Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mary Mitchell O’Connor joined Cathal Gaffney, Managing Director, Brown Bag Films/COO 9 Story Media Group and Neil Court, Executive Chairman of 9 Story Media Group today at the inauguration of Brown Bag Films new 30,000 square foot animation studio in Smithfield, Dublin.
The opening of the new studio sees Brown Bag Films intending to grow its current footprint from 184 creative and production staff to a team of 255 by 2018, as we continue to expand our global reach with award winning content. Recruitment is ongoing with a number of open positions currently available on our Jobs page.
Speaking at the opening event Minister Mitchell O’Connor said:
"I am delighted to be here in Smithfield at the opening of Brown Bag Films’ new flagship studio. It is hugely encouraging to see this company move into an expanded space with plans for future job growth. Brown Bag is a great Irish success story since its foundation 22 years ago and is a fine example of what an innovative Irish company can achieve in the global market. This exciting company is successfully competing in the dynamic and very competitive world of creative animation. It is clear to me that this announcement is a further illustration of the range of Irish talent available for dynamic companies across diverse sectors. I wish Brown Bag Films’ and their team every success for the future."
Following last year’s acquisition, Brown Bag Films and 9 Story Media Group have joined forces to become a global leader in providing best-in-class content for young audiences. The combined company now boasts a team of almost 500 staff, locations in 4 different countries, 14 Emmy® awards and 2 Oscar nominations.
Cathal Gaffney, Managing Director, Brown Bag Films/COO 9 Story Media Group, said:
“With an eight year history in Smithfield, we were keen to maintain our roots here. Our new studio sets an incredibly high standard and is the perfect home for our outstanding creative and technical talent. This is a very exciting time to be working in the kids content business and we are currently recruiting for talent to work with us on exciting shows like Watership Down and Doc McStuffins.”
Neil Court, Executive Chairman of 9 Story Media Group, said:
“I am so proud to be part of the exciting expansion of Brown Bag Films. The Smithfield site is one of the most creatively driven and technically advanced studios in the world. The investment in the new space demonstrates our unwavering commitment to growing our production capabilities in Ireland.”
Commenting on the expansion, Martin Shanahan, CEO IDA Ireland said:
“Brown Bag Films continues to draw international attention to the vibrant animation sector in Ireland through its award winning productions. Ireland’s combination of creative and technical talent, and our love of storytelling and the visual arts makes it the perfect location from which to grow and develop global content. IDA Ireland warmly support this investment, and the opportunity to create high quality jobs for talented people in this exciting growth area.”