Mackinnon & Saunders

Exclusive: Paramount’s C5 boards disability-led animation ‘MixMups’ in UK

Channel 5’s children’s strand Milkshake! will become the UK home to MixMups, its first animated pre-school series to feature disabled lead characters and be made by a team with lived experience of disability. The 52 x 10-minute stop-motion animated series is aimed at three to five-year olds and highlights different pre-school play styles. The show […]

CBBC, ZDFE visit Scream Street

UK children’s channel CBBC has come on board a fast-paced comedy series that Germany’s ZDF Enterprises will sell on the international market. The 52x11mins Scream Street will be a stop-motion animation series from UK indies Coolabi and Factory Transmedia, the latter of which has just joined as coproducer. Puppet and model making firm Mackinnon & […]

BBC brings back Clangers after 45 years

Classic British animated series Clangers is coming back to the BBC, 45 years after the last series. The new Clangers will go out CBeebies in the UK and Sprout in the US following the commission. BBC Worldwide has international distribution rights, while the UK’s Coolabi and original series producer Smallfilms are attached for production duties. […]

Komixx, Mackinnon & Saunders launch co-venture

UK animation indies Komixx Entertainment and Mackinnon & Saunders have partnered to launch a new digital 2D animation studio. Mackinnon & Saunders Digital will be based in Manchester, UK, and potentially create up to 40 production jobs. Work has already begun on pre-production of its first TV series, the partners said. Komixx is best known […]

First UK producers receive tax break confirmation

A pair of CBeebies toons and three BBC One dramas are the first UK projects to officially qualify for new television production tax breaks. The CBeebies series are Karrot Entertainment’s Sarah and Duck (pictured) and Famous Flying Films and Mackinnon & Saunders-produced Calamity Island, while Red Planet Pictures’ crime series By Any Means, Origin Pictures’ […]