Saban Capital Group
|Founded||July 11, 2010|
|Headquarters||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Haim Saban (Chairman, CEO)|
Adam Chesnoff (President/COO)
Saban Music Group
Saban Capital Group LLC is an American investment firm based in Los Angeles, California focused on media, entertainment, and communications investments. Formed in 2010 by Haim Saban, Saban Capital Group owns Saban Films (SF), part of Univision Communications, and part of Celestial Tiger Entertainment.
In October 2006, SCG's Saban Entertainment Group division announced the beginning of its virtual studio program for starting up and developing family entertainment. 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. On October 17, 2011, Saban Capital Group acquired 7.5% stake in Jakarta-based Indonesian largest integrated media company, Media Nusantara Citra. 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. 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. In August 2012, Saban Capital Group launched a new music publishing division called "Music Ventures".
On May 6, 2014, Saban Capital announced the launch of Saban Films (SF), a distribution company that will acquire yearly 8 to 10 feature films for the North American market. Bill Bromiley from RLJ Entertainment was appointed president of this company as of Cannes Film Festival 2014.
On September 13, 2018, Saban Capital Acquisition Corp. announced the purchase of Panavision and Sim Video International in a $622 million cash and stock deal. The transaction was aimed at creating a comprehensive production and post-production entity. Saban Capital Acquisition Corp. proposed a change of name to Panavision Holdings Inc., but expected to continue to trade on the Nasdaq stock exchange. Saban ended up terminating its deal to acquire Panavision on March 1, 2019.
On May 5, 2010, Saban Capital Group announced that it would start Saban Brands (SB), a successor company to Saban Entertainment dedicated to acquiring entertainment and consumer brands. On May 12, 2010, it was announced that Saban Brands bought back the Power Rangers franchise from Disney for $43 million 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. It was also announced that Saban Brands is in negotiations to buy three other brands. On August 17, 2010, it was announced that Saban Brands bought Paul Frank Industries.
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. 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. 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. On July 2, 2012, it was announced that Saban Brands, via Kidsco Media Ventures, would begin programming the block in the fall, and on July 12, 2012, it announced that the block would be named Vortexx, which launched on August 25, 2012 and ended on September 27, 2014.
On June 12, 2012, it was announced that Saban Brands plans to reintroduce the Popples franchise with new merchandise in fall 2013. 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. On September 19, 2012, Saban Brands announced that they acquired Zui provider of Kid-Safe Online content. On September 25, 2012, Saban Brands announced that they re-acquired the Digimon franchise and its most recent season, Digimon Fusion with Toei Animation handling Asian licensing & distribution and MarVista Entertainment handling all other global licensing & distribution.
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 and be broadcast on the Vortexx. In October 2013, Saban Brands shut down The Playforge because of poor game sales.
Saban Brands and Lionsgate Films announced in May 2014 that they are planning to produce a new Power Rangers feature film, and would hopefully launch a Power Rangers film franchise. By August 4, 2014, Saban Brands sold KidZui to Leapfrog Enterprises. Later on, Macbeth Footwear was acquired by Saban Brands, and in December, Saban Brands formed two divisions Saban Brands Lifestyle Group and Saban Brands Entertainment Group to expand their holdings. On January 6, 2014, it was announced that Saban Brands Lifestyle Group acquired Mambo Graphics. On March 24, 2015, it was announced that Saban Brands Lifestyle Group had acquired Piping Hot. Saban Brands developed its first two properties, Kibaoh Klashers and Treehouse Detectives, as animated series which were picked up by Netflix in October 2016.
In February 2018, Saban Brands appointed Hasbro as the global master toy licensee for Power Rangers in April 2019 with a future option to purchase the franchise. On May 1, 2018, Saban agreed to sell Power Rangers and other entertainment assets to Hasbro for US$522 million in cash and stock, with the sale expected to close in the second quarter. Other properties in the deal include My Pet Monster, Popples, Julius Jr., Luna Petunia, and Treehouse Detectives. Only nine existing employees out of sixty would be retained by SCG, and the Saban Brands subsidiary ended operations upon the closure of business on July 2, 2018.
