Halifax, NS –13 April 2017– DHX Media (or the “Company”) (TSX: DHX.A, DHX.B; NASDAQ: DHXM), the world’s leading independent, pure-play children’s content company, has signed nine new distribution deals for the first season of the animated series, Fangbone! (50 x 11’).
Linear broadcasters newly signed included, ABC ME for Australia, CITV in the UK, Gulli & Canal J for France, Discovery in Italy, MBC3 for the Middle East, Ultra in the former Yugoslavia, Zoom in Israel, and Canal Panda for Portugal. In addition, a subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) deal with Netflix has been signed for second window streaming rights worldwide.
These licenses add to previously announced deals for the series with Disney XD channels in the U.S., Latin America, South East Asia and Taiwan.
Fangbone! is an original DHX Television commission, which airs on Family CHRGD, and is distributed worldwide by DHX Media.
Josh Scherba, EVP Distribution and Content of DHX Media, said: “We are always on the lookout for innovative, distinctive kids’ content with global appeal for our distribution slate. Fangbone! is a series that really catches the eye, which is clear from the scope of our streaming and broadcast deals. As well as consistently winning audiences on our own Family CHRGD channel, we expect the show to gain a strong following globally through the terrific outlets announced today.”
Aimed at 8–12 year olds, comedy-adventure series Fangbone! is based on the books by New York Times bestselling author, Michael Rex. Fangbone! is developed and produced by Radical Sheep Productions Inc. with Michael Rex. John Leitch and Michelle Melanson Cuperus of Radical Sheep serve as Executive Producers with Susie Grondin as Supervising Producer. Simon Racioppa and Richard Elliott also serve as Executive Producers and Showrunners.
Fangbone, a young barbarian from Skullbania, travels through a magical portal into the suburbs of our world with a most dangerous burden: To protect the blackened and slightly jam-smelling big toe of venomous Drool from being reunited with its master – the evilest sorcerer in all the planes of existence! Fangbone becomes best friends with Bill – a kid whose weirdness is his ultimate weapon – and who helps Fangbone survive in a world of spelling tests and waffles!
Together, Fangbone and Bill battle Drool’s monsterish creations and minions, along with fat fingered foot finders, independent magical contractors, and even the thieving Shadowsteppers – keeping the toe safe from any who would use its evil powers. It’s a tale of epic comedy, epic action and epic epicness.
For more information, please contact:
Investor Relations: Nancy Chan-Palmateer – Director, Investor Relations, DHX Media Ltd.
Financial Media: Shaun Smith – Director, Corporate Communications, DHX Media Ltd.
Trade Media: Aimee Norman at DDA Blueprint PR
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About DHX Media
DHX Media Ltd. (www.dhxmedia.com) is the world’s leading independent, pure-play children’s content company. Owner of the world’s largest independent library of children’s content, at more than 12,500 half-hours, the Company is recognized globally for such brands as Teletubbies, Yo Gabba Gabba!, Caillou, In the Night Garden, Inspector Gadget, Make It Pop, Slugterra and the multiple award-winning Degrassi franchise. As a content producer and owner of intellectual property, DHX Media delivers shows that children love, licensing its content to major broadcasters and streaming services worldwide. Through its subsidiary, WildBrain, DHX Media also operates one of the largest networks of children’s content on YouTube. The company’s robust consumer products program generates royalties from merchandise based on its much-loved children’s brands. Headquartered in Canada, DHX Media has offices in 15 cities globally, and is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (DHX.A and DHX.B) and the NASDAQ Global Select Market (DHXM).
This press release contains “forward-looking statements” under applicable securities laws with respect to DHX Media including, without limitation, statements regarding the performance of Fangbone! and the business strategies and operational activities of DHX Media. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, such statements involve risks and uncertainties and are based on information currently available to the Company. Actual results or events may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from current expectations, among other things, include risk factors discussed in materials filed with applicable securities regulatory authorities from time to time including matters discussed under “Risk Factors” in the Company’s most recent Annual Information Form and annual Management Discussion and Analysis, which also form part of the Company’s annual report on Form 40-F filed with the SEC. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date hereof, and the Company assumes no obligation to update or revise them to reflect new events or circumstances, except as required by law.