DHX Media is pleased to announce that Stephanie Betts has been promoted to the role of executive vice president content, and will be responsible for development and production of DHX Media’s slate of original animated content, reporting to DHX Media president Josh Scherba.
Betts applies her many years of experience in kids’ and family content, fostering, managing and expanding DHX Media’s animated content slate. Her expertise lies in building strong, creatively driven teams, and in developing series that kids around the world love. Betts said, “I’m excited to continue finding new approaches to developing our evergreen brands for a contemporary kids and family audience, while expanding our slate of original content by collaborating with the creative community to develop ideas into the next big global franchises.”
Drawing on more than a 16 years’ experience developing and producing award-winning series, she has spearheaded numerous DHX Media shows, including new Peanuts content, Strawberry Shortcake, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Inspector Gadget, Teletubbies, Polly Pocket, and Chip and Potato. Prior to joining DHX Media, Betts worked as a producer and development executive at Breakthrough Films and Television, and previously at Atomic Cartoons.
Scherba added, “We’re producing an amazing slate of original content for the world’s top streaming platforms and broadcasters, and our development pipeline is rich with exciting new projects. Stephanie has been integral to the DHX Media story for many years, and as we increase our focus on high-quality original content, her vision and expertise in development and production make her an ideal leader for our talented content team.”
In addition, Todd Brian has joined the company in the newly created role of director of development, animation, reporting to Betts. A graduate of Ryerson University’s Film Studies program and the Canadian Film Centre, Brian has spent years building strong industry relationships while working in various senior creative positions on both animation and live-action productions. A few of his notable past roles have included time spent at Corus Entertainment as Corus Kids (YTV; Teletoon; Treehouse) production executive, where he oversaw a robust slate of projects in development and production; at Marble Media as development executive kids and family; at Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) as senior writer; and he owns multiple credits as a writer/story editor ranging from preschool to tween/family co-view programming. Brian is thrilled to join the DHX Media team and share his passion for kids and family content.