Leadership

Michael Patrick Donovan , Executive Chairman

Michael Patrick Donovan, Executive Chairman of DHX, 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 from the time of the Company’s founding, in 2006, until August 2014. 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 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 a B.A. (1974), LL.B. (1977) and LL.D. (Hon) (2004) degrees from Dalhousie University.

 

Dana Sean Landry , Chief Executive Officer

Dana Sean Landry, CPA, CA, an executive director of DHX, also serves as the company’s Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Landry previously served as DHX’s Chief Financial Officer from the time of the company’s founding until July 2014. Before DHX, he was CFO, General Manager and Corporate Secretary for SolutionInc Technologies Limited from 2003-2006, a public technology company traded on the TSX Venture Exchange. Before joining SolutionInc, Mr. Landry was a financial advisor to Collideascope Digital Productions Inc., an integrated television and new-media production company, and President and Chief Financial Officer of imX Communications Inc., a feature film, movie of the week and television production company. Mr. Landry began his career at Doane Raymond, Chartered Accountants (now Grant Thornton LLP) and then moved on to PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP where he had extensive involvement with the successful initial public offering of Salter Street Films. Mr. Landry is a Chartered Professional Accountant in good standing with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nova Scotia. Mr. Landry holds a BBA from Acadia University (1993).

 

Steven Graham DeNure , President and Chief Operating Officer

Steven Graham DeNure, President and Chief Operating Officer of DHX, is responsible for overseeing overall operations of DHX and its subsidiaries. Mr. DeNure also serves as Executive Producer on many of the Company’s television and interactive media projects. Mr. DeNure co-founded Decode Entertainment in 1997 and in 2006 merged the operations of Decode with Halifax Film to create DHX. Prior to founding Decode Mr. DeNure was at Alliance Communications Corporation for more than 10 years and served in a number of senior positions including President of Alliance Productions and President of Alliance Multimedia. During his tenure at Alliance Communications Corporation, he was involved in the development, financing and production of all television and feature film projects, including notable projects such as Due South, North Of 60, Eng, and Blackrobe, and was responsible for the animation division, music-publishing division (TMP), and for merchandising and licensing. Mr. DeNure is a pioneer in computer generated imagery animation, having acted as Executive Producer of the groundbreaking Reboot and Beast Wars animation series. Mr. DeNure serves on the board of the Canadian Film Centre as Vice Chair. Mr. DeNure graduated from Simon Fraser University with a BA in Economics & Business Administration.

 

Keith Benjamin Abriel, Chief Financial Officer

Keith Benjamin Abriel, CPA, CA, CFA, Chief Financial Officer of DHX, joined the company in July 2014 and brings more than twenty years of diverse finance experience, including serving as the Chief Financial Officer and as an independent consultant for a number of public and venture-backed private companies, and more than nine years of experience with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.  From 2010 to 2014, Mr. Abriel provided consulting services to DHX Ltd., mainly in the areas of financial reporting and taxation.  While with PwC, Mr. Abriel served as the Senior Manager on DHX’s year-end audits from 2004 to 2007, including the Company’s IPO in 2006. A Past President of the Atlantic Canada CFA Society, Mr. Abriel is a Chartered Professional Accountant and a CFA Charterholder, who began his career with Coopers and Lybrand (now PwC). Mr. Abriel graduated Cum Laude in 1995 from Saint Mary’s University with a BComm.

 

David Andrew Regan, Executive Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Development

David Andrew Regan, Executive Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Development of DHX, is responsible for the Company’s mergers, corporate acquisitions and capital markets activities. Prior to working with DHX, 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 on the board of directors of Watts Wind Energy Inc. and Katalyst Wind 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

Mark Gregory Gosine, Executive Vice President, Legal Affairs, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of DHX, is responsible for all of the legal and regulatory affairs for DHX 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.

 

Anne Loi, Executive Vice President, Global Operations

Anne Loi, EVP, Global Operations, oversees operations for all of DHX’s business units. Anne joined DHX in 2001 (with predecessor company DECODE) as head of finance and over time, increased her responsibilities to include various parts of the business. Her current duties are more business and operationally focused, and include working with a great team of production management and creative talents to manage studio and distribution group operations, and arranging project financing.  Overall, Ms. Loi manages global technical services and is responsible for creating long term plans to manage growth and development in new areas of DHX’s core business.  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.

