26 Facts About DIC Enterprises


On June 20,2008, DIC Enterprises was acquired by and later folded into Cookie Jar Group.

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In 1981, DIC Enterprises established a partnership with the Japanese animation studio Tokyo Movie Shinsha, as one of the overseas animation subcontractors.

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DIC Audiovisuel's U S arm, DIC Enterprises, was founded in April 1982 in Burbank, California by Andy Heyward, a former story writer at Hanna-Barbera, to translate DIC productions into English.

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DIC Enterprises partnered with toy makers and greeting card companies for character based product lines that could be made into animated series.

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DIC Enterprises sued Saban for damages; in 1991, both companies reached a settlement.

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In 1987, DIC Enterprises signed a deal with television broadcast syndicator Coca-Cola Telecommunications, to set up a kids' block that was designed for the morning audience, and two different names were considered, namely Funday Sunday or Funtastic Saturday.

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Also that year, DIC Enterprises filed a lawsuit against home video distributor Family Home Entertainment, a label of International Video Entertainment, for allegedly breaching a contract to distribute cassettes of the 65-episode syndicated cartoon Dennis the Menace, and claimed that FHE signed a deal with DIC in November 1985 to distribute cassettes, and paid a non-returnable advance against royalties of $1.

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That year, in December 1987, DIC Enterprises is farming out two syndicated strips despite animation company layoffs, kids' overall viewing being down and a highly competitive marketplace that was surrounded by product, and the two strips introduced were the 65-episode series COPS, distributed by Claster Television, and a 40-episode cartoon series, Camp California, which was set to be distributed by Access Entertainment Group, and stations would have to need to accept it for a single year.

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Also this year, DIC Enterprises signed a deal with Golden Book Video to market titles under the DIC Enterprises Video brand.

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In 1987, DIC Enterprises moved production of Dennis the Menace to a Canadian animation firm for grants and tax breaks from the Canadian government.

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On September 11,1989, DIC Enterprises launched the 26-hours-a-week Funtown programming block on the CBN Family Channel.

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DIC Enterprises was to produce four specials, with the first launching on Funtown with the others, mostly holiday specials, for the fourth quarter of 1989.

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In 1992, DIC Enterprises signed a distribution deal with Bohbot Communications to handle distribution of these programs, such as Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog.

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On November 21,1993, DIC Enterprises announced they had formed a multimedia unit called DIC Enterprises Interactive.

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In March 1997, the studio was opened up and was named Les Studios Tex, which DIC Enterprises was a shareholder in.

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DIC Enterprises launched a direct to video division in April 1998 with Riley Katherine Ellis, a Caravan Pictures producer, hired as division head.

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In May 1998, DIC Enterprises signed a deal to provide a children's programming block, Freddy's Firehouse, for the Pax TV network.

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In February 2001, DIC Enterprises announced their return to the home video market, forming a new division titled DIC Enterprises Home Entertainment and begun releasing products, starting in May 2001.

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In June 2001, DIC Enterprises announced they would purchase Golden Books Family Entertainment for $170 million.

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However, DIC Enterprises eventually backed out of the deal due to the high costs of the purchase and the company was instead co-purchased by Random House for the book rights and Classic Media for the entertainment rights.

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In 2004, Heyward purchased Bain Capital's interest in DIC Enterprises and took the company public the following year on the London Stock Exchange's Alternative Investment Market under the symbol DEKEq.

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In 2005, Mexico City-based Anima Estudios considered forming a partnership with DIC Enterprises, but decided against in order to focus on its own projects.

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In March 2006, DIC Enterprises re-acquired the international rights to 20 of their shows from The Walt Disney Company and Jetix Europe, who had owned them since Disney bought the previous owners Saban Entertainment in 2001.

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Dam counter-sued DIC Enterprises, claiming that the company financially misrepresented its ability to create and market a modern troll doll toy campaign and destroyed the image and goodwill of the doll.

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DIC Enterprises was tasked with the advertising sales while the Family Channel handled distribution and marketing.

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DIC Enterprises was 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.

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