Saban Capital Group, Inc. is a private investment firm based in Los Angeles, California focused on media, entertainment, and communications investments. Formed in 2001 by Haim Saban, Saban Capital Group owns Saban Brands, part of Univision Communications, and part of Celestial Tiger Entertainment. Today, Saban acquired back the Fox Kids and Fox Family Channel libraries, and have permanently merged with the Fox Entertainment Group (owned by 21st Century Fox) to revive Fox Kids and the Fox Family Channel.
Saban Music Group
Saban Music Group was formed in 1983 by music and television producers Haim Saban and Shuki Levy as "Saban Records", a U.S. subsidiary of "Saban International Paris" (now SIP Animation). In 1986, Warner Communications acquired Saban Records first catalog of music for about $6 million. On October 4, 2010, Bug Music acquired the worldwide rights to Saban Music Group’s complete music catalog of theme songs, cues and scores from more than 90 television series and 100 made-for-television films and specials.
In October 2006, SCG's Saban Entertainment Group division announced the beginning of its virtual studio program for starting up and developing family entertainment. In March 2007, Univision Communications was sold to Broadcasting Media Partners which includes Saban Capital Group, Madison Dearborn Partners, Providence Equity Partners, TPG Capital, and Thomas H. Lee Partners. On October 17, 2011, Saban Capital Group acquired 7.5% stake in Jakarta-based Indonesian largest integrated media company, Media Nusantara Citra. In July 2012, Saban Capital Group acquired minority stake in PT MNC Sky Vision Tbk, the largest pay-TV operator in Indonesia which owns Indovision and Top TV. In June 2012, Kidsco Media Ventures LLC, a SCG affiliate, jointly with Konami's 4K Acquisition Corp. purchased some of the key assets of 4Kids Entertainment with Kidsco getting the Dragon Ball Z Kai, Cubix, Sonic X and The CW Network's Saturday Morning programming block contract rights. Anime News Network. June 26, 2012. In August 2012, Saban Capital Group launched a new music publishing division called "Music Ventures".
Today, since May 4, 2014, The Saban Capital Group have officially acquired the rights to the Fox Kids and Fox Family Channel libraries from The Walt Disney Company, and merged with 21st Century Fox forever. Thus, giving 20th Century Fox back the rights to Power Rangers and Digimon. June 1, 2014 is when Fox will be reviving Fox Kids and Fox Family Channel as their own channels.
On May 5, 2010, Saban Capital Group announced that it would start Saban Brands, a company dedicated to acquiring entertainment and consumer brands. On May 12, 2010, it was announced that Saban Brands bought back the Power Rangers franchise from Disney for $43 million and would produce a new nineteenth season of Power Rangers that began airing on Nickelodeon on February 7, 2011, with the previous 700 episodes being rerun on Nicktoons. It was also announced that Saban Brands is in negotiations to buy three other brands. On August 17, 2010, it was announced that Saban Brands bought Paul Frank Industries.
On May 1, 2012, Kidsco Media Ventures LLC, an affiliate of Saban Capital Group, placed a bid to acquire some of 4Kids Entertainment's assets, including the US rights to the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise and The CW4Kids block, for $10 million. 4K Acquisition Corp, a subsidiary of Konami, then placed a bid. On June 5, 2012, 4Kids commenced an auction between Kidsco and 4K Acquisition which was then adjourned so 4Kids, Kidsco, and 4K Acquisition could consider an alternative transaction. On June 15, 2012, 4Kids filed a notice outlining a proposed deal in which its assets would be divided between Kidsco and 4K Acquisition which was finalised on June 26, 2012. The deal saw 4K Acquisition acquire the US rights to the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise and KidsCo acquire 4Kids' other assets including the agreements for Dragon Ball Z Kai, Cubix: Robots for Everyone, Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, Sonic X and The CW Network's Saturday morning programming block. On July 2, 2012, it was announced that Saban Brands, via Kidsco Media Ventures, will begin programming the block in the fall, and on July 12, 2012 announced that the block would be named Vortexx, which launched on August 25, 2012. On June 12, 2012 it was announced that Saban Brands plans to reintroduce the Popples franchise with new merchandise in fall 2013.
On August 3, 2012 it was announced that Saban Brands acquired The Playforge, the development team behind App Store success stories Zombie Farm and Zombie Life. On September 19, 2012 Saban Brands announced that they acquired Zui provider of Kid-Safe Online content. On September 25, 2012 Saban Brands announced that they re-acquired the Digimon franchise and its most recent season, Digimon Fusion, which will allow Saban to work with MarVista Entertainment for distribution of the series outside of Asia. On July 3, 2013 it was announced that Saban Brands signed a deal to manage the distribution, licensing, and merchandising of Sendokai Champions in North America and Israel.
