Who Owns the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) have been a pop culture phenomenon since the cartoon series began airing in 1987. But who actually owns the characters has been a long ongoing issue.
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were first owned by the creators of the comic series, Mirage Studios. Founded in 1984 by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird, Mirage Studios published many comics featuring the four anthropomorphic ninja turtles and their adventures.
In 2009, Mirage Studios sold the rights to the TMNT to Viacom, the parent company of Nickelodeon. This move gave Nickelodeon the rights to the cartoon series and allowed the Turtles to appear in Nickelodeon-branded video games, products, and other media. This was beneficial for both Mirage Studios and Viacom, as it allowed Viacom to own the characters and make them more recognizable to a global audience.
In 2011, IDW Publishing took over the rights to the comic series. This allowed IDW to create their own version of the Turtles and their adventures. It also allowed them to make the comic series more accessible to a wider audience.
In 2013, the rights to the TMNT franchise were sold to Platinum Dunes, a production company founded by Michael Bay. Platinum Dunes then released their own film adaptation of TMNT in 2014. Platinum Dunes also owns the rights to the live-action television series, which aired on Nickelodeon from 2012 to 2017.
The ownership of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has been an ongoing issue for many years. It is now owned by three different companies: Mirage Studios, Viacom/Nickelodeon, and Platinum Dunes. Each of these companies has their own version of the TMNT franchise, allowing the characters to remain popular and accessible to a modern audience.