to be a significant element of the series, as both Allo and Bronto Thunder Dinovolved in the first episode. Despite the apparent technological advantage, most of the episodes did not feature any Dinovolving. Teryx was the only Dinosaucer who would never Dinovolve throughout the series, while Allo, Tricero and Bronto Thunder would use the ability in more than one episode.
The Tyrannos don't have the secret of Dinovolving, a few episodes revolve around their plans to steal the technology somehow. However, they do possess a special raygun called a devolver. Blasting a living creature with this weapon has the same "devolving" effect as Dinovolving, but reduces the victim's intelligence to that of the devolved form. For those from Reptilon the form is that of a normal dinosaur while humans get reverted to primitive cavemen. In any case, the device winds up being used against them, to much comedic effect, rather than on the Dinosaucers. In this fashion, Genghis Rex, Ankylo and Brachio were all changed into primitive dinosaurs at various times in the series; the Tyrannos possess a weapon called a "fossilizer", capable of turning its target into stone, as well as reversing the condition. The Dinosaucers were shown to have access to this particular type of weapon in one episode, though it may have been on loan from the Tyrannos, as both factions had united to battle a group of anthropomorphic Sabertooth Tigers, who hailed from Reptilon.
These creatures possessed fossilizers as well, had a device which could disrupt the equivalent weapons belonging to the Dinosaucers and Tyrannos while leaving their own in perfect working order. Allo is an evolved Allosaurus and the leader of the Dinosaucers. Allo is calm and serious, he goes barefooted and has brown skin. He has a wife named Vera, a daughter named Alloetta and a maid named Gatormaid, he is the nephew of the Dinosorceress. His address on Reptilon is "where Palmer Avenue meets Emerson and Lake", he can Dinovolve into a 40 foot Allosaurus. Dimetro is another member of the Allo's assistant. Dimetro is the scientist/mechanic of the group, he wears brown and red armor, a blue mask on his head, has aqua green skin and speaks with a slight Scottish accent. Dimetro is an evolved Dimetrodon, a synapsid or mammal-like reptile, rather than a dinosaur, he can Dinovolve into a large Dimetrodon. Bronto Thunder is an evolved Brontosaurus. Bronto Thunder has a girlfriend back on Reptilon named Apatty Saurus, was a "rep" for a ceramic tile shop before he became a Dinosaucer.
Bronto Thunder's name is an example of a tautology. Physically considered the strongest of the Dinosaucers, he can Dinovolve into an 80 foot Sauropod. Stego is an evolved Stegosaurus and a rather dim-witted recruit when compared to the rest of the team, he is prone to panic attacks and general cowardice. However he manages to get through this and has come to the rescue of his friends in the episode Trouble in Paradise. Stego can pull his head inside his Dinosaucers' uniform, much like a turtle. Stego has an armored space ship similar to his race of Stegosaurs. Stego is a powerful hand to hand combatant who doesn't realize his own strength, he can Dinovolve into a 30 foot Stegosaurus. Tricero is an evolved Triceratops, he had a history for doing investigative work back on Reptilon, provides a voice of calm reason. Tricero was a member of the law-enforcing Tricerocops on Reptilon. Tricero has a vibrational super power, he is a mortal enemy to Styraco. He can Dinovolve into a 30 foot Triceratops. Bonehead is Allo's nephew and, as his name suggests, is not bright.
However, he sometimes does di
Beakman's World was an American educational children's television show. The program is based on the Universal Press Syndicate syndicated comic strip You Can with Beakman and Jax created by Jok Church; the series premiered on Wednesday, September 16, 1992, on TLC, on various other channels a few days through syndication on 220 other channels. On September 18, 1993, it moved from national syndication to CBS's Saturday morning children’s lineup. At the peak of its popularity, it was seen in nearly 90 countries around the world; the series was canceled in 1998. Reruns returned to national syndication in September 2006, after which it was transferred to local stations such as KICU; the show debuted a year prior to Bill Nye the Science Guy. The show's host, Paul Zaloom, still performs as Beakman in live appearances around the globe; the program starred Paul Zaloom as Beakman, an eccentric scientist who performed comical experiments and demonstrations in response to viewer mail to illustrate various scientific concepts from density to electricity to flatulence.
