Lighthouse Studios launches in Kilkenny through partnership between Cartoon Saloon and Canada’s Mercury Filmworks

Kilkenny, Ireland-Based Studio to Create 140 Jobs and develop Animated Children’s and Family Television Entertainment, for Multiplatform Global Distribution Significantly bolstering animation production in Ireland, Mercury Filmworks, one of Canada’s most prolific independent animation studios, has joined forces with acclaimed Kilkenny-based animation studio Cartoon Saloon to create an all-new 2D-focused animation studio in Ireland, Lighthouse Studios.  The joint venture, supported... Read more...

Irish Animation Awards Announce a NEW category for “Best Irish Feature & Special”

Irish Animation Awards Announce a NEW category for “Best Irish Feature & Special” This year we see the second Irish Animation Awards taking place on Saturday 25th March 2017 at the Dingle Skelligs Hotel in Dingle. With the growing success of animation throughout the international arena the Irish Animation Awards are delighted to announce the introduction of a new category... Read more...

Animation Dingle start the search for the ‘Young Animator Of The Year’

  Animation Dingle are delighted to announce their sponsorship with Disney Channels UK & Ireland. With Disney Channels UK & Ireland, Animation Dingle has started the search for the ‘Young Animator Of The Year’. Secondary school students are invited, from all over Ireland, to submit their short animations for entry to the national YAOTY awards. A Disney Channels executive will... Read more...

Jam Media’s ‘Becca’s Bunch’ secure key deal with ABC KIDS Australia

JAM Media, a multiple award-winning production, distribution and licensing company based in Dublin, has scored a key deal with ABC KIDS in Australia for its brand-new preschool series Becca’s Bunch (52 x 11). ABC KIDS will also be home to JAM’s new hybrid series Little Roy (52 x 14), coming to broadcast this year. The down-under deal follows the recent... Read more...

Brown Bag Films’ Octonauts nominated for 2017 PGA Awards

Brown Bag Films‘ Octonauts has been nominated by the Producers Guild of America in the Outstanding Children’s Program category for the 2017 PGA Awards. Octonauts (Season 4) has been nominated alongside Girl Meets World (Season 2, Season 3), School of Rock (Season 1), Sesame Street (Season 46) and SpongeBob SquarePants (Season 9)! The winners of the 28th Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony will be announced on January 28, 2017 at... Read more...

Irish Animation Awards Call for Entries

Irish Animation Awards at Dingle! Celebrating the outstanding talent of Irish Animation, VFX and Gaming Industries. The second Irish Animation Awards will take place on Saturday 25th March 2017 at the Dingle Skelligs Hotel in Dingle. Kindly sponsored by Irish Film Board and RTÉ , this is Animation Ireland’s biennial awards ceremony to acknowledge and celebrate the outstanding creative talent we have... Read more...

Harry and Bip wraps production

  Production has completed on Harry & Bip, a new animated comedy series for pre-schoolers. Produced by Ink & Light in Ireland and Muste ja Valo in Finland, the show airs on RTÉ 2 from 12th December and on Finland’s YLE in early 2017. The 15×2 minute series follows the exploits of Harry and Bip, two over-enthusiastic penguins who will... Read more...

Annie Nominations Announced – ‘Puffin Rock’, ‘The Stinky & Dirty Show’ & ‘Wander Over Yonder’ Nominated

The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, announced nominations today for its 44th Annual Annie Awards™ recognizing the year’s best in the field of animation. Cartoon Saloon’s ‘Puffin Rock’ is nominated in three categories Best Animated Television/Broadcast Production For Preschool Children, Outstanding Achievement – Production Design in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production & Outstanding Achievement – Writing in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production. Brown Bag Films‘... Read more...

Egmont signs publishing deal for JAM Media’s Little Roy

JAM Media has signed a global publishing deal (excluding North America) with Egmont Publishing for Little Roy. A hybrid of live action and animation, Little Roy airs on both CBeebies and CBBC in the UK and follows the everyday adventures of five-year-old Roy O’Brien, as his cartoon abilities and enthusiasm cause mayhem. Egmont’s publishing programme for Little Roy includes TV... Read more...

Minister Humphreys announces economic analysis of Irish TV, film and animation sector

Animation Ireland welcome the Minister Humphreys announcement of an economic analysis of  Irish TV, film and animation sector. The study will examine the economic impact and potential of the Irish film, TV and animation sector. Animation Ireland had called on the Government in their 2016 pre-budget submission to ‘commission an economic analysis of the current value of the audio visual industry in Ireland, to assess the scale, strengths and contribution of the sector in terms of economic activity and employment levels and its potential to expand further.’ in their 2016 Pre-Budget Submission. Following an open tender process, Olsberg SPI... Read more...