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Encyclopedia > 4Kids Entertainment
4Kids Entertainment
Type Public (NYSE: KDE)
Founded 1970 (as Leisure Concepts, Inc.)
Headquarters New York City
Key people Norman Grossfeld
Alfred R. Kahn
Industry TV production, licensing
Products 4Sight Licensing Solutions, Inc

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4Kids Productions
Revenue $7.9 million USD (2006)
Employees 325 (2007)
Website www.4kidsentertainment.com

4Kids Entertainment (NYSEKDE) (commonly known as 4Kids) is an American film and television production company specializing in the acquisition, production and licensing of children's entertainment around the world. The company is most well-known for its range of television licenses, which has included the multi-billion dollar Pokémon and Yu-Gi-Oh! Japanese Anime media franchises. They also run a program block on Fox stations known as 4Kids TV and aimed at children.[1] 4Kids Entertainment (NYSE: KDE) (commonly known as 4Kids) is an American film and television production company specializing in the acquisition, production and licensing of childrens entertainment around the world. ... For the tax agency in Ireland of the same name, see Revenue Commissioners. ... USD redirects here. ... This article is about work. ... A website (alternatively, web site or Web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos or other digital assets that is hosted on one or more web servers, usually accessible via the Internet. ... The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), nicknamed the Big Board, is a New York City-based stock exchange. ... This article is about motion pictures. ... Production company refers to a company responsible for the development and physical production of performing arts, film, radio or a television program. ... The official Pokémon logo. ... Serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump Shonen Jump BANZAI! Shonen Jump Comics House Original run 1996 – March 2004 Volumes 38 volumes, with 343 total chapters TV anime: Yu-Gi-Oh! Director Various Studio Toei Animation Network TV Asahi Original run April 4, 1998 – October 10, 1998 Episodes 27 TV anime: Yu... Animé redirects here. ... FOX redirects here. ... FoxBox redirects here. ...

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4Kids licenses and productions

4Kids Entertainment licenses, develops, and distributes a wide variety of media products, ranging from video games and television programs to toy lines featuring the British Royal Air Force. These have included such well-known programs as Pokémon and Yu-Gi-Oh!. 4Kids Entertainment licenses, develops, and distributes a wide variety of media products, ranging from video games and television programs to toy lines featuring the British Royal Air Force. ... This article is about computer and video games. ... See TV (disambiguation) for other uses and Television (band) for the rock band European networks National In much of Europe television broadcasting has historically been state dominated, rather than commercially organised, although commercial stations have grown in number recently. ... A teddy bear A toy is an object used in play. ... RAF is an three letter acronym for: Royal Air Force -- the Air Force of the United Kingdom (see also Air Ministry) Red Army Faction (Rote Armee Fraktion) -- a German terror organisation Rigas Autobusu Fabrika -- a factory making buses in Riga, Latvia Rapid Action Force in India Računarski Fakultet RAF... The official Pokémon logo. ... Serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump Shonen Jump BANZAI! Shonen Jump Comics House Original run 1996 – March 2004 Volumes 38 volumes, with 343 total chapters TV anime: Yu-Gi-Oh! Director Various Studio Toei Animation Network TV Asahi Original run April 4, 1998 – October 10, 1998 Episodes 27 TV anime: Yu...


4Kids focuses on licensing content for the children and young-adult market[2], including content for both boys and girls[1]. Many of its licenses come from English dubs of Japanese anime, including Fighting Foodons, and Shaman King, while others are Western animations or properties like Winx Club, Chaotic, or Back to the Future: The Animated Series. In filmmaking, dubbing or looping is the process of recording or replacing voices for a motion picture. ... Animé redirects here. ... Fighting Foodons (Called Martial Arts Cooking Legend Bistro-Recipe, 格闘料理伝説ビストロレシピ, in Japan), is a manga and anime series. ... Serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump Shonen Jump Banzai! Original run 1998 – 2004 Volumes 32 TV anime Director Seiji Mizushima Studio XEBEC Network TV Tokyo Original run July 4, 2001 – September 25, 2002 Episodes 64 Specials The Documents of the Shaman Fight (Yujo no Katachi) The Form that Friendship Takes (Ai... Traditional animation, also referred to as classical animation, cel animation, or hand-drawn animation, is the oldest and historically the most popular form of animation. ... Winx Club is a 2004 Italian animated fantasy/adventure series created by Iginio Straffi and produced by Rainbow S.p. ... Chaotic logo Chaotic is a Danish trading card game and a television program on 4Kids TV (Fox affiliates, nationwide). ...


