9 Story Media Group Inc. is a Canadian entertainment company and an international marketer and distributor best known for producing animated series such as Top Wing, Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, Wild Kratts, Numb Chucks, Peep and the Big Wide World, Nature Cat, Peg + Cat, and others. 9 Story Media Group's animation studio Brown Bag Films has produced animated children's series such as The Octonauts, Doc McStuffins, Bing Bunny, and Henry Hugglemonster.

9 Story Media Group Inc.
9 Story Entertainment (2002–2014)
Private Company
IndustryTelevision Production, Distribution
FoundedSeptember 2002
FoundersVince Commisso
Steven Jarosz
HeadquartersToronto, Ontario, Canada
Key people
Vince Commisso (President and CEO)
Cathal Gaffney (COO)
Angela C. Santomero (CCO)
Neil Court (Executive Chairman)
OwnersZelnick Media Capital
Neil Court
Senior Management[1][2][3][4][5]
Number of employees
700 (2018)
Divisions9 Story Distribution
Brown Bag Films
9 Story Brands
Subsidiaries9 Story Interactive
9 Story USA



9 Story Media Group was founded in September 2002 as 9 Story Entertainment by Vince Commisso and Steven Jarosz. In September 2006, 9 Story launched an international distribution division headed by Natalie Osborne, known as 9 Story Enterprises. 9 Story Entertainment originally produced its first live-action series, Survive This, from 2010 to 2012. On April 8, 2013, 9 Story Media Group announced that it would acquire CCI Entertainment's children's and family library; the acquisition was completed on July 24.

In 2015, 9 Story Media Group acquired the animation studio Brown Bag Films,[6] which employs over 170 staff members across Dublin, Manchester, and Toronto. On October 6, 9 Story announced a long-term partnership with Mattel Creations to distribute pre-school series Barney & Friends and Angelina Ballerina. However, no information was given by neither Mattel nor 9 Story and development on both of the reboots were scrapped.

On May 25, 2016, 9 Story Media Group acquired the global distribution rights to Garfield and Friends.

On January 12, 2018, 9 Story Media Group acquired Out of the Blue Enterprises in an effort to broaden 9 Story's development capabilities and bolster their consumer products division, which launched in May. Out of the Blue is now a wholly owned subsidiary renamed 9 Story USA.[7][8]

On July 10, 2018, 9 Story acquired Breakthrough Entertainment's kids and family library and development slate.[9]

On February 4, 2019, 9 Story acquired Indonesian animation studio BASE.[10]

On April 1, 2019, 9 Story signed a distribution deal with Scholastic Entertainment, including 460 half hours of TV series.[11]

Original productionsEdit


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  7. ^ "9 Story bolsters US presence with Out of the Blue buy".
  8. ^ "9 Story Appoints Angela C. Santomero as Chief Creative Officer - 9 Story Media Group". 18 June 2018.
  9. ^ "9 Story buys Breakthrough's kids library and slate".
  10. ^ http://www.animationmagazine.net/tv/9-story-media-group-acquires-base-animation-studio-in-indonesia/
  11. ^ http://kidscreen.com/2019/04/01/9-story-to-distribute-230-hours-of-scholastic-content
  12. ^ "9 Story becomes the Co-Producer and Distributor of new season of WGBH children's series ARTHUR®". 9story.com. September 20, 2011. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  13. ^ Wolfe, Jennifer (September 29, 2015). "Oasis Animation Tapped for New Seasons of 'Arthur'".

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