Toronto, ON – 20 August 2015 – Following the announcement to extend the Family Channel brand over the other three kids services in its offering, DHX Television has announced its rebranded channels will debut this fall. The preschool channels Family Jr. and Télémagino, providing entertaining and engaging programs for kids 2-5, and CHRGD, offering lively series and movies for kids 6-12, will carry the leading Canadian kids-and-family entertainment brand across DHX Television’s entire suite of channels just as fall programming ramps up.
“Our rejuvenated brands will add even more energy, excitement and entertainment to our offering, delivering appealing and attention-grabbing content that is relevant to the interests and lifestyles of today’s youth,” said Joe Tedesco, Senior Vice-President and General Manager, DHX Television. “Family Jr., Télémagino and CHRGD will meet the expectations viewers have for the Family Channel brand, debuting with fantastic new schedules that feature series with strong characters and stories. Our imagination-inspired preschool network celebrates popular and engaging characters and storylines with programming that younger viewers and their families will love, while a burst of spontaneous fun will greet our older viewers on CHRGD.”
The English-language Family Jr. and French-language Télémagino preschool brands will captivate young viewers, inspiring them to let their imagination take flight. Through world-renowned Canadian series and globally successful preschool characters, Family Jr. and Télémagino will bring make-believe to life.
The notion that young minds should be open to the endless possibilities that surround them on a daily basis is reflected in Family Jr. and Télémagino’s programming slate. New to the networks are the previously announced Twirlywoos, embarking on a funny flight of discovery; the live-action, CGI-enhanced Teletubbies; and, for Family Jr. only, the popular Curious George program and the Canadian original puppet series from Sinking Ship, Playdate. Fans of both networks will still be treated to Disney content including Jake and the Never Land Pirates, Sheriff Callie’s Wild West, Henry Hugglemonster and more, plus returning hits including Thomas & Friends, Justin Time, Strawberry Shortcake and more.
When CHRGD enters the market, viewers will be drawn to its wacky, wild and energy-filled environment. The brand bottles spontaneity and breathes infinite excitement and hilarity into the channel with creative rendered in a hand-drawn style.
Animation and live-action series, specials and movies take centre stage on CHRGD, catering specifically to the kids 6-12 age group’s comedic sensibilities. Joining the Disney content still running on the network – which includes Mighty Med, Phineas and Ferb and Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero among others – are specials from Mattel’s Team Hot Wheels property, the return of Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures and the animated underwater adventure series The Deep, which follows a family of explorers. From DHX Television’s original production slate comes the second season of the popular series Gaming Show (In My Parents’ Garage) from B-Minors, season four of the animated action series Slugterra (DHX Media) and Radical Sheep’s new adventure series about a young barbarian named Fangbone!
Family Channel offers the best in family television entertainment in a premium, commercial-free environment. Dedicated to celebrating family life and providing a daily vacation for children and their families, Family airs a unique mix of top-rated Canadian and acquired series, movies and specials. Family Channel subscribers also have access to Family OnDemand and Family Online at no additional cost, to see hit movies and series when they want them, where they want them. Visit us at Family.ca.
Family Jr. is a commercial-free channel available to English-language subscribers across Canada. Committed to capturing young minds and engaging young hearts, Family Jr., and its complementary French service, Télémagino, inspires imagination and make-believe at every turn with renowned Canadian series and popular preschool brands. Ensuring access is available to subscribers when they want it, where they want it, Family Jr. is also available through Family Jr. OnDemand and Family Jr. Online at no additional cost.
CHRGD is an advertising-supported digital specialty network that features animated and live-action programming. Designed to surprise and entertain young viewers, CHRGD showcases series, movies and specials that will blow kids minds and keep boredom at bay. Ensuring access is available to subscribers when they want it, where they want it, CHRGD is also available through CHRGD OnDemand and CHRGD Online at no additional cost.
About DHX Television
DHX Television is comprised of Family Channel, CHRGD, Family Jr. and Télémagino, and is part of DHX Media Ltd., a leading creator, producer, marketer and broadcaster of family entertainment. Dedicated to celebrating family fun, DHX Television delivers best-in-class programming through premium subscriptions and its original production mandate, and creates and produces captivating in-market events that appeal to Canadian families. DHX Television is home to world-renowned series including The Next Step, Degrassi: Next Class and Teletubbies. DHX Media Ltd. has offices globally, and is traded on the NASDAQ and Toronto Stock Exchange.
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