Sixteen South

Wonderbly partners Sixteen South for Lost My Name series

Wonderbly, a global publisher of personalised books for children, has unveiled a partnership with Belfast-based animation studio Sixteen South. Together, the two firms will develop a 52 x 7 minute animated series based around the bestselling title Lost My Name. Helen McAleer, former MD of Walker Books and founder of Walker Productions’ has been named […]

Sixteen South bolsters management with Brown Bag, ex-Planet 24 execs

Kids outfit Sixteen South has appointed three members to its senior management team including Emma Fernando as head of production. Fernando joins from Brown Bag Films and has overseen several high-profile shows across Nickelodeon, Disney, Cartoon Network and CBeebies. Joining Fernando will be Andrew Rajan, a former executive at The Word and Big Breakfast producer Planet 24, as commercial […]

Chinese & N. Ireland toon firms team for kids project

China’s UYoung and Belfast-based studio Sixteen South have teamed up to create a range of children’s programmes with global appeal. The first joint project is an unnamed 52×11 preschool series. Currently in development, it aims to portray love and friendship across different cultures and nations. The full details will be announced by the partners in […]

Foxtel exec to launch Sixteen South sales arm

Belfast-based animation company Sixteen South is launching a distribution division, with an exec from Australian pay TV firm Foxtel heading the unit. Sixteen South Rights will focus on sales of in-house intellectual property, with Foxtel Gillian acquisitions manager Gillian Calvert-Ridge returning to the UK to lead it as head of distribution. It will initially focus […]

Emerging kids studios

In spite of the challenges, some studios that had been offering services on a work-for-hire basis are starting to build content creation into their business models, reports Jane Marlow. The fact that a company with the global reputation of Framestore started to “covertly” road test the idea of content creation two years ago gives an […]

Cartoon Forum 2014: pre-market guide, part one

Every year, brave indie producers stand before the great and the good of European animation commissioning to pitch their latest wares at the Cartoon Forum. Ahead of the event in September, Jesse Whittock looks at the projects heading for Toulouse, starting with toon powerhouses France and the UK. This year’s Cartoon Forum selection proves that […]

News brief: Nick Jr. returns to Driftwood Bay

Nick Jr. in the UK has commissioned another 52x7mins season of mixed-media preschool animated series Lily’s Driftwood Bay. The show debuted on the Viacom-owned channel in May this year, and has taken more than 1.5 million viewers to date, according to Nick. It comes from Northern Ireland’s Sixteen South, and is created entirely from items […]

Sixteen South develops kids book Claude

Northern Ireland-based animation producer Sixteen South is developing a 52x11mins series based on picture book about a beret-wearing dog. Claude is based on Alex T. Smith’s book series of the same name and will target boys and girls aged 4-6. The 2D show will follow the titular character as he explores the world around his […]

Henson takes rights to Driftwood Bay

The Jim Henson Company’s third party licensing unit has taken international rights to Driftwood Bay, the new preschool series from indie producer Sixteen South. The 52x7mins animated series is in production and will deliver next spring. The show follows five-year-old Lily who lives in a beach hut with her Dad on an island. The series […]