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Marvel Productions (1981)

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Marvel Productions Ltd. , last called New World Animation, was a television and film studio subsidiary of Marvel Entertainment Group , based in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, then New World Entertainment and News Corporation/Fox. Originally an animation studio, Marvel produced such notable television shows, motion pictures and television specials such as Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends, The Transformers: The Movie, The Incredible Hulk and G.I. Joe: The Movie.

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 DePatie-Freleng Enterprises (1963–1980)
The company began in 1963 as DFE Films and was sold to Cadence Industries, Marvel Comics Group's parent corporation, in 1980 after DFE founder and company executive Friz Freleng departed the company to return to his former job at Warner Bros. Animation. Freleng's business partner and DFE co-founder David H. DePatie continued to work for the company under the Marvel banner for several years until his retirement.

 Marvel Productions (1980–1993)
Marvel Productions opened its Los Angeles studio in 1980.

In 1984, Margaret Loesch joined Marvel Productions as President and Chief Executive Officer.

MCG was owned from 1968 by Cadence Industries Corporation and was incorporate as Marvel Entertainment Group and sold in 1986 to New World Pictures.
With New World have cash flow problems, MEG was sold in January 1989 to Andrews Group, a MacAndrews and Forbes subsidiary, owned by Ronald Perelman. However, Marvel Productions was merged into New World's television business. MP moved their offices from Van Nuys to West Los Angeles in May 1989. New World's problems continued which lead them to also be acquired by the Andrews Group within the year. Loesch left for Fox Kids in 1990.

 New World Animation (1993–1996)
Marvel Productions became New World Animation by 1993 as Marvel and New World started up Marvel Films including Marvel Films Animation. New World Animation , Saban (X-Men), and Marvel Films Animation (Spider-Man ) each produced a Marvel series for television. Tom Tataranowicz was in charge of production and development, studio chief and executive producer during its New World Animation period.

New World Animation and Marvel Films Animation was sold along with the rest of New World by Andrews Group to News Corporation/Fox as announced in August 1996.

 Film catalog ownership
In 1996, Fox Children's Productions merged with Saban Entertainment to form Fox Kids Worldwide bring the Marvel Productions and Marvel Films Animations library.
With The Walt Disney Company's purchase of Fox Family in 2001, the Saban/Fox Kids library including the Marvel Production library As a result, Disney now holds the home video and broadcast rights to virtually all Marvel animated programs produced during the 1980s and 1990s, as well as all Marvel series produced by predecessor company DePatie-Freleng (the 1978 Fantastic Four revival and Spider-Woman) and Grantray-Lawrence Animation (The Marvel Super Heroes and the 1967 Spider-Man series). Disney, via their ownership of the Muppets franchise, also owns the Muppet-related programs which were co-produced with Jim Henson Productions.

The only exceptions are:

  • The shows produced by Hanna-Barbera (the 1967 Fantastic Four series and The Thing's 1978 spin-off), which are under Time Warner's control.
  • Programming involving characters and trademarks owned by other companies .

On December 31, 2009, Disney acquired Marvel Entertainment for $4 billion, reunifying the two film libraries under the same corporate banner.

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Whole or part of the information contained in this card come from the Wikipedia article "Marvel Productions", licensed under CC-BY-SA full list of contributors here.