Bristol Animation Studio Wins Award for ‘Revolutionary’ Children’s Series JoJo and Gran Gran
An independent animation production studio in Bristol has won a national television industry award for its work on the preschool series CBeebies JoJo and Gran Gran.
A Productions, which is based on Old Market Street in the city, collaborated with BBC Children’s In-House Productions on the screen adaptation of children’s author Laura Henry’s books.
The program is the first British preschool animated series to focus on a black British family.
An episode of the series, JoJo and Gran Gran: it’s time to go to the hairdresser, won the Best Preschool Program category at the Broadcast Awards at a virtual ceremony hosted by broadcaster Claudia Winkleman on Thursday, May 27.
The awards recognize groundbreaking television content produced by the creative industry.
A Productions said that in carrying out the program, they undertook extensive research and interviews in Bristol, creating a panel made up of a range of voices from local communities who worked closely with their creative team.
Katherine McQueen, Co-Executive Director of A Productions, said: “This fantastic recognition is a testament to the entire team that put their heart and soul into this important show.
“For us it was crucial that JoJo and Gran Gran had an authentic voice and truly told the stories and experiences of the communities and characters he portrayed.
“We hope this series will help pave the way for better representation in preschool programs and beyond in the future.”
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A Productions employs a team of 150 people and has created long-running children’s television productions for clients around the world.
The studio is known for its specialty in traditional and digital 2D still images, CGI, AFX, Flash and live action, both in the studio and on location.
Bristol is renowned for being a hotbed for television and film production. An expansion of The Bottle Yard Studios is expected to create more than 1,000 jobs in the South West’s creative sector over the next 10 years.
The city is also home to Oscar-winning studio Aardman Animations, creators of Wallace and Gromit.