Animation studio Factory is expanding its digital animation division, creating 25 new jobs at its North West headquarters in Altrincham.

The move follows a major new commission; a feature length 2D animation based on a book by former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo (War Horse, When the Whales Came) with a score from Oscar-winning composer Rachel Portman (Emma, Chocolat, The Cider House Rules), which will be co-produced by Leopard Pictures.

Amongst the 25 new roles will be Layout Artists, Lead 2D Animators, 2D Animators, 2D FX Animators, 2D Character Riggers, Mid and Senior Compositors, plus Project Manager and Production Co-ordinator roles.

Factory has shows airing on CBBC, CBeebies, ITV, Disney and Nickelodeon and has worked on shows including Clangers, Scream Street, Off The Leash, Strange Hill High, Newzoids, and three specials for Disney and Club Penguin.

The new digital expansion will be headed up by Factory’s Head of CGI, Pauline Edwards who started at Factory seven years ago as a 3D Artist on CBBC show, Strange Hill High and since 2014 has taken on the role as head of its digital division at Factory.

Edwards comments: “This is such an exciting time to work at Factory; the work the studio is producing is exceptional and the expansion will add to our super talented team. Having been part of Factory’s journey over the past seven years I am excited to be a part of such a great team as we move into this new phase for the studio.”

Phil Chalk, MD of Factory, said: “We are delighted to be growing the team here at Factory once again; the 25 new roles will take our head count to 130, a growth we’re incredibly proud of achieving over the past nine years. We strive to produce high quality, distinctive shows and look forward to welcoming new team members to our incredibly talented crew.”

Jon Creamer

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