AIM and TSX: DHX
HALIFAX, June 25 /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 a third season
commission for the hit preschool series Franny's Feet from Family Channel, an
Astral Media network. This order for 26 eleven minute episodes, brings the
total of episodes ordered to 104 eleven minute episodes (or 52 half hours),
and will see the new season air on Astral Media's Playhouse Disney and Family
Recent deals for Franny's Feet have included a broadcast rights
acquisition by PBS Kids Sprout following excellent ratings for the show in the
US on THIRTEEN/WNET where it airs daily, and, in the UK, a broadcast rights
sale to Disney Channel UK, an apparel deal signed with Cooneen and a "dress
up" deal signed with Cesar.
Michael Donovan, Chairman and CEO of DHX Media commented: "Franny's Feet
continues to be a property with ancilliary revenue potential with a wide
international reach. This third season commission is evidence of our
commitment to excellence in developing properties with wide, ongoing appeal."
Produced by DHX Media's DECODE Entertainment, Franny's Feet also airs on
PBS member stations in markets including Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, Dallas,
Seattle and Washington. It is also currently shown in more than 150 countries
worldwide, including major international channels ABC Australia, France 5,
Disney Channel UK and Germany; Cartoon Network in Japan, Korea and Taiwan,
Italy's Rai, TV2 Denmark and TV12 Singapore.
The series is sold worldwide by DECODE Enterprises, DHX Media's
distribution subsidiary. Worldwide licensing is managed by The Sharpe Company.
Beth Stevenson, Executive VP of Production and Development at DHX Media's
DECODE Entertainment said: "We're really looking forward to taking Franny to
new and exciting places in the new season. We've signed a number of key deals
for the property over recent months and this commission gives us a further
platform to build on as we extend the brand."
Franny's Feet is supported by an extensive licensing and merchandising
campaign. PLAYSKOOL, a division of Hasbro, Inc., is worldwide master toy and
game licensee and is set to launch a series of toys and games incorporating
dolls, accessories, role play, games and puzzles.
The licensing programme includes recent deals with Allumination Filmworks
for US home entertainment, US deals for Halloween costumes with Disguise Inc.,
and Cadaco for crayon and paper arts activity products and glue based cling
moulds and frames for activity.
Penguin Group USA has launched storybooks, readers, stickerbooks, a
series of novelty books such as board, lift-the-flap and word game activity
books and Simon & Schuster's color & activity books and kits.
In the UK, the company has signed an apparel deal with Cooneen and a
dress up deal with Cesar brokered through UK agent Rocket Licensing and in
Argentina, agent IMC has signed up Ediciones B as publisher of story books and
soft cover titles in Argentina and Uruguay.
DECODE has also recently signed up a number of international licensing
sub-agents through its representative, The Sharpe Company including CPLG
(Copyright Promotions) in France and Italy, Scandinavia's Alicom Licensing,
IMC (International Merchandising Consultants) in Argentina, Australia's IFG
and Korea's Asiana Licensing have come on board to extend the reach of the
brand in key markets.
About Franny's Feet
Franny's magical adventures transport her to places around the world,
where she meets new friends and tries to help them solve problems, sharing her
feelings, fears and advice with the audience along the way. Global awareness,
science and vocabulary development are woven together with delightful
storytelling for a seamless, entertaining and interdisciplinary learning
In every episode, while helping her grandpa in his shoe repair shop,
Franny slips on a pair of shoes and says, "Where will my feet take me today?"
From there, the adventures are limitless. When Franny dons a pair of hiking
boots, she is transported to the middle of the African Savannah. In a pair of
sandals, she twirls into a Mexican fiesta. Mukluks take her on a wild trip to
the frozen Arctic. In zoris, she travels to a tea ceremony in Japan.
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 17 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.
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
For further information:
For further information: DHX Media Ltd.: David A. Regan, EVP, Corporate
Development & IR, (902) 423-0260; AIM Nominated Advisors: Grant Thornton
Corporate Finance: Gerry Beaney; Troy MacDonald, +44 (0) 20 7383 5100