DHX expands output with acquisitions
Deal after deal, Canada’s DHX Media continues to cement itself as a true 360-degree global company with an increasingly diverse kids and family library of original and acquired properties. On the heels of its acquisition of Family Channel and a trio of Disney channels earlier this year, DHX inked a deal with Sony Pictures to produce a Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs prequel series, and started production on 2D-animated comedy Supernoobs for Teletoon Canada.
The company is also currently working with UK-based Darrall Macqueen on a contemporary version of the iconic series Teletubbies for CBeebies that should be ready to air by the end of 2015. And it’s planning to expand further into live-action content following the purchase of Degrassi franchise producer Epitome Pictures.
“Even though we are a large company, our peers see what’s on the development slate and what moves into production, and know that we are taking on truly creator-driven projects,” says VP of kids development Stephanie Betts. “Seeing how the industry has evolved over the last three years after some grim ones, and being acknowledged for all of the hard work that’s actually paid off, is huge.”