HALIFAX, July 22, 2015 – DHX Media (“DHX” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: DHXM; TSX: DHX.A, DHX.B), a key player internationally in the creation of content for families and children, has been commissioned by CBBC to produce a third season of the hit children’s comedy series Hank Zipzer, which is produced in association with Walker Productions and Kindle Entertainment, supported by Screen Yorkshire’s Yorkshire Content Fund. It returns to TV screens this summer with the second season due to air on CBBC in August.
Steven DeNure, President and COO of DHX Media, said: “This is a heart-warming, funny, relatable series that we enjoy making just as much as audiences enjoy watching. With CBBC’s commitment to a third season, and with season two set to air from the summer, Hank will continue to win fans with more playful misbehavior.”
The show is based on the New York Times best-selling book series, Hank Zipzer: The World’s Greatest Underachiever, which is co-written by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver and published by Walker Books.
Inspired by Winkler’s own experiences as a child, the television series follows 14 year old Hank Zipzer, a smart and resourceful boy with dyslexia. Hank sees himself differently to the way the world sees him, so when problems arise, he deals with them in a way no-one else would – putting him on a direct collision course with his teachers. With the help of his best friends Frankie and Ashley, the young boy with a big heart goes on a multitude of mischievous adventures, but often ends up learning a valuable lesson or two along the way. Henry Winkler will return to play the popular music teacher, Mr. Rock, the only teacher who seems to understand Hank.
About DHX Media
DHX Media Ltd. (www.dhxmedia.com), a key player internationally in the creation of content for families and children, is recognized globally for such brands as Yo Gabba Gabba!, Caillou, Teletubbies, In the Night Garden, Inspector Gadget, Johnny Test, Slugterra and the multiple award-winning Degrassi franchise. The Company is owner of the Family suite of channels, operated as DHX Television. DHX Media Ltd. markets and distributes its library of more than 11,000 half-hours of entertainment programming worldwide, and licenses its owned properties through its dedicated brand-management and consumer-products business, DHX Brands. DHX Media Ltd.’s full-service international licensing agency, Copyright Promotions Licensing Group Ltd. (CPLG), represents numerous entertainment, sport and design brands. With offices in 15 cities worldwide, including Toronto, Vancouver, Halifax, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Barcelona, Milan, Munich, Amsterdam and Beijing, DHX Media Ltd. is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbol DHXM, and on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the ticker symbols DHX.A and DHX.B.
About Walker Books
Walker Books is the world’s leading, employee-owned independent publisher of children’s books. Working with the best authors and illustrators it is renowned for truly original publishing and outstanding quality. Home to books for all ages, Walker Books publishes many award-winning authors, illustrators and brands including Anthony Horowitz, Cassandra Clare, Lucy Cousins, Patrick Ness and Where’s Wally? Walker’s licensing division manages licensing activity across several Walker brands including Maisy, Guess How Much I Love You, Tilly and Friends, Helen Oxenbury’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and We’re Going in a Bear Hunt. Walker Productions develops Walker content for other media platforms with current on-air projects including Henry Hugglemonster for Disney Junior, CBeebies’ Tilly and Friends, CITV’s Fleabag Monkeyface and Hank Zipzer for CBBC. Walker Books UK is part of the vibrant, international Walker Books Group that includes Candlewick Press in America and Walker Books Australia. Further information can be found at www.walker.co.uk