HALIFAX, July 3, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - DHX Media Ltd. (TSX: DHX), a leading independent international producer, distributor and licensor of mainly children's entertainment content and The Jim Henson Company are pleased to announce that production has been greenlit on a new children's series entitled 'The Doozers'. The co-production will commence July 2012 at DHX Media's CGI animation production studio in Halifax, Canada.
The Jim Henson Company is currently in negotiations with leading broadcasters around the world to license THE DOOZERS and will be presenting the series at October's MIPJunior and MIPCOM television content market.
The DOOZERS were first introduced to television audiences through Fraggle Rock, which aired in the U.S. on HBO from 1983 to 1987 and was ranked #1 with children (ages 2-11). That series, viewed by over 5 million people weekly, currently airs in the U.S. on The Hub!
About DHX Media Ltd.:
DHX Media is a leading international family entertainment rights creation and management company with three-award-winning production facilities, worldwide distribution and a global consumer products business. DHX Media has produced over 40 original television series, including world-recognized series such as Yo Gabba Gabba, SuperWHY!, Franny's Feet, Animal Mechanicals, Kid vs. Kat, Angela Anaconda and Martha Speaks, and maintains a library of over 2,500 half-hours of animation and live-action programming. The company's global licensing group oversees a diverse merchandising portfolio for proven properties, including the hit U.K. series Rastamouse, airing on CBeebies. DHX Media has offices in Toronto, Halifax, Vancouver, Los Angeles and London, and is listed on the TSX (Toronto Stock Exchange).
About The Jim Henson Company:
The Jim Henson Company has remained an established leader in family entertainment for over 50 years and is recognized worldwide as an innovator in puppetry, animatronics and digital animation. Best known as creators of the world famous Muppets, Henson has received over 50 Emmy Awards and nine Grammy Awards. Recent credits include the Emmy® nominated "Sid the Science Kid," "Dinosaur Train," "Wilson & Ditch: Digging America" and "Pajanimals." Features include "The Dark Crystal," "Labyrinth," "MirrorMask," and "Unstable Fables" and television productions include "Fraggle Rock" and the sci-fi cult series "Farscape."
With additional locations in New York and London, The Jim Henson Company is headquartered in Los Angeles on the historic Charlie Chaplin lot, complete with soundstage and postproduction facilities. Independently owned and operated by the five adult children of founder Jim Henson, the Company is also home to Jim Henson's Creature Shop™, a pre-eminent character-building and visual effects group with international film, television and advertising clients, as well as Henson Recording Studios, one of the music industry's top recording facilities known for its world-class blend of state-of-the-art and vintage equipment. The Company's Henson Alternative brand has recently announced the national tour of "Stuffed and Unstrung," a live puppet improvisational show named one of the top 10 "Best Stage Shows of 2010" by Entertainment Weekly. www.henson.com
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David A. Regan - EVP, Corporate Development & IR, DHX Media Ltd.