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Animators Want Tax Relief Preserved Animation Ireland makes pitch to minister

Animation Ireland chairman John Phelan has called on the government to extend the tax relief for the sector in Section 481 of the Finance Act beyond 2020, and to make the application process quicker and more efficient.  Animation Ireland is the trade association for Ireland’s animation studios and  represents 25 members which employ more than 1,500 people. Phelan said: “We have also been calling... Read more...

Apple buys animated film from Kilkenny-based Cartoon Saloon: Studio is best known The Breadwinner, Song of the Sea and The Secret of Kells films

  Irish animation studio Cartoon Saloon has confirmed a deal with Apple that sees the technology giant buying a new animated film it is making called Wolfwalkers. The move come as the iPhone-maker looks to move into backing original new content. Apple is believed to be investing as much a $1 billion in content as it prepares to go head-to-head with streaming services... Read more...

Three Irish Animation Projects Set to Pitch at Major Animation Finance Forum

Cartoon Forum, one of the world’s leading pitching and co-pro forum for animated TV projects, is currently underway in Toulouse, with three Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland-supported projects — Cartoon Saloon’s Silly Sundays, Mutiny Group’s Birdie and Pictor Productions’ Flix — pitching at the event. For 3 days, Irish producers will pitch their project in front of 1000 broadcasters, investors and other potential partners from 38 countries. Silly Sundays,... Read more...

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Cartoon Forum 2018

CARTOON FORUM 2018: Pitching & co-pro event – TV series 10 – 13 Sep 18 Toulouse (France) Cartoon Forum is a pitching & co-pro forum for animated TV projects. For 3 days, producers have the opportunity to pitch their project in front of 1000 broadcasters, investors and other potential partners from 38 countries. Since its creation in 1990, 753 series found financing, representing a... Read more...

Yabba dabba doo! Irish studio to work on Flintstones spinoff

A Dublin animation company has entered into a deal with Warner Brothers to work on a new spin-off of the iconic Flintstones cartoon. Salty Dog Pictures is providing overseas animation services for the new series, Yabba Dabba Dinosaurs! Producer Warner Brothers has commissioned it to make 24 episodes, which is about half of the series. The low-profile company recently worked... Read more...

Travails on permanent repeat at RTÉ Ad competition, licence fee evasion and ascent of Netflix complicate life at Montrose

It’s the summer lull before the repeats die down, new shows launch, old ones return and the holiday fill-ins come off air. At RTÉ’s campus in Donnybrook, work continues on a new entrance, open area and parking spots. Construction hoardings and debris have become common sights at Montrose, as the campus adjusts to its smaller size and completes what RTÉ calls “sales-enabling projects”.... Read more...

Talent excellence, global success and staff shortages…Ireland’s female animation leaders on the industry highs and lows

With the animation industry in Ireland experiencing strong growth in Ireland and internationally, four women in the industry discuss the opportunities and challenges facing the sector today. Moe Honan, Chairman Animation Ireland Chairman of Animation Ireland and founder of Moetion Films Moe Honan started working in animation just under 20 years ago. She found that she naturally gravitated towards the... Read more...

INDUSTRY SPOTLIGHT: Five key things to know about the animation industry in Ireland

Ireland’s animation industry has undergone substantial growth in the last decade, now employing between 1,500 – 2,000 people across the country. Here are five key things you need to know about the industry, which has become a firm fixture in our digital and creative economy. One: Players & Representation Some of the main players in the industry in Ireland include... Read more...

Pink Kong Studios are shortlisted for the VR Awards 2018!

Dublin based animation studio, Pink Kong Studio’s VR film AURORA was shortlisted for the VR Awards 2018 which will take place in London later in the year. Created by Aoífe Doyle, Niamh Herrity & Denis James Ryan and produced at Pink Kong Studios, Aurora is Ireland’s first original animated VR short film, and continues to earn mass acclaim since its premiere at the... Read more...