CINAR is a Canadian producer of children's animated television programs. It is headquartered in Montreal, Quebec, with offices in Paris, Toronto, and Los Angeles among other places. Cinar was later investigated for tax fraud and bought by Michael Hirsch in 2004, and was renamed Cookie Jar Entertainment. Cookie Jar Entertainment was then bought by DHX Media, Inc. Cookie Jar still exists as an in name only unit if DHX Media.
- Arthur (and its spinoff, Postcards from Buster)
- Are You Afraid of The Dark
- The Adventures of David the Gnome
- The Busy World of Richard Scarry
- The Official Site (in English and French)
- List of Cinar/Cookie Jar titles at the Internet Movie Database
- A history of the studio (1998) from the Canadian Encyclopedia
In its previous incarnation as CINAR, the company enjoyed an illustrious existence that ultimately ended in scandal. Cinar was founded in 1976 by Micheline Charest and her husband Ronald A. Weinberg as a foreign-film distribution company. In 2003, both were fined CDN$1 million each as the result of an earlier financial scandal , and were banned from their own corporation, any subsidiaries or other Canadian-based companies for five years; such events put the studio on the brink of collapse. The Company was subsequently purchased and rebranded under new management as Cookie Jar Entertainment.