40 jobs to be created by Oscar-nominated firm

A TWICE-OSCAR nominated Irish animation company is recruiting more than 40 new staff following a major Disney Junior contract.

The Dublin-based studio Brown Bag Films is to team up with Disney Junior to create a pre-school animation series The Happy Hugglemonsters.

Based on a series by books by Irish author and illustrator Niamh Sharkey, called I’m a Happy Huggldewug, the series is due to premiere on Disney Junior from autumn 2012 and air in more than 150 countries.

Cathal Gaffney, co-founder and chief executive of Brown Bag Films, said: “We are delighted to announce the production of this series. It is great to work with homegrown talent like Niamh Sharkey and to bring an original idea like this to a global Disney Junior audience. It is hugely satisfying for all involved.”

He confirmed that more than 40 additional staff will be employed full time in Brown Bag Films over the coming 18 months.

“It demonstrates how the creative economy has such an important role to play for Ireland,” he said.

Brown Bag will be working with Disney’s London-based production hub to deliver 52 11-minute episodes.

The project is being led by Beth Gardiner, vice-president of production and development at Disney Junior EMEA. The series is being directed by Emmy Award-winning director Norton Virgien.

The series follows the adventures of fun-loving five-year-old Henry Hugglemonster, the middle child in a happy close-knit monster family.

Author Ms Sharkey said: “I am thrilled to be working with Brown Bag Films to bring my characters to life; the creativity, enthusiasm and care they bring to the project is mind blowing.

Disney’s Ms Gardiner said: “The series delivers comedic and emotional storytelling with a monstery twist that pre-schoolers can really relate to.”

Brown Bag Films achieved international recognition in 2002 when its short film Give Up Yer Aul Sins was nominated for an Academy Award. This was repeated in 2010 when Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty was also nominated for Best Animated Short.

* Recruitment has already begun and the available positions are outlined on www.brownbagfilms.com


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