I am President and Chief Operating Officer of DHX Media, a company formed in 2006 with the merger of Halifax Films with DECODE Entertainment, which I co-founded in 1997. DHX has become a globally recognized producer, marketer and broadcaster of content for kids and families. From an initial staff of about 20 people we have grown to a total of around 1,100 people in offices around the globe. We are a public company traded on the Toronto Stock exchange.
In Canada we are best known as the owner of the Family Channel and Disney Jr and Disney XD Canada.
We produce a wide range of television content, including live action series such as Degrassi, Open Heart, Teletubbies and Yo Gabba Gabba, and animated series such as Inspector Gadget, Johnny Test, Slugterra, Kid vs Kat, My Little Pony and Cailliou. We have animation studios in Vancouver and Halifax, and a TV studio in Toronto. We also make some comedy, including This Hour Has 22 Minutes.
We own and sell internationally a library of more than 11,000 episodes of television content. Our broadcast clients are in every country you can think of and then a few more. Our content is currently generating more than 280 million views a month on You Tube, and we have been a leader in creating and selling content to new platforms like Netflix.
We also manage consumer product opportunities related to our content, from deals with toy, apparel, and publishing companies to managing live tours like Yo Gabba Gabba and The Next Step.
I graduated from Simon Fraser University in 1984 with a degree in Economics and Business, but while I was there I also went through the Film Program at the Centre for the Arts. I have had a long term interest in content creation and technology. After graduating I worked as a still photographer and produced and directed a number of short films before joining Alliance Communications in 1987, eventually becoming President of Alliance Productions and Alliance Multimedia. Alliance became a leading Canadian media company involved in production, movie distribution and broadcasting.
My experience in the media business given me some insight into a broad range of businesses, professions and skill-sets, from the creative aspects of producing original content to the technical, legal and finance side of growing a company.