For the callsign of a TV station in Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia, see GTS/BKN.
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.
List of series
- Captain Simian & the Space Monkeys
- Highlander: The Animated Series
- King Arthur and the Knights of Justice
- Kong: The Animated Series
- Legend of the Dragon
- Monster Rancher
- Pocket Dragon Adventures
- Princess Gwenevere and the Jewel Riders (broadcast and released in Europe as Starla and the Jewel Riders)
- Roswell Conspiracies: Aliens, Myths and Legends
- Ultimate Book of Spells
- Zorro: Generation Z
Columbia TriStar Television
Note: Now known as Sony Pictures Television
Note: Includes series by DIC Entertainment and Decode Entertainment
- Action Man
- Archie's Weird Mysteries
- Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog
- Double Dragon
- Extreme Dinosaurs
- Mummies Alive!
- Sonic the Hedgehog
- Sonic Underground
- Starcom: The U.S. Space Force
- Street Sharks
Warner Bros. Television
- 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