Character & Entertainment 

DHX Media announces appointments to drive original animated content

Reading Time: 2 minutes Post Views: 2,074 DHX Media has announced that Stephanie Betts has been promoted to the role of Executive Vice President, Content, and will be responsible for development and production of DHX Media’s slate of original animated content, reporting to Josh Scherba, President. In addition, Todd Brian has joined the Company in the newly created role of Director of Development, Animation, reporting to Ms. Betts. Josh Scherba, President, DHX Media, said: “We’re producing an amazing slate of original content for the world’s top streaming platforms and broadcasters, and our development pipeline…

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Character & Entertainment 

CBBC and Family Channel commission Malory Towers

Reading Time: 2 minutes Post Views: 1,638 DHX Media and King Bert Productions announced that the new live-action series, Malory Towers, has been greenlit by CBBC, the BBC’s channel for children aged 6-12, and DHX Television’s Family Channel. Malory Towers is based on the iconic book series of the same name by Enid Blyton and follows 12-year-old Darrell Rivers as she leaves home for the first time to attend an all-girls’ boarding school. Principal photography on Malory Towers begins this month in Toronto, Canada, and will shift to the UK in September 2019. The…

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Character & Entertainment 

Genius Brands International appoints industry content sales veteran, Caroline Tyre

Reading Time: 2 minutes Post Views: 1,324 Genius Brands International “Genius Brands” announced the appointment of content sales and acquisitions veteran, Caroline Tyre to oversee global content sales as SVP of international distribution. Additionally, Tyre will spearhead the ongoing digital growth as Head of the Genius Brands Network, comprised of the Kid Genius Cartoon Channel and Baby Genius TV.  The announcement was made today by Genius Brands’ Chairman and CEO Andy Heyward, to whom she will report. In her new position, Tyre will be responsible for all aspects of Genius Brands’ global distribution business,…

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Fashion Licensing Global Licensing Merchandise Licensing 

Poetic Brands and ASOS announce new Teletubbies t-shirts

Reading Time: < 1 minute Post Views: 2,510 Licensed clothing specialist Poetic Brands has announced the arrival at ASOS, the global fashion destination for 20- somethings, of a new range of t-shirts for young adults inspired by the characters from the classic British preschool series Teletubbies. The range uses images of the much-loved Teletubbies line-up, Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po, along with their friend the Noo-noo, both individually and as a group, along with the famous Teletubbies logo. The Teletubbies range is aimed at young adult men and women and is now available at…

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Brand Licensing 

DHX Media, Sony extend ‘Peanuts’ licensing agreement

Reading Time: < 1 minute Post Views: 1,993 DHX Media has closed its sale of the minority stake in Peanuts Worldwide to Sony Music Entertainment. Under the deal, Sony Music Entertainment has indirectly acquired 49 percent of DHX Media’s 80 percent interest in Peanuts, worth CAD 235.6 million in cash. DHX Media now owns 41 percent of Peanuts, Sony Music owns 39 percent and members of the family of Charles M. Schulz own 20 percent. Michael Donovan, Executive Chair, and CEO, DHX Media, said, “Through this transaction, we have reduced our debt while retaining control…

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Character Licensing Merchandise Licensing 

Experience Peanuts-themed dining in Latin America! Café Snoopy opens in Brazil

Reading Time: 2 minutes Post Views: 3,345 Café Snoopy, the first Peanuts dining experience in Latin America, opened in Brazil last month inside the Morumbi Shopping Mall in São Paulo. The café will offer Brazilians the opportunity to enjoy their coffee and treats while immersed in the iconic world of Charles M. Schulz’s beloved characters, Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Woodstock, and the rest of the Peanuts gang. The café features Peanuts-themed decor, with the characters infusing the wallpaper, tables, and dishware. The menu includes a variety of sweets, salads, ice cream, and of course, a…

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Music Licensing 

Sony to become world’s largest music publisher, buys EMI for $2.3 billion

Reading Time: < 1 minute Post Views: 2,321 The Japanese Technology and content giant Sony Corporation said on Tuesday it would pay about USD 2.3 billion to gain control of EMI, becoming the world’s largest music publisher. According to a Reuters report, the acquisition will give Sony a music portfolio of over 2 million songs from artists including Kanye West, Sam Smith, and Sia. The deal is part of new CEO Kenichiro Yoshida’s mission to make revenue streams more stable with rights to entertainment content. Currently, Sony owns about 30% of EMI. After the deal,…

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TV & Films 

DHX Media’s Massive Monster Mayhem invades more international territories

Reading Time: 2 minutes Post Views: 1,798 DHX Media, a leading global children’s content and brands company, is spreading the global reach of its original series, Massive Monster Mayhem, with five additional broadcasters signed for season one, including Lagardère’s Gulli TV and Canal J in France, TVE’s Clan in Spain, CiTV in the UK and ABC in Australia. Massive Monster Mayhem is expected to roll out in these territories beginning April 2018. Produced by DHX Media, Massive Monster Mayhem is co-created by Artur Spigel and Michael Chaves. “This series brings together so many things…

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Strategic Licensing 

DHX Media forms strategic partnership with Sony on Peanuts

Reading Time: 2 minutes Post Views: 2,228 DHX Media and Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc. announced today that they have entered into a definitive agreement whereby SMEJ will indirectly purchase 49% of DHX Media’s 80% interest in Peanuts for C$237 million (US$185 million) in cash, subject to customary working capital adjustments. Pro forma for the transaction, DHX Media will own 41% of Peanuts, SMEJ will own 39%, and the members of the family of Charles M. Schulz will continue to own 20%. DHX Media and SMEJ have also agreed to extend the duration of…

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Brand & Lifestyle Character & Entertainment 

Teletubbies head to South Korea with new broadcast agency deals

Reading Time: 2 minutes Post Views: 3,548 DHX Brands, the dedicated brand management and consumer products arm of DHX Media announced that the new Teletubbies series has been picked up by South Korea’s leading public broadcaster, KBS. This is the first South Korean broadcaster signed for the new Teletubbies series. Additionally, SMG Holdings/Joon International has been appointed as the licensing agent for Teletubbies in South Korea and is expected to begin rolling out a consumer products program in the territory later this year. Commenting on the association, Peter Byrne, EVP DHX Brands, said, “There…

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