Steven DeNure new No. 2 at DHX Media

Was president of kids/family subsidiary Decode Ent.

TORONTO -- Canadian producer DHX Media has promoted kids show veteran Steven DeNure to the new post of president and COO.

DeNure, most recently president of DHX's kids and family show subsidiary Decode Entertainment, will work alongside the Halifax-based parent's chairman and CEO Michael Donovan, the company said Wednesday.

DeNure also will oversee Decode Enterprises, the company's international distribution arm, as current president Neil Court prepares to step down in May and shift into an adviser role.

DHX Media, which recently failed to complete a merger with rival producer and distributor E1 Entertainment, also promoted Charles Bishop, president of subsidiary Halifax Film, to president of production and development for the parent company.

The Canadian producer is best known for such kids series as "Franny's Feet" and "Bo on the Go," and dramas like "The Guard," which was picked up by ION Television last month.