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Studio B Productions
TypeSubsidiary
IndustryAnimation studio
Founded1988; 34 years ago (1988)
FoundersBlair Peters
Chris Bartleman[1]
Defunct2016; 6 years ago (2016)
FateAcquired by DHX Media in 2007
Merged with Nerd Corps Entertainment to form DHX Studios Vancouver in 2016
SuccessorsDHX Studios Vancouver
Headquarters,
Canada
ProductsAnimated television series
OwnerDHX Media (2007–2016)
The evolution of WildBrain
1968FilmFair is founded
1971DIC Entertainment is founded
1974CPLG is founded
1976CINAR and Colossal Pictures are founded
1988Studio B Productions is founded
1994WildBrain Entertainment is founded
1996CINAR buys FilmFair's library
1997Decode Entertainment is founded
1999Colossal Pictures sells to WildBrain Entertainment
2004Halifax Film Company is founded and CINAR rebrands as Cookie Jar Group
2006Decode and Halifax Film merge forming DHX Media and DIC acquires CPLG
2007DHX Media buys Studio B Productions
2008Cookie Jar Group buys DIC Entertainment
2010DHX Media buys WildBrain Entertainment
2012DHX Media buys Cookie Jar Group
2013DHX Media buys Ragdoll Worldwide
2014DHX Media buys Epitome Pictures and Nerd Corps Entertainment
2016WildBrain Entertainment closes and Studio B merges with Nerd Corps forming DHX Studios
2017DHX Media buys Iconix Brands Entertainment
2019DHX Media rebrands itself as WildBrain
2022WildBrain acquires Jay Ward Productions

Studio B Productions (later DHX Media Vancouver) was a Canadian animation studio founded by Blair Peters and Chris Bartleman in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1988.[2] The studio was acquired by DHX Media (now WildBrain) on December 4, 2007, and became a subsidiary there since then.[1][3][4] The Studio B brand is no longer used, and from 2010 to 2019, all shows were branded using the DHX Media name. Since 2019, all shows are now branded under the WildBrain name.

History

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The company was founded in 1988 by Blair Peters and Chris Bartleman. On December 4, 2007, DHX Media acquired Studio B.[1][3][4] On September 8, 2010, the renaming of the studio after its parent company, along with DHX Media's other subsidiaries, was announced:[5][6][7] officially, on December 22, 2010, Studio B Productions Inc. and Studio B (Animation Service) Productions Inc. were renamed DHX Media (Vancouver) Ltd. and DHX Media Studio (Vancouver) Ltd., respectively,[8] and on January 11, 2011, Studio B Holdings Inc. was renamed DHX Media (Vancouver Prod) Ltd.[9]

In 2016, the former Studio B Productions team was relocated to a new facility in Vancouver. The new building also houses the former Nerd Corps Entertainment (a 3D CGI animation studio which DHX Media acquired in 2014).[10]

