The members of industry trade association, UK Screen Alliance in partnership with Animation UK have elected new representative councils.

This was the first election held since the joining together of the post, vfx and animation trade bodies in November 2016.

The new representatives on the Animation UK Council are Mark Taylor from A Productions and Jamie Badminton from Karrot Entertainment. They join continuing representatives, Erica Darby (Spider Eye), Phil Dobree (Jellyfish Pictures), Ruth Fielding (Lupus Films), Ed Galton (CAKE), Oli Hyatt (Blue Zoo), Ian Liddell (Studio Liddell), Julie Lockhart (Locksmith Animation), Ian Mackinnon (Mackinnon & Saunders), Dave Sproxton (Aardman Animations) and Kate O’Connor (Executive Chair – Animation UK).

After the votes were counted in the UK Screen Facilities Council election, the newly appointed representatives are Lucy Ainsworth-Taylor (BlueBolt), Milly Ali (Timeline North), Cara Sheppard (Warner Bros. De Lane Lea) and Darren Woolfson (Pinewood). Re-elected were Mike Kelt (Artem SFX) and Claire McGrane (Company 3). As only half the council seats are contested at each election, representatives remaining in situ are Fiona Walkinshaw (Framestore), Will Cohen (Milk VFX), Rich Moss (Gorilla TV), JP Dash (Fifty Fifty Post) and Sean Costelloe (The Mill).

UK Screen Alliance CEO, Neil Hatton said, “The line-up of the new Councils is really strong and represents the broad range of interests present in our membership. I’m also really pleased that the councils are diverse and that we have increased the number of women on the Facilities Council to almost 50/50.”

BAFTA and Emmy award winning producer and Karrot co-founder, Jamie Badminton said, “I’m delighted to be joining the Animation UK Council as we seek to strengthen and connect every facet of our industry so that its fullest potential is unleashed. There’s an important message to spread about the untapped excellence in the UK and build investor confidence around the world.”

Cara Sheppard, director at Warner Bros. De Lane Lea lsaid, “I’m delighted to have been elected onto the UK Screen Facilities Council. I believe my wealth of experience in several sectors across post production lends itself well to me providing valuable input as well as a passion to support diversity and apprenticeship schemes within the industry”

Jon Creamer

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