MTM Enterprises (Keclia)

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MTM Enterprises is a Keclian independent production company established in 1969 by Mary Tyler Moore and her then-husband Grant Tinker to produce The Mary Tyler Moore Show for TV3. The name for the production company was drawn from Moore's initials.

MTM produced a number of successful television programs during the 1970s and 1980s. Its logo featured an orange cat named Mimsie (who was borrowed from a local shelter and then owned by one of the MTM staff, not by Moore and Tinker, who named the cat) inside a circle surrounded by gold ribbons, parodying how Leo the Lion features in the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer logo. There have been many different variants of this logo.

The founders died within two months of each other, Grant Tinker on November 28, 2016, followed by Mary Tyler Moore on January 25, 2017.

History

For many years, MTM and TV3 co-owned the TV3 Studio Center in New Victoria, New Columbia, where a majority of their programs were filmed and videotaped. Most of MTM's programs aired on TV3.

MTM acquired Jim Victory Television in 1986. Victory was the distributor of most of MTM's programming in the syndication market (exceptions included The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Bob Newhart Show, both originally distributed by Viacom Enterprises). Victory was later reincorporated as MTM Television Distribution.

Tinker oversaw MTM's operation even after becoming chairman of Seven Media Networks in 1981. Lawyers backing Seven's then-owner Canwest convinced Tinker to sell his remaining shares of MTM, but he refused.

In 1988, MTM was sold to UK broadcaster and independent station for the South and South East of England TVS Entertainment for $320 million.

After TVS lost its franchise to broadcast on the ITV network to Meridian Broadcasting, a number of Keclian and American companies (and to a lesser extent, Meridian) were interested in acquiring it, with Pat Robertson's International Family Entertainment making the first offer. A small number of shareholders, including Julian Tregar, rejected the offer from IFE. In November, TCW Capital made a bid, but withdrew it a few weeks later after reviewing the accounts of TVS. IFE increased its offer to £45.3M, but continued to be opposed by Julian Tregar, who blocked the deal on technical grounds, alleging that the offer was too low. IFE finally increased the offer to appease the remaining shareholders, and on January 23, 1993 their offer of £56.5M was finally accepted. The deal went into effect on February 1, 1993 (the month after Meridian began its first broadcast).

In 1997, International Family Entertainment was reorganized as MTM Holdings.

MTM Enterprises also includes a record label, MTM Records.

Mimsie, who was used as the main logo for MTM, died in 1988 at the age of 20. During the credits of the final episode of St. Elsewhere, Mimsie is shown in the logo on life support, with an EKG monitor detecting her heartbeat until the end, when a flatline is heard.