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SIP Animation (Formally known as Saban International Paris), was a French television production company. Disney owned a 49% minority stake in the studio from 2002 until its closure in 2009.

Connection with Disney

In 2001, The Walt Disney Company purchased Saban Entertainment during their $5.3 billion buyout of Fox Family Worldwide. This included the Saban International Paris studio, which would however split to become independent from Saban and Disney after Haim Saban left.

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 as the studio could no longer use the Saban name. 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 as well as 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 eventually be produced by Zagtoon 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.

Works produced under Disney minority ownership

  • Gadget & the Gadgetinis (2002)
  • What's with Andy? (2003, Season 2 only)
  • The Tofus (2004)
  • W.I.T.C.H. (2004)
  • A.T.O.M. - Alpha Teens on Machines (2005)
  • Combo Niños (2008)

TV Pilots

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

Short Film

  • Inukshuk (2008)

Fate and Subsequent ownership

After SIP’s closure in 2009, Jacqueline Tordjman went on to found Zagtoon, who would go on to produce the popular CGI animated series Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir, which has aired on Disney Channel in various countries. Many former employees of SIP also now work for Zagtoon, including composers Alain Garcia and Noam Kaniel.

As of 2012, The Walt Disney Company France acts as a contact point for SIP and its former assets.[1] Most of SIP's programmes are currently owned by The Walt Disney Company with a few exceptions.

References

  1. "ADHÉRER AU SNEP". SNEP
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