Harmony Gold USA

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Harmony Gold USA
Type Private company
Industry Television programs
Founded Los Angeles, California (1983)
Headquarters Los Angeles, California, USA
Key people Frank Agrama, Chairman & CEO
Alan Letz, Executive VP
Melissa Wohl, Vice president
Tommy Yune, Creative Director
Products Motion pictures, Television programs, Miniseries, Animation, Real estate
Revenue Unknown
Net income Unknown
Employees Unknown
Website harmonygold.com

Harmony Gold is a television production and distribution company established in 1983. It is best known as the “creator” and main distributor of the anime series Robotech.[1] It also partially dubbed the Dragon Ball series in the late 1980s.

Harmony Gold also partly funded the controversial 1986 Shaka Zulu TV series in South Africa in spite of economic sanctions. After the cancellation of Robotech II: The Sentinels, a number of the staff were recruited to work at Saban Entertainment. The company’s public profile then fell into a near-dormant state for much of the 1990s, and its flagship Robotech franchise also fell into a state of neglect. Harmony Gold appears to have rebounded on the DVD medium with the success of its Robotech series, released in partnership with ADV Films in the US, and Manga Entertainment in the UK.

The company also has interests in real estate in the Southern California area, as well as a Los Angeles screening room.

Titles[edit]

Films[edit]

Miniseries[edit]

Flagship Animation[edit]

Other Animation[edit]

Documentary Series & Specials[edit]

  • Animals of Africa (1987)
  • Faster (2003)
  • The Secret Identity of Jack the Ripper (1988)
  • Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion (2004)
  • Walking After Midnight (1999)

Series[edit]

Legal issues[edit]

Harmony Gold issued cease and desist orders against sites displaying images and trailers from the video game MechWarrior Online.[2] The company claims that the images portray ’mechs that they own the rights to, according to a legal settlement from 1996.[3]

In addition, Harmony Gold’s license for Macross came from Tatsunoko Production, but Japanese courts ruled that it was Studio Nue (creators of the series) that controls the Macross intellectual property. The license Tatsunoko was given was for international distribution outside Japan only, and does not allow them to control the intellectual property.[citation needed]

Harmony Gold claims in Federal Court that Hasbro's SDCC 2013 exclusive set "G.I. Joe vs Transformers The Epic Conclusion" violates their copyright license on the animated Japanese Macross TV series (1982-84).[4]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Macek Training". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2010-01-25. 
  2. ^ Luke Plunkett (2009). "Mechwarrior 5 Runs Into Legal Trouble". Kotaku. Retrieved 2009-09-05. 
  3. ^ UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS, EASTERN DIVISION (1996). "Harmony Gold USA vs FASA". Legal Filing. Retrieved 2009-09-05. 
  4. ^ "More Than Meets the Eye". Courthouse News Service.