DIC Entertainment Brings Back ‘Smurfs’

Nov 22, 2004  •  Post A Comment

Andy Heyward, chairman & CEO of DIC Entertainment, announced Monday that his company has acquired from Warner Bros. Domestic Cable Distribution the broadcast rights to 26 half-hour episodes of the animated series “The Smurfs.” The episodes will begin airing in January 2005 on the DIC Kids Network, a three-hour programming block designed to provide stations with children’s programming that meets “core” FCC requirements. DIC has acquired the select episodes of “The Smurfs” that were produced with an educational theme to meet the standards of the programming block.

“The Smurfs,” a traditional animated television series produced by Hanna-Barbera in the early 1980s, first aired on NBC on Saturday mornings for nearly a decade, helping to boost the network from last place to first place in kids. The series became an international hit and still airs on major broadcast outlets around the world.

“The Smurfs” television series follows the adventures of the Smurfs, little blue creatures who live in the mushroom cottages of Smurf Village with their leader, Papa Smurf. The Smurfs made their first appearance in 1956 when creator Peyo introduced them in “Le Journal de Spirou.”

The DIC Kids Network, launched in September 2003, airs on more than 450 stations in the United States.