The Lyons Group was founded in 1988, and produced, as well as handled distribution of Barney and the Backyard Gang, the predecessor to the popular Barney & Friends. In the first three BYG videos, the backing music was a track of a toy piano playing the first three notes of "I Love You," whilst in Waiting for Santa, Campfire Sing-Along, and Barney Goes to School, the track changed to a synthesizer piano and a synthesized French Horn track. In 1991, the company later produced and distributed Barney and Friends and other television shows under the name Lyrick Studios. The Lyons Group was originally a division of DLM (Dallas Learning Materials), a company owned by Richard C. Leach. Once Barney became successful, Lyons became its own company and began using the alternative name, Lyons Partnership L.P. In the late 1990s, Lyons became a division of a new company called, Lyrick Studios. In 2001, the company was later bought by HIT Entertainment (however is under copyright holders, as Lyons Partnership).