Teletubbies


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 […]

Chinese SVOD platforms buy DHX toons

Chinese subscription on-demand platforms have acquired animated programming from Canada’s DHX Media in two separate deals. iQiyi has taken AVOD and SVOD rights to more than 400 half-hours, including the original Teletubbies, Paddington and Caillou (pictured). iQiyi rival LeTV has taken English- and Mandarin-language OTT television rights (for smart TV and set-top boxes) and web […]

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), […]

Kids SVOD platform secures BBCWW, HIT deals

Digital preschool service OobEdoO has added shows from BBC Worldwide and HIT Entertainment to its line-up. From the BBC’s commercial arm comes season four of Balamory and season three of Charlie and Lola, while HIT is providing two 50-minute specials and six episodes of Barney & Friends. OobEdoO already offers programming from Bob the Builder, […]

New Teletubbies heads to Italy

The Teletubbies reboot is heading to Italy after pubcaster Rai bought the series. The deal, with producer and distributor DHX Media, also covers a raft of classic episodes of the iconic preschool series. Rai will air the series on its YoYo channel. The new show is in production, and commissioning broadcaster CBeebies will debut it […]

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 […]

CBeebies: report card, recent hits, shopping lists

CBeebies controller Kay Benbow and her CBBC counterpart Cheryl Taylor took the stage at the Children’s Media Conference last week to tell content companies what is working on their services and what they are looking for. After they had outlined recent news and the profile of their service, TBI quizzed the pair on the details […]

DHX preps share issue

Canada and US-listed DHX Media has launched a share offer and will use the proceeds, among other things, for potential acquisitions. The company, shares in which started trading on the US-based NASDAQ exchange last month, said its public share offering will comprise 8,700,000 variable voting shares and common voting shares in the kids and family […]

Gulli adds Teletubbies

France-based kids channel Gulli has acquired rights to the DHX Media-sold reboot of the Teletubbies. Gulli’s deal covers exclusive free TV rights and non-exclusive VOD rights for online platform GulliMax, and on pay TV channel Gulli Africa in 22 sub-Saharan territories. Airing in France from early 2016, the deal also includes all territories Gulli broadcasts […]

Family Jr. adds to pre-launch line-up

Soon-to-launch Canadian kids channel Family Jr. has added another series to its line-up. The DHX Media-owned channel last week added the new version of Teletubbies to its fall launch slate, and will now get another Anne Wood-created show, the 50x11mins stop-motion preschooler Twirlywoos. DHX acquired the commercial rights to Wood’s UK indie Ragdoll Productions in […]