8 April 2020
Film and TV Charity Covid-19 fund applications open
The Covid-19 Film and TV Emergency Relief Fund, in partnership with BFI, is now live, providing one-off grants from £500 to £2,500 to people behind the scenes in UK film, TV and cinema who have been hardest hit by COVID-19.
7 April 2020
EDINBURGH TV FESTIVAL GOES DIGITAL FOR 2020
The Edinburgh TV Festival, set to be re-imagined online for 2020, announces a series of initiatives to support and connect the TV industry amidst the covid-19 pandemic.
3 April 2020
The Children’s Media Conference to be virtual conference in July
The 2020 Children's Media Conference has become 'The Children's Media Community', with the updated theme of ‘Still Here Right Now’, running regular online content leading up to a virtual conference in July.
31 March 2020
Magic Light’s Zog wins International Emmy For Best Kids Animation
Magic Light Pictures’ animated festive special Zog has scooped the International Emmy in the Kids Awards Best Animation category at this year’s International Emmy® Kids Awards.
30 March 2020
Are Post-production, VFX and Animation Open for Business?
Neil Hatton, CEO of UK Screen Alliance, the trade body for post, VFX and animation, encourages producers and commissioners to keep the work flowing as companies innovate to be safely open for business during the Covid-19 outbreak.
24 March 2020
BFI AND THE FILM AND TV CHARITY SET UP COVID-19 RELIEF FUND WITH £1M NETFLIX DONATION
The BFI and The Film and TV Charity have partnered to create a new industry-backed Covid-19 Film and TV Emergency Relief Fund to help support the creative community, which like many industries, has been devastated by the pandemic.
23 March 2020
Creative Industries Trade bodies call for Income fund for freelancers
UK Screen Alliance is one of the 34 key trade body signatories who have joined together in an open letter to the Chancellor, calling for help for the freelancer workforce.
20 March 2020
Wiggin LLP advice on COVID-19 for companies in Film & TV
The law firm focusing exclusively on media, technology and intellectual property, has advice to offer clients on the employment law implications of COVID-19, and points of notice for Film and TV businesses.
19 March 2020
Home Office orders yet another review of the Shortage Occupation List
In the midst of the Covid-19 crisis, the Home Office picks its moment to quietly announce its fourth consultation on immigration in less than 2 years
18 March 2020
VIACOMCBS AND SKY COMMISSION MAGIC LIGHT PRE-SCHOOL SERIES PIP AND POSY
The partnership marks the first joint co-production between ViacomCBS and Sky.
2020 WINNERS ANNOUNCED FOR ROYAL TELEVISION SOCIETY PROGRAMME AWARDS
The winners were revealed by writer and comedian Paul Merton and were streamed live to nominees and viewers at home, via the RTS website.
17 March 2020
UK Screen Alliance and Animation UK statement on the impact of Covid-19
Our sector will be seriously affected by the almost total sudden stop of global film and TV production. It will need Government support to get through the coming months and a jump-start once the difficulties are over. We were the fastest growing sector after the 2008 crash, so there's every reason we can do that again once the current crisis passes.
13 March 2020
WINNERS ANNOUNCED FOR 2020 BRITISH ANIMATION AWARDS
Lupus Films, Blue-Zoo, and Magic Light Pictures were among the prestigious winners of this year's awards, as well as Aardman Animations who took home four awards on the night.
10 March 2020
Treasured Projects with Aardman’s Darren Dubicki
Director Darren Dubicki from Aardman Animations discusses some of his career highlights and recent successes with Little Black Book.
7 March 2020
New animated preschool show BUDDI to be brought to screens worldwide on Netflix
Created by Jason Jameson and executive producer Keith Chapman, working with Unanico Studios in association with Shanghai Motion Magic, GCI Film, FroG-Land Productions and Spider Eye Studios.
6 March 2020
BAA LAMB Award Nominees Announced
The British Animation Awards have announced the five finalists for the brand new category for the 2020 awards, recognising rising stars working in the animation industry.
