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Canada’s 9 Story Media acquires minority stake in UK publisher Knights Of

Toronto-based children’s entertainment company 9 Story Media Group has acquired a minority equity stake in UK publishing company Knight Of.

Vince Commisso

As part of the agreement, 9 Story has an exclusive first-look deal to acquire audiovisual, merchandising, theatrical and ancillary rights to Knights Of’s book properties.

London-based Knights Of was founded by Aimée Felone and David Stevens with the goal of improving inclusivity in children’s literature. Its roster of bestselling authors includes Elle McNicoll (A Kind of Spark), Kelly Yang (Front Desk, Three Keys), Jason Reynolds (Look Both Ways, The Run Series) and Sharna Jackson (High-Rise Mystery).

“[Knight Of’s] mission is to make books for every kid closely aligns with 9 Story’s core values and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. We are excited to collaborate with the Knights Of team and bring new stories from diverse voices to life on screen, so that no child is left behind,” said Vince Commisso, president and CEO of 9 Story Media Group.

“Bringing investors on board has always gone beyond financial motives for us, so to bring on board a company, who is not only at the forefront of their media sector, but also so closely aligned with our ethos was an incredible opportunity for everyone involved,” said Felone.

Last month, 9 Story, which is behind shows including Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Blue’s Clues & You, Wild Kratts, Ada Twist, Scientist and Karma’s World, appointed Farrell Hall to the newly created position of chief inclusion officer as it seeks to bolster its diversity efforts on and off screen.

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