9 Story Media Group has announced new additions to its senior team of global executives across distribution, development, legal and technology. The strategic additions are pivotal in continuing to build the company’s growth internationally while developing its in-house capabilities and best practices.
“Each of our newly appointed senior executives bring an impressive background and skill set in children’s media and we are extremely proud to welcome them to 9 Story Media Group,” said Vince Commisso, President and CEO of 9 Story. “9 Story is a global leader in children’s content and this talented team provides tremendous bench strength to support our ongoing growth efforts.”
Joss Duffield joins the Distribution team as VP, Distribution Europe and is based out of London, U.K. Reporting to Alix Wiseman, SVP Distribution and Acquisitions, Duffield will be responsible for 9 Story Distribution International’s business across Western Europe, continuing to build and bolster the division’s growth within these markets. With over 20 years’ experience in international distribution, sales and licensing, Duffield has a proven track record of securing successful target driven strategic alliances and partnerships. As Head of International Sales at eOne Entertainment, she was instrumental in the relaunch and world-wide rollout of the iconic Peppa Pig brand, transforming it from a local U.K. brand into the global phenomenon it is today. Most recently, Duffield served as Director of Content – Northern Europe at Turner, where she was responsible for a multi-genre distribution portfolio including drama (TNT), local European drama (TNT Germany), comedy (Adult Swim), non-scripted (Tru TV) and children’s (Cartoon Network) programming.
Gráinne McNamara steps into the new role of VP Live Action, Development & Production, reporting to Chief Creative Officer Angela Santomero. With over 20 years’ experience within the children’s sector, McNamara will be responsible for leading the company’s overall development efforts for original television series in live action kids and family. McNamara is joining from King Bert Productions where she successfully grew a children’s development slate and produced the hugely successful Malory Towers for CBBC and Family Channel Canada. Prior to King Bert, McNamara worked as Head of Live-Action Development for Disney Channels EMEA and before that as VP Development for Cake Entertainment, where her credits included the award-winning Bottersnikes and Gumbles and Space Chickens in Space.
Jennifer Bol will be heading the global 9 Story legal team as SVP, Legal & Business Affairs. Responsible for establishing the global in-house practices that will set the strategic direction for 9 Story’s legal services worldwide, Bol will also be developing and implementing the organization’s legal and regulatory framework and collaborating with the Executive Leadership Team (ELT) to execute business strategies. Bol is a Canadian and U.K. qualified lawyer with two decades of experience in entertainment law covering a wide range of areas including television and digital development and production, broadcasting and all aspects of distribution including television, format and merchandising licensing. Bol comes most recently from Blue Ant Media, where she served as Senior Legal Counsel. She previously worked at 9 Story from 2012-2015 as Director of Legal & Business Affairs, where she was instrumental in the acquisition of the CCI Kids and Family catalogue, and has also worked as Senior Director at DHX (now Wildbrain) and Company Lawyer for Entertainment Rights (now DreamWorks Classics).
Boris Beaubien has signed on to 9 Story’s Toronto team as VP, Technology, reporting to Chief Operating Officer Cathal Gaffney. Beaubien is an Emmy nominated technologist and a veteran in the media industry, with over 20 years of experience across television production technology. Beaubien began his career as a technical manager on the hit series Blue’s Clues at Nickelodeon, eventually moving up to become VP of TV Production Technologies, overseeing all technical and pipeline support at the Nick Jr. animation studio. He was also instrumental in the start-up of Nickelodeon’s CG animation studio in California, where he helped design and build their Burbank Animation and Live-Action Studios. Most recently, Beaubien worked with Sesame Workshop to upgrade and refresh Sesame Street‘s 50th season and develop the technology for their slate of series for AppleTV.
9 Story Media Group is a leading creator, producer and distributor of kids and family focused intellectual property. Its award-winning animation studio, Brown Bag Films, is recognized around the world for best- in-class brands such as Doc McStuffins, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Octonauts, Wild Kratts, Blue’s Clues and You and The Magic School Bus: Rides Again. The company’s international distribution arm, 9 Story Distribution International based in Dublin, represents 4,200 half-hours of animated and live-action programming. Its in-house consumer products division, 9 Story Brands, builds international entertainment brands for kids. 9 Story’s Creative Affairs Group creates, develops and produces award-winning branded properties using groundbreaking formative research. With facilities in Toronto, Dublin, Manchester, New York and Bali, 9 Story Media Group employs nearly 1,100 creative and corporate staff.