4 March 2020
Spotlight On… Mackinnon and Saunders: Master craftspeople pulling the strings behind high-profile productions
In this month's Spotlight feature, UK Screen Alliance talks to Ian Mackinnon, co-founder of the widely-acclaimed Mackinnon and Saunders, specialists in Character design, puppet build and animation production for television, features and commercials.
2 March 2020
Acamar Signs Redan Publishing for New Monthly Bing Magazine
Acamar Films has announced they have signed Redan Publishing for a new monthly Bing Magazine, to follow the Kennedy one-shot magazine.
26 February 2020
Jellyfish Pictures Expands Northern Presence with New Studio in Sheffield
New studio opens following the ongoing development of Northern team having outgrown previous location after nine months.
24 February 2020
ACAMAR MAKE A SPLASH IN PARTNERSHIPS WITH GULLIVER’S LAND AND CBEEBIES LAND ALTON TOWERS
Acamar films signs new partnership with Gulliver's Land and renews Cbeebies Land Alton Towers partnership.
19 February 2020
SHAUN THE SHEEP RETURNS WITH A NEW SERIES ON NETFLIX
Aardman has announced that Shaun and the Flock will return for a brand new series causing more mayhem in 20 x 7’ new episodes, Shaun the Sheep: Adventures from Mossy Bottom.
UK Screen Alliance responds to new Points-based Immigration System
This morning (19/02/2020) the UK Government has published a policy statement on its proposed Point’s Based Immigration system for skilled workers to be introduced by January 1st 2021.
18 February 2020
Film, TV and cinema industries take action as major study reveals ‘mental health crisis’ in the workforce
Almost 87% of people in working in the UK’s film, TV and cinema industries have experienced a mental health problem, according to a major study commissioned.
17 February 2020
CINESITE LISTED IN THE SUNDAY TIMES HSBC INTERNATIONAL TRACK 200
The VFX & feature animation studio has been recognised as one of the UK’s fastest growing companies in the annual Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200 league table.
FINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR 2020 BRITISH ANIMATION AWARDS
The Tiger Who Came to Tea, A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon, Zog and The Snail and the Whale, vie for honours for Best Long Form.
13 February 2020
The Animated Women UK’s ‘Helen North Achieve Programme 2020’ Now Open for Entries
Following another successful programme in 2019, AWUK launches The Helen North Achieve Programme for a fourth year to continue to provide targeted career development to women across the VFX and animation industries.
12 February 2020
Kidscreen Awards 2020 – WINNERS
The winners for the 2020 Kidscreen Awards were announced last night at the Kidscreen Summit in Miami, Florida.
Creative industry tax reliefs in the UK boost Oscars® winners
One of the night’s biggest winners, 1917, benefitted from creative industry tax reliefs thanks to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC)
10 February 2020
CAKE ANNOUNCES GLOBAL DEAL NEW SERIES ON WEB PHENOMENON LUCAS THE SPIDER
Kids’ entertainment specialist CAKE has secured a global deal on behalf of Fresh TV with Cartoon Network and Boomerang for the new long form CGI animated series Lucas the Spider.
6 February 2020
AARDMAN ANNOUNCES NEW SHAUN THE SHEEP SEASONAL SPECIAL FOR 2021
Aardman has today announced a Shaun the Sheep seasonal special, which will premiere on BBC One in the UK, and Netflix in the US, Latin America, Spain, CIS, and Greece in late 2021.
Lupus Films to help bring Brambly Hedge tales to TV
Film and television series animation company Lupus Films is joining forces with Rockpool Licensing to bring Brambly Hedge series to a new audience.
4 February 2020
LUPUS FILMS GO BACK TO SCHOOL TO PRODUCE ANIMATED FEATURE: MOLESWORTH THE MOVIE
Lupus films are set to work alongside Melusine Productions & Uli Meyer Studios to produce the new animated feature film, featuring the voice of Matt Lucas in the title role.
3 February 2020
MPC wins BAFTA for Special Visual Effects on 1917
Technicolor’s MPC win BAFTA for Special Visual Effects for 1917 at the EE British Academy Film Awards.
