Paws, Inc. (also known as Paws Incorporated) is an American comic studio and production company owned by the children's cable network Nickelodeon, a wholly owned subsidiary of ViacomCBS. It was founded by American cartoonist Jim Davis to support the Garfield series, comic strips and its licensing. It is located in Muncie, Indiana and has a staff of nearly 50 artists and licensing administrators. The current building was established in nearby Albany in 1989, relocated from Davis's own farm.
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(ViacomCBS Domestic Media Networks)
In 1994, the company purchased all rights to the Garfield comic strips from 1978 to 1993 from United Feature Syndicate, although United still holds the original black-and-white daily strips and original color Sunday strips. The full-color daily strips and recolored Sunday strips are copyrighted to Paws as they are considered a different product. The strip is currently distributed by Universal Uclick, while rights for the strip remain with Paws, Inc.
In August 2019, Viacom purchased Paws, Inc., including global merchandising and existing licensees and put it under its Nickelodeon banner. The deal did not include rights to the previous live action and CGI Garfield movies, which are owned by Walt Disney Studios through its 20th Century Fox label. Jim Davis will continue to draw the comic strip for newspapers and Universal Uclick. Four months later, Viacom merged with CBS Corporation (undoing a split that had occurred nearly 14 years earlier), which put Paws under common ownership with the network (CBS) that previously aired Garfield's holiday specials as well as Garfield and Friends from the 1980s until 2000.
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