DIC Entertainment

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The Incredible World of DiC
Former type LLC
Industry Animation, Production
children's
Fate Merged into Cookie Jar Group
Successor(s) Cookie Jar Group (2008-2012)
DHX Media (2012-present)
Founded 1971
Founder(s) Jean Chalopin1
Defunct 2008
Headquarters Burbank, California, United States
Key people Chairman & CEO:
Andy Heyward23
Products Children's television shows
Parent Radio-Television Luxembourg (1971–1986)
Independent (1986–1993, 2000–2008)
Capitol Cites Communications, Inc. (1993–1996)
The Walt Disney Company (1996–2000)
Cookie Jar Entertainment (2008–2012)
DHX Media (2012–present)
Former DIC headquarters in Burbank, California, United States

DiC Entertainment (pronounced "deek", rendered "DiC") was an international film and television production company. In addition to animated (and occasionally live-action) television shows such as Inspector Gadget (1983–1986), Madeline (1993-1994), Sonic the Hedgehog (1993-1994), Sabrina, The Animated Series, (1999-2000), Liberty's Kids (2002-2003), Super Duper Sumos (2002-2003), Strawberry Shortcake (2003-2008) and Trollz (2005-2006) DIC produced live-action feature films while under Disney, including 1998's Meet the Deedles and 1999's Inspector Gadget.

It was founded in 1971 as DIC Audiovisuel by Frenchman Jean Chalopin in Paris, as a subsidiary of RTL Group (RTL), Europe's leading entertainment company, which today, is majority-owned by German media conglomerate Bertelsmann. "DIC" was originally an acronym for Diffusion, Information et Communication. They later had a US office in Burbank. Andy Heyward then bought the business and DiC became an American company. The company was also known as The Incredible World of DiC, DiC. Audiovisuel, DiC Enterprises, DIC Animation City and DIC Productions. In 2008, DIC and Cookie Jar Group merged, and the DIC name ceased to exist.4 In 2012 DHX Media bought Cookie Jar Group, acquiring DIC.

History

1980s

DIC Entertainment's American arm was founded in 1982 as DIC Enterprises, headed by Andy Heyward, Jean Chalopin and Bruno Bianchi, in Burbank, California.

In 1985, DIC opened their own Japan-based satellite animation facility for animation production on some of their shows (such as the second seasons of Inspector Gadget and Heathcliff, among other shows), so they wouldn't have to mostly deal with other overseas animation subcontractors.

In 1986, Heyward and other investors bought the company, thus making the US headquarters the main base of operations.5 Chalopin and Bianchi left around this time, so did formal producer Tetsuo Katayama, in favor of Robby London and Michael Maliani.

After the buyout, the company was in heavy debt and the foreign rights to the DIC library were sold to Saban Productions, who then sold the rights back to Chalopin.1 At the time, Heyward considered Chalopin an enemy, despite the fact that he took over the company from Chalopin to begin with. DIC sued Saban for damages; in 1991, both companies reached a settlement.6

In 1989, the company's name changed to DiC Animation City.

1990s

In 1993, DIC Animation City and Capital Cities/ABC formed a joint venture called DIC Entertainment LP7 and in 1996 it became a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company.5 In May 1998, DIC agreed to provide a children's programming block, Freddy's Firehouse, to soon to be launched Pax Net.8

2000s

In 2000, with an investment by Bain Capital, Heyward re-purchased DIC Enterprises.59 He purchased Bain Capital's interest in 2004 and took the company public the following year.

In 2003, DIC launched a syndicated children's programming block called DiC Kids Network.1011

In 2005, Mexico City-based Ánima Estudios was considering a partnership with DIC Entertainment. However, the latter studio wanted to focus independently on its own projects.12

In early 2006, DIC Entertainment and CBS Corporation signed a multi-year deal to unveil a new 3-hour long programming block for Saturday mornings on CBS. The resulting KOL Secret Slumber Party on CBS was launched the following fall.13 On September 15, 2007, a new programming block: KEWLopolis premiered, a joint venture between DIC, CBS, and American Greetings.

In April 2007, DIC Entertainment, Corus Entertainment's Nelvana and NBC Universal Global Networks announced plans to launch KidsCo, a new international children's entertainment network.

On June 20, 2008, it was announced that DIC Entertainment programming would be acquired by Cookie Jar Entertainment.14 On July 23, 2008, the deal was completed,4 and the company was completely folded into Cookie Jar Entertainment.

Freddy's Firehouse

Freddy's Firehouse (FFH) was a TV children's educational program block of DIC and distributed by Buena Vista International, both Disney affiliates in May 1998. At the block's start, most of the programming would be from DIC's library.8 15

In May 1998, DIC, as sole children's programming provider, agreed to provide a children's programming block, Freddy's Firehouse, to Pax Net at its launching for two years. The block was also to be sold international.8

On Pax Net, FFH would run on weekends with three hours on Saturday and two hours on Sunday.8

Productions

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "Haim Saban, producer, in Hollywood, Washington, Israel". The New Yorker. May 10, 2010. p. 12. Retrieved May 28, 2010. 
  2. ^ Adelson, Andrea (1987-12-30). "BUSINESS PEOPLE; For Maker of Cartoons, A Chance to Go Public". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-08-14. 
  3. ^ Pfanner, Eric (2006-02-19). "Underdog takes shot at giants in kids television". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-08-14. 
  4. ^ a b "COOKIE JAR ENTERTAINMENT EXPANDS BRAND PORTFOLIO, TALENT AND GLOBAL REACH WITH CLOSING OF DIC TRANSACTION". Cookie Jar Group. 2008-07-23. Retrieved 2008-12-20. 
  5. ^ a b c DiOrio, Carl (Sep 18, 2000). "Bain backing buyout of DIC". Variety. Retrieved 2009-08-15. 
  6. ^ "Haim Saban, producer, in Hollywood, Washington, Israel". The New Yorker. May 10, 2010. p. 12. Retrieved May 28, 2010. 
  7. ^ Lowry, Brian (July 26, 1993). "DIC Ent. formed for kids TV fare". Variety. Retrieved 2009-08-15. 
  8. ^ a b c d Issue 3.2. "DIC Pacts With PAX". Animation World Magazine. May 1998. Retrieved March 1, 2014. 
  9. ^ Lyons, Charles (Nov 20, 2000). "DIC plays new toon". Variety. Retrieved 2009-08-15. 
  10. ^ Oei, Lily (Jan 28, 2003). "DIC offers kidvid blocks". Variety. Retrieved 2009-08-15. 
  11. ^ Oei, Lily (Aug 12, 2003). "DIC sets 3 hours of kid programs". Variety. Retrieved 2009-08-15. 
  12. ^ O'Boyle, Michael (17 July 2005). "Studio tries alien toon". Variety (magazine). Retrieved 2 January 2014. 
  13. ^ "CBS AND DIC ENTERTAINMENT PARTNER TO LAUNCH BRANDED KIDS PROGRAMMING BLOCK, "CBS'S SECRET SATURDAY MORNING SLUMBER PARTY"," DIC Entertainment
  14. ^ "COOKIE JAR AND DIC ENTERTAINMENT TO MERGE, CREATING INDEPENDENT GLOBAL CHILDREN'S ENTERTAINMENT AND EDUCATION POWERHOUSE". Cookie Jar Group. 2008-06-20. Retrieved 2008-12-20. 
  15. ^ Katz, Richard (April 3, 1998). "Paxson, DIC in kidstuff deal for Pax Net". Variety. Retrieved 2009-08-15. 

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