Warner Communications
Warner Communications
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Defunct 1990
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Warner Communications Inc. was established in 1972 when Kinney National Company spun off its non-entertainment assets due to a financial scandal over its parking operations,[1] (as National Kinney Corporation) and changed its name.


It was the parent company for Warner Bros. Pictures and Warner Music Group. It also owned DC Comics and Mad magazine. Warner made (and later lost) considerable profits with Atari, Inc., which it owned from 1976 to 1984.

In 1979, Warner formed a joint venture with credit card company American Express, Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment, which owned such cable channels as MTV, Nickelodeon, and The Movie Channel. Warner bought out American Express's half in 1984, and sold the venture a year later to Viacom, which renamed it MTV Networks.

In 1982, Warner purchased Popular Library from CBS Publications.[2]

In 1987, it was announced that Warner Communications and Time Inc. were to merge, though it took two years for the merger to take place. Before the merger closed in 1989, Warner purchased Lorimar-Telepictures. In early 1990, the combined companies were named Time Warner.

The Warner Communications name was still credited on releases from Elektra Records and its sister labels until 2004. The Warner Music Group continues to use the "Big W" logo, designed by Saul Bass in 1972, even after being spun off by Time Warner.

Warner Communications continues to exist as an holding company to Warner Bros. and HBO.[3]


Warner's 1972–1984 logo was used as a character in Tiny Toon Adventures, along with the classic WB shield from the cartoons, as residents along with Gogo and the other Wackyland residents. Warner also reused its 1972–1984 title featuring the Saul Bass logo for the 2012 films Magic Mike and Argo, and the 2016 film The Nice Guys, updating the byline to reflect the studio as "A Time Warner Company".


  1. "List of corporate scandals".. Financial Analyses (4 October 2011). Retrieved on 30 August 2015.
  2. "Copyrights of Golden-Age Comics".. Retrieved on 20 September 2011.

See also

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Board of directors

Herbert M. Allison | Jim F. Barksdale | Stephen Bollenbach | Jeff Bewkes | Frank J. Caufield | Robert C. Clark | Mathias Döpfner | Jessica Einhorn | Michael Miles | Ken Novack | Richard Parsons | Deborah Wright

Former Subsidiaries

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Jack L. Warner | Harry Warner | Albert Warner | Sam Warner


Kevin Tsujihara

Theatrical Production Companies

Warner Bros. Pictures | Warner Bros. Family Entertainment | Warner Animation Group | New Line Cinema | Castle Rock Entertainment | Flagship Entertainment | Cartoon Network Movies

TV Production and Distribution

Warner Bros. Televison Productions UK | Eyeworks | Alloy Entertainment | Telepictures | Warner Bros. Animation | Warner Bros. Television | Warner Bros. International Television | Warner Bros. International Television Production

Broadcast TV

The CW

Cable TV Channels

Warner Channel | WB Channel

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

Monolith Productions | TT Games (Traveller's Tales | TT Games Publishing | TT Fusion) | NetherRealm Studios | Rocksteady Studios | Turbine | WB Games Montréal

DC Entertainment

DC Films | DC Comics (Mad | Vertigo)

Home Video

Warner Home Video | Warner Archive Collection

Public Attractions

Warner Bros. Studio Tours | Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter | Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood

Filming Studios

Warner Bros. Studios, Burbank | Warner Bros. Studio, Leavesden


Warner Bros. Digital Networks | Fandango Media | Turner Entertainment | WaterTower Music