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Halifax, NS – 12 February 2008 – DHX Media Ltd. (AIM & TSX ticker: “DHX”), a leading independent international producer and distributor of television programming and interactive content is pleased to announce that it has reached an agreement to license certain distribution rights to its animated comedy series, Kid vs. Kat, to Jetix Europe. The new series is being produced by DHX Media’s recently acquired animation company, Studio B Productions Inc., in association with Jetix Europe and Canadian kids’ broadcaster, YTV.
Under the agreement, Jetix Europe holds TV distribution rights for 52, 15 minute episodes of Kid vs. Kat across Europe and the Middle East, including Pay TV and Free TV distribution, as well as home video & consumer product rights. Disney-ABC International Television will service the distribution of the television rights to Kid vs. Kat for the Jetix Europe held territories. Kid vs. Kat will debut on Jetix Europe’s channels from early 2009.
DHX Media’s distribution subsidiary DECODE Enterprises will handle television, home entertainment and merchandising and licensing rights for the rest of the world.
Studio B, the production company that was commissioned to produce the successful Pucca property on behalf of Jetix Europe, started production on Kid vs. Kat in January 2008.
Michael Donovan, Chairman and CEO of DHX Media commented: “We are very pleased to build on our growing relationship with Jetix. This deal for Kid vs. Kat combined with our agreement for Urban Vermin is a confirmation of our shared interest in, and commitment to, high quality children’s programming.”
Blair Peters, Executive Producer, Studio B Productions Inc., said: “We are very excited to be working with Jetix again on this super cartoony, action packed series. The creator, Rob Boutilier, has brought his wit to a number of other productions with Studio B and we are delighted to have him at the helm of his own series.”
About Kid vs. Kat
Kid vs. Kat is about the exaggerated conflict between a demonically malevolent cat and Coop, the beleaguered ten-year-old boy, to whom it has taken a demented dislike. When Coop’s spoiled little sister Millie brings home Kat, a stray kitty of mysterious origin, his idyllic life is turned upside-down. It’s obvious to Coop that Kat wants to annihilate him. The problem is he has no evidence to prove it, as by the time his Dad comes onto the smoking, debris-littered scene, all evidence pointing to Kat is gone.
For more information, please contact:
DHX Media Ltd.
Dana Landry – Chief Financial Officer
David A. Regan – EVP Corporate Development & Investor Relations
AIM Nominated Advisors: Canaccord Adams Limited
+44 (0) 20-7050-6500
About DHX Media Ltd.
DHX Media Ltd. is a leading international producer and distributor of television programming and interactive content with an emphasis on children, family and youth markets. DHX Media Ltd. is listed on AIM and on the Toronto Stock Exchange. DHX Media’s production companies, Decode Entertainment and Halifax Film, are the producers or co-producers of 11 original television series or theatrical releases currently commissioned for production and maintain a growing library of over 1,700 half-hours of mostly children and youth-oriented television productions. www.dhxmedia.com
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