9 Story Media Group has picked up eight children’s series from Scholastic Entertainment that total more than 230 hours of content.
The international distribution arm of the Canadian prodco will rep animated classic series Clifford the Big Red Dog (65 x 26 minutes) and its spinoff Clifford’s Puppy Days (39 x 26 minutes), interplanetary comedy Astroblast (52 x 12 minutes), ’90s series The Magic School Bus (52 x 26 minutes), adventure/comedy Maya and Miguel (65 x 24 minutes), and language-themed Word Girl (130 x 24 minutes).
The deal also includes iconic live-action adaptations Goosebumps (74 x 26 minutes) and The Baby-Sitters Club (13 x 28 minutes). Originally aired on HBO in 1990, before Nickelodeon and Disney Channel picked up syndication rights in 1995, The Baby-Sitter’s Club is getting a reboot at Netflix and its producing partners Walden Media and Michael De Luca Productions.
Scholastic joined the reboot frenzy with its own Netflix series The Magic School Bus Rides Again in 2017 (produced by 9 Story), while its revamped Clifford the Big Red Dog (pictured) will bow this fall in the US on PBS KIDS and Amazon Prime Video. 9 Story was named global distributor for the new Clifford series last fall.
With the latest deals, 9 Story’s total distribution library now consists of more than 4,000 half hours, which was bolstered in July when the company acquired Breakthrough Entertainment’s entire kids and family library and development slate, including book-based live-action TV movie series Anne of Green Gables, as well as animated properties Rocket Monkeys and Wandering Wenda.