On July 25, 2013, Saban Brands announced that in May 2014, they'll acquire back the rights to the Fox Kids and Fox Family Channel libraries from Disney, but having Disney own ABC Family, Jetix, and their other children's networks. Saban Brands didn't acqure the rights to the Tick or shows from Marvel, but have also acquired the rights to Space Goofs, Oggy and the Cockroaches, What's with Andy, and the rest of the Fox Kids library. When Saban acquired Space Goofs, they hired Carlos Alazraqui, the voice of Mr. Crocker from the Fairly OddParents, to provide and re-dub the English-dubbing voice of Candy Caramella from seasons one and two (when Candy was originally voiced by Charlie Adler), and to re-dub Tom Kenny's voice, and the characters from seasons one and two that sound all "Carlos Alazraqui-esque". Alazraqui also voiced Candy Caramella from Space Goofs from Season 3 to today.
On May 7, 2014, Saban and Lionsgate announced that they would be working together to produce a new Power Rangers feature film. However, Lionsgate wouldn't distribute the new Power Rangers movie, because 20th Century Fox acquired the rights to the entire Saban Capital Group. On May 12, 2014, Haim Saban bought the Modifyers pilot from Nickelodeon. The Modifyers didn't get the green-light from Nickelodeon, because Nickelodeon gave the Mighty B! the green-light. The Modifyers was later pitched to Disney Channel and then to Cartoon Network, but neither of those networks gave it the green light. So, Haim Saban bought the pilot from Nickelodeon, and when Saban merged with Fox, Fox Kids decided to give the Modifyers the green-light in the Fall of 2014, along with Fox Kids' other new original shows, like Ice Age: The Animated Series (first Fox Kids original show made by both Saban Brands and Blue Sky Studios together), Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Series (first Fox Kids original show fully made by Saban Brands, rather than Saban Entertainment), and The Incredible Crash Dummies (first Fox Kids original show from Hot Wheels).
- Saban Entertainment Group division
- Saban Real Estate division
- Saban Brands, LLC
- SCG Digimon Fusion
- Celestial Tiger Entertainment (CTE)
- Media Nusantara Citra (MNC) 7.5% stake
- MNC Sky Vision (minority stake)
- Taomee (minority stake)
- Broadcasting Media Partners
- Univision Communications, Inc.
List of television shows and films
Saban Music Group
(This is a list of shows and films that Saban Music Group provided and/or acquired the music for.)
- Addams Family Reunion
- Adventures of the Little Koala
- ALF: The Animated Series - AlfTales
- Big Bad Beetleborgs - Beetleborgs Metallix
- Camp Candy
- Captain N: The Game Master
- Dennis the Menace (1986 animated series)
- Digimon Adventure - Adventure 02 - Tamers - Fusion
- Digimon: The Movie
- Dragon Ball Z
- National Lampoon's Men in White
- Ice Age (whole series)
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid (whole series)
- He-Man and the Masters of the Universe - She-Ra: Princess of Power
- Inspector Gadget
- Mighty Morphin Power Rangers - Mighty Morphin Alien Rangers - Power Rangers Zeo - Turbo - In Space - Lost Galaxy - Lightspeed Rescue - Time Force - Wild Force - Samurai & Super Samurai - Megaforce & Super Megaforce - Dino Charge
- Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie - Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie
- Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation
- The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! - The Legend of Zelda
- The New Archies
- NASCAR Racers
- VR Troopers
- Like Father, Like Santa
- Michael Jordan: An American Hero
- Don't Look Behind You
- Au Pair
- The Ghosts of Christmas Eve
- Ice Angel
- Time Share
- Special Delivery
- Au Pair II
- When Good Ghouls Go Bad
- Three Days
- Son of Cassidy (2018 film)
Warner Communications acquired Saban Records first catalog of music for about $6 million in 1986. Bug Music has since acquired the post-1986 to 2010 catalog of music from Saban Music Group, which is now owned by 21st Century Fox.
Saban Entertainment Group
(This is a list of shows made with its virtual studio, but also acquired some children's shows from Fox) Please NOTE that there are also certain Fox Kids and Fox Family Channel shows.
- Hollywood Star Dogs
- Bobby's World
- Life with Louie
- Little Mouse on the Prairie
- Stickin' Around
- Ned's Newt
- Cubix: Robots for Everyone
- The Mr. Potato Head Show
- Journey to the Center of the Earth (TV series)
- Fantastic Voyage (TV series)
- Doctor Dolittle (TV series)
- Return to the Planet of the Apes
(This is a list of shows made, acquired, and/or owned by Saban Capital Group subsidiary Saban Brands)
- Beetleborgs (included the names of the 2 seasons)
- Cubix: Robots for Everyone
- Digimon (included the names of all seasons)
- Glitter Force
- Julius Jr.
- The New Addams Family
- The Zack Files
- Masked Rider
- Medabots (includes the names of all seasons)
- Mad Jack the Pirate
- Power Rangers (included the names of all seasons)
- Sonic X
- Peter Pan and the Pirates
- Kirby: Right Back at Ya!
- Space Goofs
- What's with Andy?
- The Secret Files of the Spy Dogs
- Oggy and the Cockroaches
- Eek! Stravaganza
- Tai Chi Chasers
- VR Troopers