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9 Story Appoints Blake Tohana CFO

Following the acquisition of Brown Bag Films, Toronto-based company names Cathal Gaffney COO, Natalie Osborne Chief Strategy Officer, and Steve Jarosz EVP.

TORONTO, ON -- 9 Story Media Group has announced the appointment of Blake Tohana as Chief Financial Officer. Tohana will report to President and CEO Vince Commisso, and lead overall financial reporting, corporate development, and risk management.

An accomplished finance executive, Tohana most recently served as CFO at Tricon Films & Television. Prior to his role at Tricon, Tohana held the position of Executive Vice-President and CFO of Magna Entertainment Corp., North America's largest horse racing company with media operations that included a U.S. television network and Internet wagering business. MEC was publicly traded on the TSX and NASDAQ with 5,000 employees and $1.1 billion in total assets.

“I am thrilled to welcome Blake to the 9 Story team,” said Commisso. “His appointment fortifies our recent expansion and helps pave the way for future growth. Blake’s experience leading media and entertainment companies both large and small will be invaluable for our plans going forward.”

The company also announced changes to the management structure following its acquisition of Brown Bag Films. Steve Jarosz assumes an EVP role, responsible for production financing and compliance. Cathal Gaffney remains at the helm of Brown Bag Films and becomes Chief Operating Officer for 9 Story Media Group, overseeing production, technology and HR. Natalie Osborne becomes Chief Strategy Officer, leading the efforts on distribution, consumer products, acquisitions, marketing and business development while Natalie Dumoulin, VP Creative Affairs, will oversee a unified development team.

“We are now a team of 500, with locations in four different countries,” said Commisso. “The changes to our management structure are an important step towards integration, designed to help us seize opportunities and achieve our strategic vision.”

Source: 9 Story Media Group