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HiT Entertainment Limited
Type Private ownership,
Limited liability company
Founded 1989
Headquarters Flag of the United Kingdom.svg London
Flag of the United States.svg New York City
Industry Media, Television Production & Distribution
Products Children's Animation, Production
Total assets $1,119 mil
Employees 188+
Website http://www.hitentertainment.com/

HiT Entertainment is an British-American entertainment distribution company established in 1989, and originally the international distribution arm of Jim Henson Productions called Henson International Television. However, following the death of Jim Henson in 1990, the business was sold to several members of the company's management, led by Peter Orton, and renamed HiT Entertainment to prevent any future confusion between the two companies.

The company has been owned by Apax Partners since the acquisition was closed for £489.4 million on 26 May 2005.

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HiT's catalogue

HiT's catalogue of characters include Angelina Ballerina, Barney & Friends, Bob the Builder, Fifi & the Flowertots, Fireman Sam, Fraggle Rock, Pingu, Rainbow Magic and Thomas & Friends. HiT also owns redistribution rights to several other shows (Wishbone, etc.).

According to its web site, HiT's catalog comprises over 1,500 hours of children's programming in 240 countries and in over 45 different languages. HiT also claims to produce more than 900 minutes of new programming a year.

HiT purchased Gullane Entertainment (the owners of Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends and Magic Adventures of Mumfie) in 2003, in the process becoming owner of the Guinness Book of Records, which was sold in 2004, and in the same year also purchased Lyrick Studios (who were the US distributors of The Wiggles and Bob the Builder and the owners of Barney & Friends and Wishbone).

HiT appointed Lionsgate as its North American home video partner in 2008, responsible for the distribution, sales and marketing of HIT's extensive portfolio, which had been distributed since 2006 by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

HiT Entertainment is a fully integrated studio, that incorporates production, worldwide distribution, UK home entertainment, publishing, licensing and merchandising, and HiT Wildlife, the company's natural history arm.

HiT currently sells programming to over 120 countries. The chairman of HIT Entertainment is Greg Dyke, the former Director-General of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and the CEO is Jeff Dunn, formerly the Group Chief Operating Officer of Nickelodeon.

Hit Movies

Hit Movies is a movie division created by Hit Entertainment. Industry veteran Julia Pistor is in charge of the division, as well as Hit Entertainment's CEO Jeff Dunn. Hit Movies will not be launching preschooler movies, but movies for the whole family to enjoy, such as film franchises based on Thomas & Friends and Bob the Builder, as well as new characters and stories. Hit has signed with the United Talent Agency to help create opportunities in film, television, and digital entertainment. The UTA has also helped create partnerships for Hit properties with toys, books, and live events, and has achieved success. The first film planned is a Thomas & Friends film scheduled for release in late 2010.

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HiT Entertainment was and is a British-American TV entertainment company they have tv characters such as Angelina Ballerina, Barney & Friends, Bob the Builder, Fifi & the Flowertots, Fireman Sam, Fraggle Rock, Kipper the dog, Pingu, Rainbow Magic and Thomas & Friends Hit Movies is adivision of Hit Entertainment and will not be launching preschooler movies, but movies for the whole family to enjoy, such as film franchises based on Thomas & Friends and Bob the Builder, as well as new characters and stories. Hit Entertainment was founded in 1989 and has headquarters in London, United Kingdom & New York City, United States.


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