- Saban Entertainment Group
- Saban Kids & Family
- Saban Films
- Saban Real Estate, LLC
- Saban Brands, LLC
- Saban Brands Lifestyle Group
- Saban Brands Entertainment Group
- Celestial Tiger Entertainment (CTE) (JV)
- Taomee (minority stake)
- Playbuzz (2016)
- Sim Video International
- Keshet Broadcasting LTD
- ProSiebenSat.1 Media AG
- Broadcasting Media Partners (20%)
- Univision Communications, Inc.
- Media Nusantara Citra (MNC) 7.5% stake
The Saban Group is a top contributor to the Democratic Party. It has donated to former President Barack Obama's campaign and was one of the top donors of the Clinton Campaign of 2016 with a contribution of approximately 12 million dollars.
List of television shows, films and libraries
Saban Entertainment Group
- Hollywood Star Dogs
Saban Brands (former)
Most of these properties were created and/or owned by Saban Capital Group subsidiary Saban Brands. Most of these properties are now owned by Hasbro or other companies:
- Beetleborgs (currently by Hasbro and Toei Company)
- Cirque du Soleil Media
- Cubix (currently by Hasbro)
- Kibaoh Klashers (2017) (currently by Hasbro)
- La Banda
- Macbeth Footwear
- Masked Rider (currently by Hasbro and Toei Company)
- Mambo Graphics
- Mystic Knights of Tir Na Nog (currently by Hasbro)
- Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation (currently by Hasbro and ViacomCBS International)
- Paul Frank
- Piping Hot
- Rainbow Butterfly Unicorn Kitty (currently by Funrise)
- Shinzo (currently by Toei Animation Inc.)
- VR Troopers (currently by Hasbro and Toei Company)
- Digimon (currently by Toei Animation Inc.)
- Sonic X (currently by Discotek Media and TMS Entertainment)
- Power Rangers (currently by Hasbro and Toei Company)
- Glitter Force (currently by Toei Animation Inc., Netflix and Hasbro)
- Treehouse Detectives (currently by Hasbro)
- My Pet Monster purchased from American GreetingsTCFC, Inc. (currently by Hasbro)
- Popples purchased from American GreetingTCFC, Inc. (currently by Hasbro)
- Luna Petunia (currently by Hasbro)
- Julius Jr. (currently by Hasbro)
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- Yamato, Jen (May 6, 2014). "Cannes: Haim Saban Launches North American Distribution Co. Ahead Of Market". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved May 7, 2014.
- McNary, Dave. Saban Capital Buys Panavision, Sim Video for $622 Million Variety.com. September 14, 2018. Retrieved on 2019-01-16.
- "Saban Capital Acquisition Corp. Enters into a Merger Agreement with Panavision and Sim Panavision.com. September 13, 2018. Retrieved on 2019-01-06.
- "Saban Capital Cancels Panavision Purchase". San Fernando Valley Business Journal. March 1, 2019. Retrieved March 27, 2019.
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- Littleton, Cynthia (May 12, 2010). "Saban re-acquires rights to 'Rangers'". Variety. Retrieved May 13, 2010.
- "Power Rangers morph back into Haim Saban's hands, will air on Nickelodeon". Los Angeles Times. May 12, 2010. Retrieved May 16, 2010.
- "Billionaire Saban buys Julius monkey brand". Google News. Associated Press. August 17, 2010. Retrieved August 17, 2010.
- "Saban Acquires Leading Lifestyle Company Paul Frank Industries". Business Wire. August 17, 2010. Retrieved August 17, 2010.
- "4Kids to Sell Yu-Gi-Oh! Assets to Kidsco for US$10 Million (Updated)". Anime News Network. May 1, 2012. Retrieved October 2, 2012.
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- "Konami to Get 4Kids' Yu-Gi-Oh! Assets Under Proposed Deal". Anime News Network. June 16, 2012. Retrieved October 2, 2012.
- Wallenstein, Andrew (July 2, 2012). "Saban Brands to rebuild CW toon block". Variety. Reed Business Information. Retrieved October 2, 2012.
- Marcucci, Carl (July 3, 2012). "The CW signs Saban Brands for kids block". Radio & Television Business Report. Retrieved October 2, 2012.
- "Saban builds CW kids' block". C21Media. July 3, 2012. Retrieved July 7, 2012.
- Dickson, Jeremy (July 3, 2012). "Saban and The CW launch kids TV block". KidScreen. Retrieved October 2, 2012.
- "'Power Rangers' Backer Saban to Reenter Kiddie TV". Advertising Age. July 12, 2012. Retrieved October 2, 2012.
