FilmRise Acquires Rights to Five Classic TV Series From Paul Brownstein Productions

FilmRise, the New York-based film and television studio and streaming network, has entered into a licensing deal with Paul Brownstein Productions for five classic TV programs.

The deal includes SVOD, AVOD and FAST worldwide rights.

The programs include “This is Your Life,” “The Friars Roasts,” “The Best of Groucho,” “The Mike Wallace Interview” and “It’s a Living.” The deal includes 89 episodes of “This is Your Life”; five specials of “The Friars Roast,” broadcast in the ’60s on NBC’s “Kraft Music Hall”; 30 episodes of “The Mike Wallace Interview”; 50 episodes of “The Best of Groucho”; and the entire two seasons of “It’s a Living.”

This is the second licensing deal that FilmRise has done with Paul Brownstein Productions. 

“The Classic TV genre has never been more popular, especially as demand continues to grow for AVOD and FAST channels worldwide,” Danny Fisher, CEO of FilmRise, said in a statement. “All of these programs are a big part of TV history and each uniquely paved the way for many of today’s successful programs domestically and internationally. We are confident that these titles will be enthusiastically embraced by streaming audiences around the world.”

“We are thrilled to continue our partnership with FilmRise,” Brownstein said in a statement. “These programs have universal appeal and have solidly stood the test of time. Through streaming, their audience continues to grow, reinforcing their evergreen status, much like our other titles we have distributed with FilmRise, including ‘The Dick Van Dyke Show’ and ‘That Girl.'”

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The programs feature personalities and celebrities of the time. Eleanor Roosevelt, Salvador Dali, Ayn Rand, Rod Serling, Kirk Douglas and Henry Kissinger are among those featured in “The Mike Wallace Interview.” Betty White, Kathie Lee Gifford, Joe Fazier, Gary Marshall, George Burns and Don Rickles are among those included in the “This is Your Life” series. Among the special guest stars highlighted in “The Best of Groucho” are Candice Bergen, Phyllis Diller, Ernie Kovacs and Frankie Avalon. “The Friar’s Roast Specials” guests of honor include Johnny Carson, Don Rickles, Jack Benny, Milton Berle and Jerry Lewis.

FilmRise Bows Classic TV Channel, Licenses ‘Dick Van Dyke Show,’ ‘Danny Thomas Show’ and ‘That Girl’

New York-based film and television studio and streaming network FilmRise is launching the FilmRise Classic TV Channel and App.

The launch is bolstered by classic television series “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” “That Girl” and “The Danny Thomas Show” licensed in a deal between FilmRise and Paul Brownstein Productions.

“These programs continue to resonate with audiences from generation to generation,” Max Einhorn, SVP of acquisitions and co-productions at FilmRise, said in a statement. “They have stood the test of time and have become the foundation for the sitcoms that are created today. Marlo Thomas, Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Danny Thomas … proven talent that continues to entertain as their legacies live on.”

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“The Dick Van Dyke Show” won two Golden Globes and 15 Emmy Awards. It ran for five seasons (1961 to 1966) with a total of 158 half-hour episodes. The series was centered on the work and home life of television comedy writer Rob Petrie, played by Dick Van Dyke. The show was created by Carl Reiner and also starred Mary Tyler Moore. “The Dick Van Dyke Show” was recently featured in Disney+ classic sitcom inspired “WandaVision,” for which Dick Van Dyke himself consulted.

“That Girl,” starring Marlo Thomas, debuted in 1966 and ran for five seasons (1966-71).  It won a Golden Globe Award and was nominated for four Emmys. Thomas played Ann Marie, an aspiring actress who moves from her hometown of Brewster, New York, to try to make it big in New York City.

“The Danny Thomas Show”

“The Danny Thomas Show” won five Emmys and ran from 1953 to 1964. Thomas played the role of Danny Williams, a successful comedian and nightclub entertainer at the Copa Club, based on the iconic New York City nightclub the Copacabana. Episodes regularly featured music by Danny Thomas and major guest stars

“These shows define classic television,” Paul Brownstein said in a statement. “The comedy is timeless, and they have all been broadcast continuously for over 60 years. Thanks to FilmRise, the legacy streams on.”

Among the many iconic TV series and films available on FilmRise’s Classic TV Channel and App are “The Rifleman,” “3rd Rock From the Sun,” “Grace Under Fire,” “Grounded For Life,” “Highway to Heaven,” “My Favorite Martian,” “Midsomer Murders,” “Sleepers,” “Dead Calm,” “Forensic Files” and “Unsolved Mysteries With Robert Stack.”

FilmRise operates the FilmRise Streaming Network, comprised of 22 Apps on streaming devices such as Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Comcast Xfinity, iOS, Android, Apple TV, Cox Contour TV, and more than a dozen FAST Channels available on platforms such as The Roku Channel, Samsung TV Plus, Vizio Watch Free and IMDbTV, among others.