31 January 2020
StoryFutures Academy Launches Skills for Immersive Experience Creation Report
First comprehensive report on immersive experience production reveals urgent need to develop UK’s talent pipeline.
MOVE summit is back to shake up the animation industry
Scotland’s premier animation festival returns to Edinburgh for a 4th year with stellar line up from Disney Animation, to Industrial Light and Magic.
29 January 2020
KIRI AND LOU TO LAUNCH IN THE UK
CAKE has announced the UK premiere of award-winning stop motion preschool series Kiri and Lou.
28 January 2020
UK’s award-winning Visual Effects industry to be impacted by visa proposals
UK Screen Alliance CEO Neil Hatton weighs in on the Migration Advisory Committee's newly released report on a points-based immigration system and salary thresholds, and how the booming VFX industry may be affected.
27 January 2020
Kong Studio Pluses Up the Tote with animated Visual Motif
Kong Studio creates playful and fluid animated spot to reflect the company's new brand identity.
The Tiger Who Came to Tea animation lesson plan launches in a primary school
Production company Lupus Films collaborated with the UK skills charity ScreenSkills to create the educational resource, based on Judith Kerr’s beloved story.
Annie Awards 2020 winners
The 47th Annie Awards announced their 2020 winners in California, Los Angeles, on the 25th of January.
23 January 2020
Salamandra CEO LISTED IN UK’S TOP 100 FEMALE ENTREPRENEURS
Animation studio Salamandra's CEO Christine Mackay is listed in the UK’s Top 100 Female Entrepreneurs
22 January 2020
BRITISH ANIMATION AWARDS ANNOUNCE NEW CATEGORY FOR RISING STARS
The British Animation Awards (BAA) has announced a brand new category for the 2020 awards to recognise rising stars working in the animation industry.
17 January 2020
Annecy Modify capacity to fit 26% more seating
After an increase in participation in 2019 (12,300 badge-holders), Annecy have decided to improve access into the theatres to guarantee the best possible experience.
15 January 2020
AARDMAN CREATES FILM FOR GREENPEACE TO HIGHLIGHT GLOBAL OCEAN CRISIS
Aardman and Greenpeace have launched a powerful new animated film to highlight the plight of the world’s oceans.
14 January 2020
ACAMAR FILMS SET FOR ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL YEAR WITH BING AND STRENGTHENED SENIOR MANAGEMENT TEAM
The Camden-based independent production company reflects on a successful 2019; from a new series launch, to a number of new additions to the senior team.
13 January 2020
92ND OSCARS® NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED
The nominations for the 92nd Academy Awards have been announced, the ceremony for which will be held on Sunday, February 9, 2020, at the Dolby® Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood.
9 January 2020
Visual Effects Society Announces Nominees for 18th Annual VES Awards
ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL and THE LION KING Garner Most Feature Film Nominations.
7 January 2020
Nominations announced: EE British Academy Film Awards 2020
BAFTA has announced the nominations for the 2020 EE British Academy Film Awards.
17 December 2019
92ND OSCARS SHORTLISTS ANNOUNCED
The 92nd Oscars® Shortlists in nine Awards have been announced, with categories 'Animated Short Film' and 'Visual Effects' among them.
16 December 2019
‘Return To Work’ Scheme for post & VFX returns for 3rd year in 2020
Participants will become part of the Equal Access Network and we will help facilitate further work opportunities and on-going support.
Cinesite announce new investment and financing of US$112m to enable the group to execute its five-year strategy
Cinesite announced today it has secured investment from Gryphion Capital Investments along with new banking facilities from Barclays and NatWest which amount to US$112m
12 December 2019
Jellyfish Pictures Expands Becoming World’s Largest ‘Virtual’ VFX and Animation Studio
The new studio in Brixton bolsters Jellyfish Pictures’ capacity to 350 increasing staff numbers by 40%.
CAKE SIGNS TEAMTO’S MIGHTY MIKE WITH UK’S CITV
Leading kids’ entertainment specialist CAKE has signed a deal with CITV in the UK for TeamTO’s maverick slapstick comedy Mighty Mike.
