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Family Chrgd (stylized as family CHRGD) is a Canadian English-language Category B specialty channel owned by DHX Media. Chrgd broadcasts live-action and animated children's programming aimed towards viewers aged 6–12.[1]

The channel first launched on June 1, 2011, under the ownership of Astral Media as a localized version of Disney XD, serving as a sister network to Family Channel (which, at that time, held rights to the programming of Disney XD's parent network Disney Channel). Following the acquisition of Astral Media by Bell Media, Disney XD was divested to DHX Media. On October 9, 2015, as a result of Corus Entertainment's acquisition of Canadian rights to Disney's children's programming and associated brands (which resulted in the launch of a new channel under the Disney XD brand), the channel was re-launched as Family Chrgd.

History

As Disney XD

In April 2009, Astral Media was granted approval by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to launch a television channel named Family Extreme. Astral announced it would launch a localized version of Disney XD on June 1, 2011, using the Family Extreme license, in both standard and high definition.[2]

In late 2011, Astral also launched a Disney XD video on demand app for the Xbox 360 video game console.[3]

In 2012, the channel premiered its first original series, Slugterra.

After the Competition Bureau approved Bell Media's takeover of Astral, Bell announced on March 4, 2013 that it would put Disney XD, along with its sister networks and Astral's French-language music networks, up for sale.[4] On October 27, 2013, the channel premiered its first original movie, Bunks, produced by Fresh TV.[5]

On November 28, 2013, DHX Media announced that it would acquire Disney XD and its sister networks for $170 million.[6][7] The acquisition was approved by the CRTC on July 24, 2014,[8][9] and closed on July 31, 2014.[10]

In that same year, Disney XD premiered the pilot for Fangbone!, in May, and a new original series, Gaming Show (In My Parents' Garage), in November.[11][12]

As Family Chrgd

On April 16, 2015, it was announced that Corus Entertainment had acquired Canadian rights to Disney Channel's program library; alongside the launch of a Canadian version of Disney Channel, Corus stated that it would launch other "Disney branded kids linear television offerings" in the future. In anticipation for this transition, DHX concurrently announced that its Disney-branded networks would be realigned under the Family brand by November 2015.[13][14]

Tentatively, Disney XD was to be rebranded as Family XTRM. When announcing its slate of programming for the 2015-16 season on August 20, 2015, DHX revealed the channel's new name would be Family Chrgd.[15] Its lineup was to feature new seasons of the network's existing original series, in addition to new shows produced by DHX subsidiaries and other studios (such as the aforementioned Fangbone!), as well as new program supply agreements with Mattel,[15] and later in the year, DreamWorks Animation.[16] The re-branding to Family Chrgd took place on October 9, 2015.[1][13]

Programming

Current programming

Canadian productions

Acquired programming

Upcoming programming

Former programming

As Disney XD (2011-2015)

As Family Chrgd (2015–present)

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "DHX Television's Family CHRGD to Go to Air". October 7, 2015. 
  2. ^ Wedge, Pip. "Disney XD". programming. Canadian Communications Foundation. Retrieved February 24, 2014. 
  3. ^ Kate Dickson, Deborah Wilson (October 5, 2011). "Astral takes entertainment to the next level with Disney XD offering on Xbox LIVE". Canada Newswire. Retrieved December 25, 2011. 
  4. ^ Biblic, Mirko. "Re: Voting Trust Agreement between BCE Inc. and Pierre Boivin, the trustee Application No. 2013-0243-9 – Approved". CRTC. Retrieved July 5, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Disney XD and Disney Junior Commission Original Canadian Series". Daily News. Broadcaster Magazine. June 12, 2012. Retrieved July 9, 2012. 
  6. ^ "DHX Media to buy Family, other children's channels". Toronto Star. November 28, 2013. Retrieved November 29, 2013. 
  7. ^ "DHX to acquire Family Channel, three others from Bell Media". The Globe and Mail. Toronto. November 28, 2013. Retrieved November 29, 2013. 
  8. ^ "DHX Media receives CRTC approval on $170M acquisition of Family Channel and three other children's channels". DHX Media. July 24, 2014. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved July 26, 2014. 
  9. ^ Vessing, Etan (July 24, 2014). "DHX Media approved for Family Channel takeover". Kidscreen. Brunico Communications. Retrieved July 26, 2014. 
  10. ^ "DHX Media closes Family Channel acquisition and announces management changes". Canada Newswire. July 31, 2014. Retrieved July 31, 2014. 
  11. ^ "DHX Television Commissions Radical Sheep's Animated Comedy Action Series Fangbone!". Newswire. March 5, 2015. Retrieved September 14, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Disney XD gets its game on with the premiere of Gaming Show (In My Parents' Garage) November 16". Newswire. November 5, 2014. Retrieved September 14, 2015. 
  13. ^ a b "Corus gains Canadian rights to Disney Channel content". The Globe and Mail. Canadian Press. Retrieved April 16, 2015. 
  14. ^ "DHX-Disney Divorce Almost Done". Cartt.ca. Retrieved April 16, 2015. 
  15. ^ a b c d e f g Dickson, Jeremy (August 21, 2015). "DHX TV reveals fall skeds for rebranded channels". Kid Screen. Retrieved August 21, 2015. 
  16. ^ "DreamWorks Animation Inks Strategic Content Pact With DHX Media". Deadline.com. Retrieved December 19, 2015. 
  17. ^ "DHX MEDIA, CBBC, FAMILY CHRGD ANNOUNCE DRONE CONTEST SERIES, AIRMAGEDDON - DHX Media". DHXMedia.com. Halifax, NS. December 10, 2015. Retrieved August 4, 2017. 
  18. ^ a b "Disney XD snaps up two DHX shows". Kidscreen. Retrieved 8 September 2015. 
  19. ^ "Flight 29 Down - CHRGD.ca". Chrgd.ca. Retrieved August 4, 2017. 
  20. ^ "9 Story licenses Nature Cat to DHX TV". 
  21. ^ "DHX TELEVISION BRINGS THE HEAT INTO FALL WITH HOTTEST PROGRAMMING LINEUP TO DATE - DHX Media". DHXMedia.com. Retrieved August 4, 2017. 
  22. ^ a b c d e f "Family CHRGD East TV Listings, TV Shows and Schedule - Zap2it". 
  23. ^ "My Side of the Sky". DHX Media. Retrieved 22 December 2017. 
  24. ^ "Mega Man heads to Cartoon Network US and Family Chrgd Canada". April 3, 2017. Retrieved April 3, 2017. 

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