DHX MEDIA AND MATTEL CREATIONS ANNOUNCE INTERNATIONAL LICENSES FOR FIREMAN SAM™ SPECIAL; AND BRAND NEW EPISODES AND SPECIAL GREENLIT
Licenses in key markets for 60’ special Fireman Sam: Alien Alert, featuring voice of David Tennant
Halifax, NS – 13 October 2016 – DHX Media (or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: DHXM; TSX: DHX.A, DHX.B), the world’s leading independent, pure-play kids content company and Mattel Creations, a centralized theatrical, television and digital content creation division from Mattel Inc., has underscored the global appeal of animated hero Fireman Sam licensing the 60’ special Fireman Sam: Alien Alert to key European markets.
Deals include a license to Pathé Live, which will release the special theatrically in France in over 180 cinemas from February 2017, as well as Universal home video in France. Cartoonito in Italy has picked up the special for television, and justbridge has also come on board for theatrical and home entertainment release in Germany, with Fireman Sam: Alien Alert scheduled to hit theatres in January 2017. Additionally, season 10 of the show has recently been signed to Clan TV in Spain and France 5 extending the reach of the preschool favourite in Europe.
Ahead of MIPCOM, DHX Media and Mattel Creations also announced they will co-produce an additional 13×10’ episodes of the Fireman Sam series bringing the number of seasons available of the hit show to eleven as well as brand new special for 2018.
Fireman Sam: Alien Alert is a new feature-length CG-animated 2017 special produced by Mattel Creations (HIT Entertainment), and distributed by DHX Media which handles distribution for all Fireman Sam content worldwide.
Featuring the voice of multi-award-winning Scottish actor David Tennant (Doctor Who, Harry Potter) as humorous villain Buck Douglas Fireman Sam: Alien Alert introduces a new location and characters in a storyline full of twists and turns, while delivering all the action and adventure kids know and love from Fireman Sam.
Josh Scherba, SVP Distribution at DHX Media, said: “Fireman Sam: Alien Alert is a dynamic addition to the Fireman Sam franchise extending the much-loved elements into hour-long adventure that features even more heroism, loyalty and teamwork – not to mention the considerable voice talents of David Tennant. Fans in these markets are in for a real treat. The brand is going from strength to strength as shown in the demand for more content. We are excited to see Sam and his co-workers tackling new Pontypandy dramas in eleven brand new episodes.”
Christopher Keenan, Senior Vice President Global Content & Executive Producer at Mattel Creations, says: “Alien Alert is an action-packed Fireman Sam adventure for pre-schoolers, and we’re delighted to have the talented David Tennant on board as the voice of Buck. The special stays true to core Fireman Sam values – bravery, loyalty, heroism, community and teamwork – but takes us to new levels of excitement with a sci-fi slant that includes new characters, rescue vehicles, locations, and plot twists. This movie and new production for series 11 cements the incredible moment the Fireman Sam franchise is having in Europe and beyond.”
Multi-award-winning actor David Tennant says: “Fireman Sam is a true institution of children’s television so naturally it was a joy to be asked to guest-voice the character of Buck Douglas the new special, Fireman Sam: Alien Alert. I had a lot of fun in the studio bringing Buck’s character to life and I’m certain he’ll be a big hit with audiences when he appears on screens throughout the world in the movie. He’s slick and smug, but his adventurous and gregarious persona, as well as his UFO investigative adventures, makes the kids – and quite a few of the grown-ups – want to be just like him!”
Fireman Sam is currently riding high with 2015 NPD Data placing it as No.1 pre-school character property in Germany (four to five times higher than the second placed character property) and Top 5-character property in pre-school vehicles for key territories. It is also a Top 5 performing pre-school show across key markets and experienced double digit growth during 2015 with NPD data showing continued growth for Germany, France, Italy and Spain. Earlier this year, Fireman Sam series 10 struck deals with European broadcasters Cartoonito (UK), RTE Ireland, RTL Telekids (Netherlands) and VTM Kazoom Medialaan (Belgium).
For more information, please contact:
Investor Relations: Nancy Chan-Palmateer – Director, Investor Relations, DHX Media Ltd.
Financial Media: Shaun Smith – Director, Corporate Communications, DHX Media Ltd.
Trade Media: Aimee Norman at DDA Blueprint PR
+44 (0) 20 8985 4708
Mattel Creations PR: Amarilis Whitty – Global PR Manager
+44 (0) 2075542518
About DHX Media
DHX Media Ltd. (www.dhxmedia.com) is the world’s leading independent, pure-play children’s content company. Owner of the world’s largest independent library of children’s content, at more than 11,800 half-hours, the company 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. As a content producer and owner of intellectual property, DHX Media delivers shows that children love, licensing its content to major broadcasters and streaming services worldwide. Through its subsidiary, WildBrain, DHX Media also operates the largest network of children’s content on YouTube. The company’s robust consumer products program generates royalties from merchandise based on its much-loved children’s brands. Headquartered in Canada, DHX Media has offices in 15 cities globally, and is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (DHX.A and DHX.B) and the NASDAQ Global Select Market (DHXM).
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