9 Story Enterprises is expanding to include acquired programming in its catalog, beginning with the international distribution rights to Slap Happy Cartoon’s new animated series Nerds and Monsters (40×11’). The series was recently greenlit by Corus Entertainment’s kids and family network YTV in Canada for a January 2014 premiere.
“This is a natural next step as we grow to becoming one of the industry’s largest distributors of children’s and family content,” said Vince Commisso, president and CEO of 9 Story Entertainment.
“We will be strategically acquiring content with both the production quality and entertainment value to fit the 9 Story brand and are delighted that Slap Happy’s Nerds and Monsters is our first acquisition,” said Natalie Osborne, exec VP of business development.
Nerds and Monsters is a comedy aimed at 6-11 year olds that tosses a group of nerdy kids on a fantastic uncharted island. The tween castaways must use nothing but their smarts to survive the relentless attacks by the island’s inhabitants—a tribe of dim-witted monsters that are mistakenly threatened by their human invaders.
Founded by Kathy Rocchio, Greg Sullivan, Josh Mepham and Vito Viscomi, with offices in L.A. and Vancouver, Slap Happy Cartoons works with a global base of clients, which include development partners Comedy Central, Kids WB!, DHX Media, Canucks Sports and Entertainment, and Disney XD. For more info, visit www.slaphappycartoons.com and www.9story.com.