Most programs are either licensed out to local stations, or broadcast on their dedicated programming block 4Kids TV. Typically, 4Kids will retain several properties on hiatus (such as Di-Gata Defenders), or in production to allow for turnover of their existing products. 4Kids also licenses, and merchandises, a number of non-animation based products, such as calendars like The Dog, and toys like Cabbage Patch Kids. FoxBox redirects here. ... Di-Gata Defenders is an Anime themed Canadian action/adventure, fantasy, animated television series created by Greg Collison with Nelvana Entertainment. ... The Dog is the name of: The main character in the comic strip Footrot Flats A TV show on A&E about the bounty hunter Duane Dog Chapman. ... Two Cabbage Patch Kids dolls Cabbage Patch Kids are a brand of doll created by Xavier Roberts in 1978. ...


Television

4Kids TV

Main article: 4Kids TV

4Kids Entertainment introduced 4Kids TV, then called the FoxBox on September 14, 2002 after Fox Kids was dissolved following the purchase of Fox Family Worldwide by Disney. The block was re-branded 4Kids TV in January 2005. 4Kids Entertainment is wholly responsible for the content of the block and collects all advertising revenues from it - making it one of the main outlets in the United States for 4Kids licenses and properties. FoxBox redirects here. ... FoxBox redirects here. ... 4Kids TV, formerly the FoxBox is a partnership between FOX Broadcasting and 4Kids Entertainment. ... is the 257th day of the year (258th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... This article discusses Fox Kids in United States. ... This article is about the animal. ... Disney may refer to: The Walt Disney Company and its divisions, including Walt Disney Pictures. ... 2005 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December- → Deaths in January • 29 Ephraim Kishon • 25 Philip Johnson • 23 Johnny Carson • 22 Parveen Babi • 20 Jan Nowak-Jeziorański • 17 Virginia Mayo • 17 Zhao Ziyang • 15 Ruth Warrick • 14 Rudolph Moshammer Recent deaths Ongoing events • Tsunami relief...


Many of the licenses distributed by 4Kids Entertainment, and presented on 4Kids TV are managed by 4Kids Productions, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of 4Kids Entertainment. First launched in 1992, 4Kids Productions deals primarily with television, film, home video, and music licenses, and currently manages the programming for 4KidsTV. FoxBox redirects here. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ...


Acquisition of Kids' WB

Main article: Kids' WB

On October 2, 2007, Warner Bros. and CBS announced that the Kids' WB block on their co-owned network, The CW, will be ending in September 2008, and no longer be marketed and produced in-house, due to factors including building children's advertising and marketing restrictions, and cable competition. Rights for the five hour Saturday morning block were bought by 4Kids, and they will begin to program the time with their own programming (possibly mixed in with current Kids' WB originals) in September 2008[3]. Because of this additional deal, 4Kids will be programming for both The CW and Fox in the 2008-09 season, as the current 4KidsTV deal runs until 2009, giving 4Kids nine hours of combined children's programming on two broadcast networks, though it is unknown if the change is permanent, or it will end in 2009. Onscreen commercial promotions, however, imply that the new block will have the title The CW4Kids and will start May 24, 2008, however, many of Kids' WB!'s current shows were seen on the promo, implying that they may have a place on the lineup. Kids WB! is the Saturday morning cartoon block of The CW Television Networks weekend programming. ... is the 275th day of the year (276th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... “WB” redirects here. ... This article is about the broadcast network. ... Kids WB! is the Saturday morning cartoon block of The CW Television Networks weekend programming. ... The CW Television Network, normally abbreviated to The CW, also known as The New CW in its first season of the network, is a television network in the United States launched during the 2006 television season. ... 2008 (MMVIII) will be a leap year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Crimson White, known colloquially as The CW, is the student-run newspaper of the University of Alabama. ... FOX redirects here. ... 2009 (MMIX) will be a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2009 (MMIX) will be a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 144th day of the year (145th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance to the Gregorian calendar. ...


