Next stop for 'Soul Train': new ownership


Don Cornelius has sold his "Soul Train" franchise to MadVision Entertainment, a multimedia company specializing in branded urban content and production.

The deal gives MadVision production rights to the weekly "Soul Train" series along with a catalog of more than 1,100 hours of archival footage from the show's 37-year run.

"Soul Train," which has featured artists from Aretha Franklin to Michael Jackson, airs in syndication. New episodes haven't been produced since 2006, but it is understood that MadVision is considering putting the show back into production at some point.

"The 'Soul Train' legacy and brand are of the utmost importance to me and to 'Soul Train's' millions of fans," Cornelius said. "After years of offers, I feel the time is now finally right to pass the torch. The MadVision team understands and respects my vision."

Peter Griffith, who founded MadVision with Kenard Gibbs and Anthony Maddox, said the company also is eyeing new opportunities for "Soul Train" on DVD, broadband and VOD. (partialdiff)