New shows drawing in a new generation of pre-schoolers in the UK
HALIFAX, April 4, 2016 /CNW/ - DHX Media ("DHX" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: DHXM; TSX: DHX.A, DHX.B), a global leader in kids and family entertainment content, and CBeebies, the BBC's dedicated pre-school channel, announce plans to produce a second season of the new Teletubbies. Award-winning UK production company, Darrall Macqueen, will return to make 60 more episodes of the iconic show for DHX and CBeebies.
Steven DeNure, President and COO of DHX Media, said: "The new Teletubbies has clearly struck a chord with UK audiences, and we look forward to sharing more wonderful Tubbyland adventures with viewers tuning in on CBeebies. We expect this to be an exciting year for the Teletubbies as we continue to rollout this iconic brand worldwide."
Kay Benbow, Controller of CBeebies, said: "Since it launched, the new series of Teletubbies has been a huge hit with our very youngest viewers. I am delighted to commission more episodes of this much loved show, so that the CBeebies audience can continue to enjoy and discover a world of fun in Tubbyland."
Season two innovates with exciting new elements to delight another generation of Teletubby devotees. Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po continue to laugh, learn and play as they discover a new area of Teletubbyland called the Hidey Hup – a beautiful hidden glade containing equipment for physical Teletubby fun including the Tubby Bouncy, Tubby Slidey, Tubby Uppy Downy and the Tubby Spinny. And how will the Teletubbies get to the Hidey Hup? In typical Teletubby style, they drive there in their brand new honk honk Tubby Car, singing the infectious Tubby Car song as they go. On top of all that, the Teletubbies will extend their friendship to the adorable and intrepid little Tiddlytubbies – Mi-Mi, Daa Daa, Baa, Ping, RuRu, Nin, Duggle Dee and Umby Pumby – who will have their own sing-along signature song. Also look out for the story of pink tubby custard turning green and a very special Tubby Custard ride carriage for the Noo-noo!
Global phenomenon Teletubbies first launched in March 1997 and became one of the most successful global children's brands of all time. It has reached over 1 billion children to date and the original episodes have aired in over 120 territories in 45 different languages. It was the very first western pre-school property to air on China's CCTV reaching an audience of 300 million children.
The new Teletubbies follows the same well-loved characters and styling as the original but has been visually enhanced by DHX Media and Darrall Macqueen, bringing a refreshed and contemporary look and feel to one of the world's best-loved pre-school properties.
About DHX Media
DHX Media Ltd. (www.dhxmedia.com) is a key player internationally in the production, distribution, broadcast and licensing of entertainment content for children and families. Owner of the world's largest independent library of kids' and family content, at more than 11,500 half-hours, DHX Media 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. DHX Media is comprised of four main business units: DHX Studios creates high-quality original entertainment at its Vancouver and Halifax animation studios, its Toronto live-action studio, and in working with top international producers; DHX Distribution is a major provider of content to the global market; DHX Television, home to the Family suite of channels, is dedicated to delivering best-in-class programming to Canadian families; and DHX Brands specializes in creating, building and managing high-profile global entertainment brands within the children's and young-adult markets. DHX Media also owns the full-service international licensing agency, Copyright Promotions Licensing Group Ltd. (CPLG), which represents numerous entertainment, sport and design brands. DHX Media has offices in 15 cities worldwide, including Toronto, Vancouver, Halifax, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Barcelona, Milan, Munich, Amsterdam and Beijing. The Company is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbol DHXM, and on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the ticker symbols DHX.A and DHX.B.
This press release contains forward looking statements with respect to DHX Media including production of the series and rollout of the brand. 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 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 form part of the Company's registration statement on Form 40-F filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. 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.
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