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In 1972, Hanna-Barbera Studios created an Australian division to produce cartoons. In 1974, the Hamlyn Group acquired 50% interest in Hanna-Barbera Australia, and in 1978, James Hardie Industries acquired the Hamlyn Group. In 1983, James Hardie Industries and Hanna-Barbera corporate parent Taft Broadcasting reorganized the division as Taft-Hardie Group Pty. Ltd.

In 1984, the company established a division in Los Angeles known as Southern Star Productions, headed by Buzz Potamkin. Programs produced by this division would be planned in Los Angeles and animated at Hanna-Barbera's studios in Sydney. This production combination was referred to as Southern Star / Hanna-Barbera Australia.

By 1988, Hanna-Barbera sold their interest in the Australian studios, selling the Los Angeles studio in 1991. The studio expanded it's productions to live action (though still typically children's shows) and continues to this day, owned by Fairfax Media.

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Southern Star Studio Directories Cartoon Series:


  (1984 – 1985, 28 Episodes.)

CBS Storybreak   (1985 – 1988, 23 Episodes.)

Peter Pan & the Pirates   (1990, 65 Episodes.)

Raggs   (2005, 1 Episode.)

Teen Wolf   (1986, 21 Episodes.)

The Toothbrush Family   (1999, 1 Series.)

Tracey McBean   (2001 – 2006, 76 Episodes.)



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