Outside the United States

In the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland, several 4Kids TV-distributed anime (notably the Yu-Gi-Oh! and Pokémon franchises) are currently carried by leading subscription entertainment channel Sky One, generally in early morning slots. (Note that Sky is a corporate relative of Fox, via parent company News Corporation.) Other channels which show or have shown 4Kids properties include CITV, Jetix, Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network in the United Kingdom, RTÉ 2 in the Republic of Ireland, and RTL 2 in Germany.[4] The tone or style of this article or section may not be appropriate for Wikipedia. ... British Sky Broadcasting (BSkyB — formerly two companies, Sky Television and BSB) is a company that operates Sky Digital, a subscription television service in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. ... 1211 Avenue of the Americas (Sixth Avenue), where News Corporation is based News Corporation (abbreviated to News Corp) (NYSE: NWS, NYSE: NWSa, ASX: , LSE: NCRA) is an American media conglomerate company and the third worlds largest. ... This article is about ITVs childrens television brand. ... “Fox Kids (UK)” redirects here. ... Nickelodeon (Nick for short) is a cable and satellite TV network primarily for children and pre-teens. ... Cartoon Network is a digital television channel created by Turner Broadcasting which primarily shows animated programming. ... RTÉ Two (Irish: RTÉ a Dó) (known from 1988 to 2004 as Network 2, RTÉ Network Two, RTÉ2 or N2) is Irelands second-oldest television channel, operated by Irish state broadcaster Radio Telefís Éireann. ... A montage of some of the Real Surreality Break bumpers from 2004 RTL II is a privately owned, commercial, general-interest German television channel. ...


Other notable business proceedings

4Sight Licensing Solutions Inc.

On April 18, 2006, 4Kids had announced a new subsidiary entitled 4Sight Licensing Solutions Inc.[5] 4Sight will license and market brands aimed at adults, teenagers and pre-teens. "We have built an impressive roster of captivating and successful children's entertainment properties," said Alfred Kahn.[5] "Given the increased number of brands that we are representing that focus on an older audience, we felt it would be beneficial to organize a new subsidiary primarily devoted to the marketing and licensing of these brands. We believe that we can successfully utilize our marketing and licensing expertise to build brand value for properties targeting an older consumer that are not necessarily media or character driven."[5] is the 108th day of the year (109th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


4Kids and Microsoft

On January 17, 2006, 4Kids and Microsoft signed a deal to license children's video games exclusively for the Xbox 360 gaming system, in an effort to put more child-oriented games on the system, whose gaming library is currently dominated by games targeted toward the 13-and-up market.[6] One of the first titles announced was Viva Piñata which would be developed by Rare Ltd. is the 17th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Microsoft Corporation, (NASDAQ: MSFT, HKSE: 4338) is a multinational computer technology corporation with global annual revenue of US$44. ... It has been suggested that Xbox 360 Elite be merged into this article or section. ... For the Nintendo DS version of the game, see Viva Piñata (Nintendo DS). ... Rare, Ltd is a United Kingdom-based video game development company. ...


Editorial practices and controversy

Further information: Editing of anime in American distribution
A scene in One Piece where the 4Kids version (bottom) removed blackface from the Japanese version (top); blackface is viewed as racially offensive in the United States
A scene in One Piece where the 4Kids version (bottom) removed blackface from the Japanese version (top); blackface is viewed as racially offensive in the United States

The management of 4Kids Entertainment has stated that they seek to "westernize anime so that children in English-speaking countries will understand it...",[2] judging that such localization is necessary in order for these titles to be marketable.[2] For most titles, the editing 4Kids performs falls into a few broad categories – 4Kids may seek to "Americanize" a program by changing dialog, music, food, or stereotypes which would be unfamiliar, or offensive, to an American audience. They also may remove some materially suggestive objects such as cigarettes or guns, religious symbols, or content deemed too violent or sexually suggestive for children. For example, in Yu-Gi-Oh!, the issue of death is sidestepped in the localized version, with dead characters being sent to the "shadow realm." Other examples include removing many instances of violence from One Piece, and the elimination of several episodes from Pokémon. Editing of anime in American distribution describes the process of altering anime to prepare it to be distributed in the United States and forms part of the process of localization. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (451x672, 77 KB)One Piece editing of supposed blackface. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (451x672, 77 KB)One Piece editing of supposed blackface. ... One piece redirects here. ... This reproduction of a 1900 minstrel show poster, originally published by the Strobridge Litho Co. ... This box:      Racism has many definitions, the most common and widely accepted is that members of one race are intrinsically superior or inferior to members of other races. ... Animé redirects here. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Look up localisation, localization in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... For other uses, see Music (disambiguation). ... Unlit filtered cigarettes. ... This article is about firearms and similar devices. ... Violence is a general term to describe actions, usually deliberate, that cause or intend to cause injury to people, animals, or non-living objects. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Yu-Gi-Oh!, known in Japan and the rest of East Asia as Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters ) is an anime based on the Yu-Gi-Oh! manga. ... The Shadow Realm, in the English-language version of the second series Yu-Gi-Oh! anime (titled Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters in Japan), is a place of eternal suffering where people can be sent to. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with One Piece manga (English version). ... There are over 500 episodes of the Pokémon anime. ...


