13 September 2019
Acamar Films partner with CBeebies on new series of Bing
Acamar Films has signed a significant new content deal with the BBC for a new series of their award-winning pre-school property, Bing.
11 September 2019
Why Delay Graduate visas? We need them now
UK Screen Alliance welcomes Government announcement to reinstate post-study work visas, but questions why it can't be introduced sooner for international students currently studying in the UK.
10 September 2019
CAKE ROLLS OUT TOTAL DRAMARAMA ACROSS THE GLOBE
Leading kids’ entertainment specialist CAKE has announced that Total Dramarama, the prequel to the original Total Drama series, will roll out in multiple territories this year.
9 September 2019
BAFTA add animation category to 2020 British Academy Games Awards
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has opened entries for the British Academy Games Awards, with a series of new categories including 'Animation'.
5 September 2019
UK Screen Alliance Releases Ground-breaking Industry Diversity & Inclusion Report
‘Inclusion and diversity’ study results published today reveal positive industry gains and highlight areas of future focus.
20 August 2019
Axis Studios makes the 1000 companies to inspire Britain 2019 list
Axis Studios recognised in sixth edition of London Stock Exchange Group’s 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain report.
15 August 2019
Creative Industries urge government to recognise the value of creative education
Over 150 key figures from across the creative industries and beyond have signed a letter urging government to recognise the value of creative education.
‘Get It Right’ campaign aims to highlight the true cost of content infringement
Caspar Lee & Snoochie Shy kick off new video series highlighting our shared love of creative content and the true cost of piracy Creative industries initiative encouraging fans to value the creative process and to access content legally
9 August 2019
50% of EU VFX, animation, and Post workers have yet to apply for Settled Status
According to our recent UK Screen Alliance survey data, more than 50% of European workers in UK Visual Effects, Animation and Post production have yet to apply to settled status.
7 August 2019
Tax reliefs provided £1.1 billion boost to creative sectors
HM Treasury has revealed new figures on how much Britain's Film, High-end TV, and Animation sectors have benefited from government tax reliefs.
Spotlight On…Karrot Animation: A healthy helping of multi-generational storytelling
For this month's Spotlight feature, we talk to Jamie Badminton, co-founder of Karrot Animation, the BAFTA & Emmy award-winning entertainment company specialising in the creation, development and production of children’s and family entertainment.
6 August 2019
Meet our new members: Kong Studio
We welcome our newest Animation UK members Kong Studio to the fold as Bill Elliott, Co-founder of Kong Studio, introduces the East London-based animation and illustration studio and what they're all about.
New BFI Fund supports animation Creative Talent
Animation UK are delighted to report that the BFI has today announced their new Short Form Animation Fund, offering support for higher-budget animated work from teams based in the UK.
5 August 2019
Creative Clusters: XR Stories in Yorkshire and Humber
Of the nine AHRC funded programmes to support Creative Clusters across the UK last year, Animation UK formally supported the successful Yorkshire and Humber Screen Industries bid, XR Stories.
29 July 2019
Star-studded Voice Cast Announced for The Tiger Who Came to Tea
Award-winning animation specialist production company Lupus Films have announced the stellar voice cast for Channel 4, Lupus Films and HarperCollins’ The Tiger Who Came to Tea which is set to air this Christmas.
16 July 2019
BAFTA commence £25m redevelopment of their London base
The renovated 195 Piccadilly headquarters for BAFTA will open in summer 2021 with doubled capacity to support charitable work and emerging talent.
12 July 2019
ENTERTAINMENT ONE TO ACQUIRE DAISYBECK STUDIOS
The move comes as part of eOne's planned expansion of non-scripted business to bolster the company's position in the UK.
11 July 2019
UK Screen Alliance launches survey on Inclusion for VFX, Animation and Post-Production
There is very little data about ethnicity, disability, or social mobility in VFX, animation or post production. To understand the impact of any new initiatives we will need credible statistics so we have launched a new survey.
