Ninety new jobs at Sixteen South thanks to new 52-episode 'Claude' animation contract
AWARD-winning Belfast-based animation studio Sixteen South is to almost double its workforce with the creation of 90 jobs.
The posts are on the back a new 52-episode series 'Claude', which is being made for Disney Junior.
The jobs, all based in Belfast, come as a direct result of winning the lucrative contract.
It comes after the company, which currently employs100 people, picked up a major international award in Munich for the much-lauded animation series 'Lily's Driftwood Bay'.
Based on the best-selling series of books by Alex T. Smith, Claude follows the humorous adventures of a little beret-clad dog and his faithful sidekick, Sir Bobblysock.
Published by the Hachette Children's Group, the books sell in 16 languages across five continents.
Disney Junior Europe, Middle East, Africa & Australia/New Zealand has picked up the new animated series which has just gone into production and is due to air in 2017.
Aimed at children at the upper end of the pre-school age range, it is adapted in a distinctive 2D hand-drawn style, bringing to life the unique visual style of the original books.
Sixteen South creative director Colin Williams said the entire team had fallen in love with the Gallic canine when they first saw the books.
"We're thrilled that Disney has fallen in love with him too," he said.
"We're delighted that our little four-legged hero will be popping up on Disney Junior all across the world and we know that his fun stories and silly humour will appeal to children everywhere."
The series is the sixth major television project for Sixteen South, which invested £1 million in a new 7,500 square feet studio in Belfast in January this year.