Award-winning animation producer Brown Bag Films — a subsidiary of Toronto’s 9 Story Media Group — opened a new studio in Smithfield, Dublin on Friday. The move comes as part of the company’s aim to grow its current footprint from 184 creative and production staff to a team of 255 by 2018, and expand their global reach with award winning content. Ireland’s Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mary Mitchell-O’Connor joined Cathal Gaffney (MD, Brown Bag Films/COO, 9 Story Media Group) and Neil Court (Executive Chairman, 9 Story Media Group) at the opening event.
“I am delighted to be here in Smithfield at the opening of Brown Bag Films’ new flagship studio. It is hugely encouraging to see this company move into an expanded space with plans for future job growth,” said Mitchell-O’Connor. “Brown Bag is a great Irish success story since its foundation 22 years ago and is a fine example of what an innovative Irish company can achieve in the global market. This exciting company is successfully competing in the dynamic and very competitive world of creative animation. It is clear to me that this announcement is a further illustration of the range of Irish talent available for dynamic companies across diverse sectors. I wish Brown Bag Films’ and their team every success for the future.”
Following last year’s acquisition, Brown Bag Films has joined with 9 Story Media Group to become a global leader in providing best-in-class content for young audiences. The combined company now boasts a team of almost 500 staff, locations in 4 different countries, 14 Emmy® awards and 2 Oscar nominations. Specialising in 3D animation and content, some of their notable animated series include ‘Octonauts’, ‘Bing’, ‘Doc McStuffins’ and ‘Henry Hugglemonster’, and it is currently producing the CG adaptation of Richard Adams’ ‘Watership Down’ for Netflix and BBC.
“With an eight year history in Smithfield, we were keen to maintain our roots here. Our new studio sets an incredibly high standard and is the perfect home for our outstanding creative and technical talent,” said Cathal Gaffney, cofounder and managing director of Brown Bag Films, said. “This is a very exciting time to be working in the kids content business.”