4 July 2019
DCMS to fund apprenticeship training agency pilot and CIC commits to diversity
Secretary of State for DCMS, Jeremy Wright has announced £100k of funding to launch a pilot scheme to boost the uptake of apprenticeships in the Creative Industries.
3 July 2019
Ofcom publishes updated response to PSBs Children’s Content plans
Regulatory body Ofcom has published their updated repsonse to the commerical PSBs' plans to iprove children's television content.
2 July 2019
ScreenSkills seek Animation Production Liason Executive alongside relaunch of the Animation Skills Fund
Plans for the Animation Skills Fund will be discussed at the Children's Media Conference in Sheffield on Thursday the 4th of July.
KIRI AND LOU TO VENTURE ONTO SCREENS ON ABC AUSTRALIA
CAKE has announced a deal with ABC in Australia for 52 episodes of preschool series Kiri and Lou.
Blue Zoo launches new brand rights company with Alison Warner at the helm
Award-winning animation company Blue Zoo launches new brand rights company and hires Alison Warner as Managing Director.
11 June 2019
Animation & Design Studios Salamandra.uk celebrates their 5-year anniversary
Salamandra, a creative visual problem-solver with studios in Eton and St Andrews, is celebrating its fifth birthday and looking back on it's many animation and design successes over the past five years.
UK’s Creative Industries set to grasp export opportunities as top 50 Createch ‘ones to watch’ list published
The first ever UK Creative Industries Trade and Investment Board (CITIB) strategy has been published today, pledging to boost creative industries goods and service exports by 50 per cent by 2023.
6 June 2019
CAKE TO TAKE NEW ANGRY BIRDS SERIES TO ANNECY
Leading kids’ entertainment specialist CAKE has unveiled brand new character designs ahead of its much-anticipated Angry Birds series.
3 June 2019
Jellyfish Pictures Heads North With New Virtual Studio
BAFTA and multi-award winning VFX and animation studio, Jellyfish Pictures, has announced the opening of a new virtual animation facility in Sheffield.
24 May 2019
Aardman launches armature kit in partnership with global retailer Animation Toolkit
Aardman has partnered with global retailer Animation Toolkit, to create a bespoke 'Armature Kit' aimed at supporting stop-motion animation enthusiasts and students with the process of creating puppets for film, and the small screen.
21 May 2019
Axis Studios appoints Head of Communications
Axis Studios, the leading animation and visual effects studio behind the recent Netflix series 'Happy' and 'Love, Death and Robots - Helping Hand', has announced the appointment of Tracey la Cour as Head of Communications.
14 May 2019
Engineering Success with ACCESS: VFX
Non-Executive Director of ACCESS: VFX Amy Smith sheds some light on the cross-company initiative to promote diversity and inclusion in the VFX & animation industries.
2 May 2019
Return to Work Scheme for Post & VFX gives 10 placements
Ten parents and carers have successfully completed paid placements within the Post Production and VFX sector as part of ScreenSkills Return To Work Scheme in association with Film London, concluded today with a networking lunch in partnership with UK Screen Alliance.
30 April 2019
Lupus Films teams up with Director Paloma Baeza for Frida Kahlo animated film
Lupus Films today announced that, in partnership with Universal Content Group, it is in development with a new animated feature film based on the life and work of iconic Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, with award-winning filmmaker Paloma Baeza on board as director.
26 April 2019
Award-winning British shows to feature in the cutting edge of latest VR and AR tech
Wallace & Gromit and hit drama Peaky Blinders will be part of Ambitious new projects by industry leaders in immersive entertainment putting fans in the thick of the action to be part of modern Industrial Strategy in action to ensure home-grown talent remains world-leading for the next generation.
8 April 2019
Spotlight On… Brown Bag Films: Developing Studios, Skills, and 25 Years of Success
UK Screen Alliance talked to Director of UK operations at Brown Bag, Sarah McQuire, who gave an insight into the company's growth, some of her personal favourite achievements, and what’s on the horizon.
