In 1979, with Filmation prominent and prolific, and its animated fare being broadcast and syndicated throughout the world, the studio was given a unique opportunity: a West German sports combine commissioned Filmation to create and produce an animated series centered around their company mascot, Sport Billy. The character was as famous in Germany as Mickey was in the U.S.
Sixteen half-hours were produced and were originally supposed to be broadcast only in Europe. NBC, in need of some rapid mid-season replacement programming for their Saturday morning schedule, made a deal with Lou to bring the show to the U.S. This was thanks to the fact that even though Sport Billy was produced for German audiences... it was an English-language show.
Lane Scheimer, who provided Sport Billy's voice, was the son of producer Lou Scheimer.
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