Animation studio behind TV classic Clangers to create 25 jobs at Altrincham base

Programme Name: The Clangers - TX: n/a - Episode: n/a (No. n/a) - Picture Shows:  The Clangers, Michael Palin - (C) Coolabi, Smallfilms and Peter Firmin - Photographer: Jonathan Birch
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The award-winning animation studio behind children’s TV classic Clangers has announced plans to create 25 new jobs at its Altrincham base.

Factory is to expand its digital animation division after being commissioned to produce a feature length 2D animation based on a book by former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo (War Horse, When the Whales Came), with a score from Oscar-winning composer Rachel Portman (Emma, Chocolat, The Cider House Rules).

The new roles will include layout artists, lead 2D animators, 2D animators, 2D FX animators, 2D character riggers, mid and senior compositors, project manager and production co-ordinator positions.

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Factory is a multi-genre, full-service studio with shows airing on CBBC, CBeebies, ITV, Disney and Nickelodeon. Since launching in 2010, it has worked on the likes of Clangers, Scream Street, Off The Leash, Strange Hill High, Newzoids, and three specials for Disney and Club Penguin.

Its 35,000 sq ft base on the Altrincham Business Park already employs over 100 staff.

Inside Factory’s HQ on Altrincham Business Park

The expansion will be headed up by Factory’s Head of CGI, Pauline Edwards, who said: “This is such an exciting time to work at Factory; the work the studio is producing is exceptional and the expansion will add to our super talented team. Having been part of Factory’s journey over the past seven years I am excited to be a part of such a great team as we move into this new phase for the studio.”

Phil Chalk, MD of Factory, added: “We are delighted to be growing the team here at Factory once again; the 25 new roles will take our head count to 130, a growth we’re incredibly proud of achieving over the past nine years. We strive to produce high quality, distinctive shows and look forward to welcoming new team members to our incredibly talented crew.”

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