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9 Story Media Group Appoints Angela C. Santomero as Chief Creative Officer

9 Story Media GroupAngela appointed Angela C. Santomero to the newly established role of chief creative officer (CCO). As CCO, Santomero will report to president and CEO Vince Commisso to lead the creative content strategy across 9 Story Media Group. The appointment follows 9 Story’s recent acquisition of Out of the Blue Enterprises, which was co-founded by Santomero.

With Santomero’s appointment, Out of the Blue will be rebranded as 9 Story USA. The New York-based creative studio will be the anchor of 9 Story’s creative development, formative research, and creative stewardship across current series, and the studio will continue to be supported by key development staff and operations in Toronto and Dublin.

Fred Rogers Productions Adds New Partners for Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood

DaneilTiger_RideOnFred Rogers Productions expanded its roster of licensing partners for the preschool brand Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. 9 Story Media Group’s 9 Story Brands will further expand the property’s reach across a range of consumer products categories, including ride-ons, sound books, footwear, health and beauty, and more. The new product line was featured at Licensing Expo last month.  Read the rest of this entry »

9 Story Media Group Launches New Consumer Products Division

9 story brands9 Story Media Group will launch a new consumer products division, 9 Story Brands. Following 9 Story Media Group’s recent acquisition of Out of the Blue Enterprises, 9 Story Brands brings Out of the Blue’s and 9 Story’s licensing endeavors together under the new division. 9 Story Brands officially launches next week at Licensing Expo in Las Vegas.

The new consumer products group will focus on building global kids brands on and off-screen, allowing audiences multi-dimensional experiences with their favorite characters. 9 Story Brands will be co-managed by 9 Story’s Kristin Lecour and Out of the Blue’s Kyra Halperin, with both reporting to 9 Story’s chief strategy officer, Natalie Osborne. Lecour will lead international efforts and Halperin will direct U.S. based initiatives.

In addition, 9 Story Media Group redesigned its corporate logo, marketing assets, website, and more for a new contemporary look

 

 

9 Story Media Group, GO-N Enter Option Agreement for New Bewitched Animated Series

Screen Shot 2018-02-08 at 3.28.32 PM9 Story Media Group and GO-N Productions entered into an option agreement to develop and co-produce a new animated series based on the classic live-action series Bewitched. Under the terms of the agreement, 9 Story and GO-N will also control worldwide distribution, while 9 Story will control the majority of merchandising and licensing rights for the series. Read the rest of this entry »

9 Story Media Group Acquires Out of the Blue Enterprises

9Story_OutOfTheBlue9 Story Media Group acquired Out of the Blue Enterprises, a children’s media brand that covers content creation, TV production, digital applications, and consumer products. Out of the Blue also owns the toy brand Colorforms, and the company is in production on a new animated series based on the classic brand. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Read the rest of this entry »

9 Story Secures New Deals Across Asia Pacific

9StoryDeals_Peg+Cat9 Story Media Group secured multiple deals for its kids and family content across the Asia Pacific territory. More than 550 episodes have been licensed to broadcasters and content partners across the territory, with agreements in South East Asia, India, Taiwan, and Australia. Series sold include Peg + Cat, Wild Kratts, 3 Amigonauts, and Camp Lakebottom. Read the rest of this entry »

9 Story Media Group Licenses Wild Kratts to Discover Kids Latin America

WildKratts9 Story Media Group licensed the fifth season Wild Kratts to Discovery Kids Latin America. The fifth season includes 20 episodes, making the total episode count to 138. Discovery Kids Latin America also airs 9 Story’s Nature Cat and Peg + Cat.

Wild Kratts also airs on PBS KIDS in the U.S. and TVO and Knowledge Network in Canada. Other seasons of the series are also under license to Discovery Kids (India and Asia), Pop (UK), RTE (Ireland), Super RTL (Germany), Minimax (Eastern Europe), DR (Denmark), RTBF (Belgium), VRT (Belgium), Canal Panda (Spain), TVC (Spain), SIC (Portugal), MediaCorp (Singapore), TVB (Hong Kong), Familia Play (Colombia), Canal Futura (Brazil), Minika (Turkey), Jeem TV (Middle East), E-Junior (UAE), Noga (Israel), and 9 Network Go! (Australia).

 

9 Story Media Group Expands Global Licensing Program for Peg + Cat

Peg+Cat9 Story Media Group will expand its international licensing program based on the animated preschool series Peg + Cat. New licensees for Spain and Portugal were appointed, including Editorial Planeta for publishing, Ravensburger for puzzles and games, C y P Brands Evolution for back-to-school, Artesania Cerdà for apparel and back-to-school, and Comansi for figurines. Additional licensees will be announced soon. PEG + CAT airs on TVE in Spain and on RTP in Portugal.

Merchantwise was also recently appointed at the brand’s exclusive agent for Australia and New Zealand, where the series airs on ABC, with ABC Commercial on board for home entertainment. Read the rest of this entry »

9 Story Secures Multiple Sales for Animated Series 3 Amigonauts

9Story_3Amigonauts9 Story Media Group secured multiple international sales for the animated comedy 3 Amigonauts. New licenses include Sony Pictures Television Networks (UK, Italy and Sub Saharan Africa), Canal+ (French-speaking Europe and Africa), RTP (Portugal), Disney (CEE), DKids (MENA), and Zoom (Israel).

The series premiered in August on YTV in Canada and is produced by 9 Story Media Group for YTV. 9 Story Distribution International handles international distribution and consumer products. Read the rest of this entry »

9 Story Distribution International, Magic Mall Entertainment Partner for Luo Bao Bei Animated Series

9Story_LuoBaoBei9 Story Distribution International, the international distribution arm of 9 Story Media Group, and Magic Mall Entertainment (China) partnered for the animated children’s series Luo Bao Bei. Created and Produced by Magic Mall with Cloth Cat Animation in Wales commissioned for production, 9 Story Distribution International has acquired global distribution and merchandising rights, excluding China.

Luo Bao Bei is currently in production and expected to premiere in China during Q4 this year. The series targets kids ages 4 to 7, and 9 Story Distribution International will launch the series at MIPJR next month with several completed episodes. Read the rest of this entry »

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