DHX Media has simply introduced they’ve appointed Eric Ellenbogen as their new CEO and Vice Chair of the Board of Administrators, efficient as we speak. The longtime business exec, who joined the corporate as an advisor this previous April, takes over from Michael Donovan, who stepped down from his position as CEO. Donovan has additionally stepped down as Government Chair and can proceed to serve on the Board as Founding Chair. Donald Wright has been appointed non-executive Chair.
DHX Media, headquartered in Canada, owns the world’s largest unbiased library of children’ content material, together with properties like Teletubbies, Inspector Gadget and the Degrassi franchise, in addition to a part of Peanuts.
“We’re delighted to announce that Eric will lead DHX Media in absolutely realizing the worth of our extraordinary media belongings,” Wright mentioned. “Eric brings recent management and a transparent imaginative and prescient to our Firm, in addition to a 30-year monitor document of making important shareholder worth within the media house. Within the 9 months since he has joined our Board, whereas additionally serving as a strategic advisor, he has labored intently with our senior management group and gained a deep understanding of our Firm. Given his broad perspective and many years of related business expertise and success, we’re assured that Eric will be capable to transfer the Firm ahead from the get-go as CEO. We thank Michael for his a few years of management and imaginative and prescient. As founding father of DHX Media, Michael has performed a big position in constructing the Firm into the worldwide leisure power it’s as we speak. We’re happy that he’ll stay on the Board.”
“DHX Media has an unmatched portfolio of children’ and household content material with high-profile, beloved characters, together with Peanuts, Teletubbies, Strawberry Shortcake, Caillou, and Inspector Gadget,” Ellenbogen shared. “Along with its library and main animation studios, DHX Media has constructed a really distinctive asset in WildBrain – one of many largest youngsters’ networks on YouTube – with unparalleled attain and engagement. I am happy to have the chance to work with the administration group, workers and our many valued companions and prospects to ship main content material and types for audiences worldwide.”
Ellenbogen has spent greater than 30 years as a senior government at quite a few leisure companies. He was president of Lorne Michael’s Broadway Video Leisure TV and movie manufacturing firm; president of Golden Books Household Leisure; and president and CEO of Marvel Enterprises earlier than its acquisition by Disney. He co-founded Basic Media in 2000, which grew to become one of many largest personal homeowners of branded youngsters’ and household leisure earlier than its 2012 acquisition by DreamWorks Animation. At DWA, Ellenbogen grew to become co-head of DreamWorks Classics and DreamWorks Worldwide Tv and was largely liable for the corporate’s entry into the tv enterprise. Following DWA’s sale to NBCUniversal, Ellenbogen grew to become co-president of Basic Media, which was restarted as a enterprise unit of NBCUniversal.
Ellenbogen was a board director of Golden Books and Marvel, then each public firms, and is a Trustee of the Public Theater in New York Metropolis amongst different civic involvements. He’s a graduate of Harvard School and holds an MBA from UCLA.
Dan Sarto is Writer and Editor-at-Giant of Animation World Community.