Television series

Show Creator(s) Year(s) Co-production(s) Notes
Beetlejuice Tim Burton 1989–1991 Tim Burton Inc.
Nelvana
The Geffen Film Company
Warner Bros. Television
Layouts and posing; 18 episodes
Sesame Street Joan Ganz Cooney
Lloyd Morrisett
1991 Sesame Workshop "Flossee and Splatt" short only
Eek! the Cat Savage Steve Holland
Bill Kopp
1992–1997 Savage Studios
Nelvana
Fox Children's Productions
Layouts, design and posing; 10 episodes
Super Dave: Daredevil for Hire Bruce Shelly
Reed Shelly
1992–1993 Blye-Einstein Productions
Reteitalia, S.p.A.
DIC Entertainment
Pre-production design and art direction
Stunt Dawgs Rainforest Entertainment 1992–1993 Rainforest Entertainment
Franklin/Waterman
Claster Television
Full pre-production packages; 26 episodes
Currently distributed by Sony Pictures Television
The Terrible Thunderlizards Savage Steve Holland
Bill Kopp
1993–1997 Savage Studios
Nelvana
Fox Children's Productions
Pre-production, design, layout and posing; 17 episodes
Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog Bruce Shelly
Reed Shelly
Phil Harnage
Kent Butterworth
1993 Sega of America
Reteitalia, S.p.A.
Bohbot Entertainment
DIC Entertainment
Full pre-production packages, design, layout and posing; pilot and 30 episodes
Sonic the Hedgehog Sega of America 1993–1994 Sega of America
Reteitalia, S.p.A.
Telecinco
DIC Entertainment
Pre-production, season 1 only
Tales from the Cryptkeeper Libby Hinson
Ben Joseph
1993–1999 Fantome Animation (season 3)
CBS Productions (season 3)
Nelvana
Storyboards
Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego? Sean Roche 1994–1999 DIC Entertainment Layouts and posing
The Brothers Grunt Danny Antonucci 1994–1995 a.k.a. Cartoon
MTV Networks
Pre-production design, layout and posing
ReBoot Gavin Blair
Ian Pearson
Phil Mitchell
John Grace
1994–2001 BLT Productions
Shaw Communications (season 3)
Mainframe Entertainment
Alliance Atlantis
Claster Television
YTV
Stock pack, pre-production design, storyboards and timing; 4 episodes
Street Sharks Phil Harnage
Martha Moran
1994–1997 Bohbot Entertainment
DIC Entertainment
Full pre-production package; 3 episodes
The Mask: Animated Series Duane Capizzi 1995–1997 Dark Horse Entertainment
Film Roman
Sunbow Entertainment
New Line Television
Pre-production; 12 episodes
Currently distributed by Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution
Timon and Pumbaa Bobs Gannaway
Tony Craig
1995–1999 Disney Television Animation Pre-production; season 3 only
Princess Gwenevere and the Jewel Riders Robert Mandell 1995–1996 New Frontier Entertainment
Enchanted Camelot Productions
Bohbot Entertainment
Season 1 only
The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat Pat Sullivan
Otto Messmer
Joe Oriolo
1995–1997 Felix the Cat Productions
Film Roman
7 episodes plus CBS bumpers
Currently distributed by NBCUniversal Television Distribution
The Savage Dragon Erik Larsen
Dean Stefan
Bob Forward
1995–1996 Lacewood Productions (season 1)
P3 Entertainment
Universal Cartoon Studios
USA Studios
Season 2 only
Currently distributed by NBCUniversal Television Distribution
Action Man Bob Forward
Phil Harnage
1995–1996 Bohbot Entertainment
DIC Entertainment
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective Duane Capizzi 1995–1997 Nelvana
Morgan Creek Productions
Pre-production; 4 episodes
Mighty Ducks: The Animated Series Marty Isenberg
Robert N. Skir
David Wise
1996–1997 Disney Television Animation Pre-production; 8 episodes
Road Rovers Tom Ruegger
Jeff Gordon
1996–1997 Warner Bros. Animation Pre-production; 2 episodes
Jungle Cubs Mark S. Bernthal 1996–1998 Disney Television Animation Pre-production; 8 episodes
The Angry Beavers Mitch Schauer 1997–2001 Gunther-Wahl Productions
Nickelodeon Animation Studio
Pre-production; 15 episodes
The Wacky World of Tex Avery Robby London 1997 Les Studios Tex
Telcima S.A.
M6
DIC Entertainment
Pre-production; 7 episodes
The Legend of Calamity Jane Pascal Morelli 1997 Gangster Production
Contre Allée
Warner Bros. International Television Production
Pre-production; 6 episodes
Ned's Newt Andy Knight
Mike Burgess
1997–1999 TMO-Loonland
Nelvana
Season 2 only
CatDog Peter Hannan 1998–2005 Peter Hannan Productions
Nickelodeon Animation Studio
Pre-production; 7 episodes
Invasion America Steven Spielberg
Harve Bennett
1998 DreamWorks Animation Television Storyboards
Bob and Margaret David Fine
Alison Snowden
1998–2001 SnowdenFine Animation
National Film Board of Canada
Philippine Animation Studio Inc. (season 3–4)
Channel 4 (season 1)
Comedy Central (seasons 1–2)
Nelvana
Design; 7 episodes
A Little Curious Steve Oakes 1999–2000 Curious Pictures
HBO
"A Ring is Not A Ring" short from "Open, Close, Ring" only
George and Martha James Marshall 1999–2000 Wild Things Productions
Nelvana
The New Woody Woodpecker Show Walter Lantz 1999–2002 Universal Cartoon Studios Pre-production; season 3 only
Blaster's Universe Davidson & Associates 1999–2000 Knowledge Adventure
CBS Productions
Hong Guang Animation
Nelvana
Yvon of the Yukon Ian James Corlett
Terry Klassen
2000–2004 Alliance Atlantis (season 1)
Corus Entertainment (season 3)
YTV
George Shrinks William Joyce 2000–2003 Jade Animation
Nelvana
Design; 3 episodes
Corduroy Don Freeman
Betty Quan
Lin Oliver
Eduardo Soriano
2000–2001 Sichuan Top Animation
Nelvana
Pre-production; 13 episodes
What About Mimi? Chris Bartleman
Blair Peters
2000–2002 Decode Entertainment
Teletoon
D'Myna Leagues 2000–2004 Aston Entertainment
CTV
Braceface Melissa Clark 2001–2004 Jade Animation
Nelvana
Teletoon
Design; 11 episodes
Cyberchase WNET New York 2002 WNET New York
Nelvana
"The Poddleville Case" only
Yakkity Yak Mark Gravas 2002–2003 Kapow Pictures
MTV Networks International
Nickelodeon Australia
Teletoon
Stroker and Hoop Casper Kelly
Jeffrey G. Olsen
2004–2005 Turner Studios
Williams Street
Edgar & Ellen Charles Ogden 2005–2007 Star Farm Productions Shorts only
Being Ian Ian James Corlett 2005–2008 Nelvana
YTV
Currently distributed by Nelvana
Class of the Titans Chris Bartleman
Michael Lahay
2005–2008 Nelvana
Teletoon
Currently distributed by Nelvana
The Amazing Adrenalini Brothers Dan Chambers
Mark Huckerby
Nick Ostler
2006 Pesky
Bejuba! Entertainment
Red and Blue Productions
YTV
Currently distributed by Bejuba! Entertainment
Pucca Boo Kyoung Kim
Calvin Kim
2006–2008 VOOZ Character System
Jetix Europe
Currently distributed by VOOZ Character System
B-Hive.tv Shorts Studio B Productions 2006
George of the Jungle Jay Ward 2007–2008 Classic Media
Bullwinkle Studios
Cartoon Network
Teletoon
Currently distributed by NBCUniversal Television Distribution
Ricky Sprocket: Showbiz Boy David Fine
Alison Snowden
2007–2009 Bejuba! Entertainment
SnowdenFine Animation
Nicktoons Network
Teletoon
Currently distributed by Bejuba! Entertainment
Martha Speaks Susan Meddaugh 2008–2014 Oasis Animation (seasons 5–6)
WGBH
Kid vs. Kat Rob Boutilier 2008–2011 Jetix Europe (season 1)
Disney XD (season 2)
YTV
Peanuts Motion Comics Charles M. Schulz 2008 Warner Premiere Currently distributed by Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution
Roy Jam Media 2009–2015 Jam Media
CBBC
Animation services
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic Lauren Faust 2010–2019 Hasbro Studios
Pound Puppies David Sacks 2010–2013 Paul & Joe Productions (episodes 1–39)
9 Story Entertainment (episodes 1–7)
Hasbro Studios
Take Two with Phineas and Ferb Dan Povenmire
Jeff "Swampy" Marsh
2010–2011 Hieroglyphic Productions
Disney Television Animation
Transformers: Rescue Bots Nicole Dubuc
Brian Hohlfeld
Jeff Kline
2012–2016 Atomic Cartoons (season 1)
Darby Pop Productions (season 1)
Vision Animation (season 2)
Moody Street Kids (season 2)
Hasbro Studios
Seasons 3–4 only
Littlest Pet Shop Julie McNally Cahill
Timothy Cahill
2012–2016 Hasbro Studios
Packages from Planet X Jeff Harter 2013–2014 American Greetings
Disney XD
Teletoon
The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show Ted Key 2015–2017 Jay Ward Productions
DreamWorks Animation Television
Currently distributed by NBCUniversal Television Distribution