When his experiments were successful, he would exclaim "Zaloom!", referring to his last name. Over the years, Beakman was aided in his experiments by a female assistant just as in the comic strip on which it was based; the assistant's name changed throughout the show's run. Beakman was assisted by his "lab rat" Lester. In the pilot episode, Lester was a puppet, but in every subsequent episode he was a clueless, crude man in a tattered rat suit. In a running joke, it was sometimes implied that his character was supposed to be a rat in moments where he would appear to be in pain because someone was standing on his tail, because he was being tickled, something was on his prosthetic nose, etc. Just as however, he was identified by himself and others as a guy in a rat suit, or as a serious actor with a bad agent. Unwilling to help with challenges or other segments, Lester was persuaded by Beakman with the promise of food. Another occasional cast member is the unseen cameraman "Ray", played by prop-master Ron Jancula's hands.
Ray assists Beakman by handing him various items, such as the "boguscope". It is suggested throughout the program that Ray has a romantic crush on the show's unnamed make-up lady. Actress Jean Stapleton appeared on the show as Beakman's mother, "Beakmom". In some of the skits during the show the character Professor I. M. Boring makes appearances and talks about various science topics. Zaloom appeared as various "guest scientists" and historic figures, such as Thomas A. Edison, Robert H. Goddard and Philo T. Farnsworth; when Senta Moses was added to the show's cast, the producers began to use a majority of the sound effects from the NBC game show Scrabble. One segment of the show was the famed "Beakman Challenge". During this segment, Beakman would challenge Lester to do a stunt that illustrated a basic scientific feat. During the first season every challenge related to either air pressure or Bernoulli's principle; the show addressed this during the second season, by having Lester exclaim to Beakman "AIR PRESSURE!
IT'S ALWAYS AIR PRESSURE!" In episodes, the rest of the cast would sometimes have their turn to perform a "Beakman Challenge" under their own name and challenge Beakman to accomplish the feat. During the show, the following verbal warning was given: "Any experiment performed at home should be done with adult supervision and all appropriate safety precautions should be taken. All directions should be followed and no substitutions should be used." At the beginning and end of the show, as well as before or after commercial breaks, the show featured short scenes portraying puppet penguins and Herb, at the South Pole watching Beakman's World on television. The penguins were named after Don Herbert. Mark Ritts was one of the puppeteers operating the penguins. Beakman's World plays in several other countries, it is distributed by Sony Pictures Television in the U. S. and in other countries. The Beakman's World theme song was composed by Mark Mothersbaugh of Devo fame; the Beakman's World theme is an amalgam of Synthpop.
An accordion is used for its main riff. The song prominently features a wide array of wacky sound effects. On September 7, 2004, a DVD entitled The Best of Beakman's World was released; this DVD is a direct transfer of the VHS tape of the same name, features only experiments and segments taken from The Beakman Challenge. There have yet to be any full-episode releases on VHS or DVD. All 4 seasons were available on Netflix with the exception of the following five episodes: 9, 24, 31, 51 and 66, as noted in the chart above, their streaming license ended on September 30, 2014, the content was removed from their site. Beakman's World returned to television on MeTV beginning on October 2, 2016, showing two episodes every Sunday, followed by an hour of Bill Nye the Science Guy. In 1998, the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal opened an interactive exhibit called Beakman's World On Tour, based on the television show; the 4,000-square-foot exhibit toured dozens of cities in the United States. Beakman’s World was nominated for and won num
Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. is an American entertainment company that produces and distributes filmed entertainment through multiple platforms. Through an intermediate holding company called Sony Film Holding Inc. it is operated as a subsidiary of Sony Entertainment Inc., itself a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America, a wholly owned subsidiary and the US headquarters of the Tokyo-based multinational technology and media conglomerate Sony Corporation. Based in Culver City, California, it encompasses Sony's motion picture, television production and distribution units, its group sales in the fiscal year 2017 has been reported to be $9.133 billion. SPE is the Motion Picture Association of America. Sony Pictures' film franchises include The Karate Kid, Spider-Man, Stuart Little, Men in Black, Robert Langdon, The Smurfs, Hotel Transylvania, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, many more. On September 1, 1987, The Coca-Cola Company announced plans to spin off its assets of Columbia Pictures, which it had owned since 1982.
