Family Channel


Show of the week: Massive Monster Mayhem

Easily one of the maddest, noisiest and most ambitious children’s series is Massive Monster Mayhem, from Canada-based DHX Media, series executive producer, Ken Faier describes as “Total Wipeout meets Power Rangers”. “It’s one of the most fun programmes I’ve worked in on in kids TV – genres all mashed up in one show,” he says. “We’re calling […]

Rutherford to launch Temple Street sales arm

Jon Rutherford has surfaced at Toronto’s Temple Street Productions to run a new international distribution division. The executive stepped down from his role as executive VP, distribution and business development at Temple Street compatriot Tricon Films & Television earlier this week, triggering a restructure that saw Karthiga Ratnasabapathy promoted to VP, worldwide sales and acquisitions. […]

AwesomenessTV scores DHX network deal

Multiplatform content firm AwesomenessTV is to produce programming for DHX Media’s Canadian kids television channel under terms of a new pact. US-based Awesomeness will create programming for Family Channel, which DHX will then shop on the international market. The pact also includes licensing and merchandising outside the US. Furthermore, Family Channel parent DHX Television has […]

Priestly, Ringwald for new DHX comedy

DHX’s Family Channel has ordered The Wonderful Wayneys, a family comedy starring Jason Priestley (Beverly Hills: 90210) and Molly Ringwald (The Breakfast Club). The pair will star as seemingly perfect parents of five kids. From Arrested Development exec producer Tom Saunders, the series will follow the Wayneys’ attempts to raise “multi-exceptional” offspring and cope with […]

Netflix, Family enrol Degrassi for new class

Days after MTV Canada and TeenNick declared class was over for high school drama Degrassi, Netflix and Canuck net Family Channel have stepped in to recall its students. The pair have commissioned Degrassi: Next Class, a 20x30mins series from original series production studio Epitome Pictures. They will debut the new series early next year, with […]

DHX to drop Disney brand for channels

Canada’s DHX Media is rebranding three of its children’s channels to bring them under the Family Channel umbrella. DHX Television-operated Disney XD, which targets kids aged 6-12, is becoming Family XTRM, while its 2-6-skewed nets Disney Junior (English- and French-language feeds) will be known as Family Junior and Famille Junior. The changes come into place […]

DHX closes channels deal, shuffles management

DHX Media has closed a deal for the Family Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior in Canada. Canada-listed DHX announced the C$170 million deal for the cable nets, which it has acquired from telco Bell, last November. It will house the channels in a new business unit called DHX Television. Prior to the deal for […]

DHX gets $158m Family Channel takeover approval

Canadian regulators have given DHX Media final approval to acquire Family Channel and three Disney-branded networks for C$170 million (US$158 million). Having gained the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission’s permission to go ahead with the deal, DHX can now complete the deal with broadcaster Bell Media. Completion is expected on July 31, giving Teletubbies owner DHX […]

DHX buys Family Channel, Disney XD for $160m

DHX Media is to buy leading Canadian children’s net Family Channel and three Disney-branded channels for C$170 million (US$160 million) from Bell Media. Bell-operated Disney Junior and the English and French-language Disney XD pay TV networks are part of the agreement. The deal needs approval the Competition Bureau and the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission […]

Disney XD launches on Canadian pay platform

The Walt Disney Company-owned boys’ channel Disney XD has launched in HD on Canadian pay TV platform Shaw Direct. The English-language network went live on Shaw yesterday alongside younger-skewing French-language channel Disney Junior en Français, also in HD. Additionally, HD versions of Family Channel and Disney Junior’s English-language feed have launched. Channel operator Astral Media […]