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WildBrain Studios

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WildBrain Studios
FormerlyDHX Studios (2016–2019)
Founded2016; 5 years ago (2016)
ProductsAnimated television series
Number of employees
>700 (2020)
Footnotes / references

WildBrain Studios (formerly DHX Studios) is a Vancouver-based studio and a division of WildBrain that produces animated and live-action series.


In January 2016, DHX Media announced that they would be building a 60,000 square-foot studio in Vancouver that would focus on both animated and live-action productions.[2][3] The former Studio B Productions (which DHX Media acquired in 2007) and Nerd Corps Entertainment (acquired in 2014) production teams were relocated to the new building later in the year.[2][3]

The studio consists of two production teams: the former Nerd Corps team, which focuses on the production of CGI animated shows, and the former Studio B team, which focuses on the production of 2D animated shows (including those animated with Adobe Animate).

As of 2019, the Vancouver studio is the only one remaining in the division, as the other studios were either sold off or closed.


Animated series

Title Creator(s) / Developer(s) Year(s) Network Co-production with Notes
DHX Studios
Blaze and the Monster Machines Jeff Borkin
Ellen Martin
Clark Stubbs
2015–present Nick Jr. Nickelodeon Animation Studio Season 2 onward. Previously produced by Nerd Corps Entertainment in season 1. Produced as DHX Studios from seasons 2 to 5.
The Mr. Peabody and Sherman Show 2015–2017 Netflix Jay Ward Productions
DreamWorks Animation Television
Animation services.
Supernoobs Scott Fellows
Rob Boutilier
Loris Kramer Lunsford
2015–2019 Teletoon (Canada) (2015–2017)
Family Channel (Canada) (2018–2019)
Cartoon Network (United States) (2015–2016)
Hulu (United States) (2017–2019)
The Deep Tom Taylor
James Brouwer
2015–present 7TWO (Australia)
Family Chrgd (Canada)
Technicolor SA
A Stark Production
Seasons 1-3. Season 4 shifted animation production to Infinite Studios in Singapore.
Looped Mark Thornton
Todd Kaufman
2016–2019 Teletoon Neptoon Studios
Kate & Mim-Mim Scott Stewart
Julie Stewart
2016–2018 Knowledge Kids and BBC Kids (Canada)
CBeebies (United Kingdom)
FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment Season 2 only. Previously produced by Nerd Corps Entertainment in season 1.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Mark Evestaff
Alex Galatis
2017–2018 YTV (Canada)
Cartoon Network (United States) (2017)
Boomerang SVOD (United States) (2018)
Corus Entertainment
Sony Pictures Animation
Chuck's Choice Kervin Faria 2017 YTV Corus Entertainment [6]
Polly Pocket Stephanie Betts
Shaleen Sangha
2018–present Family Jr. and Family Channel (Canada) (2018)
Netflix (Canada) 2019–present)
Universal Kids (United States) (2019)
Netflix (United States) (2020–present)
Mattel Television
The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle Marco Schnabel
David P. Smith
2018–2019 Amazon Prime Video Jay Ward Productions
DreamWorks Animation Television
Animation services.
Chip and Potato Billy Macqueen
Catherine Williams
Maddy Darrall
Family Jr. (Canada)
Netflix (United States)
Darrall Macqueen
Mega Man: Fully Charged Man of Action Family Chrgd (Canada)
Cartoon Network (United States)
Dentsu Entertainment USA
Carmen Sandiego Duane Capizzi 2019–2021 Netflix Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
I Can and I Will Productions
Produced as DHX Studios from seasons 1 and 2.
Ninjago Tommy Andreasen
Michael Hegner
2019–present Cartoon Network The Lego Group Season 11 onward. Previously produced by Wil Film ApS from seasons 1 to 10. Produced as DHX Studios in season 11.
Rev & Roll 2019 Alpha Group Co., Ltd.
Snoopy in Space Rob Boutilier 2019–present Apple TV+ Schulz Studio Produced as DHX Studios in season 1.
WildBrain Studios
Dorg Van Dango Fabian Erlinghäuser
Nora Twomey
2020–2021 RTE (Ireland)
Family Channel (Canada)
Cartoon Saloon [7]
Go, Dog. Go! Adam Peltzman 2021–present Netflix DreamWorks Animation Television
The Snoopy Show Rob Boutilier
Mark Evestaff
Alex Galatis
Apple TV+ Schulz Studio
Johnny Test Scott Fellows Netflix Revival of the 2005 animated series.
Strawberry Shortcake: Berry in the Big City Michael Vogel YouTube [8]
The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder 2022 Disney+ Disney Television Animation Service animation.[9]
Sonic Prime Man of Action Netflix Sega of America
Netflix Animation
Man of Action Studios