CAKE Entertainment announces international launch of ‘Treasure Trekkers’
Leading kids’ entertainment specialist CAKE and TT Productions have announced their partnership on brand new CGI action comedy Treasure Trekkers, a 52 x 11 minute series launching at MIPTV with five episodes.
2 April 2019
UK Screen Alliance Encourages all European VFX, Post and Animation Workers in the UK to Apply for Settled Status
The UK Settlement Scheme for EU, EEA and Swiss citizens is now open for applications.
31 March 2019
£60 million Young Audiences Content Fund launches the search for the next Peppa Pig
The hunt for the next big thing in radio and young people’s television has begun, as applications opened today for a share of a Government financed £60 million fund set up to provide a boost to the UK’s Radio and Television sector.
13 March 2019
New Creative Careers programme set to help over two million teens discover creative futures
Creative industries leaders have joined forces to launch a new Creative Careers Programme designed to help 2 million teenagers discover the breadth of jobs on offer in the UK’s fastest-growing sector.
19 February 2019
Aardman Animations teams with Carrot Productions for Wallace & Gromit’s Musical Marvels UK tour
The 38 date tour will feature live orchestral accompaniment from a professional orchestra drawn from members of the Hallé and BBC Philharmonic orchestras among others.
14 February 2019
Blue Zoo Helps Transport Paddington Bear to TV
The famous Peruvian bear is set to feature in new television series for pre-school audiences around the world, brought to life by London animation studio Blue Zoo.
7 February 2019
Voice Cast Announced for Feature Animation ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’
The voice cast for the animated feature Kensuke's Kingdom to be directed by Neil Boyle and Kirk Hendry from a script written by Frank Cottrell-Boyce has been announced, with main animation production taking place at Lupus Films.
5 February 2019
Specialist Insurance Brokers Integro Launch New Piracy Protection for Film & TV
Integro’s Entertainment division has announced an innovative product created to provide protection against piracy.
Magic Light Announces Distribution Deals for Christmas Hit Zog
Oscar nominated Magic Light Pictures has announced a raft of sales for its Christmas 2018 half hour animated special Zog to major broadcasters across Europe and in Australia and Japan.
30 January 2019
‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’ on Channel 4 for 2019 Christmas Special
Channel 4 to air a special animated adaptation of the much loved classic children’s book The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr, co-produced by Lupus Films and HarperCollins Children’s Books.
Dónall Crehan appointed as Chief Business Officer for Locksmith Animation
London-based CG feature studio Locksmith Animation has appointed Dónall Crehan as Chief Business Officer.
29 January 2019
Relief at No-Deal temporary measures for EU recruitment
UK government has recently announced more information on plans for EU citizens desiring to enter and work in the UK following a March 29th No-Deal Brexit.
17 January 2019
Spotlight On…Magic Light Pictures: Illuminating screens with Signature Style
Magic Light Pictures makes imaginative entertainment for audiences, families and children worldwide, Oscar nominated and responsible for creating content beloved worldwide, the BAFTA award winning company specialises in family entertainment and brands, managing production, distribution, licensing and marketing,
Creative Sector business leaders call for new Brexit referendum
Over 170+ UK business leaders respond to the defeat of the Brexit deal by calling on both main party leaders in Westminster to support the campaign for a People’s Vote.
16 January 2019
Jackie Edwards Appointed as Head of BFI’s new Young Audiences Content Fund
Jackie Edwards has been named Head of Young Audiences Content Fund (YACF), a new pilot being delivered by the BFI as part of the UK Government’s support for content for children and young audiences to be broadcast on UK PSB channels and platforms.
19 December 2018
Animation UK Tackling the Skills Crisis
The Animation Skills Council with ScreenSkills is set to re-launch in the new year.
