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American Greetings
DHX Media
Andy Heyward
Louis M. Heyward
Richard Scarry

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Cookie Jar Group

Knowledge Identifier: &Cookie_Jar_Group


Cookie Jar Group

Canadian producer of children add

Category: Business (17)

Founded in 1976.

Countries: United States (63%), United Kingdom (13%), Canada (13%)

Main connections: FilmFair, CBS, American Greetings

Linked to: Copyright Promotions Licensing Group, FilmFair, Fox Broadcasting Company, CBS




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After their 1976 meeting in New Orleans, future spouses Micheline Charest and Ronald A. Weinberg organized an event for a women's film festival, and worked at distributing foreign films to US theatres add something


In 1984, CINAR changed their focus from media distribution to production, and moved operations to Montreal, where they concentrated on children's television programming , as well as the English and French dubs of the anime series "Adventures of the Little Koala" and "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" and the Spain-originating TV series "The World of David the Gnome", and the English dub of "Ultra Seven" add something


Robinson had originally presented the work to Cinar in 1986, and the concept was turned down add something


In the 1993, Cinar bought the rights to all the shows owned and made by British animation company FilmFair, which was formerly Central TV's animation division since 1987, and closed it in 1998 add something


The firm became a public company in September 1993 add something


In 2004, Cinar was rebranded "'The Cookie Jar Group"' add something


FilmFair - In 2004, the company rebranded to the Cookie Jar Group


CBS - In 2006, after the Viacom-CBS split , CBS decided to discontinue the Nick Jr. lineup in favor of a lineup of programs produced by DIC Entertainment and later, the Cookie Jar Group, as part of a three-year deal which includes distribution of selected Formula One auto races on tape delay


Richard Scarry - A further animated series, "Busytown Mysteries" was commissioned by CBC Television from the Cookie Jar Group in 2007, and airs on the Kids' CBC Block morning program


The deal is not finalized yet in late 2008 and with the current scenario, the transaction did not progress add something


On June 20, 2008, Cookie Jar Group announced a deal to relocate from DIC Entertainment add something


Louis M. Heyward - Heyward's son, Andy, is known as the longtime chairman and chief executive officer of animation studio DiC Entertainment until its June 20, 2008 acquisition by and subsequent folding into Cookie Jar Group


Andy Heyward - On June 20, 2008, it was announced that DIC would be acquired by Cookie Jar Group


On July 23, 2008 it was announced that Cookie Jar was in negotiation with American Greetings to buy the "Care Bears", "Strawberry Shortcake", and "Sushi Pack" franchises add something


On July 23, 2008, both studios completed their merger, and DIC was folded into Cookie Jar's entertainment division add something


In September 2008, William A. Urseth published an "insider's" book called "Death Spiral" add something


On February 24, 2009, it was announced that CBS renewed its contract with Cookie Jar for another three seasons, through 2012 add something


On April 29, 2009 it was announced that Cookie Jar will develop primetime television series and hired Tom Mazza to head its new primetime label, "'The Jar"' add something


Cookie Jar had until April 30, 2009 to complete a deal with American Greetings add something


On September 19, 2009, "'KEWLopolis on CBS"' was re-branded as "'Cookie Jar TV"' add something


In the fall of 2012, Cookie Jar was acquired by DHX Media, and now operates as an in-name-only unit of that company add something


FilmFair - In 2012, a Canadian media conglomerate called DHX Media bought Cookie Jar Group, thus acquiring the rights to the FilmFair properties


On May 12, 2014, co-founder Ronald Weinberg, John Xanthoudakis of Norshield Financial Group and Lino Matteo of Mount Real Corp. were charged with 26 counts of fraude in Montreal Superior Court add something


They were convicted on most of the counts on June 2, 2016, and in the trial Panju acted as a key Crown witness add something


On June 22, 2016, Weinberg was sentenced to 8 years and 11 months in prison, and the other two received sentences of 7 years and 11 months each add something