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Cartoon Brew: Ireland’s Animation Industry Spending Has Overtaken Live-Action Film And TV Combined

Finally, some good news. Half of all production spending in Ireland now goes toward animation, according to figures released today by Screen Ireland. The trade body based its calculations on projects that qualified for Section 481, the country’s film and tv tax relief, in 2019. Relief was given to 39 animated projects with a total value of €372 ($403) million — 49%... Read more...

Further guidelines released for Screen Ireland COVID-19 supports

Last week, Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland announced a further range of stimulus supports for the Irish screen industry during the COVID-19 pandemic, to provide practical and effective funding measures to support production companies and creative talent in developing a strong slate of quality projects, so that the industry can emerge from the current situation in a position to scale up production activity. Guidelines for... Read more...

COVID-19 Chronicles: Cartoon Saloon Carries On with Projects in Kilkenny

Gerry Shirren, managing director of Ireland’s acclaimed animation studio Cartoon Saloon, was kind enough to drop us a line about how he and his brilliant team are faring these days. Kilkenny has been in lockdown since March 15 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and will continue to be shut down until May 5 at last estimate. “Both at Lighthouse Studios... Read more...

Cartoon Saloon’s latest tv series Dorg Van Dango premiers on RTÉ 2

Cartoon Saloon’s latest tv series, co-created by Nora Twomey (Song of the Sea, Moone Boy) and Fabian Erlinghäuser (The Breadwinner, The Secret of Kells), premiered exclusively in Ireland on RTÉ 2 on March 2, 2020 and is expected to roll out globally on Nickelodeon International later this year. You can catch all the episodes so far over on the RTÉ... Read more...

Treehouse Republic has partnered with Bionaut to create Hungry Bear Tales!

Treehouse Republic has partnered with Bionaut from the Czech Republic to create Hungry Bear Tales. The 26 episode series is an animated comedy series about two bears with a sweet tooth who don’t mind getting into trouble, as long as it gets them something good to eat.  The series is supported by Fís Éireann/ Screen Ireland, RTÉjr, Czech TV, Czech Film Fund, Creative... Read more...