Live-action series

Title Creator(s) / Developer(s) Year(s) Network Co-production with Notes
DHX Studios
The Zoo 2017–present CBBC BBC Studios
Are You Afraid of the Dark? D. J. MacHale
Ned Kandel
2019–present Nickelodeon ACE Entertainment
Nickelodeon Productions
Season 8 onward.
WildBrain Studios
Letterkenny Jared Keeso
Jacob Tierney
2019–present Crave (Canada)
Hulu (United States)
New Metric Media
Bell Media
Play Fun Games Pictures
Season 8 onward. Previously produced by DHX Studios Toronto from seasons 1 to 7.
My Perfect Landing Frank van Keeken 2020 Family Channel (Canada)
CBBC (United Kingdom)
Beachwood Canyon Productions
Malory Towers Sasha Hails
Rachel Flowerday
2020–present King Bert Productions


Title Director(s) Year(s) Network Co-production with Notes
DHX Studios
Carmen Sandiego: To Steal or Not to Steal Jos Humphrey
Co-Directors Kenny Park and Mike West
2020 Netflix HMH Productions
I Can & I Will Productions
Interactive special
WildBrain Studios
Who Are You, Charlie Brown? Michael Bonfiglio 2021 Apple TV+ Imagine Documentaries
Schulz Studio
Documentary special.[10]
Johnny Test's Ultimate Meatloaf Quest Netflix Interactive special
For Auld Lang Syne Clay Kaytis Apple TV+ Schulz Studio Holiday special[11]
Untitled Caillou CG animated specials 2022 Family Jr. Five 44-minute specials centred around Christmas, Halloween, Family Day, Summer vacation and Anti-Bullying Day.[12]
Untitled Strawberry Shortcake CG animated specials [8]

Former and related studios

Island of Misfits

Island of Misfits
FormerlyHalifax Film Company (2004–2006)
Halifax Film (2006–2010)
DHX Media Halifax (2010–2016)
TypePrivate (2004–2006)
Subsidiary (2006–2018)
PredecessorSalter Street Films
Founded2004; 17 years ago (2004)
FateMerged with Decode Entertainment to form DHX Media
Sold to IoM Media Ventures
SuccessorDHX Media
ParentDHX Media (2006–2018)
IoM Media Ventures (2018–present)

Island of Misfits was originally known as the Halifax Film Company and was established by former Salter Street Films executives Michael Donovan and Charles Bishop in May 2004.[13] Under the name, Halifax Film produced live-action television shows, children's stop-motion series, CGI productions and dramas.

On May 16, 2006, Halifax Film and Decode Entertainment announced that they would merge to form the holding company DHX Media.[14] Halifax Film became a subsidiary of DHX Media in the process. In 2010 all DHX Media subsidiaries including Halifax Film were all merged to form one brand under the DHX Media name.

In 2014, the studio relocated from a location at Purdy's Wharf to the Park Lane Mall.[15] As of 2019, with the exception of This Hour Has 22 Minutes, DHX Studios Halifax solely produces CGI-animated material.

In November 2018, as part of a series of restructurations within the company, DHX sold its Halifax animation studio to IoM Media Ventures, a company led by former DHX CEO Dana Landry.[16][17] Despite the sale, the studio continues to provide animation for WildBrain-owned shows.

Live-action series

Title Creator(s) / Developer(s) Year(s) Network Co-production with Notes
This Hour Has 22 Minutes Mary Walsh 2005– CBC Television DHX Media
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Seasons 12–25. Produced as Halifax Film Company in season 12, as Halifax Film in seasons 13–17 and as DHX Studios Vancouver in seasons 18–25.
North/South Floyd Kane 2006 Produced as Halifax Film.
The Guard 2008–2009 Global
That's So Weird! Jeff Copeland 2009–2012 YTV Produced as Halifax Film in season 1 and as DHX Studios Halifax in seasons 2 and 3.

