Soul Train is an American music variety show that was aired in syndication from 1971-2006. The show primarily featured performances by hip hop, soul and R&B artists, although gospel, disco and jazz artists have also appeared. The series was created by Don Cornelius.
The rights to the Soul Train library was sold by Cornelius to Mad Vision Entertainment in May 2008, whose principal partners come from the publishing and entertainment fields.
By the start of the 2008-09 television season national carrier WGN America and other Tribune-owned stations dropped the program, even though they had been the linchpin of the show's syndication efforts, many others also followed suit. On September 22, 2008 Soul Train's website acknowledged that the program had ceased distribution.
The Soul Train archives was exposed to new forms of distribution due to the purchase by MadVision, who also launched a Soul Train channel on YouTube, the company then went into a licensing agreement with Time-Life to distribute Soul Train DVD sets three months later.
In November 2009, MadVision came to terms with Viacom-owned Black Entertainment Television to relaunch the Soul Train Music Awards for Centric, BET's new spin-off channel. Centric which was launched on September 28, 2009 is currently broadcasting archived episodes of Soul Train. Bounce TV an Atlanta-based television network which was launched on September 26, 2011 also air archived episodes of the series.
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