9 Story Media appoints VP of business development and acquisitions

9 Story Media Group has appointed Alix Wiseman to the newly created position of vice president of business development and acquisitions.

In her new role, Wiseman will be responsible for leading distribution and acquisitions efforts in EMEA as well as greenlighting projects with European broadcasters.

Based in the UK, Wiseman will report to chief strategy officer, Natalie Osborne alongside Claudia Scott-Hansen, who will continue to lead distribution operations in the Americas and Asia.

Boasting over 20 years experience, Wiseman joins 9 Story most recently from Aardman Animations where she set up the studio’s dedicated distribution division in 2006.

While at Aardman she secured TV and home entertainment partnerships for Shaun the Sheep in 170 countries and drive new brand extensions for the likes of Wallace and Gromit and Creature Comforts.

“Alix’s unique international experience and understanding of the world of quality kids’ content will be a tremendous asset for 9 Story and give us a stronger foothold across Europe,” said Osborne.

“Alix will be working with the local creative and production communities to source new IP and further solidify our relationships with broadcast partners.

“We are thrilled to welcome Alix to the 9 Story team.”

Wiseman added: “I am delighted to be joining such an outstanding team at 9 Story Media Group.

“The prospect of harnessing some of the brilliant creative talent in Europe and marrying it up with the extensive resources and creative leadership of 9 Story and Brown Bag Films is truly exciting.”

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