Saban Capital Group

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Saban Capital Group, Inc.
Private corporation
Industry Investment In Entertainment, Media & Communications
Predecessor Saban Entertainment
Founded 2010 (2010)
Founder Haim Saban
Headquarters Los Angeles, California, United States
Area served
Key people
Haim Saban (Chairman, CEO)
Adam Chesnoff (President/COO)
Products Television show
Motion Pictures
Consumer Products
Divisions Saban Entertainment Group
Saban Films
SCG Power Rangers LLC
ZAG Animation Studios
(50% joint venture with ZAG Entertainment [1]
Broadcasting Media Partners, Inc.
Subsidiaries Saban Real Estate
Saban Brands
Univision Communications (through Broadcasting Media Partners, Inc.)
Celestial Tiger Entertainment
Broadcasting Media Partners, Inc. (20%)

Saban Capital Group, Inc. is an American private equity investment firm based in Los Angeles, California focused on media, entertainment, and communications investments. Formed in 2010 by Haim Saban, Saban Capital Group owns Saban Brands,[2][3] part of Univision Communications,[4] and part of Celestial Tiger Entertainment.[5][6]

Saban Music Group

Saban Music Group was formed in 1983 by music and television producers Haim Saban[7] and Shuki Levy as "Saban Records", a U.S. subsidiary of "Saban International Paris" (now SIP Animation). In 1986, Warner Communications acquired Saban Records first catalog of music for about $6 million.[8] On October 4, 2010, Bug Music acquired the worldwide rights to Saban Music Group’s complete music catalog of theme songs, cues and scores from more than 90 television series and 100 made-for-television films and specials.[9]


In October 2006, SCG's Saban Entertainment Group division announced the beginning of its virtual studio program for starting up and developing family entertainment.[10] In March 2007, Univision Communications was sold to Broadcasting Media Partners which includes Saban Capital Group, Madison Dearborn Partners, Providence Equity Partners, TPG Capital, and Thomas H. Lee Partners.[4] On October 17, 2011, Saban Capital Group acquired 7.5% stake in Jakarta-based Indonesian largest integrated media company, Media Nusantara Citra.[11][12][13] In July 2012, Saban Capital Group acquired minority stake in PT MNC Sky Vision Tbk, the largest pay-TV operator in Indonesia which owns Indovision and Top TV.[14] In June 2012, Kidsco Media Ventures LLC, a SCG affiliate, jointly with Konami's 4K Acquisition Corp. purchased some of the key assets of 4Kids Entertainment with Kidsco getting the Dragon Ball Z Kai, Cubix, Sonic X and The CW Network's Saturday Morning programming block contract rights.[15] In August 2012, Saban Capital Group launched a new music publishing division called "Music Ventures".[16]

On May 6, 2014, Saban Capital announced the launch of Saban Films, a distribution unit that will acquire yearly 8 to 10 feature films for the North American market.[17]

Saban Brands

On May 5, 2010, Saban Capital Group announced that it would start Saban Brands (SB), a successor company to Saban Entertainment dedicated to acquiring entertainment and consumer brands.[2] On May 12, 2010, it was announced that Saban Brands bought back the Power Rangers franchise from Disney for $43 million[18] and would produce a new nineteenth season of Power Rangers that began airing on Nickelodeon on February 7, 2011, with the previous 700 episodes being rerun on Nicktoons.[3][19] It was also announced that Saban Brands is in negotiations to buy three other brands.[20] On August 17, 2010, it was announced that Saban Brands bought Paul Frank Industries.[21][22]

On May 1, 2012, Kidsco Media Ventures LLC, an affiliate of Saban Capital Group, placed a bid to acquire some of 4Kids Entertainment's assets, including the US rights to the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise and The CW4Kids block, for $10 million.[23] 4K Acquisition Corp, a subsidiary of Konami, then placed a bid. On June 5, 2012, 4Kids commenced an auction between Kidsco and 4K Acquisition which was then adjourned so 4Kids, Kidsco, and 4K Acquisition could consider an alternative transaction.[24][25] On June 15, 2012, 4Kids filed a notice outlining a proposed deal in which its assets would be divided between Kidsco and 4K Acquisition which was finalized on June 26, 2012. The deal saw 4K Acquisition acquire the US rights to the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise and Kidsco acquire 4Kids' other assets including the agreements for Dragon Ball Z Kai, Cubix: Robots for Everyone, Sonic X and The CW Network's Saturday morning programming block.[26][27] On July 2, 2012, it was announced that Saban Brands, via Kidsco Media Ventures, would begin programming the block in the fall,[28][29][30][31] and on July 12, 2012 announced that the block would be named Vortexx, which launched on August 25, 2012 and ended on September 27, 2014.[32][33]

On June 12, 2012, it was announced that Saban Brands plans to reintroduce the Popples franchise with new merchandise in fall 2013.[34] On August 3, 2012, it was announced that Saban Brands acquired The Playforge, the development team behind App Store success stories Zombie Farm and Zombie Life.[35] On September 19, 2012, Saban Brands announced that they acquired Zui provider of Kid-Safe Online content.[36] On September 25, 2012, Saban Brands announced that they re-acquired the Digimon franchise and its most recent season, Digimon Fusion with Toei Animation handling Asian licensing & distribution and MarVista Entertainment handling all other global licensing & distribution.[37][38]

On July 3, 2013, it was announced that Saban Brands signed a deal to manage the distribution, licensing, and merchandising of Sendokai Champions in North America and Israel and be broadcast on the Vortexx.[39] In October 2013, Saban Brands shut down The Playforge because of poor game sales.[40]

Saban Brands and Lionsgate Films announced in May 2014 that they are planning to produce a new Power Rangers feature film, and would hopefully launch a Power Rangers film franchise.[41] By August 4, Saban Brands sold KidZui to Leapfrog Enterprises.[42] Later on, Macbeth Footwear was acquired by Saban Brands, and in December, Saban Brands formed two divisions Saban Brands Lifestyle Group and Saban Brands Entertainment Group to expand their holdings.[43] On January 6, 2014, it was announced that Saban Brands Lifestyle Group acquired Mambo Graphics.[44] On March 24, 2015, it was announced that Saban Brands Lifestyle Group had acquired Piping Hot.[45]





List of television shows and films

Saban Music Group

(Shows and films that Saban Music Group produced music for)

Warner Communications acquired Saban Records' first catalog of music for about $6 million in 1986. Bug Music has since acquired the post-1986 to 2010 catalog of music from Saban Music Group.[9]

Saban Entertainment Group

Saban Brands

Current rights

(Created and/or owned by Saban Capital Group subsidiary Saban Brands)

Former rights

Saban Films

(North American distribution rights)

Release Date Title
November 14, 2014 The Homesman
March 20, 2015 Tracers
April 24, 2015 The Forger
July 24, 2015 American Heist
August 21, 2015 Some Kind of Beautiful
November 13, 2015 Man Up
December 4, 2015 MI-5
February 12, 2016 Standoff
February 26, 2016 Backtrack
March 18, 2016 The Confirmation
April 14, 2016 The Trust
April 22, 2016 A Hologram for the King
April 29, 2016 I Am Wrath
June 10, 2016 Cell
July 22, 2016 Skiptrace
September 16, 2016 31
October 14, 2016 USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage[56]
March 24, 2017 Power Rangers


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