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Friday 28 October 2016

Just what the doctor ordered: Disney money-spinner for Irish animators

Published 12/08/2015 | 02:30

Brown Bag is now producing the fourth series of 'Doc McStuffins'
Brown Bag is now producing the fourth series of 'Doc McStuffins'

A Dublin firm that produced the second series of the hit Disney show 'Doc McStuffins' recorded revenues here of over €10m between 2012 and 2015.

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New figures lodged with the Companies Office show that the Brown Bag Films owned-Nostrum Productions recorded revenues of €3.1m in the year to the end of June 10 this year. This followed revenues of €7.3m between 2012 and to the end of June 10, 2014.

Brown Bag is now producing the fourth series of 'Doc McStuffins', pictured, a show that's aired around the world and has been a major factor in the expansion of the firm over the past number of years.

Already this year, Brown Bag Films won Outstanding Children's Programme for 'Doc McStuffins' at the 46th National Association for Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP) Awards.

The Nostrum accounts confirms that the show has been able to avail of State Section 481 tax incentives aimed at delivering more jobs in the film industry.

The Dublin-based creators of Henry Hugglemonster continued to expand this year after securing a major deal with Amazon Prime resulting in the creation of 40 more jobs at the firm.

This followed Amazon Prime green-lighting Brown Bag Films' 'The Stinky and Dirty Show' and production on the show began in March.

The deal follows quickly on from the Dublin firm opening a 2D animation studio in Manchester last November that involved an investment of €1m by the firm.

Underlining its expansion, the Brown Bag Film website yesterday showed that the firm was recruiting for 19 different roles at its Dublin studios and 12 at its Manchester studios.

The firm's most recent accounts show that it recorded profits of €1.63m in 2013 on revenues of €18.35m. Accumulated profits stood at €5.22m.


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