9 Story Media Group


Canadian producer buys kids distributor

Consolidation in the Canadian kids TV sector continues, with producer Sinking Ship Entertainment revealing it will acquire compatriot Picture Box Distribution. This comes after Canadian toon giant 9 Story Media bought Ireland’s Brown Bag Films last year, and after Temple Street Productions yesterday regrouped as Boat Rocker Media, unveiled new toon arm Boat Rocker Animation. […]

TV industry veterans buy UK indie

Three television industry veterans behind a new London-based investment group have bought a UK-based factual producer Blink Films. Neil Court, Charles Wace and Charles Ogilvie’s Tin Roof Media has paid an undisclosed amount to buy Blink, which is behind new BBC Four and PBS neuroscience-themed coproduction The Brain with Dr David Eagleman. 9 Story Media […]

9 Story’s Wild Kratts goes to Nine

Nine Network’s kids channel Go! has licensed animated series Wild Kratts. The popular animated series is produced and distributed by Canada-based 9 Story Media Group, which struck the Nine deal. Go! will show the toon series in a 7am weekday sot, with a further showing at 2.30pm. It will go out at 1.30pm on weekends. […]

Mattel/Hit, 9 Story to reboot Barney, Angelina

Mattel and subsidiary HIT Entertainment have partnered with Canada’s 9 Story Media Group to relaunch the former’s children’s franchises Barney & Friends and Angelina Ballerina. Described as a “long-term parternship”, the pact sees Mattel/HIT and 9 Story leveraging their collective expertise to “breathe new life into the programmes”. Development on a new 52x11mins series for […]

Show of the Week: Nature Cat

Fred is a housecat with pretensions to be an intrepid explorer, finding out anything and everything about nature and the outside world. That is why Nature Cat will appeal to kids and, by association, buyers, says 9 Story Media Group managing director Natalie Osborne. “Kids still love the outdoors, but there is maybe not as […]

9 Story buys Brown Bag Films

Canadian kids company 9 Story Media Group has bought Irish animation studio Brown Bag Films. The deal is the most significant in the animation sector for some time, though financial details of the agreement were not revealed. Brown Bag, which Cathal Gaffnet leads as co-founder and CEO, has produced popular animated shows such as Octonauts, […]

Hulu buys trio of 9 Story toons

US streaming and catch-up service Hulu has bought three animated series from Canadian producer and distributor 9 Story Media Group. It has picked up 52x11mins Get Ace, 40x11ins Nerds and Monsters (pictured), and 13x7mins Joe and Jack. The shows will be available within the commercial-free Hulu Kids space. It is the latest deal between Hulu […]

News brief: Asian nets bag 9 Story fare

Broadcasters in Thailand and Singapore are among buyers of kids programming from Canada’s 9 Story Media Group. Thai net TV3 has bought shows including Daniel Tiger’s Neighbourhood (pictured), Peg + Cat and Monkey See Monkey Doo, while Singapore-based MediaCorp has licensed several shows, including Peg + Cat and Get Ace. Peg + Cat has also […]

News brief: 9 Story starts up Otis the Tractor

Canada’s 9 Story Media Group has optioned Penguin Young Readers book Otis the Tractor for television. The Toronto-based production and distributor will seek to adapt the six-year-old book series as an animated series, and has taken licensing and merchandising rights. The Philomel Books-published kids titles from Loren Long follow the titular Otis, a loyal and […]

News brief: Discovery Kids keen on Finding Stuff Out

Discovery Kids Asia Pacific has acquired a raft of programmes from Canada’s 9 Story Media Group. This includes an additional 26 22-minute episodes of animated action adventure series Wild Kratts and the first season of 16x22mins Finding Stuff Out, which will air across the Asia Pac region, and seasons one and two of Survive This, […]