- "Saban Brands to launch Vortexx kid shows on The CW". Los Angeles Business Journal. July 12, 2012. Retrieved October 2, 2012.
- Jeremy, Dickson (June 13, 2012). "Saban brings back the Popples". KidScreen. Retrieved October 2, 2012.
- "Topgrossing Zombie-Farm dev acquired by Saban". Gamasutra.com. Retrieved September 11, 2012.
- "Saban Brands buys Zui". L.A. Biz. American City Business Journals. September 19, 2012. Retrieved October 2, 2012.
- Crowe, Deborah (September 25, 2012). "Saban Brands Acquires Digimon Anime Brand". Los Angeles Business Journal. Retrieved September 26, 2012.
- Dickson, Jeremy (September 27, 2012). "Saban Brands acquires Digimon franchise". KidScreen. Retrieved October 2, 2012.
- "Saban Takes on Sendokai". License! Mag. ADVANSTAR COMMUNICATIONS INC. July 3, 2013. Retrieved February 20, 2015.
- Fleming, Mike, Jr. (May 7, 2014). "Lionsgate, Saban Brands Reboot 'Power Rangers' As Pic Franchise". Deadline.com. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved May 7, 2014.
- Perez, Sarah (August 4, 2014). "LeapFrog Buys Kid's Web Browser Maker KidZui". TechCrunch. AOL. Retrieved December 17, 2014.
- Padovano, Joanna (December 12, 2014). "Saban Brands Expands with New Lifestyle & Entertainment Units". World Screen. WSN INC. Retrieved December 16, 2014.
- Traill-Nash, Glynis (January 6, 2015). "Surfwear label Mambo bought by US company Saban Brands". The Australian. Retrieved February 20, 2015.
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- Petski, Denise (October 6, 2016). "Netflix Orders Six New Kids Series Including 'Lego Elves' & Avi Arad's 'Super Monsters'". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved September 5, 2017.
- Sorrentino, Mike (February 15, 2018). "Power Rangers toy maker is moving on after 25 years". CNET. Retrieved February 19, 2018.
- "Hasbro buying Power Rangers, other brands in $522M deal". ABC News. AP. May 1, 2018. Retrieved May 1, 2018.
- "Saban Brands Sells Power Rangers to Hasbro for $522M". Los Angeles Business Journal. May 2, 2018. Retrieved March 3, 2019.
- Blake, Matthew (May 23, 2018). "Saban Brands Plans Layoffs Following Hasbro Acquisition". Los Angeles Business Journal. Retrieved August 2, 2018.
- Spangler, Todd. "Disney Invests in Viral-Content Startup Playbuzz as Part of $15 Million Round". Variety. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved April 6, 2016.
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- "Cynopsis: Kids! 09/19/11". Cynopsis. September 19, 2011. Archived from the original on July 24, 2012. Retrieved September 19, 2011.
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- "Programming Catalog: Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation". MarVista Entertainment. Archived from the original on March 25, 2012. Retrieved September 16, 2011.
- "Coloring outside the lines". Kidscreen. Retrieved February 3, 2017.
- "Hasbro to acquire Power Rangers, other franchises from Saban". CNBC. May 1, 2018. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
- "Screening Room". World Screen. March 9, 2016. Retrieved April 3, 2016.
- "Saban Listed as Promoting Smile Precure to Licensees as Glitter Force". Anime News Network. September 24, 2015.
- "Saban Brands Gives Glitter Force Trademark to Toei Animation - The Tokusatsu Network". tokusatsunetwork.com. May 25, 2017. Retrieved June 8, 2017.
- "Glitter Force Brand's Rights Move to Hasbro". Anime News Network. Retrieved September 28, 2018.
- "peg on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved September 28, 2018.
- Hasbro. "Glitter Force – a legendary superhero squad". www.glitterforce.com. Retrieved September 28, 2018.
- "Glitter Force". July 6, 2018. Archived from the original on July 6, 2018. Retrieved September 28, 2018.
- "First impressions: the new age of licensing is about "digital" (whatever that means), portfolios, logistics. - Free Online Library". Licensing Letter. Plain Language Media. June 18, 2012. Retrieved May 1, 2018 – via thefreelibrary.com.
- Dickson, Jeremy (September 11, 2012). "MarVista to rep new Paul Frank series Julius Jr". KidScreen. Retrieved October 2, 2012.
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