Michael Patrick Donovan, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Chairman of DHX Media, has been recognized with numerous awards for his work in the television and film industry, including an Academy Award for the feature documentary, Bowling for Columbine. Mr. Donovan was Chief Executive Officer of DHX Media from the time of the Company’s founding, in 2006, until August 2014, and resumed that role in February 2018. He co-founded and was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Salter Street Films, which was purchased by Alliance Atlantis in 2001. Mr. Donovan is a member of the National Advisory Council of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, and is the former Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD). Mr. Donovan is one of the creators of This Hour Has 22 Minutes, one of Canada’s longest-running television comedy series; and he was producer and one of the creators of the multiple award-winning feature film, Shake Hands With the Devil. Mr. Donovan holds B.A. (1974), LL.B. (1977) and LL.D. (Hon) (2004) degrees from Dalhousie University.
Douglas Lamb, Chief Financial Officer of DHX Media, is a veteran Canadian media executive, who joined the Company in February 2018. Prior to working for DHX Media, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Postmedia, from July 2010 until February 2017. Prior to that, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Canwest LP since 2005. Mr. Lamb also served as Vice President of Corporate Development of Metroland, the community publishing business of Torstar Corporation. Prior to his employment with Torstar Corporation, he held a variety of financial roles at Hollinger International Inc. and Southam Inc. Mr. Lamb holds an MBA from the Ivey Business School, University of Western Ontario, and a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (high distinction), from Carleton University.
Aaron Ames, Chief Operating Officer of DHX Media, has had a long career in management roles for public and private companies. He was Chief Integration Officer for DHX Media following the Company’s acquisition of Cookie Jar Entertainment, where he was Chief Financial Officer. A Certified Professional Accountant (Ontario & Ohio) and specialist in business improvement, M&A integration and synergies, Aaron subsequently assisted DHX Media as a consultant on numerous projects, including the integration of various corporate acquisitions. Prior to his appointment as Chief Operating Officer for DHX Media, he held senior roles with Atlas Cold Storage (TSX: FZR), Centenario Copper (TSX: CCT), Coretec (TSX: CYY) and TSC Stores LP. Aaron graduated from Case Western Reserve University in 1993 with a Master's of Accountancy and worked for Ernst & Young in Cleveland and Toronto until 2001.
Josh Scherba, President, oversees the talented teams at DHX Media who are responsible for creating winning kids’ and family content and placing it on screens globally. Mr. Scherba has been with the company since its founding in 2006, coming over with DECODE Entertainment when it merged with Halifax Film to form DHX Media. Since that time, Mr. Scherba’s passion for kids’ and family content has been key to driving the growth of DHX Media’s business into a leading international producer and supplier of television programming. As President, Mr Scherba leads the creative and business teams behind the development and production of series, as well as content distribution sales. He also oversees DHX Media’s leading YouTube-based kids’ network, WildBrain.
Anne Loi, Chief Commercial Officer, works closely with senior management and the Company’s talented content teams to help drive DHX Media’s leading slate of kids’ and family shows. She oversees content production and financing, key external partnerships, and business analytics. Ms. Loi has been a core member of DHX Media’s leadership team since the Company’s founding in 2006, coming over with DECODE Entertainment when it merged with Halifax Film to form DHX Media. Prior to joining DHX Media, Ms. Loi was Vice President of Financial Strategy at Extend Media and before that, she held various management positions at IMG Group (now Lavalife), Proctor & Gamble and Deloitte. Ms. Loi holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Western University and an MBA from the Rotman School of Management.
David Andrew Regan, Executive Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Development of DHX Media, is responsible for the Company’s mergers, corporate acquisitions and capital markets activities. Prior to working with DHX Media, Mr. Regan held positions with VI Associates, A.T. Kearney’s New York Financial Institutions Group, and Export Development Corporation. In these positions he worked with clients in the entertainment and financial services industries throughout North America, Europe and Asia to provide financing, corporate development and business strategy advisory services. Mr. Regan holds an MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France, and a BBA Honors degree from St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia. Mr. Regan serves as chairman of Watts Wind Energy Inc. and is the Atlantic Canada chapter chair of the Ernest C. Manning Innovation Awards.
