OverviewThe Learning Company was co-founded in 1980 as The Learning Co. by Ann McCormick, Leslie Grimm and Frona Kahn and based in California. The first releases focused on teaching young children math, reading and science skills. The most lucrative properties the company developed were Super Solvers, Reader Rabbit and ClueFinders. The company joined the New York Stock Exchange in 1992.
In December 1995 The Learning Co. was acquired by SoftKey International. In October 1996, SoftKey International changed its company name to The Learning Company, Inc. and relocated it to Cambridge, Massachusetts. The company was listed on the New York Stock Exchange with Ticker Symbol TLC, and the TLC initials were added to the company logo. The company also operated the subsidiary TLC Properties, Inc. from the same location.
Acquisitions by The Learning Company, Inc. included:
- Microsystems Software, Inc. (Oct. 1997)
- Creative Wonders LLC (Dec. 1997)
- Mindscape, Inc. (April 1998)
- PF Magic Inc. (May 1998)
- Sofsource, Inc. (June 1998)
- Brøderbund (Aug. 1998)
- Mattel Interactive Asia Pacific (Richmond, Australia)
- Mattel Interactive Japan (Tokyo, Japan)
- Mattel Interactive France / TLC-Edusoft (Boulogne Billancourt, France)
- Mattel Interactive Northern Europe B.V. (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
- Mattel Interactive Deutschland GmbH (Oberhaching, Germany)
- Mattel Interactive, S.R.L. (Milano, Italy)
- Mattel Interactive Spain (Barcelona, Spain)
- Mattel Interactive Ltd (Crawley, West Sussex, UK)
- Mattel Argentina, S.A. (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
- Mattel de Mexico, S.A. de C.V.
- Mattel do Brasil Ltda (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
- Mattel de Venezuela, C.A. (Caracas, Venezuela)
- Mattel Chile, S.A. (Santiago, Chile)
- Mattel Colombia, S.A. (Bogota, Colombia)
- One specializing in games was branded GAME Studios by Gores in January 2001 and then was sold to French publisher Ubi Soft in March 2001. This included rights to all Strategic Simulations, Inc. games. The SSI brand has since been retired, and all other acquired properties have been absorbed into Ubisoft.
- A second which focused on educational software, kept The Learning Company name, and was acquired by Riverdeep Interactive Learning Limited in September 2001.
- The third group, named Brøderbund, was put in charge of home productivity software. Riverdeep then acquired all of Brøderbund in August 2002.
The Learning Company became a brand of Houghton Mifflin Company (now Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) in 2006 when Riverdeep merged with that company.
Contributed by Sciere (533929) on Jun 28, 2007. [revised by : Jeanne (76503)].