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Classic Media
Type Private ownership(until 2007)
Predecessor Entertainment Rights
Founded 1985, 1998
Headquarters United States New York, New York, United States
Industry Intellectual property, TV, film, entertainment
Products TV, film, consumer products, home video
Parent Boomerang Media
Subsidiaries Big Idea Productions

Classic Media, Inc. is an American production company and distributor of family programming. Formed in 1998 after acquiring Golden Books Family Entertainment, their library consists of properties which they acquired from other companies, including Entertainment Rights, Harvey Comics, Jay Ward Productions, and many others.



Entertainment Rights

On December 14, 2006, it was announced that Classic Media (CM) would be acquired by UK-based rival Entertainment Rights (ER) for $210.0 million, and the deal was completed on January 11, 2007. Before the acquisition of CM by ER was completed, both companies announced distribution and production agreements with Genius Products, LLC, replacing the deal with Sony Wonder.[1]

On April 1, 2009, it was announced that Boomerang Media, LLC would acquire Entertainment Rights' principal U.K. and U.S. subsidiaries, including Classic Media, Inc. and Big Idea, Inc.[2][3] Boomerang Media, LLC was formed by the founders of subsidiary CM. On May 11, 2009, CM announced that the former U.K. and U.S. subsidiaries of ER would operate as a unified business under the new parent company's name, Classic Media. Big Idea, Inc. would operate under its own name. [4][5]


1. In regards to Richie Rich and Casper, the only exceptions are the characters' appearances in media produced by Hanna-Barbera, including Casper and the Angels, the 1980 Richie Rich series, and various Casper TV specials; these are owned by Hanna-Barbera's parent company, Time Warner (through Warner Bros.).

2. The Program Exchange currently holds the TV distribution rights to Underdog, and the Ward catalog, except for George of the Jungle, which is handled via CBS Television Distribution.

3. Britt Allcroft (then Gullane Entertainment) was bought out by HIT Entertainment.

4. The pre-1974 Rankin/Bass theatrical library is owned by French production company StudioCanal (the successor company to original distributor Embassy Pictures), with Anchor Bay Entertainment handling video rights and Sony Pictures Television handling television distribution.

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