The Amy Winehouse story Amy has become the second-highest-grossing documentary of all time in the UK. Released by Altitude Film Distribution, it recently was crowned the top-grossing British documentary ever. The UK box office is now £3.44M ($5.39M). Asif Kapadia’s look at the late Grammy winner previously had the biggest opening weekend for a British documentary and has continued to perform strongly. Its seventh weekend of release added more than £70K ($110K). With the recent grosses, Amy has overtaken March Of The Penguins and now sits behind only Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11, which is the highest-grossing nonconcert documentary at the UK box office on £6.5M ($10.2M). Fahrenheit won the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 2004, and Amy debuted at the same festival this year to much critical acclaim.
Dublin-headquartered Brown Bag Films has been acquired by Canada’s 9 Story Media Group. Brown Bag produces such animated children’s series as Octonauts, Doc McStuffins, Bing Bunny and Henry Hugglemonster. It has a studio in Manchester, England, and an office in LA. This is the first acquisition for 9 Story following an equity investment from media entrepreneur Neil Court and Zelnick Media Capital last year. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Brown Bag will retain its brand, with founder and CEO Cathal Gaffney, founder and creative director Darragh O’Connell and the senior management team continuing to lead the company. Plans are to hire an additional staff of 50 in the near future as Brown Bag looks to reach new markets. Founded in 1994, Brown Bag is best known for its 3D animation and content, which includes producing four of the top 10 preschool TV shows in the U.S. and entertaining 100M kids across the globe.