DHX Media

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DHX Media Ltd.
Traded as TSXDHX
Industry Television
Predecessor Decode Entertainment
Halifax Film Company
Founded 2006
Headquarters Subsidiary offices in:
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
International offices in:
London, England, United Kingdom
Paris, France
Burbank, California, United States
Tokyo, Japan
Key people
Michael Donovan, Neil Court, Steven DeNure, John Delmage, Michael Hirsh, Anne Wood, Linda Schuyler, Stephen Stohn, Ken Faier, Asaph Fipke, Chuck Johnson, Peter Byrne, Tor Bushell, Paul Keech, Tom Roe, Ted Larkins, Erin Dippold, Al Fedrigoni
Divisions Cookie Jar Group
Ragdoll Worldwide
Horn Rims Productions
Epitome Pictures
Nerd Corps Entertainment
Subsidiaries Copyright Promotions Licensing Group
DHX Media/Vancouver
DHX Halifax Creatives PLC
DHX Entertainment Toronto
DHX Entertainment Ottawa
DHX Cookies Productions S.A
DHX/UPC Kids International
Brainy DHX Entertainment
DHX Flames Films Productions
DHX Brands
DHX Television
Website www.dhxmedia.com

DHX Media, or Decode Halifax Media, is a Canadian media production, distribution, and broadcasting company. Formed in 2006 by the merger of Decode Entertainment and Halifax Film Company, the company is a prominent producer and international distributor of children's television. Following a number of acquisitions, its library grew to include those of Cookie Jar Group (which, in turn, consisted of the libraries of Cinar, DIC Entertainment, and FilmFair), Epitome Pictures, Ragdoll Productions, Studio B Productions, WildBrain and Nerd Corps Entertainment, along with those of DHX's two predecessors, Decode Entertainment and Halifax Film Company themselves. DHX later entered the broadcasting industry with its acquisition of Family Channel and three other Disney-branded television networks from the former media company Astral Media. The company is the largest independent owner of children's television programming in the industry.[1]


The DHX name derives from the combination of the names Decode and Halifax from the 2006 merger between Decode Entertainment and Halifax Film Company.[2][3] Studio B Productions was acquired by DHX Media on December 25, 2007.[4][5][6] On March 25, 2008, DHX Media acquired Bulldog Interactive Fitness.[7][8] On September 8, 2010, all related subsidiaries were rebranded under the label DHX Media.[9][10][11] On September 14, 2010, DHX Media acquired WildBrain.[12][13]

On August 20, 2012, it was announced that DHX Media would acquire Cookie Jar Group for $111 million, a deal which would make DHX the world's largest independent owner of children's television programming.[14][15][16] The acquisition of Cookie Jar Group by DHX Media closed on October 22, 2012.[17][1]

On November 28, 2013, DHX announced that it would acquire four children's oriented specialty television channels from the former Astral Media for $170 million, consisting of Family Channel, Disney Junior, Disney Junior (French), and Disney XD. The networks were being sold as a condition of Bell Media's 2013 acquisition of Astral Media; its purchase of the networks marks DHX's first foray into television broadcasting.[18][19] The deal was approved by the CRTC on July 24, 2014,[20] and closed on July 31, 2014.[21]

In April 2014, DHX Media acquired Epitome Pictures, the producers of Degrassi,[22] but Epitome did not own international distribution rights. In November 2014, DHX Media has acquired a library of children’s and family television series, feature films and television specials, including international distribution rights to Degrassi, Instant Star and The L.A. Complex series, from Echo Bridge Entertainment and its subsidiaries. The acquisition adds approximately 1,200 half hours to DHX’s existing library of more than 10,000 half hours, further cementing its position as owner of the world’s largest independent library of children’s and family shows. The international rights acquired for Degrassi, The L.A. Complex, and Instant Star, apply to approximately 600 half hours of content in DHX’s catalogue and consolidates all rights for these series under DHX ownership, following its acquisition of producer Epitome Pictures earlier this year. In total, the acquired slate consists of outright ownership of 117 titles, and distribution rights for an additional 34 titles. Other series in the deal include Lunar Jim and Beast Wars: Transformers, and Emily of New Moon.[23]

In December 2014, DHX Media acquired Nerd Corps Entertainment which was finalized on December 24.