THE CHILDREN’S MEDIA CONFERENCE CHANGES DATES FOR 2020
With the theme ‘Right Here Right Now’, the Children's Media Conference in 2020 will run from 7-9 July in Sheffield
11 December 2019
Spotlight On… Axis Studios: Animated artistry cultivating creative careers
This month Axis Studios’ Director & Creative Head of Development Stephen Donnelly discusses his career journey, creative process and the company’s development of original IP.
10 December 2019
The Tiger Who Came To Tea premiering Christmas Eve on Channel 4
Channel 4 to air animated Christmas special of Judith Kerr’s children’s classic produced by Lupus Films on Christmas Eve.
Kidscreen Awards 2020 shortlist announced
Winners to be revealed at a gala event on February 11 during Kidscreen Summit 2020 in Miami, Florida.
6 December 2019
BLUE ZOO ANIMATE FESTIVE MUSIC VIDEO FOR ‘LET’S NOT GO AWAY’, NEW SONG BY SCOUTING FOR GIRLS
The music video for Christmas single 'Let's Not Go Away' by Scouting For Girls, has first-time director Katie Gascoyne taking the reins in Blue Zoo’s innovative shorts programme.
2 December 2019
LUPUS FILMS’ ‘THE CHRISTMAS LETTER’ TO AIR ON SKY ONE & SKY KIDS THIS CHRISTMAS
Kate Winslet Narrates This Must-See Festival Special, animated by Lupus Films, coming to screens this Christmas.
28 November 2019
Award Winning Co-founder and VFX Supervisor of Axis Studios Wins Second BIFA for Shaun The Sheep: Farmageddon
Howard Jones is among the prestigious recipients of The British Independent Film Awards (BIFA) craft award winners for 2019.
26 November 2019
AARDMAN’S FESTIVE SPECIAL, ROBIN ROBIN, TO COME TO NETFLIX IN 2020
Aardman has announced its new animated holiday special, Robin Robin, coming to Netflix in 2020.
ACAMAR FILMS PARTNERs WITH VUE AND SHOWCASE TO BRING BING TO THE BIG SCREEN FOR CHRISTMAS
Following the successful debut of Bing in cinemas last year, Acamar Films have developed a new feature-length cinema experience, “Bing’s Christmas”, which will run exclusively in 105 cinemas across the UK from Friday 29th November.
20 November 2019
‘The Adventures of Paddington’ animated by Blue-zoo to air March 2020 on Nick Jr.
Ben Whishaw returns in the title role of the series, set to air in March 2020 on Nick Jr., with a brand-new theme song “Paddington Bear” written and performed by Gary Barlow.
15 November 2019
AARDMAN CREATES MUSIC VIDEO FOR COLDPLAY
Aardman has announced its music video for Coldplay’s forthcoming album track, ‘Daddy’, with the release of a teaser across social media.
13 November 2019
Jellyfish Pictures Meets A-List Security Requirements with PixStor Storage For Blockbuster Projects
New PixStor secure multi-tenancy capabilities allow leading VFX and animation house to meet exacting security standards whilst delivering collaborative workflows.
12 November 2019
Magic Light’s ‘Zog And The Flying Doctors’ to be on BBC One for Christmas 2020
Multi Oscar-nominated and Bafta Award-winning production company Magic Light Pictures has announced an animated adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s children’s book, 'Zog And The Flying Doctors', is set to premiere on BBC One for Christmas 2020.
Screen industries help keep UK out of Recession
UK GDP monthly estimate reveals screen industry key in supporting the economy and preventing a recession.
11 November 2019
DAVID TOWNSEND JOINS AXIS AS HEAD OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Axis Studios announced the appointment of David Townsend as new Head of Business Development.
5 November 2019
Kong animates the FOMO for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker with IMAX
The animated spot is Kong Studio’s third Collaboration with IMAX for the upcoming release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
1 November 2019
LOCKSMITH ANIMATION SIGNS DEAL WITH WARNER BROS. PICTURES
Dedicated feature CG Animation Studio Locksmith Animation has signed a multi-picture deal with Warner Bros. Pictures.
