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Southern Star Productions was an Australian animated cartoon studio, also known as Southern Star/Hanna-Barbera Australia.

The company had its origins in the 1972 founding of Hanna-Barbera Pty. Ltd., an Australian division of Hanna-Barbera Productions, also known as Hanna-Barbera Australia. In 1974, the Hamlyn Group acquired 51% of Hanna-Barbera Australia and appointed Neil Balnaves as managing director. In 1978, James Hardie Industries acquired the Hamlyn Group, and in 1979, Balnaves was promoted to managing director of the entire Hamlyn Group.

In 1983, James Hardie Industries and Hanna-Barbera corporate parent Taft Broadcasting reorganized the division as Taft-Hardie Group Pty. Ltd. In 1984, the company established a division in Los Angelesmarker known as Southern Star Productions, headed by Buzz Potamkin. Programs produced by this division would be animated at Hanna-Barbera's studios in Sydney, and carried the name Southern Star/Hanna-Barbera Australia.

In 1988, Neil Balnaves led an AU$11 million management buyout of Taft-Hardie, reorganizing the company as Southern Star Group Pty. Ltd. (now Endemol Southern Star). The Sydney animation facilities were sold to The Walt Disney Company, while the Los Angeles division continued to operate until 1991.

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