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Harmony Gold is a television production and distribution company established in 1983. It is best known as the “creator” and main distributor of the anime series Robotech.[1] It also partially dubbed the Dragon Ball series in the late 1980s.

Harmony Gold also partly funded the controversial 1986 Shaka Zulu TV series in South Africa in spite of economic sanctions. After the cancellation of Robotech II: The Sentinels, a number of the staff were recruited to work at Saban Entertainment. The company’s public profile then fell into a near-dormant state for much of the 1990s, and its flagship Robotech franchise also fell into a state of neglect. In recent years, Harmony Gold appears to have rebounded on the DVD medium with the success of its Robotech series, released in partnership with ADV Films.

Titles

Films

  • Abe & Bruno (2005)
  • American Strays (1996)
  • Ball & Chain (2003)
  • Crazy Jones (2001)
  • Dawn of the Mummy (1981)
  • Death to the Supermodels (2004)
  • Dirt (2001)
  • Faster (2003)
  • Going Down (2003)
  • The Lost World (1992)
  • Return to the Lost World (1993)
  • Queen Kong (1976)
  • Siblings (2004)
  • Welcome to the Neighborhood (2002)

Miniseries

  • Around the World in 80 Days (1989)
  • Heidi (1993)
  • King of the Olympics (1988)
  • The Man Who Lived at the Ritz (1988)
  • Shaka Zulu (1986)
  • Sherlock Holmes & The Leading Lady (1990)
  • Sherlock Holmes: Incident at Victoria Falls (1991)

Animation

Documentary Series & Specials

  • Animals of Africa (1987)
  • Faster (2003)
  • The Secret Identity of Jack the Ripper (1988)
  • Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion (2004)
  • Walking After Midnight (1999)

Series

Legal issues

Harmony Gold is currently issuing cease and desist orders against sites displaying images and trailers from the upcoming MechWarrior video game.[2] The company claim that the images portray ’mechs that they own the rights to, according to a legal settlement from 1996.[3] The video game developers claim that the machines portrayed are significantly different from the Macross originals to not violate the 1996 agreement.[citation needed]

In addition, Harmony Gold’s license for Macross came from Tatsunoko Production, but Japanese courts ruled that it was Studio Nue (creators of the series) that controls the Macross intellectual property. The license Tatsunoko was given was for international distribution outside Japan only, and does not allow them to control the intellectual property.

External links

References

  1. "Macek Training". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2010-01-25. 
  2. Luke Plunkett (2009). "Mechwarrior 5 Runs Into Legal Trouble". Kotaku. Retrieved 2009-09-05. 
  3. UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS, EASTERN DIVISION (1996). "Harmony Gold USA vs FASA". Legal Filing. Retrieved 2009-09-05. 

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