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DHX Media acquires Ragdoll Worldwide; owner of 'Teletubbies' and 'In the Night Garden' children's brands

DHX Media acquires Ragdoll Worldwide; owner of 'Teletubbies' and 'In the Night 
Garden' children's brands 
-GBP 17.4 Million Deal For 1,353 Episodes Across 12 Properties - 
HALIFAX, Sept. 16, 2013 /CNW/ - DHX Media Ltd. (TSX: DHX), a leading 
independent creator, producer, distributor and licensor of children's 
entertainment content, is pleased to announce its acquisition of Ragdoll 
Worldwide Ltd. ("Ragdoll") from BBC Worldwide and a group including the 
founder of Ragdoll, Anne Wood for GBP 17.4 million (approximately CAD $28.4 
million) in cash, to be funded from a CAD $25 million expansion of DHX Media's 
current debt facility and the balance from cash reserves, including its 
revolving line of credit. DHX Media expects the transaction to be accretive to 
net earnings per share for fiscal 2014. 
Under the agreement, DHX Media obtains twelve series, including popular UK 
series The Adventures of Abney & Teal, BAFTA-winning Dipdap and Brum, in 
addition to 365 episodes of Teletubbies, 52 episodes of Teletubbies Everywhere 
and 100 episodes of In the Night Garden. Lauded for entertaining and 
educating generations of children around the globe, Ragdoll Worldwide's 
flagship properties, Teletubbies and In the Night Garden, have achieved 
significant commercial success since inception through strong broadcast and 
licensing programs. Teletubbies has aired in over 120 countries and its 
enduring resonance with children is further underscored by the fact that its 
top five postings on YouTube have garnered a cumulative 286,000,000 views. 
Michael Donovan, CEO of DHX Media, said: "Teletubbies and In the Night Garden 
are worldwide phenomena. These globally recognized brands will be highly 
complementary to the DHX Media library, which is now one of the largest 
independent libraries of children's TV content in the world. As a leading 
supplier to subscription video on-demand ("SVOD") services worldwide, and as 
an operator of our own SVOD, we are uniquely positioned to continue to develop 
these evergreen children's properties in exciting new ways and we also look to 
maintain a continuing link with Anne Wood, one of the most experienced and 
passionate producers in the business." 
Ragdoll Worldwide was established as a joint venture in 2006 between BBC 
Worldwide, BBC's commercial arm, and Anne Wood's production company, Ragdoll 
Ltd. Anne Wood is one of the UK's best-known and critically renowned 
children's television producers. She was awarded a CBE in the 2000 Millennium 
Queen's Honors List for her services to children's broadcasting and is 
responsible for some of the world's most recognized children's programming 
creations. 
Anne Wood, founder of Ragdoll Productions Ltd and co-creator of Teletubbies 
with Andrew Davenport, who also created In the Night Garden said: "The sale of 
Ragdoll Worldwide will procure future growth for Ragdoll Productions and, with 
the passing of creative control for the future development of our catalogue of 
award-winning programs to DHX Media, we are confident of their continued 
success for many years to come." 
Anne Wood, together with her son, Christopher, will continue to manage and 
operate their own company, Ragdoll Productions, for which she will serve as 
Founder and Creative Director. 
Marcus Arthur, Managing Director of BBC Worldwide, UK and Australia said: 
"Finding the right new home for these beloved children's properties was 
incredibly important for BBC Worldwide as we have worked hard over the years 
with Ragdoll to nurture them and build their popularity and commercial success 
both in the UK and internationally. We are pleased that the brands will now 
see their next stage of growth under the ownership of DHX Media." 
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, 
Milan, Munich, Netherlands and is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange. 
About BBC Worldwide Ltd. BBC Worldwide Limited is the main commercial arm and 
a wholly owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). BBC 
Worldwide exists to support the BBC public service mission and to maximise 
profits on its behalf. It does this through investing in, commercialising and 
showcasing content from the BBC around the world, in a way that is consistent 
with BBC standards and values. The business also builds the reach and 
reputation of the BBC brand overseas and champions British creativity. 
In 2012/13, BBC Worldwide generated headline profits of £156m and headline 
sales of £1,116m and returned £156m to the BBC. For more detailed 
performance information please see our Annual Review website: 
http://www.bbcworldwide.com/annualreview 
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SOURCE  DHX MEDIA LTD. 
Enquires: For investor relations, please contact: David A. Regan - EVP, 
Corporate Development & IR, DHX Media Ltd. +1 902-423-0260 
For financial media relations, please contact: Shaun Smith - TMX Equicom +1 
416-815-0700 ext 252 
For trade media relations, please contact: Aimee Norman at DDA 
Blueprintaimee@ddablueprint.com Tel: +44 (0) 20 8985 4708 
For BBC Worldwide: Philip Fleming/Emma Finlayphilip.fleming@bbc.com 
/emma.finlay@bbc.com Tel: +44 (0) 20 843 32596 / Tel: +44 (0) 20 843 32536 
For Ragdoll Productions: Mary Hagger at Hagger PRmary@haggerpr.com Tel: 
+44 (0) 1789 269368 
Image with caption: "Canada's DHX Media (TSX:DHX) today acquired Teletubbies, 
In the Night Garden and 10 other children's series with the purchase of the 
UK's Ragdoll Worldwide Ltd. for approximately $28.4-million CAD. Teletubbies 
characters shown: Dipsy (green), Tinky Winky (purple), Laa-Laa (yellow), and 
Po (red) (CNW Group/DHX MEDIA LTD.)". Image available at:  
http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130916_C7347_PHOTO_EN_30863.jpg 
Image with caption: "Canada's DHX Media (TSX:DHX) today acquired Teletubbies, 
In the Night Garden and 10 other children's series with the purchase of the 
UK's Ragdoll Worldwide Ltd. for approximately $28.4-million CAD. Teletubbies 
characters shown: Dipsy (green), Tinky Winky (purple), Laa-Laa (yellow), and 
Po (red), and Noo Noo, their vacuum cleaner. (CNW Group/DHX MEDIA LTD.)". 
Image available at:  
http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130916_C7347_PHOTO_EN_30864.jpg 
Image with caption: "Canada's DHX Media (TSX:DHX) today acquired In the Night 
Garden, Teletubbies and 10 other children's series with the purchase of the 
UK's Ragdoll Worldwide Ltd. for approximately $28.4-million CAD. In the Night 
Garden characters shown (L-R): Upsy Daisy, Makka Pakka, the Tombliboos, 
Igglepiggle (back), and Pinky Ponk (flying). (CNW Group/DHX MEDIA LTD.)". 
Image available at:  
http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130916_C7347_PHOTO_EN_30867.jpg 
Image with caption: "Canada's DHX Media (TSX:DHX) today acquired In the Night 
Garden, Teletubbies and 10 other children's series with the purchase of the 
UK's Ragdoll Worldwide Ltd. for approximately $28.4-million CAD. In the Night 
Garden characters shown: the Haahoos. (CNW Group/DHX MEDIA LTD.)". Image 
available at:  
http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130916_C7347_PHOTO_EN_30868.jpg 
Image with caption: "Canada's DHX Media (TSX:DHX) today acquired In the Night 
Garden, Teletubbies and 10 other children's series with the purchase of the 
UK's Ragdoll Worldwide Ltd. for approximately $28.4-million CAD. In the Night 
Garden characters shown (L-R): Upsy Daisy and Igglepiggle. (CNW Group/DHX 
MEDIA LTD.)". Image available at:  
http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130916_C7347_PHOTO_EN_30869.jpg 
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