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Some big changes in store for the DHX Media channels according to cartt.ca

Their contract with Disney is coming up and they are not renewing. So their Disney programs will be gone at the end of the year and their channels will be rebranded to match their popular Family brand.

Disney XD will become Family XTRM
Disney Junior will become Family Junior
Disney Junior French will become Famille Junior

Rebrands will happen by the end of November.

I guess this will open up the door for someone else, like say Corus or Bell, to bring in Disney Canada. Some interesting times ahead i'm guessing.

https://cartt.ca/article/dhx-disney-divorce-almost-done

EDIT by Dr.Dave: See post 11 for the new names and official press release.
 

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Seriously?
I wonder how they plan to survive.. considering ALL the content was pretty much Disney.
Where/what content are they going to get that equates to it?

This will be a real kicker in our house.. my son pretty much only watches Disney Jr. :(
 

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Some excerpts from yesterday's press release:

DHX Television will commence with the new and original lineup beginning in January 2016. Until that time, the channels will continue to broadcast Disney content, including such top-performing series as Liv and Maddie, Good Luck Charlie, Mighty Med and Jake and the Never Land Pirates. Accordingly, the previously released DHX Television acquisition-related annualized synergy target range is increased by 100% to $10 - $14 million and management looks forward to updating its financial outlook with the release of DHX's third-quarter financial results in mid-May.

Joe Tedesco, SVP & General Manager, DHX Television added: "Formats for youth programming are rapidly evolving. Our original commissioned top-rated shows, such as The Next Step and Gaming Show are prime examples of our ability to deliver compelling content to our audiences and are proven ratings drivers for our channels. We are looking forward to expanding our original content slate, as well as expanding our acquisitions with world-leading content producers so we can continue to be the go-to destination for youth and family entertainment."

NEW ORIGINAL COMMISSIONS

Today, we are pleased to announce the commissioning of a fourth season of Family Channel's flagship series, The Next Step, from Temple Street Productions. The Next Step is the #1 kids' television series currently airing across all kids' networks in Canada.1 Following a successful run of season three episodes throughout March and hot on the tail of a sold-out national stage tour, Family has commissioned another batch of episodes from its top-rated homegrown hit.

In addition, DHX Television is pleased to announce the commissioning of season 4 of the popular animated action series Slugterra, a DHX Media-produced show.

These series announcements follow on four shows that have already been announced this broadcast year for the channels, including:
  • Gaming Show (In My Parents' Garage) (Season 2) – (The top-performing domestic show across all Canadian kids' digital networks.)2
  • The Music Room (New Series)
  • Fangbone! (New Series)
  • Justin Time (Season 3)
NEW CONTENT SUPPLY AGREEMENT
To augment our strategy of originals and leveraging our library, DHX will also be announcing new content acquisitions for its channels.

  • Mattel Multi-Year Content Agreement
    DHX is also pleased to announce today that it is finalizing a multi-year agreement with Mattel that brings more than 70 hours of new episodes and specials to air on DHX Television's networks. The deal will see the addition of content from premiere Mattel brands such as Barbie™, Monster High®, Hot Wheels®, Thomas & Friends® and Bob the Builder® across DHX Media's channels.
 

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...the previously released DHX Television acquisition-related annualized synergy target range is increased by 100% to $10 - $14 million...
It sounds like DHX will save $5 - $7 million depending on how much the replacement content will cost them.
 

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Actually Corus bringing in Disney is the result of the rebrand not the other way around Jason.
 

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Has long has they don't change or screw-up Family Channel, I'll be fine. Family Channel and YTV are pretty much the only channels are watch...
 

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This a bad sign for the deaf community. American shows in Canada are sold with or without Closed Captioning (CC). With CC obviously costs more. So without CC, it has to be done by the broadcaster. Corus uses the scroll type (like newscasts) which is LAZY, lacks details and often riddled with errors. Ever watch 'iCarly' on YTV or Nick Canada? Awful! Now Disney Channel originals will probably go this way.:(
 

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Interestingly.. looks like they may be starting to prepare for the change over/loss of some licenses.

