Philippines-based animation studio, Snipple, has launched a new UK-based, but internationally focused, division and team, Snipple Originals; devoted to the development of long form animated content for global audiences.

The company has secured a £6 million investment from BGF. BGF will take a minority share in Snipple.

Under the leadership of London based CEO Kaine Patel along with co- founders, Studio Director Jonathan Tinsay and Creative Director Romy Gacia, Philippines-based Snipple Animation has worked consistently with some of the biggest broadcast networks globally. These include Warner Bros, Disney, Dreamworks, Nickelodeon and many more.

Its portfolio includes Where’s Waldo? Dora And Friends: Into the City! Animaniacs, Green Eggs and Ham, Ducktales, Be Cool Scooby Doo, Phineas and Ferb and many more.

The company is now to launch an original production arm. The operation will be led by producer Karina Stanford-Smith, appointed as Animation Development Director. Karina’s 30 years’ experience includes working with industry giants Disney, Nickelodeon, Amazon, CBBC, CITV, Zodiak Kids, Milkshake and The Jim Henson Company. She will report directly to Kaine Patel.

Vincent James has been appointed as Creative Director. His experience includes BBC, Nickelodeon, ITV, Children’s TV Workshop and Dreamworks. Simon Godfrey joins as Creative Development Producer, having worked with companies including Amazon, Coolabi, The Jim Henson company and Zodiak Kids.

Snipple Originals is ready to present its first content slate of five shows to potential broadcasters, streamers and IP partners.

Peeled Prawn & Shaved Sheep is a comedy action adventure series. Aimed at 6-12-year-olds, it stars a sheep and prawn combo who join forces to fight crime in Thousand Island City. Snö is a magical adventure series for 4-7-year-olds set in the far far North. Cassidy’s Castle is a metaphysical mystery series for 6-12-year-olds about dreams, doors and destiny. Wise Island Woohoos is an environmental edu-tainment series aimed at 3-6-year-olds. Trippin’ is an 18+ comedy series based around a high octane and extremely offensive US road trip.

Animation Development Director, Karina Stanford-Smith, says: “It is so exciting to draw on the huge talent and expertise of Snipple and to have the freedom to create and develop home grown ideas. We have the perfect team in place to produce high-quality global hits that audiences will love!”

She adds: “The Snipple Originals development team have been working together for 30 years in various guises. We have a chemistry that has allowed us to hit the ground running; now bringing a varied slate of projects to the table.”

Snipple Group CEO, Kaine Patel, adds: “It has been a dream for me to expand Snipple into the world of original content. It’s the perfect expression of our creativity and heritage as a studio. Animation is really having a moment right now and I can’t wait to start talking to potential broadcast partners and bring them on our journey.”

Tom McDonnell, investor at BGF, said: “As a rapidly  growing  and  highly  profitable animation production  business, Snipple is well-placed to capitalise on significant and increasing demand for new content from the likes of Netflix, Disney and Amazon. We’re thrilled to be investing in the business and have been particularly impressed by the strength of the management team and the creative calibre of its new hires. Animation has proved particularly resilient to the headwinds of Covid and this represents an exciting opportunity to invest in a business competing on a on world stage.”

Jon Creamer