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9 Story Introduces Completed Episodes to the International Marketplace at MIPTV in Cannes


Toronto, Canada (March 28, 2011) – Toronto-based production and distribution studio 9 Story Entertainment has signed on as the worldwide distributor of Ben’s City (Pérusse Cité), a prime-time animated sitcom (13 x 22 min) from Montreal-based Oasis Animation and famous francophone comedian François Pérusse, it was announced by 9 Story EVP Business Development Natalie Osborne.

Available in both French and English, finished episodes of the primetime animated series will be introduced to the international marketplace at MIPTV. The French-language version was commissioned by the SRC (Société Radio-Canada) with the participation of ARTV, in the Canadian francophone market and 9 Story has placed the English-language version with CBC.

“We are thrilled to be working with Oasis Animation and look forward to bringing this hilarious new series to buyers at MIPTV,” said Osborne. “The popularity of François Pérusse’s extensive body of work in France and French speaking Europe, as well as  at home in Quebec coupled with Oasis Animation’s expert execution of François’ unique   concept will serve to quickly attract a strong and loyal following for Ben’s City.”

Ben’s City is an animated sitcom populated by a crew of odd-ball characters from comedian François Pérusse’s warped and hilarious imagination.  It parodies daily life in a big cosmopolitan city and the suburbs – all through the eyes of our protagonist Ben and the various people in his world.    

About François Pérusse:

Humorist, author, musician and comic audio clip designer, François Pérusse is constantly evolving as an artist. Disguised by the famous characters of his impressive repertoire, his unbridled imagination never ceases to amaze his audiences – even after 20 years of artistic life.

Today, his work includes more than 1,700 Les 2 minutes du peuple radio sketches; 10 albums with more than 1 million 525,000 units sold; a DVD (100,000 sales); more than 90 radio and TV ads (Petro-Canada, Oasis France); television series Le Spécial du peuple, La Série du peuple (15 half-hour episodes), Le JourNul (360 episodes) and On s’écoute parler (104 episodes); and the creation of comic audio clips for the renowned show The Beatles LOVE of Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas.

Pérusse also boasts an impressive roster of awards including: 7 Félix, 7 Olivier, 1 Juno, 3 Gémeaux, 13 advertising awards and distinctions (such as the Mondial d'Or and Le Grand Prix de l'ACCT in Marrakech), 3 awards for the short animation Cortex Academy and 7 Gold Ribbon Awards (Canadian Association of Broadcasters).

About 9 Story:

Founded in 2001, 9 Story Entertainment is an award-winning production and distribution company dedicated to delivering the most loved children’s properties internationally.   Producer of such popular shows as Peep and the Big Wide World and Survive This, 9 Story has delivered over 200 half hours of television content. Led by executive producers Vince Commisso and Steven Jarosz, who have more than 25 years of combined specialized industry experience and leadership, the 9 Story team includes Executive Vice-President Natalie Osborne, heading up international business development, and Vice President of Development, Liliana Vogt. With 70+ employees and full production and distribution capabilities, 9 Story is a leader in the amazing and magical world of animation and youth entertainment .

About Oasis Animation:

Founded in 2003 by Jacques Bilodeau, and based in Montreal, Quebec, Oasis Animation is one of the most important animation studio in Eastern Canada. Produced by Jacques Bilodeau and Diane Dallaire, Ben's City (Pérusse-Cité) is the most recent working collaboration between Oasis Animation and comedian François Pérusse. Over the years, the company has also been successful in providing animation services, thanks to its state-of-the-art digital production pipeline and its highly skilled team. Oasis has been providing animation services on projects such as "Arthur", "Caillou" (produced by Cookie Jar Entertainment), "6teen" (produced by Fresh TV), "Walter and Tandoori" (produced by Corporation Image Entertainment), "Mouss & Boubidi" (co-produced with Alphanim). Since 2007, the studio has been developing its own production activities in the prime time animation segment, working with comedian, stand-up comics, etc...  This endeavour has brought to TV series such as "On s'écoute parler", "" and now, "Ben's City".

Media Inquiries: Sabrina Propper, RPiPR, 818.515.5798

9 Story Entertainments:  Helena Gomes, 416.530.9900

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