Nelvana Enterprises

DHX brings in Corus sales veteran for distribution

DHX Media has appointed Nelvana Enterprises’ Jerry Diaz as vice president of distribution. In the role, Diaz will have direct responsibility for managing the global sales and distribution business at Canada-based DHX. Diaz will report to Josh Scherba, executive VP of content and distribution, who holds overall responsibility for creating and selling kids and family […]

Kids company Sutikki setting up UK base

Sutikki, the new kids content company backed by Bob’s Burgers prodco Bento Box, is preparing to open up in the UK. The new company was set up by kids TV veterans and former Nelvana execs Irene Weibel and Andrew Kerr, alongside In the Night Garden creator and Teletubbies co-creator Andrew Davenport. It is about to announce its first […]

Corus moves Teletoon originals exec to Nelvana

Canada’s Corus Entertainment has moved an original programming boss at its kids network Teletoon to production arm Nelvana. Athena Georgaklis has been named head of development, and will lead rights acquisition and original content development for the studio. She takes up her post immediately, reporting to Nelvana president Scott Dyer, and working closely with the […]

Disney Channel buys Nelvana, Sony toon

Disney Channels Worldwide has acquired Hotel Transylvania: The Television Series, which comes from Canada’s Nelvana and Sony Pictures Animation in the US. The 26x22mins series is based on the film franchise, which has grossed more than US$820 million at the worldwide box office. It will air on Disney Channel in the US, Europe (excluding Germany), […]

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 […]

Super RTL pits at Trucktown

German family channel Super RTL has acquired Canadian animated series Trucktown. The channel has bought the show from Nelvana Enterprises, and will debut it later this year. It first launched on Nelvana’s Corus Entertainment stablemate preschool net Treehouse is September last year. Trucktown follows a group of playful but rough-and-tumble trucks that roar around the […]

Corus CEO Cassaday retiring

Corus Entertainment’s CEO, John Cassaday, has announced his retirement. After 25 years in the business and 15 as president and CEO of Canadian content giant Corus, Cassaday (pictured) will step down on March 30, 2015 at the end of his current contract. Corus COO Doug Murphy (below right) will step us and replace him in […]

Paw Patrol added as Channel 5, Nick grow closer

UK terrestrial net Channel 5 has again turned to its pay TV cousin Nickelodeon, this time taking free TV rights to animated series Paw Patrol. Nick parent Viacom completed its £450 million (US$740 million) takeover of Channel 5 last month, and this immediately lead to the announcement of Neila the Knight, a series co-funded by […]

US kids VOD platform bags Nelvana hours

Bilingual children’s VOD service Oznoz has secured a deal for more than 400 half-hour episodes of programming from Canada’s Nelvana Enterprises. Oznoz offers programming in a range of languages, and this deal brings its overall content offering to more than 2,000 hours. Key Nelvana titles include Babar, Franklin, Beyblade, Bakugan, Scaredy Squirrel and Ruby Gloom […]

Kids veteran Court joins Brown Bag board

Global kids TV veteran Neil Court has joined the board of Irish animation producer Brown Bag Films. Court, co-founder of DHX Media predecessor Decode Entertainment, has been advising the Dublin-based prodco since November, and has now formalised the relationship. Court has also been managing director of Nelvana Enterprises and his own international media consultancy. He […]