Animated series

Title Creator(s) / Developer(s) Years Network Co-production with Notes
Lunar Jim Alexander Bar 2006–2007 CBC Television Alliance Atlantis Produced as Halifax Film.
Bo on the Go! Jeff Rosen 2007–2011
Animal Mechanicals
The Mighty Jungle Jason Hopley
Jeff Rosen
2007–2008 Decode Entertainment
Poko Jeff Rosen
Cheryl Wagner
Michael Donovan
2008 Eraser Dog Prods.
Alliance Atlantis
Season 2. Produced as Halifax Film.
Pirates: Adventures in Art 2010–2011 Privateer II Productions Produced as Halifax Film.
Doozers 2013–2018 Kids' CBC (Canada)
Hulu (United States)
The Jim Henson Company
Inspector Gadget 2015–2018 Teletoon (seasons 1 and 2)
Family Channel (seasons 3 and 4)
DHX Media
Wishenpoof! Angela Santomero 2015 Amazon Prime Video Out of the Blue Enterprises
Amazon Studios
Super Why! Angela Santomero
Samantha Freeman Alpert
Wendy Harris
Traci Paige Johnson
Jennifer Twomey
Dr. Alice Wilder
2015–2016 CBC Kids (Canada)
PBS Kids (United States)
Out of the Blue Enterprises Season 3.
Space Ranger Roger 2017 [19]
Bob the Builder Keith Chapman 2017–2018 Family Jr. (Canada)
Channel 5 (United Kingdom)
Mattel Creations Animation services for season 3 as IoM Media Ventures Halifax.
Fireman Sam Rob Lee
Dave Gingell
Dave Jones
2017–present Channel 5 Mattel Television Season 11 onward. Produced as DHX Studios Halifax in season 11. Animation services from season 12 onward as Island of Misfits.


Title Year Co-production with Distributed by Notes
Shake Hands with the Devil 2007 Barna-Alper Productions
Head Gear Films
Seville Productions
Seville Pictures

DHX Media Los Angeles

On September 14, 2010, DHX acquired the Los Angeles-based first incarnation of WildBrain Entertainment.[20] At an undisclosed point, the studio was renamed to DHX Media Los Angeles.[21] In 2013, DHX moved its work for hire productions from the location to its Canadian operations.[22] The studio was shuttered in 2017.[23]

DHX Media Toronto

DHX Media Toronto
FormerlyDecode Entertainment, Inc. (1997–2010)
DHX Media Toronto (2010–2011)
TypePrivate (1997–2006)
Subsidiary (2006–2011)
Founded1997; 24 years ago (1997)
FounderSteven DeNure
Neil Court
John Delmage
FateMerged with Halifax Film Company
SuccessorDHX Media
OwnerDHX Media

DHX Media Toronto was founded in 1997 and originally known as Decode Entertainment, Inc. by Steven DeNure, Neil Court, and John Delmage. The company produced numerous television shows and was an international supplier of television and interactive programming for children and youth. Decode Entertainment focused on traditional animation, computer-generated animation, and live-action shows. The name "Decode" is an acronym of the combination of the names DeNure, Court, and Delmage.

On May 16, 2006, Decode Entertainment and Halifax Film announced that they would merge with to form the holding company DHX Media.[14] Decode Entertainment became a subsidiary of DHX Media in the process, distributing Halifax Film shows and other DHX properties. In 2010 all DHX Media subsidiaries including Decode Entertainment were rebranded under the DHX Media name.

By 2011, DHX Media ceased production on producing content at the ex-Decode offices. The company known as Epitome Pictures, which DHX acquired in 2014, assumed the name of DHX Studios Toronto in 2016, but it has no relation outside the name.

