Cathal Gaffney is the CEO and co-founder of Brown Bag Films that was established in 1994. Brown Bag Films is a global leader in children’s animation with programmes currently on air in over 150 countries worldwide watched by more than 100 million children. Located in Dublin and with operations in Los Angeles and Manchester.
In 2015 Brown Bag Films announced their acquisition by Canadian producer and distributor 9 Story Media Group and Cathal has assumed the responsibility of Group COO which collectively employs more than 500 staff.
In 2002 Cathal was nominated for an Academy Award® as director of the short film 'Give Up Yer Aul Sins'. Recent credits as Executive Producer include the Peabody winning 'Doc Mc Stuffins' (Disney), Emmy Award® winning 'Peter Rabbit' (Nickelodeon), 'The Octonauts'(BBC), BAFTA nominated ‘Bing’ (BBC) and 'Henry Hugglemonster'(Disney). Cathal was previously nominated for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award and won the European Producer of the Year at the CARTOON Forum in Norway. Cathal is an honorary fellow of the National Film School in Dublin and is a former chair and current board member of Animation Ireland.