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|Type||Subsidiary of DreamWorks Animation|
|Industry||Intellectual property, TV, film, entertainment|
|Founded||2000 as Classic Media
2012 as DreamWorks Classics
|Headquarters||New York, New York, United States|
|Key people||Eric Ellenbogen, John Engelman Chairman & C.E.O.
Robert Friedman, President
|Products||TV, film, consumer products, home video|
|Revenue||$82 million (March 2011 – February 2012)|
|Net income||$19 million (March 2011 – February 2012)|
|Subsidiaries||Big Idea Entertainment|
DreamWorks Classics, formerly known as Classic Media, is an American animation studio and production company owned by DreamWorks Animation. It was founded as Classic Media in May 2000 by former Broadway Video executives Eric Ellenbogen and John Engelman. The studio's library consists of various intellectual property catalogs and character brands as well as the licensing rights for various third-party properties. In 2012, DreamWorks Animation won the bidding to acquire Classic Media from its owner Boomerang Media and renamed it DreamWorks Classics.
Classic Media was founded by Eric Ellenbogen and John Engelman in May 2000 and brought the UPA catalog from the estate of Henry Saperstein soon afterwards. Classic Media then brought the Harvey Entertainment catalog in March 2001. In August 2001, Classic Media and Random House won a bankruptcy court auction for the assets of Golden Books, with Classic Media acquiring the entertainment division and Random House acquiring the book publishing properties. In October 2003, Classic Media purchased the assets of the bankrupt Big Idea Entertainment.
In April 2005, the company was recapitalized by a group of investors consisting of Spectrum Equity Investors, Pegasus Capital Advisors and Random House Ventures. In August 2006, Classic Media teamed up with ION Media Networks, NBCUniversal, Corus Entertainment and Scholastic Corporation in a joint venture to launch Qubo a kids entertainment network.
On December 14 2006, it was announced that Classic Media would be acquired by UK-based rival Entertainment Rights for $210.0 million. Before the acquisition was completed both companies announced distribution and production agreements with Genius Products, LLC, replacing the Sony Wonder deal.
Entertainment Rights fell in to administration on April 1, 2009. On the same day, Boomerang Media LLC (also formed by Ellenbogen and Engelman) announced that it would acquire Entertainment Rights' principal U.K. and U.S. subsidiaries including Classic Media, Inc. and Big Idea Entertainment from its administrators. On May 11, 2009, Boomerang Media announced that the former U.K. and U.S. subsidiaries of Entertainment Rights would operate as a unified business under the name Classic Media while Big Idea would operate under its own name. On March 7, 2012, Classic Media brought the rights to the Noddy brand from Chorion and later brought the rights to the Olivia brand from them on March 19.
- UPA catalog (Mr. Magoo, Gerald McBoing-Boing, etc.).
- Harvey Entertainment catalog (Casper the Friendly Ghost, Richie Rich, Baby Huey, etc.).
- Golden Books catalog (Magnus, Robot Fighter, Doctor Solar, Turok, Little Lulu, etc.).
- The Jack Wrather catalog (Lassie, the Lone Ranger, and Sergeant Preston of the Yukon).
- Big Idea Entertainment catalog (VeggieTales).
- Entertainment Rights catalog, including the Filmation (He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, BraveStarr, etc.) Woodland Animations (Postman Pat, Charlie Chalk) and Tell-Tale Productions (Tweenies) catalogs.
- Total Television catalog (Underdog, Tennessee Tuxedo and His Tales, etc.).
- Pre-1974 Rankin/Bass Productions catalog (Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, etc.).
- Licensing rights for Gumby.
- Licensing rights for Voltron.
- Licensing rights for the Jay Ward Productions catalog (The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, Mr. Peabody & Sherman, George of the Jungle, etc.).
- Licensing rights for the Tribune Media Services catalog (Dick Tracy, Brenda Starr, Reporter, Gasoline Alley, Broom-Hilda, etc.).
- qubo (co-ownership with Ion Media Networks, Nelvana, and Scholastic Corporation)
- PBJ (co-ownership with Luken Communications)
- DHX Media (DIC Entertainment, Cookie Jar Group and Cinar)
- HIT Entertainment
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- "GTCR and Boomerang Media Announce Acquisition of Entertainment Rights’ Subsidiaries" (Press release). GTCR. April 1, 2009. Retrieved August 28, 2013.
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- "Genius Products Announces Long-term Co-production and Distribution Agreements with Entertainment Rights PLC and Classic Media" (Press release). Genius Products. January 8, 2007. Archived from the original on July 28, 2007. Retrieved August 31, 2013.
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- "Postman Pat sold for Ł5m". BBC News. November 8, 2001. Retrieved August 28, 2013.
- "Tweenies maker bought for £3.1m". BBC News. September 13, 2004. Retrieved August 28, 2013.
- Ball, Ryan (September 13, 2004). "Entertainment Rights Acquires Tell-Tale Prods.". Animation Magazine. Retrieved August 28, 2013.
- "Classic Media Nabs Gumby". ICv2. November 10, 2006. Retrieved August 28, 2013.
- Goldman Getzler, Wendy (June 7, 2010). "Voltron returns with full Force". Kidscreen. Retrieved August 28, 2013.
- "Dick Tracy, Brenda Starr Ink With Classic Media". Billboard. June 14, 2005. Retrieved August 28, 2013.
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