Independent animation production studio A Productions expands with new Bristol base

Ashley Joseph, who plays Jared in JoJo & Gran Gran, centre, and artist Djofray Makumbu, left, pay a visit to A Productions' existing studio at 52 Old Market Street
Ashley Joseph, who plays Jared in JoJo & Gran Gran, centre, and artist Djofray Makumbu, left, pay a visit to A Productions' existing studio at 52 Old Market Street

Independent animation production studio A Productions has taken on an additional studio on the fourth floor of 15 Colston Street in Bristol to provide space for their growing workforce to expand.

A Productions is an internationally recognised, creative-led, multi-discipline animation production studio with a strong track record for producing award-winning children’s content for broadcasters and streamers.

The Bristol-based company has a 150-strong team, which continues to expand to fulfil its growing roster of productions.

The studio is trusted to work with some of the world’s most iconic characters with notable productions including: JoJo & Gran Gran for CBeebies, – the first UK pre-school animation to centre around a black British family – Love Monster for CBeebies; The Tweenies for CBeebies; and The Monster at the End of This Story, Sesame Street’s first ever animated special for HBO Max.

The new studio is being used to produce animations for HBO Max and A Productions’ existing studio in Old Market is home to the CBeebies productions.

Last month, A Productions together with Sesame Workshop – the non-profit educational organisation behind Sesame Street – won a Royal Television Society West of England award in the children’s and animation category for The Monster at the End of This Story, with JoJo & Gran Gran nominated in the same category.

The Monster at the End of This Story is based on Sesame Workshop’s all-time best-selling picture book The Monster at the End of This Book. This is the official special of Sesame Street’s 51st season, which is currently available on HBO Max and coming soon to PBS.

Managing director Katherine McQueen said: “We are thrilled to have expanded into a second studio in Bristol, a city renowned as a hotbed of production for TV and film, as well as being home to an incredible wider creative community. This expansion will support our hugely talented and growing team, our strong pipeline of productions and allow us to invest further in new projects in development.

“At A Productions, we pride ourselves in our creativity, the versatility of our design capabilities and content and our expertise in integrating animation with live action. It’s also hugely important to us that diversity and inclusion are at the heart of our ethos and approach.

“We are very proud to have picked up a win and nomination in the RTS West of England Awards recently. Both shows were produced during the upheaval of lockdown, and we owe huge thanks to our staff and creative teams who adapted to working from home and continued to deliver content to such a fantastic standard.”

Established in 1985, A Productions is headed up by joint managing directors Katherine McQueen and Bafta-nominated Mark Taylor, who founded the company. The studio has worked with many leading UK and US broadcasters and streamers, indeed it is one of the few UK animation production companies to produce content for the US.

A Productions is also part of the team that picked up two Daytime Emmy Award nominations this year, as well as scooping an accolade at the Broadcast awards together with BBC Children’s In-House Productions.

The studio, which offers bespoke training supporting people into the industry through non-traditional routes, specialises in traditional and digital 2D stop frame, CGI, AFX, Flash and live action, both in studio and on location. The team works on a full slate that ranges from short films to series production to interstitials and idents, as well as new projects in development.