Under this arrangement, Coca-Cola would sell its entertainment assets to TriStar Pictures, of which it owned 39.6%. Tri-Star would be renamed to Columbia Pictures Entertainment, Inc. with Coca-Cola owning 49%, its shareholders owning 31%, Tri-Star's shareholders owning 20%. A new company was formed in early 1988 with the Tri-Star name to take over the studio's operations. On September 28, 1989, Sony obtained an option to purchase all of The Coca-Cola Company's stock in CPE for $27 per share; the next day, Sony announced that it reached an agreement with Guber-Peters Entertainment Company, Inc. to acquire CPE for $200 million when Sony hired Peter Guber and Jon Peters to be its co-chairmen. This was all led by Norio Ohga, the president and CEO of Sony during that time; the hiring of Guber and Peters by Sony to run Columbia was conflicted by a previous contract the producers had signed at Warner Bros. Time Warner's chairman, Steve Ross, threatened Sony with a lawsuit for breach of contract; the lawsuit would be subsequently dropped when Sony sold half-interest in Columbia House and cable distribution rights to Columbia's feature films, TV movies, miniseries to Warner Bros.
That same agreement saw Columbia sell its 35% interest in the Burbank Studios and acquired Lorimar Studios the MGM lot, from Warner Bros. On October 31, 1989, Sony completed a friendly takeover bid for the rest of shares of CPE, a public company listed on the New York Stock Exchange, acquired 99.3% of the common stock of the company. On November 8, 1989, Sony completed the acquisition by a "short-form" merger of its wholly owned subsidiary Sony Columbia Acquisition Corporation into CPE under Delaware law. Sony completed a tender offer for shares of common stock of the Guber-Peters Entertainment Company on November 6, 1989 and acquired the company 3 days later; the acquisition cost Sony $4.9 billion and was backed by five major Japanese banks Mitsui, Fuji and Industrial Bank of Japan. The company was renamed Sony Pictures Entertainment on August 7, 1991. Sony has since created numerous other film production and distribution units, such as creating Sony Pictures Classics for art-house fare, by forming Columbia TriStar Pictures by merging Columbia Pictures and TriStar Pictures in 1998, revitalizing Columbia's former television division Screen Gems.
It expanded its operations on April 8, 2005, when a Sony-led consortium acquired the legendary Hollywood studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, in a US$4.8 billion leveraged buyout, through the holding company MGM Holdings Inc. This in effect re-united the MGM studio name, with the MGM main studio lot, although somewhat confusingly, the bulk of the pre-1986 original MGM library ended up at Warner Bros. via the Ted Turner-Kirk Kerkovian "Turner Entertainment Company" transactions. The post-1986 MGM library consists of acquisitions of various third-party libraries, such as the Orion Pictures catalogue, leading to the MGM version of "Robocop". On June 4, 2008, SPE's wholly owned group 2JS Productions B. V. acquired Dutch production company 2waytraffic N. V. famous for Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, acquired from the original production company Celador, You Are What You Eat for £114.3 million. In 2011, the Sony Pictures computer network was breached and one million user accounts associated with the SonyPictures.com website were leaked.
On November 18, 2012, Sony Pictures announced it has passed $4 billion with the success of releases: Skyfall, The Amazing Spider-Man, 21 Jump Street, Men in Black 3, Hotel Transylvania, Underworld: Awakening, The Vow, Resident Evil: Retribution. On November 21, 2013, SPE and Sony Entertainment's CEO Michael Lynton announced that SPE will shift emphasis from movies to television by cutting its 2014 film slate, it was announced on the same day, that there will be more Spider-Man sequels and spin-offs, though in February 10, 2015, Sony Pictures signed a deal with Disney's Marvel Studios to allow Spider-Man to appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, beginning with Captain America: Civil War, before appearing in Spider-Man: Homecoming, released on July 7, 2017. The deal allowed Sony to distribute and have creative control on any MCU film where Spider-Man is the main chara