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Saban Entertainment, Inc. (along with Saban International, which operated outside the US; current legal name is BVS Entertainment, Inc.), is a worldwide-served independent American-Israeli television production company formed in 1980 by music and television producers Haim Saban[1] and Shuki Levy as "Saban Productions".

BVS Entertainment, Inc.
Formerly called
Saban Productions, Inc. (1980–1988)
Saban Entertainment, Inc. (1988–2001)
Industry Animation
Production
Fate Acquired then inactive
Founded 1980; 37 years ago (1980)
Defunct 2002; 15 years ago (2002)
Headquarters Los Angeles, California, United States
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
Haim Saban
Shuki Levy
Products Television programs
Theatrical films
Parent ABC Family Worldwide
(Disney–ABC Television Group)

This company was known for importing, dubbing, and adapting several Japanese series such as, Maple Town (...Stories), Noozles (Fushigi na Koala Blinky and Pinky), Funky Fables (Video Anime Ehonkan Sekai Meisaku Dowa), Samurai Pizza Cats (Kyatto Ninden Teyande) and the first three Digimon series to North America and international markets for syndication, including both animation and live action shows. Saban is also notable for their various toku adapts of several shows from Toei Company, which include the massively-popular Power Rangers (based on the Super Sentai series), Big Bad Beetleborgs (based on Juukou B-Fighter), VR Troopers (featuring elements of Metal Hero series like Space Sheriff Shaider, Jikuu Senshi Spielban and Choujinki Metalder), and Masked Rider (an original interpretation using scenes from the Japanese Kamen Rider Black RX).

Saban was involved in the co-production of French/American animated shows created by Jean Chalopin for DIC Entertainment. Some of these early 1980s co-productions were Camp Candy, Ulysses 31, Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors, and The Mysterious Cities of Gold (the third of which was a Japanese co-production).

Saban has also distributed and provided music for TV programs produced by other companies, such as The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!, Inspector Gadget and the first 2 dub seasons of Dragon Ball Z.

Contents

HistoryEdit

Early yearsEdit

Saban Entertainment was formed in 1980[2] as "Saban Productions". The first Saban logo depicted a Saturn-like planet with the word "Saban", in a Pac-Man style font, going across the planet's ring. The planet had five lines under the word "Productions". Several years later, the company created Saban International), for international distribution of its shows (note: though used interchangeably with "Saban International Paris", they were technically two different entities).

In 1986, Saban Productions bought the foreign rights to the DIC Entertainment library of children's programming, and then sold the rights to Jean Chalopin's C&D.[3][4] DIC then sued Saban for damages and in 1991, DIC and Saban reached a settlement.[5]

In 1988, the company renamed itself Saban Entertainment.[citation needed] As the company grew additional executive were hired as to push into new areas like prime time programming. Saban hired, to head Saban International distribution arm, Stan Golden from Horizon International TV. Then in August 1989, Tom Palmieri came from MTM Enterprises to become Saban president. By January 2, 1990, Saban formed Saban/Scherick Productions division for production done with Edgar Scherick, primarily miniseries and made-for-TV movies.[2]

Partnership with Marvel Entertainment GroupEdit

New World Animation (The Incredible Hulk), Saban (X-Men), and Marvel Films Animation (Spider-Man) each produced a Marvel series for television.[6]

In July 1996, Fox Children's Network secured rights from Marvel Entertainment Group for Captain America, Daredevil and Silver Surfer and additional characters to be developed into four series and 52 episodes over seven years.[7] Also in July, Saban formed a new division, Saban Enterprises International, to handle international licensing, merchandising and promotional activities under president Michael Welter. Oliver Spiner, senior vice president of Saban International, takes over operational duties previously handled by Welter. Eric Rollman was promoted from senior vice president production to executive vice president of Saban Animation.[8]

Saban and ARD TV Network of Germany agreed in August 1996 to a three-year, $50 million co-production and library program licensing agreement. Six co-produced children's series totaling 182 from German author Michael Ende with two new shows, Jim Button and Night of the Wishes. Also, a part of the agreement 390 half-hour episodes of existing children's TV programs and 30 telefilms were acquired by ARD.[8]

