9 Story Media Group
Neil is a seasoned international media entrepreneur who started his career in entertainment in 1981. He is Executive Chairman of leading kids entertainment producer and distributor 9 Story Media Group as well as Chairman and co-founder of Peacock Alley Entertainment, the Toronto-based producer of the Netflix/Showcase worldwide sci-fi hit, ‘Travelers’. He has lived in the UK since 1991 and carries out his Executive Chairman duties from there.
In 1997, Mr. Court co-founded Toronto’s Decode Entertainment, which became one of the largest international suppliers of children’s TV series. When Decode became DHX Media in 2006 and went public, he became president of the international distribution subsidiary and was appointed to DHX’s board of directors. He resigned from DHX in 2009 but remained as a non-executive board member until 2011.
Prior to Decode, Mr. Court had his own UK-based international media consultancy business where his main clients included Film Roman (‘The Simpsons’), The Jim Henson Company as well as major European and American media companies such as MCA, BMG and PolyGram. Neil started working in children’s media in 1987, when he was a founder of the international distribution and coproduction subsidiary of Nelvana (now part of Corus Entertainment). He left his position of Managing Director in 1993, having set up the Paris and London operations for the company.
Neil holds a MBA from the Schulich School of Business as well as undergraduate degrees in Journalism and Political Science from Ottawa’s Carleton University.