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 Rabbit, Olivia, 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.”