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Saban Capital Group, Inc.
Type Private
Industry Investment for Entertainment, Media & Communications
Founded 2001
Headquarters Los Angeles, California, United States
Area served Worldwide
Key people Founding Chairman & CEO:
Haim Saban
President & COO:
Adam Chesnoff
Products TV series
Divisions Saban Entertainment Group
Saban Films
Saban Brands
Website http://www.saban.com

Saban Capital Group, Inc. is a private investment firm based in Los Angeles, California focused on media, entertainment, and communications investments. Formed in 2001 by Haim Saban, Saban Capital Group owns Saban Brands,[1][2] part of Univision Communications,[3] and part of Celestial Tiger Entertainment.[4][5]

Saban Music Group[edit]

Saban Music Group was formed in 1983 by music and television producers Haim Saban[6] and Shuki Levy as "Saban Records", a U.S. subsidiary of "Saban International Paris" (now SIP Animation). In 1986, Warner Communications acquired Saban Records first catalog of music for about $6 million.[7] On October 4, 2010, Bug Music acquired the worldwide rights to Saban Music Group’s complete music catalog of theme songs, cues and scores from more than 90 television series and 100 made-for-television films and specials.[8]

History[edit]

In October 2006, SCG's Saban Entertainment Group division announced the beginning of its virtual studio program for starting up and developing family entertainment.[9] In March 2007, Univision Communications was sold to Broadcasting Media Partners which includes Saban Capital Group, Madison Dearborn Partners, Providence Equity Partners, TPG Capital, and Thomas H. Lee Partners.[3] On October 17, 2011, Saban Capital Group acquired 7.5% stake in Jakarta-based Indonesian largest integrated media company, Media Nusantara Citra.[10][11][12] In July 2012, Saban Capital Group acquired minority stake in PT MNC Sky Vision Tbk, the largest pay-TV operator in Indonesia which owns Indovision and Top TV.[13] In June 2012, Kidsco Media Ventures LLC, a SCG affiliate, jointly with Konami's 4K Acquisition Corp. purchased some of the key assets of 4Kids Entertainment with Kidsco getting the Dragon Ball Z Kai, Cubix, Sonic X and The CW Network's Saturday Morning programming block contract rights.[14] In August 2012, Saban Capital Group launched a new music publishing division called "Music Ventures".[15]

On May 6, 2014, Saban Capital announced the launch of Saban Films, a distribution unit that will acquire yearly 8 to 10 feature films for the North American market.[16]

Saban Brands[edit]

On May 5, 2010, Saban Capital Group announced that it would start Saban Brands (SB), a company dedicated to acquiring entertainment and consumer brands.[1] On May 12, 2010, it was announced that Saban Brands bought back the Power Rangers franchise from Disney for $43 million[17] and would produce a new nineteenth season of Power Rangers that began airing on Nickelodeon on February 7, 2011, with the previous 700 episodes being rerun on Nicktoons.[2][18] It was also announced that Saban Brands is in negotiations to buy three other brands.[19] On August 17, 2010, it was announced that Saban Brands bought Paul Frank Industries.[20][21]

On May 1, 2012, Kidsco Media Ventures LLC, an affiliate of Saban Capital Group, placed a bid to acquire some of 4Kids Entertainment's assets, including the US rights to the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise and The CW4Kids block, for $10 million.[22] 4K Acquisition Corp, a subsidiary of Konami, then placed a bid. On June 5, 2012, 4Kids commenced an auction between Kidsco and 4K Acquisition which was then adjourned so 4Kids, Kidsco, and 4K Acquisition could consider an alternative transaction.[23][24] On June 15, 2012, 4Kids filed a notice outlining a proposed deal in which its assets would be divided between Kidsco and 4K Acquisition which was finalized on June 26, 2012. The deal saw 4K Acquisition acquire the US rights to the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise and KidsCo acquire 4Kids' other assets including the agreements for Dragon Ball Z Kai, Cubix: Robots for Everyone, Sonic X and The CW Network's Saturday morning programming block.[25][26] On July 2, 2012, it was announced that Saban Brands, via Kidsco Media Ventures, will begin programming the block in the fall,[27][28][29][30] and on July 12, 2012 announced that the block would be named Vortexx, which launched on August 25, 2012.[31][32]

On June 12, 2012 it was announced that Saban Brands plans to reintroduce the Popples franchise with new merchandise in fall 2013.[33][34] On August 3, 2012 it was announced that Saban Brands acquired The Playforge, the development team behind App Store success stories Zombie Farm and Zombie Life.[35] On September 19, 2012 Saban Brands announced that they acquired Zui provider of Kid-Safe Online content.[36][37][38] On September 25, 2012 Saban Brands announced that they re-acquired the Digimon franchise and its most recent season, Digimon Fusion, which allows Saban to work with MarVista Entertainment for distribution of the series outside of Asia.[39][40][41] On July 3, 2013 it was announced that Saban Brands signed a deal to manage the distribution, licensing, and merchandising of Sendokai Champions in North America and Israel.[42]

SB and Lionsgate Films announced in May 2014 they are partnering on a new Power Ranger feature picture to hopefully launch a series of Power Ranger films.[43]

On August 4, 2014 Leapfrog Enterprises announced that it had acquired KidZui from Saban Brands http://www.leapfroginvestor.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=131670&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1954617&highlight=

Divisions[edit]

Investments[edit]

Current[edit]

Past[edit]

List of television shows and films[edit]

Saban Music Group[edit]

(This is a list of shows and films that Saban Music Group provided the music for.)

Warner Communications acquired Saban Records first catalog of music for about $6 million in 1986. Bug Music has since acquired the post-1986 to 2010 catalog of music from Saban Music Group.[8]

Saban Entertainment Group[edit]

(This is a list of shows made with its virtual studio)

Saban Brands[edit]

(This is a list of shows made and/or owned by Saban Capital Group subsidiary Saban Brands)

Saban Films[edit]

(This are the list of films that Saban Films has North America Distribution rights to)

Broadcast rights only[edit]

References[edit]

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  4. ^ "Tiger Gate". Saban. Retrieved November 28, 2010. 
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  53. ^ Included in the 4Kids properties sale.
  54. ^ In partership with Konami.
  55. ^ In partnership with Konami.

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