Dreamworks to be sold to Paramount!

Sunday, December 11, 2005 5:31 PM
Since it does include the name Paramount I thought this might be of interest. Nothing was mentioned about implications for the future as of yet. The deal is set to be worth 1.6 billion dollars.

Paramount will gain:

- All 59 movies in the Dreamworks library, (including American Beauty & Gladiator).

- Distribution rights to Shrek series

Paramount will not gain:

- The rights to the rest of the Dreamworks SKG inc. animation library. They said the reason for this was that this paortion of the company went public last year.

...There's more to this story, but this is what I got real quick from the story on my Roadrunner homepage. Would this help the theme parks down the road in the future? Or am I just dreaming about the possibilities too much?

Sunday, December 11, 2005 6:06 PM
Only problem is, Paramount Parks are run by CBS.
Sunday, December 11, 2005 6:10 PM
But being owned by the same parent company makes it a little easier to do licensing stuff.
Sunday, December 11, 2005 6:17 PM
Yeah, but they have lifetime licensing rights between Paramount Parks and Paramount Pictures.
Sunday, December 11, 2005 7:43 PM
Paramount Pictures and CBS are both owned by....

VIACOM! http://www.viacom.com/

Sunday, December 11, 2005 7:55 PM
How does this work with the Dreamworks movies that are used by Universal -- Shrek?
Sunday, December 11, 2005 9:12 PM
Same as it works for Universal Studios Hollywood having a Nicktoons Section, and Paramount Parks to have a Scooby Doo Dark Ride.
Sunday, December 11, 2005 11:16 PM
Naming and branding rights has to be one of the most confusing things in this field. That is what I figured was going on, but still...
Sunday, December 11, 2005 11:20 PM
I know! I mean, Scooby Doo was created by Hanna Barbera, which was owned by Taft, which opened Kings Island and Kings Dominion, then bought 4 other parks before/during the KECO years, then Paramount Stepped in, and Hanna Barbera was sold to Warner Brothers, who owned SFI, who sold that, and then you have both characters at both parks.

Nickelodeon had studios at Universal and what not, but was a Paramount owned thing. So you have Nicktoons at Universal. Once Paramount has parks, they eventually decide since they dont' have Hanna Barbera anymore to start Phasing them out and introducing Nick toons into all the parks.

Oh, and Silverwood AND Kennywood have Garfield, but neither Silverwood nor Kennywood are related.

And don't get me started on the Peanuts gang...which, btw, are not only in Cedar Fair parks, but MoA, which is no longer a CF Park (though for how long, we don't know), and Snoopy is ALSO at Universal Japan.

Oh, and Both Alton Towers and Dreamworld Aussie have/have had Nick toons stuff. Alton was never affiliated with Paramount, though, and Dreamworld isn't either.

Sunday, December 11, 2005 11:21 PM
I think it would be interesting to see what really happens here, but I'm officially confused . ;)
Sunday, December 11, 2005 11:53 PM
HFEC had nicktoons too for awhile during the Kidsfests at both SDC and DW. DW had SpongeBob this past season...

...round and round into a beautiful oblivion...

Monday, December 12, 2005 12:20 AM
Keep in mind that Dreamworks and Dreamworks Animaiton are two seperate companies. The Animation arm is publically traded.
Monday, December 12, 2005 12:36 AM
Thank you for adding to the confusion. ;)
Monday, December 12, 2005 12:55 AM
Dreamworks definitly has more 'timely' or 'classic' films better for themeing future Park Properties to. Maybe They'll wise up like Japan did and have a Ring themed Dark ride...
Monday, December 12, 2005 1:07 AM
I do my best, Swoosh.
Monday, December 12, 2005 12:14 PM
Dollywood had a Spongebob ride when I was there in June. I don't know if Dollywood bought rights to any other Nick Toons characters.

PKI will phase out all HB characters (including on rides and buildings) except Scooby for the 2006 season.

Monday, December 12, 2005 3:43 PM
SF has a Scoody doo ride as well and when I got on it I was soo confused.
Monday, December 12, 2005 3:59 PM
Just keep in mind that "rights" and "EXCLUSIVE rights" are two vastly different concepts....with vastly different pricetags... ;)
Tuesday, December 13, 2005 1:09 PM
My understanding of the Scooby situation is the Paramount parks have rights from the Hanna Barbera days, while the Six Flags parks have rights because the live action/CGI pictures were made by Warner.

If you look at the merchandise at the games at parks, it's apparent there is a ton of cross-licensing going on.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005 3:02 PM
No, Paramount has rights to the cartoon characters of Scooby because Paramount Parks was once under the company that owned Hanna Barbera, and Paramount still has rights to use Hanna Barbera characters (though they're giving them up gradually, save for Scooby), and they still pay licensing fees for Scooby.

Six Flags has rights to Scooby because they have licensing of Warner Bros., who now owns Hanna Barbera, which owns Scooby. SFI having Scooby has nothing to do with the movie.


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