World Events Productions is an American-based animation and distribution company, best known for releasing the anime title Voltron: Defender of the Universe.
Founded in 1980 by Ted Koplar, son of St. Louis businessman and KPLR-TV founder Harold Koplar, World Events Productions, Ltd. started out as a "current events" program on the TV station titled World Events.
In 1982, Koplar teamed with Jack Galmiche and Frank Babcock to produce three nationally syndicated shows featuring Kickboxing. The shows were produced and distributed nationally from St Louis, Las Vegas, and New York's Madison Square Garden.
In 1983, while attending a science fiction convention. WEP president Ted Koplar saw footage of some Japanese anime series that he and his team believed, once translated into English, could appeal to a North American audience.
A deal was made for WEP to examine three series. Mirai Robo Daltanious, Albegas, and Armored Fleet Dairugger XV. However the WEP team was accidentally sent Beast King Golion instead of Daltanius. Upon viewing GoLion, Koplar, decided that it had the most promise.
|V • E Voltron Television Series|
|Original Japanese Series||Mirai Robo Daltanious (1979) • Beast King GoLion (1981) (episodes) • Armored Fleet DaiRugger XV (1982) (episodes) • Lightspeed Electroid Albegas (1983)|
|Voltron Series||Voltron: Defender of the Universe (1984) (episodes) • Fleet of Doom (1986) • Voltron: The Third Dimension (1998) (episodes) • Voltron Force (2011) (episodes) • Voltron: Legendary Defender (2016) (episodes)|
|Additional Voltron Content||Voltron Pilot (1983) • Voltron: Defender of the Unvierse (2007) • Voltron 84 (2017)|
|Production Companies||DreamWorks Animation • Kickstart Productions • Studio Mir • Toei Animation • World Events Productions|
|Other articles||Content edits • List of edits • Exceptions to Editing Character Deaths|