Saban Entertainment (along with Saban International, which operated outside the US) is a former worldwide-served independent American television production company formed in 1984 by music and television producers Haim Saban[1] and Shuki Levy as "Saban Productions", a U.S. subsidiary of "Saban International Paris" (now SIP Animation).

This company was known for importing, dubbing, and adapting several Japanese series such as, Maple Town (...Stories), Noozles (Fushigi na Koala Blinky and Printy), Funky Fables (Video Anime Ehonkan Sekai Meisaku Dowa), Samurai Pizza Cats (Kyatto Ninden Teyande), Dragon Ball Z and the first three Digimon series to North America and international markets for syndication, including both animation and live action shows. Saban is also notable for their various toku adapts, which include Power Rangers (based on the Super Sentai series), Beetleborgs (based on Juukou B-Fighter), VR Troopers (featuring elements of Metal Hero series, like Space Sheriff Shaider, Jikuu Senshi Spielban and Choujinki Metalder), and Masked Rider (an original interpretation using scenes from the Japanese Kamen Rider Black RX).

Saban was involved in the co-production of French/American animated shows created by Jean Chalopin for DIC Entertainment. Some of these early 1980s co-productions were Camp Candy, Ulysses 31, Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors, and The Mysterious Cities of Gold (the third of which was a Japanese co-production).

Saban has also provided music for various TV programs, such as The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! and Inspector Gadget.


Early yearsEdit


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 MarvelEdit

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.[3] DIC then sued Saban for damages and in 1991, DIC and Saban reached a settlement.[4]

New World Animation (The Incredible Hulk), Saban (X-Men), and Marvel Films Animation (Spider-Man) each produced a Marvel series for television.[5]

In August 1996, Saban secured rights from Marvel Entertainment Group for Captain America, Daredevil and Silver Surfer and additional characters to be developed into four series and 52 episodes over seven years.[6]

In 1996, Fox Children's Productions merged with Saban Entertainment to form Fox Kids Worldwide bring the Marvel Productions and Marvel Films Animations library.[7][8][9]

Marvel was developing a Captain America animated series with Saban Entertainment for Fox Kids Network to premier in fall 1998.[10] However, due to Marvel's bankruptcy the series was canceled before the premiere.[11][12] 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.

BVS EntertainmentEdit

On July 23, 2001, it was announced that the group would be sold to The Walt Disney Company as part of the sale of Fox Family Worldwide (now ABC Family Worldwide) by Haim Saban and News Corporation,[13] and on October 24, 2001, the sale was completed[1][14] and the group was renamed BVS Entertainment. Saban Entertainment's last program produced was Power Rangers Wild Force (production only, distributed by BVS).[15][16]

Saban International ParisEdit

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.[17][18][19] SIP co-produced a few animated series with Jetix Europe during the 2000s.[20][21] SIP Animation was closed in 2008.[22]

Sensation AnimationEdit

Sensation Animation was a renamed portion of Saban Entertainment[23] to continue dubbing Digimon episodes from 2002 to 2003.[24]

List of television series and filmsEdit






Media releasesEdit

  • 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.

Power RangersEdit

  • 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.[28]
  • 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.


Saban's libraryEdit

Although most of Saban's library is currently owned by The Walt Disney Company, there are a few exceptions:


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