DHX MEDIA SECURES DEAL IN BELGIUM
VRT-KETNET TAKES TRIO OF SHOWS
Halifax, NS – 29 May 2013 – DHX Media, a leading independent creator, producer, distributor and licensor of mainly children’s entertainment content, has sold three of its key kids’ shows to leading Belgian broadcaster VRT-Ketnet.
The multi-property deal includes 52 x 11′ episodes of the brand new DHX Media series SheZow, seasons one and two of CBC-commissioned show Monster Math Squad (52 x 11′) and season one of Martha Speaks (40 x 15′).
SheZow, (52 x 11) which follows the topsy-turvy life of a superhero boy has recently been picked up by Lagardère Active TV Channel Division to air on Canal J in France as well as going to Italy via a five year deal with Switchover Media’s kids’ channel FRISBEE, as previously announced. The show is currently in production and is created by showrunner Obie Scott Wade and produced by Moody Street Kids and Kickstart Productions Inc. along with partners Film Victoria and Vision Animation. DHX Media has worldwide (except Australia) TV and licensing and merchandising to the show.
Produced for CBC and SRC in Canada, CG animated (52 x 11) show Monster Math Squad stars loveable monsters that help children develop formative math-related skills. The show is created by Jeff Rosen who also created the DHX Media shows Poko,Animal Mechanicals and Bo on the GO. Both seasons have also been sold to PCCW’s now TV channel in Hong Kong.
Martha Speaks (40 x 15’) is a language-centered program about Helen and her talking dog Martha. DHX Media recently announced its major TV and VOD rights deal with Super RTL for Martha Speaks seasons two and three which will air this year. Aimed at 4-7 year olds, the series is coproduced by DHX Media and WGBH Boston for PBS Kids.
Based on the best-selling books by Susan Meddaugh, the series stars Martha, a beloved family dog who is accidentally fed alphabet soup, giving her the power of speech and the chance to speak her mind to anyone who will listen, often with hilarious consequences! The show has already been sold to broadcasters globally including CBBC in the UK, Nick Jr Australia, JimJam Italy and Sun TV in India.
Lara Ilie, Territory Manager at DHX Media, says: “We pride ourselves on children’s content which has a solid educational basis and a universal appeal, and this deal with VRT highlights that those aims are being supported by broadcasters the world over.”
Telidja Klaï at VRT-Ketnet adds: “VRT-Ketnet has acquired all three DHX Media shows as they are all a perfect fit for our audience. Martha Speaks will steal children’s hearts, Monster Math Squad is ‘totally Ketnet’ and is ideal for our preschool block, SheZow offers adventure and comedy which our viewers love. DHX Media will continue to bring original, unique and compelling entertainment across key international markets like Belgium.”
For more information, please contact:
Janet Balmforth at DDA Blueprint PR for DHX Media
Tel: +44 (0) 20 8868 0511 or firstname.lastname@example.org
About DHX Media
DHX Media (www.dhxmedia.com) is a leader in the creation, production and licensing of family entertainment rights. DHX Media owns, markets and distributes over 8,500 half hours of children’s entertainment content, and exploits owned properties through its consumer products licensing business. DHX Media is recognized for brands such as Caillou, Busytown Mysteries, Inspector Gadget, Johnny Test, Animal Mechanicals, Kid vs. Kat, Super WHY!, Rastamouse, and Yo Gabba Gabba!. The company also provides programming for Cookie Jar TV, the weekend morning block on CBS. DHX Media’s full-service international licensing agency, Copyright Promotions Licensing Group, (CPLG), represents numerous entertainment, sport and design brands. DHX Media has offices in Toronto, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Halifax, London, Paris, Barcelona, Lisbon, Milan, Munich, Netherlands and is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange.