9 Story Distribution International
9 Story Distribution International is keeping things fresh with classic content. The global distributor added 736 half hours of programming this year, 460 of which were from popular Scholastic brands including Clifford the Big Red Dog and The Magic School Bus.
“This year we’ve been able to build up our own homegrown content and also cherry-pick high-profile acquisitions from third-party partners,” says SVP of distribution and acquisitions Alix Wiseman.
9 Story continued its global growth, selling nearly 1,000 half hours to new digital partners across Indonesia, Thailand, Hong Kong and Korea. In Central and Eastern Europe, the company sold more than 600 half hours and built new partnerships with Russian broadcasters Carousel, CTC Media Group and HD1TV.
It also sold second-window rights of Chinese prodco Magic Mall’s animated series Luo Bao Bei to Netflix, and distributed the series to broadcasters including SVT (Sweden), HOP! (Israel) and Clan (Spain).
9 Story sees the sales value in name-brand talent, adds Wiseman. This year, it scooped up Teletubbies mastermind Andrew Davenport’s new stop-motion/live-action series Moon and Me, and secured berths for it on broadcasters, such as ABC (Australia), RTE (Ireland) and YLE (Finland).