DHX Media has entered into a distribution deal with Virgin TV UK for streaming (SVOD) rights in the UK and Ireland besides acquiring linear rights for its Irish network TV3 Ireland for a total of 615 half-hours of content. A total of 30 titles from DHX Media’s library have been licensed on a non-exclusive basis.
The deal includes seasons 15 to 19 of Bob the Builder as well as nine specials. There is also seasons 6 to 9 of Fireman Sam and three specials.
Meanwhile, the deal also includes seasons 1 to 5 of In the Night Garden, seven Air Bud movies and DHX Media original’s Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs bringing more popular kids’ content to the catalogue for Virgin TV and TV3 viewers to enjoy.
Wiebke Hoefer, DHX Media’s Senior Director of Sales (Germany, Switzerland, France, UK Digital and Multi-territory Digital), said, “We’re thrilled to have signed our third and largest deal to date with Virgin TV, reinforcing our position as a go-to provider of kids’ content to the world’s top SVOD and linear broadcasters. Virgin TV offers an excellent platform for kids in this market, and we’re thrilled that their viewers will be able to enjoy a great selection of our library titles, plus the latest original, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.”
David Bouchier, Chief Digital Entertainment Officer at Virgin TV averred, “We are very excited to have concluded our biggest kids’ programming deal to date, covering over 600 half-hours of some of the most loved kids’ characters. The addition of multiple seasons of Bob the Builder, Fireman Sam and In the Night Garden as well as full-length movies really does underline our commitment to a market-leading kids’ offer for Virgin TV.
“Our youngest viewers have never had a broader, bigger and more diverse choice of entertainment! Kids’ content is a clear focus for us at Virgin TV and it is great to have DHX Media on board as key a supplier to bring children and their parents more of the programming that they want to watch,” he added.streaming Despicable Me 3 film