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Brown Bag Films sets up a UK animation studio at The Sharp Project

Dublin-based animation company, Brown Bag Films, have taken more than 2,800 sq ft of space for their UK animation studio at The Sharp Project, Manchester’s digital content production complex, in Newton Heath, east Manchester.

The twice Oscar nominated animation studio will initially have 40 staff based in their Manchester studio by January 2015. The Manchester studio will build on Brown Bag Films’ track record by implementing a long form 2D animation pipeline using Toon Boom Harmony and Storyboard Pro software throughout and expanding their current output of animation production to the North West of the UK. Having decided to move to the city, Brown Bag Films very much appreciated the welcome and support given by both MIDAS and The Sharp Project. This is Brown Bag Films third studio, with the others located in Dublin and Los Angeles.

The award-winning firm, which celebrated its 20th anniversary this year, have produced some of children’s most popular TV shows, viewed by millions worldwide, and include Doc McStuffins, Henry Hugglemonster, Peter RabbitOlivia, Noddy in Toyland and Octonauts. Their most recent co-production with Acamar Films is Bing, a BAFTA nominated pre-school series for CBeebies, which premiered in June this year.

Sarah McQuire, newly appointed Studio Manager of Brown Bag Films UK said, “To be part of the creation of a new, vivacious studio is a very exciting venture.  The studio opening has created a number of roles for people within the Animation Industry and to be involved from the beginning is an opportunity not to be missed.”

Robert Chandler, Executive Producer, UK, for Brown Bag Films, said “The new studio will be producing and developing material for all ages of children, including pre-school and older age groups. We’ll be equipped to handle all kinds of 2D animation, from cut-out to traditional. This is very exciting for British animation.”

Brown Bag Films CEO, Cathal Gaffney, said “As we celebrate our 20thyear in business this year, there is no better way to celebrate than by expanding and opening a new studio in Manchester. We are very excited to get back to our hand-drawn animation roots with this 2D studio and Manchester is such a brilliant and vibrant city with so much talent to offer. As we grow, we hope to have as many as 40 full time jobs in the new year.”

Susan Woodward OBE, Founder of The Sharp Project said: “This is a great win for the North West. Brown Bag is an exciting, original and successful creative-led animation studio. Manchester has a long history with animation production and there is little doubt that played a major part in choosing this city for their UK studio. We look forward to an exciting period of growth together.”

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ABF sign for United

ABF Pictures have been appointed TV creative & production company by UK retailer United Carpets & Beds.

ABF’s Creative Director Matt Barraclough said “We’re excited to be working with a brand like United Carpets & Beds. They have years on TV under their belt, they know what works for them but are also keen to take on and try new ideas.”

The first commercial created and produced by the Sharp Project based company will be broadcast just before Easter, in a multi region ITV 1 campaign.

“The new look commercials are great, they still have the key elements that work for the brand, yet we’ve added a new concept and look. I’m confident they will make an impact on TV. ” said Matt.

David Code from United Carpets & Beds said “The guys from ABF made a real impression at the pitch. They are Down to earth, hardworking with a true understanding of what was required to win our account.I wouldn’t think twice about recommending them.

The new ad was presented at our Annual Sales Conference to an audience of over 200, and was instantly loved by all. We look forward to working with ABF and creating some fantastic ads in the future.”

To coincide with this new appointment ABF has launched their new website, designed and created by Sharp Project based business Project Simply.

Matt said “The Sharp Project is been a great place to collaborate and network. It’s good to know that when we needed a new website we had to look no further than the talents of Project Simply, who reside just a corridor away. We love the new site.”

The new ABF site can be seen at www.abfpictures.co.uk

The commercial for United Carpets & Beds can be found at by clicking here

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Sizzle Media to revamp Manchester Lieutenancy Office’s online presence

Sizzle Media have been selected by the Manchester Lieutenancy Office to revamp their online presence by creating a new vibrant design that clearly promotes the role GMLO plays in the Greater Manchester region.

The Lord-Lieutenant maintains Her Majesty’s dignity and seeks to promote a good atmosphere and spirit of co-operation by the encouragement he gives to voluntary service, benevolent organisations, and by the interest he takes in the commercial and social life of his county.

Sizzle Media will be developing a bespoke content management system that allows Deputy Lieutenants across the county secure access to contribute to the system, creating a site that is up to date with regional news and events. Furthermore the system will allow the administration team to make full use of Social Media to help raise the awareness of the services available at GML to a much wider audience.

