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Animation Round-up
2014-10-14 : Seán Brosnan
Brown Bag Films to develop new animated comedy series ‘Gilbert and Allie’ with Cyber Group Studios, Creative Europe Media Desk Ireland in association with Animation Skillnet to host invitation only event for animators on October 29th at Lighthouse Cinema and Cartoonito and RTÉ Acquire Free TV Rights for UK show ‘Pip Ahoy!’

Brown Bag Films and Cyber Group Studios to Jointly Develop ‘Gilbert and Allie’

Created by Bronagh O’Hanlon, ‘Gilbert and Allie’ is an odd-couple supernatural comedy about the sparks and spells that fly when a teenage girl who just wants to be popular discovers she has extraordinary powers. Unfortunately, those powers can only be harnessed in partnership with an ancient and extremely grumpy magical rabbit who just wants to retire. Gilbert and Allie are both allergic to each other, but together they are magic.

Darragh O’Connell, Creative Director of Brown Bag Films, says, Brown Bag Films is focused on developing our own original projects together with high end service work, and ”Gilbert & Allie” has been developed by our in-house team. We are excited to join forces with Cyber Group Studios with whom we share a similar dedication to creative and technological quality and producing projects we really love!

We have loved this project from the start, declares Pierre Sissmann, President of Cyber Group Studios, the series contains that extra element of craziness that makes great comedies and will appeal to children worldwide who will be able to relate to Allie and her friends. And we are thrilled to ally ourselves to Brown Bag Films, who have over the years brought to life so many worldwide animated hit series.

’Gilbert and Allie’ is in full development in Dublin and Paris with a literary and graphic bible available and scripts underway. An animated trailer of the series will be presented at the upcoming Kidscreen Summit in February 2015.

Creative Europe Media Desk Ireland in association with Animation Skillnet to host invitation only event for animators on October 29th

Creative Europe Media Desk Ireland in association with Animation Skillnet, have brought together four guest speakers, each of them international experts in their fields, to present their take on what is happening now in the ever-changing animation industry and how things may go in the future.

The event will be chaired by Jason Tammemägi, Creative Director at Mooshku and a children's media specialist whose work has been enjoyed by kids worldwide.

The guest speakers will be:

  • Eric Huang, Development Director at Made in Me. Presentation Topic: Creating brands for touch screen devices, then launching them back into the traditional world of books, toys, and TV series
  • Curtis Jobling, Creative Director at Bada Bling.Presentation Topic: From Books to the Screen – the Many Hats of a Storyteller
  • Miika Tams, VP Games at Rovio Entertainment Ltd. Presentation Topic: Storytelling and modern F2P games - How conventional storytelling methods fit for free-to-play games and how storytelling conventions can be used as a retention tool
  • Julie Fox, Managing Director at Awol Animation. Presentation Topic:The impact of convergence on distribution activities in terms of programme sourcing, rights management, new platforms and the evolution of opportunities/risks

The panel will take place on Wednesday, 29th October at the Lighthouse Cinema and this invitation only event is brought to you by Creative Europe Media Desk in association with Animation Skillnet. You can register for the event here.

Cartoonito and RTÉ Acquire Free TV Rights for ‘Pip Ahoy!’; Monster Entertainment is launching the series at MIPJunior

Following the success of the show in the UK on Channel 5’s Milkshake block, Cartoonito and RTÉ have snapped up the Free TV Rights for ‘Pip Ahoy!’ in Ireland, with Cartoon Network UK acquiring the UK and Ireland Pay TV rights for its channel.

’Pip Ahoy!’ is the number one kids show in the UK for children 4-9 years old ahead of such shows as ‘Peppa Pig’ and ‘Spongebob Squarepants’ and ‘Postman Pat’. A master toy license deal has recently been signed with John Adams and there will be more licensing and publishing deals announced soon.

Monster Entertainment is launching the series at MIPJunior and is hoping to replicate the UK success of the show, with sales to international broadcasters at MIPCOM.

’Pip Ahoy!’ follows the adventures of an eager happy go lucky young pup called Pip and his best friend Alba the kitten around the colourful and enchanting seaside resort of Salty Cove, where there is always an adventure to be had.

The series was created and being produced by CHF Entertainment in the UK at CHF’s new studio based in Manchester. The company is the new incarnation of British animation company Cosgrove Hall Films, which created such series as ‘Danger Mouse’, ‘Count Duckula’, ‘The Wind in the Willows’, and ‘the BFG’.

Voice artists include Sir David Jason (‘Danger Mouse’, ‘Count Duckula’, ‘Wind in The Willows’), Teresa Gallagher (‘The Amazing World of Gumball’, ‘Octonauts’, ‘Noddy’), Emma Tate (‘Moshi Monsters’ , ‘Horrid Henry’, ‘The Jungle Book series’) and Jimmy Hibbert (‘Danger Mouse’, ‘Avenger Penguins’, ‘Little Red Tractor’) and the title song is performed by singer and presenter Stacy Solomon.

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