Subsidiaries and divisions[edit]

Decode Entertainment[edit]

Decode Entertainment was established 1997 by Neil Court, Steven DeNure and John Delmage. Decode produced such shows as Radio Free Roscoe, Naturally, Sadie, The Zack Files, Angela Anaconda, Undergrads, The Hoobs, Chop Socky Chooks, Waybuloo, Bromwell High, Planet Sketch, The Adrenaline Project, Be the Creature, The Blobheads, Grandpa in My Pocket, How to Be Indie, The Latest Buzz, Our Hero, That's So Weird, Clang Invasion, Delilah and Julius, Dudson's Modern Tales, Freaky Stories, Girlstuff/Boystuff, Kid vs. Kat, King, Rastamouse, Naughty Naughty Pets, Olliver's Adventures, Rainbow Fish, The Side Show Christmas, Urban Vermin, Watership Down, Little Ninjas Karate, What About Mimi?, Animal Mechanicals, Bo on the Go!, Dirtgirlworld, Franny's Feet, The Mighty Jungle, Poko, Poppetstown, The Save-Ums and Plumo's Mysteries. It currently co-produces Super WHY! with New York City-based Out of the Blue Enterprises for PBS Kids in the USA and Kids' CBC in Canada. It also distributes The Chica Show on NBC Kids in the USA & PBS Kids Sprout in Chicago & Australia. It currently co-produces Emma's Theatre for Disney Junior in the USA & Kids' CBC in Canada.

Halifax Film Company[edit]

Halifax Film Company was established by former Salter Street Films executives Michael Donovan and Charles Bishop in May 2004.[24] The company produced such television shows as the satirical comedy This Hour Has 22 Minutes (begun as a Salter Street production); children's stop-motion series such as Poko and Lunar Jim; CGI productions such as Bo on the Go!, The Mighty Jungle and Animal Mechanicals; as well as the dramas The Guard and North/South.

DHX Brands[edit]

DHX Brands was launched on June 6, 2014. The new division focus all activity around the company’s core slate of high-profile licensed properties under the DHX Brands banner, bringing together licensing, brand management and creative services teams.[25]

DHX Television[edit]

DHX Television was formed on July 31, 2014 through DHX's acquisition of four children's specialty channels that were previously owned by Astral Media, including Family Channel, Disney XD, Disney Junior (English) and Disney Junior (French).[21]

Later acquisitions[edit]

Studio B Productions[edit]

Main article: Studio B Productions

Studio B Productions was a Canadian animation studio founded in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1988.[26] The studio was acquired by and became a subsidiary of DHX Media on December 4, 2007.[4][5][6] After the DHX's corporate rebranding that took place on September 8, 2010, the studio is now credited as DHX Media/Vancouver in closing credits and uses DHX Media's generic production logo.


Main article: WildBrain

WildBrain is an entertainment company that develops and produces television programming, motion pictures, commercial content and licensed merchandise. Started in 1995, they have offices in Los Angeles and New York.

Cookie Jar Group[edit]

Main article: Cookie Jar Group

Cookie Jar Group was founded in 1976 by Ronald Weinberg and Micheline Charest as Cinar, an American film distributor. It later relocated to Montreal and began producing children's television programming. The company became embroiled in scandal, and was bought out in 2004 by a consortium led by Nelvana co-founder Michael Hirsh, and its name was changed to Cookie Jar Entertainment (later amended to Cookie Jar Group in 2008, when DIC Entertainment was folded into Cookie Jar). Cookie Jar was sold to DHX in 2012, and was renamed "DHX Cookie Jar Inc." as a result. Cookie Jar held a library consisting of 6,000 half-hours of content; in addition to its own productions, it also included those of the British FilmFair and the American DIC Entertainment. Among its best-known properties are Caillou and Inspector Gadget.

Ragdoll Worldwide[edit]

Ragdoll Worldwide was a joint venture between Ragdoll Productions and BBC Worldwide that manages and exploits Ragdoll programming including Teletubbies, Tots TV, Brum, Rosie and Jim, Boohbah and In the Night Garden. It was bought on September 16, 2013 for $27.7 million from BBC Worldwide and Ragdoll.[27]

Epitome Pictures[edit]

Main article: Epitome Pictures

Epitome Pictures, a Canadian company founded by Linda Schuyler, was acquired by DHX Media on April 3, 2014. It is best known for creating Degrassi.

Nerd Corps Entertainment[edit]

Nerd Corps Entertainment, a Canadian animation studio founded by former Mainframe Entertainment Producers Asaph Fipke and Chuck Johnson, was acquired by DHX Media on December 24, 2014.[28]

Programming library[edit]

DHX Media's library consists over 11,000 half-hours of programming.[29]


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