8 December 2021 The Irish Film & Television Network

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Brown Bag Films
Cathal Gaffney, Managing Director
Unit 20, Block C, Smithfield Market, Dublin 7, Ireland
+353 (1) 8721608

About Brown Bag Films

Brown Bag Films are one of Europe’s most exciting, original and successful creative-led animation studios. After 22 years in business, their Dublin-based headquarters continue to produce cutting-edge animation for the international market, bagging numerous awards along the way.

These include Oscar® nominations for Give Up Yer Aul Sins (2002), Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty (2010), six Emmy® awards for Peter Rabbit (2014), and a host of BAFTA, Emmy® and Annie nominations for their hit shows Octonauts, Doc McStuffins, Bing and Henry Hugglemonster.

Brown Bag Films' much-loved TV shows are viewed by millions of children worldwide and include Doc McStuffins, Henry Hugglemonster, Peter Rabbit, Bing, The Stinky & Dirty Show, and Octonauts. New series currently in production include the upcoming Vampirina for Disney Junior and Butterbean's Cafe for Nickelodeon. With a second studio in Manchester currently producing Nella The Princess Knight for Nick Jr, and a third office in LA, Brown Bag Films are committed to producing the highest-quality, cross-platform animation with strong stories and engaging characters.

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Founded in 1994 by Cathal Gaffney and Darragh O'Connell, Brown Bag Films have worked with some of the world’s biggest entertainment names, including Disney, Nickelodeon, BBC, Chorion, Silvergate Media and Amazon Studios. Brown Bag Films recently partnered with publishing house Scholastic UK to jointly develop publishing and animated content for children’s audiences. In 2015 Brown Bag Films announced their acquisition by 9 Story Media Group, a leading creator, producer and distributor of award-winning content for young audiences around the world.

The studio is among the most technically-advanced in the world, with full animation, picture and audio post-production facilities in-house. Their motto is simple: 'We love animation'. In fact, they love it so much they trademarked it: 'We Love Animation™.’

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  • 2 Oscar Nominations – Granny O'Grimms Sleeping Beauty, Give Up Yer Aul Sins
  • 7 Emmy Award Wins – 6 for Peter Rabbit, 1 for Bing
  • 1 Peabody Award Win – Doc McStuffins

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Who's Who
Cathal Gaffney - Managing Director
Darragh O’Connell - Director
Kate Bowe - PR
 Film Name  Director  Year
-  Doc McStuffins  Norton Virgien  2012
-  Granny O'Grimm's Sleeping Beauty  Nicky Phelan  2008
-  Ding Dong Denny O'Reilly's History of Ireland  Cathal Gaffney  2007
-  Wobblyland  Matthew Darragh  2007
-  I’m an Animal  Darragh O’Connell  2006
-  Crap Rap  Nicky Phelan  2006
-  I'm An Animal  Darragh O'Connell  2004
-  Tales Wot I Know  Darragh O'Connell  2004
-  The Boy Who Had No Story  Aidan Hickey  2003
-  Why? Series 2  Darragh O'Connell  2003
-  Birth of John the Baptist, The  Darragh O'Connell  2002
-  Give Up Yer Aul' Sins - The Series  Darragh O'Connell  2002
-  History of Give Up Yer Auld Sins  Cathal Gaffney  2002
-  Give Up Yer Aul' Sins  Cathal Gaffney  2001
-  Racism  Darragh O'Connell  2001
-  The Trial of Solomon  Steve Woods  2001
-  Five Green Bottles  Gilly Moore  2001
-  Taxi  Darragh O'Connell  1999
-  The Last Elk  Alan Shannon  1999
-  Why?  Darrragh O'Connell  1998
-  Barstool  Darragh O'Connell  1998
-  Aesop Fables  Darragh O'Connell  1997
-  Peig  Darrgh O'Connell  1994
-  Picasso Master Works  Cathal Gaffney  1992
-  Artmation  Cathal Gaffney  1990
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