Live-action series

Title Creator(s) / Developer(s) Years Network Co-production with Notes
Our Hero John May
Suzanne Bolch
2000–2002 CBC Television Heroic Film Company
The Zack Files Kathy Slevin YTV
The Hoobs Jocelyn Stevenson
Brian Henson
2001–2003 Channel 4 The Jim Henson Company
Be the Creature Chris Kratt
Martin Kratt
2003–2004 National Geographic Channel Kratt Brothers Company Limited
Radio Free Roscoe Will McRobb
Douglas McRobb
2003–2005 Family Channel
Naturally, Sadie Barbara Wiechmann
Suzanne Bolch
John May
The Adrenaline Project 2007–2008 YTV Marblemedia Distribution only.
The Latest Buzz Brent Piaskoski 2007–2010 Family Channel
Grandpa in My Pocket Mellie Buse and Jan Page 2009–2010 CBeebies Adastra Creative Ltd. Distribution only.
Waybuloo Dan Good 2009–2014 Treehouse TV (Canada)
CBeebies (United Kingdom)
The Foundation Live-action/animated series. Produced as Decode Entertainment in season 1 and as DHX Media Toronto in seasons 2–4.
How to Be Indie Vera Santamaria
Suzanne Bolch
John May
2009–2011 YTV Heroic Film Company
Sudden Storm Entertainment
Produced as Decode Entertainment in season 1 and as DHX Media Toronto in season 2.

Animated series

Title Creator(s) / Developer(s) Years Network Co-production with Notes
Freaky Stories Steve Schnier
John A. Delmage
1997–2000 YTV (Canada)
Fox Family (United States)
Funbag Animation Studios
Sound Venture Productions (seasons 2 and 3)
Vujade Entertainment
Big Time Talking Pictures
Angela Anaconda Joanna Ferone
Sue Rose
1999–2001 Teletoon (Canada)
Fox Family (United States)
Watership Down YTV (Canada)
CITV (United Kingdom)
Nepenthe Productions
Alltime Entertainment
Weird-Oh's Bill Campbell 1999–2002 YTV (Canada)
Fox Family (United States)
Mainframe Entertainment
Testors Corporation
Rainbow Fish 1999–2000 Teletoon (Canada)
ZDF (Germany)
HBO Family (United States)
Sony Wonder
Undergrads Pete Williams
Josh A. Cagan
2001 Teletoon (Canada)
MTV (United States)
MTV Animation
Click Productions
Helix Animation
Olliver's Adventures Edward Kay 2002–2003 Teletoon Collideascope Digital Productions
Girlstuff/Boystuff Ruth Beni
Alan Silbering
2002–2005 YTV Agogo Media
AE, Ltd.
The Blobheads 2003
King Gordon Coulthart
Mary Crawford
Alan Templeton
2003–2005 Family Channel Funbag Animation Studios
The Save-Ums! Dan Clark
Don Asher
2003–2006 CBC Television (Canada)
Discovery Kids (United States)
The Dan Clark Company
Franny's Feet Cathy Moss
Susin Nielsen
2003–2010 Family Channel (Canada)
Five (United Kingdom)
Bromwell High Anil Gupta
Richard Osman
Richard Pinto
2005 Teletoon (Canada)
Channel 4 (United Kingdom)
Hat Trick Productions
Delilah and Julius Suzanne Chapman
Steven JP Comeau
Lienne Sawatsky
Daniel Williams
2005–2008 Teletoon Collideascope Digital Productions
Planet Sketch 2005–2007 Teletoon (Canada)
CITV (United Kingdom)
Aardman Animations
Dudson's Modern Tales 2006
Naughty Naughty Pets
Super Why! Angela Santomero
Samantha Freeman Alpert
Wendy Harris
Traci Paige Johnson
Jennifer Twomey
Dr. Alice Wilder
2007–2012 CBC Kids (Canada)
PBS Kids (United States)
Out of the Blue Enterprises Seasons 1 and 2.
Clang Invasion Seng Choon Meng
Doug Hadders
Adam Rothstein
2007–2008 YTV Scrawl Studios
AGOGO Entertainment Ltd.
Urban Vermin Diana Arruda
Tim Thompson
Chop Socky Chooks Sergio Delfino 2008 Teletoon Aardman Animations
The Mighty Jungle Jeff Rosen CBC Television Halifax Film
Dirtgirlworld Cate McQuillen
Hewey Eustace
2009–2011 ABC Kids (Australia)
CBC Television (Canada)
CBeebies (United Kingdom)
Mememe Productions
Poppets Town Katherine Sangford 2009 Knowledge Network
Neptuno Films

DHX Studios Toronto

In 2016, Epitome Pictures was rebranded as DHX Studios Toronto (no relation to the animation studio of the same name). The company produced live-action shows.

