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Animation compnay to create 50 jobs for Longford

Animation compnay to create 50 jobs for Longford

May 27
15:27 2016

media_nxBrown Bag Films, a digital animation company is to create 71 jobs over the next two years.

The company says the extra staff will beeeded as it is expanding its global reach and recruitment has already begun.

Brown Bag currently employs 184 creative and production staff at its Dublin headquarters, a studio in Manchester and an office in Los Angeles.

Brown Bag was founded 22 years ago by Cathal Gaffney and Darragh O’Connell.

It was bought last year by Toronto-based 9 Story Media Group – a leading 2D animator with one of the largest studios in North America and a successful international distribution division.

The combined company now has a team of almost 500 staff, operations in four countries, has won 14 Emmy awards and two Oscar nominations.

Among Brown Bag’s well-known productions are hit children’s animation series Octonauts, Doc McStuffins, Bing and Henry Hugglemonster.

At present the company is also producing a computer generated adaptation of Richard Adams novel Watership Down for Netflix and BBC.

The announcement comes as the company officially opens its new 30,000 square foot animation studio in Smithfield in Dublin.

Mr Gaffney said the new studio sets an incredibly high standard and is the perfect home for the firm’s outstanding creative and technical talent.

The announcement has been welcomed by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mary Mitchell O’Connor and IDA Ireland chief executive Martin Shanahan.

Meanwhile, Kiernan Structural Steel in Longford is to hire 50 staff at its steel fabrication plant.

The new roles are in quantity surveying, design engineering and steel construction.

The company already employs over 150 people between its Longford plant and other construction sites.

Ms Mitchell O’Connor is opening a new expansion at the plant.

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