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In 1968, the Taft broadcasting company (Citicasters last time I checked...) bought Coney Island. In 1971 Coney Island was closed, in 1972, Kings Island opened. At the time, Taft had the Hanna-Barbera cartoon studio, and thus the Hanna-Barbera characters took up residence at Kings Island, and later at the other parks operated by Kings Entertainment...which was itself a spin-off from Taft if I remember correctly. Through a variety of back-room manipulations over the years, eventually Kings Entertainment (KECO) owned Kings Dominion, Carowinds, and Great America, along with a large percentage of Canada's Wonderland. KECO also had management contracts for Canada's Wonderland, and for Kings Island which, along with Hanna-Barbera, was owned by the North American Financial Co., which is to say, Carl Lindner.
I guess Carl needed cash or something. Paramount came along and decided to get into the amusement park business, buying Kings Entertainment, buying the outstanding shares of Canada's Wonderland, and buying Kings Island. The Hanna-Barbera characters came along with the parks. At about the same time, North American sold the Hanna-Barbera interest to Turner Entertainment, which led to the creation of Cartoon Network.
Then more craziness happened. Viacom was purchased by Blockbuster Entertainment, while at the same time purchasing Paramount. So Paramount is owned by Viacom which is owned by Blockbuster. Viacom also owns several CATV properties including Nickelodeon...hence Nickelodeon Central at Paramount parks.
On the other side of the amusement world, Time-Warner owned Six Flags Theme Parks, and thus had the license agreement in place for the Warner Bros. cartoon characters. Then, in the largest media merger of all time (until AOL bought Time-Warner), Time-Warner bought Turner Entertainment, including WTBS, TNT, CNN, TCM, and of course, Cartoon Network and the Hanna-Barbera library. Which means the H-B characters joined the Warner corporate family, and Scooby Doo showed up in every major corporate amusement park in the country.
Of course, Paramount doesn't own the H-B characters, and Premier Parks (Six Flags, Inc.) doesn't own any characters, so there's no telling how long the present situation will last.....!
--Dave Althoff, Jr.
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--Dave Althoff, Jr.
*** This post was edited by Jim Fisher on 10/30/2001. ***
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