In 1996, Fox Children's Productions merged with Saban Entertainment to form Fox Kids Worldwide bring the Marvel Productions and Marvel Films Animation library.[9][10][11]

Marvel was developing a Captain America animated series with Saban Entertainment for Fox Kids to premiere in fall 1998.[12] However, due to Marvel's bankruptcy the series was canceled before the premiere.[13] Both Marvel and Saban would become parts of The Walt Disney Company; Saban (renamed BVS Entertainment) in 2002 and Marvel by the end of 2009.

BVS EntertainmentEdit

On July 23, 2001, it was announced that the group would be sold to The Walt Disney Company as part of the sale of Fox Family Worldwide (now ABC Family Worldwide) by Haim Saban and News Corporation,[14] and on October 24, 2001, the sale was completed[1][15] and the group was renamed BVS Entertainment.[16] The last official program and fully produced and distributed by Saban Entertainment was Power Rangers Time Force. However, Power Rangers Wild Force was the last series created by Saban and the latest which had a collaboration (Saban created the series and produced only pre-production, following the acquisition of Fox Family Worldwide, the show belongs to copyright of Disney and was distributed by BVS, although the show was produced by MMPR Productions, the producer of the Power Rangers during the Saban era).

Saban International ParisEdit

Saban International Paris, later SIP Animation, was a television production company based in France that operated from 1977 to 2008.

Saban International Paris was found in France by Haim Saban and Jacqueline Tordjman in 1977 as a television production company. In 1983, Saban International Paris moved into the animation field. The studio would go on to produce many animated series for Fox Kids Europe in the 1990s and 2000s. Haim Saban departed the company in 2001 with the purchase of Fox Family Worldwide, which was followed by The Walt Disney Company taking a stake in the company and a name change to SIP Animation on October 1, 2002.[17][18][19] SIP continued to co-produce animated series with Jetix Europe (previously Fox Kids Europe) during the 2000s.[20][21] SIP Animation was closed in 2008.[22]

Sensation AnimationEdit

Sensation Animation was a renamed portion of Saban Entertainment[23] to continue dubbing Digimon (Digimon Frontier) episodes from 2002 to 2003 after Disney bought the company. It ceased in 2003 after Disney lost the rights to dub Digimon.

List of television series and filmsEdit

Animation TV seriesEdit

Saban Entertainment animated TV seriesEdit

  • Camp Candy (NBC)[2]

With Marvel

With DIC Entertainment

With Nelvana

with CinéGroupe

With others

Saban International Paris' animated TV seriesEdit

Some or most series had all but featured the "Saban's" corporate bug in their title.

Other foreign animated TV seriesEdit

Saban Entertainment dubbed the following foreign animated TV series in English:

Japanese animeEdit

Saban Entertainment dubbed and or distributed the following anime television series in English:

Live-action TV seriesEdit

Saban Entertainment produced and or distributed the following live action TV series:

Live-action filmsEdit

Saban/Scherick ProductionsEdit

  • The Phantom of the Opera (1990) NBC miniseries starring Burt Lancaster and Charles Dance[2]
  • The Secret Life of Ian Fleming (1990) TNT TV movie[2]
  • Nightmare in the Daylight (1992) CBS-TV TV movie with Smith/Richmond Productions[32]

Animated filmsEdit

Media releasesEdit

DigimonEdit

  • In Australia, Digimon: Digital Monsters seasons one and two was re-released by Madman Entertainment on August 17, 2011.[33][34]
  • In addition, the first four series was released on DVD in North America through New Video.

Power RangersEdit

OthersEdit

Saban's libraryEdit

Although most of Saban's library is currently owned by The Walt Disney Company, there are a few exceptions: The Power Rangers franchise, which was purchased by Haim Saban from Disney for $43 million on May 12, 2010[38] and the Digimon franchise, which Saban re-acquired in September 2012.[39][40][41]

ReferencesEdit

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