Bidding War For DiC Episodes?
Thou Shalt Not Covet Thy Neighbor's Episodes!
Other than a 2 week run on Kids' WB, "Sailor Moon" has not run on an AOL/Time Warner network since Friday, May 4, 2001. In fact, the company (via the Cartoon Network) paid to be the exclusive network for the DiC episodes for an entire year only to decide not to run them. (The episodes continue to be available via syndication--see accompanying chart.) The Cartoon Network also maintains an exclusive on the Cloverway episodes but this appears to have been negotiated at the outset for at least a 3 year minimum (which is still in effect).
Several sources have informed the Save Our Sailors campaign that the Cartoon Network may enforce an option to continue to have the exclusive network rights even though it has no plans to actually run the series. They maybe considering this to prevent the series from being shown on another network and to dissuade others from paying for the dubbing of "Sailor Stars."
The Cartoon Network is in favor of dubbing "Sailor Stars" and would not want to lose old episodes if a deal (for a good production) should go forward with the help of fan support.
A possible concern for the Cartoon Network is if DiC or 4 Kids Entertainment should prove to be successful in taking over Fox Kids and thus becoming competitors. As we have been reporting on our tickertape off and on for the last few months, Fox TV is getting out of the "kid's business" and is selling off its Saturday morning block of time starting in the Fall of 2002.
NBC recently completed the sale of its Saturday morning block to the Discovery network for $6,000,000. Fox has publicly said that it wants $20,000,000. The network has much better demographics for kids programming and wants to avoid getting into a percentage arrangement (where for a smaller fee it would get more money if the ratings & clearances were good).
The Cartoon Network's parent company AOL/Time Warner is also bidding to takeover Fox Kids--as is Nickelodeon with Nelvana. All the companies are concerned about any new or old competitors increasing their commercial inventory. (That means being able to sell more time for commercials.)
How will all this affect "Sailor Moon"? If the following company should succeed in taking over Fox Kids, then:
As of Monday, January 7, 2002
Courtesy of The Program Exchange