Degrassi


DHX launches online networks arm

DHX Media has revamped the WildBrain banner as it creates a London-based digital kids network and original production arm. DHX bought Canadian producer WildBrain Entertainment in 2010, and later subsumed it within the consolidated DHX Media group. The Toronto-based broadcaster and kids content group has now established Wild Brain Family International, which will be known […]

LA equity group buys Octonauts prodco

An LA-based private equity firm has acquired a majority stake in Octonauts producer Silvergate Media for an undisclosed amount. Shamrock Capital Advisors plans to expand Silvergate’s IP, library rights and digital capabilities, as well as its Chinese operations. The deal has been touted as the most significant in the children’s IP space since Canada’s 9 […]

DHX revenue soars to C$260m

Canada’s DHX Media has posted fiscal year revenues of C$264 million (US$196.8 million) and net income of C$19.5 million. The Halifax-based firm noted its full-year revenue was up 127% of the 2014 figure and net income 150%. Adjusted EBITDA was up 144% at C$90.2 million. DHX owns television brands including Yo Gabba Gabba!, Teletubbies (pictured), […]

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 […]

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 […]

TeenNick ends Degrassi after 14 seasons

Long-running teen series Degrassi is coming to an end after US broadcaster TeenNick decided to end the show. The Canadian-produced drama will have gone to 14 season after its final run this summer, which will be a two-week summer event series. Internationally, the show is sold by DHX Media, which bought its producer, Epitome Pictures, […]

State of the industry: Canadian kids TV

Digital disruption and an end to regulatory protection has some in the Canadian kids business worried, but while content providers have one less broadcaster to pitch following the sell-off of Astral Media’s assets, they are optimistic that the same new platforms threatening traditional TV will provide them with greater global reach. Mark Dillon reports. The […]

DHX buys Degrassi producer in $30m deal

DHX Media is buying Epitome, the producer behind Canadian teen drama franchise Degrassi, for C$33 million (US$29.9 million). DHX will pay around C$19.5 million in cash and rest through an issue of nearly three million DHX shares, though these are subject to a six-month lock–up agreement. In turn, DHX will get 469 half-hours of programmes […]

Canada’s turn to shine

Canada is a top originator of English-language scripted and factual content. Ever savvier of the international market, the country’s producers and distributors are more aggressively seeking out US partnerships as a springboard to the rest of the world, reports Mark Dillon. One reason Canadian producers need a global outlook is a challenging broadcast landscape at […]