London, UK – Transmedia animation and design studio Factory TM has appointed media entrepreneur Neil Court as its new non-executive Chairman. The appointment will see Court joining the company’s board along with former Cosgrove Hall executives Managing Director Phil Chalk and Director Vince James who are based at the company’s headquarters in Altrincham, near Manchester.
Court will be taking a strategic role with Factory TM, using his track record in the international kids’ business and extensive contacts list to help build the company’s IP ownership as well as advising on international co-production deals across TV and digital media.
Phil Chalk, Factory TM’s Managing Director says: “We have long respected what Neil has achieved in the international kids’ business and he adds great kudos to our offering and our board as well as strategic thinking as we shape the next stage of the company’s growth into further IP ownership and productions with international potential.”
Neil Court says: “I’ve been looking to get involved with a company that has the best potential in the rapidly evolving children’s media sector. I think Factory TM is that business. Factory has great creative talent, strong leadership, a solid client base, and an ambition that can take us to great heights. I am bringing my experience and international network to Factory to help it become a really significant player.”
Launched in 2010, after taking over the former home of Hot Animation Studios, the award-winning Factory TM has already built an enviable client base and list of projects. Specialising in animation and design for TV and advertising, as well as visual effects and post production, the company’s current and recent credits include: Strange Hill High, a production for Fremantle Media and CBBC; Tumble Travels for CBeebies; Chapman Entertainment’s Raa Raa The Noisy Lion, Roary the Racing Car and Fifi and The Flowertots; Muddle Earth for CBBC and Peter Kay’s Animated All Star Band.
Factory TM offers an end-to-end animation service, With over 20,000 square feet, the company produces 2D, stop-frame and 3D CGI animation and well as producing content for radio and IPTV and offering a full post-production facility.
The principals have impressive animation credentials. Phil Chalk was former Head of Studio and Producer for Chapman Entertainment and has held producer roles at Image Metrics, Tell Tale Productions and Cosgrove Hall, and Vince James is a prolific creator and director who has worked on classics including Dangermouse, Pingu and Dennis the Menace.
This is the latest chairmanship for UK-based Court, who also recently announced his role in the new factual specialist venture, Peacock Alley Entertainment. Court was co-founder of Decode Entertainment and then a principal of DHX Media, which he left in 2009.