Brown Bag Films Acquired by 9 Story Media Group


Brown Bag Films, the award winning animation studio, has announced that it has been acquired by 9 Story Media Group, one of North America’s largest animation studios.

Brown Bag Films will retain its brand, with Cathal Gaffney, founder and CEO, Darragh O’Connell, founder and Creative Director, and the senior management team continuing to lead the company.   The company will continue to focus on its international co-productions and commissioned shows, with service work remaining as a key focus for the business.  Brown Bag Films also plans to hire an additional 50 staff in the near future as the company looks to reach new markets with its content.

Commenting on the announcement, Cathal Gaffney, co-founder and CEO of Brown Bag Films, said: “This is a coming together of two great companies with a shared love of animation and storytelling that really resonates with kids.  I am truly excited about this opportunity that we have worked so hard on and I look forward to continuing to produce the best animated content for children across the globe with 9 Story long into the future.  Over the past 21 years, Brown Bag Films has constantly evolved its business model, always keeping quality at the forefront of everything we do. This new chapter is the next logical step for us in our ongoing evolution and will ensure that audiences around the world get to watch more of the great shows they have come to expect from Brown Bag Films.”

“Sometimes you have to jump at an opportunity and 9 Story were always a company that we admired creatively and professionally. By joining forces, they now have 3D animation and we now have distribution. There are so many synergies like this that made this deal a compelling and obvious opportunity that we wanted to take advantage of, but ultimately all of these synergies will see both companies grow and become stronger together.  This is great news for everyone in Brown Bag Films and our clients.  It’s even better news for everyone who watches our shows, as together with 9 Story we’ll be able to bring more great animation to screens across the world.”




Call For: Head of Post Production at Brown Bag Films



Illustration: Adeline Pericart

Brown Bag Films are currently looking for a Head of Post Production  with a proven track record for delivery in a high tech and creative Production environment. Working within a highly dynamic and creative business environment, this role is a key appointment for the business and offers the right candidate a wonderful opportunity to join an exciting high growth company.



Head of Post Production

The Head of Post Production will be responsible for the day to day and overall strategic development of the Post Production Department. The primary function of this role is to insure that the department stays within budget and on schedule while maintaining the highest technical and creative standards.


Personal Requirements

  • Over 5 years in a responsible post production role, high-tech and creative environment is an advantage
  • Previous experience successfully operating in a strategic leadership role  highly desirable
  • Strong people management skills
  • Prior experience with animation is an advantage
  • Must be highly motivated and used to working in a dynamic and very busy environment
  • Good negotiating skills and  experience dealing with venders
  •  Must have experience working with a budget with a high level financial literacy
  • Good working knowledge of the Post Production Process is an advantage



Key responsibilities:


Leadership & Strategy

  • Provide leadership and direction to the managers within the dept
  • Represent the dept at management level
  • Strategy for the dept –Audio and picture post strategy for the next 3 years
  • Managing the department from HR perspective


  • Managing the overall budget for the department


  • Overview schedules for the year
  • Scheduling of the post team-assigning resources to projects in conjunction with the Post Supervisor
  • Ensure overall deadlines and schedules are met.
  • Communicating with production and clients updating on progress and series status.


Client/Customer Relations

  • Liaising with clients and outside facilities regarding all key matters


Technical Duties


  • Troubleshooting post problems and issues
  • Liaising with the Technical departments to ensure that your department needs are met



Brown Bag Films  – Post Department


The post department in Brown Bag films handles all the post needs for Brown Bag projects only. We do not take on post work from other studios .We work with other facilities when we do not have the capacity to handle the volume of work needed on our shows .

The current set up is as follows


  • 10 Offline edit systems _Final Cut Pro
  • 3 online systems  – Smoke
  • 1 Audio mixing suite
  • 2 Audio assistant stations
  • 1 QC and encoding suite
  • 10 production staff dedicated to dept



Contract: Fixed Term for 12 months

Start date: ASAP

Closing date: 30th May 2014

Salary –dependant on experience




Please send cv  to



BAFTA nominations for ‘The Octonauts’, ‘Doc McStuffins’ & ‘The Amazing World of Gumball’



Two Brown Bag Films and one Boulder Media production  have been named among the Children’s BAFTA nominations, which were announced this week.

