Are King Kong and Tim Holt RKO's only multimedia franchises?

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Are King Kong and Tim Holt RKO's only multimedia franchises?

PostSun Apr 09, 2017 2:05 am

Warner Bros. had the Looney Tunes multimedia franchise (in addition to cartoons, there were Looney Tunes toys and comic books) and Columbia had the Three Stooges multimedia franchise (in addition to short films, there were Three Stooges finger puppets and comic books) . RKO had the Tim Holt multimedia franchise (in addition to films, there were Tim Holt comic books, for example) and the King Kong multimedia franchise (in addition to the film, there was a King Kong cartoon show, for example). What other multimedia franchises did RKO have?
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Re: What other media franchises did RKO have besides Tim Hol

PostSun Apr 09, 2017 4:41 am

Shorts: Edgar Kennedy, Leon Errol, for a short time: March of Time, Pathe newsreel, cartoons: Disney, for B features:
The Falcon, George O'Brien westerns,1940s post-MGM Tarzan series, Great Gildersleeve series, Kay Kyser series, Fibber Mcgee series.

And, of course, many Fred & Ginger musicals.
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Re: What other media franchises did RKO have besides Tim Hol

PostSun Apr 09, 2017 3:09 pm

RKO also had THE SAINT. Tom Keene was their original western star, followed by George O'Brien and finally Tim Holt. RKO released, but did not own, the Scattergood Baines series with Guy Kibbee and the Dr. Christian movies with Jean Hersholt. The Sol Lesser TARZAN films were released by RkO but, again, they did not retain ownership.
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Re: What other media franchises did RKO have besides Tim Hol

PostSun Apr 09, 2017 3:23 pm

And of course Wheeler and Woolsey
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Re: What other media franchises did RKO have besides Tim Hol

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Re: What other media franchises did RKO have besides Tim Hol

PostSun Apr 09, 2017 4:11 pm

Although The Disney cartoons have spawned multimedia franchises, the cartoons were not produced by RKO (even though RKO distributed them). Are Tim Holt and King Kong RKO's only multimedia franchises (as can be seen by the existence of stuff that is not films, such as Tim Holt comic books, and King Kong model kits and a King Kong cartoon show when RKO still owned the King Kong rights prior to those rights being given to the Cooper estate in 1976)?
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Re: What other media franchises did RKO have besides Tim Hol

PostSun Apr 09, 2017 4:39 pm

The details of subsidiary rights -- a general description of what is being referred to as "media rights" is a complicated tangle of contracts, copyright and trademark law. The Cartoon Research site runs a couple of articles a month on the issue of licensing of cartoon characters. Disney has made strong and often effective claims of rights based on their production of, for example, the Winnie the Pooh stories, to large swaths of intellectual property thereof. Back in the day, there were radio shows that aired cut-down version of movies; the scripts belonged to the studios. Stars made personal appearances and offered product endorsement, and their presence might redound to their studios' benefit, depending on the contract, or a notice in a print ad citing the star's appearance in a particular movie from the studio. Stars who made appearances on shows often had the other end of their contracts noted. In one famous bit from the Jack Benny show, a horse wins a race courtesy of Meryn Leroy.

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Re: Were King Kong and Tim Holt RKO's only media franchises?

PostSun Apr 09, 2017 6:09 pm

Speaking of Disney, he was one of RKO's cash cows, since they handled distribution for him for many years.
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Re: Were King Kong and Tim Holt RKO's only media franchises?

PostMon Apr 10, 2017 7:02 pm

I may be mistaken, but I don't think anyone yet mentioned Lupe Velez' MEXICAN SPITFIRE series.
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Re: Were King Kong and Tim Holt RKO's only media franchises?

PostTue Apr 11, 2017 2:32 am

They handled Sam Goldwyns films at such a disadvantageous rate they actually managed to make a loss
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Re: Were King Kong and Tim Holt RKO's only media franchises?

PostTue Apr 11, 2017 9:13 pm

William D. Ferry wrote:I may be mistaken, but I don't think anyone yet mentioned Lupe Velez' MEXICAN SPITFIRE series.


How come Mexican Spitfire never became a multimedia franchise? It only became a film franchise. There were no Mexican Spitfire comic books, toys, or other stuff that is not films. Is there a chance it could be brought back as a multimedia franchise in the future, like King Kong was (my gut instinct says no)?

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