Toronto, Canada – February 14, 2017 – 9 Story Media Group is pleased to announce that it has licensed the hit children’s series Nature Cat (80 x 11’) to Discovery Kids Latin America. Discovery Kids Latin America, the leading preschool network in the region, also airs 9 Story’s Wild Kratts and Peg + Cat.
Created by the Emmy® award winning creative team at Spiffy Pictures and co-produced by Spiffy Pictures and WTTW Chicago, 9 Story handles international distribution and consumer products outside of the U.S. while HiHat Media handles brand licensing within the U.S. The series was nominated for a 2016 Daytime Emmy® Award for Outstanding Writing in an Animation Program as well as a Television Critics Association Award for Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming.
Aimed at children 3-8 years old, Nature Cat helps children relate to and engage with the natural world. Nature Cat can’t wait to get outside for a day of nature excursions and bravery, but there’s one problem: he’s a house cat with no instincts for nature. With the help of his animal friends, Nature Cat embarks on action-packed adventures that include exciting missions full of investigation, “aha” discovery moments and humour, all while inspiring children to go outside and play.
Nature Cat also airs on PBS KIDS in the U.S. and on Family CHRGD in Canada. Internationally, the series has been previously licensed to SVT (Sweden), TG4 (Ireland), SIC (Portugal), Canal Panda (Spain), AMC Networks (Spain), Nick Jr (Italy) via Funwood Media, Cineplex (Thailand), Discovery Asia (Indian Subcontinent), Mediacorp (Singapore), E Junior (Middle East), and Hop TV (Israel).
About Spiffy Pictures
NATURE CAT was created by Spiffy Pictures (www.spiffypictures.com). Spiffy Pictures is a production company specializing in family entertainment. The Emmy Award-winning team at Spiffy Pictures has created, produced, written and directed live-action and animated projects for PBS Kids, Nickelodeon (Jack’s Big Music Show), Disney (Bunnytown), MTV, Comedy Central, Sesame Street and Warner Brothers (Scooby Doo! Adventures: The Mystery Map). Currently, the company’s hit animated series Nature Cat is airing daily on PBS KIDS (pbskids.org/naturecat). Nature Cat is a show that gets kids excited about the wonders of nature and encourages families to go on active outdoor adventures.
Spiffy Pictures was founded in 2003 by brothers David Rudman (“Cookie Monster” and “Baby Bear” on Sesame Street; “Scooter” and “Janice” on The Muppets) and Adam Rudman, who has written for Tom & Jerry, Sesame Street, Cyberchase and more.
The NATURE CAT series is a co-production of Spiffy Pictures and WTTW Chicago. Major funding for the series is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and the Van Eekeren Family, founders of Land O'Frost.
About 9 Story Media Group
9 Story Media Group is a leading content creator, marketer and distributor of kids & family focused intellectual property. Recognized around the world for best-in-class brands such as Daniel Tiger’s Neighbourhood, Wild Kratts, Numb Chucks and Peg + Cat, 9 Story represents over 2,500 half hours of animated and live action programming, seen on some of the most respected international channels and platforms. With one of North America’s largest animation studios, 9 Story employs over 300 creative and production staff in its Toronto facility and has produced over 900 half hours of award-winning children’s content. In 2015, 9 Story acquired the award winning animation studio Brown Bag Films, which employs almost 300 staff members across Dublin, Manchester and Los Angeles. Brown Bag is recognized for producing leading animated children’s series such as Octonauts, Doc McStuffins, Bing and Henry Hugglemonster. 9 Story is owned by senior management, ZMC (Zelnick Media Capital) and media entrepreneur Neil Court. www.9story.com
For further information:
Jennifer Ansley, Vice President, Marketing & Communications, 9 Story Media Group
+1 416 530-9900 ext 230, email@example.com