The annual British Academy Children’s Awards honour the very best in children’s media.

Brown Bag Films’ The Octonauts are nominated for Best Pre-School Animation and Doc McStuffins for Best International Show.

Boulder’ s The Amazing World of Gumball  scored a double nomination this year featuring in the Best Writer and Best Animation categories.

The ceremony will be held on Sunday, 24th November at the London Hilton, Park Lane.

The full list of nominations are here



Brown Bag Films to produce second series of ‘Peter Rabbit’


Brown Bag Films have  announce that they are going into production on a second series of the Silvergate preschool hit Peter Rabbit, which will feature 26 brand new episodes and two all-new half-hour specials.

The second season will continue to follow the adventures of mischievous Peter Rabbit and his best friends Benjamin Bunny and Lily Bobtail, as well as many of the much-loved and iconic Beatrix Potter characters, including Squirrel Nutkin, Jeremy Fisher and Mr. Tod. Season two will see the addition of Mittens the cat, Pig Robinson, and Mr. Tolly the tortoise, along with an expanded animated world for Peter and his friends to explore.

David McCamley, director, Brown Bag Films said, “We are delighted to be starting work on our second season of Peter Rabbit and to have the opportunity to build on the fantastic success of season one. They are such wonderful and rich characters which we have all grown to love and I’m looking forward to creating brand new adventures with our incredibly talented team here at Brown Bag Films.”


Oscar-nominated Brown Bag Films animate for Children’s Charity



Irish charity ‘To Russia With Love’ has teamed up with Oscar-nominated studio Brown Bag Films to create a short animated film helping to raise awareness of the charity’s work with abandoned and orphaned children in Russia. Written and directed by twice IFTA-nominated Damien O’Connor, Anya is a four-minute film that illustrates 20 years in the life of an abandoned child as she grows up in a Russian orphanage.

“To Russia With Love initially approached me to do a short online advert, but after reading about the children in their care, we decided a short film would work much better. Travelling to Russia to meet the children was a profound experience and hearing their stories was heart breaking. ‘To Russia With Love’ break the cycle of abandonment and give hope to the children in their care. The message of hope is something we tried strongly to convey through the film.” said Damien O’Connor, writer and director of Anya.

“This is very exciting for ‘To Russia With Love’. Brown Bag Films are fantastic to work with and this will be an enormous help to our fundraising efforts. We are so grateful that Brown Bag donated their time and expertise to our charity.” said Debbie Deegan, Founder of ‘To Russia With Love’.

Debbie Deegan founded ‘To Russia With Love’ in 1998 which has transformed the lives of thousands of abandoned and orphaned Russian children. The charity now offer their programmes of care in many orphanages across Russia teaching life skills for a brighter future and providing children with improved living conditions, healthcare and education.

To follow the development of Anya or to see advance footage go to


‘Henry Hugglemonster’ shortlisted for International Emmy

Brown Bag Films’ Henry Hugglemonster has been shortlisted for the International Emmys. The cartoon cartoon has been bought by Disney.

The 52 episodes have been three years in the making.

“We’re very proud of it,” Brown Bag chief executive Cathal Gaffney said. “It’s great to see an Irish project bought for worldwide distribution.”

Disney Junior viewers in the UK will get their first look at the 3D-animated preschool series on 8th February 8 at 5:50 pm.

Former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell has signed up to star in the animation based on the books by children’s laureate Niamh Sharkey.


‘Doc McStuffins’ is Disney Junior UK’s most successful series premiere


Following its US launch, Disney UK’s newest animation series for pre-schoolers Doc McStuffins has launched with record ratings on Disney Junior UK, watched by 3.5 million in 8 weeks –  making it the channel’s number one series.

