DECODE Ent. President Steven DeNure will become president and chief operating officer of DHX Media. His duties will include overseeing operations across all of the company's divisions. In addition DeNure will oversee the three kid-focused production units as well as DECODE Enterprises, the company's distribution division. His mandate will include increasing the synergies across the three entities, including the development, financing, production and support functions.
Charles Bishop, currently president of Halifax Film, will become president of production and development for DHX Media, reporting to Chairman and CEO, Michael Donovan. Bishop will be responsible for all creation and distribution of comedy, drama and factual entertainment content within DHX Media. Bishop will also continue to manage all the ongoing content development and production at Halifax Film, including its family and children's content.
Neil Court, president of DHX Media's distribution subsidiary, DECODE Enterprises, will step down in May but will continue to work closely with the company in an advisory capacity, and will remain on the DHX Media Board of Directors. Josh Scherba, VP distribution of DECODE Enterprises, will expand his role overseeing distribution and will now report directly to Steven DeNure.
Court said in a statement, "Steven and I co-founded DECODE 12 years ago and I'm very proud of what we have achieved and of the fantastic team we have here. The merger with Halifax Film and the subsequent acquisition of Studio B has taken the company to a new level and the business is in good shape to take advantage of the opportunities that this expanded group can offer. After many happy years at DECODE, I've decided it's time to branch out and try new things. But I still remain part of the DECODE team as a major shareholder of DHX and look forward to continuing to work with the company as an advisor and board director."