DHX Media reaches licensing deals with video-on-demand services in U.S., Europe

HALIFAX – DHX Media Ltd. (TSX:DHX) says it has agreed to license U.S. and Canadian rights for some of its children’s entertainment content to SpiritClips of Los Angeles, a subscription video-on-demand service.

The Halifax-based media company has also reached similar agreements for SVOD services in Germany, Scandinavia and Russia.

Financial terms weren’t disclosed by DHX Media.

It says SpiritClips will license 173 half-hour episodes of titles such as “Busytown Mysteries” and “The Adventures of Paddington Bear.”

SpiritClips distributes content to a variety of connected devices including mobile, tablet, and stream-to-television viewing platforms.

In Germany, ProSieben Sat1 has signed SVOD rights for several series to its “Maxdome” digital content distribution platform including “Dennis the Menace,” “Inspector Gadget,” and “Arthur.”

Scandinavian-based Dk ToonTV, a new cartoon-based SVOD services and specialty channel targeting kids aged 2-6 years, has picked up “Strawberry Shortcake,” “Horseland,” and “Franny’s Feet.”

In Russia, NOW CJSC, has signed a three-year deal during which subscribers in Russia and other countries in the region will be able to access over 1,300 half hours of DHX Media programs.