|Formerly||SkyVision Entertainment (1991-1996)|
Fireworks Pictures (1996-2005)
|Industry||Television and film production and distribution|
|Founder||Brian K. Ross|
|Defunct||March 14, 2011|
|Fate||Name changed to Content Television|
|Successor||Kew Media Group|
|Headquarters||Originally Canada then United Kingdom from 2005|
|Parent||Content Media Corporation PLC|
Fireworks Entertainment (originally Skyvision Entertainment) was an independent studio originally founded in 1991 by Brian K. Ross and later bought out by Jay Firestone in 1996 to produce, distribute and finance television shows and feature films.
Skyvision Entertainment was originally operating as a division of John Labatt Entertainment Group.
In 1993, Orion Pictures inked an agreement with Skyvision Entertainment to handle series rights to the RoboCop franchise. Also that year, it entered into an agreement with Rigel Entertainment for international distribution rights to RoboCop: The Series.
In 1996, Skyvision Entertainment was purchased by Jay Firestone, former employee of Alliance Communications, and rebranded it to Fireworks Entertainment. The first show under the new name was F/X: The Series, which they acquired from Orion Pictures in 1994.
Fireworks was acquired by Canwest Global in May 1998, and was later sold to ContentFilm (production company of The Cooler), a British company, in April 2005. Over the years, Fireworks has amassed a significant catalogue of television shows and movies (under the Fireworks Pictures label).
In 1998, Peter Hoffman's Seven Arts Pictures formed an alliance with Fireworks to start out the Seven Arts International branding. In 2000, CanWest Films merged with Seven Arts International, another Canwest subsidiary to start the Fireworks Pictures branding to produce theatrical motion pictures. On October 2, 2001, Pliny Porter was hired as head of production and development for the Fireworks Pictures subsidiary, in order to make an effort to continue producing their own feature films.
On March 14, 2011, Fireworks International was renamed as Content Television and its parent company, ContentFilm was also renamed as Content Media Corporation, which was later acquired by Canadian-based Kew Media Group in 2017 and after Kew Media's liquidation and collapse in 2020, its library was later acquired by Quiver Distribution via its Quiver Entertainment division.
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The original company was sued by Sony regarding Queen of Swords and by 20th Century Fox regarding Mutant X.
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Television shows (as Fireworks Entertainment)
TV shows filmed in widescreen 16:9 from 2000 but generally broadcast in 4:3 pan and scan. The widescreen versions are available on DVD.
- 100 Deeds for Eddie McDowd
- 18 Wheels of Justice
- Adventure Inc.
- Andromeda (Gene Roddenberry)
- Black Hole High
- Caitlin's Way
- Even Stevens (co-produced by Disney Channel)
- F/X: The Series
- Highlander: The Raven
- La Femme Nikita (co-produced by Warner Bros. Television)
- Mutant X
- Queen of Swords
- Relic Hunter
- RoboCop: The Series
- RoboCop: Prime Directives (TV miniseries)
- SCTV (distribution only; inherited from WIC during CanWest era)
- Zoe Busiek: Wild Card
- Young Dracula
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Films (as Fireworks Pictures)
- A Wrinkle in Time
- An American Rhapsody
- Better Than Sex
- Interstate 60
- Me Without You
- Raising Victor Vargas
- Rat Race
- Simon Magus
- The Believer
- The Man from Elysian Fields
- Who Is Cletis Tout?
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Source: "Fireworks Entertainment", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2023, January 1st), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fireworks_Entertainment.
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