They are advertising a few new shows, which are not Disney owned IPs
(including Thomas)
 

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DHX Television to introduce Family Jr., Télémagino and CHRGD this fall

Disney Junior will become Family Jr. (commercial-free)
Disney Junior French will become Télémagino
Disney XD will become CHRGD (advertising-supported)
Family Channel will continue to be a premium, commercial-free channel.

New to Family Jr. and Télémagino are the previously announced Twirlywoos; the live-action, CGI-enhanced Teletubbies; and, for Family Jr. only, the popular Curious George program and the Canadian original puppet series from Sinking Ship, Playdate. Fans of both networks will still be treated to Disney content including Jake and the Never Land Pirates, Sheriff Callie's Wild West, Henry Hugglemonster and more, plus returning hits including Thomas & Friends, Justin Time, Strawberry Shortcake and more.

Animation and live-action series, specials and movies take centre stage on CHRGD, catering specifically to the kids 6-12 age group's comedic sensibilities. Joining the Disney content still running on the network – which includes Mighty Med, Phineas and Ferb and Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero among others – are specials from Mattel's Team Hot Wheels property, the return of Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures and the animated underwater adventure series The Deep, which follows a family of explorers. From DHX Television's original production slate comes the second season of the popular series Gaming Show (In My Parents' Garage) from B-Minors, season four of the animated action series Slugterra (Nerd Corps) and Radical Sheep's new adventure series about a young barbarian named Fangbone!

No specific date was given for the rebranding. The new logos are shown in the press release.
 

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Service providers have announced the following dates for the rebranding:

September 18
Disney Junior (French) will be replaced by Télémagino
Disney Junior (English) will be replaced by Family Junior

October 9
Disney XD will be rebranded CHRGD

December 1
Disney Jr. and Disney XD will be relaunched by Corus

Videotron: Changes to our youth programming
VMedia: Changes to Kids Channels | VMedia Blog

The following web sites are under construction:

Official: www.Telemagino.ca source: http://www.disneyjunior.ca/fr/faq/
Also Registered: www.Telemagino.com

Official: www.FamilyJr.ca source: http://www.disneyjunior.ca/en/faq/

Registered to DHX: www.chrgd.ca
 

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DHX Media licenses two TV series to Disney XD in the US, Asia and Latin America

In an interesting twist, DHX is licensing the rights to two of the programs they commissioned for Family CHRGD to Disney XD in the US. Fangbone! and Gaming Show (In My Parents' Garage) will air on Disney XD in the US, but will air on Family CHRGD in Canada.

People looking at the Disney US schedule will think they are Disney shows, but they are actually Family Channel shows from Canada.
 

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DHX Television's Rebranded Family Jr. and Télémagino Networks Revealed Today

DHX Television's rebranded preschool networks Family Jr. and Télémagino will be introduced to Canadian households this morning and viewers tuning into the channel will now get to experience the new brands that capture how children see the world.

Brand new episodes of the following series debut on Family Jr. tomorrow and Sunday: Thomas & Friends, Strawberry Shortcake, Twirlywoos, Curious George, The Save-Ums!, Topsy and Tim, Julius Jr., Yo Gabba Gabba!, Sarah & Duck and Kate & Mim-Mim. On Télémagino, fans can expect new episodes of Thomas & Friends, Franny's Feet, The Save-Ums! and Bananas in Pyjamas. Popular titles including Jake and the Never Land Pirates, Sheriff Callie's Wild West and Henry Hugglemonster also remain part of the lineup through the fall.

Keeping both channels lineups fresh into the fall, new series, movies and special content will continue to be added to both the English and French network schedules as early as next month. On Saturday, October 3 beginning at 9:55 a.m. ET, Family Jr. will introduce the new Canadian original puppet series Playdate (from Sinking Ship Entertainment) to the lineup. Following Playdate, will be the new animated special Thomas & Friends: Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure, plus new episodes of The Save-Ums!, Topsy and Tim, Julius Jr. and Yo Gabba Gabba! leading up to the network premiere of the movie Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey at 6 p.m. ET.

