Who Owns Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a classic cartoon and comic book series that has been popular since the 1980s. It tells the story of four anthropomorphic turtles who are trained in ninjutsu by their master Splinter. The four turtles Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, and Michelangelo have gone on to star in movies, TV shows, plays and even theme park attractions. But who actually owns the rights to this beloved franchise?
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise is actually owned by two companies: ViacomCBS and Nickelodeon. ViacomCBS is the parent company of the entertainment conglomerate CBS, which acquired the rights to the franchise in 2009 when it merged with Viacom. Nickelodeon acquired the rights to the franchise back in 2009 when Viacom acquired rights to it. Nickelodeon has been the distribution partner for the franchise since then.
ViacomCBS owns the rights to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise, including all the original content created by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird. ViacomCBS owns the rights to the characters, storylines, music, films, and more related to the franchise.
Nickelodeon is the distribution partner for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. They manage the marketing and distribution of all content related to the franchise. This includes films, TV shows, toys, and other products. Nickelodeon also produces new material for the franchise, including the 2020 animated series Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Fandom and Licensing
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise is well-loved by many fans, and it continues to have significant impact in popular culture. ViacomCBS and Nickelodeon are able to capitalize on the popularity of the franchise by licensing it out to other companies to use in their products.
Companies must get permission from ViacomCBS and Nickelodeon in order to use Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles characters, music, phrases and other elements in their products. Some popular companies who have licensed the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise include:
- Playmates Toys: the official toy partner for the franchise.
- Ubi Soft: the video game producer for TMNT games.
- IDW Publishing: the comic book publisher for the franchise.
- Warner Bros. the film studio for the live-action movies.
ViacomCBS and Nickelodeon both have vested interests in keeping the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise alive and well. Not only does it bring in revenue, but it’s also a beloved property with a large and dedicated fanbase. With their ownership rights, ViacomCBS and Nickelodeon can continue to bring the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to fans all over the world.