Mark Gregory Gosine, Executive Vice President, Legal Affairs, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of DHX Media, is responsible for all of the legal and regulatory affairs for DHX Media and its subsidiaries. His principal areas of focus are financings, mergers, acquisitions, securities, intellectual property, governance and compliance. Mr. Gosine has more than 15 years legal experience both in private practice and in-house, and has more than 20 years’ experience in the entertainment industry. Mr. Gosine plays a key role in the company’s growth strategy in the acquisition and subsequent integration of such acquisitions. In his entertainment work, he oversees all legal and business aspects of the company’s development, production and distribution. He commenced his career as a performer after completing the jazz program at St. Francis Xavier University. Mr. Gosine went on to complete a B.A. Honors degree at Saint Mary’s University and earned an LL.B. at Dalhousie University. He is member of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, the Canadian Bar Association and the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association. Mr. Gosine currently serves on the boards of the Nova Scotia Yachting Association, the Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia, Symphony Nova Scotia, and is part time faculty at the Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University.
As Executive Vice President, Content and Current Series, Stephanie Betts applies her many years of experience in kids’ and family content, fostering, managing and expanding DHX Media’s animated content slate. Ms. Betts’ expertise lies in building strong, creatively driven teams, and in developing series that kids around the world love. Drawing on more than a 16 years’ experience developing and producing award-winning series, Ms. Betts has spearheaded numerous DHX Media shows, including new Peanuts content, Strawberry Shortcake, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Inspector Gadget, Teletubbies, Polly Pocket, and Chip and Potato. Prior to joining DHX Media, Ms. Betts worked as a Producer and Development Executive at Breakthrough Films and Television, and previously at Atomic Cartoons.
Amir Nasrabadi, Executive Vice President and General Manager - Vancouver Studio, has over 20 years' experience in production, operations, finance and strategy in the animation and visual effects industry, having held senior roles with some of the world's top production companies and studios. At DHX Media's Vancouver animation studio, Mr. Nasrabadi oversees all animation production, leading the Vancouver animation team in working closely with DHX Media's creative, content and brands teams. Prior to DHX Media, Mr. Nasrabadi was EVP of Finance and Operations for Illumination, producers of such global hits as Despicable Me, Minions, The Grinch and Sing. At Illumination, Mr. Nasrabadi led all aspects of operations, IT, finance, planning, competitive and industry analysis, and business development. Prior to Illumination, Mr. Nasrabadi was SVP of Production at Paramount Animation, and before Paramount, Mr. Nasrabadi worked for 15 years with The Walt Disney Studios, where he was VP Finance and Operations for DisneyToon Studios, and then in 2009, launched and ran Pixar Canada in Vancouver. As VP and General Manager of Pixar Canada, Mr. Nasrabadi oversaw all production and represented the Pixar brand to the creative community, local and provincial government and industry leaders. Mr. Nasrabadi started his career with Deloitte & Touche in 1993 as a CPA. He holds a BA in Business Economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara.
Roz Nowicki, Executive Vice President, Peanuts Worldwide, has a proven track record in global marketing, brand licensing, product development, and retail experience in the entertainment space. She oversees the robust global consumer products program for the Peanuts brand, and manages DHX’s Franchise Brands portfolio, including Strawberry Shortcake, Mega Man: Fully Charged and Rev & Roll. Roz was previously the EVP of Global Sales and Retail at 20th Century Fox, where she led the consumer products strategy for TV properties such as The Simpsons and Family Guy, and films including Avatar and Ice Age. She also was EVP of Consumer Products at 4Kids Entertainment, working on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Cabbage Patch Kids, and Yu-Gi-Oh!, and worked at both Universal Studios and The Walt Disney Company in Consumer Products.
