DIC Entertainment facts for kids
Former DIC headquarters in Burbank, California
|Limited liability company|
|Fate||Acquired by, merged with, and folded into Cookie Jar Group|
|Successor||Cookie Jar Group
|Defunct||December 6, 2008|
|Headquarters||Burbank, California, U.S.
|Andy Heyward (Chairman & CEO)|
|Products||Children's television shows|
|Parent||Radio Television Luxembourg (1971–1986)
Independent (1986–1993, 2000–2008)
Capital Cities/ABC Video Enterprises, Inc. (Limited Partnership, 1993–1995)
The Walt Disney Company (Limited Partnership, 1995–2000)
The DIC Entertainment Corporation (branded as The Incredible World of DiC and formally known as DIC Audiovisuel, DIC Enterprises, DIC Animation City, and DIC Productions) was an international and French-American film and television production company, that is mostly associated as an animation studio. In 2008, DIC was acquired by the Cookie Jar Group and was folded into it. As of 2012, most of the DIC library is currently owned by WildBrain (formerly DHX Media) after DHX acquired the Cookie Jar Group on October 22, 2012.
In addition to animated and live-action television shows, while under Disney, DIC produced live-action feature films, including Meet the Deedles (1998) and Inspector Gadget (1999), and licensed various anime series such as Sailor Moon, Saint Seiya and Speed Racer X.
- DIC Kids Network – a set of three syndicated children's programming E/I blocks announced in January 2003.
- Chinese blocks with ABC:
- Dragon Club (1994–unknown).
- Panda Club (1994–unknown).
- CBS broadcast blocks, both with one additional partner:
- KOL Secret Slumber Party – a three-hour long block launched on September 16, 2006, a programming block with partner KOL (AOL's kids online).
- KEWLopolis – launched on September 15, 2007, a programming block with partner American Greetings.
Freddy's Firehouse (FFH) was a children's educational programming block produced by DIC Entertainment and distributed by Buena Vista International Television, both Disney affiliates in May 1998. At the block's start, most of the programming would be from DIC's library and was planned to air on Pax Net for two years with it running on weekends with three hours on Saturday and two hours on Sunday. Buena Vista would be free to sell to other outlets international. However, Pax went with its own Cloud 9 block, which itself would also contain DIC programmes.
Funtown was a programming block on CBN Family Channel. The block was launched on September 11, 1989, with 26-hours-a-week programming. DIC was tasked with the advertising sales while the Family Channel handled distribution and marketing. Funtown ran from 7 to 9 a.m. on weekdays and from 4 to 6 p.m and 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on weekends. The line up of shows was a mix of formats, from live action-animated hybrids to live-action, and programs ranging from original to off-network shows, whether produced by DiC or other companies. In addition, a companion club program was supposed to be developed. DiC was also going to produce four specials each quarter with the launching of Funtown, combined with the others, mostly holiday specials, for the fourth quarter of 1989.
Kideo TV was a programming block by DIC with LBS Communications and Mattel. Metromedia stations agreed to carry the block by January 1986. Kideo TV was launched in April 1986. Series in the block included Rainbow Brite, Popples and Ulysses 31 plus The Get Along Gang reruns.
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