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Date Posted: 16:28:36 10/20/03 Mon
Author: Site Administrator
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Subject: some problems with your theories...
In reply to: Roi Klark 's message, "Re: Contacted Hallmark Entertainment about releasing Series" on 06:52:25 10/20/03 Mon

"Here's how I see it. Filmation also did the Star Trek cartoon series. Gene Rodenberry, Star Trek's creator, did not care for the cartoon series and didn't make it a part of the TOS's timeline whatsoever. But he didn't realize the fan following of the cartoon to my knowledge. Fans kept pushing for it. They released it."
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Problem there is that PARAMOUNT owns the rights to the animated Trek now, NOT Filmation, which is why Paramount was able to release it.

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"I'm going to contact Filmation Studios and just let them know the fans love what they did. They have better connections and maybe it is a seed of hope."
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Filmation as a company no longer exists. All their properties were sold off to third parties, and not all to the same company. Paramount owns animated Trek and Warner Bros. owns Shazam!, for instance.

The owner of the BULK of the catalogue appears to be Hallmark. As you will have noted in the original post above, those in charge have a bit of an "attitude" about the Filmation catalogue. Yes, it seems silly to buy something that you intend to do nothing with. I personally think if they believe the shows to be that bad, they should divest themselves of the library.

My point is, you can write to anybody you like (even Lou Scheimer), but the ONLY way these shows will come out is if Hallmark has a change of heart or if they sell off their Filmation holdings.

I suggest you contact Hallmark and also specialist video companies like Columbia House and Time-Life. Maybe if enough people contact THOSE two outlets, they will ask Hallmark for a licence to sell videos and perhaps Hallmark will allow that (as they wouldn't be directly involved with it).

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