Based out of the Sharp Project, Sizzle Media have developed a series of high profile projects with GMLO being the latest win. Recently they were selected to develop the site for the GB British Bobsleigh Team Deen, skiing sensation Daisi Daniels and professional footballer turned pro boxer Curtis Woodhouse. Last Year Sizzle Media designed the Amir Kahn official merchandise outlet ecommerce store. Existing regional clients include Great John Street Hotels, Suzuki, Evevee, Blacks Business Brokers, Astra Signs and Marilyn Comrie OBE.

Find out more about Sizzle Media by visiting their website here

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80 Hertz welcome Wooden Duck to The Sharp Project

Wooden Duck Studios have recently moved into the first floor of 80 Hertz at The Sharp Project and are now fully operational.

They offer a range of audio related services, including composition, production, recording and mixing.

Making use of high-end analogue equipment and the latest digital tools, our services are tailored to meet the individual needs of a wide range of clients and budgets. We produce bespoke compositions for use across different forms of media. With a network of people offering a diverse range of skills, we tailor the production process to suit any brief and strive to deliver authentic work to our clients. On the production side, we can take demo ideas right through to fully realised works, ideal for artists looking to develop their sound.

With a range of instruments, equipment and musicians to utilise, we ensure that each track is uniquely presented in its best possible form.

Wooden Duck Studios

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Project:Simply Launch covered Salford Stadium Website

The guys at Project:Simply today launched the Salford City Stadium website which will be announced at tonight’s final Salford City Reds game.

The team won the prestigious local contract back in July with Air Creative Agency, with a brief to provide Salford City Stadium with an eye catching, easy to use website that have an intuitive events interface, live community pitch booking system and easy to use administrator panel whereby anyone could change any part of the site with the click of a button, and they did it.

“We decided to build the site in WordPress CMS” said Chris Hutchison, Lead developer at Project:Simply, “as it had the flexibility to add all of the required functionality in the short time frame as well as being highly future proofed using such open source technology”. The added benefit is that WordPress seamlessly links into the social space so that the website will be fairly self promoting though the feedback and comments of its users.

Using open source systems means the client doesn’t get locked into any long term relationship which they may want to get out of at a later date. “We like to think we retain our clients through transparency, reliability, and on a performance related basis, as it should be” said Christian Hill, Director of Search at Project:Simply.

“The size of the project and the number of stakeholders involved meant we had to carefully plan the project using our project management software and website staging platform which helps everyone know where we are up to, whats needed by what time and whether anyone is late on delivery” said Christian. “Its important to make sure the client is in the loop at all times.”

The site will be promoted to the Salford City Reds fans for ticket purchases and to the wider community for its bookable state of the art outdoor pitches and its fantastic hospitality and conference facilities. The actual stadium won’t be complete for another 6 months but the live countdown clock on the homepage makes sure everyone is awaiting the date.

You can see their handy work at http://www.salfordcitystadium.com/

For more information on Project:Simply Web Design and Website Development please get in touch

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Ward Hadaway advises on pioneering musical collaboration

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MUSIC law experts at Ward Hadaway played their part on a ground-breaking musical collaboration between the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and chart-topping dance producers Nero.

Carol Isherwood, solicitor in the Creative Industries team at the UK Top 100 law firm, advised composer Joe Duddell on the commissioning contract with the BBC and the contract with Mercury Records in respect of his work on the Dubstep Symphony project.

Commissioned by the BBC, this saw the world-famous BBC Philharmonic Orchestra link up with dubstep and drum and bass act Nero to play a piece written by Nero in collaboration with Joe Duddell which married these two very different musical genres.

The Dubstep Symphony was broadcast live from the new BBC Philharmonic studios at Mediacity:uk in Salford on BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 1 Xtra and received rave reviews in the music press.

A version of the track is also on the band’s album, Welcome Reality, which went to number one in the album charts on its first week of release.

Carol Isherwood said: “This was a fascinating project to be involved with and I am delighted that we at Ward Hadaway were able to play a part in bringing it together.

“Matching classical music with a dance music style like dubstep may seem like a real left-field concept, but it worked really well and the results were fantastic.”

Find out more about Ward Hadaway’s Creative Industries Services

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SUNDE Technologies: Providing Solutions for Challenging Times

SUNDE is a multi user networking access device, which effectively allows upto 40 different users to independently and simultaneously share untapped resources of a single host computer whilst still providing them with a full PC experience. The device is connected to the host computer and information is sent between the two using our NetPoint software, which we provide free of charge. You then plug in your existing screen, mouse and keyboard and you’re ready to go.

We are located in Blue 140 at The Sharp Project, get in touch via email


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