#Industry: 9 Story Media Group Rebrands its Toronto Studio as Brown Bag Films
9 Story Media Group has announced that it’s going to build on the success of Brown Bag Films by rebranding its Toronto animation studio as Brown Bag Films. 9 Story Media Group remains the parent company. Also housed under the 9 Story Media Group umbrella is the company’s distribution arm, 9 Story Distribution International.
9 Story Media Group acquired Dublin and Manchester-based Brown Bag Films in 2015 and since that time, has been undergoing a process to integrate its three animation studios. Brown Bag Films will operate as the company’s creative hub for both 2D and 3D animation across Toronto, Dublin and Manchester. Tanya Green remains VP, Production for Brown Bag Films Canada, while Gillian Higgins continues as VP, Production for Brown Bag Films Europe with Sarah McQuire as Director of Operations UK. Darragh O’Connell remains as Creative Director for Brown Bag Films, working with Directors across each of its locations while Cathal Gaffney continues as Managing Director for Brown Bag Films, and as Chief Operating Officer for 9 Story Media Group.
Brown Bag Films is known for its high-end work on series such as Doc McStuffins, Octonauts, Nella The Princess Knight and Peter Rabbit. 9 Story’s Toronto studio has been known for its popular 2D series, such as Daniel Tiger’s Neighbourhood, Peg + Cat, Wild Kratts, 3 Amigonauts and the recently premiered TheMagic School Bus: Rides Again.
Renaming our Toronto studio Brown Bag Films is an important step in our integration. Since becoming our group COO in 2016, Cathal Gaffney has been harmonizing our three studios to operate under a unified set of standards. All three locations have benefited tremendously from sharing best practices, talent and infrastructure. The combined studio entity becomes a powerful creative hub from which to produce some of the best animation in the world.
Vince Commisso, President & CEO – 9 Story Media Group
We are thrilled to announce this new direction for our Toronto studio. 9 Story has an incredible history of producing best-in-class animation and pushing the boundaries of technology. Brown Bag Films now is a global force with the best talent in the industry across 2D and 3D animation. We are committed to putting the creative first, and producing the highest-quality, cross-platform animation with strong stories and engaging characters.
Cathal Gaffney, COO – 9 Story Media Group / Managing Director Brown Bag Films
9 Story Media Group is a leading creator, producer and distributor of kids and family-focused intellectual property. Its award-winning animation studio, Brown Bag Films, is recognized around the world for best-in-class brands such as Doc McStuffins, Daniel Tiger’s Neighbourhood, Octonauts, Wild Kratts, Peter Rabbit and The Magic School Bus: Rides Again. The company’s international distribution arm, 9 Story Distribution International, represents 2,700 half-hours of animated and live-action programming, seen on some of the most respected international channels and platforms. With facilities in Toronto, Dublin, Manchester, the 9 Story Media group of companies employ almost 600 creative and corporate staff.
Brown Bag Films is one of the world’s most exciting, original and successful creative-led animation studios. With locations in Dublin, Toronto, and Manchester, Brown Bag Films creates cutting-edge animation for the international market, bagging numerous awards along the way. The studio’s much-loved TV shows are viewed by millions of children worldwide and include Doc McStuffins, Daniel Tiger’s Neigbourhood, Henry Hugglemonster, Bing, Peg + Cat, Peter Rabbit, Wild Kratts, Olivia, Noddy in Toyland,The Magic School Bus: Rides Again, and Octonauts. Founded in 1994 by Cathal Gaffney and Darragh O’Connell, Brown Bag Films is committed to producing the highest-quality, cross-platform animation with strong stories and engaging characters. Brown Bag Films is owned by 9 Story Media Group.