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SIP Animation (Formally known as Saban International Paris), was a television production company based in France that operated from 1977 to 2009.

When the company was originally founded, Saban International Paris was a record company, and wouldn't enter the animation field until 1989, 9 years after becoming a subsidiary of another company founded by Haim Saban: Saban Entertainment.

During the Late 1990’s, Saban International Paris mainly produced shows for their main partner Fox Kids Europe or for the Canadian-based studio CinéGroupe,

In 2001, The Walt Disney Company purchased Saban Entertainment during their $5.3 billion buyout of Fox Family Worldwide. Haim Saban however left Saban International Paris at the same time and so was sold off to become an independent studio.

In 2002, The Walt Disney Company purchased a 49% minorty stake in the studio and on October 1 of that year Saban International Paris was renamed to SIP Animation. On the same day the studio announced they were creating a TV show adaptation of the Disney Italy comic book series W.I.T.C.H.,

Under the new name, SIP continued to produce shows for Fox Kids Europe (later Jetix Europe) such as Alpha Teens on Machines and producing Season 2 of What's with Andy? and The Tofus with CinéGroupe.

In 2007, SIP produced their last main show: Combo Ninos, another Jetix Europe co-production. Throughout 2007 and 2008 SIP would produce various TV pilots not aimed towards Disney or Jetix Europe. The only one of these pilots that would get a series would be Ko-Bushi, which would be produced solely by Inspidea (with various ex-staff from SIP working on this project) and was renamed to Kobushi. SIP would also produce a short film for the company Interfilm, titled Inukshuk.

By 2009, SIP layed dormant and was subject to liquidation, and one of their future projects was moved on to Bruno Bianchi's production company Ginkgo Animation which by 2011 had never came to fruitation. The studio was fully closed within 2012.

Shows produced under Disney Ownership

  • Gadget & the Gadgetinis (Co-Production with Fox Kids Europe and DIC Entertainment)
  • What's with Andy? (season 2 only, Co-Production with CinéGroupe and Fox Kids Europe)
  • W.I.T.C.H. (Co-Production with The Walt Disney Company in association with Jetix Europe)
  • The Tofus (Co-Production with CinéGroupe)
  • A.T.O.M. - Alpha Teens on Machines (Co-Production with Jetix Europe)
  • Combo Niños (Co-Production with Jetix Europe)

TV Pilots

  • Astaquana (2007)
  • Wesh Wesh Express (2008)
  • Ko-Bushi (2008)
  • The Jokers (2008)

Short Film

  • Inukshuk (Co-Production with Interfilm)

Subsequent ownership

As of 2012, The Walt Disney Company France acts as a contact point for SIP and its former assets.[1] Disney owns a majority of SIP's programs that were produced when the company was part of Saban Entertainment, which remain under the ownership of the Disney subsidiary BVS Entertainment (Saban Entertainment's successor company). W.I.T.C.H. (produced during the SIP era) is however owned by Disney directly as the company was involved in the production itself (not just via Jetix Europe) and the fact they published the comic books the show was based on.[2]

The shows co-produced with CinéGroupe remain in their catalogue, and are distributed by partner company HG Distribution. Gadget & the Gadgetinis is currently owned by DHX Media, via co-producer DIC Entertainment and its ownership of the Inspector Gadget franchise. Alpha Teens on Machines is now part of independent distributor Multicom Entertainment Group's content library, including digital distribution rights. The ownership of Combo Niños is currently unknown, but it's quite possible that Disney owns the rights to that show as well.

References

  1. "ADHÉRER AU SNEP". SNEP
  2. Home video releases of W.I.T.C.H. carry the Disney DVD trailers on-disc.
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