--- In probe_control@y..., "Mark Wilson" <wilsomark@w...> wrote:
> Who actually still owns the rights to Probe and Search, NBC?
Hi Mark Wilson: Don again and the above is a GREAT question.
The Nov. 25, 1972 TV Guide article
Hugh O'Brian was "part-owner of the show (with Warner Bros. and
producer Leslie Stevens)."
One wrinkle with all of this is that the pro tape of the "PROBE"
pilot movie was released by an outfit called "Unicorn Video."
However, we have had trouble finding an address for that company. I
notice, though, that the fonts and general layout of the Unicorn
Video packaging strongly resembles the font and layout of the regular
Warner Home Video packaging.
What's also interesting is that "PROBE" is indeed syndicated in the
U.S. as part of a package of other Warner Bros. movies, only it's
renamed "SEARCH." It would seem that if the pilot is syndicated,
then why not the series? There doesn't seem to be a rights problem
with the pilot.
Leslie Stevens passed on during 1998, so I guess his rights to the
series are with his estate. That leaves Hugh O'Brian and Warner
Bros. Would it take a Hollywood lawyer to research the rights
For years we were told that a "Lost in Space" movie would be
impossible because there were "too many co-owners" of that series.
Yet, out of the blue, a major movie was finally released. And for a
series with "too many co-owners", it sure got syndicated worldwide
The last we heard from Warner Bros. was that SEARCH was "for export
only," that is, to be aired overseas. It is frustrating for us to
see other one season series like "Kolchak," "Time Tunnel," "The
Prisoner," "Battlestar Galactica" and others run on cable and gain
large cult followings. SEARCH should always have been right there
with these other shows.