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DHX looks to sell … something; Wow! Unlimited gets closer to TV screens

Did you know there’s a Peanuts anime?

It’s been a tough fiscal year for DHX Media. The Canadian kids content powerhouse reported revenues of $298.7 million, down from $304.8 million in 2016. More alarmingly, the company went from a net income of $27.7 million to a loss of $3.6 million. Most of the pain came from the fourth quarter, which saw the company lose $18.3 million compared to $1.7 million the year prior. The biggest issue is the company’s ever increasing debt, which was accelerated by their $345-million US purchase of Iconix Brand Group in May, which gives them ownership of the Peanuts and Strawberry Shortcake properties.

DHX primarily attributes their under performance to lower than expected revenue from Teletubbies in the United States, as well as management being preoccupied with the Iconix purchase. But as a publicly traded company, that’s obviously not enough to keep off investors, who helped the company’s share price fall from $6.40 to $5.00. Continue reading

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Ici Radio-Canada is running Chi’s New Address

Ici Radio-Canada premiered the first episode of Chi’s New Address, the 104-episode second season in Madhouse’s adaptation of Kanata Konami’s Chi’s Sweet Home manga series, on Monday. The series airs weekdays at roughly 8:12AM, following that day’s episode of PJ Masks. You can catch episodes on the channel’s website and streaming platform.

Chi’s New Address debuted in Japan in 2009. Like the first series, France’s Toon Factory dubbed the series, though rather than using the new name, they continued branding the episodes Chi, une vie de chat (Chi, the life of a cat). Radio-Canada began airing the first season on September 5, 2016 in their original 3-minute short format. Continue reading

CRTC reveals 2016 TV channel financial data

Warning: This is a long one.

It took a little longer than usual, but the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has revealed the individual TV channel financial data for the broadcast year starting September 1, 2015, and ending August 31, 2016. I’ll be highlighting figures from channels that are somewhat relevant to this blog, so feel free to dig through your favourite (or least favourite) TV channel’s data. How many of them operate with 0 full-time staff? The answer is too many. Continue reading

Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V season 3 on Teletoon, season 1 on Télétoon

The third and final season of Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V is set to hit Teletoon. TV listing services TV Passport and Zap2it, as well as the channel’s own schedule, indicate episode 100 will air on Saturday, July 22nd at 1PM EST. Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V usually premieres on Teletoon on Fridays, but episode 51, “Kings vs. Dragons” is slated to air on the 21st.

As of this writing, none of the schedules are listing a title for episode 100. However, the currently airing Italian dub calls it, “Un Benvenuto Bellicoso”, which I’m translating as a “A Rough Welcoming.” I’ll update this post once an official title goes live. Teletoon’s schedule lists episode 100 as, “A Warlike Welcome.” 101 is listed as “Realm of the Cipher Dragon” and 102 as “Rush to Revenge.” Continue reading

G4 is finally no more in Canada [Updated 8/14/2017]

Shaw and Rogers Cable have confirmed what many have been expecting for years: the death of G4 Canada. The Rogers Media run Canadian version of the US low end Spike clone (née video game) channel will shutdown on September 1, 2017 – nearly three years after the US feed did on December 31, 2014. No reason has been officially shared, but given it’s hard to believe anyone was watching this lineup, you can come to an easy conclusion.

Originally launched as TechTV on September 7, 2001, the co-venture between Rogers Media, Shaw Communications and TechTV US was supposed to be exclusively devoted to programming related to computing, technology and the internet; yet saw a channel history that mostly followed what happened to the US feed. In 2004, when the US feed merged with G4, the Canadian one became G4TechTV. When the US feed started drifting away from its initial mission statement, so did the Canadian one – well, largely. Continue reading

Wow! Unlimited buys Bell cable channel in “strategic partnership in kids and youth entertainment”


Wow! Unlimited, the amalgamation of Rainmaker, Frederator, and Ezrin Hirsh Entertainment, teased acquisitions during the company’s announcement last fall and the first big one has been revealed. Yesterday afternoon, Wow! Unlimited struck a “strategic partnership in kids and youth entertainment” that will see the animation company purchase a cable channel from Bell Media. The new channel is tentatively titled Wow. The companies will also collaborate on various other initiatives, including providing content for Bell’s streaming services. Continue reading

Odds & Ends: Turning Mecard + Black Jack 2004 dubs, Beyblade Burst Evolution this fall [Updated 6/4/2017]

black jack anime english dub

Even Black Jack wouldn’t be able to save Mecard’s English dub.

Turning Mecard premiered on Teletoon this afternoon … and I’m astonished at what I’ve seen. Given the show’s international roll out appears to begin with Canada, I had assumed this was going to be a Canadian production. Maybe I’m vastly overestimating my countrymen, but I refuse to believe this was created here. I can’t believe this was produced anywhere in North America. That is not hyperbole. This is Turning Mecard’s English dub:

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