I think the above is linked to the below: Why didn't MTM just get sold off directly to Family channel inc? Did the share holding from above prevent full control? Did Mary end up having shares in Family?
Why does it matter what happened to her share, it was only 5%? She might have got cash for them, she might have had a share in IFE, it's not relevant to where all the master tapes of Bobby Davro are.
This is VERY relvant because it make even less since now... IF the above is correct MTM was already out of the hands of TVS Television by the time Family channel uk launched. If that is the case then Flextech owns the UK TVS archive as part of its buyout of the assets?
All Flextech did was buy the rest of Family Channel UK that it didn't already own, as far as we know. It was a joint venture, a self contained concern seperate from its owners.
The reshuffle that happened 3 years earlier when TVS was bought just moved one subsidiary from one part of the company to another - from the old British holding company into part of the new American parent. That's what happens when companies merge or buy others, they reorganise.
Going by Insp. sands post, MTM was already out of its hand, so was so valuable within the UK TVS archive? Cats eyes? The Ruth Rendell Mysteries?
They bought the company partly because they'd get MTM and partly to get a foothold in the UK and start a British version of their channel. Everything that was left of TVS came with it including the archive
Flextech were still using stuff from the TVS archive for twos and the gameshows for at least 4 years.
Just because they were showing their programmes doesn't mean they owned them outright, it just means they bought the rights to show them. Just in the same way that Challenge today doesn't own Pointless
I know this sounds daft, but why would an american company want with UK archive, when it wasn;t linked as stated above to anything else within TVS empire.
As above, because it came with a famous American production company and studios in the UK.
Also the channel they set up needed content. The primary business of the company TVS Television at that time was programme sales.... who do you think they were selling them to? The channel they co-owned maybe?