AIM and TSX: DHX
HALIFAX, Jan. 26 /CNW/ - DHX Media Ltd (AIM & TSX ticker: "DHX"), a
leading independent international producer and distributor of television
programming and interactive content, is pleased to announce the commissioning
by Corus Entertainment's YTV of That's So Weird! a live-action sketch comedy
series produced by DHX Media subsidiary Halifax Film. Production of the
series, comprised of thirteen half-hour episodes, is set to begin immediately,
with delivery of episodes expected to commence in March 2009. DHX Media
subsidiary, Decode International, will handle world wide sales.
Charles Bishop, President/Executive Producer, Halifax Film, said: "We are
delighted to produce this series in partnership with YTV. That's So Weird!
will help fulfill the growing demand for "tween" comedies in Canada and
abroad, and provide the best of sketch comedy's traditions to introduce our
youthful audience to this classic form of funny."
Jocelyn Hamilton, Vice President, Content, Corus Kids Television, added:
"Working with Halifax Film and the team behind This Hour Has 22 Minutes
provides us with an excellent opportunity to deliver Canadian audiences smart,
Featuring an ensemble cast of seven young, talented sketch players, the
series will provide a weekly slice of the outrageous and bizarre programs
generated by the teen- operated network So Weird TV.
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 trade on AIM and are listed on
the TSX, the Toronto Stock Exchange. DHX Media's production companies, Decode
Entertainment, Halifax Film and Studio B Productions, are the producers or
co-producers of 14 original television series and theatrical releases
currently commissioned for production and maintain a growing library of over
2,200 half-hours of mostly children and youth-oriented television productions.
About Halifax Film.
Halifax Film develops and produces original film and television
programming. Halifax Film manages and co-ordinates all aspects of a program's
life, including developing original ideas; purchasing literary rights;
arranging production financing; carrying out production and post-production;
and exploiting worldwide distribution rights. Halifax Film is a subsidiary of
DHX Media Ltd., a leading international producer and distributor of television
programming and interactive content with an emphasis on children, family and
youth markets. www.halifaxfilm.com
As Canada's leading kids broadcaster, Corus Entertainment's YTV,
Treehouse and Discovery Kids Canada collectively have the highest 2-11
audience of any broadcaster, and reach 91 per cent of kids each week in
English Canada. Seen in 8.9 million homes and connecting with 2.2 million kids
per month, YTV also publishes Whoa!, a successful kids' magazine, travels to
communities across the country with its WOW tour, conducts a highly respected
annual survey, The YTV Tween Report and has a highly interactive website that
averages over 90 million monthly page views.
Certain statements herein may constitute forward-looking statements,
including those identified by the expressions ''may'', ''will'', ''should'',
''could'', ''anticipate'', ''believe'', ''plan'', ''estimate'', ''potential'',
''expect'', ''intend'' and similar expressions to the extent they relate to
the Company or its Management. These statements reflect the Company's current
expectations and are based on information currently available to Management.
These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks,
uncertainties, assumptions and other factors that could cause actual results
or events to differ materially from current expectations, including the
matters discussed under ''Risk Factors'' contained in the Company's prospectus
dated May 12, 2006. 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.
For further information:
For further information: DHX Media Ltd.: David A. Regan, EVP, Corporate
Development & IR, (902) 423-0260; AIM Nominated Advisors: Grant Thornton UK
LLP: Gerry Beaney, Troy MacDonald, +44 (0) 20 7383 5100