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9 Story Buys Asian Animation Studio


9 Story Media Group has acquired Bali Animation Studio and Bali Animasi Solusi Ekakarsa (collectively known as BASE), a CGI animation studio located in Bali, Indonesia.

Founded in 2015 by Lily Wang and Daniel Harjanto Setyawan, BASE has a production portfolio that includes the animated series Sonic Boom and Luna Petunia. In addition, BASE and 9 Story’s Brown Bag Films previously partnered on the hit Disney series Vampirina.

Co-founders Wang and Harjanto Setyawan will stay on to lead BASE going forward and will report to 9 Story Chief Operating Officer Cathal Gaffney.

“Our top priority has always been, and will continue to be, producing the best quality animated content across all our studios,” said Vince Commisso, president and CEO of 9 Story Media Group. “Acquiring BASE bolsters our existing studio capacity in Toronto, Dublin and Manchester and enhances our ability to meet the production needs of our clients. We have been extremely impressed with BASE’s caliber of work and are thrilled to welcome the entire BASE team into the 9 Story family.”

“We are delighted to be joining forces with 9 Story Media Group,” said Wang and Setyawan. “9 Story has established itself as a global leader in kids’ entertainment with tremendous strength in production and distribution. We are incredibly proud of the animation we have produced with our talented team in Bali. By joining forces with 9 Story and their studio Brown Bag Films we will benefit from their creative expertise and international infrastructure and continue to produce top quality programs for kids and families around the world.”

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