9 Story Media Group has tapped Farrell Hall for the newly created position of chief inclusion officer.
Hall will be working with internal and external stakeholders to create and execute diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives that will impact all aspects of the business. He will also assist in developing and establishing DEI content guidelines to further the company’s mission in the creation and production of diverse and authentic stories.
Reporting to Vince Commisso, president and CEO of 9 Story, Hall joins the executive leadership team. Hall is based in Toronto.
Most recently, Hall held the role of director of diversity, equity and inclusion at the Children’s Aid Society (CAS) of Toronto, where he led a team responsible for advancing equity and anti-oppression within the organization.
“The introduction of the chief inclusion officer role came as a direct result of internal focus group research, recommendations from our staff and 9 Story’s commitment to DEI as a priority within our organization,” said Commisso. “As a producer of children’s content watched by millions of kids around the world, we have a responsibility to tell diverse and authentic stories where every child sees themselves on screen. As an employer, we have a vital obligation to our employees to create a workplace where everyone feels a sense of belonging and has an equal opportunity for personal and professional growth. We are thrilled with the level of experience that Farrell brings to this role and look forward to his contribution to our executive team and our organization as a whole.”
“I’m excited to be joining the team at 9 Story Media Group, a company that is continuously striving to make diversity and inclusion a key pillar of the work they do every day, both on- and off-screen,” said Hall. “Iconic series like Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Blue’s Clues & You, Doc McStuffins and the highly anticipated Karma’s World are strong examples of 9 Story and Brown Bag Films’ clear and ongoing commitment to telling authentic stories that celebrate diversity, with the utmost thought and care. I look forward to making an impact on the organization’s great legacy of storytelling and helping to create content that celebrates differences, promotes inclusion and ultimately makes the world a better place for kids and families everywhere.”