DHX Media has integrated its studio and distribution teams in an effort to “enhance synergies” across its businesses. To that end, the global kids content company has promoted several senior executives to new positions.
As part of the integration, Anne Loi, former SVP of finance and operations, will now serve as EVP of Global Operations. Loi will oversee all studio and distribution group operations, as well as global technical services and business analytics.
Josh Scherba, former SVP of distribution, has been promoted to EVP of distribution and content. He’ll have overall responsibility for the creation and sales of DHX kids and family content. Both Loi and Scherba will report to COO and president Steven DeNure.
Ken Faier, who previously served as SVP and GM of DHX Studios will now serve as SVP and Executive Producer at DHX Content. Faier will report to DeNure and focus on new business, interactive and brand development. “We are restructuring some of the operational responsibilities of the studio, so it’s true Ken will be less hands on when it comes to the individual studios,” says Denure.
Stephanie Betts will now serve as SVP of development and current series. Betts previously served as VP of development at DHX Kids. She’ll continue to lead the company’s development slate in her new role, and will also have creative oversight of production for all DHX Media original content. Betts will report to Scherba.
“At DHX we are in a perpetual state of rethinking our organization and what works, especially in a content market that’s changing quickly,” says DeNure. “The overall goal is to ensure that what we make is informed by what is going on in the market. Of course there’s always that back and forth in the process between market intelligence and great creative ideas, so we think that the business works better overall when you have those things all under one roof.”
While DHX did not announce any changes to Asaph Fipke’s role as chief content officer for DHX Studios, DeNure said his responsibilities will change. “Ace has spent the last two years intensely focused on a robust new development slate of projects, which we are starting to greenlight,” he said. “One of the things Ace wanted to do was go back to focusing on individual projects, executive producing and creating content. He’ll be stepping back from his role as chief content officer, and that’s really with a focus on a key list of fresh projects that are a couple of years in the works.”
DeNure also stressed that this restructuring will not result in any job losses.