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Irish Brown Bag Expanding

Brown Bag Films

Brown Bag Films

Dublin-based Brown Bag Films is expand­ing their employee base to 125, more than dou­bling size in the past two years. The firm’s most recent Dis­ney series, and the top-rated pre-school show in the U.S., Doc McStuffins, attracted almost five mil­lion view­ers and will expand to Europe this autumn.

Despite the good job num­bers, prof­its at Brown Bag are off from the pre­vi­ous years. Sig­nif­i­cant invest­ment in scal­ing up the Brown Bag Films busi­ness last year had the direc­tors antic­i­pat­ing a loss for 2011. Prof­its are down 33%, from 4.5 mil­lion Euro end­ing April 201 to 3 mil­lion Euro end­ing Decem­ber 2010.However, the direc­tors state in the cap­i­tal invest­ments made in 2010 is antic­i­pated to lead to long-term profitability.

The firm is cur­rently in full pro­duc­tion for a sec­ond sea­son of the Bafta-nominated Octo­nauts for the BBC and a sec­ond sea­son of Doc McStuffins, while the Happy Hug­gle­mon­sters will first air for Dis­ney Junior in over 150 coun­tries this autumn.

Founded in 1994 by Cathal Gaffney and Dar­ragh O’Connell based in Dublin, Ire­land, Brown Bag Films has received Oscar nom­i­na­tions for short films Give Up Yer Aul Sins and Granny O’Grimm’s Sleep­ing Beauty.

Last month, Brown Bag Films expanded its enter­tain­ment range by estab­lish­ing a new enter­tain­ment brand, Ice­house, that is ded­i­cated “to cre­at­ing, pro­duc­ing and dis­trib­ut­ing enter­tain­ment for grown-ups”.

The direc­tors also warn that “ani­ma­tion stu­dios in lower-cost coun­tries are rapidly increas­ing their capa­bil­i­ties to com­pete in our markets”.

Jamaica’s First Animation Studio Opens

Wayne Sinclair, Reel Rock GSW Studio

Wayne Sin­clair, Reel Rock GSW Studio

Newly opened Reel Rock GSW Stu­dio has the unique dis­tinc­tion of becom­ing the first full-fledged ani­ma­tion facil­ity in Jamaica. The stu­dio was launched Mon­day evening at its Brae­mar Avenue head­quar­ters in St Andrew. With a 12-member full time staff, the com­pany is headed by direc­tors Lorna Green, Wayne Sin­clair and Fay­val Williams.

Their first project is an ani­mated guide to the impor­tance of intel­lec­tual prop­erty which exec­u­tive direc­tor Sin­clair says should be com­plete in a year’s time. Accord­ing to Sin­clair, Reel Rock GSW Stu­dio will work on var­i­ous projects, many of them edu­ca­tional in nature.

Sin­clair told the Jamaica Observer that Reel Rock GSW Stu­dio is in dis­cus­sions with Bento Box out of Hol­ly­wood, Cal­i­for­nia, and Paris-based Stu­dio Red Frog on pos­si­ble ven­tures. Sin­clair believes there is a lot of scope for local animation.

It (ani­ma­tion) is an indus­try that is ripe for the tal­ents that we have here. Because we are very deep in our cre­ativ­ity in all areas and ani­ma­tion touches all areas of the cre­ative indus­try, not just illus­tra­tion and artistry,” he said.

One of Reel Rock GSW Studio’s strate­gic part­ners is Toon Boom Ani­ma­tion Incor­po­rated, located in Mon­treal, Canada.

Joan Voge­le­sang, pres­i­dent and CEO of Toon Boom Ani­ma­tion, said her company’s soft­ware enables Reel Rock to col­lab­o­rate with stu­dios around the world.

We will intro­duce this stu­dio to as many inter­na­tional stu­dios as we can. We are in 122 coun­tries and we deal with every major stu­dio in the world,” Voge­le­sang said.

Min­is­ter of Sci­ence, Tech­nol­ogy and Min­ing Phillip Paulwell was also at the launch and shared his per­spec­tive with the Observer.

I am thor­oughly impressed with the unfold­ing of this ven­ture. It is clear to us that Jamaica can cor­ner a sig­nif­i­cant share of this ani­ma­tion mar­ket,” he said.

via The Jamaica Observer