Haim Saban

Saban and Potter alums form Zag Animation Studios

Haim Saban is one of a quartet of industry names who have teamed to create Zag Animation Studios. The media industry veteran is teaming with filmmaker and best-selling author Chris Columbus, producer Michael Barnathan and Jeremy Zag, the founder and boss of privately-owned kids and family producer Zag Entertainment. Columbus and Barnathan both count the […]

Saban returns to distribution with new division

Saban Brands has launched a new international content sales unit. Saban Brands founder Haim Saban has a long history in the content sales arena, but the US-producer and brand owner has been working with third-party distributors including LA-based Marvista. It will now take global sales in-house. The distribution unit will sell properties including Power Rangers, […]

News brief: Saban hires former Hub, CBS exec for digital

Saban Brands has hired Kendall Doty as VP of digital. Doty was most recently at Discovery-Hasbro JV kids net The Hub and before that was director, interactive content and mobile marketing at US network CBS. At Saban she will be tasked with growing the presence of the company’s brands – including Power Rangers, Julius Jr. […]

CBS, Time Warner linked with Univision takeover

CBS, Time Warner and Televisa are among “several” companies reported to have met with the owners of US Hispanic broadcast giant Univision Communications, which is said to be up for sale. Univision is the market leader for US Hispanic broadcasting, and often delivers ratings that match its English-language network rivals. However, a report in the […]

All eyes on P7S1 as opportunity knocks

The future of ProSiebenSat.1 Media is the subject of intense speculation following the latest structural changes at the European broadcast and media giant, reports Jesse Whittock. On August 16, German TV and media firm ProSiebenSat.1 completed a stock conversion that reduced its majority shareholders’ voting shares from 88% to 44%. Significantly, the move converted private […]

ProSiebenSat.1 deal paves way for €3.4bn private equity exit

The private equity firms that control European broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1, KKR and Permira, will be free to exit the business after shareholders approved a stock conversion deal at the company’s AGM today (Tuesday 23 July). The private equity firms will hold a 44% stake in the German broadcast and media group once the conversion is approved […]

Saban buys the Digimon franchise

Haim Saban’s company has bought Digimon, the kids anime series and brand that Saban first brought to international and US markets in the late 1990s. Saban Brands has acquired the Digimon brand and has right to exploit it outside Asia. It will team with producer and distributor Marvista, which will sell the TV series internationally. […]