Associated Artists Productions (a.a.p.) was a company that purchased the color Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies library from before July 1948 from Warner Bros. These cartoons eventually changed hands to United Artists in 1958, then to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1981. In 1986, Turner Entertainment bought MGM, but within a short time sold the entire studio. However, Turner kept MGM's pre-May 1986 MGM film and television library and selected UA content, including the a.a.p. library. In 1996, the rights to the cartoons returned to Warner Bros. via Turner Entertainment, which it had purchased the very same year.