Blue ZooAnimation Production
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 ethos is to produce joyfully compelling, story-driven and characterful visuals in a positive studio environment that makes a positive impact on audiences.
Credits include: Numberblocks, Go Jetters, Digby Dragon, and The Adventures of Paddington.
Primary Activity: Animation Production
NextGen Skills AcademyEducation and Training
Founded in 2015 by government and employers following the Next Gen Report by Ian Livingston and Alex Hope, NextGen Skills Academy (NextGen) is an industry-led education initiative to develop the next generation of talent for the Games, Animation and VFX industries.
NextGen brings industry and education together to develop a networked pipeline with aim of training, upskilling, and supporting people into employment or on to the next stage of their career journey. They do this via the development of formal qualifications, Apprenticeship Standards, short courses, bootcamps, and other training opportunities that are designed to meet the skills needs of employers.
NextGen’s flagship qualification, the NextGen AIM Level 3 Extended Diploma in Games, Animation and VFX Skills, was developed and is updated in collaboration with industry for students 16+. It is currently delivered by 14 Further Education Centres in England. These centres are approved by employers and, along with the industry written curriculum, students receive professional masterclasses, live streams, project feedback, work experience, and more quality industry engagement opportunities.
NextGen is led by an Employer Steering Group of studios from across Games, Animation and VFX, including Framestore, Creative Assembly, Blue Zoo, Media Molecule, Sumo Digital, Flipbook, ILM, Playground Games, Centroid, Payload, Sony Interactive Entertainment, DNEG, Ubisoft, and Game Dev Bootcamps.
Primary Activity: Education and Training