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CBBC launches animation pilot scheme

CBBC launches animation pilot scheme
Jon Creamer
19 November 2015

CBBC has announced the launch of its first animation pilot scheme, ANIM8.

The announcement was made by Alice Webb, Director of BBC Children’s, at the Manimation Conference in Salford and is an open call for animators to pitch for funded development.

The initiative, which is a partnership with BBC Worldwide, looks to develop the next generation of UK animators and, in time, hopes to lead to the creation of a range of UK animated properties for CBBC, working with BBC Worldwide to develop comedy series with global appeal.

ANIM8 will take pitches from individuals, studios and companies, calling for ideas that are “character-driven, funny, energetic, unpredictable and upbeat with a unique take on contemporary life.”

The scheme is also looking for ideas that “push visual boundaries” and is open to all animation styles and techniques, including mixed media.

The deadline is 22 January 2016 for initial submissions and then ANIM8 will take entrants through a multi-stage development process, with the announcement of the project being taken forward to pilot stage in April 2016. Entrants are required to have a minimum of two broadcast, published or digital credits for commissioned work.

Speaking at Manimation, Alice Webb said: “The animation industry is going from strength to strength and I am really proud that BBC Children’s are a major part of this and we have been able to work with some of the best animators in the country. With this initiative, we are hoping to open our doors even wider and bring new talent into CBBC that will engage with our audience in a fresh and innovative way.”

Henrietta Hurford-Jones, Director of Children’s, BBC Worldwide, said: “ANIM8 supports BBC Worldwide in its mission to take the best of British creativity to the rest of the world. Our ambition is to find creatives and concepts to mirror the global success of our CBeebies titles like Sarah & Duck and Hey Duggee, but this time we’re on the look out for character-driven, fast-paced comedy that will appeal to older kids.”

Sarah Muller, Creative Director, Scripted, Animation and Co-productions, for BBC Children’s, comments: “Launching the ANIM8 pilot scheme is an ambition realised for CBBC. It is an exciting time and a key step in our continued objective of nurturing home-grown animation talent and producing original, innovative animated series that resonate with the CBBC audience.”

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