The Canadian media boss who swapped winning Oscars for kids TV

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Most people who own a media empire talk loud and long, and make a big fuss of themselves, but not Michael Donovan.He is soft-spoken, thoughtful, and analytical. But he is very successful.Michael, a veteran of the film and TV industry, is the founder and boss of DHX Media. Login/Register With: Outside of the big Hollywood studies, the Canadian company is the world’s next largest owner and distributor of children’s TV programmes.Titles in DHX’s vast portfolio include Teletubbies, In the Night Garden, Bob the Builder, and Inspector Gadget. In total, it has a library of more than 11,800 – and growing – episodes across all its shows. And its revenues last year totalled $260m (£212m).I interviewed Michael – who, prior to forming DHX, produced movies including the Oscar-winning Michael Moore documentary Bowling for Columbine – back in the summer in Monaco.The 63-year-old was there for the World Entrepreneur of the Year awards ceremony, run by accountancy group Ernst & Young, after winning the Canadian title.‘Professional lying’Born and raised in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia, Michael trained as a lawyer, and worked as one for 10 years after leaving university. Not a happy experience.Explaining why he swapped the legal profession for the movie business, he says: “I formed the opinion that I was unemployable, therefore I had to work for myself.”He continues: “I decided that a much better place than the law for me was the professional telling of lies. That’s what filmmaking is.” Advertisement Twitter Advertisementlast_img