Filmation Library Changes Hands...

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  1. DeathStar1

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    Story at he-man.org .

    I was hoping a stateside company would buy this, particularly WB, so these shows could eventually wind up on Boomerang(and I later found out that they own Rhino as well), but I guess that's not likley to happen.

    Anyone know anything about this company that bought the rights?
     
  2. Daniel Kikin

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    Never heard of Entertainment Rights, the UK based company they mentioned as the new owner, but hopefully it will mean eventual DVD release for all these shows finally.
     
  3. Eugene Esterly

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    Well, I am glad that the Filmation library is out of Hallmark's hands because the only thing that Hallmark did was sit on the Filmation library. In fact, Hallmark was rude to people who contacted them about releaseing Filmation shows on TV/DVD. You can about this at http://www.voy.com/70166/ look for Contacted Hallmark Entertainment about releasing Series .

    I am glad that Hallmark doesn't own the Filmation library anymore. The Filmation shows need to be on DVD. Yes, Filmation did reuse their animation a lot but the shows have very good storylines.
     
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    They've already released 3 Archies and 1 Sabrina the Teenage Witch DVDs! I'm hoping they finally release the Groovie Ghoolies as well as all their superhero lineup: shows ranging from Aquaman to Batman and Superman.
     
  5. Eric Paddon

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    I want the live action "Isis" series (along with "Shazam") released at long last!
     
  6. David Lambert

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    "They" were not Filmation, either via Hallmark or the new company, Entertainment Rights.

    Those DVDs got released through the folks at Archie Comics, who apparently either bought the rights back or else got them back naturally when a license expired. In any case these, like Fat Albert (released via Time/Life), appear to now be completely separate from the Filmation Library that was sold to Entertainment Rights.
     
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    Do we know what titles actually were bought by Entertainment Rights? I'm afraid the Aquaman, Superman and Batman cartoons can't be released because they would need to get the rights from DC Comics first.
     
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    While it would need DC/Warner approval, it seems a natural to release these cartoons (which I remember fondly) which included the (original) Teen Titans, which are one of the hottest things in the cartoon world right now.

    These were quite good, much better than the Super Friends series, IMO.
     
  9. AndyMcKinney

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    Actually, I think Warner owns the right to all of their Filmation output.

    As someone else said (about the Archie stuff), I think the rights either reverted back after the expiration of a licence, or that they bought the show back when Filmation broke up years ago.

    As has been said many times in many places, the Filmation library "splintered" into several different pieces: Warner appears to own all of the DC Comics stuff (which would explain how Shazam! is the only live-action Filmation adventure series on TV Land and would also explain why it was the only one omitted from foreign Sci-Fi Channel rebroadcasts a few years ago). Paramount appears to own Star Trek animated and the Brady Kids stuff. Archie Comics appears to own the Archies. Not sure about Fat Albert: Time-Life could have licenced it from Hallmark, but the rights may well reside with Bill Cosby or some other entity (Did anybody tape any of the WB airings of the Fat Albert holiday specials to see any copyright/distribution screens on the end credits?).

    Still, the most sizeable portion is what Hallmark had and what Entertainment Rights will soon have. Let us hope they plan to exploit the bulk of the archive, and not just He-Man.
     
  10. David Lambert

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    Agreed 100%.

    ...but, having said that, I certainly hope that He-Man and She-Ra are exploited first! [​IMG]
     
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    i agree!
    the old filmation stuff from the 60s is still terrific fun to watch (especially with Ted Baxter...er Knight, intoning the narration).
    not interested at all in the superfriends set, but i would snap up box sets of the 60s shows in a heartbeat.

    Aquaman
    Teen Titans
    JLA
    Superman
    Batman

    they're ALL good, limited animation or not.
     
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    i'm sure they would be.
    they hit the right demographic, with the most likely consumers of the shows being in their late 20 to early/mid 30s.

    seems like 80s based material gets priority in a lot of these studios catalogs (save for Warner and Fox to a point)

    like Eric though, I would love to hold a box set of Isis in my hands.
    have to wonder, if Warner now has the rights to this, how much of an impact, if any , sales of the upcoming Wonder Woman box set would have on Isis getting a release.
     
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    Warner does not have the rights to Isis. They have Shazam! and the other DC Comics properties only.

    What might've made you think they owned Isis was that there was an "Isis" comic book, but that wasn't a DC-owned comic: it was a licenced property (like the Star Trek comics). Filmation still owned the character, so Isis now resides with Entertainment Rights.
     
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    I know Warner doesn't own Isis, but given the obstinancy Hallmark displayed about letting them get out someday, I'm just glad they no longer own the right and that there might be hope for the future on that.
     
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    that could potentially be even better.
    if Spider-Man does gnagbusters this summer, ERUK may be looking to their catalog to see what kind of superhero material they have now that they could exploit.

    and i still plan on tossing off a few e-mails their way to inquire mention the Mighty 'I'.
     
  16. Eric Paddon

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    If the Spiderman movie doesn't create an opportunity for "Isis" to get released, then why can't we at least see those Nicholas Hammond TV episodes released on DVD, one of which features Isis herself, Joanna Cameron?
     
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    Oh, me too! Just right after He-Man and She-Ra! [​IMG]
     

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