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Podcast EP 149: How Vince Commisso Made 9 Story the #1 Children's Content Producer in Canada

Founder of the Canadian children’s media company discusses how to be a successful producer, shares business models for production companies, and looks ahead at 2022 kids’ media trends.

Check out Terry Ibele’s Animation Industry Podcast, featuring a new podcast every week focusing on the stories of today’s animation professionals - how they got to where they are, and what they learned along the way. Now home to 149 episodes, the podcasts cover all areas of the industry, including storyboarding, writing, animating, directing, visual development, game design, and more.

Guests have included Aaron Augenblick, the notorious JJ Villard, Spike & Mike’s Spike Decker, Disney Director John Musker, Sony Lead Animator Humberto Rosa, Cuphead’s Tina Nowracki, Frederator’s Fred Seibert, Tumble Leaf’s Scarlet Nelson, and many others from major animation studios all over the world.

Podcast EP 149 is How Vince Commisso Made 9 Story the #1 Children's Content Producer In Canada

This episode features Vince Commisso, founder of 9 Story Media Group, Canada’s #1 producer and distributor of children’s content. In the chat, Commisso shares how he left Nelvana to produce his first show, Peep in the Big Wide World. Since then he has employed a unique strategy to help 9 Story grow to over 1,100 employees today, producing shows like Ada Twist, Scientist, Blue’s Clues and You!, and Ridley Jones.

Tune in to Ibele and Commisso to hear:

  • What it really takes to be a successful producer.  
  • The basic business model any production company can employ.
  • Commisso's predictions for kids’ media trends in 2022

Social Links:

  • Check out 9 Story Media Group’s website.

Ibele, himself a stop-motion animator (see AWN’s Fresh Takes piece on his whimsical short, The Silly Duck Wizard, deftly digs into all manner of topics, encouraging interviewees to share insights and opinions on a wide range of topics like pitching shows, marketing your work online, key skills studios look for when they bring on talent in storyboarding, vizdev, character design and animation.

In 2018, Ibele, who lives in Toronto, decided to quit his career as a Marketer and pursue his love for animation. Since then, he’s become well known for his viral animation productions, which include the previously mentioned Silly Duck Wizard, which is how AWN first came to know him and his work.

Learn more about Ibele’s work and podcast by visiting You can find all The Animation Podcast episodes on his Soundcloud site:

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Debbie Diamond Sarto is news editor at Animation World Network.