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==Connection with Disney==
 
==Connection with Disney==
DIC originally signed a home video deal with [[Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment|Buena Vista Home Video]] in [[1991]], which would allow them to distribute DIC shows onto VHS. On [[July 12]], [[1993]], Disney signed a new video deal with the company, allowing Disney to distribute DIC releases under their own video label<ref>https://www.upi.com/Archives/1993/07/12/Disney-signs-licensing-deal-for-DIC-library/9809742449600/</ref> which would eventually be called '''DIC Toon-Time Video'''.
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DIC originally signed a home video deal with [[Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment|Buena Vista Home Video]] in [[1991]] to all the company to distribute DIC shows onto VHS in a semi-exclusive contract. On [[July 12]], [[1993]], Disney signed a new video deal with the company, allowing Disney to distribute DIC releases under their own video label<ref>https://www.upi.com/Archives/1993/07/12/Disney-signs-licensing-deal-for-DIC-library/9809742449600/</ref> which would eventually be called '''DIC Toon-Time Video'''. The Home Video deal remained semi-exclusive, as DIC would continue on to release some shows through other distributors.
   
In 1993, DIC's parent company DIC Animation City formed a limited partnership with Capital Cities/ABC called DIC Entertainment L.P. which Andy Heyward, DIC's CEO took a smaller ownership stake in. Eventually the former company was folded, meaning CC/ABC fully owned DIC through DIC Entertainment L.P. Due to this status, the company was allowed to continue operating on it's own and produce shows outside of ABC.
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In 1993, DIC's parent company DIC Animation City formed a limited partnership with Capital Cities/ABC called DIC Entertainment L.P. which Andy Heyward, DIC's CEO took a smaller ownership stake in. Eventually the former company was folded, meaning CC/ABC fully owned DIC through DIC Entertainment L.P. Due to the Limited Partnership status, the company was allowed to continue to produce shows outside of ABC as well as make their own marketing decisions.
   
In August [[1995]], [[the Walt Disney Company]] announced they would acquire Capital Cities/ABC for $19 billion. The purchase was closed in January [[1996]] and so DIC became a subsidiary of the Walt Disney Company. continuing to trade the same way as before. DIC also launched a film division titled DIC Films, which produced live action movies with Disney like ''[[Meet the Deedles]]'', [[Disney Channel Original Movie]] ''[[Genius]]'' and ''[[Inspector Gadget (1999 film)|Inspector Gadget]]'', an adaptation of the show of the same name, who's titular character was DIC's mascot.
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In August [[1995]], [[the Walt Disney Company]] announced they would acquire Capital Cities/ABC for $19 billion. The purchase was closed in January [[1996]] and so DIC became a subsidiary of the Walt Disney Company. continuing to trade the same way as before as a Limited Partnership. All of DIC’s newer programmes began to be distributed by Buena Vista International Television outside the United States and Canada after the purchase, with some shows in the United States being distributed through Buena Vista Television.
   
When [[Toon Disney]] launched in [[1998]], various DIC Entertainment shows aired on the channel.
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DIC also launched a film division titled DIC Films in 1996, which would produce live action movies. The division signed a first-look deal with Walt Disney Pictures in the same year and through this deal, the movies ''[[Meet the Deedles]]'', the [[Disney Channel Original Movie]] ''[[Genius]]'' and the live action ''[[Inspector Gadget (1999 film)|Inspector Gadget]] ''were all created.
   
On [[November 18]], [[2000]], Disney announced they would sell the company back to Andy Heyward through Bain Capital, Inc. The deal was closed on [[November 25]], 2000, but the 2 companies still maintained a partnership afterwards, which included international distribution to future DIC projects.
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When [[Toon Disney]] launched in [[1998]], various DIC Entertainment shows aired on the channel. Outside the United States, DIC shows would also air on the International Disney Networks.
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On [[November 18]], [[2000]], Disney announced they would sell the company back to Andy Heyward through Bain Capital, Inc. The deal was closed on [[November 25]], 2000, but the 2 companies still continued on with a partnership, which included:
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* The renewal of Sabrina: The Animated Series to remain airing on Disney’s One Saturday Morning and Disney’s One Too blocks
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* Season 3 of The New Adventures of Madeline airing on Disney Channel
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* DIC shows remaining as major parts of Toon Disney’s schedule
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* 2 Direct-to-Video movies distributed through Buena Vista Home Entertainment
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* International Distribution (Buena Vista International Television) and broadcast rights to future DIC shows alongside the existing Post-1990 library in some regions.
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After the sellout, DIC became independent from Disney. The company would continue on trading until 2008, when it was purchased by Canadian-based Cookie Jar Entertainment and dissolved.
   
