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DHX Media almost ready with first animated project Polly Pocket

DHX Media almost ready with first animated project Polly Pocket

Animation
It’s a long story. In the late 2015, toy major Mattel and DHX Media had announced a long term partnership that would see the latter develop a number of animated projects based on their properties. Though it’s taken some time, but DHX has finally come out with the first project named Polly Pocket. The classic miniature doll line is being reinvented by DHX Vancouver, the studio behind the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic series. Polly is often told she is too little to do the things she wants to do. But she proves what every kid knows…that being little isn’t a limitation, it’s her greatest strength. When Polly Pocket inherits a magic locket that allows her to shrink to just 4”, she embraces her pocket-sized powers and finds the upside of shrinking is big adventures and making a b
DHX Media signs largest deal with Amazon Prime Video

DHX Media signs largest deal with Amazon Prime Video

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DHX Media has lapped up a large-number of global content deal with Amazon Prime Video for 13 DHX kids’ shows. This agreement follows a recent deal between the two companies that grant Amazon exclusive SVOD and AVOD rights to the animated kids’ sci-fi comedy Looped in the US, as well as other pick-ups for kids’ content in the UK, Germany and India.  Covering more than 200 countries and territories with content to be offered in 15 languages, the agreement marks the largest between the two companies to-date. New titles coming to the international SVOD under the deal include animated favourites Bob the Builder, Fireman Sam, Caillou, Johnny Test and the classic Inspector Gadget. Other popular children’s titles such as Yo Gabba Gabba! and In the Night Garden will start broadcasting this
After disappointing Q4 and fiscal 2017 report, DHX Media weighing options of either sale or merger

After disappointing Q4 and fiscal 2017 report, DHX Media weighing options of either sale or merger

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After a disappointing Q4 and fiscal 2017 report, the board of directors of Canada’s DHX Media has launched a strategic review to examine options for maximizing shareholder value that could result in the sale of the company or a merger with another entity. Coinciding with the review, DHX has formed a special committee of independent directors to explore alternatives chaired by Donald Wright, DHX Media’s lead director and vice chair. The strategic review committee also has DHX board members Elizabeth Beale and Geoffrey Machum. No timetable has been fixed yet for the review process and DHX has yet to make any decisions related to strategic alternatives. In its fiscal 2017 report released on September 28, the company’s revenue declined by 2% to US$239 million from US$244 million in the fi
DHX Media teams up with YouTube to release magazine-style series

DHX Media teams up with YouTube to release magazine-style series

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DHX Media has teamed up with YouTube to release We Are Savvy, a magazine-style series featuring engaging segments about music, fashion, dance and DIY on YouTube Red. Each half-hour episode is introduced by Annie LeBlanc of the Bratayley YouTube channel along with segment hosts Spencer, Tehya and Sarah who’ll explore a broad range of topics ranging from handy DIYs and life hacks, to inspiring peer profiles and celebrity interviews including, singer Alessia Cara, Nashville stars Lennon and Maisy, and Supermodel Coco Rocha, and more!  We Are Savvy is set to premiere on YouTube Red this fall. It is produced by B-Minor Productions, a division of Banger Films and is distributed globally by DHX Media. Comments Josh Scherba, EVP Distribution and Content at DHX Media, “We Are Savvy has a fre
DHX Media to release second season of Teletubbies tonight

DHX Media to release second season of Teletubbies tonight

Studio
DHX Media, the leading global children’s content and brands company will release the second season of the Teletubbies series that will premiere today on the Nicky  Jr. channel at 2 p.m. (ET/PT). The returning pre-school series continues to deliver laughter, learning and fun while also welcoming exciting changes for the iconic foursome. Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po will discover new areas of Teletubbyland, extend their friendship to the adorable Tiddlytubbies and ride on the brand new honk honk Tubby Car. Josh Scherba, EVP of Distribution and Content at DHX Media, said, “We are delighted to have the Teletubbies return to the U.S. for season two especially since Nick Jr.’s far-reaching network will enable kids across America to access the show during the summer holidays.” Teletub
DHX Media co-founders Donovan and DeNure individually honoured

