DIC Entertainment

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The Incredible World of DiC
Former type LLC
Industry Animation, Production
children's
Fate In-name-only unit of DHX Media
Successors Cookie Jar Group (2008-2013)
DHX Media (2012-present)
Founded 1971 (as DiC Audiovisuel)
1989 (as DiC Animation City)
2001 (as DiC Entertainment)
Founders Jean Chalopin[1]
Defunct 1989 (as DiC Audiovisuel)
2001 (as DiC Animation City)
2008 (as DiC Entertainment)
Headquarters Burbank, California, United States
Key people Chairman & CEO:
Andy Heyward[2][3]
Products Children's television shows
Parent Radio-Television Luxembourg (1971–1986)
Independent (1986–1993 and 2000–2008)
Capitol Cites Communications, Inc. (1993–1996)
The Walt Disney Company (1996–2000)
Cookie Jar Entertainment (2008–present)
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), Captain Planet and the Planeteers (1990-1992), 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. In late 2012, DHX Media acquired Cookie Jar for $111 million, and DIC now operates an in-name-only unit of DHX Media.

History[edit]

1980s[edit]

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

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.[citation needed]

In 1986, Heyward and other investors bought the company, thus making the US headquarters the main base of operations.[4] Chalopin and Bianchi left around this time, so did formal producer Tetsuo Katayama, in favor of Robby London and Michael Maliani.[citation needed]

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.[5]

In 1989, the company's name changed to DiC Animation City.[citation needed]

1990s[edit]

In 1993, DIC Animation City and Capital Cities/ABC formed a joint venture called DIC Entertainment LP.[6] In 1996, DIC became a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, following Disney's acquisition of Capital Cities/ABC.[4] In May 1998, DIC agreed to provide a children's programming block, Freddy's Firehouse, to soon to be launched Pax Net.[7]

2000s[edit]

In 2000, with an investment by Bain Capital, Heyward re-purchased DIC Enterprises.[4][8] He purchased Bain Capital's interest in 2004 and took the company public the following year.[citation needed]

In 2003, DIC launched a syndicated children's programming block called DiC Kids Network.[9][10]

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.[11]

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 was launched the following fall.[12] On September 15, 2007, a new programming block: KEWLopolis premiered, a joint venture between DIC, CBS, and American Greetings.[citation needed]

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

On June 20, 2008, it was announced that DIC Entertainment would be acquired by Cookie Jar Entertainment.[13] On July 23, 2008, the deal was completed, and the company was completely folded into Cookie Jar Group.[14]

2010s[edit]

On August 20, 2012, Cookie Jar announced a merger agreement with fellow Canadian entertainment firm, DHX Media.[15][16] The deal, worth $111 million, was completed on October 22, 2012, and Cookie Jar, along with the DIC Entertainment properties, was folded into DHX Media.[17][18]

Freddy's Firehouse[edit]

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.[7] [19]

In May 1998, DIC, as sole children's programming provider, agreed to provide a children's programming block, Freddy's Firehouse, to the then-new 'seventh network' Pax TV in the United States upon its August 31, 1998 launch; it was also sold internationally. The block was split between Saturday and Sunday mornings and feature a mix of series from the DiC library, and was carried for a year and a half (with a later change to the more basic Pax Kids) before being discontinued for barter syndicated E/I programming in 2000 due to Pax's financial and ratings struggles at the time which severely reduced its broadcasting day.[7]

Productions[edit]

References[edit]

  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 c DiOrio, Carl (Sep 18, 2000). "Bain backing buyout of DIC". Variety. Retrieved 2009-08-15. 
  5. ^ "Haim Saban, producer, in Hollywood, Washington, Israel". The New Yorker. May 10, 2010. p. 12. Retrieved May 28, 2010. 
  6. ^ Lowry, Brian (July 26, 1993). "DIC Ent. formed for kids TV fare". Variety. Retrieved 2009-08-15. 
  7. ^ a b c Issue 3.2. "DIC Pacts With PAX". Animation World Magazine. May 1998. Retrieved March 1, 2014. 
  8. ^ Lyons, Charles (Nov 20, 2000). "DIC plays new toon". Variety. Retrieved 2009-08-15. 
  9. ^ Oei, Lily (Jan 28, 2003). "DIC offers kidvid blocks". Variety. Retrieved 2009-08-15. 
  10. ^ Oei, Lily (Aug 12, 2003). "DIC sets 3 hours of kid programs". Variety. Retrieved 2009-08-15. 
  11. ^ O'Boyle, Michael (17 July 2005). "Studio tries alien toon". Variety (magazine). Retrieved 2 January 2014. 
  12. ^ [1][dead link]
  13. ^ "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. 
  14. ^ "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. 
  15. ^ Vlessing, Etan. "Canada's DHX Media to Acquire 'Care Bears' Owner Cookie Jar for $112 million". Hoolywood Reporter. Retrieved 19 July 2014. 
  16. ^ "DHX MEDIA TO ACQUIRE COOKIE JAR ENTERTAINMENT, CREATING THE WORLD'S LARGEST INDEPENDENT LIBRARY OF CHILDREN'S ENTERTAINMENT CONTENT". DHX Media. Retrieved 19 July 2014. 
  17. ^ Sylvain, Matthew. "DHX purchase of Cookie Jar completed". Kidscreen. Retrieved 19 July 2014. 
  18. ^ "DHX MEDIA CLOSES ACQUISITION OF COOKIE JAR ENTERTAINMENT". DHX Media. Retrieved 19 July 2014. 
  19. ^ Katz, Richard (April 3, 1998). "Paxson, DIC in kidstuff deal for Pax Net". Variety. Retrieved 2009-08-15. 

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