Hasbro Studios

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Hasbro Studios, LLC
Subsidiary of Hasbro
Industry Entertainment
Genre Kids & Family
Founded Los Angeles, California, United States (2009 (2009))
Headquarters Burbank, California, United States
Number of locations
3
Key people
Stephen J. Davis (President)
Production output
Services Licensing
Parent Hasbro
Divisions
Website hasbrostudios.com
Hasbro Studios (Burbank headquarters at Starz Plaza pictured).

Hasbro Studios is an American production company located in Burbank, California. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hasbro. Originally just a TV production division, many of its TV shows, such as My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic and Littlest Pet Shop, are based on Hasbro properties and are broadcast on the Discovery Family television network, a joint venture between Hasbro and Discovery Communications.[1][2]

Allspark Pictures is Hasbro Studios' self-financing film unit.[2] Cake Mix Studio is the company's Rhode Island-based commercials and short content producer.[1]

Background[edit]

In the early 1980s, when Hasbro decided to begin creating animated series based on their properties, they hired Sunbow Productions, who was already producing commercials for them, to create such series as G.I. Joe and The Transformers.[3] In May 2008, Hasbro reacquired the animated series based on their properties from Sunbow Productions, so they could create programs in-house.[3]

History[edit]

Hasbro Studios was formed in 2009 for TV development, production, and distribution under Stephen Davis as president.[1] On November 9, 2010, Hasbro Studios signed an agreement with Canadian media company Corus Entertainment to broadcast their productions on Canadian television networks, such as YTV and Teletoon.[4]

On October 6, 2011, Hasbro Studios signed an agreement with seven US and international airlines, such as Continental Airlines and Qantas, to broadcast shows on their planes.[5]

In December 2012, Hasbro transferred all entertainment divisions to Hasbro Studios, including their Los Angeles-based film group and Cake Mix Studio, the company's Rhode Island-based commercials and short content producer.[1]

On February 28, 2013, the studio laid off three staffers in its Game & Reality Show Production & Development department and moved that department under Vice President Kevin Belinkoff to the animation department's executive plus outside creative consultants.[6]

The Hub was renamed Discovery Family on October 13, 2014.[7] On October 20, the studio announced a new film self-finance/co-finance production label Allspark Pictures.[2]

Filmography[edit]

Animated television[edit]

Title Production partner Premiere Finale Channel
Pound Puppies Paul & Joe Productions
(season 1)
9 Story Entertainment
(episodes 1 to 7)
DHX Media/Vancouver
(episodes 8 to 65)
Top Draw Animation
(episodes 8 to 65)
October 10, 2010 November 16, 2013 Hub Network
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic DHX Media/Vancouver
Top Draw Animation
October 10, 2010 present Hub Network
Discovery Family
The Adventures of Chuck and Friends Nelvana
Pipeline Studios
October 15, 2010 April 21, 2013 Hub Network
G.I. Joe: Renegades Darby Pop Productions
Moi Animation
Hanho Heung-Up
JM Animation
November 26, 2010 July 23, 2011 Hub Network
Transformers: Prime Digitalscape
K/O Paper Products
Darby Pop Productions
Polygon Pictures
November 29, 2010 July 26, 2013 Hub Network
Transformers: Rescue Bots Atomic Cartoons
(season 1)
Darby Pop Productions
(season 1)
Vision Animation
(season 2)
Moody Street Kids
(season 2)
DHX Media
(episode 53 to onwards)
February 18, 2012 present Hub Network
Discovery Family
Kaijudo Moi Animation
DR Movie
June 2, 2012 December 28, 2013 Hub Network
Littlest Pet Shop DHX Media/Vancouver
Top Draw Animation
November 10, 2012 present Hub Network
Discovery Family
Transformers: Robots in Disguise Darby Pop Productions
Polygon Animation
March 14, 2015[8][9] present Cartoon Network

Live-action television[edit]

Title Production partner Premiere Finale Notes
Family Game Night Zoo Productions October 10, 2010 present
Pictureka! Linda Ellman Productions October 11, 2010 January 13, 2011
Taylor Swift: Journey to Fearless Big Machine
Shout! Factory
October 22, 2010 October 24, 2010
Hubworld Natural 9 Entertainment November 5, 2010 October 29, 2011
The Game of Life Golder Productions
1/17 Productions
September 3, 2011 April 22, 2012
Scrabble Showdown Rubicon Entertainment September 3, 2011 April 22, 2012
Clue Metzner Films November 14, 2011 November 17, 2011
Monopoly Millionaires' Club Entertain The Brutes
Scientific Games
February 7, 2015[10] present

Films[edit]

Title Year Notes
My Little Pony: Equestria Girls[11] June 16, 2013
Transformers Prime Beast Hunters: Predacons Rising October 4, 2013
My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Rainbow Rocks September 27, 2014[12]
My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Friendship Games September 26, 2015

Hasbro Films[edit]

Hasbro Films
Division
Industry Entertainment
Headquarters Universal City, California[13], USA
Key people
Bennett Schneir (VP)[14]
Services Film Development
Parent Hasbro Studios
(Hasbro)

Hasbro Films, or Hasbro Film Group, is a film development unit within Hasbro Studios, a division of Hasbro tasked with developing movies for Hasbro properties.[15]

