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DreamWorks Classics (formerly Classic Media) is an American entertainment company owned by DreamWorks Animation. It was founded as Classic Media in 2000 by Eric Ellenbogen and John Engelman. The studio's library consists of acquired intellectual property catalogs and character brands as well as the licensing rights for various third-party properties. In 2012, DreamWorks Animation acquired Classic Media from its then-owner, Boomerang Media.

History

Classic Media (2000-2012)

Classic Media was founded by Eric Ellenbogen and John Engelman in 2000 and acquired the UPA catalog from Henry Saperstein's estate. Frank Biondi, the former head of Universal Studios, and movie producer Steve Tisch invested in the company. Classic Media then bought the Harvey Entertainment catalog on March 11, 2001. On August 16, 2001, Classic Media and Random House won a joint bid for the assets of Golden Books, with Classic Media acquiring Golden Book's entertainment division (including the Dell Comics and Gold Key libraries) and Random House acquiring Golden Books's book publishing properties. On October 31, 2003, Classic Media purchased the assets of the bankrupt Big Idea Entertainment. By 2007, Classic had formed Bullwinkle Studios, a joint venture with Jay Ward Productions, to manage the Jay Ward characters.

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DreamWorks Classics (2012–present)

On July 23, 2012, DreamWorks Animation acquired Classic Media from Boomerang Media for $155 million; the company became a unit of DreamWorks Animation and was renamed DreamWorks Classics. On June 18, 2014, DreamWorks Animation bought the "Felix the Cat" brand and added it to the DreamWorks Classics portfolio. On April 28, 2016, NBCUniversal announced it would be acquiring DreamWorks Animation for $3.8 billion. The acquisition was completed on August 22.

TV series

UPA

Harvey Entertainment

Golden Books Family Entertainment

Color Systems Technology, Inc.

LRM Acquisition Corporation

  • The Lone Ranger (1949–57)
  • The Lone Ranger (animated TV series) (1966–68)
  • The Lone Ranger (1980 TV series) (1980–82)

Rankin/Bass Productions (pre-1974)

Total Television

Entertainment Rights

Sleepy Kids

Little Entertainment Co.

Hasbro Studios

Tell-Tale Productions

Filmation

NOTE: This list does not include shows based on licensed properties owned by other companies.

Link Entertainment

Banksia Productions
Hibbert Ralph Entertainment
Maddocks Animation
Queensgate Productions
Woodland Animations

Big Idea Entertainment

Jay Ward Productions

Felix the Cat Productions

Chapman Entertainment

DreamWorks Classics

Chapman Entertainment

AwesomenessTV

Specials

UPA

  • Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol (1962)
  • Uncle Sam Magoo (1970)

Golden Books Family Entertainment

Rankin/Bass Productions (pre-1974)

Tomorrow Entertainment (pre-1975)

Entertainment Rights

  • Postman Pat
    • Postman Pat's ABC (1990)
    • Postman Pat's 123 (1990)
    • Postman Pat Takes The Bus (1991)
    • Postman Pat And The Toy Soldiers (1991)
    • Postman Pat And The Tuba (1994)
    • Postman Pat And The Barometer (1994)
    • Read Along With Postman Pat (1994)
    • Postman Pat and the Greendale Rocket (2003)
    • Postman Pat's Magic Christmas (2003)
    • Postman Pat Clowns Around (2004)
    • Postman Pat and the Pirate Treasure (2004)
    • Postman Pat's Great Big Birthday (2005)
  • Welcome to the Discworld (1996) (co-produced by Cosgrove-Hall Films, Channel 4, Carrington Productions International and ITEL)
  • Hamilton Mattress (2001) (co-produced with Harvest Films, Egmont Imagination and BBC)

Hibbert Ralph Entertainment

Filmation

Felix the Cat Productions

Films

Classic Media

UPA

Harvey Entertainment

Golden Books Family Entertainment

Rankin/Bass Productions (pre-1974)

Tomorrow Entertainment (pre-1975)

Color Systems Technology, Inc.

Big Idea Entertainment

Entertainment Rights

Filmation

Felix the Cat Productions

AwesomenessTV

Other

More Franchises

Total television

  • Commander McBragg
  • Go Go Gophers
  • King Leonardo and His Short Subjects
  • Klondike Kat
  • Tennessee Tuxedo and His Tales
  • The Beagles
  • The Sing A Long Family
  • Tooter Turtle
  • Twinkles The Elephant
  • Underdog

Entertainment Rights

Additional Rights

  • Godzilla
  • The Mighty Hercules

Harvey Entertainment

  • Casper the Friendly Ghost
  • Richie Rich
  • Baby Huey
  • Little Audrey

Golden Books

  • Magnus, Robot Fighter
  • Doctor Solar
  • Turok
  • Little Lulu

Tribune Media Services

More Franchises

New adaptations from Classics

Videos

Gallery

Gallery Franchises

External links