Respectively, Télémagino is also packing in new content with two new series – Yo Gabba Gabba! at 7:30 a.m. ET and 1,2,3, Bo! at 9:30 a.m. ET – and new episodes of Strawberry Shortcake, Thomas & Friends, The Save-Ums!, Franny's Feet and Bananas in Pyjamas. Thomas & Friends: Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure conclude the new lineup for the day at 6 p.m. ET.

Also adopting the channel's new look and feel are the dedicated Family Jr. OnDemand and Télémagino OnDemand channels and the newly rebranded FamilyJr.ca and Telemagino.ca websites.
 

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DHX Television unveils Family CHRGD on Friday, October 9

Family CHRGD, the final network to be rebranded under DHX Television's iconic Family banner, is powering up on Friday, October 9, bringing with it unexpected entertainment that will have viewers on the edge of their seats. With an undeniable energy conveyed through striking colours and non-stop action, Family CHRGD will target kids 6-12 with an 'anything goes' mantra delivered through exciting series, specials and interstitial content unique to the brand. Accompanied by an OnDemand platform and the dedicated website CHRGD.ca, the channel's multiplatform offering sets out to ensure subscribers get a daily dose of wacky, silly fun that keeps boredom at bay.

Set to enthrall viewers and immerse them in the brand promise of excitement and entertainment that will blow their minds, Family CHRGD kicks things off with a full-day marathon on Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. ET, stocked with new shows, special episodes and homegrown hits. Series premieres for the day include: the animated Kung Fu series Xiaolin Chronicles at 9:30 a.m. ET; Horrible Histories, an unconventional take on history's most gruesome yet funniest moments, at 10:30 a.m. ET; and Deadly 60 at 7:30 p.m. ET, which follows wildlife enthusiast Steve Backshall on his search to find the creatures that others spend a lifetime avoiding.

The 13-hour marathon will be rounded out with popular series including the original hit Gaming Show (In My Parents' Garage), Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures, World of Quest and Be the Creature. Also part of the schedule throughout the fall will be Disney's Mighty Med, Phineas and Ferb, Kickin' It and Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero.

Family CHRGD takes viewers to the next level later this month with the energetic new
CGI-animated series Sonic Boom. Based on the popular video game, where the infamous blue blur and his trusty sidekick Tails set out to thwart arch nemesis Dr. Eggman, the series is an action-adventure that delivers a burst of comedy and plenty of adrenaline. The show debuts on Saturday, October 24 at 10:30 a.m. ET following a triple-stack of Gaming Show (In My Parents' Garage) including a new episode at 10 a.m. ET. Keeping fans plugged into the video game excitement, three back-to-back episodes of Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures will also air on October 24 beginning at 3 p.m. ET.

Other programs debuting on the channel later this year include specials from Mattel's Team Hot Wheels; the underwater animated adventure The Deep; new episodes of the popular Canadian series Slugterra; and from Radical Sheep, the comedic Fangbone! about a young barbarian from Skullbania.

Transforming the spirit of unexpected surprises from the network to everyday life, Family CHRGD is giving gamers the chance to level up with the Go Gaming with CHRGD Contest. Fans can win the awesome grand prize of a $2,500 gaming shopping spree with Jesse Sukunda, host of Gaming Show (In My Parents' Garage). The contest is open from October 9 – November 13 and fans can enter by visiting CHRGD.ca.

The Family CHRGD brand will be extended to Family CHRGD OnDemand – the channel's dedicated subscriber viewing platform – and the CHRGD.ca website beginning Friday. Both destinations will be home to videos from popular series including Gaming Show and Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures, plus Mighty Med and Phineas and Ferb will be available throughout the fall. Family CHRGD OnDemand will be refreshed with episodes from the new series as they debut on the network. Additionally, CHRGD.ca will be stocked with games, schedule information and more contests to keep site visitors curious and coming back.

Family CHRGD is an advertising-supported digital specialty network that features animated and live-action programming.
 
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