Background[edit]

Hasbro had made a 1980s animated Transformers movie. Waddingtons, later purchased by Hasbro in 1994,[16] Clue's US licensee, had Clue made in 1985. Hasbro had previously licensed Transformers to DreamWorks for a live action film released in 2007.[17] The Transformers franchise continued with Paramount Pictures, the distribution of and acquirer of DreamWorks, with the addition of the G.I. Joe property.[13]

Hasbro Films history[edit]

Hasbro and Universal Pictures signed an agreement in February 2008 to derive and produce four films from seven Hasbro properties: Battleship, Candy Land, Clue, Magic: The Gathering, Monopoly, Ouija, and Stretch Armstrong. Hasbro was to pay for all development costs for the films and Universal was supposed to pay $5 million per property not made into films.[13] In May, Bennett Schneir was hired to lead its film division[14] while Hasbro also reacquired animated series based on their properties from Sunbow Productions.[3]

By January 2012, all Hasbro properties at Universal — except for Battleship and Ouija — were halted in development. While Hasbro's film division continued to have an office on the Universal lot, Hasbro was able to take the Universal agreement properties to any studio.[13] Universal paid a multimillion dollar fee instead of the $5 million per property to depart from the agreement.[18]

On 31 January 2011, it was announced that Columbia Pictures, Happy Madison, and Adam Sandler were in final negotiations to develop the Candy Land film.[19] In February, Stretch Armstrong was set up with Relativity Media.[13] In October, Hasbro signed a three picture co-production two-year deal which includes a first look provision with Emmett/Furla for Monopoly, Action Man, and Hungry Hungry Hippos, with Envision Entertainment's partners Stepan Martisoyan and Remington Chase as co-financiers.[20][21] In December, Hasbro transferred the feature films division into Hasbro Studios along with its other short film division.[1]

Hasbro filed suit against Sweetpea Entertainment and Warner Brothers on May 12, 2013 regarding the announced Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) movie based on Chainmail. Hasbro had asserted that rights had reverted to Hasbro, while Sweetpea felt they had the rights under a 1994 agreement with TSR. Hasbro had reportedly just agreed to license D&D movie rights to Universal.[22] By October October 2013, Relativity and Hasbro had removed the Stretch Armstrong movie from their schedules.[23]

In January 2014, Hasbro announced a franchise film deal with 20th Century Fox for Magic: The Gathering by its subsidiary Wizards of the Coast.[24] In October 2014, the studio announced a new film self-finance/co-finance label Allspark Pictures with its first but existing project Jem and the Holograms plus newly announced My Little Pony movie.[2]

Hasbro's first original film project (not based on a toy or game), Hacker Camp, was assigned a writer, Tripper Clancy, in February 2015.[25] By July 2015, the Monopoly satire film with Emmett/Furla was set aside with Hasbro announcing that Lionsgate will distribute a Monopoly film with Andrew Niccol writing the film as a family-friendly action adventure film[26] co-financed and produced by Lionsgate and Hasbro's Allspark Pictures.[27]

On August 3, 2015, Warner Bros. announced that they will be developing a Dungeons & Dragons movie based on the Forgotten Realms campaign world with Courtney Solomon and Roy Lee producing, David Leslie Johnson writing the screenplay, and produced by Sweetpea Entertainment and Allspark Pictures.[28]

Feature-length films[edit]

Title Production by Year Note
Transformers DreamWorks Pictures
Paramount Pictures
July 3, 2007
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen DreamWorks Pictures
Paramount Pictures
June 24, 2009
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra Paramount Pictures August 7, 2009
Transformers: Dark of the Moon Paramount Pictures June 29, 2011
Battleship Universal Pictures May 18, 2012
G.I. Joe: Retaliation Paramount Pictures
MGM Films
March 28, 2013
Transformers: Age of Extinction Paramount Pictures June 27, 2014
Ouija Universal Pictures
Blumhouse Productions
Platinum Dunes
October 24, 2014
Upcoming films
Title Production by Year Note
Jem and the Holograms Universal Pictures
Blumhouse Productions
SB Projects
Allspark Pictures[2][29]
October 23, 2015 Post production
Ouija 2 Universal Pictures
Allspark Pictures
Blumhouse Productions
Platinum Dunes
October 21, 2016[30]
My Little Pony Allspark Pictures
Lionsgate (distribution)[31]
2017[32] Animated
Transformers 5 Paramount Pictures 2017 Pre-Production
G.I. Joe 3 Paramount Pictures
MGM Films
TBA
Hungry Hungry Hippos Emmett/Furla Films[1] TBA
Tonka Columbia Pictures
Sony Pictures Animation
Happy Madison [33]
TBA
Magic: The Gathering 20th Century Fox[24] TBA
Play-Doh 20th Century Fox
Chernin Entertainment
Feigco[34]
TBA
Beyblade Paramount Pictures
Disruption Entertainment[35]
TBA
Monopoly Allspark Pictures
Lionsgate[27]
TBA
Dungeons & Dragons Allspark Pictures
Sweetpea Entertainment
Warner Bros. Pictures[36]
TBA

Other Hasbro filmography[edit]

Television series[edit]

Animated films[edit]

Live-action films[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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