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Gullane Entertainment Limited was a British independent production company which produced children's programming, including Thomas & Friends, Shining Time Station and The Magic Adventures of Mumfie, as well as the film Thomas and the Magic Railroad. The company today is an in-name only subsidiary of HIT Entertainment and an IP holder for Thomas & Friends.

Gullane Entertainment Limited
Formerly
  • Burginhall 126 Limited (1987)
  • The Britt Allcroft Company PLC (1987-2000)
  • Gullane Entertainment PLC (2000-2002)
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In-Name-only Subsidiary
IndustryEntertainment, Children's Programming
FateAcquired by HiT Entertainment
Founded1987; 32 years ago (1987)[2]
ProductsThomas & Friends
Art Attack
Sooty
Fireman Sam
Guinness World Records
Captain Pugwash
Magic Adventures of Mumfie
RevenueN.A.
ParentHIT Entertainment (2002-present)
SubsidiariesGullane (Productions) Limited
Gullane (Distribution) Limited
Gullane (Development) Limited
Gullane (Thomas) Limited
HIT Attractions Limited
The Magic Railroad Company Limited

Contents

Original programmingEdit

Acquired programmingEdit

  • James the Cat (1998 series only - all voices provided by Alistair McGowan) - James is a black and white cat who lives in an old house, known as the "Cornerhouse", with his friends. Now owned by HiT Entertainment.
  • Fireman Sam (1987–2018) - The adventures of Pontypandy's friendly fireman who is always there to save the day. Acquired by Gullane in 2001 from Bumper Films, which closed down a year later.
  • Art Attack (1990-2007) - An art and crafts show hosted by Neil Buchanan. Acquired by Gullane in 2000.
  • Sooty Heights (1999–2000) - Presented by Richard Cadell and Liana Bridges, Sooty Heights is a comedy puppet show featuring Sooty and his pals Sweep, Soo and Little Cousin Scampi, running a hotel. This was the replacement for Sooty & Co, which ended in 1998 due to former Sooty host, Matthew Corbett, retiring.
  • Sooty (2001–2004) - Presented by Richard Cadell and Vicki Lee Taylor, Sooty was similar to Sooty Heights, but with some minor changes.
  • Captain Pugwash (1998) - Captain Pugwash and his mates search for treasure on the Black Pig against the evil Cut Throat Jake. This is based on the original characters by John Ryan.
  • Eckhart (2000–2001, UK only) - A Canadian animated series about a little mouse and his friends who have a lot of adventures travelling around the world, based on the character created by David Weale.
  • Yoko! Jakamoko! Toto! (2003–2005) - An animated series about Yoko the bird, Jakamoko the armadillo and Toto the mischievous monkey living in the African country who sing and only communicate by using each other's names. Co-produced with Collingwood O'Hare. Was only acquired by Gullane whilst the series was in production until 2002 when the company was bought by HiT. Now owned by HiT Entertainment.

OtherEdit

FilmsEdit

TriviaEdit

  • In 2002, HIT Entertainment purchased Gullane, which is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Mattel.
  • In 2007, HiT Entertainment put the rights to Sooty up for sale, with his current presenter Richard Cadell purchasing the rights in 2008.
  • In 2008, Britt Allcroft re-acquired the whole of the Mumfie production library from HiT Entertainment.
  • Thomas products still refer to the Gullane subsidiary "Gullane (Thomas) Limited."

Key PeopleEdit

  • Britt Allcroft - Co Founder
  • Angus Wright - Co Founder
  • Adam Mills - Chairman of the Board
  • William Harris - Chief Executive Officer, Director
  • Charles Falzon - President, Director
  • Tim Hilton - Finance Director, Director
  • Helen Byme - Secretary

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