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Animation Studios Blue Zoo & Plug-in Media Join Forces to Create a Regional Powerhouse of Creativity

BAFTA-winning studios, Blue Zoo and Plug-In Media combine to form a new venture that will change the game for the animation industry in the South of England. The studio kicks off with greenlight for two major pre-school series and other projects waiting in the pipeline. Blue Zoo recently won the Daytime Emmy for Best Animated Pre-School Show for The Adventures of Paddington and is currently working on 7 productions remotely. Having doubled its staff in the last year, Blue Zoo will continue its expansion onto the south coast with a regional hub in Brighton. Brighton-based Plug-In Media has long-established expertise in creating multi-platform content across broadcast, interactive, and Youtube, as well as being creators of BAFTA-winning original IP, Tee and Mo. The two studios first worked together in 2010 and this new collaboration brings together nearly 40 years of combined experience to continue to produce outstanding animation and innovative new content. 

To begin this exciting new venture, the studios have won a commission for a 52-episode 2D pre-school action-comedy series for a major public broadcaster. Recruitment has started on the show, which goes into production later this summer, creating new jobs and widening the animation talent pool in the South of England. Committed to a new hybrid working model between remote and in-studio working, Blue Zoo is thrilled to expand out of London and begin to offer roles across a regional spread, so staff have the flexibility to work in an office where it suits them. This marks the beginning of an exciting new era where Blue Zoo and Plug-In Media will unify to strengthen the UK animation industry, whilst embracing new models of hybrid working, brought about by the pandemic.

Adam Shaw, Co-founder of Blue Zoo and Co-director on The Adventures of Paddington says,

Blue Zoo has been talking about creating regional hubs for a while. When the opportunity arose to build a studio with our admired friends at Plug-In in Brighton, we leapt on it. The next step is to grow the studio, so if you are a talented creative working in either 2D or 3D animation, want to live in the Brighton area and start this incredible journey with us, get in touch.

Juliet Tzabar, CEO and Owner of Plug-In Media, says,

Plug-In Media is thrilled to be working more closely with Blue Zoo as well as to widen opportunities for animation professionals in the South of England.  The partnership between our companies is founded on shared values, and the opportunity to build on our combined strengths in long-form, short-form and interactive children’s production, is one that we’re super excited about, and which we hope will take the South Coast by storm!

About Blue Zoo

Blue Zoo Animation Studio is a multi-BAFTA-winning production company that has grown to become one of the UK’s leading & largest animation studios, making TV shows such as Numberblocks, It’s Pony, and The Adventures of Paddington as well as commercials for brands such as LEGO and Pokémon. The studio's vision is to build an animation studio with heart; a place where talented, happy & diverse teams are nurtured, making characterful content to be proud of, with a focus on joyful, comedic stories and education content, contributing to a more enjoyable future for everyone.

About Plug-In Media

Plug-In Media is a 5-times BAFTA-winning, next-generation production company, creating both interactive entertainment and linear TV content, for the children and families audience. We deliver interactive development services to clients such as BBC, Nickelodeon, and Sesame Workshop, as well as creating and publishing our own original IP focused on using digital opportunities in the disrupted children’s media landscape to springboard new stories across multiple platforms.  This "digital-first" strategy led to BAFTA and Prix Jeunesse winner, Tee and Mo - a co-viewing and co-playing brand for preschoolers and their caregivers, available as games, music, short-form songs, a Youtube channel, and 50-episode 2D animated tv series, with series 2 currently in production.

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