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Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland’s Chief Executive James Hickey Moving On at End of Second Term

After two terms as Chief Executive of Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland, James Hickey will be moving on at the end of his current term in June 2019. James served an initial five-year period from 2011 with an extension of three years granted in 2016. Commenting on his decision James Hickey said “It has been an honour and a privilege for me... Read more...

Monster Entertainment Secures First US Distribution Sale for ‘The Day Henry Met…’

Irish distributor Monster Entertainment has secured a number of new distribution sales for Wiggleywoo’s ‘The Day Henry Met…?’ The deal includes the shows first America sale with US Pay TV service, Condista, acquiring the first 3 seasons of the hit preschool animation series for its Spanish and English language service, Kids Central.  The deal will see the series get its... Read more...

Turnip & Duck and Daily Madness join forces for Critters TV

Meet the native wild animals of Ireland as you’ve never seen them before – at home, with their feet up, watching wildlife documentaries on TV. This is the premise behind Critters TV, Turnip & Duck’s new series currently in production and due for broadcast on RTÉjr in late 2019. The 15 x 11′ comedy series for 4-8 year-olds fuses 2D character animation... Read more...

Cartoon Saloon’s ‘Late Afternoon’ shortlisted for Academy Award!

Cartoon Saloon has been nominated for yet another Oscar nomination! Louise Bagnall’s short film Late Afternoon, which has been shortlisted for an Academy Award® for Best Animated Short. Ten films were shortlisted from all over the world and the final nominations will be announced in January. Commenting on the news, James Hickey, Screen Ireland Chief Executive said: “I’m really delighted to... Read more...

Ink & Light’s ‘Hopscotch and the Christmas Tree’ premieres on RTEJr for Christmas!

Hopscotch and the Christmas Tree is a new animated special premiering this holiday season on RTEJr. The film is produced by Ink & Light and Kinomind Films, commissioned by RTEjr, with support from Screen Ireland and the Lithuanian Film Centre. Its an adaptation of the picture book of the same name, directed by Katerina Vykhodsteva the film will roll out... Read more...

Brown Bag Films makes Kidscreens Hot50!

Kidscreen announced its HOT50 companies for 2018, ranking the most happening companies in kids entertainment, and for the second year in a row Brown Bag Films/ 9 Story Media Group has been ranked the NUMBER ONE production company! 9 Story Distribution International also snagged the number one spot in the Distribution category, making it a double win for 9 Story Media Group! BBF... Read more...

The Breadwinner wins four awards at the 2018 Emile Awards!

Cartoon Saloon and Director Nora Twomey’s debut animated feature, The Breadwinner, won four major accolades at the 2018 Emile Awards in Lille, France, including Best Direction, Best Storyboarding, Best Character Animation and Best Background and Character Design. The Breadwinner tells the story of eleven-year-old Parvana, who gives up her identity to provide for her family and to try to save her father’s... Read more...

Wiggleywoo: When Henry found fame- Ireland’s latest animation success!

Remember the name – Irish animator Gary Gill is one to watch, thanks to his hit cartoon and new book, ‘The Day Henry Met’, writes Marie Toft. It was on Killiney Beach in Dublin when animator Gary Gill’s baby son Henry was learning to talk, that the inspiration began for the delightful The Day Henry Met animation series. “Henry was about... Read more...

Brown Bag Films’ Animated Holiday Special, Angela’s Christmas, Launches on Netflix on Friday, 30 November

Academy Award®-nominated Brown Bag Films, a subsidiary of 9 Story Media Group, has announced that its animated holiday special, Angela’s Christmas, is coming to Netflix from Friday, 30 November. The half-hour CG film is based on Frank McCourt’s only children’s book inspired by a story his mother Angela told him as a child. In 1997 McCourt won the Pulitzer Prize for his best-selling memoir, Angela’s... Read more...