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Animation firm acquires major stake in Bristol production studio A Productions

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31 January 2022

Cyber Group Studios, a Paris-based producer and distributor of animated series has acquired a majority ownership stake in A Productions, a leading Bristol-based animation production studio.

A Productions is a creative-led, multi-discipline studio with a strong reputation for producing award-winning children's content for many major UK and US broadcasters and streamers.

Founded in 1985, the studio is headed up by joint managing directors Katherine McQueen and founder Mark Taylor.

Cyber Group Studios – best known for its award-winning series Gigantosaurus – has teamed up with A Productions as part of a wider business strategy to expand into new global markets.

Together, the French and British studios will collaborate in developing ground-breaking new content for audiences across Europe and the globe.

In 2022, the studios will start producing jointly Digital Girl, a new kids animated series.

By joining forces with Cyber Group Studios, A Productions will invest in developing its own original content through its development arm, alongside its growing creative-led service work.

The studio will also invest in and benefit from Cyber Group Studios' latest technology innovations, such as its real-time animation pipe, to create breakthrough new content.

A Productions is trusted to work with some of the world's most iconic characters, with notable productions including: JoJo and Gran Gran for CBeebies, Love Monster for CBeebies, Furry Friends forever: Elmo Gets a Puppy for Sesame Workshop, and The Monster at the End of This Story, Sesame Street's first ever animated special for Sesame Workshop.

Cyber Group Studios produces its own premium kids and family content with the potential to be developed into global IPs.

Founded in 2005 in Paris, the company has two production studios in France, one in Singapore, one office in Los Angeles and two strategic partnerships in Russia and China.

Innovation driven, Cyber Group Studios invests in technology to enrich the storytelling and create immersive experiences.

It recently set up a major real-time production studio in Roubaix, France. In 2022, the company has a strong roster of 10 series in production and 10 in development for linear broadcasters and platforms across all age groups from preschool to young adults.

Pierre Sissmann, chairman and CEO and Dominique Bourse, COO of Cyber Group Studios, said in a joint statement: "We are thrilled to be able to join forces with Mark, Katherine and the whole A Productions team to develop cutting-edge new content for a growing global audience.

"The productions developed by A Productions over the years are of exceptional quality; a great asset for this exciting new venture."

Katherine McQueen and Mark Taylor (pictured), joint managing directors at A Productions, said: "We are delighted to be joining the Cyber Group Studios family and are excited about the new opportunities this will bring.

"By teaming up with Cyber Group Studios, we'll be able to further expand the studio, supporting our ambition to become one of the largest and leading animation studios in the UK in a competitive and growing global market.

"In Cyber Group Studios, we've found a partner who will support us in continuing our commitment to making the very best creative and authentic content, as well as driving forward our strategies for diversity and inclusion and staff wellbeing."


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Peter Davison is deputy editor of The Business Magazine. He has spent his life in journalism – doing work experience in newsrooms in and around Bristol while still at school, and landing his first job on a local newspaper aged 19. By 28 he was the youngest newspaper editor in the country.

An early advocate of online news, he spent the first years of the 2000s telling his bosses that the internet posed both the biggest opportunity and greatest threat to the newspaper industry and the art of journalism. He was right on both counts.

Since 2006 he has enjoyed a career as a freelance journalist. He lives in rural Wiltshire with one wife, two children, and three cats.

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