Saban Entertainment (along with Saban International, which operated outside the US) was a worldwide-served independent American Israeli television production company formed in 1984 by music and television producers Haim Saban and Shuki Levy as "Saban Productions", a U.S. subsidiary of "Saban International Paris" (now SIP Animation).
Saban logo used from 1988 - 1996, that consists of a globe containing the word "SABAN" above three contrasting lines which partially penetrate the globe.
Saban Entertainment was formed in 1984 as "Saban Productions". The first Saban logo depicted a Saturn-Like planet with the word "Saban" going across the planet's ring. The planet had five lines under the word "Productions". Several years later, the company created "Saban International" (now Disney Media Distribution), for international distribution of its shows (note: though used interchangeably with "Saban International Paris", they were technically two different entities). In 1988 the company renamed itself "Saban Entertainment".
Partnership with DIC and Marvel
In 1986, Saban Productions bought the foreign rights to the DIC Entertainment library of children’s programming, and then sold the rights to Jean Chalopin. DIC then sued Saban for damages and in 1991, DIC and Saban reached a settlement.
Marvel was developing a Captain America animated series with Saban Entertainment for Fox Kids Network to premier in fall 1998. However, due to Marvel's bankruptcy the series was canceled before the premiere. Ironically, both Marvel and Saban would become parts of the The Walt Disney Company; Saban (renamed BVS Entertainment) in 2002 and Marvel by the end of 2009.
Saban International Paris, later SIP Animation, was a television production company based in France that operated from 1977 to 2008.
Saban International Paris was found in France by Haim Saban and Jacqueline Tordjman in 1977 as a television production company. In 1983, SIP moved into the animation field. Saban departed the company in 2001 with the purchase of Fox Family Worldwide, which was followed by The Walt Disney Company taking a stake in the company and a name change to SIP Animation on October 1, 2002. SIP co-produced a few animated series with Jetix Europe during the 2000s. SIP Animation was closed in 2008.
Sensation Animation was a renamed portion of Saban Entertainment to continue dubbingDigimon episodes from 2002 to 2003.
List of television series and films
With the exception of Pinocchio, produced by "Saban International Paris"; some or most series had all but featured the "Saban's" corporate bug in their title.
Most Saban owned media from the early 1990s made its way to VHS in most regions. However, from the late 1990s on, almost all Saban owned entities were only released as Region 4 (Australia). According to current rights holders in the US, Buena Vista Entertainment, which acquired it through their buyout of the Fox Family Channel, they currently have no plans to release these films on to DVD, instead, some of it is seen on their daughter network, Disney XD, and originally was seen on Toon Disney and ABC Family before the decease of Jetix in the US.
In addition, the first three series is being released to DVD in North America through New Video.
In Germany they have released complete season box sets to every Power Rangers series, with the English Versions included up until season 6 due to problems with Disney. The series is available in the German Amazon.
The first 15 series of Power Rangers have been licensed for DVD releases by Shout! Factory, which has released the first 7 series to DVD in Region 1.