DHX Media

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DHX Media Ltd.
Type Public
Traded as TSXDHX
Industry Television
Predecessor(s) Decode Entertainment
Halifax Film Company
Founded 2006
Headquarters

Subsidiary offices in:
Toronto, Ontario
Vancouver, British Columbia
International offices in:
London, England, United Kingdom
Paris, France
Burbank, California, United States
Tokyo, Japan

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Key people Michael Donovan, Neil Court, Steven DeNure, John Delmage, Michael Hirsh, Anne Wood, Linda Schuyler, Stephen Stohn, Peter Byrne, Tor Bushell, Paul Keech, Tom Roe, Ted Larkins, Erin Dippold, Al Fedrigoni
Divisions Cookie Jar Group
WildBrain
Ragdoll Worldwide
Horn Rims Productions
Epitome Pictures
DHX Brands
Subsidiaries Copyright Promotions Licensing Group
DHX Media/Vancouver
Bulldog Interactive Fitness
Website www.dhxmedia.com

DHX Media Ltd. (or Decode Halifax Media) is a Canadian media production company formed in 2006 by the merger of the Decode Entertainment and Halifax Film Company. Headquartered in Halifax, DHX Media is one of the world’s largest independent children, youth and young-adult’s entertainment companies with ownership and licensing rights to some of the most recognizable character brands.

History[edit]

The DHX name derives from the combination of Decode and Halifax from the 2006 merger between Decode Entertainment and Halifax Film Company.[1][2] Studio B Productions was acquired by DHX Media on December 25, 2007.[3][4][5] On March 25, 2008, DHX Media acquired Bulldog Interactive Fitness.[6][7] On September 8, 2010, all related subsidiaries were rebranded under the label DHX Media.[8][9][10] On September 14, 2010, DHX Media acquired WildBrain.[11][12]

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.[13][14][15] The acquisition of Cookie Jar Group by DHX Media closed on October 22, 2012, after which the two merged.[16][17]

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 will mark DHX's first foray into television broadcasting.[18][19]

On April 3, 2014, DHX Media acquired Epitome Pictures, the producers of Degrassi.[20]

On June 6, 2014, DHX Media launched DHX Brands. The new division will 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.[21]

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, Sheriff Callie's Wild West, 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, 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.[22] 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 in June 6, 2014. The new division will 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. As part of the refocus of DHX Media’s licensing business, Peter Byrne will assume increased responsibility as EVP, DHX Brands, alongside his role as CEO of DHX Media’s subsidiary licensing agency business CPLG. He will be supported by a UK based team that will have global responsibilities. Tor Bushell takes on the position of VP Brand Management, DHX Brands, responsible for all brand and marketing for the DHX stable of properties. Paul Keech will assume an expanded role as VP Creative Services, DHX Brands, responsible for the creative support for both distribution and consumer products. Tom Roe is appointed Commercial Director, DHX Brands, transitioning from CPLG to oversee all commercial aspects as licensor and manage a growing network of international agents. CPLG will be the appointed agent for selected DHX Brands in all of their subsidiary territories, including the recently expanded presence in North America under Ted Larkins. Both Erin Dippold and Al Fedrigoni will form part of the new North American Consumer Products team at CPLG reporting to Ted. DHX Brands will develop licensing strategies for select entertainment brands from the DHX stable including the recently acquired Teletubbies, as well as expanding the support on proven properties such as Yo Gabba Gabba!, In the Night Garden and Caillou. DHX has also recently added the Degrassi franchise to its slate and will be seeking merchandising opportunities for this evergreen entertainment franchise, as well as partners for Ella the Elephant and Johnny Test.

Later acquisitions[edit]

Studio B Productions[edit]

Founded in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1988, Studio B Productions was a Canadian animation studio which was acquired by and became a subsidiary of DHX Media on December 4, 2007.[3][4][5][23] After the DHX rebranding on September 8, 2010, the studio is now credited as DHX Media/Vancouver in closing credits and uses DHX Media's generic production logo. The Studio is behind the 2007 remake of the 1960s animated series George of the Jungle, the PBS Kids series Martha Speaks, and more recently, Hasbro Studios' My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic and Pound Puppies, as well as other shows that broadcast on YTV in Canada and various networks in the United States.

WildBrain[edit]

Main article: WildBrain

WildBrain (stylized as W!LDBRAIN) 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). 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, Rosie and Jim and In the Night Garden. It was bought on September 16, 2013 for $27.7 million from BBC Worldwide and Ragdoll.[24]

Epitome Pictures[edit]

Main article: Epitome Pictures

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

Programming library[edit]

DHX Media's library consists over 8,550 half-hours of programming.[25]

References[edit]

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  21. ^ "DHX MEDIA LAUNCHES DHX BRANDS" (Press release). DHX Media. June 6, 2014. Retrieved July 13, 2014. 
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