Bristol animation studio A Productions is bringing in Katie Barba to help grow its slate of kids and family entertainment by developing its own IP-driven content.
A Productions has recently provided animation for broadcasters and SVoDs including CBeebies, CITV, Channel 4, MAX and Sky. Since receiving investment from Cybergroup Studios, the studio is planning to develop its own original creator-driven content.
Katie Barba joins A Productions from Disney where she has worked for the past five years in production and development across a number of its most popular kids’ animation shows such as 101 Dalmatian Street, Chip N Dale: Park Life S1 & 2 and Kizazi Moto: Generation Fire.
Barba will be working closely on development with A Productions’ founder and joint managing director Mark Taylor.
A Productions provides animation for kids shows including CBeebies JoJo & Gran Gran, Magic Light’s Pip & Posy Let’s Learn and Sesame Street: The Nutcracker, Sesame Workshops first-ever animated special, which recently won an RTS (Royal Television Society) award.
Barba joins the company as it works on new action animation series Digital Girl, the new Bea’s Block show from the makers of Sesame Street that just launched and series 2 and 3 of JoJo & Gran Gran .
Mark Taylor, joint managing director at A Productions said: “We are excited to welcome Katie to the team at this pivotal time in the company’s evolution. Her wealth of experience at Disney will help us to develop new relationships with creatives and partners, enabling us to realise our own IP and make new home-grown, innovative, creator-driven content for kids’ TV and film.”
Katie Barba said: “I am delighted to be joining A Productions where I can continue to develop my passion for discovering new animation talent and producing original content. A Productions has a great reputation for making creative, authentic shows that truly speak to their audience and I can’t wait to get started.”
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