30 October 2019
Animation UK and CMC help Industry ‘Be Ready for Brexit’
The event, free for attendees and tailored for animation and kids’ content TV/digital production communities, distributors and media freelancers, was an opportunity for a range of industry experts to present invaluable information on how the sector can prepare for various Brexit outcomes.
29 October 2019
CREATIVE INDUSTRIES PUBLISH NEW MANIFESTO
A consortium of industry bodies representing key stakeholders and employers in the creative industries have issued a 10-point manifesto outlining statements of intent.
24 October 2019
BRITISH ANIMATION AWARDS ANNOUNCE CATEGORIES FOR 2020
The British Animation Awards (a.k.a. the BAAs), has announced the categories for its 2020 awards. One of UK animation’s landmark events, this will be the 13th awards to be held since their introduction in 1996.
18 October 2019
1st Broadcast Tech Innovation Awards winners named
Last night in London the inaugural Broadcast Tech Innovation Awards were held, revealing the talented winners from across TV production and broadcast in VFX, VR, Post Production and more.
14 October 2019
shots Awards Europe 2019 shortlist announced
The shortlist for the 2019 Europe shots Awards has been announced, with a plethora of talented companies and individuals shortlisted for this year's Euro-centric award show.
10 October 2019
CAKE TO LAUNCH NETFLIX ORIGINAL LEGEND QUEST AT MIPCOM
At MIPCOM this year, leading kids’ entertainment specialist CAKE, has announced it will be bringing new Netflix Original Legend Quest.
7 October 2019
CAKE AND DREAMCHASER ANNOUNCE NEW WOOZLE & PIP ANIMATED SERIES
Leading kids’ entertainment specialist CAKE and Amsterdam-based The Dreamchaser Company have teamed up to develop a brand new Woozle & Pip animated series.
5 October 2019
Animation Industry Experts on ‘HOW TO TELL A TIMELESS STORY’ at BLE
Animation industry representatives from Animation UK members Aardman Animations, Blue-Zoo, Magic Light Pictures, and Acamar Films, joined the panel at Brand Licensing Europe for an insightful discussion on storytelling.
4 October 2019
AARDMAN REBOOTS TIMMY TIME FOR RETURN TO CBEEBIES
The popular pre-school series is to be refreshed for a new generation of fans.
3 October 2019
CAKE celebrate autism with key international partnerships for ‘Pablo’
Leading kids’ entertainment specialist CAKE, has signed a number of deals for ground-breaking pre-school animated series Pablo.
2 October 2019
ENCOUNTERS FESTIVAL AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED
The 25th Edition of the Film Festival Hosted the Awards Ceremony at Colston Hall in Bristol.
25 September 2019
Creative Industries Federation and Creative England join forces
Today a public statement has been released on the merging of the Creative Industries Federation and Creative England to become a part of the same UK-wide organisation.
24 September 2019
CAKE BRINGS CBEEBIES’ BIGGLETON TO CANNES
Leading kids’ entertainment specialist CAKE, has announced the international launch of CBeebies’ hit series Biggleton at MIPCOM.
Young Audience Content Fund Exceeding Targets
Animation UK Executive Chair Kate O'Connor gives an update on the fund in relation to submissions from the animation sector.
19 September 2019
SEAN CLARKE APPOINTED AS MD OF AARDMAN
Aardman announced today the successor to David Sproxton, who is stepping back from the MD role after 43 years at the helm of the studio.
16 September 2019
Axis Studios unveil the animation behind Magic in Gathering’s new viral trailer
The hugely popular trading card game Magic: The Gathering goes viral with cinematic trailer developed in partnership with Axis Studios.
14 September 2019
CAKE, LA CABANE AND THURISTAR TO LAUNCH MUSH-MUSH & THE MUSHABLES AT MIPCOM
Leading kids’ entertainment specialist CAKE, France’s La Cabane and Belgium’s Thuristar have announced the launch of CGI series Mush-Mush & the Mushables, set to launch with two new episodes at MIPCOM.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
22 August 2018
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.