Produced by Brown Bag Films in Dublin,  the  success of the series in the UK mirrors that in the US where the series became the number one pre-school launch in cable TV history amongst adults and the top cable series amongst children.

Boel Ferguson, VP and general manager, Disney Channels and Disney Online, UK and Ireland, said:, ‘The success of Doc McStuffins both here and the US, is testament to the fantastic storytelling and sensitive approach taken to highlighting what can be a daunting experience for our younger viewers when they visit the doctor. We hope that as parents and their children watch the show together, it opens up family dialogue about the importance of good health and compassion. Doc is an aspirational character and a unique female role model for our younger viewers, giving an insight into what is a fascinating and fulfilling career endeavour.’


Call For: Production Coordinator

Illustration: Adeline Pericart

Post Production Co-ordinator

Brown Bag Films is currently looking to hire a Production Coordinator to work in the post department. This is a great opportunity to get involved with a dynamic, fast paced team and work on some very exciting animation series which will broadcast internationally.


Job Description:

  • Daily allocation of tasks to team
  • Keep up to date progress charts for Post department on a daily level
  • Track progress on animatics , Offlines, Onlines
  • Track progress on sound design , premixes, final mixes
  • Tracking audio files and logging changes /retake comments from audio dept.
  • Co-ordinate audio PU changes
  • Co-ordinate the tracking and logging HD footage from overseas
  • Attend edit sessions /client calls and co-ordinate notes
  • Liaise with other internal departments to get footage and files
  • Liaise with directors, following up on notes to ensure deliveries are met
  • Report to supervisor on progress and issues
  • Co-ordinate final deliveries from overseas studio –all files and footage for projects
  • Animatic Calls/Notes/Follow up
  • Offline Calls/Notes/Follow up
  • Premix calls/Notes /Follow up
  • Co-ordinate retakes with overseas studio, in-house and directors.
  • Distribute all animatics, blocking, rough, final builds and offline stages to various directors, clients etc as necessary.



Start Date: Immediate


Brown Bag Films® are an award winning animation studio producing high quality 3D animation for the international market. With headquarters in Dublin City and an office in Los Angeles, their short film Give Up Yer Aul Sins was nominated for an Academy Award® in 2002 and this was repeated in 2010 when Granny O’Grimm was also nominated for an Oscar. Brown Bag Films have worked on a number of high profile international projects with recent productions including Olivia, Noddy, Doc McStuffins and The Octonauts. For further information, please visit our website www.brownbagfilms.comAbout Brown Bag Films



Please send cv and completed Application Form to


*Only applications containing completed Application Form and CV will be accepted, incomplete applications are deemed as not received and as such will not be considered.



‘Octonauts’ and ‘The Amazing World of Gumball’ up for International Emmy Kids Award

Irish animations Octonauts and The Amazing World of Gumball  are both up for an International Emmy Kids Award.

Octonauts, animated by Brown Bag Films, is nominated for the award in the Kids: Preschool category,


The Amazing World of Gumball, produced by Boulder Media,  is nominated for the award in the Kids: Ani­ma­tion cat­e­gory.


The 2013 International Emmy Kids Awards Gala takes place in New York on 13th February .


Call For: New Talent

Illustration: Adeline Pericart

Brown Bag Films is looking for new talent!

Two time Academy Award®-nominated animation studio Brown Bag Films is recruiting talented animation and production professionals to work on a range of high-profile computer animation television series.

If you would like to join the team behind shows like Olivia, Noddy and The Octonauts at our Dublin based studio, please check out the positions listed below.

If you are interested in applying for any of these roles please submit your CV and the relevant application form to, clearly specifying which position you are applying for.

Current Positions (March 2012):

* Lead Animator
* Junior Texture Artist
* Writer
* Visual FX Artist
* Audio Dubbing Mixer
* Animation Supervisor (India)

Brown Bag Films is always looking for freelance Story Board Artists and 2D Set Designers. Please submit your CV and showreel to

Please note that every completed application form submitted will receive a response via email within 1-2weeks

Some application forms are in PDF format only. If you require a Word version, please request one from



Ballyfermot College of Further Education joins forces with Brown Bag Films to deliver tailored evening courses



Ballyfermot College of Further Education’s Irish School of Animation, which has produced a number of international award winning graduates in animation, are to join forces with multi-award winning animation studio Brown Bag Films to deliver a range of evening courses targeted at specific needs within the animation sector in Ireland.

