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Saban Entertainment (along with Saban International, which operated outside the US), was an Worldwide-served independent Americanmarker television production company formed in 1988 by music and television producers Haim Saban and Shuki Levy as "Saban Productions", a U.S. subsidiary of "Saban International Paris". (now SIP Animation)

This company was known for importing, dubbing, and adapting several Japanesemarker series such as, Maple Town (...Stories), Noozles (Fushigi na Koala Blinky and Printy), Samurai Pizza Cats (Kyatto Ninden Teyande), Dragon Ball Z and the first three Digimon series to North America and international markets for syndication, including both animation and live action shows.

Saban was involved in the co-production of French/American anime shows created by Jean Chalopin for DIC Entertainment. Some of these early 1980s co-productions were Ulysses 31, Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors, and The Mysterious Cities of Gold (the third of which actually was a Japanese anime).

Saban is also notable for their various toku adapts, which include Power Rangers (based on the Super Sentai series), Beetleborgs (based on Juukou B-Fighter), VR Troopers (featuring elements of Metal Hero Series Uchuu Keiji Shaider, Jikuu Senshi Spielban and Choujinki Metalder), and Masked Rider (an original interpretation using scenes from the Japanese Kamen Rider BLACK RX).


Early operation

Saban Entertainment was formed in 1988 as "Saban Productions". Several years later, the company also established "Saban International" (now Disney-ABC International Television), for international distribution of its shows (note: though used interchangeably with "Saban International Paris", they were technically two different entities). Finally, in the early 1990s the company renamed itself "Saban Entertainment"

Through a merger with Fox Children's Productions in 1995, Fox Kids was born (with "Fox Kids Worldwide" as the holding company), although the Fox Kids block had actually been promoting itself officially as "Fox Kids" since 1993; prior to that, they were just simply the "Fox Kids Network", and all shows at that time had been promoted as airing "on Fox"


On July 23, 2001, it was announced that the group would be sold to Disney as part of the sale of Fox Family Worldwide (now ABC Family Worldwide Inc.) by Haim Saban and News Corporation, and on October 24, 2001, the sale was completed and the group was renamed BVS Entertainment. Concurrently, Fox Kids was replaced with the Fox Box (now known as 4Kids TV), featuring a line of shows from 4Kids Entertainment. Disney gained ownership of all Saban's products, and began to air many of them on ABC Family, and later on Toon Disney in a programming block called Jetix. The European Fox Kids channel continued to run under that name until the beginning of 2005, when it was also rebranded as "Jetix", as is the former Fox Kids channel in Latin America. Saban Entertainment's last program to produce was: Power Rangers: Wild Force, which was aired on Fox Kids in the USA on February 9, 2002.

List of television shows and films

(With the exception of Pinocchio, produced by "Saban International Paris" feature "Saban's" in their title.)


Acquired from New World Communications. Originally produced by Grantray-Lawrence Animation.


Acquired from New World Communications. Originally produced by DePatie-Freleng Enterprises (later became Marvel Productions).


The Marvel Comics-based series were acquired from New World Communications. They were originally produced by Marvel Productions.


The Marvel Comics-based series were acquired from New World Communications. They were originally produced by Marvel Productions.


Media releases

Most Saban owned media from the early 1990s made its way to VHS in most regions. However, from the late nineties on, almost all Saban owned entities were only released as Region 4 (Australia). According to current rights holders in the US, Buena Vista Entertainment, which acquired it through their buyout of the Fox Family Channel, they have no plans to release these films on to DVD, instead, some of it is seen on their daughter network, Disney XD, and originally was seen on Toon Disney and ABC Family before the decease of Jetix in the US.


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