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Case Study 1: Cutlass

Posted on: Monday 07 April 2014 11:30am

Kath Shackleton, of Fettle Animation, reports in full on the first case study at the CMC Animation Exchange (4 April) Speaker: David Curry from Cutlass Productions David was upbeat about how his studio have benefitted from developments in the past year. He is mindful that some of the best people have started out small – all you need is ambition.  Ben Wheatley started out by making a feature film with £6000 and now he’s making high budget movies and directing episodes of Dr Who. There are new models of finance, with Modern Toss raising £40,000 on Kickstarter offering crazy rewards such as…

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Case Study 2: Doodle and ‘Okido’

Posted on: Sunday 06 April 2014 1:44am

Steve Smith from Beakus attended the CMC Animation Exchange and sent in this description of the second case study on funding for animation. Speaker: Jules Coke Squint Opera Jules explained how his company had just begun work on a new series for CBeebies called Okido. They currently have 40-50 people working on Okido, which started life as a very non-commercial, self-published magazine about science and art (which, Jules explained, gave the series project a “backbone of integrity”). So funders saw their input as a philanthropic investment as well as a financial one. Early tests were done in-house, and they took what they…

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Funding and Flow

Posted on: Sunday 06 April 2014 1:34am

Steve Smith from Beakus attended the CMC Animation Exchange and sent in this full description of the third session of the day – on the issues around funding, cash-flow and investment in animation. Panel: Genevieve Dexter (Serious Lunch) Adrian Wilkins (CHF); Simon Flamank (Bob & Co); Henry Becket (Ideas at Work); Liz Brion (Grant Thornton); Tom Harberd (Bankside Films & Headgear); Agnieszka Moody (Creative Europe) Tom introduced his company, Headgear, who are new to investing in animation. There was a lot of debate about Special Production Vehicles (SPVs) during this session, and straight away it was clear that SPVs are helpful in raising…

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International Co-production – long term strategies for animation businesses

Posted on: Monday 07 April 2014 11:26am

Kath Shackleton, of Fettle Animation, reports in full on the final panel session at the CMC Animation Exchange (4 April) The session was introduced by animation veteran, Tony Collingwood who asked how it was possible to create a long-term business plan in such a rapidly changing environment? Huw Walters, Senior Business Affairs Consultant at Industry Media, focuses on advising about international co-production.  With companies in all shapes and sizes and a huge variety of models for funding, how is it possible to create a business plan to stretch over a number of years? You really need to focus on proper exploitation of…

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Kay Benbow

Posted on: Monday 07 April 2014 11:32am

Kath Shackleton, of Fettle Animation, muses on the momentous changes in the animation sector in the last 12 months and reports on Kay Benbow's Opening Keynote at the CMC Animation Exchange (4 April) Time flies.  I can’t believe it’s one year since the Animation Tax Break came into force. I remember sitting at last year’s Animation Exchange thinking “this is great news for the animation sector” but not imagining that it would affect me, running a small animation company, quite so soon.  One year on, my business has moved forward exponentially with a series supported by tax breaks and new staff,…

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Preparing People for Production

Posted on: Sunday 06 April 2014 12:57am

Steve Smith from Beakus attended the CMC Animation Exchange and sent in this full description of the first session of the day - on training initiatives from Creative Skillset and the progress of the training levy, one year into the new animation tax incentive. Panel: Ruth Fielding (Lupus Films), Hannah Green and Kate O’Connor (Creative Skillset) Kate O'Connor (Deputy CEO for Creative Skillset) began by continuing a metaphor she’d used at this event last year, that the animation industry had given birth to twins – the tax reliefs and the Skillset training levy. She joked that their ‘weight’ had exceeded all of our expectations. Kate continued…

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The Tax Break, One Year On.

Posted on: Monday 07 April 2014 2:08am

Kath Shackleton, of Fettle Animation, reports in full on the second panel session at the CMC Animation Exchange (4 April) Last year at the Animation Exchange, Oli Hyatt from Blue Zoo Animation and Animation UK illustrated his presentation with a collection of rubber ducks, urging us to “Get our ducks in a row”. Are we there yet? This year Oli is proudly sporting a spotted shirt and a comedy bow tie, fresh from a trade delegation to Korea.  He certainly feels that we are well and truly on our way... Oli had some rather astounding statistics! Research for the Creative Industries Advisory…

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