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Romite Group is an American animation production and licensing company formed by Robert W. Stainton, Michael Wildshill, Terry Ward and Bloo J. (Robert being the creator of Greeny Phatom series and Bloo being the creator of BlooJ's Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends). The company is owned by Verizon Media, Corus Entertainment, Toho, and Sony Pictures Television, each sharing 25%.

Founded in 2005, the studio bought stakes and companies from various parent companies such as All3Media[1], hired staff from DHX Media Vancouver from Canada (as the studio will replace DHX Media in production of upcoming episodes), acquired Method Films from France and Frederator Studios from the US and other companies. 

History

In 2003, Michael Wildshill (then-new executive producer of Greeny Phatom), Robert and Terry had plans to form a parent company as a successor for GreenyWorld Animation, the animation studio founded by Robert Stainton. In 2005, the company was founded.

Before Michael created the Romite, he used to own Shouterbox Studios by his own.

The company acquired and renamed a majority of WildBrain and DreamWorks Classics properties.

The studio is on an acquisition spree, which is arguably still going on to this day.

Romite is planning on acquiring Funimation from Sony Pictures Television and Bad Robot Productions, but if this plan will go through is currently uncertain.

In 2019, ViacomCBS, Sony Pictures Television, WarnerMedia, Corus Entertainment, Comcast (through NBCUniversal), Verizon Media, and Toho had been eyeing an acquisition of Romite Group, until the company was given to four of the bidders: Sony Pictures Television, Verizon Media, Corus Entertainment, and Toho.

Studios

  • Romite LA - Formerly known as W!LDBRAIN, Objective Productions Los Angeles[1], DHX Media - Los Angeles, Tom Lynch Company, ViZ Media, Mighty Fine and Terry Ward Animation Studios' Los Angeles office, responsible of Greeny Phatom movies and anime licensing.
  • Romite Texas - Formerly known as Sentai Filmworks, responsible for anime licensing.
  • Romite Retro - Previously known as DreamWorks Classics.
  • Romite Bullwinkle - Formerly known as Bullwinkle Studios.
  • Romite Paris - Formerly known as DHX Media France/Paris and Cookie Jar Entertainment's Paris office.
  • Romite Halifax - Formerly known as WildBrain (not to be confused with the other company), Halifax Film Company, Salter Street Films and DHX Media - Halifax.
  • Romite Aurora - formerly known as Asinine Productions; the "production company" of the webseries Oddity Archive.
  • RatPac Entertainment - The film division of Romite Group.
  • United Plankton Pictures - The team behind SpongeBob SquarePants.
  • The Slikk Company - The team behind The Slikk.
  • a.k.a CARTOON - The production company of animator Danny Antonucci.
  • Stretch Films - The production company of animator John R. Dilworth.
  • Adventure Time Productions - The team behind Adventure Time.
  • Romite Vancouver - Formerly known as Studio B Productions, Bardel Entertainment and DHX Media Vancouver and responsible of popular cartoon My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.
  • Romite St. Paul - Formerly known as Best Brains Productions. The team behind Mystery Science Theater 3000.
  • Romite Providence - Formerly known as The Story Hat, responsible of Greeny Phatom episodes until Season 21.
  • Romite Burbank - Previously known as Film Roman, Frederator Studios and Winking Pooh Entertainment.
  • Romite Nashville - Formerly known as Big Idea Productions, is responsible of production of VeggieTales.
  • One Potato Two Potato Inc.
  • Studio Lambert USA
  • Romite New York - Formerly known as Classic Media, Bullwinkle Studios, DreamWorks Classics, 4Kids Entertainment, 4Licensing Corporation and Boomerang Media LLC.
  • Romite Optomen USA[1]
  • Romite London, a production company formerly known as WildBrain Spark, Entertainment Rights, Manga Entertainment and TT Animation, is responsible of intellectual property previously owned by Entertainment Rights.
    • Romite Optomen[1], a production company formerly known as Optomen UK.
    • Company Pictures[1], bought from All3Media.
    • Romite Little Dot[1], formerly Little Dot Studios.
    • Lion Television - London[1]
    • Maverick London[1]
    • Romite Kameleon[1], formerly Kameleon - an All3Media company.
    • Objective Productions - London[1]
    • Romite North One London[1], formerly known as North One Television London.
    • One Potato Two Potato Ltd.[1]
    • Optomen Studios[1]
    • Studio Lambert UK[1]
    • Romite Factual International[1], formerly All3Media International.
  • Romite Toronto - Formerly known as Heroic Film Company, Family Channel's original television series production division (Family Original Productions) and Cookie Jar Entertainment's Toronto office.
  • Romito Tokyo - Formerly known as feature film finance division of Dentsu, Yomiko Advertising, Cookie Jar Entertainment Japan, Mook Animation, Studio Trigger and Bee Train Animation.
  • ​Romite Vistec - Formerly known as Japan Vistec/Vistec Entertainment.
  • Romite Birmingham[1] - Previously known as North One Television Birmingham.
    • Maverick Birmingham[1]
  • Romite South Pacific - Formerly South Pacific Pictures, North One, and Sticky Pictures..
  • Romite Iver[1], formerly Bentley Productions.
  • Romite Amsterdam[1], formerly IDTV.
  • Romite Liverpool[1], formerly known as Lime Pictures.
  • Romite Glasgow[1], formerly known as Lion Television Scotland.
    • Objective Productions Scotland[1]
  • Romite Moviement[1], formerly MME Moviement.
  • Romite Munchen[1], formerly MME Moviement Münich.
  • Romite Culver City[1], formerly Zoo Productions

References

  1. ↑ Romite bought All3Media.
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