4Kids has been accused of possessing what appears to be a lack of interest in being faithful to the original artistic vision of an anime, instead focusing on an anime's commercial value.[who?] In an interview with Al Kahn, CEO of 4Kids, when asked how the company decides what properties or anime to acquire, his reply was, "We look at things such as popularity, but also if it has a merchandising component; can we license it, can we license products for it? Thats really the main issue for us... the playing pattern, if it's popular and how it merchandises. If we can't merchandise it, it really doesn't have a lot of interest for us." [2] Kahn claimed in the same interview that this was necessary, because otherwise adapting an anime would not be commercially viable due to the re-dubbing, re-editing, and re-scoring that 4Kids performs. Critics[who?] argue that this level of insensitivity to the source material has altered some of these titles to the point where they have lost the qualities that originally made them appealing in Japan. 4Kids Entertainment remains largely unmoved by these claims, stating "...if [anime fans] want this programming to come to the United States then they're going to have to accept the fact that it's going to be available in two styles."[2]. Alfred R. Kahn (born circa 1947) is Chairman and CEO of 4Kids Entertainment, a New York Stock Exchange-listed company that is a global provider of childrens entertainment and merchandise licensing, having held the position since 1991. ...


Despite the edits against violence and other inappropriate content, moral conservative groups have criticized the programs released by 4Kids. For example, a March 2006 study [7] by the Parents Television Council on violence in children's television programs pointed out the 4Kids dub of Shaman King. L. Brent Bozell also pointed out Shaman King in one of his weekly column as an example of children's media with excess "cultural landmines" that are uncalled for.[8] The Parents Television Council (PTC) is a US-based nonprofit organization run and founded by conservative activist L. Brent Bozell III whose stated goal is to promote and restore responsibility to the entertainment industry. ... For other uses, see Violence (disambiguation). ... Serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump Shonen Jump Banzai! Original run 1998 – 2004 Volumes 32 TV anime Director Seiji Mizushima Studio XEBEC Network TV Tokyo Original run July 4, 2001 – September 25, 2002 Episodes 64 Specials The Documents of the Shaman Fight (Yujo no Katachi) The Form that Friendship Takes (Ai... L. Brent Bozell III is the founder and president of the Media Research Center and president of the Parents Television Council. ...


References

  1. ^ http://4kidsentertainment.com/services/4kidstv.html
  2. ^ a b c d e Pennington, Steven. Alfred R. Kahn Anime News Network. Accessed 24 April 2005.
  3. ^ Schneider, Michael. CW turns to 4Kids on Saturdays. Variety: Oct. 2, 2007.
  4. ^ http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2008-01-08/4kids-brings-dinosaur-king-to-european-markets
  5. ^ a b c 4Kids Launches 4Sight Licensing Solutins Anime News Network. Accessed April 18, 2006.
  6. ^ Microsoft and 4Kids Entertainment Form Alliance 4Kids Entertainment.com. Accessed 17 January 2006.
  7. ^ New PTC Study Finds More Violence on Children's TV than on Adult-Oriented TV. Parents Television Council. March 2, 2006. Retrieved March 15, 2007.
  8. ^ Bozell, L Brent. "Poisoning Children, Too?" Bozell's Entertainment Column. March 3, 2006. Retrieved February 18, 2008.

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On January 17, 2006, 4Kids and Microsoft signed a deal to license children's video games exclusively for the Xbox 360 gaming system, in an effort to put more child-oriented games on the system, whose gaming library is currently dominated by games targeted toward the 13-and-up market.
Nintendo announced that as of January 1, 2006, 4Kids would not be handling most aspects of the Pokémon franchise, instead having Pokémon USA handle all aspects of the property in the United States.
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