Originally Posted by kjbawc
TCM has NO control over the Turner Film Library, except for titles they lease, during the lease period.
Think about it - "Brands formerly owned by PepsiCo include: Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, KFC, (etc)." So, when PepsiCo owned them all, Could KFC tell Taco Bell how to run their business, or not to locate next to a KFC, for fear of competition? Just because TCM and the Turner Film Library have the same parent corp., it doesn't mean that one has ANY control over the other.
Then why is Coca-Cola not available at Taco Bell, Pizza Hut or KFC?
I doubt that Taco Bell buys anything from Chevy's or KFC. And they
probably do not tell each other what to do.
Suppose Taco Bell set up a duplicate chain with the exact same menu
but they called it "Taco Bell DeLuxe" and located it next door to each and
every Taco Bell.
Naturally, people would feel cheated once they discovered that
"Taco Bell DeLuxe" was no better than "Taco Bell".
Now back to the question.
TCM and the Turner Library act as one company. TCM was set up to
make money from the library.
TCM would go bust if it had to compete on equal footing with others
for access to the Warner / Turner Library.
How close are they?
Here's a Resume excerpt I found from someone who once worked there.
(Yes - after the supposed split)
================== START =====================
Media Services Supervisor
Public Company; 5001-10,000 employees; TWX; Broadcast Media industry
February 1999 - May 2004 (5 years 4 months)
Supervised completion and quality of all on-air media under strict deadlines on a daily basis for Turner Classic Movies cable television network. Served as liaison between TCM Programming, Film Library, Turner Studios, Log Management and Standards and Practices departments. Maintained integrity and corrected errors of TCM media data in company-wide database
================== END =====================
Note how it says "company-wide"?
The company really is just Turner Broadcasting and they are all in the
Consider this news release.
Michael Wright Named President, Head of Programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM)
- 01 May 2012
Michael Wright has been promoted to President, Head of Programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). In this elevated role, Wright will continue to oversee all programming and scheduling for TNT and TBS, along with original programming for TCM and original content for all three networks' digital extensions.
Any separation is a paper-only accounting device of convenience
for taxes earnings etc.