DiC Entertainment (pronounced "deek", rendered "DiC") was an international film and television production company. In addition to animated (and occasionally live-action) television shows such as Inspector Gadget (1983–1986), Madeline (1993-1994), Sonic the Hedgehog (1993-1994), Sabrina, The Animated Series, (1999-2000), Liberty's Kids (2002-2003), Super Duper Sumos (2002-2003), Strawberry Shortcake (2003-2008) and Trollz (2005-2006) DIC produced live-action feature films while under Disney, including 1998's Meet the Deedles and 1999's Inspector Gadget.
DiC was founded in 1971 as DIC Audiovisuel by Frenchman Jean Chalopin in Paris, as a subsidiary of RTL Group (RTL), Europe's leading entertainment company, which today, is majority-owned by German media conglomerate Bertelsmann. "DIC" was originally an acronym for Diffusion, Information et Communication.
They later had a US office in Burbank. Andy Heyward then bought the business and DiC became an American company. The company was also known as The Incredible World of DiC, DiC. Audiovisuel, DiC Enterprises, DIC Animation City and DIC Productions. In 2008, DIC and Cookie Jar Group merged, and the DIC name ceased to exist. In late 2012, DHX Media acquired Cookie Jar for $111 million, and DIC now operates an in-name-only unit of DHX Media.