GoQuest Media Ventures options music formats to India
Mumbai-based indie distributor GoQuest Media Ventures has sold two reality formats into the Indian marketplace.
Created by the company’s subsidiary GoQuest Formats, Indian prodco Optimystix
Sing-a-Songwriter (16 x 45; pictured) challenges participants to create original songs with lyrics based on a specific topic while fitting the lyrics perfectly to the tune of a popular song in a stipulated time frame.
Dinner Karaoke (16 x 45), meanwhile, features three celebrity hosts descending unannounced upon a restaurant in their quest to search for the ‘Dinner Karaoke’ star among regular diners.
“Sing-A-Songwriter and Dinner Karaoke have seen terrific interest internationally,” said GoQuest Media founder Vivek Lath in a statement. “We are excited to work with the talented team of Optimystix to roll out both these engaging formats for the Indian audience.”
DHX Media CEO steps down
Dana Landry has stepped down as CEO of Nova Scotia-based DHX Media.
Landry, who served as CEO since 2014, has left to pursue new opportunities, according to a release announcing the move. He has also stepped down from the board of directors. Landry had been with DHX since it was founded in 2006, first serving as CFO.
Executive chair Michael Donovan will once again take the reins as CEO — a role he previously held from 2006 to 2014.
“Dana has been with us from the beginning, from start-up to global media company, and we thank him for his significant contributions to our growth. We wish him well with his future projects,” said Donovan in the release.
The company also announced that CFO Keith Abriel will exit the company after a short transition period. He’ll be replaced by Doug Lamb, who joins DHX from Postmedia, where he previously served as EVP and CFO.
The executive shake-up follows the October announcement that the kids entertainment company was launching a strategic review and considering a possible sale. DHX posted strong results in its most recent quarterly, with revenue for Q2 growing 55% year-over-year to $121.9 million.
In a call with investors, Donovan said the strategic review is ongoing, though he gave no updates on its progress.
— Copied from Playback
RTÉ, VIP sell Operation Transformation to Wales
Irish distributor RTÉ Programme Sales and Vision Independent Productions (VIP) have closed on a format deal with Welsh prodco Cwmni Da for multiplatform series Operation Transformation.
Under the deal, Cwmni Da will produce an 8 x 60-minute series of the health-and-fitness makeover program for Welsh-language pubcaster S4C. The series is slated to make its premiere April 10 in a primetime slot.
Originally produced by VIP, Operation Transformation follows a fitness instructor, dietician and psychologist as they develop a health plan for five participants. VIP will advise Cwmni Da on the Welsh adaptation.