Films/specials

Title Year Co-production(s) Notes
Sonic Christmas Blast 1996 DIC Entertainment Pre-production
Little Witch 1999 Sony Wonder
Santa Mouse and the Rat Deer 2000 Fox Family
Sony Wonder
Reader Rabbit: The Great Alphabet Race 2004 The Learning Company
Reader Rabbit: Wordville Soup
The Legend of Frosty the Snowman 2005 Classic Media Pre-production
My Little Pony: Equestria Girls 2013 Hasbro Studios
My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Rainbow Rocks 2014
My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Friendship Games 2015
My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Legend of Everfree 2016
My Little Pony: The Movie 2017 Allspark Pictures
Lionsgate
My Little Pony: Best Gift Ever 2018 Allspark Animation

References

  1. ^ a b c DHX Media (December 4, 2007). "DHX Media acquires Studio B Productions Inc" (Press release). Canada Newswire. Retrieved December 27, 2012.
  2. ^ "Company Overview of Studio B Productions, Inc". Businessweek. Retrieved December 29, 2012.
  3. ^ a b Ball, Ryan (December 5, 2007). "DHX Media Acquires Studio B Prods". Animation Magazine. Retrieved December 27, 2012.
  4. ^ a b Loveday, Samantha (December 4, 2007). "DHX Media buys up Studio B". Licensing.biz. Archived from the original on 2011-02-07. Retrieved December 27, 2012.
  5. ^ "DHX MEDIA REBRANDS ACROSS DIVISIONS" (Press release). DHX Media. September 8, 2010. Archived from the original on February 2, 2014. Retrieved December 27, 2012.
  6. ^ Hudson, Hannah (September 8, 2010). "Rebrand for DHX Media". C21Media. Retrieved December 27, 2012.
  7. ^ McLean, Thomas J. (September 9, 2010). "DHX Media Rebrands Across Divisions". Animation Magazine. Retrieved December 27, 2012.
  8. ^ "Corporate Registry Notices -- December 30, 2010".
  9. ^ "Corporate Registry Notices -- January 20, 2011".
  10. ^ Chan, Kenneth (February 3, 2016). "DHX Studios to open new state-of-the-art animation facility in Vancouver". VanCity Buzz. Retrieved October 15, 2017.