HALIFAX, May 4 /CNW/ - DHX Media, a leading international producer and
distributor of mainly children's television programming and interactive
content, is pleased to announce the commissioning of the fourth season
of the popular PBS KIDS animated preschool show Martha Speaks in cooperation with WGBH Boston. With production underway this month,
the first episodes will be delivered in December 2011 and are set to
air on PBS KIDS in Winter 2012. This order for ten new half-hour
episodes will take the total number of episodes produced to 80
Michael Donovan, Chairman and CEO of DHX Media, said: "Fans of Martha Speaks in the United States and around the world will be delighted to see
these brand new episodes. We are pleased to again be in business with
WGBH Boston, a leading PBS affiliate."
A co-production between WGBH Boston and DHX Media, Martha Speaks is an animated show aimed at 4-7 year olds. It is based on the
best-selling books by Susan Meddaugh, which have sold nearly one
million copies in the U.S. and been widely translated throughout the
world. DHX Media represents worldwide television and home entertainment
rights outside of the United States. Internationally, DHX Media has
sold Martha Speaks to CBBC, Italy's preschool channel JimJam, France 5, Sun TV in India,
Nick Junior in Australia, Discovery Kids Latin America, Canal+ Cyfrowy
Sp. z o.o. and OP Art in Poland, Noga Communication's Logi Channel in
Israel and Minimax in Central and Eastern Europe. Finland's YLE has
also signed up for the series, along with a trio of Canadian
broadcasters: TVO, Knowledge Network and SCN.
Analyst Conference Call
DHX Media will hold its Q3 2011 Analyst Call on Friday, May 13th at
10:30am EST, following the release of the Company's Q3 financial
results. Media and others may access the call on a listen-in basis.
Conference details are as follows:
To access the call, please dial (888) 231-8191 or (647) 427-7450 .
Please allow 10 minutes to be connected to the conference call.
Replay: Instant replay will be available beginning approximately one
hour after the call by calling (800) 642-1687 toll free or (416)
849-0833, and passcode 65324319# (pound key), until midnight EST May
About DHX Media Ltd.
DHX Media Ltd. is a leading international producer and distributor of
television programming and interactive content with an emphasis on
children, family and youth markets. DHX Media Ltd. shares are listed on
the TSX, the Toronto Stock Exchange. DHX Media has offices in Toronto,
Halifax, Vancouver and Los Angeles and has a growing library of over
2,300 half-hours of mostly children's and youth-oriented properties
from own and third party producers. Live action series include That's So Weird and How to Be Indie alongside animated series such as Animal Mechanicals, Franny's Feet, Kid vs Kat, dirtgirlworld, and new preschool show Rastamouse.
About WGBH Boston
WGBH Boston is America's preeminent public broadcasting producer, the
source of one-third of PBS's prime-time lineup along with some of
public television's best-known lifestyle shows, many public radio
favorites, and a roster of children's programs that empower kids with
innovative, entertaining, curriculum-based content. Among the
WGBH-produced children's titles: Arthur, Curious George, Postcards from Buster, Between the Lions, Design
Squad, Martha Speaks and Fetch! with Ruff Ruffman. WGBH is the number-one producer of websites on pbs.org, one of the most
trafficked dot-org websites in the world, and a pioneer in educational
multimedia and in technologies and services that make media accessible
to the 36 million Americans who rely on captioning or video
descriptions. WGBH has been recognized with hundreds of honors: Emmys,
Peabodys, DuPont-Columbia Awards … even two Oscars. In 2002, WGBH
received a special institutional Peabody Award for 50 years of
excellence. For more information, go to www.wgbh.org.
About PBS KIDS
PBS KIDS, the number one educational media brand for kids, offers all children
the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television,
online and community-based programs. More than 21 million children
watch PBS KIDS on TV, and more than 21 million engage with PBS KIDS
online each quarter. For more information on specific PBS KIDS programs
supporting literacy, science, math and more, visit PBS.org/pressroom.
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the Company. Although the Company believes that the expectations
reflected in such forward looking statements are reasonable, such
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materially from current expectations, among other things, include risks
related to market factors, customer contract interpretation,
application of accounting policies and principles, and production
related risks, and other factors discussed in materials filed with
applicable securities regulatory authorities from time to time
including matters discussed under "Risk Factors" in the Company's short
form prospectus dated April 9, 2010 and in the Company's Amended Annual
Information Form incorporated by reference therein. 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.
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DHX Media Ltd.
David A. Regan - EVP, Corporate Development & IR +1 902-423-0260