EU Visa Costs will Impact VFX and Animation Industries Competitiveness
The long-awaited Immigration Bill white paper has been published, which sets out the Government’s plans for the post-Brexit visa system, following the recommendations made by the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) earlier this year.
13 December 2018
Acamar Films Strengthens it’s Senior Team with Three new Hires
Acamar Films, the London-based production company behind the hit children’s entertainment show Bing, have added to their senior management team as they look to capitalise further on the appeal of the most popular pre-school show on CBeebies.
7 December 2018
Multimillion pound boost for England’s creative industries aims to attract more talent
Multi-million boost for England's creative industries aims to help attract more talent. £20 million fund to boost creative industries throughout regions with additional support for games sector.
6 December 2018
Next Steps to Improving Diversity and Inclusion in the UK Screen Sector – Speech by CEO of UK Screen Alliance
UK Screen Alliance CEO Neil Hatton, spoke at the Westminster Media Forum this week on encouraging the growth of skills, and inclusion of different genders, abilities and backgrounds, behind the camera as well as in front of it, in the visual effects, animation, and post production sectors.
28 November 2018
UK Screen Alliance launches £100,000 apprenticeship training fund
UK Screen Alliance is announcing today its Apprenticeship Levy Transfer Fund, to be known as the ALT Fund. This pot which will be at least £100,000 is to be made available for apprenticeship training in small and medium sized VFX, post and animation companies. Applications are welcome from member and non-member companies.
Britain’s creative industries contribute over £100 billion to UK economy says new DCMS figures
New figures reveal Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s sectors are now worth £268 billion, having contributed a record-breaking £101.5 billion to the economy in 2017, new figures show.
16 November 2018
Animation UK publishes skills analysis audit revealing animation sector skills gaps
Animation UK has published a skills analysis of the UK Animation industry, which highlights skills gaps and workforce shortages in the sector.
13 November 2018
New research investment aims to provide boost for UK’s Creative Industries
Nine Creative Industries clusters across eight UK cities to bring creative hubs together with researchers and businesses
10 November 2018
Wallace and Gromit producers decide on Employee Ownership for Aardman
Peter Lord and David Sproxton of Aardman announced they are preparing for the company's long-term future success by transferring the company into Employee Ownership.
8 November 2018
Top UK talent among the 90 Nominees revealed for 2018 Emile Awards
The 2018 Emile Awards 90 Nominees have been announced, featuring a host of UK talent among the jurors and nominees.
6 November 2018
Animation to be represented on the new Creative Industries Trade and Investment Board
New boost to showcase ‘best of British’ creativity abroad with Creative Industries Trade and Investment Board consisting of representatives from across the sector including Animation UK.
1 November 2018
Immersive VR experiences from Studio Liddell and Immotion Group
Ian Liddell of Manchester-based Animation studio, Studio Liddell gives his thoughts and insights into Immersive storytelling skills, and partnership with Immotion Group.
31 October 2018
Axis Studios debuts immersive VR film ‘The Bond’
Leading UK production studio enters VR market, blending real-time prowess with narrative expertise, in a seven-minute experience transporting the viewer to the fantastical forests of LuKara
21 October 2018
Animation UK welcomes the latest announcements for the Young Audiences Fund to go live from April 2019
As active and early supporters for introduction of a new Contestable Fund, Animation UK argued strenuously and with strong evidence for a focus on children and young adults, including new first run UK orientated animation content.
9 October 2018
Sir Lenny Henry to narrate ‘Zog’ this Christmas
Magic Light Pictures, the multi Oscar-nominated production company, has been providing festive family treats to BBC One for over a decade. This Christmas it’s bringing much-loved children’s picture book Zog to BBC One.
8 October 2018
UK Animation Industry sees huge boost in production thanks to Animation Tax Relief
The BFI has released important new research today demonstrating the positive impact of tax reliefs on production across the Screen Industries.
