Scholastic Closes Investment in 9 Story Media Group, Award-Winning Creator, Producer and Distributor of Premium Children's Content

Transaction Further Strengthens Scholastic’s 360-Degree Content Creation Strategy and Position as a Leading Children’s Media Company

NEW YORK and TORONTO, June 21, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Scholastic (NASDAQ: SCHL), the global children’s publishing, education and media company, today announced that it has closed its previously announced definitive agreement to invest in 9 Story Media Group (“9 Story”), a leading independent creator, producer and distributor of premium children’s content, after receiving a satisfactory opinion from the Minister of Canadian Heritage with respect to the transaction, in addition to satisfying customary closing conditions.

The transaction further enhances Scholastic’s development, production and licensing interests, expanding opportunities to leverage its trusted brand and best-selling publishing and global children’s franchises to build deeper connections with young people around the world across print, screen and merchandising. Scholastic has acquired 100% of the economic interest and a minority of voting rights in 9 Story for CAD $250 million (approximately USD $182 million) from an affiliate of private equity firm ZMC and other selling shareholders.

9 Story Media Group will continue to be led by President and Chief Executive Officer Vince Commisso. Scholastic Entertainment (“SEI”) will continue to be led by Iole Lucchese, Scholastic Board Chair and President, Scholastic Entertainment. 

Peter Warwick, President and Chief Executive Officer of Scholastic, said, “We are thrilled to add 9 Story’s industry-leading children’s content production, distribution and licensing capabilities, extensive content library, and highly talented team to Scholastic’s portfolio. Together, we can leverage our combined scale to grow Scholastic’s children’s franchises, drive book sales and create new opportunities to introduce millions of children to our stories. I’m confident that our shared mission and collective expertise will spark innovation and creativity across the entire IP life cycle, supporting our 360-degree content creation strategy and our opportunity to meet the strong demand for high-quality kids and family entertainment.”

Ms. Lucchese added, “Building upon the strong foundation we’ve developed with the 9 Story team over the past 20 years, we’re excited to now participate in the full IP life cycle by combining Scholastic’s ability to create IP that kids love with 9 Story’s best-in-class ability to produce, distribute and license it. In today’s world, it’s ever more important that we meet kids where they are, and we look forward to expanding our work with our colleagues to bring kids back to our iconic brands and stories.”

Mr. Commisso said, “We’re thrilled to start this new chapter and build on our long-standing relationship with Scholastic. Together we will continue to deliver high-quality, engaging content for kids and families, while significantly expanding our joint ability to build franchises on a global scale.”

Financial Details

Scholastic has initially funded the transaction from its available cash and its revolving credit facility and anticipates maintaining its regular dividend and its authorized stock repurchase program.

The transaction is expected to contribute long-term earnings accretion, reduce the capital intensity of production and drive substantial improvements in top-line growth and bottom-line results through 9 Story’s existing content library, best-in-class production studios, and global distribution and licensing capabilities.  Scholastic expects to provide further details on 9 Story and Scholastic Entertainment’s historical financial results and outlook, when it reports its fiscal 2024 fourth quarter results next month. Beginning in the current fiscal 2025 year, Scholastic intends to consolidate both businesses’ financial results in a new reporting segment.


CDX Advisors acted as exclusive financial advisors to Scholastic.  Baker & McKenzie LLP, Dentons Canada LLP and Mason Hayes & Curran LLP served as Scholastic’s legal counsel in the transaction. 

Barclays acted as exclusive financial advisor to 9 Story.  Sidley Austin LLP served as ZMC’s legal counsel and Goodmans LLP served as 9 Story’s legal counsel.

About Scholastic

For more than 100 years, Scholastic Corporation (NASDAQ: SCHL) has been encouraging the personal and intellectual growth of all children, beginning with literacy. Having earned a reputation as a trusted partner to educators and families, Scholastic is the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books, a leading provider of literacy curriculum, professional services, and classroom magazines, and a producer of educational and entertaining children’s media. The Company creates and distributes bestselling books and e-books, print and technology-based learning programs for pre-K to grade 12, and other products and services that support children’s learning and literacy, both in school and at home. With international operations and exports in more than 135 countries, Scholastic makes quality, affordable books available to all children around the world through school-based book clubs and book fairs, classroom libraries, school and public libraries, retail, and online. Learn more at

About Scholastic Entertainment

Scholastic Entertainment brings high-quality content across multiple platforms to audiences of all ages. Among its award-winning productions are the animated series “Clifford the Big Red Dog®” for Amazon Prime and PBS Kids, a live-action “Clifford the Big Red Dog®” feature for Paramount, and Peabody and Daytime Emmy® Award-winning “Stillwater®,” an animated series for Apple TV+. Scholastic Entertainment continues to build celebrated brands worldwide by bringing both nostalgic Scholastic properties and exciting new voices to the screen. Some of its recent projects include “Eva the Owlet™,” an animated series for Apple TV+ based on the New York Times bestselling Scholastic book series OwlDiaries™, the hit live-action “Goosebumps®” series, which was recently picked up for a second season, with Disney+ and Hulu, and a live-action feature adaptation of “The Magic School Bus” in development with Elizabeth Banks and Marc Platt. Scholastic Entertainment is the media division of Scholastic Corporation (NASDAQ: SCHL).

About 9 Story Media Group

9 Story Media Group is a leading creator, producer and distributor of premium, kids and family-focused content. Its award-winning animation studio, Brown Bag Films, is recognized around the world for best-in-class brands such as “Doc McStuffins®,” “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood,” “Octonauts®,” “Wild Kratts®,” and “The Magic School Bus Rides Again.” The company’s international distribution arm, 9 Story Distribution International based in Dublin, represents more than 5,000 half-hours of animated and live-action programming, seen on some of the most respected international channels and platforms. Its in-house consumer products division, 9 Story Brands, builds international entertainment brands for kids, with expertise across creative, brand marketing, and licensing. 9 Story’s Creative Affairs Group creates, develops, and produces award-winning branded properties using groundbreaking formative research. With facilities in Toronto, Dublin, New York, and Bali, 9 Story Media Group employs approximately 850 creative and corporate staff worldwide.

About ZMC

ZMC is a leading private equity firm comprised of experienced investors and executives who invest in and manage a diverse group of media, entertainment, communications and technology enterprises.

Founded in 2001, ZMC’s investment philosophy centers on operational value creation driven by targeted investment themes, deep sector expertise, and strong partnerships with industry and operating executives. ZMC approaches its investments in collaboration with management teams and has a successful track record of actively adding value to portfolio companies. For more information, visit

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