Toronto, Canada – September 9, 2014 – 9 Story Entertainment is pleased to announce the appointment of award-winning media executive Natalie Dumoulin to the newly created position of Vice President, Creative Affairs. Reporting directly to President and CEO Vince Commisso, Dumoulin will be responsible for sourcing and developing animated and live-action properties for kids of all ages, collaborating with 9 Story’s producers, writers and animation teams and working closely with the company’s broadcast partners on key properties in development. The new role was designed to encompass more than just straight development, with Dumoulin responsible for overseeing all creative aspects of 9 Story properties from inception to delivery.
With over 20 years of experience in television production, Dumoulin most recently served as Creative Producer for Shaftesbury and Director of International Youth Development for Montreal-based independent production company Pixcom. A seasoned producer of animated series, Dumoulin was instrumental in the production of the acclaimed PBS series Caillou, which she wrote and executive produced. Other key credits include producing the Emmy®award winning series Arthur and developing and producing Cartoon Network’s Gerald McBoing-Boing. Prior to her work on those series, Dumoulin held positions as production executive at TELETOON and as Supervising Producer at Cinar.
“Appointing Natalie to this new role is a testament of 9 Story’s growth,” said Commisso. “Natalie is a bona fide triple threat with respect to discovering new creators, developing long running brands and producing shows right through delivery. We are looking forward to having her drive our children’s slate with her tremendous expertise.”
“9 Story has a clear vision for growth uniquely coupled with an unbending commitment to quality,” said Natalie Dumoulin. “These two things, when combined with a mandate to focus on creator driven properties presented an opportunity I simply couldn’t resist.”
9 Story Entertainment is one of the industry’s leading creators, producers and distributors of award-winning animated and live-action content for young audiences around the world. With one of North America’s largest animation studios based in Toronto, 9 Story has over 220 creative and production staff, and has produced over 900 half hours of quality children’s and family programming, seen on some of the most respected children’s channels around the world across multiple platforms. The company’s distribution affiliate represents a growing catalogue which includes several beloved brands such as Arthur, Wibbly Pig, Harriet the Spy: Blog Wars, Wild Kratts and Almost Naked Animals in addition to exciting new series such as Numb Chucks, Camp Lakebottom, Cache Craze, Daniel Tiger’s Neighbourhood and Nerds and Monsters. Last year the company acquired CCI Kids, the family content division of CCI Entertainment, increasing 9 Story’s portfolio to over 1600 half hours of content with popular shows such as Guess How Much I Love You, Joe & Jack, Artzooka! and Extreme Babysitting. www.9story.com