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|Fate||Acquired by HIT Entertainment (1997–2003)|
|Founded||1983 (as The Lyons Group)
1991 (as Lyrick Studios)
|Defunct||1991 (as The Lyons Group)
2001 (as Lyrick Studios)
2003 (as an in-name only unit)
|Headquarters||Allen, Texas, United States|
Lyrick Studios, Inc. (pronunciation: //), established in 1983 as The Lyons Group, was an American video production and distribution company based in Allen, Texas, a Dallas suburb. The company was best known for its distribution of home videos, audio products, children's books and toys for the children's television series Barney & Friends and Wishbone. This company was also known for its production and distribution of home videos, audio products, children's books, toys, video games, 2D and CGI animation, visual effects, feature-length motion pictures, and television shows.
Established in mid-1983 as The Lyons Group, the company began producing and distributing some direct-to-video episodes of Barney & Friends for the character's creator, Sheryl Leach. The Barney programs began airing on the Public Broadcasting Service on April 6, 1992. The company developed the Wishbone series for PBS in 1995, a show about a talking dog living in the fictional town of Oakdale, Texas. The series was filmed at the studio and on location in Allen, Texas.
In 2001, Lyrick Studios had shut down for good due to HIT Entertainment taking over. Their last release was the original release of the VeggieTales episode "Lyle the Kindly Viking". The company continued to be a name-only unit until 2003, when the company's Texas office was closed down as well due to disagreements between PolyGram Video over the theatrical distribution of Barney's Great Adventure, which was originally intended to be a direct-to-video release.
Lyrick also developed the distribution rights for The Wiggles and also distributes book publishing and video gaming rights for some Humongous Entertainment video game characters like Freddi Fish and Pajama Sam. In 1997, the company had 650 employees and expanded the size of its studio facilities to consolidate its sister companies into a single facility. The company also distributed videos for the Christian animated series VeggieTales until 2001.
In 1997, Lyrick Studios and its assets were acquired by HIT Entertainment. This eventually led to the company shutting down in 2001 and 2003.
- Barney and the Backyard Gang (as The Lyons Group) (1988–1992)
- Barney & Friends (1992–2001)
- Groundling Marsh (1997-1999) (video releases only)
- Wishbone (1995–2001)
- Kids for Character (1996)
- Kids for Character: Choices Count (1997)
- VeggieTales (US distribution) (1995–2001)
- Joe Scruggs (1997)
- Shelly Duvall: American Tall Legend Tales (June 16-August 4, 1998)
- Shelly Duvall's Mother Goose Rock N Rhyme (June 16, 1998)
- The Wiggles (US distribution) (1999-2001)
- Barney's Great Adventure (1998) (the only movie by the original company of Lyrick Studios itself)
- 3-2-1 Penguins! (US distribution) (2000–2001)
- Bob the Builder (US distribution) (2001)
- Kipper (US distribution) (2001)
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