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Vivendi Takes DIC Shows Online, on the Road

Children’s programming company DIC Entertainment has partnered with content manager and distributor Vivendi Entertainment to offer DIC’s shows online and through portable media and mobile devices.

DIC has over 3,000 half-hours of programming in its library, including “Inspector Gadget” and “Madeline.” Through the deal, these shows and others will be available for purchase and download through online video stores in addition to access via mobile channels and video-on-demand.

“As we continue to expand, we are delighted to be working with the team at DIC,” said Yolanda Macias, Vivendi’s senior VP of acquisitions. “The company is a well-established leader in children’s programming and has created one of the largest animation catalogs in the industry.”

“[Vivendi] … excels at evaluating emerging technologies and digital distribution, and we believe our partnership will significantly extend the reach of our catalog,” said Frederic Soulie, DIC vice president of interactive and new media.

The companies are negotiating deals with Netflix, Apple’s iTunes and Amazon’s Unbox. Pricing and dates for content availability are yet to be determined.