Fox Kids was originally the children's arm of the Fox network in the US. By 1996 it had evolved into a partnership between News Corp./Fox and children's TV mogul and self-proclaimed "cartoon schlepper" Haim Saban, as Fox Kids Worldwide (later Fox Family Worldwide, after their purchase and rebranding of the US Family Channel). The Fox/Saban partnership opened localised Fox Kids channels around the world.
Fox and Saban ended the partnership and decided to sell Fox Family Worldwide in 2001. Disney, which narrowly lost the initial bidding for The Family Channel in 1997, bought the entire group for a whopping US$3.2 billion in a deal that is widely considered to be amongst that company's biggest blunders. Disney inherited the Fox Kids channels, and throughout 2004 transitioned them to a new branding, "Jetix".