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Nelvana, Spin Master and TMS Entertainment reunite for Bakugan revival

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During the company’s Q1 2018 financial result conference call, Corus Entertainment CEO Doug Murphy announced that the company’s Nelvana subsidiary will collaborate with fellow Canadian company Spin Master and Japanese animation studio TMS Entertainment on a new Bakugan series. The show will be aimed at today’s generation of children. While that’s pretty much all that was shared, he did state the company will announce additional information later this year.

Spin Master Global President and Chief Operating Officer Ben Gadbois stated in November that the new property would launch sometime within 2018 or 2019. The company initially announced plans for a new Bakugan in 2015.

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Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! on Teletoon/Télétoon this month

Following a wide theatrical release early last month, the twentieth Pokémon theatrical feature will hit the Canadian small screens. Both the English and French Teletoon feeds will run it as part of their Christmas break schedule. According to TV Passport, the movie will air on Télétoon in Quebec on December 26th at 9:30AM and 4PM. English Canada will get the movie on December 27th at 7AM, 12PM and 6PM. Sandwiched between the screenings are repeat episodes of Pokémon The Series: Sun & Moon which run until 9PM.

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Odds & Ends: go90 streams Transformers internationally; Your Name. hits home video charts; Viceland Canada in doubt

Transformers: Combiner Wars is a 2016 Machinima produced web series animated by Tatsunoko Productions in Japan. It’s also widely considered to be one of the worst pieces of animated Transformers fiction ever created. In the United States, the series was initially streamed exclusively through go90, a Verizon owned ad-supported streaming platform that only operates in the country. Internationally, Machinima temporarily made it available on their YouTube channel. Hasbro has since uploaded it to their YouTube channel.

Combiner Wars is just part one of what’s being described as the Transformers: Prime Wars Trilogy. The second season, Titans Return, launched on go90 last month. Just go90. Globally. But don’t go to, because you’ll just get a message saying the service isn’t available outside the US. Continue reading

Bakugan reboot to launch within the next two years

Back in 2015, Toronto-based toy company Spin Master announced that they were developing a reboot of Bakugan. Carried by an anime series produced by TMS Entertainment and Nelvana, the boys action franchise meant big business between 2007 and 2012. Bakugan centred around a game played with plastic marbles that would transform when rolled over a metal card. Since that revival tease two years ago, Spin Master’s been silent about their plans for the franchise, but have just recently shared a tiny morsel of information. Continue reading

Nelvana partners with Wexworks, Dentsu and OLM on D.N.Ace

Nelvana has greenlit a new animated series heading to Teletoon called D.N.Ace. The show is from the mind of Matthew Wexler, who previously worked at Spin Master on Bakugan (which Nelvana co-produced), Tenkai Knights and Paw Patrol. His Toronto-based company, Wexworks Media, created the concept and he’ll remain onboard as the executive producer.

The series follows curious, adventure-loving, mischief-making, proudly nerdy, 12-year-old Ace Ripley who suddenly learns he holds an incredible ability to manipulate DNA by fusing the genes of a living thing with any other thing, to create something entirely new. The hero-in-the-making uses his newfound power to create ridiculous, amazing, and even terrifying mash-ed up creatures, and tries to save his town from total chaos while trying to have the time of his life.

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Odds & Ends: Comedy Gold goes to Wow! Unlimited; Beyblade Burst Evolution next month

We finally know which of Bell Media’s broadcast licenses will be relaunched as Wow! Unlimited’s new cable channel. In an interview with Canadian media industry publication, Bell Media’s president Randy Lennox has revealed the company “horse-traded” Comedy Gold to the Canadian animation company. The channel came up in a discussion about the future of linear television in Canada. Continue reading

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