In 2019, DHX sold off the building, ceasing operations at the Toronto studio in the process.[24]

See also


  1. ^ Zahid, Ramen (June 10, 2020). "Q&A: Amir Nasrabadi Wraps an Eventful 1st Year as EVP/GM, WildBrain Vancouver". Animation Magazine. Retrieved June 12, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "DHX Media Announces DHX Studios". Animation World News. Retrieved 22 October 2018.
  3. ^ a b Chan, Kenneth (February 3, 2016). "DHX Studios to open new state-of-the-art animation facility in Vancouver". VanCity Buzz. Retrieved October 15, 2017.
  4. ^ Whitney Friedlander (2014-10-09). "Sony, DHX Creating 'Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs' TV Series". Variety. Retrieved 2016-04-26.
  5. ^ Milligan, Mercedes (June 20, 2016). "Sony Unveils 2017-18 Animation Slate". Animation Magazine. Retrieved June 12, 2020.
  6. ^ "Archive » DHX Media announces trio of greenlights". Kidscreen. 2016-03-30. Retrieved 2016-04-26.
  7. ^ Whyte, Alexandra (February 11, 2019). "Nick taps new VP, picks up DHX show". Kidscreen. Brunico Communications. Retrieved June 12, 2020.
  8. ^ a b "WILDBRAIN BAKES UP AN ALL-NEW STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE FOR TODAY'S DIGITAL-SAVVY KIDS". WildBrain (Press release). New York City. September 9, 2021. Retrieved September 11, 2021.
  9. ^ @wildbrainstudio (July 27, 2021). "Come work with us on The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder -- we're currently looking for Harmony Animators! If you'd like to join the team, we're accepting remote and freelance candidates. Apply now: #animationjobs" (Tweet). Retrieved September 11, 2021 – via Twitter.
  10. ^ "Apple announces "Who Are You, Charlie Brown?" celebrating the origins of the beloved "Peanuts" characters and their creator, Charles M. Schulz". Apple TV+ Press (Press release). June 4, 2021. Retrieved June 4, 2021.
  11. ^ "New Peanuts Holiday Special, 'For Auld Lang Syne,' Coming This Holiday Season to Apple TV+". Collider. 2021-10-04. Retrieved 2021-10-04.
  13. ^ Bracken, Laura (September 13, 2004). "Salter team reborn at Halifax Film Company". PlayBack. Retrieved December 29, 2012.
  14. ^ a b "Donovan's new production firm to target the wee market". Retrieved 22 October 2018 – via The Globe and Mail.
  15. ^ "New DHX Media studio opens up in downtown Halifax - NEWS 95.7". 25 June 2014. Retrieved 22 October 2018.
  16. ^ "DHX selling Halifax animation studio". Kidscreen. Retrieved 2018-12-16.
  17. ^ "Former DHX boss acquires Halifax animation studio". The Chronicle Herald. Retrieved 2018-12-16.
  18. ^ "Halifax - DHX Media". Retrieved 2016-04-26.
  19. ^ "Halifax - DHX Media". Retrieved 2016-04-26.
  20. ^ Schneider, Michael (September 14, 2010). "DHX Media acquires Wildbrain". Variety. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved June 12, 2020.
  21. ^ "Studios". DHX Media. Archived from the original on June 25, 2015. Retrieved June 12, 2020.
  22. ^ Vlessing, Etan (February 14, 2013). "DHX Media Shifts Los Angeles Work-For-Hire Studio Production to Canada". The Hollywood Reporter. Valence Media. Retrieved June 12, 2020.
  23. ^ "DHX MEDIA REPORTS RESULTS FOR FISCAL 2017". DHX Media (Press release). Halifax. September 27, 2017. Retrieved June 12, 2020.
  24. ^ "DHX Media selling building in Toronto for $12 million, proceeds to pay down debt". The Canadian Press. Global News. April 2, 2019. Retrieved June 12, 2020.
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