- BKN is also the callsign of a TV station in Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia.
Originally known as Amazin' Adventures until 1997, the block aired in national first-run syndication in the United States from 1992 to 2000 primarily on UPN, WB and Independent affiliates. It also aired nationally for a time on the Sci-Fi Channel. Most of the animated television series featured on BKN featured third party programming from DiC Entertainment, Saban Entertainment and Columbia TriStar Television. In 2000, the BKN name was later adopted as the company's corporate name, becoming BKN International AG, with its programming available for broadcast to various networks around the world, and later becoming listed on the stock exchange in Germany. On January 17, 2001, Sony Pictures Family Entertainment Group acquired 3.8% in BKN International. The same day BKN International bought its former American parent company BKN, Inc.
BKN International AG filed for insolvency in mid-2009 based on issues with income tax from 2007. Commerzbank was to evaluate the possibility to sell BKN International AG's subsidiaries in Spain and Britain as well as its assets, especially the portfolio of film rights, in total or in part. The bidding to acquire the assets started in February 2010 and over 20 companies contacted Commerzbank according to an article in Television Business International in early 2010. The interested parties included TV companies and potential financial investors from Europe, Asia and North America. The Commerzbank declined to estimate how much could be raised from the sale, but the process was expected to generate double-digit millions of Euros. In 2009 BKN International AG’s portfolio was valued by the independent consulting firm “Rinke Media Consult GmbH” at EUR 62.5 million.
In 2010 Cookie Jar Entertainment, took control of the 3rd party archive materials licensed by the company. All the main assets of the BKN Group were placed in the hands of the Administrator and thereafter acquired by Emba Media Management International (a Cyprus company). Allen J. Bohbot has since gone on to form a new company, 41 Entertainment, which now owns a number of former BKN properties.
Partial List of the BKN library:
- Action Man
- Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog
- Archie's Weird Mysteries
- Beakman's World
- Captain Simian & the Space Monkeys
- Double Dragon
- Extreme Dinosaurs
- Extreme Ghostbusters
- Highlander: The Animated Series
- King Arthur and the Knights of Justice
- Kong: The Animated Series
- Legend of the Dragon
- Lilly the Witch
- Mighty Max
- Monster Rancher
- Mummies Alive!
- Pocket Dragon Adventures
- Princess Gwenevere and the Jewel Riders (broadcast and released in Europe as Starla and the Jewel Riders)
- Rambo: The Force of Freedom
- Roswell Conspiracies: Aliens, Myths and Legends
- Roughnecks: Starship Troopers Chronicles
- Skysurfer Strike Force
- Sonic the Hedgehog
- Sonic Underground
- Starcom: The U.S. Space Force
- Street Sharks
- The Mask: The Animated Series
- Turbocharged Thunderbirds
- Ultimate Book of Spells
- Zorro: Generation Z
- Sony acquires chunk of expanding BKNI, screendaily.com
- Rick DeMott "Animation News Network" January 17, 2001 BKN International Buys Its Former Parent Company awn.com, Retrieved on July 2, 2013
- BKN at the Internet Movie Database
- BKN at the Internet Movie Database (Bohbot Entertainment)
- BKN Zorro: Generation Z website