Eric Ellenbogen has been named Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chair of the board at DHX Media, succeeding
His new role is effective today, as he takes over from Michael Donovan, who has stepped down as CEO and Executive Chair, but will continue to serve on the board as Founding Chair.
Donald Wright has been appointed non-executive Chair, and says: “Eric brings fresh leadership and a clear vision to our company, as well as a 30-year track record of creating significant shareholder value in the media space. In the nine months since he has joined our board, while also serving as a strategic advisor, he has worked closely with our senior leadership team and gained a deep understanding of our company.
Donald continues: “Given his broad perspective and decades of relevant industry experience and success, we are confident that Eric will be able to move the Company forward from the get-go as CEO.
“We thank Michael for his many years of leadership and vision. As founder of DHX Media, Michael has played a significant role in building the Company into the global entertainment force it is today. We are pleased that he will remain on the Board.”
Eric has spent more than 30 years running entertainment businesses, including holding senior management roles as President of Broadway Video Entertainment, President of Golden Books Family Entertainment, and President and CEO of Marvel Enterprises before its acquisition by Disney.
He also co-founded Classic Media in 2000, which was later snapped up by DreamWorks Animation, where became Co-Head of DreamWorks Classics and DreamWorks International Television. Following DWA’s sale to NBCUniversal, Ellenbogen became Co-President of Classic Media, which was restarted as a business unit of NBCUniversal.
“DHX Media has an unmatched portfolio of kids’ and family content with high-profile, beloved characters, including Peanuts, Teletubbies, Strawberry Shortcake, Caillou, and Inspector Gadget,” says Eric. “In addition to its library and leading animation studios, DHX Media has built a truly unique asset in WildBrain – one of the largest kids’ networks on YouTube – with unparalleled reach and engagement.
“I’m pleased to have the opportunity to work with the management team, employees and our many valued partners and customers to deliver leading content and brands for audiences worldwide.”