Commenting on the significance of the collaboration, Cathal Gaffney, CEO of Brown Bag Films said: “Brown Bag Films are delighted to partner with Ballyfermot College on these training courses, which aim to address the skills shortage in specialist areas in the animation industry. These courses should ensure students will have a greater prospect of securing full time employment in the animation sector on graduation”.

The evening courses, which are due to start on Monday 3rd October, will run for 10-12 weeks on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7pm. The courses will be designed and delivered by current Brown Bag Films staff members with expertise in each designated area.

Gareth Lee, Programme Leader of the BA (Hons) Animation at BCFE, said: “The success and rapid development of the animation industry over the last few years in Ireland has led to very specific staffing requirements for the animation studios. These courses will enable students to add a particular specialism to their current skill set.” 

The evening courses, which will be delivered at BCFE, will focus on specific areas where talent is needed like modeling, rigging, lighting, texturing and animation with Autodesk Maya, as well as compositing and storyboarding.

Principal of Ballyfermot College Maureen Conway, added: “This exciting collaboration will afford students of animation the opportunity to gain extra skills that will enhance their employment prospects”.

For more information on the range of courses on offer, the application process and course fees see


Brown Bag Films Recruiting

Two time Academy Award® nominated animation studio Brown Bag Films is recruiting talented animation and production professionals to work on a range of high profile computer animation television series.

These new roles include storyboard artists, animation directors, 3D animators and modellers, as well as technical and production crew.

Successful applicants will join the team behind shows like Olivia, Noddy and The Octonauts in their Dublin based studio.

Click here to apply.





Photo: Granny O’Grimm (left) and Please Say Something (right)

The 20th anniversary of Cartoon Forum – which drew to a close on September 25 in the Norwegian city of Stavanger, County of Rogaland – showed that animation productions are becoming increasingly attractive and competitive on the international stage.

The ten projects that garnered the most interest among broadcasters, investors, producers and distributors at the meeting were Boo Boo Dolls (Germany); Granny O’Grimm (Ireland); Skybabies (UK); Kinky & Cosy (France); Me and my Robot (France), The Flying Squirrels (Spain); The Secret Life of Suckers (Spain); Copy Cut (France); Pigly (France); and Dustbunnies (UK).

Cartoon Forum has been a driving force behind European animation over the past two decades and can be given credit for this year’s hike in co-productions between two or more European countries (39% vs 20% in 2008) and an increase in projects from countries beyond the traditional ‘big five’, including Ireland, Belgium and the Nordic Countries.

Along with the presentation of these new projects, the event also hosted the Cartoon Tributes and Cartoon d’Or 2009, which have become prestigious awards for European animation. Aimed at recognizing companies or personalities that have had a positive influence on the European animation industry over the last year, this year’s Cartoon Tributes went to NRK (Best Broadcaster), Cake Entertainment (Best Investor/Distributor) and Brown Bag Films (Best Producer).

Meanwhile Irish director David O’Reilly took the Cartoon d’Or 2009 for his innovative short film Please Say Something. Written and directed by O’Reilly, the film won the Golden Bear for Best Short Film earlier this year at the 59th Berlin International Film Festival. This year’s jury was composed by directors Serge Elissalde (France), Kari Juusonen (Finland) and Tomm Moore (Ireland).

Organised every year by the European Association of Animation Films, this new edition of Cartoon Forum was supported by EU MEDIA Programme, the County of Rogaland, the cities of Stavanger and Sandnes, the Ministry of Culture and Church Affairs, the Norwegian Film Institute, Nordisk Film & TV Fond, Innovation Norway, Sparebanken 1 SR-Bank and NRK.