New BFI Screen Business Report shows UK Tax reliefs help fuel boom in UK Screen Industries
An independent new report published today demonstrates the huge value of the government tax reliefs across the UK’s screen industries, seeding unprecedented levels of production, creating thousands of jobs, growing businesses and infrastructure, generating record levels of inward investment, boosting exports of UK productions and services internationally and creating spillover benefits for other industries.
1 October 2018
Production Innovation for Immersive Content Competition
Andrew Chitty, Challenge Director for Audience of the Future, and Creative Economy Champion at AHRC, spoke to UK Screen Alliance on the potential of immersive media.
23 September 2018
Interview with Kieran Argo – Animation Consultant to Encounters festival
Kieran Argo has been working in animation for over 25 years. In recent years Kieran has been responsible for delivering a number of professional development events including the Encounters Producers Courses and a number of training events for the Random Acts (Channel Four/Arts Council England) film-makers in the South West of England.
Animation UK: Review and Future Focus
Following a long, hot and eventful summer, it looks like we are in for an even more eventful Autumn season. Whatever happens with the wider context, our focus will remain firmly on securing the best conditions for growth of the animation sector through policy, advocacy and influence.
17 September 2018
UK Screen Alliance opposes MAC proposal to extend Immigration Skills Charge to EEA skilled workers
The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has today (18th Sept 2018) published its final report into EEA Migration in the UK and has made recommendations to government about the shape of the UK’s immigration policy following Brexit.
16 September 2018
NextGen Skills Academy: Inspiring the Next Generation of Creatives
NextGen Skills Academy (or NextGen for short) was set up by Government and the Games, Animation and VFX industries in 2014 in response to the NextGen Report, which highlighted skills shortages in the creative industries.
6 September 2018
Major Investment into Welsh Creative Industries Announced
Cardiff is one of nine creative clusters in the UK awarded research funding, as screen industries based in and around the Welsh capital are set to benefit from new research and development opportunities.
22 August 2018
NextGen Skills Academy Opportunities available
NextGen Skills Academy (or NextGen for short) is an organisation which brings industry and educators together, to develop the next generation of digital talent in the Games, Animation and VFX industries
The status of EU VFX workers in a No Deal Brexit
UK Screen Alliance has confirmed in an extensive new survey of the VFX workforce, that one in three people working in VFX comes from Europe.
14 August 2018
Creative Skillset preps for rebrand
Creative Skillset set for October re-naming and merging with Indie Training Fund
5 August 2018
Floogals: the second series hits Milkshake! on Channel 5
Jellyfish handled the visual effects and animation work on the second series on this kids’ hit.
11 July 2018
Cautious welcome for Brexit mobility framework
UK Screen CEO Neil Hatton, comments on the Brexit White Paper released today
9 July 2018
Sky Kids commission Tiger Aspect to make a Christmas Special of ‘Aliens Love Underpants And…’
Tiger Aspect productions, part of Endemol Shine Group UK, has been commissioned to make a one-off Christmas special of Aliens Love Underpants AND....
3 June 2018
UK Screen makes the case for access to global talent after Brexit
Last Thursday the BBC News Channel featured a day of stories about the Creative Industries and Brexit.
3 May 2018
Axis Animation win at the RTS Awards
The Royal Television Society’s Scottish branch, RTS Scotland - part of Britain’s leading forum for television and related media – has announced the winners of the RTS Scotland Television Awards 2018.
23 April 2018
UK Screen Alliance & Animation UK elect new council representatives
The members of the UK Screen Alliance in partnership with Animation UK have elected new representative councils.
26 March 2018
Locksmith Opens High-End Animation Studio in London
The U.K. has a dedicated high-end CG animation feature studio after Locksmith opened its new London complex Monday.
25 March 2018
UK Screen Alliance Councils: Elections update
The nominations have closed for both the Animation UK Council and the UK Screen Facilities Council elections.
