Lyrick Studios

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Lyrick Studios
Private
FateAcquired by and folded into HIT Entertainment
SuccessorHIT Entertainment
Founded
  • 1988; 30 years ago (1988) (as the Lyons Group)
  • May 16, 1994; 24 years ago (1994-05-16) (as Lyrick Studios)
Defunct
  • August 31, 2001; 17 years ago (2001-08-31) (as Lyrick Studios)
  • 2003; 15 years ago (2003) or 2012; 6 years ago (2012) (as a name only unit)
HeadquartersAllen, Texas
Number of employees
650 (1997)
SubsidiariesBig Feats! Entertainment
Lyons Partnership
Children's Television Workshop
Websitewww.lyrickstudios.com

Lyrick Studios was an American video production and distribution company based in Allen, 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 for the TV series 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.

History[edit]

The company traces its origins to 1988, when The Lyons Group was formed as a division of DLM, Inc (Developmental Learning Materials), an educational company owned by Richard C. Leach.[1] Lyons began producing and distributing a direct-to-video series titled Barney and the Backyard Gang, which was created by Sheryl Leach, the daughter-in-law of Richard. Three years after the home video series debuted, Barney caught the attention of PBS executives and the concept was subsequently revamped for television. Barney & Friends began airing on the Public Broadcasting Service on April 6, 1992, at which point the Lyons Group separated from DLM and became its own company.

Lyrick Studios was formed in 1994, and the Lyons Group became a division of the new company under the name Lyons Partnership. Dick Leach, creator of Barney, became the company's CEO in 1997. The company developed the Wishbone series for PBS in 1995, a show about a talking dog living in the fictional town of Oakdale, Texas. This series was produced by Big Feats! Entertainment, another Lyrick division. The series was filmed at the studio and on location in Plano.[2] By the late 1990s, Lyrick Studios turned its primary focus on distribution of children's TV shows and films. Lyrick acquired the distribution rights for VeggieTales, and The Wiggles and also distributed book publishing and video gaming rights for some Humongous Entertainment video game characters like Putt-Putt, Freddi Fish and Pajama Sam.

In 2001, Lyrick began distributing TV shows owned by entertainment company HiT Entertainment such as Bob the Builder (on May 22, 2001), and Kipper (on June 5, 2001). On February 9, 2001, the company was acquired by HIT for a $275-million deal, and Dick Leach died during the sale process.[3] Though HiT purchased the company on February 9, 2001, most of its' VHS tapes still used the Lyrick logo with the HiT logo until August 31st when it was folded into the company.[4]

Distribution[edit]

Programs[edit]

Name First year Final year Notes
Barney & Friends 1992 2001
Wishbone 1995 2001
Big Bag 1996 2001
Joe Scruggs 1997 2001
Francesco's Friendly World 1997 2001
Groundling Marsh 1998 2001
VeggieTales 1998 2001 Mass market distribution
Shelley Duvall's American Tall Tales & Legends 1998 2001
The Wiggles 1999 2001 US distribution
Bob the Builder 2001 US distribution
Kipper 2001 US distribution
Angelina Ballerina 2001 US distribution

Movies/TV Films[edit]

Name Year Notes
Kids for Character 1996 Includes scenes from The Puzzle Place, Barney & Friends, Scholastic's The Magic School Bus, Lamb Chop's Play-Along, Nick Jr's Gullah Gullah Island, and Babar
Kids for Character: Choices Count 1997 Includes scenes from Bananas in Pyjamas, The Big Comfy Couch, and Wishbone
Shelley Duvall's Mother Goose Rock 'n' Rhyme 1998
Wishbone's Dog Days of the West 1998
Barney's Great Adventure: The Movie 1998

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Guide to United States Popular Culture". Retrieved 22 June 2017.
  2. ^ Tanner, Lisa (September 5, 1999). "Lyrick Studios expanding". Dallas Business Journal.
  3. ^ Billings, Claire. "HIT acquires US rival Lyrick Studios in $275 million deal". Retrieved 24 June 2017.
  4. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8fCBQCkfsE