9 Story Media Group and 9 Story Distribution International in its acquisition of Breakthrough Entertainment’s kids and family library and development slate.
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9 Story Media Group and 9 Story Distribution International (“9 Story”) acquired Breakthrough Entertainment’s kids and family library and development slate. 9 Story acquired 757 half hours of animated and live action kids and family content, bringing 9 Story’s total distribution library to more than 3,500 half hours. The transaction closed October 3, 2018.
9 Story will also take over Breakthrough’s kids and family development slate and have the right to produce future seasons of these properties. Breakthrough has agreed to a 3-year non-compete in the kids and family space but will complete its current kids and family production slate.
Breakthrough’s kids and family division was launched on the worldwide success of the series The Adventures of Dudley the Dragon and today the library includes a diversified mix of popular, high-quality animated and live action content. Properties include hit animated shows like Rocket Monkeys, Jimmy Two Shoes and Captain Flamingo, book based properties such as Margaret Atwood’s Wandering Wenda and Gordon Korman’s Bruno & Boots, along with the acclaimed Anne of Green Gables movie series.
9 Story Media Group is a leading creator, producer and distributor of award-winning animated and live action content for audiences around the world. The company’s international distribution arm, 9 Story Distribution International based in Dublin, represents 3,500 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 and New York, the 9 Story Media group of companies employ over 600 creative and corporate staff.