- Ruby-Spears Productions
Ruby-Spears Productions (also known as Ruby-Spears Enterprises) is a Burbank,
California-based entertainment production companythat specializes in animation.
The firm was founded in 1977 by veteran writers
Joe Rubyand Ken Spears. Both men started out as sound editors at Hanna-Barberaand later branched out into writing stories for such programs as " Space Ghost" and " The Herculoids". In 1968, they created " Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!" for Hanna-Barbera. They were also writers and producers for DePatie-Freleng Enterprises.
The Ruby-Spears studio was purchased in 1978 by Filmways Television and was sold in late 1981 to
Taft Broadcasting, becoming a sister company to Hanna-Barbera.
The firm's credits include the
animated series" Fangface", "Fangface and Fangpuss", " The Plastic Man Comedy/Adventure Show, Dink, the Little Dinosaur, Thundarr the Barbarian", " Rickety Rocket", and other animated series such as "Mr. T", "Rubik the Amazing Cube", " Turbo Teen", the 1983 version of "Alvin and the Chipmunks", The Centurions series the new " Looney Tunes" series and movies, the 1988 "Superman" series, and the American "Mega Man" cartoon series.
One series, "
Piggsburg Pigs!", used Canadian voice talent rather than American voice talent like most of their shows.
*Ruby Spears was also responsible for the animated sequence in the movie
Ownership of properties
In 1990, most of the original R-S library was sold to
Turner Broadcasting System, which in turn merged with Time Warnerin 1996. Time Warner holds most pre-1990 R-S shows outright today, but there are exceptions:
*Shows based on "
Happy Days" and its spinoffs, which were co-produced with Paramount Television, are now owned by CBS;
Rambo and the Forces of Freedom" is owned by StudioCanalas they are the successors to co-producers Carolco Pictures, with Lions Gate Entertainmenthandling DVD distribution;
*"Alvin and the Chipmunks" was initially syndicated by
Lorimar-Telepictures, then passed on to Warner Bros. Televisionfollowing their acquisition of Lorimar-Telepictures (predating the Time Warner-Turner merger by 7 years). However, ancillary rights are owned by Bagdasarian Productions, who have licensed DVD distribution to Paramount Pictures;
*Video rights to "
Rubik, the Amazing Cube" are owned by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, but television rights are uncertain;
Lazer Tag Academy" is owned by The Walt Disney Companydue to its ownership of co-producer Saban Entertainment(now BVS Entertainment);
*"It's Punky Brewster" is owned by
NBC Universal Television(and distributed in the US by Sony Pictures Televisionon TV and Shout! Factoryon DVD) due to its connection to " Punky Brewster";
Also, "Police Academy", "Superman", and the "Looney Tunes" productions were always owned by WB due to them being based on other WB-owned properties.
One post-1990 show, "
Wild West C.O.W.-Boys of Moo Mesa", was co-produced and distributed by King World Productions. Today it is owned by CBS Studios, and distributed by CBS Television Distributionon TV, and by CBS Home Entertainment/Paramount Home Entertainment on DVD.
List of Ruby-Spears productions
* [http://www.rubyspears.com/ Ruby-Spears Productions] (official site)
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