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HIT Entertainment Ltd. (styled "HiT") is a British–American entertainment company owned by Mattel and originally established in 1983 from Henson International Television (formerly styled "hit!"). It was founded as the international distribution arm of Jim Henson Productions. HIT owns and distributes childrens television series, including the shows Barney & Friends, Bob the Builder, Thomas & Friends, Fireman Sam, and Angelina Ballerina. In 1983, the Jim Henson Television company founded Henson International Television as a distribution company for their childrens television.[citation needed] Jim Henson Productions started negotiations with The Walt Disney Company regarding a possible purchase of the company in the late 1980s. Because of these negotiations, Henson International Television head Peter Orton led a management buyout of the Henson International Television division from Henson in 1989, forming a new company named HiT Entertainment.