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Cathal Gaffney

Brown Bag Films/ 9 Story Media Group

Managing Director/COO

Cathal Gaffney

Cathal Gaffney is Managing Director of Brown Bag Films, a leading animation studio he co founded in 1994. In 2015, Brown Bag Films sold to Canadian distribution and animation studio 9 Story Media Group and Cathal took on the additional role of Group Chief Operating Officer leading the integration throughout the group and he currently has responsibility for over 700 production staff across Toronto, Dublin and Manchester.

As an Executive Producer, Cathal has overseen international hit credits include ‘Peter Rabbit’, ‘Octonauts’, ‘Bing’, ‘Vampirina’ and ‘Doc McStuffins’ working with clients including Amazon, Netflix, Disney and Nickelodeon. These children’s programmes currently on air in over 150 countries worldwide and are watched by more than 100 million children each year.

Cathal was nominated for an Academy Award® as director on the short film ‘Give Up Yer Aul Sins’. The company was nominated for a second Oscar in 2009 with ‘Granny O’Grimm’ and has also been nominated for numerous Emmys and Baftas. Cathal won a Daytime Emmy and a Peabody Award and was also awarded European Producer of the year at the Cartoon Forum in Norway. He was previously nominated for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award.