Halifax, Canada – DHX Media Ltd., an independent creator, producer, distributor and licensor of children’s entertainment content, has announced its acquisition of Ragdoll Worldwide Ltd. from BBC Worldwide and a group including the founder of Ragdoll, Anne Wood, for GBP 17.4 million. DHX Media expects the transaction to be accretive to net earnings per share for fiscal 2014.
Under the agreement, DHX Media obtains 12 series, including UK series The Adventures of Abney & Teal, BAFTA-winning Dipdap and Brum, in addition to 365 episodes of Teletubbies, 52 episodes of Teletubbies Everywhere and 100 episodes of In the Night Garden. Ragdoll Worldwide’s flagship properties Teletubbies and In the Night Garden have achieved significant commercial success since inception through strong broadcast and licensing programmes. Teletubbies has aired in over 120 countries and its top five postings on YouTube have garnered a cumulative 286,000,000 views.
Michael Donovan, CEO of DHX Media, said: “Teletubbies and In the Night Garden are worldwide phenomena. These globally-recognised brands will be highly complementary to the DHX Media library, which is now one of the largest independent libraries of children’s TV content in the world. As a leading supplier to subscription video on-demand (“SVOD”) services worldwide, and as an operator of our own SVOD, we are uniquely positioned to continue to develop these evergreen children’s properties in exciting new ways and we also look to maintain a continuing link with Anne Wood, one of the most experienced and passionate producers in the business.”
Ragdoll Worldwide was established as a joint venture in 2006 between BBC Worldwide, BBC’s commercial arm, and Anne Wood’s production company, Ragdoll Ltd.