9 Story Buys Kids’ TV Producer Out of the Blue


9 Story Media Group has acquired Out of the Blue Enterprises, which was founded in 2005 by Blue’s Clues co-creator Angela Santomero and former Nickelodeon exec Samantha Freeman.

Based in New York City, Out of the Blue will become a wholly owned subsidiary of 9 Story. Freeman is slated to stay on as managing director, while Santomero will continue as creator and executive producer.

Out of the Blue works in children’s media across content creation, television production, digital apps and consumer products. The company is best known for such shows as Super WHY, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and Creative Galaxy.

Vince Commisso, the president and CEO of 9 Story, said: “Having worked with Angela and Samantha on Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and Creative Galaxy, we have tremendous respect for their creative capabilities. Out of the Blue has a proven track record in developing unique and beloved brands for a preschool audience. Joining forces broadens our development capabilities, increases our consumer products reach and extends our presence in the U.S. We look forward to working with the entire Out of the Blue team and are absolutely thrilled to welcome them into the 9 Story Media Group family.”

Santomero noted: “We have enjoyed working closely with 9 Story over the past decade, producing uniquely engaging entertainment offerings for preschoolers that also serve as valuable resources for parents, caregivers and teachers.”

Freeman added: “We are excited to join 9 Story’s expanding media platform and look forward to creating, producing and licensing current and new preschool properties together.”