DHX Media signs three licenses with ABC TV Australia
Broadcaster picks up three key properties
HALIFAX, April 17, 2013 /CNW/ - DHX Media Ltd. (TSX: DHX), a leading independent producer, distributor and licensor of mainly children's entertainment content, has signed licenses with ABC TV Australia for three of its key properties: Ha Ha Hairies season 1, Rastamouse season 2 and a renewal of Grandpa in my Pocket season 1.
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Australia's national public broadcaster, has picked up the exclusive free-to-air rights to all three shows for broadcast later this year.
DHX Media has worldwide television and home entertainment rights and North American licensing rights to Turner Broadcasting-commissioned series Ha Ha Hairies produced by Adastra Creative, the team behind hit CBeebies show Grandpa in my Pocket. Ha Ha Hairies, a live-action series with animated elements brings a contemporary makeover to classic silent movie clowning and mime routines to delight young viewers today.
Rastamouse, the animated series based on the critically acclaimed books by Genevieve Webster and Michael De Souza, is already a proven success with fans in Australia and ABC has shown a huge commitment to the property adding a further 26 episodes to its roster. DHX Media represents worldwide television (excluding the UK) and licensing rights to the Rastamouse Company production.
DHX Media also holds worldwide television and licensing rights to Adastra Creative's Grandpa in My Pocket which features live action with special effects and is one of the highest-rating shows on CBeebies in the UK. The show has sold to broadcasters worldwide including Canal+ in France, French-speaking TFO, TVO and Knowledge in Canada, Al Jazeera Children's Channel, Norway's NRK and Sub Juniori in Finland, HOP Israel, RUV Iceland, Okto in Singapore, Greece's MCOM. CBeebies has also acquired Grandpa in My Pocket for the Latin American and US Hispanic markets as well as Poland, South Africa and Asia.
About DHX Media
DHX Media (www.dhxmedia.com) is a leader in the creation, production and licensing of family entertainment rights. DHX Media owns, markets and distributes over 8,500 half hours of children's entertainment content, and exploits owned properties through its consumer products licensing business. DHX Media is recognized for brands such as Caillou, Busytown Mysteries, Inspector Gadget, Johnny Test, Animal Mechanicals, Kid vs. Kat, Super WHY!, Rastamouse, and Yo Gabba Gabba!. The company also provides programming for Cookie Jar TV, the weekend morning block on CBS. DHX Media's full-service international licensing agency, Copyright Promotions Licensing Group, (CPLG), represents numerous entertainment, sport and design brands. DHX Media has offices in Toronto, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Halifax, London, Paris, Barcelona, Lisbon, Milan, Munich, Netherlands and is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
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