5. Paramount Studios wanted Star Trek gone
In the early days, Star Trek was produced by Desilu Productions owned by Lucille Ball. Ball personally approved the show and fought to keep it alive after the rejection of the original pilot.
Gult+Western who had purchased Paramount Pictures also purchased Desilu. Paramount didn’t want Star Trek to continue because they felt it was losing too much money and could not be syndicated at that time.
They offered it to creator Gene Rodenberry for $150,000 (or $1 Million dollars today). However, since Rodenberry didn’t have the money, the rights remained at Paramount.
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