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Who bought TV rights, networks or studios?

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This is tangentially Batman-related. I'm researching William Dozier's DICK TRACY pilot. Some sources say NBC bought the rights to the character, other sources say 20th Century Fox-Greenway bought the rights. I'm not sure which to believe. Anyone have good knowledge about how this kind of thing worked in the '60s?
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bat-rss wrote: Thu Sep 02, 2021 4:51 am This is tangentially Batman-related. I'm researching William Dozier's DICK TRACY pilot. Some sources say NBC bought the rights to the character, other sources say 20th Century Fox-Greenway bought the rights. I'm not sure which to believe. Anyone have good knowledge about how this kind of thing worked in the '60s?
Considering that Batman, the series ultimately came out on DVD because of a deal between Fox and Time/Warner AND a settlement with Dozier's heirs, in essence, Greenway, I would have to say Fox/Greenway. But I'm sure others on this board know more than I do. But that's my educated guess.
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bat-rss wrote: Thu Sep 02, 2021 4:51 amI'm researching William Dozier's DICK TRACY pilot. Some sources say NBC bought the rights to the character, other sources say 20th Century Fox-Greenway bought the rights. I'm not sure which to believe.
This item from the July 4 '66 issue of the trade publication Broadcasting somehow manages to say BOTH of those things...make of it what you will:
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It just occurred to me that Henry Saperstein, one of the parties involved in the NBC/Dozier "Dick Tracy" acquisition deal, also had a working relationship with Toho Studios of Japan...suggesting the possibility that Saperstein could have also served as an intermediary between Dozier and Toho with regards to Dozier's mooted "Batman Meets Godzilla" feature (if Dozier was actually in talks with Toho, which I don't think has ever been confirmed.)
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Mr. Glee wrote: Thu Sep 02, 2021 8:15 pm
bat-rss wrote: Thu Sep 02, 2021 4:51 amI'm researching William Dozier's DICK TRACY pilot. Some sources say NBC bought the rights to the character, other sources say 20th Century Fox-Greenway bought the rights. I'm not sure which to believe.
This item from the July 4 '66 issue of the trade publication Broadcasting somehow manages to say BOTH of those things...make of it what you will:
Ooh, thanks! I had seen this article cited, but couldn't figure out where to find it. Yeah, that's confusing alright! Dozier kind of says both in Eisner's Batbook as well.
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Mr. Glee wrote: Thu Sep 02, 2021 8:47 pm It just occurred to me that Henry Saperstein, one of the parties involved in the NBC/Dozier "Dick Tracy" acquisition deal, also had a working relationship with Toho Studios of Japan...suggesting the possibility that Saperstein could have also served as an intermediary between Dozier and Toho with regards to Dozier's mooted "Batman Meets Godzilla" feature (if Dozier was actually in talks with Toho, which I don't think has ever been confirmed.)
Interesting. Well, there is an outline of the "Batman Meets Godzilla" movie in the U of Wyoming Dozier Archive, but of course that by itself doesn't prove that there were any talks with Toho. Perhaps Dozier and Saperstein talked about presenting an idea to Toho, so the outline was written up to show them, but maybe Toho had no interest.
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bat-rss wrote: Fri Sep 03, 2021 3:41 am
Mr. Glee wrote: Thu Sep 02, 2021 8:15 pm
bat-rss wrote: Thu Sep 02, 2021 4:51 amI'm researching William Dozier's DICK TRACY pilot. Some sources say NBC bought the rights to the character, other sources say 20th Century Fox-Greenway bought the rights. I'm not sure which to believe.
This item from the July 4 '66 issue of the trade publication Broadcasting somehow manages to say BOTH of those things...make of it what you will:
Ooh, thanks! I had seen this article cited, but couldn't figure out where to find it. Yeah, that's confusing alright! Dozier kind of says both in Eisner's Batbook as well.
I know this much--the two biggest villains in 1960s TV were Nielsen and Standards and Practices. ;)
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bat-rss wrote: Thu Sep 02, 2021 4:51 am This is tangentially Batman-related. I'm researching William Dozier's DICK TRACY pilot. Some sources say NBC bought the rights to the character, other sources say 20th Century Fox-Greenway bought the rights.
But who bought the lefts?

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According to the Green Hornet Book by Martin Gram, Dozier acquired the rights to Dick Tracy as a possible mid-season replacement for the Green Hornet series which looked like it was going to be dropped by ABC after 17 episodes

When the Hornet series got extended to a full season Dick Tracy got put aside.
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I think Gram must have been mistaken - it was NBC who bought the "Dick Tracy" rights ("The Green Hornet" was on ABC.)
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Ooh if this is for a future episode of your show, I’d love to contribute. I’ve been researching the Dick Tracy pilot myself as part of my work ongoing research for the 1990 Warren Beatty Dick Tracy film.
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Kamdan wrote: Fri Sep 03, 2021 2:41 pm Ooh if this is for a future episode of your show, I’d love to contribute. I’ve been researching the Dick Tracy pilot myself as part of my work ongoing research for the 1990 Warren Beatty Dick Tracy film.
Actually we just recorded it! Sorry...
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