The Learning Company

Updated: 03/06/2020 by Computer Hope
The Learning Company

The Learning Company is America's premier developer and marketer of educational and reference software for consumers and schools.

Broderbund was founded in 1980 by Doug and Gary Carlston to market Galactic Empire and Galactic Trader computer games programmed by Doug. Broderbund released such popular software programs as Myst and Riven. In 1998, Broderbund become a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Learning Company.

In 2006, The Learning Company became a brand of Houghton Mifflin Company, which later changed its name in 2017 to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

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Website: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt official website
Support: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt support page
Address: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
125 High Street
Boston, MA 02110
Stock: NASDAQ: HMHC

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2006 - The Learning Company became a brand of Houghton Mifflin Company which later changed its name in 2017 to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

2000 - Mattel sold The Learning Company to Gores Technology group for $3.6 billion.

May 13, 1999 - Mattel, Inc. completed its merger with TLC (The Learning Company) and TLC became a division of Mattel. Under the agreement, each share of The Learning Company common stock will be exchanged for 1.2 shares of Mattel. During this transition The Learning Company was known as Mattel Interactive.

December 14, 1998 - The Learning Company announced today that it had entered into a definitive agreement with Mattel, Inc. for the merger of the two companies. Based on the closing price of Mattel common stock on Friday, December 11, 1998, the transaction would be valued at approximately $3.8 billion.

August 31, 1998 - The Learning Company announced the completion of its merger with Broderbund Software, Inc. The transaction was approved by the stockholders of The Learning Company and Broderbund at each company's respective special meeting of stockholders. As a result of the merger, Broderbund has become a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Learning Company.

1996 - Softkey changed its name to The Learning Company.

1995 - The Learning Company was acquired by Softkey for $606 million.