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Rainmaker buys Frederator, EH to form WOW!

Canada’s Rainmaker Entertainment has acquired kids companies Frederator Networks and Ezrin Hirsh Entertainment, paying a total of C$22.2 million (US$16.2 million) to create a combined company. Once the ‘arms-length’ mergers are complete, the combined Rainmaker, Frederator and EH will become WOW! Unlimited Media. This Toronto-based firm will have a newly formed board and a reorganised […]

DHX in share offer u-turn

Canada’s DHX Media has performed an about-face and decided not to go ahead with a recently-announced public offering. The kids TV group only this week announced it was preparing a new share offer, but following a management “assessment” a decision has been made to end the strategy. “The termination results from an assessment by DHX’s […]

Strawberry Shortcake sold for $105m

American Greetings’ popular Strawberry Shortcake character has been sold for US$105 million. US-based Iconix Brand Group has acquired the franchise, which has spawned various animated TV series, and its related intangible assets for a cash lump sum. The 35-year-old Strawberry Shortcake brand was born out of greeting cards, and has grown a licensing and merchandise […]

KidsCo to close following NBCU Sprout deal

The shareholders of international kids channel KidsCo are closing down the joint venture following NBCUniversal’s move to buy all of preschool network Sprout. The decision has been made to stop broadcasting the channel due to the “challenging” nature of the crowded kids TV channels business and problems “growing” the net. “As a result, both shareholders […]