Lyrick Studios

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Lyrick Studios
Former typePrivate
IndustryDistribution, Video production
FateAbsorbed into HIT Entertainment
Successor(s)HIT Entertainment
Founded1988 (as The Lyons Group)
1991 (as Lyrick Studios)
Defunct2003
HeadquartersAllen, Texas, United States
Employees650 (1999)
 
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Lyrick Studios
Former typePrivate
IndustryDistribution, Video production
FateAbsorbed into HIT Entertainment
Successor(s)HIT Entertainment
Founded1988 (as The Lyons Group)
1991 (as Lyrick Studios)
Defunct2003
HeadquartersAllen, Texas, United States
Employees650 (1999)

Lyrick Studios, Inc. (pronunciation: /ˈlrɪk/), established in 1988 as The Lyons Group, was an American video production and distribution company based in Allen, Texas. The company was best known for its distribution of home videos, audio products, children's books and toys for the children's television series Teletubbies Barney & Friends and Wishbone.

History[edit]

Established in 1988 as The Lyons Group, the company began production and distribution of direct-to-video episodes of Barney & Friends for the character's creator, Sheryl Leach. The Barney programs began airing on the Public Broadcasting Service on April 6, 1992. The company developed the Wishbone series for PBS in 1995, a show about a talking dog living in the fictional town of Oakdale, Texas. The series was filmed at the studio and on location in Allen, Texas.[1]

Lyrick Studios has not produced or distributed anything since 2005.[2]

Distribution[edit]

Lyrick also developed the distribution rights for The Wiggles and book publishing rights for some Humongous Entertainment video game characters. In 1999, the company had 650 employees and expanded the size of its studio facilities to consolidate its sister companies into a single facility.[1] The company also distributed videos for the Christian animated series VeggieTales.

Aquisition[edit]

In 2003, Lyrick Studios and its assets were acquired by HIT Entertainment. On February 1, 2012, Apax Partners sold HIT Entertainment to toy giant Mattel. In 2002, BILLco got the rights to use the name and logo of Lyrick Studios as a name-only division that produces videos.

Projects[edit]

Announcer[edit]

One of the most famous announcers from Lyrick studios was Dean Barnett (Voice Actor)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Tanner, Lisa (September 5, 1999). "Lyrick Studios expanding". Dallas Business Journal. 
  2. ^ "Lyrick Studios Video [us]". imdb.com. 2013 [last update]. Retrieved 6 December 2013.