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9 Story Media Group and Peacock Alley Entertainment enter into agreement to develop and co-produce new live action series MOTEL 51

By March 5, 2019News

Toronto, Canada – March 4, 2019 – 9 Story Media Group is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement with Peacock Alley Entertainment to develop and co-produce MOTEL 51, a serialized science fiction drama geared towards a young adult and family audience.  The announcement follows 9 Story’s recent launch of a new live action division led by Jeremy Slutskin.

Written and created by Laura Kosterski (Producing Parker, Big Top Academy, Annedroids, Naked Josh), the series will be executive produced by Brad Wright (Travelers, Stargate), Carrie Mudd (Travelers, Sanctuary), Vince Commisso (Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Wild Kratts, The Magic School Bus Rides Again) and Natalie Osborne (Angela’s Christmas, Almost Naked Animals, Harriet The Spy: Blog Wars).

MOTEL 51 follows the Williamson family, as they embark on a desperate quest to find their father when he mysteriously vanishes. The search will lead them to an oddball motel with an otherworldly secret.

9 Story Media Group is a leading producer of kids and family content, recognized around the world for hit children’s series such as The Magic School Bus Rides Again (Netflix), Furze World Wonders (YouTube Red), Doc McStuffins (Disney Jr), Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood (PBS KIDS), and Top Wing (Nick Jr). Peacock Alley Entertainment is the producer of critically acclaimed, award-winning scripted and unscripted content including Travelers (Netflix), A User’s Guide to Cheating Death (Netflix & Vision), Unusually Thicke (Pop), Illusions of Grandeur (OLN) and Tower of Song: Leonard Cohen (CBC & PBS).

“Peacock Alley Entertainment and Brad Wright are absolute trailblazers in the sci-fi genre and we are thrilled to be partnering with them on MOTEL 51” said Natalie Osborne, Chief Strategy Officer for 9 Story Media Group. “With their expertise in sci-fi and primetime, and 9 Story’s strength in kids, MOTEL 51 is poised to become a stand-out series for YA and family audiences around the world.”

“It’s become more critical than ever to bring the right creative voices to the table,” said Carrie Mudd, President for Peacock Alley. “We are inspired by Laura Kosterski’s vision for MOTEL 51 and delighted to partner with the 9 Story team.”


About 9 Story Media Group

9 Story Media Group is a leading creator, producer and distributor of kids and family focused intellectual property. Its award-winning animation studio, Brown Bag Films, is recognized around the world for best-in-class brands such as Doc McStuffins, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Octonauts, Wild Kratts, Peter Rabbit and The Magic School Bus: Rides Again. The company’s international distribution arm, 9 Story Distribution International based in Dublin, represents more than 3,600 half-hours of animated and live-action programming, seen on some of the most respected international channels and platforms. Its in-house consumer products division, 9 Story Brands, builds international entertainment brands for kids, with expertise across creative, brand marketing, and licensing. With facilities in Toronto, Dublin, Manchester, New York and Bali, 9 Story Media Group employs more than 1000 creative and corporate staff.

About Peacock Alley Entertainment

Peacock Alley Entertainment is a producer of critically acclaimed, award-winning scripted and unscripted content for channels around the globe. From inception to execution, the focus is storytelling. Productions include Travelers (Netflix), A User’s Guide to Cheating Death (Netflix & Vision), Tower of Song: Leonard Cohen (CBC & PBS), Taste Testers (Food Network), Unusually Thicke (Pop), Brave New Girls (E!), Illusions of Grandeur (OLN), Money Moron (Slice) and Sweat the City (Z Living).

Peacock Alley is currently in production on the North American adaptation of the Emmy Award-winning Channel 4 format 50 Ways to Kill Your Mammy.

Slated for production in 2019 is the eight-part, half-hour “true crime” comedy New Eden produced in partnership with Crave and the feature-length documentary Disorganized Sport that follows skateboarding to the 2020 Olympics.

For further information: 

Jennifer Ansley, Senior Vice President, Marketing & Communications, 9 Story Media Group

+1 416 530-9900 ext 230,

Adrienne Kakoullis, Communications, Peacock Alley Entertainment, 416-450-6637,