 

Peter Byrne, Chief Executive Officer of CPLG, and Executive Vice President, DHX Brands

Peter Byrne , CEO of CPLG and EVP DHX Brands, is responsible for overseeing all of the worldwide Consumer Products business for the company, for both third-party brands, as well as DHX Media's wholly-owned properties, such as Teletubbies, In the Night Garden, Yo Gabba Gabba! and Slugterra. Mr Byrne established DHX Brands in 2014 having joined the company as CEO of CPLG, one of the industry's leading licensing agencies across entertainment, sports and lifestyle properties in 2013. He came to DHX Media with more than 30 years worldwide experience in building both privately and publicly held blue-chip Consumer Goods companies, specializing in start-up, fast moving businesses. Prior to DHX he has been a leading player in the global licensing landscape with significant tenures at Hit Entertainment, as EVP Worldwide Consumer Products, in charge of iconic brands such as Thomas and Friends, Bob the Builder and Barney, and before that as EVP of 20th Century Fox Licensing Worldwide, where he spearheaded the global expansion of The Simpsons, Ice Age and Family Guy amongst other renowned properties in the Fox portfolio.

 

Josh Scherba, Executive Vice President, Distribution and Content

Josh Scherba, EVP, Distribution and Content, is responsible for creating and selling winning kids’ and family content. 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 has overseen the growth of DHX Media’s distribution business into a leading international supplier of television programming, with an emphasis on children’s, family and youth markets. Mr Scherba directly manages pan-regional broadcaster sales, leading a team of seven territory managers for the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Australia. Under Mr Scherba’s direction, the team leverages a world-leading catalogue of more than 12,500 half-hours of entertainment content, including shows from DHX Media's production studios, as well as third-party properties. Mr Scherba also oversees DHX Media's Distribution Operations, which delivers more than 3,000 digital files per month to the company’s global customers. Prior to DHX Media, Mr Scherba was an international sales executive with Decode Entertainment.

 

Joe Tedesco, Senior Vice President and General Manager, DHX Television

Joe Tedesco, SVP & 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.

 

John Robson, Managing Director, WildBrain

John Robson, Managing Director, WildBrain, oversees DHX Media’s WildBrain Multi-Platform Kids’ Network, an industry leader in the management and creation of children’s entertainment content on platforms such as YouTube, Dailymotion and others. Since Mr Robson’s arrival in 2015, he has led the rapid growth of WildBrain, which now generates annual Watch Time of 32 billion minutes for both DHX Media library content and third-party partners. Prior to joining WildBrain, Mr Robson held executive roles at a number companies in the digital entertainment industry, including Base79, where he led the commercial and marketing team; Rightster, where he led the commercial division; HTC, where he led the content group; and Paramount Pictures, where he set up and ran the international digital distribution division. Mr Robson has two decades of experience in digital management and strategy and has lived through the continuing evolution of digital content distribution, working on many of the biggest brands in entertainment including Paramount Pictures, MTV, NBCU, Fox, Nickelodeon, DWA and many others.

 

Tara Talbot, Senior Vice President, Global Talent

Tara Talbot, SVP, 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.

 

Jean Lépine, Senior Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs

Jean Lépine, SVP, Communications and Public Affairs, is responsible for all communications, government relations and corporate social responsibility initiatives of DHX Media. Mr. Lépine has spent 25 years working in the corporate communications, government relations and sustainability fields. He has worked with leading global companies such as Harman International, Anheuser Busch InBev and AstraZeneca Canada, and also spent ten years in senior roles with federal and provincial governments in Canada. He has traveled extensively and has worked and lived in the United States, Belgium and Canada. Mr. Lépine earned a Master degree in Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario and has a Bachelor of Social Sciences degree from the University of Ottawa where he played Varsity Hockey. He is the Chairman of the Development Committee of the U Ottawa Men’s Hockey Program and is part time faculty in the School of Media, Seneca College.