Toronto, Canada-based 9 Story Media Group has acquired Ireland’s Brown Bag Films, the producer of animated children’s series Doc McStuffins and Octonauts. It’s the first acquisition for the formerly known 9 Story Entertainment, following last year’s equity investment from Neil Court and Zelnick Media Capital. Terms of the acquisition, completed yesterday, were not disclosed.
Headquartered in Dublin with offices in Los Angeles and Manchester, Brown Bag Films also produces Bing Bunny and Henry Hugglemonster, giving it four of the top ten pre-school television programs in America, according to 9 Story’s press release. Led by co-founders Cathal Gaffney and Darragh O’Connell, the studio plans to hire 50 more employees, on top of its 170 current creative and production staff.
“Cathal, Darragh and their team in Ireland have a well established track record and an outstanding reputation for producing high quality animation,” said Vince Commisso, 9 Story president and CEO. “This transformative transaction extends our footprint into Europe, broadens our content offering to distribution partners and audiences worldwide, combines best in class CGI and 2D, and optimally positions the company for tremendous growth.”