Jon Gisby, Managing Director, WildBrain, has spent twenty years leading, building and advising major companies that create and distribute premium digital content. He was one of the many architects of the BBC’s strategy for online and on-demand services. As Managing Director of Freeserve, he built and monetized one of the UK’s largest online audiences via a portfolio of hundreds of partnerships in media, technology and ecommerce. He became Managing Director of Yahoo! UK and later ran their media and communications products across Europe. As a Director at Channel 4, he transformed the broadcaster’s digital services and culture by building 4oD into the UK’s leading VOD business. He has subsequently helped launch several OTT video ventures including Rightster in the UK and Magine TV in Sweden and Germany. He was Head of Europe at Vevo, the joint venture between Sony Music and Universal Music Group which delivers 25 billion video views a month via OTT services and major partnerships. He also chairs the British Screen Advisory Council (BSAC), the UK’s leading forum for senior commercial and policy executives in TV, Film, Games and Digital Media, whose members include the major broadcasters, studios, platforms and producers. He started his career in strategy consulting having graduated from Oxford, Johns Hopkins and Harvard Business School.
Maarten Weck, Executive Vice President and Managing Director of CPLG, oversees all global operations of the third-party licensing agency, Copyright Promotions Licensing Group (CPLG), a wholly owned subsidiary of DHX Media. CPLG is one of the world’s leading entertainment, sport and brand licensing agencies with more than 40 years of experience in the industry. Working with such clients as, Nickelodeon, BBC Worldwide, Peanuts, MGM, emoji, Paramount, MGA, Spin Master, Sesame Workshop, Mattel, Line Friends, Ubisoft, Real Madrid and more, CPLG provides licensing solutions for brand owners and retail partners looking to maximize consumer products opportunities around the globe. Formerly CPLG's Managing Director for Northern Europe, the UK, NORDIC, Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and Benelux territories, Mr. Weck has been with the agency for over 13 years. Prior to working for CPLG, Mr. Weck held management positions with Memphis Belle, the Cookie Company and Keesing. In these positions, he worked with clients in the book, game, fashion and television industries. Mr. Weck holds a degree in Business Economics from Hogeschool van Amsterdam.
Joe Tedesco, EVP & GM, DHX Television, is responsible for the overall development and growth of DHX Media’s broadcast assets. Mr. Tedesco joined Family Channel in 2001 as Vice President and General Manager of the network and during his tenure he has overseen the launch of three additional youth networks while managing the day-to-day operations, strategic development and overall financial performance of four premium channels. Prior to joining DHX Television, Mr. Tedesco held the position of Senior Vice President, Finance & Business Affairs with Astral Television Networks. In this role, he was responsible for the financial, legal and IT functions for the division. He also managed key supplier and customer relationships, including negotiating long-term supply and distribution agreements with major Hollywood studios and distributors. Mr. Tedesco currently serves as Board Chair of Accessible Media Inc., a not-for-profit media company that operates television channels dedicated to providing entertainment for the visually and hearing impaired. He is a Chartered Accountant and has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Toronto.
Tara Talbot, EVP, Global Talent, leads DHX Media’s Talent team with a focus on human resources, development, leadership and culture. Ms. Talbot joined DHX Media in 2016 bringing more than 20 years of progressively senior experience in Human Resources and Communications across numerous industries such as technology, healthcare and entertainment. Previously, Ms. Talbot held the role of Vice President, Human Resources & Communications at Workopolis, where she was responsible for establishing and driving employee acquisition and retention strategies, as well as establishing the employee engagement “best-practices” for Canada's leading online career management resource. She was also the public-relations spokesperson for Workopolis with the media. Prior to that role, Ms. Talbot was the Vice President, Human Resources at TeraGo Networks. Concurrently, Ms. Talbot was a Professor in the School of Business at Georgian College. Ms. Talbot holds an MBA, a post graduate certificate in Human Resources Management, and a Bachelor of Arts degree.