9 Story Media Group has inked a deal to acquire Breakthrough Entertainment’s kids and family library and development slate; the transaction is expected to close within the next month.
Under the agreement, 9 Story is adding 757 half-hours of animated and live-action kids and family programming, bringing the company’s total distribution catalog to more than 3,500 half-hours. Titles include Rocket Monkeys, Jimmy Two Shoes, Captain Flamingo, Wandering Wenda, Bruno & Boots and the Anne of Green Gables movie series.
9 Story is also taking over Breakthrough’s kids and family development slate, with the right to produce future seasons of these properties. Breakthrough has signed a three-year non-compete deal in the kids and family arena, but will complete its current kids and family production slate.
“Breakthrough has built an impressive catalog of popular animated and live-action kids and family content,” said Vince Commisso, 9 Story’s president and CEO. “The acquisition adds significant depth and breadth to our distribution library, expands our development slate and production opportunities, and solidifies our position as one of the industry’s top suppliers for kids and family content internationally. In particular, the deal increases 9 Story’s live action offering with top titles like Anne of Green Gables, Bruno & Boots and Max and Shred.”
“Breakthrough is honored to have our award-winning kids’ content, produced over the last 33 years, become part of 9 Story’s high-quality kids and family library,” added Ira Levy, co-founder and president of Breakthrough. “9 Story’s excellence in kids’ media is the perfect fit to continue the legacy of Breakthrough’s kids and family catalog both domestically and in the international market.”