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9 Story Distribution International & Funwood Media Partner on Live Action Musical Series MONICA CHEF Back to press releases

Dublin, Ireland – January 17, 2017 – 9 Story Distribution International, the international distribution arm of 9 Story Media Group, and Funwood Media are pleased to announce they have joined forces on the live action tween series entitled Monica Chef (40 x 22’). Produced by Funwood Media (Spain & Italy), Isla Audiovisual (Spain), and 3zero2 (Italy), 9 Story has acquired worldwide distribution rights (excluding Italy and Spain). Funwood has licensed the series to Disney Channel Italy.

The series follows 16-year-old Monica, who has a chance to realize her dreams of becoming a top chef after winning a scholarship to the most prestigious culinary academy in the city. Finding herself struggling to keep up with the school’s haute cuisine training, so different than the cooking style she’s grown up with in her father’s pizzeria, Monica often turns to musical daydreams to help her find her way.

Created by Rafa Garcia (Oliver Rock, La Pecera de Eva) and David Garcia (Rabia, La Lista tonta), Monica Chef is directed by Manual Sanabria (La Fiesta, Sin Fin) and César Arriero (Rabia, Frágiles, La Pecera de Eva) and stars newcomer Isabel Madolell as Monica. It is currently in production in Spain and Italy and is expected to premiere in Italy in the spring. Aimed at a 6-11 year old audience, the series is packed with original musical numbers ranging in style from ballads to pop and from jazz to funk.


About 9 Story Distribution International Limited
9 Story Distribution International is the international distribution arm of 9 Story Media Group, a leading content creator, marketer and distributor of kids & family focused intellectual property. Recognized around the world for best-in-class brands such as Daniel Tiger’s Neighbourhood, Wild Kratts, Numb Chucks and Peg + Cat, 9 Story Distribution International represents over 2,500 half hours of animated and live action programming, seen on some of the most respected international channels and platforms. With one of North America’s largest animation studios, 9 Story Media Group employs over 300 creative and production staff in its Toronto facility and has produced over 900 half hours of award-winning children’s content. In 2015, 9 Story acquired the award winning animation studio Brown Bag Films, which employs almost 300 staff members across Dublin, Manchester and Los Angeles. Brown Bag is recognized for producing leading animated children’s series such as Octonauts, Doc McStuffins, Bing and Henry Hugglemonster. 9 Story is owned by senior management, ZMC (Zelnick Media Capital) and media entrepreneur Neil Court. www.9story.com

FUNWOOD MEDIA is a company based in Italy and Spain, it has been an active player in the Television industry for more than fifteen years with successful results. Founded by Aldo Spagnoli it is managed by a customer-oriented team, made up of high-profile professionals, experts in product acquisition and business management who have decided to enter into production with Monica Chef. Funwood Media offers to its partners a wide knowledge of global and local market, with a broad experience and a proactive attitude, collaborates with some of the most important companies inside Italy and Spain, focusing on research, acquisition, sales and management of product, licensing and brands, with particular attention on TV series. Funwood Media works and offers services such as distributor, advisor and now as a production company. www.funwoodmedia.com


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For further information:
Jennifer Ansley, Vice President, Marketing & Communications, 9 Story Media Group
+1 416 530-9900 ext 230, jennifera@9story.com

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