Brown Bag Films Acquired
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9 Story Media Group has aquired the award winning animation studio Brown Bag Films, employing a total of 170 personnel in its studios in Dublin, Los Angeles and Manchester. The studio is best known for its work on animated children’s series such as Octonauts, Doc McStuffins, Bing Bunny and Henry Hugglemonster. This is 9 Story Media Group’s first acquisition following an equity investment last year.
“We’re absolutely thrilled to be joining horses with Brown Bag Films”, 9 Story Media Group’s president and CEO Vince Commisso said in a statement. “Cathal, Darragh and their team in Ireland have a well established track record and an outstanding reputation for producing high quality animation. 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. We look forward to having Cathal, Darragh and the Brown Bag team, join the 9 Story family.”
Brown Bag Films was founded in 1994 by Cathal Gaffney and Darragh O’Connell, and is well known for its 3D animation in kid’s shows shown across the world. 9 Story Media Group is best known for their work in 2D, having one of the largest studios in North America.
Darragh O’Connell, co-founder and creative director of Brown Bag Films, said in a statement: “We are exceptionally proud of what we have built as an Irish company and for the next part of our journey; it makes total sense for us to join horses with 9 Story. The combined entity will give us a larger bandwidth and bigger global reach for getting our shows into production and watched by as many children as possible. This deal allows us to concentrate on what we have always done very well – making great shows for kids. We LOVE animation and now we will be able to make even more of it!”