Magazine article Screen International

Animation UK Merges with UK Screen Association

Magazine article Screen International

Animation UK Merges with UK Screen Association

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After nearly a decade as a voluntary group, Animation UK has announced it will become a membership organisation in partnership with the UK Screen Association, the trade body for visual FX houses, post-production facilities and film studios.

The organisations will join under one umbrella organisation to be called the UK Screen Alliance.

The announcement came at the Manimation 2016 conference in Manchester.

By joining into one larger association, the two lobbying organisations will facilitate further interaction between the government and parts of the screen industries and the alliance will develop joint working groups between the facilities and animations sectors to advance key policies.

Neil Hatton, current chief executive of the UK Screen Association, will become CEO of the overall UK Screen Alliance and will continue to lead the existing facilities remit.

Chair and founder of Animation UK, Oli Hyatt MBE, will continue to be involved as the group transitions into the new body. Kate O'Connor will serve as executive chair of the Animation UK council and provide wider support for animation policy with Helen Brunsdon serving as director for Animation UK.

Hyatt said: "I could not be more proud of what Animation UK has achieved to date, and the work and effort our industry has put in get us to this point. …

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