Broadcaster picks up three key properties
HALIFAX, April 17, 2013 /CNW/ - DHX Media Ltd. (TSX: DHX), a leading
independent producer, distributor and licensor of mainly children's
entertainment content, has signed licenses with ABC TV Australia for three of
its key properties: Ha Ha Hairies season 1, Rastamouse season 2 and a renewal
of Grandpa in my Pocket season 1.
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Australia's national public
broadcaster, has picked up the exclusive free-to-air rights to all three shows
for broadcast later this year.
DHX Media has worldwide television and home entertainment rights and North
American licensing rights to Turner Broadcasting-commissioned series Ha Ha
Hairies produced by Adastra Creative, the team behind hit CBeebies show
Grandpa in my Pocket. Ha Ha Hairies, a live-action series with animated
elements brings a contemporary makeover to classic silent movie clowning and
mime routines to delight young viewers today.
Rastamouse, the animated series based on the critically acclaimed books by
Genevieve Webster and Michael De Souza, is already a proven success with fans
in Australia and ABC has shown a huge commitment to the property adding a
further 26 episodes to its roster. DHX Media represents worldwide television
(excluding the UK) and licensing rights to the Rastamouse Company production.
DHX Media also holds worldwide television and licensing rights to Adastra
Creative's Grandpa in My Pocket which features live action with special
effects and is one of the highest-rating shows on CBeebies in the UK. The show
has sold to broadcasters worldwide including Canal+ in France, French-speaking
TFO, TVO and Knowledge in Canada, Al Jazeera Children's Channel, Norway's NRK
and Sub Juniori in Finland, HOP Israel, RUV Iceland, Okto in Singapore,
Greece's MCOM. CBeebies has also acquired Grandpa in My Pocket for the Latin
American and US Hispanic markets as well as Poland, South Africa and Asia.
About DHX Media
DHX Media (www.dhxmedia.com) is a leader in the creation, production and
licensing of family entertainment rights. DHX Media owns, markets and
distributes over 8,500 half hours of children's entertainment content, and
exploits owned properties through its consumer products licensing business.
DHX Media is recognized for brands such as Caillou, Busytown Mysteries,
Inspector Gadget, Johnny Test, Animal Mechanicals, Kid vs. Kat, Super WHY!,
Rastamouse, and Yo Gabba Gabba!. The company also provides programming for
Cookie Jar TV, the weekend morning block on CBS. DHX Media's full-service
international licensing agency, Copyright Promotions Licensing Group, (CPLG),
represents numerous entertainment, sport and design brands. DHX Media has
offices in Toronto, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Halifax, London, Paris, Barcelona,
Lisbon, Milan, Munich, Netherlands and is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
Enquires: David A. Regan - EVP, Corporate Development & IR +1 902-423-0260
SOURCE: DHX MEDIA LTD.
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