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DIC Entertainment Corporation
  • DIC Audiovisuel
    (1971-85, French studio)
  • DIC Enterprises, Inc.
    (1982-93, US studio)
  • DIC Entertainment
    (1993-94, 2000-01)
  • DIC Productions
Company typeLimited liability company
Founded1971; 53 years ago (1971)
FounderJean Chalopin[1]
DefunctJuly 23, 2008; 15 years ago (2008-07-23)
FateMerged with and folded into Cookie Jar Group
SuccessorCookie Jar Group
DHX Media
HeadquartersBurbank, California, U.S.
Former headquarters:
Key people
Andy Heyward (Chairman & CEO)[2][3]
ProductsChildren's television shows
OwnerRadio Television Luxembourg (1971–1986)
Independent (1986–1993, 2000–2008)
Capital Cities/ABC, Inc. (Limited Partnership, 1993–1995)
The Walt Disney Company (Limited Partnership, 1995–2000)
  • DIC Audiovisuel
  • DIC Animation City, Inc.
  • DIC Entertainment/Productions L.P.
  • DIC Entertainment Corporation (2001-2008)
Websitewww.dicentertainment.com (closed)
The old DiC headquarters in Burbank, California, United States

DiC Entertainment (DiC) was an international/Canadian-American movie and television production company founded in 1971 as D.i.C. Audiovisuel by Jean Chalopin in France. In 2008 Cookie Jar Group bought out DiC and then merged it with Cookie Jar Entertainment.[4] Dic Entertainment is now owned by DHX Media. In the 1985-1988 DiC theme, the 7th Yamaha DX7 internal factory patch "Marimba" or 7th Yamaha DX7 internal factory patch "Marimba" mixed with the synth noise/noise/Fairlight CMI III (1984-1989) patch "Choir" that is similar to the Roland D-50 synth noise/Roland D-50 noise.

History[change | change source]

1980s[change | change source]

Its American arm was started in 1982 as DiC Enterprises. The company's United States headquarters were in Burbank, California.

In 1986, Andy Heyward bought the company, making the US headquarters the main base of operations.[5]

1990s[change | change source]

In 1993, DiC Animation City (as it was then known) and Capital Cities/ABC formed DIC Entertainment LP[6] and in 1995 it became a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company.[5]

2000s[change | change source]

In 2000 with an investment by Bain Capital, Heyward re-purchased DiC Enterprises (as it was then known).[5][7] He purchased Bain Capital's part in 2004.

In 2003 DiC started a syndicated children's programming block called DiC Kids Network.[8][9]

In early 2006, DiC Entertainment and CBS Corporation signed a multi-year deal for a new 3-hour long programming block for Saturday mornings on CBS. The resulting KOL Secret Slumber Party on CBS was started the following fall.[10]

In April 2007, DiC Entertainment, Corus Entertainment's Nelvana and Sparrowhawk Media Group announced plans to start KidsCo, a new international children's entertainment network.

On June 20, 2008, it was announced that DiC would be bought out by Cookie Jar Group.[11] On July 23, 2008, Cookie Jar completed the buy out of DiC Entertainment,[4] and then it was merged with Cookie Jar Entertainment.

Productions[change | change source]

See List of Cookie Jar Entertainment programs

References[change | change source]

  1. Bruick, Connie (2010-05-10). "The Influencer". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2016-01-27.
  2. Adelson, Andrea (1987-12-30). "BUSINESS PEOPLE - For Maker of Cartoons, A Chance to Go Public". The New York Times. Retrieved 2016-01-27.
  3. Pfanner, Eric (2006-02-19). "Underdog takes shot at giants in kids television". The New York Times. Retrieved 2016-01-27.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "COOKIE JAR ENTERTAINMENT EXPANDS BRAND PORTFOLIO, TALENT AND GLOBAL REACH WITH CLOSING OF DIC TRANSACTION". Cookie Jar Group. 2008-07-23. Archived from the original on 2009-05-31. Retrieved 2009-12-04.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 "Bain backing buyout of DIC". Variety. Sep 18, 2000. Retrieved 2009-12-04.
  6. "DIC Ent. formed for kids TV fare". Variety. July 26, 1993. Retrieved 2009-12-04.
  7. "DIC plays new toon". Variety. Nov 20, 2000. Retrieved 2009-12-04.
  8. "DIC offers kidvid blocks". Variety. Jan 28, 2003. Retrieved 2009-12-04.
  9. "DIC sets 3 hours of kid programs". Variety. Aug 12, 2003. Retrieved 2009-12-04.
  11. "COOKIE JAR AND DIC ENTERTAINMENT TO MERGE, CREATING INDEPENDENT GLOBAL CHILDREN'S ENTERTAINMENT AND EDUCATION POWERHOUSE". Cookie Jar Group. 2008-06-20. Archived from the original on 2009-05-31. Retrieved 2009-12-04.

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