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Kilkenny’s Lighthouse Studios appoint animation consultant to attract more top talent

Lighthouse Studios has appointed longtime animation consultant Michael Downey to the newly created position of Director of Talent Management for the Kilkenny-based Irish studio.

The announcement was made by Lighthouse Studio General Manager Claire Finn, responding to the need for talent created by an ever-growing production pipeline.

“Since its launch in 2017, Lighthouse has strived to create an inclusive, diverse and open culture that inspires and empowers creativity, fueled by our shared values ​​of passion, pride, perseverance, playfulness, balance and focus on people. With the appointment of Michael Downey, we are working to find talent who will not only help us produce the best in animated content, but who will fully embody our studio culture and share our collective desire to tell the stories that are just waiting to be told. be be told,” says Finn.

In his new role, Downey’s primary focus will be finding mid- to senior-level animation talent, initiating and driving a strategic and holistic “top-down” approach to identifying and retaining talent to work on. the original slates of development projects and IP services from Lighthouse. .

Downey will report directly to Lighthouse COO Erik Speekenbrink and work closely with MD, Claire Finn, Head Creative, Gilly Fogg and internal teams to understand talent needs and initiate training and development as needed. He will also work with the studio’s head of communications to oversee recruitment campaigns aimed at various audiences to attract new talent and promote existing talent and ensure that Lighthouse’s policies on fairness, diversity and inclusion are in mind when recruiting and creating campaigns. Downey will also represent Lighthouse at major industry markets, events and educational institutions.

“In less than five years since our launch, we have created a strong production pipeline in the rental workspace and are preparing to start growing our original IP business in the years to come. Talent is what makes our work great and finding and retaining high caliber talent to realize our creative visions is now a major focus for us. As such, this newly created role is essential to our continued growth, and we are delighted to welcome Michael to lead this part of our business,” said Finn.

“With the thriving animation business in Ireland and around the world, there is a massive need to bring in top talent to manage Lighthouse’s burgeoning production roster, and I’m delighted to be working with Claire and the entire studio team to continue building a world class studio,” Downey commented.

Prior to joining Lighthouse, Downey served as a senior scout for 2D and 3D talent at Dublin-based Irish animation studio, Boulder Media. He worked on talent recruiting for the studio’s first 3D theatrical feature based on a Hasbro property, My Little Pony. Downey also ran his own animation consultancy, working with various studios to find and recruit high profile talent in high demand in the industry. His work includes several 2D and 3D animated feature films and television series.

Downey earned a Diploma in Human Resources Management and Services from the National College of Ireland and a Postgraduate Certificate in Animation Production Management from Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology.

Lighthouse Studios
Lighthouse Studios was established in 2017 as a joint venture between two widely acclaimed animation studios, Canadian Mercury Filmworks and Irish Cartoon Saloon. Most recently, the studio produced El Deafo for Apple TV+, which premiered on January 7, 2022, and created 2D animation for a slate of titles, including Little Ellen for Warner Bros. Animation, which debuted on HBOMax in September 2021; The upcoming Bob’s Burgers Movie with partners Mercury Filmworks for Bento Box Entertainment and The Cuphead Show for Netflix; as well as the Emmy-nominated series and Amazon’s Bug Diaries, Give A Mouse A Cookie. The Kilkenny-based Irish studio is currently developing its own original IP – details of which will be announced soon. For more information, visit https://www.lighthousestudios. that is to say/