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Wildbrain grabs Gisby as new MD

Children’s digital network Wildbrain has appointed Jon Gisby as its new MD. The company said Gisby, who has held senior positions at a range of media companies for over twenty years, would ‘drive Wildbrain’s next phase of growth.’ Gisby will work at Wildbrain’s London offices, and focus on further strengthening its growing digital kids’ network […]

DHX boss to exit as senior team sees reshuffle

DHX Media is set to reshuffle its senior team after its co-founder, president and COO, Steven DeNure has announced his departure, which will take place over the next month. In the move, Aaron Ames has been appointed chief operating officer, Josh Scherba has been promoted to president and Anne Loi has been upped to the […]

CEO Landry out as DHX shakes up management

DHX Media CEO Dana Landry is leaving the Canadian media giant, with Michael Donovan taking over as part of wider management changes. The long-serving Landry is leaving to “pursue other projects”, according to DHX, and his departure comes as a strategic review continues. Also leaving is CFO Keith Abriel, who is being replaced by former […]

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 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 […]

DHX pays US$27.5m for Teletubbies owner Ragdoll Worldwide

Canada’s DHX Media has acquired Teletubbies and In the Night Garden owner Ragdoll Worldwide for £17.4 million (US$27.5 million). The deal for the commercial arm of UK prodco Ragdoll will be funded from a C$25 million (US$24.2 million) expansion of DHX’s debt facility and cash reserves. The deal, closed with Ragdoll Worldwide owners BBC Worldwide […]