 
===DIC Toon-Time Video===
 
===DIC Toon-Time Video===

Revision as of 04:36, July 11, 2019

The Incredible World of DIC-0

The logo for the company used during most of the Disney ownership.

DIC Entertainment was an animation studio based in Burbank, California that focused on the production of animated material.

The Walt Disney Company owned DIC through a Limited Partnership through DIC's CEO Andy Heyward from 1996 to 2000.

Connection with Disney

DIC originally signed a home video deal with Buena Vista Home Video in 1991 to all the company to distribute DIC shows onto VHS in a semi-exclusive contract. On July 12, 1993, Disney signed a new video deal with the company, allowing Disney to distribute DIC releases under their own video label[1] which would eventually be called DIC Toon-Time Video. The Home Video deal remained semi-exclusive, as DIC would continue on to release some shows through other distributors.

In 1993, DIC's parent company DIC Animation City formed a limited partnership with Capital Cities/ABC called DIC Entertainment L.P. which Andy Heyward, DIC's CEO took a smaller ownership stake in. Eventually the former company was folded, meaning CC/ABC fully owned DIC through DIC Entertainment L.P. Due to the Limited Partnership status, the company was allowed to continue to produce shows outside of ABC as well as make their own marketing decisions.

In August 1995, the Walt Disney Company announced they would acquire Capital Cities/ABC for $19 billion. The purchase was closed in January 1996 and so DIC became a subsidiary of the Walt Disney Company. continuing to trade the same way as before as a Limited Partnership. All of DIC’s newer programmes began to be distributed by Buena Vista International Television outside the United States and Canada after the purchase, with some shows in the United States being distributed through Buena Vista Television.

DIC also launched a film division titled DIC Films in 1996, which would produce live action movies. The division signed a first-look deal with Walt Disney Pictures in the same year and through this deal, the movies Meet the Deedles, the Disney Channel Original Movie Genius and the live action Inspector Gadget were all created.

When Toon Disney launched in 1998, various DIC Entertainment shows aired on the channel. Outside the United States, DIC shows would also air on the International Disney Networks.

On November 18, 2000, Disney announced they would sell the company back to Andy Heyward through Bain Capital, Inc. The deal was closed on November 25, 2000, but the 2 companies still continued on with a partnership, which included:

  • The renewal of Sabrina: The Animated Series to remain airing on Disney’s One Saturday Morning and Disney’s One Too blocks
  • Season 3 of The New Adventures of Madeline airing on Disney Channel
  • DIC shows remaining as major parts of Toon Disney’s schedule
  • 2 Direct-to-Video movies distributed through Buena Vista Home Entertainment
  • International Distribution (Buena Vista International Television) and broadcast rights to future DIC shows alongside the existing Post-1990 library in some regions.

After the sellout, DIC became independent from Disney. The company would continue on trading until 2008, when it was purchased by Canadian-based Cookie Jar Entertainment and dissolved.

DIC Toon-Time Video

DIC Toon-Time Video was a video label distributed by Buena Vista Home Video, that focused on distributing most DIC shows onto VHS. The label was created in 1994, replacing the regular DIC branding on tapes, and was retired in 2000 after the sellout of DIC by Andy Heyward.

Aftermath

In 2004, Heyward purchase Bain Capital's stake in DIC Entertainment and took the company public the following year.

In July 2008, Cookie Jar Entertainment purchased and folded DIC Entertainment. Since 2019, most of DIC's former assets and library are owned by DHX Media, who acquired Cookie Jar in October 2012. Some exceptions include the live action films they produced with Disney, which the latter retains full ownership to.

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