Sony Wonder (founded as Sony Kids’ Music) is the kids and family entertainment label of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and the former record label owned by Sony Music Entertainment.

Sony Wonder
Sony Kids’ Music
FoundedJuly 26, 1991; 28 years ago (1991-07-26)
ProductsFamily films
OwnerSony Pictures Entertainment (2007–present)
ParentSony Music Entertainment (1991–2007)
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2007–present)


It was founded in 1991 by Sony Music Entertainment as its children and family music and home video division. The division once distributed material from Sesame Workshop, Lyrick Studios (from 1992 to 1996) and Classic Media, and from Random House's home video division from 1995 to 2007.

On July 6, 1993, Sony Wonder acquired video distribution rights to Nickelodeon's series and re-released early Nick Jr. videos (including Eureeka's Castle) by Hi-Tops Video.[1][2]

On July 21, 1995, Sony Wonder and Sony Pictures Entertainment joined forces with The Jim Henson Company by releasing new movies with Columbia Pictures and TriStar Pictures through the joint venture Jim Henson Pictures and new sing-along-song programs on home video.[3][4] The next day, Nickelodeon and Sony Wonder launched Nick Jr. Video; the sub-label was the first to distribute tapes of shows from the block since Hi-Tops Video went out of business in 1992.[5] In 1996, two years after Viacom's merger with Paramount Pictures[6], Sony Wonder's deal with Nickelodeon expired, leaving Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. videos and DVDs to be distributed by Paramount Home Entertainment (and CIC Video internationally until 1999). Some Nickelodeon DVDs are released by Shout! Factory, a company founded in 2003.[7]

On May 4, 1998, Sony Wonder bought Sunbow Productions,[8] which had produced various shows based on Hasbro's toy lines but whose original programming had mostly under-performed. On October 3, 2000, TV-Loonland acquired the Sunbow library along with Sony Wonder's other television business assets.[9][10][11] m4e AG currently holds the television rights of the series by Sony Wonder (including—with certain exceptions—the Sunbow catalog); it had purchased it from TV-Loonland two years after that company's bankruptcy.[12][13] On May 14, 2008, Hasbro acquired from TV-Toonland the rights to all of the Sunbow programs based on its properties, which are now part of the Hasbro Studios library.[14][15][16][17]

Shut Down and Transfer to Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

On March 13, 2007, Sony BMG announced that it was shutting down Sony Wonder to focus on its core music business.[15][16][17] However, on June 20, 2007, it was announced that Sony Wonder became a division of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment as its kids’- and family-entertainment label.[18][19] Classic Media's, Sesame Workshop's and Random House's video deals were sold to Genius Products for an undisclosed amount, and later to Vivendi Entertainment.[19] Sesame Workshop's properties are currently distributed by Warner Home Video.[20][21][22][23][24]

Relations with Sony Wonder Technology Lab

Despite the similarity in name, Sony Wonder is not directly related to the former Sony Wonder Technology Lab, an interactive technology and entertainment museum, although the museum was also owned by Sony.

Notes and references

  2. ^ Ayscough, Suzan (1993-07-07). "Sony Wonder to issue Nick fare on vid/audio". Variety. Retrieved 2013-08-29.
  3. ^ Brian Henson and Stephanie Allain to Chat on Entertainment Tonight Online, Retrieved on August 28, 2013
  4. ^ Eller, Claudia (1995-07-21). "Company Town: Muppets Cut Deal With Sony Pictures". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2013-08-28.
  5. ^ "EBSCO Host" 7/22/95 Sony Wonder, Nickelodeon launch Nick Junior video, Retrieved on August 29, 2013
  6. ^ During this period, two companies named Viacom have owned Paramount. The original Viacom owned the studio until 2006, when the new Viacom (spun off from the old one, which was renamed CBS Corporation) assumed ownership of Paramount, along with MTV Networks and BET Networks.)
  7. ^ Matzer, Marla "EBSCO Host" 6/03/96 Sony, Nick are quits, Retrieved on August 29, 2013
  8. ^ Schneider, Michael "EBSCO Host" 05/04/98 Sony Wonder gets animated, Retrieved on August 29, 2013
  9. ^ Saint Marc, Francoise Meaux (2000-10-03). "MIPCOM: TV-Loonland acquires Sony Wonder". ScreenDaily. Retrieved 2012-05-22.
  10. ^ "TV Loonland buys up Sony Wonder units". Variety. 2000-10-03. Retrieved 2013-08-29.
  11. ^ "Broadcast" 6 October 2000 TV-Loonland takes on Sony's Sunbow, Retrieved on August 30, 2013
  12. ^ Getzler, Wendy Goldman (2011-04-05). "m4e acquires TV Loonland content library". Kidscreen.
  13. ^ Roxborough, Scott (2009-12-09). "TV Loonland files for bankruptcy protection". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2015-07-19.
  14. ^ "Hasbro Reacquires Sunbow Cartoons". ICv2. 2008-05-14. Retrieved 2013-04-06.
  15. ^ a b Arnold, Thomas K. (2007-03-14). "Kids label Sony Wonder going under: sources". Reuters. Retrieved 2016-01-18.
  16. ^ a b Arnold, Thomas K. (2007-03-14). "Sony ceases Wonder label". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2016-01-18.
  17. ^ a b Ball, Ryan (2007-03-15). "Sony Wonder Closing Shop?". Animation Magazine. Retrieved 2013-08-30.
  18. ^ "SPHE absorbs Wonder label". Variety. 2007-06-21. Retrieved 2013-12-08.
  19. ^ a b DeMott, Rick (2007-07-11). "Sony Home Ent. Takes Over Sony Wonder". Animation World Network. Retrieved 2013-08-28.
  20. ^ "Warner Home Video And Sesame Workshop Announce An Exclusive Home Entertainment Distribution Agreement For 'Sesame Street'". Warner Bros. 2009-10-15.
  21. ^ " - Goodbye".
  22. ^ Brzoznowski, Kristin (2009-10-16). "Warner Home Video Adds Sesame Street Titles". Archived from the original on 2009-10-23.
  23. ^ DiOrio, Carl (2009-10-16). Linden, Sheri (ed.). "Warner to distribute "Sesame Street" DVDs". Reuters. Retrieved 2019-11-26.
  24. ^ Gruenwedel, Erik (2009-10-15). "Warner to Distribute 'Sesame Street' Videos Starting 2010". Home Media Magazine. Archived from the original on 2017-11-15.

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