DIC, Sparrowhawk & Corus/Nelvana Launch KidsCo Channel
Sparrowhawk Media (sparrowhawkmedia.com) is a group of media companies operating television channel broadcast and program distribution businesses worldwide. Backed by Providence Equity Partners and 3i, Sparrowhawk owns and broadcasts the international (non-U.S.) versions of the Hallmark Channel, Movies 24 and KidsCo. The 18 feeds for the international Hallmark Channel air across 152 countries to more than 60 million subscribers in the U.K., Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Australia, Latin America and Asia. Movies 24 was recently launched on Sky and Virgin TV in the U.K. and will be rolled out internationally in the near future. Sparrowhawk also owns a state-of-the-art broadcast facility in Denver, Colorado, which provides transmission facilities for both the Sparrowhawk and third party channels operating as Sparrowhawk Broadcast Services. Sparrowhawks program distribution business owns the international rights to more than 580 miniseries/TV movie dramas in the Sparrowhawk Distribution Library (formerly the Crown Media/Hallmark Library) and also incorporates Sparrowhawks mobile video messaging business TxtBIG!
DIC Ent. (www.dicentertainment.com), a leading children's entertainment company, is a full-service studio dedicated to creating, developing, producing, distributing, marketing and merchandising family-based intellectual properties. In 2006, DIC and AOLs kids online destination KOL launched the new branded kids programming block, KOLs Saturday Morning Secret Slumber Party for CBS. DIC has developed strategic partnerships with key domestic and international broadcast partners throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia, Latin America, Africa and Australia. DIC is headquartered in Burbank, California, with international offices in New York, Paris, London and Cologne.
Corus Ent. Inc. (www.corusent.com) is a Canadian-based media and entertainment company. Corus is a market leader in specialty television and radio with additional assets in pay television, advertising and digital audio services, television broadcasting, childrens book publishing and childrens animation. The companys multimedia entertainment brands include YTV, Treehouse, W Network, Movie Central, Nelvana, Kids Can Press and radio stations including CKNW, CKOI and Q107. Corus creates engaging branded entertainment experiences for its audiences across multiple platforms. A publicly traded company, Corus is listed on the Toronto and New York exchanges.