23 March 2018
ANIM18: A Celebration of British Animation
AT VENUES ACROSS THE UK | APRIL TO NOVEMBER 2018 FILM HUB WALES AND CHAPTER (CARDIFF) LEAD MAJOR ANIMATION CELEBRATION
7 March 2018
UK Screen Alliance Council Elections 2018
It's time to turn your attention to the most important vote you'll take part in this year...probably. That's right, it's time for the UK Screen & Animation UK elections!
22 February 2018
Into Film Screenings & Talks Across the UK Celebrate Women in Animation
Film education charity, Into Film, will be hosting a number of Spring screenings across the UK under the theme of ‘Women in Animation’ commencing 5 March, in celebration of International Women's Day on 8 March.
14 February 2018
Screen Industries Unite Around New BFI Anti-Bullying and Harassment Principles
New Set of Principles and zero-tolerance Guidance developed with organisations across the film, television and games industries including BFI, BAFTA, BECTU, Directors UK, Equity, Pact, The Production Guild, Women in Film & TV, Writers’ Guild of Great Britain, UK Screen Alliance, UK Interactive Entertainment
13 February 2018
Introducing AnimDojo: the online animation gym
UK animation powerhouse Blue Zoo launches innovative new training program designed to prepare animators for a role in the industry and close the skills shortage gap.
8 February 2018
Royal Television Society Launches Annual Undergraduate Bursary Programme for 2018
The Royal Television Society (RTS) - Britain’s leading forum for television and related media, and an educational charity whose purpose is to promote the art and science of television – has launched its Undergraduate Bursary schemes for 2018, once again investing over £75,000 to support UK students from lower income backgrounds.
7 February 2018
Brollyman presents music for Blue-Zoo’s ‘Lynx & Birds’
Blue-Zoo spent the last few months of 2017 been beavering away making a festive animation. From creating immensely furry CG creatures to recording a 40-piece orchestra - it's certainly something to be proud of.
6 February 2018
Animation UK: Funding for more short content, the missing rung on the ladder
From day one, Animation UK has picked up the baton and worked with key partners to promote the need for funds to support development and production of short animated films and content.
Animation UK: We Need to talk about Skills…
Always part of our mission, shaping skills has become one of increasing concern; issues surrounding mobility of labour has brought this into sharp relief.
Animation UK: Celebrate and Advocate…
If 2018 wasn’t already shaping up to be the year of animation, ‘Anim-18’ will celebrate the genre in the UK and provide a reminder of what our fantastic, iconic and world-beating sector has to offer.
Ask not what Animation UK can do for you
As we move into our second year we will be re-examining governance in the light of our expanding membership and looking at how we can build our reach and get more people involved.
Animation UK: Brexit
It almost goes without saying, that plans and decisions regarding Brexit over the next year will critically impact on our sector.
5 February 2018
Animation UK: A Year On
Animation UK was launched at a reception at 10 Downing Street in December 2016. The first Animation UK Council in its new guise met in January 2017 and since then, it’s been quite a year.
1 February 2018
RTS Futures’ TV Careers Fair Returns Bigger and Better Than Ever
The Royal Television Society’s hugely popular event, the RTS Futures TV Careers Fair, will return in 2018 and will this year be in partnership with Edinburgh International Television Festival Talent Schemes, National Film And Television School, and Sky One.
31 January 2018
Success for Animation UK’s Campaign for Additional Money for Children’s TV Programming
Animation UK’s campaign to secure additional money for children’s TV programming received a boost following Culture Secretary Karen Bradley recently announced plans for a £60m Contestable Fund for Children’s TV content.
23 January 2018
Blue Zoo nominated for a double at British Animation Awards
Blue-Zoo's animated short has been nominated in two categories at the BAAs.
17 January 2018
Lupus Film Nominated for Five Awards at the British Animation Awards
London-based animation and film production company Lupus Films has had a strong start to the year with five nominations for its hand-drawn animated films Ethel & Ernest and We’re Going on a Bear Hunt at the 12th edition of the British Animation Awards (BAAs) 2018.