Sony Wonder logo used from 1995 until 2006, when it became a subsidiary of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
|Subsidiary of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment|
|Industry||Children and family's music and home video arm|
|Founded||August 1, 1991|
|Defunct||November 27, 2007|
|Headquarters||New York City|
|Products||Nickelodeon videos (1993-1996)
Kidsongs videos (1997-1998)
Random House videos (1997-2005)
Sesame Street videos (1995-2007)
Classic Media videos (1998-2006)
Sony Pictures Entertainment family films (2007-present)
|Owner||Sony Pictures Home Entertainment|
|Parent||Sony Music Entertainment (1991-2007)
Sony Pictures Entertainment (2007-present)
Sony Wonder (founded as Sony Kids’ Music) is the kids and family entertainment arm of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
It was founded in August 1, 1991 by Sony Music Entertainment as its children and family music and home video division. The division once distributed material from Sesame Workshop and Classic Media (now known as DreamWorks Classics). They also distributed releases from Random House's home video division from 1995 to 2007.
On July 21, 1995, Sony Wonder and Sony Pictures Entertainment joined forces with the Jim Henson Company by releasing new movies with Columbia Pictures and TriStar Pictures through the joint venture Jim Henson Pictures and new sing-along-songs on videocassette and DVD. The next day, Nickelodeon and Sony Wonder launched Nick Jr. Video. In 1996, two years after Viacom's purchase of Paramount, Sony Wonder's deal expired with Nickelodeon, which left Nickelodeon videos distributed by Paramount Home Entertainment (and CIC Video internationally until 1999).
On March 13, 2007, Sony BMG announced that it was shutting down Sony Wonder to focus on its core music business. However on June 20, 2007, it was announced that SW became a division of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment as its kids’- and family-entertainment label. CM's, Sesame Workshop's and Random House's video deals were sold to Genius Products for an undisclosed amount, and later to Vivendi Entertainment. Sesame Workshop properties are currently distributed by Warner Home Video. m4e AG held the television rights of the series by Sony Wonder (including—with certain exceptions—the Sunbow catalog).
Despite the similarity in name, Sony Wonder is not even directly related to the Sony Wonder Technology Lab, a four-story interactive technology and entertainment museum for all ages located in midtown Manhattan, although they are both owned by Sony.
SpongeBob SquarePants: VHS/DVD (from Sony Wonder)
Although, SpongeBob SquarePants was released by Sony Wonder, Sterling and SVE and Churchill Media in November 30, 2004. And The SpongeBob SquarePants Show is releasing ten VHS Tapes and DVDs and Only has the Sesame Street Previews and The Really Wild Animals Preview. After The Previews ended, They show many different Nickalodeon Logos and shows The title card and The Title card of The VHS and DVDs instead of The Theme Song logo, After that they show many Stories, Music Videos and Other Music Videos from Sesame Street and The Sony Wonder Website Bumper.
- Spongebob's Vacation in Squidville
- Sandy's Rocket
- With Funny Friends Like These
- In Disguise
- Fun with Babies
- Home Sweet Pineapple
- Have Yourself a Sponge Little Christmas
- On Duty
- Happy Valentine's Day of Hearts
Stories At the End
- Just Me and My Mom (Mercer Mayer) - "Spongebob's Vacation in Squidville"
- Henry Babysits (Robert Quackenbush) - "Spongebob's Vacation in Squidville"
- Can You Tell Me How to Get to Sesame Street? (Eleanor Hudson
Joe Mathkey) - "Spongebob's Vacation in Squidville"
- Sesame Street: It's Not Easy Being Big and Small! (Stephanie St. PieRee
John Lund) - "Spongebob's Vacation in Squidville"
- Arthur's Teacher Trouble (Marc Brown) - "With Funny Friends Like These"
- Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (Bill Martin, Jr.
Lois Ehlert) - "With Funny Friends Like These"
- Sesame Street Follow the Monsters! Sharon Lerner - "With Funny Friends Like These"
- George's Store (Frank Asch
Benard Wiseman) - "In Disguise"
- The Giving Tree (Shel Silverstein) - "In Disguise"
- The Berenstain Bears Too Much TV - (Stan & Jan Berenstain) - "Fun with Babies"
- Green Eggs and Ham - (Dr. Seuss) - "Fun with Babies"
- The Napping House - (Audrey Wood
Don Wood) - "Fun with Babies"
- When Sophie Gets Angry-Really, Really, Angry! - (Molly Bang) - "Home Sweet Pineapple"
- Milk and Cookies - (Frank Asch) - "Home Sweet Pineapple"
Notes and references
- "The Free Library" SONY WONDER ANNOUNCES EAGERLY AWAITED DEBUT OF NICKELODEON'S PREMIER PROGRAMMING ON HOME VIDEO & AUDIO WITH THE LAUNCH OF THE NICK COLLECTION thefreelibrary.com, Retrieved on August 29, 2013
- "Variety" Sony Wonder to issue Nick fare on vid/audio variety.com, Retrieved on August 29, 2013
- Brian Henson and Stephanie Allain to Chat on Entertainment Tonight Online thefreelibrary.com, Retrieved on August 28, 2013
- CLAUDIA ELLER The Los Angeles Times July 21, 1995 Company Town : Muppets Cut Deal With Sony Pictures articles.latimes.com, Retrieved on August 28, 2013
- "EBSCO Host" 7/22/95 Sony Wonder, Nickelodeon launch Nick Junior video connection.ebscohost.com, Retrieved on August 29, 2013
- Matzer, Marla "EBSCO Host" 6/03/96 Sony, Nick are quits connection.ebscohost.com, Retrieved on August 29, 2013
- Schneider, Michael "EBSCO Host" 05/04/98 Sony Wonder gets animated connection.ebscohost.com, Reetrieved on August 29, 2013
- "Screen Daily" MIPCOM: TV-Loonland acquires Sony Wonder screendaily.com "Retrieved on May 22, 2012"
- "Variety" OCTOBER 3, 2000 TV Loonland buys up Sony Wonder units variety.com, Retrieved on August 29, 2013
- "Broadcast" 6 October 2000 TV-Loonland takes on Sony's Sunbow broadcastnow.co.uk, Retrieved on August 30, 2013
- Thomas K. Arnold "Reuters" Kids label Sony Wonder going under: sources reuters.com, Retrieved on August 30, 2013
- Thomas K. Arnold "The Hollywood Reporter" 3/14/2007 Sony ceases Wonder label hollywoodreporter.com, Retrieved on August 30, 2013
- Ryan Ball "Animation Magazine" Mar 15th, 2007 Sony Wonder Closing Shop? animationmagazine.net, Retrieved on August 30, 2013
- "Variety" absorbs Wonder label variety.com, Retrieved on December 8, 2013
- Sony Home Ent. Takes Over Sony Wonder Rick DeMott awn.com, Retrieved on August 28, 2013