9 Story Media Group has pounced on the classic 2D animation series Garfield and Friends, produced from 1988-1995 by Mendelson/Paws Prod. The deal includes the full library, consisting of seven season (121 x 30), 12 specials and two direct-to-video titles. 9 Story has secured exclusive worldwide rights across all languages and platforms, and plans to remaster the content to an HD format.
“We are absolutely thrilled to have Garfield and Friends join the growing 9 Story library,” said Natalie Osborne, Chief Strategy Officer for 9 Story Media Group. “Garfield is one of the most beloved and iconic characters of all time, and the classic television series will continue to delight audiences for generations to come.”
“This is the first time we’ve awarded the rights to a single distribution partner who will handle all markets and all platforms. We’re very excited to see how the library performs, particularly given the opportunities in digital,” said Jim Davis. “We are sure the classic TV library is in good hands with 9 Story. “
On top of the Garfield brand’s popularity, the recently announced animated feature film project from Alcon should help drive renewed interest in the 2D series among new fans as well as those with fond memories of the comedy series.