DHX Media announces new deals across Middle East, Eastern Europe and Turkey

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DHX Media Ltd. a leading independent creator, producer, distributor and licensor of children’s entertainment content, has signed seven licenses with traditional and digital broadcasters in the Middle East and Central, Eastern Europe, as well as Turkey.

Chellomedia Central Europe has renewed season one and licensed season three of popular preschool show Martha Speaks, for its channel Minimax broadcasting in Hungary, Romania, Czech Republic and Slovakia; while in Croatia, RTL Kockika has picked up animated trio Arthur, Johnny Test, and Caillou.

Polish video on-demand (“VOD”) channel Onet has also picked up Martha Speaks, Johnny Test and Sabrina’s Secret Life, and Arab-broadcasting network MBC Group has picked up shows including The Zack Files for its MBC3 channel.

Yumurcak TV in Turkey has acquired the evergreen show Caillou (season five) which is based on the life and adventures of the eponymous character. Yumurcak TV in Turkey is also home to Ella the Elephant which is set to air this spring.

Finally, Arthur has been sold to public broadcaster Irib in Iran, with In the Night Garden acquired by Prime Media in Kazakhstan.

Sophie Prigent, Territory Manager for DHX Media said: “The Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Turkish regions are burgeoning markets for our programming, particularly in preschool animation which is proving to be consistently popular. We’re maintaining strong relationships with the major broadcasters as well as signing an increasing number of deals with new VOD platforms a trend we expect to continue.”