DHX Media co-founders Donovan and DeNure individually honoured

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Co-founders of DHX Media, Michael Donovan and Steven DeNure were individually honoured recently at galas held in recognition of their significant contributions to the film and television industry. DHX Media is a leading global childrens content and brands company. While Donovan, (executive chairman of DHX Media) was inducted into the Nova Scotia Business Hall of Fame at a celebration in Halifax, DeNure, President and Chief Operating Officer was awarded the outstanding achievement award by the Youth Media Alliance (YMA), at an event in Toronto. “Eleven years ago, Michael and Steven had a vision to bring together a strong group of people and build a company that could showcase the power of children’s and family entertainment content in a digital world,” said Dana Landry, Chief Executiv
The Youth Media Alliance, Canada names English-language awards of excellence winners

The Youth Media Alliance, Canada names English-language awards of excellence winners

Animation
At a gala event held yesterday at the CBC Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto, Canadian non-profit industry organisation The Youth Media Alliance (YMA) named its 2017 English-language Awards of Excellence winners for outstanding achievement in youth TV programming and digital content. Part picture book, game and animated film, iPad app The Incredible Tales of Weirdwood Manor from All Play, No Work and Relish Interactive lapped up the evening’s big winner collecting the grand prize for Best Production in all categories along with the Best Original Interactive Content award. This year, the Amazon/TVO Kids series won Best Live-Action Program for kids between six to nine for its The Mother of Invention episode. The Toronto-based production company also won Best Live-Action Program for Kids Nin
Nickelodeon licenses 20 half-hour episodes of show

Nickelodeon licenses 20 half-hour episodes of show

Gaming
DHX Media, the world’s leading independent, pure-play children’s content company, has announced that Nickelodeon has licensed 20 half-hour episodes of Massive Monster Mayhem, an original show for kids between 6 and 11. The show combines live action and CGI animation with real competition and comedy.  The series is scheduled to premiere later this year. Josh Scherba, Executive Vice President, Distribution and Content at DHX Media, says: “We are always on the lookout for fresh, bold, creative ideas, and this one from Artur and Michael had us hooked. Massive Monster Mayhem combines an original, highly entertaining universe and cast of characters with action, competition and laugh-out-loud gags, all within an exciting game show format that is bang on target for 6-11 year olds. With Nickelo
DHX Media brings to life imaginative characters of Icelandic lifestyle brand Tulipop

DHX Media brings to life imaginative characters of Icelandic lifestyle brand Tulipop

Animation
DHX Media has brought to life the imaginative and idiosyncratic characters of Icelandic lifestyle brand Tulipop by way of its leading multi-platform kids’ network, WildBrain that has been appointed to create an animated web series and also to launch and manage a global Tulipop YouTube Channel. WildBrain will use its expertise in launching engaging IP on YouTube to build audiences for the new Tulipop content and to increase awareness of the brand as part of Tulipop’s ongoing consumer products promotion across multiple territories. The unlikely, story-driven adventures will be based on the residents of the absurd and surprising island of Tulipop where landscapes include volcanoes, beaches, mushroom swamps and strawberry fields, and where each location might not be exactly where you last

Sprout to be renamed as Universal Kids

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In its biggest evolution move, NBC Universal’s pre-school net Sprout will rebrand to become Universal Kids, a US network for two- to 11-year-olds on September 9. The network will include pre-school content, a lineup of DreamWorks Animation TV series, unscripted entertainment and live-action scripted originals. Growing from Sprout’s linear base of 60 million US homes, the new brand will undoubtedly benefit from promotion across Universal’s portfolio of brands that includes DreamWorks Animation which the parent company Comcast purchased for US$3.8 billion last year—and feature film unit Illumination Entertainment. The network, which will square off in a competitive kids TV landscape currently dominated by Viacom-owned Nickelodeon, Turner’s Cartoon Network and Disney Channel, will be led