Brown Bag Films creators of Doc McStuffins acquired by 9 Story Media Group

260px-Doc_McStuffins_logoThe award winning Irish animation studio Brown Bag Films the creators of Disney’s Doc McStuffins  has been bought by Toronto based 9 Story Media Group, owned by media entrepreneur Neil Court.

Following the acquisition, Brown Bag Films founders Darragh O’Connell and Cathal Gaffney and senior management will remain on to head up  Disney’s Doc McStuffins, the company said today.

Based in Dublin, Brown Bags Films also has a base in LA as well as a studio in Manchester, England.

“I am truly excited about this opportunity that we have worked so hard on and I look forward to continuing to produce the best animated content for children across the globe with 9 Story long into the future,” Cathal Gaffney said.

“Over the past 21 years, Brown Bag Films has constantly evolved its business model, always keeping quality at the forefront of everything we do”.

“This new chapter is the next logical step for us in our ongoing evolution and will ensure that audiences around the world get to watch more of the great shows they have come to expect from Brown Bag Films.”

Brown Bag Film said the decision was taken to press ahead with the deal after Gaffney and fellow co founder Darragh O’Connell, explored a range of options to take the company to the next level.

Vince Commisso, 9 Story Media Group chief executive, said they were thrilled to be joining forces with Brown Bag Films.

“Cathal, Darragh and their team in Ireland have a well established track record and an outstanding reputation for producing high quality animation,” Mr Commisso said.

“This transformative transaction, which 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.”

A fourth series of ‘Doc McStuffins’ is now in production and the show is aired around the world.  It has been a major factor in the expansion of the company over the last few years.

This year, Brown Bag Films won Outstanding Children’s Programme for ‘Doc McStuffins’ at the 46th National Association for Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP) Awards.

The Dublin-based creators of Give Up Yer Aul Sins, Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty, Octonauts and Henry Hugglemonster continued to expand this year after securing a major deal with Amazon Prime resulting in the creation of 40 more jobs after the green-lighting Brown Bag Films’ ‘The Stinky and Dirty Show’ which began  production in March.